HOLIDAY YOGA RETREAT
XINALANI ECO-RESORT, MEXICO
DECEMBER 22 - 28, 2019
DECEMBER GETAWAY WITH GRATITUDE & MEANING
Choose a holiday full of health, relaxation, gratitude and meaning. Our annual December Yoga Retreat at the exotic Xinalani Eco-Resort is a perfect way to escape the madness. Spend this holiday practicing yoga, meditating and rejuvenating along a serene private beach in Mexico. Soak up the sun and sea, go surfing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, and kayaking with a group of like-minded, multicultural yogis! Classes are designed for mixed levels, emphasising safety, awareness—and the joie de vivre of yoga!
Arrive by boat to discover a hidden eco-resort of open-air cabanas, yoga studios, a peaceful meditation palapa, a full-service spa, an outdoor dining room and bar and a pool—all overlooking the ocean! Meet people from around the world - solo travelers, couples, friends and families! There is so much on offer: 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 temazcal (sweat lodge) ritual, followed by a holistic massage…or just take a siesta in a hammock!
Mexico’s bounty, from the ripest fruits to the freshest seafood, is the basis of all our meals. The Xinalani chefs infuse traditional local dishes with a yogi-style approach to health and diet, so that each one is as beautiful as it is nourishing and delicious. They warmly cater to all dietary preferences. For those who want to toast each day with a cocktail or glass of wine, Xinalani has a superb beach-style bar, with views over their private bay. Their selection of local Mezcals and Tequilas, as well as European wines, are pleasing and varied. There is always an option to order a fresh coconut too!
FLOW OF THE DAY
Wake to a chorus of tropical birds and stroll the beach in quiet contemplation or dive into the breath-taking ocean. Feast on a tropical breakfast buffet. Then step into a magical morning of body, mind and soul rejuvenation in the Jungle Studio overlooking the water. We have two yoga classes with Nina on offer. First, a mindful Hatha class for all levels, after that we’ll pump it up for a sweaty Vinyasa flow. Join both, one, or none!
Free time to enjoy the sunshine! Lounge on the beach, swim, surf, paddle-board, kayak, hike in the jungle, ride a horse, enjoy a fabulous massage, experience a traditional sweat lodge, or just lie in a hammock basking in the sweet luxury of downtime! A delicious light buffet lunch is served from 1:30 to 2:30, followed by plenty of time for a siesta to the sound of the waves! Settle into the slower pace of life that your body craves.
Enjoy a deeply relaxing yin yoga practice while watching the sun set over the ocean below. Evenings are focused on meditation and mindfulness with Lalita. Then, we’ll have an exquisite dinner on the ocean-view terrace, a three-course gourmet meal featuring inspired and traditional Mexican recipes. Afterwards, take a moonlit stroll on the beach, gather with new friends around a bonfire, or even try your feet at salsa!
YOGA ON THIS RETREAT
Well-traveled nomad, Nina Butler, weaves breath, strength, flexibility and awareness into a moving meditation that accommodates beginners and advanced practitioners. While her practice is strong, her teaching is sensitive and heart-oriented, supporting students to move within their personal pace and rhythm. Nina also shares mindfulness practices, meditations, and soul-soothing yin sessions to cultivate the perfect balance on your retreat between uplifting flow, and introspective restoration.
Uniting new science and ancient tradition, Lauren Lalita Duker’s yoga instruction weaves together the latest in functional anatomical movement with ancient ways of breathing and being. Her pranayama instruction and devotional practices will leave you feeling soft and expansive. Her voice, in guided meditation or song, will help move you into deeper states of awareness.
RESERVE WITH A DEPOSIT
A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot.
PRICES PER PERSON (USD$)
$1,995 - 8-bed female dorm + (2) en-suite baths
$2,195 - 4-bed male dorm + (2) en-suite baths
$2,495 - Petite Shared Suite (per person)+ 2 beds + en-suite bath
$2,295 - Shared Deluxe Room + en-suite bath
$3,495 - Single Deluxe Room + en-suite bath
$2,795 - Eco-Suite (per person) + king bed + en-suite bath
$3,195 - Lux Beachfront Casita per person + AC + king bed + en-suite bath
Pre-Retreat Night on December 21
We highly recommend arriving at least one day prior to start of this retreat to help with jet lag, avoid travel delays and enjoy a day of full relaxation before the retreat starts. Our special Pre-Retreat Night includes food, lodging and airport pick-up ($185).
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 on request
En-suite, open-air, ocean-view rooms with daily maid service
3 yoga classes to choose from daily
Evening activities: Latin dancing, beach bonfire
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
December 21st Pre-Retreat Special: airport pick-up, food and lodging ($185)
Airfare to Mexico
Gratuities (suggested $15/day)
Add-on activities and excursions: surfing lessons or board rental, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, horseback riding, cooking classes, shaman-led temezcal.
Travel and Dates
Fly to Puerto Vallarta airport (PVR), arriving no later than 4:00 pm, in time to catch the last boat to the resort. 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 8:00 am, you will require individual transport, at additional cost.
GETTING FROM AIRPORT TO XINALANI:
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.
DEC. 21 – Pre-retreat night special ($185)
We strongly encourage you to book the Pre-Retreat Night, arriving one day prior to the start of the retreat to ensure that travel delays do not interfere with your retreat and you have a perfect day of relaxation before the retreat begins.
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 DUE 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE
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.
IF YOU CANCEL YOUR RETREAT
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.
IF WE CANCEL THE RETREAT
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
medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured