i'll have a cup of tulum, please

the past seven days in tulum have filled my heart cup. it overflows as i sit under the shade of a palapa roof, trade winds soft on my skin. magnificent caribbean waves roll in forever on powdery white sand.

there has been no time this week to make a blog entry, until today. our beautiful group said (and hugged) our farewells this morning over fresh coffee and banana granola pancakes at a table overlooking the ocean. i'm staying on for a couple more days to exhale deeply, after a week filled with teaching. what an amazing experience.

we played.

together we explored ancient ruins, participated in a mayan temazcal ceremony, were guided through the sian kaan preserve jungles by an indigenous naturalist named alberto, scaled the sides of secret ancient temples, floated in life jackets down a natural freshwater aqua channel, practiced invigorating yoga each morning and restorative yoga each evening, dove into freshwater cenotes (deep swimming holes filled with crystal-clear water that springs from the underground system of rivers in the yucatan), enjoyed massages and other spa treatments with mayan healers, spent time making new friends, swayed in hammocks, ate delicious meals, wandered down white sandy beaches under azure skies, gazed at billions of stars…and photographed everything.

i could tell a dozen stories from the week that might make your eyes widen with amazement, your lips curl into a smile, your heart swell with joy, or laughter shake from your belly. these experiences and lessons are all coming home with me, in my heart.

i am filled with gratitude for new friends, and for all of the people who call tulum home. they made each day here absolutely breathtaking.

i’ll be back to fill my cup with play, light and magic again. maybe next time you’ll come, too.

love,
laura

 yep

yep

 tripods in tulum

tripods in tulum

 capturing ruins

capturing ruins

 photographing ruins from the ocean

photographing ruins from the ocean

 ruins at low tide

ruins at low tide

 temezcal

temezcal

 scaling ancient mayan ruins

scaling ancient mayan ruins

 lime + resin = limestone (what the temples are made of)

lime + resin = limestone (what the temples are made of)

 our amazing guide, alberto

our amazing guide, alberto

 boating on the sian kaan

boating on the sian kaan

 it's really that color

it's really that color

 baby natarajasana

baby natarajasana

 vrksasana

vrksasana

 yours truly

yours truly

 photography 101 in paradise

photography 101 in paradise

 play! prana & photography - the theme of our retreat

play! prana & photography - the theme of our retreat

 wish you were here

wish you were here