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Learn more about Elixir de Careyes.


View slideshows of Elixir de Careyes.


View memories of Laura's past retreats and events.


Learn more about Laura Christensen here.

Learn more about Laurie Lewis here.

Listen to Laurie Lewis' intermittent fasting story here.

This will be a very special and intimate gathering limited to a maximum of 9-11 guests in an exquisite location.

Reserve your space early to ensure your spot!

Learn more about Intermittent Fasting:



3-minute Video powerfully explains the benefits of Intermittent Fasting for the body and brain


Dr Jason Fung on YouTube

Ted Talk

Recommended Books:

Delay, Don't Deny

Feast Without Fear


The Obesity Code

The Ultimate Healing and Nourishing

Yoga & More Retreat

in Careyes, Mexico

with Laura Christensen & Laurie Lewis


February 22 - 29, 2020

Careyes will be the backdrop of what is sure to be a transformative week. It is a unique, up-scale slice of paradise, where the brilliant power of nature converges with barefoot elegance. (More about Careyes here.)

This will be Laura’s 20th retreat to Elixir de Careyes and every retreat is more magical than the last! Laura has developed a deep connection to this magical land and loves to share it with others. Beautiful new friendships always form, while old ones deepen and a real sense of community and transformation is always experienced. You’ll enjoy Laura’s impassioned Dynamic Form Hatha Yoga classes each morning for 2.5 hours, and the deeply rejuvenating Restorative Yoga practices in the late afternoons. Practical life-affirming discussions will be introduced for contemplation, and to inspire the creation and practice of living a healthy lifestyle and “Good Life!” The classes will be taught in a progressive fashion with each class building upon the last so that your practice will deepen over the course of the week. It will include in-depth workshops on core strength, shoulder opening and stabilizing, hip opening and stabilizing, back-bending, spinal elongation, hamstring lengthening and forward bending, twists, inversions, arm balances and more. A supportive and friendly environment will be the foundation in which we dive into our journey and grow.


AND this year, we are excited to enhance the healing experience by bringing on Intermittent Fasting coach, Laurie Lewis If you are curious about Intermittent Fasting – time restricted eating – this is the perfect time to explore how it works and experience the benefits. An optional aspect of our week together will be to participate in group-learning sessions, 1:1 coaching conversations, and perfectly timed-meals -- all are included!


Being drenched in beauty – nature, conversation, our bodies, quiet rest, delicious foods – is the theme of our week together. One OPTIONAL aspect of this healing nourishment is to take pause from eating for a portion of each day. Imagine, returning home from your soul-nourishing vacation, feeling light and free!


The food in Careyes is always a highlight! The 3 meals each day are served family-style on oversized Lazy Susans custom-built right into the huge round tables – which guests really appreciate for the conversations and bonding time they promote. For those who are participating in Intermittent Fasting, you will be able to choose which meals and snacks you would like to enjoy.  And for those who are not, you will be served 3 meals a day and snacks when desired. Our very own villa chef prepares plenty of choices and an abundance of everything: a selection of salads, a plethora of vegetables and tropical fruits, fresh fruit juices, fresh seafood, chicken, Jalisco specialties, king-sized platters of guacamole, grains, potatoes, and delightful homemade desserts. Special dietary requests and restrictions are accommodated as best as possible and always with a smile. 


If you choose to participate in intermittent fasting, you will pre-select which meals you’d like to enjoy the following day (1, 2, or 3). We promise, you’ll love the food, as well as the pauses from eating, and you will feel well-fed and satisfied. Also, ALL of this is optional, and if you choose to indulge 3 times a day, you are welcome to!

Intermittent Fasting Coaching Offering, included in Total Cost: (optional participation)

Thursday, January 30 at 5:15 – 6:30pm Pacific Time

Intermittent Fasting group workshop session via Zoom. Three weeks prior to the trip, Laurie will lead a 75-minute live, online tutorial on the benefits of Intermittent Fasting and how to begin. If you choose to participate, you will be set up to start your practice that evening. We encourage you to participate live, but for those who cannot a recorded version will be sent to you.

Sunday, February 23

Intermittent Fasting group-learning session. 75-minutes of instructions, discussion, Q&A

Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Opportunity for 45-minute 1:1 coaching session with Laurie. One session is included in the price, additional 1:1 sessions are $95.

Thursday, February 27

Intermittent Fasting group-learning session. 75-minutes of instructions, discussion, Q&A


If you choose to work with Laurie as your coach in the future, she will extend 20% off on the workshops or 1:1 coaching series.


With the help of the incredible staff in Careyes, Laura & Laurie aim to make this a very memorable week for everyone. Not only will you be drenched and nourished with healing practices during the week, but this retreat will arm you with tools you can take home to continue the progress.

About Laura Christensen


Laura Christensen is a passionate, inspiring, highly skilled national and international yoga teacher who has a strong commitment to her beloved, local community in Marin, California and surrounding areas. She is dedicated to uplifting and empowering her students and cultivating a safe place for deep and real connection within and without. Expect to be profoundly transformed on and off the mat as she skillfully and supportively challenges you and evokes the best version of yourself. Her powerful presence, authentic voice and focus on integrity motivate students to discover new depths within their hearts and new heights in their asana (posture) practices. Her focus includes great attention to the breath, core work, balanced energy, intelligent alignment and practical life-supporting inspiration. Laura’s keen knowledge and crystal clear instruction will keep you safe physically and often helps students to heal injuries. She is well known for orchestrating life-changing yoga retreats in some of the most beautiful places in the world. 


Laura has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1990 and has enjoyed 26 plus years of study under many senior teachers in many different yoga styles. She is honored to be the November 2012 Yoga Journal cover model and featured teacher, and to be featured in several Yoga Journal issues and online videos over the last 10 years. Laura was Certified in Anusara Yoga for 7 years, served on the Certification Committee for 5 years, and has mentored many teachers on their way to Certification. She has since moved beyond the system and broadened her focus to include great attention to the breath, core work and non-dogmatic alignment. She is enthusiastically committed to broadening her studies and her breadth of offerings as a teacher. She thrives as a student and values the opportunities to learn experientially from her phenomenal students and the many extraordinary teachers in the yoga community. She enjoys learning from the many different systems of yoga and other modalities. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Psychology. Before teaching yoga full-time, she worked in the corporate world at Robertson Stephens and Charles Schwab.


Learn more about Laura, read testimonials, view her schedule or find out about her special events, at


About Your Coach, Laurie Lewis


Laurie Lewis has changed thousands of lives through her Intermittent Fasting workshops, seminars, and coaching. Stubborn hormonal fat hit hard in 2012, causing her to suddenly gain 50 pounds. The tricks that always worked made no difference.  In 2017, an unexpected video turned the course of her life, and she started Intermittent Fasting immediately. Within days the fog lifted and she felt “like herself.” Laurie has restored her health, slender weight, and at 56-years old has been happily practicing Intermittent Fasting for over two years.

She combines her 20+ year study of nutrition (Certification, Institute for Integrative Nutrition) with her research and practice of Intermittent Fasting to support us with a dream come true  -- eat the foods you love and enjoy your life feeling vibrantly well. Laurie combines her keen listening and loving style with a no nonsense coaching approach. She wants you to succeed, and being coached by her feels like being uplifted by a deeply caring friend. 


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Reserve Before December 1, 2019 to Save $200.


Rates below are the discounted prices of $200 off per person if registered before December 1.


  • $2150 -$2375 for Double Occupancy

  • $1950 for Triple Occupancy (1 room only/the Suite)

  • $2600 for Double Occupacy in the Suite

  • $4000 for Single Occupancy (1 room only)

After December 1, all rates above increase by $200.


Detailed room and pricing information.

Price Includes:


  • Deluxe Accommodations with private bath, air conditioning, and basic toiletries.

  • All yoga classes with Laura

  • Three meals a day and snacks when you want them.

  • Intermittent Fasting Group Workshop via Zoom on January 30, 5:15 - 6:30 pm Pacific with Laurie (optional)

  • 2 Intermittent Fasting Group Learning Sessions with Laurie (optional)

  • 1- 45 minute individual Intermittent Fasting coaching session with Laurie (optional).

  • All the purified water you can drink.

  • Free Wi-Fi.


Does not include:

  • Air Travel.

  • Ground Transportation.

  • Additional Individual Intermittent Fasting sessions not listed above ($95 each 45 minutes.)

  • Additional outings or activities (massage, boat, kayak, SUP rental, etc)

  • Alcohol

  • Tips.

Please see the travel information page for flight and other important information.



For more travel information or if you have any questions, please email or call 415-310-9784.


© 2014 by Laura Christensen


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