Power on the Playa – April 20202019-10-15T19:34:46-08:00

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YOGA AND MEDITATION RETREAT with Gillian West

April 13 – 17, 2020 Amansala Eco Chic Resort + Retreat | Tulum, Mexico

The greatest gift we can give ourselves it finding our own inner power. This April we invite you to join Gillian West in Tulum to help manifest your own potential. In this kick ass, five day retreat we will start each day with a powerful 75 minute workshop style yoga class finished with a 15 minute manifestation or meditation session. After lunch you’ll have the rest of the day to explore, swim, relax, or whatever your heart desires. Limited spots available to work one-on-one or in groups of two with Gillian during this free time before we get back together for dinner.

Daily Schedule*
+ 7 AM:               Coffee, Tea, & Sunrise
+ 8 AM:               Morning Yoga
+ 9.30 AM:         Breakfast
+ 10.30 AM:       Free Time
+ 1 PM:                Lunch
+ Afternoon:     Free Time / Spa / Excursions / Ceremonies / Privates with Gillian
+ 5 PM:               Meditation & Yoga
+ 7.30 PM:         Dinner

* Schedule subject to change

GILLIAN WEST
Gillian West, E-RYT 200, TIYT, YACEP has been teaching yoga in Austin for five years. Recently named one of Austin’s top yoga instructors for 2018, she loves helping others find their maximum potential physically and mentally. Using humor, intention setting, & intelligent sequencing you can expect to get a full body practice & leave ready to kick ass & take names for the rest of your day.

Gillian has used movement as a way to move through life since she was a kid. From classical ballet for 12 years, to competitive ballroom dancing, to burlesque – physical movement to help with the mind has always been in her back pocket. As a trauma survivor & recovered addict Gillian found yoga originally as a way to cope with anxiety. Once she saw the benefits of yoga she dedicated her life to helping others in the same way. Becoming a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Gillian helps others navigate the effects trauma can have on the body & works with mental healthcare professionals to help clients get back in touch with themselves.

Originally trained at CorePower Yoga in October of 2013, Gillian has completely multiple 200-hours in different styles of yoga. From Hatha, to Vinyasa, to strength training & bootcamp she can give you exactly what you’re looking for. In October of 2015 she completed her training with Sundara Yoga Therapy to become a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher. Her style most recently has been influenced by Carmen Aguilar, creator of Cyoga, after attending multiple continuing education workshops in advanced sequencing & assisting.

When she’s not teaching she spends most of her time with her goldendoodle, Leroy, & boyfriend Dan – or she’s pretending like she knows how to bake after watching one too many episodes of Great British Bake Off.

Follow Gillian on Instagram at: @GillianEliza
Read more about Gillian at: Gillian Eliza Yoga

Amansala |Eco Chic Resort + Retreat
What started out as a small cluster of 4 cabanas, AMANSALA has grown into two stunning beachfront properties located on Tulum’s pristine coast, a short two hour drive from Cancun. This tranquil setting embodies a community feel while also offering space to relax on one’s own terrace or on the beautiful sunset lounge where the jungle stretches as far as the eyes can see.

Having built a reputation based on friendly hospitality, attention to details, and adapting to the needs of the ever-growing yoga community, AMANSALA is proud to be known as one of the leading retreat centers in the world.

Accommodations
Accommodations at AMANSALA range from beachfront suites to cozy rooms to meet all budgets. The architecture embodies the signature eco-chic style of AMANSALA that includes driftwood, mosaics, river rocks, smooth cement, and thatched roofs with staircases that weave together the various spaces within the resort. Each room is decorated with personal touches that make guests feel at home while on retreat. Whatever your budget, we have a room for you!

All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, sitting areas, and terraces. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the ocean and wake up to stunning sunrises feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Yoga Shala

Facing the sunrise and overlooking the turquoise sea, the magical beachfront yoga studio at AMANSALA provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable retreat experience. With the windows open, you’ll be guided through your asana practice by the sound of the waves crashing, the hint of saltwater in the air and the cool ocean breeze gently passing through the practice space.

Our morning classes will be faster paced and more physically demanding where the evening classes will tend to be more restorative with the intention of preparing the body and mind for a night of restful sleep.

The yoga shala at Amansala will also provide the perfect backdrop for photo sessions with Alex where you’ll have the opportunity to bring home incredible memories from the retreat!

Food & Drink
The food at AMANSALA is designed to nourish and cleanse. The creative menus are all crafted with love and made with local, chemical-free produce. Fresh caught fish, organic chicken, and seasonal fruits like mango, papaya, and pineapple will provide the nutrients your body needs to power through your practice. A variety of delicious signature salads that incorporate jicama, pumpkin seeds and chia will leave you satisfied, yet feeling lighter and cleaner.

The kitchen at AMANSALA is Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free friendly, and happy to accommodate your dietary needs and preferences. You will also have the opportunity to take a cooking class with the kitchen staff where you’ll learn the culinary secrets to some of their most revered dishes!

Tulum, Mexico
Famous for the spectacular Mayan ruins, clear turquoise water, and white sandy beaches, Tulum is an eco-friendly paradise preferred by yogis worldwide for its relaxed bohemian-chic feel and breathtaking surroundings. Located on Tulum’s famous beach road, AMANSALA is nestled between the ocean and the jungle. Just steps away you’ll find an endless array of Tulum’s shops, boutiques, cafes, bars, and discos. Spend your free time wandering down the beach road and end your evenings enjoying live, local music with a mezcal cocktail in hand!

For those wanting a truly authentic Tulum experience, take a trip into town for some of the best pastor tacos on the planet! Wander the streets, rent a bike, mix with the locals, and cap off your venture into town with a mojito at the famous Batey Mojito Bar where fresh sugarcane is crushed right in front of your eyes out of a converted VW Beetle!.

Add-ons and Excursions
See all that Tulum has to offer with unforgettable add-ons and excursions that include:

  • Bike ride to the local Ruins of Tulum
  • Jungle walk to a magical Mayan Cenote
  • Grande Cenote snorkel tour
  • Mayan Sound Healing
  • Temescal Mayan Sweat Lodge
  • Mayan Clay Treatment
  • A variety of on-site spa services!
THIS STUFF IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • 5-Days & 4 Nights accommodation at Amansala
  • 1-2 Yoga Classes per day
  • 3 Handcrafted & freshly prepared meals per day
  • Transportation from/to Cancun Airport on arrival/departure days
  • Taxes & Gratuities
THIS STUFF IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • Alcohol (cash bar available)
  • Private Classes with Gillian ($100 limit 2 people)
  • Spa services
  • Excursions
  • Mayan Ceremonies

LUXURY BEACHFRONT KING
(One Bed)

LUXURY BEACHFRONT DOUBLE
(Two Beds)

Single – $2,295
Shared – $1,695
Shared – $1,595

STANDARD KING
(One Bed)

STANDARD ROOM
(2+ Beds)

Single – $1,795
Shared – $1,195
Shared Double –  $1,295
Shared Triple – $1,195
All prices are per person and include: Accommodations for 4 nights, yoga and meditation daily, 3 meals per day, transportation from airport All prices are per person and include: Accommodations for 4 nights, yoga and meditation daily, 3 meals per day, transportation from airport
PAY DEPOSIT
PAY DEPOSIT

LUXURY BEACHFRONT KING
(One Bed) – SINGLE

$2,295
PAY DEPOSIT

LUXURY BEACHFRONT KING
(One Bed) –
DOUBLE

$1,695
PAY DEPOSIT

LUXURY BEACHFRONT DOUBLE
(Two Beds)

$1,595
PAY DEPOSIT

STANDARD KING
(One Bed) – SINGLE

$1,795
PAY DEPOSIT

STANDARD KING
(One Bed) –
 DOUBLE

$1,195
PAY DEPOSIT

STANDARD ROOM
(2+ Beds) – SHARED DOUBLE

$1,295
PAY DEPOSIT

STANDARD ROOM
(2+ Beds) – SHARED TRIPLE

$1,195
PAY DEPOSIT

PRICE SCHEDULE
All prices are per person
$500 Nonrefundable deposit secures your spot
Shared Prices for rooms with 1 bed must be booked with a roommate
Early Bird prices until November 15th
New prices will be posted on November 16th
Payment plans are available
Any and all questions, please reach out to us:  CONTACT US

CANCELLATION POLICIES
Deposits are nonrefundable
Full refund (less deposit) permitted for cancellations before November 15

Are there payment plans available?2019-06-17T20:54:01-08:00

Yes! Once you pay the deposit to secure your spot on the retreat, we will reach out to discuss a payment schedule for the remaining balance. Our goal is to make our retreats accessible for everyone so whatever we can do to help ease the financial strain of booking a retreat, we will do our best to accommodate.

Can I book a shared room if I’m a solo traveler?2019-06-17T20:54:48-08:00

Yes! Once the deposit is paid, we will reach out to talk about potential roommate preferences and do our best to accommodate. If you have any additional questions/concerns, drop us an email: info@LikeOmRetreats.com

Do I need to bring a power adapters/transformer?2019-06-18T08:40:14-08:00

Voltage and outlet type do vary by country and may be different than what we have in the US. Consult this site for a country by country reference on power: Plug, socket, & voltage by country

Do I need to bring my yoga mat or any props?2019-06-17T21:01:27-08:00

You’re more than welcome to bring your own mat and/or favorite yoga props! The retreat center is fully stocked with mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, and blankets that we’ll be using throughout our retreat.

I have a food allergy, can the retreat center accommodate me?2019-06-17T20:55:27-08:00

Generally speaking, yes – the retreat centers that we work with are accustomed to accommodating a wide range of food allergies and dietary preferences. If you have any doubts or would like to double-check, please write us at: info@LikeOmRetreats.com

Is it going to be awesome?2019-06-17T20:50:40-08:00

yes, yes it is.

What if I have to cancel?2019-06-17T20:57:21-08:00

We understand that life happens and things don’t always go as planned. You can find the retreat-specific cancellation policy listed in the “Book a Room” tab of each retreat. Beyond that, we’ll do our best to find a solution that works for everyone. Generally speaking, if you (or we) are able to fill your spot, you’ll get most if not all of your money refunded so let us know as early as possible.

As much as we’d like to have a single blanket policy, each retreat center has its own policy regarding cancellations, unfilled rooms, and our payment schedule to them. As we near the retreat start date, chances are all rooms have been fully paid for and it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to get any of that money back. We’re not out to take anyone’s money so if the response is that we’re not able to give you a refund, it’s because the decision is out of our hands.

Bottom line with cancellations – we understand and want to help so the sooner you can let us know, the more options we’ll be able to work with.

What payment methods do you accept?2019-06-23T13:10:02-08:00

You can pay directly on the site using PayPal, Venmo, or any major credit card (via the PayPal Guest Checkout).

If you prefer another method of payment (for example ApplePay, Zelle, or personal check), please CONTACT ME and we’ll get that set up for you!

Will my cell phone work?2019-06-18T08:36:51-08:00

We recommend checking with your provider. Most plans require purchasing an additional international plan for cellular data before your trip—cost varies depending on provider. You can also turn off your cellular data altogether and use your phone through Wifi. If you have an iPhone, you can still send iMessages and make internet voice calls to other iPhone users. With any smart phone, you can download apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Skype to be able to talk, video chat, and text over a Wifi. I definitely recommend downloading these apps before your trip if you plan on using them just in case internet is slow upon arrival. Another option (for those that have ‘unlocked’ phones) is to buy a prepaid SIM card in the airport.