On this retreat, we will retreat and restore at a 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 serenity, relaxation, and wellness with an opportunity to take part in culture, adventure and preservation. So there is something for whatever your heart desires on any given day.
Unique excursions are offered as well as a chance to help restore and regenerate wildlife and the local communities. I specifically chose this place after visiting and seeing their commitment to environmental sustainability. The surprise was the warmth of the staff. It feels like a family even after visiting for a short stay.
In the past, I have resisted bringing groups to retreat center because I am not interested in a bubble experience. Instead, I want to witness new cultures unclose. What I love about Playa Viva is, even thought it is remote and relaxing, it has many cultural offerings off and on-site. You can can set your schedule and choose the activities that you want to participate in.
• You can visit a fully sustainable family farm high in the mountains to see how that is done. They grow, maiz, coffee, sugar, cacao, mango, coconut, and so much more and tell stories while serving you lunch*
• Visit the fabulous fishing village of Zihuatanejo*
• Snorkle in nearby Ixtapa*
• Tour the closest little village of Juluchu and visit their candy making factory*
• Temazcal sweat lodge*
• Surfing, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking in Barra de Potosi*
• Visit local archeological site and museum *
• Fish either with locals on panga or deep-sea fishing in larger vessel*
And right on-site, you can:
• Relax at the pool and on the beach
• Get a spa treatment on the beach in the shade*
• Do lots of yoga
• Ride horses on the beach*
• Hike in the jungle or nearby mountains*
• Take cooking lessons*
• Boogie board
• Fish from shore*
To keep the overall cost down, activities that are additional costs are á la carte. You choose what you want to do and what you want to spend additional money on. Those with nothing behind them are free to you and included in the cost. The others are:
* - arranged for an additional cost
Feedback that I have gotten from previous retreats is that MORE yoga is wanted. 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, Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga. She will cater to requests and offer modifications to those that want them. The yoga offered is for all levels.
You will have your own spacious, secluded casita with a gorgeous view and private bathroom. This structure is not attached to any other so it is very private.
Click here to see the lovely accomodation: https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/queen-eco-casitas
If a couple wants to reserve this large, private casita, they will have a king bed and lots of space, including two desks and an Armoire. This casita can also be for friends as there are several beds. This structure is not attached to any other so it is very private.
Click here to see the spacious casita:
If a couple wants to reserve this cabin, they will have a King bed as well as ample desk space and an outdoor deck to be shared with other retreat guests in adjacent cabins. It is less secluded but more social than the King Eco-Casita. This structure is wonderfully located near the yoga deck and the pool area.
This cabin cab be shared by friends and have twin beds instead of a King. To view this beautiful room, click here:
This is a smaller studio also attached to the shared deck. This structure is wonderfully located near the yoga deck and the pool area. It is ideal for two friends. It can also be for a couple and set up with a King bed. To see the space and location, click here: https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/studio
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.