The world’s first pop-up hotel, Papaya Playa, has proved such a success that the group behind the project, Design hotels, has decided to continue the project by launching the world’s first pop-up Ashram on the site in Tulum, Mexico.
Design hotels is now continuing the quest for alternative modes of living and being on this beautiful strip of Caribbean coast with the hope of getting the property and people off the grid.
“We’re taking the same energy and intensity that we had for creating one of the world’s first pop-up hotels to steer the Papaya Playa Project to the next level: of bringing about a deeper consciousness of the environment and one’s inner-self,” said Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels.
Channeling a higher state of being
It can be a daunting endeavor to explore different spiritual paths, but concept creator Michael Liss, hopes the pop-up ashram can ease the process.
“We want to create a spiritual retreat for people who are drawn to yoga or are simply asking the larger questions about life, but haven’t figured out where to turn, what to try, or found a practice that speaks to them,” he said.
“PopUp Ashram acts like a wading pool where you can test and experience many traditions without having to dive into the deep end.”
A full program of conscious exploration will be offered, both planned and serendipitous from 15 September to 05 November, ranging from ceremonies with Indigenous Grandmothers and various types of yoga to transcendental music and art.
Guests can choose from five-and eight-day Packages for the complete effect or contact the spiritual concierge on site to customise a schedule.
Rates for the PopUp Ashram start from US$1,095 for the 5 Days / 4 Nights and US$1,935 for the 8 Days / 7 Nights packages.
The Papaya Playa Project is partnering with Finding Infinity, an international grassroots ecological initiative, to implement renewable sources of energy and get the resort completely “off the grid”.
Innovative wind power technology will be used to minimise noise production and the impact on local wildlife, while bicycle-powered blenders, solar-heated water and bio-diesel-fuelled staff vehicles will also feature alongside hyper local food served at the resort’s restaurant.
Regular talks will be held by local and international speakers on topics ranging from water, energy and waste, to community projects throughout the world and seminars on the installation of solar power systems.