7-Day Costa Rica Yoga, Culture & Adventure Retreat with Root 2 Rise Yoga July 2017

SUMMARY

Awaken to pura vida, or the fullness of pure life, with 2 nights in green mountains and 5 nights in Manuel Antonio beach town. Included in our retreat, we'll zip line, enjoy a traditional cooking class, restaurant hop, hike to waterfalls, tour the national park, enjoy free time and more!

  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Base Price: $1,795.00
  • Start Date: 7/22/2017
  • End Date: 7/29/2017
  • Max Participants: 16

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Awaken to Pura Vida!

In the tropical paradise of Costa Rica, awaken to pura vida (the country's motto), or the fullness of pure life, appreciating the ebb and flow of nature, freedom in spontaneity, joy in simplicity and solidarity among local community. We'll spend two nights in the rural mountains and nature preserve of Santa Juana, learning about traditional culture and sleeping in luxurious eco-lodges serenaded by exotic birdsongs and nourishing our bodies with farm-to-table homemade dishes. With local guides, including your yoga teacher, a former volunteer teacher in Manuel Antonio, we'll unplug off the grid briefly and revitalize with Mother Nature: hike to a waterfall, swim in the river and Pacific Ocean, practice yoga overlooking the jungle, zip line over the rainforest, admire exotic snakes and butterflies in their sanctuary and scout monkeys, sloths and other wildlife as we beach-hop in Manuel Antonio National Park. We'll stay five nights in the rainforest beach town of Manuel Antonio, living in a luxury villa walking distance from favorite cafes and restaurants, where we'll be treated to delicious meals throughout the week. We'll connect with locals and other travelers through live music and dance and enjoy free time to explore town freely or to book other adventure or nature tours on your own or with new amigos, or friends. We'll gather for twice-daily yoga and meditation sessions and group reflection activities to offer perspective and unwind from our daily outdoor play. Though all activities are optional, they are handpicked with love in hopes of inspiring you to bring home and share the spirit of pura vida.

Mindful Travel...
Root 2 Rise Yoga supports local sustainability and cultural appreciation with our host destinations. This fourth year of our Costa Rica Yoga Retreat, we continue to partner with Santa Juana Eco-Lodging in support of their efforts to preserve natural resources, village traditions and unique wildlife of their mountain region. We continue to support local economy in Manuel Antonio through fair business practice, partnerships and volunteerism. We sponsor local cultural groups to share native traditions with world travellers in hopes of building bridges of peace through the arts and living yoga.

Schedule/Itinerary

Our Tentative Itinerary

Saturday, July 22
10:00am Group Pick-Up at SJO International Airport
1:30pm ETA at Santa Juana Lodging
Afternoon snack
Unwind in your luxury cabin
FREE TIME
5-7pm Orientation, Light Flow & Restore Yoga & Meditation
7pm Dinner

Sunday, July 23
8-9am Farm-to-Table Breakfast
9am-1pm Group Local Tour: Traditional sugar cane juicing, Yoga & Meditation by the river, waterfall hike & river swimming
1pm Farm-to-Table Lunch
FREE TIME
5-6:15pm Light Flow & Restore Yoga & Meditation
7pm Farm-to-Table Dinner

Monday, July 24
7-8:15am Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Meditation
8:30-9:30am Farm-To-Table Breakfast
10am-1:30pm Group Outdoor Adventure Tour: Visit snake & butterfly sanctuary & zip lining
1:30pm Farm-to-Table Lunch
2:30pm Leave for Manuel Antonio (1-hour drive)
3:30pm Arrive at our Villa in Manuel Antonio
Unwind
FREE TIME
5-6:15pm Light Flow & Restore Yoga & Meditation
7pm Catered Dinner with Local Chef

Tuesday, July 25
7-8:15am Hike + Yoga to the beach
8:30-9:30am Breakfast at Local Restaurant
10am-1pm Optional local walking & bus tour "How to Get Around Town on Your Free Time" 
FREE TIME
5-6:15pm Light Flow & Restore Yoga & Meditation
7pm Walk to Dinner at a Local Restaurant

Wednesday, July 26
7-8:15am Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Meditation
8:30-9:30am Breakfast at Local Restaurant
10am-2pm Hike & Beach Hopping at Manuel Antonio National Park (Park admission & Biologist Tour Guide included)
FREE TIME
5-6:15pm Light Flow & Restore Yoga & Meditation
7pm “Tico Night” Traditional Dinner & Cultural Fiesta

Thursday, July 27
7-8:15am Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Meditation
8:30-9:30am Breakfast at a favorite cafe
FREE TIME
5-6:15pm Light Flow & Restore Yoga & Meditation
7pm Dinner at Local Restaurant
8:30pm Optional Latin Dance Lessons at a Local Restaurant

Friday, July 28
7-8:15am Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Meditation
8:30-9:30am Breakfast at Local Restaurant
FREE TIME
5-6:15pm Light Flow & Restore Yoga & Meditation
7pm Dinner & Live Music at Local Restaurant

Saturday, July 29
7-8:15am Morning Yoga, Meditation & Closing Circle
8:30-9:30am Breakfast at Our Favorite Cafe
10am Check-out/Group Pick-Up for SJO Airport (12:30p ETA at airport)

*Activities are optional
*Agenda is subject to tropical rainforest weather (In July, it typically rains briefly in early morning and evening) and our group's needs

What's Included

*7 nights accommodation (2 nights in Santa Juana and 5 nights in Manuel Antonio)
*Daily 3 farm-to-table Costa Rican meals during your stay in Santa Juana (Vegan and vegetarian meals available upon request on your registration form.)
*Daily breakfast and dinner at local restaurants and water, coffee, tea and snacks at our villa during your stay in Manuel Antonio (Vegan and vegetarian meals available upon request on your registration form.)
*Daily morning Mindful Vinyasa Flow and evening Light Flow and Restore yoga and meditation classes for all levels with Michelle Chua in our open-air indoor yoga space with nature views (includes at least one Hike + Yoga session at the beach)
*Group ground transfer between San Jose International Airport and both accommodation sites (in Santa Juana and Manuel Antonio) and group transportation between sites at predesignated times
*Group outdoor adventure activities: zip lining, yoga by the river, guided hike and swim at waterfalls, tour of butterfly and snake sanctuary, professional guided tour of Manuel Antonio *National Park and Hike + Yoga by the beach
*Group cultural immersion activities: Tico Night celebration of Costa Rican culture and history with traditional food, music and dance, traditional sugarcane juicing demo, traditional cooking class, homemade Costa Rican meals, meals at local restaurants, Latin Dance lesson and optional evening outings to live music cafes
*Insiders’ tours of Santa Juana mountain village and Manuel Antonio rainforest beach town
*Contribution to Santa Juana's Rainforest Conservation Project
*ourism Taxes to our Costa Rican venues and service providers
*Souvenir gift from Root 2 Rise Yoga

Accommodation Description

The accommodations in Santa Juana for the first 2 nights are shared split-level luxury cabins, or casitas, with high vaulted ceilings and panoramic terraces overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park and Pacific coast. The cabins, or casitas, sit on natural hillside terraces, and in order to conserve precious hardwoods, over 85% of the lumber utilized came from farm grown Melina, Teak and Pine products. Each casita has a king-sized bed, two sofa beds, kitchenette, and bathroom with spacious slate shower. Amenities include 3 functional ceiling fans, refrigerator, stove with range, microwave and coffee maker plus DVD movie library. Adjacent to the casitas on the top of the hill is the El Mirador restaurant where you will be served homemade farm-to-table breakfast, lunch and dinner. Santa Juana is a small village surrounded by vast luscious nature. The weather is warm (70s-80s F) and tends to receive more rain than Manuel Antonio, especially in the early morning and late evenings, enabling fertile green mountains. 

The accommodation in Manuel Antonio for the last 5 nights is a shared multi-story luxury villa on the hilltop center of town. There are 6-8 guest bedrooms, each with one queen-sized bed, so participants can choose a single room or share it with a friend who is attending the retreat. Our communal space includes 3-4 living rooms, a dining room, 1-2 fully-equipped kitchens, spacious balcony lounge areas overlooking the rainforest and Pacific Ocean and an outdoor swimming pool with barbeque deck. Beaches, hiking trails, restaurants, live music cafes, grocery and souvenir stores, public transportation and national park are walking distance. Our location provides easy access for getting around town on foot, taxi or bus, and live like a local. The weather in Manuel Antonio in July is warm (70s-80s F) and humid and may rain briefly in the early mornings and evenings, opening clear skies and fresh air for daytime outdoor play.

Single Accommodation: A private king-sized bed in your own bedroom in a communal luxury cabin or your own cabin (pending availability), for 2 nights in Santa Juana and a private queen-sized bed in your private bedroom in our communal luxury villa for 5 nights in Manuel Antonio. $2,595 per guest

Shared Accommodation: A shared king-sized bed with your roommate in your own cabin for 2 nights in Santa Juana and a shared queen-sized bed with your roommate in your private bedroom in our communal luxury villa for 5 nights in Manuel Antonio *Please secure your roommate prior to registration. Let us know if you would like to join our online forum to seek and meet potential roommates. $1,795 per guest

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Registered Yoga Teacher and Dancer Michelle Chua facilitates yoga and wellness classes, retreats, workshops and community events through Root 2 Rise Yoga, which she founded based on the mission: Rooted in harmony with your body, mind, breath and nature, rise in wellness, universal wisdom and connection to the global community.

28-Day Yoga Alliance Certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica with Mystic Yoga Academy - January 2018

SUMMARY

Mystic Yoga Academy's 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is an intensive and inspirational Yoga immersion the in the Prana Paradise of the heart of Costa Rica. This foundational Yoga training is essential for those wishing to teach Yoga and also for those feeling called to deepen, enrich, and expand their experience of the sacred practice.

  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Base Price: $5,150.00 (tuition and housing)
  • Start Date: 1/21/2018
  • End Date: 2/15/2018
  • Max Participants: 18

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

This uniquely holistic and transformational Hatha Vinyasa based Yoga Teacher Training led by Lori Myles-Carullo will be held in the heart of Costa Rica at Mystica Lodge. Each of the three essential modules of the training focuses on a powerful element of the Awakening journey through Yoga: Liberation, Transformation, and Empowered Creation.

Participating in this 200 hour intensive and inspiring course is a life-changing journey of personal growth and development that is invaluable for those inspired to teach or for students seeking to deepen both their practice and understanding of Yoga. This is an in-depth program that has the capacity to bless you personally and professionally far beyond the intensive month of training. Upon completion of the course, you will feel confident in your ability to lead Yoga safely and effectively with heart-felt insight into what the essence of the practice is all about.

Mystic Yoga Academy’s 200 Hour YTT curriculum has been approved and certified by Yoga Alliance and is led by Lori Myles-Carullo, a qualified and inspired instructor (E-RYT 200).

When you participate in this 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program, you will:

  • Deepen and expand your practice and understanding of Yoga & meditation
  • Gain the tools, hands-on experience, and confidence needed to teach a dynamic Hatha Vinyasa class (Mystic Flow Yoga)
  • Develop a greater understanding of the asanas (physical postures) along with their essential benefits and effects
  • Learn how to form and evolve a cohesive, well-rounded Yoga class – the process of aligning poses in a way that you can go into progressively deeper poses smoothly and safely
  • Gain insight into your own habitual patterns and behaviors and learn the tools and skills needed to transform and evolve – both on + off the mat
  • Connect with and strengthen your true voice
  • Learn to work with injuries and prenatal students
  • Have a basic understanding of Yoga history + philosophy + unitive psychology
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Teach clearly, poetically, and passionately
  • Be trained and attuned to Level I Reiki – a powerful practice of Energy Balancing & Blessing for personal evolution and for use within the Yoga class setting
  • Embrace the confidence and teaching tools to teach Yoga
  • Develop healthy personal and professional ethics and boundaries in teaching
  • Participate in experiential learning, having opportunities throughout the course and at the end of the training to teach (practicum) and be provided with valuable feedback regarding your teaching


Students will receive a Certificate upon course completion and graduation that they can use to share with prospective employers and to apply for insurance as qualified Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.

This training, like Yoga itself, is a powerful and transformational experience. It serves as a sacred circle designed for your growth, development, and evolution of consciousness. The time and energy you spend in Mystic Yoga Academy’s 200 hour training is one of the best investments you can make in yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You will leave with a stronger Yoga and meditation practice and a deeper understanding and lived experience of Yoga as a powerful and healthy way of life.

SCHEDULE & ITINERARY

Sample Daily Itinerary

  • 7am - Morning Sadhana (includes meditation, pranayama, gentle Yoga warm-up, and chanting)
  • 8am - Breakfast
  • 9-10:30am - Morning Lecture (ie. Yogic Philosophy, Essentials of Breath, Asana Study, etc.)
  • 10:30-10:45am - Break
  • 10:45am- 12:30pm - Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Class
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 Free time
  • 2:30-4:30 - Afternoon Lecture (ie. Anatomy & Physiology, Ethics of Teaching, Chakra Energetics Study, etc.)
  • 4:30-4:45pm - Break
  • 4:45-6:30pm - Evening Yoga Practice & Daily Completion
  • 7pm - Dinner & Good Night!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  1. Tuition for the 200 hours of training
  2. Accommodations at Mystica from January 21 – February 15, 2018 (arrive on January 21st and depart on February 15th)
  3. Three delicious and nourishing meals per day at Mystica beginning with dinner January 21 and finishing with breakfast on February 15th


Please note: Flights to and from Costa Rica along with transportation to and from Mystica Lodge are NOT included in the price package for the YTT.

LOCATION

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Mystica Lodge has 11 accommodations available to you for your stay during the Yoga Teacher Training. There are 6 beautiful main lodge rooms, each with their own private bathrooms and a spectacular view of the majestic Arenal lake and volcano. We have 1 private villa with its own kitchenette, private terrace, and fireplace. There is a 2-bedroom house, each bedroom having its own bathroom. This house has a large kitchen and living space, terraces overlooking the lake and volcano, and an out-door hot tub and shower. Also, our newest accommodations are the 2 jungle cabins, each with its own bathroom and outdoor terrace overlooking the jungle and river.

The accommodations at Mystica are clean, beautiful, and filled with love.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Lori Myles-Carullo

Lori’s love affair with yoga began twenty-two years ago. As a dancer and a very spiritual being in her essence, the movement, breath, and space that Yoga offered spoke to her soul and ignited a spark that has only gotten stronger and more powerful over the years. It is an honor and a joy for Lori to lead the YTT at magical Mystica.

22-Day 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training With Holistic Equine Yoga in Costa Rica - July 2017

SUMMARY

Surrounded by the giant trees and noble spirit of the horses begin your path as a Yoga teacher during this unique YTT given on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Rediscover your passion and true authentic self amidst beauty and nature.

  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Base Price: $3,400.00
  • Start Date: July 1, 2017 
  • End Date: July 23, 2017 
  • Number of Days: 22
  • Max Participants: 12

DETAILS

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the jungle and the wisdom of the giant tropical trees. Cleanse your body, mind & spirit in the warm Caribbean waters and feel the warm white sand upon your skin.

During this YTT experience discover stillness and peace, as you meditate to the sounds of howler monkeys over head and the chatter of parrots in the leaves. Feel the power of the 5 elements tropical jungle, sun, sea, tropical air, and the rich tropical earth; Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Metal balancing your aura and chakras.

Begin your journey as a Yoga teacher.
This 200 RYT Hatha Yoga certification is on anatomy and living your yoga. You are coached by experienced, internationally renowned teachers, Irum Naqvi and Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Giving you the opportunity to learn the techniques and methodology for guiding yoga practice with awareness of how to live the Yoga philosophy. 

Through this training you will engage in a physical practice and thought provoking discussions, receive the light to explore your inner being; discovering your true self as you bring your awareness to your layers of conditionings and the Samskaras. The transformation will leave you energized, confident and ready to follow your inner calling.

Students will learn to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Shivananda Yoga styles deepening their own understanding of Yoga and enhancing their professional yoga teaching careers. 

Unique to our course we limit enrollment to a maximum of 6 or 12 students per training. This way we can offer more individual support and practical training to each student. Our teachers and our homey venues lend to a more intimate experience for our students.

The course includes daily pranayama, mantra chanting and asana practice to help each student enrich their own practice. Lectures and practicums on Yoga philosophy, ethics, anatomy, and physiology, teaching methods will be covered in this course.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR A YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 200HR. RYT CERTIFICATION RETREAT WITH IRUM NAQVI, A CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER REGISTERED WITH YOGA ALLIANCE.

Irum has been practicing Yoga for 25 years. Influenced by Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, Sivananda and all aspects of Hatha yoga, she focuses her practice on meditation and breath awareness, guiding students into their deeper physical and emotional space. 
Irum's quest to understand life’s purpose led her to yoga and reiki. With more than 4,000 hours of personal practice and close to 1,500 hours of teaching, Irum has organized yoga retreats, compiled a 100 page yoga training manual, and trained yoga teachers. She has taught in Canada, Costa Rica, the United States, Austria, Belgium, Israel, and Egypt. 
Her philosophy, the deeper we go, the lighter we become.
Successful graduates will receive a diploma and are eligible to register with YA as 200-RYT. Students enrolled in the “Yoga with Horses program” will receive the same diploma in addition to a certificate from Yoga in Harmony with Horses: Holistic Equine Yoga Certification.

Following the YTT we will be offering an optional Holistic Equine Yoga Certification program of 1 week long. This is the only Equine Yoga Certification of its kind, to be found.

A HOLISTIC JOURNEY TO CONNECT, BALANCE AND TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE THROUGH YOGA AND HORSES.

100 hours certification course presented in three modules, offered by Terry Lillian Newton, developer, manager, and owner of Kindred Spirits, a holistic equine healing facility in Costa Rica and Corinne Rosita Aulakh, E-500-RYT with Yoga with a View.
For more information about our program, please visit our page http://www.kindredspiritscr.com/retreats-treks-clinics/holistic-equine-yoga-certification

Schedule/Itinerary

  • 6:30am Morning asana & meditation
  • 9am breakfast
  • 10am Yoga class
  • 12:30 lunch
  • 2pm Yoga class
  • 4pm personal practice
  • 5pm review, studies & meditation
  • 6:30 dinner

YTT Program

Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle

* The Yoga Sutras
* Meditation
* study of pranayama
* study of energy systems
* study of chakras
* study of bodies
* understanding the 8 limbs of Yoga passed down in the lineage of Sri Patanjali
* living with Yamas and Niymas and how they connect with the Chakras and energy bodies
* learn how to teach surya namaskar & 35 asanas
* sequence & design a session
* teach a 60 minute class
* science of motion
* relationship of muscles to asanas
* body & mind prana relationship
* effects of structural and energetic alignment to overall well being
* spine and energetic alignment
* modifications for common injuries
* learn correct anatomical and energetic focus for the safety of each asana
* students learn to design and deliver their own session
feedback by lead trainer and assistant trainer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Includes all meals , teas & water (except on Sundays, free day to visit the local area)
  • All meals are fresh organic and vegetarian. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Breakfast baskets are given for your lodgings to prepare in your kitchen and enjoy on your private terrace. Lunches & dinners are served on the open air terrace at Kindred Spirits lodge.
  • Includes all yoga mats & props for use during courses, horses during classes.
  • * For those living in the area and wish to only attend the course with breakfast and lunch, we offer different rates, please contact us for more information.
  • Meditation experience with the horses
  • Walks on the nature paths
  • Living in a community Well Being Center where focus is on love of nature, animals, yoga, meditation, horses and organic living and farming and creating a permaculture farm.

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

  1. Lodge at our small Caribbean houses located at Kindred Spirits. 2 bedroom houses with sharing bathroom, kitchen and open air terraces over-looking the jungle. Each bedroom has 2 single bunk beds for 2 people. $3400 per person (private room with double bed $500 supplement)
  2. Lodge at the Villas Lomas del Caribe, private 2 bedroom bungalows, private bathrooms, kitchen, indoor living area, a/c, t/v, wi-fi and private swimming pool. $4200 per person ( 2-4 people ) 15 minute meditation jungle walk to Kindred Spirits.
  3. $2495 for Equine Yoga Program Certification with extra 7 days. Lodging at Kindred Spirits. 
  4. For lodging at Villas Lomas del Caribe $250 supplement or private house $500 supplement.
 

About Kindred Spirits Holistic Well Being Center

Kindred Spirits was born from a love and passion for horses, nature and all life on Planet Earth. To inspire true connection and harmony.

Integrating nature, yoga and horses heals the body, mind & spirit. Meditating with our herd of horses at liberty brings peace to the soul. These noble Beings have much to offer with their inner wisdom and gift for living in the moment. Their deep intuition and connection to all living things, guides us to a deeper self realization and also worldly understanding of life.

From a desire to help and guide people to heal themselves and rediscover their passion for life, Kindred Spirits was created. A place where kindred spirits come together to share, to learn, to teach and bring peace, balance and harmony into their lives as well as others.

Yoga, Healing and Meditation retreats together with the power of the Healing Herd of Horses are given throughout the year.

 

THE TEACHERS

Irum Naqvi

Irum Naqvi is a yoga teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance. Her philosophy is, the deeper we go, the lighter we become. Practicing yoga for 25 years. Influenced by Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, Sivananda, Hatha yoga, she focuses her practice on meditation and breath awareness.

 

Terry Newton

Yoga teacher, horse trainer and energy healer Terry brings this together with horses and their unique spirit.

Pathways Country Yoga Retreat in South Africa

Pathways Country Yoga Retreat in South Africa

 

SUMMARY

A life transforming retreat that has been enjoyed by many from all over the world. It reveals deep insights to the practice of yoga. A retreat is held once a month all year round

Country: South Africa

Base Price: $734.00

Available all year

 

 

DETAILS

Join this transforming retreat if you desire to transform your life. This experience will teach you the deeper spiritual understanding of yoga. Through a disciplined practice over time, you will become aware of a shift in your ideals and principals. Discover how you are limitless and that through the full understanding and use of universal principals, you will set your mind free from the illusion and enter a life of freedom!

During this retreat, you will learn that a yearning begins for a deeper understanding of your self and the answer to the questions like who you are, where do you come from?, what are you doing in this world?, and where are you going? A yearning is experienced from within to find purpose to our life and a way to fulfill that purpose. 

SouthAfricaPathways - Yoga Retreat in South Africa September 2017

Topics under discussion in the transforming workshops

  • Who are you?
  • Where did you come from?
  • What re you doing here?
  • Where are you going to?
  • How you are a spirit having a human experience
  • The subtle body
  • The joint operation of the physical, mental, and emotional faculties
  • Understanding the role of mind, body, and emotions
  • The science of the mind and emotions
  • The conscious, sub conscious, and super conscious mind
  • How you are capable of changing your thoughts
  • How you are capable of choosing and changing your life
  • How are only thoughts that keep you in a limited world
  • Scientific techniques to reprogram your thoughts and emotions
  • Expanding awareness
  • Self study and journal keeping
  • Processing of psychic scars
  • Coaching techniques and vision board skills

 

 

SCHEDULE + ITINERARY

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Optional morning sadhana
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Transformational workshop
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Leisure time
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner followed by free time

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • Daily Life Coaching & yoga workshops
  • Course material

 

Accommodation

Pathways Country Yoga Retreat offers luxurious, comfortable accommodation in a very homely environment. Each room can accommodate up to two guests and has either a shared or a private bathroom. The rooms haVe views either to the swimming pool or the three serene dams. 

There is a private island and gardens for quiet time or contemplation with an outdoor sun deck to soak in the miraculous beauty of sunrise and sunset. There is also an indoor and outdoor yoga studio, fresh vegetable and fruit gardens, nature walking trails, and an abundance of bird life.

 

TEACHER + LEADER

Jennifer Fitzsimmons

Jennifer has been practicing yoga for 19 years and teaching for 16 years. Her passion for yoga began when she healed herself and her life through the use of the scientific techniques. It is Jennifer's intention to share with people these life changing techniques to transform their lives to that of their desire.

8-day Yoga & Dance with The Happiness Retreat in Greece - July 2017

SUMMARY

8 days, 7 nights. A paradise-on-earth place, Koufonisi island, Greece.We will practice Yoga & Breath work, boost our creativity with Impulse Dance and heal on the warm sea surface with Floating Body. Homemade vegan food, amazing beaches, divine sunsets, unspoiled nature and gentle sounds of the waves and the wind will embrace us unconditionally.

  • World Region: Europe

  • Country: Greece

  • Base Price: $890.00

  • Start Date: 7/8/2017
  • End Date: 7/15/2017
  • Max Participants: 16

DETAILS

I invite you to join me in a paradise-on-earth place – Koufonisi island ,Greece, for a Full Moon week.We will practice Yoga, focusing on breath , we will boost our creativity with Impulse Dance and become one with the water in Floating Body. Fresh homemade vegan food,amazing beaches, divine sunsets ,unspoiled nature and gentle sounds of the waves and the wind will embrace us unconditionally.

We will be as creative as children, as unique as stars, as free as birds, as floating as leaves, as humble as flowers, as creative as human beings.

Love & Light,
Apostolia Papadamaki -Artist/Teacher/Facilitator

Location :A Blue Paradise – Ano Koufonisi

Koufonisi-The smallest of the Cyclades inhabited islands. A peaceful place for complete relaxation.The highlight of the island is Pori beach, with golden sand, turquoise clear shallow waters and emblematic large caves that can be found next to it.


Teacher /Facilitator
Apostolia Papadamaki is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, a traveler, performer and teacher of yoga, impulse dance and floating body.An ongoing life learner, Apostolia studied release contemporary dance and contact improvisation at Movement Research- New York, Ashtanga Yoga atJ ivamukti Center –New York and Alexander Technique.She is practicing Hatha Yoga daily the last 15years.

Being a lover of arts and movement she also studied Physical Theater, Ai ki Do,Scuba Diving, (Rescue Diver Padi) Craniosacral Therapy,Reiki and many more, collaborating with inspiring artists, musicians, and teachers in many lands.

After 20 years of ongoing studies and research on movement Apostolia, founded Biomatic Anatomy, an holistic approach to movement that expands to her Yoga Teachings, Impulse Dance, Floating Body. She organises The Happiness Retreat in unique locations in Greece.


Yoga & Biomatic Anatomy

Our daily Yoga practice, in conjunction with the principles of Biomatic Anatomy, will bring harmony to our body, mind and emotional state. Emphasising on linking movement with breath as well as bringing our awareness into the lightness and transparency of our body/spirit, will increase the energy flow and open generously space for bliss.

Biomatic Anatomy is a holistic approach of body perception and movement, the result of continuous study and research of it’s founder Apostolia Papadamaki. Aims to remind us the primary instincts of movement and gain experiential and theoretical knowledge of the human skeleton, the joints and how they work. 

im-PULSE DANCE

Everything in nature is Pulse! Through movement and dance we connect with our deeper self and relax the mind. Structured through Apostolia’s deep experience in contact improvisation, release techniques and Osho Kundalini meditation, this spiritual language speaks where words fail; an abundance of bliss in the heart of existence is created.Music and rhythm indulges the body to overcome all restrictions until we reach our abundant and joyful self.

Floating Body

We all come from the womb of our mother and we have experienced “floating”. In Floating Body,as we float at the sea surface, we take advantage from the absence of gravity in order to release the vertebrae and to allow the spine to move in ways that are not possible on the ground. Our connection with breath takes on a new dimension.

SCHEDULE + ITINERARY

Saturday July 8th* Arrival & welcome Dinner

Sunday July 9th* Morning Yoga & evening Impulse Dance
Full moon party & Full moon night bath

Monday July 10th* Morning Yoga & evening Floating Body

Tuesday July 11th Morning Yoga & evening im-Pulse Dance
Boat excursion to Drima-Antikeri & Kato Koufonisi

Wednesday July 12th* Morning Yoga & evening Floating Body

Thursday July 13th* Morning Yoga & evening im-Pulse Dance

Friday July 14th* Morning Yoga & evening Floating Body
Sunset Beach Party

Saturday July 15th Departure or free day on the island or day trip to Amorgos


* Beach /Excursions /Experiences /Massage

Timetable (Sample day):
07.30 Tea
08.00 Yoga & Biomatic Anatomy
10.30 Breakfast
11.00 Free time for the beach /massage /excursions /experiences
15.00 Lunch
16.00 Free time for the beach /massage /excursions /experiences
18.30 Im-pulse Dance or Floating Body
21.00 Dinner

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights/ 8 days of stay in a paradise–on–earth place.
  • 3 Delicious Fresh Vegan Meals per day **
  • 6 classes Yoga & Biomatic Anatomy
  • 3 classes of im-Pulse Dance
  • 3 classes of Floating Body
  • Sunrise Beach Meditations
  • Cooking with Esco
  • Welcome early Dinner– Farewell breakfast
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Transportation from and to Αno Koufonisi Port to Koufonisi Villas
  • Explorations in nature with Apostolia
  • Mindfulness living all day long
  • Playful games (surprise for those that wish!)
  • No goal settings – Be present in the moment!
  • Flights & Boat tickets are not included

Accommodation Description

Our 2 Koufonisi Villas (Porithea & Parathira) are located at Ano Koufonisi. The villas overlook Pori Bay, one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the Mediterranean.(walking distance 8’).
There are plenty of open plan areas to lounge both inside and outside.Amongst the olive trees, there is a beautiful yoga shala, made of stone with light curtains to shade the space, a cosy outdoor Thai Massage room and an outdoor Jaccuzi.

The bedrooms are comfortable and cozy, with carefully selected fabrics and funky accessories, a touch of whimsy that creates a loving, homely atmosphere.The full-moon nights at Koufonisi Villas are breathtaking. Keros island view in the moonlight, is a unique experience for every visitor. According to the residents of Koufonisi, the contour of the deserted island in the night resembles a female, prostrated Cycladic statuette.

Amenities

  • Plenty of outdoor & indoor lounge spaces.
  • Free Wi-fi access
  • Air Conditioning or ceiling fans in all bedrooms
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor bathtub
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Apostolia Papadamaki

Apostolia Papadamaki, international choreographer, Hatha yoga teacher, ongoing life learner, lover of arts and movement, Scuba Diving, Craniosacral Therapy, Ushui Reiki, Shamanism. Founder of Biomatic Anatomy and The Happiness Retreat. Apostolia shares her joyful spiritual and self-transformation practices and experiences with love and respect.

28-day 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Immersion with Sarva Rasa Yoga in Thailand - September 2017

SUMMARY

28 Day 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training in beautiful Kata Beach, Thailand. Daily healing sound baths and sunset meditation.

  • World Region: Asia
  • Country: Thailand
  • Base Price: $3,200.00
  • Start Date: 9/24/2017
  • End Date: 10/22/2017
  • Max Participants: 20

DETAILS

This 28-day, 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive is a Yoga Alliance approved foundational training rooted in the lineages of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. This training will provide participants with the knowledge, practice, and experience to become creative, competent, and inspiring teachers. 

The training is open to all, both those inspiring to become the next generation of dynamic teachers as well as to those simply wishing to immerse themselves in the practice of yoga. Those with injuries and health issues are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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PROGRAM GOALS

ASANA

Students will be able to perform or guide a student into various asana (postures). Additionally, for each posture participants will know the safety precautions, modifications, contraindications, the proper alignment of the pose, and will feel confident offering hands-on-adjustments.

PRANAYAMA AND BANDHAS

Pranayama: Effectively guide and practice various traditional pranayama exercise and effectively link movement with breath.

Bandhas: Understand the bandhas and how to apply them in their own practice as well as their student's.

MEDITATION

Students should feel comfortable guiding a basic meditation practice and cultivating awareness and movement as meditation through a guided asana practice.

PHILOSOPHY

Students will be familiar with the 8 limbs of yoga and the ethical principles of yoga (the yamas and the niyamas). They will have a basic understanding of the history of modern yoga. They will be familiar with the classic yogic texts. Additionally, students will learn how to live a yogic lifestyle, taking their yoga off of their mats and into their day-to-day lives. 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Students will be able to correctly identify the primary bones and muscles of the body. They will understand movement principles and how to prevent injury. Students will also have a basic understanding of the yoga energetic body (the chakras, nadis, and koshas).

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

Graduating teachers will feel comfortable leading a group, all-levels class. Students will be comfortable with sequencing, cueing, and leading. They will be able to guide students safely through a 60-minute alignment-based vinyasa class. 

GROWTH

Students will grow their personal practice, develop their voice, and deepen their connection. They will learn to lead and to support their fellow teachers and community members.

SCHEDULE + ITINERARY

Training will on average run from 6am-3pm. There are half days and several excursion days built into the program. Detailed syllabus will be provided to registrants prior to arrival.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Three meals per day: Fresh fruit breakfast smoothie, vegetarian lunch, vegetarian dinner, coffee, tea, and beverages will be served at meal times
  • Tuition
  • Accommodation

NOT INCLUDED

  • Adventure excursion costs: day trips to neighboring islands, hike to the Big Buddha, scuba diving and other options
  • Required texts

*SPECIAL PRICING EXCLUDING ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE FOR LOCALS. MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF RESIDENCY. TO INQUIRE EMAIL INFO@SARVARASAYOGA.COM 

STANDARD ROOM SINGLE: $3,500

POOL VIEW SINGLE: $3,700

OCEAN VIEW SINGLE: $3,900

 

ABOUT THE TRAINERS

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Selena Garefino

Selena began practicing yoga when she was 13 years old. She has studied with Noah Mazé, Elena Brower, Sarah Powers, and Nicolai Bachman. Selena is dedicated to teaching movement through artful alignment to support her students on and off of their mats. Selena holds Masters of Public Health from Boston University in International Health.

Anwar Gilbert

Anwar is a yoga teacher, nutritionalist, personal trainer, integrated flexibility specialist, pre/postnatal specialist, and corrective exercise specialist. Anwar has been guiding his clients on their individual paths to wellness for 14 years. He has been teaching anatomy and physiology and mentoring personal trainers throughout his career.

21-day 200HR Yoga Teacher Training Immersion in Costa Rica with Sarva Rasa Yoga in July 2017

SUMMARY

21 Day Yoga Teacher Training Immersion at the Peace Retreat in Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Learn to sequence and teach both alignment-based hatha yoga and vinyasa flow yoga. Daily healing sound baths and sunset beach meditation.

  • World Region: Central America
  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Base Price: $2,800.00
  • Start Date: 7/15/2017
  • End Date: 8/5/2017
  • Max Participants: 15

 

DETAILS

200HR Yoga Alliance Approved Program:

This 3-week Intensive, Yoga Alliance approved, 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is a foundational training rooted in the lineages of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. This Yoga Alliance certified training will provide participants with the knowledge, practice, and experience to become creative, competent, and inspiring teachers. 

Training will be held at the Peace Retreat in Playa Negra Costa Rica. The Tuition Costs listed below include lodging, two fresh meals per day, and full tuition. 

The training is open to all, both those inspiring to become the next generation of dynamic teachers as well as to those simply wishing to immerse themselves in the practice of yoga. Those with injuries and health issues are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

PROGRAM GOALS

ASANA

Students will be able to perform or guide a student into various asana (postures). Additionally, for each posture participants will know the safety precautions, modifications, contraindications, the proper alignment of the pose, and will feel confident offering hands-on-adjustments.

PRANAYAMA AND BANDHAS

Pranayama: Effectively guide and practice various traditional pranayama exercise and effectively link movement with breath.

Bandhas: Understand the bandhas and how to apply them in their own practice as well as their student's.

MEDITATION

Students should feel comfortable guiding a basic meditation practice and cultivating awareness and movement as meditation through a guided asana practice.

PHILOSOPHY

Students will be familiar with the 8 limbs of yoga and the ethical principles of yoga (the yamas and the niyamas). They will have a basic understanding of the history of modern yoga. They will be familiar with the classic yogic texts. Additionally, students will learn how to live a yogic lifestyle, taking their yoga off of their mats and into their day-to-day lives. 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Students will be able to correctly identify the primary bones and muscles of the body. They will understand movement principles and how to prevent injury. Students will also have a basic understanding of the yoga energetic body (the chakras, nadis, and koshas).

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

Graduating teachers will feel comfortable leading a group, all-levels class. Students will be comfortable with sequencing, cueing, and leading. They will be able to guide students safely through a 60-minute alignment-based vinyasa class. 

GROWTH

Students will grow their personal practice, develop their voice, and deepen their connection. They will learn to lead and to support their fellow teachers and community members.

Join us at the beautiful, eco-friendly Peace Retreat in the paradise of Playa Negra, Costa Rica. The location of the famous surfing beach featured in the classic film Endless Summer.

Transportation to and from the venue, lodging, and two, fresh, healthy, local meals are included in your tuition package, off-site teacher training rates available by inquiry. 

The Peace Retreat is a unique retreat center offering jungle views, wildlife, beach access, and an on-site swimming pool. The yoga room where you will spend your days is open air with stunning views of Costa Rica. 

Around the retreat center you'll find private study nooks over looking the jungle to complete your homework in serenity. 

The venue is unlike many retreat centers in that it is is not isolated from the broader community. Participants will be free to explore Costa Rican culture and life in their spare time. 

The Peace Retreat is committed to presence, peace, and wellbeing for all. We look forward to sharing this special place with you.

SCHEDULE + ITINERARY

This is an intensive. In order to fulfill the requirements of Yoga Alliance we will meet from 6am-6pm daily with a lunch and appropriate breaks. There are some free afternoons in the schedule for surfing and other excursions.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Lodging *double, single, and triple occupancy rates available
  • 2 fresh locally prepared meals, unlimited coffee and tea *additional snacks and smoothies available for purchase
  • Access to a community kitchen for storing snacks or special dietary needs
  • Tuition
  • Teacher Training Manual
  • Graduation Party Meal at a local restaurant
  • Shuttle two and from Liberia International Airport
  • Beach access

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

$200 OFF with code EXPLORE

Main Building *Triple Occupancy $3,000
Cabina *Double Occupancy $3,200
Main Building *Double Occupancy $3,350
Cabina *Single Occupancy $3,750
Main Building Suite One Bed with Full Kitchen and Private Balcony $4,600 *Single Occupancy Contact to inquire about double occupancy rate

Detailed descriptions available through our website. *prices do not include Costa Rican Hotel Tax of 13%

ABOUT THE TRAINERS

Selena Garefino EYRT, MPH, PhD Candidate

Selena began practicing yoga when she was 13 years old. She has studied with Noah Mazé, Elena Brower, Sarah Powers, and Nicolai Bachman. Selena is dedicated to teaching movement through artful alignment to support her students on and off of their mats. Selena holds Masters of Public Health from Boston University in International Health.

 

Anwar Gilbert

Anwar is a yoga teacher, nutritionalist, personal trainer, integrated flexibility specialist, pre/postnatal specialist, and corrective exercise specialist. Anwar has been guiding his clients on their individual paths to wellness for 14 years. He has been teaching anatomy and physiology and mentoring personal trainers throughout his career.

5-Day Yoga Retreat and The Art of Letting Go, Private Island Retreat in Turks & Caicos - June 2017

5-Day Yoga Retreat and The Art of Letting Go, Private Island Retreat in Turks & Caicos, June 2017

 

SUMMARY

Come to a place where peace and love exists. Learn to let go of the tension and stress that holds you back. Open up to let go of relationships, objects, and thoughts that no longer serve you. Experience your inner peace. Stretch your body and relax your mind.

  • World Region: Caribbean
  • Country: Turks and Caicos on Pine Cay
  • Base Price: $1,733.00
  • Start Date: 6/25/2017
  • End Date: 6/29/2017

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Dreaming of a beachfront room where you step directly from your unit to an award-winning beach with warm sugar-white sand? It's at The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos, the only resort on the private island of Pine Cay, ONE OF THE CARIBBEAN’S BEST PRIVATE ISLAND RESORTS.

Visitors to the exclusive 800-acre island will enjoy a four-night experience on a two-mile stretch of award-winning spectacular “best beach” while fusing the mind, body and soul through yoga practice, workshops, and meditation. There will also be ample time for exploring and snorkeling, relaxing and a day of mission with a local children’s organization. Attendance is limited to 12 people.

A price of $1,733 US dollars per person (dbl occupancy) includes beach-front accommodations from June 25-29, a welcome gathering, breakfast and dinner daily at the highly reviewed Bistro restaurant , mid-afternoon refreshments, arrival/departure taxi and boat transfers from Providenciales to Pine Cay, non-motorized water sports, eight yoga sessions, three workshops, four meditations, a picnic lunch on volunteer day, a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, snorkel excursion and more. 


Yoga, workshops and meditation geared towards all experience levels, will be led by licensed Yogi, Maggie Grace. Having trained under Pat Bruno, aka Swami Padmananda, she has studied yoga for wellness along with certifications focusing on a wide range of medical conditions. Maggie specializes in meditation, chakras balancing, vinyasa flow, and chair, intimate, corporate, senior and children’s yoga. She is also certified in Reiki Level 1, personal training, yoga and chakra balancing, and group exercise. Through practice and mission, Grace aims to leave guests in a state of higher awareness, able to let go and free up space to share their souls. 

At Pine Cay, you’ll leave behind your need for television, clock radios, and locks on the doors. A short private boat ride from the bustle of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Pine Cay is a prestigious yet unassuming destination with one of the finest beaches and an array of distinctive natural space in the Caribbean.

Schedule/Itinerary

The Art of Letting Go, Yoga Retreat Schedule
June 25 – 29, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
3:00 pm Arrival at The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos Islands
6:00 pm Meet and Greet – Private Welcome Gathering
7:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Yin Yoga Class under the Moonlight plus Relaxing Meditation
9:00pm Sweet Dreams
Monday, June 26, 2017
7:00 am Vinyasa Yoga
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Art of Letting Go - Workshop
10:00 pm Free time to Explore (refreshments, light snacks offered)
4:30 pm Yin Yoga
7:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Moonlight Meditation
9:00 pm The night is yours!
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
7:00 am Vinyasa Yoga
8:30 am Breakfast
10:00 am Giveback Day (packed lunch from property)
4:00 pm Yin Yoga and Workshop (time tentative)
7:30pm Dinner
8:30pm Moonlight Meditation
9:00pm Enjoy the night
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7:00 am Vinyasa Yoga
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Art of Letting Go - Workshop
10:00 pm Free Time to Explore (Light snacks and refreshments offered)
4:30 pm Yin Yoga
7:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Moonlight Meditation
9:00 pm Enjoy the night
Thursday, June 29, 2017
7:00 am Vinyasa Yoga
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Freedom Chant
11:00 am Check Out

What's Included

  • 4 nights beachfront accommodations based on double occupancy
  • 8 Yoga, 3 Workshops, 4 Meditations
  • Welcome Gathering
  • Bottle of Wine in-room upon arrival
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Early morning coffee service
  • Casual mid-afternoon refreshments
  • Hobie Wave sailing boats
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboard equipment
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Daily Snorkeling Trip
  • Fresh-water pool
  • Mini-Basketball court
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Bicycles
  • Shuffleboard
  • Tennis court and racquets
  • Some excursions to some neighboring islands
  • In-room WiFi
  • Wireless Internet access in the vicinity of the main club facility
  • Access to computer center - two computers reserved for guests
  • Private airport boat and taxi transfers
  • Postcards
  • Children’s Mission – Transfers, Giveback, Picnic Lunch

*Gratuity and airfare not included. Beer, wine and other beverages charged separately.

*Private room pricing and Spa services available.

Accommodation Description

Beachfront accommodations including alcove living area, Screened in porch
Outdoor shower, Thatched hut, Ceiling fan, Mini-library, WiFi, Oversized bathroom,
Mini-fridge,Coffee pot, No lock, no phone, no televisions (it’s what we don’t have that makes our guests return again and again).

Each one of our 13 units looks out to a breathtaking two-mile-long beach, which has been named one of the Caribbean’s best. All are spacious and suite-like, with a large bedroom and separate lounging alcove, leading into screened-in porches overlooking the sea. The breeze from ceiling fans rotating overhead joins the gentle trade winds, and flows through large windows and patio doors.

Furnished in tropical décor, the rooms are comfortable, bright and attractive. Each one contains one king or two twin beds, lots of pillows, and a small library of books for your reading pleasure. The “suite style” layout includes a large bathroom with two lavatory areas, a shower, and a dressing area with plenty of shelves for personal items and amenities such as a mini-fridge, coffee pot for fixing tea and coffee.The screened-in porch – with its table, chairs and ever-changing sea views – is the perfect place for breakfast or early morning coffee.

Just beyond, the outdoor patio has an outdoor shower enclosed with bamboo walls. With each room having its own private thatched tiki hut in front for reading or evening cocktails, guests can enjoy an even closer view of the sea.

 

TEACHER

Maggie Grace // Maggie Grace, E-RYT 500, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. Maggie offers a very specialized yoga that is suitable for all ages and ability levels. Known for teaching and finding the balance and surrender to live in the moment, Maggie has been opening people's lives through her personal understanding of Yoga for 18 years.