Vitality Live

Wellness Retreat - Fall 2024

Mar de Jade, Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico

Saturday, November 2nd - Saturday, November 9th 2024

With Mary Sheila Gonnella, BCHN
Nourish Your Mind, Body, and Soul:

A Retreat for Self-Care and Transformation

Reclaim your vitality, fill your cup, and connect on your journey towards transformation..

Space is limited, sign up today!

Reserve Your Spot


While on retreat you’ll participate in interactive sessions that are designed to help you discover and achieve your desired goals.

We'll be in a beautiful setting, within a stones throw of the ocean all while learning new ways to connect to your health goals & up-level your commitment to nourishing your best asset ... YOU


Mar de Jade is an incredibly beautiful wellness retreat center nestled between the tropical jungle and the golden sandy beach of Chacala, Mexico.

It's 90 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, in a charming coastal city in Mexico, with lots of local excursions to choose from, as well as simply relaxing in hammocks by the sea.


There are 2 open air dining rooms directly overlooking the ocean where 3 daily buffet meals are served.

All meals are carefully prepared daily from scratch, using fresh, local, and when possible, organic ingredients. A lot of what is served comes from their 18 acre Organic Farm. The menu is mainly vegetarian with chicken and seafood options as well.

What is the Vitality Live Wellness Retreat all about?

Come as you are, with an open mind and heart to a beautiful setting in community, creating an opportunity to plant the seeds of transformation.

When you export yourself to this beautiful, warm, tropical setting, you will truly rest and digest. The warmth, combined with the salty air and ocean, will give your nervous and immune systems a chance to unwind and rejuvenate.

Breakthrough old patterns and discover new habits and tools to address inflammation, support the gut brain connection, boost your immunity, and create an inner ecosystem for change

We'll be staying at Mar de Jade, an incredibly beautiful wellness retreat center nestled between the tropical jungle and the golden sandy beach of Chacala, Mexico. It's an intimate place offering groups and individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment in a peaceful fishing village.

In 1982, Mar de Jade’s founder, Dr. Laura del Valle, and two of her siblings, packed their belongings into an old school bus and moved from bustling Mexico City to Chacala– a small and remote fishing village on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

A portion of proceeds from guests’ stays at Mar de Jade support its non-profit programs, operated by MDJ Community Projects, which currently include: El Jardín, a Montessori – Waldorf inspired K – 9 school in Chacala; TAO de Jade a trade school for youth who have dropped out of secondary school because of economic hardship; and El Rancho, an Organic Farm that supplies many of the products for Mar de Jade’s delicious meals.

The Vision

The vision for this retreat is to come together in person and create an experience of learning and deepening our connection to our healing journey in practice with one another.

This retreat will distill some of the core teachings from Mary Sheila's extensive body of work into a condensed form, giving you new tools and inspiration to live your healthiest through all the stages of your life.

Connect to your wild side

We depend on the health and vitality of the earth's ecosystem, and our own inner ecosystem. It's our right to learn to nourish ourselves with the earth and our own circadian rhythms in mind.

We'll connect to living in rhythm when it comes to how and when we nourish ourselves, to support optimal aging and brain health, lowering inflammation, and feeling in partnership with our body.

What if you could ...

  • Identify the habits that no longer serve you and identify where and how you want to change.
  • Invite new tools and insights to make lasting change, cultivating resilience and creating calm within.
  • Surround yourself with a community of like-minded, supportive people who are on their path and rooting for your success

This is exactly what Vitality Live is about.

  • It’s an opportunity to plant the seeds of transformation—in whatever area of your life you’re focused on.
  • You’ll deepen your understanding of your body through the lens of Ayurveda, hormone harmony, and nourish the gut brain connection for graceful aging, tapping into the essential tools for resilience.
  • The setting is Mar de Jade, Chacala, just 90 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, one of the most beautiful and tranquil beaches on the lush coastline known as Riviera Nayarit.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the truly magical and powerful experiences you offered us all at your Spring Vitality retreat.  Your knowledge and teachings have always been so informative and inspiring but all of my expectations about what the retreat would hold for me were far exceeded.

I am also so grateful and filled up by all the new friends (aka retreat members) I made .   What we all created together will never leave me.
Each of those individuals has touched my life in a meaningful way that I hope to continue and grow in the future and at upcoming retreats. They each widened my understanding and my horizons in all different ways.  

Debbi - happy retreat participant

Book your retreat & get ready to:

Connect - Get oriented, meet your community and explore what
the weekend has to offer. Set your intentions as we embark on a beautiful weekend together.

Experience & Explore - Now that you've set your intentions - tap into where and how you want to change, as well as the steps you can take to address inflammation, support the gut brain connection, boost your immunity, and create an inner ecosystem for change.

We'll explore what it means to initiate transformation with the elemental science of Ayurveda, and new habits that can allow the body to come back into balance.

Expand - Throughout the week, we'll discuss how to implement the insights and strategies you’ve learned, with a new mindset to reclaim your vitality.


Register for the retreat, then book your accommodations with the retreat center. All meals are included with your accommodations.

Airfare, spa treatments, and optional excursions are not included.

Once you register, you’ll receive information on how to book your room and what to do if you’d like to share a room at the resort. (sharing a room is a great way to save)

Step 1: Book with us first and grab your spot by August 15th.

Space is limited so don’t delay.

Step 2: Invite your favorite friends or significant other to join you!
Step 3: Book your room at Mar de Jade.
Step 4: Do a happy dance! We’ll see you in Mexico!

The yoga & retreat studios have hardwood floors and offer inspiring ocean views, fresh breezes, and natural light.

Optional excursions to connect with nature and local culture include jungle hikes, snorkeling, horseback riding, petroglyphs, and more!

Wow is right! What an amazing and deeply nourishing experience taking us to the core of vitality. You took us so far beyond what to eat, when, where I often ruminate, to an active, freeing, blessed encounter with earth’s element. Our circle of sacred human beings steeped in your wisdom elevated me to a state a trust in the world I share with others. Thank you and your beautiful team.

Maureen - happy retreat participant

Your Retreat Hostess

Mary Sheila Gonnella has dedicated her life to helping people reclaim their health. As a board certified holistic nutritionist, educator, and Ayurvedic educator, she provides the information, insight, empowerment, and support you need to take charge of your health and live the life you were meant to live.

As a lead up to her deep dive into all things nutrition, Mary Sheila developed a deep passion for basketry, wildcrafting, seaweed harvesting, farming, fermenting, and herbalism. She credits these practices to supporting her on her own healing journey, and deepening her connection to the earth. She loves to share health concepts through the holistic lens of earth medicine, supporting others to tap into their own vitality.

She creates a uniquely supportive experience for her clients and students. Her passion makes nutrition concepts come to life, leading her clients to consistently successful outcomes.

Mary Sheila has a way of teaching that is positive and not fear based. Her message is that food and lifestyle changes that can reverse health conditions don’t have to be extreme. Mary Sheila’s approach is informative as well as fun - as all learning should be.

– Jennifer M.

Come retreat with me in beautiful Chacala, Mexico, experience the lush green of the jungle and the white sandy tropical beach, and fill your cup!