Mystical Mexico: Along the Path of Empowerment with Shelley Cates and Erin Smith

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Heroes Shelley & Erin

Shelley Cates
With a background in architecture + design, Shelley always wanted to help shape and improve the spaces in which we surround ourselves. But after 10+ years in the field, she felt dissatisfied with her career. At her lowest point - depressed, lost, and sucked into a world of consumerism (but lacking in emotional abundance), Shelley started exploring how to pivot her career choice into something that would fill her cup, rather than deplete it. An opportunity presented itself when her home yoga studio was going to be sold - Shelley and her (very supportive) partner Pablo bought the yoga studio, never looking back. Not quite a pivot - instead a giant leap of faith, Shelley listened to her heart and her head (which were for once in alignment), and with the help of Pablo, BREATHE Cambridge was born. She quickly found a love for not just teaching yoga, but also learning how to move bodies through space, offering people opportunities to slow down, explore, and be curious about their own selves - similar goals she had as a designer, but with a much more enriching outcome.

Since BREATHE’s conception, Shelley has received over 800 hours of teacher training, including Vinyasa(200RYT), Hot26(300RYT), Barkan, Yin, and Yoga Nidra, and is now starting to explore the powers of pranayama (breathwork) and meditation. Shelley has led retreats in Mexico, Belize, and the US. She has co-led a Hot26 teacher training in Cambridge, and is co-leading a 200-hr Vinyasa YTT in April ‘24 in Chile. Shelley currently lives with Pablo and their daughter, Fuego, in Valparaiso, Chile.

Erin Smith
Erin has taught multiple group fitness formats - Danz Insanity, Zumba, barre, spin, aqua, HIIT, strength, and more - across all ages and abilities for over 15 years. She has recently added mindful meditation to the list of certifications, and enjoys bringing a new level of awareness to her clients and classes. When not teaching in a studio, Erin owns and operates Whole Health Coaching where she works with clients one-on-one to help them realize their deeper potential for wellness and fulfillment. Erin brings energy and excitement to everything she teaches and finds endless joy in connecting people and creating community. Erin lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, her 4 beautiful children, a dog named Taco, and a flock of chickens.

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Oct 10 – 14, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12 – 15

Transportation

Group airport & activity transfers

Tour Price

USD 2,145
/ person
Flexible payment plans available
18 people interested
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Age range

21+

Travel interest

Yoga & meditation, wellness & health, fitness, nature

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Your Local Guide

Pepem Eco Luxury Hotel

Pepem Eco Luxury Hotel in Tulum is a self-sustaining, adults-only eco-village located deep in the Mayan jungle. They get their energy through solar panels and wind systems, and the cenotes in their subsoil provide them with pure and crystalline water - a truly ideal environment to disconnect from routine and connect with the Madre jungle. From weddings to wellness retreats, they encompass it all, offering you a truly relaxing and transformative experience in Mexico.

Mexico>Mystical Mexico: Along the Path of Empowerment with Shelley Cates and Erin Smith

Clear your mind, empower your body and uplift your spirit with this powerful 5-day trip to Tulum, Mexico. After settling in at an eco-resort in the pristine jungle, you will shed your stresses and begin down a path of personal progress. Daily yoga and meditation sessions will increase your mind-body connection while water movement classes strengthen you. Additional ceremonies that tap into the ancient spiritual power of this region of Mexico will transform you further, leading you towards your higher self. This trip may be brief, but it's an adventure with lessons that you will forever carry with you. Book now to reserve a spot.

Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until July 5, 2024. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by this date and will receive a full refund.

In this case, TourHero is not responsible for your preparation expenses, such as airline tickets, extra accommodations, loss of work, or any other cost associated with preparing for your trip. We recommend booking travel insurance, along with refundable flights/accommodations in case of cancellation.

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip up until July 5, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit amount. After this time, no refunds will be given. You can change or cancel your trip in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour. We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Heroes Shelley & Erin

Shelley Cates
With a background in architecture + design, Shelley always wanted to help shape and improve the spaces in which we surround ourselves. But after 10+ years in the field, she felt dissatisfied with her career. At her lowest point - depressed, lost, and sucked into a world of consumerism (but lacking in emotional abundance), Shelley started exploring how to pivot her career choice into something that would fill her cup, rather than deplete it. An opportunity presented itself when her home yoga studio was going to be sold - Shelley and her (very supportive) partner Pablo bought the yoga studio, never looking back. Not quite a pivot - instead a giant leap of faith, Shelley listened to her heart and her head (which were for once in alignment), and with the help of Pablo, BREATHE Cambridge was born. She quickly found a love for not just teaching yoga, but also learning how to move bodies through space, offering people opportunities to slow down, explore, and be curious about their own selves - similar goals she had as a designer, but with a much more enriching outcome.

Since BREATHE’s conception, Shelley has received over 800 hours of teacher training, including Vinyasa(200RYT), Hot26(300RYT), Barkan, Yin, and Yoga Nidra, and is now starting to explore the powers of pranayama (breathwork) and meditation. Shelley has led retreats in Mexico, Belize, and the US. She has co-led a Hot26 teacher training in Cambridge, and is co-leading a 200-hr Vinyasa YTT in April ‘24 in Chile. Shelley currently lives with Pablo and their daughter, Fuego, in Valparaiso, Chile.

Erin Smith
Erin has taught multiple group fitness formats - Danz Insanity, Zumba, barre, spin, aqua, HIIT, strength, and more - across all ages and abilities for over 15 years. She has recently added mindful meditation to the list of certifications, and enjoys bringing a new level of awareness to her clients and classes. When not teaching in a studio, Erin owns and operates Whole Health Coaching where she works with clients one-on-one to help them realize their deeper potential for wellness and fulfillment. Erin brings energy and excitement to everything she teaches and finds endless joy in connecting people and creating community. Erin lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, her 4 beautiful children, a dog named Taco, and a flock of chickens.

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Oct 10 – 14, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12 – 15

Transportation

Group airport & activity transfers

Mexico>Mystical Mexico: Along the Path of Empowerment with Shelley Cates and Erin Smith

Clear your mind, empower your body and uplift your spirit with this powerful 5-day trip to Tulum, Mexico. After settling in at an eco-resort in the pristine jungle, you will shed your stresses and begin down a path of personal progress. Daily yoga and meditation sessions will increase your mind-body connection while water movement classes strengthen you. Additional ceremonies that tap into the ancient spiritual power of this region of Mexico will transform you further, leading you towards your higher self. This trip may be brief, but it's an adventure with lessons that you will forever carry with you. Book now to reserve a spot.

Timeline

  • Day 1 · October 10, 2024 · Tulum
  • Arrive in Mexico
  • Group transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at Pepem Eco Luxury Hotel
  • Introductions
  • Breathwork + Grounding/centering/intention circle (Erin and Shelley)
  • Welcome dinner
  • Fire circle
  • Day 2 · October 11, 2024 · Tulum
  • Morning meditation (Shelley)
  • Salutes to the sun - Vinyasa yoga (Shelley)
  • Breakfast
  • Free time
  • Water aerobics (Erin)
  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • Workshop (Erin)
  • Dinner
  • Cacao ceremony
  • Day 3 · October 12, 2024 · Tulum
  • Morning meditation and breathwork (Shelley)
  • Water movement class (Erin)
  • Breakfast
  • Cenote tour
  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Restorative yoga (Shelley)
  • Day 4 · October 13, 2024 · Tulum
  • Morning meditation (Erin)
  • Salutes to the sun - Vinyasa yoga (Shelley)
  • Breakfast
  • Free time
  • Water aerobics (Erin)
  • Lunch
  • Workshop (Shelley)
  • Temazcal ceremony
  • Dinner
  • Dance (Erin)
  • Day 5 · October 14, 2024 · Departure
  • Morning meditation + journaling (Shelley)
  • Water aerobics (Erin)
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Group transfer from accommodation to airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1 · October 10, 2024

Ground yourself and set intentions on the first day of the retreat

As you begin your transformative journey in Tulum, Mexico, you'll first find yourself checking into our beautiful eco-resort nestled in the jungle, setting the stage for the adventure ahead. After settling in, the day kicks off with introductions, allowing you to connect with fellow travelers who share your quest for personal progress. In the late afternoon, Erin and Shelley will lead you through a session that begins with breathwork and grounding/centering, allowing you to align your mind and spirit. From here, we will meet in a circle and share our intentions for the trip (don't forget to bring your journal). The day concludes with a warm welcome dinner, and under the open sky, an otherworldly fire circle, connecting you to the ancient spirit of this captivating region.

Day 2 · October 11, 2024

Cap off a day of pure wellness with a cacao ceremony

Awakening on the second day of your journey, Shelley guides you through a serene morning meditation, setting the tone for the day. Following this, she leads a vinyasa yoga session that incorporates sun salutations, an invigorating practice that will connect you with your inner self and the universe, promoting a sense of mindfulness and spiritual alignment. A delicious breakfast refuels you for the adventures ahead. You'll have free time to explore the enchanting surroundings before Erin takes charge with a lively water aerobics session. This workshop does more than just strengthening your body; it also helps demonstrate the importance of mental and spiritual flexibility, showing you how to move like water through life's challenges. After lunch, an enlightening workshop conducted by Shelley adds depth to your journey. The evening reaches its end with a cacao ceremony, a sacred ritual that uses cacao as a heart-opening and grounding tool to facilitate introspection, emotional release, and connection with others.

Day 3 · October 12, 2024

Enjoy movement and meditation, tour a cenote, and more

The dawn of day three begins with a rejuvenating morning meditation and breathwork, courtesy of Shelley, allowing you to step forward with clarity and balance. Erin then leads a dynamic water movement class, harnessing the energy of the nearby waters. After breakfast, an adventure unfolds as you embark on a cenote tour. In Mayan culture, cenotes were considered sacred and served as entrances to the underworld, symbolizing a connection between the physical and spiritual realms. Today, they continue to hold spiritual significance for some, as they represent a link to the ancient wisdom and mysteries of the Mayan civilization. We will spend the afternoon appreciating the mysterious beauty of this swimming hole before enjoying a delightful lunch in this magical setting. The rest of the day is yours to explore or relax as you desire. Dinner draws the group together, setting the stage for another night of spiritual exploration that concludes with restorative yoga.

Day 4 · October 13, 2024

An invigorating day of meditation, water aerobics, and spiritual cleansing

On the fourth day, Erin leads a serene morning meditation, paving the way for Shelley's invigorating Salutes to the Sun - Vinyasa yoga session. Breakfast offers nourishment for your body and soul, and the day unfolds with free time for your personal explorations. Erin returns for an energizing water aerobics session before lunch. Then, join another workshop with Shelley, learning from her wisdom as she equips you with tools to make further progress towards a holistically fulfilling existence. In the evening, we will gather for a purifying and spiritual experience in the form of a temazcal ceremony. An ancient sweat lodge practice, the intense heat and steam are believed to cleanse the body, mind, and spirit. Sit back, relax, and allow the purification to take place before a sumptuous last dinner. We will close out this final full day with a lively dance, ensuring a memorable end to your adventure.

Day 5 · October 14, 2024

Depart from Mexico after a final morning of wellness

Your final day in Tulum begins with a soul-nurturing morning meditation and journaling, guided by Shelley. Erin then leads one last water aerobics session, infusing you with vitality. After breakfast, it's time for check-out and a transfer to the airport. Take with you the invaluable lessons and experiences from this powerful journey! Safe travels and be well.

Accommodation

  • Pepem Eco Luxury Hotel

    Pepem Eco Luxury Hotel is a serene oasis hidden within the virgin jungle of the Riviera Maya. Nestled far from the clamor of city life, this self-sustaining eco-village offers the perfect sanctuary for relaxation, retreat, and adventure. Choose from their twelve eco-friendly cabins, each thoughtfully equipped with a king-size bed or two twin beds, a full bathroom, a full kitchen, parking, internet, and safe. Experience the blissful fusion of comfort and sustainability, designed to respect and embrace the natural environment.

    Guests have access to a wealth of amenities, including a cenote water pool, sunbathing areas, and bicycles for exploring the property. Rest in the on-site hammocks, meditate, practice yoga in their 'Shala Yoga', and enjoy the leisure of board games. From sacred ceremonies to adventure park trips, you can do it all at Pepem. Leave the routine behind and let the peacefulness of the jungle still your mind. Disconnect from your routine, and connect with the raw, beautiful energy of the natural world. Room type: Double occupancy. Room configuration: Twin beds.

Included

  • 4 nights in Pepem Eco Luxury Hotel
  • Shared double occupancy in accommodations
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • Transportation between activities and accommodation
  • All meals
  • One group airport arrival transfer
  • One group airport departure transfer

Not included

  • Flights
  • All food not mentioned in inclusions
  • Optional add-ons
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

Available add-on

Private room upgrade

Upgrade to a single room for the duration of the retreat.

Price: USD 590

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Pepem Eco Luxury Hotel

Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until July 5, 2024. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by this date and will receive a full refund.

In this case, TourHero is not responsible for your preparation expenses, such as airline tickets, extra accommodations, loss of work, or any other cost associated with preparing for your trip. We recommend booking travel insurance, along with refundable flights/accommodations in case of cancellation.

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip up until July 5, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit amount. After this time, no refunds will be given. You can change or cancel your trip in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour. We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 2,145
Per person