breathe, listen, see, touch, taste;
the beauty, culture & colors of
A perfect balance of Rest/Relaxation & Adventure/Exploration
"The Best of Both Worlds"
A Sensory Adventure Retreat
The Yucatan Peninsula
Isla Mujeres, Valladolid, Chichen Itza
Travel is one of the best ways to accelerate the development of our senses. Opening and allowing yourself to be immersed in another culture is life-changing. Traveling pushes us out of our comfort zone - we may be faced with many fears; flying, safety, not understanding a language and getting lost. When we decide to leave the comfort of our familiar lives and routines we also choose to grow - growth can only happen through change.
Experience the Best of Both Worlds
The beauty of a small 5 mile island with turquoise-colored waters, white sandy beaches, palm trees, fresh coconuts AND visit some of the most ancient sites of Mexico as you explore a historic Mayan colonial city, swim in cenotes, and visit one of the 7 wonders of the world. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit as you explore and immerse yourself in the rich and colorful Mayan Culture of Mexico.
Feel the magic swimming in a cenote (ancient Mayan well)
Massage on the Beach? Yes Please!
Awakening to the sound of the ocean. Floating in warm turquoise waters as you feel your stress slowly melting away.
Exploring a variety of locations including a tiny island rich in history, culture, and nature; a historic Mayan town, ancient ruins, and one of the seven wonders of the world.
Nourishing and Pampering your body with whole fresh food (always vegetarian and vegan options), juices, essential oils, yoga, beach massage and spa treatments.
Discovering ancient Mayan as well as modern natural techniques to promote health, well-being, and balance.
Are YOU ready to take a life-changing journey with us?
This Retreat is For You If:
You are in need of some R&R and ready to get started on rejuvenating your mind, body & spirit - think beach massage, sunshine, white sandy beaches, floating in warm turquoise-colored waters, whole fresh foods & juices, yoga, walking, and meditation.
You are interested in exploring & experiencing ancient ruins, historic cities and the magic and richness of the Mayan culture (including one of the 7 wonders of the world).
You are ready to evolve your mind, body & spirit, and commit to taking care of YOU.
Isla Mujeres - No words needed here.
This is just a small taste of what to expect when you join us
for a true sensory experience as we guide you on a magical journey through the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mayan Riviera!
Fresh: Local Whole Foods, Juices, & Herbs, always with TASTY vegetarian/vegan options
Nature Therapy: Connect with your senses and the natural rhythm of the earth, sun, moon, stars, & sea. Feel stress melting as your body, mind, & spirit are swept away by warm ocean breezes while floating in turquoise waters.
Health & Wellness : Yoga, Essential Oils, Traditional Mayan Ceremonies, Nature Therapy!
Historical Exploration: Ancient ruins, including one of the 7 wonders of the world, churches, monasteries, and graveyards.
Shopping : Colorful Local Food and Artisan Markets
Relax: Rejuvenation, Bliss, Love, JOY
Return: home feeling refreshed, renewed, connected, fulfilled, inspired, motivated.
Isla Mujeres (Island of Women)
Isla Mujeres (Island of women) ~ one of THE most beautiful beaches. (white sand & turquoise waters). North Beach in Isla Mujeres was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The entire island is only 5 miles long with no cars; only taxis, mopeds, bicycles and golf carts!
After a short ferry ride across the turquiose waters of the Caribbean, you will have arrived. Our week will be filled with adventure, fun, and a whole lot of relaxing. Daily fresh morning juices and yoga, whole foods, and beach massage ~ yes please! We will also spend a day touring the island by golf cart ~ visiting ancient ruins, churches, graveyards, a turtle sanctuary, and AMAZING views. A visit to the markets and a tortillaria are also on the agenda - if you've never tasted a real freshly made warm tortilla - well - "yum" is all I can say.
Valladolid is a historic Mayan City sometimes referred to as “The Sultan of the East,” and recently named "pueblo magico." Understandably so, as this bustling colonial town has some of the most beautiful ancient architecture in the Yucatan including a dozen churches and monasteries. A city full of contrasts as you walk through the bustling cobblestone streets along the rows of historic architecture, local Mayan women in traditional dress selling their wares on the street, and a cenote right in town - interesting blending with modern restaurants, shops, and even a French perfumeria. While in Valladolid, we will explore all of the above and a few surprises that you will not find on your average tours. Just one of the benefits of traveling with us!
Chichén Itzá is the largest of the archaeological cities of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in theYucatan Peninsula. Considered one of the 7 wonders of the world, this ancient sacred site portrays the magical history of the Maya and Toltec culture. We will visit the ruins, swim in a cenote, and participate in a traditional Mayan cleansing ceremony.
Investment in Yourself:
Rate based on double occupancy.
Private room may be available for an additional fee.
Early Bird Special:
Reserve your spot before June 1st and we'll add in a FREE Spa Treatment! Note: treatment is in addition to massage included in the package.
$500 deposit is required to hold your space.
Space is limited - registration will close once all spaces are full.
Payment Plans are available.
6 months or more - full refund - less deposit.
Less than 6 months - 50% refund
Less than 60 days - non-refundable
Note: All travelers must purchase travel insurance.
Itinerary and activities subject to change.
8 days - 7 nights Accommodations
4 nights oceanfront - 3 nights historic hotel
Whole Food Meals & Fresh Juices with Vegetarian/Vegan options
7 breakfasts (fresh juices & fruit), 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Yoga Classes (optional)
Oceanfront beach massage (YES please!)
Golf cart hire to explore Isla Mujeres
Visit to Turtle Sanctuary
Tour of ancient Ruins of the Goddess Ixchel
Morning Meditation to watch sunrise at Cliff of Dawn (amazing!)
Market & Tortillaria tour
Day at Oceanfront Beach Club
Chichen Itzá (transportation and guide)
Historic Church & Monastery tour
Swimming in Cenotes
Traditional Mayan Healing Ritual (Temezcal)
All transfers between destinations, including airport & ferry transfers to and from Isla Mujeres
And.......some special surprises
Rate does not include: Airfare, shopping, spa treatment services or additional excursions, beverages and meals outside of the itinerary.
Your Host: Michelle Premura
"I am super EXCITED to be offering this retreat ~ can't wait to share my passions with you!"
Michelle is a co-creator and owner of Turquoise Barn. She is a certified vegan living & raw food chef & instructor, natural lifestyle consultant, retreat facilitator, reiki practitioner, herbalist apprentice, artist, jeweler, mother, wild food enthusiast, botanical cuisine aficionado. Michelle graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Fine Arts - Sculpture. She also graduated as a gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA and studied jewelry design & manufacturing at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Michelle has been learning and practicing whole food and natural living for over 25 years since she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1985. In addition to hosting workshops and retreats at Turquoise Barn, she has also lectured and taught at a variety of schools and universities, as well as private events.
Her love of travel has lead to taking her retreats on the road and in the sky. Michelle has been traveling in Mexico since 1992, including a 1 year solo backpacking trip throughout Mexico and Central America.
Do I need a passport? Yes. Allow at least 6-8 weeks from time of application to receive.
Is it safe to travel in Mexico? I know some people are concerned with safety when considering travel in Mexico.
Mexico is a HUGE country, and just like anywhere else including the U.S., there are certain areas that are more dangerous than others. We will be traveling to SAFE areas geared mainly for tourists. Crime happens everywhere; anywhere you travel, you need to use common sense and take standard precautions, i.e. be aware of your surroundings, don't flash valuables around, and don't leave your wallet on the beach (seriously, people do that).
I have been making numerous trips to Mexico since 1992; including extensive traveling throughout Mexico and Central America for almost 1 year solo as a single woman and I never felt threatened. More recently I have been traveling to Mexico with friends, my teenage son, a female friend and her teen son, and most recently I traveled solo for one month through the Yucatan Peninsula and central Mexico. I've traveled to various places by local bus, taxis, collectivos, and never felt afraid or uncomfortable. I actually feel safer in Mexico then I do in many parts of the US. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to discuss my experiences with you.
Do I have to eat vegetarian or vegan? For this retreat, In the house and when dining out, there will be options to order omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan.
WIll I have free time to be alone? Yes - although we have quite a busy schedule of relaxing ~ you will have time free time if you so choose. All activities are optional and with a retreat of this nature - we can customize an itinerary that will suit your needs.
What should I bring? When you reserve your space, we will send you a detailed information sheet of what to bring (and what not to bring) to ensure you are comfy and cozy and well prepared for the trip.
Can you help me with my flight? Yes - we can guide you to help find the best flights & prices from your location.