Led by Sally Mitchell, RYT Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Integrative Health Coach
We are heading to the environmentally-conscious yoga and beachfront resort, Playa Viva in Mexico. Step out of your cabana right onto the beach, just footsteps from the ocean. The perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and restore whilst also having the opportunity to experience the onsite sustainable farm, turtle sanctuary, and visit the local community if you wish.
The morning yoga classes will be mostly Vinyasa Flow Yoga for all levels, linking movement with the breath for an energizing yet relaxing flow. With creative and balanced sequences, strengthening and lengthening, detoxing and pranayama, you will experience a strong, safe and supportive practice. Modifications and options will be provided for different abilities. You'll have the opportunity to play with some backbends, arm balances, and inversions if you choose, and cool down with some deep stretches to restore the body and mind. The afternoon classes will be yin or restorative with guided meditations.
During the retreat, at Playa Viva, you will have plenty time and opportunity to learn about the local community and resort, including a farm and permaculture tour, visit to local town including the local school where Playa Viva volunteers teach English, coconut candy factory, and archaeological site, and watching the turtles at night and visiting the turtle sanctuary. Additional activities and excursions may also be arranged during your stay, including visiting local coffee and cacao growers and enjoying a homemade meal with a local family, kayaking and paddle boarding, fishing, snorkeling, scuba, surfing, marine biodiversity tour, cacao ceremony, Temazcal purification sweat lodge ceremony, and horseback riding. We look forward to sharing this journey of yoga, wellness, biodiversity and local culture with you!
"Sally's Yoga retreats are truly a "reset" experience for us Yoginis who live very busy, stressful and active lives. Sally creates a very inspirational atmosphere, both physically with the locations she chooses AND supportive of any level of Yoga practice; spiritually, and offers a lovely sense of needed community and genuine guidance and caring. She is one of a kind." - Kathy, Sonoma Retreat
"Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat. We sure did enjoy the gift of Yoga, Meditation and stillness. This was so so so appreciated. YOU did an amazing job as a facilitator. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Namaste!" - Caroleanne, Hawaii Retreat
The retreat will be held at the luxury, environmentally-conscious, sustainable, boutique, beachfront resort, Playa Viva Mexico. Located near the small village of Juluchuca, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the State of Guerrero, Playa Viva is just 35 minutes drive from the nearest airport, Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH).
Step out of your cabana onto the beach, footsteps from the ocean. This is the perfect place to recharge, rejuvenate, restore and connect mind, body and soul.
Nestled between the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains on the other side, Playa Viva is a 200 acre property situated on a mile of pristine and private beach.
In your free time, we encourage you to explore Playa Viva's Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary, and coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem that supports an array of stunning wildlife. At Playa Viva, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, take time to relax and rejuvenate, and enjoy outdoor adventures, such as hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, bird watching and more. It's all here waiting for you in this luxurious and natural landscape, or you can choose to rest and relax.
The closest airport is Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH) and is 35 minutes from Playa Viva. It is served by over 50 direct flights per week with half from Mexico City and the remaining flights from major North American airports including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver and Calgary. You will receive complimentary airport ground transport.
Sally Mitchell, RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher, Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, ChiRunning and ChiWalking Instructor, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
Sally is an inspiring teacher and healer, sharing with others the practices that have helped her to heal her own body and discover a path of transformation and greater self awareness.
Growing up in Scotland, Sally has been an athlete since childhood, always loving movement and fascinated by the human body, the power of the mind and the greater Universe. She is grateful to have the opportunity to inspire others to live a healthier and happier life and awaken to their inner desires and purpose, through the gifts of yoga, meditation, reflection, mindful movement, massage, energy healing and essential oils.
She looks forward to meeting you and being a part of your spiritual journey. Read more about Sally.
Check in is 3pm on the day of arrival. Check out is 12pm Noon on the day of departure.
The retreat will begin on the day of arrival with a 5pm Yoga class followed by an Opening Circle then dinner. The retreat will end on the day of departure with a 7am Yoga class followed by a Closing Circle then breakfast.
Beach towel, water bottle, alarm clock, flashlight and batteries, day pack, sneakers / walking sandals, insect repellent and after bite, tea tree oil for bites, sun block, bathing suit, cotton pants, t-shirts and shorts, yoga clothes, sunglasses, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner and soap are provided), camera, cash, passport and travel insurance documents. Non-US Citizens may require a Visa. Please contact your airline or passport office beforehand.
Beach Towel - Please bring your own beach towels. Bath towels or blankets should not be removed from the cabanas for use on the beach.
Yoga Props - Manduka yoga mats, blocks, straps and blankets are provided. However you may bring your own if you wish.
Cash - We recommend bringing cash for massages, spa treatments, excursions, snacks and drinks, and small currency ($1s, $5s and $10s) for tips.
Note: Please do not bring hair dryers as the resort is 100% solar powered and electricity is limited.
Playa Viva has several rooms types, all eco-friendly. Some rooms are ideal for one or two people like the Queen EcoCasitas (Queen bed) or Studios. The King EcoCasitas fit 4 perfectly in 4 single beds. Deluxe Suites are great for 3 people with 3 beds. The Private Casita is the most spacious. All rooms have a private bathroom and plenty of power outlets. Read more about the beautiful eco-friendly Playa Viva Casitas below.
** Early Bird Pricing through February 22, 2020**
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot, with the balance due 70 days prior to the retreat date. Or you may pay in full at the time of booking. If the retreat is less than 70 days from the date of registration, the full amount is required.
All prices are per person.
Use Discount Code FRIEND5 at checkout for a 5% discount if you are attending with a friend or partner. Note: The code must be used at the time of booking. It is not possible to apply this discount after you have booked.
If you are signing up with a friend or partner, please mention your friend's name on the registration form. If you are traveling alone, you may still sign up for a shared room if you wish and we will match you up with other solo traveler roommate(s) of the same sex. Shared rooms are single-sex unless you are signing up with a friend or as a couple and booking the whole room.
Deluxe Suite - Double Occupancy $1,595, Triple Occupancy $1,395 - Spacious Room with 1 King Bed or 3 Single Beds, with unobstructed views of the ocean, Deluxe Suites are part of the large 4 Bedroom Casita. The Deluxe Suites have a private bathroom and share a large open-air balcony lounge area with the other Deluxe Suite that serves as a large outdoor living room containing couch, chairs and table. The balcony has unobstructed ocean view.
Studio - Single Occupancy $1,695, Double Occupancy $1,295 - Studios are smaller rooms than the Deluxe Suites, have a lovely unobstructed ocean view and include either two Single beds or a King bed, with a desk and private bathroom. They are part of the 4 bedroom Casita and have their own private bathroom downstairs from the bedroom area.
Queen EcoCasita - Single Occupancy $1,795, Double Occupancy $1,495 - 1-bedroom self contained "Casita" (little house). This EcoCasita provides complete privacy and are outfitted with a Queen Bed so ideal for single occupancy or double occupancy sharing the bed. A separate single bed or crib can be added if necessary, although this makes it a little crowded. These rooms have unobstructed ocean views, a private bathroom on the same level and feature shutter doors to open for full ocean view or close for complete privacy. This casita also has a small table and chairs.
King EcoCasita - Double Occupancy $1,595, Quadruple Occupancy $1,195 - 1-bedroom self-contained "Casita" (little house), providing complete privacy and each outfitted with 1 King Bed or 2 single beds, plus two single day beds that can comfortably be used for quadruple occupancy. These rooms have an unobstructed ocean view, a private bathroom on the same level and have shutter doors to open for full ocean view or close for complete privacy. This casita also has a small table and chairs.
Private Casita - Single Occupancy $2,495, Double Occupancy $1,795, Triple Occupancy $1,495 - With stunning ocean views, this is the largest casita, with a large private bathroom, dressing area and private balcony with couch, table and chairs. The room is outfitted with a King Bed and a single bed or can have 3 single beds for triple occupancy.
Treehouse - Single Occupancy $2,695, Double Occupancy $1,895, Triple Occupancy $1,595 or $1,495 - The Treehouse is located in palm trees as living "piers", raised 6 feet above the ground. The gorgeous Treehouse room is outfitted with 1 King Bed, or 2 Singles, plus a single day bed is located in a separate smaller room at the back of the Treehouse, for single, double or triple occupancy. There is a private bathroom, stunning ocean view and small lounge area with in-floor hammock.
"Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees." ~ B.K.S. Iyengar