SSS Beach, Bodies & Bikinis Sisterhood Retreat
March 3rd - March 9th, 2019
What is the PURPOSE of the Mexican Beach, Bodies & Bikinis Retreat?
It's simple. I am running the Beach Bodies and Bikinis Retreat because it is time for us to redefine what a beach-body looks like. The culture of body shaming and body hate has gotten so ugly and so massive and so global, it is silencing women around the world. Which if you ask me, means it's an epidemic.
During SSS, I work hard to create a space and place for women to unequivocally love and accept and understand their bodies. No matter their shape. No matter their size.
And let's be honest... it's one thing to LOVE YOUR BODY when you've got all your clothes on. It's a whole 'nother ballgame to LOVE YOUR BODY when you're standing on the beach, in front a bajillion strangers, in your cheeky bikini. I wish it wasn't true, but it is.
So we're taking Style School to the beach, where together, we will PRACTICE being FREE from the grips of body shame. In our bikinis.
You've all heard the story before... When I took my first ever trip to Mexico a couple of years ago, I experienced something I had NEVER experienced before. For the first time in my life, I was ashamed of my bathing suit, and NOT my body.
Although I had done a lot of work over the years around body love and body acceptance, I had never gone to a beach in the US, whether it be pond, lake, river or sea, and felt completely FREE in my body. And it was no wonder, because for as the far as the eye could see, the only bodies I saw on the beach were hidden under coverups. Sure, there was the occasional mama braving the beach in her tankini and skirt, but not without moving cautiously and carefully, conscious of every wiggle and jiggle, pucker and dimple.
When I went to the beach in Mexico, I saw ALL THE BODIES on the beach. I saw big boobies and small boobies, big butts and small butts, big bellies and small bellies. And all the bodies were in BIKINIS!! And I couldn't believe how FREE everybody looked, and how freely women moved in their bodies. These women were not hiding or covering up. They were LIVING.
I wanted that freedom for myself. And I wanted it for my Style Sisters!
FILL THIS PART IN WITH WHAT WE DID ON RETREAT
WALKING AROUND IN OUR BIKNIS, MOVING AROUND UNTIL OUR HEADS SEPARATED FROM OUT BODIES AND WE COULD JUST BE, THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND THROW IN SOME TESTIMONIALS HERE, MAYBE??
In Mexico we will...
- Eat authentic home-cooked meals together, prepared by our house chef
- Laugh until we almost pee our pants
- Do cannonballs into the pool
- Explore the beaches, lagoons and the cenotes of the Maya Riviera
- Begin the process of letting go of the collective body-shaming we hold inside ourselves
What's included in the Mexican Beach, Bodies & Bikinis Retreat?
- 6 nights stay at an authentic Mayan seaside home (Casa Iguana) in Akumal, Mexico, located a short walk away from both Akumal Bay beach and Half Moon Bay beach
- Private swimming pool, volleyball court, and ocean front palapa with hammocks
- All breakfasts, served continental style
- 4 dinners + 3 lunches, prepared and served by our own house chef - including a celebratory WELCOME MEAL on the day of your arrival
- A 45 minute massage, under the palapa, looking out over the Caribbean Ocean
- A 1 hour laugh yoga class
- Admission, rental equipment and transportation to/from the Yal-Ku Lagoon, where we will snorkel amongst some of the most gorgeous tropical fish in the world
- Admission and transportation to/from Cenote Azul, one of the Yucatan's best fresh-water sinkholes
- Private transportation to/from the Cancun airport to our beach house in Akumal
- Your own 20 minute bikini photoshoot with lifestyle photographer, Lynne Bechard (SSS3)
- Plus a host of other treats and surprises. (I don't want to tell you EVERYthing!)
What's the Investment?
There are 5 sleeping options at our seaside property, and you get to choose which one you want! First come, first served!
Option 1 - a fully air-conditioned master suite, complete with queen sized bed and it's own private ocean view terrace and master bath, located in the main house.
Options 2 + 3 - a fully air-conditioned shared bedroom in the adjacent thatched-roof casita, with private bath, with two double-sized beds, located in the adjacent casita.
Cost $1900 / $1900
Options 4 + 5 - a fully air-conditioned shared bedroom, located in the adjacent thatched-roof casita, with one double bed and one twin bed, located in the adjacent casita.
Cost $1900 / $1800 respectively
Questions & Answers
Q. What airport should I fly into, and at what time?
A. You should book your flight into Cancun (CUN), Mexico between the hours of noon and 4pm EST. Those are the hours that a private shuttle is provided to/from the Cancun airport to Casa Iguana in Akumal, Mexico. If you are arriving earlier than noon, or after 4pm on Sunday, March 3rd, I can give you directions to Casa Iguana in Akumal to hand to your shuttle or taxi driver.
Q. Do I have to pay for retreat all at once?
A. No, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold your spot. The cost of retreat ranges from $1800 - $2400, depending on the room you choose. Payments can be made in monthly installments (less the $500 deposit) between now and December 31st, 2018 when all final payments are due.
Q. What's your cancellation policy?
A. Well I hope you never need it, but if you do... if you cancel before January 1st, 2019 you will receive a full refund, minus the $500 deposit. If you cancel AFTER January 1st, you will not be eligible for a refund.
I'd recommend looking into travelers insurance to cover you in case of emergency. Most plans will cover trip cancellation due to emergency, sickness or inclement weather. (When I travel internationally, I always get trip insurance!) Most travel insurance companies offer free quotes online. Here are links to just a few of the websites that you may want to check for comparing the cost of coverage and policies offered: Squaremouth, Travel Guard, and Allianz. Please read the fine print or speak to a customer service representative to ensure you get the most coverage for your buck.
Q. What should I pack?
A. Besides your body, a sarong, and a couple of bikinis? Not much. I'll tuck a packing list inside your registration/welcome packet, so keep your eyes open for that.
Q. Is this a LUXURY retreat?
A. Well, it depends on what you call luxury. The main house and the adjacent casita at Casa Iguana - our home base for the week - are not resort-fancy, and that is exactly WHY I love them so much. The sheets on your bed might not match, the rooms are oddly shaped, the internet is spotty, you'll likely hear birds chirping through the thatched roof in the casita, and if it rains, water might leak in around the windows and under the door. I think that adds to the charm and local flavor of Casa Iguana, but if you're looking for more of a luxury-getaway, this may not be the retreat for you. What you can expect at Casa Iguana are incredible views, a kind and gracious housekeeper, a beachside swimming pool, a palapa-with-hammocks overlooking the sea, a gorgeous outdoor dining area for us to enjoy our meals, and a property manager/chef named Danny that will marvel you with his kindness, gentleness, humor and incredible cooking skills. And best of all, you've got your sisters, who have come together from ALL OVER THE WORLD to love, nurture, explore, open, let go, share, and marvel at both the body-scapes and the land-scapes that surround us!! I call THAT luxury!
Q. How many people will be attending this retreat?
A. There will be 8 of us.