Copal Retreat organizes fun-filled soul-soothing yoga retreats in the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean to revitalize and renew your body and spirit.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
Lynette is an E-RYT 500 teacher. She did her training in Maya yoga. Lynette is an advanced teacher in Restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, a certified Yin teacher with Bernie Clark, a certified yoga Nidra teacher with Brenda Feuerstein, and has taken prenatal yoga training with Janice Clarfield. She also works as a communications consultant and freelance writer. Lynette hopes to inspire others by living a creative and inspired life.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500
Leslie is a self-expression muse, helping people get “unstuck.” Using the modalities of yoga, qoya, and writing, she helps you unshackle creativity, feel your body as an ally, and cultivate more self-intimacy. She is creator of Prose and Poses, and offers yoga and writing workshops and retreats. She holds an MFA in poetry from Purdue University. She teaches Literature and Poetry at Cal Poly and is a 500-hour RYT certified yoga teacher.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Vincent has an unquenchable love of all that is sand, surf, sun, and yoga. He brings an eclectic and unique balance of both Eastern and Western styles of yoga, as well as a strong focus on anatomy and alignment, to his classes. Through years of dedicated study and practice, he has developed a focused personal practice that allows him to understand the varying paths his students travel in their own practice, helping them achieve fluidity of body and mind.
Daniela Manzur will be one of the instructors of this retreat. She has been very fortunate to receive teachings from various masters that have traced her lifestyle forever. During this week together at Copal Retreat, she will work on the classic sequences with some modifications. This work will challenge you: focusing on your roots, creating conscience in the ‘here and now’ by letting go of the mind and connecting with your internal knowledge. This will will lead you to a continuous physical body connection and a new perspective as spectator of your own story.
Raised in Northern Mexico, a small city called Tampico, where the love of being close to the sea found a way into his heart. He developed his passion for bodily movement and the interaction between body and mind through Martial Arts, loving both the traditional aspect and the competition. Ricardo began Yoga to improve his alignment in Calisthenics as well as proper breathing in Martial Arts and immediately fell in love with its focus on balancing body and mind. He is new to teaching yoga, but an old soul with years in martial arts and mind body connection.
Curtis Hunter began teaching yoga in Saskatoon, SK five years ago, shortly after taking his first 200-hour teacher training with Vincent Lu. Curtis has since continued to train with some of the most talented teachers in the yoga community. He is a certified Yin teacher through Bernie Clark and a certified Vinyasa teacher through Clara Roberts-Oss with whom he is currently completing his 300-hour Vinyasa yoga certification. His classes involve play, calm guidance, breath work, accessible movement, and great playlists!
Linda Bjork is a natural born Medical Intuitive Energy Healer, and a trained Life Coach. She was trained by a successful business man from India, owing several companies, operating globally. He taught her his craft, and today she teaches hers. She learned to establish her own business and she operates in six countries already. She learned to use her intuition for the right timing and her energy healing for good health. She was trained in getting control of her thoughts, which gave her laser focus and emotional balance. Everyone can find true love, success and happiness.
Amy is an NYC and Hudson Valley-based instructor, a skilled facilitator and retreat leader, teacher-trainer, and singer-songwriter committed to offering accessible, creative, and transformative healing experiences to people of all ages. Her teaching is grounded in 13+ years of mindfulness practice, extensive training in a range of methods and modalities, and a performing arts background. Amy also facilitates movement and mindfulness experiences for group events and conferences, including TEDxLongDock and Social Venture Institute / Hudson Valley (at Omega Institute).
from Great Britain, December 2018
"Exceeds all Expectations - wonderful! "
My expectations of Copal Yoga Retreat were absolutely exceeded !!
I don’t think any photo or review can do Copal Retreat justice. You really need to go there and experience it first hand to see how wonderful it is. You wont be leaving disappointed.
The location is stunning and peaceful, right on the beach and the views from where you have your yoga sessions are breath-taking. I don’t think I will ever forgot how beautiful it was each morning and evening as the sun was coming up and going down. A truly special experience where the world is so quiet and all you can hear is the waves. This is definitely a plus and a selling point and my instructor Daniela was brilliant!
I had a single room, it was spacious, clean, modern and I liked the complimentary shampoo and conditioner, I think this is a really handy touch especially if you have travelled only with hand luggage. The products were lovely too.
I also liked how everyone on the retreat was also given a beach bag and towel each – again, this is ideal if you are travelling light. Saves more space in the case for other essentials.
The meals each day were delicious and there was an excellent variety from day to day. We never went hungry that is for sure and the guys that cooked for us each day, breakfast lunch and dinner were charming, funny &talented. The food was fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine. Everyone was impressed and wanted the recipes.
Couldn't think more highly of Janet and her family and team :)
from Canada, November 2018
"Best experience ever ! "
I loved everything about this retreat! The location, the food, the hospitality, the yoga practices etc everything exceeded my expectations by far ❤️
I cannnot begin to describe in words how wonderful Janet and the staff are... just perfect 👌
from Canada, April 2018
"The Perfect Escape"
Escaping real life for a week at Copal was exactly what I needed. Janet and her staff make you feel like family. From the moment I stepped off the shuttle I didn’t want to leave, the cozy decor, amazing location and relaxed atmosphere, makes the perfect place for a retreat. Everyday, we would all say “Oh! I think this meal is my favorite.” The food was fresh, authentic, and so delicious. I can’t wait to visit Copal again.
from United States, April 2018
Great, relaxing experience. The host, Janet, is awesome and was very responsive/helpful before I even booked the trip. The location is beautiful— it doesn’t get much better than sunrise and sunset yoga on the top floor terrace overlooking the ocean. The chefs’ meals were amaaaazing. I liked that Janet had activities planned for us between yoga a few of the days but also gave us a couple days where we had free time. Oh and if you ever get a chance to do a retreat with Ricardo Castro— do it! I absolutely recommend Copal.
from United States, April 2018
"Great location, yoga, food, and good friends. "
This was a very enjoyable experience. The location was beautiful and the retreat has just the right amount of activity balanced with down time. Our instructor was amazing and classes overlooking the ocean were just beautiful and peaceful. The food was fantastic and our group was so friendly and enjoyable. Thanks to Janet and her staff for truly an amazing getaway. Cant wait to do it again.
from Canada, March 2018
"A safe harbour for your body mind @ spirit!"
The perfect blend of activities and time for reflection and personal choices. The unique menu prepared lovingly by very gifted Chefs. The atmosphere was accepting, flexible to all our individual and group needs; created by our Hostess Janet and all her wonderful staff. Can't wait to go back...a sweet taste of Mexico remains in my heart and body and spirit. I am eternally grateful.
from United States, March 2018
"Paa Mul.. everything the Dr ordered and more"
Janet and her crew are the perfect host. Their caring and work ethic are second to none. You can tell that they really love what they do and where they live. They have the most infectious attitude toward living and it is for sure to be a positive experience for anyone visiting Copal Retreats
from Great Britain, February 2018
"Amazing place, amazing people"
Everything was great. From Janet's hosting, Luis, our friendly genius chef, and Vincent's Yoga! Janet is the perfect, and hilarious, welcoming host. The food was fantastic. Vincent is a great yoga teacher with a good sense of humour! The setting at Janet's house is just wonderful and I hope I can come back!
from United States, February 2018
"Lovely time in Mexico with amazing yoga and new friends"
The location was so perfect. It was like a tropical paradise. The pictures don’t do it justice. The small village felt very exclusive and safe. It was like we had the beach to ourselves. We did enough activities that I was never bored, but not too much that I felt I was being rushed around. The yoga was more intense than any yoga I’ve done before, which was not much, but I left the retreat much more confident in my yoga skills and myself in general. I was very lucky to have ended up with a great group of positive and supportive people.
from Chile, March 2018
"Beautiful from inside and outside in all sense"
The sunrise yoga was amazing,even if it is sometimes hard to stand up,but after the yoga you are so happy and after the breakfast even more! The food was amazing,the people! Janet is such an amazing woman! It is a really good vibe between all the people there! We had a lot of fun and I could learn a lot of myself! Thank you!
Kyla Pearce Saskatoon SK. Canada
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This is a must for anyone not wanting to do the padded extravagance of the all-inclusive and not quite willing to brave it in a hostel. The house setting gives it an intimate and familial feel. Every meal was a hit, even when things were made with ingredients I didn’t like. I had seconds, in fact! Janet will give you lots of options to keep your days busy and fun, or you can choose to just chill at the house and relax. I recommend doing the ruins, dining at in Tulum and boogie boarding in the ocean afterwords. The view was incredible there. Also, you MUST go to the cenote. It’s what heaven looks like, I’m sure of it. This was my first trip out of Canada, and the memories I have from my retreat will be treasured for as long as my memory functions. I honestly cannot wait to go back.
Connie Chen United States
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We had a fantastic time! You really can’t beat the pristine, beautiful waters of their neighboring private beach. I really enjoyed the activities, for example a day trip to Tulum and a visit to a neighboring cenote (absolutely beautiful! I’d never seen one before!). The masseuse was also wonderful. There were many highlights to the trip, but aside from the obvious perks of yoga on her beautiful terrace with sweeping views of the clear waters and sunrise/sunset, the food prepared by Sean, our private chef, was phenomenal. He never failed to impress! I really miss the food!! Janet herself is a beautiful soul — very kind and sweet. Keep in mind her beautiful estate is in a natural jungle environment, but even this germaphobic, bug-hating girl was happy! And her prices are fantastic of course and reflect this. I loved that her place was away from the super commercialized, touristy areas. Definitely a good spot for a retreat! Thanks for a wonderful stay, Janet!
Meghan Bettis AR. USA
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I could not have asked for a more incredible place to lead and practice yoga. Drinking coffee while watching the sun rise over turquoise waters, and breathing and moving together with the ocean breeze and sound of waves crashing below was a deeply moving and almost surreal experience. The beauty of this place is overwhelming. Other highlights include the welcome ceremony featuring Mexican cuencos, exploring the backyard reef (so many baby sea urchins!), short bike rides to the private beach, and… the food. Each meal was inventive, healthy, and absolutely delicious. I have so much gratitude for Janet, Shawn, and everyone else at Copal who made this retreat possible. Thank you for sharing your home with us.