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Annual Christmas Retreat

Choose a holiday full of health, relaxation, gratitude and meaning. Our annual 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 the Day


Wake to the rhythmic sound of waves and intricate chorus of tropical birds with a cup of tea overlooking the ocean. Stroll the beach or take a morning swim before heading up to the Jungle Studio for a morning of body, mind and soul replenishing. Join one or both back-to-back yoga classes: Mindfulness Meditation & Gentle Yoga with Sylvia Ferguson and Vinyasa Yoga with Josie Sykes.


Free time to enjoy the sunshine and waves! Head out for sea-kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing or horseback riding. Trek into the forest to a hidden waterfall, take a Mexican cooking class or journey inward with a shaman-led temazcal, followed by a healing massage in the ocean-side spa. A delicious buffet lunch is served from 1:30-2:30, followed by just enough time for a hammock siesta!


At sunset, reconvene for Hatha-Alignment with Sylvia and gentle nervous system balancing yoga class with Josie. Following our sunset session is dinner on the ocean view terrace at Xinalani — a three-course gourmet meal featuring inspired and traditional Mexican recipes, designed for the healthy lifestyle of a yogi. After dinner take a moonlit stroll on the beach, gather with friends around a bonfire or even try your feet at salsa.

Xinalani Resort

Private Beach Eco-Resort

Accessible only by boat, you will be met at the airport in Puerto Vallarta and whisked away to the one of Exotic Yoga Retreat’s favorite retreat spots — Xinalani, an intimate and secluded seaside eco-resort highly acclaimed for its serenity, stunning yoga studio, delicious vegetarian cuisine and variety of accommodations — all with a view to the sea! Meals are based on locally grown produce, fresh fish and seafood, served in the spacious terrace dining room 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 cared for. Xinalani is truly a paradise for our Mexico New Year Yoga Retreat!

Yoga & Fitness

Exotic Yoga Retreats Program

All our Exotic Yoga programs are designed for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners and greater levels of challenge for advanced students. We emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga! Meet your EYR teachers on this Christmas Yoga Retreat: Josie Sykes and Sylvia Ferguson.

December 23—29, 2018

Near Puerto Vallarta

Holiday Retreat Features:

  • Christmas yoga retreat at a private beach resort 45 min from Puerto Vallarta:
  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day stay at the award-winning Xinalani Eco-Resort & Spa
  • Healthy, gourmet local cuisine accommodating all dietary preferences
  • Airport pick-up & boat transfer
  • Open-air, sea view ensuite rooms for solo travelers, couples and families
  • Annual Christmas retreat features two EYR teachers offering an option of 4 yoga classes daily
  • Meditation workshops
  • Ocean-side spa
  • Swimming pool and full bar
  • Evening activities: Latin dance lesson, beach bonfire!
  • Optional add-on activités and excursions: Surfing, SUP, swim with dolphins trip, whale watching, horse-back riding, shaman-led temezcal
  • The most awesome event of your year!

Book Mexico!

I did the Exotic Mexico Retreat at Xinalani and it was beyond amazing! The resort, the people, the yoga… all of it incredible! —Olivia, France



Upon registering for the Mexico Holiday Retreat you will receive our Travel & Packing Brochure with complete details. 



Fly to Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR), arriving no later than 4:00 pm in time to catch the last boat to the resort.


Included in your package is round-trip transportation to/from the Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR). You will be driven by a pre-paid cab to the marina where you will be transferred in a small boat 45-minutes south to Xinalani.



We strongly encourage you to book the Pre-Retreat Night, arriving one day prior to start of retreat to make sure travel delays do not interfere with your retreat and you have a perfect day of relaxation before the retreat begins.



Retreat officially begins at 5:00 pm with opening yoga.

Book your return flight no earlier than 11:00 am.

On departure day, group transfers will be staggered throughout the morning to accommodate your flight schedule. Should you need to leave Xinalani before 8am, you will need to pay for individual transport at additional cost.


Retreat Participants

The EYR annual Christmas and New Year retreats at Xinalani are unique in our EYR portfolio of retreats… with 50-60 people from around the world joining in celebration together!  The diversity of people who attend is truly beautiful: women and men, solo travelers, friends, couples, families, diverse ages, religions and cultures. It is always amazing how connected people feel, making new friends and connecting with the group at large.

Xinalani and the surrounding nature offers you ample space to enjoy your solitude—and when you choose, to enjoy the company of others. 


If you are interested in joining our Mexico holiday retreats, we suggest booking as early as possible:
  • Our annual holiday retreats sell out early!
  • Flights to Puerto Vallarta book up quickly
  • The highly desired Eco-Suites are allocated on a first-come basis!
A $1,000 deposit (per person) will reserve your spot on this retreat.
$1,995  FEMALE DORM  (pp)  
The dorm is an open air palapa with 8 beds and 2 en-suite baths. 
$2,595  SHARED SUITE  (pp)  
All shared suites have (2) double beds, an en-suite bath, private terrace, hammock and a view to the sea! You will receive either an Eco-Chic Suite or a Petite Suite, (Eco-Chics offered on a first-come basis). You may book one or two spots in the shared room.
$3,595  SINGLE ROOM  (pp)
Single rooms are Deluxe Rooms, with (1) double, or (2) single beds, with an en-suite bath and view to the sea!
$5,190  COUPLE'S SUITE (per couple)
The couple’s suites have (1) king-size bed, an en-suite bath, private terrace, hammock and a view to the sea! You will receive either an Eco-Chic Suite or a Petite Suite, given on a first-come basis. The couple’s package includes two spots in the retreat. 
$5,990  LUXURY BEACHFRONT CASITA (2 persons)
The new Beachfront Casita has AC, (1) king-size bed, an en-suite bath, private terrace, hammock and a plunge pool right over the beach! The Casita package includes two spots in the retreat.
$8,995  4-PERSON FRIEND / FAMILY (price is for 4 people)
This 4-person palapa is perfect for a family of 3 or 4 or a group of friends. There are (4) twin beds, an en-suite bath, hammock and view to the sea!
We highly recommend arriving at least one day prior to start of this retreat to help with jet lag, avoid travel delays and to enjoy a day of full relaxation before start of retreat. Our special Pre-Retreat Night includes food, lodging and airport pick-up.

What Is Included?



  • 6-nights/7-days accommodation at Xinalani, an award-winning eco-resort near Puerto Vallarta
  • Airport pick-up in Puerto Vallarta and boat transfer to Xinalani
  • 3 meals daily: delicious vegetarian and pescatarian dishes with option of meat upon request
  • Ensuite, open-air, sea view rooms with daily maid service
  • 4 yoga classes daily... do one or all!
  • Vinyasa yoga and nervous-system balancing yoga classes with EYR yoga teacher Josie Sykes
  • Hatha yoga and Alignment yoga classes with Sylvia Ferguson
  • Mindfulness meditation sessions guided by certified teacher, Sylvia Ferguson
  • Swimming pool and full bar on premise
  • Guac Walk through the jungle to a neighboring beach for swimming, fresh chips & Guacamole!
  • Evening activities: Latin dancing,  beach bonfire, Yoga Nidra
  • Ocean kayaking



  • December 29 • Pre-Retreat Special: airport pick-up, food, and lodging ($165)
  • Airfare to Mexico
  • Spa services
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities (suggested $15/day)
  • Add-on activities and excursions: Surfing, SUP, swim with dolphin trip, whale watching, horse-back riding, cooking classes, shaman-led temezcal


Cancellation Policy


DEPOSIT – $1,000

Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, however should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.


Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.


Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.



–90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.


–31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.

–0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.

To officially cancel, you must send an email TO EYR stating that you wish to cancel to.



We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.


The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:

–you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
—the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
–lost luggage
–medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured