Escape and Dare To Explore Retreat
Soufriere, Dominica with Ann Richardson Stevens and Erica Owens

If you think about it, yoga and travel are two activities that bring similar benefits to our body and mind. They both let you know yourself better, push you to do things you probably didn’t know you were capable of, as well as provide you with a state of mind that just makes you feel alive!

Escape with us to expand your yoga practice, reconnect and immerse yourself in nature & adventure. Discover why Dominica is the best-kept secret in the Caribbean. This destination gem is not your average Caribbean island. Its towering mountains, lush green forests, clear blue waters, incredible volcanic landscapes, and 356 winding rivers are practically begging for exploration.

An unbelievably revitalizing experience awaits when you escape to this under-visited slice of natural heaven with Ann & Erica from Studio Bamboo Yoga.  We invite you to expand your yoga practice and offer you a space for growth and healing. Ann will offer two yoga classes daily. A morning session that will be more active with detailed alignment-based asana instruction. The evening session will be a more relaxing yin practice. Allowing you to unwind and relax from the day’s activities. Both sessions will focus on breath and sensation. Allowing you to drift into a much-needed savasana at the end of every class. All levels are welcome. We believe if you can breathe. You can do yoga.

In between yoga, spend your 7 days experiencing gourmet cuisine, and local culture, hiking to waterfalls, snorkeling in internationally known Champagne reef, and indulging in spa treatments. Did we mention the 180-degree view of the ocean as your backdrop?
This yoga retreat is the perfect place to escape from everything as you reconnect to yourself and explore the Nature Island of the Caribbean.

  • 6 nights accommodations in luxury villas
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from DOM – Douglas-Charles Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Access to 2 fully-equipped yoga studios with views of the ocean
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)


With a 180-degree view of the ocean as your backdrop, this Caribbean gem on the Island of Dominica offers a dynamic collection of retreat, adventure, spa treatments, wellness, yoga, gourmet cuisine, local culture, and history. With the deep energy of this special center and the crystal blue ocean surrounding, immerse your senses in all this escape has to offer. It’s the perfect spot to unplug from everything as you reconnect to yourself and the Nature Island of the Caribbean.

Ann Richardson & Erica Owens

Ann and Erica are the owners of Studio Bamboo Yoga in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  For over five years they have been leading retreats abroad for their students to be inspired and expand their practice. Their retreats are grounded in learning, adventure, and connection. It’s never about the destination, it’s always about the journey and what we learn along the way.

Ann, who will be your yoga guide for the week, teaches a variety of classes emphasizing technique and alignment, intensives, and teacher training at the 200-hour and 300-hour levels as well as continued education for yoga therapists and yoga teachers. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a 1000-hour yoga teacher by Beryl Bender Birch and The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. Ann also holds Levels I, II, advanced training, and PTSD certificates from Matthew Sanford and Mindbody Solutions. Ann was honored to be on the Board of Directors for the Give Back Yoga Foundation for 10 years and is now on the Advisory Board still serving the organization.

Ann began yoga in the late ‘90s and quickly realized there was something more to it than just movement. She was
hooked and her fascination with the healing aspects of the practice soon followed.  Ann’s teaching style is fun, energetic, and challenging, yet grounding, safe, and supportive.

Two documentaries, “Standing Still/Still Standing”, by Walton Films and “Yoga as Medicine”, by Green Island Films features Ann and two of her adaptive students.

Ann truly believes yoga is for Every Body, as Desikachar says, “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”

Ann and Erica Retreat

  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Indoor and outdoor gourmet Caribbean restaurant
  • Spa services
  • On-site trails
  • Hike to thermal heated waterfalls, 
  • soak in mineral hot springs,
  • indulge in spa treatments, and 
  • discover Caribbean cuisine 
  • Ocean adventures including (kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching)
  • Rich community service education programs

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A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There 

You will be booking your flights for the  DOM – Douglas-Charles Airport. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle. The drive time to the center is approximately 2 hours. 

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at and let us know how we can help!

Dominica retreat

Shared Accommodations $2995 USD

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3295 USD

Single Accommodations – $3695 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations – $4095 USD

A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to

Dominica retreat

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