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Viva La Vida!

Playa Viva, Mexico

March 21-28, 2020


Playa Viva

Playa Viva is a sustainable haven on the Pacific coast of Mexico, nestled between the ocean and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, on a mile of private beach.

This retreat will be a deep dive into living the practice of yoga, for returning to life with more mindfulness, openness, and freedom. Playa Viva provides the perfect backdrop, with its emphasis on positive social and environmental impact for the local ecosystem. The property’s nearly 200 acres include an estuary, an Aztec archaeological site, turtle sanctuary, coastal forest, and mangrove ecosystem which support an array of stunning wildlife.

While not in practice, enjoy relaxing on the property’s 200 acres of protected land, at the on-site pool, or on the mile-long private beach. Spend time in community or take time to yourself, read a book, lounge in the sun, or catch a nap in a hammock.


Highlights of the retreat include:

  • Twice daily yoga, with an emphasis on applied yoga philosophy

  • Time on the beach and in each other’s company

  • Turtle night patrol egg relocation

  • Releasing newly hatched turtles into the sea

  • Temescal traditional sweat lodge ceremony, led by local shaman

  • Beach front treehouse rooms and sleeping to the sound of ocean waves

  • Beach bonfire

  • Solar powered off-the-grid living


La Tortuga Viva Turtle Sanctuary

The on site turtle sanctuary was founded to protect turtles from predators and poachers and is staffed by an all-volunteer team from the community.

If you would like, you may participate in releasing new born turtles and watching their journey to the sea.

Included in the retreat is a chance to go on turtle night patrol, where you’ll help La Tortuga Viva volunteers to find nesting turtles. You’ll locate the mother turtles and their nests, dig up the eggs, and relocate them to the sanctuary for protection. As you drive along the beach on 4x4s, you’ll see a huge dome of stars overhead and bio-luminescence in the ocean.


The Yoga Practice

Twice daily yoga will set the stage for the inquiry that retreat provides. Practices will build upon one another to deepen your experience of the retreat theme which is carefully chosen and revealed upon arrival.

Through the lens of yogic philosophy and Buddhist psychology, this retreat will encourage participants to stand strongly in themselves at helm of their own lives. In yoga, we won’t mess around -- the 2 hour morning practice is the usual Laura Ahrens signature and the evening 75 minute practice we’ll dig into a permutation of restorative, meditation, chanting, yogic philosophy lecture, or community discussion.

Retreating provides the space needed for introspection, reflection, and reconnection in order to come back to our daily lives with more attention and intention. da Vinci would step away from his canvas in order to see it with fresh eyes and new perspective. On retreat there’s an opportunity to balance the nervous system to glimpse the benefits of repatterning and releasing habitual ways of being so we can approach life with more intention and choice.


Tuition & Registration



  • Accommodations

  • All yoga, meditation, and reiki

  • Temescal sweat lodge ceremony

  • Donation to the turtle sanctuary

  • Donation for turtle night patrol

  • Three meals daily and unlimited snacks

  • Coffee, tea, and aguas frescas all day long

  • Ground transfer to and from Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa airport

  • All taxes and tips

Does not include:

  • Flights

  • Blended drinks

  • Organic coconuts

Nicole Klein, who is coordinating this retreat, has been retreating with Laura since January of 2014 and taking classes with Laura since 2011. She’s a yoga teacher in her own right, and truly understands the needs of Laura’s students on retreat. She will coordinate all of the details beforehand and will be on-site during the retreat to take care of everything you may need, in addition to the Playa Viva staff.

Investment: $1800 early bird, $1970 after October 1. Prices based on double or triple occupancy. For single occupancy, add $700. Scholarships available, please inquire with the retreat coordinator.

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