HAPPINESS & YOGA RETREAT • DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
HAPPINESS & YOGA
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Build more joy, love, mindfulness, and positivity into your life while enjoying a luxurious oceanfront eco-lodge with endless adventures including surfing, snorkeling, scuba-diving, paddle-boarding, whale-watching, spa massages, and swimming in warm tropical water. Happiness expert and Stanford University instructor, Dr. Laura Delizonna and Exotic Yoga Retreat founder, Gayle Olson will guide you through their unique and playful program synthesizing yoga, mindfulness meditation, neuroscience and practices for greater happiness!
FLOW OF THE DAY
Below is an outline of our daily schedule – note, all activities are optional. This retreat is your time to listen in and do exactly what your body and soul long for!
MORNINGS ~ begin with the sounds of tropical nature and a contemplative serenity walk, swim or meditation along the sea. At 8 am we meet in the stunning open-air yoga studio for our morning yoga practice that weaves in asana, pranayama, music and meditation. There is juice, coffee, tea, fruit and yogurt/granola available from 7 am, and a full tropical buffet breakfast following yoga. A Happiness workshops will follow breakfast three mornings, leaving three mornings free for spa services or excursions.
AFTERNOONS ~ are free to enjoy! Relax by the pool, have a massage, swim, surf, snorkel, scuba-dive, paddle-board, kayak, hike, whale-watch, or just lie in a hammock enjoying the luxury of down-time! A buffet lunch is served from 1:30-2:30. At 5 pm on several afternoons there will be an optional Inversion workshop with Gayle Olson, focusing on handstands and headstands.
EVENINGS ~ arrive with a relaxing sunset Yoga & Happiness session of moon salutes, restorative poses and Happiness activities. Following our sunset session 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!
STUNNING ECO-LUXURY RESORT
Accessible only by boat, you will be met at the airport in Puerto Vallarta and taken by boat to the beautiful setting of Xinalani Resort. This exclusive, intimate and secluded seaside resort is highly acclaimed for it’s serenity, beautiful open air accommodations, delicious vegetarian cuisine and stunning yoga studios. Meals are based on locally grown produce and fresh fish and seafood, served in the spacious terrace dining area with spectacular views that overlook the jungle and the ocean.
YOGA CLASSES W/ GAYLE OLSON
Discover or rediscover the joy of moving meditation with Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson with classes blend traditions of hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the practice will include Gayle’s trademark hands-on massage adjustments, and encourage you to maintain a strong, meditative focus on your breath — and on the joy of yoga. Gayle has been teaching world-wide for more than twenty years and is author of the Women’s Guide to Yoga & Fitness.
BOOST YOUR HAPPINESS WITH DR. LAURA DELIZONNA
Dr. Laura Delizonna, PhD is an expert in the science of happiness and mindfulness. She is an instructor at Stanford University, international speaker, co-author of a book entitled “Thrive: Self-Coaching for Happiness and Success”, and a lead trainer for Search Inside Yourself, Google’s mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program. Laura’s workshops have been described as “life changing!) and she is applauded for her ability to distill highly complex concepts into simple practices and to guide participants toward long-term change.
OUR MEXICO YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES:
- 7-nights at the stunning oceanfront eco-luxury Xinalani Resort
- Airport pick-up and boat transfer to Xinalani Resort
- All meals, healthy and gourmet-style vegetarian and fish/seafood based cuisine
- 2 daily yoga practices with Gayle Olson, blending Vinyasa, Iyengar and Yin traditions
- Happiness sessions with Dr. Laura Delizonna to build mindfulness and positivity
- Add-on spa services available with highly trained massage therapists and spa technicians
- Add-on excursions: surf, snorkel, scuba-diving, sea kayak, paddle-board, zip-line, whale-watching
- Airfare to Puerto Vallarta
- Alcoholic and bottled beverages
- Spa services
- optional excursions such as whale watching, surfing lessons, surf board rental, sunset sailing trip
Yoga holidays inspiring you to see the world differently!
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