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This 4-week residential training at breathtaking jungle retreat, El Sabanero Eco Lodge, is led by Emma Warmington and supporting teachers.

There are 7 billion types of yoga in the world. We will help you find what is appropriate for you and train you to do the same for your students. Nothing is one size fits all; different periods in our lives require different practices and our training reflects that with both powerful, strengthening yang and deeply nurturing yin forms of yoga asana and other techniques so you have many tools to practice and share with your students. Our teachers pass forward the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Desikachar & Mark Whitwell and all asana practices have a strong focus on breath, felt sense awareness and safe structural alignment.

Our daily practice includes asana, pranayama, bandha & mantra. You will have anatomy & posture clinics twice per week with lots of opportunities for Q & A. We continuously coach you in clear, effective cueing so you can direct your classes in an articulate and effective way.

Consistent deep self-enquiry, philosophical discussion and encouragement to find the true power of your unique voice will help you connect deeply with yourself, each other and your students and give you the skills to weave meaningful themes through your classes.

As always with Jivani Yoga, teaching practicums begin in week one. You will be teaching your peers from the first few days of the training and you will be nurtured, guided & supported with useful feedback, encouragement and leadership skills that will steadily increase your self-confidence and empower you be a great teacher. We have a method, but there is nothing formulaic about the way we train our teachers. Each trainee receives individualized support that is dependent upon their particular needs. Upon graduation, you will be ready to start teaching in your community.

In addition to the standard requirements given by Yoga Alliance, you will learn a wide variety of tools and techniques to support your personal evolution. We will help you establish a personal practice that is appropriate for you and give you tools for conscious & compassionate communication, EFT, vocal empowerment and leadership skills that can bring transformation to all areas of your life.

If you are ready to embark on a truly extraordinary adventure of self-discovery, personal growth and profound transformation, this training is for you.

A required reading list and pre-training assignments will be presented upon registration. We would like trainees to have at least one year of regular yoga practice behind them to begin this training but trainees with less experience are still welcome to apply and their application will be considered on it's own merit.

Sample Schedule (Subject to change)

07.00 - 10.00 Morning Practice. Meditation, Mantra, Pranayama, Bandha, Asana

10.00 - 11.00 Breakfast & morning swim

11.00 - 13.00 Lectures, Theory, Methodology

13.00 - 16.00 Lunch, Reading, Homework, Integration

16.00 - 18.30 Afternoon Asana, Teaching Practice, Personal Development

We will meet some evenings for yin practice, kirtan, group meals and movies.


Our venue for the training is the rustic and beautiful El Sabanero Eco Lodge near Tamarindo in north western Costa Rica (closest airport Liberia International). In a country of outstanding natural beauty, the lodge is nestled on a hillside overlooking the Cañafistula valley with lush tropical gardens, a large infinity pool gazing over the mountains and heavenly views from all the chalets.

We have multiple practice spaces and a beautiful airy restaurant to enjoy our meals together as well as plenty of hammocks and garden nooks to relax in. We are just 10 mins drive from 4 nearby beaches and there are endless outdoor adventures on offer from exploring the incredibly diverse wildlife and lush tropical rainforests to surfing, sea-kayaking, turtle nesting, horseriding and zip-lining through the jungle.




Early Bird $3200 - Register with $800 deposit by 30th August 2019

Full Balance Due by 21st September 2019.

Accommodation & Meals Package

Triple Share Chalet - $1100

Twin Share Chalet - $1350

Single Chalet - $1950

Tuition & Accommodation Price includes:

Jivani Yoga Teacher Training Manual & certificate upon graduation

26 nights accommodation in either single, twin or triple share room

3 delicious vegetarian meals per day Monday to Friday & Sunday. Breakfast only on Saturday.

Wifi in the resort's public areas

Flights, international airport transfers, travel insurance and day trips are not included.


2 nights at Tabacon Resort & Spa, Arenal, Costa Rica. 29th November - 1st December.

One of the most stunning places on God's green earth.  A luxury hot springs with 39° volcanic water running through upwards of 20 incredible pools for commune with nature, rest and integration.  We happened upon it by accident, and hope for it to become a regular feature on this training.  In 2017 every participant made the trip and absolutely loved it. The cost was approx $300 for 2 nights in a triple share.

When booking your place on the training, we will provide the latest updates on this add-on.


If you are accepted onto the course, a non refundable deposit of USD$800 is required  to secure your place and your chosen accommodation option.

The full balance for tuition and accommodation is due by 21st September 2019.  We accept Transferwise, bank transfers and PayPal.

Payment plans are available upon request.

If you withdraw from the training for any reason on or before 30st August 2019 you will receive a refund of tuition fees minus the non-refundable deposit and all bank fees involved in the transactions. If you withdraw 31st August or after,  no refunds will be given. These cancellation conditions are strict, we highly recommend you purchase good travel insurance that will cover you for any losses incurred by unexpected illness, cancellation or curtailment.


The closest international airport is Liberia and transfers cost approx US$50.  San Jose International airport is 5 hours away by car and transfers can be arranged for approx US$200 for up to 4 people.  You can also fly with Nature Air from SJO to Tamarindo for approx US$100.

Venue Highlights

Just a 10 minutes drive from the beaches of Tamarindo, Costa Rica, we created this special place of Energy and Love. Wake up to the sound of howler monkies, walk through the jungles or relax on the pool.
Enjoy daily Yoga and meditations in our beautiful Shala.


Choose your single private chalet, your double or your triple accommodation.
All rooms feature a private bath, fridge, A/C, a safe and a hammock on the terrace.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


We are serving traditional Costa Rican breakfast with toasts, Gallo Pinto, fruits and juices.
Lunch at 1.30 pm and dinner at 6.30pm, vegetarian or vegan, gluten free or with fish.


Our private shuttle picks you up from Liberia international airport (LIR).

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Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Karen Cagle   March 03, 2020

      Amazing Adventure

    This was life changing for me. The meals were delicious, the excursions are wonderful, and the whole place feels of nature and relaxation. The women I met here are going to be life long friends. This is not a five star hotel and its off the beaten path, but for this busy city girl- getting back to nature was exactly what I needed. The transportation was the deciding factor for me to book this retreat and I am so glad I did. I didn't have to worry about a thing.

  • Adrienne Jaroch   December 18, 2019

      Everything you need is at El Sabanero

    I went on this trip with a friend after another friend recommended El Sabanero. We had very little time to plan, but knew we needed a vacation. This was the perfect combination - once we booked our stay and our flights we didn't think about anything else until the night before we left. Everything you need is at El Sabanero - great people, amazing food, yoga for all levels and easy access to a several different excursions or a day at the beach. I came back more relaxed and motivated than I ever had from a vacation. I went on this trip with a friend, but almost all others were solo travelers.

  • Thea   December 14, 2019

      incredible place, incredible people, will not disappoint!

    From the moment you walk in you’re treated like one of the family and that doesn’t stop even after you leave. You won’t find better value for accommodation, 2 yoga sessions daily and 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day. The place is beautiful and clean and the rooms are super comfortable and offer some privacy if you want to reflect on the day’s adventures or relaxation from the hammock or rocking chair on your veranda. The mountainous views and the chorus of Costa Rica’s wildlife are magical too. The place has great energy and attracts great people. We became a family and the fact I met so many people who were returning for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th time should tell you everything you need to know. Thanks Kurt and Harold for being perfect hosts and sharing this special place with us. Thanks Donald for the food that everyone described as the “best they’ve had in CR”. Thanks Anna for the best massage I’ve ever had and for making me feel part of the family too. And to Louise, Aggie, Hector and Vivi, thanks for for the top notch yoga! Couldn’t recommend highly enough and will be back!

  • Ryan Stanley   December 14, 2019


    This was truly a vacation of a life time. We will be going back next year. From the second you arrive you are greated with nothing but love and harmony. Kurt the owner was one of the happiest loving people we have ever met. He made sure you have everything you need and that you meet everyone else. We made such amazing friends. Donald the chef was such a happy loving person as well and it showed in his food. We have been trying to recreate his food since we have been home. The rooms were perfect escape from everyday life. We spent our trip making friends, relaxing in the pool, and walking down the beautiful beach nearby. The only bad thing about this place was having to leave. I wish I could give them 10 stars. This place truly

  • Dannielli Marcelino   November 19, 2019

      Blissful in every way! ❤

    This way my first solo trip overseas and I did an incredible amount of research before braving the adventure. El Sabanero was the first place that come up as I searched. The reviews spoke highly of the beauty, charm and warmth experienced there. So after looking at other options my heart kept bringing me back to El Sabanero. I contacted Kurt the owner so many times with so many questions and he so graciously set my worries at easy. When I arrived I felt completely welcomed, safe and loved by all. The property is an enchanting sanctuary of nature, incredible food, most amazing Yoga classes and new friends. I made amazing deep connections with everyone I met there and feel so grateful and overjoyed for choosing El Sabenero Eco Lodge for this, one of my most blissful adventure. Kurt and Karin thank you for being amazing hosts!! ❤

  • Rhonda Finlayson   October 31, 2019

      Hidden Paradise!!!

    El Sabanero makes you feel at home from the moment you arrive! I have traveled to Costa Rica Several times and specifically to visit El Sabanero Eco Lodge for its beautiful grounds, tranquil atmosphere and it’s caring and attentive staff! Kurt (the owner) is a wonderful man who cares deeply that each and every guest has a unique and memorable experience. He is always available, and even when traveling alone you feel like you have a friend in Kurt! The Yoga teachers are also very unique (no 2 classes are alike), so for the Yogis traveling to the eco lodge you will not be disappointed! If I was looking for a day of adventure, relaxation or just sleeping by the beautiful pool, I was accommodated! I Can’t wait to go back.

  • Jackie James   October 29, 2019

      Amazing experience & best yoga retreat in Costa Rica!

    From the moment I arrived at El Sabanero, I was treated with love & kindess! The hosts- Kurt & Harold had everything all set up with delicious healthy meals, an oasis with your private cabin with hammock just outside overlooking the amazing views. Adventures & shuttles all set up for you for each day! I had the most amazing time for my 50th & the memory, friends & yoga are etched in my heart. I found my yearly retreat and second home at El Sabanero! I would recommend anyone who is looking for a wonderful yoga retreat that fills your soul!

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