2016 Riviera Maya

Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat

Make 2016 the year YOU connect, with your practice, with like-minded yogis, and with your deepest desire to live a more mindful life.


We'll travel to Riviera Maya, Mexico October 6-10, 2016 for 4 days of yoga, meditation, workshops, and adventures!


Our Resort: The El Dorado Royale









The El Dorado Royale, a Karisma resort, has been voted one of Conde Nast traveler's Top 100 Hotels in the world. The resort provides indulgences from gourmet cuisine (a true foodie's paradise) to a lavish spa and concierge service.


The resort boasts 7 restaurants featuring cuisine ranging from traditional Mexican to Italian, Caribbean, and Asian, along with numerous bars, live music, and a theater with nightly shows.


Retreat guestswill enjoy the accommodations of a spacious (590 sq. ft.) Jacuzzi Junior Suite (1 king or 2 double beds), which includes a contemporary bathroom with double sinks, glass-enclosed showers, an in-suite Jacuzzi for 2, and a private terrace or balcony.














Our Itinerary (all activities are optional for participants)

Thursday, Oct. 6: Depart STL, arrive Cancun at 9:07am on Frontier Airlines. Transfer to El Dorado Royale, check in. Enjoy the property and an early evening group yoga practice.


Friday, Oct. 7: Enjoy an early morning meditation, a morning and/or afternoon yoga practice, and all that the El Dorado Royale and adjoining properties have to offer. We'll also offer a free essential oils class where you can learn how to add oils to your health, wellness, and spiritual practices.


Saturday, Oct. 8: Enjoy a morning and/or evening yoga practice. Relax at the resort OR join the group for an afternoon canopy adventure, ziplining through the tree tops ($99 per person).


Sunday, Oct. 9: Take part in a sunrise meditation, as well as a morning and/or afternoon yoga practice. Enjoy the resort amenities and activities, or schedule an off-property tour like horseback riding, scuba diving, or a visit to the ruins. Join us for a vacation "book club" discussion on a topical book (to be selected by the group prior to the trip).


Monday, Oct. 10: Check out, transfer to airport. Depart Cancun, arrive STL 1:07pm


Questions about the agenda, travel arrangements, or anything related to the retreat? We're here to help! Review our Frequently Asked Questions, or call or email us any time.






Jennifer Hojnacki

Owner, Valley Yoga in Chesterfield


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Terri Kunselman

Travel Designer, The Travel Gals


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Retreat Cost

Costs include:

  • Round-trip charter airfaire from STL to CAN

  • 4 nights in a Jacuzzi Junior Suite at the all-inclusive El Dorado Royale

  • All meals and beverages

  • 2 yoga classes each day (one active, one gentle or Yin)

  • Resort amenities, including snorkeling, kayaking, aqua aerobics, and fitness center


Single Occupancy: $1,465.77 per person

Double Occupancy: $1,270.37 per person

Travel insurance (highly recommended) available for $79.99 per person.


Payment Schedule:

  • $100 per person to reserve your spot

  • $200 per person  add'l deposit due by 4/15

  • $300 per person add'l deposit due by 6/1/16

  • Balance due by 9/1/16


Cancellations & Refunds

  • Prior to 6/8: no penalty, full refund of all deposits

  • 6/9 - 7/8:  loss of $100  per person deposit

  • 7/9 - 8/7: loss of $200 per person deposit

  • 8/8 - 8/31: loss of $300 per person deposit

  • After 9/1: non-refundable


Our Yoga Practice

Paula Haltenhof will be our primary instructor on this retreat. Other 200-hour certified yoga teachers may also offer classes and meditation practices throughout the 4 day retreat. We will practice yoga and meditation in a variety of beautiful, private spaces throughout the resort, similar to those shown here.

About Paula:

I was initially drawn to yoga as a physical practice, but have learned that it is a powerful tool for self-discovery and self-improvement mentally and spiritually as well. There is a connection between how we practice yoga and how we live life. I believe both should be done with patience, kindness, courage, and a sense of humor. A yoga retreat is an opportunity to give yourself your undivided attention; to be truly present. Whatever your reasons for coming on the retreat, I welcome you. My classes include many options for different abilities, linking breath with movement. I hope you join us.


December 23: Holiday Coffee & Brunch (10:15am)

January 1: New Year's Day Intentions Workshop (2:00-3:45pm)

January 19: 4-Week Yoga Fundamentals Course (2:00-3:30pm)

January 24: New Moon Meditation & Vision Board Workshop (6:00-7:30pm)



131 Chesterfield Towne Center
Chesterfield, MO 63005

(intersection of Long & Edison Roads)


please note: the studio is typically only open 15 minutes before and after our scheduled classes


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