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14 Days Personal Transformation, Detox, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Jalisco, Mexico

Transforming Yoga Retreat Mexico

Join holistic healing and personal transformation programs for healing depression, stress, and PTSD in a beautiful setting in the jungle just above the ocean, with amazing views. Enjoy the thrill of living just right above the ocean with amazing views and natural meditative sounds, a few minutes walk to the beach. With Anjay Skwira and Dr. Ann West, you will surely experience a wonderful yoga retreat that can heal, rejuvenate, and refresh your mind, body, and soul.

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Anjay & Ann
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  • Daily morning yoga practices
  • 2 daily group guided and silent meditations
  • Spiritual inquiry and group breathwork sessions
  • 3 bodywork / energy work sessions per week
  • Healthy foods, veggie and fruit juices
  • 13 nights' accommodation

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13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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You will be staying at Pura Vida Wellness Retreat. The accommodation communes with nature in all its forms; sea, jungle, river, tropical plants, and birds. The accommodations are rustic but clean and comfortable. It is designed in modern Mexican palapa style with all comforts including hot showers, mosquito nets, safe boxes, LED lights, hammocks, etc.

Staying at Pura Vida Wellness Retreat is an experience unlike any other. The cabins are located in a jungle and a tropical garden situated on the hill just at the ocean shore. Most of the cabins have breathtaking views of the ocean and Yelapa bay since they were built literally just above the ocean. You may enjoy the ocean view right from your bed or from a terrace.

Each cabin has one to two queen-sized beds (organic metal-free mattresses, organic, hypoallergenic, or goose down pillows) with mosquito nets. There is also a very spacious cabin with a loft of two queen-sized beds downstairs and two upstairs. Each cabin has a private bathroom (some with ocean views). They are furnished with authentic Mexican furniture and artifacts selected individually for each cabin to offer a very unique look and feel.

All cabins are spacious and individually designed. All lighting is soft white LEDs which are energy saving and good for your eyes and health. The cabins were built in modern palapa style. They are walled from three sides and open in the front, offering amazing jungle and ocean views, security, privacy, and fresh unpolluted air. There is also one fully enclosed cabin with air conditioning.

Pura Vida Wellness Retreat is an eco-retreat which is mostly EMF-free. There is Wi-Fi limited to certain hours in the common area. There are spots on the property where you can get cellular reception. Pura Vida Wellness Retreat invites you to retreat from the media, computers, and phones. Unlike other hotels in the area, you are not limited just to your room. It’s a communal spiritual retreat experience.

For cleansing and spiritual rejuvenation, Pura Vida Wellness Retreat offers temazcal, a type of sweat lodge used traditionally by pre-Hispanic indigenous people of Mexico. For meditative Vipassana walks, there is a labyrinth in the zen garden. You will also find a way to enjoy your aloneness on meditation decks on the rocks by the ocean. To ensure your meditative retreat experience, loud music or alcohol is not allowed at the property.


This retreat offers safe, bottled drinking water, two group guided and silent meditations daily; spiritual inquiry, group breath work, morning yoga / chi gong / Kundalini / walking meditation / conscious dance movement, and six individual sessions. In addition, you will have three weekly breathwork / counseling / spiritual life coaching sessions as well as three weekly bodywork / energy work sessions (massage / Reiki / deep tissue) / ozone therapy.

Holistic healing retreats

You can choose one or a combination of programs below:

  • Juice fast, cleanse, and detox retreat includes three daily green vegetable juices, an option of protein shake / citrus juice, cleansing spice and herbal teas, daily liquid multivitamins and minerals, optional hot or raw soup and chia seeds pudding, an option of fresh fruits, and juice cleanse preparation class. Furthermore, you will have breathwork (70% toxin gets released through breath) and body / energy work sessions as well as colon hydrotherapy (optional).
  • Healing health and wellness retreat rejuvenates and revitalizes. Alternatively, this retreat includes integrated healing and support to improve the state of your health through raw foods, juice cleanse, nutritional consultation, and food preparation classes. Moreover, you will have an emotional support to reverse effects of negative, subconscious patterns in creating the state of dis-ease. This retreat is also an alternative prevention and healing of cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, and others.
  • Healing grief and loss retreat is an emotional counseling to grieve and to heal core sense of separation.
  • Couples and relationship healing retreat lets you learn and practice compassionate communication skills, transform negative reaction patterns, heal passive / aggressive behaviors, process and heal emotional issues, and learn basic Tantric and Taoist practices.
  • Meditation retreat includes individual and group meditation sessions for all levels - beginners to advanced ones. The sessions are silent and guided meditations, self-inquiry, scheduled silent times (half a day or longer), group and personal sessions, conscious movement meditations, and mindfulness practices like yoga, chi gong, and meditative walks.
  • Spiritual growth / awakening retreat includes sitting and walking meditation (silent and guided), self-inquiry, mindfulness practices, Vipassana, Satsang, integrative awakening, and breathwork / spiritual life coaching sessions.

Personal transformation retreats

These programs offer alternative healing of depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, as well as PTSD and detoxification from prescription medications in a safe and supportive retreat environment. The aims are healing and transforming negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors resulting from birth or childhood trauma, abuse, accidents, surgeries, and other traumatic life events. Pura Vida Wellness Retreat offers emotional healing addressing the roots of unconscious patterns. Body-oriented (somatic) practices, interception, and spiritual inquiry support the transformation of the emotional and mental imprints.

The program integrates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with many mindfulness practices. In addition to everything that holistic healing program offers, you will also receive more personal attention and care daily (except the day of the departure).

You will have breathwork / counseling / spiritual life coaching / compassionate communication sessions and three weekly body / energy work sessions. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques to expel built-up toxins and negativity; meditation, mindfulness, and inquiry practices to rediscover your true self and release the illusion of separation to live in joy and peace in the present moment. You will also get support to learn and create intentions and plans to continue your individual practices after the retreat on your own at home.

Alternative addiction healing and recovery

This is one of the options for personal transformation retreat offered only at this retreat center in Mexico. Note that this program is not a rehab. It is an alternative support helping you go deeper on your recovery and spiritual transformation path. It's required that all participants must be alcohol and drug-free for at least seven days prior to the arrival of the retreat and be engaged already in 12 steps or other recovery programs.

Healing health crisis retreat

This retreat was created to support people in healing various ailments including alternative cancer therapy. In this program, participants start with seven-day personal transformation retreat and continue with seven-day of healing and integration. Chinese medicine sessions, ozone therapy, thalassotherapy, raw foods (optional) are included. By having thalassotherapy, you will immerse yourself in the warm ocean water that helps absorb trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodine found in seawater. It’s energizing and rejuvenating.

Included excursions

  • Boat trip to the Marietas Islands including snorkeling in crystal clear waters, wildlife watching, and the best opportunity to see dolphins and whales
  • Hikes to waterfalls
  • Trip to botanical gardens - enjoying amazing variety of orchids and other tropical plants


Anjay Skwira
Anjay Skwira is a director of Pura Vida Eco Retreat and Sacred Springs Retreat. He is a spiritual life coach, yoga and meditation teacher, clarity breathwork practitioner / trainer, and aquatic bodyworker with extensive training and certifications in Watsu, WaterDance, healing dance, as well as Esalen, Thai, Swedish, Tantsu, self-healing, movement education, Anahatha yoga, Integrative and Yin yoga, and Taoist qigong. His main passion is to live an awakened life and to share it with others. He enjoys in-depth studies and practices of self-inquiry and meditation as a path of liberation.
Ann West
Dr. Ann West is a seasoned relationship coach, holding over 20 years of experience assisting families, couples, and individuals. Dr. West teaches non-violent communication, in addition to coaching individuals in relationship breakdowns towards breakthroughs. She is also a third degree Usui Reiki master, holotropic breathwork facilitator, Theta healing practitioner, and life coach. For the past 20 years, Dr. West has taught meditation and more advanced techniques such as trauma release to help clients recover from childhood traumas, deep emotional wounds, and extreme loss.

Retreat location

Yelapa is a small fishing village located by a bay within Puerto Vallarta Bay and accessible only by boat. Nestled between a tropical jungle and a sandy beach with no cars and roads, it is a perfect place for a silent meditation retreat. Yelapa is a very unique, safe, and peaceful place with no crime. So, do not get discouraged by stories and news about Mexico! It can be reached with a three-hour flight from the San Francisco Bay area and a 40-minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta (15 minutes' taxi drive from the airport to water taxi).

Nearby places

  • A small beach - 3 minutes' walk
  • Puerto Vallarta - 40 minutes' boat ride
  • The main beach - 20-25 minutes' walk
  • Village - 12 minutes' walk

Unique features


  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Temazcal


  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Mosquito net


Delicious and healthy foods as well as veggie and fruit juices, mostly local and organic, will be served for you during the retreat. In addition, safe drinking water is also included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

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

  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • 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)

  • Acupuncture / acupressure (80 USD per hour)
  • Additional breathwork / counseling sessions and bodywork / energy work sessions
  • Aquabreath (130 USD per one and a half hour)
  • Biodynamic craniosacral therapy (70 USD per hour)
  • Collage making
  • Colon hydrotherapy
  • Foot reflexology (80 USD per hour)
  • Journaling
  • Kayaking
  • Massage (80 USD per hour / 120 USD per one and a half hour)
  • Nature walks
  • Ping-pong
  • Paddleboarding
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Temazcal
  • ThetaHealing (from 100 to 130 USD per 1 to 1.5 hours' session)
  • Watsu / WaterDance / healing dance (110 USD per 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • Wildlife watching

What's included

  • Morning yoga / chi gong / Kundalini / walking meditation / conscious dance movement
  • Daily group guided and silent meditation sessions
  • Spiritual inquiry and group breathwork sessions
  • 3 weekly body / energy work sessions (massage / Reiki / deep tissue / ozone therapy)
  • Breathwork / counseling / spiritual life coaching / compassionate communication sessions
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Boat trip to the Marietas Islands
  • Trip to botanical gardens
  • Hikes to waterfalls, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming
  • Delicious healthy foods and veggie and fruit juices
  • Safe bottled drinking water
  • 13 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

Getting to Pura Vida Wellness Retreat is an easy, safe, and very picturesque journey. It takes a three-hour flight from San Francisco or two-hour flight from Los Angeles to the airport. You can continue with a 20 - 25 minutes’ taxi drive from the airport or 40-minute water taxi ride to Yelapa. Somebody from Pura Vida Wellness Retreat will be meeting you upon your arrival in Yelapa.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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