The following are some questions we have been asked about the Yelapa Yoga Retreat .

Where is Yelapa?  
On the Mexican Pacific Coast.  There are no roads to Yelapa.  Access is by 40 minute boat ride from Puerta Vallarta.   

How do I get there?  
Flights are into Puerta Vallarta.  There are many flights arriving daily from all over the world – many of them are direct.  We suggest you spend the first night on the day your flight arrives in a hotel in Old Puerta Vallarta.   Sunday morning you can walk a short distance to the main pier where a boat will take our group to Yelapa at 10 am.   On our last trip to Yelapa we encountered several enormous whales frolicking in the sea not far from our boat.  The cost of the boat ride from Puerta Vallarta and back is included in the fee.

Is it safe to travel to Yelapa?  
Yes. Puerto Vallarta is frequently visited by travelers from all over the world and has a reputation for being very safe.  Yelapa is small, without road access and very safe.  Pura Vida is a 15-minute walk from the village along a narrow path and very safe.

How many participants do you expect? 
There will be a maximum of 18 participants.

Are the retreats suitable for beginners?  
These retreats are suitable for anyone, regardless of age, physical ability or prior experience in yoga, breathwork, and meditation.   The teaching is primarily guiding each participant back to their own intuitive knowing.  Students come to these retreats for different reasons and with different backgrounds.   The retreat experience is unique for everyone, allowing them to have the understanding and experience they need at that particular time.

Will you find a roommate for me if I come by myself? 
Yes, in a double occupancy room with private bathroom  @ $1395 per person.  Singles are $1,695.

What is the daily schedule?

7:30 – 8:00 am    Meditation
8 – 9:30                 Pranayama and Asana
9:45 am                  Brunch
2:30                         Snack
4- 6 pm                   Yin & Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, Breathwork, Pranayama, Meditation
6:30                         Dinner
8:00 pm                  Evening Meditation

 What style of yoga is taught?  
We have studied with many teachers in a variety of styles over the years – including Iyengar and the Viniyoga of Desikachar as well as Vipassana meditation and non-duality.  The teaching is a synthesis of all that we have studied for 35 years and what has evolved during years of practice.  Go here for more about this.

What are the retreats like?  
The Yoga Retreats are an opportunity for one to relax and rest in the natural presence/awareness that they are.  We feel this is the essence of yoga, meditation, and retreat in general. The schedule, teaching, and environment allow one to let go of the demands and details of daily life and to reconnect with and reveal their own deeper knowing.    Yoga postures, breathwork, restorative postures, meditation, silence, and free time in the natural world generally assist in this letting go.  As we let go of tension and the busy mind, a deeper knowing that is always present, reveals itself.  There is ample opportunity for people to ask questions during the sessions or in private interviews between sessions.

I have heard of Yoga Vacations, but these are called Yoga Retreats.  What is the difference?  
We have called these “retreats” because we consider them a unique opportunity to pull back and take a rest from our busy lives with the many distractions.   Most people coming on these retreats have a sincere desire to explore and nourish their spiritual lives.  There are no “rules” about how one should spend their time, but we encourage participants to use the time between sessions thoughtfully.  Often traveling and sightseeing during a retreat is just another distraction and the actual reasons for coming on retreat are diminished.

Are there any silent periods during the retreat and if so why? 
While the retreats in Maine are held entirely in “social silence”, the retreats in Mexico have periods of silence.   For most of these retreats, we ask participants to refrain from social conversation after the evening meditation until after breakfast the following morning.  Of course, anyone may choose to have as much “alone time” as they would like to extend the periods of silence.   Most people today have busy lives and spend very little time in silence.   Silence is restful, being the mirror of our natural state.  Silent community creates a supportive environment in which to deepen understanding, awareness, openness and, compassion.  This greatly enhances the benefits of a yoga retreat.

What is self-inquiry?  
The practice of aligning with our true nature beyond the habitual patterns of conditioning.

What are the meals like? 
There will be brunch, a snack mid-afternoon and dinner at 6:30.  All meals are healthy vegetarian, carefully prepared by local women with fresh, local ingredients.

Where is Pura Vida located?  
About a 15-minute walk from the small village of Yelapa along a narrow patch that skirts the sea.  It is at the far South end of the small bay and offers deep tranquility at the edge of the sea with the jungle behind it.

Are there any additional taxes we need to pay? 
No.  All taxes are included in the price.

What shall we bring? 
Very little.  We will be traveling by boat the last part of the journey so it is best to travel light.  We will be dropped off at a small beach and take a short walk along the path to Pura Vida.  The temperature is 60-65 at night and 75 – 80 in the daytime and rain is very unlikely. Yoga mats are provided by the center.  

Passports are now required for travel to and from Mexico!

 

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