Playa Viva - Juluchuca, Guerrero, 40834, Mexico

Restore and Rejuvenate

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Therapeutic Yoga & Massage Retreat Feb 17-22, 2018

with Michelle Lloyd and Ellen Préfontaine

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!

  • Sunset reflection pool
  • Hands massage
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  • Coconut relaxation

What's Included

  • 5 nights/6 days beachfront eco-luxe retreat accommodation
  • Twice daily yoga classes (mats/props provided)
  • One 90 minute therapeutic massage (may book additional massages)
  • Three *amazing* meals served family-style using mostly organic and/or local ingredients from Playa Viva's 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 and from hotel (fly into Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo - ZIH)

  • Michelle L leading class
  • Michelle Playa Viva massage
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What's Not Included

Additional charges apply for:

  • International airfare -- make your own arrangements to fly into ZIH
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks: Playa Viva has a full bar and an incredible house organic basil margarita; individuals responsible for their own bar bill
  • Additional massages or other spa treatments
  • Off site excursions such as mountain tour, shopping, kayaking, Temezcal sweat lodge, etc…
  • Gratuities
  • Optional donation to sea turtle sanctuary

All (except international airfare and travel insurance) may be added to your room bill and paid upon checkout.

  • Adorable Viva

Even the company of this adorable, well-behaved and friendly dog, Viva, is included.

  • Dancer Pose and Viva

She may even practice yoga with you if you ask nicely.

Accommodations and Pricing

Prices are in US$ and are per person, in a shared room (double occupancy). Single, triple or quadruple occupancy can be requested, depending on the room. 

These are early bird prices, book before December 1st and save! Prices will increase $150 after Dec 1st.

  • $1,550 Studio
  • $1,700 Deluxe Suite
  • $1,800 Queen Ecocasita
  • $1,900 King Ecocasita
  • $2050 Treehouse

Descriptions and photos of the various room types can be found here

To enroll

For more information and reservations, see and, or contact Michelle at or Ellen at

About Michelle

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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

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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.


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