Pyramid Yoga is an educational centre and demonstration site: for Yogic Living and Sustainable Farming practices in picturesque Palawan village of Port Barton, Philippines.
As a Yoga Center and experimental sustainability project, our vision is to become actively involved in the creation of sustainable food production systems, alternative living and community supported education projects that support a balanced, harmonious and joyful lifesyle.
Our project currently supports and is supported by the surrounding Philippine community, within which we are assisting local schools and will soon be offering yoga classes to school-aged and adult groups.
In addition to the Sustainable Living Workshops we will continue to offer throughout the year, we are open to accommodating like minded souls who share our vision of clean, simple and conscious living. Whether you are a traveling artisan or have recently retired from the 9-5 grind (at any age), if Pyramid Yoga strikes a chord with you be sure to see our WorkAway profile or Contact Us directly.
The islands of Palawan stretch from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest and lies between the South China and Sulu Seas.
Palawan's forests and grasslands resonate with the songs of more than 200 species of birds whilst another 600 species of butterflies flutter around the islands' 1500 varieties of plants. At the right time of year It is not uncommon to spot groups of endangered sea turtles nesting on the sandy white beaches or even a Dugong if you're lucky.
Fortunately for us, our Pyramid Yoga property is nestled in the jungle just above the picturesque Port Barton, overlooking the bay of the sleepy beachfront village. Port Barton is a low-key getaway with crystaline waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling and sailing with unforgettable sunsets almost every day.
In your spare time there is certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Palawan, for some inspiration take a look at this list of things to do in Palawan. For any further information you might seek see Lonely Planet's take on Palawan.
Whilst we have tenting available, and are building a couple of simple cabins, at this stage we are not offering student lodging at Palawan Samadhi as we are still in the process of constructing the Center.
There are, however, a variety of affordable bungalows available on the beach front which generally have some of the amenities such as hi-speed wi-fi, and so on. Port Barton is off the grid and has power only from 6pm to midnight; although Pyramid Yoga has its own full time solar power.
As Palawan is surrounded by such beautiful coral gardens and reefs that are abundant with colorful marine life, there is always an eclectic mix of travellers to mingle with wherever you chose to stay. The locals are also incredibly friendly and engaging which always makes overseas travel infinitely more enriching.
Furthermore, if you intend to explore the island during your spare time organzing trips, tours and activities through hostels and guest accommodations is a walk in the park (or a snorkel in the sea).
GENERAL INFORMATION & FAQS FOR THE PHILIPPINES
PHILIPPINE TOURIST VISA
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Philippines for the most up-to-date information available.
Generally visitors from approved countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding 21 days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to their port of origin or that of their next destination and their passports are valid for a period of at least 6 months beyond the period of stay.
Visas normally allow stays of up to 60 days. Extensions are possible at the discretion of the Bureau of Immigration by completing an application form and submitting it along with a photocopy of your passport, visa, latest arrival card, valid extension of stay and any other pertinent documents that may support your application.
GETTING TO PORT BARTON
Palawan is easily accessible from Manilla and a few other parts of the Philippines. Indeed, with enough planning, good timing and luck, by plane it possible to arrive in Manilla, change planes and arrive at your destination in Palawan the very same day as flights to Palawan from Manila are only a little over an hour.
On the other hand if time is not an issue and a boat trip across the crystal clear waters that make the Philippines famous strikes your fancy, there are plenty of Ferry options to choose from.
Once you're on the island you can make your way to Port Barton by way of jeepney. Usually the journey between Puerto Princessa takes around 4 hours, however these perpetually crowded and flamboyantly decorated buses often take much longer to arrive at their destination - especially after heavy downfall. It is one of the true Palawan experiences so be sure to keep your camera out.
WHAT TO BRING
Information and suggestions regarding what you will need to bring may be downloaded as a PDF document and printed for your convenience. Simply click on the Suggested Packing Guide.
The Philippines is an affordable travel destination and does not require you to come loaded with cash to enjoy yourself. In general, a meal can be found for around 100 pesos with street stall options abundant and even cheaper.
Whilst you are at Palawan Samadhi you will be provided with meals and given home grown fruits and vegetables to take back to your accommodation as they become ready to eat. There are also a few small supermarkets and numerous local fresh produce markets in Port Barton with fresh seafood daily.
Factor transport and entertainment costs into your budget. Bikes can be rented for between 500-100 pesos a day.
Additional activities such as scuba diving, boat tours or Jeep rental (if you're game) will be the greatest costs to consider in your budget as there is certainly no lack of wonderful things to see and do.
For the most current conversion rates use XE Online Currency Converter.
You can rent motorbikes all over the island for about 500-300 pesos a day and less for longer term rentals - which is what we would suggest. The cost of fuel is approximately 200 pesos to fill 'er up and should last you a week or more (that depends on how much you travel). The island is over 500 kilometers long.
Locally, it is relatively easy to hitch a lift along the road here and there. Whilst bicycles are a romantic idea, the hilly rugged roads of Palawan make for a pretty difficult ride anywhere too far inland.