Hey, Rogue Yogis! A couple of us just got back from the first ever INTERNATIONAL Rogue Yogi Re:Treat! We went to Tulum, Mexico. Which I had heard so many times from different friends about how magical it is. I had no idea, I can only see pics of the ruins, but i really didn't get a sense of how really magical it was until I got there.
I'm sharing with you guys what our experience was like being in PARADISE. For those of you who are yoga teachers, maybe you want to throw your own yoga retreat there, or for those of you that missed THIS year's retreat, you'll get a teaser of how NEXT year's Rogue Yogi Re:Treat will be (it'll be hosted at the same eco-chic resort)!
I've uploaded all the highlights of this trip into an album on our private Rogue Yogi Facebook Group. If you're not in that "Lounge", come join in! There's guided meditations, inspiration, Rogue Yogi Real Talk, etc...all of this for FREE. Just as a taste, I'll sprinkle a sample of those highlights throughout this post.
This blog post is a way to reflect back on this unbelievable trip. Coming home to a super cold and rainy San Francisco has me wanting to go back to the warm pristine ocean water already! I wanted to remember Tulum as much as possible as the "real world" kicks itself back in.
If you've never been to Tulum before, let's just say that the sand is the softest sand you've ever set your feet in. There are speckles of pink in the sand. Imagine walking out to the water, it's so pristine and clear as fuck. Crystal clear blue waters with hint of turquoise and dark blue. You can walk out really far into the water. Imagine you're the only one standing in that water. You take a 360 and look all around you, and there's NOBODY else, except for some pelicans floating and the clouds above the horizon. They're so vivid, with sharp borders of cotton candy. You can see them across the horizon.
Words whispered through the air, "This is your personal Burning Man". (I know the conditions are polar opposite, but the freedom from distractions, the spiritual energy were so conducive to this mental shift and clarity).
You just feel so calm, so relaxed, so peaceful. While it was very hot and humid, while we did have thunder and lightning storms, it was still magical because the rain would pass by so fast.
Just imagine that, because we are there at the eco-chic resort during "Low Season", just before the "High Season", there are just about 2-3 yoga groups. So, the resort is fairly empty. Plenty of lounge chairs, daybeds with wooden roofed-cabanas (made of tree branches) which let enough light shine through but provide some shade. Tons of coconut trees all around.
The staff, who are Mayan but can speak Spanish and English. They were so amenable. They cooked such fresh and healthy food. Everyday we got infused water, like hibiscus, watermelon. You could tell that they added NO sugar. No extra sweetness, just overall fresh.
They had a fun bar there. I wasn't sure whether or not I would keep this a "dry" retreat, but my group was very dope and chill that having some drinks was not an issue. The group was a hodge podge of friends from NorCal, friends from SoCal and new friends from Ohio, Santa Monica and Dublin (Ireland!!)
I was able to teach all the different kinds of yoga I love: Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, Deep House Yoga and Yoga Nidra on the rooftop of another yoga studio. Which we didn't realize until we were on the roof that we were surrounded by nothing but jungle. Just lush green. Tulum apparently doesn't allow any other buildings to be higher than this jungle level.
Our normal yoga shala was by the beach. I got to do my personal practice and see the sunrise each morning. It would happen in just a matter of 2-3 minutes when the sun would rise up through the clouds and fill its warm light into the entire studio.
Tours: We were touristy! We got to ride a bike to the Tulum Ruins, take a van to the Gran Cenotes, we got to snorkel, look down and see this entire underground cave world under the water. There were bats, a turtle sanctuary, and a section of the cenotes where these small gray fishies come up and nibble on your feet and legs! Some people weren't feelin it but I loved it!!! Just 5-6 fishies just nibbling the dead skin off of you!
We also got to ride bikes to the Mangroves, a whole slew of trees that grow from the natural water system that surround a green cenotes. We got to kayak in the cenotes, walk up the stairs to a high platform (high as f*ck, then CANNONBALL right into the cenotes). Swimming in certain parts felt warm, swimming in other parts felt cold. (Those were the natural streams of the cenotes).
We also did a sweat lodge called Temezcal. It's a rite of passage, a way to give thanks to our ancestors, as well as detoxify our bodies, and test our limits. This whole ceremony was spoken and sung in Maya. I also got an amazing massage from a Mayan Shaman. I fell asleep twice and woke myself up from my snoring. I NEVER snore, so that's really how deep I fell asleep!
We did have to deal with running out of pesos and the wild conversion rates in Mexico.
You guys gotta be there. There are a lot of yoga eco-chic resorts in Tulum for sure. It's just a very spiritual-centric town.
Due to popular demand, we are doing Stand Up Paddleboarding Yoga at next year's retreat! Our very own Leora, who's a certified SUP Yoga instructor, will teach us some great asanas!
After coming home, I could do nothing but think about how to expand this experience to others. There's something so priceless about being able to come together as community, take care of our minds, bodies and spirits, eat great nutrition, decompress and explore the world.
So, I spent countless days and nights researching various locations around the world. As of this morning, I have finalized a location for the Spring Season: Granada, Spain (Southern Spain, up in the Andalusia Mountains), and a Fall return to Tulum! My heart just fills up with happiness, knowing that 10 other people will be able to experience a great thing with us.
Ready to join me and the Mongorrian in Granada, Spain? Read all the details, register with your deposit or full payment here!!
Love, Julie (Your Local Rogue Yogi)