The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Oct 1-6, 2021, 5 Nights)

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Oct 1 - 6, 2021
Group size: 10 - 26
The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Oct 1-6, 2021, 5 Nights)
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Catherine Gignac
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8 reviews

Oct 1 - 6, 2021
Group size: 10 - 26

About this trip

COVID-19 UPDATE: I know vaccination status is a very personal thing. I've gone back and forth on whether or not to require proof of vaccination for participants. Because registration opened for this trip prior to vaccine rollout, at this time, I am going to use the honor system. I trust that you are all safe-minded travelers with intentions to travel internationally, and therefore I also assume that you want to do so safely and are vaccinated as the CDC recommends as you would before traveling to any other country at any other point in history where vaccinations are necessary.


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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. We need this time to build community and get away, now more than ever!


In our four full days together, everything we do will be centered around these four themes: MAKE SPACE, CREATE CONNECTION, FIND SOFTNESS, GROW ROOTS. 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, self-reflection, fitness, relaxation and adventurous fun 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 and cardio focused flow each morning overlooking the jungle, and enjoy fresh beachside meals and margaritas. There will be plenty of opportunities to customize your trips — learn to dance salsa, participate in a group Temezcal, experience a Mayan clay treatment, have your tarot read, 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 and reconnected with yourself. 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, an oceanside pool (rare in Tulum!), a relaxed boho 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 select a shared room, perfect 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 to be.


If you don’t have a buddy traveling with you, don’t worry. This retreat is designed for solo travelers to make new friends. However, due to COVID, we are not arranging random roommates this year. Please book a solo room or reach out to us if you are interested in potential roommates.


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 60 days from the departure date, a deposit of $500 is due to confirm your space. The remaining balance is due no later than 50 days before the departure date (August 12, 2021). If your booking is made within 50 days or less before trip departure date, the entire trip cost must be paid at the time of confirmation. Payment plans can also be may if necessary. Just reach out to catherine.gignac@gmail.com to discuss prior to booking!


Payments must be made through this safe and secure WeTravel page. If you pay via bank transfer, there is no transaction fee.. If you pay by credit card, 2.9% is added for Visa/Mastercard and 3.9% is added for AMEX.

What’s included

  • Move + Sweat
    Each morning Catherine will teach about 75 minutes of power yoga infused with HIIT cardio elements. We'll also throw in inversions, arm balancing, and some yin.
  • Reflect + Connect
    After each sweat session, we'll send a few minutes meditating and doing some reflective journaling using Catherine's background in life coaching. Bring a journal!
  • 5 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
    One night, we'll head out for dinner together to celebrate our new friendships and time together.
  • Gratuity for Hotel Staff
    $12 per day has been added to your retreat cost to thank the Amansala staff throughout our stay.
  • 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 $50-140 each way depending on group size. This will be figured out about 2 weeks prior to trip.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Temezcal + Mayan Clay
    This is an add-on experience! Sign up now and save, or book later at Amansala.
  • Mermaiding
    This is an add-on experience! Sign up now for a private group snorkeling experience in Casa Cenote, made possible by Catherine's friend Fatima. You can also sign up later.
  • Optional Activities
    Spa services, tarot readings, excursions to the Mayan ruins, shopping, etc. are on you!

Available Packages

Queen Bed in a Double Room
Available until August 13, 20216 left

A large room with two queen beds, closet space and sitting area set up comfortable to share with a friend. Price is per person and includes meals.


Due to COVID, please go ahead and book this option if you have a planned roommate in mind. If you are looking for a roommate, please reach out to catherine.gignac@gmail.com prior to booking to see if a roommate match is available or book a solo room option.

$1925
Queen Bed in a Beachfront Double Room
Available until August 2, 2021Sold Out

A large room with two queen beds and nice views of the ocean. These rooms have a large terrace and a lot of natural light. Price is per person and includes meals.


Currently looking for someone interested in sharing a room with another female retreater. Please let me know if you're interested and I'll connect you first!

$2075
Deposit: $500
Queen Bed in a Triple Room
Available until August 2, 20216 left

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


Due to COVID, please go ahead and book this option if you have a planned roommate in mind. If you are looking for a roommate, please reach out to catherine.gignac@gmail.com prior to booking to see if a roommate match is available or book a solo room option.

$1875
Deposit: $500
Garden Plus Queen Solo
Available until August 6, 2021only 1 left

Our most economical basic room, it comes with a queen bed, private bathrooms and closet.  These rooms are towards the back of the property.

$2175
Deposit: $500
Garden Plus King Solo
Available until September 29, 2021only 2 left

A modern bright room with a king bed facing the garden with a minimalistic boho Tulum style.

$2250
Steps to Seaview King Solo
Available until August 2, 2021only 2 left

Charming smaller room w/ a king bed. Designed with attention to detail and only a few sandy steps away to the beach. Price is per person and includes meals. 

$2325
Deposit: $500
Beachview King Solo
Available until September 30, 2021Sold Out

Our beachview rooms are spacious king bed rooms with nice view of the beach, but not beachfront with direct smack dab views. They also usually have no terrace but are closer to the common terraces that are usually empty in the evening and early morning. Price is per person and includes meals.

$2675
Best Beachfront King Solo
Available until August 13, 2021only 2 left
$2875
Garden Plus King Shared (Per Person)
Available until August 2, 2021only 2 left

The Garden King room is a bright and large room with a modern twist with a king bed facing the garden. Perfect for one person or a couple or friends who are willing to share a king bed. Price is per person and includes meals. Book this once for each attendee if you plan to share the room with another person. For instance, a couple would register per person and pay separately.

$1775
Deposit: $500
Steps to Sea King Shared (Per Person)
Available until August 2, 2021only 1 left

Charming smaller room w/ a king bed. Designed with attention to detail and only a few sandy steps away to the beach. Price is per person and includes meals. Book this once for each attendee if you plan to share the room with another person. For instance, a couple would register per person and pay separately.

$1775
Deposit: $500
Beachview King Shared (Per Person)
Available until September 1, 2021only 1 left

Our beachview rooms are spacious king bed rooms with nice view of the beach, but not beachfront with direct smack dab views. They also usually have no terrace but are closer to the common terraces that are usually empty in the evening and early morning. Price is per person and includes meals. Book this once for each attendee if you plan to share the room with another person. For instance, a couple would register per person and pay separately.

$2100
Best Beachfront King Shared (Per Person)
Available until August 2, 2021Sold Out

Our best beachfront rooms with large terrace facing the sea. King bed, large bathroom and sitting area. Perfect for a couple or two friends willing to share a king bed. Price is per person and includes meals. Book this once for each attendee if you plan to share the room with another person. For instance, a couple would register per person and pay separately.

$2250
Deposit: $500

Available options

Temazcal + Mayan Clay Treatment
$100
Temazcal
$85
Mayan Clay Treatment
$65
Mermaiding in Casa Cenote
$55


Itinerary

Friday
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.

Your Organizer


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Catherine Gignac
8 reviews
I am a 200-hour certified vinyasa yoga teacher based in Pittsburgh, PA. I have taught at the Solstice in Times Square in both 2016 and 2017, lead #AerieREAL pop up classes around the country, created community in weekly classes since 2012, assisted teacher trainings, and lead a variety of workshops. My teaching is molded to mimic my practice. I focus on upbeat flows, long sequences that challenge patience, breath and attention, and heart opening variations that allow us to soften in all the places we tend to tighten — our joints, jaws, shoulders and our hearts. I often share the importance of facing vulnerability and honesty, both with others and with ourselves. Because when we can break down the walls we put up, stop telling ourselves stories to protect our truest feelings, and become truth seekers within and with those we care about, amazing things can happen. To learn more about my yoga background, visit www.catherinegignac.com/yoga

Reviews

The Retreat with Catherine is one of the best travel experiences I've had. The resort, Amansala, is perfectly equipped with everything you'll need. The rooms had A/C and the staff was quick to attend to anything if it wasn't working properly. Catherine led a 2 hour session every day that included the best yoga classes I've ever done, working your whole body and mind. The food, other retreaters, and the location were all perfect. You are able to totally relax and unwind at the resort or you can venture off into Tulum town and Puebla in the afternoons. I definitely cannot wait to go again!
By Corey S for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Oct 1-6, 2021, 5 Nights) on 14 Oct, 2021
Thank you, Catherine, for an amazing experience in Tulum. Your instruction style (and playlist) hit all the right notes even for a novice yoga practitioner such as myself. In short, I love your style! I felt supported in going at my own pace, the variety was incredible, and the group was just great. I also loved the off-site Cenote experience and the temazcal (sweat lodge). The food was fantastic and the sea and sun were just what I needed to hit reset. Thanks again!
By Paulette J for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Oct. 11-16, 2019, 5 Nights) on 28 Oct, 2019
This was my second retreat with Catherine and it was just as wonderful as the first one! Catherine does a great job of customizing the experience based on what the group wants. It was just the right mix of yoga, beach, relaxing, activities, sun and fun! I highly recommend it.
By Marla M for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Oct. 11-16, 2019, 5 Nights) on 28 Oct, 2019
I had such an amazing experience on this retreat. Each day started with a quiet walk on the beach, followed by great coffee, tons of fruit and vegan yogurt. Then off for a couple hours of yoga, meditation and journalling. More fresh food followed after yoga class and then the afternoons were free to relax and recharge. Swimming in the sea, getting a spa treatment, or just reading a book. Later on, we had another delicious dinner. The food at Amansala was excellent. Highlights of the trip were obviously the yoga sessions every morning with Catherine (she's the best), a Reiki session recommended by Catherine at Maya Tulum with Chandree, my friend Paulette saving a baby sea turtle on our last morning in Tulum, the mermaid experience with Fatima at a cenote and meeting and spending time with all the other like minded friends on the retreat. What's great about this retreat is that everything is optional. Do as much or as little yoga as you like. Opportunities to explore Tulum on your own time and yet do some activities as a group as well. Although it was the rainy season in Tulum, there wasn't much rain. We saw lots of different, cool cloud formations, double rainbows and a full moon. It all made for a wonderful, much needed vacation and I'm so happy I went. I hope to make it an annual trip.
By Brandon W for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac (Oct. 11-16, 2019, 5 Nights) on 18 Oct, 2019
The week I spent with Catherine in Mexico was transformative. She thoughtfully mapped out each day with an intentional theme for purpose and growth. She took time to workshop poses and inversions to deepen our understanding of the yoga practice. She provided an atmosphere of learning, relaxation and empowerment. We stayed in paradise, and woke up every morning to unbelievably serene surroundings of nature. I left truly feeling like I was fully connected and balanced in mind, body and spirit. She inspired me to go further than I've ever gone before in my yoga practice, and instilled in me a desire to keep the themes and lessons of this retreat alive in my everyday life. This is truly one of the best things I've ever done for myself, and I'm eternally grateful to Catherine.
By Jessi E for The Retreat with Catherine Gignac on 26 Jul, 2019
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