The Seat of the Soul Yoga Retreat
An Elemental Practice of Presence
With Asiana Harper and Christine Miller
Mar de Jade, Mexico
Saturday March 25th - Saturday April 1st, 2017
Awaken your senses through this experiential retreat, The Seat of the Soul: An elemental practice of presence. Over seven days, our journey will access the gateways of presence using yoga, breathwork, meditation and intrinsic movement. Allow the elements of this beautiful location in Chacala, Mexico, to stir the earth, water, fire, air and ether both within our bodies and all around us. This retreat is a fine blend of spiritual and somatic discovery that can reveal a place which is often called the seat of the soul, that point where our inner and outer experience meet.
Each day will begin with the ritual of movement and stillness, to anchor us in the tone of presence. Other activities such as hiking, swimming, dancing and fire ceremony will delve us deeper into synchronization with the biorhythms of nature. What might we find in the stirring of our watery hearts? Is our path determined by the flame of desire or the tread of connection from sole to earth? Together, we'll explore these questions and so many more.
The Seat of the Soul is available to all levels of practitioners. This retreat will meet you exactly where you are as a supportive foundation to break through limiting beliefs, to intimately experience the mind-body connection and to provide tools to harness the most powerful portal in all experience: the power of the present moment.
- 7 nights accommodations
- 3 meals a day
- Transportation to/from PVR airport in group shuttle
- Daily yoga and movement meditation
- Elemental Playshops
- Fire circle
- All Taxes
- Dorm Room = 1950
- Guest Room Double = $2200
- Guest Room Single = $2650
- Garden Room Double = $2350
- Garden Room Single = $2850
- Ocean Room Double = $2450
- Ocean Room Single = $3150
Early Bird $300 of by = October 1st
Early Bird $200 off by = December 1st
Early Bird $100 off by = February 1st
Asiana (Kirstin Harper) has always felt a strong connection to the natural elements and how they interact in body, on earth. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, with wilderness as her backyard, Asiana had constant access to exploring her environment. She recalls climbing trees, sitting in caves, adventuring with the animals and in the forest. All of this engaged her curiosity, and encouraged quietude, as well as agility of her mind and body. It simply made sense that these experiences would bring Asiana into the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda, practices which facilitate a ‘deepening’ into the present moment. After studying at the Ayurvedic Institute, as well as the School of Natural Therapeutics, both in Albuquerque, NM, Asiana received certifications as a Ayurvedic Lifestyles Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor. Additional training in India and Thailand encompassed Thai Massage and further studies into the technology of Meditation. Asiana is also licensed in Neurosculpting®, a ‘whole-brain’ approach to re-writing old stories … ones which block us from activating our highest potential.
Asiana is honored to be on the planet at this time, journeying in this body, mind and spirit template. She offers support to others in establishing more ease, harmony and balance in their lives, thus revealing greater/greatest access to our infinite reservoir of life force energy.
After managing wellness programs in the corporate healthcare industry, Christine transitioned to teach yoga full time so she could study, practice and promote the most vital relationship of our life... mind and body. Christine is an avid student of all things movement, including yoga, writing and breath. Her classes combine safe alignment, informed by Anusara and SriDaiva studies, creative sequencing and reflective thought. Christine is known for her poetic approach of inviting universal truths into the movement and breath of the collective. She’s created a series of yoga and writing workshops to offer deeper access to the relationship between contemplative practice and creative engagement. Her many great loves include dancing, hanging with her puppy Crosby-girl, writing: pen to paper the old fashioned way, travel to foreign lands and anything that loses her in nature.
Mar de Jade
A Yoga, Wellness & Vacation Retreat Center nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, México.
This is an intimate place offering groups and individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment in a peaceful fishing village. Mar de Jade was created in 1983 in the spirit of active community service, of gratitude for the natural environment, and of the cultivation of genuine friendships. Overlooking Mexico's Pacific Ocean and Chacala's sandy golden beach, the main house with its graceful contours and Mediterranean style serves as a gathering place for a variety of events and happenings. It houses the Yoga and Meditation studios, dinning rooms, bar, guest lounge and reception. The spacious layout of Mar de Jade offers each area a sense of privacy as it blends with the natural surroundings; discover mango and papaya trees, lay in a hammock under the shade of a palapa, walk through a small organic herbs garden.
- Care for dietary restrictions
- Child Care service
- Laundry Service
- Medical Assistance
- Spa Services (Massages, Pedicure, Manicure)
- Transportation Service
- WiFi internet (Free, Dining room area)
Overview / Facilities / Lodging
- 17 Garden Suites
- 11 Guest Rooms
- 3 Retreat Halls
- Spa "El Santuario" (Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Temazcal)
- Swimming pool & Jacuzzi
- Dining Room & Guest Lounge
- Bar " La Palapa"
- Introduction and practice of Neurosculpting® Yoga, the whole-brain approach to rewriting old stories, ones which block us from activating our highest potential.
- Experience Yoga Nidra, also known as Yogic Sleep, a deep, guided meditation dipping through the layers of consciousness. Nidra is designed to release tension and activate greater presence.
- Enjoy a blindfold yoga asana practice to re-inform proprioceptive awareness of the body and soul.
- Learn journaling techniques to discern and articulate the qualities of sensation and experience.
- Gain tools to integrate a deeper sense of presence in daily life.
- 7:00 - 8:00 am MOVEMENT AND STILLNESS RITUAL
- 8:30 - 9:30 am SILENT BREAKFAST
- 9:30 - 11:00 am MORNING ELEMENTAL PLAYSHOP (Daily Opening Circle, Lecture, Discussion, Intention, Journaling, etc.,...)
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm Personal Time (great time for pool, massages, beach, etc.,...)
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm LUNCH
- 1:00 - 1:30 pm SILENT DIGESTION WALK
- 2:00 - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON ELEMENTAL PLAYSHOP
- 4:30 - 6:00 pm Personal Time (great time for pool, massages, beach, etc.,...)
- 6:00 - 7:30 pm DINNER
- 8:00 - 10:00 pm Evening Activities (special sessions, workshops, Nidra, dance, or free time...)
Food / The Kitchen
Whether you are attending a Yoga Retreat or simply relaxing on Vacation you can enjoy three delicious and nutritious meals per day, served buffet style, in the breezy open-air dining terrace overlooking Chacala bay. All food served at Mar de Jade is prepared with great care, attention and love. We focus on offering healthy, local and when possible, organic products. We serve vegetarian dishes as well as fresh fish, seafood, and some chicken. Our meals are prepared from scratch using many ingredients from our own Organic Farm; free range eggs, organic milk, corn, beans, leafy greens, carrots, mangoes, passion fruit, hibiscus, peanuts and many other fruits and vegetables. At the buffet table, you can find many homemade goods such as: yogurt, cheese and other dairy products, soy milk, granola, breads and pastries, pastas, hummus, tofu, and our stellar organic peanut butter and mango marmalade (now available for purchase).
Our kitchen staff is happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions such as allergies, vegans or vegetarians, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. All of our raw foods are carefully disinfected and washed with purified water. Purified water is also provided for drinking.
Ocean Rooms ~ A/C | 1 King Bed or 2 Doubles
Are bright and airy, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a private balcony with an Ocean view. Comfortable and well appointed, each room has a sitting area with a futon that can accommodate up to two children; some have the futon in a space separated by a door for added privacy. All have bathtubs and some have a separate shower as well. Most are on third and fourth floors and require steps to climb.
Garden Rooms ~ A/C | 1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds
Are comfortable and tastefully decorated, some crafted in a Mexican style, with natural rock, hand painted mosaics and tropical mahogany wood finishes; while others have an airy Mediterranean feel with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light and fresh breeze. Each room has a terrace with a view of our lush tropical gardens; a spacious bathroom with bathtub and some have a separate shower. Located on the ground floor, these rooms are easy to access either with a few steps or with a ramp.
Guest Room Loft ~ FAN | 1 King Bed + 2 Single Beds or 4 Single Bed
Are a more basic yet spacious option for families or 3 to 4 roommates. The bottom level has a king bed (or two twins) and a bathroom; the loft is accessed by a spiral staircase and has two twin beds (or a king). They all have garden or jungle views. The loft is not recommended for children under 6 yrs old or people with mobility issues. Minimum occupancy is 3 people.
Guest Room ~ FAN | 1 King Bed or 2 Doubles
Are simple yet comfortable rooms for one or two people, with garden or jungle views.
LOCATION: Chacala, Mexico
Mar de Jade is along Mexico's Tropical Pacific Coast, about 90 min. north of popular tourist destination Puerto Vallarta; 3 hours west of Guadalajara; and 2 hours south of Tepic. It is located on the south end of Chacala Beach, Nayarit, Mexico.
Chacala's half-mile bay is home to approximately 300 full time residents and receives many seasonal residents and visitors during the winter months. It is a favored beach destination for Mexican families during the most popular vacation periods such as Semana Santa (Easter Week) and New Years. Chacala has one of the most pristine beaches along the coastline; soft golden sand lined with coconut trees and palapa (thatched-roof) restaurants. The town still retains an unhurried lifestyle and the locals are very friendly and welcoming.
The best way to reach Chacala is to fly to Puerto Vallarta International Airport, which has non-stop and connection flights from all major US Cities. Plan to arrive into PVR no later than the afternoon of March 25th and depart in the afternoon evening or April 1st
We will arrange group transportation from/to the airport. Plan on arriving no later than the afternoon of March 25th to meet the group shuttle. Plan to depart in the afternoon / evening of April 1st in order to have time to travel from Chacala to PVR.
To know the best options to get to Mar de Jade, please read the Transportation Section under FAQ'S by clicking HERE.
- Early Bird $300 of by = October 1st
- Early Bird $200 off by = December 1st
- Early Bird $100 off by = February 1st
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