Paradise Express : Henna Lounge

June 19 - 24, 2018

Creative Expression in Tulum

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About

Our Paradise Express retreat, in Tulum Mexico, is worlds away from the daily hustle. We invite you to come join us by the Caribbean sea, where we will open ourselves up to a simpler way of life, and tap into creativity and community.

We will make our home for the week in a beautiful tropical villa, with plenty of access to the sun, sea, sand, and hammocks. Mornings begin with Mysore style yoga to wake up the body and unblock the mind. We will start the week with a group art installation on the beach, fueled by sunshine and fresh tacos. Creating temporary collaborative art allows us to let go of the need for control, perfection and permanence, all of which can smother creativity. Other highlights include an excursion to the nature preserve of Sian Ka’an to clear our minds in nature and to gather inspiration for our take-home project, a beautiful wall-hanging.  We will also have the opportunity to sample the delicious and beautiful presentation of the local cuisine, after all, art is meant to delight all of our senses. And no trip to Tulum would be complete without a refreshing dip in a cenote!

Also included in the retreat is a massage by gifted body-worker Elvira. To close out the retreat, you’ll have a henna session with Darcy, a beautiful memento and subtle reminder to integrate your creative process and self-care into your daily life.

Don’t forget to bring your yoga clothes (of course you can also opt for a sunrise beach walk if that’s more your style!) and a sketchbook to record your thoughts and ideas during the week. There is also plenty of unscripted time for you to explore the region and relax on your own, or with new friends.

Includes

PACKAGES INCLUDE


Accommodations of your choice (5 nights)

Breakfast daily

Opening & Closing group dinners (1 glass of juice, wine or beer is included in dinners)

One lunch of delicious tacos & guacamole beachfront

Two henna applications by Henna Lounge : one metallic temp tattoo and the other traditional henna design

One group excursion to Muyil Ruins including river float and picnic lunch

Mysore* style yoga hour as per itinerary

90 minute healing massage

Dinner reservation made at Hartwood Restaurant (meal not included in pack)

Welcome cleansing circle w/ local shaman

14% IVA tax

Gratuities for staff


* Mysore Style yoga is when students gather in a studio together at the same time and practice a series (typically Ashtanga) on their own but together as a group. We will vary this style and have music playing and the space open and sacred for an hour each morning for you to roll out a mat and move as you see fit. Typically someone will be at the front of the space that you can follow along with if you are looking for inspiration. Otherwise you make up your own practice as you go.

Tulum has some amazing food and we send you our Recommended Restaurant list just before the retreat to help you navigate the many wonderful choices!  We may also venture out as a group on occasion if that appeals.


Please note airfare and airport transfers are not included in this package.

Taxis are not allowed to wait outside the Cancun International airport at arrivals so a transfer needs to be arranged for a private car service pick up or there is a local bus that takes you to Tulum town (please review our FAQ page for full details on the bus).

If you would like us to arrange transportation to and from the airport for you please let us know by sending your full flight itinerary and we will send instructions for finding your driver.  We will try our best to pair those arriving at similar times together in an attempt to share the costs (a rate of $85usd per person each way for shared) or if you need a private ride (at a rate of $135usd each way) we are happy make those arrangements.

Please look for the YOGA & ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE sign outside your terminal if you plan your transfers with us.

Pricing

PACKAGE PRICING

Our goal is to make retreats amazing, affordable, and available to all. Please check with us for any running discounts or direct booking incentives and join us in paradise for the perfect escape!


Room #1

This room has a king bed on the first level and beyond the curtain is a shared double room on the
mezzanine level. There is a full bathroom also ensuite but shared with others.

Room #1 : Shared King Bedroom : $1,880usd private; $1,565usd shared bed per person


Room #1

Located on the 2nd floor, this mezzanine room has the king bedroom below separated w/ a curtain.

Room #1 : Shared Double room w/ 2 twin beds : $1,630usd per person


Room #2

Located on the 2nd floor, this mezzanine style room has a curtain for privacy.
Below is the dining area.

Room #2 : Shared Double room w/ 2 lofted twin beds : $1,630usd per person


Room #3

Located on the 3rd floor this room has a full bathroom just outside in the hallway to share.

Room # 3 : Private Queen room w/ ocean views : $2,080usd private; $1,665usd per person


Room #4

Located on the 3rd floor this room has a full bathroom just outside in the hallway to share.

Room # 4 : Private King room w/ jungle views : $1,980usd private; $1,615usd per person


Room #5

Located on the 3rd floor this room has an ensuite bathroom, oceanviews and a private balcony.

  

Room # 5 : Private King room w/ ocean views, jungle balcony, &  ensuite bathroom
$2,130usd private; $1,695usd per person


*For rooms with shared beds you must provide your bedmate.

** For these rooms we will pair you with other travelers of the same gender looking to share.


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Itinerary

RETREAT ITINERARY


DAY ONE :

Transportation from Cancun International Airport*
3:00pm Hotel check-in
6:30pm Welcome cleansing & grounding circle with local shaman
7:30pm Opening Dinner together at Zamas

DAY TWO :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-9:30am Mysore style yoga practice on your own
10am Breakfast
11:30-3pm group beach art installation and lunch together at Eufemia beach front; metallic henna tattoo adornment
Free time; massages (one included in pack)
Happy Hour, Sunset & Dinner on your own

DAY THREE :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-9:30am Mysore style yoga practice on your own
10am Breakfast
11:30-5pm group trip excursion to Muyil to find inspiration in nature; ruins, river float and lunch included
Free time; massages (one included in pack)
8pm Dinner at Hartwood (not included in pack but reservation made)

DAY FOUR :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-9:30am Mysore style yoga practice on your own
10am Breakfast
11:30-1pm set up wall hanging project
Lunch on your own
Free time; massages (one included in pack)
Happy Hour, Sunset & Dinner on your own

DAY FIVE :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-9:30am Mysore style yoga practice on your own
10am Breakfast
11:30-1pm work on/finish wall hanging project
Lunch on your own
4-7pm Henna adornment by Henna Lounge
7:30pm Closing Circle and dinner together at Zamas

DAY SIX :

7:30am Breakfast available
Transportation to Cancun International Airport*


*Taxis are not allowed to wait outside the Cancun International airport at arrivals so a transfer needs to be arranged for a private car service pick up or there is a local bus that takes you to Tulum town (please review our FAQ page for full details on the bus).

If you would like us to arrange transportation to and from the airport for you please let us know by sending your full flight itinerary and we will send instructions for finding your driver.  We will try our best to pair those arriving at similar times together in an attempt to share the costs or if you need a private ride (at a rate of $135usd each way) we are happy make those arrangements.

Please look for the YOGA & ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE sign outside your terminal if you plan your transfers with us.

**This itinerary is subject to adjustments, changes in times, locations, or activities as the retreat leaders and hosts see fit. Any change will be on par with our standards or an upgrade in services or location making for an even more amazing experience for the group and our guests. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation if any situation were to arise.

Stay

ACCOMMODATIONS


Enjoy our own private villa right on the beach road in Tulum. Ocean across the street, steps from all of Tulum’s hottest attractions, and miles of beach to walk. Plus we have our own private pool and beautiful yoga space. The house has 5 bedrooms, 3 shared indoor bathrooms and a pool bathroom, dining area to enjoy breakfast, restaurant across the street, and an ample yoga space for outdoor practice.

Each room is unique with different views and features.  Room #1 offers a king bed on the first level with a mezzanine holding two twin beds on the second floor as seen below. There is a bathroom on the king bedroom level. Room #2 is a lofted area above the dining area featuring another two twin beds. Bathrooms for second level are shared either downstairs or upstairs.

Rooms #3 & #5 offer ocean views from the top floor of the house. One room has a queen bed and the other has a king. There is plenty of closet space, a secret walkway outside for ocean views, and two bathrooms in the hallway to share amongst the three rooms upstairs.

Room #4 is also on the third floor.  It has a king bed and jungle views.

 

Tulum is an ecological zone which means rustic luxury. We have electricity and solar powered internet 24 hours per day. Sheets and towels are changed only when necessary to conserve our precious natural resources and we offer ocean breezes instead of air conditioning. Most of the year the weather is very comfortable and you are lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves just steps from your bed.  We heat our own water for showers and tread lightly on the land that hosts us all.

Payments

Payments :

Deposits* of $500usd are due to secure your space in the retreat.

The balance of your retreat (minus your $500usd initial deposit*) is due 30 days prior to arrival. All details for this will be emailed to the group two months before the retreat.

You may pay with a credit card via PayPal or you may choose a bank wire transfer or deposit to settle your balance. We also accept Bitcoin.


MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT HERE :

Please check availability with us for accommodations before making your $500usd deposit*

Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you if possible. In the case that there is no one to share a room we ask that you take a private economy room instead.

To make your deposit, please click the link below. You will be directed to Paypal.com


Retreat Dates



Final balance of your retreat will be due 45 day prior to arrival.  Please let us know if you prefer to pay via bank wire transfer or via credit card with Paypal (4% fee applies). Balances are due upon receipt of invoice. Personal checks are no longer accepted. We are not able to accept physical credit cards in Tulum. All extra activities will be paid in cash in Tulum. Mexican pesos or US Dollars at the daily rate are both accepted.  Thank you for your understanding and promptness with your payments.


POLICIES

All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Balances will be due 45 days prior to retreat start date. Cancellations on or after 45 days prior to retreat dates are non-refundable and non-transferable. This cancellation policy is strict and firm. If you need to leave the retreat early there are no refunds or pro-rates.

There are no refunds for natural disasters. Springtime is highly unlikely to have hurricanes, the weather is the best of the year with calm waters, clear skies, and temperatures in the low 80s.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA ADVENTURES TULUM (YATU) or YOGA ADVENTURES WORLDE (YAWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*. YATU, YAWW, third party hotels and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services. YATU/YAWW shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our tours. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary. YATU/YAWW are not to be held responsible for changes beyond our control, this includes bad weather or hurricanes; any inconvenience or complication caused by a hurricane’s direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike. There are no refunds due to flight cancellations or changes, strikes, labor disputes, lockouts, threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

We highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG offers Travel Guard at affordable rates. You will be asked if you have chosen to purchase insurance or declined at final balance due.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a Skype conversation or to receive further info via email.

Praise

“Darcy was awesome! I used her for a fun event and she showed up on time and ready to rock. She’s adorable, super friendly and came with printed out design ideas for guests, but people were able to tell her what they wanted as well! She actually makes her own henna and it’s natural and smells amazing and makes the skin oh-so soft.”

–Stephanie Y., Berkeley, CA

“Darcy amazing. I had henna services from Henna Lounge before my bachelorette weekend, and I couldn’t be happier. The studio is relaxing and beautiful, and Darcy is a pleasure to spend a long time with. At her suggestion, I collected inspiration photos and shared them with her. The design we settled on had all the elements I wanted including my preferred religious symbols and my and my fiancé’ Hebrew names. I followed the aftercare instructions to the letter. It was hard, but the deep stain was totally worth it! I couldn’t be happier!”

–Yael S., Oakland, CA

“The best time in paradise! I had the best time on retreat in Tulum! It exceeded my expectations – everything from the location + accommodations, the yoga with Andrea and the food were exceptional. I traveled alone and loved how the days were thoughtfully planned but gave us lots of free time to explore. Christina and Sofi were awesome to communicate with and made Tulum feel like home. I’d come back in a heartbeat!”
–Shelby L. Vancouver, BC CAN

“Best thing I have done for myself! I loved the time I spent at Zamas with Yoga Adventures Worldwide. Christina and Sofi were very welcoming and made it a safe space to be in for 5 days. I traveled solo and was slightly nervous and was welcomed by their friendly faces and immediately felt comfortable. The Zamas hotel was also great and the house was clean and in a central location. The town of Tulum has many great restaurants and shops close by. The retreat schedule was perfect allowing time for yoga and plenty of free time to do other activities. I highly recommend a retreat with Yoga Adventures Worldwide and hope to try another retreat location in the future!”
–Tiffany Z. Pittsburg, PA USA

Always in demand as a teacher, Darcy Vasudev is an artist of exceptional skill and ‎reputation. Even in informal situations, she is generous with sharing information and has a ‎genuine desire to see others grow and succeed. Add to that her discriminating taste and ‎eye for the beautiful, and it’s hardly surprising to find that she’s held in the highest regard ‎not only by a cadre of loyal clients, but also by her peers in the body art industry. I look ‎forward to spending time in her company at every opportunity, knowing it will be delightful ‎and that I will undoubtedly glean some new gem of wisdom.‎
— Penni AZayer, The Henna Faerie