Yoga In The Classroom: A Retreat for Educators

Mar De Jade, Chacala

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Rachel Rajput
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Jun 20 - 28, 2020
Group size: 12 - 30
Yoga In The Classroom: A Retreat for Educators
Mar De Jade, Chacala

Rachel Rajput
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17 reviews

$1799
Deposit: $500
Jun 20 - 28, 2020
Group size: 12 - 30

About this trip

Have you ever felt that your students were lacking connection to you and each other?

Would you like to teach them how to slow down and breathe?

Have you desired tools to make your classroom or program environment more manageable?

Would you like to spend 8 days this summer in a Culturally Immersive experience with other teachers & youth developers, honoring your self-care and building on your strengths?


Then join us for a Summer Solstice Celebration. This is a once-in a lifetime trip for  teachers, youth developers, yoga teachers, and others who lead. Whether you teach infants, adults, or anyone in between, we think you will benefit from this experience.


We’ll start our journey at Mar De Jade, a yoga and meditation retreat center on the Pacific coast village of Chacala, Mexico. Here we’ll spend 6 days and nights deepening our yoga practice, meditating, and learning and discussing brain development from infancy to adulthood and its connection to Yoga. Each morning we will begin with a seated meditation and a yoga class. During the afternoon, we will engage in lecture / discussion regarding ways you can bring the practice into your workplace. As each of us have different experiences working with youth, we will all have opportunities to share and practice leading the group in age-specific activities. 

We will finish our day with a Restorative yoga class and dinner.


All three meals are provided. All of the food is organic, and most is grown and caught right on the property. Activities between our classes may include: hiking in the jungle, stand-up paddleboarding, engaging in an Indigenous Sweat Lodge ceremony, enjoying a spa treatment, walking on the beach into the town of Chacala, or simply relaxing in a hammock overlooking the sea. https://mardejade.com/experience/


While we are at Mar De Jade, we will have an opportunity to visit their Montessori inspired K-8th grade school (El Jardin) and lead an activity with the students, as well discuss the differences in the education systems with their faculty. http://chacala.school/


We will also visit the El Rancho Organic farm, which grows all of the food we will eat at the center and provides living-wage work for the single mothers of Chacala.

https://mardejade.com/about/community-projects/el-rancho-organic-farm/


Our final two days will be a Cultural Immersion in the surf town of Sayulita. Here, we will take a Mexican cooking class together, practice our Spanish, and continue our yoga and meditation practice at the Yoga studio at Hotelito Los Suenos. https://www.hotelitolossuenos.com/


From Sayulita, we will journey back to the Puerto Vallarta airport to bid a fond Adios until next year. All you need to bring to this trip is an open mind and an open heart.


This is an unforgettable 8 Days, and we hope you can join us.

 - We are providing a Certificate of Completion to all attendees, which may be used for Professional Development units.

 - Registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance can earn 20 Continuing Education hours upon completion of our trip.

 - Partners and children are welcome to attend the trip, please email us with questions and rates.


Teacher Bios:

Rachel Rajput is a Yoga teacher & Studio Owner with a background in education. She worked as a Theater Education Teacher with the California Arts Council and as an admistrator at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, California for a combined total of 15 years. She now owns, manages, and teaches classes at all three Left Coast Power Yoga locations in Oakland. Rachel gained her BFA from the University of Illinois, her 200 hr yoga teaching credential through Laughing Lotus SF, and her 300 hr through Yoga Tree SF. Rachel has been leading local and international retreats since 2015


Nina Portugal:

As a public school educator for the past 9 years, Nina is passionate about teaching, and passionate about her students. Whether they are 9th graders or adults, she hopes to help them see their strengths and find joy. Nina first began teaching at Urban Prep Charter Schools in Chicago and then moved overseas to Spain to teach at a bilingual High School: Antonio Gala IES. She then joined Castlemont High in Oakland as their English Language Development teacher. Since 2015, Nina has been with Life Academy in the Oakland Unified School District.  If there is one thing that Plank and Chaturanga have taught Nina, that it is that with practice, dedication and honestly a smile, she not only can get stronger and grow, but also gain the confidence she needs to take on the world both on and off the mat. In 2015, Nina earned her 200YTT with Its Yoga International in Nicaragua to deepen her study of Ashtanga Yoga. She continued studying with Annie Carpenter Smart Flow in 2017 and most recently, Nina has furthered her education with Jason Crandell and his advanced teacher training. 


Both instructors have completed the Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher training with The Connection Coalition and have conversational fluency in Spanish.

What’s included

  • Transportation / Chacala
    We will transport you via van shuttle from the Puerta Vallarta Airport to Mar De Jade (note: people arriving at a different time than the general group will be responsible for their own taxi.)
  • 6 Nights Accommodation
    6 Night Stay in the air-conditioned room of your choice (w/private bath) at Mar De Jade, Chacala.
  • Morning Yoga/Meditation
    We will have Yoga / Meditation offerings each day of our trip, which blend the physical practice and yogic philosophy.
  • Afternoon Workshops
    Each afternoon at Mar De Jade, participate in a workshop about bringing yoga to the classroom. Learn and practice age-appropriate activities for your group!
  • Restorative Yoga classes
    Each night that we are in Mar De Jade, enjoy a Restorative Yoga Session before dinner.
  • Organic Meals in Chacala
    All meals and snacks at Mar De Jade from Saturday dinner thru Friday breakfast including coffee / tea and fresh squeezed fruit juices daily. Gluten free, vegan, and other diets are no problem!
  • Suncatcher Workshop
    To set our intention as a group, we will create crystal suncatchers upon arrival in Chacala.
  • Salt Scrub Workshop
    Detox during this week... and create your own salt scrub with sea salt and essential oils for healing and relaxation.
  • Local School Activity
    See Chacala a little closer as we visit El Jardin school and lead a mindfulness activity.
  • Farm Tour
    Hear the story of Mar De Jade's founding and tour the El Campo Organic Farm!
  • Transportation / PV
    We will take our Van Shuttles as a group to Sayulita.
  • 2 Nights Accommodation:
    2 Night Stay in beautiful Sayulita (buffet breakfast included).
  • Tax and Gratuity
    This price includes all taxes and gratuities for Mar De Jade and Sayulita Hotel staff.
  • Massage in Sayulita
    We have booked each participant a massage at Hotelito Los Suenos during our two days in Sayulita!
  • Airfare
    Participants are responsible for their own airfare
  • Travel Insurance
    Always recommended!
  • Temezcal Ceremony
    Detoxify in an Aztec Sweat Lodge onsite at Mar De Jade
  • Additional Spa Services:
    Treat yourself to an indulgent massage or facial at Mar De Jade.
  • Lunch /Dinner Sayulita
    We will be providing breakfast and smoothies for these two days.
  • Alcoholic drinks
    Available at both of out hotels, and many beachside spots in Sayulita!
  • Excursions
    Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Jungle Hike, etc each carry a small additional fee, around $20 each.
  • Cab back to PV airport
    We will help you book a cab, but as folks leave at different times, we will not be providing service back to the airport.

Available Packages

Bronze Package (per person)
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This is a great option for budget travelers! You will stay EITHER in a larger Triple Room with two roommates, OR  a smaller but still very comfortable Double Room. All rooms 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. All rooms are air conditioned, and have en-suite bathrooms with natural bath amenities and either Double or King-sized beds. Please indicate if you have a roommate(s)  in mind!


We have a convenient payment plan in place for this trip.


PAYMENT 1: Pay your $500 Deposit now to reserve your space in the Retreat.


PAYMENT 2: FEB 1ST, 2020


PAYMENT 3: APRIL 1ST, 2020







$1799
Deposit: $500
Silver Package (per person)
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These rooms are larger than the Bronze rooms, and you will only share with one other person.

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. All rooms are air conditioned. Please indicate if you have a roommate in mind!


We have a convenient payment plan in place for this trip.


PAYMENT 1: Pay your $500 Deposit now to reserve your space in the Retreat.

PAYMENT 2: FEB 1ST, 2020

PAYMENT 3: APRIL 1ST, 2020

$1999
Deposit: $500
Gold Package (per person)
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These are the top of the line suites at Mar De Jade! All 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. 


We have a convenient payment plan in place for this trip.

PAYMENT 1: Pay your $500 Deposit now to reserve your space in the Retreat.

PAYMENT 2: FEB 1ST, 2020

PAYMENT 3: APRIL 1ST, 2020

$1999
Deposit: $500
Platinum Package (Single Occupancy)
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If you prefer to travel alone, enjoy a Single Room at both of our destinations. All rooms 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 King bed, a terrace with a view of our lush tropical gardens; a spacious bathroom with bathtub and some have a separate shower. All rooms are air conditioned. We have a very limited amount of Singles so please book early!

$2499
Deposit: $500
$1799
Deposit: $500

Bronze Package (per person)

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Mar De Jade!

Our journey begins! Fly into Puerta Vallarta International Airport (we can recommend easy and direct flights from Oakland or SFO to PVR. Southwest now flies direct from both of these locations for around $450 R/T). Meet our group at the designated pickup point and grab the Group Shuttle to Mar De Jade. This trip will take around 1.5 hours and is a relaxing drive. Arrive to the retreat center for a snack, a relaxing swim in the pool, and get settled in before dinner! We will have a group Meet N Greet after dinner.

Your Organizer


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Rachel Rajput
17 reviews
Rachel Rajput founded Left Coast Power Yoga in 2013 to bring a challenging, heated Power Yoga shala to the Oakland community. As a yoga instructor, she draws from her dance, theater, and improvisation background. She weaves bits of Yogic philosophy into every class and hopes that students come out of her classes ready to take on the world like true Warriors! She received her 200 Hr Certification from Laughing Lotus SF (with Keith Borden and Jasmine Tarkeshi, and her 300 Hr from Yoga Tree (with Jason Crandall, Janet Stone, Jane Austin, and Annie Carpenter.) Rachel believes that the power of your practice can make any of life’s problems, no matter how big or small, infinitely more manageable. She loves leading retreats both locally in Northern California.... and abroad!

Reviews

DL
Great trip, had a blast! Will be back!! Rachel's the BEST!!!
SH
Having attended several of Rachel's Yoga Camp retreats previously, I'm not at all surprised by the fact that this retreat was such a pleasure, truly the best vacation I could've taken during a hectic fall season at work. Like everything Rachel touches, the retreat was well organized and focused on relationship-building. Rachel and Lael are not only wonderful teachers but very welcoming people who created a wonderful community vibe outside our two daily yoga classes. I'm not a huge "sit on the beach and do nothing" vacation type of person, but being in beautiful Mar de Jade, where the ocean is calm and like bath water, the meals are delicious and plentiful, and the people warm and friendly made it a perfect week. Plus, there were many optional activities, like paddle boarding, hiking, and a traditional sweat lodge to do during the day for those of us who are more restless. I could've stayed an entire week in Mar de Jade, but it was nice to experience Mexican culture and celebration in Sayulita at the end of the trip. I would love to return on this retreat and will be encouraging friends from outside the Left Coast community to join me. Thank you for sending me back to the real world much calmer - and more sunburnt.
Excellent trip. Great location, people, teachers, and classes. I thoroughly relaxed and enjoyed Rocket with Lyz and prep for Bakasana with Quamay. The food was incredible!
By Asha Goldweber for Fall 2019 Yoga Camp! on Sep 11, 2019
Amazing! I brought my brother and my two nieces, 7 and 9 and we all had a great time. Food was delicious and healthy and loved the yoga. Rachel has created a wonderful community that I love being a part off. Thank you for this lovely experience!
SH
This was my second trip to Camp Double Bear with Rachel and it was another amazing experience: deeply restorative, yet refreshingly social. Classes with Rachel, Adam, and Lael - and a massage with Kellyn - provided just what I needed when not consuming delicious food or spending time in the hot tub with friends old and new (I made my initial friends in Oakland from 2018's trip). I'll continue to go back during my time in the Bay and I hope to meet you there on a future retreat!
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