Mexico Retreat Nov 30 to Dec 6, 2017 ~ Living a Luminous Life with Jaya Lakshmi and Luna Marcus


Join Jaya Lakshmi & Luna Marcus for a 7-Day Retreat of Yoga, Chanting, Eco-Adventure and Life-Enhancing Practices at Playa Viva,  an award-winning, fully self-sustained retreat center located on a pristine 200-acre nature reserve near Zihuatanejo, Mexico. 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!

All rooms have gorgeous ocean views, use traditional open-air construction to capture the ocean breeze and are decorated with local materials to the highest standards of artistic craftsmanship.  Enjoy delicious and healthy meals made fresh from the retreat center’s organic garden by their friendly staff.

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. Ride horses on the beach! Sit with us in circle and come into deeper communion and appreciation for yourself.  The retreat is open to all people and of all levels of yoga.

Jaya Lakshmi will be offering private vocal coaching and support for those interested in learning the art of kirtan. You’ll also get a chance to experience some powerful and transformational Health Coaching with Luna during private one-on-one and group evening sessions.  

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.


What’s Included:

  • Beachfront eco-luxury accommodations for 6 nights and 7 days
  • Roundtrip Airport ground transportation to and from hotel (fly into Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo: ZIH)
  • 3 Meals a day ~ deliciously healthy and *amazing* home-cooked, mostly vegetarian with fish options (made with organic and/or locally sourced ingredients) plus healthy snacks & drinks throughout the day            
  • Daily Morning Yoga Practice 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 www.solsara.net 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; Hiking of the property’s nearly 200 acres which includes a mile of pristine and private beach, a surf break,  eco-friendly swimming pool, an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem which supports an array of stunning wildlife.                           
  • Mayan Sweat Lodge (Temazcal)  (traditional Mayan purification ceremony)

Additional charges apply for:

  • Excursions such as horseback beach rides , Scuba diving, Cacao and Coffee Farm Tour
  • Massages or other spa treatments
  • International Airfare: make your own arrangements to fly into ZIH
  • All (except international airfare) may be added to your room bill and paid upon checkout.  

A sample day at ‘Living a Luminous Life’ Retreat:

• 8am-10am: Yoga led by Jaya Lakshmi or Luna with live music  (Kundalini Yoga and meditation, Anusara and Vinyasa Flow classes)

• 10am-11am: Brunch {fresh seasonal fruit, juices, Mexican/American/Euro breakfast}

• 11am-1pm: Free time

• 1pm-2pm: Lunch

• 2pm-3pm: Private sessions with Jaya Lakshmi or Luna

• 4pm-6pm: Afternoon activities (Singing & Mantra workshop, Solsara, Meditation, chocolate making, excursions, etc) 

• 6pm-8pm: Dinner 

• 8pm-10pm: Evening Kirtan and Singing Circle or special activity





Registration is being handled by Playa Viva directly. You are welcome to stay longer, pre or post retreat, at Playa Viva.  Please contact:

http://www.playaviva.com/ 1 (800) 397-6093




Please visit Playa Viva’s website to view lodging options: Playa Viva Accommodations.

Pricing and Rooms Available: 

All rooms have ocean views, organic sheets, fans and private bathrooms (studio bathroom below room).  Single occupancy rate may be requested for any room type. 

King Ecosita – (shared – 4 max) $1637 per person
Queen Ecosita – (1) Single $2299 per person
Queen Ecosita – (1) Single $2299 per person
Studio – (shared – 2 max) $1575 per person
Studio – (shared – 2 max) $1575 per person
Deluxe Suite A – (shared – 3 max ) $1775 per person
Deluxe Suite B – (shared – 2 max ) $1633 per person
Please register as soon as possible. The retreat may fill up.  Room choices on a first come first serve basis.    Upon registration you will recieve a complete list of what to bring and a welcome letter with detailed schedule. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions, feel free to email Jaya Lakshmi at JayaLakshmidevidasi@gmail.com or Luna at luna@coconutbliss.com
Playa Viva is 100% off grid and is committed to not only being sustainable on all levels, but actually regenerating the ecosystem and supporting the local community. For more on this topic, check out their website

Travel and Flight Details:

Getting to Paradise – some suggestions

Option 1Delta Airlines offers flights from SFO to Zihuatanejo (ZIH) which stop in Los Angeles (LAX), and or Mexico City. (We recommend avoiding layovers in Mexico City, as it can be a little chaotic 🙂 

Option 2Alaska Airlines has direct and easy flights from LAX- ZIH daily around 9:45am daily. You can fly on Alaska/Virgin from SFO or STS (Sonoma County) to LAX earlier in the morning. Or buy a flight from SFO or OAK to LAX on Southwest or another airline and take the separate ticket from LAX to ZIH. This option is a little more complicated, but it allows for good deals and more flexibility.


We strongly recommend our guests to purchase Travel Health Insurance. We will ensure your stay is peaceful, safe, and lovingly guided, however it is wise that should you need immediate attention you have insurance for your own personal well being. Here is a reputable company you may opt to use:
Travelex Travel Insurance   Tel. (800) 228-9792
Email: customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com

About 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 www.solsara.org 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.

About 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 lead 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.

Hope you can join us!!

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