dowu network

Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that everything in life is interconnected. There may be accidents but there are no coincidences. All moments carry lessons for us. By sharing these unique moments together, we create lasting bonds between attendees, team members and the characters we meet along the way. Our goal is to offer our guests the kind of experiences we like to have ourselves. 


Briana Gomez, Founder

Briana is the founder of Days Off With Us, and hosts the experiences personally. A Cancun-native, she founded DOWU in 2015 while living in San Francisco, California. Inspired by her love for hospitality and creating unique events, applied through a lens of healthier living, she offers her guests a unique experience in the Mayan Riviera through intentional vacations. She plans to get healthier everyday while getting the chance to help others do the same. 

Robbie Gomez, Partner/Dive Master

Robbie is our PADI Certified Dive Master. Also a Cancun-native, Robbie joined the DOWU team in 2016. He offers guests Scuba Diving lessons, photography/film skills and a great sense of humor appreciated by all. Although he currently lives in Austin, Texas, he makes it his business to attend every DOWU experience. 

Chef Bai, Nutritional Chef

Chef Bai is an original founder of DOWU, bringing her talents as a chef and nutritional expert to the table for guests to enjoy healthy and tasty meals. She loves the rich flavors of Mexican style food, cooking the fresh catch of the day, and creating an accessible kitchen environment for her guests to learn just as much about cooking as the food they are eating. She currently lives in San Diego, California, offering private Chef services to clients and cooking for retreats worldwide.

Patrick De Novais, Partner

With us since the start, Patrick is our action man to-the-rescue kind of guy. Find him diving off a cliff or on his daily swim to the reef. This guy always has a fun idea up his sleeve. He also happens to be an undercover grill master so expect some amazing meals from him. Growing up part time in Brazil and Switzerland, his roots to the beach, ocean and mountains are strong. He plans to spend his future days surfing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

Elena Kelly, Yoga Teacher/Creative Design

Elena Kelly, Colorado native and California based yoga teacher, artist and jewelry maker. She joined the DOWU team in 2016 for Tropical Gathering II, and has since taught at Tranquilo and Verano (2017). Her style of yoga is intuitive, gentle and focused, with a great flow and amazing music too!

Malinda Stumbos, Yoga/Massage

Malinda Stumbos from Sacramento, California, has taught at DOWU retreats since 2015 including: Tropical Gathering, Refresh, Elevate, Cabin Fever and TG2. Blending her yoga practice, massage therapy skills, and her background in nutrition and body kinetics, she delivers a well-rounded approach to healing the body through movement, a healthy diet, meditation and a healthy lifestyle. She is planning to host her own retreats in Northern California.