Ocean Breeze Retreats


Frequently Asked Questions and Information


General Information

Retreats are co-ed unless otherwise noted.  Adults age 18 and over are invited.  There will be no use of drugs or alcohol during the retreat. 

 

The prices start at $2200 for shared accommodations based on your choice of room and availability for retreats for 12 Step Recovery and Helping Professionals.  More intensive therapy retreats start at $2900.  The price includes all retreat activities, meals, non-alcoholic beverages.  A $500 deposit will reserve your space.

 

Why should I come to Mexico to do a retreat or therapy?
Choosing an environment that promotes wellness is very important to your retreat experience.  The Rivera Maya is very conducive to healing and wellness.  The water is therapeutic.  The weather is usually warm and sunny.  In part, you may want to find some adventure travelling to an exotic place and meeting new people.  


Prices

2013 Rates--All Inclusive 

Rates for 12 Step Recovery Retreats and Helping Professionals start at $2200 for shared accommodations at Casa Del Sol and Villa Brisa Caribe.  Rates for intensive therapy retreats are variable, based on activities provided.  The package includes complete program, lodging, meals, beverages, great staff, infinite white sandy beaches, crystal blue sea.  Reserve your space today!

Please call for details about rates that do not include lodging.

What is Not Included

Travel to or from the retreat site is not included.  We can assist you in arranging transport to and from the Cancun Airport.

There are great optional activities available for an extra cost, including:
Massage (free 15 minute trial included)
Snorkeling trips outside our immediate area (free close by)
Visits to Mayan Ruins
Visit to a fresh water cenote
Transport to local restaurants or shopping areas
Fishing
Sailing
Parasailing
Paddle Boarding 

Payments

How do I make payment for a retreat?
You can pay by check, a credit card online or wire transfer.  

A $500 deposit will reserve your space.  Please specify your choice of room and roommate, if any.  We will verify receipt of your payment by email within one business day and confirm room selection.  Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis, so register early.  Group discounts are available.  Bring friends!   Your remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the date of your registered retreat.
 
If you must cancel, please contact us as soon as possible so that others may register.  Your payment can be refunded (less a $60 processing fee) if you notify us more than 60 days prior to your retreat.   If you must cancel less than 60 days before your retreat, you will receive a full refund only if your canceled space is filled.  
 
Ocean Breeze Retreats reserves the right to cancel any retreat if there are less than 5 registrations or unforeseeable circumstances.  You will receive a full refund in the unlikely event that this would occur.

 

How far in advance should I make plans to attend?

Space is limited, so it is best reserve your spot several months prior to the retreat. Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.  If a retreat is full, we can add you to a waitlist.

 

Retreat Specific Details

Activities

What kinds of recreation will there be?

Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, visit to Maya ruins, shopping, exploring in town, parasailing, fishing, adventure waterpark and more.  Some of these activities are available for an extra cost.  The staff can help you arrange for recreation as needed.

 

There are great places close by for souvenir shopping and other activities.  All participants will also have ample alone or private time.  The casa is also conducive to private space and time in a tranquil setting.

Weather

What are the weather conditions?

Please visit:

Trip Advisor

 

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Accommodations

Can I have a private room?

Yes, private rooms are available.  Some rooms have a private balcony with a beautiful view. Couples attendance may be available.  The remaining rooms are spacious shared bedrooms.  All bedrooms have private bathrooms.  Reserve your space spot early because space is limited.

 

Can I choose a roommate?  Yes, please invite a friend! Otherwise, roommates will be assigned, keeping participants' needs in mind.  Should you have any concerns, please talk to a staff member.

  

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Registration

At the time of registration or shortly after, you will be contacted by a staff therapist for a telephone interview.  It is very helpful to have as much information about you and your situation ahead of time to help you during your retreat.  We can also provide a free phone consultation prior to registration to assist you in defining your needs.  Anyone who is in acute distress will be referred for help right away in their home area.

Privacy 

Will there be other people staying at our villa who are not part of the retreat?

Generally, the only people staying at the villa are the staff, participants and perhaps one or two caretakers who routinely live there.

 

Will my information be kept private?

Yes, your identity, participation and any issues discussed during a retreat are held in strict confidence.  All participants will need to sign a confidentiality agreement promising to protect the privacy of other participants.  Establishing trust within the group is vital to everyone.  If you are observed with the group outside the villa, we will not be able to protect your identify from individuals you may encounter.  You may request to use a pseudonym at the time you register to further protect your privacy, if you feel it is vital to your participation.

 

Alcohol and Drug Use

Will I be able to party? 

No, this is a retreat where drinking and drug use are prohibited, even if you are not in recovery.  This is so that you will feel your feelings and work through them.  Total abstinence is vital to your experience and to support participants who are in addiction recovery.

 

Rules

Use of alcohol or drugs is prohibited.  There is no smoking inside the casa.  Please clean up after yourself.  Generally, people participating in retreats tend to be well behaved adults who do not present any serious problem behavior.  Any serious infractions could result in a person leaving the retreat, including but not limited to:

Intoxication

Violence or threats of violence

Extreme disruptive behavior

 

What to Bring

  • Casual warm to hot weather clothing
  • Personal items

  • Vacation items, including swimwear, scuba or snorkel gear, water shoes

  • Spending money

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen

  • Passport 

  • Journal, pens

 

Travel Resources

 

Many of our participants choose to extend their stays at local condos or hotels for some additional time for relaxation and recreations.  Here are links to:

  • Condo rentals--coming soon
  • Hotels--coming soon
  • Car rental--coming soon
  • Scuba--coming soon
  • Excursions--coming soon
  • Fishing trips--coming soon

 

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Travel Safety

I hear negative things about traveling in Mexico.  Is it safe?

Millions of Americans, Canadians and Europeans safely visit Mexico every year.  Tourism is the second largest industry in Mexico and the government wants to insure your safety while traveling.  The reported violence is typically in or near border towns, not the Riviera Maya which is thousands of miles away.

 

The US Department of State has no travel advisory in place for travel destinations in the Rivera Maya including Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum.


Here are some links to independent reports on safety in Mexico:


CNN


The Lonely Planet


 

Will I have communication with home?

Yes, wireless internet service, cell and telephone service will be available.  Please check with your cell service provider for international availability and costs.    We encourage limited contact with home and work so you can focus on yourself during your stay.  Sharing of other participant’s identities or personal disclosures is prohibited.

 

Do I need immunizations to travel to Mexico?
Immunization is not required to enter or stay in Mexico.

What if I get sick or injured?

The staff is acquainted with local medical professionals and hospitals.  We will assist you in obtaining needed medical care.

 

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