Caribbean Culture and Yoga Retreat: May 20 – 28, 2017

Join us in the beautiful Dominican Republic for a week of yoga and cultural immersion. Start each day with a yoga, meditation and mindfulness practice followed by fun on the beach and exploring the country as a local. Bring your friends or come solo, all ages and experience levels are welcome!

Give yourself the opportunity to create deeper connections with your mind, body and spirit in an open and relaxed environment. Learn simple practices that you can incorporate in your daily routine to live a mindful and purposeful life.

We will stay at Natura Cabana, a beautiful eco-lodge and spa, located directly on the beach and nearby the heart of downtown Cabarete.

This culture and yoga retreat is organized by Uta, a certified yoga instructor with experience in organizing tours in the Dominican Republic. Beyond her love for yoga, Uta’s knowledge of local customs, nuances and logistics will make this experience memorable.

What’s included:

  • 8 night stay at Natura Cabana boutique hotel and spa (breakfast included)
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Plata airport (POP)
  • Transportation to organized activities
  • Daily yoga, meditation and mindfulness practice
  • Excursion to a local plantation (TBD coffee, fruit, cocoa, rum)
  • Local backcountry experience (river swim, escape in nature)
  • Salsa dance happy hour
  • 3 Dinners: welcome dinner, dinner at a local restaurant, goodbye dinner

Additional activities: Cabarete and Sosua offer various activities which you can engage in during the day: surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, zip-lining in a monkey jungle, jumping off hidden waterfalls, diving in underwater caves, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding

Tentative weekly schedule:

Saturday, May 20 Sunday, May 21 Monday, May 22 Tuesday, May 23 Wednesday, May 24 Thursday, May 25 Friday, May 26 Saturday, May 27 Sunday, May 28
Morning Arrive Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice  Yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Day Beach day Cabarete Beach Day Sosua Plantation visit Local backcountry experience  



Evening Light Yoga and Meditaion Welcome dinner Dinner at local restaurant Salsa dance lesson Goodbye dinner

 Retreat Investment*: Single Double
Sign up by Jan 31 $ 1979 $ 1599
Sign up by Feb 28 $ 2059 $ 1649
Sign up by March 31 $ 2129 $ 1799

*VAT not included. All other goods and services such as airfare, airport/visa fees, additional activities and spa services, bar drinks, food/drinks/incidental, travel insurance and gratuities will be charged separately.

Interested in sharing accommodations but don’t have a roommate yet? You can sign up for a double and we will make every effort to help find you a roommate of your gender. If a roommate cannot be found by the final payment date, the single occupancy rate will apply.

Space is limited, sign up today! 50% down payment due upon registration, final payment by March 31, 2017.

Questions? Contact Uta at

A Time to Retreat

With the holiday season quickly coming to a close it’s probable that many of us are feeling worked. It seems that all around me there’s a mounting energy waiting to burst at the stroke of midnight New Years eve, when the entire world will collectively breathe a sigh of relief as 2016 rings in and grants us a few brief moments of respite.

This season can certainly feel like a battle at times. Behind the pressure to be happy, grateful, joyous or celebratory, the last few weeks of the year triggers some deep suffering for many people. It’s in these times that our practice is so important. But if your life even mildly resembles mine, you’ve definitely had to surrender to daily duties and skip practice on several occasions. So how do we come out victorious on the other end of this? Retreat. Retreat deep into your own experience and discover the true resilience of your soul.

Troy Samakonasana

The Bheemashakti Yoga School has two upcoming events on the calendar that can help to go deep into your practice, both with a slightly different flavor:

On January 2, 2016 we are hosting a 21 Day New Year Transformation, an intensive program that will help to stoke the fire of practice and clear out the stagnation of the holidays. It includes 2 hours of yoga daily, combining pranayama, meditation, and physical practice. This rhythm can help to generate some deep transformative benefits in addition to solidifying a strong habit.

Additionally we look forward to our annual Spring Detox on the North shore of Kauai from April 23-30. Over the course of this eight day, seven night retreat, we will dive deep into twice daily Bheemashakti Yoga practice and tap into the ancient magic of the Hawaiian islands.

Both of these opportunities are a great way to reset your year and get into some healthy rhythms, but if you’re not able to get away don’t worry! Daily practice is king and even small improvements on a consistent basis will make great changes. You just have to be ready to redirect your attention and find that the battle is not something you can conquer outside of yourself, it’s something you win on the inside.



First OM Home retreat to Bhakti Fest

Yvonne, Troy & Uta at Bhakti Fest 2015

Yvonne, Troy & Uta at Bhakti Fest 2015

For the past five years I have been attending both Bhakti Fest in September and Shakti Fest in Spring. It has been my dream to share this extraordinary experience with people. For the first time, Troy was able to join me to the festival, and our friend Yvonne made her way to California from Germany, to join us on our ventures to the California desert.

Relaxing between yoga classes at main stage

Relaxing between yoga classes at main stage


Over the years, I have had the opportunity to take classes with most of the yoga teachers at the event, so this time I decided to dedicate most of my time to listening to Kirtan and chanting along. Yvonne and Troy explored some yoga classes with teachers they hadn’t met, such as a Kundalini class with Kia Miller and various workshops.



Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa with Tim Miller

Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa with Tim Miller

It was a privilege for me to assist in Tim Miller’s classes on Saturday and Sunday. Quite a big crowd of curious students found their way to the Ashtanga classes, although they most likely were the most challenging option on the schedule. In honor of Hanuman’s weekday Saturday, we chanted the Hanuman Chalisa together with the whole group of students. Message us to join us to one of the festivals in 2016!

Love, Uta





Bheemashakti Mandala in Prague:

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Join Troy for a 49 day Mandala training of Bheemashakti Yoga in Prague from October 15th to December 2nd. Two 21 day cycles of daily practice, one week of rest between cycles. Message us for details!


Individual Retreats upon request

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Experience Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, California, September 6 – 15, 2015!

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Bhakti Fest celebrates the devotional path that has its roots in yoga, kirtan, and meditation. It embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices. Bhakti Fest builds a community of people drawn to follow the path of the heart – a devotional, prayerful, loving, healthful, respectful family.

All the artists, presenters, and vendors embody, practice, and share the spirit of Bhakti through a variety of ways, including: Kirtan, Yoga Classes, Meditations, Workshops, Eco-Friendly, Holistic Marketplace, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Raw Vegan Cuisine, Wellness Sanctuary: massage, bodywork, energy work, intuitive readings, and other unique wellness enhancing modalities.

Turn the festival into a 10 day retreat in San Diego. The OM Home is here to help. As Bhakti Fest insiders and residents of Southern California, we can organize your trip to maximize your time and experience. Offerings include: booking travel, accommodations, transportation, and activities in Southern California surrounding the festival weekend. Send us a message and we will work with you on an individual basis to devise the best program to suit your travel plans and interests!


September 5             Arrive in San Diego
September 6             Day of Mindfulness at Deer Park Monastery, Zen Buddhist tradition
September 7             Ashtanga Yoga with Tim Miller, explore Encinitas and Meditation Garden
September 8             San Diego – Coronado, Little Italy, Downtown
September 9             Bheemashakti Yoga with Troy, explore San Diego – South Park, North Park
September 10 – 13   Drive to the beautiful high desert of Joshua Tree for Bhakti Fest
September 14 – 15   Return to San Diego with us for yoga and relaxation after the festival or continue your journey  to other parts of California


1,350.00 Euro


  • transportation from and to airport, in San Diego, to and from Bhakti Fest
  • accommodation during the festival
  • guided daytime activities in San Diego before and after the festival
  • fees for yoga classes or admission

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Bheemashakti Yoga Teaching Intensive, San Diego, CA – June & July 2015

Join Troy Munsey and Angela Patriarca for an immersion in Bheemashakti Yoga in San Diego, based on the teachings of Master Hr Suresh and Jonathan Patriarca.


• Mornings: Everyday from 5:00 am to 8:00 am
• Afternoons: Wed, Sat, Sun from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
• 7 day rest period between mandalas


• 200hr Certificate of Completion
• Level 1 Authorization to teach Bheemashakti Yoga (Intro and All levels Classes)


• Students that have an interest in the Bheemashakti Method
• Practice Bheemashakti regularily (not mandatory)
• Earned previous Teacher Training Certificates (not mandatory)
• Want to have a deep practical experience
• Add to your depth of knowledge regarding yoga
• Interest in a regular Pranayama and Meditation practices


$2,450 flexible payment available