Exotic Seaside & Jungle Retreat
with Candace Cooke & Natasha Peace
This Exotic Seaside and Jungle Retreat will be held at Xinalani, a sanctuary for the soul where you can escape the discord and stress of modern life, and seek new meaning for your life to restore your mind-body balance.
You”ll have an opportunity to enjoy a simple way of life in a beautiful and inspiring setting. It will offer individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment.
Both Candace and Natasha have been teaching yoga since 2000. They have a combined 25 years of teaching experience and are eager to share their knowledge with you shoreside in Xinalani.
Eco-Chic Suites: the higher end rooms. They are characterized by a spectacular ocean view, and a unique zen-chic setting. They are equipped with two double beds.
All Eco-Chic suites are 525 sq ft, they have a private terrace, a hammock, a sitting area, a private bathroom and a closet. They have luxurious amenities, and amazing settings, their privileged location on the property gives them the best view. All beds have pillow top mattress, and gorgeous mosquito netting. All rooms have an electronic safe deposit box. Hot water available in all rooms.
Petite Suite: 350 sq ft. room equipped with pillow top mattresses, luxury linen and a beautiful silk mosquito netting, a private terrace with an Ocean and Jungle view, a hammock, a sitting area, a complete private bathroom and a closet. Rooms are available with 1 King bed or 2 Double beds.
Deluxe Room: 260 sq ft casita with either 2 single beds or 1 double bed. Open air shower. Sitting desk. Beautiful view. Great for single travelers, two friends, or budget-savvy couples.
Big Palapa: a dorm-style room that inspire community and friendship. They feature very comfortable single beds each with its own mosquito netting providing lots of privacy. With a great view of the jungle and the ocean, the Palapas are the perfect option for cost-wary travelers that don’t mind sharing their room. It is 880 sq ft and equipped with 8 single beds and 2 bathrooms and there’s a single drawer below each bed to store personal belongings.
Early bird pricing in effect until January 1, 2014. Effective January 2, 2014 above prices will increase $150. A $1,000 deposit is required to secure your room and balance to be paid by February 15, 2014.
7 Nights accommodation in open-air luxury rooms
2 daily yoga classes, pranayama, meditation and additional workshops
3 healthy, gourmet meals daily (special diets available)
Transfer by taxi or van from the airport to the pier at Marina Vallarta or Boca de Tomatlán
Transfer by boat from the pier to Xinalani
Return to the airport at the end of the retreat. Any guests not returning to the airport must pay for their own transportation
Does not Include
Airfare to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Gratuities for Xinalani staff ($15 a day recommended)
Additional eco-adventure activities including surf/paddle board rentals, swim with dolphin, snorkeling, jungle zip line, and horse riding excursions
Sample Daily Schedule
8:00-10:00 am Practice
10:00-11:00 am Breakfast
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Walking Meditation (every other day)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lunch
5:00-6:00 pm Workshop Class
6:00-7:00 pm Light practice, pranayama & meditation
7:30-9:00 pm Dinner
Because of the very location and setting, getting to Xinalani requires a certain level of physical fitness. Xinalani was designed for people in search of some kind of adventure. To get there, you will have to travel by panga, a small (25-30 ft) fiberglass Mexican boat with an outboard engine. You will most probably get your feet and knees wet as you jump off the boat on to the beach. The retreat center is built on a very steep terrain and there are a lot of stairs, (and no elevator!). Consider this your natural stair-master.
All guests arriving to the airport after 6:00 PM (as scheduled or due to delays or flight cancellations) will have to find their own accommodations at their own expense for the evening and will be transferred to Xinalani the following morning. They will receive a new transfer schedule and instructions notice by email in a timely manner. All departures from Xinalani before 8:00 AM will require an additional fee of $25 per guest.
About the teacher
I was introduced to yoga on my first trip to India in 1996 and I have never looked back! It has been the only constant in a life full of change. It has provided the roots and grounding that I have needed during the ups and downs of this journey called life….
Ashtanga Yoga was my passion for many years, the beauty and intensity of this practice was what my body and mind seemed to crave. Four babies later, my body and mind both crave something different…. Today my passion is any style of yoga combined with pranyama and meditation.
I really love the stillness that comes during practice, the connectedness that is only possible through that stillness, the peace and serenity that you can reach when you aren’t living in the mind….
Connecting to the present moment through my practice is one of my most treasured and greatest gifts. It has helped me through bigger challenges than I had ever hoped to know or experience. This is a place that I teach from, as, in a sense, it saved me… Letting go of the past, not worrying about the future, but being right here, right now, in this moment.
I’ve had the honor and privilege of studying with many amazing people along the way, including Sri K Patthabi Jois, Tim Miller, Ron Reid, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, David Swenson, Fiona Stang and Julian Deck, Darby, and Rameen Peyrow.
“He who binds to himself a Joy,
Does the winged life destroy,
He who kisses the Joy as it flies,
Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.”
~The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
I can’t even imagine my life without yoga in it. Each day I am reminded about the beauty and simplicity of life even in the most chaotic of situations. Yoga has helped me see more clearly and find peace within myself and others. It has been a continuous journey. Who am I? No different then you….. here is a little about my experience. I actually think yoga found me! I feel like I woke up for the first time on my mat. I vaguely remember how I even arrived for my first class, there I was bored out of my mind, stretching and breathing. I disliked my first class and then I discovered Ashtanga yoga which I instantly fell in love with.
I loved the connection of breath and movement simultaneously like a dance moving in harmony. I completed my Ashtanga Teacher Training in 2001 with Rockne White and my Sattva Training with Rameen Peyrow in 2011. I have been teaching since 2001 and it is the best job, it doesn’t even feel like a job as I love it so much! I feel so blessed to share the practice of yoga with so many wonderful humans. I love hearing the stories of so many who have woken up to the gift that is their life. I am amazed an intrigued by the power of our breath and the direct relationship to our minds and bodies.
The teachers that have influenced my teaching and passion for life are Rockne White, Nancy Gilgoff, Fiona Stang, Danielle Pechie, Susi Hately-Aldous, Suzette O’Brien, Gert Van Leeuwen, Rameen Peyrow, my family, friends and each and every one of my students.
For more info contact Ryan via email at [email protected] or call (403) 613-4354.