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8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Mexico

  • Mar De Jade, 1 Playa Chacala, 63715, Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico

Seat of the Soul Yoga Retreat Nayarit

Awaken your senses through this experiential retreat, an elemental practice of presence. This journey will access the gateways of presence using yoga, breathwork, meditation, and intrinsic movement. Allow the elements of this beautiful location in Chacala, Mexico, to stir the earth, water, fire, and air all around you. This retreat is a fine blend of spiritual and somatic discovery that can reveal a place which is often called the seat of the soul, that point where your inner and outer experience meet.


  • Fire circle
  • Elemental playshops
  • Silent digestion walks
  • Daily yoga and movement meditation sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily healthy meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Mar De Jade is a yoga, wellness, and vacation retreat center nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, México. This is an intimate place offering groups and individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment in a peaceful fishing village. Mar de Jade was created in 1983 in the spirit of active community service, of gratitude for the natural environment, and of the cultivation of genuine friendships.

Overlooking Mexico's Pacific Ocean and Chacala's sandy golden beach, the main house with its graceful contours and Mediterranean style serves as a gathering place for a variety of events and happenings. It houses the yoga and meditation studios, dinning rooms, bar, guest lounge, and reception.

The spacious layout of Mar De Jade offers each area a sense of privacy as it blends with the natural surroundings. Discover mango and papaya trees, lay in a hammock under the shade of a palapa, and walk through a small organic herbs garden.

Garden rooms

Garden rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated, some crafted in a Mexican style, with natural rock, hand painted mosaics, and tropical mahogany wood finishes while others have an airy Mediterranean feel with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light and fresh breeze.

Each room has a terrace with a view of the lush tropical gardens, a spacious bathroom with bathtub, and some have a separate shower. Located on the ground floor, these rooms are easy to access either with a few steps or with a ramp.

Guest room

Guest rooms are simple yet comfortable rooms for one or two people with garden or jungle views.

Guest room loft

Guest room lofts are a more basic yet spacious option for families or three to four roommates. The bottom level has a king bed (or two twins) and a bathroom; the loft is accessed by a spiral staircase and has two twin beds (or a king). They all have garden or jungle views. The loft is not recommended for children under six years old or people with mobility issues. Minimum occupancy is three people.

Ocean rooms

Ocean rooms are bright and airy, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a private balcony with an ocean view. Comfortable and well appointed, each room has a sitting area with a futon that can accommodate up to two children; some have the futon in a space separated by a door for added privacy. All have bathtubs and some have a separate shower as well. Most are on third and fourth floors and require steps to climb.

Each day will begin with the ritual of movement and stillness to anchor you in the tone of presence. Other activities such as hiking, swimming, dancing, and fire ceremony will delve you deeper into synchronization with the biorhythms of nature. What can you find in the stirring of your watery heart? Is your path determined by the flame of desire or the tread of connection from sole to earth? Together, you'll explore these questions and so many more.

The seat of the soul yoga retreat is available to all levels of practitioners. This retreat will meet you exactly where you are as a supportive foundation to break through limiting beliefs, to intimately experience the mind-body connection, and to provide tools to harness the most powerful portal in all experience: the power of the present moment.


  • 07:00 Movement and stillness ritual
  • 08:30 Silent breakfast
  • 09:30 Morning elemental playshop (daily opening circle, lecture, discussion, intention, journaling, and more) followed by personal time
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Silent digestion walk
  • 14:00 Afternoon elemental playshop followed by personal time
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening activities (special sessions, workshops, Nidra, dance, or free time)
  • Asiana Harper

    Asiana (Kirstin Harper) has always felt a strong connection to the natural elements and how they interact in body on earth. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado with wilderness as her backyard, Asiana had constant access to exploring her environment. She recalls climbing trees, sitting in caves, adventuring with the animals, and in the forest. All of this engaged her curiosity, and encouraged quietude, as well as agility of her mind and body.

  • Christine Miller

    After managing wellness programs in the corporate healthcare industry, Christine transitioned to teach yoga full time so she could study, practice, and promote the most vital relationship of life, mind and body. Christine is an avid student of all things movement, including yoga, writing, and breath. Her classes combine safe alignment, informed by Anusara and SriDaiva studies, creative sequencing and reflective thought.

Mar de Jade is along Mexico's tropical Pacific Coast, about 90 minutes north of popular tourist destination Puerto Vallarta, three hours west of Guadalajara, and two hours south of Tepic. It is located on the south end of Chacala Beach, Nayarit, Mexico.

Chacala's half-mile bay is home to approximately 300 full time residents and receives many seasonal residents and visitors during the winter months. It is a favored beach destination for Mexican families during the most popular vacation periods such as Semana Santa (Easter week) and New Years.

Chacala has one of the most pristine beaches along the coastline, soft golden sand lined with coconut trees and palapa (thatched-roof) restaurants. The town still retains an unhurried lifestyle and the locals are very friendly and welcoming.

Nearby places

  • Guadalajara, 3 hours
  • Puerto Vallarta, 90 minutes
  • Tepic, 2 hours
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool
  • Temazcal
  • Whale watching
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance

Whether you are attending a yoga retreat or simply relaxing on a vacation, you can enjoy three delicious and nutritious meals per day served buffet style in the breezy open-air dining terrace overlooking Chacala bay. All food served at Mar De Jade is prepared with great care, attention, and love. They focus on offering healthy, local, and when possible, organic products. They serve vegetarian dishes as well as fresh fish, seafood, and some chicken.

The meals are prepared from scratch using many ingredients from their own organic farm including free range eggs, organic milk, corn, beans, leafy greens, carrots, mangoes, passion fruit, hibiscus, peanuts, and many other fruits and vegetables.

At the buffet table, you can find many homemade goods such as yogurt, cheese and other dairy products, soy milk, granola, breads and pastries, pastas, hummus, tofu, and the stellar organic peanut butter and mango marmalade (now available for purchase).

Our kitchen staff is happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as allergies, vegans or vegetarians, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. All raw foods are carefully disinfected and washed with purified water. Purified water is also provided for drinking.

With a wide variety of offerings, at Mar De Jade there is something to suit everyone’s tastes, whether you are seeking to reconnect with yourself through yoga and meditation, become inspired by the natural surroundings of Chacala, or immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant culture. And for those that want to take a break from a busy life to just live at a slower pace, there’s always the ocean, warm sun, hammocks, and a good book. Do everything or nothing at all, it’s up to you.


  • Boat tour through a mangrove full of exotic birds and wildlife
  • Boating and fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Surfing at La Caleta break
  • Tour or volunteer at the organic farm
  • Whale watching (December to March)

Cultural activities

  • Altavista excursion (pre-Hispanic petroglyphs)
  • La Peñita (traditional Mexican market)
  • Nearby beach towns, each with its distinct flavor (Sayulita, San Pancho, and others)
  • Private Spanish classes (all levels)
  • Volunteer in the community projects

The fully equipped spa has a large outdoor Jacuzzi, cold plunge, and steam room found on the ground level amidst gardens with exotic flowers, chaise-lounges, and hammocks. On the second level, the private treatment rooms offer gorgeous views.

Complement your yoga practice with a massage that will help you ease into a state of deep relaxation. Services include a variety of massage styles including Swedish, deep tissue, Thai yoga, and reflexology. Beauty treatments include facials, body wraps, manicure, and pedicure.

Following a secret path through palm leaves, discover the Temazcal, an ancient Aztec sweat lodge. This tradition has been alive in Mexico from pre-Hispanic times as a means to purify the body. The guided ceremony is done in four puertas (doors), which represent physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.

  • 3 healthy meals a day
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Airport group shuttle transfers
  • Daily yoga and movement meditation
  • Elemental playshops
  • Fire circle
  • Taxes and gratuities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PRV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bella Retreats will pick you up from the airport. Please plan on arriving no later than the afternoon of March 25, 2017 to meet the group shuttle. Plan to depart in the afternoon or evening of April 1, 2017 in order to have time to travel from Chacala to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PRV).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Verified reviews

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "It was just a great experience. I came with an open mind and the theme / content of the week opened up doors I didn’t know would have been opened otherwise." website, edited

  • Review by Muse
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with Bella retreats was the perfect reset button in the middle of winter. I am inspired to live more creatively and to see the world in new ways. The week was nourishing to my body and my soul and I got in touch with the importance of slowing down and operating with an open heart. Muse." website, edited

  • Review by Anara
    10 out of 10

    "Una is an amazing facilitator, organizer and yoga instructor. She has a gift for partnering the perfect people for the perfect experience. Laura Dawn has an unparalleled understanding of how to and compliment flavors and textures. Her cuisine was the most beautiful food Ive had in a very long time. Autumn Skye, I am speechless. I have never been in the presence of a more beautiful, loving, compassionate and talented woman. I truly enjoyed the way she sees the world and her ability to translate it and communicate about it. Her voice, humor, grace and poise are an inspiration and I havent even gotten to her artistic skill yet. I arrived a beginner painter and in one week I feel that I have learned how to see the world with new eyes. Her instruction was concise and easy to understand and her command of the materials is awe inspiring. I am so grateful for the experience. It was well worth the fee. I hugely recommend this retreat and will be coming back next year. I loved everything!" website, edited

  • Review by Mand
    10 out of 10

    "The name is fitting - Bella, such a beautiful experience. I was incredibly inspired and enriched on a daily basis. Every activity was magic! The people who attended were such kind and supportive ladies, bonds were unavoidable. Una is light, patient, funny and so full of spirit! If you are reading this, wondering if you should commit, dont waver! Do it!! This is a gift to yourself that you will keep forever." website, edited

  • Review by Laurie
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing opportunity. the whole self is nurtured through this retreat. Una and Laura assist with bringing the physical body into clarity and balance through yoga and fresh, live food. Assistance on the physical level really helped with my level of creativity and feeling good in my body. Autumn Skye is such a gem. her natural ability to support the paths of others is what makes her instruction really shine. Clear concise, instructions with a sense of humor really make learning from Skye such a pleasure. What a complete honor this retreat was for me. Mahalo nui loa." website, edited

  • Review by Carol C. from Denver
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I had an incredible time at the Kindness Yoga Retreat--relaxing, restorative, inspiring, healthy and complete with an extraordinary community of hear-centered people. Una was a fabulous planner and took care of every detail." website, edited

  • Review by Lisa
    10 out of 10

    "I think that a NS/Yoga retreat like this will be a life changing experience for me. I could feel the magic of the lake and thank Lisa and Una for making it possible." website, edited

  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The name of the retreat as spot on. I would have never realized what my hang ups were without this curriculum. So many aha moments while writing things down on paper and then getting the chance to meditate and incorporate them. Wonderful!!" website, edited

  • Review by Georgie
    10 out of 10

    "Brad and Mia's retreat was wonderful, providing just the right balance of stretch and education. They made every session unique, and made sure each attendee felt welcome. I couldn't sing their praises more. Can't wait for my next retreat!." website, edited


  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I will tell anyone willing to explore their personal story this is a “must retreat!”"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "This was an experience if a lifetime. I will use the tools I learned for the rest of my years and know my quality of life is better for it."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "It was so much more than I anticipated. This place is magic and the process was fascinating."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The name of the retreat as spot on. I would have never realized what my “hang ups” were without this curriculum. So many “aha" moments while writing things down on paper and then getting the chance to meditate and incorporate them. Wonderful!"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Grant Pound
    10 out of 10

    "Wendy Pabich is one of the rare speakers who is both scientist and artist. The artist side gives her the ability to connect with audiences of all knowledge levels without sacrificing scientific rigor. She is a wonderful speaker and can make water issues come alive."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Jennie Lay
    10 out of 10

    "Wendy Pabich is a brilliant combination of scientist, artist, and hands-in-the-dirt bona fide mountain woman. After hearing her statistics and success story, who wouldn't be compelled to go home and rip out a lawn or two?"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Hilary Stunda
    10 out of 10

    "Self-deprecating, funny, smart, and exacting, Wendy demonstrates how we can all approach the daunting water crisis through thoughtful small steps of awareness, that in turn realign ourselves with a greater sense of stewardship and life purpose."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Bob Zimmerman
    10 out of 10

    "Wendy Pabich brings a new and compelling voice to the issues surrounding water, its use, and our individual responsibilities to protect and sustain it. Wendy is easy and engaging as a speaker, and her presentations are clear and memorable."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Jerrod Fassler
    10 out of 10

    "Mary Beth is truly an amazing soul, her teachings and lessons are still shaping me as a person and fellow teacher to this day."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Amory Millard
    10 out of 10

    "Mary Beth, thank you so much. The Taos retreat was pitch perfect. I enjoyed every moment, thanks to your ability to work with us at all levels."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Katie Simpson
    10 out of 10

    "I knew I would come into the weekend curious, a bit anxious, and mostly looking forward to what was in store. What I left with, at the end of three days of yoga, was a feeling of being refreshed, a trust that I could go back into the real world standing a bit taller in life, and lastly, a deep emotional healing. The retreat touched all my senses and emotions. Thank you, Mary Beth, for such a spiritual and inspirational weekend!"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Mand

    "The name is fitting - Bella, such a beautiful experience. I was incredibly inspired and enriched on a daily basis. Every activity was magic! The people who attended were such kind and supportive ladies, bonds were unavoidable. Una is light, patient, funny, and so full of spirit! If you are reading this, wondering if you should commit, dont waver! Do it! This is a gift to yourself that you will keep forever."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Tanya

    "Great time! This was our first retreat and did not know what to expect. At the end of the retreat, we were happy with our decision and would do it again. We would go to any retreat hosted by Lindsay and Una!"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Jenni

    "Surfing, sailing, food, all-inclusive: bargain. Loved the variety of activities offered. Loved the laid back intention. Sailing was great! This retreat offered such a unique experience. I am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing week!"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Christine

    "Una, your art brought me to a place that I had been forbidden to go by other people's judgment of what I should be doing. Feeling the paint in between my fingers against the board, watching magic happen right before my eyes was such a powerful sensation that it still brings me to tears thinking about it. It unleashed so much that painting, especially with my hands, strongly calls to me and experiment without anyone's judgments. I just want to say that you've made a major difference in my world and pray that I may cross paths with you soon again."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Ariana

    "This retreat was such a gift. Alicia, Una, and Imagika made an extremely potent team of visionaries with a unique and diverse array of offerings that nurture mind, body, and spirit simultaneously. I was humbled, encouraged, inspired, and uplifted with the powerful women that offered their heart and soul with genuine love. I look forward to returning to this retreat every year."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Kelly

    "I wanted to thank you so much for everything! Thanks for the inspiring talks and classes. Thanks for listening and sharing. Thank you for teaching me so many things over the week on and off the mat. It was an incredibly special event in my life, I will remember you always!"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Denise

    "I attended a retreat in Costa Rica facilitated in part by Katrina of Karma Yoga Center and I'm hooked. She's incredible! Can't wait for more."

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  • Review by Darryl

    "Thank you Unaji, for so kindly helping Judith and I navigate every step of the way through the logistics of our trip to the Goddess Gardens. We would have been lost without you! We were both impressed with your artistic and yoga teaching talents, probably for different reasons, but that just illustrates what an amazing person and teacher you are. Thank you again for presenting the best yoga retreat I have ever been on."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Lindsey

    "I so enjoyed this retreat! The chakras theme is clever as it lends itself to a day-by-day focus on each chakras. Katrina has a magnetic energy I was immediately drawn to - I probably do not fit the typical yogi mold but she was open and interested in my life. I so appreciate that she made a personal connection with all of us. I learned a great deal from her and now view yoga from a new lens, knowing it is not just about a mind, body connection, but also mind, body, and spirit. Despite the touch-and-go weather, she always had a great attitude. She also really cared about whether we were enjoying ourselves and if we wanted to do any side activities, or change up the schedule. Thank you so much for a great week! Please let me know of any other retreats on the horizon!"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Muse

    "My experience with Bella retreats was the perfect reset button in the middle of winter. I am inspired to live more creatively and to see the world in new ways. The week was nourishing to my body and my soul and I got in touch with the importance of slowing down and operating with an open heart."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Kaylie Finnis from United States

    "When I arrived at Mag Rock and first headed down the stone steps to the ocean I felt completely off balance. By the end of the week, I was running up and down them barefoot two at a time, feeling totally grounded, yet light on my toes. I've never felt stronger or healthier in my life after these seven amazing days! It is nice to go on a vacation with a group of friends, but going on a retreat with Lindsay and Una was a completely different and life changing experience."

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by John Valentine

    "My first out of county yoga retreat. I was not sure what to expect, especially since travelling by myself. But the whole event was far beyond my expectations. Tried it all!"

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  • Review by Emmy

    "What a relaxing and invigorating retreat in Mexico! The location, flexibility of the retreat leader and instructors, quality of instruction, and friendship was superb. Unforgettable and transformative week - thank you!"

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  • Review by Aluna

    "Una is an amazing organizer, leader, and friend. The trip was enlightening, fun, flexible, and something will never forget. I would recommend Bella Retreats to anyone open to building new friendships, gaining inner wisdom, and creating unforgettable memories"

    Bella Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Kim from United States

    "I appreciate and adore Katie’s ability to translate and provide the teachings of Tantra in an accessible and digestible way. I have been studying this material for two years and sitting and practicing with Katie for one week literally brought the teachings to life. I not only learn in a way that seeps into my pores but I experience the teachings when with her in a way that is powerful and impactful."

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  • Review by Robin from United States

    "Training with Katie has allowed me to be more mindful. She has given me real tools to work with on all levels, to really peel through the subtle layers to be the most grounded and authentically happy person that I can be. Through diet, asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, and helping to identify what holds me back and helping me break old patterns, Katie has provided a clarity and a sense of empowerment."

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  • Review by Lila Heller from United States

    "Katie is a brilliant teacher, knowledgeable, real, spiritual, and approachable. I have gained and re-learned the love that is within me. Thank you."

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