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Costa Rica 2017

April 22-29, 2017 | Weaving the Tapestry of Life: A Tantric Yoga & Meditation Retreat @ Blue Spirit Resort, Costa Rica

WEAVING THE TAPESTRY OF LIFE:

A TANTRIC YOGA & Meditation RETREAT

APRIL 22-29, 2017 @ BLUE SPIRIT RESORT, COSTA RICA

 

- The Retreat -

For those seeking to find deeper fulfillment, simplicity, and joy in their lives, this Tantric yoga & meditation retreat offers the perfect opportunity to immerse in a rich experience of Being and self-discovery.

Tantra means “to weave,” and the tantric tradition is one of ENGAGEMENT. It is a practice of turning towards life, orienting from the perspective that our very essence is of perfection. The practice of yoga helps us dissolve that which obscures our true nature, creating more capacity to embody our highest potential as Spirit in action. From a tantric orientation, the spiritual experience is woven into the fabric of everyday life. It is not something we just do on the yoga mat or meditation cushion, but a living, moment-to-moment practice. The barriers between “spiritual” and “material” are dissolved, resulting in a rich tapestry of life experience that is imbued with vitality, abundance, possibility, prosperity, creativity, and love.

This retreat offers the framework and guidance to support the deepening of your practice at all levels, including the ability to simply ENJOY life and find deep contentment, empowerment, and ease of Being. Core pillars of the programming include:

MEDITATION: Meditation and contemplative practices allow us to experience the part of ourselves that does not change – an eternal well of energy, creativity, wisdom, and love. In learning to anchor awareness in this place of Being, we cultivate our ability to navigate the currents of life with equanimity and grace. Your days will begin and end with seated meditation (silent & guided), and several meditative and contemplative practices will be woven in throughout the week.

YOGA: Each morning you will enjoy a 90-minute asana practice (vinyasa/hatha flow) to clear, circulate, and build your prana (lifeforce energy) and set the foundation for an incredible day. Yoga is truly the science of energy management, and in these mindful vinyasa yoga sessions, you will refine awareness about how to work with breath and subtle energetics to deepen and advance your practice. More importantly, you will evolve as your own healer, learning how to assess what YOU need and how to use the practice of yoga to best support your lifelong well-being and development. I teach a mindful, strong, ALL-LEVELS practice, with a combination of dynamic heat building sequences and longer hatha-style holds for deepening and refinement. Mantra, mudra, visualizations, and nyasa (placing consciousness in different parts of the body) are utilized to enhance the practice, and the afternoon sessions will be a combination of slow flow, yin, restorative, and yoga nidra practices.

BREATHWORK: In addition to yogic pranayama, at least two (optional) “transformational breathwork ceremonies” will be offered. These are intense, potent, and beautiful opportunities to access a state of expanded consciousness and awareness for your healing and personal growth.

RITUAL & CEREMONY: In addition to breathwork ceremonies we will conduct a fire ceremony and other nature-based, simple rituals to enhance our connection to the great web of life.

NATURE: Nature is a wonderful teacher, and we will immerse in our beautiful Costa Rican jungle home for healing, nourishment, and awakening. Nature-based meditations and rituals will be offered, as well as plenty of free time to soak up the strong prana of the land and elements.


ITINERARY:

APRIL 22, 2017

5pm:  Opening Circle

6:00-7:30pm: Dinner

8:15-9:30pm: Evening Program

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (will be adjusted to accommodate group activities & day trips):

6:30am: Coffee & Tea available

7:00-8:20am:  All-Levels "Hatha Flow" Yoga

8:30-9:00am: Breakfast 

10:00am-12:30pm: Deepening Program (Breathwork; Awareness and Presencing-based practices)

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-6:00pm: FREE TIME 

6:00-7:30pm: Dinner

8:15-9:15pm: Evening Meditation (dharma talks; yoga nidra and systematic relaxations; meditation) 

APRIL 29, 2017

7:00-8:00am:  Morning Meditation & Movement Practice

8:00-9:00am: Breakfast

10:00am: Check-out and departures (shuttles to LIR)

**The daily schedule will shift based on group activities and excursions. On Wednesday afternoon, Blue Spirit provides free shuttles to town and you're welcome to go explore! On Tuesday morning, there will be an optional zip-line adventure in the canopy. Group activities will include a group shamanic healing, optional beach clean-up (seva), and tree planting ceremony.


LOCATION & GETTING THERE:

BLUE SPIRIT | Nosara, Costa Rica

Blue Spirit is just outside of Nosara, on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It's perched upon a hilltop overlooking the Southern end of a 3-mile white sand beach, protected as a turtle refuge. The spectacular nature and bio-diversity of this region – one's of the worlds five designated Blue Zones* – will provide the perfect opportunity to be nourished by the gifts of Nature, while being nested within a beautiful retreat center.

The facility offers four, beautiful practice spaces and a wide range of housing options. The beach is an easy 700-foot walk across the lush grounds, and a saltwater infinity pool offers the perfect opportunity for an afternoon dip! Blue Spirit has a luxury spa where you can book anything from a massage to craniosacral work, and there is a cafe serving smoothies, fresh juices, coffee, and baked goods for mid-meal refreshment. Blue Spirit's staff is available 24-hrs at the reception desk, and free WIFI is available should you need it.

Costa Rica has two international airports, and it's recommended to fly into Liberia International Airport (LIR), from which a Blue Spirit shuttle can be booked at a charge of $60 (2-hrs from LIR to Blue Spirit). An alternative is to fly into San Jose International Airport (SJO) and from there, take a short domestic flight (40-min) to the Nosara airport (20-min from Blue Spirit).

I recommend taking red-eye flights leaving Friday evening, arriving first thing Saturday morning so you can arrive on the property by mid-day and have an opportunity to rest and ground before we officially start around 4pm.  Dinner is the first meal served on Saturday. You might also consider extending your trip and arriving a couple days early to explore Nosara or surrounding areas. 


Lodging & PRICING OPTIONS:

 

UPDATE 2/1/17: As of February 1st, the only spot remaining at this retreat is a shared room with one male guest in a Nature Suite. Blue Spirit may still have some rooms available outside our reservation block, so please EMAIL ME if you are interested in attending and I will check on availability!

Blue Spirit offers a selection of accommodations to meet your comfort and budget. Descriptions, images, and all-inclusive rates are listed below, and you can also visit Blue Spirit's website for more information. 

 

Ocean View (w/ AC) - SOLD OUT

The Ocean View room features a step-out balcony and beautiful ocean views. The room is simply and elegantly furnished, with perfect space for two people (one king bed or two twins). 

Shared Double: $2,250 per person

**SOLD OUT

 

 

Mountain View (w/ AC) - SOLD OUT

The Mountain View room features a step-out balcony and large windows with a serene mountain view. The room is simply and elegantly furnished, with perfect space for two people (one king bed or two twins). 

Single: $2,650 per person

Shared Double: $2,150 per person

**SOLD OUT

 

Nature Suites (w/ AC) - One shared room available!

The Nature Suites are located on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation, and are perfect for guests seeking to feel immersed in nature. Each has a private outdoor shower with solar hot water, and feature a separate enclosed porch with desk, and AC.

Single: $2,550 - SOLD OUT

Shared Double: $2,000 per person (one spot available for shared room with a male participant)

 

Hermitage (w/ AC) - SOLD OUT

These rooms are ideal for guests seeking the privacy of single accommodation at an affordable rate. The rooms are small and elegant, some with partial views of the ocean and others of the nearby mountains. They feature a queen-sized bed, private bathroom with solar hot water, and AC.

Single: $2,050

**SOLD OUT

 


NOURISHMENT:

Blue Spirit offers gourmet vegetarian cuisine to nourish your body and delight your palette! All meals are served buffet style, and feature locally farmed and organic produce, when available. Local fish is served 3 times per week, as desired, and all diet preferences/requirements can be accommodated.


ACTIVITIES & SPA:

We will be taking one (optional) excursion as a group mid-week, most likely a canopy zipline tour to experience the local fauna and flora. Individual excursions can be booked at the front desk, including: horseback riding on the beach, ocean kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, river kayaking, bird-watching tours, waterfall hikes, surfing lessons, and turtle refuge tours. There will be plenty of free time mid-day to accommodate your adventures (or spa services!), and you are welcome to miss a session, as needed. 

Blue Spirit's spa offers a range of services, from Ayurvedic body and skin care treatments to craniosacral work and deep tissue massage. All Spa services can bee booked after check-in at the front desk, and you will receive the retreat schedule prior to arrival. 


WHAT'S INCLUDED: 

The rates listed above include accommodations for 7 nights, and all meals (first meal is dinner on April 22nd; least meal is breakfast on April 29th), and retreat programming, including twice daily meditation, twice daily yoga, and special events including two transformational breathwork ceremonies and traditional fire ceremony.

Rate DO NOT include: Airfare, shuttle transfer ($60 one-way), gratuities for the Blue Spirit staff ($60 suggested for the week), spa services (ranging from approx. $80-140), beverages and food from the cafe, and activities and/or adventures (averaging $50-60 per person).

REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot at the retreat. Please send a check to: Tai Hubbert, PO Box 16595, Seattle WA 98116, made payable to Sword & Lotus. You can also make your deposit via PayPal at the link below. The remaining balance is due by JANUARY 15th, 2017. If cancellation is made prior to January 15th, payments will be refunded less the $500 deposit. Regrettably, I cannot offer refunds after Jan 15th, unless I am able to book another guest in your reservation.


ADDITIONAL Q&A FOR YOUR PLANNING:

  • Will we be at Blue Spirit for the duration of the retreat, or will we explore surrounding areas?  There is a town about 10-min away by car, or 40-min walk along the beach. You are welcome to explore on your own or with other members from the group during free time. As a group, we will likely take ONE group adventure, most likely a canopy zipline adventure, which offers the opportunity to explore the jungle canopy and surrounding nature. You are also encouraged to extend your trip for a few days to explore more!
  • What travel documents do I need? You will need a valid passport and return ticket; a visa is NOT required for tourism visits less than 90-days. It's always a good idea to bring extra color copies of your passport, and passports can be left in room safes.
  • Should I get travel insurance? For international retreats and travel, it's always recommended to have travel insurance.
  • What type of currency should I bring? Blue Spirit accepts all major credit cards and US dollars for spa & excursion activities. Most Costa Ricans accept US dollars.
  • What type of electric outlets are used? All rooms have electricity, and the voltage is the same as in the US. You might like to bring a headlamp for navigating the property at night (sunrise is around 5:30am, and sunset around 6pm).
  • How do I get from the airport to the retreat center? As mentioned previously, shuttle arrangements (from Liberia airport) can be made through Blue Spirit. If you arrive at off-hours, taxi services are also available. Shuttle fees are approx. $60 each way (1.5 drive).
  • I am new to meditation and/or yoga, will the retreat be accessible for me? Yes. While it would be beneficial to have some experience with yoga asana (sun salutations and foundational asanas), I will be teaching an all-levels practice that can be modified, as needed. As a teacher, I offer flow-based sequencing with articulate alignment instruction, including more dynamic, heat-building sequences, along with longer holds for deeper release and exploration. I do play music during class that supports the movement journey, typically instrumental music that enhances – not detracts – from the experience. 

Any remaining questions? Please contact me to inquire!