I’m very excited to finally announce the ‘Journey to Shine’ retreat on Holbox island, Mexico in April, 2016.
I say finally because it is something I have dreaming about, planning and sending out into the universe for some time now.
Let’s face it, a retreat in Mexico has always been on the cards and I have had my eyes open for the right location for the last year.
Then, in early May this year I went on an impromptu girls weekend to isla Holbox, a tiny island off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula and fell in love.
To be honest, I wasn’t even thinking about the retreat during my time there. Something about Holbox and it’s laid back, dreamy atmosphere had me completely absorbed in precious moments with good friends.
We sunbathed, swam in the crystal waters, collected shells along the deserted shore and ate freshly caught fish while watching a spectacular sunset.
My friend Alison and I explored the tiny island by rickety golf cart and perused the market stores selling handmade jewellery.
It wasn’t until I returned from Holbox and could not stop thinking about the place that it dawned on me that it was the perfect place for my retreat.
Like most things in life, the moment I stop looking for something, it tends to find me.
I returned the following month with Tyrhone to check out my short list of accommodation options and the moment I stepped foot into the grounds of Villas Flamingos, I just knew it was the place.
Warm, friendly staff, exquisite food, a third floor yoga shala with spectacular 360 degree views, beach front pool, two restaurants (one on the beach and one enclosed with air conditioning) and comfortable rooms (all with at least partial sea views) made the decision extremely easy.
And so, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I invite you to join me and my amazing yoga teacher, Satmeet Kaur, for a week of bliss in one of the world’s lesser known pieces of paradise.
We will travel together from Playa del Carmen to the port of Chiquila (a one and a half hour drive thanks to a brand new road) and take a local ferry to the island (20 minutes), followed by golf cart taxis to the resort.
For the next week (6 nights) we will be practicing yoga and meditation, swimming, relaxing, eating, laughing, dancing and exploring.
Two days on Holbox island felt like a week to me, so I’m thinking that a week is equivalent to a month long vacation!
I just know we are going to have a wonderful, eclectic group of souls so please know that you do not need yoga experience to join. All yoga classes and Divine Dance meditation workshops (yes, we will be dancing!) are open to all ages and experience levels.
We will create a sacred space of unconditional acceptance to encourage you to Shine your unique light.
We will also take a boat tour of the three islands that comprise the ‘Na Balam’ nature reserve on Holbox, which includes a visit to a fresh water lagoon only accessible by sea.
Everyone will also enjoy a beach-front, one hour massage, included in the retreat price.
Optional activities include exploring the island by bicycle or golf cart, horse riding, kayaking, SUPing and more.
If there anything else you want to know, please drop me a line. Also please let me know if I can assist you with your travel plans.
I am so looking forward to meeting some of you (or seeing you again) in Holbox next April!