Connecting to Nature, Inside and Out: A Mindful Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica with Alix Northup

About us

Step out of your routine and join Alix for a week of inner and outer exploration amidst the stunning natural beauty on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Immerse yourself in nurturing practices for your body and mind and reconnect with nature and the wisdom of your own spirit.

Each day will include both active and restorative yoga practices and guided meditation to begin and end the day. There will be ample free time to spend connecting with the environment through surfing, SUP, whale and bird watching, hiking in the rainforest, swimming in the ocean and river, or simply resting, relaxing, and enjoying wholesome meals of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Mindful Hatha yoga practices will weave together meditative practices from various traditions along with carefully sequenced active and restorative poses, gentle unwinding movements, vinyasa, and breath work. Detailed alignment, experiential anatomy, sensory awareness, and mindfulness is emphasized to encourage deep listening and a compassionate understanding of one’s own mind-body with the overall intent of cultivating prajna (insight and wisdom) within the yoga experience on and off the mat. Classes are suitable for all levels and modifications of poses will be given as needed.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
7 Nights Accommodations
3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
Daily Yoga Practices
Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

LEADER
Alix Northup began her study of yoga as a teenager when her mom brought her to her first yoga class after discovering she had scoliosis. She draws from her own experience of finding balance in her body and mind to compassionately assist others on their own unique path of healing and discovery.

A student for over twenty years, Alix has been teaching yoga since 2007. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level, recently completing 300 hours of training with her teachers Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. She received her Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer certification through senior Iyengar teacher Elise Miller, and continues to study yoga for back care and scoliosis with Deborah Wolk from NYC.

As a licensed massage therapist, Alix brings a deep understanding of anatomy and alignment into her teaching and hands-on adjustments. Alix offers group classes, private sessions, retreats, and workshops specializing in yoga therapeutics and back care both locally and internationally.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Beautiful, eco-friendly accommodations situated amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle trail leading to Playa Uvita, a beautiful beach (only a 15-minute walk). The atmosphere of the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single or double occupancy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.

Gorgeous bungalow style accommodations all with huge ocean views, where you can see Ballena National Marine Park, the rainforest, and much more. All of the rooms are made from reforested wood from our trees planted on the same land 20 years ago. The architecture includes local craftsmanship using wood, stone, shell, and sand.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

So that I am rejuvenated to be the best I can be in my relationships - personal, work and in Society - offering and giving to be of benefit to others! Laura
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

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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