Join us in paradise.

February 2019

(more details coming soon)

Tulum, Mexico

Join us in paradise...

Join us in paradise...

Join us in paradise...

Join us in paradise...

Good Vibes Mexico Retreat

Winter is coming…  warm sand, ocean breeze & rejuvenating yoga are calling you!

Come as you are.

Leave rejuvenated, connected, re-inspired.

February 18-24, 2018


Ben “Good Vibes” Spellman + Hannah Muse

Reserve your spot today.

What’s included?

7 days, 6 night beach vacation in your beautiful private cabana

Fabulous accommodations at our favorite eco-chic resort: Papaya Playa Project

Delicious fresh mostly local/organic meals prepared for you

2 yoga classes per day with Hannah / Ben – in an open-air yoga shala overlooking the ocean!

Meditation practices offered every morning by Hannah before AM yoga class

Vinyasa flow, yin & restorative, therapeutic alignment, chanting & pranayama

Cultural / historical / sacred field trip included: Guided tour of 13th century Mayan temples

Exclusive discounts on guided snorkeling, massage/spa services and other optional activities

Free time to relax on the beach, take a dip in the pool, read your favorite book, JUST BE

Community, friendship, & GOOD VIBES as we play & yoga together all week long…

Not included:

Airfare (Cancun, Mexico)

Travel Insurance

Ground transportation to/from airport & resort

(We have efficient affordable options we will help you arrange once you book your flight)

Any spa services/shopping

One off-site dinner to explore Tulum cuisine

Your Guide ~ Ben “Good Vibes” Spellman

With an infectious enthusiasm for life, it doesn’t take long to understand how Ben became known to the community as Good Vibes. Through 11 moves and different 9 schools during his childhood in Des Moines, the seed was planted for living in the moment. From a young age, learned that to have community you have to grow it. Always an athlete, Ben first explored yoga through a course at the University of Northern Iowa. While enduring some trying personal times that tested his will and challenged his perspective, Ben would again turn to yoga in 2011 when an acquaintance provided him a list of 90 yoga poses. In an attempt to reflect and move forward, Ben used that list to learn movement, focus and meditation and became a passionate practitioner. His everyday commitment to learning and exploration of all styles and practices has helped mold his teaching methods. In 2013, he earned his 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification and began to use teaching as a way to bring people together. Good Vibes guides you on a journey of energy and peace through yoga. His genuine personality and radiant positive energy has generated a loyal tribe of yogis in the Des Moines community where he is leading a movement of human reconnection.

Your Guide ~ Hannah Muse

Award-winning yoga teacher Hannah Muse spreads her love of yoga far and wide, teaching retreats, workshops, festivals and teacher trainings internationally.  She is known for her profound devotion to this practice, her nurturing teachings that weave ancient wisdom & ritual into dynamic playful movement, that sweet Bhakta voice that stirs deep in your soul, and the infectious bliss that she radiates wherever she roams.  She has been commended for her ability to apply the ancient secrets of yoga to our busy modern lives.  Her experience does not lie solely in one tradition or style of yoga – her teachings include therapeutic alignment, dynamic vinyasa flow, slow relaxing flow, rejuvenating restorative, meditation, pranayama, mythology & storytelling, mudra, mantra and beyond…  With her home base grounded in the mystical setting of redwoods+ocean in Santa Cruz, California, her gypsy soul travels the world sharing the sacred gifts of yoga that saved her life and awaken her heart each day.  Join one of her powerfully healing retreats for an unforgettable experience.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR THIS RETREAT ON MONDAY, SEP 17, 2017 or Contact Hannah to get an announcement when Registration Opens!

Registration / pricing is per person

  • If you are coming as a single, please register for a single room or register for a shared room with 2 beds, and we will find you a yogi to room with.  (We won’t do shared beds unless it’s your friend you have arranged with!)
  • If you invite a friend, beloved or a group you want to share with, then check out the shared room pricing.  There are a lot of great options here.

Reserve your spot by paying either the $500 deposit or your payment in full. You can pay by credit card by clicking on the room option of your choice, or if you prefer to pay cash or check, send Hannah a message ASAP with the room option you are requesting and how you will submit your deposit or payment in full.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR THIS RETREAT ON MONDAY, SEP 4, 2017 or Contact Hannah to get an announcement when Registration Opens!

Rates start at $200 off per person for Early Bird rates.  They will increase to Regular Price on Sunday, October 22.  (Sorry, no exceptions.)

SPACE IS LIMITED. To ensure the room that you want, sign up soon with your $500 deposit. Questions? Contact Hannah

Kids are welcome and encouraged to come.  We have two wonderful nannies onsite, and last year we had seven kids join us; it was such a treat – for the kids and the parents!

$550 per child includes

  • childcare included during yoga classes with fresh fruit smoothies and pool + beach play
  • free lodging in whichever room their parent(s) have reserved
  • meals: delicious + mostly local/organic
  • a kids yoga class + kirtan with Hannah & Ruby Bea
  • historical field trip to ancient Mayan temple included
  • fun family time together on the beach
  • availability to book (you pay) nanny for nights or days out
  • $50 discount per child if more than one child

Most of Hannah’s other retreats/trainings are not set up for kids, so this one is designed specifically with families in mind.  This Mexico Retreat is over President’s Day, and most schools have Monday off, and many have the whole week off.  Regardless, this will be a nourishing trip for the whole family that will be well worth taking some time off to enjoy the sunshine + each other!


Lodging Options

For your stay, we have an array of beautiful options for you to choose from. 

Look at photos and more details here.


Cabanas: Round wooden stand-alone cabanas with private bathrooms, air conditioning, small outdoor terraces, and double beds (1 or 2).

Oceanfront Cabana: Combine the luxury of being located on the oceanfront along with having a simple private bathroom. All are perched atop the properties natural rocky ledge affording them stunning ocean views.

All have a small outdoor terrace complete with two hammocks and lounge furniture. Immediate access to the beach is via natural steps.

Oceanview Cabana: The same as Oceanfront, just set back slightly from ocean.

Jungle Cabana: These round wooden cabanas are located one row behind the oceanfront cabanas providing them with jungle views. They are identical in size and structure to the oceanfront cabanas and are located around 20 meters back from the beach. The beach is a short walk through the properties garden paths. Bedding is either 1 or 2 x Doubles (full size). All of these cabanas have a simple private bathroom.

Casitas: Roomier than cabanas, with higher ceilings and a king size bed.  An additional roll-in bed is usually available.  (Please let us know when you reserve your spot that you will need one.)  Some have small private pools.  All have outdoor lounge areas + air conditioning.

Oceanfront Casita: Papaya Playa’s newest and exciting accommodation offering, the New Oceanfront Casitas are located just meters from the ocean. They are some of the Riviera Maya’s most unique accommodation offerings and should not be overlooked if natural luxury with sophistication is what you are looking for. The New Casitas with 35 square meters (377 sq feet) offer spacious sleeping with high ceilings and plenty of natural light. Air conditioning is available however they have been specifically designed to catch the breeze, providing eco-friendly cooling. Bedding is 1 King.  Papaya Playa Project has developed the new style of casitas which our many customers prefer for the additional space and comfort they are accustomed to in their urban environments.  The new Casitas rooms are elevated on stilts so that small animals may pass below and that growth of nature may continue in an unobstructed manner. Supplies, furniture, decoration are all made in the local region, conscious of the need of helping the local communities. Recovered and recycled wood is used in our constructions as a building standard and, much of the wood and other materials we use have been rejected for imperfections by some of the local woodworking shops.

Oceanfront Casita with POOL: Same luxury described as above, with a private pool

Jungle Casita with POOL: Luxury is most sensibly manifested in our Casitas Jungle Experience furnished with large front terraces, plunge pools and roof decks rising above the jungle, expanding the viewer’s horizons in all directions.  These fancy units are fundamentally down-to-earth constructs – made of locally sourced and low-impact materials; shaped and equipped to sustain the excesses of natural forces typical of the coastal area and tropical climate; styled very much in accordance with the native tradition of vernacular architecture.  Thatched casitas lining half-hidden in the opulent jungle above the beach are built of wood which reinforces a thick layer of clay-like composite substance containing extract of the chuckun tree. The chuckun sap makes the walls – as robust as concrete – more elastic and resistant to the pressure of winds and offers a fine surface when polished.  Full-facade sliding windows allow an abundance of natural light to permeate all areas of the casitas. Beautifully massive wooden windshields moved from both sides seal the front protecting the building from drastic weather conditions. The shields are strong enough to sustain hurricanes.  The interior is as neatly ascetic as it gets. It is from this thoughtful simplicity the casitas derive most of their charm. High arched ceiling bestows the inside an inviting flair. White and off-white colors which almost total the palette expand the space perceptually making its limits evanescent and the room far more generous. So does the facade-wide floor-to-ceiling window that unlocks the place to infinity – incorporating or giving itself to it. Breeze that gently transpierces the space filling it with fresh air and chill intensifies the subjective experience of the interior, making it tangible. King-size bed assumes its due without infringing upon the rest of the area. Seating is provided in avoidance of furniture which would only encumber the space – in the form of protruding monolith stretched along the wall and fully integral with it. It can also serve as a shelf, a table, an extra bed.  The casita space is partitioned so that its fair third is given to a partly open-plan bathroom appointed with a rain-shower and a washstand.  With Tulum being one of the greatest romantic getaways in the world and Papaya Playa – an escape a step further, the casitas are ideal for traveling couples who value tranquility and seclusion while not entirely objecting to the idea of quality nightlife once in a while, if only for a change. Casitas are advantageously situated within a walking distance from the beach club famous for its jubilant parties every Saturday.  Luxury is most sensibly manifested in our Casitas Jungle Experience furnished with large front terraces, plunge pools and roof decks rising above the jungle, expanding the viewer’s horizons in all directions.

Also, scroll down to see Casa Palapa, the luxury beach house.

 **Reserve your room with a $500 deposit (per person) here.



Casa Palapa

We have also reserved the beachside mansion, for any groups that want to have their own luxury home on the property, right next to the yoga space. Here is more about Casa Palapa:

“Papaya Playa’s most exclusive and luxurious accommodation and offering, the private Palapa House is located just meters from the oceanfront with direct access to the beach.

Casa Palapa was created by a group of designers, engineers and architects with the knowledge of creating unique ambience, perceiving the environment and nature. The architecture of the stunning Beach House is based on the endemic Mayan materials which creates harmony and makes the energy flow like no other. The design combines wooden floors with an excellent taste of nature and modern high end world.

At our eco-friendly beach house, you will also experience bare foot luxury with a primitive sophisticated atmosphere. The epitome of primitive sophistication, this compound features spacious living, commands breathtaking views of a quiet corner of the Papaya Playa beach and is surrounded by nature. It offers high ceilings and plenty of natural light, air conditioning, free WIFI and a fully stocked private kitchen with drinks and snacks. Additional amenities as butler service and private chef service on request, an oversized thatched living space, a stunning infinity pool with fresh water and direct beach access.

The Palapa House offers a total of 5 bedrooms with respective private bathrooms, distributed over 2 floors. The top floor offers a luxurious master suite with stunning views over the beach and jungle. A spacious lobby accommodates a lounge area with a wide window and stunning views. This premium accommodation is perfect for families and couples seeking more space, privacy and the ultimate Papaya Playa experience. Casa Palapa is irrefutably one of the most original, impressive and comfortable accommodations in Riviera Maya.”


Pricing for Casa Palapa

Casa Palapa is over 9,000+ square feet, with a private infinity pool, private terrace jacuzzi, private beach, air conditioning, private bathrooms, living and kitchen areas. 

In order to stay in Casa Palapa, the whole house must be reserved.  If you are interested, either look for a group of friends/family to reserve the whole house, or let us know you are interested and we will see if there are enough interested yogis to fill the house.

Here is the pricing, per room, which of course includes meals, activities, yoga + meditation:

Room 1 (king bed + sitting area)
 early bird  regular
single 6200 6400
double 3650 3850
Room 2 (king bed)    
single 5420 5620
double 3200 3400
Room 3 (king bed)    
single 5420 5620
double 3200 3400
Room 4 (queen bed)    
single 4100 4300
double 2600 2800
hab 5 MASTER (2 huge king beds combined as an enormous bed)
double 5600 5800
triple 4100 4300
quad 3350 3550