In person Yoga Retreat with Avery Kalapa

7 Days, 6 Nights at the luscious eco resort Mar de Jade, in Chacala, Mexico 

Thanksgiving Week: Sunday Nov 21st – Saturday Nov. 27, 2021

Transformative joy through socially conscious Iyengar Yoga, sacred play, and deep rest – where the jungle meets the beach!

inclusive fun relaxing yoga retreat on the beach in Mexico 2021 gathering during sunset on the Pacific with friends

When was the last time you felt deeply at peace, 

vibrantly healthy and embodied, 

in awe of the beauty of life, 

a smile spreading on your soft, warm face for no particular reason? 

We’ve been through a lot, and it’s not over yet – most likely you’ve found ways to cope with these challenging times, doing what you can to just get through it – but being in coping mode is exhausting.

The stress and fatigue are real. The weight of the world is heavy, especially for those of us in touch with our hearts, holding a vision for collective change. 

Sometimes we don’t know how much stress we’re really carrying until we can actually let loose, and let go. We forget another way of being is possible.

Does your body feel stiff and stagnant after a year of stressful uncertainty and way too much screen time?

Do you feel mentally scattered, emotionally stuck?

If your body, mind and emotions are out of sync, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed, run down, disconnected.

You’re not alone if you’re finding it hard to relax, much less experience the joy of being alive. 

A tropical retreat full of transformative yoga, inspiring adventure, affirming community, and *real* chill time would do you a world of good.

Imagine having this to look forward to!

It’s amazing how being on a yoga retreat can shift everything. Deep, daily practice catalyzes profound physical vitality. It’s incredible to experience feeling so energized, lithe, supple, and strong. 

But even more meaningful is a tangible spiritual connection that cleanses the lens of perception.

These shifts are like jewels. We wake up to the preciousness of this life. The joy of being alive!

This remembrance of who you truly are when you feel relaxed, awake, and at peace, reignites your radical imagination, your inspired vision for your life. It reminds us what we love most about life, and allows us to slow down enough to actually soak it up and be present. 

When we do this work in community, supported by spacious free time, gorgeous organic farm to table cuisine, the vibrance of secluded nature, glassy turquoise ocean waves… the combination is not only deeply healing, but helps you begin anew. 

The ripple effects of this transformative joy at the root level helps you arrive into wholeness, and a sense of belonging that allows you to meet life with a soft, peaceful heart. 

Tropical sandy beach at Return to Joy Iyengar Yoga Retreat in Chacala Mexico with Avery Kalapa November 2021

The creativity, vitality, and inspiration from this Retreat will nourish all that ways you show up for what you care about most.

This is the type of joy that brings clarity of purpose, energy to make change, and the confidence to step into the next chapter of your life: authentic, aligned, and empowered.

“Avery’s teaching weaves profound joy and deep spirituality, physical exuberance and emotional release. Their knowledge and skills are vast. They are a caring and careful teacher, always offering modifications and alert to individual needs, adapting accordingly. And, their love of – and commitment to yoga are wonderfully infectious.”

– Christina

All Inclusive Retreat: Prefect for solo travelers, friend groups, or partners ready for a sweet week of reconnection!

Chacala Beach yoga retreat with Avery 2021
Chacala Beach

Chacala is one of the most beautiful and tranquil beaches on the lush Pacific coastline known as Riviera Nayart. It’s a 90 drive up the coast, north of Puerto Vallarta. 

Not your average yoga retreat….

Responsible Travel

Navigating the logistics of travel during Covid is especially vulnerable. You want to be safe, but just as important, responsible and respectful to the people and place you visit. 

One reason retreating at Mar de Jade is a perfect choice is that they’re well equipped, and ready to welcome us. They have high standards of safety for both their staff and visitors. November will be the perfect time of year to visit. Having this secluded home base, rather than travelling to several locations, further lends itself to responsible travel. In accordance with current CDC guidelines, All retreat attendees are required to have received the Covid vaccine, have a negative swab test before and after each flight, and follow the safety measures requested by Mar de Jade. Click here for more info on Covid safety.

Another reason is the ethical alignment: by visiting, we’ll directly support the Chacala community. Proceeds from our visit directly fund non-profit projects that have a meaningful impact on many lives. For decades Mar de Jade’s proceeds have funded several local initiatives from health and wellness programs, accessible youth education, sustainability and micro-industry projects. 

Inclusive and Affirming

All people, especially folks who have been left out of or turned off by mainstream yoga spaces, should have access to the revitalizing nourishment of deeply informed, classical yoga that goes beyond fitness, without having to code switch or assimilate in order to practice.

Navigating both travel and wellness spaces can be fraught for those who hold underestimated identities. This Retreat is specially designed to create an inclusive, warm, welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ practitioners, allies, activists, healers, changemakers, socially conscious folks who love yoga from diverse social locations, of various ages, body types, backgrounds. We gather for practice, play and rest as a sacred way to deeply replenish, as a way to connect us to life, not as a privileged escape from it. 

We practice to reorganize our bodies and minds, nervous systems, patterns. Such practice makes healing within and the collective, tangible.

Stability + Alignment: Iyengar Yoga Immersion, Justice Oriented Framework

We’ll be practicing alignment based asana as a conduit for all 8 limbs of Patanjali’s system. The Iyengar method is brilliant, and deeply informed by both functional anatomy and embodied, classical yoga philosophy.

Iyengar Yoga provides deep, challenging, yet adaptive and supportive practices to make transformative yoga sadhana accessible to all bodies. We’ll use props and intelligent sequencing responsive to the needs of each participant. Learn to work with your body, not against it.

Part of having a body in our stressful modern era is dealing with its challenges – pain and stiffness, joint instability, neck and shoulder problems, back and knee issues, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, injury, illness… you have your list I’m sure! Stability, functional anatomy, and deeply informed alignment are foundational to the asana at this retreat. We will explore strong, dynamic work, and practice rigorously – but in ways that are truly beneficial for you body, and every other layer of your being. If you teach yoga, this is an amazing opportunity to deepen your skillset and your practice.

Asana, pranayama, and philosophy become much more meaningful through an anti-oppression lens. Our embodied spiritual transformation is a conduit for social change. The Retreat will not only strengthen you asana practice, but the ways you live your yoga, off the mat.

Invest in your health and happiness

Coming on a Retreat can feel like a brave stretch. You are so worthy of this level of care, healing, play, and relaxation! 

This is preventative medicine for body, mind and spirit. Plus, when you sign up the benefits go far beyond the actual week on the beach. Months of gleeful anticipation, and sweet memories that last a lifetime become part of the tapestry of your inspiration, resilience, and true wellness. In fact, when we’re feeling healthy and happy, we don’t feel so driven to over consume, run ourselves ragged, get stuck – coming on retreat helps you be truly resourced. 

Are you a yoga or wellness teacher? This Retreat is an in-depth yoga intensive, and provides Continuing Education credits for Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance and IYNAUS. Plus, if you teach yoga professionally, this whole trip could be tax deductible!

Accessibility

There are several room options, payment plans, and even equity scholarships available to help make this dream-come-true week in paradise more accessible. If you want to attend with your family, shoot me an email and we can discuss how it can work. Mar de Jade welcomes children, though someone in your pod will need to be responsible for them them at all times. For more accessibility info visit Mar de Jade’s FAQ.

Avery’s yoga instruction provides an incredibly vital space for deep rest, rejuvenation, grounding, and reconnection with body. As someone living within a non-binary experience, and at times dysphoria, Avery’s yoga practice is always a helpful kind guidance back to self.

– Shane

We’ll enjoy:

  • Daily yoga asana and breath work workshops rich with embodied philosophy in a fully equipped studio overlooking the ocean. Silent meditation at sunrise – or sleep in, your choice! Restorative, Pranayama and Deep Relaxation sessions every other afternoon, with a off day afternoons free for unstructured rest or adventures.
  • Three gourmet meals a day: healthy, gorgeous, unpretentious. Every dish is made daily from scratch using fresh ingredients from Mar de Jade’s Organic Farm. Delicious and well balanced buffet-style meals are served in an open-air dining room overlooking Chacala bay. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, as well as fresh fish, seafood and chicken. 
  • Ample time to relax in the pool, play in the waves, snorkel, nap, and explore. Soak and swim nestled amidst banana trees, bougainvillea flowers, and palm trees. Sway in a heavenly hammock while you watch the sunset colors dance on the perfect waves.

Optional activities include: 

  • Massage and spa treatments (on location)
  • Temazcal – an ancient purification ceremony in an Aztec sweat lodge with a local Healer
  • Visit Mar de Jade’s Organic Farm and Community Projects
  • Jungle hike to 2000 year old petroglyphs
  • Snorkel at Isla Coral, an uninhabited island with crystal clear waters, teaming with ocean life, a short boat ride from Mar de Jade
  • Day trips to Surfing, fishing trips, horseback riding, a birdwatching and wildlife tour, and more!
  • Spanish language lessons

What’s included:

  • Transfer to and from Puerta Vallarta Airport 
  • All meals, lodging, yoga sessions
  • Tips for Mar de Jade staff
  • Taxes and processing fees

What’s not included: 

  • Airline Tickets
  • Alcohol 
  • Spa treatments
  • Temezcal 
  • Excursions and Activities
  • Tips for Massage Therapists, Activity Guides

This retreat is perfect for:

  • Folks who have received their Covid vaccines.
  • Socially conscious yoga lovers ready for an immersive practice in a wholesome, down to earth, luxurious tropical beach vacation setting. 
  • Folks interested in alignment based yoga: strong, active sequences and restorative asana infused with devotion, rooted in peace and justice. 
  • Nature lovers who find joy in rad community, play that delights, and possess a sense of adventure. 
  • Anyone who needs a deep soul reset.

Investment per person: $1470 – $2700

Choose your accommodation style and price.

Guest, garden and ocean rooms can have 2 double beds, or one king. Dorm lofts have 4 single beds, or one king and 2 single beds.

Room choices are first come first served, options will shift the closer we get to November. Stay with a friend, partner, or be paired with someone awesome. Single occupancy rooms are sold out! Pay in full or save you spot with a nonrefundable $500 deposit. Balance due by October 1. Add any discount coupons at checkout.

Price Options per person, depending on your room style:

Dorm Style Loft: (Up to 4 people per room) $1670

(lofts are for cis women, queer, trans, and or nonbinary folks)

Double occupancy, guest room $1885 – 2 Double Guest Room spots left!

Garden room upgrade double: $2060

Ocean room upgrade double: $2140

Single occupancy, guest room $2315  – sold out

Garden room upgrade single: $2570 – sold out

Ocean room upgrade single: $2700 – sold out

extra Discounts

Added savings (I really want you to come, can you tell? 😉

Yoga with Avery Subscription Members – use discount code MEMBERLOVE – $100 off

Trans* Students and or BIPOC Students – use discount code MXequity – $200 off

Choose your room option check out. Then look for a follow up email with an online registration form where you can share details such as who you want to room with, dietary requests, etc.

group loft dorm
guest room
Garden room upgrade
ocean room upgrade

Thank you for the amazing practice today!! I entered into some incredible and deeply relaxing spaces that I so needed. You hold such a sacred space for people and your authenticity creates beautiful ripples. Thank you for sharing yourself, your compassion and your plethora of knowledge with us today. 

– Camille

About Avery:

Avery Kalapa (they, them) is a yoga teacher, community weaver, and queer anf trans wellness advocate; CIYT, eRYT500, YACEP, BFA, with 20 years experience. Avery’s approach is rooted in anti-oppression: yoga for inner healing and collective liberation. 

They love creating affirming healing spaces that don’t require assimilation. Celebrated for their enthusiasm, accessibility, and depth of technique, their teaching reflects deep gratitude for the Iyengar Lineage. They offer a vast knowledge of integrative functional anatomy and stability and embodied philosophy that empowers their students to experience tangible positive transformation in body mind and consciousness. 

Avery is involved in various yoga equity projects, such as ABQ Queer Trans Community Yoga. They’re also a gardener, artist, and parent. Avery is a white, queer, nonbinary settler grateful to live on unceded Tiwa land, in Albuquerque NM. 

FAQ

Where do I fly into?

You’ll fly in and out of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. There are good flights but best to book ASAP since prices will get higher as time goes by around the holiday weekend. Book a flight that gets in by mid afternoon Sunday Nov. 21, and that departs Saturday midday or afternoon Nov. 27th (Unless you want to build in some extra time in the area…)

Can I bring my kids?

Not this time …. Usually yes, Mar de Jade is family friendly – but because international travel isn’t recommended for unvaccinated folks right now, with the rising rates of the delta variant, this is not the best time to travel with your kiddos. Maybe next year!

Can I bring my partner who doesn’t want to join the yoga part? 

YES – their Retreat cost will be slightly reduced. Inquire for details. If you would like to come to some, but not all yoga sessions, no worries. If you attend any of the Yoga sessions with Avery you’ll be responsible for the regular retreat cost. At least one person from your pod will need to be a full paid Yoga Retreat participant.

I have some old injuries, body issues … will I be able to do the yoga?

YES – We will be able to accommodate you if you are dealing with physical issues that need care. If you are newer to yoga but up for diving in, you are welcome to join. Expect to be in a group of seasoned practitioners. Appropriate modifications and alternatives will be given during the retreat, especially during the practice of inversions, and more intermediate level poses. Classes will be beginner – intermediate level and customized to all in attendance.

Do I need to bring my own props?

Nope – Mar de Jade has everything we’ll need, such as blocks, belts, chairs, blankets, bolsters. They even have a studio with a rope wall! If you have a fave yoga mat, eye wrap, or special props you like to use, feel free to bring it along.

Is the ocean warm for easily swimming, or chilly?

Warm! Especially this time of year. This is also the mellow season in terms of wave size – great for swimming. We will be on a tropical beach, so get ready to shed the winter layers. Pack for summer weather. It’s nice to have multiple bathing suits so one can dry while you’re in and out of the pool, hot tub, and ocean throughout the day (and night!)

Can food allergies and other dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Yes – Vegan, veg, and gluten free options are always available, but if your meals need to be specially prepared separate from the group meals, there may be an extra fee.

Traveling during Covid feels risky, what if I need to cancel? What are your policies to ensure we are all as safe as possible?

Things have changed – and keep changing – in so many ways with Covid. Readiness to travel is a personal decision. I want to make sure we do all we can as a group to keep everyone safe – and – after much research as the months pass, I do feel good about our small healthy group of vaccinated adults taking this incredibly healing journey together.

The state of Jalisco where we will be travelling has kept its numbers low througout, and has a lower Covid rate that most places in the US. Vaccines are a controversial issue in many communities, including yoga and holistic health communities. I want to know we’ve done everything possible to make sure we and the people hosting us stay healthy, so I am requiring that all participants are vaccinated.

We will be following the CDC and best practice protocols around Covid safety; it is required that all retreat participants are up to date on Covid vaccines and available boosters AND we will each need to have an antigen test within 3 days of each flight in addition to following Mar de Jade’s current Covid policies.

Because of these factors and the contracts in place with Mar de Jade, airlines, etc, it is highly advised each participant gets travel insurance to cover their trip should anything not go according to plan. There are no refunds, transfers or discounts for cancellations, illness, arriving late, leaving early, or travel snafus. If you cancel your participation in the retreat for any reason, this cancellation policy applies. In the unlikely event that we must cancel due to pandemic shit down, boarder closures, natural disaster, etc, we cannot guarantee a refund – however, we will reschedule the Retreat!

What forms of payment do you accept?

You can pay with credit or debit card online. However, if you’d rather pay by check or even good ol cash that’s fine too. You’ll need to email me to set that up. You can pay the deposit on credit card, and then get me the balance via check, Venmo, PayPal. Lots of options! We can also break parents into a few chunks if that helps you.

Still have questions? Email me, we can set up a call to chat.