Join Jess on an immersive exploration of Argentina and your authentic self amidst the breahtaking landscapes of Patagonia’s expansive wilderness.
Coming End of March 2025
Why join our Patagonia retreat?
Expansive. Space holding. Wild. Free. Mountainous. Adventurous. Delicious. Fun.
All words that embody this journey of a lifetime. This isn’t just a yoga retreat, but an investment in knowing yourself better, being bold in following your advenurous side, getting out of your comfort zone in the best of ways, and letting some of the most expansive wilderness in the world hold space for you.
After the noise and bustle of the world, let some of the earth’s most pristine nature care for you, quiet your mind, & mend your body in this experiential trip of a lifetime.
This trip is for people who love trying new things, hiking, getting their feet on the ground & into the wild, and experience some. of the world’s most breathtaking scenery.
Please note while we can acomodate vegetarian, other dietary preferences cannot be acomodated due to the remoteness of some of our locations and accessibility to items. Each retreat goer will receive their own room in beautiful accomodations.
Please note that this retreat is open to men & women, and will be 6 people total, Jess included. This allows for a more in depth, one on one feel and space holding (and private rooms!).
10 days abroad together
10 days on retreat + 2 days travel, 12 days total travel
As soon as you land on the ground, you’ll be with your bilingual tour guide, Jess. Jess lived in Argentina for 2 years (1 year in Buenos Aires, 1 year in Cafayate and traveling) and it is her favorite country and landscapes in the world. The people are incredibly welcoming, friendly, interesting and inviting. The food delectable and often cooked over a fire. The atmosphere electric yet also serene and calm.
After a couple days easy exploring in Buenos Aires, we’ll touch down in the gateway to Patagonia – Bariloche. Known for its Swiss Alpine architecture, chocolate and endless wilderness.
Here we’ll meet our local guides Jenny & Ale (Alejandro). Jenny & Ale live in Buenos Aires and own a retreat center in Patagonia. They will be our chefs and make sure we get to all our adventures safely, stopping for the best views of course. They are also our hiking guides, giving us access to the best hikes in the area, that can’t be found in a Google search.
They’ll take us even further south into truly authentic Patagonia country. We’ll stay in the tiny village of Villa Lago Rivadavia, our home for the next 4 nights on an 800 acre ranch nestled next to Argentina’s most breathtaking National Park. We’ll explore incredibly diverse landscapes with crystal-clear glacial lakes and the snow-capped Andes all around.
Arrive early in Buenos Aires, spend the day leisurely getting to know Palermo, an eclectic barrio (neighborhood), afternoon ground & release yoga
Explore San Telmo, the city’s colorful neighborhood full of artisans and tango, dinner at a local restaurant
Depart for Barriloche (2 hour flight). Visit the city center for some of the best chocolate and ice cream ever! Then up to one of the most gorgeous viewpoints in Bariloche followed by a traditional Argentinian asado (barbeque) to welcome you to Patagonia
Morning meditation, then a hike to see the best views and lakes of Bariloche. After the hike, stop at a local brewery to taste the locally grown hops. Dinner out at a local restaurant.
Make the gorgeous drive down Argentina’s famous Ruta 40 highway (2 hours) to the tiny Patagonian village of Villa Lago Rivadavia, your home for the next 4 nights. Kick things off with a delicious brunch and a tour of the property followed by late afternoon yoga & meditation. Wine, beer, and a welcome dinner of a traditional Patagonian dish cooked over an open fire.
Morning yoga & meditation followed by a full day hiking and hanging out in the spectacular Parque Nacional Los Alerces. You’ll be guided on the best hikes to see emerald green lakes, glaciers, and ancient forests, stopping along the way for a picnic. This is by far one of the best kept secrets in Patagonia!
Connecting to your roots yoga workshop in the morning followed by an afternoon of free choice: horseback riding, kayaking, fly fishing, napping, or a lovely walk along the bank of Rio Carrilleufu. Followed by afternoon massages & free time.
Next is a little trip to the neighboring town of Epuyen for one of the best hikes in the area. Spend the day passing through an incredibly diverse landscape with crystal-clear glacial lakes & the snow-capped Andes all around. Lake-side picnic mid day.
Departure from the Ranch to Barriloche. Lunch in Barriloche, flight back to Buenos Aires. Dinner at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
Easy exploration day of Buenos Aires, or lounging at the hotel until your flight departs (typically about 9pm)
The Buenos Aires Accommodation: Mina Boutique Hotel
Located in the heart of Palermo Soho neighborhood,
Mine Hotel is just at walking distance from
This Boutique Hotel is surrounded by some of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, as the well-known La Cabrera and Don Julio steakhouses.
For Tango lovers, La Viruta is an excellent option only a few meters away from the Hotel. With 20 rooms, a beautiful garden with an outdoor swimming pool and an English spoken staff, Mine Hotel offers 4 stars facilities and an outstanding service.
As a guest, you will enjoy a buffet breakfast and free WI-FI not only in your room but also in the common areas.
The Barriloche Accomodation: on the Manso Rio (River)
San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche, gateway to Patagonia, is situated in the foothills of the Andes on the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, within the Nahuel Huapi National Park.
Bariloche is famous for its Swiss Alpine architecture, chocolate, mountaineering access (& locally grown hops!).
It is not to be missed!
Our accomodations are private and do not have a website for viewing more, but feel free to reach out with questions.
Villa Lago Rivadavia Accomodation: La Rinconada Ranch
Set in the Argentine Lake district in the heart of Patagonia, La Rinconada Ranch is set upon 880 acres of pristine alpine environment.
This rural setting is ten minutes drive from the north entrance to the huge Los Alerces National Park with its majestic mountain peaks, glacier fed rivers, and lakes.
The Ranch offers the perfect base to discover what the Patagonia has to offer. Whether its world class fly-fishing, horse back riding, hiking, yoga or just lounging by the pool eating and drinking, it is all just outside your doorstep.
Please note while some rooms may have more than one bed, rooms are always private & never shared throughout the trip.
One massage per person is included in your retreat. These will happen at the ranch, during our off time. It will be the perfect blissful recovery midway through the trip, after traveling & hiking.
Asado is at the heart of Argentine culture. Cooking over the fire gives food a delicious and primal feel and is a way of life in this part of the world. On our retreat we will be enjoying world class Argentinian beef and local trout, and of course empanadas!
World’s best hikes
We will experience some of the best Patagonia has to offer. From scenic overlooks to its hidden gems, you can guarantee the views will take your breath away.
Make your own maté
Maté is at the fabric of Argentina’s core. Drinking yerba mate (a naturally caffeinated tea of sorts) is tradition, often shared by friends. We’ll get you your own maté, and teach how to use the traditional Argentine way!
Yoga, Meditation & Healing with Jess
From retreat intentions, to nervous system and grounding yoga, to morning meditations, expect immersive yoga experiences to help you get settled, process, unwind from daily stress and the kinks of travel, and support your body through this experience.
Local beer & wine
We will visit a brewery in Bariloche, known for its one of. akind regional hops and delicious beer. We’ll also be sampling many of Argentina’s famous and local wines, from Malbec to Torrontes. They pair beautifully with our daily charcuterie before dinner & asados!
Guest yoga class with Jenny
Taking a class from Jenny will be such a treat! She’ll pair a class that meets the perfect intensity or gentleness that we’re needing that day to balance the trip. She is such a bright light and has decades of experience guiding others to their best selves.
World reknowned chocolate tasting in Bariloche
Bariloche is known for its Swiss architecture in the heart of Patagonia – and its incredible chocolate! We will get to experience the best of both.
A visit to Parque Nacional los Alerces
One of Patagonia’s best hidden secrets. This national gem is worth the trek. The Park shares a western boundary with the Chilean border.
Successive glaciations have moulded the landscape in the region creating spectacular features such as moraines, glacial cirques and clear-water lakes. The vegetation is dominated by dense temperate forests, which give way to alpine meadows higher up under the rocky Andean peaks.
A highly distinctive and emblematic feature is its alerce forest; the globally threatened Alerce tree is the second longest living tree species in the world (>3,600 years). The Alerce forest in the property is in an excellent state of conservation. The property is vital for the protection of some of the last portions of continuous Patagonian Forest in an almost pristine state and is the habitat for a number of endemic and threatened species of flora and fauna. [source]
- All accommodations (10 nights total)
- Bilingual tour guide with you every step of the way, from touch down in the country to take off & navigating all the in between logistics
- 3 meals a day & snacks from touchdown to take off: Wednesday, (3/20) breakfast – Friday (3/29) lunch
- Beer & wine with most dinners
- 1 (60 min) Ayurvedic massage
- All activities – yoga, tours, brewery, adventures, entrance fees to parks, etc.
- All transportation within Argentina (airport shuttles, flight to Barriloche, ground transport)
- Matero (gourd to drink mate, traditional Argentine tea, out of)
- Retreat specific goodie bag with must haves and local extras!
- Journaling prompts to stay grounded & make the most of it
- Pre trip group gathering (virtual or in person) to prepare
- One pre-trip Intentions & Clarity Call
- One post-trip Integration & Reflection Call
What’s NOT Included
- Airfare to and from Buenos Aires (We’ll let you know what flight we’re departing on to leave the country, but you book it on your end!)
- Extra Alcohol
- International Airport meals
- Any extra tips you’d like to leave
- Suggested: we strongly encourage travel insurance (ranging from ~$110-$250 to cover this type of trip); as well as adding an international plan to your phone carrier (Verizon is $10/day and easy)
How to Sign up for the Retreat
Total Cost: $9,950
Reserve your spot by paying the $5000 deposit, due upon booking. Deposits are used to secure the facilities.
Jess will be in touch with information for you to book your flights, as well as scheduling pre trip calls, & preparation details.
The remaining amount will be charged 3 months prior to departure. Don’t worry, we’ll send you a reminder!
I loved absolutely everything about Jess’ retreat
“I loved absolutely everything about Jess’ retreat! I loved the outdoor morning meditations! I’m not a big yoga person but I did love the yoga classes! Doing this outdoors was really a highlight AND hearing Jess’s beautiful voice! Oh my god that was so special! I loved all the oils, the glass container with the messages, the tarot cards we picked, being massaged, providing extra mats. I loved getting to know everyone! I loved that this was all women! I loved that we had downtime to just do our own thing. There was never a rush or any pressure. I loved the release ceremony, that was really great and gave us an opportunity to be vulnerable. The hike was fun, adventurous, and not too strenuous! Yelling, not once but three times was so freeing, and doing this all together as a group is a really wonderful memory I have! And you had snacks for us! Wow you didn’t miss a beat!!!”
It was an adventure, a learning experience and a disconnect from my hectic life
“I went to Guatemala looking for a break from winter. What I got was so much more than I expected. It was an adventure, a learning experience (espresso and chocolate anyone?), and a disconnect from my hectic life. Going to the more popular places in Central America is much like the U.S. further south. While that is easy, it is not much more than that. Guatemala is a magical place that is a once-in-a-lifetime destination that would not have been possible without Jessica’s contacts, language skills, extensive travel experience, and knowledge of the area. As a person who likes to have everything under my control, I was amazed that I could place myself in Jessica’s care and have the visit of a lifetime and have an experience that I will never forget.”
Each day was thoughtfully planned to visit other villages around the lake by boat with tours of coffee and chocolate processors, nature preserves, and wandering around like locals
“Each day was thoughtfully planned to visit other villages around the lake by boat with tours of coffee and chocolate processors, nature preserves, and wandering around like locals. We were most certainly not in “gringo” areas very much and I felt like I was transported to a simpler time long ago to the Mayan culture of the friendliest people I have ever met. There was also plenty of time to just soak in the place and people in a way that has to be experienced to appreciate.”
Every aspect of the trip was planned perfectly
“I have long had a desire to visit Central America thinking that it would be a good place to escape Montana winter for a month or so. Warm weather, affordable, and relatively close. Guatemala was not high on my list of destinations with a vague notion that it was not safe or widely reported like Costa Rica, Belize, or the Dominican Republic. Jessica convinced me that I could get a lot more out of a visit to lake Atitlan in Guatemala and that it would be all that I was looking for and a lot more. So I suppressed my skepticism and followed her lead. I did absolutely nothing to prepare other than to block out the dates on my calendar and ask when to show up at the airport knowing from past experience on an epic tour of South America that Jessica knew what she was doing. Every aspect of the trip was planned perfectly. I wouldn’t have changed a thing and had the experience of a lifetime. It far exceeded my expectations!
What do I need to know about Argentina?
Weather in Buenos Aires: You can expect the days to be in the high 70’s to low 60’s at night. In Patagonia, expect mid-low 60’s in the day, and into the 40’s at night. Remember that this will be their end of summer, beginning of Fall, a truly perfect time to visit as it’s before rainy season, still beautiful, and with way fewer people than at its peak seasons. The currency is the Argentine peso. You’ll need an adaptor for your electrical devices.
What about the food?
While there will be a vegetarian option at every meal, this is not the retreat for you if you have many food allergies. The town’s we’re visiting are too remote and it’s too difficult to ensure we can meet those needs. Argentina is known for its cooking over the fire, which we will experience many times. It is a truly delightful and social way of eating. We will also be trying local beer and wine (optional, of course) as well as their famous chocolate, pastries, and maté!
Is this adventure or luxury?
A little bit of both. We will enjoy private, comfortable, nice and secure sleeping accomodations to ground and relax. But it’s important to remember that we will be going into some more remote places to truly experience authentic Patagonia. Be prepared for breahtaking but winding drives and overall things working differently than in the states. Please let Jess know if you tend to experience motion sickness. We’ve created lots of buffer time for any delays. And have chosen top acomodations to make our stay as safe, enjoyable and enticing as possible.
What’s not included?
Airfare. I’ll let you know which flight we’re taking out of the country together, and you can choose to join us there or in Buenos Aires (we can work to ensure you have an airport pickup). That way you can choose your own comfort level, extend the trip to your liking, etc. You’ll also be responsible for meals at the international airports, as everyone will start making their own way. Also, shopping and tips! Supporting the local communities in the places we visit is one of our top priorities. A great way to do this in addition to the places we stay and the locals we hire for you is to do some shopping and consider leaving a tip!
What is your cancellation policy?
Please be sure to read our retreat Terms & Conditions page. It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation.
How strenuous are the hikes?
The hikes will vary, but overall it’s best to be able to talk a few miles and be comfortable with some altitude gain. We will be mostly starting at sea level, so altitude is not a problem the way it is many other places in the Andes. If you’d like to opt out of the couple more strenuous hikes, we can accomodate that and take you on goregous river strolls, etc.
Is this retreat open to men & women?
Yes. This is our first retreat geared towards both, as it seems like a natural fit. One of our retreat guides and chef, Alejandro will be there too, so it will be a nice balance!
Is it safe?
We think so. There’s a lot of misinformation regarding some of the places in Latin America. We’ve always done it by listening to the locals. Jess lived in Argentina for 2 years and traveled tere extensively as a solo female. We stick to the places that are safe for visitors and follow the local guidelines for staying safe, as needed (it’s really only a problem in certain parts of Buenos Aires, that we won’t be near). We love to change people’s perspectives about what they think a place is like from the news, versus what it’s actually like when there. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out!
Are rooms shared?
Absolutely not (unless you are traveling with a friend and choose to)! One of our international retreat staples is your own room, for space to really unwind in whatever way you please. While some of the rooms have more than one bed in them, you’ll never be expected to share.
Why this over any other retreat or planned vacation?
Once you step off the plane, everything is included, guided, and you get the best of what each location has to offer. Our goal is for you to know what’s happening, and feel excited by the itinerary, but know that you can show up and not have to worry about a single logistic! You get a bilingual guide (Jess!) who has spent ample time in Argentina and can show you around safely, help you get immersed into the people and places in ways that your average visitor would miss, and really integrate and deepen the experience through yoga, rituals, and ceremonies. We’re with you the whole way, including pre-trip and post-trip guidance for integration and preparation.
Why Latin America?
I’ve lived and traveled all over the world and Latin America truly has my heart. I find that so much of this part of the world is really misrepresented and it’s a mission of mine to show what these people and cultures are actually like – nothing short of magic. I’ve found these cultures to be immersed in spirituality and the natural world in ways that we tend to lack in our modern society. They bring me back home and provide the richest experiences life has to offer through their rituals and ways of being. Being fluent in Spanish and having connections in each of the locations is also a way to go way beyond surface exploration and get straight to the heart of connection that can be experienced when willing to go a little beyond our comfort zone and find something on the other side that is as empowering and enriching as it gets.
Book a free 15 minute call with Jess, your retreat guide, to answer all your questions and see if this retreat could be a good fit for you!
Jess is a yogi, energy healer, doula, Ayurvedic Women’s Health Specialist, and world traveller. She has run an adventure tourism agency in northern Argentina and is also fluent in Spanish and has been a bilingual tour guide in South America. She studied with the Mayan midwives on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and is passionate about supporting women on the deepest levels of nourishment & care.
Jess fell in love with doing yoga in Latin American countries, finding it to be way less focused on the physical and appearance, and instead entrenched in spirituality, ceremony, ritual, community, nature and connection.
Learn more about Jess here.