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Past Retreats

Playa del Carmen, 2018

Playa del Carmen is arguably the more sophisticated older sibling to Cancun. This one-time fishing village about an hour south of Cancun, along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, is now one of the hottest destinations in Mexico, popular with a young and sexy, jet-setting crowd.  Swinging Fifth Avenue is flanked with boutiques, bars and restaurants, while a block over the beach is lined with an array of beach clubs and lounges. At night the city comes alive as the sounds of reggae, rock and salsa spill out into the street. Playa is also a good jumping off point from which to dive deeper into the heart of Quintana Roo, to far-flung destinations like Bacalar, the Lake of Seven Colors; the pristine, untapped beaches of the Costa Maya; and the jungle that is peppered with archaeological secrets.

2018 Itinerary

DAY ONE→

Arrive at Cancun Airport
Transfer to Mahekal Beach Resort
Meet your fellow travelers with a welcome beach cocktail
Meal(s) included: Dinner

DAY TWO→

Network! Share your Purpose Project
Break a sweat with morning paddle boarding
Dine al fresco with a locally prepared Mayan meal
Unwind with rooftop cocktails and chic bites at The Thompson Hotel
Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY THREE→

Learn from our full-day workshop
Motivate yourself and each other with targeted design thinking exercises
Gain access to an international network of professional connections
Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY FOUR→

Explore hiding Mexico with a full-day excursion to Bacalar
Play in the jewel-colored waters of the second largest lake in Mexico
Relax with a luxury lakeside lunch
Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY FIVE→

Discover Playa del Carmen. Choose from a selection of optional activities* that best highlight Caribbean Mexico.
Set Goals by coming together to build your three-month and six-month Purpose Project plans
Bond over a Beach Bonfire and Farewell Dinner
Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY SIX→

Say our goodbyes
Meal(s) included: Breakfast


Puerto Vallarta, 2019

The beauty of Puerto Vallarta is that it offers the best of both worlds: beautiful beaches, but also an authentic, Mexican flair, which is shown off to the fullest extent in the city's Centro and Zona Romantica neighborhoods.  In the '60s Puerto Vallarta was a glamorous beach destination, made famous by Liz Taylor and Richard Burton (whose former home has been turned into a super swanky hotel). 

The buzz on PV (as the locals call it) quieted down until the past decade or so, as hotel development and attractions have sprung up. It's still among the chillest Mexican beach towns, which is saying something. Plus it's absolutely gorgeous, with spectacular sunsets behind the Bay of Banderas, and lush, jungle-wrapped mountains that tumble down to the water. Along the coast discover the secret, out-of-the-way spots that make you feel as if you've discovered a beach all your own.

DAY ONE→

Arrive: To Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s rugged West Coast
Check In: At Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel 
Meet: Other travelers with a special welcome dinner at our hotel

Meals included: Dinner

DAY TWO→

Grab: Breakfast at leisure
Network: Share your Purpose Project at our first Mastermind Session and meet our speaker
Devour: The street flavor with a taco walking tour to some of the local favorites around vibrant Centro/Zona Romantica
Relax: After lunch at the resort or choose one of our optional activities
Unwind: With a dinner on the sand with the epic Pacific Coast sunset as our backdrop

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Additional activities might come at an additional cost.

DAY THREE→

Grab: Breakfast at leisure
Discover: Hidden Puerto Vallarta with a full-day excursion.
Hike: From the small fishing village, Boca de Tomatlan, along the coastal ridge to discover hidden beaches and coves along the way.
Cruise: The Bay of Banderas on our return back to the hotel with a private boat trip and views of the entire bay

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

The hike is roughly an hour and a half and can be described as moderate. You don’t have to be an athlete to complete it, but might be challenging for those with injuries or physical disabilities.

DAY FOUR→

Grab: Breakfast at leisure
Learn: Our second Mastermind Session begins with presentations and workshops
Break: For lunch together al fresco for a chance to decompress and enjoy the sun
Reconvene: For collaboration sessions, networking, brainstorming, workshopping

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY FIVE→

Grab: Breakfast at leisure
Explore: Puerto Vallarta! Today is your free day to relax at the hotel or choose from a variety of optional activities that best highlight the city
Come together: For our final Mastermind Session  to build our three-month & six-month goals
Bond: At our farewell dinner, perched at a historic property overlooking the city rooftops and the bay

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Additional activities might come at an additional cost.

DAY SIX→

Say: Our goodbyes
Transfer: To Puerto Vallarta airport

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Itinerary is subject to change.