CHRISTMAS YOGA RETREAT • MEXICO 2017
CELEBRATE IN THE SUN
YOGA, PEACE & JOY!
Choose a holiday full of health, relaxation, gratitude and meaning. Our Christmas Yoga Retreat is a perfect way to escape the madness — spend this holiday practicing yoga, meditating and rejuvenating along a serene private beach in Mexico — with sun, sea, surfing, horse-backriding, paddle-boards, kayaks and a group of like-minded, multi-cultural yogis!
FLOW OF A DAY
MORNINGS ~ Wake up with a view to the sea and a chorus of tropical birds! With silence until 8 am, stroll along the beach, dive in for a sunrise swim or join in a group silent meditation to the waves. Choose a gentle Hatha Yoga class focusing on breath and alignment with Talya Lutzker, or a dynamic music-driven Bhakti Yoga flow with Neil Wadhawan — or do them both! All yoga classes take place in the stunning open-air yoga shala, with spectacular sea views and a soft ocean breeze! Breakfast is a tasty Mexican-style tropical buffet. . . and the day has just begun!
AFTERNOONS ~ Free time to enjoy the sunshine! Lounge on the beach, swim in the sea, surf, paddle-board, kayak, hike in the jungle, horse-back ride, enjoy a fabulous massage, experience a traditional sweat lodge… or just lie in a hammock basking in the sweet luxury of down-time! At noon a couple times during the retreat, Exotic Yoga Retreats founder, Gayle Olson, will offer inversion workshops for those interested in exploring nuances and safety practices in headstands and handstands. A delicious buffet lunch is served from 1:30-2:30, followed by plenty of time for a siesta to the sound of the waves!
EVENINGS ~ At sunset we reconvene for an offering of sunset yoga practices—an hour of rejuvenating vinyasa, and/or a deeply quieting restorative practice focused on balancing the nervous system. Following our sunset sessions is an exquisite dinner on the sea-view terrace, a three-course gourmet meal featuring inspired and traditional Mexican recipes, designed for the healthy life-style of a yogi. After dinner take a moonlight stroll on the beach, gather with friends around a bonfire or even try your feet at salsa!
STAY AT A PRIVATE BEACH & ECO–RESORT
Accessible only by boat, you will be met at the airport in Puerto Vallarta and taken by boat to the one of Exotic Yoga Retreat’s favorite retreat spots — an intimate and secluded seaside eco-resort highly acclaimed for it’s serenity, beautiful open-air accommodations, delicious vegetarian cuisine and stunning yoga studios. Accommodations are on the simple side—not EYR’s traditional 4-5 star classic luxury—but luxurious to the soul, and magical in the setting amidst nature and sea. All rooms offer a view to the sea and a chorus of waves for deep, rhythmic sleep! Meals are based on locally grown produce, fresh fish and seafood, served in the spacious terrace dining area with spectacular views that overlook the jungle and the ocean. All dietary preferences are warmly catered to, and the friendly staff make sure that all guests are well taken care of. Xinalani is truly a paradise for our Mexico Yoga Retreat!
YOGA CLASSES WITH NEIL, TALYA & GAYLE!
Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with three highly experienced yoga teachers offering a variety of dynamic vinyasa, hatha yoga, alignment and restorative classes. Each day there will be morning meditation, four daily yoga classes to choose from, plus a few special inversion workshops. Every class is open to anyone, and every activity is optional. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the yoga sessions emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga!
INLCUDED ON MEXICO YOGA RETREAT:
- We meet you at the airport and take you by boat transfer to the resort
- 6-nights on a private beach resort accessible only by boat!
- Breakfast, lunch, dinners catering to all dietary preferences (veg, seafood and non veg options)
- Morning guided meditations with Gayle Olson
- Morning and afternoon Vinyasa yoga classes with Neil Wadhawan
- Morning and afternoon Hatha yoga classes with Talya Lutzker
- Two inversion workshops with Gayle Olson: safety and alignment in headstands and handstands
- Afternoons free to enjoy excursions, spa services, and leisure time
- A few special evening activities under the stars!
NOT INCLUDED ON THE MEXICO YOGA RETREAT:
- Airfare to Puerto Vallarta
- Alcoholic and bottled beverages
- Spa services with highly trained massage therapists and spa technicians
- Optional excursions such as whale watching, surfing lessons, surf board rental, sunset sailing trip
- Gratuities (your choice, if you would like a recommendation, we suggest $15 per day)
BOOKING | TRAVEL | FAQ’S
Prices per person
** Special discounted pre-retreat night rate of $150 pp if you arrive on December 21
Reservations & Cancellation
Help Booking Your Travel
Retreat Dates & Times
Retreat start on December 22—28, 2017
$150 – SPECIAL PRE-RETREAT NIGHT AVAILABLE FOR DECEMBER 21st:
We strongly encourage all guests flying internationally to arrive a day early to assure that travel delays do not cause disruption to your retreat, we will offer a special pre-retreat night at Xinalani on December 21st, with full room and board, for $150.
YOU MUST ARRIVE TO PUERTO VALLARTA BEFORE 4:30 PM. If your flight arrives later than 4:30 pm, or you have a delayed flight arriving later than 4:30pm, it will not be possible to get you to Xinalani that day. Once you arrive in PVR, you must go through customs (which can be lengthy this time of year) and then be transferred to the boat. No boats can leave for Xinalaiini past 6:00 pm as the seas can get rough and it becomes dark. This is beyond our control and we can make no exceptions. If your flight arrives after 4:30 pm please plan on staying in Puerto Vallarta for the night and we will get you to Xinalani on the first boat in the morning.
Optional Pre-Retreat night December 21
1:00–4:00 pm Pick-up at Airport
45 minute Boat ride to Xinalani
Retreat Begins December 22
1:00–4:00 pm Pick-up at Airport
45 minute Boat ride to Xinalani
5:30 pm Retreat begins with opening yoga & orientation
Retreat ends December 28
7:30 am Gather for farewell Sun Salutes!
8:00 am Breakfast
9 am – 1 pm Depart – your departure boat time will be assigned in regard to your flight time.
Travel & Retreat Location
NOTE: For all international flights. . . we strongly encourage you to arrive a day early to assure that travel delays do not cause disruption to your retreat. We offer a special discounted pre-retreat night at Xinalani, with full board in the same room you will be for the week, for $150.
Xinalani; a private beach front eco–retreat center outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Xinalani may only be reached by boat, there is no road to the retreat center.
ARRIVING IN PUERTO VALLARTA:
You will fly into Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) and be picked up by a shuttle that brings you to the pier. A boat will then pick you up and bring you to Xinalani. Guests should book an arrival flight that lands as early as 12:00 noon, and no later than 4:30 pm. If it is impossible for you to get to the boat pier by 6:00 pm, you will need to spend night in Puerto Vallarta and be picked up at pier the following morning at 9 am.
DEPARTING PUERTO VALLARTA:
Group transfers will be staggered throughout the morning to accommodate your flight schedule. Book your departure flight no earlier than 11 am. Anyone needing to leave Xinalani before 8 AM will need to pay for transport individually at the cost of $25.
General Information & FAQ’s
1. TRAVEL VISA
You will need a CURRENT PASSPORT for your trip to Mexico. A Driver License is no longer a valid identification document for travel to Mexico. No vaccinations are required to enter the country. During the flight to Puerto Vallarta you will be given a document to fill out which you will then need to present to the immigration official upon your entry into Mexico. This document is your Travel Visa.
2. WEATHER IN MEXICO
The Central Pacific Coast of Mexico is surrounded by jungle and receives approximately 345 days of sunshine per year. Located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, the sub-tropical climate is quite similar to Hawaii’s. As the temperature changes according to the season, check this link for local weather for the dates of year of your retreat.
No, immunizations are not required for this part of Mexico.
4. DRINKING WATER
The water from the faucets is safe for showering and other necessities but is not safe to drink. There is clean, fresh, purified water provided in each cabana for drinking, brushing your teeth and cleaning your contacts and contact cases. There is bottled water available in the restaurant each day. The ice used in the restaurant is also made from clean, fresh, purified water.
5. SAFETY IN THIS REGION OF MEXICO
Though Americans have been advised in recent years to travel to Mexico with caution, the Puerto Vallarta area hasn’t been affected by crime. Violence is located in other regions of Mexico far away from Puerto Vallarta. Also, there are no roads to Xinalani! Xinalani is accessible only by water, making the resort peaceful, secluded, and a real pain in the butt for a criminal to get to. We want our guests to feel completely secure, that is why, although our area is completely safe and has record low crime rates that most American cities envy, we offer a fully escorted shuttle service from the airport to the resort
6. MONEY / CASH / CREDIT CARDS
Yes, you will need money for excursions, spa treatments and tipping. Xinalani accepts either US Dollars or Mexican Pesos (MXN) in cash. You can exchange money at Xinalani but there are no ATMs on property or nearby. We also accept VISA, Mastercard and Discover but no American Express.
There is Wi-Fi access in the reception and lounge areas; however, we strive to keep our common spaces free for relaxing and socializing. This is an opportunity to let your digital devices go to sleep, so you can wake up!
8. CELL SERVICE
Depending on your carrier, you will most likely have cell service. If not, you can use Skype, as the wifi signal is strong.
9. TIPS & GRATUITIES
The staff at Xinalani are amazing! They are so friendly and helpful! They come from a small pueblo within walking distance of Xinalani, and do rely on gratuities to supplement their income. At the end of the retreat, you are encouraged to consider giving approximately $15 per day for the staff – and are welcome to give additional tips to anyone who has made your stay particularly special!
10. POWER ADAPTOR
Mexico uses standard American outlets.
11. TOILETRIES & HAIR DRYER
Xinalani provides soap, shampoo and conditioner. Hair dryers are not allowed at Xinalani, as they take too much power.
12. YOGA PROPS
Xinalani provides all yoga mats, blocks, belts and blankets!
Yoga holidays inspiring you to see the world differently!
WHY THIS MEXICO RETREAT?
Thank you for this retreat; every minute was worth it! It was such a mind, body and heart opening… and so much fun! It’s helping make my day-to-day life magical, and I can give so much to others as I have feel so fulfilled inside! Thank you again, and can’t wait for the next retreat!–Jennifer Clarke, France
December 24—30, 2017 December 23 special pre-retreat night for $150!
Our own private eco-luxury beach resort 40-minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta.
Fly to Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR). A van will meet you at the airport and take you to a boat for a 45-minute crossing to our retreat.
OUR GUESTS SAY:
There aren’t really words to describe how fantastic this week has been. I had no expectations, and yet you exceeded every one of them!—Michelle Rasmussen, Australia
Best retreat ever. . . 10/10!—Nicola Sepel, Australia
This was the best week of my life! Thank you all for making this trip more than I could have expected. I miss you all and expect we can keep in touch—better yet, reunite at a future Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Scott Scaggs, USA
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel