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Transformative Yoga Retreat Mexico

Start the New Year off right in Mexico! Join this powerful and transformative week in the setting of Playa Viva, a beautiful beach-side retreat on the coast of Western Mexico. This retreat will be held at Playa Viva in Mexico. During your time together, you will cultivate wise leadership and authenticity through meditation, movement, writing, role-playing, connection, and team work.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • One mindful eating and cooking class
  • Daily meditation and workshop classes
  • 3 healthy and organic meals per day
  • Unlimited snacks and refreshments
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Deluxe suite

The suites are spacious rooms with a king size bed and trundle bed in which can sleep two more. All the rooms count with ocean view and are part of a four bedroom small house consisting of two deluxe suites each with an adjoining studio. The deluxe suites have private bathroom and share a large balcony with the other deluxe suite that serves as a large living room containing couch, chairs, and table. The balcony has unobstructed ocean view and palapa roof.

Eco casitas

Eco casitas are a one bedroom self-contained little house. This eco casita provides complete privacy as compared to the deluxe suite and studio rooms which are adjoining rooms and thus some noise is heard from one to the other.

King eco casitas are each outfitted with a king size bed that can be separated into two singles, plus two single day beds that serve as comfortable couches during the day. These rooms have an unobstructed ocean view. King eco casitas have 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.


The studios are moderately sized rooms with either two single beds or a king size bed upon request. The rooms also have a desk with a chair and are part of a four bedroom small house. The studio counts with private bathroom a large shared balcony with unobstructed ocean view and palapa roof.


The treehouse is located in palm trees as living piers raised six feet above the ground. The room is outfitted with a king size bed that can be divided into two singles, plus an additional day bed located in bathhouse, private bathroom, ocean view, in room safe, Wi-Fi common area, and a small lounge area with an in-floor hammock.

Playa Viva Mexico Yoga Retreat Program

Experience a week of authenticity, wise leadership, and well-being! Each day will weave yoga and meditation practice with talks, reflection, interactive exercises, and ample time to enjoy the beauty of Playa Viva. To optimally support your journey, each participant is entitled to receive a coaching session with Carley to support you in your greater vision for conscious leadership.

By deepening your listening skills to yourself and to each other, you will create a nourishing environment where you can relax, grow your self-awareness, increase emotional intelligence, and discover how to lead from the heart.

This retreat is for men and women who want to hone their unique leadership skills, develop greater resilience, implement healthy boundaries, compassion, and create meaningful change in the world. You will leave with a toolkit of new skills, insights, and sustainable practices that integrate peak performance, vitality, balance, and joy at work and at home.

Topics to be discussed

  • Authentic communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Enhanced resilience
  • Grounding and centering in the body
  • Lead with compassion
  • Mindful attention
  • Mindful cooking and eating
  • Wise decision making

Retreat schedule

Sunday (January 5, 2017)

  • 17:00 Introductions, orientation to Playa Viva, schedule review, and setting intentions
  • 19:00 Dinner

Monday to Thursday (January 16 to 19, 2017)

  • 08:00 Meditation and yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast break
  • 11:30 Morning session
  • 13:30 Mindful lunch
  • 14:30 Break
  • 16:00 Afternoon session
  • 18:00 Break
  • 19:30 Dinner

Friday (January 20, 2017)

  • 08:00 Meditation and yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast break
  • 11:00 Closing session. Bring the week together with a strong commitment to live with more authenticity, power, and wisdom so you can influence and lead your life in the most amazing of ways at home and at work.
  • 13:00 Mindful lunch and goodbyes

Included excursions

Unlimited excursions on-site, such as hiking and trips to the turtle sanctuary, are included in the price


Carley Hauck
Carley is the founder of Intuitive Wellness and works as an integrative life coach, instructor, and consultant in research and with work-site organizations. Carley holds a master's degree in health psychology and has over a decade of experience in designing, teaching, and coaching thousands of clients in healthy transformative change. She has consulted and supported companies with greater happiness, well being, and mindful workplaces such as LinkedIn and Pixar.

Retreat location

This retreat will be set in Playa Viva, which is a sustainable boutique hotel located on the western coast of Mexico, just 35 minutes south of Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa. 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 archaeological site, 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.

Nearby places

  • Juluchuca, 3 kilometers
  • Loma Bonita, 15 kilometers
  • Petatlan, 11 kilometers
  • Zihuatanejo - 40 minutes



  • Cooking class
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck


  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


During this retreat, you will be served three daily abundant and organic locally-sourced meals, mostly vegetarian but also with fish options, coffee, tea, and light snacks throughout the day. At Playa Viva, depending on the season, there is a thriving organic garden with a variety of vegetables. Come pick your own salad fixings.

Walk the nascent orchard and pick fresh pomegranates, mangoes, cashew nuts, and pistachios. The farm produces almost all the supply for the resort and also local small farmers who provide milk, cheese, and eggs. You are invited to come volunteer and work in the garden.

At Playa Viva, health is taken very seriously, for the earth and for the people. Playa Viva provides a variety of holistic approaches to healing, much of which revolve around a healthful diet and nutrition. In addition to providing local, organic food, guest chefs will guide you on a healthful nutritional plan.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

Things to do (optional)


The estuary, wetlands, and ocean side provide nesting and feeding grounds for thousands of birds. You will be able to identify and observe more than 200 species. Playa Viva regularly has guest biologist who catalogue many of the bird species on site.

Estuary expedition

Hop in a flat-bottom boat and tour the estuary, gliding past mangroves, nests of cranes, and native wildlife, or rent a kayak and venture off to explore the wonders of this tropical paradise on your own. Kayaking is available in nearby estuary and with homemade kayaks.


Whether it's surfing, shopping, or seeking arts and entertainment, there are lots of transport and guide options to host you on whatever tour strikes your fancy. The focus of excursions is to find local operators and promote activities that will engage you with the local community.

One of the most popular is the Sierra excursions. Ride a four-wheel drive up the watershed to visit a family that lives off-grid in the mountains, growing all they need including coffee and cacao. This lovely family will provide you a tour of their farm and then invite you to join them for a late breakfast.


The 160-acre private reserve has trails to take you from the beach, through dunes, into wetlands, and up rocky knolls. The permaculture team is restoring a network of paths to allow visitors to fully enjoy the biodiversity that Playa Viva has to offer. You will be provided with a complimentary field guide of Playa Viva to identify the various trails with plenty of flora and fauna.


There are many opportunities for fishing at Playa Viva. These include taking a deep sea excursion from Ixtapa to catch marlin, tuna, and other deep sea fish. For those who want to stay closer to the shore, a personal instructor that has been fishing in the shores since he was a small boy, will teach you how to line fish or how to toss a perfect spiral net. Shore fish include the much prized rooster fish. Another option is taking a panga or kayak on the lagoon to fish in the estuary.

Horseback riding

Horses are available for riding at Playa Viva. The horses are clean, well-fed, and tame with western saddles and bridles. Local farmers and partners provide to the guests their horses for riding, including a pony available for kids. Playa Viva has a horse on site used for plowing and sometimes riding. The best part of riding at Playa Viva is the pure joy of letting go at full gallop on the beach or ride with your horse into the ocean.

Kayaking or panga

Immerse yourself in nature by taking a small group or private kayak tours in the many lagoons near Playa Viva. The state of Guerrero, Mexico, is home to thousands of waterfowl and migratory birds. At Playa Viva, local fisherman can take you out on their panga or kayak, for a tour to the estuary, a great way to see birds, amphibians, mangrove, and gain a new perspective on Playa Viva.

Other activities

If you prefer stay close to the resort, there are also plenty of local activities like cooking classes with guest chefs, exploration of the local Aztec archaeological site, visit the unique turtle sanctuary, or volunteer at the farm to know more about the farm-to-table Mexican cuisine.

Snorkeling and scuba diving

Snorkeling and scuba diving is available through a local tour operator in Zihuatanejo, which is a very nice morning excursion. You may try snorkeling in the ocean right in front of Playa Viva and see lots of sea life, however it is open ocean so make sure to have company. Take a boat from beautiful Zihuatanejo bay to a remote coral reef with calm waters, a white sand beach, and plentiful aquatic life. No snorkeling experience is necessary.

Your guide, will be in the water with you giving tips and pointing out the wonders below. Face masks, flippers, and life jackets will be provided, as well as water and juice. The boat is covered, so those sensitive to the sun will have plenty of shade. After visiting the coral reef, the boat will tour the perimeter of the Zihuatanejo bay, where you will find great views of La Ropa Beach and the city of Zihuatanejo.


Playa Viva activities team offers some of the best surf on Mexico's Pacific Coast, for novice, intermediate and top surfers. Local surfing instructors welcome all skill levels. Breaks include Escolleras, Playa Linda, La Saladita, the Ranch, Mahajua, Troncones, Playa Manzanillo, Juluchuca, La Barrita, and Las Gatas, all within a one hour drive. Playa Viva is adjacent to Loma Bonita, one of the only locations in Mexico where top surfers can catch one of the few pipelines in all of Mexico.

Spa treatments

When it comes to relaxing and pampering, Playa Viva is always staffed with a masseuse, some of whom can provide additional spa services such as facials and specialty scrubs using locally harvested materials. Services vary based on provider, so make sure to inquire about the spa menu when you arrive.

What's included

  • 1 mindful eating and cooking class
  • 1 optional coaching session with Carley
  • 3 daily healthy meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and workshop classes
  • Pick up and drop off from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH)
  • Unlimited on-site excursions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any alcohol or additional leisure activities
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Playa Viva will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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