The island of Bonaire will host its first annual Yoga and Wellness Festival in the summer of 2023.
An exciting new festival is coming. Between 19-25 June, Bonaire will be the home of activities related to yoga, health, meditation, and wellness industry, organized by the local Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) association and the Bindu Yoga & Healing Center (BINDU).
The week-long festival will feature two yoga retreats – one with the renowned Ashtanga yoga teacher and influencer Laruga Glaser, and the other with local yoga teachers specialized in gentle yoga practices.
The festival guests will take part in special treatment programs focused on “heal, rejuvenate, relax and explore”. The hosts of the Yoga and Wellness Festival events across Bonaire, including the local restaurants and hotels, plan to give away numerous special offers to the guests.
The last day will be saved for various workshops with music, food stalls, and lifestyle related activities and goods, all with focus on healthy living. Another Caribbean island perfect for yoga and relax is Saint Lucia – easily accessible with the Saint Lucia Travel Authorization.
The Organizers of Bonaire’s Yoga and Wellness Festival
On December 13, 2022, BINDU together with TCB set a meeting with wellness sector representatives for the new 2023 Yoga and Wellness Festival. The meeting was filled up with enthusiasts eager to collaborate.
“Organizing an Annual Yoga and Wellness Festival is a great way to promote the island as a major health and wellness destination. This creates new market opportunities for companies in the yoga industry, as well as the health food and healthy lifestyle industries that have a natural connection to this sector,” said Miles Mercera, CEO of Tourism Corporation Bonaire.
Wellness activities are not uncommon on the island of Bonaire. Pilates and yoga studios, massage centers are spread all over the island. This, combined with the local seafood traditions, make the place perfect for the festival.
Bonaire is home of numerous festivals. Among the most famous ones are the Karnaval of Bonaire – a traditional Caribbean carnival held in February; Dia di Rincon – a festival celebrating Bonaire’s cultural heritage; Dia di San Wan and Dia di San Pedro – a festival that combines both Christian and local traditions in one like fire dancing, krioyo music along with religious practices.
Bonaire is also host of two regional major events – the International Sailing Regatta and the Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race, both held in October.
Above are only four of more than 10 events that gather locals and tourists to celebrate the island’s culture and unique nature.
In the meantime, the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) is planning more events to attract more tourists. The efforts, however, are not without self-sufficient. The Bonaire authorities are simultaneously developing programs related to local environment protection.
In 2022, the island established a new tourism tax – Bonaire Tax, mandatory to every foreign visitor on the island. In addition, a Nature Fee is collected from those planning to dive or practice any other water related sports.
The funds from these taxes will be allocated to local business, education, and for environmental protection.
The friendly, welcoming, music loving people of Bonaire, their delicious food, numerous beaches, sports activities opportunities along with the fact that the island is way out of the Caribbean hurricane belt make it a favorite destination for those wishing to know this part of the World.