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Circle of Influence


Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca Mexico


Dive into a journey of power and adventure. Together we'll cultivate connections that create impactful ripples into the communities we return to.


As we merge discipline and flow, experience the harmonious blend of ancient traditions with modern practices within the beautiful oasis of Puerto Escondido this Thanksgiving.


  Leave feeling refreshed and empowered to step into your most authentic, impactful self. 


November 17-26, 2023

  • 10 nights over the Thanksgiving holiday week

  • 3 pm arrival on Friday November 17, 2023

  • 12 pm departure on Sunday November 26, 2023


The cabañas in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca are a sustainable and eco-friendly sanctuary where you can immerse yourself in nature and connect with your inner self. Located in the heart of La Punta Zicatela, the renowned surfing destination in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, you'll find the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. With its tropical surfer vibes and relaxed pace of life, La Punta Zicatela creates a magical atmosphere where time seems to stand still. Prepare to experience a constant state of chill and relaxation at Barbarenas as you indulge in our offerings and connect with like-minded individuals. Come and join us for a journey of healing, connection, and personal growth amidst the beauty of Puerto Escondido.

Meet Your Facilitators

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Claire Lawson

Claire is a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, yoga teacher, and pyroPILATES instructor with over 7 years experience. Her true passion lies in helping individuals become their best selves; empowering clients to take charge of their lives, embrace their strengths, and cultivate a growth mindset. Integrating mindset coaching, Claire helps you develop a positive outlook and unlock your limitless potential. Together, you’ll embark on a profound journey of self-discovery, growth, and rejuvenation.


Christina Hong

Christina focuses on having a yoga practice that is inclusive, student-centered, embodied and trauma-informed. In every class that she teaches, Christina aims to inspire her students to feel empowered in their bodies, honor their boundaries, and enjoy the beauty of the peaks and valleys along the way.


Sven van Gurp

I'm passionate about creating spaces for authentic connections. Discovering Contact Improv 2 years ago was a transformative experience, empowering and freeing me in profound ways. In my ImproVibes classes, we blend embodied movement, play, and contact, inviting dancers of all levels to explore the joy of flow and co-creation. Join me for a transformative, sweaty experience that will leave you smiling. Let's dance, connect, and embark on a unique journey of self-discovery together

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Alexi Cecchini

As a half-Swiss and half-Mexican, I combine rational thinking with traditional shamanic rituals to create healing spaces for people to live a holistic life filled with love and joy. As a sound therapist, I use singing bowls, chimes, and other mystical instruments to create healing vibrations that harmonize the body, mind and spirit. This technique is the most effective way to not only understand, but also feel that you are energy.


Ric Zermeño

Movement artist, Dj, bioconstructor, permaculture lover living in puerto escondido. I have explored different movement dísciplines like gymnastics, calisthenics, parkour, tricking, ido portal, yoga and have come up with my own system, I call it vital flow. Vital flow brings you to the essence of movement which is connecting with your own body through different elements like coordination, rhythm, progressions and self expression. Vital flow has allowed me to expand my selfception and understand how muscles, articulations work alone and together in order to unlock new movements and skills.


Lodging and Accommodations

Private Room

Private bed, private bath


Rest and recharge in a private room all to yourself. Experience peace and luxury as you dive deep inwards and play.


Single Occupancy: $5000

Double Occupancy: $3500



Nook Pod

Shared bath


Our most accessible and economical option for you. Cozy up in your own personal bungalow.



Private Bed: $2500

Shared Bed: $2350


Shared Room

Private bed, shared bath


Bunk with your partner, yoga bud, or vacation BFF. Relax in the tranquility of ocean-side views.



Women's Room: $2500

 4 beds left 

Men's Room: $2500

 4 beds left 


What's Include​d

✔ Transportation to Barbarenas Retreat Center from airport

10 nights in eco-friendly cabañas

✔ Daily fitness and yoga classes

Daily vegetarian/vegan fresh and local meals

Workshops featuring local guest facilitators

Whale watching

✔ Hot springs hike

✔ Traditional ceremonies

✔ Dance and embodiment exercises

✔ Digital photo library

✔ and more!

What's not included?

  • Airfare to and from Puerto Escondido, Mexico

  • Travel insurance (optional)

  • On-site massages

  • Surfing lessons

  • Mini photoshoots

Sample Schedule


8:00 am - Morning Movement Class

9:30 am - Breakfast

11:00 am - Workshops

12:30 pm - Lunch

4:00 pm - Guest Facilitator Event

6:00 pm - Dinner

7:30 pm - Group Activity

9:00 pm - Quiet Time

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What Past Attendees Are Saying

Sharlena B.

Before arriving, my body was craving groundedness. Now I feel calm, centered, and open. The connections made and peaceful energies here are incredible!

Erika F.

I'm rested and walking away with new tools to cope with the ups and downs of life.

Anand S.

This was easily one of the best retreats I have been to. It was very personalized. Such a great sense of community with all the attendees!

Pat M.

I am rejuvenated and so thankful. This retreat was a great community experience. It was an experience beyond my imagination and I surprised myself twice!


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