About this mindfulness retreat
What you will experience
This retreat will be your time to stop your mental busyness so you can actually experience the here and now. The stillness and the pauses in our life make our experience full and meaningful. The time we take to reflect and be mindful gives us the space and awareness to fully experience the life that is always happening through us, all the life we habitually overlook. By the end of our 109 Mexico retreat we promise you’ll settle into the pace of pure mindfulness and nature – a pace where the best moments are spent watching the pelicans fly in formation over the sea, volunteering at the permaculture farm & turtle sanctuary , filling your lungs with fresh ocean air during yoga, getting dusty exploring the local ecosystem and being inspired by a remarkable community.
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 volunteer work
Playa Viva Permaculture Farm
The last two years we have volunteered with La Tortuga Viva and together with their incredible team we have built a turtle sanctuary and a community space for educational sessions! This year we are going to back to Playa Viva and volunteer at their permaculture farm! We will still help La Tortuga Viva with maintenance work at the Sanctuary, but this year a portion of your ticket will go towards the materials needed for us to help build a natural education center at the Permaculture Farm – instead of concrete we will be using clay and bamboo, how healing does this sound! Creating this space will help the team at Playa Viva and the Farm to educate and empower the local community to take care of their ecosystem while taking care of their local people.
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
✓ Closing ceremony
✓ All materials, training, and supplies for the Farm 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.
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.
EcoCasita with 4 Twins
/shared EcoCasita with private bathroom and ocean view
Cancellation and Payment Policy
We collect a US$650 deposit to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 60 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$1,950 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 60 days prior to the start date of the trip. After that, the payment cannot be refunded or transferred.
For the EARLY BIRD AND OTHER DISCOUNTED tickets, we also collect the US$650 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 and discounted tickets is due July 1st, 2020.
Full payment for regular price ticket is due August 3rd, 2020.
After August 3rd tickets must be purchased in full.
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