PLaya Viva, Mexico

David Moreno

FEBRUARY 1- 8, 2023

This week-long Somatic Yoga & Meditation Retreat will be held at a unique Eco-Luxury destination, located on the western coast of Mexico, just 35-minutes south of Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH). Nestled between the sparkling waters 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…Enjoy the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico in the guilt-free luxury of an environmentally-conscious resort dedicated to sustainability and regenerative practices. Playa Viva enjoys a year-round semi-tropical climate with approximately 300 sunny days a year and temperatures ranging from 73 to 93 degrees.


You will be immersed in nature at this resort. Each of the 18 eco-luxury rooms has an ocean view.  Morning and evening yoga/meditation practices are held in an open-air studio, steps from the beach.  There will be plenty of time each day to stroll along the pristine beach, sit by the pool, or swing in a hammock. Playa Viva also has a turtle sanctuary on its property for you to visit. It is likely that we will be there during the time that the turtles' hatch, allowing us to witness their heroic journey to the ocean.

Wednesday will be a Free Day to choose from several fun options including on-site or off-site excursions or a full day in the surf or reading in your hammock of choice.

“Another wonderful retreat with David! David fostered a welcoming inclusive experience from the opening circle, to the yoga practices, moon ceremony, secret valentines, and closing bonfire. I came alone and left with many new friends. The location Playa Viva was an amazing eco-resort that prioritizes sustainability and engagement with the local community. The food was delicious. Thank you David for creating this amazing retreat! 🙏” – Margaux--Seattle

Playa Viva takes health very seriously, and that mindset starts with the health of the earth and continues to include all living systems that support food production, including the producer, you and your family. This includes delivering farm-to-table dining experience that ensures you are served fresh, healthy foods from their farm and other local farmers.  They are conscious that each guest comes to the table with their own perspective and thus accommodate many diets, including Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, low to no sugar, gluten-free and other special dietary concerns. (I took this picture of one of our everyday amazing meals!)


Included In Registration:

  • Airport Transfer: Airport ground transportation to/from hotel
  • Accommodations:  6 nights/7 days eco-luxe retreat accommodation
  • Yoga: Twice daily yoga classes (mats/props provided)
  • Meals: 3 *amazing* meals served family-style using organic and/or local ingredients from our farm- to-table program (dietary restrictions accommodated)
  • Snacks: Unlimited tea, coffee and fresh juices
  • Onsite Excursions: On site excursions such as horticulture tours, hiking, turtle sanctuary, lagoon, boogie boarding, etc.
  • Local Tax
  • Gratuity: The staff at Playa Viva are wonderful! You are welcome to tip more during your stay if you wish. A 10% gratuity and 2% donation to the regenerative trust are included in the pricing.

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE! Paradise comes with mosquitos, bats, reptiles, and other natural guests. Please come prepared with long sleeves for twilight, your bug spray of choice, and Benadryl if you are reactive to bites. 

“Seeing photos of our closing circle reminds me again of how transformative this week was. As I said that night I was at a difficult point in my life when I arrived there and had that moment when we were sitting that first day when it hit me hard that it had taken so much just to get there, “just here, just now.” It had taken so much just to push me to become present to myself. The daily practice combined with the joy of slowly discovering so many of you in your varied amazingness has been so healing. It’s Monday in New York and there is still a pandemic and so much to do to change the world, but I am feeling so much lighter, so much calmer, more optimistic, physically more okay and happier than when I left…Today, right now, I feel alive, full of energy and hope, and it is a beautiful thing. Thanks David Moreno, thanks Playa Viva, thanks All.” Jonathan—New York

Not included In Registration:

  • Airfare: From San Francisco, you can currently fly round trip to Ixtapa, Mexico on Alaska Airlines for $517 –book soon while fares are good.
  • Travel Insurance: I highly recommend coverage.
  • Adult Beverages Alcoholic and non-alcoholic blended drinks
  • Massages
  • Offsite Excursions: Sierra Mountain Tour, Snorkeling Boat Tour, Horseback Riding, etc.

This will be my third retreat at Playa Viva… I am confident that you will come away with a pocket full of sand and wonderful memories. David

(Subject to Changes in Nature and Phases of the Moon)

Wednesday, February 1st
Arrivals throughout the morning/afternoon
6pm Opening Circle
7pm Dinner

Thurs – Tues*
7am Lite Breakfast available, possible turtle release
8-9:30am Sunrise Somatic Yoga & Meditation
9:30am Breakfast
Free time – swimming, massage, excursions
1:30pm Lunch
Free time
5:00 – 6:15pm Sunset Yin Yoga & Yoga Lab
7pm Dinner
*There will be a free day to do offsite excursion or just relax. Among elective excursions are snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, mountain tour of the Sierras…& MOR

Wednesday, February 8th
7am Lite Breakfast available
8-9:15am Yoga
9:30am Breakfast
10:30 Closing Circle
Departures… Bueno, Bye!

Vive Siesta!
Vive Siesta!

*Early Bird Discount, offer good until October 1st, 2022

Triple Occupancy:
$2395. Early Bird / $2695. Reg 
Deposit: $500 

Double Occupancy:
$2595. Early Bird / $2895. Reg
Deposit: $800

Single Occupancy: Treehouse - Shared Bath
$3195. Early Bird / $3495. 
Deposit: $800 

Single Occupancy: Palapa Village - Private Bath
$3395. Early Bird / $3695. Reg
Deposit: $800 

Deposits are nonrefundable

Registration details:

A deposit is required to register.
Balance Due November 30, 2022
Cancelations within 90 days are nonrefundable.
Traveler's Insurance is recommended.
Covid Vaccination Required

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World-class Yoga Instructor David Moreno, ERYT 500, YACEP, SFT, has led international yoga adventures and retreats to; Bali, India, Costa Rica, Jordan, and Mexico. This is his fourth yoga retreat in Mexico. He has also taught throughout the U.K, Germany, Bali Thailand, Greece, South Korea, and Jakarta.

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