This silent Zen Meditation Retreat is a celebration of Buddha's awakening and a unique opportunity to practice a traditional sesshin in a bilingual and bicultural setting. It is led in English and Spanish, with a mixture of participants from Mexico, US, and Canada, with varying levels of experience.
In addition to sitting meditation there are Dharma Talks, walking meditation, simple work, chanting and rest period. While the practice is intensive, there is time to enjoy the beach and the beautiful natural surroundings. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned students. It is possible to bring family members who are non-participants or part-time participants as long as they respect the silence.
Poet and writer Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a well-known Zen Buddhist priest and teacher from California. Former abbot of the oldest Zen organization in the West, the San Francisco Zen Center, he is now spiritual leader of the Everyday Zen Foundation. Norman has been leading retreats at Mar de Jade for 20 years, and his teachings are especially relevant to lives of ordinary people as they work to find peace within their families and communities. His recordings from many Dharma Talks given at Mar de Jade can be found here.
Mar de Jade is located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the state of Nayarit in the beach town of Chacala. The closest international airport is in Puerto Vallarta.
1.) Fill out your Zen Retreat Registration Form
2.) Pay Registration Fee of $350 USD: Registration Fee Payment
3.) Choose your Accommodation preference below. Rates below to be paid upon arrival and are separate from the registration fee. Cash discount available* (see below for terms).
- 7 nights
- 3 Vegetarian Buffet Meals
- Use of all Facilities
Dorm: $400 per person
> Large room shared between 4-5 people, garden or jungle view.
Triple: $600 per person
> Spacious and comfortable room shared with 3 people, terrace, air conditioning and garden view.
Double: $950 per person
> Spacious and well appointed room shared with 2 people, terrace, air conditioning and garden or ocean view (view is assigned on a first-reserve basis).
Single Guest: $1,300 per person
> Simple yet comfortable rooms with garden or jungle views (limited quantity available).
Single Ocean Suite: $1,500 per person
> Private and comfortable room with a terrace, air conditioning and ocean view.
*Receive a 10% Discount off Accommodation cost with CASH payment (USD or current equivalent in MXN). Credit cards (visa/mastercard) also accepted, no discounts. No discounts offered on registration fee.
Cancellation Policy: Registration fee is non-refundable but can be applied towards another retreat within 12 months. No refunds, credits or pro-rating for no-shows, arriving late or departing early.
-- IMPORTANT: Your space is not confirmed until you have placed your deposit and received a written confirmation from us. —