April 21-28, 2018 – The Heart of Healing: A Women’s Yoga and Nutrition Retreat with Emma Bourke & Julie Martin
Exploration Of Self

Bliss out in Mexico at Present Moment, which is a beloved destination situated on a quiet, serene beach in Troncones, thirty minutes up the coast from Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Restore in a gorgeous setting with wellness classes, yoga by the sea, meditation, shamanic earth based practices and more. Rejuvenate with offerings of spa treatments and healing arts. Dine on healthy gourmet cuisine. Take in the local adventures such as sunset horseback riding, eco tours, waterfall hiking, kayaking, surf-yoga excursions, surf lessons, shopping in our boutique, exploring the village and much more. Our beautifully-designed accommodations, incredible teachers, guides, and loving staff have pleased even the most discerning guests, and are ready to delight you.ily ceremonies, friendly locals, warm Indian Ocean waters and endless coastline of tropical beaches.

The Goddess LIVES within every woman on this planet. Western society is slowly beginning to accept a concept that the East has embraced for thousands of years… that our bodies are temples made of energy that can be transformed, & harmonized to promote confidence, rest, love, Divine wisdom, and healing within. Take part and feel the difference that yoga, plant based nutrition, and energy work can create in you.

Join Yoginis Emma Bourke & Julie Martin as they guide you through healing asana, meditation, wellness workshops, plant based nutrition, pranayama, and more. This week-long retreat, will allow you to tap into the Heart of Healing as a beautiful well stream of peace and serenity that resides within shines brightly as you allow your inner Goddess to THRIVE.

Exploration’s of Self is a mindful travel community. We are dedicated to your life’s joy and supporting you in your purpose and path.

Accommodations: Private Bungalows Encourage Spiritual Renewal

Our eleven private bungalows are the perfect antidote to the chaos of everyday life. Each unique bungalow is dedicated to one of the values that we hold in the highest regard. Authenticity was imperative in the construction of every inch of Present Moment. Thus, all bungalows have an indigenous palapa thatched roof, hand-crafted in the Mexican tradition, and are furnished with a pillow top queen-sized bed, luxurious 400 count cotton bedding and a canopy of white linen.

*Luxurious 400 ct cotton bedding *Pillow top queen bed *Ocean stone shower floor *Rain disk showerhead *Private deck *Meditation garden *View of the sea *Wireless access *Antiques and Fine Art

Shared Triple Room : $2173 per person
Shared Double Room : $2275 per person
Private Room : $3160 per person

Retreat Includes:

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights
  • Round-trip private shuttle to and from Zihuatanejo Int’l airport (ZIH)
  • Two yoga classes daily in open air shala
  • 2 large, nourishing meals a day for optimal Agni (Digestive fire)
  • Pranayama and and meditation workshops
  • Power circles and guided intention setting
  • Luxury accommodations at Present Moment
  • A transformational experience !

*Spa treatments, adventure tours and excursions are not included, but easily booked upon arrival.

**Note: Airfare is not included in the tuition price

Location: Troncones

Playa Troncones was discovered just about 20 years ago and it is known for its tranquil and untouched environment, with the ability to walk the stretch of the beach without running into many people. The landscape is beautiful, open and hammock laden, with a few eco-lodges and restaurants strew about. Close by, there are two sea caves called Troncones and Majahua and a waterfall called Cascadas Artesianas. A true oasis.

Meet Your Retreat Leaders:

Emma Bourke
International Yoga Teacher, Women’s Empowerment, Meditation & Pranayama

Her love of yoga took her to study in Rishikesh India where she completed her Yoga Teacher Training. She then moved to Hawaii where she worked at a yoga retreat center helping with management and teaching community classes. She then moved to Costa Rica to Blue Osa Yoga Retreat where she was a writer for their blog, taught yoga and assisted with teacher training.

Emma is passionate about yoga from a holistic point of view that goes beyond asana, incorporating meditation, pranayama and an overall yogic lifestyle. After enduring personal heartbreak she has experienced first hand the immeasurable benefits of yoga, and loves to share this with others. Off the mat she is a lover of the great outdoors her other passions include horse riding, scuba diving, hiking and skiing all around the world!

Julie Martin
Logistics Coordinator Explorations of Self, Yoga Instructor, Meditation Teacher, Transformation Coach, Marriage and Family Therapist

Julie is Yoga Instructor, Meditation teacher, and Transformation Coach with a passion for utilizing the body’s wisdom to heal emotional trauma and access the limitless source of inner peace and divine power that we all possess. Julie’s yoga journey began in 2001, when a friend encouraged her to join in a power yoga class to help supplement her vigorous competitive swimming workouts. She immediately realized that yoga was much more than a way to build physical strength and flexibility, but a key ingredient in developing a deeper connection with herself and learning to find a place of calm in the midst of chaos. After ten years of working in the mental health field, earning her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and going through a period of personal tragedy, Julie found herself again turning to her yoga mat to access a source of healing that went much deeper than any modality she had been trained in as a therapist.

While it had always been a dream to one day treat clients in a retreat setting, it wasn’t until truly diving into a devoted yoga and meditation practice that she realized that the time was now to share the tools she had utilized to heal and transform her own life. After moving to Bali to help run a yoga ashram and retreat center, she set her sights on India, where she studied yoga and meditation in Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganga river. Julie is a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor, and utilizes a combination of Hatha, Restorative, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra and guided meditation to help students to heal, grow, and transform.

Julie is a passionate teacher and healer with a serious travel addiction, and cannot wait to support you in your epic journey with us!


“This retreat was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever participated in. It provides an opportunity to surround yourself in loving kindness, and healing energy, while embarking on a journey with like-minded and open-hearted souls. You achieve deep connection to the earth, to each other, and to yourself through multi-modality exploration including nutrition, yoga, meditation, sound healing, and friendship. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone interested in embracing and achieving their highest self through spiritual awakening, deep healing, connection, community, and everlasting empowerment.”

-Dr Lisa Hammond

“Alana Roach and Caileigh are both powerful and rising embodiments of the divine feminine. It was an absolute honour to watch them co create magic with their individual yet such complementary gifts. I look forward to more shakti creations as a trio.”

– Acqua Xena Heart

“Alana Roach is the true Goddess. She is knowledgeable,thoughtful,beautiful and passionate about her teachings and practice. Spa treatments by Maria really helped with some pain I was going thru. This was a great place for Yoga lovers, it’s magical. For surfers, it’s a dream come true. She went beyond and above , and was always there making sure we were taken care of. What a wonderful experience.”

– Lynne Roye

“Thanks to Caileigh’s nutrition support and exercise guidance I feel my healthiest EVER! When I began working with Caileigh, I was in chronic pain and my body was bloated. No doctor could help me. Now, after working with Caileigh, I am in my fourth month with nearly no pain, and my body is leaner and stronger and I feel more in touch with myself than ever. The best part is that it was all natural. I feel great and I can’t stop saying thank you for the lifestyle changes Caileigh helped me make. She’s simply the best!”

– Daniel Cabrera


Present Moment’s invigorating massage therapies embrace exotic international techniques including Thai, Swedish, Accupuncture, Shiatsu and Shamanic Healing to make your vacation in paradise even more perfect. Our healing hands and aromatic oils loosen tight muscles, improve circulation, soothe the mind, nurture the spirit and promote a sense of well being. Luxuriate in the bliss of your muscles being kneaded as your tension slips away, to the point of ultimate liberation.

Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand as a healing modality 2,500 years ago. Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing. This form of bodywork is performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used. (Scroll down to watch a short video of Thai Massage in action!)

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage in the Western world, and the perfect match for a relaxing vacation. The primary goal of this massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But this therapy goes beyond relaxation: Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, and improving circulation and flexibility, all while easing tension.

Shiatsu is a massage technique originating in ancient Japan; the name means “finger pressure.” The principles of the massage are based on the acupuncture points, and pressure is carefully applied to each point using the hands. The pressure stimulates and balances Meridians (the pathways through which life energy flows.) This natural system of energetic touch supports physical health, well being and personal development.

*Deep Tissue
A deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.

*Also available: Detoxifying Massage, Stress Relieving Massage and Craniosacral Therapy


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Register early as this retreat will fill quickly! A $365 deposit will get your name on the big “I Want To Go To Mexico” list and officially reserve your spot. It will be deducted from the total amount of the trip cost.   The trip has a maximum of 30 people.

The minimum payment you can make is the $365 Deposit which will “Hold Your Spot for Mexico” and lock in your spot for the retreat. You will be using the same online platform for future payments.

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  • Initial deposits are non-refundable.
  • 50% of the payments made are refundable up to 90 days before program excluding initial deposit
  • 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment
  • Half tuition is due on Jan 1, 2018
  • Full tuition is due on Feb 15, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

We understand that many questions come up when visiting a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather like?  We have created Participant Packages that will clarify these type of questions and more. Once you have registered, we will send you these materials.  If you have other questions, you can always write us at explorationsofself@gmail.com so we can support you.

Getting There:

Taxis to and from the Zihuatanejo Int’l airport (ZIH) are included for people whose flights arrive before 3PM on Saturday April 21st and whose flights depart after 11AM on Saturday April 28th. Shuttles are scheduled to accommodate the entire group and will not be included for those who do not book their flight arrivals and departures within these timeframes.

Contact Explorations of Self with any questions at explorationsofself@gmail.com or visit www.explorationsofself.com