This retreat will focus on discovering the wonders and beauty of San Miguel de Allende.
Sitting on a bed of rose quartz, this town has a particularly uplifting energy, offering a culture rich with artistic expression, which you find in every corner of the town from the architecture to the many art galleries of local artisans.
Along with a mix of daily morning yoga, meditation, and wellness classes at our own private luxury villa in the center, we will indulge in gourmet meals, have luxury spa treatments, relax at the hot springs, visit the acclaimed new local wineries, discover the history with a cultural tour, and much more.
This retreat is being held in what is being called The Best City in the World by Travel and Leisure and Time Magazine. While this UNESCO World Heritage Site has made the list for the best city in Latin America, it's the first time in the 22 years of the contest that it has topped the list of all international cities. San Miguel de Allende is a stunning small colonial city located 4 hours northwest of the capital in the rolling hills of central Mexico. Once a prominent market town and the birthplace of Mexico's independence from Spain, it fell into decline and became a near ghost-town in the late 1800s. What remained became frozen in time, and it was declared a "historic and protected town" by the Mexican government in 1926. Gradually re-discovered by writers & artists, the city's historic streets and adobe walled-buildings are now brimming with shops, cafes, & art galleries. This baroque-style city is akin to a European city with cobblestone streets, Spanish colonial style architecture, and delicious creative cuisine. The historic city center spans 68 blocks and contains many small, hidden gems and beautiful photo opportunities. The central plaza is surrounded by open air cafés, perfect for a coffee or a glass of wine. And San Miguel de Allende is filled with amazing local artisans and is a great place to buy handmade crafts and jewelry. You can find everything from baskets to pottery to embroidered skirts.
CONSCIOUS TRAVELER INITIATIVE
This retreat participates in our Conscious Traveler Initiative, where we donate a portion of the profits to a local non-profit organization that directly supports the improvement of conditions for people, animals or the environment in the area we visit. For this location, we have chosen the organization CASA to donate to. CASA is a non-profit organization that has been serving the poor, particularly adolescents, rural women and their families, through health, social service, education, and environmental outreach programs since 1981. It also created Mexico’s first government approved Midwifery School, which has been cited as meeting international criteria for effective replication in countries worldwide.
We will be staying at an enchanted hideaway in the fairytale city of San Miguel de Allende. It's a luxury heritage hotel in the Mexican heartlands and evokes the charm of a bygone era. Our group will be occupying an entire villa as part of the property which has it's own gardens and restaurant. The hotel is located perfectly in the center of San Miguel and allows easy access to all the sites and shopping within a matter of steps! A large pool, fringed with lush foliage and plants, provides the perfect place to cool off. The azure pool sits surrounded by the beautiful stone arches and arcades of the mansion. A courtyard dotted with manicured trees and colorful flowers makes it a fantastic setting to unwind with a cooling dip. Water fountains and blooming flowerpots dot the cluster of heritage mansions that make up the hotel. Here, history is woven into every stucco wall, tiled bath and curved ceiling, all balanced with modern luxuries. The rooms are exquisite—each one unique and rich with history. The decoration is evocative antique furniture, original artwork and sumptuous fabrics of old Mexico.
The cuisine of San Miguel de Allende is one of the best aspects of any visit there, highlighting Mexican cuisine but not exclusive to it at all. In fact, San Miguel has an excellent array of award-winning restaurants and cafes ranging from traditional to cutting edge. They are fast earning the city a reputation as one of Mexico’s top culinary capitals. Past retreat guests insist the meals were one of the best parts of the whole week. Healthy Mexican breakfast including fresh produce from the local area is served daily at the hotel, including eggs and specialty dishes. All dinners are also included and have been carefully chosen to offer the best cuisine the city has to offer. San Miguel is definitely a foodie scene and one of the reasons why it's a chosen destination to share with people. We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets.
In addition to daily morning yoga in the garden, we will spend our days exploring the beautiful city of San Miguel. One day we will have an expert guide walk us through the small center sharing all the best cultural and historical aspects of the city and buildings. Another day we will go a little outside town to check out the up and coming wine scene in San Miguel. There are many new boutique wineries creating wonderful wines now! We will go to a special one known for its wine and also it's lavender farm. We'll have a special wine-pairing lunch on the property and you'll have a chance to purchase any of their products including beautiful lavender products. Another day we will go to the Hot Springs right outside town which are known for their healing effects. And finally we will indulge in a luxury spa experience you won't forget as we will be going to the top rated spa in all of Mexico. You'll receive an incredible 90 minute massage that you won't likely forget! Additionally we will have downtime in the afternoons for pool time, shopping, art galleries, and so much more. You'll be seeing the best of this city for sure!
YOGA + Wellness
This retreat will feature a mix of daily yoga, meditation, and wellness classes led by Michelle Lee. The yoga classes will be held outside on the lovely lawn in the gardens each morning and are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and will be lead in an Ashtanga-inspired general vinyasa flow. Yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice.
After leading a successful 13-year career in the corporate world, Michelle transitioned her career into a personal wellness & business coach, retreat organizer & leader, and internationally certified yoga instructor - following her passions and sharing this with others around the globe. She holds an MBA in Finance from USC, an MA in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica, and became a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor in Florence, Italy. She lives most of the year in Florence, Italy, part in Los Angeles, and part wherever her heart takes her.
* Participation in workshops, yoga and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!
Included in the Retreat:
4 nights at a luxury boutique hotel in the center of San Miguel
Daily Dinners at hand-picked restaurants including select wine and alcoholic beverages
Daily Morning Yoga & Meditation Class
Day Trip to a Winery and Lavender Farm including wine tastings and lunch
Historical and Shopping Tour of San Miguel
90 minute luxury spa treatment at the #1 Best Spa in Mexico
Transportation to/from the Leon Airport BJX or Querétaro Airport QRO
Transportation to all Day Trips
* airfare not included
4 nights/5 days boutique room accommodations
Inclusive Retreat Price, Shared Room = $2,450
Inclusive Retreat Price, Single Room = $3,050
Deposit to hold space = $900
Max Participants = 12
Final balance due 30 days before retreat start date.
Read full cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions
Upon registration, an email will be sent with more particulars on air travel suggestions and what to bring but here are a few items you may want to consider bringing:
comfortable walking shoes
yoga mat if participating
hat (although there are many to buy throughout town)
light layers, perhaps a light sweater for evenings and mornings
*Airports to fly into are either Leon Airport BJX or Querétaro Airport QRO