Planning For Your Retreat
- You'll fly into Puerto Vallarta. I will arrange for transformation to bring you from the airport to Tailwind Jungle Lodge. All the transport between the airport and the retreat center is included in your tuition and will be set up with reputable and trustworthy companies that come recommended by Tailwind Jungle Lodge.
- Plan to arrive at the airport in Puerto Vallarta on March 3rd by 4pm.
- Plan to leave on a flight out of Puerto Vallarta after noon on March 10th.
- You might be required to wait at the airport for other people arriving that will be joining your shuttle but it should be a rather short wait. I suggest you grab a big bottle of water and have a small snack with you for the drive. The trip from the airport to the center is approximately 1 hour but can vary depending on traffic.
- If you have not already booked your flight I suggest you begin to track the flights using Kayak trip watcher (or similar) or by using an app. I personally use and like Hopper (http://www.hopper.com). Once you have your flights booked, please forward your itinerary to me so I can coordinate your shuttles.
- Be sure that your passport is up to date with at least 6 valid months before expiration. There is no visa entry fee to enter Mexico.
Health + Safety:
- Mexico is a developing country and while I do not have any concerns about our safety, I still recommend practicing caution and good common sense while traveling abroad.
- The retreat center is tucked away and safe. That said, leave your valuable jewelry at home and don't be flashy with your electronics or money while at the airport or in the city.
- You can read about healthy and safety concerns for Mexico on the Center for Disease Control website here as well as recommendations for vaccines. It is up to you to do research and decide if you want to opt for the various vaccines available.
- If you take regular medications or need to have emergency meds on hand (like inhalers or EpiPens) make sure you have an adequate supply upon arrival. While basic toiletries and necessities will be available, things like this will be more difficult to procure once you arrive.
- Some people like to take out travel insurance when they travel abroad. Again, this is totally up to you. There are several good companies that offer it. http://worldnomads.com and http://www.csatravelprotection.com are good places to start.
- Any excursions booked ahead of your trip can be paid via credit card but anything you might choose to do once you arrive will likely require you to pay in USD or local currency.
- Restaurants and shops you might visit will likely take USD but you will undoubtedly pay a higher fee than if you pay in local currency which is MX Pesos.
- ATM's offer the best rates and there are a few at the nearby town of San Pancho. However, it would probably be easiest just to order some money from your bank before you come or hit the ATM at the airport upon arrival. I'd recommend $100-$200 worth of Pesos and some USD on hand. You'll really just want the local currency for shopping around town.
You'll have one full day off during our week for exploring the area, going on a local excursion or simply lounging around the jungle lodge. These activities need to be planned in advance (you can pay ahead with credit card) and you can find more info on them here. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll help you get it sorted!
I highly recommend that you set yourself up to be as unplugged and offline as possible for the one week you're on retreat. It will support you greatly in quieting your mind and getting the results you want from the retreat. That said, I know some of you are parents and will need to at least check in at times throughout the week.
There is internet at Tailwind Jungle Lodge so it will be possible to connect and send messages over wifi but jungle internet is spotty and unreliable so know that ahead of time (and prep your people for that). Also, the speed and bandwidth will not support uploading or downloading files so load your kindle before you come :)
Check with your phone carrier before leaving the country. I know AT&T offers free calls and text messaging from Mexico to US so it's always been a non issue for me. Your carrier might be the same. If you don't get free texts, you can download Whatsapp to your phone for easy text-like messaging while you're away. Just be sure your loved ones have it installed on their phone too.
Contact Info for Tailwind Jungle Lodge:
Phone: +52 322 100 1585
Address: Jalisco - Puerto Vallarta, Monteon, Nayarit, Mexico www.tailwindjunglelodge.com
In addition to the packing recommendations made by Tailwind Jungle Lodge I will add:
- Sentimental jewelry, crystals, tokens that you want charged up in retreat energy. Leave all your expensive stuff at home!
- Any medications you regularly take or might need (epi-pens, etc)
- Clothes that are comfy, light and allow you to move freely.
- We will have a celebratory dinner on Friday night. It's casual (shoes are optional) but special so I invite you to pack something that feels super good and sweet to put on. I brought one of my favorite cotton dresses.
- Feel free to leave your make-up at home if you please. This is a come-as-you-are kind of week.
- A waterproof bag if you have one for kayaking.
- Leave some extra ROOM in your bag for taking stuff home :)