Wellness Recharge Retreat in Mexico

  • Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Jan 16 - 20, 2020 (5 days)

Event Highlights

  • Britta Rael is a movement educator and creative collaborator with 10 years of experience teaching Yoga & Meditation, AcroYoga, Thai massage and Sports Performance. A lifelong artist, musician, and nature enthusiast, Britta’s passions lay in curating experiences for people to engage in interpersonal connection, self-empowerment, and spiritual transformation by weaving all these aspects of life together with a playful, pleasant demeanor.
  • Carolyn Cohen is a movement teacher and clinical bodyworker with 17 years of experience practicing acupuncture, Thai massage, deep tissue massage, and yoga. Carolyn co-founded the AcroYoga International practice in 2005 and teaches Thai Massage trainings across the globe. She is well-regarded for her reverent, joyful teaching style as well as her skillful touch and deep listening.


7am coffee/tea/juice and light breakfast
730am Yoga, Movement and Meditation
9am Full Breakfast
10am Massages Available
12pm Workshop and/or Seminar
1pm Free Time!
2pm Lunch
3mp Free Time!
3pm Massages Available
5pm 1:1 and/or Group Consults
7pm Dinner & Conversation
830pm Optional Evening Hangout
10pm Suggested "Lights Out"

About This Event

When was the last time you came back from a trip feeling truly refreshed?

Do you want to make more time for self-care but are not sure where to start?

Do you find yourself wishing for a getaway but feel too stressed to take one?

Are you craving a deeper connection to your spiritual practice, or how to discover what makes you feel optimal?

We've designed our retreat with ample opportunity for you to move and be moved.  We want to provide you with tools to integrate wellness through all aspects of your life.

Expect to experience:

-Ample time for rest, relaxation, exploration, and restoration.

-Daily, guided movement classes to enliven and restore your body

-Meditation sessions to heal and calm your mind

-Immersion in nature's elements to recharge your soul

“Britta is a breath of fresh air in our yoga community. She holds space in a way where everyone feels connected to her." --Jackie "Thai massage with Carolyn has been life-changing! She is an all-around exceptional practitioner."-MB

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation (single, double, or triple occupancy)
  • Mindful yoga classes, contemporary strength & mobility workshops, individual movement exploration, and guided partner work.
  • Guided and non-guided opportunities to practice seated meditation, yoga Nidra and moving meditation
  • 3 daily local, organic, meals. (MOST diets and dietary requirements accommodated)
  • Filtered water, coffee, juice, some daily snacks
  • Yoga mats & props
  • Ground Transportation to/from ZIH International Airport (30-40min)
  • We've included gratuity for the amazing staff at Playa Viva, but we encourage you to leave additional gratuities for bodyworkers, holistic hosts, bartenders, and excursion leaders
  • All taxes included
  • There is basic wifi available in the common dining area, however, we highly encourage you to unplug and only use this service lightly.
  • A percentage of your reservation is applied to the local Turtle Sanctuary to help provide resources and support to their local conservation efforts

What's Not Included

Travel Insurance (We HIGHLY recommend that all participants purchase travel insurance)
Alcohol, smoothies, organic coconuts
Optional Excursions
(Activities & excursions may be arranged upon arrival (e.g. hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboard, cacao ceremony, coffee farm tour)
Massages will be available at an additioanl cost and can be booked upon arrival with the holistic hosts...

Venue Highlights

Of all the amazing locations we’ve visited in our 30 years of combined teaching experience, we want to share the wellness of Playa Viva with you! It is SO special— it feeds us and contains us.
It’s private, luxurious, simple and thoughtful.
Every detail has been given attention.
It is exquisitely beautiful and abundant.

Life at Playa Viva integrates with the local community and regional ecosystems.
Step out of your private beach casita and explore miles of pristine Pacific coastline.
Infinity Pool + Secluded Sun decks
Permaculture Farm
Turtle Sanctuary
Organic fruit + produce orchards
Mangroves + lagoons
2 dedicated yoga spaces
Massage + healing bodywork cabanas
Delicious locally sourced meals
Adventure and educational excursions

This exquisite place to relax, rejuvenate and recharge is awaiting you in sunny Mexico!


Playa Viva has several rooms types, all eco-friendly and artfully crafted with exquisite attention to detail, designed to seamlessly interact with the elements. All of the rooms are "open-air", but have been designed to provide privacy as well as amazing views.

Some rooms are ideal for one or two people like the Queen EcoCasitas. Deluxe Suites are great for 3 and can fit 4 with a pull-out bed.

Handmade soaps, organic, eco-friendly shampoos, filtered water, soft and elegant linens & towels, and mosquito netting are provided in every room.

Studio w/ Detached Bathroom
Single Occupancy—$1925
Our smallest room type with a detached private bathroom and ocean views.

Deluxe Suite w/ Private Bath & Balcony-
Double Occupancy—$2,109 per person
A very spacious room with an unobstructed view of the ocean, private bath and shares a large balcony with the other Deluxe Suite that features an outdoor living room containing couch, chairs, and table.

King EcoCasita
Triple Occupancy—$1,995 per person
These rooms have unobstructed ocean views with private bathrooms and sliding shutter doors for complete privacy. A small table and chairs are also available.

Queen EcoCasita
Double Occupancy—$2,109 per person
These rooms have unobstructed ocean views with private bathrooms and sliding shutter doors for complete privacy. A small table and chairs are also available.


  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


At Playa Viva, depending on the season, they have a thriving organic garden with a variety of vegetables, microgreens and seeds. Come tour the huerto and pick your own salad fixings, or, take a stroll through our nascent orchard ripe with pomegranates, mangoes, jackfruit and cashew nuts. We source as much as we can from our land and also support local farmers who provide milk, cheese and eggs. We invite you to volunteer and join our work in food production and reforestation.

At Playa Viva they take health very seriously - for the earth, and for you and your family. We provide a variety of holistic approaches to healing, much of which revolves around a healthful diet and nutrition based on local and organic foods. We also welcome guest chefs who can guide you through a healthful nutritional plan for your whole family.


It's a short 30-40 min drive from ZIH airport, however, Playa Viva is considered a remote location. We provide round trip ground transportation from the airport to the resort and will coordinate those details with you upon booking.

The nearby town of Julacucha has minimal provisions and is not within walking distance to the hotel. Bring what you need to feel comfortable, but also know that you don't need much.

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