Salsa Camp! A Luxury Learn-to-Dance Retreat

Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico

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Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2019
Group size: 4 - 12
Salsa Camp! A Luxury Learn-to-Dance Retreat
Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico

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$2450
Deposit: $500
Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2019
Group size: 4 - 12

About this trip

Have you had a secret dream of being a dancer, but didn't have the time or opportunity to learn?


Want to get your hips swaying, let loose and feel amazing?!?  

Join us in sensual paradise to kick back, dance up a storm and have the time of your life.  

Over the course of one week you will be guided by Karen McMullen & Ariel Silveira to accelerate through a progression in latin rhythms with a focus on Salsa, Bachata and enough Afrocuban spice to make your dancing sizzle!


Ariel Silveira, graduate of the intensive 5 year National Academy of Dance program in Havana Cuba, is an expert in "sacando el jugo" (getting the juice out of you). He will get your sensual movement out of you in ways that you never knew possible!

Everyday we'll enjoy two classes, morning and afternoon. The classes include salsa, bachata, afrocuban and an occasional yoga class here and there to keep you stretched out.  The overall focus is on building your salsa dancing in a steady progression towards a Hallowe'en Salsa party with an incredible live Salsa band!

 We will also be in Mexico during a special time...Day of the Dead! Not to be confused to Halloween, Day of the Dead is an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. We will join the local celebration with makeup and costumes, singing and dance, and making offerings to lost loved ones.

This Luxury experience is ideal for couples and singles, no dance partner required.  If you can't dance, but have always dreamed of dancing, you are in good hands. 

Clear your mind, enjoy great food, joyful company and dance your heart out.  Dancing is the ultimate way to uplevel your energy, reconnect with your body's impulses and get in touch with your joy.


Come to as many, or as few, planned activities as you like. Everything is optional...follow your body's bliss for the entire week.

The Villa

Where leisure meets luxury...


Villa Milagro -- also known as ‘House of Miracles’ -- is one of the most epic private properties in Playa Troncones, Mexico.


Suites have magnificent views, facing directly to the beach creating a structure which is in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy they call organic architecture.  Being at Villa Milagro for a week is a grand invitation to honour your body's sensual impulses and savor the natural beauty of life.

Meet Your Guides!

From Karen McMullen:

"4 years ago I came to Troncones beach on a Dance retreat.  At the time, I was very successful in my career as a body-centered coach and workshop leader, but  I was feeling bored, drained and burnt-out by all that my 'success' was requiring of me. I desperately wanted to be more embodied in my femininity. One week in Troncones ignited my sensuality and my femininity. I felt so connected to my feminine essence in Mexico, that I had to move here!


Nowadays, I am passionate about helping women and their partners who are awakening to reconnect with their natural, wild, body-centered truth and their spark of aliveness.  I believe that dance offers us an incredible opportunity to embody our joy and to transform insecurities and fear into confidence.  Karen became obsessed with Salsa and Bachata 3 years ago, when she started taking classes 5 days a week for 7 months.  After that, she began to teach beginner salsa.


My style of teaching is always about meeting the student where they are.  My teaching philosophy is about making sure every 'lead' (typically the man) has a victorious experience at every class.  By making the leads comfortable in their role, which is a lot more difficult than the follow, they are happy to learn more. Naturally, the follows are happy because they have someone to dance with!!!  I also like to focus on repetition and muscle-memory so that by the time the dance night comes, you don't have to think about what to do, because your body knows!

I love to honour the learning process and to bring people from where they are through a gentle and friendly transformation.   - KAREN

About Ariel Silveira: 


"If you want to learn to dance, you need to learn history and culture,"  says Ariel who practically has a Phd in dance education.  In Cuba, where Ariel was born, children are selected into a career path very young in order to develop their natural aptitudes. Ariel was chosen as a dancer and received extra education in dance through childhood, adolescence and onwards into a 5 year degree in dance from the National Academy of Dance in Havana.  

Upon graduation, Ariel joined a professional dance company where he toured the world for several years, uplifting audiences all around Europe and Central America.  He finally settled in Mexico and has been entertaining audience as a professional performer, as well as teaching students for the past 15 years.  

Karen met Ariel in San Miguel de Allende where she started studying under Ariel's guidance intensively. They became fast friends and decided to unite forces to bring together Ariel's incredible talent with Karen's focus on do-able progressions and support as an English-speaker to make Ariel's teaching more accessible to foreigners.

"It's one thing to be a talented dancer, " says Karen about Ariel, "but it's another thing to also be a kind person, humble and a good teacher. Ariel is all of those.   My favourite thing about Ariel is his 'espiritu manana'.  This is a term in Cuba which means the spirit of joy that comes through a dancer that is connected to God and acting as a conduit (roughly translated).  Ariel has so much espiritu manana that he infects you with it!"

Check out a glimpse of what you'll be learning in this video of Ariel doing his thing:
https://youtu.be/OSq8xZKXweg

A Special Time to be in Mexico!

We will also be in Mexico during a truly special time for their culture...Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. On the evening of October 31st, what Americans know as Halloween, Troncones beach will be hosting it's annual party, and the theme for this year is 'La Boda' or wedding, where you can dress the part of a bride, groom, guest or priest...and we will help you paint your face with the famous white catrina design. 

The Menu

Villa Milagro is known for it's delicious, hand-prepared and fresh foods.    Here are some examples of what you'll be enjoying at each meal!


Breakfast: Huevos Ranchero and fresh juice

Lunch: Ceviche, guacamole & salad,

Fish Tacos and Salad

Tortilla Soup, Rice, Beans, Quesadillas and Salad
Chiles Rellenos
Fish and Seafood soup with salad

Enchiladas verdes.

Dinner: Grilled fish a la talla with vegetables
Tortilla Espanola (egg dish), steamed vegetables

Fajitas - Vegetarian and Fish

Mexican Stew with Salad

Mole with Veggies and Rice
Chiles Rellenos

Garlic Shrimp Tacos

Nicoise Salad - Black Olives, grilled tuna, boiled eggs.

*vegetarian/vegan options available

FOR ALL

We value diversity and inclusion.  

In recognition of the long-time, historical and present-day marginalization of people with certain identities, we would like to take a moment to formally welcome people from the following communities to come and dance with us for the week: 
 people of color, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, single mothers

A retreat is certainly an investment in self-care and a 'luxury item'.  If you want to attend and require some financial help, please email us and we will do what we can to make it possible.


Photos with the beautiful people on this site were provided by @rolandomoralesperez

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    Villa Milagro, also known as ‘House of Miracles,’ is a Villa consisting of 3 spacious buildings with thatched roofs created from palm fronds, open to the Pacific ocean.
  • All Meals
    Every day you will be nourished with freshly prepared meals (vegan/vegetarian available at each meal).
  • Yoga
    We will enjoy several yoga classes throughout the week to stretch out and melt into this sensual environment.
  • 2 X Daily Dance Classes
    Every day will include a morning and afternoon dance class with focus on: salsa, bachata, afrocuban and a few other styles thrown in! We will guide you through a fun and steady progression.
  • Massage/Reiki
    One massage or reiki treatment will be included, additional treatments can be added separately if desired.
  • Flight/Transfer
    Fly into Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH). Troncones is a 45 minute drive to Troncones Beach. We are happy to arrange for a taxi for you if desired.
  • Massage/Treatments
    Many opportunities will be available to schedule massage and other treatments additional to the one treatment included with your retreat package.
  • Private Classes w/ Ariel
    Accelerate your dance progression by taking private classes with Ariel. Limited to a few per day. "I highly recommend this! Private Classes with Ariel are amazing!" -Karen$40/class
  • Surf Rental/Lessons
  • Day Trip to Zihuatanejo
    We will organize an optional day trip to Zihautanejo, or Zihua as it’s affectionately called. Once a sleepy fishing village, Zihua is a unique coastal spot with beaches, shops & friendly locals.
  • Horseback riding

Available Packages

Casa Grande Suite - with 3 singles
only 3 left

The Casa Grande Suite is as spacious as it is luxurious with 400 square feet of opulence. A large Master bathroom with his and her sinks and boasts a view that offers the best sunsets in Troncones. 

$2450
Deposit: $500
Casa Grande Suite - with King Bed for 2
only 2 left

The Casa Grande Suite is as spacious as it is luxurious with 400 square feet of opulence. A large Master bathroom with his and her sinks and boasts a view that offers the best sunsets in Troncones. 

$3250
Deposit: $500
Sunrise Suite - single occupancy
only 1 left

The Sunrise Suite features a king sized bed (which can be separated into 2 twin beds), a large closet and safe. The bathroom has also has a rain shower head and super plush linens. Two large sofas perfect for lounging and a sitting area unparalleled for intimate conversations and/or meditation.

$2950
Deposit: $500
Sunrise Suite - dbl occupancy
only 2 left

The Sunrise Suite features a king sized bed (which can be separated into 2 twin beds), a large closet and safe. The bathroom has also has a rain shower head and super plush linens. Two large sofas perfect for lounging and a sitting area unparalleled for intimate conversations and/or meditation.

$2250
Deposit: $500
Sunset Suite - single occupancy
only 1 left

The Sunset Suite has a King sized bed (which can be separated into two twin beds) spacious bathroom with a rain head shower, ample closet space and a safe. Two large lounge sofas are perfect for laying out and reading a book or taking a leisurely siesta.

$2950
Deposit: $500
Sunset Suite - dbl occupancy
only 2 left

The Sunset Suite has a King sized bed (which can be separated into two twin beds) spacious bathroom with a rain head shower, ample closet space and a safe. Two large lounge sofas are perfect for laying out and reading a book or taking a leisurely siesta.

$2250
Deposit: $500
Pacific Suite - single occupancy
only 1 left

The modern air- conditioned Pacific Suite features a king-size bed and bathroom. The bedroom opens up to an expansive ocean view deck, with super comfy, oversized chairs to enjoy an afternoon siesta looking out over the bay and spectacular sunset horizon. 

$2750
Deposit: $500
Pacific Suite - dbl occupancy
only 2 left

The modern air- conditioned Pacific Suite features a king-size bed and bathroom. The bedroom opens up to an expansive ocean view deck, with super comfy, oversized chairs to enjoy an afternoon siesta looking out over the bay and spectacular sunset horizon. 

$1950
Deposit: $500
Ocean Suite - single occupancy
only 1 left

The modern air- conditioned Ocean Suite features a king-size bed and bathroom. The bedroom opens up to an expansive deck, with exotic plants framing the ocean view. Relax in the super comfy, oversized chairs to enjoy an afternoon siesta looking out over the bay and spectacular sunset horizon. 

$2750
Deposit: $500
Ocean Suite - dbl occupancy
only 2 left

The modern air- conditioned Ocean Suite features a king-size bed and bathroom. The bedroom opens up to an expansive deck, with exotic plants framing the ocean view. Relax in the super comfy, oversized chairs to enjoy an afternoon siesta looking out over the bay and spectacular sunset horizon. 

$2150
Deposit: $500
Garden Suite - single occupancy
only 1 left

The modern air-conditioned Garden Suite features a king-size bed and bathroom. There is a comfortable couch to curl up with a book or enjoy the beautiful garden vista patio. This is a quiet, tranquil space where you will feel cocooned in the natural environment, embellished by the sweet sounds of the local bird life.

$2750
Deposit: $500
Garden Suite - dbl occupancy
only 2 left

The modern air-conditioned Garden Suite features a king-size bed and bathroom. There is a comfortable couch to curl up with a book or enjoy the beautiful garden vista patio. This is a quiet, tranquil space where you will feel cocooned in the natural environment, embellished by the sweet sounds of the local bird life.

$2150
Deposit: $500
$2450
Deposit: $500

Casa Grande Suite - with 3 singles

Itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Arrive:  Welcome to Troncones...

Check-in is at 4 pm.

6 pm - Meet and Greet Welcome Circle

7 pm Dinner

8:30 pm - Optional Evening Beach Stroll to Roberto's Bistro for Live Music and Dancing

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