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Mayan Riviera Retreat

Your Story Matters 

A Yoga and Writing Experience
April 15-21, 2018

Starting at $1300
Early Bird ends NOv 1

The stories we write, the ones we tell, the one we’re creating with our life—they all matter. Stories have the power to shape us or tear us down; they keep us distant or draw us together. When we tell the truth, we give others permission to do the same. Your story matters because you do. 

RE-Treat Yourself

In this 7-day yoga and writing retreat, we will explore our stories. Using the modalities of yoga, qoya, and writing, we will unshackle creativity, feel our bodies as allies, and cultivate more self-intimacy. Whether you're  a yogi who loves to journal, or a writer seeking to reconnect with your body, this retreat is for you. 

One of the greatest gifts of a retreat is TIME and SPACE—away from the commitments of daily life—to Restore and Rejuvenate.



Each day will include sunrise/sunset yoga and nourishing meals to connect deeply with your body, writing prompts to open creativity, and tons of free time to connect more intimately with yourself and each other (yoga experience recommended).  If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on a bike, swim in the ocean, or stand up paddle board. If you’re feeling tranquil, enjoy a massage, sip sangria on beachfront terrace, or take an afternoon siesta in the hammock.  



Other exciting OPTIONS: Tour ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum; swim in cool, emerald cenotes; workout on the beach with Athlon Fitness & Performance founder, Ryan Joiner; receive private writing coaching from Leslie St. John, MFA/RYT; scuba-dive with otherworldly beauty, dive deeper into your spiritual journey with a sacred Temazcal ceremony; stay open to travel magic, and let your heart guide you to create an experience that serves your soul. 


Janet's home has a simple elegance that invites natural light, ocean breezes, and laid-back beauty. 

5 separate studios (all beachfront) 2 on third floor with the most spectacular views of the Mexican Riviera, 3 separate studios in ground level. You can chose the best space for your needs by visiting the Copal website. 

 Imagine drinking your coffee here (or sangria). 

Imagine drinking your coffee here (or sangria). 

Copal features large open areas for practice, open floor living and dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, 5 bedrooms that accommodate up to 13 guests each with en-suite bathroom, private access to beach/terrace facing the ocean, paddle boards bikes and snorkel equipment, free wi-fi internet, fresh coconut water, tea, and 3 gourmet meals prepared according to your dietary needs.  Just imagine what it would be like to sip on a fresh coconut and practice yoga while savouring the sight of the starry sky on our elevated roof terrace with an extensive roof top deck and the most amazing views of the Mexican Caribbean, lush tropical greens, while listening to the soothing sound of the ocean.

Investment for 6 night/ 7 day yoga & writing retreat - $1350-$1750.*

Prices are per person and include the following:
Welcome ceremony with Mexican cuenco
Accommodation with comfy linens and towels
Full Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
2 Yoga/Qoya classes per day: active and restorative
Writing sessions guided by Leslie St. John (Bio.
One therapeutic massage (in-room or on the terrace) 
Tour of Mayan Ruins in Tulum
Cenote swimming excursion
Bicycles to access nearby towns
Stand-up Paddleboards
Two special gifts from Leslie and Janet  
Plenty of free time enjoy the beach, journaling, meditation, etc.
*Price range based on room choice



Paamul is located along a curved stretch of shimmering Caribbean waters in a small bay south of Playa del Carmen. Paamul beach features white sands with some exposed limestone and lots of palm trees on the beach for natural shade. The offshore coral reef remains the most breath taking and well-preserved attraction on Paamul beach, our guests will enjoy hours of snorkelling, diving, kayaking, and paddle boarding. 

Copal retreats in Paamul is 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, 20 minutes from Akumal and 35 from Tulum.

 Copal welcomes you to your journey. 

Copal welcomes you to your journey. 


This is a must for anyone not wanting to do the padded extravagance of the all-inclusive and not quite willing to brave it in a hostel. The house setting gives it an intimate and familial feel. Every meal was a hit, even when things were made with ingredients I didn’t like. I had seconds, in fact! You MUST go to the cenote. It’s what heaven looks like, I’m sure of it. I honestly cannot wait to go back.
— Kyla Pearce, 2017, Saskatoon, SK. Canada
Leslie teaches yoga as a whole practice. Her classes are challenging for all mind, body, and spirit. She is creative with her flow sequences and offers options for beginners to advanced. I have practiced yoga for 10 years and just love attending Leslie’s classes.
— Jirina Zahradnickova, 2017 San Luis Obispo, CA
Leslie provided little writing starts to help me start to grow my garden of creativity, and it felt amazing.
— Aimee Warner, 2015, Bay Area, California, USA

Are you ready for a SOUL adventure?

This intimate retreat is limited to only 10 people, and will quickly fill.  Make sure you're one of them!   

You will leave feeling inspired and reconnected to yourself—

more empowered to write, share, and live your story.

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