co-taught with Thomas Fortel
NEXT RETREAT DATE TBD
A magical place to practice! Yelapa is a small village on a large cove on the southernmost rim of the Bahia de Banderas, the Bay of Flags, south of Pureto Vallarta. There are no roads to Yelapa so the contact of the village with Vallarta is via water taxi.
There is a feeling of remoteness and solitude on the beach, and in the village and river valley of Yelapa. On the 40 water taxi ride we have have witnessed whales, schools of dolphins, turtles and manta rays; not all on one journey, but the water life is really incredible. For those who have been to Yelapa before, the Hotel Lagunita stands on the far left side of the beach while the village is on the far right side of the bay. The hotel itself was built by an amazing artist with extensive rock, stone, brick and bamboo structures and walkways.
The rooms are done in Polynesian and art deco motifs. They are spacious, colorful, and all have full bathrooms, running water and 24 hour electricity. The hotel is perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean so the sound of the sea is enormous, present with us day and night. The hotel seems to be placed in the middle of a garden with beautiful palms and tropical plants everywhere.