Resilience Retreat, Discovering the Inner Healer
with Jenn Wooten and Brenda Gauthier
April 20 – 27, 2024
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea. ~ Isak Denesen
Join us for a transformative week-long retreat dedicated to restoring balance and clearing a path to well-being. Set between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, México, this retreat offers a sanctuary for rejuvenation and self-discovery.
The retreat is designed to support embodied healing practices that restore nervous system health, release stress and promote a sense of embodied well-being. Guided yoga sessions centering on nervous system health are offered daily, allowing participants to connect with their bodies, increase vagal tone and heart rate variability (both indicators of resilience), and cultivate a sense of mindful ease and ground us in the present moment.
Immersing ourselves in the power of breathwork, we will engage in intensive sessions that encourage deep inner exploration and release. By harnessing the breath, we access expanded states of consciousness, move energy, release emotional blockages, and tap into a profound sense of clarity and inner strength. Through this transformative practice, participants can experience a newfound sense of freedom, empowerment, and emotional well-being. Breathwork is an opportunity to tap into your body’s innate capacity to heal.
In addition to the core retreat program, the retreat offers an additional (optional) program / certification in Somatic Integrative Breathwork.
This retreat welcomes individuals from various backgrounds and experiences who share a common goal of restoring balance, enhancing wellness, and fostering personal growth in a supportive and nurturing environment. Led by an experienced yoga therapist and clinical therapist with an extensive background in somatic approaches to healing, we will help you bring your body into your mental health. You will emerge with a renewed sense of balance, clarity, and vitality. The week-long journey serves as a catalyst for ongoing well-being practices, empowering you to integrate mindfulness, movement, breath, and ritual self-care into your everyday life. Join us on this transformative retreat as we embark on a path of restoration and embodied healing.
Your week has 2 pricing and participation options:
1. To join as a retreat particpant which inlucdes 2 group classes per day and plenty of open time to enjoy the beach, relax and unplug.
2, To join as a retreat participant and also partticipate n the certification course in Somatic Integrative Breathwork. This certification includes:
- Nervous system education based on Polyvagal Theory
- Somatic education to increase vagal tone and restore nervous system balance
- Education on expanded states of consciousness through breathwork as a pathway to healing from chronic stress, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and burnout.
This certification includes 25 hours of CEUs for both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
The overall retreat is designed for individuals who are seeking to restore balance and enhance their overall well-being. It can be beneficial for:
- Individuals experiencing high levels of stress and burnout, who seek a reprieve and a chance to recharge.
- Those looking to cultivate mindfulness and develop a deeper sense of self-awareness.
- Individuals interested in exploring holistic breathwork and nervous system regulation practices and incorporating them into their daily lives.
- People in need of a break from their routine, seeking an opportunity for introspection and personal growth.
Anyone desiring a supportive and nurturing environment to focus on their physical, mental, and emotional health.
- Those interested in deepening their yoga, meditation, and breathwork practices.
- Individuals looking to cultivate resilience and develop tools for managing life’s challenges.
- Anyone seeking a serene and peaceful setting to reconnect with nature and find inner peace.
- People who wish to embark on a transformative journey towards deepened well-being.
Sample Daily Itinerary
7 am – 8:30 am: Morning Functional Movement – Balance the Nervous System
8:30 am: Healthy Light Breakfast
10 – 1 pm: Nervous System Education – Befriending the NS States
1:30 pm: Healthy Organic Lunch
2:30 pm – 5 pm: Breathwork or Processing Sessions
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Restorative Movement and Meditation
6:30 pm Dinner
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
At Mar de Jade, you’ll be situated at the foothills of a tropical jungle, nestled between the mountains and the warm shores of the Pacific Ocean. Each morning you’ll awaken to the luxury of ocean air and bird sounds…. and you’ll 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.
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 email@example.com to request this. the cost is $25-$60pp depending how many are sharing (2-10).
* The retreat starts with dinner on the start day of the retreat (though lunch is also available to early arrivers). Rooms are typically available starting at 2-3pm. The retreat ends with breakfast on the last day. Check out of rooms is required by 10-11am, though you are welcomed to relaz on property longer if you have a later deaparture flight time.
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. In late January, days are usually warm (low 70s-80 F), with cooler mornings and evenings (around 65 F). Chance of rain is low.
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, whale watching, 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-May), 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 (soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer are provided), 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. Refillable water bottle for purified drinking water (provided), small daypack and money belt. Journal and pen.
Jenn Wooten, C-IAYT, RYT500, YACEP
Jenn Wooten is a certified yoga therapist and yoga educator who has studied yoga and mindfulness for over 20 years. She has been a teacher, mentor and group facilitator in the Austin yoga community since 2004. Her teaching style focuses on embodiment, functional movement, joy and resilience. Jenn teaches trauma-informed yoga classes and leads foundational and in-depth yoga teacher trainings, mentorships and retreats throughout the world. She guides students to respond to life’s stressors through embodiment, breath, self-awareness and self-compassion. Her teaching is engaging, accessible and warm-hearted. Jenn’s gift is her intuitive ability to help students lean into to their own self-authority and connect to their body as a source of wisdom. The core of her teaching is helping people cultivate a yoga and mindfulness practice as a pathway for healing, awakening and wholeness.
Brenda Lee Gauthier, LCSW, LCDC, SEP
Brenda is a breathwork facilitator and licensed clinical therapist specializing in recovery from developmental trauma, addiction and ADHD. Her transformational experience in breathwork 18 years ago is what inspired her career shift into psychotherapy. The principles and philosophy of Integrative Breathwork serve as the foundation of her therapeutic approach and inspired continued studies in nervous system regulation and training in additional somatic modalities including Somatic Experiencing, TRE, and Yoga. Over the years Brenda has adapted the breathwork process to include the most up to date learnings from neuroscience and trauma research. She believes wholeheartedly in the transformational qualities that breathwork can facilitate on multiple levels across body, mind and spirit. Consequently she is excited to help educate others so they can begin incorporating this powerful modality into their own practices in a responsible and effective way. Brenda has been facilitating breathwork workshops for communities, residential treatment centers and individuals for more than 15 years.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Double Occupancy (retreat only): $2895 per person
Single Occupancy (retreat only): $3895
Double Occupancy (retreat plus training): $3595 per person
Single Occupancy (retreat plus training): $4595
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 (retreat only): $2695 per person
Single Occupancy (retreat only): $3595
Double Occupancy (retreat plus training): $3395 per person
Single Occupancy (retreat plus training): $4295
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 (retreat only): $2395 per person
Single Occupancy (retreat only): $2995
Double Occupancy (retreat plus training): $3095 per person
Single Occupancy (retreat plus training): $3795
LOFT HOUSE / WOMEN’S DORM
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.
Retreat only: $1995 per person
Retreat plus training: $2695
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 ($695) before January 1, 2024. No refunds after January 1, 2024. 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 January 2024, 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 AND TRAWICK 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.