Embracing Joy! Yoga Retreat

  • Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2019 (8 days)
  • $1710 US plus airfare

About us

Embracing Joy! a week-long yoga and Soul Collage® retreat, neighbouring beautiful Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Come join us in one of the Blue Zones where people live longer, happier lives. 

By the end of January… have you had enough of the ice & snow? Us too!  

Have you always wanted to visit Costa Rica?  

Now’s the time! Come alone and make new friends, or bring your loved one & friends

Rejuvenate your body, soothe your heart, calm your mind and lift your soul during this week-long winter escape. Join Kellie Dearman and Karen Quiros as they guide you through an inspiring program of yoga, meditation, SoulCollage®, and local excursions. The benefits of this retreat will extend well beyond this week as you leave with new healing practices, friends and joyful memories.

What you’ll get…. A fabulous retreat in paradise that’s moderately structured, allowing time to explore, retreat, and recharge amongst new friends, or alone.  This intimate setting has plenty of quiet space for solitude both in your suite and around the estate. We’ll be staying at a private resort estate which is exclusively occupied by our group.   Everyone will be staying in a large comfortable suite, all meals during your stay are included except for two evenings out on the town, all yoga & meditation classes, a SoulCollage® workshop that includes all materials to build your own deck, more info. on SoulCollage® here:  www.balwell.com/creative-explorations

For full details please go to: www.awareyoga.com/embracingjoy

Peaceful... authentic, non judgmental, strong and mindful!!  Very encouraging!!  Kellie, you teach people how to be o.k. with themselves." ~ Tammy

Event Highlights

  • Daily Hatha Yoga and Meditation
  • Beach Club with restaurant
  • SoulCollage®
  • Full menu with Vegetarian Options
  • Optional Excursions including ziplining, SUP, jungle tours
  • Body and Holistic Treatments

Venue Highlights

We’ve put together an exceptional yet affordable luxury yoga retreat with 8 beautiful living suites and private pool, in the Guanacaste Coastal region of Costa Rica. Just 15 minutes from Playa Tamarindo and 1.5 hours from the Liberia International Airport. Our villa is in a secure private community that stretches along 3 miles of pristine coastline. The community offers (for an additional fee) an 18-hole golf course that rambles by the ocean, tennis-courts, horseback riding, and a beautiful beach club that we have access to for a daily use fee of $10, providing poolside lounge chairs where the sounds of the surf lull you into the Costa Rican state of mind.... the user fee can be credited towards a snack or bar tab. And if your partner loves golf, and you love yoga…you’ll both be happy campers!


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent


Yoga and Meditation - 7:00 to 9:00am
Each morning we'll take the time to center and take inventory on exactly where we are mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Setting the course in this way will enable us to make the best use of our day, moment by moment. Yoga will be gentle and introspective, as you listen to your inner guidance and make the best decisions for your body, mind and spirit.​

Breakfast - 9:00 to 9:30am
Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of Gallo Pino, with eggs, toast, plaintains, fresh fruit or a fruit smoothie.

Morning Journaling - 9:30 to 10am
After breakfast each morning, explore the concepts of Embracing Joy and finding soul connection through a short reading and meditation, and take time to express on paper whatever arises.

Morning Programming - 10:00 to 12:30pm
During the first couple of days, we'll learn about SoulCollage® from Karen Quiros and spend time gathering images and ideas to create our personal SoulCollage® Cards. Then you choose to spend your mornings working with SoulCollage®, journalling or exploring Costa Rica

Lunch - 12 Noon to 12:30pm
Healthy and delicious lunches are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be "climate appropriate". This will be the main meal each day.

Afternoon Free Time - 12:30 to 6:30pm
Spend the afternoon lazily on the beach, receiving bodywork, or on a shopping excursion to Tamarindo. Of if you're craving adventure, book an optional excursion and try kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, a wildlife hike, zip lining, horseback riding, snorkeling, or surfing and more!

Afternoon Movement and Breath Awareness (optional) - 4:30 to 6:00pm
Most afternoons there will be yoga and mindfulness offered back in the privacy and air conditioning of our Villa.

Dinner - 6:30 to 7:30pm
Enjoy a light evening meal at our private Villa most days. On Tuesday and Friday evening, venture offsite to the town of Tamarindo for dinner.

Evening Gathering as a Group - 7:30 to 9:30pm
Each evening we'll have something new to explore. We may learn about Reiki, the Japanese system of healing energy, experience the deep meditative practice of Yoga Nidra, and have fun with a Chakra and Pendulum workshop. On our last evening we'll indulge in a yin practice, infused with reiki from Karen and Kellie.

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat


All meals will be prepared by our in-house chef, with produce purchased fresh from the markets daily. Organic produce will be use whenever available. Meals will include typical Costa Rica cuisine, including fresh local fruits and coffee.


Each luxury suite offers it’s own a/c, a 40” flat panel TV, high speed internet, safe, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, large showers, towels, beach towels, robes, hair dryer, and your own sitting room and balcony…and that was just the suite! The common areas include large kitchens, comfortable couches, a 55” TV, stereo music system, a wet bar, washing machine & dryer. There’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy.


Our private Villa is located within a gated community just fifteen minutes south of Tamarindo and 1.5 hours from the Liberia International Airport. Specific travel instructions will be provided, including transfers options.

Tags: beach costa rica excursions hatha meditation reiki soulcollage vegetarian yoga

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