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PLÉ in Paradise Acrobatic & Aerial Retreat Free

Posted by: Jim Donak
Posted on: Aug. 01, 2022
Category: Intensive/Workshop/Class
Type: In Person
PLÉ in Paradise Acrobatic & Aerial Retreat - Circus Events - CircusTalk
PLÉ (pronounced Play) in Paradise Acrobatic & Aerial Retreat
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
April 23-30, 2023

A WEEK in beautiful Mexico in this PLÉ in Paradise Retreat with new friends, the beach, delicious, fresh, local food, and loads of learning and PLÉ.
This retreat is for all who enjoy exploring their movement potential. It is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced regardless of your area of interest. Come play in a tropical paradise and learn to move better than you ever have before.
The goal of this retreat is to learn ways to exercise and train in safe sustainable ways that maximize results. You will grow beyond your physical limitations through fun, creative challenges that safely nurture mindful integration of strength, flexibility, stability, and adaptability. Exercises will be customized to appropriately match all fitness levels.
Class times will be split between morning skill application (aerial or ground) and afternoon body awareness/conditioning. During skill application not only will you develop your technique you will learn to identify which physical limitations most impede you. During general conditioning you will do exercises that will help you to eliminate these limits.

EVERYONE is welcome!
Each day at PLÉ in Paradise Retreat will begin with a delicious breakfast.
The morning classes will be focused on skill development with your choice of aerial and/or ground based (e.g., handstands, tumbling, walkovers/limbers, partner balancing, general movement proficiency) applications. The aerial classes will include aerial conditioning and creative research on silks, lyra, sling, and trapeze.
After lunch some days will have a special early afternoon class such as Pool PLÉ, Acro yoga or Vestibular Balance and Stability games.
The late afternoon class will be PLE Foundations, with the focus being on improving overall flexibility, strength, and stability.
Evening activities may include acro yoga, partner stretching, hanging out and geeking out about anatomy and training science etc.
The rest of your time can be spent eating amazing, healthy food, swimming in the warm ocean, reading in hammocks, and breathing the tropical air. There will be free time for your personal practice as well as time to explore local markets and beaches as well as the local night life.
Note: The aerial classes on this retreat are designed for aerial students who are within a strong beginner to high intermediate level, and are not appropriate for total beginners of aerial skills. If you would like to join the aerial classes in this retreat, consider taking some aerial classes at your home studio for a few months before this retreat.

Practice moving INTELLIGENTLY! What is PLÉ ?
PLE (Physical Limitation Elimination) is a way of approaching somatic learning that can benefit everyone of all fitness levels, from all disciplines. PLE is for everyone who wants to learn to exercise more intelligently and improve their physical abilities. Akin the physical therapy for athletic development, PLE incorporates aspects of Orthopedics, Osteopathy, Neuromuscular Reeducation, mental training, Alexander Technique, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, calisthenics, and current scientific research to assess and address an individual’s limitation. Regardless of if you are rehabbing, prehabbing, maintaining or developing, PLE will be able to design effective progressions which best suit your needs.
Using suspension training, partner work, balance games, core exercises, movement puzzles and much more you will discover your limitations and learn safe and appropriate ways to challenge and move beyond them. You will sweat and laugh as you develop greater body awareness and nurture the ability to fine-tune movement precision.
Sample of daily schedule
(choose as many or few classes/activities as you like)
7-8am Tea and Coffee
8-9:30am Breakfast
9:30am-11am Elective – Aerial or Acrobatics
11:15-12:45pm Elective – Aerial or Acrobatics
1pm Lunch
1-4:30pm Free time
4:30-6:30pm Conditioning with PLÉ
7pm Dinner
8-10pm Evening Activities
Morning elective classes are students’ choice. Students can take 2 aerial classes, 2 acrobatics classes, or one of each.
*Acrobatics includes handstands, tumbling, walkovers/limbers, partner balancing, general movement proficiency
Delicious Gourmet Meals
We aim to please! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, and dessert are included every day on most retreats. Our meal master, ‘Skillet’ presents gourmet, farm to table meals that will tantalize your tastebuds and leave you feeling satisfied and energized. We provide the perfect balance of fresh, healthy food with indulgent treats to make everyone happy…because you are on vacation after all.
We only use fresh and local ingredients. Most of our ingredients are sourced from our organic garden, local farms, and responsible markets. Meals always include animal and vegetarian proteins. We can accommodate most special dietary needs.
In addition to meals, we will delight you with some of our favorite treats including homemade popsicles, cookies, decadent desserts, juices, ice teas and coffee, and homemade chocolates. Our homemade granola is also a big hit!
You will be welcomed to the table as family and friends. There is always an abundance of food, and a joyful celebration while eating it. Everyone from health food junkies to foodies will get their needs met here!

Held at the Casa Chango Finca del Artes Retreat Center nestled in nature along the river just 1 mile from the beach. In addition to clean and safe accommodations, there is a swimming pool, an ocean view community eating area, a huge open air circus gym for aerial & acrobatics training, lots of hammocks for relaxing, and plenty of nooks to explore. It is awesome!
All cabañas are built with eco friendly materials that keep the rooms cool all day and night. The rooms are simple and clean with fans and a veranda. Some have a private bathroom and others share a bathroom. There is no air conditioning, but the cabañas stay comfortably cool. There are beautiful views throughout the property, and the sunset can be seen over the ocean all year round. We spend most of our time outdoors and in the community spaces training, eating, swimming, and hanging out.
Our accommodation options include:
-Private room with private bathroom and veranda
-Private room with shared bathroom and shared veranda
-Private loft room with shared bathroom and veranda
-Shared dorm room with shared bathroom and veranda
We are located just 5 minutes outside of Puerto Escondido and 1 mile from the beach. Daily trips to local beaches are available in addition to a quick hike down to our private river spot for a warm soak in the clear, clean water.
Classes/ Activities may include:
-PLE Foundations (Flexibility, Strength and Stability )
-Aerial Conditioning
-Aerial Skills & Creative Research
-Bending Backwards (walkovers and limbers)
-Partner Acrobatics
-Pool PLÉ
-Vestibular, Balance, & Stability Games
-Healthy, Happy Wrists
-Neck Fitness
-Spine, Abs, Core, and more
-Partner Massage/Stretching
-Training Science (Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology)Rehabilitative Therapy

For more details including costs visit:

For questions about accommodations, meals, email [email protected]

For questions about classes and curriculum, email Jim Donak at [email protected]
Date: Apr. 23, 2023 -
Apr. 30, 2023

Timezone: (UTC-8) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Languages: English Application link:
Location: Sweet Retreats, Casa Chango Finca del Artes Retreat Center
Calle Ciruelos S/N, 70938 Barra De Navidad
Puerto Escondido

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