New Year's Intention Setting & Yoga Retreat: Sayulita, Mexico
January 29 - February 2, 2019
Can you think of anything better than starting your year off with clear intention, heartfelt connection, exceptional natural beauty, and playfulness? This retreat is a special opportunity to allow yourself some space and self-nurturing before the distractions and speed of the new year catches up with you. Donna Flood and Michelle Lee are leading this retreat to help you honor your soul’s path towards purposeful creative living. We will clear out the old from 2018 and usher in the new year with clarity, powerful intention, and new perspective. Also, Donna will do your personal astrological forecast for 2019! We’re hosting this retreat in one of the magical gems of Nayarit, Mexico and at a time in January when there is an abundance of activity including humpback whale migration and the Festival Sayulita which celebrates Mexican culture with film, music, spirits, food, yoga and stand-up paddle events. No wonder Travel & Leisure just named Sayulita one of the best beach destinations to visit in January!!
Along the Pacific coast of Mexico lies the relaxed bohemian chic town of Sayulita, a town that mixes Mexican country culture with Pacific surf, boutiques and cool bars. In addition to boasting one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, there are many activities to partake in including surfing, snorkeling, hiking in the jungle, fishing, and much more. It’s become quite a popular destination for Californians looking to chill out from the face paced life and have an authentic cultural experience and be immersed in amazing nature. The town is known to have kind people, and although tiny, there is much vibrancy with the cultural essence. This is a place where you get artisan coffee from the local corner coffee shop, where you can buy your fresh fruits and veggies streetside, where the ice cream is as vibrant and fresh as the rainbow, and where the colors and flavors of Mexico can be fully appreciated through the facades, rustic streets, artisan shops, smell of the salty sea, tasty eats, and warm people. No wonder Sayulita has been honored with the title of “Pueblos Magico”, a town that offers a "magical" experience by reason of its natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts and great hospitality.
In addition to daily morning yoga and our new intentions workshops, we will take a fantastic snorkeling catamaran trip to the Marieta Islands which has diverse wildlife including humpback whales and dolphins, especially visible when we will be there in January. We’ll have a beautiful lunch and drinks on the boat and swim in the clear waters off the islands. For sure this will be a highlight of our trip. We will also be able to enjoy the Festival Sayulita where there will be live music and cultural events in addition to amazing regional foods. The last day we will have massages at the villas throughout the day that will have you feeling pampered and completely relaxed. We are not far from the main area but we will have 2 golf carts that we will take to and from the beach and town for your convenience.
We will be staying in Sayulita's newest villas which offers sweeping panoramic ocean views extending from Sayulita point to the open ocean. They are beautifully appointed luxury villas, amazing infinity pools with a large outdoor entertainment area. The location of our villas is exquisite, beautiful views of the ocean and away from the noise of downtown, yet close, and easy access the beach and town. Both villas have large terraces with a BBQ area and pools with stunning views to the ocean, and the jungle. They have fully equipped kitchens with Wolf stoves and 48'' Sub-Zero frige, dinning rooms, living rooms with Satellite TV, stereo, DVD player, Wi-fii and central air conditioner. There is plenty of space to relax, practice yoga, sunbathe, eat outside, and of course gather for our workshops! You can choose between a shared room or single room. Some of the shared rooms share a bathroom with another single room (so no more than 3 to a bathroom), which will be offered at a lesser price. Plus there are additional bathrooms in the villas separate from the bedrooms.
Daily breakfast and dinner will be provided during the retreat. We will have an excellent private chef making us full Mexican breakfasts including fresh orange juice, incredible seasonal fruit, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, scrambled eggs, fresh breads and pastries, and much more! Two nights we will have dinner at the villas and two nights we will hit the town and enjoy dinner at the beach. We left lunch open (except the day of the catamaran tour) because Sayulita is known for it’s excellent streetfood, especially the tacos, churros, and artisan coffees. You’ll have a couple days to enjoy some local specialities. Vegan and vegetarian diets can be accommodated.
Leaders: Donna Flood & Michelle Lee
Donna and Michelle have worked together over the years to offer a variety of self development workshops. Their most popular has always been their New Years Intention Setting Workshop in January. They will highlight this workshop during the retreat, which focuses on reviewing lessons from 2018, identifying and releasing internal blocks, and setting clear, positive intentions for 2019. Additionally, Donna will do each guest's astrological forecast for 2019 and review with them individually on how to best leverage the information to achieve the highest potential for each guest. She will also give an overall astrological account for 2019 and highlight themes and patterns.
This retreat will feature a daily yoga class led by Michelle Lee. The classes will be held outside on the lovely lawn in the gardens each morning and are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and will be lead in an Ashtanga-inspired general vinyasa flow. Yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice.
Included in the Retreat:
- 4 nights at private luxury villas
- Daily Breakfast
- Daily Dinners including select wine and alcoholic beverages
- Daily Morning Yoga Class
- Daily Intention Setting & Astrology Workshops
- Catamaran Day Trip to the Marieta Islands with snorkeling and whale watching
- 60 Minute Massage at the villa
- Transportation to/from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport PVR
- Transportation to all Day Trips
* airfare not included
- 4 nights/5 days private luxury villa accommodations
- Inclusive Retreat Price, Shared Room = $1,750-$1,850
- Inclusive Retreat Price, Single Room = $2,200-$2,350
- Deposit to hold space = $900
- Max Participants = 14
- Final balance due 30 days before retreat start date.
- Read full cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions
Upon registration, an email will be sent with more particulars on air travel suggestions and what to bring but here are a few items you may want to consider bringing:
- No heels, dress shoes, or formal wear required. Pack your casual, boho chic outfits, swimsuit, rash guard for a little surfing adventure, your most comfortable sandals, colorful tropical tunics and breezy dresses.
- yoga mat if participating
- bathing suit
- hat (although there are many to buy throughout town)
- light layers, perhaps a light sweater for evenings and mornings
- mosquito repellent
- empty space for shopping in your suitcase
- journal and bring your intentions from 2018 if you still have them