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7 Days Magical Mayan Riviera Yoga Retreat Mexico

  • Casa Om, Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Overview

Loving Kindness Mexico Yoga Retreat with Maria Santoferraro

Join this loving kindness yoga retreat to spend a week in paradise focusing on compassion, love, and nurture - letting go of all the negative energy, fear, stress, and stories pinging around in your head that keep you from living in bliss. This Mexico yoga retreat will deepen your practice, rejuvenate your soul, and feed your heart. In the beautiful Mayan Riviera, immerse yourself in a journey that is all about cultivating loving kindness for yourself. This is a gift of a week to travel to another part of the world for new adventures, for inward reflection, setting dreams and intentions, enjoying the warmth of sunshine on your face, relaxing on the beach, and practicing inspirational asana flows that will nurture your spirit and feed your soul.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Local-led Tulum ruins excursion
  • Guided snorkeling at Akumal with sea turtles
  • Guided cultural and seva excursion to a local Mayan village
  • Daily vegetarian buffet breakfast and dinners
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Casa Om is designated as a dry yoga retreat facility. While The Travel Yogi ask their yogis to respect that request on property, they will also tell you that the adorable Uno is across the street from Casa Om and is happy to hand you a cervesa while you chill on their beach front swings or garden patio. Casa Om has ten bedrooms, a pool, a koi pond, three kitchens, and a thousand squared foot yoga room suitable for all types of yoga including Hot yoga.

All retreat rooms feature air conditioning, fans, and mosquito netting (though with AC and / or a fan, the nets serve a more decorative function). They are tastefully decorated and feature cool sleek floors to chill down sand-hot toes. Private and beautiful bathrooms accompany all rooms except two bedrooms. The accommodation options: bunk room (with shared bathroom) which is only available for female yogis and double or single occupancy with shared or private bathroom.

The week’s yoga practices, suitable for all levels, will be infused with Maria’s joyous and uplifting teachings, allowing you time for reflection, healing, and transformation. The morning yoga session will be held in either Casa Om’s beautiful yoga room or on the beach deck overlooking the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, practicing to a soundtrack of the soothing sounds of the surf. The afternoons are full of adventures that will immerse you in the Mayan culture, swimming and exploring cenotes, snorkeling with sea turtles, or to just take time to rest, relax, and recharge at the pool or beach. Your day will end with relaxing yoga sessions that include Restorative yoga, Myofascial release, Reiki, meditation, and yoga Nidra.

This loving kindness yoga retreat starts on your yoga mat, and from there you will learn how to take the spirit of loving kindness off the yoga mat and into your life, and continue to spread love and compassion to your family, friends, and all beings.

Daily schedule

Schedules will vary slightly and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. The schedule below gives you an overall picture of what a Mexican Riviera yoga retreat week will look like.

Day 1

  • Arrival into Cancun International Airport (CUN)
  • Transfer to Casa Om (approximately 30 minutes), check-in, and unwind
  • Depending on the arrival time, you can hit the beach or pool
  • Evening yoga class (depending on Maria’s arrival time)
  • Group welcome dinner

Day 2

  • Morning invigorating yoga with Maria
  • Rooftop patio buffet breakfast
  • Wear your swimsuit and pack your camera for a day at the cenotes: drive out to some lesser known cenotes and get some history and background on these sacred pools, cliff dive (if you want) into the crystal clear waters, snorkel through the cenote tunnels and float in the open air sink holes, and enjoy fresh fruit refreshments and plenty of gorgeous photo options
  • Head back for early evening Yin yoga with Maria
  • Chill down evening group dinner

Day 3

  • Morning yoga wake-up
  • Fresh group buffet breakfast
  • Free day to explore at your leisure
  • Early evening Restorative yoga
  • Rooftop evening dining

Day 4

  • Sun-greeting morning yoga
  • Delicious buffet group breakfast
  • Pack cultural-adventure spirit and head out to a local Mayan village: learn, share, and smile with the endemic Mayan locals, get your chopping and tortilla making skills on as you help prepare the group lunch, roll up your sleeves and help out in the community’s garden, dig into the fresh food you helped make and the largest and most delicious guacamole ever made, and thank your hosts with smiles and hugs and last photos
  • Head back for early evening yoga
  • Sunset rooftop dinner

Day 5

  • Morning yoga wake-up
  • Fresh group buffet breakfast
  • Free day to explore at your leisure
  • Early evening chill out yoga with Maria
  • Rooftop evening dining

Day 6

  • Rooftop breakfast
  • Early departure out to the Tulum ruins: head out to these gorgeous seaside ruins before the influx of tourists and walk through each section of the ruins with a guide to grasp the history, culture, and influence of the Maya
  • Drive to the protected preserve for snorkeling with the sea turtles: refresh in the Caribbean with a snorkel and fins and swim out in this protected sea turtle preserve to hopefully spy some of these graceful guys
  • Early evening yoga class and closing circle
  • Final group dinner

Day 7

  • Final rooftop buffet breakfast
  • Hugs and goodbyes
  • Transfer back to Cancun International Airport (CUN) and take off back home

The excursions listed below are a small sampling. You are recommended upon arrival to settle in and explore before you hone in on your preferred excursions.

  • Hands-on cooking, culture, and gardening seva visit to a local Mayan community: get hands-on and in as you help cook a traditional lunch and contribute to the garden that supplies the good greens.
  • Morning swim with the sea turtles at Akumal: all turtles, fish, smiles, snorkels, flippers, and life vests are included.
  • Swimming, diving, and playing excursion to two cenotes: dive into the crystal clear water and float in ancient pools
  • Visit to the Tulum ruins: geek-out on a fully guided history tour of this ancient culture and structure
  • Maria Santoferraro

    Maria Santoferraro (E-RYT 200/RYT 500) spent over 25 years ravaging her body in the crazy corporate world. Needing a detox from an unhealthy Blackberry addiction, boatloads of stress, and an aching back, she sought out a healthier lifestyle and is grateful to have found her physical and spiritual release through the practice of yoga.

This retreat will take place at Casa Om in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Puerto Morelos is just sixteen miles away from the touristic Cancun in a beautiful and quiet area. The location affords the best of both worlds, world class amenities and proximity to the beach with a more laid back atmosphere. Find paradise in the in-between, this yoga retreat hideaway skips the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen and Tulum but retains the fun and energy of both.

Nearby places

  • Akumal - 1 hour
  • Botanical gardens, 3 kilometers
  • Chichen Itza - 4 hours
  • Ek Balam - 2 hours
  • Tulum ruins - 2 hours
  • Cancun International Airport (CUN) - 27 kilometers
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Cafe nearby
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi

Casa Om is a vegetarian retreat center, which is a meat-free center. Thus, fish and meat are not served. Eggs will be provided at breakfast for protein needs. You will be served daily buffet breakfast and dinner. One lunch in the Mayan village is also included in the price. Those of you, who would like to partake, never fear. There is a sweet little restaurant / bar across the street that stretches out to the beach and would be happy to help you out with a libation in your hand and your toes in the sand. Please notify The Travel Yogi for any dietary needs or restrictions that are needed to be accommodate at least two weeks in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The days are yours to explore the beach, swim, enjoy your massage, or to book one of the optional excursions as listed below. Excursions and spa services can be arranged by the retreat center at no additional charge.

Akumal sea turtle snorkel

The warm Caribbean waters off of the Mexican Riviera boast sea turtle populations year-round. You can outfit with a dive shop to snorkel with these lovelies or head out with your own gear and see if you get lucky. Price: various options starting at 40 USD per person.

Cenotes

The Mayan Riviera is flush with these beautiful underground pools and a trip here isn't complete without a dip in these refreshing waters. There are multiple cenotes to visit that are much less crowded than those in the Tulum area and only about 30 minutes away by car. Find tranquility below ground or liven you experience with a cenote / zip line combination. Both options are available and booking at least a day in advance is recommended. Price: 35 USD per person.

Coba ruins

The Mayan ruins at Coba is one of the few sites in the Yucatan that is still relatively unrestored. Many of these ancient buildings are the same as when they were rediscovered in 1890. The beautiful location is less hectic and touristy than other Mayan sites and is certainly worth the day trip. Price: 45 USD per person.

Scuba diving

If you're a diver, there's twice the opportunity here. You can dive in the coral reefs or, for something a little different, take a cavern or cenote dive. Seasonally, the more adventurous yogis can also try a bull shark dive. Tons of diving options await the intrepid. Price: starting at 69 USD per person.

Snorkeling and snuba

The biodiversity on the protect reef in the Mexican Riviera is stunning. Take off for an afternoon when the sun lights up the corals, tropical fish and sponges, and search for turtles or reef sharks. Snorkelers can float above it all while snuba divers (no certification needed) can swim down into the tropical traffic. Either option will highlight why this area is protected and turned into a National Marine Park. Yogis can walk to the beach and take a 5 minute stroll to reach the operator. This natural oasis is literally just steps away from the retreat center. Price: for snorkeling, starts from 39 USD per person, while for snuba starts from 69 USD per person.

Whale shark swim

You can get up close and personal snorkeling with these gentle and graceful giants. Jump in May through September when they migrate from all over to their chosen annual feeding spots. Don't worry, these veggie fish aren't looking to swallow you! Price: 159 USD per person.

Whether you're looking for an amazing massage or energy work, The Travel Yogi's team can tell you first hand how amazing the team at Casa Om spa is. Please be prepared to book early to secure a spot. Once the word gets out from the first few massages, they'll book up quickly! Price: starting at 55 USD per person.

  • 6 nights at comfort-lux accommodation
  • Afternoon local-led Tulum ruins excursion
  • Daily vegetarian buffet breakfasts and dinners
  • Daily yoga sessions with Maria
  • Fully guided cenote snorkel at Kantun Chi
  • Fully guided cultural and seva excursion to a local Mayan village
  • Guided clear blue water snorkel at Akumal with sea turtles
  • Hands-on cooking in the local Mayan community
  • Transfers to and from Cancun International Airport (CUN)
  • Additional excursions
  • Airfare to Cancun
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature / souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Puerto Morelos

  • Go into Puerto Morelos and turn left on Javier Rojo Gomez.
  • Go down to the last entrance to the beach and Casa Om will be on the left side. It is a big white building with a dark wood Indian door. Enter through the side door.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cancun International Airport (CUN). The Travel Yogi will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. The arrival transfer will only be offered for flights arriving between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on arrival day and flights departing between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the departure date.

For information about the booking conditions, please send The Travel Yogi an inquiry.
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  • Review by Stacy V.

    "JL is exceptional! I am so thankful that I've found her. Each and every class was spot on and just exactly what I needed in my practice. Sometimes, with other teachers, I've found myself tuning out or predicting the next move ready for the class to be over. Not one single time did this happen with JL. She is truly amazing. The food was really awesome! I was a little hesitant about the vegetarian fare and no alcohol policy. I honestly didn't miss it (meat/alcohol) much and there were plenty of bars within walking distance. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and I enjoyed them. Marcela and Andres were really personable and accommodating."

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  • Review by Kat F.

    "JL seriously made this retreat happen for me. I've only been practicing yoga for about a year...and after I expressed interest in a retreat, she encouraged me to do one. I didn't know anyone besides her going - and I realize now that that's very normal on retreats - but for me, that was super scary and out of the norm for me! JL was so amazing and encouraging leading up to the retreat. She introduced me to people in class who'd also be going. She's just so positive and awesome! On the retreat- she was so accessible hung out with us, gave us so much advice and really was just one of the group! I loved every moment of the trip and was so grateful to be there! It seriously was the best experience I've ever had! Casa Om was so amazing! The managers were so helpful always, and the rooms were great! The chef staff was seriously the best. I loved everything about it!! Our tour guide, Marcella, could not have been better. She was so energetic and personable and you could tell she really loved what she does! She was so involve, the excursions were awesome! Every time I had a question about anything, it was either already listed, or it was so fast to get a response via email. I loved that! I felt so great and confident in everything leading into the retreat. Thank you for being so great on that! The group was truly amazing. Everyone was so nice, relaxed, friendly, just glad to be there! The location, resort, and staff were amazing. I loved every second!"

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    "I honestly had the most amazing, life-changing experience on this retreat and JL was the driving factor behind that. Her voice corrections and ability to read the room and still keep an eye on the individual is amazing. Personally, she is warm, caring and her passion for yoga beyond just the 'body stuff' has changed the way I see yoga and myself - she's had such an impact on me. Being one of only three attendees who didn't know JL beforehand - I'm amazed at the close connection she built with me in a only a week with another 11 yogis there feeling the same! Marcella, our Eco Tours guide, is the best guide I have come across in my tours all over the world - very knowledgeable, passionate about her country and the Mayan people (especially with her work with the villages all over). Overall, everything (including Andres the driver) was amazing and thought through. The response time was super fast and Courtney answered all my questions beyond the usual yoga retreat questions - and was super pleasant, knowledgeable and all her answers were considered based on what she'd learned about me and what I would most like/need. Something I'm not at all used to (maybe an Australian thing!) but it made all the difference. Everything was set up so well that it encouraged great practice and then lots of opportunities to get to know the group beyond the usual small talk - JL's influence was a huge factor in that of course, plus the organized tours and the regular times to eat together and hang out. I feel very lucky that I stumbled upon The Travel Yogi - I got a personal recommendation to check out the online videos on Gaiam and from there stumbled on the retreats page! This was a perfect coincidence of the location I wanted, at the time I wanted (my birthday!). The written testimonials and professionalism of the Travel Yogi site pushed me to book (and the motivating notice that there weren't many spaces left!) I'll be sure to recommend to friends in Australia and the U.K. - as it was the absolute perfect way to turn 30!"

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    "Liz was absolutely wonderful and attentive to each student's needs, adjustments, and desires by listening and accommodating to the day's activities and overall well-being. My yoga practice strengthened and developed through the intimate workshops and sessions. The hosts at each location were amazing. Simon and Daisy at Sosian were attentive to everyone in the group, remembering every little detail down to how we take our coffee! I feel like we really got a customized and intimate safari experience here. Their energy was so great and it felt like they became family. It was really sad to leave Sosian. We also had a great time at Naboisho. Moses and the staff were attentive and provided a sense of safety at the tents. The group seemed to really appreciate and find value in the trip to the Samburu Village and the local school. Needless to say, the trip to the Elephant Orphanage was heart-pumping with overflowing love. I had no idea we would be able to interact with the elephants. The staff was really helpful, informative, and kind. Among The Travel Yogi and other comparative yoga safari retreats, I hands down had the best experience working with Jen at The Travel Yogi. I can't thank Jen enough for her insightful consideration and help in the process. Jen was responsive, thorough, and accessible at all times - by email or phone. Her energy, kindness, and passion radiated in every communication I had with her and I definitely had my questions! I am impressed with the research and selection of organizations, hotels, and partners. I am a big advocate for responsible travel and was so excited to be a part of a life-changing adventure that supports environmental and conservation efforts. Plus, there's primal yoga! Every day felt like a dream. I am so thankful I took pictures that pinch myself and remind me this experience was real! I signed up for this trip by myself and left with newfound friendships in my fellow yogis and with our guides and hosts at each stay. Thank you! The partners at Natural Habitat, the accommodations, the hospitality of the staff and hosts - I can't say enough good things about everyone and every place we encountered during our retreat. I am extremely impressed with our guide Jackson from Natural Habitat. From the first day arriving in Kenya to the last minute at the airport, Jackson made this trip incredible. His knowledge, experience, background, and passion in everything he does truly shines. He is someone that is going to changing the world and to be with him on this retreat was an absolute honor. Whether luck of the draw or intended, we really got the best here. Jackson is an amazing guide, prestigious teacher, honorable leader, and kind human being. In retrospect, this was an amazing deal as the organizations and staff were highly invested in conservation efforts and wildlife and environmental education - which are causes I strongly care about. On top of the astounding, breathtaking experience, this made the cost of the trip worth every single penny and more!"

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  • Review by Suzanne K. from USA

    "Mark Moliterno is truly unbelievable. My week of practicing and learning with Mark was truly life-changing for me. I knew going in that his yoga voice program was going to be different than a typical yoga workshop, but really had no idea how profoundly his program would change me. Imparting information during his classes was very detailed and easy to follow. Working with our breath, bodies, and voice was more impactful than any yoga class I've ever taken. The integration and changes that happened as we learned to add specific sounds to our practice was so exciting. Everyone in the class evolved in some way as the week progressed. The way of teaching is fun, very informative, interactive, peaceful, strengthening, and for me personally, awakening."

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  • Review by Megan R. from USA

    "This was the best vacation we have ever taken. Everything about it was above and beyond our expectations. Really life-changing. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Colleen P. from USA

    "Mark is compassionate, knowledgeable, gifted teacher, and practical in his application of knowledge on all levels-physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual. I've never had better food in my life and my husband, who was worried about the 'vegetarian' food, said he would eat this diet if the food was this good. The staff were attentive, genuine, kind, and friendly. We watched whales tail slap, breech, and spout while doing yoga. There were many kinds of birds and wild life to constantly observe. The masseuse was a lifesaver, intuitive, kind, and talented. Saved me from getting sore muscles. Everything was meticulously clean, which I so appreciated. I've never stayed at a place kept so pristine. So great that snorkeling and sea kayaking were included as part of the trip. It was amazing and the guides were wonderful. Learned a lot in the cooking class - so glad that was offered. So many choices of things to do - could not do it all, so will have to return every year for years to come! This location was a fabulous choice. Thanks for choosing it for us. The staff were very helpful and friendly, made me feel excited about the experience, gave positive energy through their interactions. Thanks so much!"

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  • Review by Samantha M.

    "Everyone from my drivers to Gustavo was immediately inviting and I never once felt out of place. This was my first traveling experience and I am already looking into more trips with The Travel Yogi. I could not think of a better experience or a better way to travel."

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  • Review by Robin R.

    "This Baja trip went beyond my expectations. The yoga, the location, the food, the ease of The Travel Yogi, and the total package. Was I in heaven?"

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  • Review by Crystal L.

    "I would highly recommend this trip and/or another trip with The Travel Yogi and especially with Elizabeth! Everything was spelled out with so much detail that I for the first time in my life packed light and had exactly what I needed. There was no guessing! Wonderful! Elizabeth is so down to earth, genuine, heartfelt. She is the real deal. Grateful to know her. The sailing excursion was um, how do I say, beyond belief! Thank you!"

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  • Review by Denise A.

    "Everything was beyond expectation. Cannot fault a thing. Debbi was wise, kind, strong, fun, and inspiring. She is all things you want in a yoga teacher. Despite my changing email addresses three times leading up to departure (apologies). You always tracked me down and responded with patience."

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  • Review by Tamara A.

    "It was the first vacation I've had in a long time where I actually felt like I had a vacation. I felt like I was on a vacation high for days after coming back. It was everything you would expect to get out of a yoga retreat and more. JL is incredible. It was the perfect balance of PV in the mornings and chill practice in the afternoons. Couldn't have been better."

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  • Review by Michele H. from USA

    "Vytas teaches a very challenging class, and I loved it. His sequencing was extremely intelligent and prepared us for the more advanced poses. Sansara was amazing! One of my favorite yoga retreats ever, and I've been to many. I loved the location. It's so nice to have some local folks in the vicinity, and some other restaurants and bars. My room was beautiful. Bed was super comfy! Bathroom was luxurious. Loved my shower! Loved the yoga palapa! I love practicing by the beach! Layout of the rest of the retreat was so comfortable and intuitive. Loved it."

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  • Review by Dina K.

    "Without question this is one of the top getaways of my life. Mia and Patti in collaboration to conduct mind-body-soul yogi experiences have me convinced I must schedule more retreats!"

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  • Review by Sebastian B.

    "Vytas really made this an exceptional experience not only as a yoga instructor but as an inspiring human being and leader. From challenging us inside the yoga room to assigning each one with a secret yogi as a way to connect selflessly with one another and also enhancing the group dynamic with games and meaningful conversation. Exceeded expectations in every level. Besides the dream location and the outstanding yoga classes, the connection between the group of people that were part of this trip took the energy and experience of the retreat to a whole other level."

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  • Review by Baya G. from USA

    "Erica's physiology knowledge will be hard to be matched by anyone. This translates into very sophisticated detailed classes. Her roundedness with other alternative healing methods, combined with her physiology and yoga sequencing knowledge, and her natural leadership and charisma, puts her in a league of her own."

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  • Review by Rachel D.

    "Wonderful classes! She takes the time to make sure each person is getting the most out of every single class. Challenging for the ones that want it and offers modifications for the ones that need it. Best instructor I've ever had. I have a food allergy that the staff and chefs gave extra care to and made the experience that much more enjoyable and worry free. Details are extremely important to me so the travel yoga exceeds expectations with letting me know every detail about the trip. I recommend The Travel Yogi Gaiam to anyone because of how secure I feel with how transparent everything is."

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  • Review by Padhia A.

    "This was the most amazing trip of my life. First, Jen at The Travel Yogi made every step of the way in booking the trip and my airfare so easy. She was unbelievably knowledgeable, helpful and eased all my fears. The way this retreat is structured is spectacular. The excursions every day, all day long- and the blend of yoga in the morning and the evening was perfect. We also had one day where we could choose our own adventure which was awesome. The excursions were really quality and so much fun. Liz Arch, our yoga instructor was phenomenal. She has such a warm and playful spirit and so much knowledge in so many areas of wellness. She geared the yoga each day to the needs of the group and even did a couple workshop style classes for inversions and arm balances. I was terrified to leave the US and go to this tiny place so far away, but I am so glad that I did, it was truly life changing and I highly recommend this trip for everyone!"

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  • Review by Karina L.

    "You did an amazing job of creating a wonderful and unique experience and I really loved it. The people on our retreat were so great and with so much going on with the Gaiam shoot. I was impressed with the seamlessness of the yoga, meals, excursions, and pick ups! I have loved both my Travel Yogi trips this year so much and I just wanted to make sure you knew that!"

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  • Review by Nelda L.

    "Being fairly new to yoga and only practicing regularly for over one year, JL has set the bar high. This was my very first yoga retreat and I'm blessed to have found her through The Travel Yogi. Before we even met, I already felt warm through her generosity with the gifts sent to her students: Juil sandals and chakra root scented oil. I arrived to Blue Osa in Costa Rica and received the first of many hugs from JL. She gives the best hugs! She welcomed each of her students with a personalized reiki infused mala bracelet. In the short week with her, she was nothing short of inviting, personable, and all smiles. And thank you to The Travel Yogi for being so thorough in preparation for this retreat! How could I not book with The Travel Yogi again? Namaste!"

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  • Review by Katie D.

    "If I could hire Jen Hoddevik from The Travel Yogi to be my personal travel agent/life organizer, it would be worth whatever amount of money it cost! Iceland was my fourth retreat with The Travel Yogi, and exactly as it was in all previous trips, every detail was handled by Jen and her expert staff. I didn't have to worry for a second once from the point I arrived at the airport and saw the driver holding a sign with my name until he brought me back there almost a week later. The excursions were first rate-all we had to do was show up for the bus-and the cost of the trip was extremely reasonable with all of the meals, yoga and sights it included. Yoga with Elizabeth Rowan was perfect to start our day and wind down our evenings. This trip was five-star all the way, and I can highly, highly recommend it to any adventurous travelers! Thank you again to The Travel Yogi and Elizabeth Rowan for a wonderful experience."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Regarding Galapagos, June 2015 with the incredible instructor, Liz Arch. This was my first yoga retreat and I'm worried that it spoiled me for all future ones! I had such a fantastic time. The Galapagos islands were utterly amazing: tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, hiking, and snorkeling not to mention the amazing food and accommodations at Semilla Verde. I have super strict dietary restrictions and they were able to make me something healthy and delicious every day. We were also very fortunate to have a splendid group of yoga enthusiasts who I think will be good friends for years to come. Courtney was a wonderful hostess - she made us all feel safe, comfortable and well cared for. Thanks to everyone for a trip of a lifetime!! I'd join you again in a heartbeat."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Wonderful experience in the Galapagos for our Anniversary! Yoga in the morning and evening, we stayed at Semilla Verde which was beyond amazing! All the adventures were filled with animas, like watching birds, sea lions, iguana, and others. Beyond thrilled! We would definitively book through Travel Yogi again,"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I can recommend this tour. Yoga practice in Aruba with Kat Fowler a wonderful experience. Manchebo Hotel is also a very pleasant place to stay (typical, not too big, and friendly) and the beach is one of the most beautiful on the island."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Kat Fowler is a wonderful yoga teacher and Aruba hostess! Manchebo was a great place to stay with incredibly friendly, helpful staff, cleanliness everywhere, and a gorgeous beach!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "My Baja Travel Yogi trip was really the trip of a lifetime. I was unsure of what to expect and felt blown away by both the location and facilities, and the detailed planning. I could truly relax into the experience and enjoy Baja because I never had to worry with a thing! As an obsessive planner, I was amazed that I could actually unplug and get so much out of this trip. I will definitely be planning another trip through The Travel Yogi in the future."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "A trip to the Galapagos is a trip of a life time. Jenniferlyn Chiemingo, our trip yoga teacher and leader, made my experience beyond my expectations. Jenniferlyn is an extraordinary inspiring and motivating yoga teacher. She inspired me to be adventurous and make the most of the nature around me. She also helped me to reach and experiment beyond my typical yoga practice. Her guided meditations were very provoking and will last in my mind and spirit forever!! Jenniferlyn has a shining energy that is honest, refreshing and contagious!! Her attitude will make any trip, any location, an extraordinary event. I am super fortunate because Jenniferlyn is has my hometown yoga teacher. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel with her. Namaste!!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I could not have asked for a better experience with Travel Yogi from start to finish. Jen and Liz were so helpful and communicative through the entire process. Every detail is taken care of, so there is no stress in traveling, which is rare these days! It was a magical experience at Prana Del Mar with Alexa Silvaggio as the yoga instructor. The accommodations, peaceful surroundings, delicious food and inspiring yoga made it one of the best trips I have ever had, and with a group of strangers no less! I'm absolutely hooked and cannot wait to book another retreat through the Travel Yogi! Thank you so much, Jen and Liz!"

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  • Review by Tenille H.

    "The Santorini retreat was absolutely perfect! From the controlled yoga, amenities, and travel assistance to the uncontrolled staff, food, and weather, everything was perfect! I enjoyed practicing yoga with Angel in the mornings and evenings, her style of teaching was perfect for a retreat get away (calm yet challenging, with stretching and spiritual vibes infused)! The staff at Rocabella could not have been better! They were incredibly accommodating, friendly, and spoke English. Upon arriving at the retreat, all yogis who were attending became instant friends, such a great feeling! I felt safe and well prepared as a solo traveler and felt like I knew who to contact at all times if I had a question or needed something! There was free wi-fi at the resort which I really liked because it felt nice to have a connection to home, but still be in such a far away place! Thank you all again for letting me in on this amazing piece of heaven that I will remember forever!"

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  • Review by Kelsie M.

    "The retreat was amazing. Thank you to you and your team for selecting such a beautiful location in Bali for yoga, rest and relaxation, and exploration. The staff at Soulshine was incredible friendly and helpful. Ogoum in particular went above and beyond to show us around Ubud, explaining customs, traditions, and answering any questions we had. The facilities were clean and well-kept. I always felt safe and welcome. Thanks again for your work!"

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  • Review by Kelly M.

    "It was so awesome and well organized that I didn't even appreciate how well everything was being handled during the retreat. I did a four-day organized trip to Isabela Island after the retreat, and in comparison I realized how lucky we had been to have such good guides and hosts and helpful staff. Galapagos is wonderful no matter what, but it was definitely worth it to have every so well taken care of during our stay."

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  • Review by Brooke W. from USA

    "The trip was amazing. Thank you for all you do. Rocabella was a beautiful location, the food was amazing, and the yoga teachers were obviously outstanding. I had an amazing time and met some absolutely lovely yogis. I plan on using Travel Yogi again. Thanks again for your coordination."

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  • Review by Lindsey R. from USA

    "Thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip, it was worth every penny and more. I came home absolutely raving about the entire thing.The location was amazing, I was totally satisfied with the hotel, amenities, and proximity to other activities on the island. I would go back there for another retreat in a second."

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  • Review by Tracy M. from USA

    "I recently went to Bali with the Ashley Albrand via The Travel Yogi. Everything about the experience was amazing, from the initial engagement with Jennifer to the follow up and finally arriving in Bali and attending the retreat. Traveling internationally can be a hassle, but Jennifer made sure that all the details were taken care of pre-trip and was available if we had any questions during the retreat. Soulshine was amazing, like a little bit of luxury paradise in the middle of the rice paddies. Ashley was phenomenal, an amazing teacher leading a life changing experience in the middle of paradise. I can't recommend the Travel Yogi enough and I will definitely book another yoga vacation with them."

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  • Review by Christy S. from USA

    "I cannot imagine all the time and energy that went into planning this amazing retreat, but I thank you so much from the very bottom of my (jet-lagged) heart! It was quite a transformative experience, in every sense, and I felt that I was aboard a very tightly manned ship. It was a very well-balanced vacation, with just enough yoga and Ubud city time. I do hope that our paths cross someday soon, maybe on the other side of the world! "

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