Design the Life You Deserve ®

a 5-day journey to renew, refresh & reinvent your life

September 19-24, 2023

Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar (n.): ‘place surrounded by reeds where the sky is born’ 

If you are a professional woman yearning to clear your mind, re-energize your body and reconnect to what inspires you, then join me for five magical days, September 19-24, 2023, in the quiet oasis of Bacalar, Mexico where the heart and soul of ancient Mayan wisdom comes alive.


Along the serene waters of The Seven Colors Lagoon you will discover a new way of living; one that ignites your creativity, illuminates your intuition, and anchors you in the resilience and radical self-compassion you need to renew, refresh, and reinvent your life.

Discover paradise.

Time stands still in Bacalar long enough for you to hear your own voice again. A quiet fishing village nestled in the southeastern region of Mexico, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Chetumal, the town of Bacalar is a hidden treasure. Known for its spectacular landscape, Bacalar derives its name from the Mayan language as Siyan Ka’an Bakjalal, translated roughly to mean ‘place surrounded by reeds where the sky is born.’

Your journey will begin as you unplug from the stress and chaos of modern life and relax into the rhythm of stunning sunsets over La Laguna de Los Siete Colores, The Lagoon of Seven Colors. Marveled by nature lovers for its striking clarity, white limestone bottom and seven distinct shades of blue ranging from deep-sea indigo to violet and aquamarine, you will quickly find the oasis you’ve been yearning for to get clear about what matters most to you in your life.


You awake to the Sun rising over the vast Seven Colors Lagoon, your heart immediately filled with gratitude for the soft breeze drifting into your private villa and the gentle waves splashing just outside your door. Feeling so fully refreshed and rested, you reach for your journal to record this moment because this freedom, this joy, this celebration of making yourself first again in your life… THIS is exactly what you’ve been wanting to feel for a long time.


In less than 48 hours the tension in your jaw is gone.


Your shoulders have relaxed and the frustration you’ve been carrying in every muscle in your body has completely disappeared.


The brain fog has lifted and your mind is as clear as the blue denim sky outside your villa door.


Best of all you can clearly see what is possible for you in your one precious life; you have ideas again, inspiration again, motivation again, and energy again.


After years of paralyzing fear, hesitation, self-sacrifice, and self-sabotage you suddenly feel alive…again.

Discover Wild Woman.

A new chapter of your life is waiting to be written. A chapter filled with passionate creativity and the fierce courage you yearn for so that you can finally step into your power, purpose, and passion and let go of the life that’s been making you feel exhausted and unfulfilled.


The door you’ve been wanting to open is here for you at Akalki Holistic Center in Bacalar. Here at the farthest tip of the Yucatan Peninsula you will finally step away from the guilt and pressure to be all things to all people and replace the constant blur of activity with the calm stillness you need to craft a new vision of your life…the life you desire, the life you deserve.

“Within every woman there lives a powerful force filled with clear instincts, passionate creativity and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman who represents the instinctual nature of women but she is an endangered species. The modern woman is a blur of activity. She is pressured to be all things to all people. The old knowing is long overdue.”

~Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Discover Your Path.

“In Spanish, she is the Rio Abajo Rio (River Beneath The River). She is La Mujer Grande (The Great Woman). She is Luz del Abismo (The Light From The Abyss). La Loba (The Wolf Woman), La Huesera (The Bone Woman).


Wild Woman is both magic and medicine. She is both friend and mother to all who have lost their way, all who need a learning, all those who have a riddle to solve, all those in the forest or the desert wandering and searching.”  ~ Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Join me in the oasis of Bacalar to touch the neglected places of your life again…to find your magic and medicine…to solve your life’s riddles…to discover a new path…to become the midwife and mentor of your Wild Woman vision.

What Is Possible For You Here?

You’re a woman who’s ready to sign a new lease on life, write new chapters filled with exciting adventures, bold decisions, brave moves and exquisite self-care… but something’s been holding you back…


You’ve been living the Should Life. Every day there’s a fight between your heart and your head. You can hardly hear yourself think because there’s always a Judge Jenny sitting on your shoulder telling you what you should do, what you should say, where you should live and what you should be grateful for.


You’ve been living the Busy Bee Life. You’re so busy doing too much, for too many, for too little in return that you never have time for yourself. Your schedule doesn’t reflect your priorities, leaving you exhausted at the end of the day with no time left for the dreams and goals that are most important to you.


You’ve been living the Lucy Life. You’re everybody’s go-to for answers and free advice leaving you feeling drained, unfocused, and unappreciated. You’ve got a closet you need to finish decluttering, a house that needs re-organizing and yet you can never find the time to finish anything you start because you’re always on-call fixing everyone else’s life.

Imagine how liberating it would feel to:


  • Stop feeling obligated to live up to other people’s expectations of what you should do or should be at this stage in your life
  • Plant your flag of courage and confidence in the sand and finally move forward with a roadmap and action plan to have the joy and fulfillment you want more of in your life
  • Trust your intuition again and navigate the unknowns in your life with compassion, patience, and ease
  • Begin every day with the kind of energy that generates bolder, braver ideas and learn how to adjust your own vibration to overcome your fear
  • Create life-affirming routines that anchor your awareness in the here and now to crush anxiety for good and give you the kind of resilience and power you need to manifest what you truly want more of in your life

Your Experience

You will discover what your body can feel like without the stress and tension you’ve been carrying for too long.


You will have time to stop doing, start being, and allow your own inner wisdom to emerge.


You will immerse yourself in nature and gain clarity about your next chapter and release the doubt, fear, and soul crushing self-judgement that’s been holding you back in your life.


Through ceremony, sound healing, nutritious garden-to-table meals, daily orchard walks, guided meditation practice, and carefully crafted group workshops you will return home with the awakened heart of radical self-compassion, the refreshed spirit of Wild Woman, and the renewed confidence you need to design the life you deserve.

Your Accommodations

Akalki (n.): authentic refuge of nature, connection with the planet and with it’s living beings; nature as teacher, provider and healer.


Sustainability is the pride of Akalki.


Respect for the impact on the lake and the land is abundant from beginning to end at Akalki. You will rest knowing that your accommodations have been thoughtfully designed using local materials, palapas, and natural ventilation in every suite on the lake.


The rooms are preserved with cool curtain light during the day and blackout at night, with comfortable beds, abundant pillows, summer duvet, cotton cover cushions, and rugs that beg you to be barefoot.


All Lagoon Villas and Mangrove Rooms are unique, so each one is different.

King Lagoon Villa (Overwater Bungalow)

Option 1: One King Sized Bed (max 2 people)
Option 2: One King Sized Bed + 1 Single Bed (max 3 people)


Wake up to the perfect view of a stunning sunrise over the Seven Colors Lagoon in your own private lagoon facing villa. Enjoy a captivating sunset right from your own private deck. Delight in a long, warm, soothing shower in your fully equipped private bath without any of the interruptions you have at home. End the day with a warm cup of fragrant flower tea grown in the garden and delivered directly to your door. Relax in your king sized bed, beneath the starry skies, drifting asleep to the sound of gentle waves just steps away. This is what renewing your spirit looks like.



  • Private bath with shower
  • Hamak Hotels beds with 350 thread count sheets
  • Organic feather pillows
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Tea tray and water
  • Hammocks or deck chairs
  • Laguna room collection bag
  • Guest sandals for use throughout your villa
  • Binoculars for viewing wildlife
  • Yoga mat for use during your retreat

Single Mangrove

Option 1: One King Sized Bed (max 2 people)
Option 2: One Queen Sized Bed (max 2 people)


Overlooking the Mangrove, steps from the lagoon and surrounded by the exuberant vitality of nature, these rooms are equipped with air conditioning, natural crafts and wide spaces, soft lighting and comfortable beds to ensure a deep restorative rest. If you are a nature lover, you won’t believe your eyes and ears as you awake to the sight of native hummingbirds and the stunning view of flora all around. With ample space in your private room to roll out your yoga mat, you can begin your day with peaceful movement, quiet meditation or a simple glass of flower tea grown in the orchard delivered straight to your room. What could be a better way to renew and refresh your life?



  • Fully equipped private bath with shower
  • Hamak Hotels beds with 350 thread count sheets
  • Organic feather pillows
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Tea tray and water
  • Collection bag in villa
  • Guest sandals for use throughout your room
  • Binoculars for viewing wildlife
  • Yoga mat for use during your retreat

Double Mangrove

Two Queen Sized Beds (max 4 people)




  • Fully equipped private bath with shower
  • Hamak Hotels beds with 350 thread count sheets
  • Organic feather pillows
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Tea tray and water
  • Collection bag in villa
  • Guest sandals for use throughout your room
  • Binoculars for viewing wildlife
  • Yoga mat for use during your retreat

Your Cuisine

Gastronomy (n.): the study of the relationship between food and culture, the art of preparing and serving rich, appetizing food, the cooking styles of particular regions, and the science of good eating.


In Mexico, it’s all about experiencing the spice of life in every sense of the word.


From salsa to mariachi to the jaw-dropping street art murals of contemporary Mexican artists, the poetic sweetness of vibrant color and the love of Mexican heritage and culture can be felt everywhere, including the table.


In Bacalar you will say goodbye to your grab-and-go, eat in a hurry lifestyle and quickly fall in love with the farm-to-table experience of mouth-watering lemons, red ripe strawberries, fresh salad greens topped with ripe avocados hand picked straight from the Akalki Holistico Center orchard and garden. Locally baked breads and farm fresh eggs, delicious Oaxacan cheeses, spicy salsas and hand made tortillas that are staples in Mexican cuisine will be available at every meal.

“Que tu alimento sea tu medicina”


Let food be thy medicine

The agonizing stress of counting calories and answering the ‘what’s for dinner’ question will melt away as you discover how the ritual of slowing down long enough to enjoy fresh meals will energize your body, clear your mind and help you create the new relationship with food you’ve been yearning for.


You’ll be amazed (and inspired!) by the fresh simplicity of Mexican cuisine when you feast on Ceviche Mexicano, a healthy and delicious recipe of shrimp drenched in an aguachile sauce seasoned with cucumber, serrano pepper, and coriander, topped with fresh avocado and red onion. How about delighting your taste buds with fresh salmon marinated in Axiote Mexican sauce served with a mix of grilled pineapple and onion?


Clean, locally sourced ingredients made into delectable recipes that are served with love and enjoyed with laughter and unforgettable conversations will reveal how possible it is to make peace with your plate again.


You will be inspired by how easy it is to turn the most basic recipe into a bold, rich flavorful feast by adding a few fresh herbs and simple spices that you’ll have the opportunity to harvest from the garden and bring back to Chef Conie to prepare especially for you at La Botika. Food frustration will be kicked to the curb, for good!

Want to enjoy the sunrise with a naturally sweet fruit smoothie delivered straight to your lagoon villa or relax in the evening with a cup of warm medicinal tea made from orchard grown herbs and flowers? No problem.


All nourishing meals, refreshing beverages, and delicious desserts are yours for the asking and included in your retreat. The Buddha Bar is dedicated to people who like to slow down and enjoy their life through easy drink recipes with local, healthy and organic products. Enjoy a different one every day.


On the shores of the Seven Colours Lagoon you will bear witness to the deceptively simple principle of food as art, medicine, and culture. As you nourish your body and mind with delicious food that tastes good, looks good, and feels even better, you’ll put an end to food-frustration and gut-wrenching, guilt-ridden cravings to genuinely heal your body and reinvent yourself as a soul-connected woman who slows down to eat with joy, self-love, awareness and intention.

Your Reinvention

embodiment: (n). a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling


You’ve spent thousands of dollars on classes, courses, coaching, webinars and workshops and have no problem investing in your growth but something is still missing and you know it. Your mind is ready but your heart is still shaky. There’s an internal shift waiting to happen…there’s something you need to feel.


And maybe it’s because…


You’ve been living the Victim Life. You’re trapped in a career that pays the bills but leaves you feeling taken advantage of and overlooked for opportunities you know you deserve. You dream of being your own boss. You’re tired of the glass ceiling and not being able to make the choices you really want – scared to stay, scared to go – with no real end in sight.


You’ve been living the Fast Life. Stress hormones yank you out of bed, fly you down the highway, speed you into the office and race you back home again. You’re constantly running from one obligation to the next mentally and physically. Slowing down long enough to relax and unwind feels like an impossible goal.


You’ve been living the Shallow Life. You have friends that you can call on for major emergencies and a few good folks who don’t mind a night out for a happy hour. But somewhere in the middle of the two is the deeper connection with a community of like-minded, heart-centered people that you know is missing from your life.


Imagine how good it would feel to:


  • Stop listening to that voice in your head that says self-care is selfish and give yourself permission to do the things that bring you joy again
  • Say goodbye to energy-draining work that just pays the bills and create a roadmap for a new career fueled by your joy, creativity and passion
  • Get clear about relationships you’ve outgrown and create the space you need to attract new love, light, and laughter in your life
  • Kick the brain fog and yo-yo energy crashes to the curb and start feeling the kind of strength and vitality you want in your life
  • Discover how something as simple as breathing practices, yoga or QiGong can help you show up better in your relationships and help you manifest what you truly want more of in your life

The Living Classroom

Akalki is not simply a resort.  Akalki is a living classroom where you will have the opportunity to join together with other like-minded women to put an an end to negative self-talk, silence your inner critic, kick your limiting beliefs to the curb and crush the Self-Sabotaging Judge Jenny in your head for good.


Your daily workshops will take place in the amazing “Templo Madre Tierra” or Mother Earth Temple where the silence and fresh air awaits you and eases you into the slower pace you need in order to start hearing your own voice again.


But most importantly, you will be amazed by the shift you experience the moment you step into Mother Earth Temple. Your shoulders will soften, your jaws will unclench, and the tension you’ve been carrying for so long will slip away. Your mind will be as clear as the lagoon and as open and receptive as the sky and you will be ready and willing to learn.


Surrounded by white limestone and hand carved healing goddesses on every wall, you will smile at how alive and free you feel.


Stay for a while after your workshop to enjoy quiet meditation. Climb the winding steps paved with healing quartz through the three levels that culminate in a stunning view of Bacalar and The Seven Colors Lagoon. Delight in how you suddenly feel lighter and more excited about your new life with every step. Take a picture of your new self framed by the lagoon in the view behind you. Embrace the power you now have to truly manifest the vision you’ve created for your life. 

Retreat Workshops

Arrival + Blessing The Circle: a sacred ceremony to set our intentions, clear emotional energy and create fertile ground for our time together.

Renew Your Mind: How to Short-Circuit Limiting Beliefs, Silence Your Inner Critic and Start Creating A Vision of The Life You Really Want

Refresh The Spirit: Discover Vital Nutrients and Healing Herbs to Quiet Your Heart, Calm Your Mind and Nourish Your Spirit

Reclaim Your Spark: Manage Your Energy, Overcome Inertia and Awaken Your Sage Power Within


Restoring Ritual: Creating Simple Rituals That Make the Ordinary Sacred Again and Bring More Meaning Into Your Life

Go Deeper Option #1: Heart Math With Angel 

Schedule a private session with Angel to learn and practice the principles of Heart Math in a quiet retreat setting. You’ll learn five science-backed techniques for bringing heart and mind into coherence so that you can begin to respond to life’s daily challenges with more ease, awareness, balance and clear discernment. (Must be prescheduled after general registration).


Go Deeper Option #2: Every Day Qi Gong + Self Massage

With the stress and noise of modern life it’s very easy to overlook the body’s cry for help. From stiff, aching joints to migraines and headaches it’s time to put ancient healing wisdom in practice. In this private session with Angel you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice basic Qi Gong movements that improve circulation, nourish vital organs and improve energy and vitality in your body.  You’ll also learn how simple self-massage will help you regulate your nervous, scattered thoughts, improve your breathing and digestion and help you nourish the Qi (life force energy) in your body. (Must be prescheduled after registration).


Bonding + Friendships

For centuries women’s wisdom has been handed down through myths, tales, and stories. The ritual of women holding space for other women to be seen, heard, held, valued, and validated is as old as time itself.


As the sun sets over the lagoon we will create the bond of friendship as we gather around the fire in circle to revive the ancient feminine practice of gathering. Through story and reflection we will deepen our understanding of Wild Woman to weave her meaning, symbolism and healing back into the areas of our lives where we need Her most.

Evening Fireside Circle
Day Two: Intuition As Initiation

Evening Fireside Circle
Day Three: Joyous Body, Wild Flesh

Evening Fireside Circle
Day Four: Clear Water ~ Nourishing The Creative Life

Evening Fireside Circle
Day Five: Belonging As Blessing

All Inclusive Special Experiences


Imagine turning those boring meals back home into a culinary delight that makes you feel excited about cooking again. During this three hour tour in the Akalki Orchard and group cooking class you will experience the joy of a ‘straight off the vine’ living kitchen. From tasting edible tea flowers to learning countless ancient Mayan healing herbs for common ailments, you’ll go home excited by the possibilities of creating your own healing apothecary to quiet your heart, ease your mind and nourish your spirit.


Your new chapter is filled with bold adventures that begin in Bacalar! Embark on a sightseeing tour of Bacalar’s famous Seven Colors Lagoon, one of the most breathtaking sights along the Yucatan Peninsula. Together with our captain we will navigate the stunning canals of blue and turquoise waters and visit several freshwater cenotes. Are you a nature lover? Don’t forget to bring the binoculars provided in your Laguna bungalow to catch sight of fascinating wildlife and migratory birds!


Just as a good upbeat music track can instantly make you feel alert and energized, the gentle notes of a Tibetan singing bowl can soothe your overactive nervous system, lift your spirits, and help you relax.

The therapeutic power of sound and movement has been used by different civilizations for thousands of years all with the same goal: to move us from a state of imbalance to a state of equilibrium. This delightful healing experience will help you think about about the many ways to incorporate simple healing rituals into your life back home.


Relax, wind down, refresh, and renew in the crystal clear waters of the Seven Colors Lagoon. Bacalar is one of the few places in the world where you can  marvel at stromatolites – some of the oldest living life forms on earth. These curious structures that look like rocks are actually living fossils that grow very slowly, and they are only found in only a few precious waters on Earth.


The word “mandala” means “circle” or “totality” and is of Sanskrit origin, a language spoken in ancient India. The Tibetans define it as “that which surrounds a center.” When the mandalas are drawn, one enters a circular symbolic world that is, at the same time, a sacred space of protection; personal symbols are created that are essential to find inner balance and thus find comfort, healing and inspiration.

Mandalas are helpful tools for meditation. Coloring mandalas can help potentiate the positive states of peace, joy, creativity and confidence, as well as counteract the negative states of fear, stress, sadness, and mourning.

Enjoy quiet time on your own with pre-printed Mayan mandalas to color or use for your personal meditation practice during your retreat.

Optional Experiences On Your Own

Healing Spa + Massage

Enjoy total relaxation for body and mind with healing massages and spa treatments. The Akalki Healing Center is the perfect oasis of calm where you can de-stress and revitalize in a comfortable, pleasant and natural environment. Treatments are based on herbal, detoxifying and purifying oils of which you can inquire prior to booking your appointment.


Enjoy the delightful experience of a steam bath in an igloo-shaped hut with ancestral prehispanic ceremony and cacao. Temazcal is believed to help detoxify your body, release endorphines and strength the immunologic system. Contact the Akalki reservations desk when you arrive to schedule this personal experience.

Your Bonuses

  • Get excited about your retreat before you leave home by meeting and greeting fellow travelers in my private members-only community. Receive up-to-date travel info, get tips on how to prepare and make the most of our time together.


  • Get your creative juices flowing for the vision you have for your life. Get your bonus download of the Design The Life You Deserve Journal  filled with journal prompts to help awaken your intuition, inspiration, and motivation.


  • Build a deeper connection with everyone on two pre-trip Zoom calls. Get directions on how to set your intention, clear your mind and begin the process of reinvention before you take flight. Join these casual connection sessions to learn how to quiet your inner critic, silence your Judge Jenny and move into your place of power before you leave home.


  • Keep the momentum of your reinvention going when you arrive back home with three months of private community membership – FREE. Avoid getting pulled back into old limiting mindsets, weave your new learnings and experiences into your life, and get community support to solidify your renewed and refreshed life.


Here are some of the delightful experiences waiting for you…


  • A quiet oasis sanctuary at the farthest tip of the Yucatan peninsula (single and double occupancy) on the private and secluded grounds nestled on the Bacalar lagoon
  • Traditional, organic Mexican meals made fresh daily – five delicious breakfasts, four mouth-watering lunches and five delectable dinners – plus fresh herbal tea, coffee, fresh squeezed juices and bottled water at any time of the day.
  • Private lagoon access to swim, snorkel, kayak or simply lounge on your own
  • Daily gatherings for classes, nightly fireside circles and lots of deep connection and creative conversation all week!
  • Powerful sacred opening ceremony to help you set your intention for a profound inner journey.
  • All water activity fees such as kayaking and paddle-boarding.
  • Group transportation to and from the airport at designated times, arriving on September 19th & departing on September 23rd.


These are some of the not-included things you cover yourself…


  • Your round-trip airfare from home
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance (REQUIRED)
  • Personal taxi transport to the airport outside of scheduled group transport
  • Between-meal snacks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Taxi transport and entrance fees for any private, individual trips
  • Souvenirs, phone calls, spa services, taxis, laundry, etc.
  • Personal medical travel insurance for accidents or injuries (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)
  • Amex, Visa, MC or USD to pay for your optional experiences that are not included in the retreat

What You’ll Take Home

  • A clearer vision of what you want more and less of in your life so you can start living with inspiration and intention


  • A deeper connection to your own inner wisdom and intuition


  • A greater sense of gratitude for the chapters you’ve closed and the chapters you are now prepared to write


  • A refreshed perspective about what is possible for you in your life


  • A renewed sense of excitement for making meals that energize your mind and nourish your body


  • An inner sense of calm that that you can weave into your career, your relationships and every area of your life


  • A relaxed, rejuvenated and re-inspired body, mind and spirit.


  • An exciting sense of optimism and inspiration so that you can start living life without judgement and negative-self talk


  • Deep connections with a group of creative, inspired, women who share your excitement about life


  • A more heart centered appreciation and connection to nature and the beautiful planet we call Home


  • A newfound love for Mexico, Mayan wisdom, and the people of an amazing country


  • Incredible memories (and pictures!) of your new friends and one of the most fascinating regions of the Yucatan Peninsula


  • The spirit of Wild Woman who will no longer be denied!

This retreat is absolutely for you if:


  • You’re a professional woman ready to write new chapters filled with exciting adventures, bold decisions, brave moves and exquisite self-care


  • You want to live your life without paralyzing fear and exhausting negative self-talk


  • You want to let go of the Should Life and start making decisions that prioritize what you really want in your life


  • You’re eager to feel more clarity, confidence and a sense of calm so that you can make wiser, bolder, bigger decisions


  • You’re open-minded and welcome the opportunity to get quiet enough to identify where you may be getting in your own way


  • You enjoy solitude while also learning and growing with others


  • You often feel that there has to be a better way to live.


  • You long to connect more deeply with other women


  • The very idea of this retreat sounds like the medicine you’ve been searching for! 

This retreat is NOT for you if:


  • You already have your life completely figured out


  • You know exactly what you want your next chapter to be and you have a master plan for getting there


  • You are calm, cool and collected and life is working just fine for you


  • You’re not comfortable with the idea of traveling to a foreign country


  • You’re looking for a vacation filled with non-stop activities and excursions


  • You’re not interested in group circles or learning with other people


  • You don’t like being in warm, tropical climates


  • You prefer trips that go 100% as planned, all the time

“I love the Design the Life You Deserve Vision Board parties and I can’t wait for your first retreat. I was so impressed with what you presented and the beautiful group of women that attended. Learning to be gentle and discover self love and self compassion is fascinating. Your workshop came at the best time for me and being in community makes everything I’m learning even better. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, Angel. I can’t thank you enough.” ~ Linda R.

Your Retreat Leader

Like so many women my life has been filled with false starts, sudden surprises and sacrifices that are too many to name. Balancing a full time career in healthcare, working twelve hour night shifts while raising two children and running a household was no easy task. While my children are far from their diaper days now, I vividly remember the piercing pain of sunlight in my eyes as I veered onto I-95 from downtown Baltimore after those long twelve hour nights, the afternoons I’d sit at the kitchen table with one eye open and one eye shut while trying to teach the ‘new math’ to one and oversee the science fair project of another, the Sunday nights when when my weary body would take over and I’d collapse in bed only to wash, rinse, and repeat the same routine week after week.


For as much as I treasured being a mother and wife I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit that there were days I wondered what happened to my life.  It seemed that every part of my existence was centered around motherhood and parenting. What happened to that blissfully happy couple in the silver frame on my bedroom nightstand? How had we become two ships passing in the night?


From swimming meets to soccer games to constant sideline chatter about the kids and their long list of activities I longed for the space and time to be creative, explore my own interests, and do the things that made Me, me.  As the children grew older and their worlds grew larger I realized that I desperately needed a contemplative corner of my own.


I discovered retreats through friendships with other women who understood the absolute necessity for having intentional solitude woven into the fabric of their lives. As I was told then and deeply believe now – time alone makes time together, better.


As Ann Morrow Lindbergh wrote in her timeless bestseller, Gift From The Sea, “…for life today in America is based on the premise of ever-widening circles of contact and communication. It involves not only family demands, but community demands, national demands, international demands on the good citizen, through social and cultural pressures…and so on. My mind reels with it. What a circus act we women perform every day of our lives. It puts the trapeze artist to shame. Look at us. We run a tight rope daily. This is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the wise men warn us of. It leads not to unification but to fragmentation. It does not bring grace; it destroys the soul.”


I design retreats for women who want to create another rhythm to their lives; a rhythm filled with creative pauses and the fertile space needed to create a new relationship with themselves.


Whether her need for retreat is to overcome a self-defeating mindset that’s been holding her back in life or to have quiet time to draft the first pages of her memoir, Design The Life You Deserve™  Retreats are sacred, intentional gatherings for women to reclaim their own Wildish nature and re-enter their worlds renewed, refreshed, reinvented and reimagined. And it is a giving forward of the gift I so lovingly received.


1) Bacalar is beautiful but how is this different from a vacation?

Bacalar is indeed a wonderful place to visit but a retreat is not a vacation. A retreat is an opportunity for you to disconnect, reconnect and invest in YOURSELF. If you are looking for a long list of daily excursions, parties, clubs and shopping for souvenirs, this retreat experience is not for you.

2) Are these stock photos? Is this exactly what the resort looks like?

These are not stock photos. These are actual images of the retreat itself and everything you see here is what you will see at Akalki – and so much more. Transparency, honesty, and integrity are our core values at Seva Health and The Seva Institute.

3) What is the exact itinerary?

Your experience in Bacalar will include all of the unique experiences that we’ve outlined above while also leaving room for flexibility based upon weather conditions, safety conditions and the overall synchronicity of our retreat group.

In general, we gather for meals, daily workshops, pre-paid private tours and evening Fire Circle. Gathering helps us to create the kind of bond that is unique to the retreat experience. There is ample time every day to rest, enjoy solitude, wander and explore or have a delicious snack delivered to your private room.

4) What if I need a roommate to help cover the cost of this? Can you help me find someone?

As much as we would like to help with pairing roommates, we also know that retreats are very personal, private experiences. We encourage you to share this page with friends or family who may be ready to write a new chapter in their lives also. Your comfort and safety matters and we want you to have the time and space you need to truly feel transformed.

5) I always travel with my spouse/partner. How do you manage couples for this retreat?

There are many exciting retreats uniquely designed for couples however this retreat is designed for individual experiences and we invite you to consider coming on your own.

Retreats are an opportunity for you to slow down and get quiet enough to hear your own inner voice again. The more you’re able to be present and focus solely on yourself, the more you will gain from this experience.

6) I feel concerned about travelling with strangers.

Your personal journey actually starts as soon as you register, and you’ll get to know everyone in the virtual pre-retreat meetings held in Angel’s private community, The Seva Circle. During those relaxed, casual meetings you will have plenty of time to connect with others, start building relationships, and share dreams and excitement about the upcoming trip!

On top of that, there will be several in-person meet-and-greet sessions via Zoom to allow you time to break the ice and meet the ones who will be joining you.

The group and the venue are intimate and the space is private. Rest assured, this is a safe space for you to be YOU.

7) What if I choose not to participate in one of the activities?

No problem! Every person experiences retreats differently and we are here to honor your choices for YOUR experience.

That being said, every aspect of this journey has been selected and arranged with a greater purpose and mission in mind. It is intended to assist you in the transformation you desire, and you won’t want to miss even a step along the way.

8) What are the exact dates of the retreat and where should I book my flight?

The formal retreat begins Friday evening, September 19th with a meet and great intention setting ceremony. 

All retreat activities will end on Saturday evening, September 23rd and will conclude a closing intention sealing ceremony.

We will check out of Akalki on Sunday morning, September 24th and private  travel to Cancun International Airport will be provided for those flying out of CUN Airport.


Book your flight into Cancun International Airport (CUN) arriving on Tuesday, September 19th 2023 no later than 2PM and departing anytime after 5PM Sunday 24th 2023.

Given the travel time from Bacalar to Cancun, you might also wish to secure an overnight accommodation in Cancun on Sunday, September 24th and plan to fly home on Monday September 25th 2023.

As long as you arrive on time, once you’ve cleared customs and officially step onto Mexican ground, you’ll be greeted by Angel and her retreat coordinator. From there on, you’ll be taken care of throughout your visit.


If you’re adventurous and have some time, Playa Del Carmen and Cancun are well worth a few days’ visit. We’ll be happy to offer suggestions for your added enjoyment.

9) Is it safe to travel to Bacalar, Mexico?

Like travelling to any country, basic common-sense guidelines apply such as staying with your group, monitoring your luggage, not wearing flashy jewelry, keeping your wallet secured and so on. Bacalar is very safe. At each of our Zoom trip preparation sessions we’ll give you some common-sense guidelines to follow and U.S. State Department updates.

As long as your flights are within our recommended times, you’ll be taken care of from the moment you pass through immigration.

Our pre-trip documentation will give you all the information you need – such as bringing a refillable water bottle for filtered water, packing a simple essentials travel kit, and leaving your valuables at home.


10) Can the resort manage dietary restrictions and food allergies?


Please let us know your needs at least two weeks before the retreat, and we’ll be sure to communicate your needs. If what you need is not available at Akalki, we will let you know, and together we’ll work on finding a solution.

Please clearly state any food or environmental allergies and intolerances you have, along with your dietary preferences and send to

11) Do I need travel insurance?

Definitively, YES. We highly recommend medical AND travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage. Be sure to read the fine print and COVID-19 policies as every policy can differ greatly.

12) What is the weather like?

Bacalar is located at the furthest tip of the Yucatan region, primarily jungle. It can be hot during the day and cool at night.

In September, the average temperature is high 72°F (22°C) and low 52°F (11°C), so you can expect very pleasant temperatures during the day, but be sure to bring something warm for the evenings.

Given that it is the Yucatan region there is a significant possibility that it could rain in the afternoon, and when it rains it pours. As much as possible we time our daily activities to stay out of the rain, but make sure to bring proper attire like a poncho and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet just in case.

13) What do I pack?
When you start packing for this incredible adventure plan for comfortable and casual unless YOU want to take pictures wearing something pretty like a summer dress. You will not need not be needing anything dressy like heels or fancy jewelry so feel free to leave all of that at home. 

Layers are the perfect approach to Mexico in general. Dressing in layers is also a good way to protect yourself from the sun and also allows you to warm up if there’s a slight evening chill. Since there’s a possibility of rain at any time, you might want to include a light rain poncho or jacket and sturdy water-repellent walking shoes. We will review all of this information at our Zoom pre-retreat sessions.
14) Will I be able to get a cell phone signal to stay in touch with my family and friends?

Yes, you will be able to stay connected with your loved ones. Cell phone signals are readily available in Bacalar however signals can be ‘spotty’ at times. But more importantly, remember that this is an opportunity for you to disconnect to reconnect. Remember the reason you are going on retreat in the first place! The less ‘wired’ you are the more you’ll get from this transformational experience. 

15) What about COVID-19?

Your safety and wellbeing are very important to us! We will adhere to all COVID-19 travel requirements at the time of travel and will keep you informed of any Mexican government and US State Department updates.

At the time of this writing (May 2023), there are no requirements for vaccination or masks on this retreat, but you’re always welcome to wear a mask if you like. We will be providing N-95 masks and will also have some rapid Covid tests on hand if needed.

If you choose to room with someone please have a conversation with that person directly about their vaccination choices as we will not be providing any pre-screening before the retreat.

Akalki Holistico Center routinely complies with any new health and sanitary requirements. Please contact Akalki directly for specifics if you’d like to know more. Also keep in mind that we don’t give refunds if you have to cancel, which makes it all the more important that your travel insurance includes Covid-related cancellations.




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