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Yelapa 2025: Yoga and Pure Life

Yoga Retreat at Pura Vida Retreat Center
Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico

January 25th-February 1st, 2025

Registration now open! Skip down to registration.


Join Baxter for his 12th season in the magical town of Yelapa, and his fourth year hosting this yoga adventure at the lovely retreat center, Pura Vida. Located at the end of the bay an easy 10 min walk from the pueblo of Yelapa, Pura Vida is a perfect place to cultivate what Costa Ricans call “Pura Vida” or Pure Life. In yoga, we call the underlying energy of life Prana, and there is lots of it here, including the open-air yoga deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean that will be our home base for our twice daily yoga outdoor sessions, designed to be accessible to students of all levels, including those newer to yoga.

The center offers delicious, regional, healthy local foods, specializing in vegetarian and vegan options, with occasional seafood for dinners. Your free time can be spent lounging in a hammock, enjoying onsite massage, floating in the salt water zero-line pool gazing out at the ocean, or soaking in the salt water hot tub.


You are only a leisurely walk away from all the charms and great eateries in town and the main beach. Special events include a Backyard Taco dinner in town with the local family that runs the sweet Eclipse Café and folkloric dancers from the high school, an optional hike upriver to the waterfall swimming hole, and evening walks into town to hear music and dance!

Yoga in Yelapa Mexico
2023 Yelapa Group.jpeg

Yelapa, reached only by boat, takes people back in time, enhancing the feeling of “getting away from it all” and invites participants to remember the simple life. Walking the beach, hiking in and out of the village, crossing the lagoon, walking up river, getting in waterfalls all create a sense of grounding in this other cultural world steeped in nature. This retreat is recommended for people who like walking and hiking. You must be able to walk up and down the hill at Pura Vida for classes and meals. It is approximately 120 steps uphill from the beach path to our dining area.

What’s included:

  • First night stay at a hotel in Old Vallarta near the boat taxi in Puerto Vallarta

  • 6 nights at Pura Vida Retreat

  • Transfer of bags to our boat in PV on the first Sunday

  • Water taxi boat trip with group to Yelapa on Sunday morning

  • Transfer of your bags to your rooms once in Yelapa

  • Delicious healthy meals 3 times a day, with exceptions below*

  • Daily Yoga morning class and late afternoon class, most days

  • Special Dinner in town on Tuesday night

  • Waterfall Hike on Wednesday, with bag lunch provided

  • Transfer of your bags to water taxi on Saturday

  • Water Taxi on departure Saturday with the group back to PV

Yelapa Village
Full Moon in Yelapa 2023.jpeg

What You Are Responsible for:

  • Your air travel, and taxi from PV airport to the our PV Hotel (taxi about $30)

  • Dinner on Saturday night (group gathering) and breakfast on Sunday in PV

  • Your dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday in Yelapa  

  • Your taxi ride from PV to airport on departure day (about $15)

  • Gratuity for the Pura Vida Staff, recommended amount: $50/person

  • Those who wish to arrive in Yelapa separate from group will need to pay for their own water taxi (about $25 round trip/person)

  • We strongly encourage attendees to be vaccinated and boosted against Covid19

  • Depending on CDC recommendations as we get closer to the event, it is possible you will be required to obtain a Covid19 screen the week before departure and send the results to Baxter. Hopefully in January 2025 this will not be necessary, but it all depends on circumstances at that time.


Massages will be available at Pura Vida; Sign-ups will occur once we arrive.

Optional all-day trip into back country, snorkeling trips, sweat lodge and more can be arranged upon arrival.


Pura Vida Retreat is a plvace to recharge, replenish and tap into the pure energy of the vibrant jungle and ocean that surround us. With that in mind, the retreat center does not permit alcohol or drugs onsite.

Waterfall in Yelapa


Non-refundable deposit of $450 to reserve a spot now (see below).


Please note: You must be vaccinated to attend this retreat. Please send a copy or photo of your vaccination card when registering. 

Before sending your deposit, please confirm that you can walk hills and long staircases comfortably. The property at Pura Vida is set on a hillside with approximately 110 steps for the entrance to the dining area at the top of the property. Also, there are some modest hills in town and on the river hike.  

Non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot is $450/person.

Send checks to:
Baxter Bell
PO Box 20655
Oakland, CA 94620-0655


Or by Venmo @Baxter-Bell-2 (please mark as "personal").

Include the following information in an email when you register:

Your name

Any roommates name

Home mailing address

Email address

Cell phone number

You are physically able to climb stairs and hills: yes/no

A photo of your vaccination card

Please email Baxter at when you send in your check.

Sending in your deposit assumes you have read and understand the refund policy.


Once you are registered, additional information will be sent out well ahead of time for you to plan all the details of your trip!

If you want to start looking at airfares once you are registered, I recommend that you arrive in Puerta Vallarta on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 25th, 2025, and depart from PV on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1st, 2025. This will allow you to have adequate time for cabs and water taxis and such.

Contact Baxter if you have any questions.

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