Retreats

Please email Liz if you’re interested in hosting a retreat in your area: lizowen@comcast.net

March 18-25, 2021

Join us to relax and unwind on the calm and peaceful island of Holbox, a virgin tourist destination on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Holbox is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds. The island, part of the Yum Balam Biosphere Reserve, is surrounded by clear, emerald green water rimmed by magnificent white sand beaches. Colorful murals painted by artists with the International Public Artist Festival brighten the small town center, accessible from our hotel by a 20 minute walk along the beach. Holbox has recently received positive press because of its untouched beauty and its contrast to popular Yucatan peninsula destinations such as Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

The venue for our yoga retreat is Villas Flamingos, a beachfront boutique hotel whose waterfront location directly on the sparkling waters of the Yum Balam Reserve lagoon make it a unique destination. Our twice daily yoga classes will be held in a thatched-roof palapa. In our third floor aerie, we practice with magnificent views of the ocean laid out before us. Between classes there will be time to cool down in the seafront pool, walk along the beach to town, take a siesta in a hammock, go for a kayak tour, bike around the island, or simply surrender to the slow rhythm of island life by doing “nothing”.

This is an all-levels retreat, appropriate for anyone with 1+ year of yoga experience. Five morning yoga sessions for two separate levels of practice, gentle/beginner and intermediate, are offered. Participants will be advised to attend the session which best aligns with their level of practice, and with consideration of  injuries and conditions. All participants come together for five afternoon restorative yoga and breath work sessions.

THE WEEK INCLUDES:

  • Eight days/seven nights in a standard garden view room or standard ocean view room. Room upgrades are available at an extra charge.
  • Breakfast each morning in the open air beach front restaurant with egg dishes of your choice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, breads, delicious Yucatan specialties, fresh juices, tea and coffee.
  • Welcome reception Thursday evening.
  • One group dinner at El Mangle Restaurant at Villas Flamingos, and one group dinner at a local restaurant. Both are open-air venues.
  • Five morning yoga sessions for two separate levels of practice. Participants will be advised to attend the session which best aligns with their level of practice, and with consideration of  injuries and conditions.
  • Five afternoon restorative yoga and breath work sessions.
  • Yoga sessions begin on Fridays and end on Wednesdays. Thursdays are travel days.
  • Retreat price does not include travel costs.
  • ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT WITH TRIP INSURANCE.
    Upon inquiry we will send you an email of helpful hints for coming to Isla Holbox, including transportation options from Cancun airport.

Read more about Isla Holbox in Travel + LeisureThe Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Read about the delicious cuisine of Isla Holbox restaurants here.


DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT

Hold your place with a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person. Full non-refundable payment is due by January 10, 2021. Payments may be made via check (preferred) or Paypal. To pay by check please contact lizowen@comcast.net. For double occupancy, register with a friend or partner. We can inquire about finding a roommate for you.


March 18-25, 2021 (Thursday to Thursday)

VISTA JARDIN – Standard garden view room
SINGLE OCCUPANCY

Standard Garden View - Single Occupancy, per person - $1,850


VISTA JARDIN – Standard garden view room
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Standard Garden View – Double Occupancy, per person – $1,250


VISTA MAR – Standard ocean view room
SINGLE OCCUPANCY

Standard Ocean View - Single Occupancy, per person - $2,050


VISTA MAR – Standard ocean view room
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Standard Ocean View - Double Occupancy, per person - $1,375.00


Contact lizowen@comcast.net with inquiries.

Read testimonials we received from previous trips to Isla Holbox

 Please read some of the testimonials we received from previous trips to Isla Holbox.

“I have been on four yoga retreats with Liz and am eagerly anticipating the fifth.  Liz is really an amazing yoga teacher.  Drawing on her years of experience, each class is designed to have a consistent theme.  Poses build from basic toward the more advanced, and her individualized guidance allows for true growth in your yoga practice.  As the week progressed, it became clear that Liz actually had an overall plan for the week’s daily sessions, each class building on the one before – amazing!  Liz has a natural gift of generosity of spirit and compassion and the participants are a reflection of that gift.  If you have concerns about attending a yoga retreat where you are unfamiliar with the teacher and would not know anyone, don’t be afraid.   The group will welcome you with open arms and open hearts!

Villa Flamingos on Isla Holbox is the perfect spot for a Yoga retreat.   There are wonderful views of the ocean from the third floor palapa and a beautiful sandy beach.  The food is great and the rooms and beds are very comfortable.  There is even a special surprise in the shower (you’ll just have to come and find out).  Isla Holbox provides a selection of diverse activities including kayak tours and an eco-tour that includes sightings of hundreds of birds and a swim in a fresh water pond once used by pirates.  Or you can just relax on the beach or by the pool.  This retreat has everything!!” 
– Wendy Z., Vermont


“This is a truly wonderful retreat.  The location is both stunning and peaceful. The hotel staff members were friendly and helpful.  The rooms were lovely and very comfortable.  It was the perfect environment for a yoga retreat.  The classes themselves were very thoughtfully constructed.  Liz is an exceptional yoga teacher and always has the right input to help me expand my practice.  I loved it.” 
– Kat M., Massachusetts


“Isla Holbox is a watercolored gem of an island and an ideal setting for a Yoga Retreat. After our early morning yoga practice in the spacious palapa facing the ocean, we enjoyed a breakfast buffet at small tables just feet from the beach. I never tired of looking at the water and the egrets, pelicans and shore birds that were always there. The grounds of Villas Flamingoes are serene; there are comfortable shaded beach chairs dotted around the private beach and lots of opportunities to read, walk on the sand bar, or socialize with our wonderful group. I could get my fix of “town” by walking along the beach to shop for Mexican silver earrings and textiles in the little town center and to people watch while sitting in an outdoor cafe sipping a banana smoothie. This is a special place and a perfect setting to practice yoga with Liz, explore nature, or just simply relax.”
– Judy E., Massachusetts

Read testimonials we received from previous trips to Isla Mujeres

NABALAM RETREAT TESTIMONIALS:
Please read some of the testimonials we received from previous trips to NaBalam. 

We thought the NaBalam Hotel was tastefully appointed, lovely, quiet, and accommodating. Its attractive rooms, with their white stucco walls and simple built-ins, have almost a Southwestern feel to them. Comfortable beds, AC as well as a ceiling fan, and plenty of hot water for showers all were the norm. We enjoyed walking into the main town, just a short walk away. The staff at the front desk was very helpful, and Judy was instrumental in steering us to restaurants and places of interest when we wished to explore the island during our free time.

Classes were well-spaced during the day, so we had yoga, quietude, and ample time to  ourselves. The classes themselves were SUPERLATIVE. Liz is an attentive, thoughtful, gifted, and vigilant teacher. Her ability to meet her students wherever they are in their practice, to tailor to their needs, and guide them is off the charts superb.

We especially enjoyed the fact that we had some group dinners and got to meet and socialize with our fellow yogis and yoginis. The meals the chef at NaBalam created for us were truly delicious, and a treat for the eyes as well. Thank you for SUCH a restorative retreat!
– Peg, Fred, and Logan W.


The Liz Owen Yoga Retreat at NaBalam was an experience I cherish. The location was warm, beautiful and relaxed. The group was easy-going and welcoming, so I could spend time by myself or spend it socializing, whatever was best for me. The truly exceptional part, though, was being able to work with Liz for extended periods every day. She is a very gifted teacher and practitioner, and a bright, funny, excellent person. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to focus on their practice, or just to take some good time out for themselves.
– Kat M.


The relaxed topical environment and warm weather really allowed me to relax, forget my busy life and dive into my yoga; mentally and physically. Liz is an amazing teacher; excellent instruction for the beginner and encouragement for the experience yogi who wishes to be challenged. The two sessions of yoga per day enabled me to take my yoga to the next level. A much need cure for the winter blahs…see you there! 
– Christiana M.


Liz Owen’s yoga retreat on Isla Mujeres is magical. Sandy beaches, warm water and a beautiful palapa. But perhaps the most magical part is Liz herself. Liz has a way of accommodating everyone, respecting where one is in their practice while encouraging one to try stretching a little more. I experienced a couple firsts, like my first supported headstand and my first time snorkeling. I have been on the retreat twice now and each time the group was full of interesting and friendly people adding to the overall experience. I would highly recommend this retreat and am looking forward to heading to Mexico next March!
– Kathy R.