Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Mar de Jade
Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Chacala is a
fishing village of about 300 - 400 inhabitants. About 90 miles
north of the famous tourist city of
Puerto Vallarta, life is simple here.
Considered one of the jewels of the
Chacala has won the enviable Clean Beach award two years in a row.
At one end of the beach are the fishing
boats and restaurants that serve fresh
fish straight from the ocean.
At the other end of the beach backed up
to the jungle and in front of the sea is a yoga retreat and wellness resort
called Mar de Jade.
Palm tree with signage
The gardens of Mar de Jade are lush and
manicured. Wandering cobblestone pathways connect several buildings
together, and the above signage is supposed to help you figure out where you
We saw people walking around with smiles
on their faces so that seemed to be a good clue for what was to come on our
Billy and Akaisha in front of a
trimmed palm tree
Pleasant. Peaceful. Nature-filled.
We meandered through the gardens
wondering what we'd discover.
We loved the cleanliness and the balanced
beauty that surrounded us.
Easy to lean into that.
Dining room and sitting area
Sea breezes wafted in through the dining
room and sitting area placed in the middle of this oasis of calm. The ocean
is just a stone's throw away, and it felt effortless to drift through the
trees, flowers, pools and walkways.
Looking out over the ocean
Since this is a yoga retreat, yoga
classes and meditation sessions are held daily. If you want to sit and hear
the waves of the sea or read a book, there are comfy seats, hammocks, and
beach chairs from which to choose.
English speaking receptionist
Depending on the room you choose and the
retreat package you purchase, prices per night run between $300 and $400USD.
Included in this rate are three buffet
meals a day, coffee, tea, and tropical fruit throughout day, use of all facilities and your
yoga program. One massage is included for the week.
Hikes, excursions to the nearby Altavista
petroglyphs, boat tours, taxis, bar drinks and tips are all extra.
I was a little surprised that there were
no options for learning how to de-stress once you were back home in the
office - like acupressure points-in-a-pinch, or recipes for green drinks to
supplement one's body.
Maybe a class or two on the power of
turmeric or an easy-to-understand guide to what accumulated stress does to
the mind and body and how to release it. Sort of like: "This is your brain.
This is your brain on stress."
Having a week away from your life back
home can be very restorative, but how can you maintain that peace when you
re-enter the stress-filled life you have created?
But perhaps simplicity is the point.
Along with a pool, there is a jacuzzi, a
cold plunge and sauna available for your enjoyment.
TV, telephone and Wifi are not located in
any of the rooms. Management encourages being "unplugged" during your
retreat, but if you would like to make a phone call, you have your own personal
cell phone, or a phone is available at the front desk for in-country calls.
Wifi is accessible in
the dining room, guest lounge and bar areas.
Otherwise, it's back to that simplicity
View from the poolside area
Mar de Jade is
obviously beautiful and restful. You can bring your family, your group, or
attend as a couple or single.
Choices of retreat
packages can be viewed on their website, and reservations made to suit your
To arrive at Mar de
Jade, fly into
Puerto Vallarta and take a taxi
up coast, arriving here. Transportation to/from the airport as
well as local excursions can all be arranged by Mar de Jade staff.
You can take individual
Spanish classes or have a personal sitter watch your children if you come as
Looking back towards Chacala beach
Beach umbrellas, palapas for shade, and
beach chairs are here for your comfort.
Gateway to the beach
For a walk down the beach, to visit other
restaurants or to hire a paddle board or kayak, your access to the sea is
through this gate.
Chico's are only a few minutes' walking distance away, and if you want
to hear the local troubadours sing
Mexican love songs, you can always "escape" this escape and still get
back in time for your meditation class!
Mar de Jade
Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
US Tele: 1. 800. 257. 0532
+52+327. 219. 4000
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