Playa Viva Retreat


Wellness Recharge, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

January 16-20, 2019

Join Britta Rael and Carolyn Cohen for a holiday weekend wellness retreat at one of Mexico's remarkable eco-luxury yoga and beachfront resorts, Playa Viva.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of the choices you have to create a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

This is a curated, but not controlled experience. You have an opportunity to experience what we intend for you, and we give you the freedom to create your own experience. We've designed our retreat with ample opportunities for you to move and be moved. We provide you with tools to integrate wellness in all aspects of your life, and for you to truly feel rejuvenated and relaxed. You are the one you’ve been waiting for, it’s your time.

We've taken care of everything else.

What To Expect:


-Daily, guided movement classes to enliven and restore your body.

-Ample time for rest, relaxation, exploration and restoration.

-Meditation practices to heal and calm your mind.

-Fun workshops, excursions and group activities.

-Immersion in nature's elements to recharge your soul.

-Meaningful connection with other like minded individuals.

What’s Included:

  • 4 nights, 5 days eco-luxury accommodations

  • Daily yoga & meditation classes: 

    • Guided and non-guided opportunities to practice seated meditation, yoga Nidra and flowing asana.

  • 1-2 daily breakout sessions:

    • Contemporary movement, yoga adjustments, functional strength & flexibility training, partner Thai massage, Acroyoga.

  • Cooking classes, permaculture/farm tours and community volunteering opportunities

  • 3 organic, farm-to-table meals/day (MOST diets & dietary requirements accommodated)

  • 200 acres of private beach & coastline, plus a pool!

  • Exclusive access to Britta and Carolyn for the week

  • Snacks, juice, coffee & filtered water

  • Yoga mats, towels & props

  • Ground transportation to/from ZIH Int’l Airport

  • 10% gratuity for staff

  • 2% Donation to the onsite Turtle Sanctuary & Conservation Organization

    Not Included:

    Flights | Alcoholic beverages | Optional Excursions

    Private Massage & Bodywork sessions | Boutique purchases



Playa Viva has several rooms types, all eco-friendly and artfully crafted with exquisite attention to detail, designed to seamlessly interact with the elements. All of the rooms are "open air", but have been designed to provide privacy as well as amazing views.

Some rooms are ideal for one or two people like the Queen EcoCasitas. Deluxe Suites are great for 3 and can fit 4 with a pull-out bed.

Handmade soaps, organic, eco-friendly shampoos, filtered water, soft and elegant linens & towels, and mosquito netting are provided in every room.


Your Retreat Leaders


Britta Rael is a community architect and creative collaborator with 10 years of experience teaching Yoga & Meditation, AcroYoga, and Sports Performance. A lifelong artist, athlete, and outdoor enthusiast, Britta’s passions lay in curating experiences for people to engage in interpersonal connection, self-empowerment, and transformation by bridging movement with mindfulness.


Carolyn Cohen is a movement teacher and clinical bodyworker with 17 years of experience practicing acupuncture, Thai massage, deep tissue massage, and yoga. Carolyn co-founded the AcroYoga International practice in 2005 and teaches Thai Massage training across the globe. She is well-regarded for her reverent, joyful teaching style as well as her skillful touch and deep listening.  Get in touch with her at



Of all the amazing locations we’ve visited in our 30 years of combined teaching experience, you need to experience the grandeur and wellness of Playa Viva.

It is SO special— it feeds us and contains us. It’s private, elegant, simple and thoughtful. Every detail has been given attention.

Life at Playa Viva is integrated with the local community and regional ecosystems. Nestled between the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains on the other side, Playa Viva is a 200 acre property situated on a mile of pristine and private beach. Located near the small village of Juluchuca, in the State of Guerrero, Playa Viva is just 35 minutes drive from the nearest airport, Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH).

Features >>>

Infinity Pools + Sun decks + Cabanas + Hammocks

Organic Farm + Permaculture Systems

Onsite Turtle Sanctuary

Organic fruit and produce orchards

Mangroves + lagoons

Two dedicated outdoor yoga spaces

Massage + healing bodywork areas

Delicious, locally sourced meals

Local, community excursions


Sample Daily Schedule

Check in is 3pm on your day of arrival. Check out is 12pm on your day of departure.

The retreat will begin with an evening Opening Circle, followed by dinner. We’ll end our time together with a 7am Yoga class followed by a Closing Circle and breakfast.

  • 7am Yoga & Meditation

  • 9am Breakfast

  • 11am Optional Workshop (or Free Time)

  • 1pm Lunch

  • Free Time

  • 5pm Optional Workshop (or Free Time)

  • 7pm Dinner

  • 8pm Beach Bonfire (or Free Time)

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