Embodiment As Spiritual Practice

Tulum, Mexico Dec 4th-Dec 8th, 2019


Remember a sacred relationship with your body…

Imagine a relationship with your body where it becomes your greatest resource. Imagine learning to notice sensations as messages for your healing. Imagine feeling strong and at ease in your body, experiencing it as a sacred vessel for your journey and the expression of your deep nature in the world. Imagine feeling fully present and in the flow of life, connected to your beauty and living life from this place of remembering. Imagine healing self-criticism and shame and having access to your energy to make a positive impact in the world.

You are invited to join Body-centered Psychotherapists and Yoga Teachers Heidi Andersen and Shelley Tom in a unique 4 day/4 night retreat experience. In a beautiful, serene setting at the Amansala Yoga and Wellness Resort in Tulum, Mexico, we will be come together to support participants in making this transformation from an uncomfortable, self-critical, shame filled relationship with your body to experiencing embodiment as a spiritual practice. We will gather for daily embodiment practices of yoga, mindfulness, joyful movement and yoga nidra. We will also have daily circle time and ceremony centered around:

  • Exploring what led to a disconnection from your beauty

  • Challenging negative beliefs stored in your body

  • Creating safety and boundaries

  • Experiencing authentic mirroring of your true Self and

  • Reclaiming your body as a resource.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Receive $200 off if paid in full by October 1st.

Limited space for an intimate & safe setting.

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Room Options

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$xxxx per adult/single occupancy

Contact us for more information if you would prefer a single room.

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$2081.40 per adult/double occupancy

With twin beds that can be pushed together.

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$1991 per adult/triple occupancy

With three twin beds.

For booking, please contact Heidi at heidi@reclaimingbeauty.com or Shelley Tom at shelleyjoytom@gmail.com.

Any questions, please call or text Heidi at 828-279-7091or Shelley at 828-582-4653

Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel we will do our best to find a replacement for you. If a replacement is found, your payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit and processing fees. Full payment must be paid by October 1, 2019. Some room types have limited availability and are on a first come, first served basis.

 Meet Your Facilitators


Heidi Andersen

Heidi Andersen, MS, LPC, CEDS-S, RYT, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and Embodiment Specialist. During her career, she has worked as a therapist in residential, PHP, IOP and outpatient levels of care with people struggling with eating disorders. She currently maintains an outpatient private practice as a Body-Centered Psychotherapist specializing in treating the intersection of trauma, attachment wounds, and eating disorders through a somatic approach and offers psychotherapy groups, workshops and retreats. Heidi is the author of the Reclaiming Beauty Journal and Wisdom Deck. This resource was created to engage women in the process of healing body image and self-image through the use of imagery and experiential exercises. With a strong belief in the Body-Mind-Soul connection and the importance of spirituality in the healing process, Heidi holds the vision that all people will learn to see the beauty in themselves and those around them. 

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Shelley Tom

Shelley Tom is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Daring Way Facilitator, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) who has specialized in working with teens, women and families in healing from various forms of trauma in residential treatment, wilderness therapy, and outpatient therapy.   Shelley has served as the Clinical Director of a residential program with an integrative approach to healing as well as has held clinical positions in a myriad of community settings. Currently, Shelley is the Dean of Education at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and loves teaching and facilitating groups and workshops to support integration and healing.  Shelley is passionate about helping others find their personal path to healing and wholeness by combining her clinical experience with deeply held body-centered practices such as yoga, yoga therapy and yoga nidra.  


About Amansala



Amansala is Sanskrit named after the peaceful crystal clear waters of Tulum, and to this day it is still one of Tulum's most iconic, eco-chic boutique hotels. Amansala was founded on the belief that a true vacation is one where you come back looking and feeling better than when you arrived. 

We are a full service resort that puts equal emphasis on indulgence as it does on the restoration of the mind, body and spirit. We believe in creating an experience that centers around the natural beauty and resources unique to Tulum. We use natural materials and resources to create simple yet beautiful rooms, a menu full of fresh delicious food and an atmosphere that feels more like staying at a friends beach house than a hotel.



Amansala Wellness Resort is located on the Riviera Maya. Between the pristine blue ocean and the emerald green tropical forests and jungles, is nature in all of its splendor.  Think of paradise in these terms: laying in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree, facing beautiful white beaches, sipping a cool drink, and enjoying the warm but refreshing breeze caressing your skin.

The Riviera Maya offers endless adventures. From tranquil sea coves, bays to rougher more open ocean, transparent lagoons, mysterious water springs with landmarks, vestiges of a culture thousands of years old, or the world's second longest reef which stretches from Quintana Roo to Honduras. There are also a variety of beach and water sports to choose from, with places offering all the infrastructure and services you need. Take full advantage of your getaway and relax on the beach to the ever-present rhythm of the waves.

Optional Excursions

Bike tour to Tulum Ruins - $45
Tulum holds the honor of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region. A 30 min bike ride starting at amansala

Mangrove bike ride and skywalk - $45
15 minute drive along the beach road to a secret garden that is kept exclusively for Amansala Guests.
At the intersection of land and sea, mangrove forests support a wealth of life. This ecosystem may be more important to the health of the planet than we ever realized. After at 15 minute bike ride towards the Biosphere, we will arrive at an entrance that will take you to short hike along a wooden platform until you reach a beautiful cenote where the salt and fresh water mix. Optional swimming, floating or kayaking but a definite must for sight seeing. Expect to take amazing photos.

Gran Cenote - $45
The name does say it all, this large cenote is one of the most popular diving and snorkeling areas in the Riviera Maya. Snorkel inside of this huge cave system without ever diving under the water. Huge stalagmites, stalactites, and columns are yours to be seen by just sticking your face into the water.