7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat

7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat

From November 18 to 25, 2023

Join us for the 7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat, now with Paulo Hudson! This year, we’re heading to the stunning Xinalani Retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from November 18th-25th, 2023. Led by expert yogis Brian Peoples and Paulo Hudson, this retreat offers eight days and seven nights of yoga, workshops, ofuro, sauna, a temazcal sweat lodge ceremony, a day trip to Yelapa, and breathtaking sunsets.

This is a chance to unplug from your regular routine and tap into the healing power of nature and conscious activity. Xinalani Retreat is a world-class center, offering open-air casitas nestled in the jungle canopy, just a short walk from the beach. It’s the perfect place to slow down, connect with like-minded individuals, and rediscover yourself in a new, beautiful setting.

Choose from several accommodation options, including Eco Chic Singles or Double, Deluxe Single or Double, and Palapa, with prices ranging from $2,450 to $3,900 per person. Each package includes daily morning yoga practice, afternoon workshops, 3 meals a day, a temazcal sweat lodge ceremony, a day trip to Yelapa, full access to the Xinalani resort with ofuro and sauna, gratuity and transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta Airport.

Led by Paulo Hudson, Brian Peoples, and our connections and administration leader Vinny Bananno, this retreat promises to be a transformative experience. Take time to nourish your body, mind, and soul, and return home feeling refreshed, energized, and more whole. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn away from the world for a while and reconnect with yourself and nature.

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About the teacher

7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat

Brian Peoples

Yoga Teacher

Brian is compelled to share yoga practice as a means to living life more fully, simply, sensibly and embodied. Encouraging students to become curious, deliberate and playful in their choice making; his lessons illustrate how to recognize form for its function and understand nature's implicit pattern as found in the body. Through sound adjustments in joint space, breath work and metaphor; each practitioner can develop their awareness to better refine, relate, re-pair, attune and achieve more harmony in how they conduct themselves and the energy around them.

He has been a guest teacher at the United Nations, and annually headlines workshops, retreats, festivals and training programs, both in the U.S. and internationally. He lives in New York City.

7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat

Paulo Hudson

Yoga Teacher

Paulo Hudson is a passionate and dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher who has delved into various styles and approaches. Initially drawn to the transformative practice of Kripalu yoga, which emphasizes self-acceptance and mindfulness, Paulo's curiosity led him to explore Katonah Yoga. This unique style, developed by Nevine Michaan, combines Taoism, breathwork, and sacred geometry to create a profound connection to universal forces and enhance alignment and stability. As Paulo continues to integrate these different forms of yoga into his practice and teachings, he remains committed to sharing his knowledge and experiences, assisting others in their journey towards physical and spiritual well-being through yoga.

7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat

Vinny Bonanno

Yoga Teacher

As a motivator, organizer, costumer, and teacher I am on a mission to empower all to listen and honor our personal voice. I study and practice Yoga to deepen the understanding of my beautiful body and mind. Taking responsibility for my joy! I founded the Stretching in Public Movement spreading the message of personal respect for radical acts of self-care. Wherever. Whenever. Teaching Yoga allows me to impart and intuit what techniques I have found support me and fit for the students in front of me. A passion of mine is producing games, tools and theatrical events from Stretch Dice and Communication Support Cards to my annual Outiversary celebration and Haunted Houses. I shine in order to get everyone shining! Together we shine brighter making this time on Earth happy, peaceful and joyous!


About the experience

7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat
7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat
7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat
7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat
7th Annual Friendsgiving retreat


Gratuities, Meals & Activities Included


  • Selected accommodation
  • 3 deliciously healthful meals served daily
  • Coffee, tea, fruit and granola
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • Airport transfers and Boat ride to retreat center
  • All taxes
  • Kayak
  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Temazcal Ceremony
  • Yelapa excursion
  • Minimum Staff Gratuities
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Welcome to Xinalani, how can I help you?
Our office hours are from 9am to 6pm (GMT-5).
Bienvenido a Xinalani, ¿En qué puedo ayudarle?
Nuestro horario de atención es de 9am a 6pm.