Yoga + Hot Pilates with Linda and Carrie

Tulum, Mexico

Linda McGrath
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Mar 11 - 18, 2017
Group size: 20-40
Yoga + Hot Pilates with Linda and Carrie
Tulum, Mexico

Linda McGrath
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12 reviews

Deposit: $750
Mar 11 - 18, 2017
Group size: 20-40

About this trip


Join Linda and Carrie for a week of taking care of your body, soaking up the sun, and mermaiding around with friends in the loveliest of waves. With 3 Yoga or Hot Pilates classes per day, delicious clean food, and the dreamiest beach in the world, you may also find yourself in the best shape of your life.

The perfect day can begin with a swim in the most turquoise waters you have seen, meditation by the ocean, or a sunrise walk/run along the white-sand beach.

Breakfast is as healthy or as decadent as you like, with (amazing) fresh fruit on demand, homemade granola, or killer french toast. 

The backbone of our morning will be two Hot Pilates and / or Yoga sessions. This is usually followed by a dip in same turquoise waters mentioned above.

Lunch awaits an hour after class. We die for the Fish Tacos with Papaya Salsa but plenty of delicious veggie and gluten free options abound. The resort is famous for their clean and delicious food.

Grab a hammock for siesta, play in the waves, go snorkeling in the famous fresh-water cenotes, visit the Mayan Ruins or better yet, treat yourself to one of the treatments at the Maya Tulum Spa (rated #2 Destination Spa in the world by Travel + Leisure yet expect half the price of US resorts). You have a good chunk of time in the afternoon to do exactly as you like.

The evening Yoga or Hot Pilates session will be shorter to get us out in time for dinner or a sunset walk on the beach.

Dinner is again with the group. We will not be held responsible for what happens after dinner, but Tulum has a delightful bar scene (think tattooed mixologists by candlelight rather than spring break hell).

Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

Repeat 5 more times.

All daily Yoga or Hot Pilates sessions will cater to all levels; also, they are all optional. Pick and choose from what is offered based on how you feel - choose a little or choose a lot! Either way, you'll get back home strong, radiant, and grateful. Though mild depression may follow return - we may need to hold local support group with Margaritas for a more gentle reintegration.

Join us!


Linda is the founder and owner of YogaSource Los Gatos, Silicon Valley's premier yoga studio. She leads workshops, conferences and retreats in the US and internationally. As the Director of the YogaSource Teacher Training Institute since its inception in 2006, she has nurtured hundreds of successful yoga instructors from across the country.

Linda has trained in both the US and India in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Pilates, Yoga therapeutics, Yin and Vipassana meditation. She is a student of modern Buddhism, Jungian psychology and functional movement. Her yoga classes are a playful and masterful blend of precision, elegance, and breath. 

Linda has been interviewed and profiled by YogaJournal, NBC News, ABC's Best of the Bay, Common Ground, Yogi Times, San Jose Magazine, Los Gatos Weekly News and other publications. At other times of the day, she is a mom, a wife, a writer, a designer, and a foodie. 


Carrie is the founder and owner of Karma Yoga SF, the hottest new studio in the San Francisco Marina District. As a former competitive soccer player since the age of 10, Carrie fell in love with yoga instantly after taking her first Bikram Class. The physical, emotional, mind, body connection was something she had never experienced in any exercise form. She took Yoga Source’s teacher training in 2008 and has been teaching ever since. She has also taken trainings from Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandall, Sally Kempton and Maty Ezraty. She is now considered one of the best Hot Pilates teachers in the Bay Area.

Carrie’s classes consist of strategic music picks to create a general flow no matter what class she teaches. “Yoga has changed my life, my views, my body and mind- I want to be able to share this with my students each and every day.”

What’s included

* 7 nights accommodation at Maya Tulum, named "Most spectacular place to reconnect with your practice" by Yoga Journal
* 3 delicious meals per day (dinner only on the 11th; and breakfast only on 18th)
* 17 Yoga or Hot Pilates sessions (Sunday-Friday) with Thursday afternoon open for excursions 
* Manduka Mats (only bring yogitoes or travel mat to put on top) and all other props
* Large purified water dispenser in your room (bring your canteen)

Not included

* Travel Insurance (highly recommended - see Payments Policy below)
* Transportation (plan to arrive Saturday March 11 and leave Saturday March 18th unless extending your trip)
* Margaritas
* Massage
* Excursions


Special Early Bird pricing shown is only for payment in full by September 30th. Prices go up $200 thereafter.

Please be sure to select your rooming option when you sign up:

Triple Cabana - Garden View (per person) $1,545 - SOLD OUT
Double Cabana - Garden View (per person) $1,755 - SOLD OUT
Double Cabana - Ocean View (per person) $1,915
Double Cabana - Beach Front (per person) $2,095
Single Cabana - Ocean View (per person) $2,635
Single Cabana - Beach Front (per person) $3,035 

Refunds until September 30th:

A $100 administrative fee will be deducted from refund. 

Refunds September 30th - December 31st:

A $500 administrative fee will be deducted from refund. If documented medical emergency, the fee is reduced to $100.

Refunds after January 1st:

Documented medical emergency refunds only (less $100)

Please buy travel insurance. Do not be at the mercy of the resort if something comes up.


For people signing up without a designated roommate, we will do our best to accommodate your rooming preference (Double or Triple) but that is not decided until the day before the retreat starts and that choice is based on the even or uneven number of participants. We will refund or bill you accordingly.

Before You Go

Hi everyone!

Thank you very much for coming with us! Here’s some helpful bits to get you ready:

1. Facebook Group to meet, chat, and coordinate

If you have not yet joined our group, please go to 

and ask to join.

2. Airport: You will fly into the Cancun International Airport (CUN) The resort of MayaTulum is located about 1.45-hours south in the town of Tulum. Passport is required for entry into Mexico. PLEASE CHECK VALIDITY - WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE MISS OUT ON RETREATS BECAUSE PASSPORTS WERE EXPIRED. Most people are on one of two the direct flights from SFO (United and Virgin). Unless extending your trip (see below for that), please arrive on the 11th and leave on the 18th.

3. Airport Shuttle: I don't trust the cabs in Cancun airport so you have two choices: cheap group shuttle with Maya Tulum or more expensive private shuttle. The downside of a group shuttle is that you may need to wait for people from multiple flights so you may need to spend some time at the airport. A sort of third alternative is to ask on Facebook who is on your flight and coordinate a private shuttle and split the cost.


MayaTulum offers an easy airport shuttle between Cancun International Airport and the resort. If you are traveling on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the cost is US$40 one way/US$80 round trip. Payment is accepted at the resort reception when you check in. For this service only cash is accepted (US dollars, Mexican pesos or Euros). You will make the shuttle reservation directly with the resort by following these instructions:

- Go to MayaTulum’s FAQ page here:

- Scroll down to ‘Shuttle Request’ and follow instructions

In Case of Delayed Flight- Weekend Emergency Number

Please note that the Maya Tulum reservations office is closed on Saturday and Sunday, so in case of a missed or delayed flight, please contact 011-521-984-116-4495 or 011-521-984-151-9344. You can also email the front desk.

Finding your Maya Tulum Shuttle Driver

Your driver will be standing right outside the airport exit door holding a MAYA TULUM sign.

The driver will have a reservation list and will confirm that your name is on the list.

If you do not find your driver within 45 minutes, please call Maya Tulum at: 52-1-984-116-4495 (if calling from a US cell phone, dial 011-521-984-116-4495.)


If you would like to book a private shuttle, go to and use these numbers to communicate any delays etc: 

Phone Number


Schedule is from 8am to 10pm Eastern Daylight Time

Toll Free USA/Canada - 1-800-818-9821

When in Mexico (998)-887-4242

4. Additional nights: If you would like to book additional nights at MayaTulum, please contact the resort directly. To receive special pricing please let them know you are with our group.

888-515-4580, X231

If you would like to spend additional nights at a nearby hotel, you might find this useful:

Hotel Guide in and around Cancun

5. Internet: There is no internet connection inside of your cabana but there is wireless service at the reception lounge & the dining hall. There is also a communal computer at reception for use free of charge. Please check out the attached document, MayaTulum’s FAQ for more info on the resort.

6. Laundry: There are no washers/dryers available to use, but you may request laundry service through the resort front desk. It is charged per pound and is approximately $8 USD per load. You can expect a 24-48 hour turn around.

7. Final Balance: For those of you not paid in full, final balance is due by February 20th. You will receive an email reminding you.

8. Meals: All meals will be served buffet style and will focus on healthy cuisine serving plenty of fresh fruits & vegetables. Fish and chicken will be served a few times a week unless otherwise noted. If individuals want fish served more than two nights, the charge is $8.00 per person. You can make this request at mealtime; no need to pre-order.

9. What to Bring: You are going to the deep tropics, dress and pack accordingly!

Mosquito repellent

Sunscreen / sun block

Personal toiletries and medications

Vitamins / supplements

Flashlight (the resort and street isn’t lit at night)


Yoga mat and/or mat towel (the resort does supply mats)

Yoga clothes

Swimsuit, beach towel and anything else you want for swimming/beach activities

Walking shoes

Water bottle (the resort supplies plenty of drinking water; a 5-gallon bubbler will be in your cabana and outside the yoga hall)

There are a lot of excursions you may want to explore in your spare time; jungle hikes, ancient ruins, wonderful eateries, spa treatments, boating, scuba diving, etc. You will need extra money for any of these activities. You can also buy anything else that you might need in the local town of Tulum, which is a short 5–minute cab ride away.

10. Currency & Extra money: Maya Tulum accepts U.S. Dollars, Mexican Pesos, and Euros in traveler’s checks or cash. Please note that change will be given in Pesos. Banks offer the best exchange rates. There is an ATM machine right at the resort and also several in the town of Tulum, as well as a couple banks. Changing currency at the airport is not recommended, as you may not receive the best exchange rate. Maya Tulum accepts Visa and MasterCard only.

You won’t need much extra money. All additional services that you purchase at the resort (spa treatments, food that is not included in the buffet meals, excursions, alcohol) will be charged to your room and you will take care of the cost at check out and these expenses can be charged. It would be a good idea to bring at least $200 cash set aside for taxis, spa services tips and unforeseen issues.

11. Wellness Center Spa: For the Wellness Center Spa menu, go to:

You can make spa appointments upon arrival or prior to arrival by contacting the resort directly:

888-515-4580 Ext. 231

12. Eco Tours: For information on the Eco Tours, go to:

You can make tour reservations directly with the resort. It is common for students to coordinate with each other during the week and make arrangements then.

13. Cell phone Service: You may want to make contact with your carrier to ensure that you will have access to service while in Mexico or alter your plan for a better rate for service while in Mexico. Depending on your carrier, service may be spotty.

14. Security: At this point security is a non-issue. But we do advise that you do your own research on-line and always be on alert. Mexico in general requires a high level of alertness. There is 24-hour security on the resort premises

15. Schedule

We will confirm exact schedule once we get there but please plan on something along these lines Sunday - Friday:

8am Breakfast 

9:30 Yoga/+ HP 

12:30 Lunch 

5pm Yoga/HP (no yoga on Thursday) 

7pm Dinner

Saturday the 11th, we will have dinner at 7pm and Saturday the 18th, we will have breakfast at 8am. 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We can't wait to see you on the beach! Counting the days!


Linda and Carrie

Available Packages

Double Cabana - Beach Front (per person)
Available until Mar 11thonly 2 left
Deposit: $750
Single Cabana - Ocean View (per person)
Available until Mar 11thonly 1 left
Deposit: $750
Single Cabana - Beach Front (per person)
Available until Mar 11thSold Out
Deposit: $750
Deposit: $750

Double Cabana - Beach Front (per person)
Past Trip


Swim at sunrise

Who’s Going

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    Caroline Stepovich
    Hi Linda, do I have a single room? Or does everyone share a room... I would like my own if possible. Thanks look forward to it.
    Feb. 14, 2017

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Linda McGrath
12 reviews
ABOUT LINDA Linda is the founder and owner of YogaSource Los Gatos, Silicon Valley's premier yoga studio. She leads workshops, conferences and retreats in the US and internationally. As the Director of the YogaSource Teacher Training Institute since its inception in 2006, she has nurtured hundreds of successful yoga instructors from across the country. Linda has trained in both the US and India in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Pilates, Yoga therapeutics, Yin and Vipassana meditation. She is a student of modern Buddhism, Jungian psychology and functional movement. Her yoga classes are a playful and masterful blend of precision, elegance, and breath. Linda has been interviewed and profiled by Yoga Journal, NBC News, ABC's Best of the Bay, Common Ground, Yogi Times, San Jose Magazine, Los Gatos Weekly News and other publications. At other times of the day, she is a mom, a wife, a writer, a designer, and a foodie.


I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Paris with Linda and Sarah. It is an experience that I will hold dear to my heart for a long, long time. I wish that more yoga activities were involved to reach the full value of the cost of the retreat. We practiced physical yoga for 1 hour each day. Most yoga retreats involve other yoga work like meditation, pranayama/breath work, intention setting, workshops, etc. and could add up to at least 3 hours per day. The quality of the classes led by Linda were wonderful and the savasanas were truly divine. The space where we practiced was not what I had expected based on what was advertised but the room was nice and had lovely natural lighting. The art/museum tours were fascinating. It is apparent that Sarah is incredibly passionate about art and it felt more like a storytelling experience rather than informative speech. The museums chosen for the tour were top notch. Breathtaking experience! We had plenty of free time to explore Paris on our own and to visit other museums not on the schedule. I wish we had done more as a group, like a special dinner planned in advance for one of the nights or something fun. I also would have appreciated an intro/orientation type session since I didn't know anyone or anything about Paris. I would've liked to learn everyone's names and what drew them to this particular retreat. Luckily, I made an instant friend with one of the participants. She showed me the ropes, taught me French etiquette and always made sure I had a sandwich in hand after yoga. Overall, it was a lovely experience. I am now familiar with Paris and more knowledgable about some of my favorite artworks and artists. Thank you for organizing this trip Linda and Sarah! You are both beautiful and awesomely talented!
Review : Yoga in Paris with Linda – 4 stars overall 1. The Yoga (quality – 5 stars / quantity – 3.5 stars / practice space – 3.5 stars / music – 5 stars) This is what the original flier stated with the pictures attached. “Practice vinyasa every day in a historic gallery, which aptly hosts art exhibits and fashion shows.” -It is in the same building “Elephant Paname.” I did not see the gallery room. However, the windows opposite the mirrors gave a nice view of a courtyard. -The room in which we practiced was just large enough to fit the retreat participants. The quality of the yoga was 5 stars. The amount of yoga did not meet my expectations. We did receive an e-mail May 3rd about there only being one hour, but my plane ticket, hotel and yoga spot were already paid for; I thought, let's see how it goes.There was no meditation or other yogic type activity aside from the one hour class each morning. Past retreats I’ve attended have offered at least 2 hours of yoga, meditation or other activities including speakers, workshops . . . we had art tours, but this was not related to the yoga. -90 minutes per day would have allowed for more yoga while also maintaining the free time available in the afternoon. -The music selected was excellent and truly enhanced the class. -There were not yoga mats available to participants as advertised in the original flier. -The shower / bathroom facilities were excellent. 2. Community – 1.5 stars YogaSource mission: Our mission is to create a home for the practice of hatha yoga that encourages each student's individual growth while fostering a sense of community and friendship. -There was not an introduction for participants to get to know each other; each participant showed up to yoga class and that is how we met the first day. Later that affternoon Linda gave a brief introduction (5-6 minutes) / welcome when we all met by the Louvre Pyramide before our museum tour by Sarah. If there had been a short “coffee” meet and greet, the community aspect could have been enhanced. Having led 5 student-led trips to Europe over the past 14 years, this is always part of the first day to help people feel more connected, to share briefly what inspired their participation and put names to faces to create a foundation for a good group dynamic. -We did not share a meal together as a group. The locations of meals / restaurants where people went for lunch were not shared with the group on the FB page. Once the art tour finished, the rest of the day was “on your own” unless one tagged along to find out where others were going. -We did take a group photo after the last yoga class, but several participants had already left Paris. 3. Time for exploring – 5 stars -There was a lot of freedom in our schedule, the art tours typically ending around 2pm. I did not see the group aside from the 1 hour of yoga and the art portion. I would have preferred more yoga, at least as an option. 4. The art – 4.5 stars -Sarah’s (5 stars) passionate and rich storytelling brought the art to life. She is a 5 star class act. - (-.5)We were going to take a vote (as advertised) to spend the final art day in one of 3 locations, one of which was Versailles. However, that option was removed without any explanation. I was excited for the other options, but would have preferred to understand why Versailles was no longer one. I enjoyed myself immensely in Paris. The friend I made is a jewel of my experience. Getting to know Sarah through her love of art and extending that to others was truly a joy to be a part of. Linda and Sarah, thank you for organizing this trip and for combining 2 parts of life that I adore : yoga and French !
I am so very grateful, Linda and Sarah, for this life-changing trip! You two are an amazing combination and I'm already making plans for Florence! Hope to see you spontaneously at YogaSource before then - thanks so very much! - Kathryn
Start to finish the PERFECT experience! Carrie and Linda we’re awesome in organization of everything!
Tulum is just the best for couples and those looking for a first class Mexico experience. Add in Linda for the best yoga on the planet and life is just perfect.
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