practice in paradise
PILATES | MELT | FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT RETREAT with
Michele Oppliger and Lucero Barry [MI&LU]
Retreat: Saturday, January 25 to Thursday, January 30
Location: Maya Tulum Resort & Spa, Tulum, Mexico
Enjoy five days in beautiful Tulum, Mexico. The MI&LU retreat is designed for everyone. Delight your senses while you build strength. Hydrate and balance your body. Feel your heart pump as we have fun at a luxurious beach resort!
Contact: Liz Mattingly
Imagine waking to the sound of the surf and the rustle of palm trees. Every day, we will start our day by taking care of our body and mind. After an optional half-hour guided meditation, Michele and Lucero will offer a 90-minute class covering Pilates, MELT, and functional movement. Functional movement is an active workout designed to build overall body strength and to prepare you for the full range of daily tasks. In the late afternoon, there will be a class designed to help you wind down and relax after a full day at the resort. The afternoon class will focus on the MELT class (www.meltmethod.com) and stretching.
Your instructors are Michele Oppliger and Lucero Barry [MI&LU]. They have been good friends and sources of inspiration for over 30 years! They each have taught for over 20 years and have had the great fortune of training with reknowned teachers. Lucero was trained as a classical Pilates instructor while Michele was trained in a more contemporary style, but they both understand the full range of offerings. Both instructors are certified MELT Method instructors. In fact, Michele was one of the first MELTers.
Included in your Retreat
5 days and 5 nights at Maya Tulum Retreat & Spa.
Every day a half-hour meditation and two classes.
3 buffet meals daily starting with dinner on the night of arrival and ending with breakfast on the day of departure.
Transportation to and from Cancun International Airport (details when you sign-up).
A wide sandy beach, hammocks, and lounge chairs
Visit to a Cenote: You can't visit Tulum without swimming in a Cenote. Sacred to the Mayans, Cenotes are natural underwater caves found exclusively in the Yucatan. There are over 6000 in the region, and quite a few are accessible in & around Tulum.
Purified drinking water available in the room and at stations around the retreat center.
Short MELT Roller and Theraband that you can take home with you (leave room in your luggage)!
Ocean Front Cabañas Double (2 full beds) = $2,069/pp double occupancy
Ocean View Cabañas Double (2 full beds) = $1,941/pp double occupancy
Garden View Cabañas Double (2 full beds) = $1,761/pp double occupancy
Garden View Villa (3 full beds) = $1,559/pp triple occupancy
Room Descriptions (All rooms have en-suite bathrooms)
Ocean Front Cabañas – offer a crystal clear ocean view, just a few sandy steps to the warm Caribbean Sea. Ceiling fans, mosquito nets — No A/C. No television, phones or clocks.
Ocean View Cabañas – have a partial view of the Caribbean Sea as well as lovely views of Maya Tulum’s lush gardens. Ceiling fans, mosquito nets — No A/C. No television, phones or clocks.
Garden View Cabañas and Villa – large windows open to sweeping garden views. The Garden View Cabañas are set right behind the Ocean View Cabañas, steps from the yoga halls, spa and beach. Ceiling fans, mosquito nets — No A/C. No television, phones or clocks.
Contact: Liz Mattingly
A 50% deposit is due when you sign up, and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival (December 25, 2019).
Airfare is not included.
Trip insurance is not included but is highly recommended.
We will supply the MELT balls, if you would like to buy the mini-foot kit it is $35.
Not included are a la carte (non-buffet) orders, juices, coconuts, smoothies, alcoholic beverages, sodas, specialty drinks, special teas, or special coffees/espressos/cappuccinos etc.
If you don’t have a roommate by the time the full balance is due, you will be responsible for the single occupancy rate.
Optional Activities (at additional cost)
Get inspired by the natural treasures of Tulum and immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant culture. This is your week to unwind, renew, refresh and recharge so be as active or as relaxed as you like! There are adventures aplenty to be had at and around Maya Tulum to suit just about every body and every inclination.
Like to swim and snorkel?
The nearby reef is an underwater paradise of vividly colored fish, glowing coral, and intriguing marine life. There are great snorkeling spots near the Tulum Ruins which are just about 15 minutes north of Maya Tulum.
Love exploring ancient ruins and civilizations?
Some of the most impressive Mayan ruins in the world are right on our front doorstep.
Maya Tulum’s half and full day adventure tours make it fun and easy for you to do and see as much as possible.
How to get there
There is no airport in Tulum, so you must fly into the Cancun International Airport (CUN). As part of your package, the Resort arranges shuttles to and from the airport. To sign up, visit: mayatulum.com/transportation. (When arranging transportation with Maya Tulum, remember to indicate that you are a part of the Practice in Paradise — MI&LU Retreat.)
Check-in is at 3pm on January, 25 2020. After you fill out the form (link above) Maya Tulum will arrange the pick-up time and details for you. If your travel plans don’t work within these time frames, the Resort can help you arrange private transportation (Cost: 1 person = $150 each way, 2 people sharing = $75 per person each way, 3+ people sharing = $50 per person each way).
Everyone needs a passport! All U.S. citizens must bring a valid passport but will not need a visa. Non-US citizens must bring a passport and may need a visa and should contact their airline or passport office for more information. No vaccinations are required to enter Mexico.
About Maya tulum
Maya Tulum Retreat & Spa has been Mexico’s premiere yoga and wellness destination for more than 30 years. The award-winning resort offers the largest secluded stretch of beach in Tulum, along with a Wellness Center featuring a wide variety of therapeutic treatments. Enjoy quiet moments of reflection in the oceanfront Meditation Labyrinth and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the lapping Caribbean Sea.
The restaurant at Maya Tulum is a large, exquisite split-level cabaña with cool marble floors and white limestone walls. Enormous windows offer fantastic views of the coastline with the turquoise Caribbean Sea lapping on the white sand. The restaurant serves a fusion of creative, healthy meals. Enjoy a smoothie or drink from the bar anytime. Dietary needs will be addressed once you sign up.
About Tulum Area
Tulum offers the perfect combination of total relaxation, tranquility and seclusion, yet can fill your day with the many interesting and rich activities in the area.
Tulum can be separated into three areas:
The Tulum ruins will be found on the main highway as you head south to Tulum. The can be accessed by walking, bicycle or taking a taxi. Once you arrive to the ruins, the entrance fee is minimal, about $5 USD per person. You can explore the ruins on your own, hire a certified guide, and head down to the beach below to cool off. If accessing the ruins from the main road, they do have a flea market area for souvenirs and snacks. If you want an organized tour of Tulum, Maya Tulum offers this tour.
The Tulum town is a little further down the same road and is slowly developing. According to the 2010 census, the population in Tulum was just under 20,000 inhabitants. The town itself is about three miles from the beach. Here you can find a selection of small hotels, restaurants, and shops. Like any town, there will be banks, pharmacies and other useful things like car rental, a medical clinic, and convenience stores.
The Tulum beach strip is a small road that runs the length of the beach and leads you to the arch, which is the access to the Sian Ka’an biosphere. You can find accommodation on both the beach side and across the road. This area has a very relaxed, bohemian feel to it. Almost everything is accessible on foot in the main area, and bicycles are available for rent. Accommodation will range from camp sites to budget and luxury cabanas. The beach is public the whole way along and you can find many options where you can dine or enjoy a drink with the sand between your toes.
Maya Tulum is a place for rest where you can unplug. They have complimentary Wi-Fi in common areas — the dining room, front desk area and both yoga halls.