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Dominica’s 4th Annual Health and Wellness Expo will be held on Sunday 6th May from 10:30am-8:00pm at the University of West Indies open campus. The event is an integral part of the Discover Dominica Tourism Awareness Month activities and showcases the abundance of natural health and wellness services and products in Dominica. Event headline sponsors are Astaphans and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA).

The Health and Wellness Expo features:

  • A grand exhibition of locally available Health & Wellness services and products
  • A full day program of interactive classes
  • An Ital foods bar with healthy vegan meals and snacks
  • Children’s activity room – games, stories, yoga
  • Massage room for private treatments
  • Steel Pan music by Phase 5
  • Prize Giveaways including: massage, yoga classes, gym membership, lunch at Papillote Wilderness Retreat, health products and more

The Health and Wellness Expo will be opened by the Minister of Health, Hon Julius Timothy and an official from the Discover Dominica Authority. The Master of Ceremony, Hon. Priest Isaac will then coordinate the day of the following presentations:

  • 12:00 – 12:05 Opening meditation – Martha Cuffy, Nature Isle Wellness
  • 12:10 – 12:25 Purple Dragon Dojo Martial Arts Demonstration – Sensei Shannah Robin & class
  • 12:30 – 12:55 Ayurveda, an alternative approach for Chronic Illnesses – Dr. Lucia John, Maharishi Vedic Health Spa
  • 13:00 – 13:20 ‘Touch for Health’- Dr Janet Taylor, Quantum Leap
  • 13:25 – 13:50 Guest Presentation – Dr Colin Harper
  • 13:55 – 14:00 Prize Giveaways, Overview and closing of 1st session
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Break for lunch at the Ital Foods Bar, Exhibition, Steel Pan music by Phase 5
  • 15:05 – 15:25 Rootz Herbal Healing – Renauld Deschamps, Rootz Herbal Remedies
  • 15:30 – 15:50 Pain-Free Childbirth – Terri Henry, Onelove Livity
  • 15:55 – 16:25 Guest presentation – Dr Gilbertha St-Rose, Eden Herbs
  • 16:30 – 16:50 The Wellness Lifestyle – Trudy Scott-Prevost, Rainbow Health and Wellness
  • 16:50 – 17:00 Prize Giveaways. Overview and closing of 2nd session
  • 17:00 – 17:30 Break for snacks at the Ital Foods Bar, Exhibition
  • 17:35 – 17:45 Aerobic Exercise Warm-up – Alexander Laville, Fitness Plus
  • 17:50 – 18:50 Dominica’s Herbal Farmacy – Hon. Priest Kailash Leonce, The Great Physician International
  • 18:55 – 19:25 Pilates Stretch – Carla Armour, Be Pilates
  • 19:30 – 19:40 Final Meditation Martha Cuffy, Nature Isle Wellness
  • 19:45 – 19:55 Closing remarks
  • 20:00 END

The Health and Wellness Expo is an educational experience which empowers participants to take care of their health with simple preventative measures. The feature address by Hon Priest Kailash Leonce will detail the many herbs around Dominica that grow wild are thus free to acquire for healing purposes. Two guest presenters from St Lucia and Barbados will also be featured. Full day entry to the event is $20 and is a ticket to greater health, enjoyment and abundance.

Headline sponsors for the event are ‘Astaphans and the Discover Dominica Authority. Other event partners are Anchorage Hotel, Events and Things, Ardens Sound & Lights, Q95 Radio, The Great Physician International, Onelove Livity, Food of 7 Restaurant and Loubiere Spring Water.

For more details on this event please call 295 1655 or email [email protected] or visit

For an insight into last year’s event please watch the video:

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Hike Fest 2012

May is Tourism Awareness Month. As part of this celebration, the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) is again putting on one of its biggest events of the year, Hike Fest!

This year we will be partnering with the Waitukubuli National Trail, Discover Dominica Authority and various other Hiking committees and Tourism Stakeholders, who will be playing an integral role in Hike Fest 2012. We will be utilizing three sections of the Waitikubuli National Trail and the hikes will take place on:

Hike 1. May 05th, 2012 – Waitukubuli National Trail Segment 5 (River Hike): – Pond Casse to Castle Bruce, ending at Castle Bruce playing field.

This trail nestled within the Morne Trois Pitons World Heritage Site, features the long standing contributions of our indigenous people, the struggles of a resilient people and the value of our forest and water resources.
  • Distance (KM): 12.8
  • Estimated Walking time (hrs): 6
  • Type of hike: Easy, family hike.
  • Areas of interest: Old road (Carib trace), Emerald Pool and Facility, Castle Bruce Swamp, Forest station & nursery, Neg Maron Headquarters, Savanne David, Castle Bruce Village, Jaco Cave, Morne Turner (Morn Neg Maron), Creole Gardens and Spanny Falls (optional)
Hike 2. May 19th, 2012 – Waitukubuli National Trail – Segment 10 and part of 11 (Cross Country Hike): Starting Colihaut Heights and ending in Picard.

While walking this trail, one can learn about our farmers, about our many trees and listen to the merry sound of our birds.
  • Distance (km): 6.4
  • Estimated Walking time (hrs): 4
  • Type of hike: Easy hike, family hike
  • Areas of interest: Morne Diablotin, Secondary forest, Agricultural farming, Parrot habitat, Syndicate Nature Trail & Welcome Center (optional)
Hike 3. May 26th, 2012 – Beach Hike: – Eden by the Sea to Londonderry

Take the trail behind Eden Estate and enjoy the 3½ hour walk along the coast to Cabana Beach (Londonderry Bay). Along this “easy to moderate” route you’ll be amazed by spectacular scenery that you probably never knew existed on Dominica’s north-east coast.
  • Areas of interest: Go discover hidden sand beaches, quiet, cozy bays, fascinating rock formations that jut out into the sea. Take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of Marie Galante and the two islets: Mastle & Noble. Feel the exhilarating Atlantic breeze in your face and listen to the calming sound of the ocean.


  • EC$40 for 1 hike
  • EC$ 70 for 2 hikes
  • EC$90 for 3 hikes (DHTA Members)
  • EC$100 for 3 hikes (Non-DHTA Members)

Price includes: Transportation, Water and a Hike Fest 2012 t-shirt!

To learn more about hiking and other adventure activities in Dominica, visit

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