We’ve won an eco award!
Proud winners of Luxlife Award
Best Eco beach lodge getaway 2023 - Trinidad and Tobago
We’re delighted to have won our first eco-related award as part of the LuxLife magazine’s 8th annual awards programme.
Having worked hard for over two decades to build Castara Retreats into a sustainable business that enhances the local environment and community in Tobago as much as possible, we’re chuffed to receive this recognition.
From sponsoring local institute ERIC (Environmental Research Institute Charlottesville) to regenerate the coral reef in Castara Bay, to supporting local community members to develop and promote their own independent tourism-related businesses, we strive to enhance the flora and fauna within the beautiful fishing village of Castara.
As of November 2022, we’re excited to be working with Green Key International – an organisation helping tourism enterprises improve their environmental responsibility and sustainability standards. We wholly welcome our partnership with this prestigious and rigorous eco-label and are passionate about our commitment to long-term changes – from educating ourselves on how to live and work with a more sustainable mindset, to practical changes such as introducing solar panels to our properties. Our initial assessment shows we’re already strong in several areas, such as community engagement and composting, and there is exciting progress to make.
Thanks again to Luxlife for the recognition!
Launching our first home-grown Yoga RetreatThe Power of Now Yoga Retreat7-day yoga holiday led by in-house expert yoga teacher, Judha
Long awaited and inspired by high demand, we’re delighted to launch our first home-grown yoga retreat between 4-11 November 2023, hosted by our very own expert yoga teacher, Jovander Pacheco (aka Judha). ‘The Power of Now’ is a seven-day vinyasa-style yoga retreat, helping us transfer the mindfulness we learn on our yoga mat into our everyday life.
For all the details follow the link below.
20 – 27 October 2017Raw Love Awakening Retreat
Raw Love Awakening is for you if you are on a journey to find your inner truth and – a connection with your higher self. This is a raw food retreat which draws on the ‘high vibrational energy’ of raw food, movement, meditation and awareness, to bring you an experience of love, peace, health and inspiration. Join Gabriela Lerner and her team of experienced practitioners for 7 days that will leave you peaceful, empowered and ready to live your life with integrity and from your heart. What’s included in the retreat:
Gabriela’s teachings on the 6 Prayers of Raw Love Awakening
Delicious freshly prepared, nutrient-rich raw vegan cuisine
Kundalini yoga, Meditation and Nia classes
Time to relax and sunbathe in the tropical gardens or on the beach
Boat trip to secluded bays and beaches and waterfall walks
A Thai Body massage
The fundamentals of wellness – food, exercise, clarity of mind and spirituality – are the foundations of your 7-day stay, and are further inspired by the spectacular scenery of Tobago and the beautiful landscaped gardens at Castara Retreats. This Retreat is for men and women who want to connect with who they really are. You already know that health is not just the absence of disease, but that it includes your body, mind and spirit. The Raw Love Awakening Retreat is so-called because the focus of this retreat is LOVE in all its forms. It is about the awareness and truth that each one of us can awaken to love in many different ways, in each and every moment. “Raw” refers to the way in which this awakening is activated. All meals are 100% raw food and vegan for a reason: eating food in its purest, most natural state is the most powerful and high vibrational way that we can consume it. When we fill our body with food of this pure and high energy, we awaken at a cellular level and this has a profound and far reaching ripple effect on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. This creates the perfect environment to connect and stay connected to the pure and transformational vibration of love.
This Retreat is for you if:
You are already interested in human potential and spirituality and want to take your journey deeper
You love the idea of being surrounded by nature and luxury as you take this journey
You really feel the call to rest, rejuvenate and reinvent yourself to at least some degree, and are open to growth and learning on many levels
It excites you and lights you up to imagine spending a week being nourished and nurtured with the knowledge that this will ultimately also impact on the health
You want to connect with other like-minded people and feel part of a community
All activities at the retreat are specifically designed to help you connect on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Join Gabriela and her team for this extraordinary experience. Find out more on Gabriela’s website here.
Yoga Retreat – 20 – 30 July 2017
Let go of stresses and strains of daily life, and come join us at one of our yoga retreats in our fabulous new purpose-built studio space, with sweeping views across to the Caribbean Sea.Flowing with the Elements - Yoga Retreat with Davin Jones and Emese Fodor
Davin and Emese are qualified yoga teachers who combine their skills to offer a unique yoga experience. This retreat is open to all, from beginners to more experienced yoga practitioners, and promotes a healthy lifestyle, positive thinking, and motivation to live your life to the fullest. Rejuvenate with daily yoga and stay at Castara Retreats and all that is on offer in terms of quality accommodation, friendly staff, and spectacular location.
This retreat is family-friendly, meaning that if you have friends or family who want a Caribbean holiday, but not a yoga retreat, we are finding that this works perfectly well, as there is lots of time in the day to hang out together as a family, as well as maintaining commitment to your daily yoga schedule.
Highlights of the retreat include:
Daily Yin yoga classes
Daily Vinyasa yoga classes
Guided meditation sessions
Special workshops with Davin and Emese
Ten nights’ accommodation
Delicious and healthy daily meals prepared by Caribbean Kitchen
Davin and Emese will organise the retreat together to offer the balance and unity of the feminine (Shakti-creativity) and the masculine (Shiva-consciousness) which are the great energies of life. They like to combine their passion and speciality to offer a unique experience with diverse classes and workshops.
Davin’s passion is alignment, inversions, and hand-balances, and Emese loves to share her creativity by building sequences with flowing movements, and a unique ‘yogadance’ style, working with the symbols, elements of chakras, and nature.
Prices from £1,350 for 10 nights’ accommodation, food, and yoga sessions.
Find our more here.
OUR NEW-LOOK AND NEW WEBSITE
We are hugely excited to be launching our new website, and re-branded ‘look’. This project began in autumn 2015, when we consulted with guests, staff and service providers – getting insights into what Castara Retreats represents to them. Since then, we have been working to develop these ideas into our revitalised new brand, and designing this new website. We are delighted with the outcome, and hope you find our new website enjoyable and easy to explore.
Feedback from our guests last autumn also gave us the clear message that they would like to see more Caribbean-style food on our menu. Over the past few months, we have been working with our restaurant team to create a new menu which celebrates the spices and flavours of the Caribbean, and sizzling new dishes now include the Trinidad and Tobago speciality shark ‘n bake, along with griddled prawns with coconut and lime dressing, passionfruit cheesecake, and Jamaican jerk chicken, to name just a few!
As part of the re-branding project, last month we invited our talented sign-writer friend Jesse Watkins to paint all of the new signage for Castara Retreats at Caribbean Kitchen. She brought fabulous creativity to the project and has done a beautiful job hand-painting bright, colourful and unique new signs all around the property.