The Retreat with Catherine Gignac

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Retreat
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Mar 24 - 30, 2019
Group size: 8 - 16
The Retreat with Catherine Gignac
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Retreat
  • Email address verified
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30 reviews

Mar 24 - 30, 2019
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

The Retreat is an opportunity to unplug, move your body, rest your mind, and reconnect with yourself at the core of who you are through vinyasa yoga, meditation, relaxation, and shared experiences with others who are doing the same.

In our five full days together, everything we do will be centered around these five themes: GROW ROOTS, MAKE SPACE, BUILD STRENGTH, CREATE CONNECTION, FIND SOFTNESS. The goal? Leave for home with renewed confidence, refocused energy, and newfound clarity.

I have traveled all over — from Iceland to Morocco, Costa Rica to Greece, Colombia to California — and what I've learned is that Tulum is the place where I feel the most peace, the most joy, and the most connected — more than anywhere else, and I can't wait to share this magical, healing place with you.

Through my travel experience, I've also learned how to balance yoga, education, cultural immersion, fitness and relaxation to create a week that not just leaves you feeling reconnected with yourself but also with new likeminded friends.

You will watch the sun rise on morning beach walks, practice a strong power vinyasa flow each morning overlooking the jungle, enjoy fresh beachside meals, push your own boundaries in inversions and arm balancing workshops, taste the fresh ingredients of Quintana Roo in an authentic cooking class, learn to dance the salsa, and so much more.

We'll mix an immersion with the physical practice of yoga with all the right vacation vibes so you feel like you've recharged but also deepened your practicing and understanding of the asanas and your body. All yoga and group activities are optional, so you can curate the retreat that works for you.

Accomodations at Amansala Resort

Amansala is an all-inclusive resort and retreat center located steps from the ocean with four yoga shalas, a pool (rare in Tulum!), a dining room overlooking the water, a spa and plenty of loungers for enjoying the Mexican sunshine. The resort has an eco-chic vibe that comes with many Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice and Certification of Excellence awards, as well as many great customer reviews.

Choose the room type and situation that works for you. You can choose to reserve a private room or selected a shared room option, perfect for a solo traveler looking to share a room with a soon-to-be new friend, for a couple, for friends, or whoever else you may want to stay with. Just let us know in your registration questionnaire who you want your roommate(s) to be if you have someone in mind.

If you don’t have a buddy traveling with you, don’t worry. This retreat is designed for solo travelers to make new friends. As long as you’re comfortable sharing a room with another retreater of the same gender, feel free to book a shared room.

Please remember that in Tulum, resorts like Amansala have a more rustic vibe and aren’t like big-box chain hotels in the United States. The amenities at Amansala are charming and have so much character, we hope you’ll feel right at home.

For more information, check out Amansala's website and Trip Advisor.

Prices + Payment

The price of your retreat depends on the type of room you book. To guarantee your reservation, just pay your $500 deposit. 

If booking your trip more than 45 days from the departure date (February 7, 2019), a deposit of $500 is due to confirm your space. The remaining balance is due no later than 45 days before the departure date (February 7, 2019). If your booking is made within 45 days or less before trip departure date, the entire trip cost must be paid at the time of confirmation. 

Payments must be made through this safe and secure WeTravel page. If you pay via bank transfer, a 1% transaction fee is charged. If you pay by credit card, 2.9% is added for Visa/Mastercard and 3.9% is added for AMEX.

What’s included

  • Yoga Classes + Workshops
    You'll practice each morning and late afternoon. Catherine will teach classes and workshops. Think inversions, arm balancing, alignment, and candlelight flows on top of daily power yoga practices.
  • 6 Nights at Amansala
    You'll stay at Amansala Eco Chic Resort + Retreat, one of Tulum's most yoga-focused destinations. Each room has a unique relaxed boho vibe.
  • Three Meals a Day
    You’ll enjoy a delicious and health conscious menu three meals a day that always emphasize fresh, local ingredients. The culinary team at Amansala, is led by a group of talented local chefs.
  • One Offsite Group Dinner
    On the last night we'll head out for dinner together to celebrate our new friendships and time together.
  • Authentic Cooking Class
  • Salsa Dance Lesson
  • Gratuity for Hotel Staff
    $12 per day has been added to your retreat cost to thank the Amansala staff throughout our stay.

What’s not included

  • Airfare
    You'll fly into Cancun airport.
  • Airport Transfer
    Amansala will arrange airport transfer, group yogis together based on arrival times. Cost will be around $45-65 each way depending on group size.
  • Mandatory Trip Insurance
    We want you to travel with insurance to protect you in case of any emergency, injury or natural disaster. Proof of trip insurance is mandatory and more info will be provided upon registration.
  • Wifi
    Amansala Resort offers WIFI for an additional $25 / week. You can purchase upon check in if you wish to be connected while on your retreat.
  • Alcohol
    We love margaritas too! But it's up to you if and when you want to imbibe on this retreat and will be at your own expense.
  • Optional Activities
    Spa services, tarot readings, excursions to the Mayan ruins, shopping, etc. are on you!

Available Packages

Queen Bed in a Garden Triple Room

A large room set up to share. Each person has their own little space while sharing a large room with 2 other yogis. Rooms do not have a beach view and are slightly back in the property, but are comfortable and nice.

Deposit: $750
Queen Bed in a Garden Double Room

A large room with two queen beds, closet space and sitting area set up comfortable to share with a friend or fellow yogi.

Deposit: $1,000
Semi Sea View King (Solo)

A charming room with a semi sea view of the sea, king bed, private bathrooms and small terrace.



Arrival Day

Arrive in Tulum via airport transfer from Cancun. Transfer will be arranged by Amansala resort and is safe and reputable. The drive will take an hour and a half to two hours. 

Our first official time together is dinner followed by a short session introducing the pillars of our retreat.

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The Retreat
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We bring people together in community through curated, intentional travel experiences wrapped in a big hug of adventure, social and wellness rituals to make a balanced space to spend your hard-earned time off. Learn more at or follow us on IG at @_the_retreat_ Founded by Catherine Gignac and operated by Catherine Gignac Yoga LLC.


Thank you to Catherine for hosting a tremendous retreat and for the team at Amansala for helping to make our retreat an impeccable experience. My expectations were blown away. It was the perfect mix of movement and fitness, sunshine and relaxation, community and friendship, and unique and deep experiences. I especially loved the morning walks, yoga classes, sauna cave, and ice plunge! This retreat truly filled my cup. I can’t wait to go back!
By Marissa L for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Feb 2-7, 2024 / 5 Nights) on Feb 16, 2024
“The Retreat” was an unmatchable experience. Catherine brings an incredible amount of creativity, energy, and wisdom into this magical setting. There is a perfect balance between structure and free time, and all activities are curated with thoughtfulness and care. I formed meaningful and lasting connections in a very brief period of time thanks to the warm, welcoming, free and fun environment that was created by Catherine. Accommodations, food, and amenities were also great. Can’t wait to return!
By Lynn L for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Feb 2-7, 2024 / 5 Nights) on Feb 16, 2024
The Retreat with Catherine Gignac from Feb2-7, was a 5+ STAR experience. This was my first time attending anything like this, and it completely checked all the boxes and exceeded all expectations. The resort was fabulous, relaxing and the perfect setting for the Retreat. The staff was exceptional and extremely accommodating each and every day. They attended to all requests promptly. The food (menu) from breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner were all a terrific blend of authentic cuisine and fantastic beach cocktails. As for the Retreat, it was unbelievably organized and was the perfect mix of yoga sessions, excursions, group activities, educational sessions and of course some free time. The organizer, Catherine, was a wealth of information and brought an ease to me, that had never traveled outside the USA. Her schedule and welcome packet allowed the attendees to be a part of as many of each days events or if needed the flexibility to take some down time if needed. The energy level and great group of attendees put me and the entire group in the frame of mind not to miss anything on the schedule. This allowed us all to have the time to connect with the other attendees in a more personal level, and by the end of the 5 days it seemed like we became more like a family than just retreat attendees. I would recommend any Retreat lead by Catherine Gignac. She is a rockstar and you will not be disappointed to sign up for any upcoming Retreats lead by her. My best, Scott
By Scott R for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Feb 2-7, 2024 / 5 Nights) on Feb 13, 2024
One of the most remarkable aspects of the trip was how each person showed up authentically, embracing their messy selves with grace and openness. I absolutely loved all the tears and laughter. Catherine's skillful facilitation created a safe container for us to explore our vulnerabilities and connect on a deeper level, forging bonds that felt both profound and enduring. The activities planned were nothing short of exhilarating, offering a perfect blend of adventure and introspection. I loved my Reiki session with Chandree and have already started doing ice baths + breath work at home. The resort itself was a sanctuary of rejuvenation and relaxation, providing a serene backdrop for our journey of self-discovery. It was the perfect oasis to unwind and recharge each day. This trip to Tulum + Amansala exceeded all of my expectations, thanks to Catherine's thoughtful guidance, the authentic presence of of each person, the exciting activities, and the setting of the resort. It was a journey that left me feeling renewed, inspired, and deeply connected—to myself, to each person, and to the beauty of the world around us!
By Rachel O for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Feb 2-7, 2024 / 5 Nights) on Feb 13, 2024
Incredible! Absolute magic. Catherine has a true gift, the community she creates in this retreat is unparalleled.
By Shannon K for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Feb 2-7, 2024 / 5 Nights) on Feb 12, 2024
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