About this yoga & service retreat
What you will experience
A portion of your ticket will go towards all the materials and supplies needed to continue the work we started last year with the brand new turtle sanctuary we built. So not only will you help to fund this project, but we will work together to bring it into fruition. Every year thousands of turtles lay their eggs on shores near Playa Viva. However, due to exploitation, environmental degradation & poaching, many of species of turtle are now on the endangered species list. The turtle sanctuary at Playa Viva is completely volunteer run who not only manage and build the turtle sanctuaries, they patrol beaches throughout the night to help newly hatched turtles safely find their way to the ocean. These hatcheries have to be rebuilt every couple of years in order to avoid bacteria build up and infestation.
About the location
Combining simple elegance with natural beauty and a commitment to improving the environment and the local community, Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel located on the western coast of Mexico, just 35 minutes south of Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport. Nestled between the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains near the village of Juluchuca, Playa Viva is situated on a mile of pristine and private beach.
The property’s nearly 200 acres includes an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, a turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem which supports an array of stunning wildlife. Playa Viva is close enough to the trappings of modernity yet worlds away providing immersion into the wonders of nature, and escape to utter private relaxation.
About the eco-hotel
Where You'll Be Staying
For the duration of this retreat, we will be staying at the beautiful eco-boutique hotel Playa Viva. A unique yoga retreat destination that provides us with the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico in the guilt-free luxury of an environmentally-conscious hotel. Playa Viva hosts a beachfront yoga deck, has its own private beach and is also the home of the turtle sanctuary we will be working on together with the local community. In short, Playa Viva is “Where Your Vacation Meets Your Values.”
About the accomodation
For this retreat there are three types of luxury accommodations at different costs for you to choose from, but no matter what you choose, all of the Playa Viva options are beautiful, extremely comfortable, and immersed in nature. You can read about the accommodations below and decide which will be the perfect fit for you!
Option 1: EcoCasita with 4 Twins (These rooms have 4 twin beds, so you will have three roommates. The EcoCasita have an unobstructed ocean view; private bathroom on the same level and have shutter doors to open for full ocean view or close for complete privacy. A small table and chairs are also available). This option costs US$2,500 per person.
Option 2: Private Studio (There are only two studios and both have an unobstructed ocean view and include a Queen bed. Room also has a desk. These are moderately sized rooms with a private bathroom which is downstairs from bedroom area. This is the perfect option if you would like the room all for yourself). This option costs US$3,500. If you would like to share this option with a friend, please email us at [email protected]
Option 3: Treehouse (This is the most iconic room located in palm trees as living “piers” raised 6 feet above the ground. Room is outfitted with three twin beds, private bathroom, ocean view and small lounge area with in-floor hammock. Who doesn’t want to stay in a treehouse by the ocean? Private bathroom located in bathhouse is down a set of stairs from the main “perch”. This room is reserved for a group of three people traveling together and it is first come first serve. So if you already know you are traveling with two other friends, send us an email at [email protected] so we can reserve the Treehouse for your group!) This option costs US$7,050 for three people.
Please email us at [email protected] if you have any special request regarding accommodation or any question.
✓ 6 days, 5 nights lodging at Playa Viva
✓ Farm to table breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
✓ Transportation to and from the airport ( you will fly to Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport – the airport code is ZIH)
✓ Daily yoga & meditation with the one and only WAYS
✓ Closing ceremony
✓ All materials, training, and supplies for turtle sanctuary project
✓ Optional excursions will be available at an additional cost including snorkling, kayaking, traditional Temazcal ceremony and massages
About the space
We will be practicing our daily yoga and meditation sessions at the beautiful “Acropolis of Yoga” at Playa Viva. This eco-hotel is equipped with the most beautiful yoga deck you have ever seen. In open air, surrounded by the Mexican jungle and with the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean, a lot of magic will happen on this space.
Meet the Team
This retreat is not possible without the hard work and brilliance of this wonderful team.
We Are Young Souls promotes self-study as a daily practice which enhances our relationship with ourselves and others. We seek to uncover the veils, to break away from fixed identities and belief systems. These beautiful ancient practices will create the fertile ground to live from our true nature, our most authentic self.
We've been living and teaching Yoga for the past ten years. Our main interest is to share Yoga as a Self-Healing Practice, allowing total transformation when used as a complete system. We all have the power to shape this life in whichever way we want, to expand our consciousness and to choose how we share our energy with the world.
When done whole-heartedly, anything is possible.
Fer & Pao
Her role for this retreat will be as a liaison between the 109 group, our hosts and the local project. She will also provide support to WAYS where they need in facilitating the mindful & healing activities throughout our long weekend together and keep the day moving seamlessly and timely.
Her role for this retreat will be coordinating with the 109 group on the flow of activities and answering any all questions they have. She will also provide support to WAYS as needed in guiding each of the activities and be an available resource for anything anyone may need.
His role during this retreat will be to film and photograph as is appropriate and in line with participants preferences and 109's guidelines. He will be active during the more interactive sessions and leave the more personal, intimate moments to be felt solely by the group.
His role during this retreat will be to photograph as is appropriate and in line with participants preferences and 109's guidelines. He will be active during the more interactive sessions and leave the more personal, intimate moments to be felt solely by the group.
Book Your Stay
For this retreat there are three types of luxury accommodations at different costs for you to choose from, but no matter what you choose, all of the Playa Viva options are beautiful, extremely comfortable, and immersed in nature. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any special request regarding accommodation.
Cancellation and Payment Policy
We collect a US$500 deposit to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 30 days prior to the start date of the trip. After that, the payment cannot be refunded or transferred.
To reserve the Treehouse we collect a US$1,500 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 30 days prior to the start date of the trip. After that, the payment cannot be refunded or transferred.
For the EARLY BIRD tickets, we also collect the US$500 deposit to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit). Full amount payment for early birds is due July 1st, 2019.
Full payment for regular price ticket is due August 6th, 2019.
After August 6th tickets must be purchased in full.
I came into this experience with unfathomable trauma, anxiety, depression and truly a loss of myself; yet, I left having redefined my self-love and self-care, strengthened my voice, and grown in love for another community and people. Through this week and all the experience beyond, I am learning that I truly am my own healer, hero and leader. Thank you for keeping my heart soft and until we meet again, may 109 continue to change the world with its presence, action and intention.Caitlin Beauchamp109 Mexico
I'm so thrilled at there being more and more opportunities for women to come together and see how much power we have communally. It is important for our thriving and survival to create environments where women can form coalitions rather than put each other down (which is what culture has been telling us to do for so long). So we truly need that safe space.Anastasia Standrik109 New York
This experience was so much more than I had expected. The professionalism around a difficult topic, the caring and supports in place for participants went beyond what I could have imagined. The yoga was again very professional, therapeutic but most of all fun! We became life long friends bonded by this mission and I believe that we will all come home and make a difference here in our communities as well.Lindsay Baker109 Sweden
I was looking for several months for a trip that would help rejuvenate my mind/body/heart and help me stay on a purposeful and happy path in life. When I saw this trip I knew it was exactly what I needed, and 109 did not disappoint! The group of women were all genuine, supportive, and so fun. The personal growth from practicing yoga, learning Muay Thai, and raw conversation was exactly what I needed to experience on the beautiful island of Samui.Emily Nelson109 Thailand