Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

Inside Laurie Cole’s Tulum Retreat

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Freelance writer specializing in the fashion and lifestyle Caroline Tell has contributed with Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, W and other major publications. She recetly came up with the following article about Tulum on… check it out.

I sat cross-legged in dirt, sweating, sandwiched between a young healer named Kiahuitl and Karla Gutierrez, owner of the stylish eco-friendly hotel, Casa Violeta, where we were staying. There were 10 of us huddled in a tiny hut covered on all sides with heavy blankets. Coals burned from a hole inside our circle, emitting wafts of smoke that scorched every pore of our bodies.

The smoke sealed our eyes shut – not that we could see anyway – as we swayed to the sounds of ancient chants. “O Mateo,” we cried. All I could think about was the intense heat, made hotter each time Kiahuitl flicked water on the hissing coals, and why I wore my favorite bathing suit to a Mayan sweat lodge.

Laurie Cole leads her LINK class at Casa Violeta in Tulum CASA VIOLETA (

Three days earlier, I left New York on a rainy morning to attend Laurie Cole’s wellness retreat in Tulum, Mexico, the Bohemian enclave known for its spiritual landscape and $400 caftans. I made my kids’ lunches and signed off from email to reconnect with myself through body work, vegan food and sacred healing. I’m no stranger to wellness culture, but I’m a vapid participant, at best. I practice yoga occasionally. I meditate maybe once a month. I’m fit and I eat well, but my efforts are primarily aimed at looking good. I haven’t done the emotional work to go deeper. I challenged myself that on this retreat, I would try.





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