Chacala, MEXICO

Embodying Joy: A Kripalu Yoga Retreat

with Jurian Hughes

January16-22, 2022

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Join senior Kripalu faculty and and expert retreat leader, Jurian Hughes for a pilgrimage to the healing energies of the Pacific Ocean and Playa Chacala, a pristine and picturesque bay in the Riviera Nayarit, complete with golden sand, coconut trees and the tropical jungle.

We’ll practice yoga, meditation and deep relaxation; dance, play and laugh together; and share soul-filling conversations on the wisdom of yoga, all of which will return you home with insight and clarity, rested and revitalized. Receive the gifts of the sea and sun, good company and delicious food. Above all, be nourished by healing practices, fresh ocean air, and by the sound of the surf, which will lull you to sleep each night. Find yourself at home.

Vacation Details

 Wake up with the sunrise for a day of yoga and adventure, or sleep in and laze the day away in a beach hammock with the nourishing sun and the sound of the surf as your companions. All are welcome. Jurian’s retreat is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience.

Mar de Jade’s beautiful surroundings and serene atmosphere make for a magnificent travel experience, allowing you to enjoy direct contact with nature.  You’ll be situated at the foothills of a tropical jungle, nestled between the mountains and the warm shores of the Pacific Ocean. Wake up each morning to bird sounds and feel your biorhythms readjusting to the swish of gently lapping ocean waves.

Each day, meals are carefully and lovingly prepared from fresh produce provided by a local 17-acre organic farm. Meals are served buffet-style during specific meal hours including many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The kitchen makes chicken, fish, and seafood dishes, but no pork or beef, only sparingly purchasing ingredients that do not grow locally.

Your week will be an opportunity to unplug if you choose. Free wifi is available in the common areas, but not in the guest rooms.

A typical day may offer:
7:30 – 8:30 Morning Yoga and Meditation with Jurian
8:30 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 1:30 Relax / OptionalExcursion / Workshop with Jurian
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 4:30 Free Time
4:30 – 6:00 Restorative Yoga / Yoga Nidra with Jurian
6:00 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 10:00 Relax / Games / Socialize

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

Mar de Jade is on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, about 90 min. north of the popular tourist destination and international airport of Puerto Vallarta; 3 hours west of Guadalajara; and 2 hours south of Tepic. The best way to reach Chacala is to fly to Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR), which has non-stop and connecting flights from all major US Cities.

Airport transfers:  Mar de Jade can help group people into shared taxi shuttle to / from the airport.  Please email to request this.  the cost is $25-$60pp depending how many are sharing (2-10). 

Weather:  As Chacala is located in the Tropic of Cancer, the weather and vegetation is tropical with warm, with ocean water suitable for swimming year-round. The dry season is from November through May; days are usually warm (around 80 F.), with cooler mornings and evenings (around 65-70 F).

Do I need to bring cash? Yes, please plan on bringing cash for the following services which CANNOT be paid with a credit card: Transportation from/to airport, excursions (such as guided hikes, snorkeling, etc), gratuities and buying souvenirs in town or at the local market. We recommend bringing approximately $300-$500 USD per person, including small bills. Safes are provided in every room for your convenience.

During your stay, charges from the bar, spa, gift shop, laundry or phone service can be added to your room bill to be paid upon check out. Our hosts accept US dollars, Mexican pesos, Visa or Mastercard. They do NOT accept personal or traveler’s checks or Amex.

How to pack: In the dry season (November-April), summer and fall garments are suggested, including a jacket or sweater for cool nights and mornings.

Plan to include in your packing:  personal toiletries and hygiene products, a supply of medications you use, sunscreen, sunburn lotion and insect repellent. Sunglasses, sun visor and/or hat, flip-flops and comfortable walking shoes. Camera, flashlight and extra batteries. Water bottle for purified drinking water, small daypack and money belt.

Some extra information and measures we’re taking related to Covid19 for everyones safety / peace of mind:

Our center, Mar de Jade, is exclusively a yoga and wellness retreat center that only hosts yoga retreat groups and is not open to the general public. Our retreat group will have our own yoga studio to ourselves which is open to welcome the sea breezes. The dining facility has lots of outdoor seating, and we have the ocean at our doorstep!  Mar de Jade is following the requirements of Mexico, and has other safety measures in place on their site (you can CLICK HERE to review this)

Currently, Mexico does not have the requirement to present a vaccination certificate or negative Covid test to enter the country.  So, in addition to the center’s safety measures, we are requiring that every participant, regardless of vaccination status, take a Covid test within 72 hours of travel.  This is already a standard requirement by other countries that have hosted our yoga retreats over the last year, and we have found that this requirement brings peace of mind to everyone, knowing that everyone in our group is knowingly covid-free.

There are many free testing centers, or you can consider purchasing an approved home tele-health self-test that you can do wherever you are.  (CLICK HERE for a 6-pack. CLICK HERE for a 3-pack)

The US currently requires a negative test to return home as well, and the above self tests are easy accepted by US airlines. Alternately a test can be arranged for you prior to departure at the center.







Jurian Hughes

Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, YACEP, MFA, is a pathfinder. Through the gateway of the body, she guides students to connect with themselves in ways they had forgotten were possible, longed to revisit, or maybe never even knew were there. “I do my best to create a space in which people feel like they can be completely themselves. Through my own vulnerability, honesty and humor, I try to help us all find our way to greater joy.”

Hughes is founder of the Yoga of Voice;  co-creator of the Yoga of Yes; a Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; writer; speaker; and theatre performer known for her passionate, playful and engaging teaching style. As a senior faculty member of the Kripalu School of Yoga for more than a decade, Hughes has led thousands of workshops and programs and trained more than 1,000 Kripalu yoga teachers. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Hughes has a long theatrical resume spanning Broadway, off-Broadway, Europe, film, television and voice-over. Through her own study and decades of practice she has developed a deep understanding of the ways in which the tools of yoga, dance, voice, mindfulness and play can be used to cultivate greater self-knowledge, freedom and joy. She leads inspiring workshops, retreats and trainings at Kripalu and around the world that promote whole-being wellness, increased creativity, and the ability to thrive. Find out more at


All rooms are unique and will be assigned in their categories first come first served.  Please note the rooms that are on the ground level vs. upper levels if you have mobility issues.
** Some yoga classes may be up a flight of stairs, so if this poses a mobility issue for you, please contact us at prior to booking. **


The 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, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with natural bath amenities. We have Ocean View rooms with King bed or 2 double beds. Rooms are on upper floors and require steps to climb.

We have one female roommate space in a room with 2 beds available. 

Double Occupancy: $2595 person
Single Occupancy: SOLD OUT




Garden Rooms are either crafted in a Mexican style, with natural rock walls and hand painted mosaics; or with an airy Mediterranean feel with windows that let in plenty of natural light and fresh breeze. Each room has a spacious en-suite bathroom with natural bath amenities. Located on the ground floor, they are easily accessed with either a few steps or a ramp, and are appropriate for anyone with mobility issues.


Double Occupancy: $2495 per person
Single Occupancy: $3295 – SOLD OUT
(please ask to be on the single wait list at



Guest Rooms are decorated in bright and cheerful Mexican textiles and colors, providing a cozy and well appointed option for those seeking simplicity and comfort. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with natural bath amenities. Rooms are located on both ground level and third floors, either jungle or garden facing.


Double Occupancy: $2195 per person

Single Occupancy: SOLD OUT



Guest Rooms with Loft are a simple yet spacious option for 3 to 4 roommates in a dorm configuration. The bottom level has two twins and a bathroom; the loft is accessed by a spiral staircase and has two twin beds. Some rooms feature an additional futon bed on the bottom level. Rooms are either facing the gardens or jungle.


Cost: $1995 per person



Prices include: Lodging, taxes, meals, and all yoga sessions and workshops

Not included: Flight to Puerto Vallarta, shuttle to the center, optional excursions or healing sessions, travel insurance (recommended), or center staff tips (suggested:$12-$15 pr day which is shared amongst all staff)

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($495) before October 1, 2021. No refunds after October 1, 2021. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.

If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through October 2021, unless other arrangements are made. Participants will be required to sign the application and liability waiver to participate on this trip.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.


We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.