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Jasmine Hemsley: La Vida Veda Retreat, Saint Lucia

23 July - 28 July


Jasmine Hemsley La Vida Veda retreat will be from 23-28 July at Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolat Saint Lucia

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Author and wellbeing expert Jasmine Hemsley will hold ‘La Vida Veda’ retreat from 23-28 July at Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia.

Jasmine Hemsley: La Vida Veda

Driven by Jasmine’s enthusiasm for Ayurveda, the retreat’s schedule features daily yoga sessions and sound baths for relaxation, complemented by informative talks and scenic nature walks on a stunning Caribbean island. Nestled within a verdant rainforest, the retreat offers guests an immersive experience in the island’s natural setting, boasting breathtaking views. Collaborating with the hotel’s culinary team, Jasmine has curated a menu that embraces Ayurvedic principles, incorporating the fresh, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients found right outside the hotel.

The retreat aims to rejuvenate and inspire guests, equipping them with the knowledge to better understand their mind-body connection and how to integrate Ayurvedic wisdom into their daily lives once they return home.

Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat
Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat

Rabot Hotel

Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat, in located near the town of Soufriere.

Nestled within a UNESCO World Heritage site and situated on Hotel Chocolat’s active organic cacao farm, Rabot Hotel provides a distinctive luxury experience in the heart of Saint Lucia’s rainforest. Guests can immerse themselves in the verdant surroundings where cacao trees flourish. The resort, which boasts views of the famed Petit Piton mountain, features 25 private lodges, an open-air restaurant and bar, an infinity pool, and a spa.

The hotel’s 140-acre Rabot Estate offers a plethora of experiences. Retreat guests can delve into sustainable cacao cultivation, traverse the estate’s varied trails, relish the mud baths at Sulphur Springs nearby, and catch a shuttle to the closest beach.

If you wish to sign up for the retreat, go to The retreat costs $2,500 for single occupancy or $4,000 for a couple sharing a room.


23 July
28 July


Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat
Saint Lucia

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Before setting up Wellness Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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