Upcoming! The Awakening & Wellness Retreat, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Oct 4-9, 2021

Wellness Retreat in Mexico, October 4-9, 2021!

Are you ready to experience the healing benefits of the ocean life, good nourishing foods, a small community of participants dedicated in a common goal, and a time for deep restoration of the body, mind & Spirit?  You are invited to join us for The Awakening & Wellness Retreat!  Deep dive into the Awakening Process while experiencing Yoga, Private Energy-work sessions, Breathwork, and the beauty of our host town, by land and sea, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Oct 4-9, 2021.

This 6-day, 5-night, all-inclusive retreat* is held in our own private villa with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.  Sitting high on a cliff, overlooking the sea, we may be visited by passing whales and dolphins from our cliff top perch.  The villa comes complete with our own private pool, and the local beach is within walking distance.

The Retreat Experience

By consciously weaving knowledge, contemplation, and action, we discover how to live an Awake, authentic, purposeful life! The way we create a happy life is through inner change.  This retreat is offering you the opportunity to do just that in a sacred, loving, container created for deep levels of spiritual development, body & mind rejuvenation, and the opportunity to jump out of your routine and into a breath of fresh air in this charming Mexican town.  With the healing benefits of the ocean all around, good nourishing foods, a small community of participants dedicated in a common goal, and a time for deep restoration of the body/mind & Spirit, we will explore our own Awakening Process.


  • Restore balance through Yoga & Breathwork
  • Enjoy individual energy work sessions
  • Explore Puerto Vallarta’s Artisan markets and traditional food


  • Discover The New Earth Paradigm and how to manifest lasting change in our lives
  • Learn about 5D by exploring the dimensions and the chakra system
  • Learn to weave the Divine Masculine & Divine Feminine principal for grounding & balance
  • Understand the lower mind vs Awakened Consciousness


  • Experience Activations through Guided meditations and Reiki
  • Explore the local waterways with a boating excursion on the beautiful Pacific for a day of snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, relaxing, and basking in the sun!
  • Discover new soul friends, laughter, music and more! 

The Villa & Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, our host town, is defined by the natural charm of its beaches and embraced by the Sierra Madre mountains.  Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and the local mercado.  Our retreat features several excursions by land and sea to soak up all this little piece of paradise has to offer.  Puerto Vallarta is known for its artisan’s marketplace where you can shop for traditional art, clothing, gifts and more!  Our retreat also includes a boating excursion on the beautiful Pacific waters for a day of snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, relaxing, and basking in the sun!

A private chef and housekeeping assure all our needs are met so we can focus on the Retreat experience.  The villa has 14 rooms that all feature ocean views, a king size bed and private bath.  There are two expansive suites, complete with a sitting area, jacuzzi soaking tub, and large private terraces for soaking up the sun, journaling or just taking some quiet time.  One room features 2 king size beds, perfect if you are coming with a friend.  The various pricing reflects the unique rooms and features of this property.

More on The Awakening

We are in intense times, and everything is changing.  We are beginning to wake up and evaluate our lives, relationships, work, and purpose.  Asking, am I happy?  Am I living an authentic life?  Is my work fulfilling?  Are my relationships?  Many of us have been feeling a deep calling, a sense of being at a crossroad, a breakdown of our normal lives.  This experience is known as The Ascension.

The astrology of 2020, mainly the co-joining of Jupiter and Saturn, also known as the Great Conjunction, was the most monumental event we have ever experienced in our lives.  We have all felt the shakeup, personally and collectively.  Everyone on the planet (including Gaia) is going through change.  It is causing some to fall more deeply asleep, we can see this played out in everyday life, on the news, with family & friends, the experience of collective isolation.  We know there is a better way to live for ourselves, family, friends and the planet, a New Earth to create!  Even though it can feel overwhelming, as a single individual, to change our lives and community, it IS possible!  During this retreat we explore how to hold states of Bliss and Awareness through Activations, group work, self-reflection, grounding, and the techniques to get you there.

We invite YOU to immerse yourself in this deeply rejuvenating experience.  Join us on a journey filled with discovery, new friendships, lots of laughter, and profound spiritual work as you refresh your Body, Mind & Spirit with us in Puerto Vallarta!

Lots of Love, Maureen, Miriam & Sarah


There are a variety of prices and options available depending on the room you choose.  The rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.

Two – Standard rooms with ocean views, King bed and private bath. $2,100 (Book without choosing an option)

Six – Upgraded rooms with ocean views, King bed, private bath, and small terrace. $2,350 (Choose option 2)

One – Double room with ocean views, 2 King beds and a private bath. $4000 total price for two participants.  This option is available if you know you are coming with a friend, a $100 savings each.  Please note if you want to split the payment please email maureen@jotireiki.com so I can hold the room and send you separate invoices. (Choose option 3)

Two – Deluxe suites with ocean views, King bed, private bath, in-room jacuzzi soaking tub, sitting area, and huge private terraces.  Perfect for some quiet down time, meditation, journaling, or just soaking up the sun! $2,600. (Choose option 1)

Want to bring a snuggle bunny?  Share the love, bring your partner, significant other, or friend with you on this amazing retreat for just $999!  Available for all retreat participants, this is an all-inclusive option for the second person with a savings of over $1000. This is a shared bed option! (Choose option 4)

FULL PAYMENT is due to guarantee your spot.  However, if you would prefer to set up an installment payment plan please email Maureen at maureen@jotireiki.com.

*The Retreat price covers:

  • Transportation to/from Puerto Vallarta airport Oct 4th & 9th, 2021
  • All meals, beer & wine at the Villa
  • The boating excursion, lunch, and transportation to/from
  • Transportation to/from the Puerto Vallarta sightseeing and shopping excursion (including our resident yoga instructor extraordinaire, long time visitor to the area, and fluent Spanish speaker, Miriam!)
  • The Awakening classes
  • Yoga
  • Breathwork
  • Energy sessions

*The retreat price does NOT include:

  • Airfare to/from Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR)
  • 1 group dinner out during the sightseeing/shopping excursion
  • Any Covid test required for US reentry

Important Mexico Retreat Info/Travel Info/Cancellation Policy/Travel Insurance

You will need to have a valid passport to travel to Mexico.  As of April 2021, you will need to have a negative Covid to reenter the US.  Covid testing is readily available in Mexico.  Miriam will be arranging for all our covid swab test 72 hours before our return flights.

Go here for more info on travel to/from Mexico and covid testing requirements.



Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply. I wish I could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc.), but I have many prepaid costs associated with the retreat. I have designed the cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, I strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.


  • If you withdraw 60 days or more before the retreat date, you will receive a full refund less a $500 processing fee.
  • If you withdraw 30 days prior to the retreat start date you will receive a 50% refund of your payment.
  • No refunds offered 4 weeks before the Retreat begins.
  • Failure to attend or missing portions of a Retreat does not constitute a withdrawal, no refund will be issued.

To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to: maureen@jotireiki.com


I have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if I do cancel a trip due too few participants, I will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. I cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that I must cancel a retreat due to covid related travel issues, weather, natural disaster, or political upheaval, I cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue/tour operator I work with. To cover these risks, I highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.


The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Travel Insurance can protect you in case:

  •  you cancel your participation in the retreat
    • the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
    • lost baggage
    • medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured

Trip Cancellation and Interruption benefits from Allianz Global Assistance is available to help protect you against expenses should you need to cancel or interrupt your reservation due to medical or other covered reasons affecting yourself or family members. Please click here to purchase Trip Protection from Allianz.

Previous – Sacred Valley Journey – Ayahuasca & Integration Retreat

August 21-30, 2019 in Peru


Our 10-day Retreat will be held at the beautiful Las Chullpas Eco Lodge, just outside of Cusco.  Our Retreat includes deep and intensive work with the Medicine during 3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies in the Shipibo tradition. It ends with 3-day integration work, traveling to pilgrimage sites in the Sacred Valley, land of the Inca, and receiving direct transmissions through the Q’ero lineage. Our facilitators combine the wisdom of the plants with heart centered psychological and somatic approaches to healing. This allows us to embrace all that we have received and return home grounded in our experience.

During our retreat Las Chullpas Eco-Lodge is reserved solely for us, creating a sacred container for life-changing work.

Dates: AUGUST 21-30, 2019
Location: Las Chullpas Eco Lodge, just outside of Cusco, Peru

Ayahuasca allows us to go very deep within ourselves and heal past traumas and let go of that which no longer serves our highest purpose. This medicine can offer powerful guidance, allowing you to move through fears that are holding you back in your life. The process can be very intense emotionally and physically. This master plant creates a purging effect as blockages are being cleaned from our physical and energetic bodies. This can manifest as vomiting, diarrhea, laughing, crying, yawning, shaking, etc. It is profound spiritual work that takes a lot of courage and trust. This medicine works with each participant in a unique way depending on what healing needs to take place.  Ayahuasca is one of the strongest known visionary plant medicines on the planet.


To bless our scared journey work, Q’ero medicine man Paco Pascual, will open the Retreat with Despacho ceremony. The maestro prepares a small universe with a balance of feminine and masculine, Earth and Heaven, the elements, the stars, sacred animals, the 3 dimensions of existence, and 4 directions. In giving reverence and acknowledgment to the living nature of the world, we are offered the opportunity to put our prayers into the ceremony, and receive blessings for our Retreat and life journey.

I am honored to be partnering with facilitators Carolina Dowell & Perdro Gorrie of Tree of Light Retreats, two incredibly gifted healers who have been working with the Medicine since 2012.  Both have many years of dedicated personal Ayahuasca work and experience in ceremony.  They have become highly regarded and recognized healers by their teachers and the many people they have shared their medicine with. They have the ability to diagnose and bring healing to very deep layers of stored energetic blocks through visions and the many icaros (sacred songs) they have received from plant Medicine.  They are a guiding light for many who have worked with them.  Carolina & Pedro bring love, boundaries, humor and a wealth of experience and I am so grateful to have them as Teachers!

To round out our Retreat we will be working with Soul House Integration.  Richard Willis & Gigi Aguilar along with Shaman Paco Pascual will support us in a smooth transition us from the intensive Medicine work to the supportive environment of Integration all while we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, such sites as Pumamarca, Moray, Urcos, Moray & Ollantaytambo.  They bring years of experience with the plant medicine combined with heart centered psychological and somatic approaches to our healing journey. This allows us to embrace all that we have received and return home grounded in our experience.


Carolina and Pedro have spent many years in the Amazon jungle working with the Ayahuasca on their own trauma and healing work.  Having seen the results of the Medicine work firsthand, these powerful Healers committed to supporting others on their own journeys with the Medicine. Carolina, a former registered nurse, began her training as a facilitator and worked at an Ayahuasca retreat center in the Peruvian jungle for two years. During this time, she guided hundreds of people through their Ayahuasca journeys and gained very deep insight and wisdom into the healing capacity of the Medicine. Pedro first began working with Ayahuasca in the Peruvian jungle in 2012, and feeling he had found his greatest teacher, remained in the Amazon jungle for 2 more years, learning the art of healing and facilitation at a large Ayahuasca center and furthering his connection to the Shipibo culture through “plant dieta” and the creation of music projects with the native healers.

Indeed, music is a big part of the work. During ceremony, Icaros, ancient songs from the spirit world, are sung for different purposes. Icaros are considered to be living energies. They are spirits not just songs, used to heal, take out illness, clear energies and untie knots in the mental or physical body that is creating imbalance. We will also use music and song to create community and bonding after nights of Medicine work into the wee hours of the morning. Creating community through our shared bonds is indeed a beautiful addition to our Ayahuasca work!


  • 3 Facilitated Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Travel to sacred sites with Shaman Paco Pascual and receive direct energetic transmissions from the Q’ero lineage
  • Learn traditional energetic cleansing techniques
  • Group & individual Dream work
  • Basic understanding of trauma & the nervous system with practices to help bring balance
  • Somatic awareness to connect to the wisdom of the body
  • Offerings to connect you with your intentions & align you with your path

At all times during our Retreat myself, Carolina, Pedro, Pascual, Richy & Gigi will be available to support you.  The cost of the Retreat is $2,450 for a single room with private bath or $2,150 for a Shared Double with bath.  All the rooms are unique with their own charming character and all have fireplaces and hot water for showers!  The food is freshly prepared by our lovely chef Nancy and adheres to our special Ayahuasca ‘dieta’.  There is fresh filtered water available at all times. We celebrate our last night together with a traditionally prepared, incredibly special Peruvian feast!

You will be emailed a medical questionnaire that must be filled out and returned for review to be accepted into the Retreat.  You will receive a full if a medical issue denies your acceptance.  All personal information is held in the strictest confidence.

The retreat cost includes transportation from Pisac to Las Chullpas (the retreat center) in Urubamba, everything that takes place during the retreat (including entry fees to pilgrimage sites) and transportation back to Pisac after the retreat. It does not include your airfare or transportation to and from the airport.  We ask everyone to bring between 100-150 soles as gratuity for the amazing people that care for us at the retreat center.  Optional, private sessions with Shaman Pascual are $50 dollars for each 45-60 minute healing session, and $20 dollars for each 15-20-minute coca reading.  Included in the retreat cost, Richy Willis is offering individual Somatic Sessions as part of our Integration work.  I will be holding a pre and post Retreat evenings at my office (and through Skype) in Charleston, SC for those who would like to meet to prepare and process our adventure.

I’d heard the name somewhere or another, at some point but vaguely, at a distance. But when it was time, she presented herself to me, directly. I knew with every fiber of my Being, body, mind, heart and soul that I would move through the fear and step into the next great moment of my spiritual journey. Have you heard Her call?

Trip Cancellation

If you withdraw 60 days or more before the retreat date, (Aug 21, 2019) you will receive a full refund less a $250 processing fee which can be applied to future International Retreats and must be applied within a 12-month period.

If you withdraw between 60 to 30 days prior to the retreat start date you will receive a 50% refund, unless your spot can be filled by someone else.  If your spot can be filled by someone else you will receive a full refund less a $250 processing fee.

No refunds offered 2 weeks before the Retreat begins unless your spot can be filled by someone else.  If your spot can be filled by someone else you will receive a full refund less a $250 processing fee.

Failure to attend or missing portions of a Retreat does not constitute a withdrawal, no refund will be issued.

Travel insurance is recommended.