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AKUMAL 2019


Our BeBhakti & Katonah Yoga retreat will be held at the Villa Bellamar, a small, private resort-villa on the sands of Half Moon Bay. We will truly retreat here, enjoying nature, community, incredible food and inspired movement with a crystalline Caribbean backdrop, all while winter has it’s final hurrah back in New York.

Akumal is a small village north of Tulum with clear ocean waters, underground rivers and exposed limestone caverns which create jewel like swimming “pools” of sea water and wildlife. Akumal is one of the more peaceful parts of the bustling Riviera Maya: a true retreat with easy access to the excitement and action of Tulum and Cancun.

Each room in the villa has an ocean view, private veranda and bath. There is a private pool & sun deck. Our yoga studio will be by the pool and comes equipped with props, shade, an ocean breeze and a view of the bay. 

We’ll be diving into practices that will inspire change in our hearts, minds, organs, glands, nervous systems and lives. And we will be relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Half Moon Bay. Yoga classes will accommodate all levels and we welcome all bodies.

YOU DETERMINE THE PACE

We will ground our day each morning with guided yoga, followed by a relaxed breakfast together. Then you get to make a choice— carve out the custom retreat of your imagination or go along with the flow of the group schedule. Opportunities for fun and rest abound—read and lounge in a hammock by the pool, swim and snorkel with the sea turtles in the tranquil waters of the bay, take part in a planned excursion or workshop, treat yourself to a spa treatment, or dive into your yoga practice with a therapeutic private session. 

A SAMPLE RETREAT DAY

8 am
coffee or tea with a light snack on the veranda of your suite

9 am
a 90-minute open air yoga class

10:30– 11:30 am
a chef-catered brunch 

11:30 – 2 pm
a swim, walk or bask in the sun along the beach of Half Moon Bay, 

2:30 – 5 pm
a short walk to the nearby Yal-ku lagoon to snorkel with manta rays and sea turtles 

6:30 pm
a chef-prepared dinner

8 pm
a 30-minute guided evening mantra practice

ABOUT KATONAH YOGA®

Katonah Yoga is a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. She and her teachers incorporate classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being.

Framing the practice, maps of time and personal space are defined and refined. Themes using asana as origami, manipulating form for function, and developing a sense of personal measure are incorporated in Katonah Yoga practices.

Katonah Yoga is organized around three principles of esoteric dialogue: all polarities are mediated by trinity; the universe has pattern, pattern belies intelligence; by virtue of repetition there is potential for insight. 

Disciplined techniques are organized for revelation through revolutions.

PRICING:

$1800 for shared room by Nov 1*
$2000 for shared room after Nov 1*
$2600 for single room

50% non-refundable deposit due to hold spot. 
The remaining 50% due Dec 15, 2018.

* This price point is based off of two people per room. Each suite sleeps two or three very comfortably (with a king bed and/or single beds).  Limited availability for single room accommodations.  Please email rwisser@gmail.com or info@bebhaktiyoga.com for pricing details.

** We highly recommend that you fly in to Cancun on or before 4/18 and stay at a local airbnb or hotel. The shuttle that is included will be picking us up from the Cancun Int. Airport or other location tbd at approximately 1pm (exact timing TBA).  If you miss this shuttle pick up, you will be responsible for the cost of transport to the retreat space in Akumal. Akumal is a 70 minute drive from Cancun Airport. 

We will have a restorative session and some good food upon your arrival.

INCLUDED IN PRICE:

- round trup shuttle transportation: to/from retreat space from Cancun Int Airport on the first and last days of retreat.

- one to two classes per day: will include BeBhakti Yoga, Katonah Yoga, pranayama, chanting, workshops, restorative, & meditation

- a suite at the private beachfront villa/resort 

- food and drinks: two meals per day, coffee, tea, some libations

- 24 hour security guard provided

- a guided excursion

- welcome gift

NOT INCLUDED:

- things like massage, alcohol, car rental, additional excurions, and the international travel

- private yoga - scheduled in advanced with your guide

- airport shuttle transport if arriving late or departing early 

MORE DETAILS TO COME SOON, AS WELL AS F.A.Q.

TO REGISTER: email Robin

YOUR GUIDES

Robin Kidder is a certified Katonah Yoga® teacher. She believes that through yoga we can actively, pragmatically, and consciously observe our personal nature as a means to know ourselves better— through this insight we pave the way toward living joyfully. Robin uses pattern, polarity, repetition and humor to help students orient themselves in space and time. She teaches from a place of respect and compassion and believes there are many paths towards embodiment.

Lauren is a registered 500 E-RYT. She opened her dream studio, BeBhaki Yoga Center, on September 10th 2016. Lauren has been a student of yoga for over 20 years and has been certified since 2005. She has led over sixteen 200-hour teacher trainings all around the tristate area, in addition to being part of the Laughing Lotus and BhaktiBarn teaching teams, supporting their 300-hour programs. Lauren has also led kirtans for many years and recently released her first album of mantras which can be purchased on beBhakti’s website or through cdbaby and iTunes.

Earlier Event: October 13
INTRO TO KATONAH