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YOGADVENTURES:  Winter Solstice + New Year Pranafication Retreat

Release – Regenerate – Reawaken for the Winter Solstice / Christmas / New Year

Welcome 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  

  • NAME OF PROGRAM: Winter Solstice + New Year's Pranafication Retreat
  • Guides: Shiva Rea + Demetri Velisarius and local shaman/live artists/eco-guides/guest teachers
  • Deposit: $250 ($500 deposit after June 1st) 
  • Price: Starting at $1500/week 
  • FULL 200 hour Teacher Training $750 
  • Dates: December 16th, 2017 - January 6th, 2018 - join for 7, 14 or 21 days 
  • Early Bird offerings:  One free massage with each week you purchase before June 1 
  • Facebook Page: Costa Rica Pranafication Retreat
  • Register:  Registration Tab 
  • Early Bird Pricing: Available until July 1, 2017

Email retreats@yogadventures.com with any retreat questions.





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.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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 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.
  • Bonfires by the Sea - Special Winter Solstice, New Year’s Eve and New Moon Rituals of Renewal
  • Daily movers and shakers movement & live drumming sessions with Shiva and musical guests
  • Live music, mantra and the latest mixes with Yogi Tunes
  • 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:

  • Transformative daily Yoga (Teacher Training Optional)
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Evening Programs
  • Holiday celebrations with Shiva and Nosara community
  • Gourmet vegetarian buffet meals (3/day
  • Massages with early bird registration (before June 1st)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blue Spirit Cafe + Store
  • Surfing
  • Salt Water Infinity Pool
  • Guiones Beach Turtle Refuge
  • Evening programs
  • Your chosen accommodation from our listings

ADDITIONAL:

  • Teacher Training - required reading books - required online courses - Samudra School of Living Yoga teacher training application (for certification)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Massages
  • Babysitting Services
  • Your 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
  • Zipline

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)

  • 6:00-6:30am Sunrise meditation with Shiva
  • 6:00-7:30am with Demetri (optional)
  • 9 - 10:10am Teacher Empowerment - Shiva (optional)
  • 10:15 - 12:15pm Prana Vinyasa Solar - Shiva
  • 3:00 - 4:00pm Teacher Lab - Tribe
  • 4:15-5:30pm Yoga Ritual & Sunset at Beach - Shiva or Demetri TT Lab at Studio (Tribe)
  • 8 - 9:30pm Rejuvenation & Yoga Studies - Shiva & Tribe

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

  • Prana Vinyasa Teacher Empowerment - Hands-on, Sequencing & Teaching
  • Prana Danda Vinyasa
  • Tending the Fire - Meditation, Mindfulness and Living Bhakti
  • Living Vinyasa, Yoga Philosophy and Universal Heart
  • Sacred Training - Body Mandala 108 and Creative Core

Daily Flow:

  • Two Solar-Lunar Prana Vinyasa
  • with four “electives” to sign in for
  • including Sunrise - Sunset Mantra Meditation
  • Evening:  Lunar Inner ArtsMassage, Movement, Meditation, Fire Mantra & Process

FURTHER DETAILS:

  • Welcome Letter from Yogadventures will arrive several weeks before retreat.
  • A retreat itinerary 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 Resort

**We are offering to those who register through May a very low deposit of $250 to hold your spot plus three free massages when you register for all three weeks**


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!   

 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

Teacher Training (optional)

SAMUDRA TEACHER TRAINING: 

Experience our world-renown teacher immersion with Shiva and the global vinyasa collective focused on embodying flow, awakening the heart of yoga and living vinyasa in teacher community. Be empowered to teach through our Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Vinyasas for creative and effective sequencing as well as understand the root practices and meditations from the Tantras, Krishmacharya lineage.

Evolve your Yoga Practice through sunrise meditation, transformational solar-lunar prana vinyasa, movement meditation, daily living yoga guidance, evening “deep dives” into ayurvedic self-massage, mystic heart/roots of yoga visual teachings, bonfire mantra and ritual 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.

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 five new Prana Vinyasa Namaskars & Solar-Lunar Wave Sequences, root practices, energetic alignment, hands-on-assist for 60 hours of teacher training credit that accompanies our Yoga Alchemy on-line courses for home integration. 

TEACHER TRAINING STEPS:

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.

Set up your free Yoga Alchemy account, then email us at yogaalchemy108@gmail.com to request the required corresponding online courses to the modules you are taking to be added to your account. We offer special "bundle" pricing ($108) for the (required for 200 hour) These are self-guided, reference tools and a ten video practice to study the foundation of energetic alignment at your own pace ~ connected to your live study.

*Special Certificate of Participation 14/21 Day Certificates for Prana Vinyasa Solar-Lunar Core Modules (each week) - six hours a day.  Each week is is created like a Yoga Ashram - Healing and Educational Exploratorium - see our Retreat Flow tab for more.

Optional Evolutionary Vinyasa Core Module Teacher Training Offerings:

 


 

 

Register for FULL THREE weeks with Book This Retreat Button 

PRICE: $750 for all three weeks (180 hours total) / $250 for each individual offering (60 hours each)

WEEK ONE - December 16-23rd, 2017 - Foundation and Roots

Embodying the Flow/Art of Namaskar: As the foundation module for “40 Namaskar-64 Sequence” movement alchemy system, you will learn “10 Namaskar- Five Solar/Lunar Sequences” as the starting point for teaching vinyasa in a full-energetic spectrum. Click HEREfor full description / required reading / required online course 

 Mandala of Asanas / Essential Tools for Teaching Flow: Delphi and Santorini retreats cover the live transmission of the Prana Flow "three-part vinyasa method”, hands-on assist and teaching cues for teaching alignment in the flow. For Prana Vinyasa certification, the online prerequisite training study is required to activate and begin to practice and study BEFORE the retreat and as continuing study after. Click HERE for full description / required reading / required online course  Bonus Modules: Prana Danda Vinyasa I & Leading Meditation   

Click HERE for full description / required reading / required online course


WEEK TWO - December 23-30th, 2017 - Embodying the Power of Nature - Elemental Prana Vinyasa

Embodying the Power of Nature - Elemental Prana Vinyasa:  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 in 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.

Bonus Module: Prana Danda Vinyasa II & Leading Meditation

Click HERE for full description and required online courses and reading


WEEK THREE- December 30th, 2017 - January 6, 2018 - Circular Power/Prana Mandala Vinyasa 

 Circular Flow - Prana Mandala Vinyasa. We will 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.  Prana Mandala Vinyasa 101 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.

Bonus Module: Prana Danda Vinyasa III & Leading Meditation

Click HERE for full description and required online courses and reading


Plus: EMBODYING THE FLOW + MANDALA OF ASANAS TEACHING LAB + ONLINE STUDY


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



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?

it is STRONGLY recommended, as you just never know....  You can find more information on this on our Travel Tab.  We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar: Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.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

  

Registration

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


*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.

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.


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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.

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.

 


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.