Transformational Yucatan Yoga VacationMay 14th - May 20th, 2017
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About the Retreat
Join me for lots of yoga, fun, adventure, amazing healthy food, and new friends. This is not exactly a yoga “retreat” since Merriam-Webster dictionary defines retreat as “a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director”.
I think of this as what you could call a yoga recreation. “Recreation”, says Merriam-Webster, is “something people do to relax or have fun. activities done for enjoyment. refreshment of strength and spirit after work”.
Enjoy a whole week of two yoga classes per day (Bikram, Yin, Kundalini, Partner…). Morning sessions begin with a strong and invigorating Bikram Yoga practice (although, last year many attendees chose to start their morning with a sunrise walk or meditation on the sands of the Caribbean). The evening classes lean toward a practice that is not as physically demanding as the Bikram Yoga practice, and it will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. Finish your practice with a blissful savasana before heading to the outdoor palapa style dining area for an absolutely amazing, delicious, healthy, fresh and satisfying meal. The meals at our lovely accommodations, will be mostly vegetarian with some fresh fish. (Last year I worked closely with chef YaYo to assure the meals were free of any sugar, gluten and had only very small amounts of optional dairy. And everyone raved about the food!)
My desire for this Yoga Vacation is that you enjoy, play, discover a new place, meet new people, and experience new and fun things with all the positive energy, vitality, clarity and strength that a twice daily yoga practice and healthy food gives you.
A recreation resulting in a shift…a transformation.
This is a Transformational Yucatan Yoga Vacation
- 7:00am – Bikram Yoga Class
- 9:00am – Brunch – Chef YaYo at CasaOm is world class. All the food is super fresh, mostly organic, made with love and health in mind and is incredibly delicious!
- 10:00am – Leisure Time – Some options include: snorkel the coral reef, swim with sea turtles, go stand up paddle boarding, visit ancient mayan ruins, shop in Playa del Carmen, visit a Cenote, swim in the Caribbean, read a book by the pool, or nap in a hammock under the Mexican sun.
- 4:30pm – Yoga – we will explore styles such as Partner Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga.
- 6:30pm – Dinner
- 8:00pm – Evening Leisure – Options: board games and conversation with your new friends, evening walks on the beach, open air art market or live music in town, read & relax in your room, or whatever your heart desires.
Casa Om has 10 beautiful bedrooms, a spacious and well-equipped yoga room, swimming pool, and a kitchen. Bedrooms are double occupancy, and have either a private bathroom or a bathroom shared between two rooms.
The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and a small coffee maker are in each room, and most rooms have a small mini-fridge. Yoga mats, towels, and beach towels are provided!
Wifi is included and available throughout the resort.
Enjoy meals up on the rooftop palapa with a stunning 360 degree view of Puerto Morelos, perfect for watching sunrises and sunsets over the Mayan Jungle.
Casa Om sleeps 24 and is across the street from the beach.
Some meals are provided by Casa Om’s team of exquisite chefs who locally source their food for an incredible culinary experience. Their food is guaranteed to help you be stronger and healthier on your trip.
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.
Early Bird Price – pay before 2-21-2017
Dorm – Shared living (females only)- $959 per person
Double – Shared bath (2 single beds per room)- $1359 per person
Double – Private bath (2 single beds per room) – $1459 per person
Queen – w/Sofa (Private bath. Maximum 2 people) – $2899 per room
King Room (Private bath. Maximum 2 people)- $3499 per room
Regular Price – Pay on 2-21 through 4-10-17
Dorm – Shared living (females only)- $1099 per person
Double – Shared bath (2 single beds per room)- $1599 per person
Double – Private bath (2 single beds per room) – $1699 per person
Queen – w/Sofa (Private bath. Maximum 2 people) – $3099 per room
King Room (Private bath. Maximum 2 people)- $3699 per room
Single supplement is an additional $225
Space is limited. Reserve Now!
Each room features unlimited purified drinking water, organic bamboo sheets, minifridge, coffee pot , overhead fan and air conditioning. Daily maid service. In room hair dryer and Casa Om signature toiletries.
Price includes: 7 days / 6 nights lodging roundtrip transportation from Cancun airport, 4 dinners, 6 breakfasts, all yoga classes (2 per day), yoga mats and towels provided, and your yoga clothes will be laundered daily.
Price excludes: Airfare, travel insurance (recommended), body treatments, optional excursions.