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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
Danielle is a travel finance strategist, writer, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 25 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.