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8 Days Art and New Year Yoga Retreat in Mexico

Meditation, Creativity, and Yoga Retreat Mexico

Start the New Year by connecting with the flow of yoga and art. Join a journey to awaken your creative self through art and soul. Celebrate the New Year with a positive start. Daily yoga and meditation set the stage for the fun and joyous ride as you engage with aqueous media as vehicles for entering the flow of creativity. These are perfect compliments for learning to trust in your vision, intuition, and judgement.

Retreat highlights

  • 6 workshop days of yoga and art
  • Ayurveda principles and cooking class
  • Ayurvedic health consultation with Richard Masla
  • Trip to Puerto Vallarta for arts, crafts gallery tour, shopping, and city exploration
  • Trip to botanical gardens with Lunch at The Hacienda Restaurant
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and drinks
  • Airport transfers

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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This workshop will take place at Casa de los Artistas, artist Robert Masla and his wife Monica Levine's home and studio. Accommodations are arranged by them either in the “Casa" or their “sister apartments" in the charming fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific Coast. The tropical village is where inspiration abounds, with tropical flora, fauna, and all the beauty the sun, surf, and sea. It is a very special and safe retreat space that has private rooms and private baths (single or double occupancy) with balconies. No additional charge for a single bedroom with private bath!

Ayurveda Health Retreat Yoga Holiday Mexico Program

Robert Masla will lead you on a playful and fun artistic journey to uncover your creative self. Reconnect with your natural intuitive voice in a nurturing and supportive environment where exploration is encouraged and where there are no mistakes. Come and play in the fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating workshop. Acrylics, watercolor, and other aqueous media will be your vehicles for entering the flow of creativity.

They are the perfect media for learning to trust in your vision, intuition, and judgement. Using non-traditional and innovative approaches, experimentation and, art games as well as shamanistic techniques and rituals along with both new and old approaches to traditional drawing and painting techniques, you will awaken intuition, spontaneity, and creative play while exploring the depths of your souls and opening your hearts.

Richard Masla will compliment each day with calming, centering, and invigorating Hatha yoga, Vyasana flow exercises and stretches, pranayama or breathing techniques that balance and revitalize your energy, and soulful visualization, meditation, and song that opens your hearts. Together you will experience access to your calm center of meditative awareness as well as release the passion of the inner wild person to find more balance and flow in your lives.

Every morning before breakfast, you will greet the sun to begin your practice, dive into dynamic and rejuvenating Vinyasa flow, and end with Shavasana or deep relaxation, and meditation. You will emerge from these practices, clear, vibrant, and open. After a healthy, delicious breakfast you will gather again in the studio as artist Robert Masla will guide you in the experimentation of different drawing and water media, using a variety of painting and drawing processes.

The methods are designed to access your creativity, enhance stillness, and awareness along with others that will release energy and passion. You will engage in playfulness, discover the power of creativity, and have fun making art. No prior art experience is needed, but it probably won’t hinder your process either. In the afternoons, you will also take advantage of the outdoors and inspirational locals the Boca offers.

There is also plenty of downtime after lunch, during siesta for relaxing on the beach, hiking the wonderful trails, or just sitting on your balcony taking in the activities of the fishing village as you observe the beautiful tropical birds that land just feet away.

Included excursions

  • Boat trip to explore the coastline to see whales, dolphins, and giant mantas
  • Puerto Vallarta excursion for gallery walking tour, shopping, and city life
  • Trip to the Puerto Vallarta botanical gardens for photography and walking meditation


Richard Masla
Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico (Ayurveda Practitioner)
Clayton College (Naturopath)
Richard is the Ayurvedic practitioner who began the Ayurveda Health Retreat in 2001. He has helped thousands of people seeking healthy living with knowledge from the Ayurveda. He began his yoga and Ayurveda studies at age 17 and traveled to India at 21 with his spiritual teacher Swami Prabhupada. He is a dedicated yoga teacher and Ayurvedic educator. He has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and has traveled to India 34 times. In 1994, he graduated Clayton College with a degree of doctor of naturopathy.
Robert Masla
Robert is an internationally exhibited artist whose work is in many discerning private and corporate collections. With over a 35-year professional exhibition history, Masla brings immense talent, technical expertise, imagination, and masterful craftsmanship in whatever he puts his hand to. Masla began his studies at the age of 11 in the studio of 20th century realist master and former president of the National Society of Mural Painters, Alton S. Tobey.

Retreat location

The retreat takes place 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in the village of Boca de Tomatlan.



  • Art classes
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching


  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Garden

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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All meals and drinks are provided during the retreat. The food is local and vegetarian and is cooked with devotion by local chefs. Dinner is out at local restaurants in the Boca. Non-vegetarian options are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hike to the waterfalls and secluded beaches
  • Horseback riding
  • Jungle hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Sun bathing on Boca Beach
  • Whale watching

What's included

  • 6 days of art and yoga workshops
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Airport transfers from and to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)
  • All drinks
  • Individual Ayurvedic health consultation with Richard Masla
  • Boat trip to explore the gorgeous coastline
  • Some art materials
  • Trip to Puerto Vallarta for gallery walking tour, shopping, and city life
  • Trip to the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens for photography and walking meditation and lunch
  • Wireless internet access in the casa living room

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra excursions and trips
  • Gratuities to casa staff (optional)
  • Meals during Puerto Vallarta excursion

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ayurveda Health Retreat will pick you up from the airport at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

If you cannot make that pick up, you need to arrange your own transportation. Airport taxis are easy to arrange at airport taxi stands. The cost is approximately 45 USD. It is about a 45-minute ride from the airport to Boca.

There are two shuttles to the airport from Boca on Saturday, January 7, 2017. They leave at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You must be out of your room by 11:00 a.m. as another group arrives in the afternoon (breakfast is served on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and officially ends the workshop).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
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