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 Puerto Vallarta.
Passports are now required for travel to and from Mexico!
Fights are into Puerto Vallarta. There are many flights arriving daily from all over the world – many of them are direct. We suggest you arrive in Puerto Vallarta on February 27 and spend the first night in a hotel in Old Puerto Vallarta rather than the newer part of town closer to the airport.
***IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE PLACE AND TIME TO MEET WITH GROUP FOR DEPARTURE TO YELAPA SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 & AND RETURN TO PUERTO VALLARTA SATURDAY, MARCH 6
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28 Departure from PUERTO VALLARTA The group will meet NO LATER THAN 1:30PM at the Los Muertos Pier in Puerto Vallarta where Surya will be waiting for you and where the boat will take our group to Yelapa. On our last trip to Yelapa we encountered several enormous whales frolicking in the sea not far from our boat..it’s a 40 minute beautiful and adventurous ride. The cost of the boat ride from PuertO Vallarta and back is included in the fee.
SATURDAY MARCH 6 Departure for PUERTO VALLARTA The group will depart by boat from Yelapa at 9AM arriving in Puerto Vallarta by 9:45AM.
PLACES TO STAY IN PUERTA VALLARTA
Most people choose to stay in Puerta Vallarta at least the night before the retreat begins and many choose to visit a few days before and after. There are many excellent accommodations available and it is a very safe city. Our favorite is Cinco22 in a quiet neighborhood a short walk to the famous ocean-front Malacon boardwalk and many good restraints. Of course the various booking sites like AirB&B, Booking.com, etc offer numerous options. We prefer to stay relatively close to the historic district.
Bring Very Little. We will be traveling by boat with a water landing meaning that you need to wear flip flops and shorts or pants you can roll up as we will be landing in mid calf high water.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. Bring only a carry on size bag or duffel and a tote bag.
Clothing to bring – This is a super casual scene..no high end resort wear!! actually it would feel quite ridiculous! (You can rinse out clothing in your bathroom to minimize what to bring) It is cool at night and in the morning. Bring a fleece jacket or sweater and shawl, bathing suit, sarong, bathing suit cover-up, 2-3 yoga leggings, a few yoga tops, shorts or capris, and a few tees, a pair of casual flowey pants( jeans, except for travel, will feel restrictive in this laid back, warm vibe), a long sleeve shirt, maybe a simple casual dress for easy transition from massage, very good walking sandals or sneakers ( Yelapa is all trails and very narrow dirt roads) and flip flops, hat, sunscreen,. If you feel inclined a long, fun, summer dress can feel sensual and feminine at the end of a day of practice and swimming..Towels and mats are provided at Pura Vida.
Please Note: This retreat is not suitable for people with walking limitations due to a number of steep stairs and uneven walkways.
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 10 participants. Normally we have has 23 participants but this year we have reduced it to 10 to allow for “social distancing.”
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.
In an abundance of caution this year we are only offering double rooms to those people traveling together and feel comfortable sharing a room.
Double occupancy room with private bathroom @ $1395 per person. Singles with private bath are $1,595.
What is the daily schedule?
7am-8am Yogurt, tea, fruit
8 – 10 am Meditation, Pranayama, Asana, Meditative Movement
10 am Brunch
4- 5:45 pm Yin & Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, Breathwork
7:30 pm Evening Meditation
What style of yoga is taught?
We have studied with many teachers in a variety of styles over the years – including classical hatha yoga, Iyengar, Scaravelli, the Fluid Movement of Continuum, vinyasa, the Viniyoga of Desikachar as well as Vipassana and non-dual meditation, Holotropic and Quantum Light Breathwork as well as work in shamanic traditions. 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 participants are asked to refrain from social conversation after the evening meditation until after brunch the following morning. Of course, anyone may choose to have as much “alone time” as they would like to extend the periods of silence. The will also be other silent periods during the retreat determined by the flow of the retreat process. 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 early morning tea, fruit and yogurt from 7-8AM before the morning session and a hearty brunch at 10AM and dinner at 6PM. 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.
Passports are now required for travel to and from Mexico!