Cebu is the city of smiles and that is where FLOW conducted their Tropical Yoga and Dive Retreat in Club Serena Resort, Moalboal, Cebu.
Upon arriving in the Mactan airport, the FLOW crew met participants in the city and took a 2.5 van ride to the resort. Here, the beach’s white sands and translucent waters greeted them- a perfect venue for the weekend’s activities.
The retreat officially commenced with an opening circle to meet and greet participants and crew. Goodie bags were given away with items from Timex, Roxy, FLOW, Juice Barista, Beyond Yoga, Moringana, Heyjow, and Belo Essentials Sun Expert.
Owner of the resort’s dive shop and yoga extraordinaire, Rica Hernandez-Gomez, led the group in an invigorating Vinyasa yoga class under purple and blue cloth drapes. The Cebuana yogi community is thriving and participants were excited to take classes with Rica.
The next morning, Rica taught a brief yoga session before proceeding to the SUP (stand-up paddleboard) introduction and race. The Timex visors and Belo Essentials SunExpert sunblock protected them from the hot summer sun. Winners received bottles of acai berry juice.
After lunch, the PADI-accredited dive shop prepared the group for their first open water intro dive. A short lecture was done in a classroom setting, followed by basic instructions in the pool then the actual adventure in the ocean. The lush reefs of Moalboal were addicting and participants enjoyed their first diving experience. Some even spotted a couple of sea turtles.
FLOW conducted a green smoothie and raw food workshop in the afternoon. Participants got to taste green smoothies infused with Morningana capsules and superfoods from The Healthy Grocery. A hit was the lemon and ginger natural iced tea made from steeping Morningana tea bags and adding cold water and mint leaves and FLOW’s favorite Brekkie with soaked chia, fresh fruits, Granola Girl, Coco Dolce chocolate chips and sprinkles of the The Healthy Grocery superfoods (maca powder and acai powder).
During sunset, a spontaneous hula hoop class was taught by one of the participants, Bernadette Hoopaholic Cebu. Energized by the smoothies and superfoods, the participants danced and twirled, trying to learn simple hoop basics and tricks.
A candle-lit yoga session was held that evening under a canopy of stars. It was a serene experience to do the asanas in the dark. The group then had dinner on pillows in the sand while telling stories to cap the evening.
The Sunday morning yoga session was taught by Flow participant, Aisa Locsin-Winternitz. After this, some participants went snorkeling to see the giant school of sardine fish in the Moalboal beach.
The retreat closed with awarding best in yoga, SUP, diving, hula and smoothie-making. Premium prices were from Timex, Moringana, Cutieverse, Lagu and Indigobaby were given away to winners.
It may not have been a surf.yoga.samba retreat, but it was a Dive.Yoga.Hula retreat and many memories were made before saying goodbye to beautiful Moalboal.