My husband and I have led Women's Circle Retreats in Yelapa for the past 8 years.
For 3 years in a row, while staying at a different retreat center near by which did not have a flat floor space large enough to accommodate our needs for dance and yoga, we rented the main house at El Jardin for a couple hours each morning because El Jardin did have the floor space we needed. This worked great for our needs.
However, this year, due to the fact that we added an evening yoga experience, we needed to rent El Jardin's main space both in the mornings and evenings so we decided it would be easier to hold the whole retreat at El Jardin. It turned out to be just perfect for us. El Jardin offered us everything we needed to house, feed, convene circle, and have the spacious fllor space we needed.
The way El Jardin Eco Center is set up is perfect for retreats like ours. The lodging (4 casitas/palapas) plus the spacious main room downstairs works perfectly to allow us all to be close together as a group. The main room houses the kitchen, dining room, living room all in one. By simply pushing the couches, chairs and tables out of the way, after breakfast and before dinner, we have an enormous space to spread out to do 5 Rhythms, and yoga.
El Jardin's location in front of the Bay, was truly a healing balm. Imagine having butterflies fly around you as you are dancing or doing yoga, seeing blue sky and blue water in front of you separated only by many potted plants and flowering bushes, and the narrow path leading to the village. We felt like we were literally on the water when were in the main space. It's impossible to fully describe. The cool breezes that come off the water, the scents of blooming flowers, the sounds of the waves, birds, and nature, it all comes together to create a senual ambiance that for our work is perfect. So perfect, that we have reserved El Jardin for our 2014 Women's Circle Retreat.
The only room I think could be upgraded would be the space called Hibiscus. But, I believe the owners are working on it. Still it served us perfectly. The bathroom near Hibiscus was my favorite!
I have to add that Chrissi, the owner and Danny, our caretaker, did everything they could to make our stay wonderful and easy. Danny was a gentleman with all of us, offering to carry luggage, build nightly fires, fetch more towels, and do whatever we needed. He went beyond the call of duty and beyond all his normal duties to make sure we felt taken care of. Plus he was a great guide.
As a group of 8 women from all across the US and Canada, I feel I can speak for each of us when I say that we had a great time at El Jardin. Our beds were great, the spaces were clean and comfortable. The only complaint was that a couple mosquito nets were not big enough and a couple women were getting bitten by mosquitos -- but the minute we shared this they were switched out for larger ones. There was never a lack of clean towels and sheets, and the whole of El Jardin was kept swept and clean. Granted, this is a kind of hostel and not a spa, which we were very glad for. So, if you are expecting a spa type experience, El Jardin is not for you. It is a place where people can feel like they are one with nature, right at the spot in Yelapa where it is most attractive to be.
One woman in our group, who had done a number of other retreats with us, signed up immediately for 2014 for both herself and her daughter, as well as a friend. Thank you Chrissi and Danny for everything you did to make our retreat so successful.
Oh, I should add that we loved being at El Jardin so much, my husband and I extended our stay twice, changing our plane tickets twice, so that we could simply stay at El Jardin after the retreat. It was a wonderful vacation for us and we are looking forward to next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Jardin is an eco-friendly garden retreat with the ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. Beautiful gardens surround the open air sleeping palapas. The communal area is open anytime, where guests can mingle, relax, read, dine, lay in a hammock or play one of the many games provided. There are recycling guidelines on-site and the manager will introduce you to the communal spaces at the start of your visit. The common areas are great way to meet people and relax. We have a great local cook who is available for meals and often dinners will be arranged for guests. Our casas are a "labor of love". We have worked hard to get the casas to the state they are in and continue to work to make improvements to make them better and more comfortable for you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Jardin Yelapa Mexico