Joy of the Sea Yoga Retreat

63728 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Rachel & Sam Yoga Retreats
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4 reviews
Jul 26 - 30, 2023
Group size: 12 - 20
Joy of the Sea Yoga Retreat
63728 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Rachel & Sam Yoga Retreats
  • Email address verified
4 reviews

Jul 26 - 30, 2023
Group size: 12 - 20

About this trip

Take a break from every day life & join Sam Grillo & Rachel Mardoian for a seaside retreat to Sayulita! We will spend our time at La Joya Hotel & Retreat Center, featuring stunning ocean views, a salt water pool, sauna, cold plunge, jacuzzi, organic food, yoga, breathwork & more! 

The goal here is to leave feeling refreshed, joyful and reconnected to your Self, having had five days, and four nights, in paradise being cared for. There's such beauty in spending time on retreat, focusing alone on nourishment, joy, friendship and peace. 

We're thrilled you'd consider joining us for a retreat! Please reach out directly to us with any questions:

With love, 

Sam & Rachel

PS Learn more about La Joya & the top 10 things you should know here:

Our policies: refunds/missed payments

We get it, life happens! This is why we highly recommend travel insurance (check out TravelGuard)

Cancellation/Refund Policy

As for our cancellation policy, below is what we can offer. We hope you will understand that it takes a huge amount of work and financial commitment on our part to make this an amazing trip for all. 

Your deposit payment is non-refundable.

If you cancel before or on April 26, you will be refunded all you've paid but your deposit.

If you need to cancel on or after April 27, we cannot offer any refunds.

If you end up with a last minute extenuating circumstance, and there is someone on our waitlist that is able to fill your spot, we will do our best to work with you and that person to make it happen. Thank you for understanding!

Missed Payment Policy

We appreciate your on time payments if you've opted to use a payment plan. 

We will send you a payment reminder a week before the payment due date! If you miss the deadline, we will send you a courtesy reminder within 24 hours of your missed payment. If we don't receive the payment after 48 hours, we may need to cancel your spot and open it up to another attendee (deposit is still non-refundable). 

Our deadlines are in line with dates that we personally owe payments to the retreat center, so we really do appreciate your understanding around this policy! We aim to be inclusive and understanding, so if you do have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out and let us know as soon as possible. We will work with you the best we can. 

Final Policy Notes!

- Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

- By booking this retreat you acknowledge that you have read and accept these terms.

What’s included

  • 4 Nights of Lodging
    We're staying at the beautiful, seaside family-run La Joya Boutique Hotel & Retreat Center. You'll either share or have your own room/bed, depending on the room you choose!
  • All Meals
    Organic, locally sourced breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, tea, water.
  • Airport Transportation
    Your ride to the retreat center & back to airport. We ask you to book flights to arrive before 4:30pm + depart no earlier than 11am but regardless of flight times, your transport will be covered :)
  • 2x Daily Yoga
    We'll offer two classes per day (one on travel days), you can take both, one or none! It's up to you.
  • Surfing Excursion
    We'll be heading to La Lancha in Punta Mita for a 2-3 hr excursion on Thursday to surf! A lesson, equipment, transport (15 min drive) included.
  • Breathwork & Restore
    A special Friday experience of Breathwork hosted by Sam Grillo & a restorative slow flow yoga practice led by Rachel Mardoian.
  • Saturday Sunset Cruise
    A sunset cruise, inclusive of drinks & snacks celebrating our last evening together.
  • Clean Water
    On-site drinking water is available that is 3 stage filtered and ionized. There are also UV filters for all tap water that means your shower, sink and faucet are free of bacteria.
  • Staff Gratuity
    We include $25/day of staff gratuity already in the cost so you won't have to worry about bringing pesos for gratuity. We want to ensure we thank our amazing La Joya staff!
  • Yoga Mats
    No need to bring yours, they've got us covered with mats, blocks, and blankets!

What’s not included

  • Spa Treatments
    You can purchase your spa treatments onsite, at your own discretion! Prices range from $42-$169!
  • Surfing on Fri/Sat
    Didn't get enough on Thursday? You can add on surfing on Friday + Saturday when you sign up for an additional cost!
  • Bar Drinks
    Want to end your day with a marg? Go for it, but that's not included in your initial retreat cost. Cheers!
  • Travel Insurance
    We recommend travel insurance.
  • Airfare
    Your flights are not included on this trip. We recommend flying into Puerto Vallarta airport where the shuttle will transport you to the retreat center, only about an hour ride.

Available Packages

Standard Room (Shared)

1 shared king bed, two people in one room. If you are booking with a friend or partner, please do book at the same time & email us @ so we can place you in the same room! If you book this solo, we will reach out to pair you up with someone we know you'd get along with!

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Room (Shared)

1 shared king bed + 1 single bed (room for 3 people!). If you are booking with a friend or partner, please do book at the same time & email us at so we can place you in the same room!

Deposit: $500
Private Standard Room

Your own space & king bed all to yourself!

Deposit: $800

Available options


Wednesday, July 26th
Arrivals , Welcome + Wind Down Yoga

We'll be eager to welcome you to Sayulita! 

- Group practice on the seaside sun deck to shake off the travel

- Dinner together, organic & locally sourced!

- Sunset & then rest!

Your Organizer

Rachel & Sam Yoga Retreats
4 reviews
Sam Grillo & Rachel Mardoian are both teachers at Yogabeach in San Francisco, CA and are best friends. Sam is a trained breathwork & meditation facilitator and a 200-hr certified vinyasa yoga instructor & Rachel is a 500-hr certified yoga instructor. Both lead classes fueled by playlists that are designed to match your movement and help you get deeper into your practice & body. They are passionate about building community & creating a space for people to meet themselves where they are with compassion & empathy and have fun doing it!


Words can’t begin to express how grateful I am to have stumbled across Sam and Rachel’s first retreat at La Jolla in Sayulita. I happened to stumble across their retreat after discovering La Jolla through social media and they welcomed me in with open arms after I reached out looking to see if there was availability just a few weeks prior.. Rachel and Sam are amazing individuals who held space for so much expansion, growth, healing, and joy in those few days. If you are thinking about a retreat, do it, you won’t regret it with these two. ❤️
By Rebecca T for Joy of the Sea Yoga Retreat on Oct 02, 2023
Rachel and Sam were excellent retreat hosts! From accommodations and transportation to yoga and excursions, they thought of everything! Highly recommend one of their future trips.
By Lindsey B for Joy of the Sea Yoga Retreat on Sep 26, 2023
What an absolutely magical retreat Sam and Rachel put together for us. They took care of every single detail for the guests; from airport transport, to packing lists, to tipping the hotel staff. They put so much thought and work into this retreat and the guests benefitted from their passion for building community and sparking joy through moving meditation. The yoga practices were fun, challenging, varied, and made me feel like magic. I especially appreciated the BANGIN' playlists. The playlists always elevate the practice and this retreat was no different. They really put a lot of thought into them and it showed. Breath-work was also a really memorable experience: emotional, raw, primal; and I felt so safe and cared for by the retreat leaders while in it. The resort we stayed at, La Jolla Sayulita, was beautiful. The staff took care of EVERYTHING for us. The pre-planned meals left me satiated & energized, never feeling bloated or sleepy. Every day was something new, organic, fresh, and delicious. The steak tacos were some of the best tacos I've ever had, anywhere in Mexico. La Jolla has a full cocktail and coffee bar and the restaurant has a wonderful view of the pool & water. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the best part of the whole retreat was the people I met there. They're all forever friends now and I couldn't be more grateful. If you're looking for wellness, community, joy and memories - come on this retreat.
By Vanessa L for Joy of the Sea Yoga Retreat on Aug 15, 2023
Truly one of the most wonderful experiences I've yet to have! From the lodging, to the food...accommodations, hospitality, planned excursions, yoga classes, workshops, and lovely company, I have only high praises for La Joya and Sam + Rachel and am already looking forward to next year's adventure :) Some highlights: - Hospitality: La Joya Sayulita itself is a magical oasis of a place and the welcoming staff make you feel right at home - Food: all of our meals were fresh, flavorful, and nourishing. Hats off to the chef and kitchen! - Excursions: Sam and Rachel organized a surf lesson and sunset cruise through La Joya and both experiences were top-notch. We were all itching to schedule a second surf lesson with Rene, because it was both so much fun and so helpful.
By Madi L for Joy of the Sea Yoga Retreat on Aug 05, 2023

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