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Buena Onda Mexico Yoga Retreat

January 20-25, 2018

with Jonah Kest + Michael Baiocchi

Playa Viva offers the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico in the guilt-free luxury of an environmentally-conscious resort. Imagine waking to the soothing sound of waves and beginning your morning with group asana practice and a fresh farm-to-table meal. From there, the day is yours. Explore the surrounding nature with surfing, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding and more. In need of some relaxation? Spend the day at the spa or hanging in a hammock. Together we will connect with the locals, taking a tour of a working family farm and partaking in a group volunteer project to benefit the local community.


  • 5 Nights’ Accommodation
  • Farm-to-Table Meals (5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners Provided)
  • Transfers To/From Hosted Day Trips
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Tour + Breakfast at Local Family Farm
  • Group Volunteer Project

**All meals can be made vegetarian.
Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated if notified in advance.

  • Mexico Yoga Retreat


    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. The property’s nearly 200 acres include an estuary, Aztec archaeological site, turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem supporting an array of stunning wildlife.

  • Mexico Yoga Retreat


    On retreat, we will offer yoga and meditation classes daily. Each morning we will embark on a juicy beautiful practice of growth and transformation to uncover our inner beauty and enhance the sweetness and flow of life. Jonah Kest’s uplifting and wholesome vinyasa experience is rich with creative, intricate sequencing and inspiring themes that leave you with a stronger body and calmer, less reactive mind. In the evenings we will come together for a second, restorative-focused practice or meditation. All experience levels are welcome to join, and all yoga and meditation classes are completely optional.

  • Mexico Yoga Retreat


    During our stay, we will dine on farm-to-table family-style meals inspired by local Mexican cuisine with a dash of international flare. Almost everything is made in-house, including fresh almond milk and homemade coconut oil. Playa Viva sources as much as possible from their own land, and works with local farmers who provide milk, cheese and eggs. Come pick your own salad fixings. Walk the nascent orchard filled with fresh pomegranates, mangoes, cashew nuts and pistachios.

  • Mexico Yoga Retreat


    Combining simple elegance with natural beauty and a commitment to improving the environment and the local community, Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel. We will be staying amongst twelve EcoLuxury rooms each with a beachfront view, including the brand new oceanfront treehouse. All rooms are outfitted with luxurious locally-sourced organic sheets and towels, biodegradable organic soaps made on site, organic shampoo, lotion and conditioner in your private bathroom.


7-9am morning breakfast
9:30am morning yoga practice
Free time
4pm workshops / excursions on select days
6:30pm dinner

*Schedule subject to change


Jonah Kest

Jonah Kest was born into a yoga legacy. With his father, vinyasa yoga pioneer Jonny Kest, and his mother, Milla Kest, as one of the first yoga business owners and yoga teacher training programs in the Midwest – he was destined to follow the path.

At the age of three, Jonah was walking the yoga room with his dad and shortly thereafter he began to learn the importance of a daily practice and evening meditation.

While his early interests included basketball, boxing and running track, it became very clear that strength without flexibility would be a hard path. His breath became the very partner that he sought in every activity, every relationship, every moment.

Enter Ashtanga Yoga.

At 17, Jonah trained under his father to become a teacher. His passion and grace was evident. His equanimity strengthened with a daily meditation sit and it was a natural evolution to teach. The mind-body connection influenced his life — sharing the practice changed it.

Today, Jonah is a well traveled ashtanga/vinyasa teacher whose classes are both graceful and intense. Impermanence, compassion and humility are just a few of the elements that Jonah seamlessly weaves through each healing practice. His plant based diet and love for creating raw, rich, vegan meals has also become a passion and healing modality.

Jonah Kest can be found on Instagram @kestyoga.

Mike Baiocchi

Michael found yoga during his career as a professional athlete and martial artist. The need to cultivate more balance in his life is what quickly drew him to yoga. His classes are challenging, but grounded, earthy and playful. They are built around simple sequences that let students cultivate strength and calmness of mind. Students experience the physical richness of the practice as well as its moments of humor and inner-awareness. Michael is also the founder & owner of Bala Yoga.




Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport


Playa Viva is about a 35 minute drive from the airport. Your flight information will be collected ahead of time, and transfers will be coordinated for you. Please allow for patience at the airport, as you may need to wait an hour or two for other guests to arrive. If you wish to skip the provided transfer and get to the venue on your own, you are more than welcome to do so at your own expense.


Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. Visas are not required for stays in Mexico


  • Recommended $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits
  • Additional food and beverages including alcohol
  • Flights to and from the retreat location
  • Tips – Estimated $10/day


  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Multiple Bathing Suits
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Multiple Yoga Outfits
  • Warm 3rd Layer
  • Beach Towel
  • Special Dietary Foods
  • Toiletries
  • Yoga Mat
  • Bug Spray
  • Passport
  • Debit/Credit Cards (notify provider of travel prior to departure)
  • Phone Charger
  • Outlet Adapter


Deposits secure your spot on the trip and are nonrefundable. Refunds for the balance payments vary depending on timing. For cancellation requests submitted with more than 30 days of retreat date: 100% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. For cancellation requests submitted within 30 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Cancellation requests within 14 days of the retreat: sorry but no refunds given, no exceptions. Nobody books a retreat with the intention of canceling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits will be granted for failure to attend, complete or for arriving late or leaving early.


Early Bird Double Occupancy (Before Dec 1) $1899
Regular Price Double Occupancy (After Dec 1) $2099

*Private occupancy available for an additional $600. Pricing listed is for shared occupancy.
**Airport transfers included

$500 Deposit
Pay in Full by Dec 15, 2017

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