Costa Rica Yoga Retreat: Renew, Restore, Rejuvenate with Brenda and Betsey

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“Be still…the quieter you become, the more you can hear…” ~Ram Dass

Let go of the busyness of life and allow yourself to settle into tranquility and peacefulness. Find inner bliss as you disconnect from modern distractions and immerse yourself in the abundance and serenity of nature by joining us for a week-long yoga retreat at Arenal Eco-Lodge & Biodynamic Farm in Costa Rica.

Woven into the week will be gentle yoga practices, along with Yoga Nidra and Chakra Balancing.  Each session is intended to guide you deeper into levels of inner awareness, calm, and balance. We’ll begin our week with the Honoring the 4 Directions sacred ritual and conclude our retreat with an inspiring Welcoming the New Moon Ceremony under the stars. Each ceremony will be a blessing to heighten our sense of place and our connection to the purity of bliss.

This will be an unforgettable experience where friendships are cultivated and inner peace nourished.  You will return with a sense of being restored, renewed, and rejuvenated having had the experience of this magical, tropical yoga retreat.


Brenda Stone
Brenda Stone has energetically embraced yoga since 1999 and continues to be a life long learner of yoga. She is a dreamer and an adventure seeker. Brenda began her journey into yoga with a spirit of exploration because of neck injuries and found that yoga significantly helped alleviate the pain and the need for medication. With this newfound awareness, she began to share her knowledge of yoga in 2008 when she started teaching at the local YMCA and began her yoga teacher training.

Not knowing that her destiny would move her in the direction of becoming a studio owner, she continued her training and enhanced her yoga knowledge with 200 RYT certifications from both YogaFit Training Systems and the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. Brenda’s personal focus and that of the studio is on alignment for optimum health and safety.

Most recently, Brenda received certification in Ayurveda which infuses the knowledge of food with the Dosha body type. She freely shares this information and awareness with her students. It is her desire to increase understanding regarding the benefits of nutrition while cultivating healthy eating habits and life style changes. Her understanding of Chakra balancing complements her Ayurvedic message and is interwoven throughout her teaching practices.

In 2011 she had the opportunity to buy an existing yoga studio in Bismarck, North Dakota. She immersed herself in the details of creating a sustainable yoga studio with offerings appropriate for all levels of students and renamed the studio, “Yoga for You.” Her inspiration for the studio name is intended to promote and market the single most important focus of yoga-a practice for Every-Body.

Since that time, Brenda has evolved with her yoga practice and her studio has grown with her vision. Her dream of showing people with various health issues that yoga truly IS for Every-Body has become a reality. She is also helping the yoga community to grow by offering Yoga Teacher training at the studio and reaching out into the community offering yoga classes to businesses and colleges in the area.

Elizabeth "Betsey" Gross
Teaching is both a passion and a “calling” for Betsey. She has been teaching yoga to students of all levels and ages for over 12 years and within each class cultivates a spirit of connectivity and community- inviting students to fully engage in the art of yoga. Teaching yoga is her way to contribute to the world and give “voice” to what is truly meaningful.

With grace and ease, she focuses on creating a healthy alignment, developing a nourishing breath, and discovering a sense of mindfulness. Each gentle asana practice is intended to become a celebration exploring the intricacies of movement and breath. She practices with an open heart that encourages others to embrace new possibilities and challenges with curiosity and wonder. Her smile, her words, and actions remind us that each day is waiting to unfold and become our most extraordinary day ever!

Betsey generously shares the calming and peaceful meditation practice of Yoga Nidra with students- smoothly guiding them to a state of serenity and blissful joy. Once you have taken this transformative journey with her, your world will take on new colors with radiant hues!

Her extensive background in the field of education and leadership informs her teaching and inspires and instills confidence in all of her students. She has an MA in Education, a BS in English, and is currently an independent Arts in Education consultant. Her yoga teacher certifications include a RYT 200 teacher training with Amy Ippoliti, Yoga Nidra certification with founder of Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Jennifer Reis, as well as Restorative Yoga training with Judith Lasater and Yin Yoga certification with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner. Betsey is grateful to all of her teachers along her yoga path for their wisdom influence, and encouragement!

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