Transform Your Practice, Find your PathAugust 18th – August 23rd, 2020
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About the Retreat
In this 6 day/5 night yoga retreat, we will explore various paths of yoga, including hot 26, vinyasa, bhakti, yin and meditation. There will be class/workshop offerings 3 times daily to explore the various paths/lineages. While everything is optional, we hope everyone will choose to step outside their comfort zones and see what is possible, physically, mentally and spiritually. In addition to group practices, we will enjoy plant-based meals as a group, as well as offer other activities that create community and connection. And if you need a break from the yoga, the beach is just a stone’s throw from our lodgings.
Sample Schedule:8.30am – class/workshop10.30am – brunch1.30pm – class/workshop 5.30pm – class/workshop 7 pm – dinner8 pm – evening bhakti or group event
About the Teachers
Jessica Gardner Amitrano
Jessica Gardner Amitrano is a 15,000hr Master RYT with Yoga Alliance International as well as an E-RYT 200hr & 500hr RYT with Yoga Alliance USA. After attending Bikram’s training in 2007 she studied extensively with many of the top Hot Yoga teachers worldwide. In 2010 Jessica opened her first Hot Yoga studio, continuing her path as an accomplished Yogi, Reiki Master and Access Bars Facilitator. She now leads workshops and trainings around the world specializing in Hot Yoga, specifically The Gosh Lineage, as a restorative modality and a spiritual practice.
Nicole Fitzwater is a studio owner, yoga teacher, yoga teacher training (YTT) faculty leader for both 200 HR and 300 HR programs, and a retreat leader. Her studio, In Balance Yoga located in Blacksburg, Virginia is a service entrepreneurship business giving back to three non-profits each quarter: Homes of Hope Orphanage in India, Farm Sanctuary, and Yoga Village. Nicole has completed three 500hr Certifications with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC, Jimmy Barkan in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and the Kunga Yoga School in Wilmington, NC with Kristin Cooper-Gulak. Nicole has a love for Bhakti Yoga and is specialized in Ayurveda, Yoga for Seniors, Kids, Pre/Postnatal, Service Leadership, Trauma Sensitive Populations, Yoga for Cancer, Gentle & Meditation, Vinyasa, Power Flow, Hot Yoga Barkan Method, Detox, Business of Yoga, Restorative, Yin, and Aerial. She is certified in First, Second and Advanced Degree Reiki Master and Reiki for Animals as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork.
Cindy Lunsford is the former owner of four hot yoga studios in upstate New York. She is a certified Bikram, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and level II/III Barkan Vinyasa teacher. She also completed Ana Forrest’s Advanced Yoga training as well as Baptiste’s Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting trainings. Cindy has completed her 500 hours with both Jimmy Barkan and Rolf Gates. For five years, Cindy assisted Jimmy Barkan at his level II/III Vinyasa teacher trainings. She currently leads 200 hour yoga alliance certified vinyasa and Hot 26 teacher trainings. Cindy is also proud to be an Africa Yoga Ambassador. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she owns Yogasoul.
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. Please contact Casa Om for more information.
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.
$1375 per person for shared room
$1575 per person for individual room
Contact Information for the Retreat:
786-318-2039 / firstname.lastname@example.org