Last Updated on September 28, 2020
Tulum Remote Work and Wellness Retreat
Tulum is one of those places that has been on top of my bucket list forever. I have dreamt of going to Tulum since before I started traveling. I have even planned trips there on several occasions, but for some reason or another, they never happened. So when I heard about the remote work and wellness retreat organized by Ethos Remote Habitat, I jumped at the opportunity.
Ethos Remote Habitat is a company curating unique remote work and wellness retreats for like-minded creatives, visionaries, and leaders from around the world. They organize exclusive retreats only available for their members in beautiful locations, like Tulum. By keeping their retreats closed to the general public, they’re able to curate a tight community and ensure that the vibe of the group is an inspiring one.
For the Tulum remote work and wellness retreat I took a flight from NYC to Cancun, and met part of the group upon landing at the airport. We were picked up by a private shuttle and headed to what would be our new home for the next two weeks. Ikal, the hotel where our retreat was hosted, is a beautiful eco-hotel with a private beach. The group met at Ikal’s gorgeous restaurant where we said our hellos, and immediately went for a group swim. It felt like all of my problems melted away the second I stepped onto that soft white sand, and sunk my head into the crystalline warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
For the entirety of the retreat our days consisted of morning yoga, followed by a delicious healthy breakfast, and coworking at Ikal’s peaceful restaurant. We sometimes ventured out to another beach-side hotel for the day, or into town for a cute cafe. However, the hotel space and vibe were so beautiful that we spent a large chunk of time there.
Waking up for sunrise on the beach, taking an early morning swim, and then heading back for morning yoga followed by breakfast. My picks were a berry smoothie, matcha latte, and avocado toast with an egg on top.
After getting ready for the day, we’d gather at the restaurant/coworking space to work a bit. We would then order something like a wellness shot and go for a swim break. Afterwards we would come back and take a zoom call and share ideas with our coworking mates. Then it was lunch, and we would order some tacos and guacamole.
We’d continue doing focused work after lunch, get a coffee or matcha to wake up, perhaps one more swim break. Then we would pack up for the day to head to an evening wellness activity and family dinner.
You could get used to that life, right?
The overall vibe throughout the two weeks was very relaxed, and our group quickly became close. I became good friends with 4 of the women there. They were all amazingly inspiring women who happened to also be from NYC. We would work together, swim together, shop together, and share ideas together.
What I loved most about our group is that everyone was so open to sharing and supporting each other. The retreat wasn’t focused on networking or connecting solely to advance professionally, instead, everyone came with the mindset of growing as a collective.
The wellness activities were some of my favorites I’ve ever experienced, because they were so pure and genuine. There’s just something about Tulum that makes everyone become more relaxed, spiritual, and open to growth. So anything you do there seems to sink it more than usual.
We experienced things like a cacao ceremony. Which is a guided group meditation followed by breath work exercises, live music, and the serving and drinking of the cacao. This all happened as the sun was setting, on a beautiful treehouse-like rooftop, and we drank the cacao under the stars.
Another activity I loved was led by Ethos’s own founder and CEO, Janko. He guided us through a mindfulness and manifestation workshop. During this workshop we discussed our aspirations, struggles, and how we wanted to feel in our next stage in life. Manifestation is a huge part of my life, and I’ve been unconsciously doing it since I was a child, so anything relating to that topic is of high interest. I truly believe you can manifest your heart’s desires, yet sometimes we need a little guidance to make it happen. I had been feeling stuck in a transitionary stage, and this guided workshop really helped to unblock that. It gave me such peace and clarity that I’ll forever be grateful.
Overall, the retreat was beautiful, the location was idyllic for relaxation and to reconnect with yourself and your desires. The wellness workshops were life-changing, and the seemingly unlimited tacos and guacamole were the icing on the cake. However, the community aspect of Ethos Remote Habitat is what drew me in, and what will keep me attending their retreats.
At Ethos they have managed to attract a truly beautiful community of inspiring entrepreneurs, creatives, and remote workers. The community has such varied and interesting backgrounds, yet complementary so we all seamlessly weave together. It’s truly a magical feeling finding such inspiring people all intertwining through a similar lifestyle and aspirations. Add in amazingly serene places, like Tulum, and you have yourself one of the most magical experiences.
I highly recommend you apply for membership asap, so you can take part in one of their next retreats.
I’ll see you there ✨