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Explore Lifestyle Choices on the Shores of Lake Chapala


Attend a 6-day program hosted at Lake Chapala, or join a program hosted online.

Learn about the prospects and opportunities offered by a new lifestyle lived and enjoyed on the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake, situated in the mountains about an hour’s drive from Guadalajara and a six-hour drive northwest of Mexico City.

Upcoming programs

The next program hosted Lakeside is taking place between February 25th and March 1st, 2024.

The next online program is taking place between January 16th and February 13th, 2024 (twice weekly meetings over 5 weeks).

Invaluable program that shares essential insights into lifestyles around Lake Chapala

The program is organized and run by Focus on Mexico who, for two decades, has offered structured learning programs, seminars, and guidance for people who are seriously considering a move to Lake Chapala in Mexico, and want to get detailed insights about the prospects, opportunities, as well as the realities of living here.

Dates are open for 6-day events at Lake Chapala, as well as Online Programs which feature twice-weekly online meetings over a four week period.

Program dates for 2024

Focus on Mexico runs programs in Ajijic, on the shores of Lake Chapala, as well as online programs.  These are the current program dates:

  • NEXT ONLINE PROGRAM: The next online program is taking place between between January 16th and February 13th, 2024 (twice weekly meetings over 5 weeks).
  • HOSTED AT LAKE CHAPALA: The spring 2024 program will be held at the Lake Chapala Society in Ajijic between February 25th and March 1, 2024.

The programs, whether you attend in person or online, offer a fully guided, hands-on experience that will give you a detailed insights into “life at Lakeside” to help you determine if this area is right for your life situation, whether you’re single, a couple, or a family thinking about a move here.

Get current information that’s relevant and concise

Whether you attend a program hosted online or hosted at Lake Chapala, each program is carefully designed and customized for people thinking about moving or retiring to the Lake Chapala area, and the program material also provides essential knowledge as you make your transition, regardless of where in Mexico you eventually decide to live.

The program is carefully structured into logical steps, organized into three key stages:

  • local knowledge and insights that help you to assess the area and lifestyle and decide whether Lake Chapala and environs is right for you;
  • learning about the choices and practicalities of creating a new lifestyle in Mexico; and
  • practical advice about the move itself, sharing essential things you need to know as you physically move to Mexico and settle-in here.

What’s included in program hosted at Lake Chapala?

Next lakeside program

The next program at Lake Chapala will place between February 25th and March 1, 2024.

Lake Chapala is one of the easiest places to get to in Mexico, via Guadalajara’s international airport, situated about 40 minutes’ drive from the lakeside towns.  Many participants choose to arrive earlier and/or stay on longer to explore the area on their own.

Your program begins with a Welcome Cocktail evening reception (including snacks and drinks) and registration at the Lake Chapala Society restaurant—a delightful and fresh open-air dining and meeting venue surrounded by lush vegetation. It’s an ideal opportunity to meet your program leaders and fellow participants amidst a relaxed and social atmosphere.

Comprehensive resource materials are provided, including a Workbook, Topic Handouts, and ‘Moving your Stuff’ to Mexico Instruction Book.

First-hand knowledge presentations by local experts: The week will be filled with interesting talks and seminars given by experts in their fields. Contact information for Expert Speakers will be provided, along with a growing list of recommended local providers, whose talks will give you insights into:

  • health care, hospitals/doctors/health insurance options in the area;
  • living lakeside lifestyles, safety/crime, legal;
  • cost of living, U.S. taxes, Canadian non-residency, currency exchange;
  • Mexican economy, investing in Mexico, immigration visas, doing business in Mexico;
  • moving to Mexico, bringing pets;
  • real estate, home financing, title insurance, renting or buying;
  • keeping foreign plated vehicles, buying a car locally… and more.

Next steps and FAQs including a special session that helps you to determine “what do I do next?”, the creation of an Action Plan, and “how to” guides for when you are ready to make the move.

An invaluable personal experience

This 6-day program at Lake Chapala is an ideal opportunity to meet and talk to like-minded people, get first-hand insights about living and lifestyles in and around Lake Chapala, and gain valuable insights that can help you to make considered choices about a move to Mexico.

The program hosted at Lake Chapala is carefully structured to help you get the most from this type of gathering, including:

  • coffee breaks, and private time for individual viewings and/or appointments;
  • two Area and Housing Tour excursions; two lunches and two dinners are included in the program price with these excursions. (Additional optional outings available a-la-carte on advance request);
  • activities info sheet including recommended restaurants and entertainment venue options;
  • optional Focus ‘a-la-carte’ services for more detailed information on specific areas of interest, for example, getting a Mexican driver’s license, applying for the senior citizen discount card;
  • access to a private Facebook Group of ‘Focus Alumni’ and the Focus Team to capture memories, continue the conversation, share photos, experiences, and advice.

Your week’s program at Lake Chapala will be rounded-off with a farewell Mexican Fiesta party at the home of a Focus alumnus, including evening dinner and drinks.

Pricing for Program hosted at Lake Chapala

This carefully designed and comprehensively structured program is offered for US$790 per person, or US$1,380 for a couple.

  • A US$100 deposit will be taken in advance to secure your place on the program, with the balance due about a month before the program start date.
  • A list of recommended accommodations will be sent to participants that offer comfortable lodgings within walking distance of the Lake Chapala Society.
  • Optional “Focus ‘a-la-carte’ services” are quoted and paid for separately, in addition to the program fee.

Reserve your space by completing the form below.

What’s included in the Online Program?

The Online Program all of the same essential move-to-Mexico topics and benefits of the programs hosted at Lake Chapala, (see next section) with the exception of the local social and touring events.

Next online program

The next online program is taking place between January 16th and February 13th, 2024 (twice weekly meetings over 5 weeks).

The Online Program is presented over 5 weeks

The live online sessions are recorded and you’ll be given special access to these for post-event review, or in case you miss the live event online.

Join the Online Program for:

  • One-on-one pre-program interview
  • Live twice-weekly trainings you can attend in the convenience and comfort of your own home
  • Live online Q&A sessions so you can get experts to address matters of specific concern to you
  • Written guides and Cheat Sheets on key topics to support your learning throughout the online program
  • Access to the Members-only Facebook group where you can meet like-minded people and share knowledge and experience
  • One-on-one RoadMap implementation session with the leader of the program
  • One-on-one post-program Action Plan review
  • In addition to having access to the recorded program in 2023, you’ll also get full access to the the online program recorded in 2021 if you want to research further
  • Money-back guarantee offered by the program organizer

Online Program pricing

Online program price: US$490, and the organizer offers a 100% no questions asked money-back guarantee if you did not find value in excess of the program cost.

Reserve your space by completing the form below.

Request further information and booking

Complete the request form below and the organizers of this program will contact you with further details, including information about how to reserve your place(s).



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