This intimate retreat is geared towards couples that would like to develop more sensitivity, play, and mutual support in their relationship. You’ll learn deeply nourishing elemental practices that are great for any level. No prior experience is necessary. We will explore creative ways to stretch with a partner, receive and give Thai Massage, and enjoy free movement through Contact Dance. You can expect to come away with useful skills that will broaden your capacity to relate to yourself, partner, and community.
This amazing retreat will include delicious meals, a chocolate making workshop, fire ceremony on the beach, guided astronomy tour, releasing baby turtles, boogie-boarding in the warm ocean, and exploring the nature preserve. Playa Viva is the perfect place to relax and find more peace and freedom in your relationship to life.
Optional activities include: cacao and coffee farm adventure in the mountains, surfing, kayaking through mangroves, archeological site tour, and visiting the local coconut candy factory. You’ll have plenty of unstructured time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, journal, book a couples massage, or take an excursion.
Sounds like the perfect winter getaway? Join us for a deeply nourishing experience to revitalize your relationship at one of most beautiful and remote eco-centers in Mexico. Don't delay -- there are limited spots and this retreat will likely sell out.
* 5-6pm opening circle & orientation (you can arrive any time this day)
* 7pm dinner
* 9pm intention setting / music and singing
* 8-9:15am Yoga
* 9:15am Breakfast & free time (swimming, excursions, massage)
* 1:30pm Lunch
* 4-6pm Contact Yoga & ZenThai Massage
* 7pm Dinner
* 8:30pm Optional evening session
* 8-9:15am Yoga
* 9:15am Breakfast
* 12-1pm Closing circle
* 1:30pm Lunch
Registration and Rates
Space is extremely limited for this intimate retreat. Reserve your spot today! Early bird pricing ($250 off) is available until 11/30/16. A non-refundable $300 deposit secures your spot on retreat.
* Studio (per person): $1400 early-bird / $1650 after Nov 30th (double occupancy)
* Deluxe (per person): $1650 early-bird / $1900 after Nov 30th (double occupancy)
About Your Guides
Anjuli Mahendra is a multi-modality healer, teacher, and founder of Shakticura Healing Lounge. Her Berkeley-based private practice, Embodied Resonance, includes integrated bodywork, coaching, and workshops that focus on opening the body to its highest potential. Her connection to holistic movement and healing started in 1999 through a regular Iyengar yoga practice that developed into yoga teaching by 2004. That year, her adventurous nature took her to Asia, where she fell in love with the healing arts of Shiatsu and Thai massage, trained in both, and added them to her repertoire. Anjuli’s teaching style is a unique synthesis of dance, movement, and healing practices. She has developed her unique twist on Contact Yoga, drawing on her somatics experiences with contact improvisation, acro-yoga, and bodywork. In addition to Contact Yoga, she teaches Thai massage, hatha yoga, and dance workshops. www.anjulimahendra.com
Alok Rocheleau is an experienced yogi and bodyworker who has traveled the world studying with various master teachers and styles. As a healer, his yoga instruction takes the approach of helping people find more freedom in their body and mind. He is a teacher and practitioner of Thai Massage and loves to share the art of giving and receiving. Alok especially loves working with couples and helping them find playful ways to deepen intimacy through partner yoga, contact dance and therapeutic touch. Alok is the founder of Rock Water Healing Arts which focuses on wellness in all aspects of life. Providing massage, yoga, dance, mindfulness, wellness coaching, and nature experiences, Alok’s passion is to inspire people to find a healthy balance in their lives through honest connection with themselves and others. www.rockwaterhealingarts.com
The location, food, people, turtles, sunsets and all accommodations, were a perfect setting for healing and allowed for personal growth. The guidance and example Anjuli and Alok provide is encouraging which set the stage for open free exploration of self in a safe nonjudgmental environment. It was also made clear this time is for us to grow and we were encouraged to do as much as we were comfortable with without pressure. The positive energy which filled the area was truly encouraging. Thank you for a great experience and look forward to next year. Both Nicole and myself had a wonderful experience.
--Micheal,, Playa Viva Retreat, Feb 2016
Anjuli and Alok are wonderful teachers and healers. They have dedicated their lives to developing different modalities including yoga, Thai massage and music. Spending time around them lifts my spirits.
--Brain, Playa VIva Retreat, Feb 2016
What an awesome time! Thank you for the fantastic experience and bringing us to Mexico for such a high vibration workshop in a very special place! Loved the elements of the contact yoga experience and personalized instruction. The experience was 5 stars! XOXO
-Cameo, Playa Viva Retreat, Feb 2015
Alok and Anjuli are highly skilled facilitators who weave a beautiful web of co-creative leadership together. The experience they craft with the synergy and balance of their skills is playful, spiritual, connective and fun! Throughout the retreat I felt rejuvenated, inspired, challenged in all the right ways and excited by the new skills I learned. What they offer is truly a unique experience to both build community, grow deeper in your own embodiment, and gain tools for creating a healthy, fun and fulfilling lifestyle. They also do a great job of weaving in beginners and more advanced students alike, giving something for everyone. I highly recommend this experience to everyone!
-Haley, Summer 2015 Retreat Participant
Anjuli and Alok are two of the most compassionate teachers I've ever worked with. They care so deeply that everyone experience the energy that exists both in themselves and between two partners. I'm so glad that I took this retreat and got to explore with them!
-David, Summer 2015 Retreat Participant