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The Joy of Being

February 9th - 16th, 2019

About the Retreat

A seven night retreat including 6 days of yoga and daily brunches. The Essence Of Yoga is a deeply therapeutic style of yoga that has developed over Amanda’s 42 years of teaching…

Amanda’s deep understanding of yoga’s essence and her experience in teaching allows her classes to be spontaneous, fluid and accommodating to all levels of students. Her experience in helping those with special physiological/structural issues allows for an atmosphere of safety and connection in the class which is a perfect environment for restoration and healing.

Come prepared for an insightful, spontaneous, organic and emotionally satisfying approach to yoga. With refreshing originality and fluidity of language, Amanda will guide you along the illusive but cherished path of discovery of your inner heart and wisdom.

About the Teachers

Amanda’s Bio:
Amanda’s precise and nurturing teaching style continues to evolve from 42 years of experience ‘on the mat’. She has spent her life in an intense study of movement, following a path of what truly frees and inspires our asanas and our lives. Her background includes an ongoing study of the many aspects of yoga and has been deeply influenced by some of the world’s greatest teachers including Angela Farmer, Judith Lasater, Richard Miller, Donna Farhi  and Doug Keller. She holds a masters degree in dance and kinesiology and certification as an experienced registered yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and yoga nidra therapist. Amanda owns The Essence of Yoga Center, a teacher training school in Richmond, Kentucky.


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.


Fly into CUN – Cancun Airport.

We will pick you up from the airport and take you 20 minutes south to the beautiful town of Puerto Morelos on the white sandy beaches of the Mexican Riviera.

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 scuba 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 5 minute 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.

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.


Option #1

includes yoga classes, studio and courtyard use, plus accommodations at the beautiful Casa OM.
Single: $2160
Double: $1490

Option #2

Includes yoga classes studio and courtyard use.

$200 discount for teacher trainees and graduates staying at Casa Om.

Register Here

Contact Amanda a www.amandayoga.com or email, amandayoga@att.net