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Being Yoga Retreat
Tulum, Mexico

The Shambala La Petit Hotel will be our home away from home. More about this charming resort and its cabanas is given below. You can also refer to:

Retreat Cost:

Early Bird cost is $1800 if paid in full by May 20th, 2013.
Thereafter the cost is $1950 and must be paid by June 20th, 2013.
An $800 deposit is required when you reserve your spot.
This deposit is deducted from the cost.


Reservations or questions contact Sharon or call 650-552-9642.

To arrange transportation to/from the Cancun airport, email your flight itinerary to: or FAX it to: 650-552-9650.

To arrange excursions and outside activities, contact Roberto at: or call him, from the US or from your US cell phone: 011 521 984 134 8457. If from a phone in Mexico: 984 134 8457.

Notify Roberto if you have any food allergies.

Shambala La Petit Hotel street address: Bocapaila Tulum Rulnas km 7.5.

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel your reservation, 30 days written notice is required to: or to:

Being Yoga, 1863 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010.

A $100 processing fee will be subtracted from your deposit. We are unable to honor refund requests after June 19th, 2013.

Being Yoga reserves the right to cancel a group trip due to insufficient sign-ups. Notification will be given at least 30 days before departure and you will receive a full refund.

Retreat Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare, bodywork, four evening meals, tips, off-site excursions or activities.

Retreat Schedule:
Yoga and meditation July 14th through July 20th.

Daily Schedule:

7:30am – 8:00 am Meditation
8:30am – 10:00 am Bikram Yoga
11:00 – Brunch
4:00pm – 5:30pm Yin Yoga
7:00pm Dinner (on or off-site)

An evening meal will be provided on your arrival day and breakfast on departure day.

Retreat Application Form (click here to download)

Yoga Retreat Info Packet (click here to download)

Tulum Attractions (click here to read more)

Retreat Schedule Handout (click here to download)

Retreat Medical Questionnaire (click here to download)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is Tulum?
On the Yucatan Peninsula, approximately 81 miles (131 km) south of Cancun. It’s about a 90-minute drive from the airport.

How do I get there?
Flights are into Cancun, a very busy international airport. To arrange transportation to/from the airport, email your flight itinerary to: or FAX it to: 650-552-9650 two weeks before arrival.

Is the retreat suitable for beginners?
This retreat will be suitable for anyone, regardless of age, physical ability or experience in yoga or meditation. The teaching is primarily guiding each participant back to his/her intuitive knowing.

Students attend retreats for different reasons and with different backgrounds. The retreat experience is unique for everyone, allowing you to have the understanding and experience needed at that particular time.

What are retreats like?
A yoga retreat is an opportunity for you to relax and dive deeply into the practices. The schedule, teaching and environment allow you to let go of the demands of daily life and reconnect with your true nature. Yoga postures, breath awareness, restorative postures, meditation, Yoga Philosophy, silence and free time in tranquil and beautiful surroundings generally assist in this ‘letting go’. As we let go of tensions and the busy mend, a deeper knowing, which is always present, reveals itself.

I’ve heard of yoga vacations, but this is called a yoga retreat.

What is the difference?
We call this a ‘retreat’ because we consider this a unique opportunity to take a break from our busy lives and turn our attention inward. Most people attending a retreat have a sincere desire to explore and nourish their spiritual life.

What are the meals like?
A hearty brunch after the morning session and three dinners are included in the retreat package. The meals served at the resort hotel are wholesome and fresh. There are many excellent restaurants near the hotel, which we will sample four of the seven nights. We have listed several restaurants in our Tulum Attractions handout or contact Roberto for further suggestionsor if you have special dietary needs.

Where is Shambala La Petit Hotel located?
This intimate facility is located on the South Beach of Tulum, Mexico. We will be staying in their eco-chic cabanas situated on the beach. Shambala’s yoga and meditation shala is also on the beach with three glass walls overlooking the spectacular sand and surf.

What does is mean that the yoga retreat facility is in an electricity-free zone?
Tulum is still free from conventional electricity, so there are no TVs or CD players in the rooms and no air-conditioning or phones. There is a generator available at all times, and the facilities have solar power. The result is a welcome relief from the noise and light pollution we often experience in our everyday lives. The stars and moon along with the sounds of the waves are more available.

What should I bring?
Us dollars (preferred and most often required for off-site entertainment).
Passports are required for travel to/from Mexico.
Casual, comfortable clothing for yoga/meditation and the beach.
Lightweight jacket or wrap for the evening.
Personal toiletries.
Sun block, hat, bathing suit, walking shoes.
Yoga mat.
Watch or clock.
Journal, if you would like.

What is there to do between sessions?
Mostly we encourage you to simply rest in this beautiful beach paradise: immerse yourself in yoga studies, sunbathe, swim, take long, quiet walks on the pristine beach, write in your journal and read. Not included in your package but available at additional cost are off-site activities such as: exploring the ruins in Coba, touring Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, bodywork, kite surfing or snorkel/scuba diving in the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. We have some suggestions and contact information in our Tulum Attractions handout.

Is bodywork available?
Yes, contact Roberto to arrange on-site, private massage sessions. Please refer to our Tulum Attractions handout for alternative massage and spa suggestions.

When should I arrive?
Between 4:00pm and 6:00pm on the first day of the retreat. Remember to include 90-120 minutes ground transportation when planning your arrival time. There will be an evening meal on July 13th.

When is the retreat over?
Departure day is July 20th. Breakfast will be served before your travel home begins. No yoga or meditation will be scheduled for that day.

Can I stay at Shambala the day before or after the retreat?
Yes, if there is availability. To make reservations, contact Roberto at:


Robin Invites . .  . You!

Tulum is by far one of my most favorite places on earth and is why listening to “the call” to host yoga retreats in this locale is one I don’t ignore.

Another reason I am drawn to offer a week of healthy eating and living without the stresses of one’s daily schedule is that there is no denying a retreater’s transformation from arriving tired and burned out to departing with a renewed vitality for life. The benefits of yoga and meditation are magnified in a natural setting — so expect magical miracles from this full-moon week of rest and renewal in one of the loveliest and quietest natural settings to be found anywhere.

LauraJean and I are intending to hold a purposeful week of active and inactive yoga, meditation, pranayama, mantra, intention, silence, and reflection, and we do hope you’ll join us!



I am Laura Jean, also known as LJ! I have traveled twice to Tulum for the Being Yoga retreat and can speak from, my own experience, what an amazing week it is.  Practicing yoga with the horizon of the Caribbean Ocean as your “point of focus” and the energy of the Mayan forest in the background, in a beautiful studio, on the beach, between these two forces of nature is quite profound! An opportunity to truly take your practice deeper….is putting it lightly! For me it was one of those experiences in life that is hard to put words to, because no words can really describe the grandeur of it!  I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to co-host this retreat to hold space for the witnessing of this grandeur for all those who choose to join! OM Shanty and Love,  LJ