Mayan Mexico

Mexico-Mini Retreat

Monthly Payment Plans

We are offering MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS for the trip starting at

  • $400/mo for 4 months 1-Person ~ 1-King Bed Private Room.
  • $550/mo for 4 months  2-People ~ 1-King Bed Private Room.
  • $650/mo for 4 months 2-People ~ 2 Queen Beds Private Room.

*Monthly price includes a finance charge. Call or e-mail  Michael to register, discuss payment options or splitting costs between credit cards:           216-374-5948

Payment in Full Prices 

  • $1,499   1-King Bed in a Private Room at Villa (1 person)
  • $1,999   1-King Bed in a Private Room at Villa (2 people)
  • $2,299   2 Queen Beds in a Private Room at Villa (2 people)
  • $2,499   2 Queen Beds in a Private Room at Villa (3 people)
  • $2,999   2 Queen Beds in a Private Room at Villa (4 people)

Price Includes

Price includes the entire trip with Michael and Katrina from Wed-Sun, Nov 4-8 for 5-Days and 4-Nights in the Mayan Riviera and Yucatan with accommodations, daily yoga and all meals from Weds- Sat afternoon.  Does not include airfare.

  • 1-night lodging in Puerto Morales (Sat Nov,7)
  • Guided tour at Tulum Ruins
  • 4 Days and 3 nights at the Karma Yoga Center Villa on the beach
  • 3 healthy meals each day cooked by Chef Mauricio (*expect dinner Nov 7 and breakfast Nov 8)
  • Round trip Transportation to/from Cancun Airport
  • Transportation to the Cenote, Sacred Tulum Ruins, Akumal, and Puerto Morales
  • Shopping and Beach time in Akumal
  • Morning Yoga classes
  • Beach Meditations
  • Afternoon Healing Yoga
  • Tips and Taxes

Additional Options:

  • $20 Temezacal on Sat Nov 7th
  • $9 Tulum Ruins Entrance Fee
  • $20 Cenote Entrance Fee


View of the protected bay that the Karma Villa looks out to.

Discover What’s Sacred to You
Begin your journey to the spiritual home of the Maya, flying into Cancun and traveling to the sacred site of Chichen Itza. We will spend a night at the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows that directly overlooks the spiritual pyramids of the Maya. Enjoy a day exploring the jungle city of the heart, doing yoga at the base of the temples and being amongst the ruins. Then rejuvenate in the emerald waters of the Ik Kil Cenote, swimming in the open-sky cavern surrounded by gentle waterfalls and jungle vines.  The next day, we will continue to venture south to the coast of the Mayan Riviera, setting-up home base at the Karma Yoga Center Villa perched on an enchanted ocean bay for 6 days and 5 nights. Each day, awake and step out your private-patio for calming ocean views and to greet the rising sun. You will have daily options for morning yoga, guided beach meditations, and afternoon healing sessions.  There will be many opportunities for personal relaxation, free time, and exploration of the local culture, cuisine, archaeological sites and nature activities.

Bhakti Beach Yoga, The Chakras and Relaxation


Mayan Riviera- Picture by Michael from our last retreat!

Our practice will blend together the juice of Bhakti Yoga and the healing wisdom of the Maya. Each yoga session will open and expand the energy of  the 7 chakras, while providing a relaxing and deep connection to mother earth through the elements of the ocean, the lush jungle, the cenotes, sacred sites, and the whispering winds of spirit. Katrina and Michael will  guide you to explore and heal the physical, mental, emotional and energetic expressions of each chakra. Our gentle practice will include yoga asana, meditation, mantra, chanting, guided journeying, and relaxing breath techniques.  Love yourself, enjoy your healing, and discover your own sacred heart along the Mayan Riviera!

About The Villa

The 45-foot terrace view of the ocean at the Karma Villa.

Nestled between the famous snorkeling waters of Akumal and the white-sand beaches of Tulum in the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Karma Yoga’s Villa is right on the sacred ocean waters of the Mayan Riviera.

You will be welcomed into a majestic garden villa, with intoxicating views of the coral reefs and Caribbean waters, with ample room for 10-12 guests. This spacious house is complete with an ocean-side pool, indoor and outdoor dining patios, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and  4b1227dc-2afa-40e9-865d-2d325cf90bec.1.10professional indoor and outdoor kitchens with our own personal cook, Chef Mauricio.


The indoor kitchen and curved-bar.

Our ocean villa also has a 45-foot covered terrace to watch sunrises over the bay and a garden with a peaceful fountain for quiet meditations. Inside, there is a spacious living area with a  valued thatched roof, a bungalow style loft for relaxing, reading, and communing, and a large dining-bar opening into the kitchen.

Your Bedroom Suites

A Bedroom Suite with 1-King Bed, private bath, and patio.

There are 5 bedroom suites (air-conditioned) each with French doors opening to its own private patio, providing ocean vistas, gentle bayside breezes, midnight stargazing, and poolside access.  The bedroom suites are decorated in

0851e10c-5982-45dd-9f1c-64feefc54c84.1.10the classic Yucatan colors of pale jungle-green and sun-drenched gold. Each has a private 4817a1d8-0161-4407-b5fe-10e10f77a65a.1.10bathroom with Travertine tiled walls, natural hardwood vanities, and unique stone vessel sinks.  Each room also has a personal wall safe and your own refrigerator. There are 4 private bedroom suites with 1-King bed each, and 1 bedroom suite with 2-Queen Beds, for a total of 5 bedroom suites and 6 beds (See prices below).

The Private Pool 


Poolside view of the Mayan Riviera coastline.

Located on a raised deck directly on the beach overlooking the lapis Caribbean waters, the private pool is directly accessible from each bedroom patio.

0eb68c13-1564-4131-8455-cadaddd5b2f9.1.10The furnished pool deck has plush reclining lounge furniture and in-pool stools for sitting in the water. Just a few steps off the deck are the white sand beaches with rustic palapas and recliners for resting in the shade while enjoying the ocean waves.

Day and Night Time Amenities & Activities


Snorkeling with Sea Turtles in Akumal (15min away)

The Karma Yoga Villa is directly located on a protected bay in the Mayan Riviera between the famous snorkeling waters of Akumal and the pristine beaches of Tulum– each a 15 min cab ride away. Attendees can enjoy nature walks along the beach and into the lush palm tree jungle. The Villa comes with its own kayaks to use anytime and there

LaBuenaVida_1are reefs for snorkeling just a few meters from the shoreline. Or, venture out to Akumal or Tulum for variety water activities: parasurfing, kiteboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, dolphin swimming, fishing or pleasure boat rides. In both beach communities there are many boutique shops, restaurants and beach front bars, and local artisan crafts. There are also many intimate live music venues on the beach for beachside listening and dancing.


Maya Tulum Sacred Ruins are only 10min away from the Karma Yoga Center Villa by taxi.


The Karma Yoga Center Villa and pool, looking back from the white sand beac.








Meals and Our Private Chef Mauricio


Chef Mauricio preparing Banana Flambe’ in the outdoor palapa kitchen.

3-meals a day will be celebrated in good health at the Karma Yoga Center Villa. Our Lunches and Dinners from Monday evening April 27- Saturday morning May 2 will be prepared by our local Chef Mauricio. We will dine on our 45-foot ocean terrance, in the garden palapa with the outdoor kitchen, and in indoor vaulted-roof dining room. We will serve locally sourced foods with vegetarian and gluten free options. Breakfast will be served continental style with coffee, tea, juices, fruits, local bakery goods, grains, yogurt, etc.. Your dinner and breakfast at the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalow’s Mayan restaurant on Sunday evening April 26 and Monday morning April 27 are a la carte and paid for by attendees.

The Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows

Superior Room

Mayaland Hotel room with 2-Queen beds and a terrace view of the Mayan Observatory Temple.

The Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows is a creation of the Old Yucatan, built in 1923 directly within the sacred city of Chichen Itza. Its grand front doors face directly at the ancient Mayan Observatory Temple. The Hacienda-style architecture of the hotel and bungalows are surrounded by 100 acres of lush tropical gardens, bird sanctuaries, and hidden pyramids yet to be excavated. We will spend our first night in the Yucatan here,   after a 2-hour private van ride from the Cancun airport. Attendees will have option for 1-King Bed f0r couples or a room with 2-queen beds for shared attendees. The resort has a 3 restaurants, swimming pool, a spa, and local artisan crafts for sale. We will be able to do morning yoga/meditations in the lush gardens at the base of several sacred temples.

Chichen Itza: Sacred Mayan City of the Heart


Chicen Itza, The Sacred City of the Heart.

Located in the heart of the Yucatan jungle, Chichen Itza is one of the New 7-wonders of the world. For the Maya, it is considered a living, sacred university to open and heal the heart chakra through the energies and teachings of the cosmic avatar K’uKuulKaan. The city shows the magic and mystery of the Mayan culture through the hieroglyphics, architecture wonders, and the extraordinary cosmological and artistic achievements. Michael will guide the group through the sacred site and share the wisdom offered to him by his Mayan teacher and chacacouncil elder Miguel Angel Vergara. Miguel Angel was the Culture Director of Chichen Itza for 4-years and has been a shaman in the Mayan tradition for 34-years. Miguel and Michael work together to bring forth the shared light in the wisdom teachings of Yoga and Mayan Shamanism. Discover how the Mayans share a common knowledge of chakras, mantras, sacred art, and healing practices with the Yogis of India


Ik Kil Cenote


Ik Kil Cenote. An open sky cavern, 85ft below the earth, surrounded by waterfalls and jungle vines.

Only a few kilometers form the great El Castillo Pyramid in Chichen Itza, the Ik Kil cavern is one of the crown jewel cenotes in the Yucatan. Used by the Maya as a sacred healing place, the cenote is an open-sky cavern surrounded by gentle waterfalls and jungle vines.The cenotes of the Yucatan were created by meteorite debris from the one larger meteorite that is famed to have cause the extinction of the dinosaurs. Thus, the waters are infused with cosmic minerals from outer-sapce that imbue them with unique healing properties only found in in these locations. We will journey to these sacred and refreshing waters for a swim after our visit to Chichen Itza.

About your Guides: Katrina and Michael

Katrina and Michael at the Maya Tulum sacred site in Oct 2014.

Katrina Gustafson
When Katrina took her first yoga class 12 years ago she knew she had found her soul’s home. The practice of yoga has transformed her life so vastly that she left her 12 year career as a high school English teacher to pursue the practice wholeheartedly. She has taken two certified teacher trainings since then, numerous workshops with master teachers, opened Karma Yoga Center, and created a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training that she leads three times a year. Her teaching style is a heart-centered vinyasa (flow) with an emphasis on the spiritual aspects of the practice. She is a student and devotee of Saul David Raye, Dr. Katyayani Poole, and Dr.Manoj Chalom. Katrina subscribes deeply to the practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga, tantric philosophy, and Vedic astrology. She works hard on maintaining the integrity of this ancient practice while bringing it into the 21st century. Though yoga brings her deep joy, her greatest passion is loving on her two boys Maximus and Boden.

Michael Shankara
Michael is a certified yoga teacher and Shaman. He weaves together the practices and wisdom of Bhakti Yoga with Mayan Shamanism. Initiated into the sacred wisdom of the Maya, Michael is the sole apprentice under elder, high priest and shaman Don Miguel Angel Vergara. Michael is also a professional musician and former tropical biologist. He will be providing the live music for the yoga classes and mediations, and co-leading the tours of the Mayan sacred sites.



Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows Pool.

This is the tentative Daily Schedule and may gently change. There will be one Full Free-Day at the Karma Yoga Villa for adventure, exploration or relaxation with meals provided.

Sunday, April 26

  • 3pm    Be at Cancun Airport Terminal 3  (Attendees can arrive earlier or a day before)
  • 4pm    Private Van to Chichen Itza (2hours)
  • 6pm    Check into Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows
  • 7:30pm Dinner and Group Bonding!

Monday, April 27

  • 6:30am             Sunrise Meditation at Sacred Temples (optional)
  • 7:30am- 9am   Breakfast
  • 9:30am             Yoga by the jungle pyramids
  • 11am                  Tour of Chichen Itza
  • 1pm                   Lunch
  • 2pm                  Ik Kil Cenote
  • 3pm                  Private Van to Karma Yoga Villa on Mayan Riviera (2 hours)
  • 5pm                  Villa and Beach tour
  • 6:30pm            Welcome dinner with Chef Mauricio

Tuesday, April 28- Friday, May 1

  • 6:30am       Sunrise Beach Meditation (optional)
  • 7:30am       Breakfast will be set out and available until 10am
  • 9am             Morning Yoga
  • 11am            Free Time
  • 12:30pm     Lunch at Villa
  • 1pm-4pm   Free Time (there will be optional trips and activities offered)
  • 4:30pm      Afternoon Yoga & Healing Sessions
  • 6:30pm      Dinner with  Chef Mauricio
  • 8:00pm     Occasional Evening Program (optional)

Saturday, May 2

  • 6:30am    Sunrise Beach Meditation (optional)
  • 7:30am     Breakfast will be set out and available until 10am
  • 9am           Morning Yoga
  • 11am         Check out of Karma Villa and Private Van to airport (1h 15min)

**Attendees are welcome to arrive before April 26 and stay after May 2. Please let us know your plans.**

Additional Options

Depending upon group interest, we can schedule additional options for the group or individuals. You can let us know in advance or once we are at the Viltemazcal-interiorla about the options below

  • Traditional Mayan Sweat Lodge Ceremony (Temazcal): $75
  • Maya Tulum Sacred Ruins on the Beach (10 min form Villa) : $45
  • Dos Ojos Cenote (15 min form Villa): $25
  • Round Trip to Akumal (15 min form Villa): Cost of Cab Ride

Shuttle Van Pick Up Times and Flights

Please plan to be at Cancun Airport no later than 4pm on Sunday April 26 to meet the group arranged shuttle van. If your travel arrangements do not allow for this, we can help arrange your own transportation at an additional cost.

303-709-0535 KATRINA CELL- Call any time 🙂