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2018 Retreat

Playa del Carmen, 2018

Playa del Carmen is arguably the more sophisticated older sibling to Cancun. This one-time fishing village about an hour south of Cancun, along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, is now one of the hottest destinations in Mexico, popular with a young and sexy, jet-setting crowd.  Swinging Fifth Avenue is flanked with boutiques, bars and restaurants, while a block over the beach is lined with an array of beach clubs and lounges. At night the city comes alive as the sounds of reggae, rock and salsa spill out into the street. Playa is also a good jumping off point from which to dive deeper into the heart of Quintana Roo, to far-flung destinations like Bacalar, the Lake of Seven Colors; the pristine, untapped beaches of the Costa Maya; and the jungle that is peppered with archaeological secrets.


Day 1

Arrive at Cancun Airport
Transfer to Mahekal Beach Resort
Meet your fellow travelers with a welcome beach cocktail

Meal(s) included: Dinner

Day 2

Network! Share your Purpose Project
Break a sweat with morning paddle boarding
Dine al fresco with a locally prepared Mayan meal
Unwind with rooftop cocktails and chic bites at The Thompson Hotel

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Learn from our full-day workshop
Motivate yourself and each other with targeted design thinking exercises
Gain access to an international network of professional connections

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4

Explore hiding Mexico with a full-day excursion to Bacalar
Play in the jewel-colored waters of the second largest lake in Mexico
Relax with a luxury lakeside lunch

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Discover Playa del Carmen. Choose from a selection of optional activities* that best highlight Caribbean Mexico.
Set Goals by coming together to build your three-month and six-month Purpose Project plans
Bond over a Beach Bonfire and Farewell Dinner

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Say our goodbyes

Meal(s) included: Breakfast




What Was Included

Accommodation for five nights
Breakfast daily, and either lunch or dinner daily
All activities
Full-day workshop with our speaker
Transportation to and from airport
Transportation to and from Bacalar

What Was Not Included

Mandatory Travel Insurance
Incidental Expenses
Alcohol (unless specifically noted)