"The Best of Both Worlds"

Join us as we explore 2 fascinating desitinations in Mexico: 


Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) ~ A tiny 5 mile Island with turquoise waters & white sandy shores. 


San Miguel de Allende ~ A bustling city with cobble stone streets, amazing history, art, & architecture.


November 2018


IMMERSE yourself in the world of conscious travel.  
Our Sensory Adventure is an eclectic retreat that will AWAKEN
all of your senses as we explore the rich history of two unique areas of Mexico.


REJUVENATE your mind, body, and spirit while learning simple
daily habits to help get you started on the path to Health + Wellness,
the perfect blend of EXPLORATION and RELAXATION.  




Waking up to the sound of the ocean just outside your beachfront villa.  


Floating in warm turquoise waters as you feel your stress slowly melting away.


Exploring ancient ruins (including one of the 7 wonders of the world!), learning and experiencing first hand the rich history of the Mayan culture. 


Nourishing and Pampering your body with whole fresh food (always vegetarian and vegan options), juices, herbs, and essential oils; yoga; on the beach massage and spa treatments.


Discovering ancient Mayan as well as modern natural techniques to promote health, wellbeing, and balance.  


Connecting and laughing with your new friends from around the world. 


Are YOU ready to take a life-changing journey with us?  


This is just a small taste of what to expect when you join 

Michelle Premura of Turquoise Barn AND Liesel Albrecht of Sawah Luas Adventures, Australia for a true sensory experience as we guide you on a magical journey through the Yucatan Pennisula and the Mayan Riviera!  

Learn more about your hosts 
Michelle and Liesel here.  

Learn about Mexico ~ blog ~  "Why I LOVE Mexico!"

Our Sensory Adventure Retreat is Ideal for anyone wishing to:  


  • DISCOVER ancient Mayan practices that promote health, wellness, and balance to help create changes in your everyday lifestyle


  • EXPLORE ancient ruins.
    (Including one of the 7 wonders of the world!),
    earning and experiencing first hand the rich history

  • of the Mayan culture


  • PAMPER, nurture, and love yourself.
    Think spa treatments, massage, whole fresh foods, floating in warm
    turquoise colored waters and white sandy beaches


  • EXPERIENCE safe, easy, stress free & HEALTHY travel


  • MEET new & interesting friends from around the

  • globe in a small boutique retreat setting


  • RECONNECT with your senses via food, nature,
    art, & history


  • EXPAND your palate with new culinary experiences and always with vegetarian or vegan options


  • GROW your self!  A first step in following your heart and fulfilling your dreams.  


"Travel is one of the best ways to accelerate the development 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." 




A unique, intimate, boutique style retreat/adventure with exciting excursions and a healthy twist.  Definitely not your run of the mill retreat or vacation.


10 fun-filled days and 9 sultry nights in the incredibly beautiful and historic Yucatan Peninsula and Mayan Riviera ~ visiting ancient ruins in 3 locations including one of the seven wonders of the world, cenotes, turtle sanctuary, snorkeling, swimming in turquoise waters, relaxing on white sandy beaches, fresh local whole foods & herbs (veg options), yoga, workshops, spa treatments, and of course shopping.


We will begin our journey in Playa del Carmen - a small beach town in the Yucatan Penninsula with fantastic beaches, shopping, restaurants.  From there we will take excursions to swim in a cenote, visit the the historic ruins of Chichen Itza

(one of the 7 wonders of the world); and explore the ancient ruins on the beach in Tulum


And finally, we will take the ferry across the Caribbean to the magical Isla Mujeres (Island of women) where we will be staying beach front on one of THE most beautiful beaches (white sand & turquoise waters) voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The entire island is only 5 miles long - no cars only taxis, mopeds, bicycles and golf carts!  There we will explore more ancient ruins, the markets and visit a tortillaria - if you've never tasted a real freshly made warm tortilla - well - "yum" is all I can say.  


In Isla, we are also offering an opportunity to truly immerse yourself by giving back.  We will be offering our time and donating supplies to a group of local children in need.  
Giving and sharing - all part of conscious traveling.  


Of course, this is optional but highly recommended.  

During one of my visits, I spent time at an orphanage in San Miguel de Allende and also in Chacala helping create and organize a play for the village. I have to say these were some of the most memorable experiences in my travels.  


View full itinerary here.  




  • FRESH Local Whole Foods & Herbs, always with TASTY vegetarian/vegan options


  • AMAZING Accommodations in a Beachfront Villa*


  • EXPLORE  Ancient Ruins & Cenotes


  • HEALTH & Wellness Workshops:  Yoga, Food Prep, Essential Oils, Herbs, Traditional Mayan Herbs & Spa Treatments**, Nature Therapy!


  • SHOPPING at Local Food and Artisan Markets


  • GIVE back ~ an opportunity to share your greatness with others


  • RELAXATION, Rejuvenation, Bliss, Love, JOY


  • RETURN home feeling refreshed, fulfilled, inspired, motivated, and ready to incorporate your experience to create
    an everyday healthy lifestyle that works for you. 


Investment in Yourself

$2,975 shared room (bring a friend $100 discount)

Private Room available for an additional fee.


Space is limited ~ Only 2 spots left!


 Contact us for more information.



Cancellation Policy:  

6 months or more - full refund - less $100 processing fee

4-5 months - 75% refund

90 days - 50% refund

30 days or less - non-refundable


Note:  All travelers must purchase travel insurance.



What's Included?



  • 9 nights accommodations:  

    • 2 in Playa del Carmen,

    • 1 in Chichen Itza, and

    • 6 in Isla Mujeres - beach front*.

  • Whole Food Meals with Vegetarian/Vegan options

    • (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners)

  • All transfers between destinations, including ferry transfers to and from

  • Isla

  • Guided Tour of Chichen Itza

  • Trip to ruins in Tulum and Isla Mujeres

  • Golf cart hire to explore Isla Mujeres

  • Market & Tortrillaria tour

  • Workshops: Local Whole Food Prep, Essential Oils, Mayan Healing Herbs

  • Guest welcome package (surprise)


*View full itinerary here.




**Not Included:  Airfare, shopping, spa treatment services or additional excursions and meals. 


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 (currently in Mexico these are mostly the border towns and the western part of the country - the opposite side of where we will be).  Please be assured that we will not be near any of these locations. We are only traveling to very SAFE areas geared mainly for tourists. As with anywhere you travel, you just 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. Last year in 2014, I traveled with my teenage son, a female friend and her teen son.  We traveled to 3 different places by local bus and never felt afraid or uncomfortable. This is the same area that we will be going with our group.  This area is very family oriented and SAFE.   


Do I need to share a room if I'm traveling solo? For an additional fee, we offer a single supplement for those more comfortable having a private room.  For shared rooms, we will match you up with someone of the same sex with 2 beds in the room. 


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 for the trip.  




Itinerary: April 6-15 2016 ~10 days 9 nights


Day 1: 4/6 (D)

Arrive Cancun Airport - Meet up for group transportation to the beautiful Luna Blue Hotel in Playa Del Carmen.  


Unpack, Unwind, Relax and join us for a welcome Dinner.  

After dinner head to the beach or explore the expansive vareity of shopping along the famous 5th Avenue. 


Day 2: 4/7 (B,L)

Playa del Carmen - Early Breakfast at the hotel before we head out to one of the most beautiful archeological sites on the planet.  


Tulum!  Located right on the beach - don’t forget to bring your bathing suits.  

Lunch in town and perhaps some shopping.   


Return to our hotel and have free time to explore the town for one of the many dinner options or more shopping.  













Day 3: 4/8  (B, L, D)

Breakfast in Playa Del Carmen then head off to one of the 7 wonders of the world - Chichen Itza!

Chichen Itza - one of the 7 wonders of the world.  Have breakfast and then head out early before the tourists and the heat take over.  Guided tour of Chichen Itza or feel free to explore on your own. 













Day 4:  4/9  (B, D)

We will start the day with a  leisurely breakfast and then head to the ferry to sail over the turquoise waters to Isla Mujeres ~ paradise!

After settling into our Private Beachfront Villa, we will have a group dinner over looking the turquoise waters of the Carribbean  - it will be lovely.  














Day 5 4/10 (B, L)


Wake up and take a walk along the beach - watch ths sunrise, take a yoga class!  Afterward, enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the overlooking the ocean.  Then we will head out to the local market for a tour, shopping, and a visit to a local tortillaria - if you have never tasted fresh hot tortillas before- well you are in for a real treat.  We will head back to the hotel and make lunch using all of our fresh ingredients that we purchased from the market.  The rest of the day is yours to explore or make use of the on-sight day spa.  Massage on the beach perhaps?  Explore the many offerings Isla has for dinner. 


Day 6 4/11 (B)

After breakfast, we will be offering an essential oils workshop.  The rest of the day and evening is yours to hang at the beach, go on an adventure, get another massage, or go shopping.    


Day 7 4/12  (B, L, D)

Today its time to explore Isla style.  We will rent golf carts and head out to discover all the island has to offer.   We will visit an ancient ruin, an eco-floating house, a spectacular church and graveyard and whatever else catches our fancy for the day.   Group dinner back at the hotel.  













Day 8 4/13 (B)

Today is a free day.  A possible shopping trip to Cancun could be fun or you can just hang at the beach.  


Day 9/ 414 (B, L, D)

Interested in learning about ancient Mayan herbs and medicines?  We are scheduling a visit from a local healer!   Lunch on the beach and the rest of the day is yours to explore.  Tonight, however, we will have our farewell dinner AND time to celebrate Lielsel’s birthday!  Great timing. 


Day 10 4/15 (B)

Today we say adios and head back home feeling refreshed and ready to .   However, if you think you're interested in extending your stay and taking a little private adventure with me (Michelle) to another Island nearby, contact me for more information.


All activities are subject to change. 


NOTE:  We are adding on an additional 5 day excursion to a fishing village on a small island approximately 3 hours from Isla Mujeres.  Pristine beaches, sandy streets, amazing sunsets ~ this will be time to just chill.  If you are interested in adding this on to the trip, please contact us for more information.  




To Learn more about Mexico ~ A three part series on  ~ "Why I LOVE Mexico"!



Liesel Albretch


Michelle Premura

"I am  super EXCITED to be teaming up with Leisel and Sawah Luas Adventures to share my passions with you!"


Michelle is a co-creator of Turquoise Barn.  She is a certified vegan living & raw food chef & instructor, reiki practioner, herbalist apprentice, artist, jeweler, mother, wild food enthusiast and 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.  


Read more here



Sawah Luas translates to Wild Rice in Balinese.


Our retreats and journey's take you away from the ordinary and give you the extraordinary. They immerse you into the world of conscious travel and allow you time to experience a culture through local eyes.


Our vacations allow you to take time for exploration of yourself and the world around you, because you can only see something “one time for the first time”.


Liesel was a social worker, secondary teacher and trainer for 26 years before leaving to pursue her love of travel. She decided what better way to combine her passions by facilitating journeys for women that can change their lives.


Her excursions now range from retreats & journeys in Bali - Paris - Mexico - Cambodia - Vietnam - Italy - United Kingdom and USA.

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