Yoga Eco-Retreat in Mexico

Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

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Kristen Addicks
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Mar 21 - 25, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20
Yoga Eco-Retreat in Mexico
Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

Kristen Addicks
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4 reviews

Mar 21 - 25, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

On this retreat, we will do lots of yoga on the large outdoor yoga shala at this gorgeous and remote 200-acre resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. This land is adjacent to miles of a  pristine beach and lush jungle with the ocean to the west and the Sierra Madre to the East.  The focus is on moving our bodies! I think we are all craving in-person classes and so that is what we will do.  We will do Vinyasa, Power, Gentle and Restorative — covering all the basis. 


The food is so fresh and healthy (much of it grown on site and lovingly prepared by the amazing staff). So the entire retreat  will be for your health and wellness, I suspect we all deserve this after  this crazy year. Yes, it has been an entire year since the Coronavirus pandemic started. 


I was at this eco-retreat center just over a year ago. When I think of it now, it seems as safe a place as any since the retreat center stands alone. It is not part of a town. It will be easy to keep a healthy distance from all others. About half of the people that are signed up for the trip have already received Coronavirus vaccines.  The retreat center has a small staff that operates like a family.  


The closest “town” is Juluchuca, which has about 550 residents at about 5 min (3 km) from Playa Viva. Then Petatlan which has about 25,000 residents and is located about 10 min (12 km) from Playa Viva. According to the staff member, as of January, Petatlan hadn't had any new cases in about three months. Staff will wear masks at all times. 


The yoga decks are extremely large and the sleeping cabañas are very ventilated and large. All activities and meals are outside. 


Before returning to the United States, a trained professional will come to the location and administer a COVID test in time for us to the the results for our flight. 


Yes we have to get on a plane or two to get there and if you have not flown yet since the pandemic, I can send you an article on how clean the air quality on planes are these days. In addition, people are required to wear masks on planes. The flights are short. (When looking for flights, check Alaska going through LAX). 


 A big bonus is that out visit will help to restore and regenerate the ecosystems of the area and help this eco-resort continue to thrive in what has been a difficult year for them.  In the past, I have resisted bringing groups to retreat center because I wasn't interested in a bubble experience. Now, this seems like the best way to travel. 


While on this retreat, we can just stay put at the site:

~ Participate in the turtle release and restoration

~ Relax at the pool or  beach in hammocks or launch chairs

~ Boogie board

~ Tour the garden where our food is grown

~ Walk beach or Jungle

~ Take a guided tour of property

~ Get a message on the beach in a shaded tent

~ Practice Yoga

~If conditions allow, paddle boards or surf boards can be borrowed onsite though the waves at this beach are a little too powerful generally speaking


These activities can also be arrange for a fee:

~ Ride horses on the beach

~ Whale watching

~ Visiting a family that lives in the Siera Madre totally off the land. It is an hour and a half away on an ATV

~ Possibly visit nearby ruins if they are open (they were closed during the COVID pandemic).


Yoga

I think we are all excited to move our bodies and be in a live, in person class. So we will do lots of this. We will have yoga twice daily in one of the two beautiful outdoor "shalas." Oh the stunning views of the beach, ocean and sunset! Kristen Addicks teaches Hatha, Power, Vinyasa and Gentle and Restorative Yoga. She will cater to requests and offer modifications to those that want them. The yoga offered is for all levels. 





What’s included

  • All farm-to-table meals
    Three meals and snacks included. The on-site farm and garden provide much of the organic and plant based meals. Some meat options will be available. The dining areas is outdoors and shaded.
  • Yoga
    Twice daily yoga with Kristen Addicks. The outdoor yoga deck is enormous so there will be plenty of space between yogis. It is also shaded.
  • Ground transportation
    When you arrive at ZIH airport, you will be picked up and driven to the facility. You will be driven back to the airport in time for your departing flight
  • Boogie Boards
    Playa Viva allows you to use their on-site boogie boards fro free
  • Full use of the grounds
    Pool, lounge chairs, hang out area and wifi
  • Accommodations
    The cabañas are magical and you feel as though you are part of the landscape. They are Bali-style in that they are open to the outdoor elements. They are also very large.
  • Turtle Restoration
    On any given morning when there are baby turtles to release, you are invited to participate.
  • Visit Turtle Center
    You can walk to visit the turtle recovery center at your leisure
  • Yoga Shala
    When no class is going on, you can feel free to use the space for your own practice
  • Tips
    Tips for the Playa Viva staff are included in your retreat price
  • Air transportation
    You will be responsibly for getting to ZIH aiport
  • Specialty drinks
    Alcohol, cocktails, blended drinks and fresh coconuts will be an additional costs.
  • Excursions
    You can choose how you want to spend your time and which excursions to do at your own cost
  • Massages
    There will be a masseuse on staff giving various treatments outdoors with the sounds of the ocean and birds. Set your schedule and reserve whenever you like for an additional, reasonable cost
  • Extra tipping
    Tips for the excursions are not included. You can leave something extra if you feel the service warrants it.

Available Packages

Studio
only 2 left

This is a small lovely room for one person. It is in a great social location as it is attached to other units with other retreat goers. This structure is centrally located near one of the yoga decks and beach lounge chairs. The room is upstairs with a view and has it's own designated bathroom downstairs. There is a desk space for your use. 


This price is based on having this room to yourself. 


Check out the room here. 

https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/studio


$1350
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Suite all to yourself
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I love this room and so did the guests that were lucky enough to have it.  It has a king bed and a day bed with a view .The windows are actually open air. The place is big and spacious and has fresh air blowing through. 


It is in a more social location as it is attached to other units filled with other retreat goers. This structure is centrally located near one of the yoga decks and beach lounge chairs. The room is upstairs with a view and has a lovely spacious bathroom right in the Suite. 


To view this beautiful room, click here: 

https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/deluxe-suite


$1800
Deposit: $500
Shared King Casita
only 3 left

If a couple wants to reserve this large, private casita, they will have a king bed and lots of space, including tow day beds, a desk and an armoire. 


This casita can also be amongst friends and in the case, everyone would have their own bed. This structure is not attached to any other so it is very private. 


The windows are actually open air. The place is big and spacious and has fresh air blowing through. It has it's own gorgeous, luxurious bathroom. 


The idea is that this would be shared with 2 people so you will need to book it at the same to for the 2 spots. The price listed is based on double occupancy. 


Click here to see the spacious king casita: 

https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/king-eco-casitas


$1600
Deposit: $500
Private Queen Casita
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You will have your own private secluded casita set apart from the other structures. This is an absolutely lovely room. Great for one person that likes privacy. Like the other units. It is open air and with the windows and doors open you see the ocean and still have privacy. 


Click here to see the lovely accomodation:  https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/queen-eco-casitas

$1900
Deposit: $500
Casita Privada/Exclusiva
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This is a very exclusive and private room perfect for a couple or friends that want to splurge. There is a king size bed or two twin beds depending on if it is a couple or two friends. In addition there is a day bed. It has it's own hang out deck with couch and table. In the room, there is a work space. The bathroom is very large with two sinks, a large shower and a separate room for the toilet.. It is totally private and located between the common pool area and the large yoga shala. It has it's own private path to the beach. Excellent for a couple. The price is based on two people sharing the rooms so sign up together. An extra person could be added to the room if three want to share. 


View this room: https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/private-casita

$1700
Deposit: $500
Tree House for Two
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This is the cabin featured on the cover or Travel + Leisure. This intriguing space is perfect for three people. It will have three twin beds in it, lots of space, fun arquitecture, a hammock in the floor of the room and one hanging outside too. There is a works pace in the room and it is on the way to the large yoga shala directly facing the ocean. 


Check out the tree house here: https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/treehouse

$1700
Deposit: $500

Available options

Extra night at Playa Viva before retreat
$300
2 night surf trip after retreat5 left
$450


Itinerary

Early Morning Magic
Turtle Release

In the early morning hours, staff will ring a bell if there are baby turtles to release. You have the option to participate and learn about the restoration or stay in bed a little longer. 

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KA
Kristen Addicks
4 reviews
Yoga means “union.” To me, that signifies connecting us to all living things, and to that which is bigger than ourselves. That is why, on my retreats, we will get out in nature — the value of having sand in our toes and immersing ourselves in the ocean are an important component of the overall experience. On this adventure, we will look at things from a new perspective: swimming with creatures that live under water and hearing about the ancient Hawaiians. Most yoga classes will be outside in the warm breeze with the smell of tropical plants and sound of birds . We will will link poses gracefully with clear instructions and modifications. We will challenge ourselves occasionally and restore generously. The classes will build both strength and flexibility in a balanced way and I will sprinkle in wisdom from the ancient yoga texts.

Reviews

By far the most wonderful, relaxing yoga retreat, located at a place we intend to visit again and again. Excellent choice by the yoga teacher Kristen Addicks. Her twice daily yoga classes were perfect for all student levels. The location for yoga is breathtaking and we saw whales and dolphins during class. The food and staff at Playa Viva is fantastic, as is the Vision of a sustainable future for all of us. Highly recommend this retreat.
By Carole H for Yoga Eco-Retreat in Mexico on 29 Mar, 2021
CA
Beautiful retreat, wonderful women and lovely accommodations. Kristen is an amazing yoga teacher in both the physical practice of yoga and the spiritual practice. Somehow i always hear what i need to hear in every class. Her retreats allow women to open up and express themselves. We also have a lot of fun and make new friends. Stress free traveling as everything is organized and you are taken care of. Highly recomend!
By Christine A for Yoga del Sol on 13 Nov, 2019
KA
Most amazing location. Yoga on the beach with Kristen Addicks using palm trees as props. Homemade Poke Bowls with fresh fish caught that morning. Hawaii Islander Mimi Towle shared some great local-only actitivies.
By Kristen A for Y O G Aloha Hawaiian Adventure on 24 Aug, 2019
Kristen and Mimi have amazing energy and everything was organized and well thought out. I loved yoga on the beach! Beautiful accommodations and yummy healthy food! So much fun!
By Christine A for Y O G Aloha Hawaiian Adventure on 21 May, 2019