SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO
11th - 17th NOV 2023
Join Vessel on a 7 day, 6 night pottery and yoga retreat, bringing you an experience like no other - a perfect blend of restoration and pleasure in a hidden oasis in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Find yourself immersed in a private oasis just off the tip of the Baja California Peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Known for its abundance of beautiful beaches, fishing community, art and cuisine; it also has a very special contrast of desert, ocean and sea.
Our primary focus is on creating an environment where people have the opportunity to join with others to deepen their creative pottery and yoga practices, and making space for the body, mind and soul to rest and restore, whilst participating authentically in their own self-discovery.
We believe that cultural immersion is an essential part of wellness. Throughout your stay, you will have the opportunity to delve into the vibrant Mexican culture, discovering its profound benefits for personal growth and wellbeing. Engage in traditional ceremonies, using indigenous herbs and botanicals, where you'll experience the cleansing power of steam and connect with ancient rituals that promote spiritual and physical healing.
Baja is a place that celebrates diversity, creativity, artistry and sustainability, feeding the soul. Live musical performances and curated visual art exhibits - makes this special place for you to rekindle your creative energy!
Book your wellness retreat today and embark on an unforgettable adventure that will leave you inspired, refreshed, and forever changed. Viva la vida!
HOW WE'LL FLOW
Yoga Styles: Iyengar based Morning Vinyasa & Restorative sessions; breathing and meditation
Pottery practice: Throwing and hand-building
Skill level: All levels welcome
Special Events: Sound healing, Cacao ceremony and Welcome & Closing Ceremonies
Food: Vegetarian farm to table experience
Group Size: max 15 participants
Want more info or to find out if this retreat is for you?... Book a 15 minute zoom call with with one of our team to learn more.
6 nights of accommodation at El Ganzo
x4 days pottery flow: hand-building and throwing (min 6hrs studio time per day)
x2 daily movement sessions (Yoga, Yin, meditation & sound Healing)
Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner (seasonal, organic, & vegetarian)
Day trip including hike, boat excursion (tbc)
Transportation to all offsite activities
Daily housekeeping and laundry service
Hotel El Ganzo is an ideal place to relax and refresh, to try new things and experience old favorites, share with friends and take time for yourself, soak up the natural beauty and radiate it back.
Watch the sunset from your terrace at golden hour, fall asleep to the soothing sound of the Baja breeze weaving through the palms, and wake to dappled sunlight creeping through as the chirping birds serve as your natural alarm clock.
Hotel El Ganzo is a unique boutique hotel at the base of the Puerto Los Cabos marina in San José del Cabo, Mexico. This unique spot celebrates creativity, diversity and culture, facing the Marina and the Sea of Cortez.
Relax and watch the horizon at the rooftop pool, listen to weekly live performances and view art shows from visiting artists. There is also a private beach and bicycles provided to get around
PRICING & ROOMS
To reserve your room a non refundable £500 deposit is required.
We offer you two types of payment plans:
- Full payment - required 40 days prior to the start of the retreat
Split instalments, spread the cost over 2 months (depending on when the deposit is received)
Double Occupancy: 2 beds shared room with an en-suit
£2,900 (GBP) / $3,800 (USD) per person
Single Occupancy: 1 bed with your own private en-suit
£3,200 (GBP) / $4,190 (USD) per person
*All prices are inclusive of £500 deposit which is non-refundable. Prices include 6 nights accommodation, full board, airport transfer (subject to arrival and departure dates) and all scheduled experiences. Flights not included See below for full Ts&Cs.
TEACHERS & HOST
London, Ceramicist & Teacher
As featured in British Vogue, House and Garden, with collections stocked in galleries such as The New Craftsmen, and Cynthia Corbett, Freya learned the craft of clay under her father’s guidance. Anchoring her practice in teaching; sharing the craft is very important to her whilst holding a caring, healing space to help those that are drawn to her ways. Each piece of her work is created as a meditation and spiritual activity.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Marta is a passionate traveler who sees it as a way to understand herself and the world. She has a diverse range of interests and roles, including being a Master of Public Policy, an apprentice cook, an outdoor enthusiast, a mountaineer, a dedicated practitioner of Iyengar yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, and a mother of three. Marta actively seeks to embrace the positive aspects of life.
Marta's encounter with yoga has revealed an inner journey of self-discovery, where she explores the expansion of consciousness through working with the body. Her experience in yoga extends beyond personal practice, as she aspires to impart these teachings to others.
London, Host, Creator & Dreamer
Following over 10 years in corporate Marketing, Gemma took an unexpected career break in 2022 taking her down the path less travelled. It was here she recognised the beautiful synergy her two passions; pottery and yoga. Full of big ideas and putting plans in place - she is the mastermind behind Vessel Retreats. She thrives on bringing people together to build connections and inspire people to live more fulfilled and conscious lives.
Daily programme example
07:00 - 08:30 Sunrise Meditation, Yoga + Pranayama
10:00 Travel to studio
10:30 Pottery studio – with lunch break at the studio
16:00 Travel with free time - swim in the sea, lounge by the pool, massages etc
18:30 Yin / slow flow / sound bath
Everything on the itinerary is included but you're welcome to choose to venture out on, your own and do as much or as little as you feel like.
What's not includedFlights and transfers International flights and airport transfers Additional services Firing, glazing and shipping of ceramics. Any meals off site. Any other excursions during free time Travel Insurance We recommend purchasing your own travel insurance. Furthermore, you participate in the classes, hikes and workshops at your own risk and you must employ your own judgment as to which movements, positions, and exercises are appropriate for your level of training, overall physical fitness and experience as well as mental stability. All participants are required to have international health insurance that also covers medical care and transport home if needed.
Do I need to pay a deposit?When you sign up for a retreat, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of £500. Reservations via email or phone messages are not official bookings yet. Only once we have received your deposit or proof of payment, your reservation is officially confirmed. By transferring your payment or deposit, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions on this page. Once we receive the registration payment, we will be in touch with you to discuss and confirm your payment plan and confirm your reservation Full payment is due 6 weeks before retreat start date, on 21st April 2024. If we have not received full payment by then we are liberty to consider your booking cancelled and offer your place to someone else.
Cancellation policyIf you cancel then you must do so in writing. Depending on the date we are notified the following charges will be made. Note that deposits are non refundable and non-transferable. More than 70 days before departure - Lose deposit 35 to 70 days before departure - Lose 50% of total costs 28 to 34 days before departure - Lose 60% of total costs 8 to 27 days before departure - Lose 90% of total costs Less than 8 days before departure - Lose 100% of total costs
Covid 19 booking conditionsWe want to ensure that we all acknowledge the ongoing COVID-19 global crisis and accept our obligations to comply with any official guidance from governments or local authorities, both in the UK and whilst on Retreat. Guidance on refunds for lockdown, FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) advice, entry restrictions and quarantine Whether or not refunds are due from travel companies depends on a number of factors. If the FCDO is advising against travel at the time of departure, customers who have booked on the retreat are entitled to a full refund. If the above do not apply, but you personally are subject to lockdown rules or guidance meaning that you can’t leave your area and travel, even though we can continue with the retreat, then you would be subject to our normal terms and conditions for cancellation charges. Please check your own travel insurance policy to ensure cover is provided Quarantine in the UK Please note – should you be asked to stay at home for a period of time after returning from the retreat this does not affect the holiday itself, which can go ahead as planned. Therefore, no right to a refund arises. If you decide not to travel, cancellation charges will apply, and you should speak to your own travel insurer to see if any claim can be made. There are a number of travel insurance companies who are including Covid 19 cover. These include Saga, The Post Office Travel Insurance, American Express (do check their policy as different cards have different policies) as well as many others. We do ask that you have travel insurance before attending one of our meetings. Please note that we will have no liability for any refunds, compensation, costs, expenses or other losses of any kind incurred by you (including, where applicable, the cost of medical treatment), in the following circumstances: - If you, or anyone in your booking party, test positive for Covid-19 and have to quarantine for a period of time, or are notified or otherwise become aware that you have, or suspect you may have, come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 (or where they otherwise suspect they may have Covid-19) and have to self-isolate for a period of time. If this happens within 14 days of your departure date, you must contact us as you may no longer be able to travel. We will offer you the following option where possible and subject to availability: - Cancelling your holiday, in which case we will impose our standard cancellation charges as of the date of cancellation by you. You may be able to claim these costs back from your travel insurance. However, we will not be responsible for covering the cost of any curtailment of your holiday, missed transport arrangements, additional accommodation required, or other associated costs incurred by you. Or if you fail any tests, checks or other measures imposed by a supplier, airline, port or airport, border control authority or other government body or local authority or fail to submit for testing or assessment when requested to do so, and as such you are denied entry to board the flight, entry to the destination, access to the services or you are otherwise unable to proceed with the holiday, or that portion of the holiday.
Retreat Terms & ConditionsEffective date: November 30th, 2023 Media Release By making this purchase, you understand that you are attending an event where photography, audio and video recording may occur. Your entry and presence on the retreat premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and you consent to the use of your voice, image, and likeness without compensation in film, videotape, photography, and/or sound recording of this event and for marketing and promotional purposes, and you agree to release retreat organisers and representatives from any liability on account of such use. Release of Liability The retreat participant agrees that the retreat organisers, and their representatives shall not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss or delay experienced by the retreat participant. By making this purchase, you agree to these terms, and hereby release the retreat organisers, and their representatives from any and all responsibility or liability. Miscellaneous Trip does not include airfare.
What happens if the retreat gets cancelledIf we must cancel a retreat, we will notify you as soon as possible and you can request a full refund. We are not accountable for your expenses incurred in preparation for the retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, visas fees and/or other costs associated with preparation for your trip.
I am coming on my own, can I share a room?We welcome solo-travellers with open arms. We will pair you up with someone - great friendships are made on these retreats.
Do I need to have experience working with clay?This is an open level hand-building and throwing workshop, previous clay experience is required. This is a practice workshop. The pots created during this workshop will not be fired unless the participant wishes to cover additional expenses e.g firing, glazing and shipping costs.
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