PILATES + MELT RETREAT with Carol LeMaitre in Mexico

Plus Guest Teacher: Jackson Grantham
Retreat: February 29th – March 7th, 2020
Location: Mar de Jade Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Retreat Alumni: Pre-registration Open!
All Others : (Starting June 1)
Step 1. Pay Deposit ($350 non-refundable).
Step 2. Contact Aaron with room preference.



Unplug from your day to day concerns and rejuvenate your body and mind. Come home refreshed, strong and with lots of good stories to tell.
Give yourself the gift of 7 days of focused classes; clean and delicious meals; warm and sunny weather; sleeping to the sounds of the surf; swimming in a lovely pool and warm ocean; and bonding with a great group.
The Power Your Practice retreat is designed to take everyone—from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional—to the next level of their practice. After last years retreat I heard, “What felt impossible on Monday, feels easily doable on Friday.” Incidentally, we plan to have a blast while doing it.

Included in your Retreat

8 Days 7 Nights stay at Mar De Jade retreat center
One Pilates and One MELT Class per day
3 Meals Daily Every dish is made from scratch using fresh ingredients from their organic farm. The menu is inspired by traditional Mexican cuisine and international flavors, and features vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes as well as fresh fish, seafood, and chicken. They do not serve red meat or pork. Dietary restrictions can be met. Meals served buffet style.
Transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport and the retreat center if your flights arrive and depart between 2pm – 4pm.
Retreat center’s wide sandy beach, pool, and lounge chairs or hammocks.
Snack bar Enjoy coffee, tea, fruit, bread, and their stellar homemade organic peanut butter and mango marmalade.
Purified drinking water available at stations around the retreat center.
Short MELT roller and MELT band that you can take home with you!



Ocean Room (2 Full Beds + Futon) =  $2,485/pp double occupancy; third person (futon) for $1,325
Ocean Room (1 King Bed + Futon) = $3,485 single occupancy or  $2,485/pp double occupancy; third person (futon) for $1,325
Garden Room (2 Full Beds + Futon) = $2,385/pp double occupancy; third person (futon) for $1,325
Garden Room (1 King Bed) = $3,085 single occupancy or $2,385/pp double occupancy
Guest Room (1 Double Bed or King Bed) = $2,785 single occupancy or $2,135/pp double occupancy
Guest Room (2 Full Beds) = $2,135/pp double occupancy
Guest Rooms Loft (Dorms)(1 Twin Bed) = $1,825/pp


Room Descriptions (All rooms have en-suite bathrooms)

Ocean Rooms – unobstructed ocean view and a balcony or terrace. Only accessible by stairs. A/C.

Garden Rooms – view of the lush tropical gardens and a terrace. They are all on the ground floor. A/C.

Guest Rooms – face the jungle or gardens. A/C.

Guest Rooms Loft (Dorms) – shared between 4 people of same gender. Ceiling fans – No A/C.


To Reserve

Retreat Alumni: Pre-registration Open!
All Others : (Starting June 1)
Step 1. Pay Deposit ($350 non-refundable).
Step 2. Contact Aaron with room preference.


Payment Schedule

$350 Non refundable deposit due at booking, then we’ll auto charge the balance over two installments: September 1st 2019 and December 1st 2019.
$150 early bird discount if booked before July 1st.


Cancellation Policy

Cancel before September 1st 2019, full refund minus $350 deposit.
Cancel September 1st 2019 – December 1st 2019, receive studio credit less $350 deposit and $200 cancelation fee. Studio credit is valid for 1-year from cancellation date.
Cancellations after December 1st 2019, no refund or studio credit unless we can fill your spot. If we can fill your spot, studio credit minus $350 deposit and $200 cancelation fee. Studio credit, if applicable, is valid for 1-year from cancellation date.


Fine Print

Airfare is not included.
Trip insurance is not included, but is highly recommended.
Plan to arrive and depart from the Puerto Vallarta airport between 2pm – 4pm. If your travel plans do not work within these timeframes, we can help you arrange private transportation (Estimated cost: $65 – $90 one way).
If you don’t already have a MELT ball mini-kit or a melt handout, we can provide for an additional $35.
Bar available at additional cost. Margaritas, anyone?


How to get there

Fly to Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR), we arrange shuttles to and from the airport at no additional cost if your flight times fit within our window.

Plan to arrive and depart from the Puerto Vallarta airport between 2pm – 4pm for shuttle transportation. If your travel plans don’t work within these timeframes, we can help you arrange private transportation (Estimated cost: $65 – $90 one way).


Optional Activities (at additional cost)

Get inspired by the natural treasures of Chacala and immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant culture. This is your week to unwind, renew, refresh and recharge so be as active or as indolent as you like: Las Cuevas Hike and Boat Trip; Snorkel at Isla Coral; Boating & fishing; Horseback riding; Surfing; Whale Watching; Boat tour through a mangrove swamp full of exotic birds and wildlife; Altavista Hike: Visit the petroglyphs (rock carvings) of Altavista; thought to be around 2,000 years old; La Peñita (Traditional Mexican market): Visit this quaint Thursday morning market in a nearby town where you can find arts & crafts from various parts of Mexico; Nearby beach towns, each with its distinct flavor – Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos; Private Spanish Classes (all levels); Visit our Organic Farm and Community Projects.


About Mar De Jade

“Mar de Jade is one of the great undiscovered pleasures of Mexico… A tropical setting that lifts the spirits and fires the imagination.” – San Francisco Chronicle

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, and #1 hotel in Chacala on TripAdvisor

In 1982, Mar de Jade’s founder, Dr. Laura del Valle, and two of her siblings, packed their belongings into an old school bus and moved from bustling Mexico City to Chacala. Dr. Laura began offering free medical care to local families and soon set up a non-profit clinic in the larger nearby farming town of Las Varas. Over the 25 years she operated the clinic, it provided free services to over 14,000 families.

The spirit of service, spiritual awakening and cultivation of genuine friendships has been the driving force in the evolution of Mar de Jade. A portion of proceeds from guests’ stays at Mar de Jade support its non-profit programs, operated by MDJ Community Projects, which currently include: El Jardín, a Montessori – Waldorf inspired K – 6 school in Chacala; La Aldea, a trade school for youth who have dropped out of secondary school because of economic hardship; and El Rancho, an Organic Farm that supplies many of the products for Mar de Jade’s delicious meals.


About Chacala, Mexico

Mar de Jade sits on the shores of Playa Chacala, a small Mexican fishing village with plenty of charm that still retains a traditional way of life. It has easy access to Puerto Vallarta International Airport, just 90 minutes south, yet feels worlds apart from the big tourist developments. The town and surrounding areas have much to offer: from jungle hikes, surfing, boating and ancient petroglyphs, to the simple pleasure of playing on the soft sand and swimming in the year-round warm ocean waters.

Chacala is the most pristine and picturesque bay in the Riviera Nayarit, with golden sand, coconut trees, and palapa (thatched-roof) restaurants along the shore, surrounded by tropical jungle mountainsides. Home to approximately 400 residents, the town’s unhurried lifestyle is complemented by the welcoming and friendly attitude of locals.

Mar de Jade is a place for rest where you can unplug! They have complimentary WiFi in common areas — the dining room, guest lounge, and bar. There is no WiFi in rooms. The rural location makes for a sometimes spotty internet connection.


Mar de Jade

See Mar de Jade retreat center and learn about the great work they are doing for school children in the area.

Mar de Jade | The Experience from Mar de Jade on Vimeo.


Reviews of the 2019 Retreat

I have felt better in my clothes and happier with my physical appearance since the retreat. Even happier to see my face in the mirror! I really only have positive things to say because I really had a great time and I felt fantastic afterward. I say keep doing your great work Carol! It works!

First off I can just say that in the days following the retreat I felt amazing!

The pounding ocean, incredible vistas and solid teaching! Carol gave corrections without sounding critical and my skills improved.

I personally love the release work and it helped transform extension in just one session

I really enjoyed the quiet and contact with nature.

It is impossible to isolate one part. I loved the beauty of the physical environment of Haramara – of meeting all these new fascinating people, the tranquility and simplicity of being disconnected from my SF life. And being so physically engaged and challenged.

I thought the melt was divine!

Hard to say what was my favorite. I LOVED Haramara Retreat center, the food was amazing, loved the twice daily classes with Carol, really enjoyed meeting everyone in the group.