Xinalani Yoga Adventure…Winter 2018 

January  20-27, 2018

Indulge in The Sacred Pause

“Watch your thoughts; for they become words.

Watch your words; for they become actions.

Watch your actions; for they become habits.

Watch your habits; for they become character.

Watch your character for it will become your destiny.”  – Frank Outlaw


Give yourself the gift of The Sacred Pause.

Take time to withdraw from all that is normal and habitual.  Then, watch the beauty of what unfolds.  The repetitive nature of our thoughts, our patterns, our behaviors and our actions ultimately create our reality.  Often we are so unconsciously ‘going through the motions’ that we forget to recognize if we are, in fact, creating the life we truly dream of living. Retreating provides a beautiful opportunity to hit the proverbial pause button, to reflect on all that is present in our lives, to assess what continues to serve us, and alternatively to understand what no longer serves us.  When we are aware, we are then equipped to take action from an intentional, empowered place of truth.

This retreat is designed to offer you this Sacred Pause and time for reflection.  

It is our 6th year returning to Xinalani.  Each year our groups embody their own unique + individual energy and we ALWAYS come together in love and acceptance.  We each commit to hold space for whatever is ready to manifest.  During our retreat time together, we will cultivate compassion in the mind, the body and the soul. Balance is KEY to this process. On a beautiful jungle beach situated between Boca de Tomatlan and Yelapa, Mexico on Banderas Bay we will encourage this balance through integrated vinyasa + restorative asana practices. We’ll get quiet. We’ll sometimes get loud! We’ll practice. We’ll salsa dance! We’ll swim in the ocean, adventure and explore. We’ll surf and perhaps even swim with the dolphins!  We’ll be still and observe.

We’ll RESET ourselves.   


In stepping out of our normalcies, we will create space for something new to be born. We will clear the clutter in our minds and our bodies. We will be in the breath, we will be at play in nature and we will be in the moment. Peace can only be found in the present moment. And, peace comes when we trade expectations for acceptance and loving what is.  

Join us as we discover this place and more importantly…rediscover our SELVES.


Health. Vitality. Adventure. Experience. Joy. 

Xinalani is a one-of-a-kind retreat resort that brings together the best yoga facilities, beautiful eco-chic accommodations, delicious, healthy, locally sourced, organic food, relaxing spa treatments and supporting staff to make our dream yoga adventure a reality!

Experience the beauty of Xinalani on Banderas Bay.


Yes this magical place is real.

Choose to enjoy a variety of amazing adventures including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, trips to Yelapa and Puerto Vallarta, and so much more…or sloooooow, down, grab a book and relax on your private beach!

Check out Xinalani!


What’s Included:

  • 7 nights lodging Eco-Chic accommodations
  • Three gourmet, locally-sourced + organic (whenever possible!) meals daily
  • Twice daily yoga with Jill Knouse and special guest instructors
  • Day Trip to Yelapa (optional)
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport on beginning & end dates of retreat
  • All water, teas and juices with meals
  • Sales and lodging taxes

View Room Options HERE!  

Price Per Person

Eco Chic Suite – Single  $3275   SOLD OUT

Eco Chic Suite – Double  $2435    * SOLD OUT

Petite Suite – Single  $2855     SOLD OUT

Petite Suite – Double  $2155   SOLD OUT

Deluxe – Single  $2470   * SOLD OUT

Deluxe – Double  $1945   * SOLD OUT  

Big Palapa Dorm Room –  Single  $1700   *SOLD OUT

EMAIL to get on the wait list should a spot on this adventure open up!  And, stay-tuned for where we’re going next.  

$500.00 Deposit HOLDS your spot

Cancellation Policy

A $500 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the retreat’s start date. Refunds – less deposit – are available 45 days prior to the retreat. Cancellations WITHIN 45 days of retreat will not receive a refund. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, inclement weather, etc.) but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels.

To be safe, we highly recommend travel insurance.

Again, what’s included:

  • 7 nights lodging Eco-Chic accommodations
  • Three gourmet, locally-sourced + organic (whenever possible!) meals daily
  • Twice daily yoga with Jill Knouse and special guest instructors
  • Day Trip to Yelapa (optional)
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport on beginning & end dates of retreat
  • All water, teas and juices with meals
  • Sales and lodging taxes

And, what’s not included:

  • Airfare to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
  • Optional excursions or spa treatments
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

See Memories for photographs of past retreats!

The Yoga

Delve into your practice more deeply than ever before. We will rise to Salute the Sun and the sea each day with a vigorous, creative and powerful vinyasa practice married with dynamic music. Enjoy the moving meditation that ensues. We will end the day with a practice that soothes the soul, massage the muscles from the inside out and breathes life into our bodies right where we need it.


Julie Miller“One word: Moving.  That is how I would describe my time in Mexico with Jill.  Jill possesses a special gift for reading the energy of a room. All week long, she sensed when the group needed more invigoration and when we needed more child’s pose! Her musical selections also matched this and many of us found ourselves singing along during many of the flows!  Her classes are never formulaic or scripted which I appreciate and she has a way of connecting with each of her students that is honest, genuine and loving. Each day I stepped into the studio, the light in Jill’s eyes conveyed warmth and safety, as if to say, “Don’t worry, I’ve got you.”  As a result of that support, I was able to reach new heights in my practice that I didn’t realize were available to me. Things I always feared like handstands, and some of the more difficult balancing poses, are things I’m now trying to incorporate more and it feels great to have that confidence!

In life, there are teachers that are gifted in their content area but struggle with being able to impart their knowledge in a meaningful way to others. There are also teachers that view teaching merely as a job and often lack inspiration. In my opinion, Jill truly embodies the definition of teacher: she knows her yoga, lovingly imparts and shares her knowledge, and is always striving to give more to her students. She loves what she does and that love shines through in each of her classes! Thank you for an amazing week!”

-Julie Miller, Attended Prana del Mar Yoga Retreat November 2013

Jill Knouse Yoga.

About Jill…

Nine years ago, Jill Knouse left the corporate world behind to pursue her love of yoga full-time.  She is passionate about sharing the beauty of Vinyasa Yoga. Jill joyfully creates powerful and flowing sequences, linked together by breath and great intention. Her mindful teaching style naturally leads students to a state of strength, balance, flexibility and overall well being. While Jill’s classes may be challenging, she makes them accessible to everyone.  Jill strives to support her students in cultivating a devoted practice infused with immense joy.

Jill has completed and led numerous teacher trainings.  In 2012, she successfully launched a mentorship program for new yoga teachers called Elevate Yoga Trainings.  She is a dedicated teacher determined to help her students discover what makes them feel truly ALIVE.  As a practicing massage therapist, anatomy, safe alignment, loads of hands-on assists and nurturing support are a huge part of her classes.  She teaches at a handful of wonderful studios in Portland, Oregon, leads trainings + workshops, participates in conferences + festivals and leads incredible group yoga adventures, like this ONE, twice a year!  Jill’s enthusiasm, intuition and inspiration pour from her heart and into every one of her classes and trainings.

This amazing group of people joined Jill’s Prana del Mar Retreat in Mexico!  See below to hear what participants had to say about their experiences…

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More Testimonials from November 2013 ADVENTURES…

Alison-Zarrow-180x180“It may sound trite to say that Jill’s yoga retreat changed me, but it did (so I am saying it anyway). I came to Prana del Mar to get away from the stresses of life (probably why most people decide to go on a retreat) and  I left feeling energized, recharged and ready to take on anything.

I signed up for Jill’s retreat having never taken a class from her previously. After the first day’s practice, I knew that the week was going to be amazing. Jill’s loving and caring personality coupled with her heart opening practices and vibrant energy makes for an ideal leader to take you on your yoga retreat journey.”

Ali Zarrow, Founder of Clearly Kombucha

337_26945933445_7958_n“Heading off to my first ever yoga retreat I felt some anxiety and worry.  I was flying off to spend a week with a lot of strangers doing more yoga than I had ever done.  From the moment I saw Jill’s supportive and loving smile I knew I had made the right decision in coming to her Prana del Mar yoga retreat.  Jill is a master at creating a warm, inclusive, supported and loving environment.  Her laugh is genuine and contagious.  Her yoga is challenging and empowering.  I learned more than I ever could have imagined, I feel stronger physically and emotionally, and I met some wonderful new friends!  I can’t wait for the next one…”

-Mara Mackie

Falling Waters“I have practiced yoga for over 10 years and have been Yoga Alliance certified for over 8 years. I love yoga but I don’t give rave reviews often. My recent retreat to Prana del Mar with Jill qualifies as a “top” experience. The food, facilities, and service were excellent, but most importantly, Jill’s classes were fabulous. I especially enjoyed her sequencing and gentle adjustments. Her laughter and spontaneity were infectious. There were a wide-range of experience level and capabilities, but I think everyone felt welcomed and successful.”

– Carol Ann Marusiak

photo-7“Jill’s retreat was equal parts reflective, connective, energizing and relaxing.  She has an amazing ability to read the energy in the room and deliver just what is needed.  She allowed a supportive and accepting environment where I was able to explore new depths of my practice.  I was actually surprised at what my body was able to do!  The facility was impeccable, food amazing, and adventures thoughtfully vetted and planned.  To me, it was a perfect vacation.”

-Melissa Hurley


DSC_0125“I had the amazing opportunity to go on my first yoga retreat with Jill and I can assure you it won’t be my last! Everything about it was amazing- the serene location just outside of the city of Cabo where we practiced gazing towards the ocean, the delicious food, the amazing group of yogis, and of course, getting to practice with Jill herself. Her classes were beautifully sequenced with wonderfully thought out themes, fun, and had the perfect combination of lightheartedness and challenge. I am looking forward to my next retreat with Jill!”

-Liesa “L” Steiner

images“I have been on about a dozen yoga retreats over the last 15 years, many of which were led by “celebrity” yoga teachers. So I think I have a pretty good feel for the range of different experiences that are available.

That said, I can say with all sincerity that this was my favorite. The yoga classes were fantastic – but it was so much more.  Jill does a great job of building a community, making sure everyone is getting what they need, and holding a place that feels authentic and nourishing for all. Not an easy task but she excels at it. I had a wonderful time on and off the mat. The week that I spent at Prana del Mar was truly an exceptional one.”

-Kelly Blunt

maren and pooch“I’ve practiced yoga off and on for 10 years and the only routine I have is that there is no routine.  At times I’ve gone weekly and then long stretches where I don’t practice for months and months.  So signing up for a week long yoga retreat was a bit out of my comfort zone but from the beginning I felt completely at ease and confident that I could stretch my boundaries.  Jill created an experience that was welcoming and inclusive regardless of what our yoga background was.  The week was a beautiful balance of rigorous yoga and playful movement. Always focused on what we needed and our energy for each class, Jill changed her approach and adapted the flow to fit what felt right.  We stopped mid vinyasa to watch whales breeching.  As someone who hadn’t taken a yoga class in too many months, I wasn’t sure how I’d respond to the twice daily 2-hour classes, but I felt completely capable the entire week.  It wasn’t until the last day that I realized how proud I was of myself – each day, class, pose had added up to this amazing experience.   Thank you Jill!”

-Maren Elliott

DSC_0485“There are no words to describe how exceptional Jill Knouse is as a yoga teacher. I have been trying to find the words for this review for the last 4 months….so here it goes. This past November I ventured on a journey to Mexico for one of Jill’s Yoga Retreats. I have been practicing for 7 years and  have always wanted to go, in 2013 I was finally at a good spot in my life to commit to the trip. The only problem was, I had fallen out of yoga and hadn’t really practiced in about 1 year. I had been missing my yoga practice, but whenever I went it just wasn’t the same, there was no connection and I felt broken. There are many situations in my life that transpired and led to this “rock bottom” yoga state, one of which was a extremely painful foot injury another was a divorce. One day it occurred to me that I should still go on the retreat, if a week in Mexico with Jill couldn’t fix my relationship with yoga then nothing could. After months of anticipation I arrived at the yoga retreat and began the journey back into my practice. The first couple days were rough and it still felt forced, however something clicked around the middle of the week. Jills classes were so filled with her own heart and passion, I started to find my passion for yoga again through her carefully crafted and passionate classes. I really believe Jill gives everything to each of her classes and to her students (I don’t know how she does it)! Everything from the carefully selected sequences to the perfected playlists create an experience where you feel loved and supported. In that type of environment you can relax into your practice and truly find yourself. Without Jill I I would likely still be struggling to find myself again, my passion for yoga and my happiness. Jill saved me in a way, she gave me back my love for yoga and I cannot thank her enough for that. I highly recommend Jill’s yoga retreats, classes and any other services provided. Portland is lucky to have Jill in it’s yoga community!”

– Trisha Bennett

Don’t miss out!  Namaste.