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Borealis Yoga Adventure in the Mayan Riviera

January 28th - February 3rd, 2018

About the Retreat

Join Emilie and Karen for a week of yoga and adventure in the Mayan Riviera. Rejuvenate and unwind from winter by spending 7 days and 6 nights in paradise. Wake up to sunrise meditations on the beach and deepen your practice with class twice daily.

Just steps from a pristine beach, enjoy all of the amenities of an upscale hotel but in our own private Casa. Rejuvenate in the ocean, lounge by the pool, enjoy delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals on the rooftop, explore a quaint town on the Mayan Riviera. Relax, laugh and recharge… take this time for you to deepen your practice, reconnect, realign and inspire yourself to take your practice and life to another level.

In addition to some serious hang-out time at the Casa, we’ll venture out to the stunning Mayan temple ruins of Tulum. Then discover the natural beauty of swimming in a cenote (pronounced say-no-tay). Cenotes are freshwater swimming holes made of natural carved rock formations located just inland from the ocean. We’ll also experience a traditional Mayan temazcal (pronounced tay-mas-kal), a super-cleansing ritual reminiscent of a sweat lodge.

No yoga or meditation experience necessary. All levels welcome.

What’s included:

-6 nights accommodation at Casa Om boutique retreat center
-2 Daily yoga classes with Emilie and Karen
-Breakfast every morning after yoga class and 4 dinners at Casa Om
-Special dinner out as a group
-Temazcal traditional Mayan sweat lodge experience
-Excursion to Tulum ruins and cenote (natural freshwater swimming hole)
-Airport transfer to and from Casa Om

What’s not included:

-1 dinner will be on your own – a chance to explore the town!
-Souvenirs, alcoholic beverages and optional lunches on your own
-Airfare to Cancun
-Additional excursions
-Spa services at Casa Om
-Gratuities (approx. $70 for the week)
-Mexican Departure Tax – check with your airline. Some airfare has the
departure tax included, other do not.

Typical daily retreat schedule

7:00 am -Sunrise meditation at beach or in Casa Om Yoga Studio
7:30 – 9:00 am – Yoga Class in Casa Om Yoga Studio
9:00 am Breakfast
Open Time for excursions, lounging by the pool, spending time at the beach
or strolling into town.
5 pm to 6:30 pm – Yoga Class in Casa Om Yoga Studio
6:30 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Evening meditation/Yoga Nidra at beach or in Casa Om Yoga Studio

About the Teacher

Emilie Amstutz

emilie-amstutzEmilie Amstutz is a yoga teacher based in Medford, MA (ERYT-200). She sees yoga and meditation as tools to help us engage more fully in the world we
live in. In 2014, Emilie opened Borealis Community Yoga in Medford, Mass. In addition to offering public classes and workshops, she enjoys teaching private family yoga sessions and works one-on-one with people undergoing cancer treatment. She also leads yoga retreats in the Northeast and in Mexico. She studied at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and completed her extended training in Yoga of Energy Flow.  She credits her fellow teachers at Borealis and her mentors Coby Kozlowsky, Priti Robyn
Ross, Lorin Roche, and Stephanie Marango as constant sources of inspiration. Visit her at www.emilieyoga.com


Karen DeTemple

karen-DeTempleWhen Karen teaches, she strives to give her students the confidence to getdeep into poses and the opportunity to open their bodies while finding some peace of mind on their mat. Her challenging slow flow classes, taught to contemporary music, are alignment-based, playful and woven with humor and Buddhist mindfulness.

In addition to teaching yoga, Karen continues to connect to her life of service through her work as a consultant building community in the art world. She is on the same path as her students by trying to find balance in life while being present and connecting with her breath, body and mind. Karen is PranaVayu (ERYT – 200), Fluid Yoga® (ERYT – 300), Broga®, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® certified. Visit her at www.karendetempleyoga.com.


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.

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.


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.

Coba Ruins
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.



$1495 Bunk Style Accommodation w/ Shared Bath
$1695 Shared Accommodation w/ Shared Bath in hallway (2 people to a room)
$1795 Shared Accommodation w/ Private Bath in room (2 people to a room)

$500 deposit reserves your spot. Balance due by October 1, 2017.

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