Crystal McCreary & Lauren Solomon

Embodied Love: A Transformational Yoga Retreat

Tulum, Mexico | April 11-17, 2019

Human beings are driven by a profound need for love and connection, though our daily lives, relationships, community and world reflect that we may not be as skilled at fulfilling these needs as our hearts desire.

So then, what is love?

What does it mean to be truly connected? Can we use the embodied and experiential tools of yoga to connect more skillfully? Can yoga support us to become agents of loving connection and a force of change in our world?

Facilitating yoga through our lenses as two women of color, and inspired by the writings on love by bell hooks, this retreat will center black and brown people’s experiences of love and connection by curating content with people of color and our unique relationships to race-based trauma in mind. Our aim is to support the fostering of safe spaces to explore our relationship to love and the unique social and emotional obstacles that exist for us that make loving connection to ourselves and others a radical act of resilience and self-preservation.

Set amidst the exquisite, natural beauty of Tulum, Mexico and inspired by yoga’s meaning, “union,” to connect, to integrate, to bring together, the Embodied Love yoga retreat will dive deeply into an inquiry and practice of healing wounds, releasing old patterns, awakening to truth, and embodying love.

Participants will use the ancient technology of yoga to harness one of the most powerful resources we have, self-love, and cultivate our super powers: the capacity to think, speak, and act from a healed, awakened and loving place in the world.

Awakening Yoga Workshops

The Awakening Workshops are workshop-style yoga classes that will take place in the morning and introduce readings on love and connect these ideas to an embodied exploration of love through a theme-oriented, mindful, and breath-centered vinyasa flow. Awakening Workshops will draw on meditation, mindfulness practices, ritual, journaling, reflection, and more to dive experientially into this love inquiry.

Integration Workshops

The Integration Workshops are yoga classes that will take place in the evening and deepen participants’ understanding of themes presented in the Awakening Workshops with a soothing and restorative intent. Integration Workshops may include but not be limited to the following: gentle Hatha yoga, restorative yoga, readings, reiki, meditation, mindfulness practices, and ritual.

Amansala Eco-Chic Resort

Amansala is a Sanskrit word describing the peaceful, crystal clear waters of Tulum, and this resort puts equal emphasis on indulgence as it does on rejuvenation. Using natural materials and resources to create simple yet exquisite rooms, a menu full of fresh delicious food, we believe that this tranquil environment will support your journey toward a loving destination within your own self, such that embodying love in the world might truly be possible.

7:30 – 8:30 Light Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 Awakening Workshop
11:30 – 12:30 Brunch
12:30 – 5:00 Freetime for Beach, Spa Treatment, Tour, Reading, or Exploring Tulum
2:30 – 3:30 Afternoon Snack
5:00 – 7:00 Integration Workshop
7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 Salsa Class

• 7 day/6 nights room and board at Amansala Resort
• Arrival airport transfers ONLY from Cancun Airport to Amansala  (please arrive by 4pm on April 11 and expect to wait up to 45 minutes for other participants, if necessary)
• 2 daily yoga workshops with Crystal and Lauren
• Guided bike ride to Tulum ruins
• Guided jungle Walk to Magical Cenote
• 1 spa treatment of participant’s choice
• 1 salsa class
• 1 cooking class
• Gratuities and taxes

Triple Garden Room:  $2750 p/p


Double Garden Room: $2900 p/p


King Garden Single: $3450 p/p


King Garden Shared: $2800 p/p


Queen Garden Single: $3050 p/p


PLEASE NOTE: Additional beachfront rooms are available by request.

Black History Month  SALE – $200 off- happening through end of day February 28!

To register, click link below, complete form, and pay $500 non-refundable deposit. 


Cancellation Policy-All retreat deposits are final and non-refundable. At 90 days before the start date of retreats, 50% of retreat cost is refundable. At 60 days before the start date of retreat, 25% of retreat cost is refundable. Final balance is due March 21.

About Crystal

Crystal McCreary has taught yoga and mindfulness since 2007. She is committed to creating and holding safe spaces for people of color to connect, heal, learn, and build resilience in a world that often takes relentless hold of our bodies, minds, and hearts. Crystal’s yoga classes and lovingly curated yoga and wellness retreats for adults feature mindfulness, an exploratory blend of vigor, breath, and alignment, community building, ritual, and restoration. They are inclusive and adaptive, appropriate for all levels of experience and physical ability. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT500 and RCYT and serves on the Yoga Alliance Diversity & Inclusion committee as an advisor for the upcoming revised Yoga Teacher Training program standards.

Crystal also speaks and facilitates professional development workshops on yoga and mindfulness as tools for wellbeing internationally. She leads 100-hour kids yoga and mindfulness teacher trainings for Little Flower Yoga and Bent On Learning, and facilitates trauma-informed yoga for court-involved youth in juvenile detention centers with Lineage Project. Crystal implements yoga programs in New York City Schools, youth development organizations, and in corporations committed to cultivating sustainable and compassionate work environments. She participates regularly as a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department, and teaches public classes in New York City.

Crystal has been featured in Lauren Lipton’s Yoga Bodies Book, Mantra Yoga + Health magazine, Race & Yoga, the UC Berkeley online academic journal,, Elephant Journal, and contributes regularly to numerous blogs and podcasts. She studied African and African American studies at Stanford University, and acting as part of The American Conservatory Theater MFA program before arriving in New York in 2004. Crystal lives in New York City and occasionally moonlights as an actor on film or television. To learn more about Crystal visit:

About Lauren

A former Wall Street professional and graduate of Columbia Business School, Lauren Solomon boldly transitioned from a decade-long career in Finance and Project Management to a lifetime journey as a yoga instructor and reiki practitioner in obedience to her calling.

In 2015, she completed the Laughing Lotus 200 Hour Teacher Training program, and is now a certified yoga instructor, poised to transform the wellness movement by focusing specifically on under-represented communities. Devoted to her practice, she traveled to Rishikesh, India, for one month to deepen her knowledge of the sacred science of yoga. In the process, she earned an additional 100 hours of advanced training.

Lauren’s practice and spiritual offerings serve others by guiding yogis on an inward journey to achieve mental clarity, physical strength and overall well-being. Additionally, she is a certified reiki practitioner offering her energy healing services at MINKA Brooklyn and HealHaus.

In addition to her private clientele, Lauren can be found sharing her gifts throughout NYC at: HealHaus, NY Health & Racquet, Crunch Fitness & Exubrancy (various corporate office locations).


Get two free sequences from Crystal and Lauren

60-Minute Embodied Love Heart-Opening  Sequence

45-Minute Embodied Love Flow