Capture the Glow: Art & Yoga Retreat in the Jungle
January 27- February 2
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico
Join Mandy Wozniak and Nicole Curcio in the jungle as we make time for art, yoga, community, beachtime and sunshine! We’ll spend six nights and seven days at Tailwind Jungle Lodge in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico, as we shake off the cold winter blues and Capture the Glow!
Our small retreat community will practice art and yoga together in a safe and welcoming environment. Whether you’re a professional artist or yogi, or you’ve never picked up a paint brush, or stretched on a matt, there’s sure to be something inspirational for every skill level.
The art portion of our retreat, is not about learning a specific technique or medium, but instead is about making time to experiment and the inspiration you'll find by unplugging and exploring new surroundings. We'll meet as a group and talk about different kinds of art journaling, personal creative aspirations, and share ideas about how to get unstuck. During our Puerto Vallarta gallery tour, I encourage you to take notes and sketch (I encourage this throughout the adventure), so you can refer back to anything that really moves you. The goal is simply to allow yourself time to create, so you can translate your experience into new artwork at home. Some materials will be provided for you, but a supply list will be posted soon.
If you're looking for a cushy, luxury retreat, this is NOT the retreat for you. If you enjoy being outdoors, close to nature and a bit of roughing it, you've come to the right place! Some of the rooms have compost toilets. There will be bugs and birds and critters. There is no Wifi throughout most of the lodge. Town is a 3 mile hike, or drive away. There are dirt roads and trails and steep stairs. But there will also be amazing ocean and jungle sounds and views. A mostly secluded beach, a short 1.5 mile hike away. An outdoor yoga platform, which will double as our art studio, and so much more.
Transportation to/from Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta
Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, welcome & farewell dinners, prepared onsite by local Chef Alex, using fresh ingredients. We can easily accommodate dietary restrictions: vegan. gluten free, dairy free? No problem! Just let us know. The chef will prepare meals based on our needs and requests. See sample menus and foodie pics here. Fridges will also be stocked with granola, fruit, coffee and tea, four times during your stay. (Each unit has its own fridge for storing personal snacks, which you can also pick up on our field trips to town)
1-2 Daily yoga sessions
Day trip to Puerto Vallarta for walking gallery tour and ocean views
Transportation to/from Puerto Vallarta for a day trip & gallery tour (meals in PVR not included)
Transportation to/from Sayulita (once) and San Pancho (twice) for dinners out and exploration (beaches, shopping, art- meals in town are not included)
Goody Bag with treats, moleskine journal and artful surprises.
About Your Hosts
Mandy and I met our freshman year of college at Coastal Carolina University and became fast friends! Despite 20 + years and a whole country between us, we've managed to stay pals and can still make each other laugh just as much as we did in our twenties. Over the years we've chatted about ways to collaborate on creative projects together, but the distance between Charleston and Portland has made it tricky. On a recent visit, we decided it was time to join forces to share our love of art, yoga, friendship and the community it brings, with you!
I have personally visited Tailwind Jungle Lodge a few times on my visits to San Pancho, and this past winter I had the pleasure of staying there with my husband. The first night of my trip, I just knew this was the perfect setting to inspire tranquility and creativity. I sat on my patio and sketched and painted the jungle plant-life. At night, I gazed at the stars, and there are oh-so-many-stars. It's truly awe-inspiring. Catch a peek into that trip here. Keep scrolling for more photos or our retreat destination. I have no doubt you'll feel as inspired there as I do. If you have questions about anything at all, don't hesitate to call or email me!
Mandy has been teaching yoga in Charleston for more than 15 years. She incorporates play and fun into her classes, which are open to all levels. Having trained in Integral and Anusara yoga, she enjoys combining many disciplines and also finds inspiration from nature, physical therapy and the body itself, to create her class structure.
After several years of practice and teaching yoga, she now offers Thai Yoga Bodywork, a practice that pulls from yoga, massage, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, to release muscle tension, provide a greater range of motion and leave the recipient relaxed. The receiver lies on a mat, fully clothed and is stretched, rocked and gently moved in ways that best benefit the body on a very individual level.
Nicole M Curcio
Based in Portland, OR, Nicole is a painter and ceramic artist who is always experimenting with new materials and ideas. She's combined her experience in art, marketing, events planning and hospitality to create events that connect us with nature and inspire creativity- like this one!
She works in paint, clay and mixed media, is currently captivated by cityscapes and landscapes and the relationships their inhabitants have with their surroundings. She's exhibited her work at galleries, cafes, art festivals and other public spaces in and around the Pacific Northwest.
Nicole finds inspiration for her artwork in travel; she always carries a sketch book and journal to capture ideas. She's visited San Pancho, Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta several times, always making time to paint from rooftops or patios with a view.
- Day One: welcome to the jungle! Arrival, orientation, evening yoga and welcome dinner, made fresh onsite by Chef Alex, at Tailwind Jungle Lodge.
- Day Two: Morning yoga and breakfast, art journal intro and studio painting time, lunch plus free time to explore the lodge and nearby beach. Dinner (not included) and exploration in San Pancho.
- Day Three: Morning yoga and breakfast, studio time, lunch. Afternoon trip to explore and dine in Sayulita (dinner not included)
- Day Four: Breakfast and morning yoga. Day trip to Puerto Vallarta to explore Zona Romantica and the galleries, restaurants and views it offers. (lunch and dinner not included)
- Day Five: Morning yoga and breakfast, art journal intro and studio time, lunch, plus free time to explore. Optional afternoon trip to San Pancho or Jungle hike (don't worry, it's a short1.5 mile trek!)
- Day Six: Free day. We'll have breakfast together and then you're welcome to stay at the jungle lodge to create, or book a sea kayaking, SUP or sailing adventure with our hosts. Farewell dinner prepared by Chef Alex at the jungle lodge.
- Day Seven: farewell breakfast and morning yoga. Checkout at 11:00 and transportation back to the airport.
This is a sample itinerary- subject to change. More details as we get closer.
About Tailwind Jungle Lodge
Perched amidst majestically swaying palm trees, Tailwind is a sustainable jungle lodge, retreat center and adventure tour company on the Mexican Pacific. Our motto? Enjoy life! The lodge's creatively designed, tree-house like bungalows, palapas and casitas are nestled amidst 5 acres of truly stunning jungle ridges descending to breathtaking beaches of white sand. The lodge is located on a spectacular coastline, just north of the charming town of San Pancho (official name, San Francisco) in the state of Nayarit, Mexico.
While Tailwind offers many of the comforts of home, this is more of a "glamping" style lodging than a resort or hotel. There will be stairs, and bugs, but there will also be star-gazing, bird watching, and ocean/jungle sounds! Rooms will be assigned on first come, first served basis. Select your room after the deposit has been paid. Invite a friend, or be open to making a new friend, if you choose a double room or bungalow. (Only 8 Spaces Left)
Single Room: +$2,050 per person (2 available: Palapa Tigre & Palapa Gecko)
- Each Palapa includes a queen bed, private bathroom/shower with a shared common space
Double Rooms: $1,750 per person (3 shared rooms available)
Casita Tejone - two twin beds upstairs, and two twin beds downstairs, bathroom with composting toilet, shower, kitchen and dining area.
Palapa Parota - two twin beds, composting toilet, outdoor shower & dining area, hammock.
Double Bungalow $1,550 per person (1 shared bungalow available)
Bungalow Chiche is a fully furnished safari style tent on wooden platforms perched in the trees, a true glamping experience.
Two twin beds, private shower & composting toilet. Hammock, kitchenette & dining area
About San Pancho
San Pancho, as the village of San Francisco, Mexico is affectionately known, has preserved its rural essence and the authenticity of a picturesque Mexican town. Here one can still enjoy the serenity and the principles of old Mexico; where people take the time to chat rather than rushing to do business. Just an hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta airport but a world apart, San Pancho sits peacefully upon a wide palm-fringed golden beach wrapped in a lush cloak of verdant jungle. Quiet cobblestone streets provide visitors and residents a safe haven in which to wander and discover the town, with delightful restaurants close at hand to enjoy delicious refreshment. Learn more about San Pancho here.
Sayulita’s cultural blend of beaches, shops, restaurants, activities and smiling people makes the village the perfect destination for an "off-the-beaten-path" Mexico vacation. The picturesque fishing village of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico, nestled in a gentle palm tree-lined bay just 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, offering visitors and residents incredible beaches, lush jungles and a taste of rural Mexico in an incredibly safe environment. With cobblestone streets hosting dogs, chickens and playing children, Sayulita is a half-century away from nearby Puerto Vallarta and its huge resorts, discos and parasailing. Get an overhead view in this Sayulita Drone Video or learn more here.
Puerto Vallarta Day Trip
After breakfast our car service will transport us into Zona Romantica in Puerto Vallarta. This historic neighborhood has beautiful architecture, galleries, restaurants, and the Malecon walkway along the Pacific Ocean, complete with several sculptures. Wednesday is the day of the local art walk, so galleries are open late, we'll tour several galleries between arriving, lunch and dinner, plus walk on the Malecon. You can stay with the group or explore on your own. For dinner, we'll regroup at Barcelona Tapas Restaurant for delicious food and gorgeous ocean views, before exploring a few more galleries and heading back to the Jungle.
Reserve Your Spot Now
With only ten spots available (we're down to 8 spots!) we expect this retreat to sell out fast! To secure your space, we require a deposit of $800. The balance will be due in full by October 15, 2018. Cancellations after October 1 are non-refundable. Cancellations before October 1, will be refunded in full, less a $50 processing fee.
Once you have paid your deposit, we'll send you more info about what to pack, transportation, and activities. If you have questions, dietary restrictions, or simply want to chat through this adventure with a real person, you can reach Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-473-7749. I'm happy to help!