Come away to a magical destination, known for its spirit and history, rich culture, natural beauty, and loving care given to every guest. We want to offer you relaxation and renewal, play and pure delight, so that every part of you—body, mind, and spirit—can feel the renewal of being fully immersed in nourishment and care.  

Let the rhythm of your breath move with the sound of the ocean as we practice daily yoga sessions in one of three spacious studio spaces, with the soothing sounds of the waves and jungle as your backdrop. Each day, you’ll be offered the opportunity to indulge in a complete pampering experience, featuring guided meditation, personalized yoga sessions with hands-on assists, relaxing Ayurvedic massages, and immersive activities designed to awaken your senses and invigorate your spirit. 

When you’re not on the mat, you’ll have plenty of time to unwind by the luxurious saltwater pool, walk along the “Sea of Jade” or into the fishing village of Chacala, savor delicious local, organic cuisine, and embark on memorable excursions to discover ancient petroglyphs of the local indigenous community. With the sea at your door, you can swim, surf, paddle-board, and whale watch. 

Our retreat beckons you to revel in the simple pleasures of life, amidst a backdrop of unhurried living. Led by passionate and skilled instructors, we delight in guiding you through experiences that celebrate the essence of existence, offering respite from the frenetic pace of daily life, and fostering connections with both community and nature.

  • 6 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day (excluding alcoholic beverages) starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)


Welcome to Chacala, the crown jewel of the Riviera Nayarit. Nestled in a pristine bay, this coastal paradise enchants with golden sands, turquoise waters, and lush beauty. Just 90 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta Airport, it feels worlds away. Discover the town’s charm, from relaxed living to thrilling activities like hiking and boating. Unwind on the beach, embraced by coconut trees and palapa restaurants. Immerse yourself in Chacala’s warm and welcoming spirit for an idyllic travel experience.

Christa Mastrangelo Joyce is E-RYT500 hour certified through Kim Manfredi. She holds more than 1000 additional hours of training through her studies with Sianna Sherman, Bernie Clark, Maria Garre, Shiva Rea, Desiree Rumbaugh, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Andrew McCaulay. Christa founded Jala Yoga in 2009. She has offered yoga training since 2012 and has led multiple yoga retreats. Christa has a wide and diverse yoga background, including training in Ashtanga, Hatha, Ayruveda, Yin Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has a strong understanding of anatomy, especially regarding the nervous system, and incorporates her knowledge of breath work, meditation, and Yoga philosophy in her teachings. She brings her love of story and mythology to the practice. Christa strives to honor the ancient tradition of the practice within a modern context of the world today. She is especially interested in understanding the barriers to accessibility in the yoga practice, and she works to create classes that support adaptability, curiosity, and engagement

Jen RolstonJEN ROLSTON (Support Team Leader & Guest Instructor) was drawn to yoga in 2005 in a culmination of a life-long curiosity of religions and philosophies. She attended the first yoga studio in Shepherdstown, falling in love with yoga philosophy, meditation, and the asanas as taught by Shanti Saagar founders Judy Jenner & JiJi Beckett. She has maintained a self-practice ever since, and began a consistent practice with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce in 2010. In 2018, she completed Jala Yoga’s 200HR Teacher Training with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and has been teaching her Morning Dharma classes ever since. She continues to practice with the teachings of Yogrishi Vishvketu, Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, and Buddhist dharma. She truly believes that yoga, meditation, and connecting with nature is the simplest path to a joyful life — not always the easiest, but definitely the simplest.


Christa Mastrangelo Joyce’s yoga retreat with Jen on the island of Amorgos in Greece (September 2022) was absolutely divine.  Their beautiful teaching style, stories, humor, and pearls of wisdom provided a wonderful experience on a gorgeous island. Their teaching  allowed for all different yoga levels and experiences, and each class was an absolutely beautiful experience.  Although I’ve been practicing yoga for more than ten years, I greatly enjoyed learning new poses and flows and methods to improve my practice. Their style is a wonderful mix of contemplative, rigorous, meditative and overall feels just wonderful for the body, mind and spirit. 

Many of the participants knew each other already, but they were all exceptionally welcoming to newcomers so the group felt very integrated.  Christa and Jen were very attentive to all the participants’ needs and super fun on island excursions too.  I highly recommend signing up for their retreats. Naomi P.

In October 2022, I had the great pleasure of attending the Greece Yoga Retreat for Christa’s retreat she led with Jen.  It was my first solo international trip.  This was exciting, but also a bit unnerving.  I had no reason to worry though.  Within moments of my arrival, Christa and Jen welcomed me with true warmth and friendship, as did the entire group.

The location and facility that Christa chose for our retreat was perfect.  The island was beautiful and offered opportunities for enjoying the wonders of nature, history, and amazing adventures.  The resort was family run, the staff was hard working and extremely accommodating.  They offered a great mix of excursions, ensuring that our group always had options for new experiences. 

One of the best parts though was the Yoga practice itself.  Christa and Jen put much thought and time into the intentions and practices.  They were moving, relevant, and soul-soothing.  Exactly what I was looking for when I signed up for this adventure.  They helped me find the peace and joy that I was looking for.  I have been grateful to continue with those feelings since our trip.  I have been even more grateful  to be able to call these amazing women my friends.  I look forward to traveling with them again in the future – hopefully often!Lee Anne W.

Take advantage of the many opportunities for adventure, exploration, and learning: 

  • Snorkel at Isla Cora
  • Take a 4-mile hike to an extinct volcano
  • Whale watching, 
  • Horseback riding 
  • Surfing 
  • Community-supported initiatives from health and wellness programs, and youth education to sustainability and micro-industry projects
  • An endless list of eco-excursions and local activities from Spanish classes to local market expeditions 

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Getting There

You will be booking your flights for the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle. The drive time to the center is approximately 90 minutes.

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at and let us know how we can help!

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Save $300 on full-price (shared only)  ends May 1st, 2024!

Shared Accommodations $2795 USD (Full Price $3095)

Garden Shared Accommodations – $2995 USD (Full Price $3295)

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3095 USD (Full Price $3395)

Single Accommodations  $3695 USD

Garden Single Accommodations – $3895 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations – $4095 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

If you select Deposit Payment, depending on when you registered, your remaining balance will be processed with your credit card on file on the dates indicated on your Confirmation Letter.

  • Registering 6 months or more prior to the retreat date your balance will be broken into 2 payments (6 months prior to retreat + 3 months prior to retreat)
  • Registering less than 6 months prior to the retreat, payment of the full remaining balance will be processed 3 months prior to the retreat.
  • Registering less than 2 months prior to the retreat, full payment will be required upon registering.

**Additional payments can be made at any time through your account up to the final auto payment date.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to

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