About This Center

Our Story

Mar de Jade was created in 1983 in the spirit of active community service, of gratitude for the natural environment, and of the cultivation of genuine friendships. It was born from the dream of Dr. Laura del Valle to practice rural medicine by the ocean while running a Yoga Retreat & Wellness Center for visitors. At the time there was no electricity, running water or buildings, it was all jungle. Laura moved to Chacala with her siblings, José Enrique and Om in an old school bus and they lived in thatched huts, with kerosene lighting and ice-block refrigeration. The first visitors to Mar de Jade were medical students from various American Universities who came to do international rotations. 
Over the years, the program grew and so did the infrastructure. In the mid 90's, the first group, a Sufi Retreat (who is still coming yearly!) arrived at Mar de Jade. Since then, we have expanded to accommodate many Retreats & Workshops(Yoga Retreats, Meditation Retreats) throughout the year and vacationing families during the holidays. We continue to have an excellent relationship with our neighbors here in the fishing village as well as in nearby farming towns, and a percentage of Mar de Jade's income and staff time is dedicated to supporting our Community Projects.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

This sounds like a dream! I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat! We both love yoga but have barley had time to practice in the past few months. Keeping our fingers crossed! Jaimee and Dan

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.