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7 Days Magical Waters and Yoga Retreat in Mexico

  • Amansala Resort Hotel Spa Tulum Mexico, Amansala, Tulum, Mexico

Overview

Adventure, Art, and Yoga Retreat Tulum

Join Bella Retreats for a magical adventure into the depths of water, creativity, nature, and your true self. While in the heart of Tulum, you will wake with the sun, explore the natural ocean landscape, and dive into the density of the jungle. Get ready to experience some big magic! You do not need to think of yourself as an artist to attend. This retreat will guide you through exercises and activities that will give you permission to explore and express your inherent creativity.

Highlights

  • Daily group work
  • A trip to a magical cenote
  • All art supplies and instruction
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • A copy of "Big Magic", by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Amansala Resort Hotel Spa Tulum Mexico, located on the Riviera Maya, between the pristine blue ocean and the emerald green tropical forests and jungles, is nature in all of its splendor. It offers relaxed eco-chic accommodation like no other boutique hotel in Tulum. Rooms are spacious, with attention to detail throughout.

If you are looking to get away from it all, look no further, for this is your perfect beach-front holiday in Mexico. Amansala has been described as Robinson Crusoe meeting eco-chic, and is more like staying at a friend’s beach house than a hotel.

Using the mystical power of water as metaphor, you will explore the depths of your own creativity, unearth gems of inspiration, and manifest them as vibrant, magical works of art. Daily yoga will ground and center you, allowing you to connect to the wellspring of knowing, power, and beauty within each of us.

Techniques of intuitive painting will be introduced in daily art sessions to help you bring form to your inspirations. Elizabeth Gilbert’s book "Big Magic" will serve as a framework for your explorations into the mysterious nature of inspiration and creativity.

The art

The art is open to all levels. This is about unlocking and exploring your creativity. Yes, you can create a masterpiece with kindergarten art techniques. Finger painting, collage, stenciling will all be techniques that you explore. All art supplies are included, but please feel free to bring any of your favorite or special supplies.

Itinerary

Friday, November 4, 2016

  • Arrival
  • Welcome circle
  • Dinner

Daily schedule

  • Yoga session
  • Breakfast
  • Art session
  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • Group circle
  • Dinner

Thursday, November 10, 2016

  • Closing circle
  • Breakfast
  • Departure

A trip to a magical cenote is included in the price of this retreat.

  • Una Viggiani

    Una Viggiani is an artist, yogini, world traveler, and inspired instigator. She earned a degree in fine art from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her master's degree in education at the University of Denver, but ultimately learned the most by traveling the world on a solo journey that lasted two years and took her to 22 countries. While in Costa Rica, she discovered the Nosara Yoga Institute, which allowed her to become certified with Yoga Alliance, as well as find her new calling as a yoga teacher.

  • Wendy J. Pabich

    Wendy J. Pabich, PhD, is a scientist, educator, speaker, adventurer, yogini, and artist obsessed with all things water. As a water scientist, policy, and planning expert, she provides strategic advice to help businesses and communities ensure water security. She has taught for MIT and the Sierra Institute, and has taken students to the wilds of places like Patagonia, the Himalaya, and Alaska. Her passion is finding new ways to communicate about water, using not just science, but installation art, painting, writing, and more recently, the mind-body-spirit connection.

Amansala Tulum is the perfect location for this retreat. Tulum is located approximately two hours south on the coast from Cancun. Famous for the spectacular Mayan ruins located on the cliffs of Tulum, it is a relatively undiscovered Caribbean paradise, with pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters.

The Riviera Maya offers endless possibilities to choose from: tranquil sea coves and bays to rougher more open ocean, transparent lagoons, and mysterious water springs, with landmarks and vestiges of a culture thousands of years old; or the world´s second longest reef which stretches from Quintana Roo to Honduras.

Nearby places

  • Cancun - 2 hours
Activities
  • Art classes
  • Spa
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Mosquito net

Three daily meals are included in the price of this retreat. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies, fresh local fish, and chicken will be served. The meal plan is based on the philosophy of "from the earth to your plate", so preservatives and processed foods are avoided. Amansala meals are fresh, plentiful, and delicious, and can be customized to fit your groups needs accommodating vegetarian and gluten free as well. The restaurant serves the tastiest mango margaritas in the Riviera Maya.

Exclusions

One dinner is not included in the retreat. This is an "off-site" dinner which allows participants to try one of the many amazing restaurants in Tulum.

There is a variety of beach and water sports to choose from, with places offering all the infrastructure and services you need. Or you could take full advantage of your get away and simply relax on the beach to the ever-present rhythm of the waves.

Think of paradise in these terms: laying in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree, gazing upon beautiful white beaches, sipping a cool drink, and enjoying the warm but refreshing breeze caressing your skin.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 nights accommodation at Amansala
  • A copy of "Big Magic" book, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • A trip to a magical cenote
  • All art supplies and instruction
  • All taxes and gratuities
  • Daily group work
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • One dinner
  • Transportation

Driving directions from Cancun

  • Follow the main highway south, towards Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
  • You will stay on this highway until you reach Tulum pueblo, past Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, and Akumal.
  • Once you reach Tulum, turn left at the second stop light, towards Boca Paila and Punta Allen, before the main town.
  • At the end of the road, you’ll hit a T intersection, turn right and follow the road. It will get bumpy.
  • About 300 meters after Maya Tulum, at the big speed bump, you’ll see Amansala Resort and Spa Tulum on your left.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cancún International Airport (CUN). Airport transportation can be arranged through Amansala. Plan on spending 50 USD each way, however this can vary based on others arrivals times. Bella Retreats will attempt to match up people to share rides and costs. To sign up for airport transportation, please send Bella Retreats an inquiry.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Bella Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I will tell anyone willing to explore their personal story this is a “must retreat!”"

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    10 out of 10

    "This was an experience if a lifetime. I will use the tools I learned for the rest of my years and know my quality of life is better for it."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "It was so much more than I anticipated. This place is magic and the process was fascinating."

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    10 out of 10

    "It was just a great experience. I came with an open mind and the theme / content of the week opened up doors I didn’t know would have been opened otherwise."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The name of the retreat as spot on. I would have never realized what my “hang ups” were without this curriculum. So many “aha" moments while writing things down on paper and then getting the chance to meditate and incorporate them. Wonderful!"

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  • Review by Grant Pound
    10 out of 10

    "Wendy Pabich is one of the rare speakers who is both scientist and artist. The artist side gives her the ability to connect with audiences of all knowledge levels without sacrificing scientific rigor. She is a wonderful speaker and can make water issues come alive."

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  • Review by Jennie Lay
    10 out of 10

    "Wendy Pabich is a brilliant combination of scientist, artist, and hands-in-the-dirt bona fide mountain woman. After hearing her statistics and success story, who wouldn't be compelled to go home and rip out a lawn or two?"

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  • Review by Hilary Stunda
    10 out of 10

    "Self-deprecating, funny, smart, and exacting, Wendy demonstrates how we can all approach the daunting water crisis through thoughtful small steps of awareness, that in turn realign ourselves with a greater sense of stewardship and life purpose."

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  • Review by Bob Zimmerman
    10 out of 10

    "Wendy Pabich brings a new and compelling voice to the issues surrounding water, its use, and our individual responsibilities to protect and sustain it. Wendy is easy and engaging as a speaker, and her presentations are clear and memorable."

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  • Review by Jerrod Fassler
    10 out of 10

    "Mary Beth is truly an amazing soul, her teachings and lessons are still shaping me as a person and fellow teacher to this day."

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  • Review by Amory Millard
    10 out of 10

    "Mary Beth, thank you so much. The Taos retreat was pitch perfect. I enjoyed every moment, thanks to your ability to work with us at all levels."

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  • Review by Katie Simpson
    10 out of 10

    "I knew I would come into the weekend curious, a bit anxious, and mostly looking forward to what was in store. What I left with, at the end of three days of yoga, was a feeling of being refreshed, a trust that I could go back into the real world standing a bit taller in life, and lastly, a deep emotional healing. The retreat touched all my senses and emotions. Thank you, Mary Beth, for such a spiritual and inspirational weekend!"

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  • Review by Mand
    10 out of 10

    "The name is fitting - Bella, such a beautiful experience. I was incredibly inspired and enriched on a daily basis. Every activity was magic! The people who attended were such kind and supportive ladies, bonds were unavoidable. Una is light, patient, funny, and so full of spirit! If you are reading this, wondering if you should commit, dont waver! Do it! This is a gift to yourself that you will keep forever."

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  • Review by Muse
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with Bella retreats was the perfect reset button in the middle of winter. I am inspired to live more creatively and to see the world in new ways. The week was nourishing to my body and my soul and I got in touch with the importance of slowing down and operating with an open heart. Muse."

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  • Review by Anara
    10 out of 10

    "Una is an amazing facilitator, organizer and yoga instructor. She has a gift for partnering the perfect people for the perfect experience. Laura Dawn has an unparalleled understanding of how to and compliment flavors and textures. Her cuisine was the most beautiful food Ive had in a very long time. Autumn Skye, I am speechless. I have never been in the presence of a more beautiful, loving, compassionate and talented woman. I truly enjoyed the way she sees the world and her ability to translate it and communicate about it. Her voice, humor, grace and poise are an inspiration and I havent even gotten to her artistic skill yet. I arrived a beginner painter and in one week I feel that I have learned how to see the world with new eyes. Her instruction was concise and easy to understand and her command of the materials is awe inspiring. I am so grateful for the experience. It was well worth the fee. I hugely recommend this retreat and will be coming back next year. I loved everything!"

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  • Review by Mand
    10 out of 10

    "The name is fitting - Bella, such a beautiful experience. I was incredibly inspired and enriched on a daily basis. Every activity was magic! The people who attended were such kind and supportive ladies, bonds were unavoidable. Una is light, patient, funny and so full of spirit! If you are reading this, wondering if you should commit, dont waver! Do it!! This is a gift to yourself that you will keep forever."

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  • Review by Laurie
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing opportunity. the whole self is nurtured through this retreat. Una and Laura assist with bringing the physical body into clarity and balance through yoga and fresh, live food. Assistance on the physical level really helped with my level of creativity and feeling good in my body. Autumn Skye is such a gem. her natural ability to support the paths of others is what makes her instruction really shine. Clear concise, instructions with a sense of humor really make learning from Skye such a pleasure. What a complete honor this retreat was for me. Mahalo nui loa."

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  • Review by Carol C. from Denver
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I had an incredible time at the Kindness Yoga Retreat--relaxing, restorative, inspiring, healthy and complete with an extraordinary community of hear-centered people. Una was a fabulous planner and took care of every detail."

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  • Review by Lisa
    10 out of 10

    "I think that a NS/Yoga retreat like this will be a life changing experience for me. I could feel the magic of the lake and thank Lisa and Una for making it possible."

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The name of the retreat as spot on. I would have never realized what my hang ups were without this curriculum. So many aha moments while writing things down on paper and then getting the chance to meditate and incorporate them. Wonderful!!"

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  • Review by Georgie
    10 out of 10

    "Brad and Mia's retreat was wonderful, providing just the right balance of stretch and education. They made every session unique, and made sure each attendee felt welcome. I couldn't sing their praises more. Can't wait for my next retreat!."

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  • Review by Tanya
    10 out of 10

    "Great time! This was our first retreat and did not know what to expect. At the end of the retreat, we were happy with our decision and would do it again. We would go to any retreat hosted by Lindsay and Una!"

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  • Review by Jenni
    10 out of 10

    "Surfing, sailing, food, all-inclusive: bargain. Loved the variety of activities offered. Loved the laid back intention. Sailing was great! This retreat offered such a unique experience. I am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing week!"

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  • Review by Christine
    10 out of 10

    "Una, your art brought me to a place that I had been forbidden to go by other people's judgment of what I should be doing. Feeling the paint in between my fingers against the board, watching magic happen right before my eyes was such a powerful sensation that it still brings me to tears thinking about it. It unleashed so much that painting, especially with my hands, strongly calls to me and experiment without anyone's judgments. I just want to say that you've made a major difference in my world and pray that I may cross paths with you soon again."

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  • Review by Ariana
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat was such a gift. Alicia, Una, and Imagika made an extremely potent team of visionaries with a unique and diverse array of offerings that nurture mind, body, and spirit simultaneously. I was humbled, encouraged, inspired, and uplifted with the powerful women that offered their heart and soul with genuine love. I look forward to returning to this retreat every year."

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  • Review by Kelly
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to thank you so much for everything! Thanks for the inspiring talks and classes. Thanks for listening and sharing. Thank you for teaching me so many things over the week on and off the mat. It was an incredibly special event in my life, I will remember you always!"

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  • Review by Denise
    10 out of 10

    "I attended a retreat in Costa Rica facilitated in part by Katrina of Karma Yoga Center and I'm hooked. She's incredible! Can't wait for more."

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  • Review by Darryl
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Unaji, for so kindly helping Judith and I navigate every step of the way through the logistics of our trip to the Goddess Gardens. We would have been lost without you! We were both impressed with your artistic and yoga teaching talents, probably for different reasons, but that just illustrates what an amazing person and teacher you are. Thank you again for presenting the best yoga retreat I have ever been on."

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  • Review by Lindsey
    10 out of 10

    "I so enjoyed this retreat! The chakras theme is clever as it lends itself to a day-by-day focus on each chakras. Katrina has a magnetic energy I was immediately drawn to - I probably do not fit the typical yogi mold but she was open and interested in my life. I so appreciate that she made a personal connection with all of us. I learned a great deal from her and now view yoga from a new lens, knowing it is not just about a mind, body connection, but also mind, body, and spirit. Despite the touch-and-go weather, she always had a great attitude. She also really cared about whether we were enjoying ourselves and if we wanted to do any side activities, or change up the schedule. Thank you so much for a great week! Please let me know of any other retreats on the horizon!"

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  • Review by Muse
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with Bella retreats was the perfect reset button in the middle of winter. I am inspired to live more creatively and to see the world in new ways. The week was nourishing to my body and my soul and I got in touch with the importance of slowing down and operating with an open heart."

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  • Review by Kaylie Finnis from Colorado, USA
    10 out of 10

    "When I arrived at Mag Rock and first headed down the stone steps to the ocean I felt completely off balance. By the end of the week, I was running up and down them barefoot two at a time, feeling totally grounded, yet light on my toes. I've never felt stronger or healthier in my life after these seven amazing days! It is nice to go on a vacation with a group of friends, but going on a retreat with Lindsay and Una was a completely different and life changing experience."

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  • Review by John Valentine
    10 out of 10

    "My first out of county yoga retreat. I was not sure what to expect, especially since travelling by myself. But the whole event was far beyond my expectations. Tried it all!"

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  • Review by Emmy
    10 out of 10

    "What a relaxing and invigorating retreat in Mexico! The location, flexibility of the retreat leader and instructors, quality of instruction, and friendship was superb. Unforgettable and transformative week - thank you!"

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  • Review by Aluna
    10 out of 10

    "Una is an amazing organizer, leader, and friend. The trip was enlightening, fun, flexible, and something will never forget. I would recommend Bella Retreats to anyone open to building new friendships, gaining inner wisdom, and creating unforgettable memories"

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  • Review by Kim from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I appreciate and adore Katie’s ability to translate and provide the teachings of Tantra in an accessible and digestible way. I have been studying this material for two years and sitting and practicing with Katie for one week literally brought the teachings to life. I not only learn in a way that seeps into my pores but I experience the teachings when with her in a way that is powerful and impactful."

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  • Review by Robin from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Training with Katie has allowed me to be more mindful. She has given me real tools to work with on all levels, to really peel through the subtle layers to be the most grounded and authentically happy person that I can be. Through diet, asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, and helping to identify what holds me back and helping me break old patterns, Katie has provided a clarity and a sense of empowerment."

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  • Review by Lila Heller from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Katie is a brilliant teacher, knowledgeable, real, spiritual, and approachable. I have gained and re-learned the love that is within me. Thank you."

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