Nourish & Renew

A Unique Women's Retreat Experience in Mexico

June 24th - 30th, 2018

Ivi and Cassandra invite you to join them in Puerto Morelos, Mexico for an intimate and inspired retreat at the beautifully and artistically appointed eco-lux villa, Casa Om.  Over the course of 7 days, we will nourish and renew ourselves with yoga, breathwork, meditation, bodywork, aquatic adventures, natural healing therapies, and delicious vegetarian food.  This unique opportunity will offer women-centric, interesting and relatable workshops designed to support your journey.  Tap into the natural healing energy of the ocean as we joyfully embrace ancient practices and modalities. Join a sacred circle of women willing to let go, expand, renew and return to our lives with an energized and focused mind, body and spirit.  All levels are welcome!



Enjoy 6 nights of luxurious accommodations in the group’s privately-reserved, stunningly appointed, Zen-inspired Casa Om Villa directly across the street from an incredible beach in the town of Puerto Morelos.  This authentic oceanfront fishing village is located 35 minutes from Cancun airport and 30 minutes from lively Playa del Carmen. PM is on one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. Double occupancy accommodations include:  5 guest rooms each with 2 beds and private bath, 1 queen bed and futon with private bath and 1 king bed with private bath.  This air-conditioned property offers a pool, pond, yoga studio, palapa, and intimate outdoor spaces to gather, relax and connect for retreat guests only.  Daily maid and evening turndown service is provided.  This is an alcohol free property.  Directly across the street, however, is a great bar!



Included experiences in this extraordinary offering are: Roundtrip airport transfers from CUN for those arriving between 1pm and 5pm on 6/24 and return transfers on 6/30; full gourmet vegetarian breakfasts Monday – Saturday with the exception of Thursday due to the Whale Shark Excursion; Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners Sunday – Friday; AM/PM yoga and meditation practices; a 90 minute massage; 2 amazing workshops; a Yoga Nidra experience with crystal singing bowls; full moon fire circle with drumming; 1 cenote snorkeling adventure; 1 reef snorkeling adventure; AC and Wifi; daily maid service; and daily turndown service. A whale-shark adventure will be offered for an extra charge of approximately $160 per person on Thursday to tie in with the full moon.  All offerings are subject to change due to weather patterns, etc.  Please know that everything is optional – you get to choose in what you wish to participate.  There is plenty of time for daydreaming, playing and exploring!


Learn and Experience 

Two interesting workshops will be offered: Wellness Potions for Goddesses – A Cooking Odyssey where we will learn how to use and prepare natural formulas for wellness with ingredients from your own yard and a chat with Mayan Healer Avelino May Xul who will discuss his approach to wellness and Mayan spirituality.  A Mexican cooking class, 2 different snorkeling experiences, a whale shark adventure, Yoga Nidra with a crystal singing bowl sound bath and a full moon drumming circle in addition to twice daily yoga classes and meditation will all be part of the experience.


Getting There

You will be flying into CUN – Cancun Airport.  For those arriving between 1 and 5pm on Sunday, your transfers are provided. Please contact Casa Om in advance to organize your transfers. Virginia residents, please consider flying out of Charlotte, DC or Raleigh for more reasonable flight options.



$1,999 – Early Bird Special (double occupancy required for all rooms) by February, 15, 2018

$2,100 – After February  16,  2018 

A $750 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation. The balance of your payment is due May 01, 2018. All investments are payable by check or cash. Please make checks payable to: Ivi Brenner and Cassandra  Kessman. 

Please contact Ivi at (540)-230-2641 or Cassandra at (518)-321-1295 with any questions and to secure your reservation. 

Gratuities are not included.

*10% of our proceeds will be donated to the protected Marine Park reef in Puerto Morelos.




Sunday:  You’ve arrived! Welcome! We are so happy you have decided to make this wellness investment in yourself!  Check-in begins at 2:00PM. Please join us at 6PM for mocktails and light snacks for a pre-dinner gathering poolside.  A lovely dinner will be served al fresco at 7PM in the open-air palapa.  Come nourish your soul with yoga nidra accompanied by a live crystal singing bowl sound bath at 9:15PM in preparation for a sweet night’s sleep.


Monday:  Good morning! Your journey begins with a warm yoga class offered at 8AM in the yoga studio.  Breakfast will be served from 9:30AM – 10:45AM.   “Wellness Potions to Support your Inner Goddess – A Cooking Odyssey”, an interactive class offered by Cassandra and Ivi, will be offered from 11-12noon. Gentle Flow Yoga and Meditation will be offered from 5PM-6PM.  Dinner will be served at 7PM.


Tuesday:  Hola! Gentle Vinyasa Flow will be offered from 8AM-9AM.  Breakfast will be served from 9:30AM-10:45AM.  Our amazing reef snorkel experience will be from 2PM-5PM.  Dinner will be served at 6:30PM.  A restorative yoga and meditation journey with aromatherapy will be offered from 8:30PM-9:30PM.


Wednesday: Another day in paradise! Warm yoga will be offered in our studio from 8AM-9PM.  Breakfast will be served from 9:30-10:45AM.  Avelino May Xul, our special guest and renowned Mayan Healer, will be chatting via translator with us about his healing approach and Mayan spirituality from 11-12noon. Gentle therapeutic flow and meditation will be offered from 4PM-5-PM.  A Mexican cooking class will be offered by Casa Om’s very own celebrated chef beginning at 6:30PM.  Dinner will follow.


Thursday:  WHALE SHARKS!!  FULL MOON!! Oh my!! We will get picked up around 6AM and returned around 5PM. We are pretty much guaranteed to see these extraordinary creatures due to the full moon alignment. This is bucket list/bust out of your comfort zone stuff, goddesses! A bagged breakfast will be provided and lunch will be served on-board.  Dinner will be served at 7PM.  Enjoy a special and transformative Full Moon Fire Ceremony at 9PM with drums and a guided meditation.


Friday:  Gentle Vinyasa will be offered from 8AM-9AM.  Breakfast will be served from 9:30AM-10:45AM. Our cenote snorkel experience will be from 2PM-5PM.  A guided beach sunset crystal meditation will be held from 7:15PM-7:45PM.  Our farewell dinner will be served at 8:00PM.


Saturday:  Our final morning in paradise. Saying goodbye’s over breakfast at 8:30 AM. Check-out is at noon.  

**WARNING: Seismic shifts within your soul may occur due to extreme joy!!!

 ***Please schedule your 90 minute massage either in advance or upon your arrival.

 All our hearts’ love – Ivi and Cassandra



An open heart; comfortable light clothing;  reef safe eco- friendly sunscreen; light sweater; personal toiletries and medications; bathing suits; sunglasses; yoga clothes; sandals and flops; anything that would make your journey more comfortable. Snorkel gear for excursions and yoga mats and props will be provided. 



Meet Ivi Brenner

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Ivi, Reiki Master, intuitive, empath, yogini and owner of,  “Blacksburg Healing Therapies”, has resided in the New River Valley for over 20 years.  She is extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to study myriad modalities with amazing master teachers from around the world, enabling her to craft a unique teaching style, blending East/West practices.  She is also grateful to the IBY community for providing a beautiful, creative and safe space to share her intuitively juicy, experiential and transformative classes combining yoga, Reiki, meditation, pranayama, crystals and aromatherapy for all levels of practice.  Ivi  supports individuals interested in: connecting to their soul’s purpose, balance, freedom, joy, health, mindfulness, changing destructive patterns, living authentically and empowerment.



              200 YTT - Becky McDaniel at IBY

              300 YTT – Tantric Hatha Yoga - YCC in New Haven, Conn – KathrynTempleton, Sue Neufeld and                  Yogarupa Parayogi Rod Stryker

             Therapeutic Yoga – Integral Yoga NYC– Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal

              Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist – Yoga International - Kathryn Templeton


               Rev. Padma Pria – Yogaville

               Rolf Sovik – Yoga International

Energy Work:


                Usui-Tibetan Reiki Master – Tina Esposito Conroy - NYC

                Holy Fire Reiki Master – Lynn Boggess

                Karuna Usui-Tibetan Reiki Master – Kathie Lipinski – NYC

                Jikiden Shoden and Okuden Practitioner – Frank Arjava Petter

                All Love Sekhem with Patrick Zeigler


                Integrative Energy Therapy: (Advanced Angel Therapy)

                I.E.T. Master Instructor – Tina Marie Bertolli and Billy Rothcamp – NYC

                All Love with Patrick Zeigler


                  Certification in Aromatherapy – Elisha Reagle – NRV Massage School


                    Certification in Reflexology – Elisha Reagle – NRV Massage School

 Sound Therapy:

                     Soma Energetics Sound Therapy Certification with David Hulse





Meet Cassandra Kessman

Cassandra is inspired to empower others to live from a centered place grounded in authenticity and expansion. Through the use of Asana, herbs and breath, she intuitively connects with the belief that we all have the inner wisdom to heal ourselves and find peace. 

Her flowing teaching style helps students to feel comfortable in their bodies as they navigate the waves of their breath. Cassandra creates a safe and comfortable environment where students may honor themselves and practice present moment awareness. She shares yoga in a way that is accessible to every body, weaving the wisdom of yoga philosophy and Chakras into her classes. 



      200 YTT - Satsang Yoga (Yoga Alliance Approved) 

     300 YTT - Hatha Yoga & Self Awareness Program - Anna Pittman (Yoga Alliance Approved) 2017 - 2018

     Co -owner of Tapestry Massage & Yoga, Radford, VA



     Twin Star Herbal Education 

     Herbalist & Yoga - Judy Apicella

     Environmental Studies B.A. - MCLA 

     Owner of Wildwood Apothecary, Radford, VA  



     Reiki I & II - Usui Shikoku Reiki Ryoho Method - Ginny Mackles


The Wild Woman Project  with Chris Maddox:  

     Trained Wild Woman Circle Facilitator 



"There were many things in my youth that I'm not proud of...they were loose threads...untidy parts of myself that I wanted to remove. But when I pulled on one of those threads...I unraveled the tapestry of my life." -Captain Jean-Luc Picard