Frequently asked questions
What airport would I be flying into?
The closest major airport is in the city of Guadalajara. It is the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, and it’s airport code is GDL.
How far is your property from the airport, and how will I get there once I land?
We are in the Lake Chapala area (in Jalisco, Mexico), about a 45-minute taxi ride from the Guadalajara airport, and taxis are very inexpensive and easy to take around here. Once we confirm your stay, we will send you our address plus helpful instructions about how to get a taxi once you land.
Is there a chance I will not be allowed to enter Mexico? How long can I stay in Mexico for?
Whether you will be allowed into Mexico depends entirely on which country you are from, and what the current rules and regulations are. Those of us who are residents here are under different rules now, so we are not always aware of current travel regulations for tourists. Therefore, we strongly advise you to do your own research about the current status of travel from your country before you book your flight.
When you enter the country after landing, you will need to fill out a questionnaire to present to an immigration officer. The officers speak English. If asked the purpose of your visit, it is generally best to simply say that you are here for tourism and to stay with friends in the Lake Chapala area. You will also be asked how long you plan to stay in Mexico, and we recommend saying a longer amount of time than you are originally planning to stay, at least a month or two extra. This is in case you decide to extend your stay after you’ve settled in here (which happens quite frequently).
Again, please do your own research to find out the current status of travel regulations. For example, check with your local embassy whether you may need a special travel Visa from your country before flying to Mexico, and ask them for any additional information that may be helpful to know before traveling.
Are there any precautions being taken in your community related to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Can I drive my own car and park it at your property?
No, we do not have additional parking spaces within our property. There is parking available on the streets. You are responsible for any theft or damage that may occur.
What transportation options are there once I arrive?
Many things are within walking distance (local supermarket and many restaurants) and we are quite close to bus routes that can take you through Chapala, to neighboring towns like Ajijic, or even into larger cites such as Guadalajara. Taxis and services like Uber are also available and quite inexpensive.
Will I get to see David Hoffmeister during my stay?
David lives a very spontaneous life and is sometimes here in Mexico; other times at one of our other properties (i.e. the Monastery in Utah or the Peace House in Cincinnati). When he is in Mexico, he sometimes comes to visit La Casa and offer sessions, but we can not promise you will get to see him in-person during your stay. He does, however, do live Zoom sessions at times which we participate in from La Casa, such as Saturday All-Day Movie Workshops, or our monthly Tabula Rasa online retreats.
How can I get involved / volunteer with the Living Miracles community?
There may be opportunities to volunteer and collaborate on projects with our community during your stay. If you’re interested in “putting your hand up” for opportunities that may become available, please fill out our Remote Volunteer Application. This application is primarily for those volunteering from home, but it also applies to those visiting us temporarily.
Will I be able to extend my stay if I really like it there?
Yes, depending on availability. You can request an extended stay once you’re here by re-applying on this website and/or speaking to one of our staff.
How is the weather in Chapala?
Are there any pets on site? Can I bring my pet?
We have a small dog (Benito) and a cat (Zion). Benito is very cheerful and friendly around people and Zion is more quiet but very sweet. In an effort to maintain the peace for Benito and Zion, we are currently not allowing guests to bring their own pets.
What kind of food do you serve?
The food we serve is generally a mix of meat, pasta, vegetables and salad. The kitchen is not able to accommodate special diets but for those coming for a Prayer Stay, you will have access to a fully-equipped, shared kitchen. There is a local supermarket within walking distance, and several restaurants nearby as well.
What is your drug and alcohol policy? Can I smoke cigarettes on the property?
Illegal drugs, alcohol, and smoking is not permitted on the property. You can smoke cigarettes just outside our main gate.
Are there scholarships available if I can’t afford the full cost?
Yes, we occasionally offer scholarships for some of our programs, depending on one’s financial situation. We do require a copy of two recent bank statements to determine eligibility. If you’d like to request a scholarship, please mention this in your application form.
What is your cancellation policy?
All payments are non-refundable.