The great mystery of joy: a yoga retreat

Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico

Emily Alderaen
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Feb 12 - 19, 2022
Group size: 1 - 15
The great mystery of joy: a yoga retreat
Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico

Emily Alderaen
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
2 reviews

Feb 12 - 19, 2022
Group size: 1 - 15

About this trip

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked...

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

     When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight...

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

     Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

                                                                                -Kahlil Gibran

(Scroll all the way down for Pricing & Booking info)

As we reel from the dizzying effects of a global pandemic, the confrontation of generations of racial injustice, the degradation of our earth, and the personal traumas we have all undergone, I am left curious about the joy that persists among us as individuals and as a community. I have been pondering the interrelation between our joy and our grief. And this is hard work, folks. 

Which is why, it is with overflowing JOY that I invite you to join me for a nourishing week of yoga, sunshine, and rest at the beautiful Mar de Jade on the Riviera Nayarit. I invite you into embodied presence. 

This retreat is about taking the time to nourish YOU, because this is how we are able to show up fully for the people and causes we love. I will offer yoga classes every morning, but the majority of the day will be open for you to do you. Opportunities abound for adventure, healing, and rest. 

Mar de Jade

I am so grateful to have found this beautiful retreat center, nestled between the lush jungle and the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean on the outskirts of the fishing village of Chacala. The grounds are dreamy and luxurious. We will practice yoga in breathtaking studios with the sounds, smells, and sight of the ocean. Whether you wish to relax in a hammock, go whale watching, surfing, or horseback riding, Mar de Jade makes it easy to experience the retreat you desire. 


Mar de Jade offers a variety of luxurious rooms at a range of budgets. (Please disregard the prices listed on their site. As my retreat participant, you will receive discounted rates listed below.) Prices include three delicious meals per day and use of the retreat facilities. These prices do not include my fee as the retreat organizer, spa treatments, or additional excursions. In order reserve your spot and to access the group discounted prices listed below, you will need to pay the organizer fee first.  

  • Quad Dorm: $990 (available as all women/femme identifying or co-ed depending on availability)
  • Guest Room:
    • Double Occupancy: $1200/person
    • Single Occupancy: $1750
  • Garden Room:
    • Double Occupancy: $1450/person
    • Single Occupancy: $2050
  • Ocean Room:
    • Double Occupancy: $1550/person
    • Single Occupancy: $2350

*Children age 6 and under are free; 7-12 are welcome for $40/day.

**If there are 3 people wanting a Double Room of any type, the 3rd person would be an additional $790.

***If  you wish to bring children, a partner, a babysitter, etc. who do not wish to participate in the retreat, they can pay the accommodation fee listed above without paying my organizer fee. (Limited slots for this option.) 


Mar de Jade serves three vibrantly delicious buffet-style meals everyday, using fresh ingredients from their 17-acre organic farm. Meals feature vegetarian dishes, as well as fresh fish and chicken, and the kitchen is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies. In addition to meal times, you can visit the snack bar anytime to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, bread, and their homemade organic peanut butter and mango marmalade. I promise, you will not go hungry! Or thirsty...

Stop by La Palapa Bar to enjoy original & delicious cocktails (extra cost) made with fresh ingredients, a selection of wine, local artisanal beer, and spirits. Non alcoholic smoothies, juices, cocktails, and fresh coconuts are also available. 

The Yoga

 Each morning I will offer alignment-based Vinyasa classes with an elemental flavor. Vinyasa is defined as  “breath-synchronized movement,” which can mean flowing rather quickly  between postures; however, my classes have a strong alignment component, so there is a lot of emphasis placed on pausing to fine-tune postures to best serve individual bodies. I draw inspiration from the energetic elements of my surroundings, and I incorporate this awareness into movement practice. This is an invitation into embodied presence. 

Yoga poses are an excuse to  become curious not only about how your body moves, but about your internal reactions to what is happening. Your practice on the mat serves to guide your life off the mat, whether that is finding strength, balance, and flexibility, or in becoming more present and observant of your thoughts. I weave pranayama (breath work), meditation, singing, mudra (hand  gestures), and yogic philosophy and mythology into my classes. I take inspiration from poetry, other styles of yoga, as well as the natural rhythms of our seasons, bodies, and development.

All bodies and levels of experience welcome!

About Me

I attended my first yoga class at the age of six and spent some formative years living in ashrams in India and Portland. These experiences of being surrounded by people on the yogic path have colored my life. I attended a yoga teacher training in Brazil and received my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certificate from Find Balance Yoga in March 2011.  Since then I have been teaching in Oregon. I live in Corbett, where I homestead and raise two children, while pursuing my Master's in Counseling. I continue to learn from a variety of teachers and find inspiration from the yogic path.

What’s included

  • Daily yoga classes
    Energizing Vinyasa classes offered every morning before breakfast.
  • Afternoon gatherings
    A few afternoons, evenings during the week, I will offer dance, movement, and meditation gatherings.
  • Meals
    Three buffet-style meals per day, plus access to tea/snack bar all day long.
  • Private Airport Shuttle
    I want you to relax once you get here! I'll organize a private van to take you to Mar de Jade from the airport, and back again on your return.
  • Airfare
    Easy, cheap, direct flights from Portland to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
  • Booze
    You can purchase at the Mar de Jade bar or head into Chacala for the local cerveza.
  • Gratuity
    To show your appreciation for the awesome staff at the end of the week.
  • Excursions
    Mar de Jade offers guided hiking/boating trips, snorkeling, fishing, horseback riding, surfing, whale watching, wildlife boat tours, tours to sacred sites, beaches, markets, Spanish classes...
  • Spa services

Available Packages

Pricing & How to Book
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In order to increase accessibility to this retreat, I am offering tiered pricing. Additionally, to promote transparency and ensure your access to your desired room, fee will be charged separately from the accommodation prices. I URGE YOU TO BOOK EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR PREFERRED SPOT. ROOMS ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED, AND THERE ARE OTHER RETREATS BOOKED THAT WEEK. 

Here's how it works:

  • Community Rate (Discounted): $250 
  • Sustainer Rate (Pays for You): $350 
  • Supporter Rate (Pays for You plus Others): $450 

First, if your whole being is saying YES to joy, reserve your spot by sending $250-$450 to me via...

Venmo @Emily-Alderaen

Paypal @EAlderaen (

Check or Cash 

Credit card: you can pay your balance on this site, but they will charge you a fee.

*If your whole being is saying yes AND you are having trouble finding the funds, please contact me about trade. 

Next, it's time to reserve your accommodations. You will need to pay the above fee BEFORE you can reserve your room and access the group discounted prices. When you know what room you'd like and if you have a roommate preference, book online, by phone, or email as soon as possible. It is first come, first served. 

1. Book Online (unique booking link for direct access to the retreat)

2. Call 1800-257-0532
3. Email

Note:  The online booking system will only reserve complete rooms. If more  than two people are booking together and wish to split the deposit on multiple credit cards, please call Mar de Jade directly. They are not able to guarantee shared rates if roommates do not book together.

  • Quad Dorm: $990 (available as all women/femme identifying or co-ed depending on availability
  • Guest Room: Double Occupancy: $1200/person Single Occupancy: $1750
  • Garden Room: Double Occupancy: $1450/person Single Occupancy: $2050
  • Ocean Room: Double Occupancy: $1550/person Single Occupancy: $2350

*Children age 6 and under are free; 7-12 are welcome for $40/day.

*If there are 3 people wanting a Double Room of any type, the 3rd person would be an additional $790.



Daily Rhythm
a typically-magnificent day

Yoga: 7-8:30

Breakfast: 8:30am - 9:30am

Free Time: 9:30-1:30
Lunch: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Siesta/Free time: 2:30-4:30

*Movement Meditation (or other offering): 4:30-5:30
Dinner: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Party/Sleep: 7:30-

*Afternoon classes subject to change and offered three times during the week (not everyday)

Your Organizer

Emily Alderaen
2 reviews
Emily is a yoga teacher, mother, homesteader, and seeker. She believes whole-heartedly in practice of connecting the body as a way to heal the mind. She is influenced by ceremony, music, mythology, community, and rhythms of nature.


A beautiful blessing... with even deeper appreciation after the hiatus of the pandemic. We gathered to explore our subtle bodies in early 2020, stayed home for two years, and gathered once again to explore the great mystery of joy. It was the perfect bookend to end our isolation from one another. The retreat center was beautifully situated and maintained, with delicious food (too much food!!) and lots of outdoor spaces. The yoga room was beautiful, spacious and so nicely situated above the changing tides below that we became mesmerized by diving pelicans as we listened to Emily's soothing yet commanding voice. Every morning we shared a different class; asanas, chanting, pranayama, and three times we enjoyed dancing across the sunlit floors as the sun sank colorfully into the ocean beyond the fluttering draperies. It was magical and mystical, tasty, healthy and delicious, creating connections and deepening our sense of community, and so special to share space in this sacred way.
By connie c for The great mystery of joy: a yoga retreat on 28 Feb, 2022
So, I am home, and wish I could still be with our perfectly sized group, practicing everyday. It was so good to have a daily practice and with such a lovely group and with such delicious food, and in the jungle! The temperature was never too hot and the shady jungle provided a green on green heartfelt space where we could all let go and relax. There were adventures, and activities for those who wanted them, but I chose many a day, to sit by the pool and write. The pool was small, but like an oasis in the desert, all that was really needed. The catered food was fantastic; tasty and healthy and prepared by the loving hands of four locals who gave us plenty of deliciousness and also catered flexibly to our various dietary needs. Our homes were quite a variety, and tucked away on the steep hillside, so that we could hear one another laughing or singing but not the snores or a neighbor's sleepless night. I would definitely go again, and felt so taken care of by our fearless leader who kept adapting to the situation and listening to our choices. Thank you, Emily, for creating this retreat. I hope you do so again.
By connie c for Uncovering the Subtle Body on 04 Feb, 2020
Thank you for joining and being such a strong and supportive pillar in the group.
By Emily Alderaen on 06 Feb, 2020