COMMON RETREAT QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
IMPORTANT DATES AND TRAVEL INFO
What are the dates for the Yoga & Wellness Retreat in Yelapa, Mexico?
The dates for this 7-day retreat are: January 5th – January 11th, 2023. Both the 5th and the 11th are partial travel days.
When is the booking deadline?
You must register by December 15th, 2022!
Is there an Early Bird option?
Yes! We are offering a 10% Early Bird discount if you book by Oct. 1st, 2022.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, you need an active passport to travel into Mexico. If you already have a passport, make sure you check the expiration date.
Please also note that travel insurance is required for this trip.
What airport do I fly into?
The airport that you will fly into is Puerto Vallarta (PVR).
Where do I go from the airport?
From the airport you will take a taxi to Los Muertos Pier.
There are several taxi services readily available outside of the airport. The fare is about $25 USD. Something to note, is that you will need to pay the fare upfront or when leaving the airport vicinity. This is normal and a toll that the taxi services have to pay.
Around what time should my flight land in Puerto Vallarta?
Make sure that your flight lands in Puerto Vallarta before 3:30pm so that you have enough time to get through Customs and over to Los Muertos pier by 5:00pm to meet up with the rest of the group where we will take a water taxi over to Yelapa.
LODGING AND DAY-TO-DAY
Where will I be staying while in Yelapa?
The retreat will be held at the enchanting Casa Isabel, a lovely sustainable living villa – close to the ocean and surrounded by nature. Each casita (“little house”) is unique and pricing is dependent upon occupancy. View our casita gallery then book your favorite casita!
What will a “typical” day look like?
A typical day will include a yoga practice in the morning, followed by breakfast and then an excursion, group activity, or workshop. Given the day’s activity, there may also be another opportunity to practice yoga or meditation before or after dinner. All activities are optional and guests should feel free to use this as a time to honor what feels best for them to engage in.
Full itinerary coming soon!
Can you tell me more about Yelapa, and why it’s so magical?
Yes! We encourage you to read this stunning article:
Yelapa: La Madre Selva (The Mother Jungle) – by HARRIS NEWMAN
Who are your hosts?
This retreat is presented by Bonfire Hot Yoga, and your hosts and guides during the retreat are: Krystal Conniry and Seth Brown! Krystal is a practicing Yoga Teacher, Sound Therapist, and Healing Arts Enthusiast. Yoga continues to be a life-changing journey of surrender and transformation for her and she loves to share this gift with the world. It is Seth’s personal belief that everyone’s yoga journey begins with their first breath, arriving at body, or perhaps even before then. He has practiced yoga since 2003, and has over 5,000 hours of yoga teaching experience. Seth considers yoga his life’s passion. It is not a job nor a duty. Take a closer look at Seth and Krystal’s full bios on the Retreat Home Page!
I have limited mobility. Is this retreat for me?
It’s important to keep in mind that Yelapa is nestled at the foot of a mountain next to the ocean and has no paved roads. Because of this, getting around in Yelapa means walking on charming cobble-stone streets and steep walkways.
Krystal and Seth welcome all levels of practice into their yoga classes and can provide modifications if a posture is outside a student’s range.
What is the weather like in January?
The weather in January is amazing—sunny with warm days and cooler nights. The average temperature range is a low of 62° and a high of 80°.
What kinds of clothing should I pack?
Bring clothes conducive for warmer weather and slightly cooler nights. In addition, consider attire for activities such as yoga, hiking, and swimming. A good pair of walking sandals are highly recommended.
Can I drink the water in Yelapa?
The tap water in Yelapa is not for drinking. Casa Isabel has an filtration system and each casita will have its own garaphon. However, if people want to be extremely careful or know that they have a really sensitive tummy or immune system, they may want to play it safe and stick to bottled water which we can get from the store.
The currency in Yelapa is the Mexican Peso. There are no ATMs in Yelapa so will want to either order pesos before you leave the US or purchase them in Puerto Vallarta from a bank or ATM. Many US banks offer currency exchange. We will not have a lot of time in PV before heading to Yelapa (unless you are coming early) so the best and most economical thing to do is to get your pesos ahead of time or at the airport.
Are credit cards accepted in most places?
Few places in Yelapa accept credit cards. And the fees are large. The most preferred and accepted form of payment is cash.
In Mexico, tipping is very much appreciated and sometimes very much expected. As a general rule/guideline it is customary to tip someone that is providing you a service or helping you with something that you would otherwise have to do yourself and that makes your load a little lighter. For example if someone helps you transport your luggage, it is expected that you offer a $2-$5 tip (50-100 pesos).
ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
What is included in the retreat package?
THE RETREAT INCLUDES:
- Lodging at Casa Isabel
- Daily Yoga Classes
- Boat Excursion and Snorkeling
- Sound Bath
- Hike to the Waterfall
- Cocao Ceremony
- Temazcal (Sweat Lodge Ceremony)
- Paddle-boarding in the Bay
- Cultural Experiences
- Water Taxi fare to and from Yelapa
NOT INCLUDED IN RETREAT PRICE:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Taxi fare to and from the airport
What type of yoga will we be practicing?
We will be practicing a mix of hatha/vinyasa flow, as well as Ghosh-based (or 26 & 2) sequences and postures. There will also be opportunities for softer classes like restorative and yoga nidra later in the day. The classes will be suitable for all levels.
What is the cancellation policy?
(a) $500 of the registration fee is a non-refundable deposit. Further, should participant cancellation occur within 30 days of the event for any reason, all fees are forfeited. Should participant cancellation occur within 60 days of the event for whatever reason, only 50% of the total fee is refundable, less the $500 registration fee. Should the event be canceled by Bonfire Hot Yoga LLC, all fees will be refunded back to participant.
(b) Bookings are for the stated period of the retreat, Jan 5th, 2023 through January 11, 2023. There are no refunds for an unused portion of the retreat. If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your Travel Insurance Policy, you may be able to make a claim on your insurance.