Mexico Retreat

• Puerto Vallarta •

Week 1: October 17 – October 23, 2019

Week 2: October 24 – October 30, 2019

About the retreat

We’re going back to Puerto Vallarta after the amazing retreat there in 2018! This Mexican heaven offers numerous sandy, sun-kissed beaches covered by lavish palm trees, mountains, lively festivals and celebrations, and tropical jungles to discover. It is the ideal location for one of our retreats! Spend your day looking through unique shops, eat in the tasteful restaurants and walk the picturesque streets.Turn your dreams into reality with the help of industry experts leading our daily retreat workshops focused on digital strategies, photography and wellness. Connect with inspiring women from all over the globe and develop a firm support system who will help you reach your personal and business goals even after the trip has come to an end.


  • Dates:  Week 1: OCTOBER 17 – OCTOBER 23, 2019 | Week 2: OCTOBER 24 – OCTOBER 30, 2019
  • Retreat Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
  • Group Size: 15 total
  • Accommodation : Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
  • Meals: Daily Healthy Mexican food made with local ingredients, mostly vegetarian
  • Hosts: Lauren Pelkey, Carly Nogawski, Sam Katz
  • Price: $3300 USD


Who is the retreat for?

Our retreats are for female creatives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, bloggers or any woman looking to find passion and purpose.

We teach workshops on personal branding, photography, Lightroom editing, blogging strategies, Instagram growth and more, with an additional focus on women empowerment, self love and overall wellness. Not sure if it’s right for you? Check out our alumni page to see some of the women who have already joined us! You’ll see that they are of all ages, come from all over the world, and are in different niches! The retreat is for you if you are an eager-to-learn, open-minded individual prepared to travel the world and connect with other like-minded female creatives from all over the globe. It is especially for you if you are ready to live the life of your dreams and join a global sisterhood of over 140 women! If this sounds like you; then welcome to the best week of your life!


Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta

Surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Madre Occidental, Hotel San Tropico is an oasis in the heart of the paradisiac bay and Puerto Vallarta City.

This unique and peaceful hotel  harmoniously combines simplicity with modernity to create a true tropical haven that will naturally guide you to practice mindfulness and to care for your mind and soul.

With lush exotic gardens, refreshing pool, and a juice bar & yoga studio it is the perfect place to relax, reset, and appreciate the beauty of Mexico.




Incredible Tropical fruits and flavors of Mexico.

Come taste the tropical fruits and flavors of Mexico! Meals will be healthy, mostly plant based with the option of some dairy. We offer mostly vegan & vegetarian healthy food, and we are able to accommodate most dietary requirements.

What will be served: 

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners


The list of activities we’ll be covering.

  • Explore the colorful Streets of Sayulita
  • Visit Puerto Vallarta Beach
  • Check out Puerto Vallarta Town


Our workshops

Branding & Finding Your Niche

Your brand can have a great logo, all the hip pantone colors, and a flowy, playful font, but if you don’t know who you’re creating it for, then it’s all for nothing. Aesthetics are just one part of the branding process, and in this workshop we’ll help you get clear on the rest. Discover your target audience, hone your brand voice, and find your niche in the crowd, so you can communicate effectively and make an impactful, profitable splash with your business or personal brand.

Search Engine Optimization

You’re out here creating the best of the best content in your space, and it feels like your bestie and your mom are the only ones reading it. Are we getting warmer? SEO might be the most mysterious content strategy of them all, and we’re here to remove the smoke and mirrors for good. We’ll guide you through all the steps to creating blog posts and web content that will catch Google’s eye, and teach you an SEO strategy that becomes second nature.

Content Strategy & Calendar

The key to thriving in a content rich world is to learn the processes that keep you relevant, but won’t burn you out. We’ll teach the latest tools to help you edit photos, schedule, and automate your online presence, so you can focus on that authentic engagement.

Instagram Strategy

A constantly changing platform needs a dynamic strategy, and we bring the most up-to-date tactics for our Instagram workshop. The perpetual changes to the Instagram algorithm may get you down sometimes, but we’ll show you how to use Instagram to engage with, grow, and inspire your niche audience. Discover the tactics that work for influencers in 2019, and tailor them to your social media strategy.


A crash course in photography that will leave you feeling inspired to create. You’ll learn from industry leaders who have honed their experience into practical steps to help you stand out online. From the technical (Aperture, Shutterspeed, etc) to the aesthetic (framing the shot, lighting, etc), you’ll learn how to establish a photography style that speaks the language of your brand. You don’t need any prior experience and we’ll teach you with the gear you already have, so you can start taking pictures that you’re dying to show off!

Photo Editing with Lightroom

Step two of creating that perfect brand imagery and inspiring, Instagrammable, moment happens in post production. You may think Lightroom is only for “professionals”, but that’s you now, and we’re going to show you exactly how to establish an editing style for your brand. Your feed will never be the same!

How to Collaborate With Brands & grow your revenue

Brands know the importance of the influencer, and even the micro-influencer. Now that you’ve established your brand, nailed your content, and have the imagery to captivate, it’s time to leverage your efforts. We’ll teach you how to monetize your channels by pitching brands that align with your message. This includes exact email templates to land free product, press passes to events and trips, and even complimentary travel and hotel stays.

Advanced strategies to grow your email list

What would happen if your social media platforms disappeared tomorrow? How would you get in touch with your audience? The answer is email! Email is more alive than ever, and it creates more trust and higher conversions than social media. You own your email list, those are the people that want you in their lives, and you have the opportunity to deliver valuable content right to their inbox. We’ll teach you strategies to build an engaged email list and create emails that people actually want to open AND read.  



Passive & Active Income Strategies

It is said that successful entrepreneurs have at least 7 different revenue streams. In this workshop we will go through out of the box ways to make money in the industry, both actively and passively so you can start to think of ways to grow your business beyond one single stream of revenue!

Your Expert Mentors

We invite industry experts to teach you everything they know and give you the one-on-one attention you need to retain those skills. You will learn first hand from the experts and get all the behind the scenes industry scoop.

Lauren Pelkey


Lauren is the founder of solo travel blog, the Pangea Dreams Retreat & Community Manager, and is also a Retreat Alumna! Though born & raised in Massachusetts, she spends half the year in Colombia and now specializes in Colombia travel. She can’t wait to share her knowledge on SEO and blogging strategies and is so excited to welcome all the new ladies into the Pangea Dreams global sisterhood!

Carly Nogawski


Carly is an LA-based travel blogger and Pangea Dreams Retreat Alumni who turned her travel lifestyle into a career after completing her first Pangea Dreams retreat! When she’s not on the move creating content for brands or her Instagram, she’s teaching herself new photography skills or out exploring in nature. As a former kindergarten aide, she can’t wait to bring together her two passions of travel and teaching while leading the Peru retreat!

Sam Katz


Argentina born and Canada living, Samanta is a full time photographer and traveler with 7 years experience in the business and 51 countries under her belt. She brings her experience in commercial, fashion, and portraiture photography as a business owner and as an artist. Sam is our Creative Director and Lead Photographer!

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME DAY: Women will be arriving at various times throughout the day. Festivities will kick off around 6pm with a welcome circle, followed by a group dinner! We recommend arriving between 10am-4pm.

Day 2: WORKSHOP DAY: We’ll start the day with morning yoga/movement followed by gratitude & intention setting as a group. We’ll then have group breakfast and dive into workshops all day – breaking for lunch. We’ll end the night with a delicious group dinner!

Day 3: WORKSHOP DAY: We’ll start the day with morning yoga/movement followed by gratitude & intention setting as a group. We’ll then have group breakfast and dive into workshops all day – breaking for lunch. After the final workshop of the day there will be plenty of free time for content creation, photo editing, writing or exploring the beautiful property that we’re staying at! We’ll get together for group dinner and then gather for a women’s circle to end the night.

Day 4: EXPLORE DAY: After breakfast and gratitude as a group, we will head to Sayulita for the day! We’ll wander the colorful streets and explore the vibrant culture with plenty of opportunities for content creation. We’ll then head back to the hotel for group dinner.

Day 5: WORKSHOP DAY: We’ll start the day with morning yoga/movement followed by gratitude & intention setting as a group. We’ll then have group breakfast and dive into workshops all day – breaking for lunch. After lunch there will be multiple hours of free time to explore, write, edit photos, create content & collaborate. We’ll end the night with a delicious group dinner!

Day 6: EXPLORE DAY:  After breakfast and gratitude as a group, we will head to the beach and soak in the warm rays of the Mexican sun! We’ll have plenty of content creation opportunities at the beach and in Puerto Vallarta town. Afterwards, we’ll make our way back to the hotel for group dinner.

Day 7: FAREWELL DAY: This is the day we always dread – having to say goodbye to so many amazing women!!! Everyone will be leaving at various times throughout the day. Checkout will be around noon.

What’s Included



6 nights/ 7 days accommodations


6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners


3 morning movement/yoga sessions


Daily gratitude practice


6 workshops taught by industry experts


A professional photographer on site throughout the retreat


All transportation while on the retreat


Access to Private Facebook Group



2 lunches out while exploring Mexico


Flights to and from the location


Transfers to and from the airport


Personal Travel Insurance


USD $3300


What is Pangea Dreams & Who are the Retreats for?

Pangea Dreams specializes in empowering educational retreats for women creatives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, bloggers and more in beautiful destinations around the world. We teach women the skills and strategies needed to succeed in the digital world. During our 7-day retreats, we run workshops on topics like; personal branding, photography, social media growth, women empowerment, wellness and so much more. We have successfully hosted dozens of retreats since 2017, and now have over 135 women in our alumni community from over 25 different countries. If you are looking to meet and connect with like-minded women from across the globe, learn new skills, all the while exploring a beautiful destination  - this retreat is most definitely for you!

Do I need to have a blog or Instagram to join a retreat?

No! Our retreats are not just for bloggers or influencers, but are for women creatives, entrepreneurs, small business owners or any woman looking to turn their passion into purpose.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes! We can accommodate most diets, allergies and dietary restrictions, just make sure to let us know. We work hard to serve very healthy, clean and local produce while on the retreat. The food served is predominantly plant based but if you require a protein heavy diet we are usually able to accommodate. Prior to the retreat we will have you fill out a “Pre-Arrival Form” where you can indicate your specific needs.

What do I need to bring?

  • An open mind, positive attitude, and an eagerness to learn!
  • Camera (if you have one) and any other equipment you'd like to use
  • External Hard-drive (big enough for storing photos). THIS IS MANDATORY for photo sharing & storing.
  • Laptop (not required, but is helpful to have to transfer photos, follow along for specific workshops etc)
  • A pen (to take notes during the workshops)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Comfortable active wear for morning yoga/movement
  • Sneakers for any walking/hikes we may be doing
  • Sandals/ Flip-flops & any shoes you like to wear (We would not recommend bringing heals for anything, but if you like to wear them feel free to bring them!)
  • Cute clothing and accessories that you will want to shoot in! (there are many opportunities for photoshoots & content creation!)
  • Make sure to have the proper plug adapters depending on the retreat location

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes we require each participant to purchase travel insurance on their own. This is in order that you are insured should unforeseen complications occur like severe weather or medical emergencies. You may automatically through your credit card, but we recommend World Nomad. Please make sure to research travel insurance companies on your own to make sure that it suits your needs and coverage requirements.

Where Can I read your terms & conditions?

You can read our T&Cs here.

Do you have videos from past trips?

Yes! You can watch our recent video from the Bali Retreat here.

Where Can I find Testimonials?

You can find testimonials from many of our 135+ alumni here!

Are your retreats all about taking photos?

Although there is a heavy focus on photography and content creation, our retreats are about so much more than beautiful photos.

We focus on:

  • EDUCATION: by offering 7+ workshops on each retreat.
  • WELLNESS: by starting each morning with yoga or morning meditation, gratitude, and intention setting.
  • TRAVEL: by including multiple opportunities to explore the beautiful destinations & cultures that we visit.
  • COMMUNITY: by providing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment for like-minded women from all backgrounds to come together and learn, collaborate, and explore together.

What is the average group size?

This depends on the destination, but we typically have anywhere from 10-20 women on each retreat, including 2-4 retreat hosts.

What is the group age range?

We welcome women of all ages 18+ to join us on the retreats and have had women in their early twenties to late forties. We believe that age is but a number and you can learn and go after your dreams no matter what age or stage of life you are in.

What is included on a retreat?

  • Accommodation - 6 nights 7 days in luxury, boutique, or eco-style accommodations depending on the destination
  • Daily Meals - 6 Breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Workshop - 6+ workshops offered on each retreat tackling subjects in digital entrepreneurship
  • Photoshoots and many opportunities for content creation
  • 1-on-1 consulting with retreat hosts
  • Transportation while on the retreat
  • Professional photos shot by our team
  • Yoga and/or Morning movement - 3+ days per retreat
  • Daily housekeeping
  • WiFi
  • An exciting goodie bag - this varies retreat to retreat
  • Access to an our exclusive Facebook network of Pangea Dreams Retreat Alumni
  • ... and more! For specifics, see each individual retreat!

What is NOT included on a retreat?

  • Flights
  • Visas + Entry/Exit fees
  • Add-on excursions (location based)
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance

What does the rooming situation look like?

All accommodations are double occupancy unless otherwise specified. Many accommodations are either a shared Queen or King size bed with your roomie or two single beds depending on the location. If you are joining our retreats with a friend, please let us know in advance so we can ensure to accommodate you according to preference.

How long is each retreat?

Each of our retreats are 7 days, 6 nights.

What does a day on the retreat look like?

Our itinerary is broken into workshop days and explore days so that we can take advantage of both learning and exploring! On workshop days, we start each morning with yoga or morning movement followed by gratitude and intention setting where we share as a group. 

We then gather for a delicious group breakfast and jump right into workshops on topics ranging from photography to Instagram growth, before we all have lunch together. After lunch we will continue with another workshop, host one-on-ones with the retreat hosts, and then take advantage of free time to explore the local area, have a group photoshoot or edit photos, write in our journal or connect with your fellow Pangea ladies. 

We end the day with a group dinner, and the evenings are free time/relaxation (although they usually end with the girls brainstorming and chatting about everything they have learned that day)! 

On explore days we head out to explore the beautiful destinations and local cultures that we visit! This could be exploring the Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Bali, The Salt Mines in Peru, Hiking along the coast in Amorgos Island Greece, or wandering the vibrant streets of Sayulita in Mexico.

What will I take away from a Pangea Dreams Retreat?

You'll leave the retreat with incredible memories, new friendships and connections, loads of professional photos for your own use, new and extensive knowledge in photography, branding and social media, and so much more!

Most importantly, you will leave with a new sense of self and confidence, like one of our alumni said in her recap of the retreat: "Thanks to this new-found confidence, I have already landed two collaborations with luxury villas in Thailand in just a few short weeks!"

How many followers do the women on the retreat usually have?

It doesn’t matter whether you have 100 or 100k followers. Girls have participated on the retreats with as little as 0 followers (meaning, NO Instagram account!) and up to 30k+ followers! Seriously, we mean it when we say that your followers don’t matter.

When should I aim to arrive and depart for a retreat?

We ask that you aim to be at the retreat property on day 1 anytime before 4pm, if possible. Before the retreat we'll make sure to get your arrival time from you so we know when to expect everyone.

You can leave anytime on day 7 (the last day), although hotel check out will usually be around 11am.

Why is it only for women?

Pangea Dreams is created by women, for women, and we truly believe that Empowered Women, Empower Women. We are building a community through our retreats where women from all over the world help and support each other both at a professional and personal level.

By keeping our retreats women-only we ensure a comfortable environment where everyone is acknowledged and can find their full potential. There is room for everyone at the top, and the Pangea Dreams alumni help each other climb!

Do you require a deposit? Is it refundable?

We require a $650 USD deposit upon submitting your application for a retreat. This deposit is refundable up to two weeks to give you time to make sure that this is the experience you are looking for!

What method of payment is available?

We use a secure booking platform called WeTravel to process all of our bookings. Through this booking platform you can use a credit card to book and for US citizens, you can arrange a bank transfer to avoid fees. At this time, we are only accepting payment through this platform. You can also choose to add-on one way or roundtrip airport transfers and add-on activities.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! We offer custom payment plans tailored to your specific financial needs. We can create a payment plan with monthly payment plans leading up to the retreat, every other week, or every other month depending on your needs! We can split up the remaining balance into up to 10 payments. (Please note that your balance must be paid off one month prior to the retreat start date)

Payment Description

We offer payment plans tailored to your specific financial needs!

We only require a $650 USD deposit upon submitting your application and can then create a payment plan designed specifically for you and your needs. We can split up the remaining balance into up to 10 payments which can be paid monthly, biweekly or whatever cadence suits you best. All you have to do is tell us what you need and we can make it happen for you through our secure WeTravel booking platform! (Please note that your balance must be paid off one month prior to the retreat start date)

Ready to join us on a trip of a lifetime?

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What to Expect From These Workshops

You’ll leave this retreat with actionable strategies that will empower you to grow your brand without feeling lost or overwhelmed. BONUS: You’ll gain lifelong friends and fellow female entrepreneurs to share that journey!


As Jenna Kutcher says, if you have one follower you’re an influencer. Growing that influence isn’t cringeworthy or self-centered, like some people may think, it’s how you’re serving your audience. Through this retreat course, you’ll learn how to constantly show up for them and grow your community to help them reach their goals, and you reach your own. You’ll discover how to be a thought leader in your niche, and how to choose that niche.

Your audience is hungry for what you have to give and we’ll show you how to create that demand for your product or service through an authentic, established business or personal brand.


Brands are constantly recognizing the benefit of partnering with bloggers and influencers to get their product or service in front of the right people. We’ve curated a group of instructors who have been where you are and grown their audience to the hundreds of thousands (and their income to 5-6 figures a year) with valuable content and an online personality that attracts their niche.

You can get paid for the engaged community you’ve created AND serve them authentically, these are not mutually exclusive. We’ll show you how!


Social media is vital to a brand strategy, and any serious brand knows it. It’s not something to leave to the intern or throw on someone’s plate as an extra task, it needs a full blown strategy and strong presence. Social Media Management is a growing industry looking for people who get the platforms and can represent their brand with innovative content.

During the course of these workshops, we’ll show you how to become the social media manager brands are searching for, making you an expert on social media and content marketing strategy, content creation, and results-driven pitches to attract a steady stream of client and retainer work.

Additional Support

Ongoing support in our private Facebook group

Your professional development lasts well beyond the Pangea Dreams Retreat! As an Alumni, you’ll have lifetime access to our private Facebook community where you can continue to tap into the resources you’ve gathered and connections you’ve made at the retreat. We consistently share new industry tips and tricks, answer questions that come up when you leave, and encourage you to connect with other retreat alumni.

Templates for email pitches and more

We’ve done the testing and we want you to learn from our mistakes. Skip the learning curve, and learn exactly what works for pitching brands, clients, PR opportunities, and more!


All Course Materials

We know you’re going to have your learning sun hat on during the retreat, but we’ll give you access to ALL the course materials so you can refer back when you’re building your brand through our retreat workbooks.


Professional Digital Media Kit

You’ll walk away with a beautifully designed and expertly laid out media kit so you can leverage your influence with brands. This is your resume for your thought leadership, and you’ll know how to create it and pitch brands for exactly what you’re worth.