Yoga Retreat in Yelapa, Mexico
Pura Vida Wellness Center
January 12-20, 2018
Meditation – Hiking – Beaching
$1,395 ($1,295 early bird — deposit by August 30, 2017)
Theme of this Retreat: Slowing down and Being
Where is Yelapa, Mexico and why would I want to go there?
On this Yelapa Yoga Retreat we offer yoga, meditation, and much more for every body, an affordable, wonderful opportunity to relax, renew, and rejuvenate. Yelapa is a delightful Mexican fishing village, located on a sleepy little bay just south of Puerto Vallarta. Since there are no roads to Yelapa (one of the things we love most about the town!), we take a 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta to the village. As there are no roads in Yelapa, there are no cars, less noise, less pollution and less stress. The donkeys used for transport make their own noise and pollution, but we’ll manage! Temperatures in January: refreshing 60-65 at night, 75- 80 in the day. Note: This is the dry season, so normally lots of sun. The food is fresh and delicious, including local fish, chicken, enchiladas, tortillas, ceviche, beans, avocado, pies, fruit (papaya, banana, pineapple, melon, etc.). Fresh fruit beverages. Yum!
“Thank you for all that you did to make our week in Yelapa magical. I had a great time and it truly changed my life for the better.”Jennifer, Seattle 2015 Yelapa Retreat attendee
We meet for one night in romantic old town Puerto Vallarta, staying right on the beach at the Emperador Hotel. On Saturday morning, we walk right across the walkway to the boat that takes us on a beautiful 45 minute ride to Yelapa, often visited and welcomed by dolphins or whales enroute! In Yelapa, we walk 5 minutes to our home for the week, Pura Vida Wellness Center. Located a short walk from town, we enjoy an incredible view of the bay, sometimes spotting whales while we dine on the patio, or as we stretch with our patio yoga.
Pura Vida Wellness Retreat Center
Pura Vida is a beautiful new retreat center, with most rooms that open up to the bay. All rooms have hot showers, and private bath. Security boxes in each room. Hotel has wifi. Included are two meals each day, which gives us freedom to explore town for some delicious local foods. For priority rooms choice, with full bay view, please add $50 per person for the week. There is also one dorm style room for four people, which lowers your overall price per person by $100 ($1,195 early bird). Single, if available, $1,695 early bird, or $1,795 normal price.
Yoga on the Patio
Overlooking the bay, accompanied by the birds. We generally do sunrise and sunset yoga, and various profound teachings, meditations, processes and workshops. We will have plenty of activities scheduled, yet keeping things as flexible and open as possible to allow people to create their own experience, with free time to relax, swim or snorkel every day, roam the village, hike the river valley, play in waterfalls, sip from coconuts, or drink fresh fruit juices on the beach. There are extra options available for a very reasonable fee, including massage, whale watching, fishing, snorkeling and other boat trips, island visits, parasailing, etc. Note: Everything is optional, but we encourage you to attend as many of the yoga and oneness classes to help create a sacred energy for the group.
“The trouble with the rat race is, even if you win, you’re still a rat.” (nothing against rats!)Lily Tomlin
Theme: Being, and Slowing Down
Our theme this year is slowing down, ahhhhhhh ……. being still, being who we are, stepping outside the rat race and remembering what is important: breath, community, consciousness. We will apply this to our slow food eating, to our slow yoga, our slow days on the beach ….
Sunrise yoga (sometimes with an optional meditation beforehand), then breakfast. Then we either have an activity (playshop, hike, island or beach visit), or just leisure time to stroll town or visit the beach for swimming, sunning, eating lunch, etc. Then a second yoga class before sunset. Then dinner, usually at the hotel, but a couple times we will go out to sample some of the excellent local restaurants. We will also offer a couple playshops (open to suggestions, possibly meditation, breath, healing, etc.)
Roy Holman and Liz Gross
More about Teachers click here. Roy has taught yoga, meditation, and healing for over 15 years, and Liz is not only a wonderful yoga teacher, but also is a wonderful vibrational energy healer. Roy is 500 hour certified in viniyoga. Both Roy and Liz teach with joy and passion, a grounded, flowing Viniyoga-inspired style of yoga, and includes pranayama (breathing) and meditation.
Note: Please contact Roy prior to making air reservations for details. Basically, you fly into Puerto Vallarta, take a taxi to the hotel (to be announced in details later), and plan to fly home on or after Saturday. Some of us pay for an extra night (Saturday) and fly home Sunday.
What is included for $1,395 (Early Bird $1,295)
8 Nights Hotel (double or triple occupancy): 7 nights at Pura Vida in Yelapa and 1 in Puerto Vallarta. I can match you with others, or single room may be possible for additional fee $1,795. Share room with 3 others, $1,195 each, if space allows. Meals in Yelapa : Healthy buffet breakfast each morning after Yoga, and one other delicious buffet meal each day (lunch or dinner). Open to food requests and suggestions. Classes: All Yoga, Meditation, & Playshops, guided hikes, Boat trip to Yelapa & return included.
Taxi or bus from and back to airport in Puerto Vallarta, other meals (eating out), souvenir shopping, tips, massage (about $70), optional extra activities (island trips, parasailing, mule trips, etc.) Price: $1,395 NOT including air $1,895 INCLUDES AIR from Seattle. $100 extra includes priority full water room when possible. Single room $400 extra – if available, but talk with me first.