PLÉ in Paradise

(pronounced Play)

with Guest Teacher, Jim Donak

Puerto Escondido, Mexico
December 2-9, 2017

w possible 2nd week
December 10-17, 2017

PLÉ in Paradise is limited to 8 participants.

Register at the bottom of this page.

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 (pronounced PLAY).

This retreat is for all who enjoy exploring their movement potential.  You will grow beyond their limitations through fun, creative play that safely challenges your integration of strength, flexibility and stability. Come play in a tropic paradise and learn to move like you never have before.

Everyone is WELCOME!

Each day at PLÉ in Paradise Retreat will begin with early morning chi gung on the beach followed by a delicious breakfast.  Late morning will be focused on PLÉ basics including suspension training, balance, stretching and strengthening.  After lunch we will PLÉ-fully workshop different skills including handstands, backbends and partner balance in the pool.  Evening activities may include partner stretching, hanging out and geeking out about anatomy.

The rest of our time can be spent eating amazing, healthy food, swimming in the warm ocean, reading in hammocks, and breathing the tropical air.  There will be time to explore local markets and beaches as well as the local night life.

Practice moving INTELLIGENTLY!

PLÉ (Physical Limitation Elimination) is a way of approaching movement that can benefit everyone of all fitness levels, from professional athletes and acrobats to dancers, yogis, martial artists and anyone who wants to learn how to move more intelligently. Through the use of suspension training, partner work, balance games,core exercises, movement puzzles and much more you will discover your limitations and learn safe anappropriate ways to challenge and move beyond them. You will sweat and laugh as you develop greater body awareness, nurture the ability to fine-tune movement precision, and basically learn to be beastly. As a bonus, partner stretching/massage, training science, anatomy, bad jokes will also be included.

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Sample of daily schedule  

(choose as many or few classes/activities as you like)
6-7am    Tea and Coffee
7-8am     Beach Chi Gung/Tai Chi
8-9:30am     Breakfast
10:30am-12:30pm    PLÉ Basics
12:30pm   Lunch
1-3pm  Pool-time, lounging, tanning, relaxing
3:30-5pm   Workshopping (Handstands, Pool PLÉ, Backbends, Aerial)
5-6pm  Beach Play and Sunset
6:15pm Dinner
8-10pm  Evening Activities

Delicious and Healthy Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on most days of the retreat.  The food will be grounding,  nourishing and amazing!  Our meal master, “Skillet,” presents simple, healthy and delicious meals made with fresh, local ingredients.  Most meals include eggs, chicken and/or fish, and vegetarian/vegan options are always available.   We can accommodate most special dietary needs.

After dinner we will offer evening activities from partner massage and sharing to an adventure to the Phosphorescence Lagoon.  There are also plenty of local night markets and discos for you night owls.

View rates below.


PLÉ in Paradise retreat will be held at the Monkey House community complex a short walk from the beach.  In addition to clean and safe accommodations, there is a swimming pool, an ocean view palapa practice space, the Monkey House Gym for aerial & acrobatics training, lots of grass and hammocks for relaxing between classes, and our Monkey House Kitchen and hang out space.  It is awesome!  Click here for details about the rooms.

Just outside our living/training complex there are cafes, shops, and local markets to explore.  The neighborhood, called La Punta, is small, quiet, and full of friendly people.  Surf lessons are available in La Punta.  Just a mile down the beach is Playa Zicatela where you can find bars, restaurants, discos, nightlife, and plenty of surf shops to buy Mexican trinkets, beach garb, and anything else you might need.  Puerto Escondido is a safe and welcoming town.  For information about weather in Puerto Escondido, click here.

For information about booking your travel to Puerto Escondido, click here.

About our Teacher

For over 40 years Jim has been studying and teaching movement and poise. He has been teaching movement and circus arts since 1980. In addition he maintains a private practice focusing on physical skill development neuromusculoskeletal healing through the integration of Asian manual therapies, orthopedic and osteopathic bodywork and rehabilitation exercises. He can also be found teaching related workshops and continuing education seminars to movers, healers and teachers.  Find him at

Space is limited, so sign up below!

Classes/ Activities may include:
PLÉ basics
Chi Gung/Tai Chi
Pool PLÉ
Aerial PLÉ
Bending Backwards
Partner Acrobatics
Partner Massage/Stretching
Training Science
Anatomy Exploration

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Early Bird Rates for PLÉ in Paradise 
Click here for descriptions of each room.

Rates are listed in USD.
The following early bird rates will increase by $300 after July 1, 2017.

Eclipse 1 & 2
–  Single Occupancy (shared bathroom)  $1900  

Franco 1
–  Double Occupancy  $1800  

Franco 2     sold out
–  Single Occupancy (private bathroom)  $2000
–  Couples  $3600/couple sharing the bed

Franco 3  sold out
–  Single Occupancy (shared bathroom)  $1900
–  Couples  $3600/couple sharing the bed 

Franco 4     
–  Single Occupancy (tiny room) $1600  

Rates refer to cost of one person’s tuition.
Couples must sign up together.

Prices for PLÉ in Paradise include:

  • Accommodations for the duration of the retreat
  • Daily meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner & treats!
  • Travel between Puerto Escondido Airport and our accommodations*
  • 2 Daily classes
  • Evening Activities
  • 24 hour use of Swimming Pool, wi-fi, and Community Space
  • End of the week Party

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How to Register for PLÉ in Paradise

  1. Fill out this Registration Form.
  2. Pay your deposit.  You will receive an invoice after we receive your reservation form.
  3. Once we confirm your reservation, book your travel. Click here for tips for booking your flight.   
    Please fill out this itinerary form
     in order to secure your ground transportation.
  4. Get excited!  This is going to be amazing!

We will do our best to accommodate all of your needs.

For questions about accommodations, meals, and work-trade jobs, email us at
For questions about classes and curriculum, email Jim at

*Food service begins with a snack and dinner on Saturday, December 2, and ends with breakfast on Saturday December 9.  There are 2 days during the retreat where guests are on their own for lunch.  All other meals and smoothies are provided.  The food is amazing!
** Your taxi to/from the PXM airport is included if you arrive/depart on designated days.  Click here for info about getting to Puerto Escondido.
Alumni Discounts do not apply to Guest Teacher Retreats.

Cancellation Policy:
No Refunds.  No exceptions.
Cancel more than 60 days before 1st day of retreat:  60% of your payment can transfer toward a future Sweet Retreat.
Cancel  30-60 days before the 1st day of retreat:  40% of your payment can transfer toward a future Sweet Retreat.
Cancel up to 30 days before the 1st day of the retreat:  20% of your payment can transfer toward a future Sweet Retreat.
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.