Begin 2012 with a very special 7-night tropical Caribbean yoga vacation in idyllic Costa Rica, at the fabulous nature resort and spa, The Goddess Garden. Rediscover balance in your life and tune your body to the natural rhythms of the jungle and Caribbean Sea by enjoying morning and afternoon Yoga classes, expertly instructed by Dawn Justice of California.
This Inclusive Yoga Retreat Offers:
7 nights of eco-friendly accommodations at The Goddess Garden (with maid service)
Morning and afternoon Yoga classes with personal attention
3 expertly prepared gourmet meals per day (vegetarian and vegan options available) served with locally fresh juices
Complimentary workshops on meditation, Qi Gong and Tai Chi
Evening bonfire celebration (weather permitting)
Group outing to peaceful Manzanillo beach and the bustling town of Puerto Viejo for shopping, dining and adventures
Transfers from/to San Jose to The Goddess Garden
Prices for our Yoga Life Balance Retreat - January 2012
Our guests will enjoy two daily Yoga classes, offering a blend of Anusara, Hatha and Partner Yoga. The sessions will offer a variety of modifications, assistance for those less experienced and options for those more advanced. All classes will be taught in the Spiritual Center of The Goddess Garden resort, offering beautiful views of the rain forest and a blend of Jungle sounds. Throughout the week, you will experience a blend of physical posture, body movement exercises, breath work, and meditation.
Typical Daily Schedule:
7:00 am Morning Yoga Practice
8:30 am Breakfast
Mornings Open for group outings, beach trips, activities & free time
1:00 pm Lunch
Afternoons open for group activities & free time
4:00 pm Meditation / Qi Gong Workshops
5:00 pm Sunset Yoga
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 - 9:30 pm Bonfire, Tree Frog outing and other activities will be offered
Dawn Justice - Yoga Instructor
Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Thai/Yoga Massage Therapist, Dawn Justice lives in Bucolic Sonoma County, California and teaches in various locations throughout the United States. She loves sharing the gifts of Yoga and healing energies with people wherever she ventures. Certified by 7 Centers in Sedona, Arizona, Dawn is constantly amazed, enthralled and excited by all that Yoga has to offer. She continues to train and practice with special emphasis in Anusara Yoga, Acro Yoga, and Partner Yoga.
Several additional workshops will also be offered throughout the stay, taught by Dylan Hunt, a spirited Tai Chi and Kung Fu instructor from Costa Rica. The sessions will focus on the Chinese healing arts of Qi Gong, Tai Chi and guided meditation. These courses will help to center and relax our guests while providing an opportunity to explore traditional Chinese physical arts, a perfect compliment to Yoga. Dylan is a native Texan and lives in Costa Rica where he practices and teaches these physical arts.
The Goddess Garden Eco-Resort and Spa
We invite you to experience the luxurious accommodations at this hand crafted lodge and spiritual community situated a short walk from a breathtaking secluded beach on the Caribbean Sea. Offering an enchanting ambiance and an intimate experience amidst the rainforest, The Goddess Garden features an amazing hidden canopy swimming pool surrounded by tranquil gardens and plentiful terraces. Practice Yoga and meditate in the enormous, open-aired meditation hall adorned in exotic hand carved wooden sculptures. Delicious exotic meals are prepared with kindness at the on-site restaurant which uses local organic produce and the resort offers a variety of spa services, including massage, Reiki, Hot Stone treatments, and much more, to help re-align the body, mind and spirit.
The small beach town of Cahuita is only a short taxi ride away, offering restaurants, shops and free access to the Cahuita National Park. The park trail meanders along white sand beaches and clear blue waters and hosts abundant wildlife. It is easy to spot White Face monkeys, Howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, snakes and Iguanas. Visit the popular town of Puerto Viejo, just 20km away, to find local crafts, boutiques, international dining and very active nightlife.
The Goddess Garden is an amazing and one-of-a-kind resort in one of the most fabulous locations in Costa Rica surrounded by lush jungle, coconut and banana trees, and the easy pace of Caribbean beach living.
Spacious bungalows immersed in the jungle
Beautiful, multi-level swimming pool
Massage parlor with Ayurvedic healing and massage
Wireless internet access
On-site master chef offering creative meals
3 gourmet meals per day (vegetarian and vegan options available)
Access to the beautiful gardens, pagodas and nature hikes
Nearby, the charming beach town of Cahuita
Access to beautiful secluded beaches on the blue waters of the Caribbean
On-site nature walks for viewing birds, monkeys, sloths, frogs, and snakes, as well as the oldest tree in Cahuita
Optional Local Activities:
Snorkeling and scuba diving adventures
Horseback riding on the beach
Hiking and swimming in Cahuita National Park
Visit Puerto Viejo
Canopy Tours and Zip Lines
White Water Rafting
Bird and nature watching
Visit Indian reservations
The airport you will fly into/from is San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria), SJO, in Costa Rica.
Ground transportation between San Jose and The Goddess Garden will be provided on Jan 7 and Jan 14, 2012. Plan for a 4 to 5 hour drive through beautiful Costa Rican country.
Arrival travel day is Saturday January 7, 2012. Please try to arrive at San Jose airport by 2pm at the latest.
The departure travel day is Saturday January 14, 2012. Try to schedule your return flight departure no earlier than 1pm to allow for ground travel time and early check-in.
If you’d like to stay in San Jose prior to or following the retreat, hotel recommendations will be provided upon registration.
Your reservation will be secured with payment of $150, as a non-refundable deposit paid at booking, which will be applied towards total payment.
50% of retreat cost is due by December 7, 2011. The remainder is due two weeks before arrival, by end of day December 23, 2011.
Double rate is for two persons per room; triple for three persons per room or bungalow; and dorm for six persons per bungalow, in bunk beds. Housing options are first come first serve. Dorm space is limited, and may not be available at all locations. If you are travelling alone, you can request any housing option. We will try to match you with another traveler(s). We will contact you if your housing request cannot be met to discuss the available options.
Yoga & Tai Chi classes and meals are optional, although they will not be refunded if missed.
We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a retreat for any reason. In this case, tuition may be transferred to another retreat or fully refunded, including the housing deposit. Retreat will be cancelled if less than 8 people are registered. 21 days notice will be given.
Retreat Investment Does Not Include:
Gratuities to hotel staff and instructors
Additional hotel stay or San Jose transfers if arriving a day prior or remaining in the Caribbean additional days
$26 Costa Rica exit tax payable at airport upon departure