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Yoga, Nutrition, Alignment & Movement Retreat (Dominican Republic)

Yoga, nutrition and the healing arts on the wild Dominican coastline.

"Yoga to me is a way of life. It is not just the physical practice of asana. It involves the purification of your being inside and out". Samanta Duggal


Highway 5, Cabrera Rio San Juan Rio San Juan, DO 33300

Type of Event

  • Retreat


Jul 23 to
Jul 30
11:00 amto11:00 am

A three- or five-night stay between 23 and 30 July 2016



• Full board accommodation and airport transfers
• A comprehensive itinerary with Samanta and Trayl covering movement, massage, meditation and nutrition

Full Description

Amanera invites guests to join yoga, healing and fitness experts Samanta Duggal and Trayl Aitken-Cade on a mind-calming, body-transforming journey.

Those in need of an opportunity to stop and find the self-awareness required to de-stress, detox and rejuvenate body and

Samanta Duggal
Mumbai-based Samanta is a well-respected teacher who has been dedicated to mind-body health for more than 20 years. She started out as a professional dancer before discovering yoga in 2003. She trained at the world-renowned Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy at Neyyar Dam, Kerala, and is also certified in Yoga Therapy by the Yoga Vidhya Dham, Nasik. After completing her training, she co-founded the renowned Yogasutra studio in Mumbai, radically bringing teachers of different yoga disciplines under one roof to offer clients an integrated experience. Samanta’s specialisms include Classical Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa along with principles of alignment, Yoga Nidra, breath work, Vedic chanting, Thai Osteo bodywork and Abdominal Chi Detox Massage combined with Ayurvedic principles and techniques. Now with more than 10 years’ teaching experience, she leads corporate programmes and retreats all over the world.

Trayl Aitken-Cade
Former navy diver and rugby player Trayl developed a fascination with the body during his competitive sports career in South Africa, which led to a second career in massage and personal training. After qualifying in sports massage in 2003, he ran his own massage and personal training company before heading to Chiang Mai in 2010 to teach Thai massage. While in Thailand he spent time with the country’s famous blind massage masters, honing his craft at local hospitals and temples and developing his own signature massage. Combining traditional Western and Eastern traits with his own intuitive techniques, Trayl’s one-of-a-kind massages have seen him in demand at at the world’s most exclusive spas.

Surrounded by more than 400 acres of protected nature reserve, Amanera’s sleek Modernist structures emerge from virgin jungle above the Dominican Republic’s dramatic northern coastline. Amanera means ‘peaceful water’, a name that conjures both the surrounding natural features – waterfalls, mangrove-lined lagoons and the ever-shifting spectrum of the Atlantic – and the design of the property, centred around a tiered water feature and a curved infinity pool. The minimalist architecture of the Casitas, all of which have private pools, places the focus on the incredible outdoors, where adventure and relaxation await. At the Aman Spa, therapies are influenced by the country’s shamanic healing traditions, using local herbs and plants in a comprehensive menu of treatments.

Caribbean-inflected dishes are the focus of The Restaurant’s menu, featuring traditional stews, ceviche and freshly caught fish. After dinner, the Dominican Republic’s heritage of rum, chocolate and cigar making comes into its own.

Explore the pretty, art-filled fishing villages and colonial architecture that adorns the coastline, kite-surf at world-famous Cabarete, or sample the spectacular cliff-side golf course.

Amanera is a 60-minute drive from both Puerto Plata (POP) and Samaná El Catey (AZS) airports.

Day 1
After arrival at Amanera, you will meet with Samanta and Trayl for a private consultation to discuss your needs and aspirations for the retreat.

Day 2
The day begins with a morning yoga and alignment session with Samanta on the Ocean View Stage. After breakfast, Trayl will lead a nutrition coaching session, which is followed by a wellness lunch. The afternoon is taken up with yoga nidra, joint mobilization and yin yoga, before you can head to the Spa to enjoy a detox body wrap and toning massage. Sunset meditation is followed by dinner and story telling with the specialists.

Day 3
An early-morning personal training session on the beach kick-starts the day. After breakfast, you can take part in a workshop on ayurvedic nutrition before lunch and some time to relax by the pool or beach. After lunch, Trayl will lead a relaxing, digestion-aiding meditation and movement session, followed by sessions in restorative yoga and breath work with Samanta. After a specialised massage in the Spa, you will enjoy dinner at Amanera.

Day 4
The morning is welcomed with a yoga asana and alignment session, followed by breakfast and a choice of kayaking, Fit SUP or mountain biking during the morning. After lunch, you will gather for sessions in breath work and pranayama, followed by a specialised massage in the Spa. After sunset meditation, dinner is followed by a musical instrument and voice exploration session.

Day 5
You will begin your day with integrated vinyasa flow yoga before breakfast and a follow-up nutrition coaching session. Trayl will lead an integrated movement session before lunch, after which Samanta will offer vedic chanting, breathing and movement. The afternoon is taken up with partner stretch sessions with both Trayl and Samanta, involving a specialised fourhanded massage. After dinner on the beach, Samanta will lead a candlelight meditation or tratak session to aid sleep.

Day 6
A floating meditation and relaxation session marks the final day of the retreat. After breakfast with the specialists, you are free to enjoy the resort before preparing for departure from Amanera.

Singapore – Tel: (65) 671 58855
USA – Tel: (1) 800 477 9180


Amanera direct – Tel: (65) 6883 2555

This exclusive Group Retreat Experience is valid for new bookings only, is subject to availability and is not combinable with any other exclusive unless specified. Aman reserves the right to withdraw this exclusive at any time with prior notice. Cancellations and payments as per property standard terms.