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!

Purification Meditation

Purification Meditation
*Mantra: “I deserve all that I require.”

A recurring theme in detoxification practice is one of purification. It focuses on the changing of our ways of thinking. When we constantly see ourselves as negative or impure, we become just that. A depressed, low, or negative self-image gradually absorbs our behavior and outlook on life. We feel inadequate and limited and never give ourselves a chance to change. We can cultivate a more positive self-image by recognizing the potential for perfection within all things and earnestly putting energy into developing it. The first step in becoming pure is believing that we are basically pure. Therefore, what needs to be purified is our tendency to identify with our negative energies, our lack of self-confidence, as well as the negative energy itself.

This is a simple meditation that contains the essential elements of purification: letting go of mistakes and problems by seeing them as temporary obstacles rather than intrinsic parts of our nature. This helps us to develop our natural good energies by getting in touch with them.

The practice:

Take a few minutes to settle your mind into the here and now. Be comfortable and relaxed.

Motivation: Remember the beneficial reasons behind performing this meditation. This can include wishing to become freer from negative energy in order to be more helpful and less harmful to others.

Breathe normally and observe each cycle of inhalation and exhalation. Place your full attention on the breath.

When the mind has become calm and quiet, imagine all the positive energy in the universe entering your body in the form of pure, radiant, blissful white light each time you inhale. Picture this bright light flowing into every part of your body. It fills every atom in every cell of your body. You become light, relaxed, and blissful. Repeat this visualization with every inhalation.

Once you have become comfortable and familiar with briefing in the purifying white light, begin to breathe out dark smoke with every exhalation. Picture all of your past mistakes, negative energies, distorted conceptions, and disturbing emotions exiting your body with the breath in the form of a dark foggy smoke. This smoke rises out into space where it disappears completely. Don’t worry about harming your surroundings-imagine that the smoke becomes completely nonexistent. Allow yourself to feel confident that you have freed yourself of every trace of negativity or faults.

Put your full concentration into this experience-breathing in the white light of good aspects. And breathing out the black smoke of your problems. It if you are distracted by other experiences or thoughts, calmly observe them without getting involved or reacting. Transform these distractions into dark smoke and breathe them out when they arise.

Dedication : Conclude the meditation session by dedicating the positive energy you have cultivated to the benefit of all beings, that they may find everlasting happiness and peace of mind.

Connecting Meditation

One of the most profound impacts of going on retreat is connecting to others in a unique eco-system we call a tribe. This is also a favorite meditation. Here it is to enjoy! Hope to see you as part of our tribe soon. Peace in all ways!

Connecting Meditation

This exercise provides balance and connection upward and downward. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and regularly. Visualize clean white light pouring from above down into the top of your head, down through your body, and out your feet into the center of the earth. As the light flows through you, allow it to illuminate and cleanse every cell of your body. Imagine every cell bright and alive with light.

Visualize bright clear emerald light coming up from the earth, into your feet, up your legs, up your back, out the top of your head. Allow it to swirl through every cell, healing and nourishing and connecting you intimately to the very core of the earth of which you are a part.
Now allow both lights to flow through you, white from above and green from below, and combine them in a bright blend throughout your being.

Feel the connection to the earth and the heavens, feel the calm nourishment of the energy, feel that the universe is truly your home.

Haramara: 1 of the 10 BEST Retreat Centers in the World!

Dear Friends,
We travel the world researching and trying out various places, retreat centers, speciality locations to bring you the BEST. And we are happy to say that we are proud to support 3 of the top 10 yoga retreat centers according to Yoga Journal. And Haramara is considered 1 of the top 5 most luxurious!

You’ll find us at Haramara Retreat Center March 23-30, 2013!

Here’s what Yoga Journal had to say about Haramara:
Sayulita, Mexico

A Huichol word, haramara means “mother sea,” the place where everything comes from, says owner Sajeela de la Borbolla. And with its warm, familylike atmosphere and fresh gourmet cuisine, this gracious retreat center does feel like the source of something sacred. “You’re taken care of from the moment you arrive,” says Ashtanga Yoga teacher Peggy Orr, who has led nine retreats here. Located just 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta on the Riviera Nayarit;a sleepy stretch of coast dotted with resorts, the property includes a private beach and 12 acres of tropical jungle.

The yoga space is an open-air, thatched palapa with a 360-degree view of the ocean and rainforest. Guests stay in simple but beautiful palm-thatched casitas, with open-air walls on three sides that invite in the ocean breeze and the sounds of the pounding surf. Charming bathrooms, oil lamps, and canopy beds with handmade quilts complete the look—a blend of rustic and elegant that Orr describes as “Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest.”

Don’t Miss: The homemade granola at breakfast, the spectacular moles at lunch, and the just-caught seafood at dinner—plus VIP treatment by the chef, who will prepare a meal based on your dietary needs.