If you didn’t know or haven’t heard, TSP teamed up with the Om for the Mom sisters (Vanessa and Sarah Palmer) and created a cool ass yoga and wellness retreat just for the ladies. We got back Monday from one of the most magical and beautiful weeks of our lives and it’s safe to say our maiden voyage was a huge success. We traveled south of the border to the bad ass beaches of Tulum, Mexico. This spot proved to be the perfect place to host our very first retreat, allowing our twenty retreaters to relax, let loose a little, enjoy the sand between their toes and most importantly, discover new things about themselves, tools to have a more fulfilling life and forge new friendships to last a life time. Sadly, Nicole was unable to make the trip as she had mom duties to tend to along with holding down the TSP fort. Although we missed her big time, there is good news for her and you, this is the first of many more adventures and retreats to come! It’s difficult to put into words how extraordinary the adventure was, but I am going to do my best to share (not everything, some things remain only for the tribe) what our cool ass retreat was all about. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi, have never sat on a yoga mat before, have not a clue what meditation is all about, are flexible or not at all, this retreat is open and welcome to all. Our vibe extracts our tribe and let me tell you, we are one cool ass tribal group of women! Here’s a peek at what TSP and the Om For The Mom sisters had in store for the twenty goddesses who made their way south to tune out and tune into themselves.
The tribe leaders welcomed our retreaters with mala beads and vibe tribe bags. Inside we gifted our ladies with beautiful face products from Caudalie, Palo Santo sticks to clear negative energy, Yogi Tea and Burt’s Bee’s anti-aging serum. Basically, a bag full of good things for their mind and body.
Our first group dinner took place right down the beach at the most delicious and perfectly rustic Posada Margherita. We had the most adorable server, Simone, who did an excellent job of welcoming our tribe along with plating the most superb antipasti plate, salad, pasta and fish dish. Did I mention they treated us to plates of burrata cheese and fresh tomatoes to welcome us? Heaven. Needless to say, our first night started off perfectly. Afterwards, a group of well fed and happy women headed back to our homes for the next three days to prep for a retreat full of meditation, yoga, laughs, some tears and amazing moments. Oh and a killer dance party during Hurricane Vibe Tribe.
The Retreat Schedule
The first two days of the retreat mirrored one another. Rise and shine yoga at 615, followed by a light breakfast, yoga Vinyasa flow at 10am, then lunch and goddess (free) time. The tribe met back up at 4pm for workshops and at 6pm we finished the day with a Kundalini fusion/meditation yoga class. We had three workshops: Find Your Creative Goddess Within, Releasing Your Inner Goddess and Your Body Is Your Temple. Each workshop touched on different aspects of our lives; our passions, our love/sex life and how we treat our body, the types of foods we eat and what we put on our skin. It was a gigantic smorgasbord of everything feminine. Our goal was to get to the beach and share what we’ve been learning over the years with our retreaters and to also hear back from them and learn from them. It was kind of a ginormous therapy session full of love.
When it came time to get on the mat, each teacher took the approach to teach the beginners and help guide the more seasoned yogis on how to deepen their practice. That’s how good we are at our jobs. We taught both the basics of yoga and meditation and helped those who wanted to dive deeper, to take it further. Both Vinyasa flow and Kundalini fusion/meditation ruled the mats while in Tulum. Some of our tribe members had NO clue what they were getting into, but we moved them in slowly, taught them to relax, breathe and to be open minded. It worked. Although we take a serious approach to alignment and safety on the mat, there were plenty of laughs and giggles along the way. It was one of the most refreshing set of classes I have ever taught and have taken in my life. Plus, we spoiled our goddesses big time in savasana (resting pose) with temple and head massages, aromatherapy/essential oils and lots of smudging (sage burning). They were in yoga heaven.
The Retreat Rituals
One of my absolute favorite rituals we did while on retreat was The Goddess Burn Session. The idea here is to write down things, moments, past experiences, negative aspects of your life, you name it…on a piece of paper, let it sink in what it is you are letting go of (or rather working on letting go of, it can be a process) and eventually standing up one by one, taking said things to release and literally burning them in the fire pit. As you throw your list or item into the flames you say, “I release you”. Burn baby burn!!! This was a very personal moment for most if not all retreaters. Everyone has something they need to release. Something that needs to be left behind. Something that needs to be chipped away at and removed from who you are. If it doesn’t serve you, adios amigo. P.S. You do not need the beaches of Tulum to do this ritual, you can do this with a bowl full of sand or a fire pit in your back yard. Try it…it’s amazing how much lighter you feel when you decide to ditch the negative and look forward to the positive.
Speaking of the positive, inside the gift bag was a little pill bottle with small pieces of white paper. These papers were used to help tribal members gather their own prescription of what it is they want their daily little pill of life to be full of. For example, perhaps you seek more positivity, more sleep, gratitude and only to look forward in your pill of life. Then those are the things you would jot down and place in your pill bottle. The list can be infinite. We encouraged our ladies to add to their pill as often as they please and to also journal throughout the retreat and to continue to do so once they returned.
Each morning and during the day in yoga classes, the retreaters were led through meditation. They were taught breath work, visualization, positions to sit in and how to bring this practice home with them. Meditation isn’t easy. Just like everything else in life, it comes with practice. One morning in particular the group witnessed something, that perhaps, none of us will ever experience again. It just so happened that while we were walking onto the beach for sunrise meditation we saw the most amazingly unique moments in the sky. Right above us in the night sky, the crescent moon hung low as Venus, Jupiter and Mars aligned in almost a perfect line in the sky and shined so brightly above us. Personally, it was one of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen. I believe our group was meant to see this on one of our last mornings. In a way, it was a gift for all the hard work we put into ourselves those few days.
Food For the Soul
The tribe ate like a bunch of queens while in Tulum! I had been to this beach spot a couple times so I knew of some places we couldn’t pass up. One I mentioned: Posada Margherita. It’s a little rustic, shabby chic hotel/restaurant on the beach. Their staff is SUPERB and the juice and foods add to the incredible experience there. Every morning yogis found their way there for fresh, organic juices and our tribe breakfast made up of two soft boiled eggs, avocado and sliced tomatoes. Oh and freshly baked foccacia and parmesan cheese of course! When we wanted to enjoy a chic, beach environment and ceviche we made our way to Be Tulum to experience something unBElievable. Pure deliciousness and beauty. For our vegan meals, we’d make our way to Restaurare for their exquisite coconut ceviche and Mezcal, chili and orange slices. Our last night we kicked things off at Gitano’s for more Mezcal drinks, yummy tacos and yep, you guessed it, more ceviche!
These were the times we were on break being restful yogi on the beach, taking bikes rides (having Eat, Pray, Love moments) through Tulum, having a cerveza on a bar swing or having a dance party and burning sage in the yoga studio. We had fun! The retreat was such a fabulous combo of yoga, good times and great vibes! What’s the fun in all work, no play? All of us really dug deep and truly examined our lives and the things holding us back from a more fruitful, happy life. It’s only right that after all that digging we did some dancing and bonding over vino. As we chatted about that during our Your Body is Your Temple workshop, the 80-20 rule is a great way to balance life. We definitely made room for that 20 on our retreat.
Speaking for myself, but having a sneaky suspicion that most of the goddess yogis would agree, I felt different when I left Mexico. Although I have a raging headache right now, due to neck pain from sleeping in a hammock the last night , I can’t complain. Emotionally, physically (from all the yoga and some clean eating, I decided no meat at all this retreat) and mentally I feel lighter, clearer, and more in tune with myself and my relationships with others. On a professional level, this was my and the co-leaders first retreat we have ever lead and I am really very proud of us. There were hiccups along the way, challenges to be dealt with, but we sorted everything out, and with the strengths we all brought to the retreats as individuals, the experience went off without a hitch. We worked really, really hard to make this magical for our tribe and it was a success. More than anything, I am extremely proud of all the beautiful women who came to the retreat open minded, without judgment and ready to learn more about themselves. It’s not easy taking that step sometimes, especially in front of and with a group of strangers – who are now no longer strangers but friends. My gratitude for all of the “tribe” who traveled south is infinite. My heart is very warm and shining bright after this experience. Anytime I laugh so hard I cry, I know my time was well spent and surrounded by really cool ass funny people. I had many moments I will never forget, moments of all different emotions. Many bonds for me grew stronger, along with new ones formed. Even though we were basically in a mini hurricane for two days, the conditions couldn’t have been a better way to keep the group all together and in close quarters. It truly set up the perfect environment for us to bond and make our new friendships…to create our tribe.
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