Sit in Your Center: As You Are- A Woman's Costa Rica Retreat with Dawn Smelser and Kate Brenton

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“Empowering, Transformative, and Reflective.”

“Enlightening, Sacred, Unifying.” ~Previous Sit in Your Center Retreatants

Join Dawn and Kate at the Arenal Eco-Lodge Yoga Retreat Center & Biodynamic Farm, a sweet respite nestled next to 250,000 acres of protected forest in the volcanic highlands of Costa Rica’s vibrant green heart, for a magical women’s retreat. You will enjoy daily yoga, guided meditations, inspired creativity, and movement in a lush and sacred environment. Nourished by fresh, local cuisine, and open-hearted community, we gather to allow our bodies and minds to loosen the unnecessary, be soothed by possibility, and welcome spaciousness and joy.

What's Included:

Transport to/from airport to retreat center

7 nights accommodations

Three wholefoods meals per day

Hot Springs visit

Daily yoga sessions

Biodynamic Farm Tour

Karma Yoga Service Project

Feminine Wisdom traditions


Dawn Smelser is a certified spiritual healer, master yoga teacher, dancer, and medium, who teaches from the heart always. She moves from the sacred to the profane with ease and always has some laughter (and sometimes tears) to share with her classes. She has been teaching yoga for the last 20 years, founded MotherHeart Yoga Sangha in Philadelphia, and published Rooted Magazine.

Kate Brenton, Polynesian Lomilomi Practitioner, Ed. M., inspired educator, and writer of the unspoken, lives bi-coastally, sharing an aloha based perspective on living in balance: one-on-one and in workshop/retreat formats. A former East Coast public educator and corporate trainer who walked into a different world and stayed there, she now carries forward the cultural mindset of Pa Ola Hawai’i, as an elevated alaka’i and cultural practitioner, and curious student of life’s constant instruction.


You will stay at a sustainable, rainforest eco-lodge hotel providing comfortable accommodations amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle. The atmosphere at the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single, double, or triple occupancy with fans and hot water. The eco-lodge has a beautiful chlorine-free swimming pool and jacuzzi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options. The food is organic and local when available, prepared with nourishing ingredients and lots of love.

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