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Costa Rica Renewal/Retreat 2018 with Lisa Mae, Kate and Danielle


January 6-14, 2018

This retreat has become the stuff of lore and legend, yoga-lovers venturing far afield to the wild, off-grid jungles of the bio-diverse Osa Peninsula in Southwestern Costa Rica for 8 nights of renewal, replenishment, and joy. The environment alone is worth the trek to see all manner of monkeys, sloths, exotic birds and more, but pair that with twice-daily yoga practices adapted for group level and time of day, beachfront meditation, (and new this year!) Ayurvedic self-care rituals, pranayama and restorative yoga sessions and more with Lisa Mae, Kate and Danielle, plus all your delicious, healthy, whole-foods meals thought up and made fresh by local chef Lily Murillo Abarca, and you have the recipe for major life overhaul.**

This is one of our best decisions EVER- to take you away to the wild and let you soak in your beautiful life, reflect on the year ahead, and make space for some deep and needed self-care. Please join us this year for so many reasons: deep, thoughtful yoga and movement classes, beautiful Ayurvedic self-care rituals, plenty of pranayama/meditation, incredible surfing (the perfect place to learn or shred!), miles of un-populated beaches to wander and allow your mind to soften and clear, invigorating waterfall hikes and tree climbs, restful hammock-swinging and long languid afternoons with a book, and all the incredible jungle life all around to stir your soul. There is a reason we come back here again and again to our south of the border family home, and we invite you into the magic of the Osa with us again this year.  We love to bring our community to this wonderful healing place to unite in the spirit of yoga, sangha and the wisdom of nature.

This retreat sells out every year, so please don't wait if this is your year! A non-refundable $500 deposit will secure your space. Come and celebrate YOU at the turn of 2018 with us! Payment plans are available, just ask.

There is also a partial scholarship/ work-trade option available for a student of color; please contact us at weloveyou@thebhaktishop.com for information.

Major highlights include:

Surfing/Swimming: A private, pristine surf break is a stone's throw from your yoga deck and front porch, and Boca is a perfect place for new surfers to learn to surf as well as for more experienced surfers to enjoy long rides in perfectly warm, un-populated waters.  Our friends Eddie and Michelle, the surf instructors that live onsite, happily tailor your lessons to fit the high tides. There is also one large swimming pool, one small cold "chatting" pool, lots of teeming tide pools, great spots for ocean swimming, and a freshwater stream just a few yards from the ocean.

Tree Climbing and Rappel: The gigantic Strangler Fig Tree is one of the most incredible things to see down here! After an informative guided hike with a local plant guy (maybe you'll eat some termites along the way?) perhaps you will want to climb it? At the top, there's a viewing nest--nearly 450 feet over the ocean! Once you are expertly harnessed, you'll be able to jump out of the tree, hanging weightlessly like a beautiful ripe fruit.  Definitely one of the biggest highlights for the adventurous!

Dolphin Watch, Boat Trip, Snorkel and Animal Wildlife Sanctuary:  Always a huge highlight, the Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal rescue center accessible only by boat and is completely surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park.  It is one of the most interesting and worthwhile animal sanctuary projects in Costa Rica; a local enterprise wholly committed to providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured and displaced animals indigenous to the southern zone. You'll travel by boat across the Golfo Dulce, where you might be surrounded by dolphins, turtles and other marine animals (once there was a whale shark!) with a few spots to swim and snorkel the reefs (if the conditions are right). For many, this intimate look into the rescue of animals has been life changing.  It's possible that you'll meet rescued monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws, kinkajous, tayras, peccaries and more.

Chocolate Growing/Making Tour and Tasting:  Take an afternoon trip to tour the local Finca Kobo, a permaculture farm and organic cacao plantation, where you can learn about permaculture, chocolate-making, conservation of the rainforest and sustainable agriculture. Learn why the source of your chocolate purchases truly matters, and participate in a ceremonial cacao ritual.

Bodywork/Massage/Acupuncture:  Treat yourself to an incredible massage in the private, open-air, beachfront palapa, or schedule an acupuncture session with the skilled, professional on-site practitioners of several healing modalities. You'll get to experience the calming ocean breeze and the sound of the waves crashing nearby while being cared for by high-caliber healing arts practitioners in an absolute paradise.

Outdoor Jungle Spa: Local legend Alison runs a beautiful Jungle spa, where she nurtures your hair, skin and soul with lovingly homemade local rainforest products from nature herself. She offers jungle facials, amazing body scrubs, full body wraps, hair and foot treatments, and loads of amazing souvenir products you can take home to remind you of the smells of the Osa. She uses all organic ingredients like local cacao beans, ripe papayas, local coffee, local riverbed clay, ylang ylang flowers that dangle overhead,  freshly cracked coconut milk and beautiful local fruit.

Bird Watching:  As an amateur birdwatcher, I am delighted and breathless over the birdlife and its abundance, as well as the ease with which the most incredible species are seen. On the Osa Penisula alone they say that there are over 400 species of birds, and even the shortest excursion produces sightings of 40-50 species sometimes.  Common sightings of scarlet macaws, roadside hawks, toucans and tropical kingbirds are seen daily or even hourly, and rare birds include slaty trogons, mot-mots, red-legged honeycreepers and loads of tanagers and rare hummingbirds. Quick excursions and longer trips can be arranged. I carry my binoculars everywhere!

Ocean Kayaking: Take a trip into town at sunset and paddle through the mangrove forests, or leave after dark to experience the spectacular bioluminescence of the Osa.

**please note: this will be a substance-free retreat experience (except, of course, coffee!!) so please plan on (re)making and using a healthy body and mind while you surround and fill yourself with beauty, self-reflection and possibility!**

Prices Include 9 days and 8 nights of lodging, 4 daily meals and all yoga classes:

Shared Tent Cabinas: rustic, Moroccan-style, fully zips closed on platform with private outdoor shower and shared bathroom facility $1650 per person

Shared House: multi-level open-air rooms and open but private shower/bath $1850 per person

Fancy House: Perfect for a couple, or a couple of friends, this luxurious house is enclosed, beautiful and private. $1950 per person (SOLD OUT!)

Solo Tent Cabina: rustic, Moroccan-style, fully zips closed on platform with private outdoor shower and shared bathroom facility (1 available) $1900 (SOLD OUT!)

Prices do not include taxi fare from airports, international flights and short in-country flight. These expenses, depending on airline prices, generally run around $900-$1200. Travel hints, a packing list, and other help will come via email once you decide to join us!

Due to its special nature, this retreat has its own cancellation policy. Please review!

Please note that the $500 deposit is non-refundable and secures your spot for the retreat.  Full payment is due by November 15, 2017.  We know that life happens and unforeseen situations and circumstances can change and impact your plans.  Our cancellation/refund policy is listed below.  We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance so that you have more travel related protection in case you need it.  We regret that we are unable to give refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays, injury, family emergencies or illness.

Cancellation before September 1, 2017: receive a full refund less your $500 deposit.

Cancellation between Sept. 1- Nov. 15, 2017: receive a full credit less your $500 deposit and a $250 cancellation fee.  The credit can be applied towards next year's Costa Rica retreat. After Nov. 15, 2017 there will be no refunds or credits possible.