The following are some questions we have been asked about the retreats in Puerto Morelos.
Where is Puerto Morelos? On the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico,Puerto Morelos is approximately 20 minutes south of Cancun.
How do I get there? Flights are into Cancun Airport. There are many flights arriving daily from all over the world. From the airport you may take the ADO bus, a taxi/limo or use one of the airport shuttles.
The following are some links for shuttles, etc:
The shuttles, less expensive around $25-$35, and airport taxis, around $70, will take you right to Casa Om. The Bus, least expensive, takes you to the town square in Puerto Morelos. From there you take a taxi about 1 mile to the retreat center, about $3. The bus is a safe, comfortable and inexpensive option for some.
How many participants do you expect? There will be a maximum of 16 participants.
Are the retreats suitable for beginners? These retreats are suitable for anyone, regardless of age, physical ability or prior experience in yoga and meditation. The teaching is primarily guiding each participant back to their own intuitive knowing. Students come to these retreats for different reasons and with different backgrounds. The retreat experience is unique for everyone, allowing them to have the understanding and experience they need at that particular time.
Will you find a roommate for me if I come by myself? Yes, in a double occupancy room with private bathroom @ $1395 per person.
What is the daily schedule?
7:30 – 8:00 am Meditation
8 – 9:30 Classical Asana
9:30 am Brunch
4- 6 pm Yin & Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Self-inquiry, Meditation
8:00 pm Evening Meditation
What style of yoga is taught? We have studied with many teachers in a variety of styles over the years – including Iyengar and the Viniyoga of Desikachar as well as Vipassana meditation and non-duality. The teaching is a synthesis of all that we have studied for 30 years and what has evolved during years of practice. Go here for more about this.
What are the retreats like? The Yoga Retreats are an opportunity for one to relax and rest in the natural presence/awareness that they are. We feel this is the essence of yoga, meditation and retreat in general. The schedule, teaching and environment allow one to let go of the demands and details of daily life and to reconnect with and reveal their own deeper knowing. Yoga postures, breath awareness, restorative postures, meditation, silence, and free time in the natural world generally assist in this letting go. As we let go of tension and the busy mind, a deeper knowing that is always present, reveals itself. There is ample opportunity for people to ask questions during the sessions or in private interviews between sessions.
I have heard of Yoga Vacations, but these are called Yoga Retreats. What is the difference? We have called these “retreats” because we consider them a unique opportunity to pull back and take a rest from our busy lives with the many distractions. Most people coming on these retreats have a sincere desire to explore and nourish their spiritual lives. There are no “rules” about how one should spend their time, but we encourage participants to use the time between sessions thoughtfully. Often traveling and sightseeing during a retreat is just another distraction and the actual reasons for coming on retreat are diminished.
Are there any silent periods during the retreat and if so why? While the retreats in Maine are held entirely in “social silence”, the retreats in Mexico have periods of silence. For most of these retreats we ask participants to refrain from social conversation after the evening meditation until after breakfast the following morning. Of course anyone may choose to have as much “alone time” as they would like to extend the periods of silence. Most people today have busy lives and spend very little time in silence. Silence is restful, being the mirror of our natural state. Silent community creates a supportive environment in which to deepen understanding, awareness, openness and compassion. This greatly enhances the benefits of a yoga retreat.
What is self-inquiry? The practice of aligning with our true nature beyond the habitual patterns of conditioning.
What are the meals like? We will have a brunch after the morning session at 9:30 am and one dinner the night of arrival. The dinners for the rest of your stay can be taken at one of the restaurants in town where fresh fish is the specialty.
Where is Casa Om located? Casa Om is 20 minutes south of the Cancun airport in the peaceful fishing village of Puerto Morelos. Casa Om is an elegantly appointed 10 bedroom retreat center with a state of the art yoga and meditation room. It is located 2 minutes from the sea and 10 minutes from town.
Are the any additional taxes we need to pay? No. All taxes are included in the price.
What shall we bring?
Passports are now required for travel to and from Mexico!
Light weight clothing for warm days and a warm sweater or light weight polar fleece for occasionally cooler nights
Casa Om is furnished with yoga mats and blankets
What is the weather like that time of year? Warm, sunny days and comfortable nights for sleeping.
What is there to do between sessions? The white limestone beaches and sapphire blue Caribbean waters are perfect for sunbathing and swimming in the calm waters. The second largest barrier reef in the world, a short distance off the beach, offers great snorkeling. The town of Puerto Morelos is a 10 minute walk, offering shops, restaurants and sitting in the town square watching how a quiet Mexican fishing village has maintained its authenticity, while accommodating visitors from away. Mostly we encourage people to simply relax and watch the beautiful turquoise sea in the day and the stars at night.
Is bodywork available? Yes. There are many body workers in Puerto Morelos with whom you can book an appointment.
When should we arrive? Between 3 and 6 pm on the first day of the retreat. There is an evening meal at 6 the first day of the retreat.
When is the retreat over? After the morning session and breakfast the last day of the retreat. Morning session ends at about 9:30.
Can I stay at Casa Om the day before or day after the retreat? This is not possible since Casa Om is a retreat center with another group coming after ours. Goggle hotels in Puerto Morelos and you will find many options. Also see the link to Trip Advisor for Puerto Morelos here.