Borealis Yoga Adventure in the Mayan Riviera — Mexico Retreat January 2018
January 28-February 3, 2018
Casa Om Retreat Center, Puerto Morelos, Mexico
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.
Typical daily 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
-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 and alcoholic beverages
-Airfare to Cancun
-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.
$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)
*there is 1 room available for a couple to share. Please contact us
directly if you’re interested in this room.
$500 deposit reserves your spot. Balance due by October 1, 2017.
How do I get there?
Fly in to Cancun airport and we'll have someone pick you up. Casa Om is about 30 minutes south of the airport.
When should I get there?
We recommend you arrange your flights to arrive Sunday January 28th between 1-5pm. Departing flights should be arranged between 10am-2pm on Saturday February 3rd. Please DO NOT book your flight until you have received confirmation from us that your registration is complete.
What should I bring?
Pack like you're going on a beach vacation--sunscreen, bathing suit, sun hat, sunglasses, water bottle, comfy clothes to move and lounge in, and your favorite journal or book. Yoga props, towels and linens are provided at Casa Om.
What are the accommodations like?
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.
Shared accommodation rooms have 2 beds to each room. If you are traveling with someone, please let us know so that we can place you together. If you're coming on your own, we will pair you with another solo traveller. The bunk-style room fits 6 guests.
What is the food like?
Casa Om runs a full gourmet vegetarian kitchen and offers extensive Mexican, Thai, New American, and Lebanese food options. Visitors love their fresh juices and smoothies. All dishes are prepared with a healthy yogic lifestyle in mind. Gluten free and vegan meals can be prepared upon request as well. Buffet breakfast will be served every morning after yoga class. We will also have 4 vegetarian dinners at Casa Om. Most people don't get hungry enough for lunch. If need a little snack, you can easily walk across the street into town and check out some of the local taco vendors and other fare. One dinner will be on your own to give you a chance to explore the local fare.
What else do I need to know?
Mexico is a very cash-based society. You won't be able to use your card everywhere so bring some cash to change into Mexican Pesos.
We'll be sending you more info as the trip gets closer. For now, these are the essentials. We can't wait to see you in Mexico!
-Emilie and Karen
Your Retreat Leaders:
Emilie Amstutz is a yoga teacher based in Medford, MA (ERYT-200). Her approach to life and yoga is simple, clear and fun. She sees yoga and meditation as ways to help us engage more full in the world we live in. Emilie loves the natural world and brings awareness of seasonal changes into her teaching. You can often find her outside planting, or trying to identify plants to figure out if she can make tea out of them. She enjoys spending time with family, playing on the water, and supporting local businesses and community initiatives in and around Medford.
In 2014, Emilie opened Borealis Community Yoga in Medford Square. In addition to offering public classes, she offers private family yoga sessions and works one-on-one with people undergoing cancer treatment. 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 Emilie at emilieyoga.com.
When Karen teaches, she strives to give her students the confidence to get deep 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 an consultant in the art world. She is on the same path as her students by trying to find the balance of life while being present and connecting with her breathe, body and mind.
Karen is PranaVayu (ERYT — 200), Fluid Yoga® (ERYT — 300), Broga®, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® certified. Discover more about Karen at karendetempleyoga.com.