WHEN WILL THE RETREAT BEGIN AND END?
The retreat will begin with check-in (3:00-4:30pm) on Sunday, April 9, 2017. We will follow this with yoga, a welcome ceremony, and dinner. We end our retreat on Friday, April 14, 2017 with yoga, breakfast and closing ceremony before check out at 10:00am.
WHAT ARE THE ROOM OPTIONS?
We will be staying at the beautiful Alaya Tulum. If you would like to share your room with a specific person, that request can be made upon booking. Every room at Alaya is special, and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Prices below are PER PERSON, in US dollars & don’t yet include the 19% tax.
50% deposit is due to book your spot... reserve your spot for as little as $800 today.
Alaya Private Family Villa – $3,500.00
Alaya Private Garden Apartment – $3,200.00
Alaya Private Garden Villa, King Bed – $3,200.00
Alaya Private Ocean Front Suite, King Bed – $3,600.00
Alaya Private Ocean View Deluxe Double Suite – $3,500.00
Alaya Private Ocean View, King Bed – $3,500.00
Alaya Shared Family Villa, Luxury Loft bed – $1,800.00
Alaya Shared Family Villa, Queen bed – $2,300.00
Alaya Shared Garden Apartment, King Bed – $2,000.00
Alaya Shared Garden Apartment, Single Bed – $1,900.00
Alaya Shared Garden Villa, King Bed – $2,000.00
Alaya Shared Garden Villa, Single Bed – $2,000.00
Alaya Shared Ocean Front Suite, King Bed – $2,400.00
Alaya Shared Ocean View Deluxe, Double Suite – $2,300.00
Alaya Shared Ocean View, King Bed – $2,300.00
Retreat Only – $1,350.00
WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?
Please fly into and out of Cancun, Mexico. There are direct flights from San Francisco and cheaper flights if you are okay with connecting and stopping over somewhere. You could also fly into Cozumel airport.
HOW LONG IS THE FLIGHT AND WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AND DEPART?
The length of the flight will depend on your departure city, of course. Flights from San Francisco typically include one stop, and take from 6-8 hours, depending on layover time. Direct flights take 5 1/2 hours. Cancun is 2 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. It could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to get through Passport control and immigration.
HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE RETREAT PROPERTY?
As the retreat gets closer, you’ll receive a welcome email, which will also link to a google doc where you can fill in your arrival and departure times. We’ll use that to work with the retreat space to coordinate airport transportation (fees to be determined) unless you organize your own.
Tulum is a 3 hour drive from the Cancun airport by car. You have quite a few options to get from there to the hotel:
You can always rent a private shuttle as a group in order to quickly get from the airport to our hotel. We recommend connecting with other people who are traveling to the retreat, as larger groups are cheaper to transport (Shuttle companies price for 1-3 people, 4-7 people, etc. So the price remains the same whether you have 1 or 3 people.) Book your van in advance! Do not wait until you arrive to find a shuttle, as this is both a hassle and can potentially scam you. If you book in advance, your shuttle will be waiting at the airport with your name on a placard.
Let Life Source schedule your ride
Life Source Retreats can arrange reliable and comfortable private airport pickup/dropoff for $150 USD each way. There will be no stops between the airport and where you are going (unless you want/need to stop somewhere), which is something you are likely to face with the resort shuttles. If you are willing to share the ride, the cost will drop depending on how many people are in the car. Please send us your flight details, and if we can pair you with other of our guests with similar flight itineraries, we will.
Take the bus + taxi
Our recommendation is the ADO bus service. It’s reliable, air conditioned, and comfortable! You can prepay if you want or pay when you get there. Purchase a one way to Tulum or a round trip. All buses from Cancun stop in Playa del Carmen before going to Tulum. Upon leaving the airport terminal, look for the ADO booth where you can purchase your ticket to Playa del Carmen. One-way tickets are $15–18 USD. The bus will take you to the terminal in Playa del Carmen.
Get off in “Playa”, then buy another ticket to Tulum. You will pass the ruins, but don’t get off there; get off at the ADO station in “el centro”. From there, take a taxi to the hotel. Taxi prices from town to different hotels along the beach road vary. You may negotiate the fee with the taxi driver before you get in, but it will cost around $120 pesos/$10 USD).
DO I NEED A VISA?
No! All you need for your trip is a passport. No additional visas or vaccines are required.
HOW DO I EXCHANGE MY MONEY?
There are several currency exchange booths (called cambios) in Tulum. However, ATMs often have the best exchange rate. Check with your bank to see if they have any international/exchange fees.
Also, make sure you call your phone carrier and bank to let them know you will be traveling to Tulum. You can change your plan on your phone if you need to make International calls without paying and arm and a leg. If you feel like you want to stay connected to family, get “What’s App” on your cell phone. It’s a free texting service.
JUST TO BE SURE, WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RETREAT FEES?
• 6 days/5 nights luxurious accommodations at Alaya on Tulum’s white sand beaches
• ALL meals—nutritious and delicious, locally and freshly prepared (see custom menu options)
• Morning “Greeting of the Sun”
• Multiple life-enhancing workshops
• Daily yoga
• Tulum excursions (bike ride to the Mayan ruins, Mayan temazcal, or a swim in a cenote)
• Fitness classes
• Sunset gratitude sharing circle
• Nighttime activities (drum circles, dancing, sound healing, or a night in town)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
Airfare to and from your home to Tulum. Airport transfer (plan on $50-$80 for round-trip transfer). Tips for the retreat center staff (around $10USD/day, to be shared with the many individuals who make their living supporting our trip; please bring CASH).
Also, the following amenities can be added on to your retreat:
- Healing clay beach experience
- Temezcal and dinner at Raw Love
- Sound Healing ceremony
- Bobby Klein Workshop Meditation
“I signed up for Dana’s retreat on a whim without knowing a soul. I am so glad I did because I made amazing connections and had an incredible, blissful weekend! Being a Holistic Health Coach, I understand firsthand the importance of slowing down, self-care, eating light and healthy and just having fun. Dana isn’t just a yoga instructor, she empowers people to go deep within and inspires people to live a life from the inside out. Her energy is contagious and I can’t wait to go on another retreat with her again.”
Jill Shapiro – certified wellness coach, www.wellnessbyjill.com
“I just want to say how blessed I feel to have experienced such a sacred space with you all. It truly was magical from the start. Dana, you have such a way of bringing us to the mat with power,purpose and a true sense of oneself. You are an inspiration on the mat as well as in life. I am headed into my life with the feelings I took home from the blissful, amazing retreat and will hold them dear to my heart, summoning them when needed! Can’t wait until the next one!”
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“Dana’s way of teaching yoga has been very transformative for me. She has a passion that is rare, even in yoga teachers. She takes what for many, is strictly exercise and shares the belief that yoga is a state of being and that when integrated into your life can have dramatic, positive effects physically, mentally and spiritually.”
“Just a quick note to tell you all how wonderful Dana’s retreat was for me. It was an incredible humbling and transforming experience to be around so many kind, wise, beautiful and grounded people. Watching all of you do the necessary work it takes to feel better in this life…was rather inspirational for me. You all have incredible practices and I felt honored to be with all of you. Thank you Dana for creating such a supportive space for everyone to grow…learn and feel loved.”
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