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Sweet Simplicity Retreat

Relax, Recharge, and Simply be...

 in Baja California, Mexico - just north of Cabo San Lucas

with Vanessa Dunn & Bettina Baumann

“Anybody can breath; therefore anybody can practice yoga.”

– T. K. V. Desikachar

This Spring immerse yourself in the magic of Baja with a week full of yoga, pilates, meditation and sound baths to relax, recharge and simply be.  Embark on a journey to connect to your innate wholeness and inner peace. Together we will cherish the beauty of sweet simplicity: with movement, dips into the refreshing ocean, afternoons by the pool, soul food and heartfelt connections.

 

 The Sweet Simplicity Retreat, hosted by Vanessa and Bettina, offers a space to let go of your hectic daily schedule, and immerse yourself into a space where you can simply be, to play, and explore your true self and the beauty that surrounds you. 

 

Start and end each day with intention, deepening your mindfulness practices. Allow your natural state of joy and happiness to emerge as you dive into different practices like yoga, pilates, meditation, breath work, sound healing and much more.  

The Sweet Simplicity Retreat will bring you more:

  • self-love and self-acceptance

  • clarity on questions you might currently have

  • trust with yourself and your path

  • confidence

  • inner peace

  • joy and lightness

Join us in Baja California to come back home to yourself.

The Retreat is open to all levels and genders.

Yandara Retreat Center

The location

Where the mountains meet the Ocean… that’s where Yandara Yoga Institute is located, the facilities for the Sweet Simplicity Retreat.

With its location right at the beachfront, only an hour away from Cabo San Lucas, you will be immersed into Baja California’s outdoors while having all the comfort to fully relax.

Yandara provides chic and comfortable glamping accommodations (all with light and electricity; read more below) so you will wake up with the birds chirping and fall asleep with the sound of the ocean. 

The yoga shala has ocean views which means you can see the whales passing by during your yoga practice (whale season is on in March!) For sun baths and refreshments, there is a salt-water pool and a smoothie bar. The local kitchen team prepares three fresh and healthy meals per day. And not to forget: Yandara’s gorgeous outdoor bathrooms! Take showers under the blue sky or even the stars!

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

✓ 6 night accommodations in luxury style glamping tents & cabanas on the beach

✓ Coffee, tea and fruit served all day

Note: no alcohol served at retreat center. Enjoy a week sans alcohol to leave you feeling more alive, energized and centered.

✓ Clean Drinking Water

✓ Daily movement & meditation

✓ All yoga props and equipment (feel free to bring your own props if you prefer)

✓ Evening Soundbaths, Restorative yoga, yin, and deep relaxation 

✓ Cacao ceremony

✓ Beach Bonfire

✓ Hikes & Adventure

✓ Relaxation time on the beautiful 7 acre retreat grounds, saltwater pool and by the expansive sandy beach

✓ Walking Meditations

✓ Journaling Workshops

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

✗ Fights: Fly into San Jose Del Cabo Airport in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (more details in the FAQs below)

✗ Shuttle to & from airport (available for $30 each way)

✗ Add Ons:

massage

 bodywork

acupuncture

reiki sessions

life coach sessions

astrology readings

 smoothie bar

gift shop

✗ Gratuites for the local staff 

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Sample Daily Schedule

7:30-8:45am: Morning Movement

9-10am: Breakfast

10:30-12:30pm: Short Walk and Swim to South Beach

1-2pm: Lunch

2:30-3:30pm: Mindfulness Workshop

3:30-6pm: Free Time for Spa Services, Relaxing, Pool

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-8:45pm: Evening Session

(Sound Bath, Yin Yoga, Kirtan, Cacao Ceremony)

Accommodations + Rates

Fall asleep under the stars while being soothed to sleep by the sound of the ocean waves.
You will be staying in one of the 3 types of luxurious, beachfront, glamping accommodations.

 

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Glamping Tent

FURNISHED CLOTH GLAMPING TENTS MADE FROM BREATHABLE CANVAS

The tents are well-designed with concrete floors and beautiful furnishings that inspire relaxation. They come with comfortable full size beds.

 

SINGLE OCCUPANCY ONLY

Total costs: $2400* 

EARLY BIRD: $200 off until November 10th; pay only $2200

* $600 DEPOSIT due to secure your spot; full balance due 60 days before start date of the retreat (1/10/2024)

Glamping Cabana

without Bathroom

COOL CONCRETE CABANAS w/o bathroom (SINGLE OR DOUBLE OCCUPANCY)

The Cabana is the same size and style as the Glamping Tent, however it has a solid structure that allows for even more comfort and better temperature control. Cabanas also come with a queen bed or 2 twin beds. It can be booked as single or double occupancy.

Single occupancy: $2550*

EARLY BIRD: $200 off until November 10th; pay only $2350

Double occupancy: $2200 p. p.**

EARLY BIRD: $200 off until November 10th; pay only $2000

* $600 DEPOSIT due to secure your spot; full balance due 60 days before start date of the retreat 

** $1200 DEPOSIT due to secure two spots and one room; full balance due 60 days before start date of the retreat

Glamping Cabana

with Bathroom

CABANAS WITH ENSUITE BATHROOM AND SHOWER(SINGLE OR DOUBLE OCCUPANCY)

The Cabanas with private bath gives you the added privacy of your own toilet, sink and shower. This configuration comes with a queen bed. You can also share this cabana with your partner or a close friend. Just note that the bathroom is an open concept without a door. The bathroom is behind a wall. Therefore, if shared you should be very comfortable with each other or use the shared outdoor bathrooms.

Single occupancy: $2800* 

EARLY BIRD: $200 off until November 10th; pay only $2600

Double occupancy: $2500 p. p.**

EARLY BIRD: $200 off until November 10th; pay only $2300

* $600 DEPOSIT due to secure your spot; full balance due 60 days before start date of the retreat 

** $1200 DEPOSIT due to secure two spots and one room; full balance due 60 days before start date of the retreat 

Sweet Simplicity Retreat 

MARCH 10TH-16TH 2024

BOOK HERE

PAYMENT INFO

  • DEPOSIT of $600 (non-refundable) required to secure your spot

  • Full balance due 60 days before start date of retreat (January 10th) 

  • EARLY BIRD: $200 off all accommodations to November 10th

  • PAYMENT PLANS are available. Get in touch with us: sweetsimplicityretreats@gmail.com

Click here to read our cancellation policy.

FACILITATORS

VANESSA DUNN

Vanessa is a yoga and pilates professional, celebrity instructor and trusted wellness expert highly recognized in the Los Angeles wellness community. She studied yoga under the lineage of Pramahansa Yogananda and is also a Certified Reiki therapist, personal trainer, breath-work and yoga life coach. She is the creator and founder of MANTRA MOVES, the class and the journal. Her goal is to help others find their joy, follow their feelings, and open their heart through movement and mindfulness.

MORE ABOUT VANESSA

BETTINA BAUMANN

Bettina is a yoga teacher, sound healer and yoga life coach. With her yoga classes and sound experiences, she aims to hold space for people to simply be and sooth their nervous systems so they can create space for renewal. She is specialized in yin and restorative yoga and combines these yoga styles with sound medicine. The frequencies of her alchemy crystal singing bowls are deeply relaxing and elevate you into new states of consciousness. Bettina’s grounding and loving energy makes it easy to fully let go.

MORE ABOUT BETTINA

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FAQs

  • Should I book my own travel insurance?

Due to unforeseeable air travel delays we strongly recommend our guests to purchase travel insurance, including medical, for the duration of their trip. There are several companies that offer this at reasonable rates. We recommend: 

www.allianztravelinsurance.com

www.worldnomads.com

www.safetywing.com

  • Is the water safe for drinking or do I need bottled water?

We supply safe, bottled drinking water (also used for cooking and sink water for teeth brushing).

  • I have food allergies/diet restrictions. What kind of food will be available?

The Retreat Center mainly serves vegetarian cuisine. Mostly beans, grains and fresh vegetables. They serve fresh local caught fish twice a week and organic food as much as possible. The kitchen is able to accommodate allergies to gluten, lactose and nuts. As Yandara is a small facility they are not able to accommodate Paleo, Raw, or other extreme diets. Please consider your dietary needs and contact us if you have a concern. Some popular dishes are Pad Thai, Vegetable Enchiladas, Sweet and Sour Tofu with Broccoli, Grilled Mahi Mahi (fish) with Herbs, Coconut Curry, Samosas with Cilantro Chutney, House designed Gourmet Pizza, Quinoa, Basil Pasta and Lentil Soup.

  • When should I book my flights?

Arrival: Fly into Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) on Sunday, March 10th.  If possible, please book your flights to arrive between 11am-5pm. An airport shuttle can be arranged for you ($30). Yandara Retreat Center  is about 1 hour north of Cabo.

 

Departure: Check-out is 11am on Saturday, March 16th. Keep in mind we will have closing/farewell retreat activities on our final morning.  If flying out on Saturday try to plan a return flight in the late afternoon (ideally after 2pm) so we have time for breakfast and closing circle.

  • How does the shuttle work? 

We will arrange for your transportation to and from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD.) The cost is $30 each way for the shared shuttle which is available for flights arriving and departing between 11am and 5pm. One of the Yandara staff will meet you at the airport where we will put you into groups so you can share shuttles to the resort. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes by car to get there from the airport.

For any arrivals outside of designated days/times, please contact us to make arrangements: sweetsimplicityretreats@gmail.com

Please remember to send us your travel details as soon as possible after you register. If you are driving, please contact us for directions.

  • Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?

Our yoga pavilion is fully equipped with everything you may need. Mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets etc.  Of course, you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

  • Do I need to have yoga experience?

No yoga experience is required, just an open mind, and open heart. All activities are optional. Beach time and naps are encouraged!

  • Do I have to stay the whole time?

We strongly encourage you to commit to the entire duration of the retreat but understand sometimes schedules do not allow for this.  If you are needing to leave early or arrive late you will still be responsible for covering the full cost of the retreat.  We are unable to pro-rate your stay.

  • Is there Wifi/cell service?

We encourage you to take this opportunity to digital detox. Although wifi and cell services  are available in designated areas.

  • What will the weather be?

The average temperature in March for a typical day ranges from a high of 83°F (28°C) to a low of 63°F (17°C) at night. Some would describe it as pleasantly warm with a gentle breeze.

 

  • Is the area safe?

Yandara Yoga Institute & Retreat Center is located within the state of Baja California Sur just outside of the town of Todos Santos. It is not on mainland Mexico. Baja is a peninsula similar to Florida, and feels somewhat separate from mainland Mexico. Baja has a much lower crime rate per capita compared to Mexico as a whole. The Cabo San Lucas area receives 2.8 million tourists annually and has some crime but still is safe overall. Todos Santos is an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, and is a large town where violent crime is almost non-existent.

Yandara has been in business for 23 years as a Yoga Teacher Training School & Retreat Center graduating over 6000 students and guests. Never in their history has anyone been harmed, nor have they experienced threats of violence towards their staff, or their guests. If you are planning a trip to Mexico, please consider the specific locations where you plan to go, take basic precautions to stay safe, such as avoiding travel to dangerous areas, and be aware of your surroundings.

GET IN TOUCH

Please reach out with any questions comments, concerns, we are happy to schedule a phone call or Zoom chat to talk further!

e-mail: sweetsimplicityretreats@gmail.com

WhatsApp: +49 177 2305330 (Bettina) or +1 646 247 6366 (Vanessa)

Instagram: @flowwithvanessa & @fullbloom_yoga

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