Yoga by the Sea
Connect to the Sacred Within
January 27 – February 3, 2024
with Marti Yura and Karen Dorfman
at Mar De Jade Retreat Center
Join Marti & Karen for a week of rejuvenation on the Pacific coast where the jungle meets the sea.
Immerse yourself in mindful yoga practices as we dive into what awakens our inner wisdom… physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Explore what your practice could be with intimate instruction, deep focus, and space to breathe. Nourish your soul and treat yourself to a week dedicated totally to you!
Each day will begin with a guided sunrise meditation followed by an active yoga practice to move our bodies and awaken the senses.
You will then have plenty of free time to enjoy the beach, get a spa treatment, take an excursion or simply relax in a hammock.
In the afternoons we’ll drop into a gentle, restorative/yin practice.
This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to focus on your personal practice, your journey and what you hold sacred in your life.
There will be a tea and coffee bar with fresh fruit open all day starting at 6am. Three delicious, health-minded meals will be provided daily in the open air dining room.
Live music will be performed Thursday evening, followed by dancing.
Catch up on deep peaceful sleep to the sound of the ocean waves and experience the healing and rejuvenating benefits that Mar de Jade has become famous for.
Marti and Karen are dedicated and supportive yoga instructors with decades of experience teaching classes, workshops and leading retreats.
Their approach is mindful, playful, and grounding. They each believe in the power of touch, and take a loving hands-on approach to classes.
The class styles will vary, including somatic practice and alignment-based flow, with attention to the breath, and honoring oneself on the mat.
There will be offerings of meditation, pranayama, rope wall mini-classes, gentle and yin yoga, and chanting throughout the week.
Our intention is for you to feel restored, inspired and connected with your inner wisdom by the end of the week. All levels are welcome, beginners to advanced!
About the Location
Mar de Jade is 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 is a home to many, and when you visit us, you become part of the family.
Three generations of the del Valle family live here, working alongside a wonderful and dedicated staff – some of whom have been with Mar de Jade for decades. Spiritual and wellness teachers come back year after year to facilitate retreats and you can feel the spirit of service and friendship in the air.
Mar de Jade’s commitment to serving local communities — from our first medical clinic in the early 1980s—has grown into MDJ Community Projects, a non-profit that runs education, health, and micro-industry programs, and a 17-acre organic farm.
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About the Instructors
Marti continues to integrate what she has studied and learned for over forty years as a health and well-being professional.
Her journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the 2009 “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. Since 1979 her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998. Since then, Yoga has become a fundamental practice from which to live life from. She is grounded in the tenets and distinctions of Yoga, and utilizes her classes, workshops, and in-depth teacher trainings as a powerful medium with which to support students in fulfilling more than they could expect from their practice. Both dynamic and therapeutic,
Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.
She is a 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has been studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2008, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.
Marti also offers private Thai Yoga Massage therapy.
Karen Dorfman has always had a love for soulful expression through movement. Her creative style of teaching comes from her background in dance, using breath and music to stir the soul. Her passion is to connect people to their own joyful potential. She believes in stretching the boundaries, moving beyond the mind and feeling what is true from the heart. Karen began practicing yoga 17 years ago and in 2006 she completed the yoga teacher training program at Peachtree Yoga Center.
Since then, she continues to study with teachers that inspire her so that she can bring a richer and deeper experience to her students each time they meet on the mat. Her vinyasa flow classes are dynamic, intuitive and grounding. Each session is unique and always offers attention to alignment and breath, supportive hands-on adjustments and encouragement to have fun! In addition to teaching locally, Karen has lead numerous yoga retreats in exotic locations, she teaches yoga with live music and mantra chanting with various musical artists in the Atlanta area, and is the Music Coordinator of the annual ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival. Her other passion is bodywork, she is a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and has been practicing at her Buckhead studio since 1995.
We recommend flights that arrive and depart around 1pm-4pm since Mar de Jade is an hour and 30 minute drive from the airport. There is also an hour difference between Mar de Jade and Puerto Vallarta.
Other Services Available at Mar De Jade (not included in room rate):
La Palapa Bar
Activities and Excursions
*Airfare is NOT included.
*Room pricing is per person. There is a limited number of rooms available in each category, so reserve your space ASAP!
* $500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space and room. Payment options available.
*Daily retreat schedule will be handed out upon arrival.
Ocean Front Room:
Single – $3,550
Double – $2,600
Single – $3,250
Single – $2,700
Double – $2,100