5 Elements offers guests simplicity and comfort. In the tradition of retreat-style housing, the accommodations are designed to support your program experience without distractions. Offering a range of options that enable a wide variety of people to participate in our programs. These simple, peaceful suites are a great private option. All suites include a private bath, full kitchen and private living space. Each accommodation option can be booked as single occupancy (private accommodation) or as double occupancy (we provide you with a roommate of the same gender).
Where healing happens, naturally.
Students will enjoy world class Ayurvedic education and authentic experiences while connecting with their student community in this unique conference experience.
Independent Studio Suites
Each independent suite is fully equipped with a full kitchen, private bath, living space, and dining space.
Our students will enjoy dining options to suit their unique healing and dietary needs. Always fresh, always local, always organic.
Health & Wellbeing
The Heart of 5 Elementos
Health and wellbeing are the hallmarks of this unique Conference experience.
East Meets West
Ayurvedic Medicine Facility
The real magic happens at 5 Elementos Ayurvedic Community Clinic. Our students have the opportunity to volunteer in a community effort to educate, empower and inspire!
Rooted in Spirituality
Experience Ayuthentic Ayurveda
Enjoy a spiritual life of happiness, health and love. We know you’ll enjoy your stay at 5 Elementos.
Grounds & Facilities
5 Elementos reflects the holistic principles and healing traditions of Ayurveda. Ayurveda understands that a state of equilibrium is achieved by living a life that is balanced and in harmony with the elements found in nature; ether, air, fire, water, and earth. The grounds and facilities are reflective of the 5 Elements by nature and provide our guests with the ultimate experience of introspection and self inquiry.
- Herbal Steam Pyramid
- Dry Sauna
- 3 Wellness Spas (Ayurvedic, Massage, Anti-Aging)
- Private Yoga Studio
- Stargazing deck
- Walking Meditation Labyrinth
- Heated Watsu Therapy Pool
- Meditation Shala
- Outdoor Kitchen & Dining
- Private Gardens & Grounds
Tea & Fruit Breakfast 7:00–8:30 am
Brunch 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Dinner 5:30–7:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 5:00–7:30 pm
Tea & Fruit Breakfast provides a time for silent dining (other spaces are available for conversation). At other meals, there is a room available for silent dining.
The 5Elementos Cafe
8:00 am–9:00 pm, Monday–Thursday
8:00 am–10:00 pm, Friday–Sunday
Organic coffee and tea, cold beverages, snacks, and bakery items.
**Please Note Meals Are NOT Included in Conference / Intensive Rates.**
Nutrition & Food Philosophy
At 5Elementos, we believe it is possible to transform your health through deepening your awareness and understanding of food and nourishment. The 5Elementos approach to nutrition combines knowledge gained from current research with the wisdom of the yogic tradition, which views food as a source of prana, or life force. Our nutrition and food philosophy is grounded in four elements: quality, discernment, intention, and connection.
We encourage you to select the most nutritious, least processed, freshest foods—local, seasonal, and organic—whenever possible. These foods, as part of a flavorful plant-based diet, create more energy and vitality for you and your loved ones and align you with the rhythms of nature.
We support diverse dietary choices, and we believe that you have the ability to be the best source of wisdom for your body’s unique needs. The instincts that guide you toward healing and balance naturally arise when you approach eating through the practices of mindfulness and compassionate self-observation.
When we bring gratitude, joy, curiosity, and love to everything we cook and eat, we are reminded that food is powerful medicine and a source of life-giving energy. The act of eating becomes a celebration, and we are inspired to share this with others.
As we become aware of the ways our food choices and consumption affect our relationships with the environment, society, and the people closest to us, we strengthen our sense of interconnectedness with the planet and our fellow human beings.
Special Dietary Needs
Our mission in the Karma Kitchen is to offer delicious meals to our guests that help to create health and vitality within each individual and for our planet. We understand that the foods that create health and vitality will be slightly different for everyone, so we strive to offer many options to choose from.
Our menus are posted in each suite at 5Elementos as well as at the entrance to the dining area. Please take a moment to look them over when you are here to help you plan your stay. All of our meals are served buffet style and every dish is labeled with a complete ingredient list. While we ask that you be responsible for reading labels to identify any potential food allergens, we want you to know that we have a special awareness around several specific food requests. We work hard to balance our choices to include options for our guests with some of the most common food sensitivities, including gluten, dairy, and nuts.
What We Serve
Our meals are served buffet style and are all-natural & vegetarian. There is also an extensive salad bar with raw vegetable options, cheeses, seeds, and specialty made salads. All of our salad dressings are homemade and most features extra virgin olive oil.
For guests coming who have a sensitivity to gluten, you will be assured to know the steps we take to ensure your dining pleasure: we use only wheat-free tamari (soy sauce), our miso is also gluten-free, all of our herbs are gluten-free, we offer gluten-free hot and cold cereals every morning. While our bakery is not a gluten-free bakery, we do offer a gluten-free bread option at all meals.
Animal Protein Animal proteins are not served at the center. Our menu is based on Sattvic Ayurvedic principles and incorporates healthy plant-based protein into each meal.
While we are not available to custom cook for you, we do hope we have provided enough options to satisfy your dietary needs. You are welcome to bring any supplemental foods with you that you feel you may need. There is a private fully equipped kitchenette available in each guest suite. It has a refrigerator and freezer as well as a sink and stovetop.
What to Expect at 5Elementos
Our daily program is designed and tailored to support students on their educational journey. While each student may be participating in their own intensive program or retreat, the daily schedule assures a sense of a wider student community.
A day at 5Elementos: (daily schedule, subject to change)
- 6:00 am Wake up
- 6:30 am Ayurvedic morning routine/daily herbal support service
- 7:00 am Morning Meditation
- 7:30 am Morning Asana and Pranayama Class
- 8:45 am Breakfast Break
- 9:45 am Seminars in Ayurveda/ Yoga/ Healing
- 12:45 pm Brunch Break
- 1:30 pm Personal time
- 2:30 pm Intensive Class / Panchakarma Therapies / Clinic Work
- 4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Break
- 4:30 pm Intensive Class / Panchakarma Therapies / Clinic Work
- 6:00 pm Dinner Break
- 7:15 pm Meditation
- 8:30 pm Nightly Satsang
- 9:00 pm Lights out
Transportation From Guadalajara Airport to Lake Chapala
The Guadalajara International airport has many direct flights coming in from and departing to many different US cities including Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and others. Flights to and from Canada must make a stop in either Mexico City or any other US hub depending on the airline you are flying with. Some of the most popular airlines that operate in Miguel Hidalgo International Airport are:
- American Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Continental Airlines
- US Airways
- American Eagle
The airport facilities are very clean and modern with all the amenities you come to expect from an international airport. The airport is about a 30-minute drive to Lake Chapala or Ajijic and transportation to the area is limited. Many people claim that taking a bus from the airport to Chapala can be done but it is not meant for newcomers. It is always suggested to take a Taxi on your first visit.
Taxis from Guadalajara Airport to Lake Chapala
Taxis are the best, fastest and most reliable option from the airport to Chapala. There are many Taxi’s all hours of the day and night at the airport, and there is a system on how to pay and take one. You have to buy a prepaid ticket at the “Taxi desk” which is located as soon as you exit the arrivals gate. This is to prevent the Taxi drivers from overcharging you.
The price you pay is a flat rate depending on where you are going. Prices for taking a cab to Chapala or Ajijic can be anywhere from $400 to $450 pesos ($35 – $45 USD) and the trip can take about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the traffic. The taxis are located right outside the building and are always available, there is hardly any waiting time or lines.
For those worried about safety in Mexican cabs don’t be. It is perfectly safe taking a taxi from the GDL airport, all the drivers carry their license and are authorized to transport people under strict control from the official Mexican tourism offices. Plus, each driver has to pass through a security checkpoint before leaving the airport, where they are checked for their certification and where they receive their voucher. Once you reach the hotel or home you are staying at, a 10% – 15% tip is recommended for the driver, perhaps $50 ($4 USD).
Buses from GDL airport to Chapala:
Catching a bus to save some money can be a hassle, don’t bother to do it and especially with baggage. Since the airport is a third of the way to Chapala. You would have to take a bus to the Guadalajara bus station, which is the opposite direction of Chapala. Or you could walk from the Airport terminal to the main road “Carretera 23” and wait under the bridge overpass for one of the buses coming from the GDL bus station, stop it and hop on board. But please keep in mind that it is about a quarter km walk from the airport to the main highway and walking conditions are not meant for pedestrians. The bus fare from the main highway can be anywhere from $30 to $50 pesos (3-4 USD). It’s a safe option, but only recommended for folks who are already familiar with the area so you know when and where to get off!
Can I pay in Dollars or are there ATM machines?
Yes, the Taxi tickets can be paid in USD dollars but the exchange rate the Taxi booths give you are not very good and always way above average. The best way to go upon this is to take some pesos out through the ATM machines at the airport. All international cards are accepted and the funds you take out are automatically converted into pesos depending on the exchange rate that day by the bank (usually better than what the Taxi exchange booths offer).
Renting a car at the airport?
Car rentals are also an option and can be rented at the arrivals section. As soon as you exit the terminal you will see AVIS, SIXT, BUDGET, EUROPCAR, HERTZ and other booths lined up in a row waiting to offer you a rental. Many of the booth operators will call out to you asking if you need to rent a car.
The procedure is similar to the taxi booths. You select the car you want, fill out the paperwork, pay with your credit card and then a shuttle van will come for you and take you over to the parking lots that house the vehicles. Pricing varies depending on the car you select, but prices can go anywhere from $400 – $700 pesos a day ($40 – $65 USD)
5 Elementos Conference is dedicated to empowering students to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practices of Ayurveda and Complementary Medicine.