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Mango Bay Retreat _47

RESTORE and REJUVENATE at PLAYA VIVA!
Therapeutic Yoga & Massage Retreat with Michelle Lloyd and Ellen Préfontaine
Feb 17-22, 2018 
Location: Playa Viva Resort, Juluchuca, Mexico
 
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Join Michelle and Ellen at Playa Viva, one of the most unique and vibrant eco-centers in Mexico. Balance your body and mind with rejuvenating morning yoga sessions, restorative evening yoga sessions and therapeutic massage.  Nourish your health dining on fresh meals prepared with care, using organic and/or locally grown ingredients.  With plenty of free time to explore the area or simply be still, you will have the space and freedom to absorb the healing benefits that only immersing yourself in nature can bring.  Take this opportunity to unplug from today’s many distractions and connect to your intuitive, creative and vibrant being!

 
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A Sense of Place
Combining simple elegance with natural beauty and a commitment to improving the environment and the local community, Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel located on the western coast of Mexico, just 35 minutes south of Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa Int’l Airport.  Nestled between the sparkling water of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains near the village of Juluchuca, Playa Viva is situated on a mile of pristine and private beach.

 

The property’s nearly 200 acres includes an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem which supports an array of stunning wildlife.  Playa Viva is close enough to the trappings of modernity yet worlds away, providing immersion into the wonders of nature and escape into utter private relaxation.

 

The natural landscape and luxurious setting provides an escape from it all while providing a jumping off point to a host of adventures and experiences — from hiking, fishing, kayaking and surfing… to mountain tours, traditional Temezcal sweat lodge and charitable opportunities.  It’s all there waiting for you – doing everything or nothing at all.

 
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Getting There
Playa Viva is a 35 minute ride from Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa Int’l Airport (ZIH) This airport is served by over 80 direct flights per week with half the flights from Mexico City and the other half of non-stop flights from major North American airports. The most direct flights from the US are from Houston, followed by Los Angeles, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Dallas. Direct flights from Canada originate in Calgary.
  
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Inclusive

-5 nights/6 days eco-luxe retreat accommodation
-Twice daily yoga classes (mats/props provided)
-One 90 minute therapeutic massage (may book additional massages)
-3 *amazing* meals served family-style using organic and/or local ingredients from our farm-to-table program (dietary restrictions accommodated)
-Unlimited tea, coffee and fresh juices (full bar is available)
-On site excursions such as horticulture tours, hiking, turtle sanctuary, lagoon, boogie boarding, etc
-Bonfire, saline swimming pool, hammocks…. and the ocean of course!
-Airport ground transportation to/from hotel
 

Excluded

-Airfare, Gratuities, Travel Insurance
-Off site excursions such as mountain tour, shopping, kayaking, Temezcal sweat lodge, etc…
 
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Investment

$1,550 Studio
$1,700 Deluxe Suite
$1,800 Queen Ecocasita
$1,900 King Ecocasita
$2050 Treehouse
*Prices listed are for singles at double occupancy. Single, triple or quad occupancy may be requested depending on the room.
*These are early bird prices, book before December 1st and save!
*For room details click here Playa Viva
 

Tentative Schedule

*Saturday, Feb 17
Arrivals throughout the morning/afternoon
6pm Welcome circle
7pm Dinner
 
*Sun – Wed
7am Continental Breakfast available, possible turtle release
8-9:15am Yoga
9:30am Breakfast
Free time – swimming, massage, excursions
1:30pm Lunch
Free time
5:30 – 6:45pm Sunset Yoga/Meditation
7pm Dinner
(possible Temezcal sweat lodge, mountain tour or other off site excursions for one free morning/afternoon)
 
*Thursday Feb 22
8-9:15am Yoga
9:30am Breakfast
Free time
12pm Closing circle
1:30pm Lunch
Departures… Hasta Lluego!
 

Contact

For more information and reservations contact Michelle at michelle@michellelloyd.com or Ellen at ellenprefontaine@gmail.com
 

About Michelle

Michelle received her first bodywork sessions from a young age and ever since has held a deep respect for the holistic healing that therapeutic massage and energy work can facilitate. She received her 700-hour massage therapy training nestled among the unique beauty of the red rocks at the Sedona School of Massage and is a Licensed Massage Therapist by the California State Board of Massage Therapy. Most recently, Michelle has enrolled in intensive CranioSacral Therapy training with the Upledger Institute and is enjoying it immensely. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Techniques, Neuromuscular Trigger Point and Swedish massage with influences from Shiatsu, Craniosacral and Polarity therapies. Drawing from these modalities, her sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each client.
 
Michelle is also a certified yoga instructor, practicing yoga consistently since 2005 while living in bustling Saigon, Vietnam. She received her teaching certification in 2008 at It’s Yoga in San Francisco with Larry Schultz, a charismatic, inspiring and thoughtful practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Between 2008-15, Michelle taught yoga in Asia, which included regular group, private and corporate classes, organizing retreats and special events, hosting international instructors and working with resorts throughout the region. She is happy to continue the tradition, now based in Huntington Beach, California. Michelle’s classes are geared for all levels. Encouraging a beginner’s mind, focus on breath, safe alignment and modifications, while keeping a playful and curious spirit.
 

About Ellen

Ellen became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 after practicing yoga consistently for almost a decade around the world. She was first introduced to the practice of yoga as a young person, mainly focusing on meditation and contemplation. As a young adult, asana practices were presented to her and she began to find a strong sense of place in the community of yoga, as well as a strong sense of development through the practice. She has been inspired by many teachers, especially those from the It’s Yoga community. Ellen appreciates a balanced practice and offers a range of classes from a dynamic vinyasa filled with inversions and arm balances to a calm rejuvenating restorative practice. In 2017, she began to study mindfulness and incorporates this smoothly into her practice and classes. Visit her website at Global Inversion