Retreat to Mazatlan, Mexico with Carolyn Anne Budgell for healing vinyasa yoga, epic surfing and delicious food!

A quick jaunt north of Mazatlan, Mexico, Playa Bruja is the perfect setting for taking your yoga practice to new levels and for surfing primo waves, without the bustle of tourists.  Join Carolyn from Nov 9-17th in a quiet setting directly on the beach and indulge in sweet yoga and various water sports or just chill by the pool. We all know what the Vancouver weather is like mid-November and you may not know just how much your mind and body can benefit from a yoga practice outside of your regular setting and routine…  it’s magical! Feed your body, mind and spirit with intelligent yoga practices, daily guided meditation and therapeutic water play rather than soak up the Vancouver rain!

Explore a deeper understanding of yourself through your yoga, your surfing and your solitude.

Carolyn is known in Vancouver as a strong Power Vinyasa instructor who weaves intention and precise alignment into all of her classes. Inspired by Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea and Clara Roberts-Oss, she brings a casual and down-to-earth demeanor into every class. She leads various meditation courses to complement the asana practice and encourages students not to take themselves too seriously – but to be serious about a committed practice. In Mexico, many styles of meditation, pranayama and advanced yoga postures will be explored and played with, accompanied by restorative practices for your surf shoulders or your computer shoulders!


Participants can expect to be led through daily mindful themes (to feed a healthy and lighter spirit), open-levels yoga classes that lead to various peak poses, meditation, daily surf, one catamaran trip and delicious home-cooked meals (all optional of course).


$1349. ($350 deposit to reserve a spot).



– all meals and accommodations
– 2 daily yoga classes and guided meditation
– 1 day of surfing lessons/rentals, option to surf all other days with me (Carolyn)
– 1 day trip to Stone Island (includes catamaran tour and horseback riding, kayaking or snorkelling)
– all rooms are shared occupancy and equipped with wifi, laundry and maid service


** See the Flights page for transport costs and info

Below is more detailed information so you can plan your trip accordingly!

Retreat Start/End Times:
The retreat officially begins on Friday Nov 9th at 4pm with a post plane Hour Flow Yoga class and a delicious dinner. You are welcome to arrive anytime on Friday.
Our last yoga class together will be on Saturday Nov 17th at 8am followed by brunch at 10am with the retreat ending at 12pm. Check out anytime on Saturday afternoon.
If you would like to check in a few days before the retreat begins or stay later, we can happily work something out. Please let me know your ideal dates…

The peaceful retreat space is “Tiara Sands – Mazatlan”. We will occupy the penthouse suite (3 bedrooms) and a 5th floor suite (2 bedrooms) in a luxury condo directly on the beach with amenities such as a pool, hot tub and in-suite washer-dryer, sauna, air conditioning and maid service. There is also a lovely Spa at the Marina Mazatlan, within 5 minutes walking distance.
All rooms are double occupancy. At the moment, each bedroom has a queen or king size bed.

~ Our wholesome home-cooked meals will be eaten communally in the penthouse suite and yoga will be practiced on the rooftop deck (morning classes) and poolside (afternoon classes).
~ One day of surfing rental and lesson is included in the retreat cost. If you wish to surf any other days, I will take girls out (I plan to surf every day) and board rental is an extra cost (but VERY minimal!).
~ A catamaran trip to Isla de las Piedras (Stone Island) is included in the retreat cost. We will head out around 11am and return by 5pm (activities such as snorkeling, horseback riding and kayaking are included). Yoga classes and meals pre/post day trip will run as planned.

Email transfer or mail me a cheque of $350 to hold your space as soon as possible. Deadline to cancel your space with a full refund of the deposit is Oct 1, 2012. Remainder of payment due by Oct 15th, 2012.

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