Golden Circle Retreats


January 11 - 17, 2020 (sold out)
January 19 - 25, 2020 (sold out)



. Welcome .

Golden Circle Retreats aims to take you on a journey deep inside yourself. We combine nourishing plant-based meals, inspiring cooking classes and nutrition workshops with movement and mindfulness, set in the beauty and solitude of nature. Our week-long experience will bring relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation to all levels of your being. Rediscover the joy of being in your body, connect with your food, and find the inspiration to ignite you on your own health journey. The first week (Jan 11-17) is open for both men and women, the second week is now sold out! We look forward to meeting you in Mexico at our January 2020 retreat!

In love and light, Sarah B and Mikkala

Golden Circle Retreats with Sarah Britton and Mikkala Marilyn Kissi

Sarah Britton

Holistic Nutritionist, Whole Foods Chef and founder of My New Roots offers a comprehensive culinary program which covers both basics and deeper nutrition issues with workshops and hands-on teachings. Her recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and designed to inspire and educate first-time cooks and knowledgeable foodies alike.

Golden Circle Retreats with Sarah Britton and Mikkala Marilyn Kissi

Mikkala Marilyn Kissi

Founder of Living Yolates – a holistic training program combining Yoga, Meditation, Pilates and Dance Connect with your body and spirit in these totally unique, sessions that break the rules of a traditional class. Strengthen the body, increase flexibility and open up to a greater sense of freedom and love for your entire being!

. Testimonials .

“My posture has changed, the lines in my face have changed, my whole perception has changed. There are not a lot of retreats out there, besides this one, that have such a holistic approach to health.”

Sandra, Australia

“The wellness workshops were so interesting! I felt like I could have sat and listened all day - Sarah is a wonderful teacher and she inspires you with her love of whole food.”

Sophie, England

“The Yolates classes were life-changing. I adored having 4 hours a day, what a privilege. It provided a fast track to happiness, joy and connectedness and I could not be any more grateful.”

Suzy, New Zealand

. The Retreat .

This revitalizing wellness retreat will restore your balance, cultivate inner peace, and nourish your body from inside out. Learn to take care of yourself on a deeper level, and feel empowered moving forward in your life beyond our week together.

We start each day with an energizing Living Yolates or Dancing Yolates Session with Mikkala at sunrise, followed by breakfast, and an intimate cooking class or nutrition workshop with Sarah. After lunch there is free time to enjoy a dip in the oceanside pool, take a restorative walk in the jungle or on the beach, paddle a kayak along the shore, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, or simply rest in your beautiful room. The afternoon offers a second Yolates restorative class geared towards relaxation, followed by a nourishing dinner, and an optional evening activity. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with incredible people from all over the world, indulge in the most delicious, high-vibrational food, move your body in joy, and reconnect to the rhythm of nature on a magical jungle beach in Mexico! Let’s go! 

We have two different weeks for January 2020: January 11-17 is for both men and women and January 19-15 is an all women's retreat. We host a small group to make sure that everyone gets the best experience possible.

Sample Schedule:
8 – 10 am: Living Yolates Session
10 – 11 am: Breakfast
11:00 – 12:00 pm: Free time
12:00 – 2:00 pm: Cooking Class / Nutrition Workshop
2 – 3 pm: Lunch
Free time
5 – 7 pm: Meditation, Breathing, Restorative Yolates
7 – 8 pm: Dinner
8:30 – 10 pm: Optional evening activity

The retreat package includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 fresh, vegan / vegetarian meals per day, including snacks and juice
  • Access to our retreat venue's amenities including spa, oceanside pool, kayaks, masks and snorkels
  • 3 My New Roots cooking classes
  • 3 My New Roots nutrition lectures / workshops
  • 4 Living Yolates sessions
  • 3 Dancing Yolates sessions
  • 6 Restorative Yolates sessions
  • One day for activities in nature (we are located between the beach and the jungle!)

Have a look at our photos from our 2017 retreats in Bali, Ibiza and Portugal to get a feel for the Golden Circle Retreats experience.

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. The Food .

The retreat’s gorgeous, plant-based menu features My New Roots-inspired recipes and meals and prepared by Xinalani’s own chef in collaboration with Sarah Britton, using local, whole food ingredients. Sarah’s approach to food is creative, fresh and vibrant, and her passion is bringing out the natural flavours in the ingredients she chooses, while preserving their precious nutrients. 

All food and drink are included during your stay, and each meal at the retreat is a true celebration! Fresh, real, and delicious, the menu will follow Sarah’s principles, use vegan ingredients, with plenty of raw and gluten-free options to suit all dietary needs. Local, and organic ingredients will be used whenever possible.

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. The Movement .

Living Yolates is a holistic form of exercise that combines the best of three worlds: yoga, pilates, and dance. Yoga for inner peace, strength, and balance; pilates to strengthen all core muscles; and dance to boost energy, and bring you joy! So much more than a way to work out, Living Yolates is a mindset and a lifestyle - a constant practice of letting go of negative energy such as anxiety, low self-esteem, tension, and limitations, and instead offers you an opportunity to open up to the feeling of trust, self-acceptance, and pure presence. In this way, the body becomes strong and flexible, while your heart and mind are open, free, and full of love.

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. The Location .

Xinalani is set on a sprawling, pristine and private beach, beside a jungle of breathtaking natural beauty. Small trails and stairs lead through the greenery to the accommodation nestled between the trees, each overlooking the sea. The location is as spectacular as the view: Xinalani is only accessible by a boat ride and you will literally be dropped off on the beach! Be ready for a bit of adventure before you nestle in to your room, and listen to the sounds of the sea and the jungle.

This venue is an eco-resort where great efforts have been made to minimize environmental impact both when constructing the buildings, and by using low-impact materials, low consumption light bulbs, water recycling, natural biodegradable cleaning products and composting kitchen waste.

Xinalani is located just South of Puerto Vallarta, which is 3 hours and 15 minutes on a direct flight from Los Angeles, US.


Eco chic Suite, double - Shared King Bed:

Are you two friends or family members going together? Then this is a great option! You will be sharing a king size bed. Yes, one bed for two of you - this is why this option is recommended for people you know very well ;) The Eco-Chic Suites have the best locations on the property. Featuring open-air rooms with the most spectacular oceanview, a huge bed with pillow top mattress, luxury linen, and mosquito netting. The Eco-Chic Suites also have a private terrace, hammock, sitting area, and private bathroom.
Price: USD 3250.

Eco-Chic Suite, shared room - two double beds

Stay in the Eco-Chic suite and enjoy the spacious layout, balcony and modern design in your own double bed. You will be sharing the suite with another participant - it can be a friend, or a friend you haven’t met yet :)
Price: USD 3,600.

Petite Suite, shared King Bed

The Petite Suite with a shared King Bed is another option to travel with a good friend and enjoy the comforts of a suite at a lower price. These suites are small casitas including a King-size bed with pillow top mattress, luxury linen, and mosquito netting. The suites also have a private terrace with ocean and jungle views, hammock, sitting area (floor pillows) and a private bathroom.
Price: USD 3,000.

Deluxe Room, Shared

Deluxe double rooms are cozy with two single beds, a spacious bathroom, open-air shower and sitting desk.
Price: USD 3,100.

Deluxe Room, Single

If you prefer your own private space, we offer the Deluxe room for one person with a double bed.
Price: USD 3,700.

Small Palapa, four person room

The Small Palapa is great for friends travelling together or people who like a bit of social life outside of the classes. Each of the four beds has a mosquito net and nightstand. Located high on the mountain, this room is the closest to the main yoga space, the Jungle Studio. It has a hammock, a luxurious bathroom with an open-air shower and a large terrace where you can sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful jungle and sea views.
Price: USD 2,900. (Only available in week 2)

Read more about the accomodations offered here.

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. Book your spot .

Ready to join?

Bookings for this retreat are handled via email to our travel coordinator Wassermann Retreats.
You pay a USD 500 deposit to secure your spot - payment instructions are sent by Wassermann Retreats directly to you.

Update: the retreat is sold out but you can write us to get on the cancellation list.

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Week 1: January 11 - 17, 2020 (sold out)
Week 2: January 19 - 25, 2020 (sold out)

Accomodation options:
Eco-Chic Suite, shared king bed: USD 3,250
Eco-Chic Suite, shared room - two double beds: USD 3,600
Petite Suite, shared king bed: USD 3,000
Deluxe room, shared room - two single beds: USD 3,100
Deluxe room, single room - double bed: USD 3,700
Small Palapa, four person room:: USD 2,900 (only week 2)

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Venue: Xinalani Eco Resort Hotel
Check-in: 2 - 3pm.
Check-out: 11am.
Please note: early check in is not possible. If your flights do not match our check in time, we recommend staying a night in Puerto Vallarta. Late check in is not possible because the boat does not go to Xinalani in the evening.

In order to create an intimate and relaxing atmosphere this retreat is limited to a small group.

Our retreats respect and honour where you are right now in your health journey. The classes and workshops are for people of any culinary skill level and any physical condition. We welcome everyone with open arms!

Getting there:You get to Xinalani by boat! Your transfer from the Puerto Vallarta airport to Xinalani is included in the ticket. The service includes:
- Transfer by taxi or van from the airport to the pier at Marina Vallarta or Boca de Tomatlan.
- Transfer by boat from the pier to Xinalani.

The boat ride from the Marina Vallarta Pier to Xinalani takes 45 minutes. You will get your feet wet when you hop off the boat and walk onto the private beach. There are no roads leading to Xinalani. We think it's a fun part of the journey but if you absolutely do not like being on the water then we recommend joining a future retreat instead.

Read more here: Xinalani location and flights

Prices are per person. A separate booking must be made for each person in a group, please send us an email if you wish to share a room with a friend or relative. If not, you will share it with a friend you haven't met :)

All bookings are final with no refund. In case of illness or force majeure we will do our best to find a solution/have another participant take the space. It is possible to give your space to a friend, just inform us at least 1 week before the retreat takes place via email

Due to our experience with last-minute participant cancellations at previous retreats, we ask for full payment approximately 3 months before the retreat in order to secure your ticket after paying the USD 500 deposit. The payment is non-refundable but can be transferred to a friend if you're not able to attend after you made the full payment.

Flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico are not included.

Spa treatments, staff gratuities, alcoholic beverages, additional activities and excursions are not included.

When signing up for a retreat you agree to our general terms and conditions. Got any questions? Please write us an email at

Our Travel Partner is Cathy Wassermann from Wassermann Retreats, an affiliate of Vision Travel Solutions.

Phone: +1 289 344 0089
An affiliate of Vision Travel Solutions