Steady & Joyful: Rainforest Yoga & Meditation

  • Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Jun 13 - 20, 2020 (8 days)

About This Event

Deepen your connection to Mother Earth and all her beings as you practice in one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. While in Costa Rica, it is impossible not to be awed by the countless, beautiful ways that life is manifest; while there we begin to understand more deeply that all beings wish to be happy and free, and that all life, no matter what form it takes, comes from the same source. We move closer to realizing the oneness of being.

In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, we are taught the following regarding the practice of asana: Sthira Sukham Asanam. This translates as asana, meaning connection to the earth, should be steady (sthira) and joyful (sukham). In other words, practicing yoga asana is the method by which we develop a steady and joyful relationship to the earth and all her beings. Twice-daily yoga and mediation practices will help us to release held tension and to cultivate strength and clarity. When we feel our connection to the earth through our body we become confident, serene, and peaceful. As a result we are more likely to be kind and compassionate in thought, word, and deed. Stepping away from our hectic, technology-filled lives and slowing down for a week to deepen our practice by immersing ourselves in the rich biodiversity of the Costa Rican rainforest is truly a transformative experience.

Our morning practice will be energetic and taught in a flowing, breath-centered vinyasa style; our evening practice will be relaxing and restful. Periods of guided and silent meditation will be included in addition to conscious breath work. The best way to uplift our own lives is to uplift the lives of others, and in that spirit, we will also undertake a karma yoga service project as part of our Costa Rica experience. Plenty of free time is included to enjoy the area’s natural wonders and the amenities of the eco-lodge and biodynamic farm that will be our hOMe for 7 nights.

“Costa Rica is a beautiful, lush, tranquil place where you can connect with nature and like-minded people. Going with Jennifer and the group was one of the most adventurous and enjoyable vacations I’ve been on. Our shared meals and shared interests and the yoga experience was incredible, and I loved the challenge each day since I am newer to yoga. From the sun sets to ocean views it was magnificent! The food was delicious and so fresh it’s like it came right off the trees, and the service was beyond excellent.” -Pam E. “Sunrise yoga and sunset yoga: what’s not to like about that? We warmed up gently before our practice, and Jennifer led us in guided meditation, too. The setting was tremendous, and the staff saw to all of our needs. The food was fresh and catered to vegans, vegetarians, gluten free, and just “regular” folks, like me! Our group ate each meal together, so that further encouraged our sense of community. I loved hearing the howler monkeys waking us up and watching the many birds soar over the treetops. It was a magical week!” -Judy F. “Having practiced yoga for almost half my life I went into this retreat with a certain mindset. I was ready to tackle some positions I struggled with, see some exotic animals, and seek out a higher level of patience and understanding. I was not prepared for everything I gained. The food was nourishing and beyond delicious. The scenery was breathtaking. The accommodations were thoughtful and welcoming. Most importantly I learned so much about the power of mediation and yoga as a lifestyle and not just an exercise. Life changing in every way.” -Jennifer S. “Jennifer led a beautiful yoga retreat in Costa Rica last summer. She’s a wonderful teacher, and we left feeling like we were able to check back in with our true selves during the entire week. She was also very well organized and prepared, which made us feel like we could just relax and enjoy our time. I will be attending more of her retreats!” -Alysia M.

Event Highlights

  • INCLUDED:
  • -7 Nights Accommodations
  • -Three meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last 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)
  • -Karma Yoga Service Project

Venue Highlights

While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

-Zip-lining
-Horseback Riding
-Volcano Hike
-Hotsprings Excursion
-Nighttime Rainforest Hike
-Hanging Bridges
-Waterfall Tour
-Sacred Seed & Plant Tour
-Kayaking
*Price of Activities are not included in tuition

Bring balance and harmony to your spirit at the Rain Forest Spa. Spa treatments include a variety of massages, therapeutic body treatments, skin care services, and aromatherapy sessions using only the highest quality organic oils and extracts derived from fruits, herbs, flowers, and botanicals.

Accommodations

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. We do our best to honor your registration type. If enrollment pairings are such that we cannot honor the occupancy type you have selected, we will contact you 90 days prior to your trip. Feel free to contact us in the meantime if you have concerns.

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic

Directions

You will be booking your flights for the San Jose International Airport (SJO). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
Booking your Flight for the Best Price Possible!

True Nature Travels and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full-service travel agency which offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive airfare deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly: (contact info blocked)

Tags: costa rica meditation patanjali vinyasa yoga

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