FEBRUARY 16 - 23, 2019

Our home for the week will be Xinalani (pronounced she-nah-lah-knee) a stunning eco-village nestled in the lush jungle with views of the emerald ocean. There are a variety of sleeping accommodations (detailed below), designed with and built by local artisans. Xinalani's beachfront restaurant offers healthy gourmet food (vegetarian and vegan options always available) is inspired by delicious traditional Mexican recipes.  We will offer two yoga classes a day, taught by either Anita, Leigh or Carrie. The morning class will be strong and dynamic and the evening class will be slower and more restorative. Between classes, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of all that Xinalani and the surrounding area has to offer. (More information below.) 


  • 7 nights luxury accommodation

  • 3 meals/day

  • 2 yoga classes/day

  • Transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta Airport and Xinalani beachfront resort.

BIG PALAPA $1,445 (per bed)
8 Single Beds. This space may have individuals staying in it that are not with our retreat. Please note, there are only two spots remaining.


All rooms have been reserved except the following:


Please note: flights are not included in the price of the trip.

  • When you book your flight, be sure that you arrive in Puerto Vallarta no later than 4:30pm and that you depart no earlier than 11am. This is to ensure you have transportation to and from the facility.

  • There are no round-trip flights from Buffalo to Puerto Vallarta. All flights will require a layover at a major airport. We encourage you to consider flying in and out of the Toronto Pearson Airport. There are direct flights and you may find that the flights are cheaper.

  • We recommend that you book your flight early as the cost will increase as we get closer to the date of the retreat. If you would like to fly with other EMW students, please let us know and we can connect you.


The retreat center offers massage and spa packagesactivities like surfing, paddleboard, sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and Temazcal (a Mexican-style sweat lodge). Participants can also take salsa and cooking classes.

Additionally, there are a variety of adventures and eco-tours that take place off property:

  • Explore the local wilderness on a hiking trek through the jungle behind Xinalani. A guide will “machete” his way deep into the rainforest, leading you to a pristine waterfall. Enjoy some serious immersion in nature away from tourists. This is a steep hike that requires solid walking shoes, light sports clothes, a bottle of water, and bug repellent. ($35/person)

  • In partnership with experienced marine biologists, Xinalani has created an opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. After a short presentation about dolphins and whales lifestyles, you’ll take a boat to seek out dolphin pods. Hop in the ocean for an unparalleled swimming experience! Please take into consideration that finding dolphin groups can take some time. Wear a swimsuit and sunscreen. ($95/person) 

  • Embark on a panga ride across the bay for humpback whale watching. From November to March, many whales migrate from the North Pacific Ocean down to the shores of Banderas Bay in search of a warm haven to reproduce. The Xinalani boat driver is in-the-know as to their whereabouts. He’ll take you as close to the whales as possible without disturbing their ongoings or compromising your safety. Seeing a whale close-up is truly breathtaking and a definite must during whale season. Wear your swimsuit—you’ll get a chance to swim and snorkel in our warm Banderas Bay. ($80/person) 

  • Get on the panga and head to the peaceful and isolated cove of Majahuitas for swimming and snorkeling. After a sightseeing boat ride, we’ll bring you to the charming Yelapa, a traditional fishing village nestled in a stunning bay. Hike through town to the waterfalls and depending on the time of year, go for a swim! Back on the beach, you’ll have time for a delicious seafood lunch at the restaurant of your choice. When you’re ready the boat will pick you up and give you a fresh cerveza on the way back to Xinalani. ($60/person) 

  • Zip from tropical treetop to treetop at high speeds in our exhilarating canopy adventure. Our boat will take you to Boca de Tomatlan Pier before hopping on a bus to Canopy Park for a zip-line adventure. Fun seekers and tree lovers will love this day trip. All safety equipment is provided; wear sports shoes and comfortable clothes ($70/person) 


  • Bathing suit, sunglasses, sun hat

  • Beach clothes & flip flops (or any amphibian shoes)

  • Sweaters & warm clothes (it gets chilly at night and in the morning)

  • Yoga clothes

  • Favorite yoga mat (optional... they do have mats on the property)

  • Flashlights, head lights, book lights: the lighting in the rooms and all over the eco-resort is quite dim

  • Sunscreen and mosquitoes repellent (also sold on property)

  • Sneakers to go hiking or trail running

  • A notebook if you feel inspired

  • Books that you wish to read (Xinalani appreciates book donations for staff and future guests)

  • Cash: dollars & pesos, Visa, Discover or Mastercard (AMEX not accepted)

  • Alarm Clock

  • Binoculars (to watch whales from your terrace)

  • A white outfit for Friday night dinner on the beach

  • Cameras and video-cameras

  • Smiles, good intentions, and the will to get fit (there are many many stairs on the property as the resort is built on a steep terrain)

  • Yoga props (they have all we need)

  • Cell Phones, Tablets, Personal computers with work. Xinalani has spotty wifi that only works at the front desk. This week you get the chance to disconnect and find internal peace.

  • Hairdryers: electrical circuits are not designed to withhold high-intensity electric devices.

  • Soap and shampoo: guests are provided with high-quality biodegradable products that the resort recommends using, as they recycle water for irrigation.

  • Towels

  • Stress - don’t worry, it will melt down the moment you step into the boat!