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Thumbs up stand up paddle board and land yoga classes, trainings and retreats by Danielle Brown. 



Danielle Brown


In late January, because of the rebuilding of the Bitter End Yacht Club and the calling to continue an escape to the Caribbean Sea, the annual SUP & Yoga Retreat diverted to Mexico. Twelve women set out on this adventure with excitement on its maiden voyage, especially me.

We had lots of help from local resident, Alia Mai, with the organization and implementation of the vision to practice SUP Yoga, Land Yoga and immerse in the wilds of something totally new.

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Alia found for us a new camp, which was just that - glamorous tents at the brand new Nativus, which was fully equipped with the intended vibe for play. It was perfect.


Located directly on the scene were the outpost for paddle boarding and SUP yoga classes in a natural Cenote, a sun deck for mediation (and watching the budding full moon) and a spacious, covered platform for land yoga.

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Tara Jade Nichols conducted a special Full Moon event for us under the open sky at twilight. And Alia arranged massages, a bike tour, reservations and my favorite part, a Temezcal, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge ceremony.

Four nights zipped by in the clatter of laughter, chatter and tacos with soon to be called dear friends. Five days were luxuriated upon under a non-stop sun, blue easy rolling waves, classes, contemplations, paddling, yoga and much time for unwinding on a lounge chair at the beach.


To see more pictures of yoga, paddle boarding and tacos, click here. And stay tuned here for the announcement of 2019's SUP & Yoga retreat!

Many thanks to Alia, the guests of the 2018 Tulum Retreat and especially to my sister, Katie, my partner on this retreat and one of my best friends for life - any festival with you is a tour I want to be on.

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