Desi retreat

Radiant Beginnings

Palmaïa – The House of AïA

Step into the vibrant embrace of the new year amidst the lush landscapes of Mexico. January 2025 marks not just the turning of a calendar page but the dawn of a new chapter in your journey towards holistic wellness. Join Desi Bartlett and Dr. Natiya Guin on this four-day transformational retreat in Mexico, where you’ll reconnect with your inner radiance and embark on a journey toward vitality and balance in body, mind, and heart.

What to expect:

  • Learn how to connect to your inner warrior woman
  • Dive deep into the experience of four days focused just on you to reconnect to your inner light through yoga, and your outer glow through holistic skincare
  • Be inspired through the joy of movement, mantras, breathwork, and journaling
  • Take time for self-care that will nourish your soul in this new cycle
  • Know that by saying yes, you are on the path to cultivating radiance


Day 1- Grounding

3:00 pm Arrive at Palmaïa – The House of AïA, Mexico
5:30 pm Settle into your room and surroundings
6:30 pm Dinner & introduction
8:30 PM Creating a sacred circle, a collective meditation to connect to nature, followed by a restorative yoga practice designed to guide you into deep and nourishing sleep. Essential Oil – Steady

Day 2- Rising

7:15 am Light Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15  am Yoga Practice, Cultivating Grace Through Transitions
9:30 – 11:00  am

Sacred Circle, Sharing, Visioning, and Journaling

During times of transition, it is important to tap into our inner fire, and to identify what it is that we are releasing this season. Each major transition in life involves “bridging.” As we move from one stage to another, there is an in-between time that represents the transition. This is the magical space between the in breath and out breath. We will identify what it is we are moving away from, journal any feelings that come up, share what feels right to share with the group, and then offer what no longer serves to the fire of transformation. Essential oil: Motivate

11:30 am


Discussion; Skin Health from the Inside Out; How the Needs of Our Skin Change With the Seasons (self facial massage demo with organic cream from Deep Living, guasha )

1:00 pm Spa services or free time
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Sunset Restorative Yoga
7:00 pm Dinner

Day 3- Releasing

7:15 am Light Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15  am Yoga Practice, Cultivating Grace Through Transitions
9:30  am


11:30 am


Discussion:  Seasons of a Women’s Life; Women’s hormones at various phases; support to optimize

12:30 pm Spa/Free time
4:00 pm Photo Shoot with Dr. Natiya Guin
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Sunset Restorative Yoga and balancing meditation
7:00 pm Dinner

Day 4 Transforming

7:15 am Light Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Yoga Practice
9:30 am Sacred Circle Closing Discussion: Tools to Take Home – How to implement New Practices; Essential Oil: Arise
11:30 am


Discussion; Foundations of Health Exercise – Embodying Health; Tools for Transformation


Palmaïa – The House of AïA

A secluded sanctuary with oceanfront swim up suites, jungle spa, gourmet restaurants overseen by chefs who have trained in Michelin starred restaurants from around the globe. Featuring locally sourced plant-based cuisine (meat options available), secluded white sand beach, private terraces, infinity pools, and in-suite dining sets The House of AïA apart from other luxury wellness retreats. The exquisitely designed oceanfront suites complemented by stunning ocean views, elegant décor, and holistic amenities are unlike anything else in the Riviera Maya. The all-inclusive resort offers a level of seclusion often associated with far-flung island resorts and an atmosphere of tranquility you would expect from a yoga retreat. Guests will have the perfect opportunity to reestablish the connection between mind and body with guided meditation sessions, yoga classes, sound baths, energy healing, and more all while immersed in the vibrant jungle energy of the Mayan Riviera. The House of AïA also offers guests access to the excellent Atlantis Spa where jungle inspired architecture blends seamlessly together with modern design and tranquil treatment rooms. Guests can indulge in a number of spa treatments including Ayurvedic treatments, Temazcal ceremonies, steam room sessions, relaxing massage, and more.


  • Three Days and four nights at Palmaïa – The House of AïA, Mexico
  • All Meals and Beverages (excluding alcohol and snacks)
  • All Details within the Itinerary
  • All Taxes and Gratuities
  • Snorkeling Excursion
  • Assessment of Bloodwork Panel for Each Guest


  • Airfare
  • Ground Transfers

Dr. Natiya is a leading naturopathic doctor focused on skin and whole body health; integrating lifestyle, natural, and conventional medicine along with cutting edge regenerative treatments to get to the root cause of dis-ease. Her passion as a doctor and mother, led her to advocate for increased ethics in medicine, specifically for women, children, and in skincare products. She is an entrepreneur and founded Deep living llc, an organic skincare and wellness business to empower consumers in making empowered choices for their health and the planet.

Dr. Natiya is a professor at UCSD and currently teaches the course she authored, Medical Ethics for Allied Health Professionals. She also guest teaches at her alma mater, Loyola Marymount University in Women’s Health.
Natiya is also a gifted photographer and will provide an amazing photo shoot for the women who attend so they can feel their inner radiance.


Desi Bartlett MS CPT E-RYT, has been teaching health and wellness for over 25 years. She is a dynamic motivator and widely sought-after international presenter and spokesperson. Her innovative approach to teaching is to tap into one’s inner joy and let movement be an outer expression of that state. Originally from Chicago, she has earned a degree in Kinesiology, a minor in dance, her Master’s degree in Corporate Fitness, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. Desi holds advanced certifications in Yoga, Personal Training, Pre & Post Natal Fitness, and Group Fitness. She is also a continuing education provider through Yoga Alliance, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Council for Personal Trainers. Desi has worked with several large companies, including Manduka, Gaiam, Equinox, Yogaworks, the US Navy, Mattel, and Ashley Tisdale’s Frenshe.


“What a fantastically organized Mexico trip. This company took a lot of time and effort before the trip to make sure we were prepared for activities and it made such a difference. From transportation to accommodation everything was super. I thought this retreat was an awesome value. The excursions were fun and each day was well thought out. The instructors Desi and Natiya were fabulous and fun to be around. I highly recommend this company .”

- Resi P.


“This was an amazing trip! I got so much out of this including new friendships and a new path to self discovery”

- Cindy B.










Payment Plans

Customized payment plans are available and can be arranged by contacting Tammy Petersen directly at 312-961-3280

Travel Assistance

If you need travel assistance please contact Barbara Khan from Pro Travel, Inc. Ph: 305-361-0707

Hotel Incidentals

A credit card must be presented at the time of check in for incidental charges (including spa treatments, additional excursions, alcohol, etc)

Deposit Policy

To reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is required. The balance must be paid 30 days prior to the start date of the retreat.

Flight Details

Please plan to fly into Cancun (CUN). Ground transportation is not included in the retreat price. Please contact Tammy so we can group you together on resort trips. Round Trip Transportation is extra.

Roommate Requests

If you desire a roommate, please indicate this on your form upon sign up. If we are unable to pair you with one, we will adjust your rate to Single Occupancy, and collect the difference one week prior to the event.
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