REDISCOVER YOUR TRUE SELF
Imagine having a life changing experience and having two coaches there to support you before and after your adventures in a relaxing and rejuvenating way.
The morning and evening sessions will involve Marie teaching self care techniques and floorwork practices that could be utilized at home later to support the body, and then once the body is more open and relaxed, Eve will guide everyone into a group Hypnotherapy session focused on courage, overcoming anxiety, stress relief and empowerment. Experience the power of blending physical and mental healing modalities to start and finish your days.
Eve and Marie first met as practitioners exchanging services, and a deep respect and friendship grew which later blossomed into love. They are excited to be hosting this incredible retreat together as a couple, and offering a blend of their two healing modalities.
The morning group session will be focused on empowerment and increasing courage, giving you the boost you need to be your best self that day. The evening group sessions will be focused on integration and balance, allowing you greater access to the wisdom you gained during the day, and to learn from your experiences with more ease with a focus on good sleep and resting more peacefully. Some of activities throughout this Transformational Program will include:
- Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site, Chichén Itza
- Tasting traditional cuisines and exploring local artisan markets
- A cooking class in local home inspired by traditional Mayan dishes
TAP INTO YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
Come and discover how life can change when our perspective is truly shifted at the deep subconscious level of the mind. Considering the subconscious mind is over 90% of what controls us, and we are not even conscious of it most of the time, it is amazing what can happen when we make changes at that deep, deep level.
Hypnotherapy feels similar to a deep meditation, and is typically experienced as gentler and more enjoyable than people assume it will be beforehand. For those who already have a yoga and/or meditation practice, slipping into a trance state feels familiar. For those who have never experienced yoga and/or meditation, Eve has a lot of practice working with people who do not relax easily, and loves working with them to learn to rest and reset their nervous system.
Meet Your Hosts
Marie Vermilyea is a practicing Massage Therapist and Bodyworker since 2005.
She utilizes modalities such as structural integration, myoskeletal alignment, post-isometric release, deep tissue, sports and more. The intuitive and integrative application of her knowledge in biodynamic energy work supports her intent and practice in whole body/being balance. She is a certified Reiki Master since 1996 and may offer sound healing into her work through PEMF technology. Marie has built a successful practice in the Lake Tahoe area of California, and has had the privilege of working with all body types including professional athletes and Olympians.
Marie went through a traumatic car accident in 2016 that left her with debilitating injuries. She struggled with the reality of her newly acquired disabilities but knew that if her strength in spirit, working with power of the mind and allowing for the infinite possibilities, she could recover herself.
The lengthy processes to heal from her past has taught her a new depth in wisdom and understanding of body mechanics that she utilizes everyday to help her clients.
Whether they have suffered from injuries or other traumatic events, need a tune up, or want to prepare for their next adventure, Marie loves helping people launch in an affirmative way.
Eve Mitchell is a Holistic Health Practitioner who specializes in Hypnotherapy, Ancestral Nutritional Wisdom and Astrology while also being an avid outdoor enthusiast and environmentalist. Eve has practiced Hypnotherapy since 2008 in Northern California, working successfully with over a thousand clients of diverse cultural backgrounds to gain greater inner wisdom and confidence in their lives and is the owner of A Proven Theory Holistic Health (link to site here). She loves helping people on their journey to gain greater control over their minds, bodies and emotions. Eve believes that using the power of hypnosis to positively influence the subconscious mind is an incredibly powerful tool for making significant improvements in our life experience.
Eve believes inside each of us, lives a wise elder, who knows how to guide us, and help us learn the lessons we came to earth to learn. She loves utilizing Hypnotherapy to empower people to access their own deep wisdom. In this modern age especially, many of us are being hypnotized daily by the media, corporations and other powerful influencers who have their own agenda. This retreat is about taking your power back from negative hypnosis, and discovering that the power is within you. The magician is you. You have the power to outgrow destructive and toxic thought patterns, and gain better control over your own mind, and in turn your body.
Casa Lucia - Merida
This beautiful little quaint location in Merida, Mexico is where you will start your journey through the Yucatan Peninsula.
Okaan Resort - Near Chichen Itza
Okaan will be our main hub for visiting the beautiful Cenotes, the majestic Chichen Itza and allow us to re-center and calibrate for this beautiful holistic retreat.
Ixchel Beach Hotel
Our final destination on one of the most pristine beaches in Mexico. Here is where we will get to explore the waters with the amazing Whale Sharks
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN MERIDA & WELCOME DINNER AT CASA LUCIA
This TRUE SELF adventure begins in the culturally rich Yucatan capital city of Merida, located near the Gulf of Mexico. A driver will pick you up from the airport and bring you to our first retreat location ~ Casa Lucia, a beautiful boutique style hotel located nearby in the Merida city center. Upon your arrival to Casa Lucia you will have time to settle into your space, meet your retreat roommate, relax and unwind from travel. We’ll come together in the evening for our welcome dinner where we will connect and discuss the itinerary and details about the incredible week ahead. After dinner we will wind down and prepare our mind and bodies to rest.
Day 2: MERIDA WALKING TOUR, ARTISAN MARKET & OPENING CEREMONY AT OKAAN RESORT
Start the day with a nourishing breakfast and getting to know your retreat mates. After breakfast we will pack our bags before embarking on a walking tour through the culturally rich city of Merida where we will visit unique, local artisan markets along the way. After the city tour, transportation will be provided from Merida to the second retreat location tucked away in the jungle. Okaan Resort is roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes drive away from Casa Lucia, and is located less than 10 minutes away from one of the most famous of the Mayan City ruins, Chichen Itza which we will explore in the coming days. Surrounded by lush green jungle, it is here at Okaan Resort where we will immerse ourselves in earth’s grounding energy.
Upon check in we will take a short tour of the grounds to become acquainted with our new retreat home, which will serve as our base for the next few days. Following the tour you will have downtime to relax and unwind before we come together for a meditation session and opening ceremony before enjoying another tasty gourmet dinner together on the grounds.
Day 3: CENOTES AND TRADITIONAL COOKING CLASS/LUNCH IN LOCAL HOME
Today we will begin the day with some body work, join Marie as she will guide us with some practices that can help open the body and help it get into better alignment . After breakfast we will invigorate and integrate ourselves by swimming in two breathtaking Cenotes “swimming caves” hugged by deep green and lush foliage of the jungle ~ Yokdzonot Cenote and Santuario Tzukan Cenote. Here you will be able to swim and even snorkel inside the cenote and relax before we head off to a very special lunch inside a local home.
Following our cenote adventure you will have the unique opportunity to learn how to make traditional Mayan inspired dishes during our private cooking class inside a local home! Here we will learn how to make dishes such as: Cochinita Pibil, Salbutes and then enjoy our culinary creations together before heading back to Okaan Resort. Upon returning from the day’s adventures you will have time to decompress, relax, journal and reflect on your experiences and explorations. We will come together in the evening for a relaxing and empowering Hypnotherapy session designed to help us tap into our own inner wisdom and true self before we gather to enjoy another yummy, freshly prepared dinner.
Day 4: CHICHEN ITZA
We will start the day with a nourishing breakfast, and after breakfast, prepare a small day pack equipped with water/snacks/camera etc, put on comfortable footwear and get ready to explore the ancient ruins of the historical Mayan city, Chichen Itza . Here we will walk and explore the grounds extensively, learning about one of the most iconic civilizations from the past, filled with architectural marvels, expansive history and deep ancient secrets. Fun Fact: In July 2007, Chichen Itza gained recognition as one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” and is now one of the most highly visited archeological sites in Mexico today. Some notable highlights that we will visit within the grounds of Chichen Itza include but are not limited to:
- Temple of Kukulkan
- Tomb of the High Priest
- La Iglesia
- Casa Colorada
- Court of the Thousand Columns
After Chichen Itza we will head back to Okaan Resort and the rest of the day is yours to relax, reflect and do as you please. You will have the option to join Marie for a sound Healing session, join Eve to discuss Astrology, OR you may choose to spend time journaling, hanging by the pool, reading in a hammock, connecting to your personal practice, or consider visiting the spa located on the grounds to unwind even more (Spa services such as sauna, facials, massage and more are available at an additional cost).
Make sure that you remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day because this evening we are going to embark on a spiritual journey via the Mayan ritual “Temazcal” The Temazcal is a sweat lodge that takes place in a mud hut where lava rocks are brought into the space over the course of a couple hours. This tradition is held to enable you to not only purify your body, yet also purify your mind, soul and spirit from the inside out.
Day 5: ISLAND VIBES ~ VAMOS A ISLA DE MUJERES!
Begin the day with a slow meditative dance practice, no experience required, we will just be moving as our bodies desire to move with inspirational, uplifting music designed to open us up to ourselves and life. After breakfast we will pack up and prepare for transport from Okaan Resort to our third and final location, Ixchel Beach Hotel located on the beautiful tropical island of Isla de Mujeres.
Upon arrival in Cancun we will board the ferry that will transport us to the picturesque island draped in beautiful white sand beaches and surrounded by glistening, warm, turquoise colored water. After check in the rest of the day is yours to relax and unwind from a day full of travel. Lounge on the beach beneath the shade of a palm with a cold beverage, search for treasures from the sea along the shore, check out local shops/vendors for unique gifts/keepsakes or for an additional cost, if your feeling energized you may consider renting a stand up paddle board, kayak or snorkel gear for an epic solo adventure or with one of your new friends!
Day 6: SNORKEL IN UNDERWATER MUSEUM, FAREWELL DINNER, CLOSING CEREMONY
Today will be a truly immersive and expansive experience connecting to your true self. We will enjoy an energizing and healthy breakfast to nourish the whole body, preparing for a really exciting day out on the water. After breakfast, grab your swimsuit and pack up a small day pack equipped with camera/towel/sunscreen/snacks etc. in preparation for a truly transformational day out on and in the water where we will have the unique and incredible opportunity to swim and snorkel in an underwater museum!
*Fun Fact: There are 1,412 different sculptures that are being developed in this National Marine Park just off the coast of Isla Mujeres!
After a magical experience exploring the ocean to enjoy lunch that will include some super fresh ceviche and a cold beverage before heading back towards the hotel. After the boat drops us off at the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to relax, reflect and digest the truly unforgettable experience you just had in the water. We will come together in the evening at an outdoor beachfront space for our closing ceremony involving some meditative movement followed by a Hypnotherapy session designed to help integrate all the wisdom and lessons learned on our adventure so far before heading off to our final retreat family dinner at a nearby location.
Day 7: DEPARTURE ~ ISLA DE MUJERES TO CANCUN
May we bless the morning together and commemorate our final day in paradise through an intentionally crafted practice designed to nourish body, mind and spirit. This week’s final offering will be focused on the merging of our whole being, and designed to help integrate our experiences allowing us to better access the lessons learned and utilize them when we return home. After practice let’s come together to reflect on an incredibly transformative week together over one last retreat family breakfast. Before packing up we will all say our goodbyes and the rest of the day is yours. If the airport is your next destination we will arrange transportation specific to your itinerary.
Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners throughout the course of the retreat.
All transport throughout the course of the retreat.
- Dual Accommodation in the following resorts
- One night – Casa Lucia
- Three nights – Okaan Resort
- Two nights – Ixchel Beach Hotel
- Hypnotherapy throughout the course of the program.
- Entrances into Yokdzonot and Santuario Tzukan cenote.
- Indigenous cooking classes.
- Entrances into Chichen Itza Ruins.
- Swimming in the underwater museum off the coast of Isla Mujeres