Yelapa 2022: Yoga and Pure Life

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


January 29th-February 5th, 2022


Join Baxter for his 7th season in the magical town of Yelapa, and his second 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 on the open-air yoga deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean that will be our home base for our twice daily yoga sessions, designed to be accessible to students of all levels, including those new to yoga.

The center offers delicious, healthy local foods, specializing in vegetarian and vegan options. Your free time can be spent lounging in a hammock, enjoying onsite massage and Watsu, 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 Fiesta in town with the local family that runs the sweet Eclipse Café and followed by 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!

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 the Hotel Eloise in Puerto Vallarta

  • 6 nights at Pura Vida Retreat

  • Transfer of bags to our boat on 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 sessions, 2-hour morning class, 90-minute late afternoon class, most days

  • Special Dinner in town on Tuesday night

  • Waterfall Hike on Wednesday, with bag lunch

  • Transfer of your bags to water taxi on Saturday

  • Water Taxi on Saturday with the group back to PV

What Your Are Responsible for:

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

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

  • Your dinners on Wednesday and 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: $25-35/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)

Lodging options:

Most rooms are open air and have at least a partial ocean view. There is one room with AC available at this time, for a single or couple (see description of bed sizes below)

  • Double occupancy: $1350/person USD

  • Single occupancy: $1700/person USD

  • Triple occupancy: $1250/ person USD (only one room available) NOTE: Includes one double and 1 single arrival room in PV for the 3 roommates (the person in the single requires an additional $40 fee)


Couples sharing a bed: please note that the “queen beds” at Pura Vida are more like a double mattress at home, so make sure you are happy snuggling!

Waterfall in Yelapa

NOTE: Pura Vida is located up a wonderful, jungle hill, with paved paths with stairs. There are about 120 steps up to the Dining space at the top of the property. Also, there are hills to traverse if you end up walking beyond town to the main beach or up river. So, you must be able to climb stairs and hills if you wish to attend this retreat.


The retreat fills up fast, so register soon!

To reserve your spot, send your non-refundable deposit of $350 as soon as possible to:

Baxter Bell
PO Box 20655
Oakland, CA 94620-0655

Include the following information:

Your name

Any roommates name

Home mailing address

Email address

Cell phone number

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

Please email Baxter at when you send in your check.


Payment schedule - Balance due:

  • $1000 due October 1st, 2021, for double occupancy

  • If you are doing a SINGLE ROOM, your balance is $1350 unless otherwise noted.

  • If you are doing the 3 PERSON ROOM, your balance is $900 unless otherwise noted.

  • Anyone registering after October 1st, should pay the full amount.



Before September 1st:
Refund, if paid in full ($1350, $1750 or $1250), minus $350 deposit, or refund of $1350 for single occupancy, $1000 for double occupancy, $900 for triple.


Between Sept. 1st and October 1st:
Single occupancy – if paid in full: $1700 minus $750 = refund of $950.
Double occupancy- if paid in full: $1350 minus $750 = refund of $600.
Triple occupancy- if paid in full: $1250 minus $750 = refund of $500.


After October 1st:
No refund unless:
1) the retreat is full, and
2) someone fills your spot
– minus $75 admin fee
(potential refund of $1625, $1275, or $1175 respectively for single, double or triple occupancy, only if your spot fills).

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. 29th, 2022, and depart from PV on Saturday afternoon, Feb 5th. This will allow you to have adequate time for cabs and water taxis and such.

Feel free to Contact Baxter if you have any questions and to reserve your spot!