SheNomads Retreat: Wellness Retreat in Mexico City 2017

Last year I was a guest of the SheNomads podcast. During Episode 6: Budgeting For Travel, LaToya and I briefly talked about visiting Mexico City together. A year later, I was heading to Mexico City to meet her and connect with other like-minded women at the SheNomads retreat.

Although SheNomads started off as a podcast, it has since grown into an international community of diverse women in tech who work remotely and travel. Prioritizing mentorship, inclusion, and wellness, SheNomads now includes remote work and wellness retreats, job boards, blogs, study groups, a book club and more.

LaToya Allen is a Software Engineer. She founded SheNomads when she couldn’t find resources to help her plan a three-month remote work trip. So instead of struggling alone, she created her own community for digital nomad women, entrepreneurs, and freelancers.

 

SheNomads Retreat: Work & Wellness

After LaToya announced that she was hosting a work and wellness retreat in Mexico City, I couldn’t wait to sign up.

Not only was this a great opportunity to meet her in person (we’ve been online friends for a while) but I could also discover Mexico City – a destination that I’ve heard so many great things about.

Unlike other tech retreats, the SheNomads retreat focused primarily on working, connecting, and exploring.

 

Wellness

This was the kind of retreat where you could spend time practicing yoga and journaling. Or you could work on your projects and assignments.

Jessica Jones offered two yoga classes daily – sunrise yoga and group candlelight meditation. Thirty-minute Reiki healing sessions were also available upon request.

Jessica Jones is a spiritual teacher and energy healer. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and Reiki Master. She also offers mentoring, leads retreats, workshops and more.

Jessica is absolutely radiant and full of life.

Throughout the retreat, the wellness sessions inspired me to focus more on implementing self-care in my day-to-day routine. It also encouraged incorporating consciousness into my growing business.

After a strenuous morning yoga session, Jessica and I shared a special moment together where I cried in her arms. Our 30-minute one-on-one Reiki session was also spiritually insightful. It was great connecting with a traveling yogi who enjoys bringing light into the world.

 

Coworking

During the retreat, SheNomads partnered with Garage Cowork to offer each attendee 30 hours at their coworking space. This spacious, contemporary coworking space in Polanco encouraged collaboration, creativity, and communication. Breakfast, coffee, snacks and filtered water were also available.

Open 24 hours and 365 days a year, Garage Cowork had three terraces, a patio, cafeteria and common areas – perfect for getting lots of work done.

 

Our Retreat Home

 

San Miguel Chapultepec Neighborhood

We stayed at a beautiful colonial style house in San Miguel Chapultepec. Our retreat home was on a quiet narrow street away from the hectic city life.

San Miguel Chapultepec is a residential neighborhood with a unique colonial charm. Here you’ll find lavish mansions and modern condos on the same street.

San Miguel Chapultepec’s tree-lined streets are studded with street art from local artists.

It’s close to many attractions including Mexico City’s largest park and renowned museums like National Archeologico.

San Miguel Chapultepec Street Art

 

Inside Our Home

Our house had three floors with large living areas.

On the second floor terrace, one of the attendees installed a hammock adding to the already peaceful scenery.

Most mornings you could find retreat attendees working around the house. My favorite spots were the kitchen and terrace.

A spiraling staircase led to my bedroom on the third floor. I also had a private en-suite bathroom.

In the morning I could hear birds chirping outside my window. At night I loved marveling at the stars.

 

Settling In  

The SheNomads Slack channel housed all the important information about the retreat. LaToya also shared an info sheet that included the best ways to get to the house from the airport and our retreat schedule.

 

The Schedule

The retreat schedule was extremely flexible. Attendees could work, relax or explore the city at their own pace. There was no obligation to join any of the planned group activities. Despite this, we hung out a lot together.

On Thursday, a group of us visited a local food and artisanal market. This was where I ate my first grasshopper – one of the things that may surprise you about visiting Mexico!

Saturday we had brunch at La Ventanita Cafe. Unfortunately, I missed the group trip to Teotihuacan but I could imagine that this was an incredible cultural experience.

 

Bonding Through SheNomads

At the retreat, I met developers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Side hustlers, mothers, and students were also present. Some women were working remotely around the world while others worked from home.

Through our many conversations, they reiterated that there are plenty of opportunities for those who want to work remotely and travel.

 

SheNomads Retreat Takeaways

The SheNomads retreat was relaxing, restorative and eye-opening. It was a wonderful introduction to Mexico City and I met inspiring women who are passionate about travel as well as their careers.

In a few short days, we developed lasting friendships. We shared our dreams, goals, and some of the obstacles we’ve encountered along the way.

So what’s next?

Be on the lookout for Season 2 of the SheNomads podcast! SheNomads is also launching a YouTube channel where LaToya will document six months of travel starting September.

6 replies
  1. Reshma says:

    I hadn’t heard of SheNomads before and this looks fun! I would love to try this out sometime. And those graffitis on the streets of Mexico are just wow! Especially loved the purple vintage car! Thanks for introducing to a new community for a female traveler like me 🙂

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  2. Paige Wunder says:

    This retreat sounds like so much fun! I’ve never heard of SheNomads, but I’d love to get involved with this community and meet up on a retreat! Mexico City seems like it was a lot of fun for you ladies. It’s been really high on my radar because my cousin is moving there Friday, so I love that I’m seeing more and more amazing things about it as we plan our visit there! I’ll definitely be looking into SheNomads.

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  3. Mel Butler says:

    Randomly, I was only reading about this retreat for females yesterday and was thinking that sounds great. I have been to Mexico city and I loved it. I have always wanted to go back and think this is a great idea, especially being about to mingle with like minded women, get fit doing yoga and learn new things. I would definitely would love to attend one of these one day.

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  4. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    I can see that the retreat was a rejuvenating experience. Also it was a spiritually enriching experience, which I am sure will stay with you for a long, long time. I think it is a great concept and the need of the hour. These retreats are indeed soothing balm on frayed and overworked city nerves. Would love to attend one.

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  5. Megan Indoe says:

    I had never heard of SheNomads, so thanks for introducing me to another great community of female travelers! This retreat sounds incredible and full of great experiences from yoga in the morning to traveling around Mexico City with like minded people! I would love to attend something like this!

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    • Danielle Desir says:

      SheNomads is an incredible network to join especially if you have an interest in remote work and travel! I can’t wait for the next retreat, I’m hoping it’s in Lisbon or Barcelona!

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