Here are some photos from our retreat in December 2018…everything was so perfectly wonderful we booked the same place for this May!

May 25 – 30, 2019


Join Michelle DuVal, MA, and Claudio Barrientos for five days of meditation, yoga, teachings and community in the beautiful Mexican village of Sayulita. Located just about 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, this fishing/surfing village is the perfect place to unplug and reconnect.  Filled with stunning beaches, quirky art and amazing food, Sayulita is the beach town for people who want to relax, experience culture and amazing food, all in a gorgeous ocean + sand paradise.  Our retreat has been lovingly designed by Michelle and Claudio to help you connect back to your own relaxed and at-ease self. Over the course of five days, we will set our focus on deepening our meditation practice, and then bringing it out into the world as we experience Mexico. There will be homemade food and smoothies, some sweaty yoga sessions (optional), in-depth meditations and teachings, all in a gorgeous jungle-beach setting. We’re inviting you to unplug with us in paradise at this beautiful retreat.

In order to keep the experience intimate, our retreats are limited in capacity.


Five Nights Accommodation at Hotel Villas Sayulita (seen in video above)

All Retreat Sessions

Daily Homemade Breakfast

Daily Meditation Classes

Daily Maid Service

Access to Sparkling Swimming Pool

Jungle Garden Environment with 5 Minute Walk to Beach

Access to the Organic Smoothie Bar

Send Off Soiree Dinner



Daily Lunch and Dinner

Transportation to/from airport (approx $80 roundtrip)


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Morning meditation

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Breakfast (Included)

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Meditation Teachings, Workshops, & Practice

12 PM – 5 PM: Free Time

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Optional Afternoon Meditation

5 PM – 6:30 PM: Meditation Teachings, Workshops, & Practice

Arrival Day- Saturday, May 25th: Please arrive by 6 pm, our orientation & first practice will begin at 7 pm.

Departure Day – Thursday, May 30th: We will wrap up our last morning and be able to depart by 11 am.


Michelle DuVal – Director of TMC Albuquerque
“I am beyond excited to share in this experience with all of you!  And believe it or not, my co-host Claudio was also trained by my father years ago, and has since broadened his practice and teachings to Knoxville, TN, where he was the director of TMC, and now to Austin.  He is one of the kindest, humblest, and most lovable meditation teachers I’ve ever known, and his depth of training and understanding of the practices is inspiring.  To teach by his side is an incredible honor.  And we’ve already hosted one of these retreats in Mexico last December….and it was so fantastic we decided to do it again! :)”


Claudio Barrientos – Director of TMC Austin
Meditate in Mexico is more than just an opportunity to travel and step out of the usual holiday routine.  During these days of learning, experiencing, and practicing meditation, we will explore how to sit and befriend our mind, body, and heart.  And Michelle has been a life long friend and meditation companion – we’ve literally known each other now for 25 years!  Her father was my very first meditation teacher, so to teach with her now feels like coming home.  I’m originally from Santiago, Chile, but was raised on the beaches of Southern Spain, where as a young kid I used to sell broken ice cream cones to the tourists.  So to also be teaching on the beaches of Mexico feels like a homecoming.  Everyone is deeply welcome to join us.” 


  • Mindfulness teachings, workshops, meditation
  • Yoga
  • Walking meditation
  • Loving Kindness meditation
  • Beachside meditation
  • Hiking / nature meditation
  • Pool
  • Sayulita Farmers Market
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddle) *
  • Bike Rides*
  • Boogie/Surf Boards *
  • Surf Lessons*
  • Private Yoga Classes*
  • Massage / Spa/  Body work *
  • Eco Tours *

*For Additional Cost


The closest airport to the resort is Puerto Vallarta airport.  We can help you arrange transport to and from hotel.


Only 150 meters from the beach and just a short 10 minute walk from the main town, Hotel Villas Sayulita offers both single and double accommodations.  Elegant and earthy, decorated in a simple Mexican style with ceramic tile floors and (not so traditional) air conditioning.  Each room also comes with wi-fi, refrigerator, kitchenette, basic utensils for cooking, and a terrace with a patio table set. Purified drinking water is available throughout the hotel.  The hotel offers homemade breakfast and dinner and a smoothie bar.


-A beautiful on-site sparkling swimming pool
-A garden where you can find a mango orchard, an organic vegetable garden, compost, vermiculture, a temazcal and our lovely dogs, chickens, ducks and bunny.
-A beautiful smoothie bar with smoothies and healthy meals
-Holistic Center and an amazing spa, where classes, workshops or retreats from different disciplines are taught such as: Yoga, meditation, Pilates, Reiki, Kinesiology, Chi-Gong and massage among others.
-Wifi throughout the hotel
**Drinking water provided

  • Single room with king size bed for one person.  This is a great option if you are coming to the retreat by yourself.  Purchase SINGLE ROOM KING BED +retreat option below.
  • Single room with king size bed for 2 people.   This is a great option if you are coming to the retreat with a partner.  Purchase SINGLE ROOM KING BED +retreat option below.  Your partner can participate in the retreat by purchasing the Retreat Only option below…or not participate and just enjoy Sayulita at no additional charge.
  • Single room with two double beds.  This is a great option if you are coming with a friend and you each want your own bed.  This is also the option if you are coming alone and don’t mind sharing a room with someone else from the retreat to help keep your cost down.  We will pair retreat participants up according to sex. Purchase DOUBLE ROOM +retreat for this option.  If coming with a friend you BOTH need to purchase this option, and then send us an email saying you want to be in the same room.


SINGLE ROOM KING BED: Early Bird: $1095*/ Regular Price: $1195 for 5 nights for 1 retreat participant (these prices include retreat)

DOUBLE ROOM: Early Bird: $860*/ Regular Price: $965 for 5 nights for 1 retreat participant (these prices include retreat)

RETREAT ONLY: $600 / Please use this option if you would prefer to stay off-site, or if you are sharing one of the KING BED accommodations.

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: $500 / Please use this option if you want to hold your spot in the retreat but need a little more time to make the full payment.  Full payment is due on April 25.

* Early Bird Pricing – Ends March 25

Cancellations after March 25 are subject to a partial refund.  No refunds will be given after April 25.

QUESTIONS? Please email claudio@themindfulcenter.com and he will gladly answer everything he can, or schedule a time to connect with you by phone.

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