The Story of Casa Om

Casa Om

Casa Om

Somewhere along the 307 highway from Cancun to Tulum, I stared into my rearview mirror wondering what would happen next. The fat, little cop returned with my license and asked me,”How did an Arab mariachi like you, end up  speaking Spanish here in Mexico?” How succinct, I thought.

Funny you should ask:

Somewhere around December 31st 2011 I was writing New Year’s Resolutions. I like resolutions. It’s a time to dream and ask the existential questions. There were many resolutions, but 3 of them would come to fruition:

1) Live in another country
2) Speak a different language
3) Build a retreat center


Around January 5th, my friend Charlie sent me a note about a place for sale in Puerto Morelos. It was a yoga retreat center but it hadn’t been used much. It needed a little work he said.
Yoga Room Before

Yoga Room Before

Yoga Room After

Yoga Room After

I was planning to be in the area with Mirabai Ceiba for a mix of music business and fun in early January 2012. I figured why not, it couldn’t hurt to look at this place. After a magical concert in the botanical gardens in Puerto Morelos, my wife and I went for a tour of the Casa. I remember thinking the space was chaotic. It had odd paint colors. It had charm but it needed new bathrooms, floors, windows, gardening, paint, and kitchens. It was a lot. It needed a pool and pretty much everything else.
I remember thinking~
– It was too much work.
– I wasn’t a good designer.
– It was far from DC.
– My Spanish was weak.
– My construction skills were poor
– I had no friends here, and when I blew this, probably anywhere else too
– I couldn’t afford it
– I was scared
I remember sitting on the steps and feeling overwhelmed. Just the sheer amount of construction to turn the place into a viable product was tremendous. I was the co owner of SpiritVoyage and we had Bikram Yoga Fairfax to run. I thought I don’t need this.
The Kitchen before renovation

The Kitchen before renovation

The Kitchen After Renovation

The Kitchen After Renovation

After finishing the tour, I slumped down on a bench, feeling tired. I looked to my wife and expressed half my doubts before she cut me off. She said “I know exactly what to do, don’t worry. Just get the deal done”.

There have been a few times, where she said similar things to me. I have placed many of my biggest bets on her. I thought that if I messed this up, we would probably tank our other endeavors as well. This was more complex than before but one of my rules has always been:

Bet the most, on the ones you love.

I remembered New Years and found it cosmic that this would fulfill so many of my resolutions.

I went home and placed a low offer with some hopes they would reject it. I thought, once they countered or said no, I would walk and it would be over. I could say I tried. I stepped away from my email satisfied that this fantasy was fleeting. I went to bed content and slept well thinking this would never happen.I came back the next morning and checked my email.

They accepted.

Wow I thought. This is going to be awesome.

Corridor Before

Corridor Before

Corridor After

Corridor After

About Casa Om

Casa Om is a boutique hotel 15 miles south of the Cancun Airport. We feature 10 rooms, a pool, a beautiful yoga room, great access to the beach and a fantastic location. Enjoy massages on the beach and gourmet food from our personal chef.
Welcome To Casa Om

Welcome To Casa Om



  1. Wow, I absolutely love your story on building your own yoga retreat. Sometimes things really do seem almost impossible but miracles do happen and if you work hard and believe in yourself (like you have done), you can turn things around and live a whole new life.
    From what I can see from the pictures, you have done a pretty good job on designing and revamping the place so you do have a creative force inside of you.
    Casa Om yoga retreat looks fantastic!

  2. Dear Hargobind

    We hail fro South Africa – a place where we rely on miracles. And Kundalini yoga is transforming the lives of youngsters in Alexandra. It replaces anxiety and paralysing

    I sincerely hope that my beautiful, spiritual and artistic daughter Janine Leger will be allowed to stay in a corner of your beautiful abode from the 17 to the 21 March

    Help her make that miracle happen.

    May we be able towelcome you one day to the 4Living Guesthouse in Johannesburg

    Sat nam


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