8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Mexico

  • Hotelito Los Suenos, Calle Rosalio Tapia No 10, Col. Nanzales C.P., Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

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Self-Discovery Yoga Retreat Mexico

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Beat the winter blues with pure bliss, fun, and adventure as you relax and rejuvenate with this yoga immersion in a gorgeous beach setting on the Riviera Nayarit. Create the sacred space of healing, expressing, and living your authentic self by coming together in a community and allowing spirit to meet physical form. Through breath, movement, and awareness you will cultivate deep presence and empower yourself to live wildly with a fully open heart.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Private homeopathic consultation
    • 1 hour heavenly massage session
    • Gong bath experience with Kundalini teacher Ricardo Moreno
    • Celebration dinner and party on your last day
    • Private cooking class with a master chef
    • Daily gourmet Mexican brunch
    • 7 nights' accommodation

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat, you will be staying at the charming Hotelito Los Sueños, or Little Hotel of Dreams. It is truly a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful tropical seaside village of Sayulita.

    There are a variety of different rooms that are all tastefully decorated in a traditional Mexican style with ceramic tile floors. The hotel also committed to being green, where 40% of electricity comes from solar panels, all organic kitchen waste is composted, only biodegradable cleaning products are used, and they also minimize the laundry and use of plastics.

    They staff at Hotelito Los Sueños are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Ready to help you with any need, the team will do everything possible to make your stay extra special. The yoga studio is a beautiful, open-aired space with a natural rubber floor. The owner of the hotel is also a yoga practitioner and wanted to share his joy of practicing yoga in a tropical environment. The studio was designed and built with great care and attention for the yoga practitioner.

    This year’s focus is journey into the sacred where you will explore the tapestry and tradition of yoga through the insightful and transformational practices of asana, breath work, meditation, and more. Your practices will include yoga, asana, pranayama, sensual Qigong, Tantra, meditation, and ceremony, all of which will allow you to achieve a deep understanding of yourselves. Practices will be adapted for every body and every level.

    Typical day

    • 07:30 Pranayama and meditation
    • 08:00 Practice
    • 10:30 Brunch
    • 16:00 Practice
    • 19:00 Dinner

    Wake up slowly, comfortably, and carefree as the sun shining happily into your cozy and authentic digs. Put your favorite yoga pants on and step out into a paradise-like setting, with nature and wildlife surrounding you and a light breeze coming off the ocean, only minutes from your doorstep.

    Walk a short distance to an energizing yoga class that focuses on pranayama (breath work), flowing standing sequences, and core strengthening. Afterwards, feeling rejuvenated and strong, you sit down with your new found friends (or old friends in some cases) to enjoy a healthy, colorful and gourmet Mexican brunch.

    As the day continues, the hardest decision you will have to make is whether you want to relax at the beach or pool, go surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, whale watching, explore the surrounding jungle, enjoy a fabulous massage, or take a siesta.

    Later on, after some fun in the surf and sun, you will slip back into those yoga pants for another relaxing class that focuses on lunar Yin, forward bending, restorative postures, and guided meditation. Once you are finished, you will look forward to a night out in the gorgeous town of Sayulita, where you will meet the lovely locals, eat incredibly delicious food, and make many memories.

    After the sun goes down and you back in your warm bed reflecting on your day, you drift off to sleep effortlessly, knowing that tomorrow brings you nothing but peace and tranquility. There will also be a free day for you to enjoy extra activities and explore the surroundings.

    The aim for every single yoga retreat participant is to heal, transform, and awaken. Together, you will explore a four step process to uncover the layers of being as a means to merge deeper within:

    Connect into the body and breath

    You will be helped to really be in your body. This includes focused work on breathing and being breathed. Together you will find love and respect of the physical form through an appreciation of alignment and the power of the breath.

    Release the issues in the tissues

    In this practices you will broaden your awareness around movement of emotions through the body. We open areas that store blocked emotions and release related mental limitations leading to the issues in the tissues.

    Recognize the power of the mind

    Working with your mind can be one of the greatest challenges on this journey - the thinking mind can hinder ever step while the intuitive mind can set you free. You will be helped to use your power to banish perceived smallness. You will be challenged to recognize growth in moments of uncertainty and discomfort. Together, you will ‘think less and listen more’.

    Live a sensual and awakened life

    You all yearn to blossom into your truest self. As you cultivate the practices, you become more familiar with what it feels like to liberate and embrace Shakti, a divine indwelling power. A life of freedom awaits.

    • Carla Wainwright

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yin Yoga)

      Carla is the founding owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George, British Columbia, and the director within the Primary Faculty of the SOYA yoga teacher training program. She's also E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher with over 17 years of yoga teaching experience in a wide range of styles - from Yin yoga to Prenatal. Carla has been teaching in multiple annual teacher training and international yoga retreats since 2008.

    This retreat will take place in Sayulita, Mexico. Often called the crown-jewel of the Riviera Nayarit, sunny Sayulita is home to beautiful beaches, Mexican culture, world-class activities, and more. A charming fishing village, Sayulita has picturesque beaches, charming restaurants, and great food. Unlike some other Mexican towns, tourists mingle with locals in a relaxed atmosphere, without the hustle and bustle of major touristy resorts.

    Sayulita offers a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, jungle canopy tours, snorkeling, fishing, and of course surfing! Sayulita is widely known to surfers around the world, and there will be an opportunity to take some surfing lessons during your afternoons or day off. This is often one of the highlights of the retreat.

    Nearby places

    • Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) - 45 minutes
    • San Pancho - 10 minutes
    • Boating nearby
    • Cooking classes
    • Diving nearby
    • Hiking nearby
    • Massage
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa
    • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
    • Surfing nearby
    • Whale watching
    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • Beach nearby
    • In-room safe
    • Restaurant
    • Yoga studio
    • ATM / banking nearby
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Room cleaning

    Each day you will be provided with fresh, light, and healthy brunches after every morning practice. As for dinners, evening meals are not included in the price of the retreat so that you will be able to visit different restaurants and order as you like. Reservations are made at some outstanding restaurants so you can try all the wonderful and delicious food that Sayulita has to offer.

    The two dinners are included in your package, a cooking class with Mexotik chef Daniel Murillo and then your final night celebration dinner at Hotelito Los Sueños. Mexican cuisine is known around the world for its outstanding flavor, creativity, and variety. You will eat well in Mexico. The only challenge will be to sample so many wonderful dishes. Dietary restrictions such as gluten and dairy free will be accommodated if needed.

    The following meals are included:

    • Brunch

    Go on a boat safari, snorkeling, and whale watching tour

    Join on a boat ride out to the Marietas Islands National Park. Departing from Sayulita, you and your group will head towards Punta Mita. The 20 minute drive takes guests past tropical jungle scenery and ocean views. Once in Punta Mita, you'll jump on boat to start the boat safari.

    The two to two and a half hours boat ride around the pristine Islands on a typical Panga fishing boat hosts an adventure suitable for all levels and fitness.

    During the boat safari you will have a chance to observe manta rays and hump back whales (December to March). The islands host an important endemic bird species, the blue‐footed booby, which are easy to observe while on the boat.

    The boat will go‐round the islands, showing guests the different rock formations and small caves until it comes to a stop on one of its secluded beaches, where you will be able to swim, walk on the beach, explore caves, and chill in the sun. To finish the trip, you'll head over to the snorkeling adventure. The boat will anchor in a small bay, here you will jump in the water and snorkel around the bay, observing the aquatic life.

    The recommended adventurous option of going underneath the natural stone arch into the Love Beach is the highlight of the trip. This part of the trip will offer you balance between adventure and natural beauty. Once you've had enough time in the water, you'll head back to the boat and start making your way back to

    Punta Mita, where you will have the option of grabbing a cold drink and some ceviche at an ocean front restaurant.

    Hiking to San Pancho

    This hike connects the popular surf town of Sayulita with its quieter neighbor, the town of San Pancho. The hike will take you through Sayulita's north neighborhood and into the surrounding jungle. After 30 minutes of relatively flat hiking, you will start a steady 30 minutes uphill that will take you through a small pass and drop you on the other side of the small mountain range.

    During the hike, you will explore quiet beaches, lush jungle vegetation, tropical bird life, and perhaps you will be able to see some wildlife. Once you get to San Pancho, you will grab an ocean front drink with some snacks before making it back to your headquarter in Sayulita. This is a great option to check out San Pancho and get a closer look at the flora and fauna of the area.

    Relax with massage sessions

    There are several massage options available for you at an additional costs. You can use your free time to take these relaxing massage sessions.

    Read books from the library

    The hotel provides an eclectic array of English fiction and non-fiction books available for borrowing in the hotel library.

    Take personalized wellness coaching session with Clara

    This personalized wellness coaching session are available for you during the retreat, with special prices:

    The Deep focus package is for those wanting just a quick but meaningful check in, the deep focus package is perfect. This package will offer a one hour, one-on-one session together to focus on and fine tune any aspect of the practice that you are interested in, such as meditation, asana, pranayama, health, nutrition, sexual awakening, and healing practices. It will also include a customized practice plan within two weeks. This session costs 200 USD.

    The Mind, body, and soul package with private coaching is designed to not only help you explore your practice on a deeper level, but to nurture every part of you (hence mind, body, and soul). All plans include a warm welcome kit, including Clara's e-book Healthy Body, Happy Mind, and Free Spirit, detailed questionnaire, goal setting consultation, personalized practice plan within two weeks with advice on yoga, breathwork, Qigong practices, nutrition, supplements, and other lifestyle choices, and unlimited e-mail support. For his package, there are three different plans available:

    • Heal package - sometimes, you just need a little encouragement to help yourself travel smoothly along the bumpy road of life. This package is designed to help you do this by fulfilling your desire to heal, no matter what from. It will keep you motivated to meet your goals, while keeping in mind your personal needs. After this coaching session, you will feel lighter, refreshed, and at peace with yourself. This package costs 1,387 USD and includes previously mentioned features along with three months of personalized coaching, which will consist of 12 calls, each call 45 minutes every two weeks.
    • Awaken package is for you if you tend to go through life as you think you should, but not always how you would like to. This package takes your journey one step further by helping you to not only heal, but to also to awaken to your true self and how to make your hidden desires a reality. This package costs 2,587 USD and includes previously mentioned features along with six months of personalized coaching, which will consist of 24 calls, each call 45 minutes every two weeks.
    • Transform package - it is one thing to heal from past experiences and awaken to your hidden desires, but it is another thing to transform into this new being. This package will help you to complete your journey but help you transform into the person you discovered during your time together with Clara. You will walk away from this feeling ready to take on the world in a whole different perspective. This package costs 4,087 USD and includes previously mentioned features along with nine months of personalized coaching, which includes 36 calls, each call 45 minutes every two weeks.

    Try biking, boogie boarding, and surfing

    Bicycles, boogie boards, and surf boards rent are available for your enjoyment. All bikes are sturdy and are loaned out for free along with good locks. Surfing lessons are also available.

    Try scuba diving

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.

    During the Discover Scuba Diving experience, you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to - after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that - but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is.

    Take stand up paddle boarding lessons

    Paddle boarding is a growing sport that is sweeping all surf and water sport loving communities. This is a perfect sport for enjoying the ocean and get a great workout at the same time. Experienced instructors will guide you in learning the basics of paddle boarding and take you paddling in a beautiful area where you will be able to see wildlife, secluded beaches, and beautiful green jungle along seaside cliffs.

    The friendly staff will introduce you to the fundamentals of stand up paddling. During the land lesson you will learn the basics of stand up paddling, stance, paddling technique, getting on and off the board, turning, and getting in and out of the ocean with safety. This is an excellent trip for all ages wanting to have a beautiful morning and a great workout.

    Mayan massage

    The Mayan massage originated in the Yucatan Peninsula. Depending on the community, Mayan massage techniques may vary slightly, but the Mayan massage in itself a systematic manual therapy based on the ancient concepts of the Maya worldview. This type of traditional Mexican medicine is closely related to Chinese medicine, which is known as the oldest in the world.

    This 60 minutes massage is very specific. It re-aligns and re-balances your energy system. The precise technique first collects energy at a central point (with reference to the navel which represents the cradle of emotions) and then disperse excesses by the four extremities of the body.

    Besides being an energy massage helping to restore the balance of their psycho - emotional state, if it has been affected, the Mayan massage has other therapeutic benefits. It strives to align muscles, tendons, and ligaments, along with improving posture and joint structures.

    Shiatsu massage

    This gentle and relaxing 60 minutes Shiatsu massage involves pressure which applied to the body, along with other techniques that aim at improving and balancing the flow of energy, through the body's meridian pathways. Shiatsu therapy is holistic and excellent for support during the unavoidable changes and transitions that you will experience throughout your lifetime, while treating you to total relaxation.

    Swedish massage

    This gentle 60 minutes full body massage improves circulation, concentrating on the muscles to relieve discomfort and tension caused by every day stress and activities. This massage utilizes pure essential oil extracts to sooth the senses and enhance relaxation of the nervous system. You will enjoy a blend of ancient techniques.

    • 1 hour heavenly massage
    • 1 private homeopathic consultation with Clara
    • 1 private cooking class with a master chef
    • 2 daily yoga classes
    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • Celebration dinner and party on your last day
    • Daily gourmet Mexican brunch
    • Gong bath experience with Kundalini teacher Ricardo Moreno
    • Airfare
    • Alcohol
    • Extra activities fees on your day off
    • Meals other than specified
    • Taxis outside of scheduled pick-ups

    Driving directions from Puerto Vallarta

    It takes approximately 45 minutes to get to the Hotelito Los Suenos from the Puerto Vallarta airport.

    • From the Puerto Vallarta airport proceed north on Highway 200 in the direction of Compostela and Tepic
    • This will take you through Bucerias
    • Take a left off the highway at the sign indicating Sayulita
    • Proceed 1,5 kilometers and follow the signs to right to Sayulita
    • Just before the bridge over the creek take a right. You will see Yo Yo Mo’s restaurant on the left and the baseball diamond in front of you
    • Take the next left at the end of the baseball diamond
    • Take the next right onto Av. del Palmar street
    • Just past the school on the right take the first right then the first left
    • Just drive ahead for 20 meters (60 feet) and you are at the hotel

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Transfer from and to the airport are included in this retreat by shuttles at designated times. Carla Wainwright Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

    Arrival by bus

    Proceed over the pedestrian bridge from the airport and catch a local bus heading north to Bucerias and points north. This is a cheaper option and only costs around 5 USD but it takes much longer and you will still need to take a short taxi ride once you arrive at the bus stop in Sayulita.

    Arrival by taxi

    If you are unable depart with the shuttles, you can take a taxi to Sayulita for about 800 MXN.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Carla Wainwright Yoga an inquiry.


    • Review by C.B.

      "Greeting each day with a morning class at the open studio space in Sayulita was a delightful and uplifting experience. I looked forward to every day. Carla is a thoughtful instructor with great attention to detail."

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    • Review by Beth, Evolving

      "Practices were amazing... interwoven with the whole warm, peaceful, tropical environment they were sublime. Lots of new learnings as well as comfortable standbys and interesting challenges. You are such a gifted teacher dear Carla. I couldn't have asked for more in the practices."

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    • Review by Joy

      "I went into the retreat not knowing what to expect and being a little anxious I came out of it a much stronger person both physically and emotionally. A big thank you to Carla for having the vision to bring a group of such dynamic people together in this amazing space."

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    • Review by Terri

      "Having recently moved back to Prince George, I was delighted to learn there was such an amazing yoga community here. The retreat was a great way for me to get to know my fellow yoginis and to restore my spirit so that I can move into the coming winter with the light of the sacred feminine burning brightly. Thank-you thank-you thank-you."

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    • Review by J.M.

      "Carla, you have the gift of sharing your knowledge with love and compassion, and that is why I will continue to practice with you. Thank you!"

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    • Review by a traveler

      "I had never attended a yoga retreat before and had no idea what to expect (gong bath?? really, what was I getting myself into??). The week in Sayulita with Carla and the rest of the group turned out to be a great balance of yoga practice and fun in the sun. Lots of laughs! I am so glad I took a leap of faith and attended this retreat. It was exactly what my body and soul needed."

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    • Review by Kelly M.

      "I think yoga is the ultimate answer to everything. You are cultivating that in the world. It is not just a yoga teacher that you are, it is way more than that. The workshops, the retreats, the studio, the teachers you have created, the pay it forward affect. It is all you Carla, you are putting huge tools of self-awareness and self-care into the world. Thanks again Carla, you are a gem in this life, a true light guiding us all to our best version of ourselves and for that I am very very grateful!"

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    • Review by Beryl Nesbit

      "I have been taking classes with Carla for over 10 years and I consider it an absolute blessing that I have had the opportunity to take classes, workshops, and retreats with Carla. No matter how I feel when I get there, I always feel rejuvenated when I leave. My days are always better for spending time with Carla."

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    • Review by Normand

      "The most impressive part of the retreat was Carla. She is sincere, knowledgeable, helpful and inspiring. Her understanding of yoga, her passion for conscious self awareness fills everyone around her with a deep understanding of purpose, awareness and self improvement."

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    • Review by Carol

      "Loved the light and sounds at early morning practice, the waterfall was great, the dinner Thursday was wonderful, and swimming in the warm water was lovely. I met some amazing women on this trip. Carla your practices are always thoughtful and thought provoking, it was great learning about the koshas. Lovely to see the joy people experience."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "Greeting each day with a morning class at the open studio space in Sayulita was a delightful and uplifting experience. I looked forward to every day. Carla is a thoughtful instructor with great attention to detail."

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    • Review by Susan from Europe

      "This experience was my first yoga retreat and I was worried that I would possibly get bored of the yoga, or worse, not be able to keep up. Both of these worries were completely unfounded and I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The yoga was really wonderful, and the off time was a lot of fun as well. I would absolutely do another yoga retreat with Carla - all the details were taken care of, it was easy to relax and just enjoy."

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