Retreats for Yoga Teachers

Yoga Teacher Retreat to Tulum, Mexico

Need a little R & R as a Yoga Teacher?

Need to get filled up?

How about a week…or two…in Mexico?


Join Master Yoga Educator, Laura Erdman-Luntz, MA, E-RYT(500)

on the beautiful beaches of Tulum, Mexico at Shambala Petit Hotel.

(Check out the Pinterest board from the trip to the same spot last winter.)

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September 28 – October 5, 2013 


October 5 – October 12, 2013

Only 15 Yoga Teachers

CEUs for 200- & 500-hour Registered Yoga Teachers

Enjoy deepening your knowledge of yoga, refining your teaching skills, joining a supportive yogic community and having time to yourself, all within the tranquility of the Mexican Riviera this fall.  Immerse yourself in your practice for seven or fourteen glorious days.  You will also have two free afternoons and a day between weeks to explore the countryside, spend time at the beach or have an adventure.

Our location has been lovingly chosen by Laura. She spent a week at this beautiful spot in March.  The white sand beaches are just outside your cabana with the ocean a few steps away.  The space has the feel of a lovely village with everything within close walking distance.  At night, the space is lit with outdoor lamps and candles.  You can see more photos on the Pinterest page.

“Laura’s program inspired me to be true to myself, deepen my yoga practice and
define myself as a teacher.  I constantly return
 to the inspirational notes
and tools to keep my teaching fresh, inspired and growing!”  ~ Namaste,  Denise


Summary of the retreat: 

Asanas ~ We will study asanas in two ways:

  • How to study them more deeply for yourself. You will receive a workbook ahead of the retreat to spend some time studying a few poses in your own practice.  What do they mean to you?  How do they feel?  What is challenging?  What do you love?  We will bring all the thoughts to discussion around the poses at the retreat and also look at how we can teach them more deeply.  How can you adjust the pose for your student to convey different messages?
  • We will also study advanced poses.  Laura will guide you in a practice around a few advanced yoga poses, learning how to break them down so you can learn them yourself and teach them.  (You have an opportunity to choose the poses you are interested in learning.)

Pranayama/Breathing ~ We will begin each day with a Pranayama practice, beginning with finding a relaxing, natural breath and then moving to more challenging pranayamic practices.

Meditation ~ We will follow every Pranayama practice with a meditation, practicing a variety of techniques throughout the retreat so you can experiment with your own practice.

Yogic Anatomy ~ Laura’s specialty is anatomy, specifically applied anatomy.  Let’s use what we know about anatomy to deepen our own experience of yoga and then take our students to a deeper place as well.

Yoga Philosophy ~ Let’s study ourselves through the fabulous precepts of yoga.  We will be studying a few of the Sutras and a more in-depth self-study through the niyamas.

Chakras ~ Let’s look at the chakras, in particular how they effect us and the decisions we need to make.  How can we get as clear and clean as possible when dealing with our students?

Business Coaching ~ One of Laura’s specialties.  Run your yoga business as a business.  For each of the weeks we will be evaluating your business practices, figuring out a path for your business, and discussing ways to make more money teaching yoga without adding classes to your week.

  • And more!


Week One:  Specific workshops include:

  • Anatomy: Shoulder Joint
  • Anatomy: Sacro-Iliac Joint
  • Anatomy: Spine
  • Ethics for Chakras 1-3
  • Koshas for Personal Growth

Week Two:  Specific workshops include:

  • Anatomy: Neck
  • Anatomy: Shoulderstand and how to do it and teach it well
  • Anatomy: Headstand and how to do it and teach it well
  • Ethics and the Chakras 4-7
  • Savasana: Doing it well will help your students deepen their relaxation & derive more benefits from this powerful pose
  • Staying Inspired

Schedule for an average day:

6:15-7:45am:  Group pranayama and meditation
7:45-8:30am: Dharma Talk and Discussion
8:30-9:30am: Breakfast
9:30-1:00pm:  Workshop
1:00-3pm: Lunch and Siesta
3-4:30: Advanced Pose Study with Laura (taught as an asana class – you will have an opportunity to choose yoga poses you want to have included.)
4:30-5:30: Group Pose Study (taught as a discussion/exploration)
5:30-6:30: Discussion of niyama
6:30: Dinner

Some days are longer and others shorter.  There are two days with a morning or afternoon off so you can explore and enjoy what the area has to offer.  The Saturday between the two weeks is free after the morning pranayama/meditation session.  You may use this time to visit Chicen Itza which is just a 90 min drive away.




Ardha Matsyendrasana IIAbout the Leader:  Laura Erdman-Luntz, MA, E-RYT(500), the director and leader of this retreat, has been teaching yoga for almost 25 years and yoga teachers for 20 years.  She is well-known for graduating some of the best teachers in the state of Minnesota.  She has created, directed, and taught teacher training programs at both the 200- and 500-hour level.  Understanding the importance of community for yoga teachers, Laura has innovated many opportunities, teaching monthly Master Classes for Yoga Teachers, directing an annual Tend the Teacher Conference to provide continuing education opportunities for Yoga Teachers, and founding the Midwest Yoga Teacher Kula. She has written and published three books, including, Awaken to Joy, based on the yogic precept of ahimsa and Yoga Essentials: Musélan’s Guide to Yoga Poses, co-written with Jill Barber, RYT(500).



Cost for Program:  Fee includes training, room & 3 meals a day, and transport to and from the airport:

One Week: 

Casita: shared, outdoor bathroom (1 available at this rate)

___ $1830 per person, double occupancy*

___ $2369 per person, single

Casita Plus: King bed or two singles plus private bathroom

___ $2030 per person, double occupancy*

___ $2759 per person, single

Ocean Casita: King bed or two singles, slightly larger than Casita Plus, private bathroom and ocean view.

___ $2145 per person, double occupancy*

___ $2999 per person, single


Two weeks

Casita: shared, outdoor bathroom shared between the two Casitas (1 available at this rate)

___ $3139 per person, double occupancy*

___ $4225 per person, single

Casita Plus: King bed or two singles plus private bathroom

___ $3559 per person, double occupancy*

___ $5019 per person, single

Ocean Casita: King bed or two singles, slightly larger than Casita Plus, private bathroom and ocean view.

___ $3789 per person, double occupancy*

___ $5479 per person, single

*  Please note: If you prefer a roommate and are not bringing your own :-), we usually can pair you up with someone.  If we are unable to, you will need to pay the single rate.


Application Process:

The Application Process:  Laura’s perfect student is a Yoga Teacher who enjoys the path of yoga for their own life and enjoys studying themselves to discover more.  Musélan and Laura use yoga for self-discovery, guiding Teachers to deepen their own, personal practice to be able to teach from their hearts.

  1. This retreat is for Yoga Teachers at the 200- and 500-hour levels.  You will receive CEUs for either level.
  2. Complete the Application which includes essay questions and a deposit.  (We handle all applications on a first come first served basis.  We will continue to accept applications, though, as long as there is room in the program.  Please register with at least 6 weeks lead time to your program as there are pre-assignments that must be completed.)

We look forward to embarking on such a wonderful journey with you!

For more information, contact Laura directly:


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