Playa Viva - Juluchuca, Guerrero, 40834, Mexico

Living a Luminous Life

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November 30 - December 6, 2017

Yoga, Chanting, Eco-Adventure and Life-Enhancing Practices 7 day Retreat

with Jaya Lakshmi and Luna Marcus

What to expect

This retreat is a holistic experience designed to guide you to tap into your inner-knowing and develop into a more powerful version of you, deepen into your authenticity, relax, feel more free and discover your voice, find your passion, and be supported in Living a Luminous Life! 

  • Practice yoga, meditation and pranayama daily
  • Swim, hike, sunbathe, and explore the natural beauty
  • Sing, pray and connect with spirit in new and beautiful ways
  • Sit with us in circle and come into deeper communion with and appreciation of yourself

This is the time to relax and rejuvenate YOU, refresh your worldview and leave with a complete sense of self empowerment. You'll learn how to bring experiences of adventure, relaxation and "bliss" home with you & integrate all the best parts of the retreat into your everyday life.

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What's Included

  • Beachfront eco-luxe accommodations, including all taxes
  • Roundtrip Airport Ground Transfers (fly into Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo - ZIH)
  • All Meals ~ deliciously healthy and *amazing* home-cooked, mostly organic, farm-to-table,  prepared 3 times a day by an amazing house chef
  • Unlimited fresh tropical juices and healthy snacks
  • Coffee/Tea and aguas frescas + snacks offered throughout each day (full bar also available)
  • Daily yoga (Anusara, Kundalini, or Vinyasa), chanting and meditation practices with Jaya Lakshmi and Luna in a tropical setting where the ocean and mountains/jungle are your backdrop! (mats & props provided)
  • Afternoon and Evening Programs offered by Jaya Lakshmi & Luna, including: Mantra and Singing Workshop, Kirtan & Chanting, Meditation, Circle Sharing, Solsara (“The Practice of Opening”; visit for more info)
  • Private Session with Luna, Certified Transformational Health Coach
  • Private Session with Lakshmi: Singing, mantra and kirtan lesson/support or topic of your choice :)
  • Creative Play in the Kitchen with Lakshmi & Luna: Learn to Make Your Own Nut Milks and Chocolates!
  • Freedom and Time for Beach Exploration and Relaxation, which could include hiking of the property’s nearly 200 acres which includes a mile of pristine and private beach, a surf break, an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem which supports an array of stunning wildlife.

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks: Playa Viva has a full bar and an incredible house organic basil margarita; individuals responsible for their own bar bill
  • Massages or other spa treatments
    Gratuities, and optional donation to sea turtle sanctuary
  • International airfare: fly into ZIH
  • Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. Travelex and STA are two reputable organizations that provide worldwide travel coverage.

All of the above except international airfare and travel insurance may be added to your room bill and paid with credit card at time of check out.

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  • Studio: $1575 pp double occupancy / $1,800 single
  • Deluxe Suite: $1,775 pp double / 1,640 pp triple / 2,199 single
  • Queen Ecocasita: $1,825 pp double / 2,299 single
  • King Ecocasita: $1,925 pp double / 1,730 pp triple / 1,640 quad / 2,499 single

All prices are in US$, are per person, and include all items listed above in 'What's Included'. All rooms have ocean views, organic sheets, fans and private bathrooms. To see photos and descriptions of room types, click here.

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To enroll

To enroll, please contact Playa Viva at 800-397-6093, extension 2, or email

$400 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit saves your space. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival, i.e. October 30, 2017. Once received, all payments are non-refundable. If you have to cancel for any reason, your balance paid can be used as credit toward a future stay at Playa Viva.

About Jaya Lakshmi

  • Retreat Ldr Jaya Lakshmi

Jaya Lakshmi began leading kirtan and writing her own devotional songs in the early 1990′s shortly after receiving harinam initiation from Srila Govinda Maharaj, a great Vaisnava saint from West Bengal, India. She went on to create 4 solo chant albums on Sequoia Records as well as became the lead singer of the band Lost at Last. In 2010 she joined forces with Ananda Yogiji. In just over 6 years together, they have released 11 mantra albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently. She is known for her authentic and deep devotional spirit as well as playing an important part in establishing kirtan and mantra music in the west.

A dedicated yogi, she has regularly practiced hatha-based yoga since 1996, and since 2010 has integrated Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan into her practice. Her most influential teachers have been Kia Miller, Sianna Sherman and Janet Stone, for whom she often provides music for in their retreats and classes.

She has led yoga, chant and healing retreats internationally since 2013 with Ananda and now is excited to be co-leading with her dear friend Luna Marcus, co-founder of Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss. The two of them together create a special nurturing space and magical alchemy for healing and transformation. They bring their many talents, sweet authenticity and years of dedication to health, wellness and spirit to this transformational 7 day retreat.

About Luna Marcus

  • Retreat Ldr Luna Marcus

Inspired by her passion for healthy food, Luna Marcus co-founded Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss in 2005, building it from humble beginnings in her home kitchen into the leading brand of nondairy ice cream available internationally. While running the company, Luna devoted herself to coalescing Coconut Bliss with the culture created through music and transformational festivals, especially focusing on kirtan and mantra music. From 2005 until the present, Luna has supported Jaya Lakshmi and other touring artists with harmony vocals, while also composing and leading her own chants with her band, Narayani. Since receiving her yoga teacher certification with Sianna Sherman in 2012, Luna has continued to be deeply nourished and rooted through her practices of alignment-based yoga, chanting, and Neelakantha meditation.

Luna holds a degree in Holistic Nutrition from Bastyr University, and training and certification in the Transformational Coaching Method, and has a private practice as a Transformational Health Coach. In addition, she has 15 years experience facilitating Solsara, which is a practice that supports people in being fully present and coming into open-hearted connection with one another (visit for more info).

Her passions include mothering her 9-year-old son, Bija, exploring the emerging balance of Divine Feminine and Masculine, singing, yoga practice, outdoor play, making and eating chocolate, and learning every facet of love imaginable. She is thrilled to share over 12 years of creative synergy and sisterhood with Jaya Lakshmi, and to bring all the elements together to provide an inspiring, positive, and loving experience for all participants during their retreats.


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