“Our Gong Yoga vacation begins in the Vedic moon sign of Pisces, a time for dreams, oceanside adventures, and gatherings of friends. The Moon will be favorably increasing in light throughout our time together, nearly reaching its full moon exaltation while we are at the beach. The perfect energy to prepare us for the Winter Solstice that arrives a few days later.” – Mehtab
You are invited to join Mehtab and Laura (Guru Karam) Benton for a rejuvenating oceanfront retreat, tapping into 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; play and laugh together; inviting you to return 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.
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.
Your retreat vacation includes your lodging, meals, unlimited sun and ocean, plus:
Twice daily yoga and meditation classes
Gong classes and workshops
Moon Sign Reading workshop
Gong Relaxations with Yoga Nidra
Airport transfers: Mar de Jade can help group people into shared taxi shuttle to / from the airport. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Laura (Guru Karam) Benton began her life-long yoga practice at age 16 at a Kundalini Yoga Ashram in Houston, Texas. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga and is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer. She has presented classes internationally on Gong Yoga Nidra, the art of deep relaxation with the gong, and brings a feminine perspective to the art of playing the gong for meditation and relaxation. She is the recipient of the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association “Building Communities in Yoga” award and a three-time presenter at the Southwest Yoga Conference. Laura is an Advanced Practice Nurse, an Ayurvedic Educator for medical professionals, and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. With her husband, Mehtab, Guru Karam is the co-recipient of the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association “Building Communities in Yoga” award. Together they taught yoga, the gong and astrology in over 20 countries.
Tej Arvind is a Vedic astrologer, gong therapist, and yoga teacher with certification in a Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. She has taught in yoga vacations with Mehtab and Guru Karam in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Bali. She will be co-presenting the Moon Sign reading workshop and teaching morning yoga classes at our retreat. [Read more about Tej Arvind]
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 email@example.com prior to booking. **
OCEAN VIEW ROOM
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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability
Double Occupancy: $2595 person
Single Occupancy: $3295
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, 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.
ONE Garden Cabana still available with King bed!
Double Occupancy: $2395 per person
Single Occupancy: $2995
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: $2795
LOFT HOUSE / WOMEN’S DORM
Guest Rooms with Loft are a simple yet spacious option for 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
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)
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.