Transform Your Life!


Puerto Vallarta | Yoga, Horseback Riding, Surfing, Waterfall Hike & Most Fun EVER!!
3 Guides: Casey Peterson, Silvia Mordini, Jacob Young
March 30 – April 6, 2013 (All included except airfare)

Join our 7 night/8 day yoga retreat in paradise designed to help you rediscover your bliss. The experience will be grounded, playful, and fortifying as we refine our intentions for the best year ever! Our journey will include two energizing yoga classes each day classes led by Silvia Mordini and Casey Peterson, as well as open air accommodations and vibrant local cuisine. There will be ample space for rest, reflection, adventure and community connection. Explore the land and culture through surfing, watersports, jungle hikes, horseback riding, bird/whale watching and much, much more.

Xinalani Retreat Center is an eco-chic spa hotel, with 2 yoga studios, hidden on a pristine beach surrounded by a luxuriant jungle on the south shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

If you feel the need to refresh your spirit, reignite your passion for living, and rediscover enthusiasm in your life, then this yoga retreat is what you need. Furthermore, this trip is made even more special as you will have 3 guides and coaches with a combined 30 years experience leading your group adventures! Jacob Young, Casey Peterson and Silvia Mordini are 100% committed to helping you reach your full potential in a friendly, unpretentious, and supportive environment. We want to see you move beyond self-limiting beliefs into the empowerment of manifesting your best life ever!

Join us for a renewal of the body, mind and soul! This retreat takes to heart the words of John Wood from the book “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” who writes, “If you are thinking about making some adjustments in your life my heartfelt recommendation is not to spend too much time thinking about it. Just dive in.” REDISCOVER YOUR BLISS AND DIVE IN TODAY!

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:30am – 11am Vinyasa flow yoga
11am – 12pm Yoga clinics, mini workshops (Teacher Track)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm – 5:30pm Daytime Fun (Beach, Spa, Hiking, & More)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Vinyasa flow yoga and meditation
8:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Dharma talks (Teacher Track)

*THIS RETREAT GIVES 25-30 CE Credits for Yoga Alliance

*7 nights of accommodation at Xinalani Retreat
*3 complete gourmet vegetarian meals per day.
*A social hour on select evenings
*12 Daily Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
*Yoga clinics and mini workshops with Silvia Mordini, Jacob Young
* Partner Yoga with Jacob and Silvia
* Restorative Yoga
* Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
* Meditation & Pranayama
* Guided Journaling
* Guided Jungle Hiking
* Sunset Yoga Ceremonies
* Private Dharma talks facilitated by your Guides
* A special goodie bag with loving gifts

Airfare to and from the trip, transfer from and to the airport, daily excursions, gratuities for your guides, and hotel gratuities.

You can pay with check, direct bank deposit, credit card, or Paypal. Contact us at or call if we can answer any questions.

Petite Suites (387 Sq Feet, 2 Double Beds or King)
Single: $2099
Double: $1600

Eco-Chic Suites (650 Sq feet, either 1 King or 2 Double Beds)
Single: $2725
Double: $1799

Big Palapa (880 Sq feet, 6 single beds):
Single: $1200


CASEY PETERSON: Casey is an athlete, i.e, youngest child in a competitive and loving family. Brought up on the kind streets of Costa Mesa, CA where she could roam the neighborhood from park to park without fear and just had to be home by dark. Soccer was her sport until a six inch growth spurt hit my whole body except my feet and then it was volleyball. In junior college off-season it was requested of Casey to take yoga, in hopes it would make me jump higher…fast-forward to current day and she is a 200-hour certified vinyasa yoga teacher. There were many adventures in athletics and yoga in-between, of course, and there still are today. Moving her body feels like home no matter where Casey goes with volleyball taking her to Holland and Huntington Beach, CA and yoga moving her to Seattle, WA. The stillness is the struggle and in that struggle…all my peace.

SILVIA MORDINI: Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted!

Being a citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer is in her blood as she was raised traveling around the world. Silvia is an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with over 10,000 hours of teaching experience who has been practicing and teaching yoga for 15 years after being run over by a car and using it to recover physically and emotionally.

Silvia is the founder and former owner of Total Body Yoga, a Chicagoland studio and the creator of Alchemy of Yoga, a nationally recognized RYT200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. She also founded Alchemy Tours to lead inspired Yoga Retreats all over the world. Silvia is currently writing a book about Prescriptions for Happiness and has a popular blog called Loving Your Life, along with producing her “Loving Your Day” videos. Her articles appear regularly in MindBodyGreen, Yogi Times, Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, Lululemon’s Official Blog amongst others. She is a proud lululemon ambassador, Manduka ambassador, and Ombassador who offers popular workshops on Yogapreneurship, Rebel Spirit Flow, Living Your Yoga, Chakra Vinyasa, Meditation and Manifestation and more.

JACOB YOUNG: $15 at a yard sale in rural New Hampshire bought me freedom and forever ingrained my love of travel. My steel-framed 10-speed Peugeot opened my eyes—and my world—to a much larger arena. Born in California, raised in New Hampshire, resident of the world, at home in the Pacific Northwest. My passion is discovering the hidden gems and local customs of a region and then showing these new secrets to people and creating an experience.

I realized this passion for guiding in the year 1999 on Mt. Rainier. I guided a few friends to the top of this amazing peak, saw the look on their faces, and was hooked. Since then, I have been blessed to live and guide in some amazing places. Some of my favorites include Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Moab, Sonoma, San Juan Islands, New Zealand, Mexico, and Ecuador.

Silvia and I started Alchemy Tours with the vision of offering clients something amazing. A remarkable thing happens on trip with us—whether it is a long weekend, or a more intensive Teacher Training program abroad (coming soon). We are always inspired by Paolo Coehlo’s The Alchemist and love to see this wonderful blend of yoga and active movement (cycling, hiking, surfing, horseback riding, running and more) turn to veritable gold. People learn more about themselves, and the yoga journey that Silvia takes us on while on retreat is her to the max.

When not guiding, you’ll find me back in Seattle enjoying quality time with those I love. I enjoy trail running, cycling, reading, cooking and educating myself about fine wines and craft ales. An ideal day includes stopping at the farmer’s market to dream up an elaborate dinner, then cooking and enjoying with family and friends.

As those closest to me can attest, I always urge you to, “Try Life. Live it!”

Xinalani Retreat Center is an eco-chic spa hotel, hidden on a pristine beach surrounded by a luxuriant jungle on the south shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Conceived as a tropical haven to host group wellness retreats, Xinalani is a place filled with serenity that shelters individuals in their search for a more balanced life style. It is a private, small, all suites hotel where each guest can feel the intimate closeness to the natural elements, and receive a well-deserved personal attention. The name Xinalani comes from the Nahuatl Xinaloani that means seed. It is pronounced shee-nah-lah-nee. It embodies the vision of transformation from the experiences and teachings from our past into the great potential of our future.

Xinalani is a new resort center accessed only by boat. It is in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on 10 acres of unspoiled jungle with a beautiful pristine beach, only 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Xinalani Retreat is about discovery, admiration, love for nature, magic, conscious travel, eco-adventure, wellness, serenity and mindful living. Come enjoy the 1,302 square foot yoga deck set uphill amidst the deep jungle vegetation that can comfortable fit 40 students. With a panoramic view to the jungle and ocean, group practices here are a fascinating experience. Accomodations are ALL beach front with a choices of various private suites and a shared house if you are looking to save money. Xinalani Retreat features its own beach club where you will enjoy a relaxing break between your classes. Where you want to go swimming, snorkeling, or just sunbathe while sipping a natural fruit smoothie, this is the place to be. Take a walk in the soft sand, discover the hidden secrets of the naturally sculpted rocks scattered along the shore and explore the small private coves as you explore yourself. Visit and fall in love!

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