Chacala, a tiny fishing village located about 1.5hrs drive north of Puerto Vallarta:
 one of the most peaceful and places on earth. 

February 22 - February 29, 2020

Yoga & Somatics IMMERSION

Monica Crane, Kathryn Hodgson, Jenny Hyndman & Marie Allison

Our retreat will be held at the beautiful Villa de Tortugas overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 
The villa is a short two minute walk along the ocean to the beach and restaurants, 
and a three minute walk in the other direction takes you to the surf and whale watching boats.
 La Playa Chacala has a lovely smooth sandy beach, and is calm and great for swimming. 
Some afternoons a small surf kicks up which makes for fun boogie boarding. 

  Your week  includes  a minimum of 2 classes or workshops per day
daily seated or walking pranayama & meditation 
2 meals/day: breakfast plus lunch or dinner 


Each day will include two classes, meditation, two delicious meals and lots of down-time for lounging, chattting, reading, napping, strolling, swimming etc. You can attend all classes or just as many as serves you best, in the moment: this is your time to relax and refresh!  Classes are suitable for all levels. 

The Villa:
Casa de Tortugas

We will live together as a family in this beautiful private villa with lovely gardens and swimming pool, with time together 
to practice yoga, with lots of  time to relax, adventure, enjoy fresh seafood, fruits & vegetables, stroll on the beach, swim in the ocean or our own infinity pool, read: rejuvenate in our own way. 

Extra options include massages, cooking classes, whale watching, snorkling, fishing, hiking, surfing, birdwatching, jungle mangrove boat ride, hot springs, petroglyphs, shopping, market day & nightlife in nearby towns, eating in local beachfront restaurants ..

 Truly a time to immerse in the culture of real Mexico and remember what is important in life. 

RETREATS IN Chacala  MEXICO in 2020
The Dos Tiburones Suite is located off to the side and has a private patio with its extra bit of privacy. Sleep soundly in the large King bed.  A ceiling fan, large windows, and air conditioning keep you comfortable. 
Bathe in the deep tub or the open shower surrounded by tile, taking in ocean views all the while.

This suite is equipped with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and shelving. 

overlooking patio, outdoor kitchen, stairs up to studio palapa
view into room from patio
The warm and lovely Amantes King Suite  is tucked away for extra privacy and bathed in a cheerful, tropical coral color with its King Bed and expansive ocean views. Let the sound of ocean waves will lull you to sleep. Turn on the ceiling fan and throw the windows open for a cool breeze or switch on the air conditioning. Gaze out to ocean views from the large tiled bath that has a huge open shower and a deep tub.

This suite is equipped with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and shelving for easy preparation of snacks and meals.
 The suite opens to an expansive patio with a large, palapa-covered outdoor kitchen which features an inviting polished wood eating bar, huge ocean views, a stove, cooking gear, and an extra fridge.

 La Luna  (king suite) is light and bright, extra large, and very comfortable. Let the sound of ocean waves lull you to sleep in the spacious king bed. Wake up to ocean views. Turn on the ceiling fan and throw the windows open for a cool breeze or opt for air conditioning. The large tiled bath has a huge open shower with a deep tub and beautiful views of the ocean.

 La Luna Suite is equipped with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and shelving to make snacks and quick meals easy to prepare. .

On the main floor as part of the Familia Suite, there are  three spacious well-appointed bedrooms.

Bdrm #1 has two queen beds with ensuite bathroom.  Bedroom #2 has two double beds, and Bdrm # 3 has three twin beds (sorry, no picture: very nice spacious room) 

Bedrooms #2 & #3 share a bathroom. All of the extra large bedrooms (about 220sqft)  feature comfortable beds and ceiling fans for a good night’s slumber.

Roomy closets throughout minimize clutter.

Lovely handmade Mexican Talavera tile bathrooms include hand-painted sinks and feature excellent lighting, large mirrors, and an abundance of cushy towels. 

Each room in the Familia Suite features gorgeous ocean views.

dining r

Enjoy the lovely tropical gardens and patio. Swim in the infinity pool and read or snooze in the pool-side table & chairs and loungers.

There is plenty of space for socializing or privacy in the 3000 sqft. villa.

On the first floor, gather around the large dining table in the Spanish-style chairs to recap the day’s adventures over dinner. Congregate in the roomy living area to watch the sun set through huge Mexican-style windows overlooking the Pacific. Make a dinner or snacks in the large new well-equipped kitchen!

On the second floor is an expansive patio with a large, palapa-covered outdoor kitchen which features an inviting polished wood eating bar, huge ocean views, a stove, cooking gear, and an extra fridge.

On the third floor is the airy open palapa where we'll be holding our classes. Enjoy hanging out there between and after classes.


Please register early to join us for this rejuvenating week at Casa de Tortugas.

Your week  includes: 7 nights of accommodation, a minimum of 2 classes/day
daily seated or walking meditation
 2 meals/day: breakfast and lunch or dinner 

* remaining meal options include going out to local restaurants, preparing a group meal, cooking for yourself in the fully equipped indoor or outdoor kitchen.

  • shared triple room (3 twin beds)  $1600 per person 
  • shared double bed room: $1700 per person
  • queen bedroom: shared room: 2 beds with ensuite bathroom : $1800/person 
  • king suite: (shared king bed): $1800/person 

* $500 deposit (non-refundable) will secure your place
* Full payment must be made by Dec 31, 2019

Cancellation Policy: Please let us know asap if something comes up and you cannot attend our retreat. We'll refund you the full amount you've paid minus the $500 deposit if you cancel 30 days BEFORE  the start of the retreat. 
If you cancel WITHIN 30 days of the retreat, we won't be able to issue any refund, unless we find a replacement for the vacancy created by your cancellation. If we do find a replacement however, we will refund everything you've paid minus the $500 deposit. We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance, including cancellation insurance when you book a retreat.

* rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

** prices do not include airfare, or ground transportation

Chacala, Nayarit*  is 1.5hrs drive north of PV

We will be happy to facilitate ground transportation by arranging for a taxi van which will pick you up at the arrival gate at the airport.

The typical cost for a taxi van from PV /Chacala is $100 - 150US, (before tip) so cost would be divided amongst passengers. Our local taxi driver in Chacala charges $125US/van which seats 7 passengers. Please provide your flight arrival and departure times and we will do our best to connect you with others travelling at the same time and arrange for a taxi if desired.

*(please note that there is also a Chacala in the state of Jalisco which is south of PV)


I was blown away by sooooo many things: 

The feeling of a home away from home that you create so beautifully & seemingly effortlessly for everyone.

All the tasty nutritious meals you prepared for us Mike. Will be missing all the lovely fruit salads.
All the wonderful dedicated teachers' that gave not only extraordinary classes but shared themselves with such humour & grace. I learned so much from you all.

I hope that this week will go well for you all. 
I will be so looking forward to resuming classes with you Monica when you return.

I'm already looking forward to joining you again next year.

Namaste and blessings 

My visit to Chacala last year was indeed a lovely safe retreat.  Casa Tortuga was a beautiful private place to be alone or share like minded company.   Mike's meals were varied and plentiful, using the lovely fruits and vegetables available locally. The expeditions I took advantage of were reasonably priced and very interesting and of course the lots of fun.   I would encourage a single, not particularly experienced traveller to join the group, lots of support for any difficulties. or to meet new friends.   

Of course the daily classes of Somatic teaching were very valuable, much to my advantage, to practise frequently, rather  than on a weekly or less basis.  
I really learned what Hanna Somatics is all about.  

-Susan B 

This winter will be my fourth trip to Chacala with the Breathing Space. Obviously I like it!

My reasons are:

1. Chacala is small and not very touristy - not many shops, no beach hawkers, but really Mexican. 

2. The swimming is excellent - some places on the Pacific coast have big waves and difficult access to the ocean for swimming. Chacala's water is never dangerous.

3. The accommodations are simple but clean and comfortable.

4. Living with a group of yoga people is very easy. The atmosphere is very  friendly but if you want time  on your own you can have it. If you come on your own you need not feel lonely.

5. Food is simple and healthy. Participants help out a little with dishes etc but it's totally optional.

6. Perhaps most important is the 'shape' of the day which involves classes and free time and excursions, all of which are optional. Participants are offered excellent instruction in somatic yoga and enjoy the benefits of daily practice.

Monica and her husband Mike work hard to create a community of people who are supportive and fun. I can't wait to go again this year.I really encourage you to join us this year and see for yourself!

- Jenny H 

 Every part of it was wonderful. 

Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by familiar smiling faces and felt that we had arrived home. 
The villa and room accommodations were great and the food superbly prepared. 
The worshops and classes were  concienciously organized and filled with useful and new knowledge.
The early morning walks on the beach , the swimming and playing in the waves added to the dream holiday. 

-Marie Allison 

I have been to Chacala twice: the 2nd year I stayed for both weeks.  Monica is a great organizer, there are a number of optional activities (walk to a dormant volcano crater, tour ancient petroglyphs, etc.), very good food, as well as somatics/yoga.  The village of Chacala is delightful: small, friendly, easy to explore, with a perfect crescent beach.  I highly recommend Monica's retreats.

- Jim N

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