2015 Coral Spawning
Scuba St. Lucia at the Anse Chastanet Resort has been observing Corals Spawning now for over 20 years and we certainly are looking forward to this interesting and spectacular event this year. Now’s the time to make plans for those who want to enjoy what is for most, a once in a lifetime event. In St. Lucia, coral spawning generally beings 7 days after the full moon in August. However, because there are two full moons in August this year, we are faced with a more challenging prediction but our experience over the years suggests that September 5 & 6 are the most likely dates.
The spawning starts around 9:30 pm with Brain Coral beginning the show. Once this is witnessed, witnessing divers and snorkelers know they’re in for a real treat because as soon as the Brain Coral spawns , the other hard corals will commence as well. Over the years we also have observed that on the following day (day 8 after the full moon) the Ruby Brittle Stars come out in big numbers around 6:30 pm to reproduce and, with a little luck, we will have some corals that missed the party the night before, spawn around 9:30 as well.
Watch our Coral Spawning Video
Women’s Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat at Anse Chastanet Resort St Lucia
October 10 - 17th, 2015
Renew Your Spirit and Deepen Your Practice
Join a group of fellow seekers for a deep retreat experience in which you help create a conscious community, sharing nourishing teachings and heartfelt conversations. This week is for women looking to retreat from daily routine and to go deeper into mindfulness where we can just be present. Join us and explore how asana, meditation and relaxation help to access the divine feminine nature and intuition to stay more deeply connected.
Open to healthy women with a minimum of 1 year of continuous study of alignment-based asana practice. Be prepared for intermediate level asana with a variety of poses including some backbends, arm balances and inversions. Modifications available. All props are provided but many people like to bring their own sticky mat. Limited to 14 participants.
The Women’s Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat
Yoga: A 3-hour morning intermediate level asana class and a 2-hour afternoon class of quieter practices.
Food & drink with three healthy, delicious meals daily: vegetarian & fresh fish options. Ample time for relaxation, walking the beach, ocean swimming, nature hikes, snorkeling, kayaking, sunfish sailing, paddle boarding SUP and tennis.
Abbreviated schedule on Wednesday to enjoy mountain biking, scuba diving & local excursions to volcano, sulfur springs, botanical gardens or climbing the Gros Piton all for an additional charge.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the bar-lounge area
The Injury-Free Yoga Practice: Postural Distortions that Effect Asana Unlock the mystery as to why certain poses can feel different on each side of your body. The teachers will address how common postural distortions such as flat feet, internally rotated shoulders and pelvic rotation can create chronic pain and how they can be alleviated through yoga practice.
Physiological Principles of Muscle Release: Learn simple techniques to facilitate deeper opening in areas of chronic tension.
Cathy Whelehan, RYT
Cathy is first and foremost a student of life, love and connection. Her yoga classes emphasize sound therapeutic alignment, integration with nature and celebration of the heart. Cathy inspires others to connect more deeply with their own heart and greatness. She has over 1000 hours of teacher training in Anusara, Ashaya and various therapeutic modalities. Cathy is passionate about supporting students to develop dally personal practices that assist individual transformation and planetary evolution. Check out her studio in Redding, CT at www.openskyyogabarn.com
Janet Schroeder, M.A., L.M.T., Certified Yoga Instructor
Janet has had a private practice in personal training, massage therapy, meditation and yoga for over 25 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Neurosomatic Therapist and Certified Yoga Teacher with extensive training in Iyengar and Ashtanga. She has studied mindfulness extensively with a wide variety of teachers including Jon Kabot Zinn, Jack Kornfield and Pema Chodron. Visit Janet at www.integratedpainandstressrelief.com.
Registration & Payment
Registration opens May 1st, 2015. Register by downloading the brochure, completing the registration form and mailing it with a $500 non-refundable deposit or full payment (for early bird discount) to Cathy Whelehan. Make checks payable to Open Sky Yoga Barn 95 Cross Hwy, Redding CT 06896
Please direct retreat inquiries to: email@example.com
2015 Field Survey Trip Program
December 5th - 12th, 2015
St Lucia - Anse Chastanet
Expert REEF surveyor and 2011 Volunteer of the Year Heather George will share her knowledge of fish ID and behavior at this lovely seaside resort in the heart of beautiful St. Lucia. The entire region is a protected marine area and excellent beach diving is available directly in front of the resort. Join this trip to participate in citizen science while taking a relaxing break during the hectic holiday season!
Your all-inclusive package includes 7 nights of accommodation in a Superior room at the Anse Chastanet, all taxes and service charges, full meal plan and non-alcoholic beverages (including 3 meals and afternoon tea daily), 6 days of 2 tank boat dives, 2 night dives, complimentary shore diving (must pre-arrange a day ahead and be accompanied by resort staff), weight belts & weights, complimentary nitrox, airport transfers, activities such as tennis, windsurfing, sailing, and a guided tour of Old French Colonial Plantation. Cost is $2,529 per person based on double occupancy.
Photographers have an opportunity to learn lighting, story telling, and camera techniques from two of the world's leading photographers and educators at St. Lucia's ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN Resorts. Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist, will conduct a week of education about light and its possibilities. The week will be about the language of light, and how to use small flash well and fast, travel with a minimum of gear, and make beautiful pictures and portraits.
Morning Session: 9:00 am.
Class meets in air-conditioned conference room equipped with digital projector. Morning is devoted to assessing participant portfolios and determining objectives for the week. Each participant to bring no more than 10 images for review and discussion. They can be the participant's images, or images not their own that they admire and wish to know more about, or emulate in some way.
Joe will do a slide show based on lighting strategies that emphasizes the use of all manner and color of light to create effective portraiture and story telling pictures. The key this week is to explore techniques for excellent small flash use, find a photograph, shooting it well, and then, given RC's amazing post production expertise, finishing that photo well.
Break from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
In the afternoon, gear strategies will be discussed and buttons and dials explained. There will be a demo of sensor cleaning techniques, and an overview of work flow for the week, followed by a review of basic lighting techniques.
Short Lecture: Capturing video with your DSLR!
Your DSLR camera can be used as an instrument to produce wonderful video that can complement your images. In this short workshop, RC talks about how to setup your camera for quick video capture, what are some of the tools of the trade for capturing great video, and quick workflows for capturing footage while making great still images.
This short, informative presentation from RC will enable the participants to shoot quick simple video clips throughout the week of their St. Lucia adventure. After RC's quick talk, there is an afternoon shooting session consists of small teams with a model assigned to each team. Basic assignment: Use one light well.
Part of the morning is spent in class, discussing yesterday's efforts, critiquing and evaluating results. The class then goes outside in the predictably, bright, harsh sun of the tropics nearing the noon hour, and strategies for using bad light well are discussed and shown. Bounce boards, hand held diffusers, raw flash, hi-speed sync, and large silks are all brought to bear to tame the raging sun. One of the most important skills any shooter needs is the ability to use bad light well, and to overcome situations where they encounter tremendous disparity of light.
Break from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
Afternoon demo and on location discussion of shooting interior/exterior environments effectively, with emphasis on using flash to balance exposure zones encountered in the open air rooms of Jade Mountain. Each team disperses with models to a selection of rooms to shoot for the afternoon. Assignment is to create mood and ambiance, while effectively using small flash techniques to blend interior and exterior environments.
Special Tuesday Evening Presentation:
Camera Raw and Photoshop, From Start to Finish:RC Concepcion 8-10pm
After a break and dinner, the class gathers for a start to finish workflow seminar. RC will go over his workflow for importing and organizing images into Lightroom. Once completed, RC will go over key things to keep in mind during the post processing of your images – focusing on making the most of your raw files in the Develop module in Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW in Photoshop. Finally, RC will take selected images from RAW and arm you with solid Photoshop techniques to make the most of your images- covering things from sharpening, post processing effects, masking, layer blending, and image recovery.
Meet in conference room at 9:30 for image review and critique. Time in class available to select and edit images for max of 3 per student to project.
Break from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
A visit to the Soufrieres Fire Department! An afternoon with firefighters at their home fire station in downtown Soufrieres. Firefighters make for iconic portrait subjects, and Joe has a long relationship to the department. Strategies, demos will be offered in how to do single, and group portraits, on location, using an environment to tell a story.
Thursday Program in Class
Special Session! The HDR Bootcamp
In this class, RC will teach you how to make the most out of your HDR experience. RC will cover what images make great HDR, and show the camera technique needed to make sure you have the source files you need. After the hardware is complete, RC will go over the entire HDR process from a software point of view. From capturing the image to tonemapping. Layer blending to photographic effects, RC will show that this technique can not only be something that you can control and master – but effectively use for creating stunning images.
The above is followed by quick critiques of the firehouse adventure.
Break from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
Photography in the jungle. Panning and blurring techniques with flash and jungle bikers. Demonstration by instructor in the art of creating images that move. Also portrait techniques demonstrated in intense, beautiful jungle environment. Teams assigned models to shoot for afternoon. Each team will have access to an experienced biker.
RC is also there in the jungle, leading an HDR walkabout, and students can participate in the "flash and blur," and or the HDR field trip.
Both Joe and RC run the critique session, and field questions from the week in a lively Q&A and review. All techniques, strategies for going forward to take the next step in your photography, are up for discussion, including business strategies for the photographer. Given RC's expertise on the web, he'll offer excellent strategies for building a website and projecting a visual experience.
Break from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.
Final Afternoon session
Meet in class to for final Q&A session and review of techniques learned. Last session late on Friday, class gathers on beach for spectacular "flambo" sunset session, with fires on the beach, models and flash lighting with gels. The famous Junior of the Anse Chastanet staff creates a wondrous environment on the fire lit beach, and individual sets are created, running off of Pocket Wizard flashes, that each participant can rotate through to create their own flash at sunset tropical masterpiece.
Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and, currently, an ongoing 25-year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications. His advertising and commercial clients include FedEx, Sony, Nikon, Land's End, General Electric, MetLife, Adidas, American Ballet Theater, Epson, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Whether he is capturing individuals or large-scale assignments, McNally's photographs inform the viewer with their artistry and compassion, telling us stories elicited by his great communicative skills and captured through his lens.
Joe was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography and described by the magazine as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today". He has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, as well as being a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens.
In 2010, he was voted as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade in an industry wide Photo District News survey. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalist Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, "The Panorama of War." He has also been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation. His fine art work is represented by the Monroe Gallery of Santa Fe, and his prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States.
Two of McNally's books, The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries, both cracked Amazon's top ten lists of best sellers. Other books include Guide to Digital Photography, and Sketching Light. In addition to these books, McNally's work is also featured in several 9/11 books, Faces of Ground Zero – Giant Polaroid Collection; One Nation; The American Spirit; and One Nation – America Remembers September 11, 2001, Ten Years Later. In addition to books, Joe has his own instructional DVD, The Language of Light. McNally is known internationally for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light. As part of his teaching activities, he conducts numerous workshops around the world. McNally continues to hold wide acclaim for his international workshops and seminars. Besides many U.S. venues, including those in New Mexico and Hawaii, Joe teaches in locations that include Dubai, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, St. Lucia, and Canada.
To see more of Joe’s work, as well as a schedule of his workshops, please go to: www.joemcnally.com.
Rafael Concepcion (RC) is the author of the bestselling book "Get Your Photography on the Web" a step by step book for photographers looking to develop their own websites without code, and "The HDR Book – Unlocking the Pro's Hottest Post-Processing Techniques" by Peachpit Press.
As as Education & Curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and an Instructor for Kelby Training, RC spends his day working on Photography, Photoshop, and how to get users onto the web. RC is also one of The Photoshop Guys. and the host of DTownTV.
An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has over 10 years in the I.T. and ecommerce industries and spends his days developing content for all applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. RC has held training seminars in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, and recently combined his photographic and web experience to teach with famed wildlife photographer Moose Peterson at the "You Can Do It Too" workshops in Mammoth, CA, The Digital Landscape Workshop Series, and at the Voices That Matter Web Conference in San Francisco, CA. RC is also a columnist for Photoshop User Magazine and Light It magazine.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS - Pricing Details & Surcharges
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Packages do not include airfare. All participants are responsible for booking their own air transportation.
GUESTS OF WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS
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June is the Month of Mango at Anse Chastanet
2016 event details coming soon - See sample event from 2015 below
Did you know that there are more than 24 different kind of mangoes growing in Saint Lucia? And even better, they all will be ripe to eat in June which is why we declared June the month of Mango.
Guests staying at Anse Chastanet Resort will delight in our many mango based culinary activities and services offered during the month of June. Guests may partake in weekly mango tasting classes showcasing the varieties of mango available on the island of St Lucia. Together with our resort mixologists, learn how to make the perfect Mango Martini, Mango Mojito and Mango Daiquiri, to name just a few.
Together with the Chef de Cuisine, participate in our interactive classes to make mango chutney and mango jam and take the results of your cooking experience home with you. And in our spa, you will be able to experience mango body scrubs, wraps and massages.
In our boutiques, find an exotic array of candles, soaps and other mango delights and souvenirs celebrating our Month of Mango.
Last but not least, visit our organic farm Emerald's to see our mango trees and the great variety of other organic produce grown there. Did you know that our consulting chef Allen Susser is the National Mango Board spokesman and is the author of the The Great Mango Book?
In our restaurant you will have the option to sign up for a spectacular 5 course mango gourmet dinner and of course many of our dishes served during the month of June will have mango ingredients. The month of mango culminates in our Mango Madness Festival which takes place from 19 – 23 June 2015, where you can meet Chef Allen Susser and the entire culinary team personally during a string of events.
Mango Madness Festival
JUNE 19 - 23, 2015
Mango Madness or 1001 Things You Could Do With A Mango Before You Die has been brought to life by the resort's consulting Chef Allen Susser and his team, celebrating the many varieties of mangos available in St Lucia. Allen Susser who is the author of a Mango cookbook and the definite authority on mangos, will host the event personally. The activities include a mango chutney work shop, mango cocktail party, Mango tasting and demonstration Mango Madness cooking class - the highlight being the "Night of 1000 Mangos" dinner at the Treehouse Restaurant. Participants in the Mango Madness will join in mango field trips to the resort owned organic and historical plantations of Anse Mamin and Emerald.
“Our Cuisine at Anse Chastanet is a celebration of the bold flavors of the world's tropical cultures", says Chef Allen. "The cooking is fresh, simple and succinct. There is always flexibility for the seasons, and availability of local products. As a chef my passion is taste. The bottom line here is that food comes to nature and the nature of taste." Allen Susser personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening his groundbreaking Miami restaurant Chef Allen's. The New York Times called Allen the "Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking". Chef Allen's new New World Cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. His vision of what the future holds is a culinary fusion of cultures that share similar landscapes, tropical ingredients and diverse spice boxes.
Allen is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board, and serves as President of the Miami, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. He is a prestigious James Beard Award winner and received an honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. Allen was Chef of the Year for Share Our Strength for his community involvement to End Childhood Hunger, as well as currently active on the Board of the Daily Bread Food Bank. His published works include New World Cuisine and Cookery, The Great Citrus Book and The Great Mango Book.
Friday, June 19th
Mango Cocktail Party at the Piti Piton Bar 6:30pm-7:30pm
The abundant varieties of Mango’s are our inspiration for the weekend celebration. Join us to kick off the festival. Chef Allen will host an interactive mango display to tantalize your taste buds and introduce you to the flavors of Saint Lucia. Come share a Mango Mojito along with our mango canapés
(Complimentary to Anse Chastanet guests)
Saturday, June 20th
A once in a lifetime Mango Tour of Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Gardens Hosted by our Consulting Chef Allen Susser 9:00 – 11:00 am.
Starting off with a walking and tasting tour of our own Organic Garden at Emerald Estate to see first hand our Jade Cuisine concept; “From the Farm to the Plate.” You will see the sultry natural habitat of our mango fields – Learn why mangos are the most popular fruit in the world from our mango expert – Chef Allen. Enjoy a relaxed tropical snack and more mangos on the back porch of the farmhouse. Please sign up with Guest Services.
(US 35 per person cover charge, all prices subject to 10% Service and 10% VAT)
Night of 1000 mangoes: Mango Dinner at The Treehouse Restaurant beginning at 6:30 pm.
This will be a luscious, silky and rich mango dinner - A Five-course spectacular Mango, Seasonal and Sustainable Menu matched with wines.
(Mango Dinner set menu US 95 + optional wine pairing per person, charged by the glass all prices subject to 10% Service and 10% VAT.)
Sunday, June 21st
Mango Mixology Class - Sunday at the Beach bar from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
For those who enjoy Caribbean rum, explore the fine craft of mixing mango cocktails using basic techniques and tricks of our bartenders. Learn how to make Mango Mojitos, Mango Coladas, and our most popular Coco Doo in our Mango Mixology Class. If you already have a favorite from our Cocktail Menu, we would love to show you how it is made.
($35 per person; sign up at Guest Services. All prices subject to 10% Service and 10% VAT)
Monday, June 22nd
Mango chutney workshop: starts Monday at 3:30 pm located at the beach grill
Learn how we preserve the exotic flavor of mango with spices in the age-old tradition of chutney making. Enter the mango, preferable a fresh picked one—any variety will do. And imagine your paradise. There is no clever chemistry in detecting ripeness. It’s about a feel (gently) and a smell (go to town). Color has less bearing here than in the real world, and that is as it should be. The mango-pantone is rich, filled with green, red, purplish-red, yellow, spotted, or any combination of the above, and comes in all shapes and sizes. This will be hands on with sample jars for you to take home.
(Please sign up at Guest Services, US 25 per person cover charge, all prices subject to 10% Service and 10% VAT)
Lunch on our Private Beach at the Jungle Grill at Anse Mamin
Take a water taxi over and enjoy a leisurely lunch grilled under the palm trees and mango trees. The menu is simple and delicious featuring freshly caught fish, mangos, mango salsas, mango slaw and salads.
(Jungle Grill a la carte rates apply)
Tour the Plantation at Anse Mamin with our Special Guide Meno at 1:45 pm.
The grounds include an old and tropical plantation called Anse Mamin. The plantation was originally a sugar cane plantation in the 18th century, until changing hands turned towards Cocoa plants. The cocoa plants are still numerous on the grounds for guests to see and for us to produce our own estate chocolates. In Anse Mamin one can find turmeric, cashews, tamarind, mango, avocado, oranges, tangerines, guavas, papaya, coconut, breadfruit, yams and sweet potatoes. See the mango trees throughout the Plantation. The superior taste and quality of the ingredients as well as the connection to the earth is the culinary motivation. By happenstance Anse Mamin is a wonderful organic resource.
(Complimentary to all guests)
Tuesday, June 23rd
Tuesday Evening Managers “Jump Up” Mango Greeting Cocktail Party at 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Come join us at the Trou Au Diable beach bar for exotic, tropical and Mango cocktails and passed Hors D’Oeurves that reflect the wonderful flavors of mangos.