OK, listen up, any weary person in search of a break!
Just got back from my third annual visit to Rio Caliente Ė a ridiculously low-cost, hot springs spa getaway in the mountains outside of Guadalajara. Itís a small place Ė only holds about 80 guests or so Ė and lends itself to wonderful conversations with truly interesting, accomplished and unpretentious guests Ė that may be the thing I like best about this place: the other people. (And the same friendly, capable, easy-going staff has been there forever.)
Itís a very easy place to go to alone, and many people do. Itís also friendly to couples of all ages (straight or gay) and families with adult kids (no squeezers, though). People come in from all over the U.S. and Canada, and Europe, too. And lots of training teams hold their annual retreats there too.
The amazing pools and eucalyptus-scented steam rooms at RC are fed by a hot, lithium-laced, underground volcanic river whose waters seem to mellow out the most stressed-out guest. There are hikes, horseback rides, detoxifying massages, revitalizing facials, yoga, meditation, water aerobics and yummy (really, truly yummy) vegetarian Mexican cooking from the organic gardens on the grounds. They subscribe to serial food combining (fruits first, then whole grains and complex carbs, proteins last Ė but you can pretty much do what you want Ė no food Naziís here). All I know is, after a week, I come home stronger, buffer, thinner and with insanely low cholesterol levels. It cost me less than $1500 for the whole 7.5 days.
So, if youíre needing a rejuvenating, relaxed vacation, do check this place out! Itís safe, itís easy to get to and it will do wonderful things for your mind, body and spirit. (And I get zero kickbacks for saying this, people!)
And if youíre after a structured, first-class, personal growth program, I canít talk about Mexico without mentioning the very creative, brilliantly led Portals to the Self: A Womanís Circle by the Sea, an intensive week of small group storytelling, yoga, movement, water play, guided imagery, and journaling, aimed at plumbing the delicious depths of each personís amazing psyche, facilitated by two of my all-time, favorite social workers, Ceci McDonnell and Karen Rosenberg.
This year theyíre hosting a retreat at Laguna Bacalar from February 20-27; and at Isla Mujeres from March 20-27. If you want first class guidance to access your own creativity and growth, this is the way to do it. And when they can, these generous dames offer scholarship registrations.
OK, take care and be well!
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