Self-Care Sanctuary: A Yoga Retreat for Every Body

with Jurian Hughes

January 13-20, 2024


Take refuge in a week devoted to restoring and regenerating body and soul with senior Kripalu faculty and expert retreat leader, Jurian Hughes, on a pilgrimage to the healing Playa Chacala on the Pacific Ocean, a pristine and picturesque bay in the Riviera Nayarit, complete with golden sand, coconut trees and the tropical jungle.

We’ll practice daily yoga, meditation and deep relaxation; dance, chant, and laugh together; and share heart-opening conversations on the wisdom of yoga, all of which will return you home with insight and clarity, rested and revitalized. There will be opportunities for quiet reflection as well as connection.

The word “kripalu” means compassion. Consequently, Kripalu Yoga is a style of yoga accessible to everyone; encouraging you to find ease as well as energy, confidence as well as contentment. Receive the gifts of sea and sun, good company and delicious food. Above all, be nourished by healing self-care practices, fresh ocean air, and by the sound of the surf, which will lull you to sleep each night.

What a wonderful, replenishing, enriching, invigorating, restorative and magical week. Jurian gives heart and soul into all she does with skill, wisdom, joy, thoughtfulness, clarity and insight. I’ve been on other yoga retreats where the teacher goes away after classes and does not integrate in other ways, but Jurian remains present for everyone. I am certain we all left with the gifts of her presence and tender care.  – Maude O.

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, generally, in guest rooms.

A typical day may offer:
7:00 – 8:30 Morning Yoga and Meditation with Jurian
8:30 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 1:30 Relax / Swim / Optional Excursion
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 4:00 Free Time
4:00 – 5:00 Dance with Jurian / Optional Massage / Beach
5:00 – 6:30 Restorative Yoga / Yoga Nidra with Jurian
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 Relax / Socialize / Evening Workshop or Gathering

Mar de Jade is a beautiful location and the food was absolutely amazing. The retreat with Jurian was fabulous – she is a gifted, generous and kind teacher. The spa treatments are some of the best I have ever had. And there are many excursions on offer if you want to explore beyond the resort. – Deborah D.

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

Mar de Jade is on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, about 60 miles 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-$70pp 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 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-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 (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.

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

Mar de Jade is exclusively a yoga and wellness retreat center that hosts yoga retreat groups and is not open to the general public. Our retreat group will have our own yoga studio to ourselves with large windows 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)  We will continue to adjust to any needs as we approach the retreat.

Currently, Mexico does not require a vaccination certificate or negative Covid test to enter the country and the US no longer requires testing to return home.  We will evaluate as we get closer if we need to ask that participants take simple home tests prior to travel based on current information and needs.  PLEASE consider purchasing trip insurance in case you are unable to travel.  The refunds and cancellation policy along with information about insurance is at the bottom of this page.


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.

SOLD OUT / WAIT LIST available.
Please email:

Double Occupancy: $2895 per person 
Single Occupancy: $3895 



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.

SOLD OUT / WAIT LIST available.
Please email:

Double Occupancy: $2695 per person
Single Occupancy: $3595 



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.

SOLD OUT / WAIT LIST available.
Please email:

Double Occupancy: $2395 per person 
Single Occupancy: $3195



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.

SOLD OUT / WAIT LIST available

Cost: $2095 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 ($595) before October 1, 2023. No refunds after October 1, 2023. 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 2023, 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 TRAWICK AND TRAVEL GUARD 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. AIG Travel Guard and Trawick International are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide 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.