Align Renew Thrive ART Costa Rica

About us

Join us for a specially designed holistic experience with a seasoned physical therapist and body worker and two extraordinary yoga teachers.  Experience deeply rejuvenating Body, Mind and Spirit practices in the healthy tropical vigor of southern Costa Rica. Designed to guide powerful transformation and tap into Inner-Guidance, each day we will align with Nature’s design for us. Everyone will bring back specific tools to sustain this transformation in a powerful way. Relax, into discovery and accessing your internal center, the place where life passion lives. Discover more peaceful responses to your common life’s stressors. You will never be the same. Together we will co-create a more harmonious blueprint for Living an Artful and Aligned Life! 


Melanie Carlone ( is a physical therapist with 30 years of experience and a broad holistic background in pain relief and improved function. She lived and worked in the far east for many years and uses Buddhist and Vedic principles in her trainings. She is a yoga instructor with two diverse 200 hour trainings which greatly inspire her to approach wellness in her practice from connecting Body, Mind and Spirit. She runs a clinic in Eugene, OR having remarkable results now treating hundreds of people using her system for alignment awareness and specially designed shoe inserts that “remind to align”. She lights up when she can help people feel better and move more easily than they thought they could again.

Amber Lippel, BA, LMT

Amber is a talented massage therapist and movement arts teacher with offices in Eugene and Portland. She is Master Resiliency Trainer, Reiki Master, yoga teacher and artist.As a healing practitioner, Amber treat all the levels of being; bringing mind, body and spirit into harmony. Amber focuses on the individual, being present and creating a supportive container for transformation. She calls her practice “intuitive therapy” and employs a multitude of tools to support holistic wellness.The “Life-as-Art” approach and holistic wellness mentality has re-empowered Amber to trust the creative process and to believe in her dreams.  After spending 9 years in the military, Amber resigned her position in 2012 to follow a more authentic and integral path.  She is starting Divine Alchemy Farm to share supportive, healing practices to advance all areas of our lives.

Frani Green

Frani (Shakti) Green is a lifelong student of Yoga. She began meditating on the beach in her teens and then found yoga in 1985.  For the first 8 years of her practice, she was a serious student, going to many different classes seeking a path of spirit, community and health. In 1993, Frani Shakti felt the calling, deeply, to teach yoga. Her studies include many different styles of yoga, including classical Hatha , Kundalini, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Restorative, Yin, and yoga for children. In 2003, after teaching for 10 years, Frani thought it would be a good idea to get certified, and has received several certifications including Classical Yoga 200-Hour Level 1 through Kashi Atlanta. Frani was gifted the name of  Shakti (divine feminine creativity) by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, one of her master teachers in the Lineage of Kashi Florida, because of her power within and the energy that she gives to her students and in her life. Frani’s  background in theater and dance is evident in her style of teaching. From beginners to advanced, classes are designed to take students on an inward journey to their own destination of relaxation, tranquility and inner strength. She teaches  gently, yet will guide you through to your strongest edge. Frani was  told by one of her  teachers that the way she teaches her classes is with a velvet hammer, soft, but with power. Frani is an  organic teacher who teaches all levels.  She will  tune into the energy of the students that are there, and from there, the class unfolds into magic. This comes from what she sees and feels from the students, so each class is unique.  Frani  looks forward to practicing with you.

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My inspiration is to find some very much needed solace away from the stress of raising 4 children, working (as a dietitian) and trying to get my private nutrition counseling practice launched. I am a registered yoga instructor and have practiced for over 10 yrs, and have always dreamed of taking a yoga retreat just for my own inner well being. Linda

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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