Embrace the Edge 2019 Yoga Retreat

Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02/23/2019
US$600 early bird; US$700 after (+ Accommodation)

About This Event

This retreat is now over. 

The 2019 edition of David and Fiji's annual Embrace the Edge Yoga Retreat will feature daily classes with uninterrupted vinyasa and hatha-style flows, detailed workshops on finding the subtle power in your practice and a week-long opportunity to expand into your edge, settle into your being and truly relax. Topics they will be exploring include the potential of the our intentions and belief systems; finding the subtle power within the pose; and what deep relaxation can do for you. Between classes, you will be treated to a warm, gorgeous ocean, a beautiful, long sandy beach, a lovely pool, many places to relax, friendly staff, two hot tubs and delicious, organic food.

Event Schedule


  • 7pm: Evening initial get together


  • 7am - 8:15am: Class
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm: Workshop


  • 7am - 8:15am: Class
  • 4:30pm - 5:45pm: Class


  • 7am - 8:15am: Class
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm: Workshop


  • 7am - 8:15am: Class


  • 7am - 8:15am: Class
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm: Workshop


  • 7am - 8:15am: Class
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Class
  • 4:30pm - 5:45pm: Class


  • 7am - 8:15am: Class (closing)

Teacher Bios


Mar de Jade has been home to hundreds of retreats over the past 35 years. The resort has a supportive, warm feel, allowing participants to rest, feel at ease and enjoy the benefits that come from being on a retreat. You will have access to four gorgeous yoga spaces, all with hardwood floors, ocean views and full of lovely, natural light.

Take a dip in the swimming pool, wading pool, jacuzzi or wander the paths lining their tropical hotel grounds. Take a walk down Chacala beach, one of the most beautiful, tranquil beaches on the lush Riviera Nayarit coastline or visit the small, charming Mexican fishing village right next door.

Mar de Jade, snuggled between jungle and ocean, is far more than your average wellness resort. Founder Dr. Laura del Valle came to Chacala over thirty years ago to bring healthcare to the local community, and the home she built for her family and visiting medical students slowly evolved into the Mar de Jade we see today. Now offering a hotel, bar, pool, full treatment spa, stunning studio spaces, and excursions and activities, Mar de Jade retains its intimate family feel and community connection.

Three generations of del Valles now call the resort home, and the medical clinic established by Laura in the 80’s has evolved into MDJ Community Projects, a non-profit running local education and health programs and an organic farm that produces most of the tasty fare enjoyed by resort guests. This non-profit gets its funding from guests like you, so when you’re kicked back on the beach or sweating it out in the studio, you can feel good both in body and in mind. Mar de Jade is a resort of rare beauty with heart and soul to match. What better place to host a yoga retreat?

For more information see: https://mardejade.com/experience/


Three times a day, Mar de Jade’s talented chefs prepare gorgeous buffet meals using ingredients from the resort’s organic farm. Traditional Mexican cuisine inspired dishes incorporate a variety of healthy vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, pescatarian, and poultry options, and the chefs are happy to tailor to specific dietary needs or allergies. Sorry carnivores but red meat is never served! Between meals, you’ll have access to a snack bar stocked with fresh fruit, coffee, tea, bread, and delicacies like homemade organic peanut butter and marmalade. Stations throughout the grounds provide purified fresh water to keep you hydrated between practice sessions! 

For more information see: https://mardejade.com/experience/food-and-farm/


Mar de Jade offers accommodation to suit an array of styles and budgets. Choose to look out over the Pacific, or into the lush green of the forest canopy.  Sleep the whole family in multibed apartments, share a room with a friend, cozy up with a loved one, or take some time and space all to yourself. No matter your choice, your room will come with unique and tasteful décor, exposed wood finishes, and plenty of natural lighting. Rooms at Mar de Jade are sanctuaries within a sanctuary: places to unwind, reflect, and recharge.

Important: If you would like to attend the retreat and stay off-site, Mar de Jade charges a $75/day fee for meals and use of amenities. You must pay this fee before registration is complete.

For more details see: https://mardejade.com/room-rates/

How To Get There

Mar de Jade is a 90 minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport on Highway 200. This distance can be covered via rental car or bus, but the resort recommends taking a taxi and is happy to arrange one for you.

For more information, visit https://mardejade.com/about/faq/ and scroll down to GETTING THERE AND AWAY.


yvonneyoga 2 years ago

I just booked my trip and I'm excited! Question: do I have to bring my own mat and other props? I am a fan of both Fiji and David's practices and look forward to meeting you both and learning more.

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi Yvonne. I'm glad to hear that you're coming and we look forward to meeting you!
All equipment is provided, including yoga mats. But if you have a yoga mat that you prefer to practice on, bring it. You'll be on it a lot, after all. :-)
See you soon!

alison kay 2 years ago

i am wondering if you have any recommendations on preparing for the retreat as to the yoga aspect. I didn't inquire earlier about what level of ability the retreat is geared for and I suppose I am now having a little self doubt! I have been working within the beginner level classes for years and try to switch it up, new teachers, different styles and have definitely felt many positive shifts in my body, especially in my shoulders, arms and chest (particularly due to your classes David!) and in feeling more centered. I have started the 21 day strengthen the whole body challenge and am finding it helpful but some classes very challenging and perhaps that is where my confidence is waning. i have only attended a few classes thru the years and so not so familiar with the dynamics of yoga in a group.
Alittle nervous, very excited and looking forward! Alison

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi Alison.
The level is balanced between an intermediate class with Fiji and a beginner class with me. I will be focusing a lot on careful alignments, breathwork and guided meditation whereas Fiji will be teaching how to progress in a flow class in a safe way, particularly when the class gets more challenging.
We teach this retreat together so both of us can support every student to the best of our ability. If Fiji is teaching something that is too challenging for some students, she will provide accessible modifications.
I hope that answers your questions. We all get a little nervous when preparing for a retreat, including Fiji and I! Let me know if you have others.
All the best,

alison kay 2 years ago

i would love to attend this workshop! it is far beyond my usual budget but am considering how i might make it work. first off is there still room? and can you assist in connecting other attendees who are traveling alone and might want to share a room to keep costs down?

Nycper 2 years ago

Alison, I just found out I have to cancel, so if you would like to take my place, let me know and I'm sure we can work something out with David. Thank you.

All best,

Juliarft 2 years ago

Hi Peggy, I just happened to see your comment to Allison and I was wondering if you happen to know whether or not your spot is still available? I know it's late now but I figured I'd reach out and ask just in case we could work something out. I'd love so much to go.

alison kay 2 years ago

Hi Peggy, I'm sorry to hear that you cannot attend! I would have loved to have worked something out with you but I already took the plunge and registered! I am so excited and am now enjoying the anticipation of immersing myself so completely in a week of self care thru yoga, sun, swimming in a warm ocean, good food and new connections! thank you for thinking of me and I hope you are able to recover some of your costs.

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi Alison.
Great! I'd love to help you get there! :-)
Mar de Jade has quite a few options for accommodation (including a dorm room). We're getting pretty close to the retreat, but if you reach out to them they can help you figure out something that may work financially for you. Send an email to info@mardejade.com with our retreat as the subject line and ask what lower priced options are available right now.
Let me know if you need any help from me.
Take care,

Nellerine 2 years ago

I would love to be part of embrace the edge. Is there still room available in this retreat. Secondly, please recommend other places to stay. I can't afford the prices at the MarDe Jade.
Thank you.

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi there. Yes, the retreat is filling up but there is room. In regards to accommodations, Mar de Jade is has a special set up. They run 7-day retreats every week of the year, year round, so they depend on the students staying there in each retreat. It would be unfeasible of too many stayed off-site. They are also unable to keep track of ones that are staying off site at mealtime and such. So they ask that you either stay at the resort or you pay $75/day for use of the studios and 3 meals day (which are amazing!)
I hope that makes sense. It's a difficult stance for them to take, but financially they need to. Let me know if you have any more questions.

margotkeyes 2 years ago

My husband and I can come to this! We are so thrilled to meet you both in person (David and Fiji) and spend some relaxing time for our 50th birthdays!! We can't wait to join everyone on the beach for yoga! Thank you for all you do!!

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Helly Cy. This retreat center runs programs on a 7 day cycle, so unfortunately no, you are unable to go just for Monday - Thursday. Also, the program is built so that it progresses from day 1 through until the end, so it may be difficult if you miss important classes.

Dorothee Berner 2 years ago

Thought about ..., but I'm sorry, all in all this is too expensive to me for about one hour of yoga in the morning and one in the evening. Even by myself I practice more per day ... nevertheless you chose a comfortable place!

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi Dorothee. Thanks for the comment. Over the years we have taken in a lot of post-retreat feedback and this amount of yoga seems to fit with everyone. The three days that have 3 classes are quite full and everyone is happy to have a break on the other days. We are also happy to work in additional workshops or individual sessions if requested.