Mexico Yoga Retreat with Sarah Cook and Lily Dwyer BeggJanuary 12th - 18th, 2020
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About the Retreat
YES! That is what we are saying since we decided to build this awesome retreat together, and we hope you will say yes to joining us in paradise for a week of replenishing body mind and spirit. Start 2020 off right by embracing the warmth of Puerto Morelos, and your beloved yoga community for a 6 night, 7 day yoga retreat with Sarah Cook and Lily Dwyer Begg. Practice yoga to your heart’s content, build new friendships, adventure in the Mayan Riviera, and refill your cup lounging on white sand. Soak in turquoise seawater, read in a hammock, or get pampered with body treatments. In planning this retreat we wanted: warmth, water, a gorgeous practice studio, good food, and nice rooms, all within quick travel distance. Cancun is a 3.5 hour direct flight from the Baltimore/DC area and roundtrip tickets out of our area for our dates are currently just under $400! Spend your time on the yoga mat and not in a cramped airplane seat!
A sample schedule of a day at your retreat, if you want to provide it
PRACTICE WITH US! 6 – 120 minute hot vinyasa am classes 4 – 90 minute not-hot pm workshops You can expect the precisely cued, carefully curated, strong, athletic, powerful, soulful practices that you might have come to love with Sarah and Lily in the studio back home. With this special co-led retreat you will also often have an extra set of teacher’s eyes and hands in the room offering hands-on assists and one-on-one coaching. You will be practicing in a consistent group for a week with two senior teachers who will really get to know your practice and support your growth and confidence on the mat. Each morning’s practice theme/focus will be carefully planned ahead of time so that there is a nice array of practices that complement, build off one another and do not overlap. One morning you may experience a well-rounded strong vinyasa practice with a focus on backbends, while another may focus on forward folds and detoxifying twists. Each morning will begin with a 120 minute class to enliven body, mind, and spirit. In the morning we will move into a flow state and a moving meditation, creating a powerful container as we move and breathe together and awaken our connection to spirit. Though our morning practices are strong, all levels are truly welcome and included. Rest when you need! With two teachers on deck we will mindfully attune to each student’s present level to help you thrive and come alive in your practice. Afternoons will shift focus – some are gentle and restorative, while others are not. Each afternoon is planned as a 90-minute workshop presenting different experiences and topics that highlight Sarah and Lily’s areas of expertise and passion that we are most excited to share with you. There will be two afternoons “off” (without the afternoon yoga practice) to lay low, continue daytime adventures, indulge, and play. This down time to relax, rejuvenate, down-regulate, and digest your new experiences and practices is important to the integrity of your retreat experience.
About the Teachers
Lily Dwyer Begg and Sarah Cook are Senior Teachers at YogaWorks Baltimore who teach Vinyasa flow with a keen eye for alignment.
Lily Dwyer Begg
Lily began teaching yoga in 2005 in the yoga haven of the California Bay Area. She has taught in yoga studios internationally, worked with an NBA basketball team, NCAA diving team, professional dance companies, and therapeutically with private clients, as well as creating the volunteer organization wOMen’s yoga collective, which offered free weekly yoga classes to homeless women and children in Berkeley, CA.
Lily has studied with Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Don and Amba Stapleton, David Moreno, yoga for scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller, Ayurveda with Kameko Shibata, and Prenatal yoga with Marisa Toriggino. She is a California licensed massage therapist and has studied anatomy with Art Riggs, Thomas Myers, and Narelle Carter-Quinlan. Lily grew up in the dance studio, has studied ballet and modern dance her whole life, and prior to moving to Baltimore, she worked for eight years as a professional modern dancer with the San Francisco troupe, LEVYdance and as a freelance modern dancer in Berlin, Germany for a year. She currently makes her home in Baltimore with her husband and two sons.
Find out more at lilydwyerbeggyoga.com
Sarah loves to teach a practice rooted in the clarity of strong alignment with plenty of room for spirit and play. She regularly incorporates asana variation, sacred geometry, pranayama, kriya, poetry, philosophy… One of her first teachers would always say, “Yoga will change your body, then your mind, then your heart.” This is the summary of Sarah’s yoga love affair; coming to yoga, like many others, as a way to get active, falling in love and then beginning to teach full-time in 2009.
Diverse in interest and study, Sarah is a 500 hour Jivan Yoga certified teacher. She has taught in both 200 hour and 300 hour teacher trainings, serving as a mentor in Yogaworks 300 Hour Mentorship program for the past three years. In addition to the 300 Hour Training at Baltimore Yoga Village, she has studied and trained with Katonah Yoga, Ana Forrest and Buti Yoga. She has also been strongly influenced by Elena Brower, Christina Sell, Dice Iida-Klein and Vivian Campagna. Truly, she remains an eternal student.
Casa Om has 11 beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious and well equipped yoga room, swimming pool, a rooftop dining area and 2 kitchens. Bedrooms can set for either single or double occupancy, and have either a private bathroom or a bathroom shared between two rooms. Casa Om also has a new dorm that sleeps up to 6 people in bunk beds.
The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and wifi are provided. Casa Om sleeps 26 and is across the street from the beach.
At Casa Om we run a full gourmet vegetarian kitchen. We offer extensive Mexican, Thai, New American, and Lebanese food options. Visitors love our fresh juices and superfood smoothies. All dishes are prepared with a healthy yogic lifestyle in mind. We love to make gluten free and vegan meals as well.
We will include breakfast each morning and dinner 4 nights out of the 6 you are with us. The other nights we will venture out into town.
Our head chef, Eduardo, is a former restaurateur; he brings more than 10 years of professional cooking experience to Casa Om. He is passionate about food and his cooking classes are a favorite amongst our visitors. Those passionate about cuisine will find a like-minded soul.
Casa Om will arrange shuttle service to and from the airport. It is included in the price of the retreat.
Casa Om is a 20-minute car ride from the airport (CUN) to Casa Om. We are located at 9 mza 26 sm 02 avenue javier rojo gomez, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Optional Excursions (additional fee applies):
The Mexican Riviera is flush with these beautiful underground pools and a trip here isn’t complete without a dip in these refreshing waters. There are multiple cenotes to visit that are much less crowded than those in the Tulum area and only about 30min away by car. Find tranquility below ground or liven you experience with a cenote/zip line combination. Both options are available and booking at least a day in advance is recommended
Snorkeling & Snuba
The biodiversity on the protect reef in the Mexican Riviera is stunning. Take off for an afternoon when the sun lights up the corals, tropical fish and sponges and search for turtles or reef sharks. Snorkelers can float above it all while snuba divers (no certification needed) can swim down into the tropical traffic. Either option will highlight why this area is protected and turned into a National Marine Park. Yogis can walk to the beach and take a 5min stroll to reach the operator. This natural oasis is literally steps from our retreat center.
If you’re a diver there’s twice the opportunity here, you can dive in the coral reefs or, for something a little different, take a cavern or cenote dive. Seasonally the more adventurous (crazy?) yogis can also try a bull shark dive…eek! Tons of diving options await the intrepid.
Akumal Sea Turtle Snorkel
The warm Caribbean waters off of the Mexican Riviera boast sea turtle populations year-round. You can outfit with a dive shop to snorkel with these lovelies or head out with your own gear and see if you get lucky.
The Mayan ruins at Coba is one of the few sites in the Yucatan that is still relatively unrestored. Many of these ancient buildings are the same as when they were rediscovered in 1890. The beautiful location is less hectic and touristy than other Mayan sites and is certainly worth the day trip.
Casa Om Spa
Whether you’re looking for an amazing massage or energy work, The Travel Yogi team can tell you first hand how amazing the team at Casa Om is. Please be prepared to book early to secure a spot. Once the word gets out from the first few massages, they’ll book up quickly!
Playa del Carmen
Take a shopping trip, have a great meal, or just enjoy people watching on a trip to Playa del Carmen. This is a fun tourist spot where you can shop for anything from cheap souvenirs to boutique items.
3 Bunk Dorm Room with 6 beds and a private bath (three bunks – very rustic) – $1495
Double Accommodation with two beds and a shared bathroom between one other room – $1795
Double Accommodation there is ONLY 1 LEFT with a king bed with private bath – $2195
Double Accommoation with two beds and private bathroom – $2195
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