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