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WELCOME TO YOGADVENTURES!  

Thank you for your interest in our Yogadventures Retreat:  Winter Solstice + New Year Pranafication - Release ~ Regenerate ~ Reawaken!   

Winter Solstice / Jungle Christmas / New Year with both Solar and NEW Lunar teaching options.

Join us for our 10th annual Solstice-New Year retreat at Blue Spirit, Nosara. The Winter Solstice is one of the oldest and most potent rituals of renewal as the turning point of increasing light, a ritual marker to truly let go, honor and bring closure to the past year and ignite our deepest visions and intentions for our collective destiny as the light is emerging.

 Welcome in the new year with a transformational Sol Revival retreat at Blue Spirit in Nosara, Costa Rica, a world-class surf spot and turtle reserve where the power of the warm, healing ocean meets the jungle. Awaken the power of the Solstice - New Year as we open to the rejuvenating rhythm of living yoga, natural meditation, and liberating jungle-ocean flow.  Enjoy the magic of each day with optional activities ranging from surfing, transformational yoga, sunset horseback riding, to zipping down the longest, most exhilarating canopy in the world! Whether you are an experienced surfer, have always wanted to surf, or just want to go deeper into fluid power vinyasa with Shiva, we will enter the Solstice/New Year in an empowering and rejuvenating rhythm of living yoga, healing relaxation, and liberating play.
 In our Living Flow Ashram Retreat, we create three paths of transformation and provide you with your special program for each week that gives you the space, options and menu of life-transformation:
  • Lunar Path:  rejuvenation and relaxation
  • Solar Path:  sacred training and adventure
  • Teacher Training Path:  professional program for Solar/Lunar Prana Vinyasa, Living Ayurveda and Prana Danda Vinyasa

New to Costa Rica!  Maria Garre will be joining us for Living Ayurveda weekly sessions. You can study this practical living art with her at home this summer in our upcoming Yoga Alchemy course!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Unwind from the year, call in the Solstice-New Year, live the magic of each day and go deeper into embodied healing and vitality.
  • Enjoy a skillfully-crafted week in an empowering and rejuvenating rhythm of living yoga, healing relaxation, and liberating play.
  • Living flow - Integrate a vital life-style for the New Year
  • Daily Flow & 7-day Movement Alchemy Program including twice-daily Prana Vinyasa Yoga for inner and outer regeneration
  • Sunrise-Sunset Meditation & Daily Wisdom from Yoga Philosophy
  • Beach Prana Flow & Prana Danda Yoga in healing water - swim or learn to surf or surf your brains out in some a world-class surf break.
  • Living Ayurveda - Create a daily health practice for your dosas for integrating into your life back home with Maria Garre
  • Bonfires by the Sea - Special Winter Solstice, New Year’s Eve and New Moon Rituals of Renewal
  • Daily movers and shakers movement & rhythm with Shiva and musical guests
  • Daily mantra offerings and the latest alchemical music mixes
  • Yoga Energy Activism - collective seva (giving back through service) supporting solar energy and local village schools.
  • Global Tribe - enjoy a balance of personal retreat time & connecting in community with an global tribe of men and women,
  • Bonding - bring your family, beloved or travel solo and meet new friends for life. Child-care available through Blue Spirit.

INCLUDED:

  • Range of inspiring accommodation of your choice
  • Gourmet vegetarian/pescatarian buffet (3meals a day)
  • Massages with early bird registration (ends Sept 15th)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blue Spirit Cafe + Store
  • Salt Water Infinity Pool
  • Teacher Training Manual – Full program receives five manuals; 15 sequences and namaskars

ADDITIONAL:

  • Teacher Training ($250/week) and required online course prep-post for practice ($108 for full foundational courses)
  • Transportation to Costa Rica - ground transportation to and from airport - resort does offer shuttle
  • Any additional time outside of our listed retreat dates need to be booked directly with resort
  • Blue Spirit adds a $60 per person /per week for staff tips that are distributed equally to all Costa Rican staff - this is a suggested charge that you may change at any time as appropriate

DETAILS:

  • A welcome letter from Yogadventures with all the inside details will be emailed upon your deposit
  • A retreat flow for the solar, lunar or teacher training path will be available on the 1st day of retreat.
  • Check-in is at 4pm on the first day listed. Check-out time is at 10am on the last day listed.
  • If you would like to enjoy the resort outside of our retreat time together please arrange additional night accommodations directly with the Blue Spirit Retreat
  • Guides: Shiva Rea + Demetri Velisarius and local shaman/live artists/eco-guides/guest teachers
  • Price: Starting at $1500/week
  • Early Bird Special:  One free massage with each week registered (ends Sept 15th 2017)
  • Low Deposit:  $250 until August 15th (regularly $500)
  • Dates: December 16th, 2017 - January 6th, 2018 - join for 7, 14 or 21 days
  • Facebook Page: Costa Rica Pranafication Retreat
  • Register:  Registration Tab

 


Email retreats@yogadventures.com with any retreat questions.






Winter Solstice - December 16 - 23, 2017


Winter Solstice / Jungle Christmas

December 16 - 23rd, 2017

*JUST ADDED:  ADD THREE NIGHTS DECEMBER 23-26TH 

20% OFF SALE UNTIL OCTOBER 21ST 2017

Click below "Book This Retreat" for pricing and full details 

 

Fluid Power - Embodying the Earth & Fluid Body

In our Solstice/Christmas Regeneration retreat, we will cultivate the power of earth and water elements to nourish us at the end of the year. Go deeper in your practice and evolve in your life in this rejuvenating immersion learning to guide prana vinyasa elemental wave sequences to awaken our connection to nature. Experience an immersion into the balancing and dynamic Elemental Prana Vinyasa that rejuvenating for all levels from beginners to teacher’s practice. Each Prana Vinyasa elemental practice focuses on the “Prana Flow namaskars” and the power of flow states in movement meditation to heal, balance and awaken a deeper connection to our instinctual body that supports our health, vitality and longevity.

In the training, you will learn to lead vinyasa as movement meditation. whether you are new or seasoned teacher, Shiva guides you to embody the flow of breath, energetic alignment and creative sequencing through the five movements of prana, you will as the starting point for teaching vinyasa. As we head to the winter solstice, we will unfold from lunar to solar and the foundation five sequences of Prana Flow.

Overview of Weekly Teacher Training Process

~Teaching of the weekly “roots and evolutionary prana flow namaskars” and opening mudra vinyasas
~Understanding of the day’s Prana Flow Wave Sequence and vinyasa krama for creative and effective beginner, mix-level and intermediate practices,
~Application of Prana Flow method of teaching energetic alignment™ for key asanas from standing asanas to backbends to creative variations
~Guiding movement meditation by teaching and giving hands on assist for movement patterns, the flow of prana and awakening
~Explore the Roots of Yoga, Tantra, Bhakti, Ayurveda and Vinyasa in a progression of meditations from source text
~Learning to practice and teach meditation in mudra, mantra, breath flow, visualizations, contemplation and open gaze.
~Integration of Living Ayurveda & Krishnamacharya’s principles of Vinyasa
~Develop energetic observation – explore the ability to assess imbalances, blockages, and leaks while teaching in a body-positive, solar-lunar,
~Embody Prana – understand five movements of Prana in practice and living

Required Reading

  1. Tending the Heart Fire, by Shiva Rea
  2. Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar
Required Online Courses:
  1. Roots (Foundational) Pathways of Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea
  2. Roots and Evolution: The Art of Teaching Prana Flow Namaskars with Shiva Rea
 

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Jungle Christmas - December 23-30, 2017

 

Jungle Christmas: Tending the Inner Fire + Breath of the Heart

December 23 - 30th, 2017

Yoga is a way to embody the flow of our elemental body and invigorate our primary connection with nature from within. Join us 7-10 days to embody Elemental Prana Vinyasa with a focus on the inner fire and breath of the heart practices with founder Shiva Rea and Prana Danda founder Demetri Velisarius.. We will enjoy our jungle Christmas/Hanukkah rituals and ritually recharge while going deeper in the art of living flow. In our ashram by the sea, journey into the cellular experience of our “elemental body” for fertilization of our practice, teaching and life.
Go deeper in your practice and evolve in your life in this rejuvenating immersion practicing and/or learning to guide elemental prana vinyasa wave sequences to awaken our connection to nature. Experience an immersion into the balancing and dynamic Elemental Prana Vinyasa that is rejuvenating for all levels from beginners to teacher’s practice. Each Prana Vinyasa elemental practice focuses on “prana flow elemental namaskars” and the power of flow states to awaken our instinctual body that supports our health, vitality and longevity.

Bonus Module:Prana Danda Vinyasa II & Leading Meditation

Click HERE for full description and required online courses and reading

Overview of Weekly Teacher Training Process (3 hours daily to your retreat)

  • Teaching of the weekly “roots and evolutionary prana flow namaskars” and opening mudra vinyasas
  • Understanding of the day’s Prana Flow Wave Sequence and vinyasa krama for creative and effective beginner, mix-level and intermediate practices,
  • Application of Prana Flow method of teaching energetic alignment™ for key asanas from standing asanas to backbends to creative variations
  • Guiding movement meditation by teaching and giving hands on assist for movement patterns, the flow of prana and awakening
  • Explore the Roots of Yoga, Tantra, Bhakti, Ayurveda and Vinyasa in a progression of meditations from source text
  • Learning to practice and teach meditation in mudra, mantra, breath flow, visualizations, contemplation and open gaze.
  • Integration of Living Ayurveda & Krishnamacharya’s principles of Vinyasa
  • Develop energetic observation – explore the ability to assess imbalances, blockages, and leaks while teaching in a body-positive, solar-lunar,
  • Embody Prana – understand five movements of Prana in practice and living

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New Year - December 30 - January 6, 2018


  • New Year - Prana Mandala Vinyasa – December 30th-January 6th 2018

    *JUST ADDED: ADD THREE NIGHTS DECEMBER 23-26TH

    20% OFF SALE UNTIL OCTOBER 21ST 2017

    Click below "Book This Retreat" for pricing and full details

    Experience an immersion to tend the inner fire and awaken the mandala of our life through the transformative full-spectrum practice of Chakra Mandala Vinyasa integrated with sublime teachings and meditations of the earliest Tantras.

    Our journey will move through the Prana Mandala Vinyasa sequences refined over the last decade and integrated with the teachings and chakra meditations from the earliest Tantra. Each day you will explore chakra prana vinyasa sequences to balance and liberate your system integrating prana mandala namaskar, circular sequencing, chakra-based meditation, mantra, mudra, and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). We will also integrate movement meditations, prana danda yoga, voice-mantra-fire empowerment for embodiment

    Prana Mandala Vinyasa brings all of the elements into one practice as a progression of foundation namaskars in a mandala. We will learn one solar and one lunar elemental practice offered in a circular flow based upon the healing principles of the mandala as process of embodying full-spectrum energy. Explore the five elements as the primary energetic map in Prana Vinyasa for namaskars, advance waves sequencing, our embodiment of nature, seasonal vitality and the flow of our practice and life. Our body mandala is comprised of all of the elements of life – the food of the earth, the sacred water of our primarily fluid body, the inner fire, the breath of life and sacred space that can be balanced in daily practice.

    Overview of Weekly Teacher Training Process (3 hour daily to your retreat)

    • Teaching of the weekly “roots and evolutionary prana flow namaskars” and opening mudra vinyasas
    • Understanding of the day’s Prana Flow Wave Sequence and vinyasa krama for creative and effective beginner, mix-level and intermediate practices,
    • Application of Prana Flow method of teaching energetic alignment™ for key asanas from standing asanas to backbends to creative variations
    • Guiding movement meditation by teaching and giving hands on assist for movement patterns, the flow of prana and awakening
    • Explore the Roots of Yoga, Tantra, Bhakti, Ayurveda and Vinyasa in a progression of meditations from source text
    • Learning to practice and teach meditation in mudra, mantra, breath flow, visualizations, contemplation and open gaze.
    • Integration of Living Ayurveda & Krishnamacharya’s principles of Vinyasa
    • Develop energetic observation – explore the ability to assess imbalances, blockages, and leaks while teaching in a body-positive, solar-lunar,
    • Embody Prana – understand five movements of Prana in practice and living
    Required Reading:
    • Encylopedia of the Subtle Body, by Cyndi Dale
    • Yoga Spanda Karikas translated by Daniel Odier
    • Tending the Heart Fire, by Shiva Rea

    Yoga Alchemy Required Online Courses:

    Required Online Courses:

    1. Chakra Pathway of Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea
    2. Optional for Advanced Study: Chakras Unveiled, Part One with Christopher Tompkins

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    Add Three Nights: Solstice to Christmas - Christmas to New Years


    JUST ADDED!  New TEN DAY OPTIONS

    Add three nights to your reservation - 20% OFF SALE until October 21st 2017!

    • Winter Solstice - Jungle Christmas - December 23-26th, 2017
    • Jungle Christmas - New Year December 26th-30th, 2017

    Winter Solstice / Jungle Christmas:  Embodying the Earth and Fluid Body + Tending the Inner Fire and Breath of the Heart

    Jungle Christmas / New Year: Tending the Inner Fire and Breath of the Heart +  Prana Mandala Vinyasa

    *additional nights are based on room availability for room style and duration


    Full 200/300 Hour Teacher Training Portion (optional)

     

    WINTER SOLSTICE AND AND NEW YEARS PRANAFICATION RETREAT 

    SAMUDRA SCHOOL OF LIVING YOGA: Evolutionary Vinyasa Teacher Training (optional)

    Experience our world-renowned Prana Vinyasa teacher training portion of our retreat to earn your Samudra School of Living Yoga Teacher certification.  This teaching immersion with Shiva, and the global Prana Vinyasa collective, focuses on:

    • Art of teaching Prana Vinyasa Yoga
    • Integration and “Embodying the Flow”
    • Awakening the heart of yoga
    • Living Vinyasa
    • Entering the tribe of our teacher community
    • Empowering you to teach through our Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Vinyasas for creative and effective sequencing
    • Root practices and meditations from the Tantras, Krishmacharya lineage.
    • Learn how to be a Movement Alchemist and work with the five elements, solar-lunar and flow of prana for all levels and backgrounds as you teach dynamic and regenerative movement meditation. Every week you will focus on:
    • Each week learn Five new Prana Vinyasa Namaskars & Solar-Lunar Wave Sequences
    • For entire program: Learn to teach 15 Namaskars
    • Root practices
    • Energetic alignment
    • Wave-sequencing
    • Hands-on-assist

    Register for all three weeks to receive 180 contact hours towards your 200 hour Samudra School of Living Yoga Teacher Certification.  Please submit your Samudra School of Living Yoga Teacher Training application/membership now. The $54 membership fee is waived when you register for full three weeks. 

     


    Register for FULL THREE weeks - December 16th / January 6th

    PRICE: $750 for all three weeks (180 contact hours that are required for certification) -   Yoga Alchemy companion courses at the discounted "bundle price" of $108

     Yoga is a way to embody the flow of our elemental body and invigorate our primary connection with nature from within. Join us for a week of Elemental Prana Vinyasa practice with founder Shiva Rea as we ritually recharge while going deeper into the art of teaching living flow. In a mandala of five elemental Prana Vinyasa practices and meditations for our sacred center, we will journey into how to cultivate a cellular experience of our “elemental body” for fertilization of our practice, teaching and life. Shiva shares with you her life work to revive the roots and evolution of namaskar as movement meditation to transform routine “sun salutations” into the transformational art of their origins. 

    Our focus is on the “Art of Namaskar” and the power of flow states in movement mediation to heal, balance, and realize our renewable connection to the elements. We are at a turning point as we realize the shift towards the renewable power of nature is also happening with us. We will honor the intersections of elemental teachings within yoga, Ayurveda, tantra and indigenous cultures and focus on embodying of earth wisdom for healing modern disconnection.

    Highlights include:

    • Awakening and principles of vinyasa as movement meditation as we focus on poetry, rhythm, breath and movement patterns.
    • Art of Namaskar Workbook with the Five Elemental Namaskars – Bhumi (earth) Namaskar, Jala (water) Namaskar, Agni (fire) Namaskar, Hridaya (air) Namaskar, Akash (space) Namaskar that are part of the 40 Namaskar Mandala.
    • Experience the integration of elemental meditation, mudra, mantra and bhavana (contemplation through the heart) in two complete solar-lunar prana vinyasdapractices a day.
    • Five Prana Mudra Vinyasa and five step process of leading movement meditation
    • Understanding the Microcosm-Macrocosm of the Elemental Body within Yoga and cross-culturally and the importance of embodying nature in our current times of ecological change
    • Learn the Five Elemental Prana Namaskars – Bhumi (earth) Namaskar, Jala (water) Namaskar, Agni (fire) Namaskar, Hridaya (air) Namaskar, Akash (space) Namaskar that are part of the 40 Namaskar Mandala.
    • Integration of elemental meditation, mudra, mantra and bhavana (contemplation through the heart).
    • Understanding the Microcosm-Macrocosm of the Elemental Body within Yoga and cross-culturally and the importance of embodying nature in our current times of ecological change
    • An introduction prana vinyasa movement alchemy system and how to use a “practice palette” and available online Yoga Alchemy practices to create life balance and flow.
    • Caring for the Elemental Body through Ayurvedic Dinacharya and Lifestyle (Daily and Seasonal) Rhythms
    • Experience the Prana Danda Yoga & Elemental Movement Meditations at the beach or our rooftop deck under the open space.

    Essential Tools for Vinyasa Online:

    Awakening the “elemental body” is a somatic journey of realizing nature within. Emerge renewed from the Elemental Prana Vinyasa sequence with tools for teaching but even more important – cellular activation to embody our connection to the earth. The “live transmission” of Embodying Elemental Flow - Mandala of Asanas Live is combined with our Essential Tools for Vinyasa Online Certification module which can be studied before or after the training and includes:

    • Intro to Mandala of Asanas - cultivation of three-part prana vinyasa, hands-on assist , prana vinyasa wave sequencing, energetic alignment, bandhas
    • How to sequence the elements to balance doshas, seasons and life-balance.

    Full seven days includes 60 HOURS; Certification support includes online e-course of Elemental Vinyasa, Solar Mandala of Asanas and year-round meditation. These reasonable courses required for certification but not for registration (www.pranavinyasaonline.com)

    Samudra School of Living Yoga: If not already registered in our Samudra School of Living Yoga please complete the Samudra Teacher Training Application - $54 application fee includes your lifetime membership to Yoga Alchemy and Living in Rhythm new moon meditations, eight seasonal meditations, live calls and Facebook group. This membership fee is waived if you register for the FULL 200/300 portion of the training (all three weeks)

    Teacher Training Price: Total 200 or Core 300/500  $750 for full 21 days -  plus $108 for Foundational Yoga Alchemy online courses

    Hours:  Receive for 60 hours of teacher training credit from each week attended that accompanies our Yoga Alchemy on-line courses for home integration.

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    Email retreats@yogadventures.com with any retreat questions. We look forward to hearing from you!




    Registration

    THE SACRED RETREAT PACKAGE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

    Rates for this retreat are determined by accommodation at Blue Spirit. We have already made reservations for the group, please use the link provided below to view remaining room options and secure your place with a deposit. Please note it is the policy of Blue Spirit that all retreat participants must be booked in a room on site.

    Included in the Retreat Package For All:

     

    • Delicious, healing food - breakfast, lunch and dinner served buffet style ~ all local!
    • Morning meditation
    • Daily three hour Prana Flow® yoga with Shiva
    • Optional Evening Program, including a New Year's Vision Process Workshop!
    • New Year's Evening Celebration with Shiva and the Nosara Community

    DECEMBER 16, 2017 - JANUARY 6, 2018


    Winter Solstice + New Year's Pranaficiation Retreat (FULL three weeks)


    DECEMBER 16-23RD, 2017

    Solstice Ritual of Renewal Retreat * Embodying the Flow - Solar-Lunar Yoga for Inner Balance


    DECEMBER 23-30TH, 2017

    Jungle Christmas + New Years Elemental Prana Vinyasa Movement Meditation


    DECEMBER 30, 2017 - JANUARY 6, 2018

    New Year Prana Mandala Vinyasa

    *If your desired retreat is sold out please add yourself to the waiting list as we offer advanced registration opportunity to wait list next year *


    *We have limited practice space connected to the venues we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also booked with our accommodations listed.


    YOGADVENTURES CANCELLATION/PAYMENT POLICY: Full balance due must be paid 30 days prior to event start date - if we do not receive full balance by this time we will automatically charge to the card we have on file from your initial registration. A non-refundable deposit of $500 PER person is required to hold your space for this retreat and is due at the time of registration.

    In the event of cancellation:

    • 60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
    • 59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
    • 29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

    *Proof of travel insurance is required in order for your registration to be considered complete




    Sanctuary


    VENUE: Blue Spirit, Nosara Costa Rica 

    Blue Spirit is one of the foremost world-class yoga and meditation retreat centers in Costa Rica, providing an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal growth, and environmental sustainability.

    Located in Nosara, the Blue Spirit yoga and meditation retreat center is perched on a hilltop over looking the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge. The pristine nature, subtropical climate, dedicated staff, and the healing energy of the Nosara community create the ideal environment for your retreat, workshop, or training to become an unforgettable and deeply nurturing experience.

    NOTE FROM BLUE SPIRITIt is the policy of Blue Spirit that all retreat participants must be booked in a room on site. Blue Spirit can also help coordinate other optional activities including surf lessons, horse-back riding, zip-line excursions, and a variety of tours if you are interested. The cost for these activities is not included in the retreat package. Email info@bluespiritcostarica.comfor more information!  

    Blue Spirit can also help coordinate other optional activities including surf lessons, horse-back riding, zip-line excursions, and a variety of tours if you are interested. The cost for these activities is not included in the retreat package. Email info@bluespiritcostarica.com for more information!

    Please make arrangements on your own directly with the resort if you are needing additional time outside of our listed retreat dates. 


    There are approximately 60 full-time Costa Rican local staff, working daily to ensure you have a pleasant and safe stay with housekeeping, kitchen, gardening, security, and more. Blue Spirit adds a per person discretionary charge of $60 per week to your room bill for staff tips- which are distributed equally to all of our Costa Rican staff. This is only a suggested amount that you may choose to change at any time to whatever you feel most appropriate.

    *We have limited practice space connected to the hotels we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also booked with our accommodations listed.

    Join us for a Yogadventure of a lifetime.

    View all room descriptions and photos from Blue Spirit here


    Travel Information


    Transportation to Costa Rica:  Some airlines that offer flights from major US cities into Costa Rica:

    TACA www.taca.com 1.800.400.TACA
    United www.united.com 1.800.622.1015
    American Airlines www.aa.com 1.800.433.7300
    Continental www.continental.com 1.800.231.0856
    Delta www.delta.com 1.800.241.4141

    Air travel within Costa Rica - From San Jose to Nosara:

    SANSA Airlines www.flysansa.com 011.506.221.9414
    Nature Air www.natureair.com 1.800.235.9272

    Travel Documents: Citizen of the US, Canada, and Panama may enter Costa Rica with a passport that remains valid at least 6 months after your travel date. Identification such as a driver's license or birth certificate are no longer valid for travel in Costa Rica.  A valid passport allows Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American and European citizens to stay for up to 90 days.  Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Costa Rica. Before you go to Costa Rica, please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you at all times. You should leave your original passport in the safety box at Blue Spirit.  There are no shots or immunizations required to come to Costa Rica.

    MANDATORY TRAVEL INSURANCE:  Travel insurance for all of our Yogadventure retreats is mandatory. We are unable to have your participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight. You can find many options at SquareMouth.com. Please send proof of travel insurance to retreats@yogadventures.com 

    FLYING IN & OUT OF COSTA RICA:  Blue Spirit is situated in Nosara, on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Depending on your chosen arrival airport in Costa Rica, there are different options to travel onwards to Blue Spirit.  There are two international airports in Costa Rica: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and San Jose International Airport (SJO). Both airports have frequent flights from all over the United States and Canada.  The closest airport to Blue Spirit is LIBERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LIR). It is only a 2 hours scenic drive from Blue Spirit. Blue Spirit runs group shuttles on Saturdays from / to Liberia Airport.

    SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is an alternative option as sometimes flights from the US or Canada to SAN JOSE can be cheaper or more direct. However, getting to Blue Spirit by road is more costly and takes 4 1/2 hours. An alternative is taking a short plane flight from San Jose to the domestic AIRPORT in NOSARA (the local airport is only 15 minutes from Blue Spirit).

    DEPARTURE TAX: There is a departure tax to be paid of $26 at San Jose or Liberia airport when you leave Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash (US$ or costa rican Colones) or with credit card.

    Traveling With Surfboards:  Be certain that your airline will accept your surfboard at the time of your travel. Certain U.S. Carriers, principally, but not limited to United & Continental, have time periods that they will not carry surfboards and are very poor about notifying you of this during the reservation booking process. We have found that consistently the most surfer friendly airline to Costa Rica is, GRUPO TACA, the airline of Central America. You will also not be able to carry surfboards on the local commuter flights and many buses.

    Ground Transportation:  You are responsible for coordinating and payment of your ground travel to/from the Blue Spirit Retreat Center. If you choose to pre-arrange your ground transfer to/from the resort with the Blue Spirit, please submit the Blue Spirit’s Shuttle form per instructions here:  http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/shuttle-reservations. Please note that group shuttles are Saturdays only, during select times. Blue Spirit has times listed as well as other options on their shuttle form above.  Please see the tabs above for more information about your time in Costa Rica and your stay at Blue Spirit.  We highly recommend travel insurance for your journey. There are many travel insurance companies, we recommend STA Travel (www.statravel.com) and AAA (www.aaa.com) for affordable worldwide travel insurance.

    YOGADVENTURES CANCELLATION/PAYMENT POLICY: Full balance due must be paid 30 days prior to event start date - if we do not receive full balance by this time we will automatically charge to the card we have on file from your initial registration. A non-refundable deposit of $500 PER person is required to hold your space for this retreat and is due at the time of registration.

    In the event of cancellation:

    • 60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
    • 59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
    • 29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

     



    Retreat Flow


    Enjoy the magic of each day with optional activities ranging from surfing, transformational yoga (option to add Teacher Training) sunset horseback riding, to zipping down the longest, most exhilarating canopy in the world! Whether you are an experienced surfer, have always wanted to surf, or just want to go deeper into fluid power vinyasa with Shiva, we will enter the Solstice/New Year in an empowering and rejuvenating rhythm of living yoga, healing relaxation, and liberating play.

    RETREAT FLOW:

    Offering a Special Certificate of Participation for 14/21 Day Prana Vinyasa Solar-Lunar Core Modules (each week) - six hours a day. Each week is created like a Yogic Ashram- Healing and Educational Exploratorium - Sunday - Friday (Saturday free)

    Weekly/Daily Morning + Afternoon - Choose One or All:

    • Prana Vinyasa Teacher Empowerment - Energetic Alignment, Hands-on, Sequencing & Teaching
    • Sacred Training - Body Mandala 108 and Creative Core Daily Flow:
    • Daily Afternoon Yoga Nidra
    • Evening: Lunar Inner Arts Massage, Movement, Philosophy Meditation, Fire Mantra & Process

    Rejuvenate through our Living Flow Ashram: Living in Rhythm

    • Deepen a twice-daily meditation practice connected to sunrise-sunset and often chanting in the healing ocean water. Transformational daily morning, afternoon and evening practice in an elemental, solar/lunar balance so you cultivate your balance including prana vinyasa, prana danda yoga with a staff, prana flow for all.
    • Living Prana Flow through Ayurveda – Learn and practice daily ayurveda vital health rituals and nutritional guidance for regeneation
    • Evening “deep dives” including:

    New year’s sva dharma process

    Embodying energetic anatomy through self-partner massage,

    Mystic heart/roots of yoga philosophy through visual teachings

    Homa – Bonfire Mantra offering

    Art of Movement meditation/weekly yoga trance dance

    Free time during the morning and siesta hour to surf (beg-int), relax, study in a hammock or on long open days explore local waterfalls, horse-back riding, zip-lining, massage and healing fun! Everyday includes open time to surf, learn to surf, explore the local adventures or just relax deeply into the primal beauty of Nosara.

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    What People are Saying; Testimonials


    "I come from Brazil were the ginga and the flow are spontaneously presente since day one. But I have to say that Shiva has completely revolutionized my experience with the flow introducing me to the depths of Yoga with ease and gentleness together with a beat of her own. Prana Vinyasa community nurtured me in so many ways during the period I was doing my TTC and it still does now with our online community and network. I had so many moments of unexpected joy during the time in Costa Rica. There is a lot of "axé" into the community. A lot of Spirit. A lot of Bhavana. I'm grateful to have met this community and teacher with out a doubt recommend it to whoever is looking for true, empowering, embodied, enlivened, authentic yoga flows in there journey."
    -Bernardo 

     

    "Costa Rica with Shiva and friends from across the world is the perfect winter celebration! I loved every minute of the adventure; from beautiful walks to the village, surfing, practicing yoga with Shiva, sunset rituals, bon fires on the beach, and endless hours of friendship connection. I feel so blessed to be in ritual practice with Shiva in paradise. The Blue Spirit Retreat Center is truly a dream come true- amazing food, right on the beach, howler monkeys, and immersed in the jungle. I can't wait to return home to Costa Rica with my Samudra family." -Ariana

     

    "Despite having practiced for 10+ years, I had never experienced Shiva Rea prior to Blue Spirit. I wasn't sure what to expect but once I let go of what I thought the experience should be, my yoga practice and teaching ability transformed into something much deeper than I could have imagined. Shiva Rea is one of the most dedicated, dynamic and inspiring master teachers of our time. Blue Spirit is one of the most amazing retreat centers on the planet. If you're ready for your practice (and mind) to expand like never before, if you're ready to let go of what you think your practice should be and experience what Shiva Rea has to offer, you will not be disappointed."
    - Jedediah

     

     

    "Shiva (and often Dimitri) came down at sunset almost every day and practiced with those of us who were on the beach. That was *exactly* what I wanted out of the experience. The sunsets in Costa Rica are beyond words. We did namiskars in the sand facing the setting sun and then chanted in the ocean. Dimitri was with me when I learned an important lesson about Darshan. He helped me understand something that may have no words to describe. I wandered down to the beach at night and quietly chanted Hanuman Chalisas with the Howler Monkeys in the trees behind me. I read the Ramayana during the day with monkeys in the trees. I befriended an iguana and fed it bananas. I watched Venus set into the Pacific. I saw Uranus with the naked eye several times. I went with a group to Ostinal Beach before dawn one day and stood with Green Ridley Sea Turtles as they laid their eggs on the beach. Escorting one exhausted turtle back to the water after she had laid her eggs will always be a highlight of my life. There are many petals on the Yoga Lotus. There is beautiful yoga in Pelicans, Monkeys, A Dark Night Sky, and Sea Turtles."-Bruce






    Your Guides

    About Your Guide: Shiva Rea

    Shiva's retreats explore the art of yoga in practical, creative and life transforming ways. Her studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage, tantra, ayurveda, bhakti, kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement infuse her approach to living yoga and embodying the flow. She is a leading teacher of Prana Flow yoga worldwide. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of vinyasa flow out in the world.

    As a global adventurer, she has lead over 80 retreats and pilgrimages nationally and internationally as well as served as a creative catalyst for conferences, festivals and actions for the environment, yoga and the arts including the third annual Yogini Conference of Kripalu and Omega. Shiva writes for Yoga Journal and is the author of award-winning CD's and DVD's to empower and transform yoga home practice.

    About Your Guide: Demetri Velisarius


    Demetri Velisarius, BSW, RYT 200, is a social worker, personal trainer, ex-boxer, bicycle racer, and Prana Flow Yoga teacher and a tantric meditator in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Vajrayana and Dzogchen. He has accomplished numerous meditation/yoga retreats and pilgrimages worldwide over the past 12 years including a silent 108 day Tibetan Yoga and Mahamudra Retreat. He has studied with numerous yoga, meditation and tantric masters including H.H. 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, Lama Surya Das, Paul Mueller Ortega and Lama Tsultrim Allione.

    About Your Guide: Maria Garre


    Maria has been an educator, author and practitioner in the field of wellness, yoga, and Ayurveda for over 20 years. Her lifelong dedication to studying and teaching brings forth an integrated and practical approach to all of life. Academically she has studied Philosophy, Biomedical Science, Education, and Ayurveda. She is the Director of the New Mexico School of Yoga.

    Maria’s root teachers in yoga, therapy and Ayurveda, Janine Galati, Shiva Rea and Vasant Lad, have inspired an integrated, yet authentic approach to uniting the wisdom within the Vedic healing sciences. Her teachings are also fertilized by her 12+ years of travel to India to learn from the source. Join or connect with Maria through her various retreats, trainings, and online offerings throughout the world.

     



    FAQs


    What can I expect on a Yogadventures retreat?

    Fun, connection, transformational yoga, celebration, nourishment, relaxation, release, uncovering self discovery layers, embracing the prana of nature, sacred living, rituals, living flow....

    Do I need yoga experience?

    No, we welcome all!  Depending on if you chose the teacher training portion there may be some prerequisites and required reading and prepatory online courses.  See Teacher Training Tab

    When will I receive trip details?

    You will receive a welcome letter from us approximately two weeks before the retreat, you will also receive a confirmation letter upon registration and a prep letter about a month before the event.

    Can I arrive early and stay late?

    Unfortunately we are unable to book any additional stays outside our retreat dates.  Any addition stays need to be arranged directly with the venue.  Please see Venue Tab

    What’s Included?

    Please refer to the Summary Tab for more details, but typically we include all lodging, breakfasts/brunch and most dinner meals.  Each event varies, but we often include 1-2 excusions and a few other special treats.   Yoga and meditation classes are included, however the teacher training yoga portion is additional

    Can I go on a Yogadventure by myself?

    Yes! May of our Yogadventurers our come alone and leave with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.

    How many people will be on the retreats?

    Depending upon the retreat but we host typically ~50 yogis!

    What type of food is offered?

    We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients, vegetarian/vega options as often as possible.

    What should I bring?

    You will receive a more extensive list in your welcome letter, however some suggestions are yoga mat/props, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, layers for all weather, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and an openness to flow!

    How much free time do we have?

    We offer a healthy balance between our group time and solo free exploratory time.  Depending on the Yogadventure we will be in nature, we may be inside some of the time, we always have long breaks mid- day ... staying open to the flow of all and needs of the group.

    Do I need extra cash?  How much?

    See the event Summary Tab to see all that is included.  If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs and the retreat center can help you arrange for your needs.  Please see Venue Tab

    How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?

    For most of our retreats you will be responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. Our facebook page for each retreat is a good place to connect with other to arrange shared travel.

    Do I need to book my own flight?

    Yes, you are responsible for your flights and travel arrangements and details.  You can find helpful suggestions on our Travel Tab and itineraries can be found on our Summary Tab

    When should I book?

    We are big fans of "the sooner the better" - we also often have Early Bird Specials for those to register early - more often than not our retreats sell out! 

    Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?

    Yes! Travel insurance for all of our Yoadventure retreats is mandatory. We are unable to have your participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight. You can find many options at SquareMouth.com.  Please send proof of travel insurance to retreats@yogadventures.com

    Is my ticket refundable?

    In the event of cancellation:
    60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
    59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
    29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered. 

    Do you have discounts available?

    We offer a limited number of early-bird prices to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials on Shiva's facebook page and in our PULSE newsletter

    What is the teacher training portion?
    This is for those wishing to gain hours towards certification in our Samudra School of Living Yoga - you can find more details on our Teacher Training webpage and our Teacher Training Tab

      

    Lunar Arts


    NEW Lunar Offerings:

    Experience a flowing, juicy approach to lunar, yin and restorative yoga for all levels to support regeneration, creative potential.

    After over 15 years of cultivating the lunar arts, we are now offering complete lunar immersions - in practice and teacher training to bring the mediative vinyasa or “soma prana flow - tantric yin” to more teachers through our LIVE + Online immersions. The primary requisite on our teaching path is your dedication to embodying a healing lunar rhythm and balance in your own life to be able to share with others.

    No intermediate/advance asanas are required for this teacher training path only a commitment and dedication to going deeper in one’s experience of the healing that unfolds from our breathing, innate cellular intelligence.

    Integrating both root and evolutionary teachings, live + online depth, we are proud to offer a way to empower people of all backgrounds to experience to power of yoga for all - levels.

    Soma Prana Flow– Lunar Arts School of Yoga Alchemy

    Global Immersions for Teachers, Practitioners and Beyond

    54/ 108/200/300/500 hr. Global Programs

    In a time of global stress, learn to give back through a Lunar Arts Yoga program that supports you in becoming a guide to bring greater calm, breath, flow states, meditation, relaxation, and restoration into practice and life.

    Join vinyasa teacher Shiva Rea and the Global Prana Vinyasa Collective for new Personal Change and Professional Teacher Training programs to create balance, healing and greater accessibility of all forms of yoga for all.

    The teacher training immersions areto practice and learn to offer transformative lunar vinyasa to all-levels.

    Rejuvenate and diversify your teaching by learning a flowing approach to “yin or restorative” cultivated within yoga as “soma” through weekend - three week immersions into the Lunar Arts/Soma Prana Flow. Soma is the cultivation of regeneration through inner arts to transform stress through meditation, generating positive hormonal flow, restoring ojas (vitality, immune reserves), embodied love, wisdom and presence in the midst of life.

    This all-level teacher training fertilizes your wisdom, life-experience and embodiment without any physical restrictions upon the level of your asana practice. In this training you develop skills to:

    Lead movement meditation and many forms of seated meditation to all-levels and many backgrounds including Mantra, Mudra, Yantra, Dharana, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra

    •Cultivate lunar prana vinyasa/yinflow

    •Begin a integrated lunar teaching path that rejuvenates your personal vitality and healing to share with others.

    Program Overview

    Explore a practical, transformational, healing approach to and rejuvenation through yoga while learning to teach and help others. Ground, center and nuture our innate capacity for healing in the flowing intelligence of our body, mind, and spirit.

    Our program includes:

    Live Modules in both healing sacred places around the world and urban yoga centers combined with ourYoga Alchemy’s Lunar Arts Online Program integrates lunar arts into your daily life and through the rhythm of the year.

    Embody and Learn:

    Lunar Namaskar - Movement Meditation

    •Chandra Namaskar – traditional moon salutations and the understanding of namaskar within vedas, tantra and bhakti yoga

    •Lunar Prana Flow & Soma Namaskars for cultivating movement meditation, fluidity, rejuvenation

    •Prana Flow Pranams – a flowing movement meditation of prostrations

    •Lunar Mudra Vinyasa forAll-Levles Opening Invocation & Ritual

    Lunar Flow Sequencing & Energetic Alignment

    •Lunar Wave Sequences - All-level creative sequencing for short and long forms of practice

    •Awakening subtle body - teaching energetic alignment in a lunar flow

    •Lunar Prana Vinyasa - Juicy, meditative flow leading to all-level-intermediate peak asanas for flexibility and sacred strength

    •Lunar mudrasanas – long holds in forward bends, inversions, restorative andsupine asanas with visualization

    Leading Five Forms of Meditation

    •Meditation mandalas -mantra, mudra, dharana (visualization) and contemplation from the Tantras and Universal Wisdom

  • Sahaja prana flow – healing flow of spontaneous movement
  • •Pranayama – lunar breath flows and other prana kriyas

    The Art and Science of Meditation and Relaxation

    * restorative with props, yoga nidra - guided relaxation

    Philosophy & Life-style

    •Philosophy - Vedic, Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, Mystic heart,

    •Lunar life-practices for cultivating healing and ojas through ayurveda & vital living

    •prana flow self-massage:self-care abhyanga, therapeutic rolling and optional essential oils

    Samudra Global School for Living Yoga/Lunar Arts School

    Pathway MODULE System:

    How it works:

    You can join the study cycle that works in your rhythm and choose the core, elective modules in local programs or residential retreats offered in 12 countries for the 2018 new year. You can complete your LIVE study in as little time as two months or as long as several years. Modules are from 30-50 hours depending on location.

    Choose your path of study/certificate programs in Shiva’s Global Programs/ Retreats or combine with Affiliate Programs around the world

    Modules and Programs:

    weekend/5 days + Live (54hr)

    two modules live + online (108hr)

    three - five modules live + online (200 hr)

    three - six modules + Live(300 hr.)

    six - eight modules = (500 hr) (speciality in pre-natal, prana danda, lunar prana vinyasa, soma prana flow, sahaja flow, meditation mandala)

    Professional Path

    twelve modules + assisting + online (1008hr).

    500/1008 hour Teacher Apprenticeship Program

    For those on the teaching path and complete the 500 hr, there is an additional 500 hour specialized study which can combine new live modules, assisting modules and online courses all tailored by the teacher’s interest and evolution.