RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
YOGA & CULTURE RETREAT
with Ana Marcela Wakeham
RIVIERA MAYA, CANCUN, MEXICO
3rd - 12th February 2020 - 9 nights - 10 days
(£1850pp single accommodation / £1550pp for 2 friends sharing)
This retreat is very unique, crafted by Mexican yoga teacher Ana Marcela. Her spiritual indigenous heritage runs deep within her blood and she is delighted to offer you a journey in her homeland of Mexico.
It’s a time to restore your vitamin D deficiency in February by walking in the dense Mayan jungle, or lying down on a white sand beach surrounded by turquoise waters. Learn about the richness of the pre-colonial culture visiting incredible Mayan Temples, and immersing in the America’s Indigenous heritage by cultivating your connection with Mother Earth through yoga and traditional Mayan ceremonies.
Ana Marcela will offer a mix of yoga and pilates lessons, Mayan meditation journeys, Cacao and Temazcal ceremonies with Shamanic drum circles and Dance of Awareness ™.
You will leave this retreat feeling inspired by a practice that heals, improves and integrates the processes and qualities of body and mind, both on and off the mat.
"Awaken my children"
"The sun rises over the horizon, Gleaming on the awakening city.
I rise from my sleeping chambers, Surrounded by wheat, corn fields.
Blooming flowers forming scents like perfume, Their sweet aroma engulfing me whole"
Mayan Poem by JazEli
9 nights in a secluded villa in the Mayan jungle
Breakfast and dinner in the villa
Transfer and entrance to Tulum Ruins
Transfer and entrance to Coba temples
Transfer and entrance to the Cenote
Morning and afternoon yoga/pilates/meditation sessions
Sacred Cacao ceremony & drum circles therapeutic session of Dance of Awareness ™
You will have the opportunity to work closely with Ana Marcela who will support you through a subtle process of inner discovery
**Please note the price does note include lunch, however fresh fruit will be available throughout the day. The kitchen is free for use.
Meals out during the day trips are not included.
*This retreat does not include flights. You can book direct flights to Cancun. Please contact us for advice.
A TYPICAL DAY
Pre yoga snack of tropical fruit, fresh juice, and tea.
90 min yoga practice in our jungle yoga studio.
Breakfast – fruit, juice, tea, coffee, bread and eggs any style.
Free time: Could be a jungle hike, steam bath or relaxation by the pool. There is a gym for those with extra energy!
Massage treatment (extra cost).
90 min candle lit slow flow yoga, pilates and meditation.
Relax under the stars with the jungle night sounds in the background.
HOW TO BOOK
A £250 deposit secures your place.
The balance is due 3 months prior to departure.
Please contact us if you would like to pay in monthly instalments.
Throughout the retreat you will have the opportunity to work closely with Ana Marcela who will support you through a subtle process of inner discovery. This program is a combination of self-exploration and powerful yoga practices that promote letting-go, and releasing negative emotions and experiences that hinder your personal flourishing and inspire you to cultivate your full potential with a refreshed experience.
Morning Practice will start with an exploration of the body systems, getting to know how to tune in to the simplicity of the present moment by slowing right down, listening and feeling what is in the here and now; breath, sounds, movement, emotions etc. Every body system expresses itself in a different way, telling a story that maps our consciousness. Ana Marcela will craft the yoga lessons to give you the opportunity to understand that every part of the body belongs to the whole and the whole body is one with the mind…
Afternoon classes will be an exploration of core awareness with some Pilates and embodied mindfulness meditation practices.
Temazcal is an ancient steam bath that has been used for relaxation, healing and purification purposes for thousands of years by Mayans and other Mesoamerican and North American (sweat lodge) civilizations. The name temazcal is derived from Nahuatl word temāzcalli (house of heat) or possibly from the Aztec word “teme” (to bathe) and “calli” (house). The ritual ceremony is performed by a shaman in an authentic sweat house. The steam is produced by pouring hot water over the “abuelitas” (grand mother stones) Natural herbs are used to purify participants. The experience ends with an optional dip of cool, clear water.
Ana Marcela has been following the traditional ceremonial sweat lodge or “Red Path” since 1998 with the North America Lakota Tribe when she used to live in the Sonora Desert. She received her initiation in 2015 as a “Temazcalera” (sweat lodge leader) in her hometown Jalisco, being honoured as “Illamacuatli” (Eagle woman) or Medicine woman within the Mexican therapeutic tradition.
For thousands of years ancient tribes have considered cacao as a sacred plant with healing properties. Not only was cacao used in ceremonial settings but also it was renowned as a medicinal plant that aids in the healing of and opening up of the heart's circulation. Due to it's heart opening qualities, cacao is a perfect pairing with meditation, yoga, dancing, and therapeutic work. It facilitates greater connection to other people and to ones self. It's sure to add certain sacredness to your personal practice.
YOUR YOGA TEACHER
Ana Marcela has been teaching specialized workshops and Teacher Trainings since 2008 facilitating embodied mindfulness practices, where she successfully helps students to feel and sense the root teachings of the Buddha; anicca (impermanence) anattā (no-self) and dukkha (suffering) where she believes the only way out is through.
Ana Marcela’s nature is curious and inquisitive, she have been teaching Yoga and Pilates since 2003, has a degree in dance and has studied Dance of Awareness™; a body physiotherapy program. During the past 6 years she has also been teaching anatomy and physiology of movement on yoga teacher trainings, breath-work, Pulsing bodywork, Body Mind Centering® and Continuum Movement.
She Says “My Teachings are deeply rooted in a somatic sense of the Self (Somatics: the study of the Self from the perspective of one’s life experience, encompassing body, mind and spirit) I will guide you through the process to find the present moment where mind-body-spirit abides in communion. The physiological response of this is delicious”.
Holistic health, yoga and massage have been Nina’s passion for the past 30 years. She has lived, studied and practiced throughout Europe, The Far East and USA before settling in the UK where she founded the Yoga Garden in 2008. Her classes and treatments are grounded in the belief that all we need exists right here in the moment, nature being our greatest teacher.
As well as nurturing the growth of the Yoga Garden in the UK Nina has been taking students on overseas retreats to unique venues over the past 5 years.
Nina will be accompanying Ana Marcela and the group on this retreat, ensuring everyone is well supported and looked after. She will be offering a range of optional therapeutic massage treatments.
The villa is a beautiful colonial style hacienda, surrounded by a forest of old trees and embraced by the sounds of nature. The architecture is indigenous to the area, with elements of colonial structure and Mayan charm. It highlights simplicity and functionality, offering tradition and modernity. There is a terrace-dinning room, rest area, pool, lounge, gym, yoga studio, spa and temazcal. The Villa offers an atmosphere of tranquility and harmony, perfect for rest, mystery and adventure, while enjoying the warm atmosphere of the Caribbean jungle. All rooms in the villa have two double beds and an en-suite bathroom.
Experience the richness of the Mayan culture, white sand beaches, luscious jungle, sacred groundwater sinkholes, and astonishing Mayan temple sites. During this retreat we will take several accompanied excursions to discover some delights this rich country has to offer.
Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. It’s known for its beaches and well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula on the Caribbean sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. The main building is a large stone structure called El Castillo (castle), perched on a rocky cliff above the white sand beach and turquoise sea. Near the ruins is the Parque Nacional Tulum, a coastal area with mangroves and cenotes (natural limestone sinkholes).
The ruins of Coba lie 44 km (approx. 27 mi) northwest of Tulum, in the State of Quintana Roo. Coba means ‘waters stirred by the wind’, an appropriate Mayan name as this settlement is surrounded by two large lagoons, Lake Coba and Lake Macanxoc. The site contains a group of large temple pyramids known as the Nohoch Mul, the tallest of which, Ixmoja, is some 42 metres (138 ft) in height. Be prepared for a 120 steps that lead to a remarkable view of the Yucatan and non-public areas of Coba including both lagoons. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stone monuments that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600–900) of Mesoamerica civilization.
A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. The word Cenote is derived from the local Mayan word “D’zonot”.
Cenotes were considered sacred by the Mayans, where they would make offerings to the Gods. Mayan artefacts are sometimes still seen today under the water of some cenotes.
The Yucatan peninsula has over 30,000 cenotes. Lush, clear water, with an irresistible turquoise, blue or green hue. Some are completely underground (cenote caves), others are partially open, and some are more like small open lakes. We will have the time to explore (and bathe) in these beautiful sacred waters
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How to get to there?
This retreat does not include flights. You can book direct flights to Cancun from Gatwick or Heathrow for approximately £400-500 return. We will arrange for you to be collected from Cancun airport and driven to the villa (approximately 20 minute journey).
Can I have a single occupancy accommodation?
All the bedrooms at the Hacienda have 2 double beds, but it is possible to have sole use of a room at an additional cost.
I have never practised yoga before. Can I come?
What shall I pack?
What is the weather like in Riviera Maya ?
What if I have health concerns?
We will be sending you a health questionnaire and we would be grateful to be made aware of any health issues so that we can accommodate you.