Join Nadi Girl Ayurveda (Kameko Shibata) and Skytopia Aerial Arts (Amanda Grace & Sierra Camille) for an amazing aerial yoga retreat and vacation in Mexico this summer! We are combining the forces of yoga and aerial arts to provide a unique experience appropriate for yogis and aerialists of all levels. Activate your body with daily aerial yoga practice and circus fitness classes. Sooth your mind with massage, self-care and restorative yoga. Expand your yoga practice by learning to fly or improve your current aerial skills with experienced and loving teachers. Explore the culture with a Temazcal Sweatlodge Ceremony led by a local family. Connect to your body and breath, restore your spirit, be in the beauty of nature, swim in the sea, eat delicious foods and just relax in the moment! The retreat is truly paradise.
About Playa Viva
"Simply one of my favorite places to be on earth. "~ Kameko
Combining 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. Playa Viva is 100% off grid and is committed to not only being sustainable on all levels, but actually regenerating the ecosystem and supporting the local community. For more check out their website.
*Please note while playa viva is "off grid" and we don't recommend excess screen time on vacation- it does have reliable wi-fi and phone service if you have an international plan. (t-mobile and some other carriers offer free service in Mexico, check with your provider.)
The food at Playa Viva comes mostly from its own, Oregon Tilth Certified, organic farm and gardens, as well as other small local farms. Meals are prepared by local, amazing chefs and are healthy, fresh, delicious. You can expect: greens fresh picked from the garden, homemade fresh corn tortillas, homemade red and green salsa, locally made queso fresco, and avocado with nearly every meal. Fresh fish and Chicken Mole are frequent favorites. Also, there is always bountiful fruit available, as well as smoothies and adult beverages. Basil margaritas made from scratch are a house specialty. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and other dietary needs met. (Please indicate on intake form with registration)
The rooms are open, with views of the pacific, and private bathrooms. Playa Viva rooms are built with the intention of integrating you with your surroundings. This means they feel open, connected to the landscape, and do not have air conditioning. There are fans, however, if you need. The building materials are sustainably harvested off Playa Viva property and neighboring properties. Most rooms (other than the queen eco casita) have multiple beds, with a large and one or two smaller ones. You can work out who gets what bed with your roommate(s). Check the website for more details on accommodations. Please note: the studio rooms have bathrooms which are down a flight of stairs.
About Your Teachers
Amanda Grace is multi-faceted instructor & therapist with a diverse movement background and teaching experience in the circus arts, gymnastics, diving, capoeira, aerials (silks, net and hammock) and YOGA. She is currently a co-owner of Skytopia Aerial Arts in Sonoma County where she teaches youth and adult classes, a Certified Yoga Instructor and an Occupational Therapist with 20 years experience working with clients of all ages.
Kameko Shibata is an ERYT-500, National Ayurvedic Medical Association Health Practitioner, Massage Therapist, professional aerialist and wild creature. She is the Creator and Director of the YA certified school Yoga-Veda Shala, now in its 4th year. Her focus on the traditional elements of Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra are informed by her numerous studies in India, including the “vinyasa krama” system at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. She has been fortunate enough to have more than 3,000 hours of Yoga, Ayurveda and Massage trainings over the last 10 years and has practiced yoga daily for 14 years. She has had the pleasure of studying with Swami Santhiprasad, DeAnna Batdorff, Dr. Vasant Lad, Ana Forrest, Mary Paffard, Rod Stryker, Mark Whitwell and longtime teacher, Alice Joanou. She is passionate about bringing yoga and Ayurveda into all communities. She is also deeply influenced by aerial acrobatics, 5rhythms dance, Vipassana Meditation, Lakota sweat lodge, primitive skills, Vedic Chanting, Sanskrit, ecological and social justice, herbal medicine and has a deep devotion to spices. www.nadigirlayurveda.com
Amanda and Kameko have a long history of friendship, performance ship and student teacher relationships (Amanda taught Kameko gynmastics as a child and introduced her to aerials as a young adult, and Kameko is one of Amanda's main yoga teachers). They once lived on a school bus and toured with a social justice circus, New Old Time Chautauqua. They are true clowns.
-Five Nights and Six Days Accommodations in eco-luxe retreat rooms with ocean views
(priced listed as double occupancy; single accommodation on request)
-3 Meals per day, prepare from produce from the onsite organic farm by love by the amazing house chef (dietary restrictions accommodated)
-Airport ground transportation to and from Playa Viva
-Daily morning aerial yoga classes (al levels)
-Daily evening classes including: aerial fitness, restorative yoga, self-care, excursions
-60 minute 1 on 1 session (either private aerial skills class, therapeutic yoga or massage)
-Unlimited fresh tropical juices and healthy snacks (Full bar available upon purchase)
-On-site excursions (horticultural tour, beach walks, turtle sanctuary, estuary explorations)
-Temazcal Sweatlodge (optional, but included)
-Eco-friendly swimming pool
-Bonfire Music night full of sweet sounds
-Optional upgrade to single accommodation
-Optional excursions such as snorkeling, surfing, and visiting local archeological sites.
Getting to Paradise:
Option 1– Delta Airlines offers flights from SFO to Zihuatanejo (ZIH) which stop in Los Angeles (LAX), and or Mexico City. We recommend avoiding layovers in Mexico city due to general confusion and inefficiency.
Option 2– Alaska Airlines has direct and easy flights from LAX- ZIH daily around 9:45am daily. You can fly on Alaska/Virgin from SFO or STS (Sonoma County) to LAX earlier in the morning.
Note: You are welcome to stay longer, pre or post retreat, at Playa Viva. Please email me and I will connect you directly to Playa Viva for bookings.