Retreats at Pura Vida

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The Magic and Power of Positive Thinking
September 16, 2017 · 2:00 pm -
September 23, 2017 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
The Magic and Power of Positive Thinking is a systematic way of living that fills us with joy and appreciation. This method generates enthusiasm and fulfillment in the ever-present NOW. We are each uniquely perfect. We navigate daily the amazing and fantastic pathway we are creating. Supernatural magic is happening all around us all the time. Self-care means giving our body, mind, spirit and interpersonal self the true loving nurturing we desire:
Clarity of divine purpose
Commitment to joy
Dedication to well-being
Connection to the beauty of nature.

Come join us for seven days and seven nights at the Pura Vida Spa, Costa Rica. The Pura Vida Resort is the perfect place to retreat, reflect, recharge, reinvent and simply enjoy being alive. Our workshop includes detailed instruction, PowerPoint presentation, and a training manual, fun and games and individualized processes.

Retreat includes:
• Six- 4 hr. Magic & Power of Positive Thinking workshop sessions
• Seven nights room accommodations
• Three delicious buffet-style meals per day
• Two Yoga classes per day
• One full day and two half day eco-adventures
• One hour massage at the Spa
• Shuttle to and from SJO airport

Not included: Airfare: Both Saturdays are travel days with no programming. So arrive and depart SJO at your leisure on Saturday.

Flight Information: Fly into San Juan International Airport (SJO) on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. Fly home Saturday September 23rd, 2017. Hotel will arrange for a shuttle to and from the airport. Your Passport must be current and extend 6 months beyond the return date of 9/23/17.

Cost: Double Occupancy (lowest rate) $1,725.00
Single Occupancy (lowest rate) $2,135.00
Call: Madison McClellan at 888-767-7375 ext. 233.
A $250.00 non-refundable sign –up fee is required to save your room. Payment in full is due one week before (September 9, 2017) the beginning date of the retreat. Make payments on your own time frame.

Single and double rooms are available in both A-frames and Tri-levels. More than two people and families may be accommodated in Tri-levels.

Your Hosts:
Carisa Jones
239-641-8478 (cell)
Present Day Prophetess
Quantum Physicist

Kathryn Gaertner
239-641-8478 (cell)
Massage Therapist

Both Teachers live and practice in Naples Florida. They have worked together in Master Mind groups for over 15 years. Last year they developed a unified proprietary process for manifesting and receiving a joyous and abundant life. “We focus on fun and happiness as we create our dreams.”

Ignite Your Passion
Enrich Your Joy
Empower Your Creativity
Build Your Lifelong Fulfillment
Receive Faith

Workshop Outline
1. Create Your Ship
2. Quantum Physics of Molecules in Words
3. Water
4. The Original Master Plan
5. 5 Things to Constantly Improve
6. Miraculous order
7. Giving is Receiving/Receiving is Giving
8. Creating Future Miracles

Daily Schedule: (Meal Times at Pura Vida: Breakfast 7:30-9am, Lunch, 12:30-2:30pm, Dinner 6:30-8pm)

Saturday, September 16, 2017—Arrival Day
“Welcome to Pura Vida”
3pm Group meet and Greet
5pm Yoga
6:30 Dinner

Sunday September 17, 2017
7am Yoga
8am Breakfast
10am Orientation
12:30 Lunch
2-4:30 Workshop Session #1
5pm Yoga
6:30pm Dinner

Monday September 18, 2017
6:30am Yoga
7:30am Breakfast
8:45am Excursion to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
1pm Lunch
2-4:30pm Workshop Session #2
5pm Yoga
6:30 Dinner

Tuesday September 19, 2017
6:30am Yoga
7:30am Breakfast
9-12noon- Workshop Session #3
12:30 Lunch
2-4:30pm-Workshop Session #4
5pm Yoga
6:30pm Dinner

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
6:30am Yoga
7:30am Breakfast
Hot Springs and eco-exploring hike—full day tour—lunch out included
5pm Yoga
6:30 Dinner

Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:30am Yoga
7:30am breakfast
9-12:30 Workshop Session #5
12:30 Lunch
Free Time—schedule your massages
5pm Yoga
6:30 Dinner

Friday September 22, 2017
6:30am Yoga
7:30am Breakfast
8:45am Excursion to Poas Volcano
12:30pm Lunch
2-4:30pm—Workshop closing session
5:00pm Yoga
6:30pm Dinner

Saturday, September 23, 2017---Departure Day
6:30 Yoga
7:30 Breakfast and Farewells
Luminal Bloom. 1st Annual Sacred Soul Sisters
September 23, 2017 · 2:00 pm -
September 28, 2017 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Luminal Boom: the light equivalent to a sonic boom. Luminal Boom particles create light barriers or shock waves of blue light and even ultraviolet light.
Bloom: to flourish or thrive collectively.

Luminal Bloom co-founders Brandy Lyn and Riji Suh invite the Goddess in you to the first Sacred Soul Sisters Retreat, from September 23rd, 2017 through September 28th, 2017, at the Pura Vida Resort in Costa Rica.

This is a Women-Only yoga retreat which aims to remind, to mirror, to support, and to liberate the Goddess in each of us, via Yoga: asana, kriya, pranayama, meditation, ceremony, and visceral connection with the most Sacred sister of all, Mother Nature. Our Soul Sisters Retreat will center upon the expansion of our collective and individual experience of the 84 classic asanas of the Bishnu Ghosh lineage. A strong foundation in the Bikram Beginners (26 & 2) series and a familiarity with the Advanced (84) series is recommended. All classes led by Brandy and Riji. We will practice together, nurture one another, and learn with each other; in that spirit, come!

Pricing starts at $1195 per person double/ $1380 single and includes:
-5 nights accommodation
-3 delicious fresh meals daily (gf and v options)
-Daily yoga asana, kriya and pranayama
-Goddess ritual bonfire closing ceremony
-Transit to and from SJO airport (airfare not included)

*Early bird discount until April 30th of $200
*Early bird discount of $100 if signed up after April 30th but before June 30

Pura Vida Spa has a full menu of highly reputed spa and massage treatments available to you during your stay at an additional cost. Volcano, zip line and Ocean excursions are also available for an additional cost.

To reserve your spot email
$500 deposit is required. Space is limited.
Reclaim Your Freedom From Chronic Disease
October 28, 2017 · 2:00 pm -
November 4, 2017 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Guided by Dr. Beebe Dericks, Dr. LuLu Shimek, and Dr. Jonathan Carlson

Join us for a healing escape into the tropical splendor of Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, a private mountainside estate enveloped in lush gardens surrounded by magnificent coffee plantations.

Three empowering phases to reclaim your freedom from chronic disease:
1. Awaken to Potential - Pre-retreat consultation with team of doctors, Personalized supplement kit • Wellness assessment • Social media community • Awaken to potential webinar
2. Embrace Wholeness (7-day retreat): Dive into a self-healing transformation with the guidance of three doctors during a week long retreat in pristine nature.
3. Reclaim Your Life (Post retreat): With our continued loving support, integrate newly gained skills via live webinars to ensure lasting results.

Daily Schedule:
Individual Transformation:
Three doctor appointments • Daily wellness classes • 2 spa sessions • Traditional Chinese Medicine and mind-body therapies • Daily hydrotherapy sessions • Welcome healing kit and handbook • Nurturing free time
Group Transformation:
Three daily nourishing meals & fresh juices • Cooking class • Daily yoga & meditation • Aerial skills class • Evening entertainment • Eco-adventure tours

• Aerial skills class, salsa dancing, and evening entertainment
• Eco-Adventure tours including hot springs and a medicinal herb walk
• Three delicious daily healing and cleansing meals
• Fresh juices, smoothies, wheat grass, and coconut water
• 4 Naturopathic Medical consultation
• Welcome healing kit and instructional Wellness Handbook
• A detailed itinerary, packing list, and tips on making the retreat meaningful
• Shuttle to and from the SJO airport

Cost of the Retreat:
PAYMENT: $4997
DEPOSIT: $1000 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot and balance due by
September 15, 2017. Payment plan available
Not included: lodging, airfare, and travel insurance

For Reservations: 888 767-7375 ext.233
Costa Rica 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
October 28, 2017 · 8:00 pm · 11:00 pm
Yogacara Global
We invite you to join us for your 16 Day Intensive Immersion ~ Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training at the amazing Pura Vida Centre ~ nestled in the Central Valley of Costa Rica!
Accredited with Yoga Alliance, the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training program certifies graduates as 200 Hour Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teachers.

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training | Program Guide
The following is your guide to the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Program. You will find detailed information to help you make an informed decision.

Yogacara is a Certified, Registered & Accredited Yoga School. What does this mean for you as a Student?

Yoga Alliance is the governing body for Yoga Schools. They ensure that programs follow strict ethical, educational & practical guidelines to ensure successful students. As a graduate from a Registered Yoga School (RYS), your Bali Yoga Teacher Training Certification will be recognized world-wide; your teaching can go where you go!

♥ Yoga Alliance mandates that a teacher training program consists of a minimum of 180 contact hours (in class) and 20 non-contact hours (homework etc). We at Yogacara believe that the minimum 180 contact hours is not enough to provide teachers in training with the essential tools to be successful teachers. Therefore, we provide additional in session hours above and beyond the minimum required.

♥ The location for our training is a sacred, beautiful & nurturing environments.

♥ Our program classes are kept to a maximum of 13 students, never more. It is unfair to both the teachers & the students to attempt to fill classes with higher numbers as both the intention & quality decrease.

♥ Our program includes Kirtan & Satsang; a wonderful experience of this ancient art.

♥ Our program follows the set guidelines created by Yoga Alliance, plus we offer students the opportunity to learn more than just asana. Our sections of topics include the Chakras, Pranayama and Ayurveda as well as an introduction to the styles of Yin, Restorative and Kundalini Yoga, giving you a truly holistic experience.

♥ Students will have direct access to the 2 Lead Teachers each day of the program, including access outside of the teaching hours. They are there to welcome you with open arms as you need guidance through the program. The Teachers will be accessible after the program via email, as needed.

♥ Our pricing is truly all inclusive. The program cost is the entire program & all of its components (tuition, course materials, accommodation, meals) Airfare & bus transport are NOT included.

♥ Payment plan options may be available at no additional cost. We don’t want this to be the hurdle for you, so email us if you need to chat more about a payment plan option!
Beginner Bikram Yoga Retreat
November 4, 2017 · 8:00 am -
November 11, 2017 · 4:00 pm
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Join us for a week of yoga in paradise! Relax at the beautiful Pura Vida Spa in the mountains of Costa Rica, practice yoga with us every day, and return home feeling refreshed, renewed, and re-energized.

We will offer Bikram yoga classes and meditation sessions every day in a beautiful heated yoga hall overlooking the Central Valley. Classes will be held twice a day – you can practice as much or as little as you like. Our classes are suitable for yogis of all levels – beginners are welcome! Your retreat also includes three healthy and delicious meals every day, prepared by the chefs at the resort using fresh local produce.

In your free time, you can go on optional days trips organized by the resort, including zip-lining, bird watching, white water rafting, coffee field walks, and more. You can also treat yourself to one of the many spa services available, such as hot stone massage, myofasical release, reiki, ayurvedic counseling, and watsu (water massage). We also encourage you to spend time simply relaxing by the pool or napping in a hammock, taking some time to decompress from the stresses of daily life.

Juliana and Lynn will lead traditional Bikram method yoga classes daily on this retreat. Bikram yoga is a series of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises done in a heated room for optimal healing benefits. This practice is designed for beginners, but is beneficial to all levels – many of us practice this yoga throughout our lifetime for its physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. If you have never been on a yoga retreat before, this is the perfect way to get started!


Included in Your Retreat:

• Single or double occupancy accommodations in your choice of housing. (Rates start at $1305 for double rooms and $1560 for single occupancy.) A variety of rooming options are available!

• 3 nutritious and delicious buffet meals daily. (There are always options for both vegetarians and omnivores, and food allergies can be accommodated.)

• 2 Bikram Yoga classes every day and daily meditation sessions with Lynn

• All transportation to and from the San Jose (SJO) airport

Not included in the price: Day trips and spa treatments are billed separately – you may sign up for these upon your arrival. Airfare is also separate. (Juliana and Lynn are travelling from PVD to SJO on Southwest Flights 1725 / 112 on Friday Nov 3rd and returning on Southwest Flights 607 / 2164 on Saturday Nov 11th, if you would like to fly with us!)



We are also offering discounts to our Rhode Island Hot Yoga students, so be sure to inform reservations if you are coming from our studio. For reservations and rates, please contact Madison at and at 888-767-7375, extension 233.

See you in Costa Rica!
Erik Dalton's 18th Pain Management in Paradise Retreat
November 25, 2017 · 2:00 pm -
December 2, 2017 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Celebrate education and nature with Erik Dalton’s 18th annual “Pain Management in Paradise” retreat at Costa Rica’s stunning Pura Vida Resort. This affordable 30-CE Myoskeletal Certification training offers top-notch education, lodging, organic meals, and airport transportation. Enjoy zip-lining, white water rafting, music, dancing, yoga, beach excursions, and lots more. Connect with international therapists in an exotic breathtaking environment with leisure time to practice the techniques you learn from Erik and his assistants.

This year’s fun filled retreat is loaded with surprises including new research on the reflexogenic relationship between muscles and joints, protective spasm, and neurogenic pain in athletes.


“Making Mechanoreceptors Happy”

What you will learn:
How to reduce protective muscle splinting due to joint fixation
How to “right” the head on neck to relieve head and neck pain
How to distinguish between nerve pain and tendinopathy
How to improve body rhythm during sessions
Breathing enhancers, rib springing & diaphragm pumping techniques
Importance of spinal groove work
Nerve mobilization techniques and home retraining exercises
How to attract new clients
New ways to discuss pain conditions during a history intake

Learn to assess & correct:
Head & neck pain
Rotator cuff, tennis elbow & carpal tunnel
Dowager’s humps and forward head postures
Sports Injuries & tendinopathies
Rib fixations & breathing disorders
Foot & ankle Injuries
Low back protective muscle spasm sacroiliac & piriformis sciatica

Upgrade your skill-set and boost your referrals with Erik Dalton’s extremely popular ‘hands-on’ pain-rehab techniques. Learn WHY they work, and HOW to change the brain’s mind about your client’s pain…the MAT way!


Saturday, Nov. 25: Arrival Day…Evening Orientation from 7 to 9pm and a “get to know everyone” party after.
Sunday, Nov. 26: Workshop: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 6pm
Monday, Nov. 27: Morning free time / Workshop: 2pm – 6pm
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Workshop: 9am – Noon / 2pm – 6pm
Wed. Nov. 29: Your free day to do the wonderful excursions, lay around the pool or take advantage of the many spa services
Details on classes and excursions will be available at the desk when you check in.
Thursday, Nov, 30: Workshop: 9am – Noon / 2pm – 5pm
Friday, Dec. 1: Morning free time / Workshop: 2pm – 6pm / Evening Party
Saturday, Dec. 2: Check out day

Reduced off-season rates as low as:
$1,605 Per Participant
$1,530 – Companion Rate. Bring a Buddy!
Participant: Rate includes lodging, all meals, workshop tuition and certification plus transportation to and from the San Jose Airport

Companions: (non-workshop participants) have the same access to all meals, spa treatments and excursions. Companions are welcome.

Space is limited so book early!! Reserve your space and select your accommodations because the tentilows go really fast. Call Madison at 888-767-7375 ext. 233 or email her at

A $500 deposit is due upon reservation, non-refundable. The balance is due by October 21st.
Teacher ONLY Immersion Retreat with Leslie Glickman
December 8, 2017 · 2:00 pm -
December 15, 2017 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
On this journey you will experience 7 days of learning, practicing and connecting with yourself and an amazing group of other teachers. This experience is designed for teachers who want to immerse themselves in practice, avoid burnout, revitalize their teaching skills and continue to study and learn. It is an incredible opportunity to be in nature and especially to be in community with like-minded souls on the same path. This is the perfect way to refresh yourself, be inspired, increase your knowledge and do your own personal work. Think of it as a mini training with some new material if you have gone through the Yoga Journey TT and a new experience if you've trained elsewhere. Be prepared to explore the Chakras in-depth, study Sanskrit and the Sutra’s, as well as practice pose assessment, hands on assisting, sequencing, methodology and so much more…

You will earn continuing education credits for the week (50 total hrs).

December 8th – December 15th

Immersion Retreat INCLUDES:
Yoga Practice twice daily
Morning/ evening meditation
Training sessions twice per day
7 Nights Accommodations
All of your healthy meals each day
Ground transportation in Costa Rica
All taxes and gratuities
Group activities/excursions
Memories of a lifetime and so much more ...

Retreat Cost
Double Occupancy $2250.00
Single Occupancy $2750.00
(Flights not included)

For more details… | | 561 479 7819
Profound Healing Cleanse
December 16, 2017 · 2:00 pm -
December 23, 2017 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
We at Pura Vida Spa are excited to share a gentle, yet successful cleansing program with you. It is our intention to inspire and support your journey towards optimal wellness and health through this program. You will go deeper within yourself in this complete reset of life, targeting the physical stagnation of toxins as well as emotional, spiritual and mental stagnation that create inefficient life flow. Based in Ayurveda, this program is extremely nurturing, safe and gentle on the bodily systems, yet is quite effective in removing toxins and stress from the deep tissues in such a way that side effects are only lightly experienced. We will provide you with the basic tools to launch your own Spiritual Process, balance your body, and take your life back in your hands physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The Profound Healing Cleanse is a unique experience developed by Leonardo Cordero. Originally from Costa Rica, Leonardo focuses on Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and Healing techniques, and Shamanic Ancestral Medicines. He has an Associate’s Degree in Ayurveda and is a Technician in Ayurvedic Pancha Karma and Detoxification. He has practiced and studied multiple styles of yoga and meditation, and has deep interest in Healing, Shamanism, and working with the soul and subtle energies and has studied these practices with multiple teachers. Leonardo combines his experience in the variety of modalities to create a holistic healing process personalized for each individual.

The program is facilitated by Leonardo Cordero, an Ayurvedic Healer, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Spiritual Healer.
Benefits include:
• Prevent diseases and Reverse aging signs
• Increase energy levels
• Deep experience of needed rest & relaxation
• Enjoy mental clarity and increased concentration
• Deepen self-awareness & spirituality
• Clear emotional stagnation & experience inner joy
• Develop a consistent daily routine that includes yoga, meditation, and self-care

For more information and to book please contact Reservations at (888) 767-7375 email
Profound Healing Cleanse
January 6, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
January 13, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
We at Pura Vida Spa are excited to share a gentle, yet successful cleansing program with you. It is our intention to inspire and support your journey towards optimal wellness and health through this program. You will go deeper within yourself in this complete reset of life, targeting the physical stagnation of toxins as well as emotional, spiritual and mental stagnation that create inefficient life flow. Based in Ayurveda, this program is extremely nurturing, safe and gentle on the bodily systems, yet is quite effective in removing toxins and stress from the deep tissues in such a way that side effects are only lightly experienced. We will provide you with the basic tools to launch your own Spiritual Process, balance your body, and take your life back in your hands physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The Profound Healing Cleanse is a unique experience developed by Leonardo Cordero. Originally from Costa Rica, Leonardo focuses on Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and Healing techniques, and Shamanic Ancestral Medicines. He has an Associate’s Degree in Ayurveda and is a Technician in Ayurvedic Pancha Karma and Detoxification. He has practiced and studied multiple styles of yoga and meditation, and has deep interest in Healing, Shamanism, and working with the soul and subtle energies and has studied these practices with multiple teachers. Leonardo combines his experience in the variety of modalities to create a holistic healing process personalized for each individual.

The program is facilitated by Leonardo Cordero, an Ayurvedic Healer, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Spiritual Healer.
Benefits include:
• Prevent diseases and Reverse aging signs
• Increase energy levels
• Deep experience of needed rest & relaxation
• Enjoy mental clarity and increased concentration
• Deepen self-awareness & spirituality
• Clear emotional stagnation & experience inner joy
• Develop a consistent daily routine that includes yoga, meditation, and self-care

For more information and to book please contact Reservations at (888) 767-7375 email
Costa Rica Tai Chi and Qigong Immersion Retreat Jan. 2018
January 6, 2018 · 4:00 pm -
January 13, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Join Master Viola Brumbaugh and Rusel DeMaria for a one-week Tai Chi and Qigong Immersion Retreat at the Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, Costa Rica’s spectacular mountain paradise, at 5200 feet, 20 minutes from the San Jose Airport. Enjoy seven days of rejuvenating exploration through the practices, recreation, relaxation, and adventure.

Begin your days with a sunrise Qigong meditation, followed by daytime sessions helping you find your flow and connection to your center. Develop your practice through the exploration of fundamentals, form, and partner play, and round off the day with an evening practice of Qigong balancing Yin and Yang. All in the beautiful setting located above Costa Rica’s Central Valley, where daytime temperatures average 73F with mild nighttime temperatures. This beautiful estate surrounded by coffee plantations and breathtaking views of mountains and the valley below is known for its delightful, healthy, gourmet meals, outstanding accommodations, extraordinarily gifted Healing Arts Spa Therapists, and impressive team of staff members.

Daily Schedule:
Our time together includes sunrise Qigong and meditation sessions (S-M-T-TH-F-S, sunrise) that include:
• Zhan Zhuang Gong Standing Meditation
• Qi Plucking, Gathering, and Circulation
• Spiral Energy Qigong - the Ba Fa Pan Gen, Spiraling to Cleanse the Body.

Morning Tai Chi Fundamentals and Form sessions (M-T-TH-F, 10-noon) include:
• For all levels: applying fundamentals to form
• Deepening your understanding of form through intention
• Exploring the 10 principles in practice

Early evening (pre-dinner) sessions (S-M-T-TH-F, 4-6pm) explore the practice of partner work including:
Sensing hands partner work
Exploration of Application
Creative flow and connection

Night time Qigong sessions (S-S-W-F, 8:00pm) round off your days with relaxation and healing practice including:
Yin Yang Medical Qigong
Zhan Zhuang Gong Standing Meditation
Breathing through the 5 Elements

(class times subject to change, and may vary to work around tours)

Tai Chi players of all levels of experience are welcome and practices will be lead in a way so as to meet each practitioner at their own level of comfort. So whether you are an experienced practitioner or brand new to Tai Chi and Qigong you will find both the opportunity to safely challenge yourself and to deeply relax and rejuvenate!

Pricing includes:
- Room Accommodations
- 3 Delicious health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options
- Use of outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
- Daily Tai Chi and Qigong sessions
- Guided walk through coffee plantation
- Designated Wi-Fi and computer access
- Filtered water throughout the complex
- Round-trip shuttle service to/from SJO airport
- Optional tours and sumptuous spa treatments available for additional cost

Master Viola Brumbaugh, 12th generation direct disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, and international Tai Chi competition gold medalist will be the principle instructor, along with Assistant instructor, Rusel DeMaria, also direct disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei bring you a combined 45 years of experience to share.

This week-long Retreat is surprisingly affordable: Rates start at $1,190 based on double occupancy. This includes: 7 night accommodations, 3 vegetarian meals daily (fish or chicken optional), daily seminars with Viola & Rusel, and transfer to and from the airport. A $300.00 deposit reserves your space, with the remaining balance due by October 31, 2017.
Call: 206-321-0613
or go to:

Myofascial Release: Principles & Techniques
January 13, 2018 · 6:00 pm -
January 18, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Get your CEs in Paradise!
Approved for continuing education in Canada (BC, AB, SK, NL, ON) and the USA (NCBTMB)
Make this your time to come and enjoy the natural beauty and "Pura Vida" of Costa Rica!
Come and develop new skills to help your clients, take care of yourself and be the therapist you've always wanted to be!

Approved for:
18 CEs with the NCBTMB (USA)
14 PE CEs with the CMTBC (BC)

This 18 hour course is open to licensed massage and physical therapists and will give participants a new perspective and experience of myofascial release.
Format includes lecture, demonstration, interpersonal work and hands-on practice.
Emphasis will be on supporting students to deepen their palpative and technical skills, as well as understanding important treatment principles and current explanatory models for the efficacy of myofascial release.
A biopsychosocial and nervous system-mediated framework are highlighted in place of energetic conjecture and narrow tissue-based explanations - supporting the therapist to develop their inherent intuitive capabilities and build client rapport and empowerment.
Students can expect to complete the workshop with the tools to confidently integrate the work into their current practice, as well as having had the experience of myofascial release changing them personally.

All inclusive resort experience includes 4 days/5 nights accommodations, all meals, daily yoga classes, transportation to and from the airport*, and all workshop content and activities. Class times will allow for optional off-site adventures and excursions.

Join us for our 7th year in Costa Rica! This year we are very excited to be at the stunning Pura Vida Retreat & Spa January 13th-18th, 2018 for spring-like weather and pristine mountaintop vistas. Enjoy spa amenities including Watsu massage, exciting eco-adventures and gourmet locally sourced meals. Only a 90 minute drive to the coast so you can easily extend your time before or after the workshop with some surfing, swimming and beach time!

1. How to assess myofascial restrictions and choose appropriate treatment techniques.
2. Understand the indications and contraindications for myofascial release.
3. How to work deeply without force.
4. Integrate myofascial techniques effectively into a one hour session.
5. Understand and effectively use the principles of a person-centered approach to therapy.
6. Understand and explain myofascial release to clients from the current research and pain science perspectives.
7. How to effectively address the fight/flight/freeze response with clients using hands-on techniques and sensation-based dialoguing.

"The format was great, lots of hands on time to practice and receive. It was evidence based, it felt like were reinforcing what has been discovered and not just randomly trying things - thanks! You worked well as a team."
Barb Tyers, RMT

"This course was exactly what I needed. I feel more confident as a therapist and I learned new techniques to integrate into my practice that I'm excited about. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to come to mind and body as a therapist and help the client make the connection. You two are so approachable and helpful and have so much to give as teachers."
Kuljeet Narwal, RMT

"I can feel the difference in my body from techniques learned and reinforced. Class size allowed great interaction between students and instructors and collaboration between all present. I loved the connection of teaching principles and techniques. I hope to be back in two years for second level! Thank you!"
Tina Van Steen, RMT

Here are the rates for the workshop. Rates vary according to the type of room and whether it is double or single occupancy.
- Awesome accommodations for 5 nights
- Three delicious meals per day
- Airport transfers from San Jose (SJO)
- Daily yoga classes
- All workshop content
(Optional daily excursions - waterfall, volcano, ziplining, hot springs, whitewater, cloud forest - for extra cost)
$1554 single occupancy
$1352 per person double occupancy
$1894 single occupancy
$1522 per person double occupancy
$1937 single occupancy
$1544 per person double occupancy
$2085 single occupancy
$1618 per person double occupancy

To Register for this course, please book directly through Pura Vida Spa
Phone: 1-888-767-7375 ext. 233
A 7-Day Retreat Cultivating Inner Stillness in a Chaotic World
January 14, 2018 · 3:00 pm -
January 20, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Many of us are slowly waking up to the realization that we have cultivated frenetic and busy lives which keep us in constant motion from the moment we wake up until we collapse into bed, exhausted and depleted at the end of the day. Our bodies run on automatic pilot while our minds are busy processing an endless stream of to-do lists, anxious thoughts or strategizing an escape plan! We have increasingly placed more value on doing and in the process have forgotten the value of simply being. What if there was a different way to be in the world?

There is a beauty that begins to form when we live life with more mindfulness and presence. In this retreat we will share simple tools designed to help you reconnect to a happier and more resilient way of being. We will explore practices such as meditation and mindfulness, breath awareness, movement and sound healing. All will benefit from the practices, whether you are an experienced meditator or a beginner. We hope you will join us in the lush, green Costa Rican mountains for meditation and mindfulness practice. I think you will find that Costa Rica is a nourishing place to restore and connect with your true self. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet!

Starting at $1299 for double accommodations, $1349 for single accommodations.
• Rate includes accommodations, meals, tuition and round-trip ground transportation from SJO.
• Massage therapists receive 21 NCBTMB CE's. Anyone is welcome to attend!
• Reduced companion rate is available (those not attending the group sessions)
• Hold your spot with a $200 non-refundable deposit by registering online at
Please register early!

For details and to register:
Phone: 919-885-1069
More information:
Bikram Yoga Extravaganza Retreat
January 20, 2018 · 12:00 pm -
January 27, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Dan Markowitz has studied with Bikram and is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. He is the owner of the popular YogaSol, Bikram Yoga Norwalk (Ct.) studio and has been teaching Bikram Yoga for 16 years. His classes are characterized by their energy, timing, detail and humor. Dan loves the practice of Bikram Yoga because it works for all levels of students and it makes you feel great mentally, physically and spiritually. Practiced correctly in the right conditions, Bikram Yoga feels like a moving meditation.

This is the13th retreat Dan is leading at the Pura Vida Spa. He has also led Bikram Retreats to Maya Tulum in Mexico and in Kauai, Hawaii. We are looking forward to practicing twice a day (Sunrise/Sunset, 90-minute classes) in the beautiful Hot Yoga studio of Lila Hall with its tremendous view. Every group Dan has led has come together beautifully. The students with strong and experienced Bikram practices set a great example for the students who are building their practices. There is a real generosity of spirit, fun and openness to the classes. Students are encouraged to honor and listen to their bodies and practice accordingly. The week of classes and instructions allows all students to open up and improve and enjoy their practices immensely.

A mid-week Posture Clinic is also conducted. Each student receives a lot of individual attention and insight. Bikram Yoga is an extremely healing practice as it combines 105-degree heat with a sequence of 26-postures designed to stretch, strengthen and detox every part of the body. It is a truly inside-out practice from the muscles and bones to the internal organs and glands to the skeletal and cellular levels. All one has to do is come to Pura Vida, lay down their yoga mat and start practicing. The healing and flexibility quickly follow.

Bikram says, “I cannot overstate the importance of doing your Hatha Yoga in heat. Doing your Yoga in a cold environment can bring harm to your body. Remember, you are changing the construction of your body as you perform these postures.”

Here are some testimonials from Dan’s retreat:

“Mind, Body & Spirit. Thank you for inspiring me this week. I truly had a great Retreat, have made some close friends, as well as improved my Bikram practice.”–RR

“Seeing that this was the best yoga retreat ever I am seriously considering it (returning next year)…Dan Markowitz Bikram Retreat attendee.

For pricing and to book your reservation contact Dan Markowitz at or (914) 282-5673. Any interested student, either an experienced Bikram practitioner or a complete beginner, is welcome to join.
11th Annual Somatic IFS Retreat
January 27, 2018 · 12:00 pm -
February 3, 2018 · 3:00 pm
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Join Susan McConnell at Pura Vida Retreat Center in Alajuela, Costa Rica, a mountain-top oasis of beauty and tranquility where you will leave winter behind and deepen your connection with Embodied Self Energy. In this week-long retreat you will explore each of the tools of Somatic IFS through guided exercises, journaling, and live demonstrations as you listen to your parts speaking through your body’s sensations and movements. The lush gardens, warm breezes, and delicious healthy meals will nourish and support your body’s unfolding of its inherent Self energy.

There will be ample time to enhance and integrate these explorations with a variety of optional experiences—exceptional bodywork and spa treatments, yoga classes, and a choice of eco-adventures to explore whitewater rivers, waterfalls, active volcanoes, hot springs, and abundant wildlife.

This retreat is open to IFS graduates and IFS-informed people. Non-participating companions are welcome to accompany
you and enjoy Pura Vida’s amenities. There is a range of prices, depending on the accommodation you choose, starting at under $1800. The cost includes tuition, room, board, and transportation from San Jose Airport. Early discount and payment plans
are available.

For more information and for an application:
Please visit For retreat-specific information, contact Nancy Berkowitz at or 781-237-7720 (press # to skip the message).
Awakening: A Kripalu Yoga Tropical Retreat in Costa Rica with Ken McRae
January 27, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
February 3, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Recover from the holidays and beat the winter blues by taking some time just for yourself. During this, the 19th annual Kripalu Yoga retreat, you will have an opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath and allow yourself to "just be"…

Fully alive in each and every moment
Grounded in the present yet open to a world of new possibilities
Confident, relaxed, feeling whole
Kripalu Yoga is much more than a physical discipline. Kripalu Yoga is a practice of transformation - a way to open the heart and develop compassion, find clarity and experience stillness within. We emphasize listening to the body's needs and respecting its limits. This approach allows each of us, beginner or experienced practitioner, to receive the benefits of the practice just where we are.

As a group we will welcome each new day during your yoga vacation with a specially designed morning Kripalu yoga class. We'll learn more about yoga and meditation during the daily experiential workshops, practice yogic breathing to move energy in the body, sit together in meditation to develop inner peace and practice guided iRest yoga nidra. In the sacred space we create together during this yoga retreat you can allow your spirit to slowly awaken and reconnect with the simple joy of being fully alive.

There will be plenty of time to receive treatments at the wellness center, lounge by the pool, soak in the hot tub under the stars, take in the spectacular views, meet new friends in the dining room, and enjoy the many optional eco-adventure tours which are available at Pura Vida Spa. And you will return home feeling truly refreshed and re-charged.

Sample Daily Schedule
6:30-8:00am Kripalu Yoga
8:00-9:30am Breakfast
10:00am-noon Program Workshop or Eco-tour
1:00-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-4:30pm Pool, Siesta, Walk, Massage...
4:30-6:00pm Kripalu Yoga/Workshop
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
9:00 Hot tub

For more information and to register go to
Growing Towards Purpose Retreat
February 3, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
February 10, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Growing Towards Purpose - Adding Value to Ourselves - Adding Value to Others Retreat

Join Edgar Allain, Certified John Maxwell Team Member, and friends in a week-long journey of self-discovery and growth by embracing the wisdom from John Maxwell’s book “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth “as well as other notable authors, religious, spiritual and scientific teachers. The program will connect you to greater self-awareness, intentionality, and significance in your life, resulting in a renewed sense of purpose and fulfilment; all the while, basking in the tranquility among the tropical splendor at Pura Vida Spa, a private mountainside estate in Alajuela province, enveloped in lush, tropical gardens surrounded by coffee plantations.

Indulge in the daily yoga sessions (open to beginner to advanced students - taught at a level with variations and modifications to your body); Flow in the growth sessions designed to be thought provoking, engaging and relaxed, while scheduling in ample time for naps, reading pool¬side, hot tub and dining on fresh local cuisine while having luxurious spa treatments at your fingertips as well as half day and full day local tours for those willing to explore.

• Five Yoga Sessions
• Five Growth Sessions*
• Accommodations
• Shuttle to and from SJO Airport
• Three delicious daily meals
• One ½ day excursion (tour)
• One $100 spa credit
• A detailed itinerary, packing list, and tips on making the experience meaningful.

*Growth Sessions include:
4 Growing Forward Sessions (90 minutes each)
1 Mastermind Session (75 minutes)
1 Growth Guide

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare, extra spa services, and extra excursions (tours), extra yoga.
AIRFARE: Both Saturdays are travel days with no programming so arrive and depart at your leisure on Saturday.

For all travel arrangements please contact Roam The Globe Travel Company at shaun@roamtheglobe or contact
Phone: 506 863 4177. Website : WWW.ROAMTHEGLOBE.CA

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: First 10 people to book by September 3, 2017 get $100 off rate.

Reservations: 888 767-7375

For more information about Edgar Allain:
Wholehearted Women's Retreat: Celebrating Resiliency
February 3, 2018 · 5:00 pm -
February 10, 2018 · 9:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
This winter, take a deep drink of restoration in the tropics of Costa Rica on this wholehearted sacred sisterhood retreat.

Join Global Yoga Journeys teacher Brockell Briddle on February 3 -10, 2018 for a week of nourishment and insight through hatha yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. All ages and abilities welcome. No yoga experience necessary.

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you." - Rumi

As women, we all to often find ourselves giving to everyone around us and not truly honoring our deepest needs or taking time for ourselves to fully heal from the challenges that life can bring, big or small. This February, give yourself the greatest gift that you can imagine - and join me - join us - in a heart felt week of practice in the art of being whole.

In your restorative week of yoga and mindfulness practice, we invite you to come home again into your being in a whole new way. Throughout our week together, we will create a safe and sacred space to honor your stories, your strengths, and the wounds that have made you - your unique and fully whole - divine self.

We will use the tools of yoga, meditation, awareness practices, nature, and sisterhood to witness one another's wholeness unfold. Through the power of self care and moving slow, you will embody your wholeness: heart, mind, body, and soul.
For full retreat and registration details, please visit :

Double Pricing Begins at: $1471

What's Included:
*8 Days and 7 Nights Accommodation
*3 Daily Nutritious Farm to Table Meals (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free available)
*Transportation to and from Juan Santamara International Airport (SJO)
*Daily Hatha Yoga Classes
*Daily Yoga Workshops for the Subtle Body (Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, and SATYA)
*Saltwater Pool and Hot Tub
*Time and Space to Nourish, Heal, and Rest
What's Not Included:
** Airfare to and From SJO Costa Rica
** Travel Insurance
Optional Services at Pura Vida:
*Spa Services (including world-class massage and bodywork)
*Eco-Adventure Tours (Including White Water Rafting, Zip-Lining, Hiking adventures)
*Extra Nights Accomodation

Aside from our group work together, there will be plenty of time and space to simply be. Imagine waking up each morning to breathtaking Costa Rican sunrise over the Central Valley. In the afternoons, envision yourself basking in the sun by the salt water pool, wandering through the local coffee fields, enjoying a luscious bodywork or massage session, or zip-lining through the jungle on an eco-adventure tour. Imagine your evenings spent with wine and sister-friends, new or old, sharing stories in circle and reflecting in solitude. And finally, imagine returning home feeling truly refreshed and re-charged, with a new sense of wholeness in your being.

Group Leader:
Brockell Briddle, E-RYT, is an experienced and passionate traveler, teacher, and group leader. She specializes her work in the realm of therapeutic yoga and somatic awakening practices for the subtle body. She has been leading retreats with Global Yoga Journeys since 2013 and has been a featured teacher in Costa Rica, Greece, and Switzerland. For more information about Brockell, please visit or email her directly at

For full retreat and registration details, please visit :
Valentine's Day Couples Retreat
February 10, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
February 15, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
This Yoga and Intimacy Retreat is for Couples only and will offer daily seminars that include Yoga, Partner Yoga, Tantra, Loving Touch & Communication Skills, Romance and fun! Our 6-Day, 5-Night retreat is designed to help you fall in love all over again, reconnecting on the emotional, physical and spiritual levels. Your teachers have been educating couples in Yoga and Intimacy practices for 20+ years. The approach is gentle and non-threatening and guides you and your partner into deeper intimacy, respect, teamwork, flexibility, pleasure and enhanced lovemaking skills.

Your guides on this Couples Retreat are Diana & Richard Daffner ( and Harmony & Rick Joyce ( Both couples reside and teach in Sarasota, Florida.

Diana& Richard Daffner have been offering Intimacy Retreats for 20 years and married for 32 years. Their mission is to provide inspiration and education in Sacred Loving. They are internationally known as the creators of Tantra Tai Chi and the authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples: How to Deepen Your Passion in Just Ten Minutes a Day, and the audio-CD, Lessons in Intimacy: The Lover's Touch.

Harmony and Rick Joyce offer Couples Yoga Seminars and Gentle Meditative Yoga Retreats. Harmony Joyce has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for over 30 years and is certified in Kripalu Yoga, TriYoga, Laughter Yoga, Transcendental Meditation and has Studied Sky Dancing Tantra for over 20 years. This devotional couple walks their talk and have a tool box of practices for developing loving, healthy, relaxed individuals and conflict free relationships. Their motto is, “More Pleasure Please.”

Between workshop sessions, you will be given delightful “homeplay” assignments to enjoy in the privacy of your room. There will also be time for relaxing by the pool and hot tub, and for indulging in the healing effects of Watsu, Couples Massage, or other treatments and bodywork offerings at this 5-Star Spa.

Optional tours available during the Valentine’s Retreat will include the 1/2 day Waterfall and Botanical Gardens Tour, and the Canopy Tour with Ziplining. Other excursions can be planned on days before or after the workshop. Discount room prices are available for extra nights.

Workshop fee: $1,395/Couple
Early Bird Special: $995.00/Couple

Resort/Lodging Price Includes:
* Transport to/from airport
* 3 Healthy Gourmet meals daily
* Choice of Suites, Rooms, A-frames, Tentalows
* 6 day, 5 night accommodations start at $1,402 per couple, taxes included.
* Call 1-888-767-7475 ext. 233 to reserve your room.

Call 941-349-6804 to get more information and to book your retreat.

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Enjoy this romantic vacation in paradise with your beloved and fall in love all over again!
Writing Retreat in Costa Rica
February 10, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
February 17, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Writing Retreat in Costa Rica!
February 10-17, 2018
@ Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, Costa Rica

Tucked away on the edge of a mountainside coffee field, Pura Vida Spa is an exquisite, private 12-acre yoga and retreat center in Costa Rica. Here, we will spend seven days getting up close and personal with our writing and exploring Costa Rica. We’ll enjoy the outdoors– rafting, touring the rainforest, and pushing ourselves to our limits, and ultimately leave feeling revitalized.

Pink Pangea’s Writing retreat in Costa Rica will be facilitated by Pink Pangea Co-Founder Jaclyn Mishal.

At Pink Pangea’s Costa Rica Retreat, we will:

-Take part in guided exercises to elicit each writer’s unique voice
-Participate in interactive writing activities to get our creative juices flowing
-Enjoy transformative yoga and meditation classes (optional)
-Indulge in writing assignments to put the new tools into practice
-Receive ample opportunities to share your writing and receive feedback

What’s included in Pink Pangea’s Costa Rica Retreat:

Accommodations at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa
Three meals a day
Writing workshops and yoga classes
Hot tub/Pool
Shuttle to spa from airport
Detailed training on how to write a pitch letter and get your work published in diverse publications
Publication opportunities
Eco-tours, a tour of the coffee fields, and all day rafting trip with Outward Bound

Cost: $1471 – $3181 (depending on accommodation)

For more information:
Gentle Meditative Yoga Retreat
February 17, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
February 22, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Retreat Package Includes:
*3 Healthy Gourmet Meals Daily
*Transport to/from San Jose airport
*3 Optional Yoga Classes Daily & Musical Evening Programs
*Choice of Suites, Rooms, A-Frames, & Tentalows
*Group Waterfall Tour including Animal Reserve & Botanical Gardens
*6 day 5 night Package starts at $1,399. Early bird, $1,199 per person (double occupancy)

Call 1-888-767-7375 or email to register. Online booking is unavailable for this retreat, but rooms are available.

Harmony Ananda ( has been teaching yoga for over 40 years. She is certified in Kripalu Yoga, TriYoga, Laughter Yoga, Food Healing and Transcendental Meditation. She is also a World Peace Representative with the World Peace Prayer Society. She and her husband also offer Couples Yoga Vacations & Workshops. ( Harmony lives in Sarasota, FL where she offers weekly classes and monthly workshops at Garden of Heart Yoga Center.

Eva Saunders has been studying yoga throughout her lifetime inspired by her uncle, Yogi Fano from Vienna, Austria. She was first certified in 1960 and has since trained with Anusara teachers, Betsey Downing, John Friend and Jaye Martin. Eva currently teaches Restorative Yoga at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, The Women’s Resource Center & The Senior Friendship Center in Sarasota, FL.

Elaine Silver ( is a spiritual musician, singer/songwriter with over 20 albums to her credit. Her music is uplifting and she has the voice of an angel. Elaine will present evening programs that include spiritual music, chanting, Dances of Universal Peace and Discovering your Life's Passion.

Teaching Activities: 3 optionnal yoga classes daily. Classes will include Gentle Meditative Yoga, including Restorative Poses and Yoga Nidra. Beginners are welcome. Deep relaxation, restoring full range of movement, eliminating pain, and increasing flexibility, balance and strength will be the focus during the retreat. The followinng topics will be offered:
8 Limbs of Yoga
Restorative Yoga
Mudras & Pranayama
Anxiety & Pain Release
Chanting & Satsang
Positive Affirmation Training
Free the Hips & Spine
Laughter Yoga

You will learn many types of meditation - seated, walking and from a recline. Mantra meditation, breath and energy flow meditation, inner smile, mindfulness and guided imagery will all be presented. In addition you will learn ancient breathing practices (pranayama) for increasing, energy, balance, healing and calm.

Free time: We encourage you to take advantage of Pura Vida's World Class Spa and Healing Center offering: Traditional massage & facials, Ayurvedic Treatments & Consultations, Asian Bodywork and Acupuncture/Cupping procedures, Watsu, Bio Energetic Healing and more... or just relax in the hammock gardens or around the pool & hot tub enjoying the scenic mountain views.

Our Retreat price includes a group excursion to 5 beautiful waterfalls, an animal reserve and botanical gardens. Other optional adventures include: Hot Springs, Zip Linging Canopy Tour, Poas Volcano, Whitewater Rafting, Eco-Hikes & Boating Adventures, Coffee Plantation & Hot Springs. Be sure to book extra nights with a 10% discount to take advantage of more touring.

Call 1-888-767-7375 or email to register. Online booking is unavailable for this retreat, but rooms are available.
Relax, Restore and Rejuvenate with Nora
March 11, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
March 17, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Join Nora Morris, a 200 hour RYT and Yin Yoga Certified Instructor for a 6 day Costa Rican yoga getaway at the renowned Pura Vida Retreat & Spa. A beautiful, fun and healthy retreat offered in a private mountainside resort in the Alajuela province. This is a call to your soul to take a journey towards greater health and radiance. Leave your daily routines behind and relax and enjoy the lush gardens, breathtaking views and luxurious spa treatments.

The focus of this retreat will be on the mind, body and breath connections to direct your attention inward. Nora will set a rhythm during practice that allows you the explore your own inner world and to delve into your practice unencumbered. Nora is a highly experienced teacher who will guide you through an accessible practice. All levels are welcomed - bring your partner, friends and family - practice and play, relax and explore - as much or as little as your heart desires for an unforgettable, joyful experience.

2 yoga classes daily (except on travel and excursion days)
3 fresh and masterfully prepared meals per day(dietary accommodations available)
Pool, hot tub, lush gardens
Shuttle service to and from San Jose airport
Not Included:
Airfare, spa services, excursions, tips

Pricing begins at $1,491/double, $1,937/single. Early bird discount offered until November 30, 2017

Contact or call 888-767-7375 to register.
Lisa Goodwin BodyMind Retreat in Costa Rica
March 17, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
March 24, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Lisa Goodwin is a ERYT500 International Yoga Teacher, inspirational speaker and life coach. She has two decades of experience blending yoga and life coaching into her worldwide workshops and retreats.

Lisa has been trained in various styles of yoga including Bikram, Barkan Method, Anusara, Iyengar Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Integrative Yoga, and Ashtanga. She has developed her own sequence and can be experienced on her Warm Yoga Flow CD or Strong Body Stronger Mind DVD. Her yoga flow is beginner friendly yet will still challenge the intermediate student. Since 2004 she has helped certify over 900 yoga teachers worldwide and has led workshops in Costa Rica, Santorini, Massachusetts, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Chicago, Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, North Carolina, Australia and New Zealand.

Certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Motivational Coaching and Reiki Level 1 & 2 she inspires others with her unique ability to communicate both intuitively and directly.

As a community activist, Lisa saw a need and developed a group life-coaching program called The Conversation Continues. This was a monthly program that helped people address life challenges and teaches advanced life skills. In her Conversation Continues speaking engagements, Goodwin focuses her attention on personal development and relationship skills needed in daily life. Some of her topics include: Change One Word, Change Your Life, Acceptance Versus Forgiveness, and Creating The Life You Love.

Register at or to learn more about Lisa Goodwin BodyMind Teacher Trainings, Workshops, Retreat schedule and private Life Coaching sessions.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” Tao Te Ching
The Coach's Retreat in Costa Rica
April 7, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
April 14, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Join us for the 2nd annual Coach's Retreat!

* with Leon VanderPol and Scott Masciarelli from the Center for Transformational Coaching *


visit to get the complete description!

How can we build the capacity to actualize a future that is possible but is not quite here yet?

One week in Costa Rica dedicated to supporting you to relax, to be, to connect with your deepest sense of self, your boldest creative aspirations and a community of like-minds from around the world who have come together for the purpose of discovering what life wants to create through us.


This week-long learning journey uses a variety of creative and participatory methodologies to cultivate a space for creativity, connection, and empowered action. We offer frameworks and practices that support inner reflection, authentic dialogue, and activation.

This is not a training or a business building workshop, it is a learning journey within a retreat setting focused on the theme of exploring and activating our personal and collective potential for change and transformation in the organizations and communities we work and live.


* Shuttle service to and from the San Jose (SJO) airport
* 7-nights accommodation, single or shared occupancy
* All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) Delicious and healthy buffet meals using local produce and own garden's greens (Vegetarian and gluten-free available.)
* Dinner is included on day of arrival and breakfast is included on day of departure
* Filtered and alkaline water, coffee, tea, milk, and fresh seasonal local fruit available throughout the day
* Use of resort spaces and halls for relaxation and our learning journey sessions
* Outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and pool towels
* Daily retreat sessions & inspiring conversations all week!
* Guided walk through surrounding coffee plantation, resort Green House and Orchid House
* Optional salsa dancing (Thursday evening)
* Closing celebration with bonfire (Friday evening)
* Designated Wi-Fi and computer access
* All related retreat materials & supplies


* Your roundtrip airfare from home
* Souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, spa services, alcohol, additional drinks throughout the day (not including above drinks) and tips (we recommend $1-2 USD per day per person)
* Additional day excursions. There will be options available at the resort.
* Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance (recommended)

Questions? Ask us:
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The Practice of Yoga: Costa Rica Retreat
April 14, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
April 21, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
Join Amy Block-Hamilton, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher for a week-long immersion of yoga, nature, and reflection. All this in a beautiful, tropical setting of a private mountainside estate in the Alajuela province creates an unforgettable experience. A deep love of nature and yoga brings Amy to Costa Rica.

Delve into your practice unencumbered by the responsibilities of daily life. Morning yoga will be an active sequence drawing from standing poses, forward and backward bends and twists. Our afternoon session will focus on restorative poses, inversions, and pranayama. Amy is a highly experienced teacher with a nurturing yet challenging approach, adept at providing her students with modifications when needed and guiding them to reach further when ready. Open to experienced beginners to advanced students.

To enhance your practice, at 4900 feet above sea level, the Pura Vida Retreat offers lush gardens, breathtaking views, a pool, hot tub, luxurious spa treatments and guided excursions into Costa Rica’s natural surroundings. You can “do it all” or do nothing. There will be ample time for hammock naps, reading poolside, and quiet reflection.

2 yoga classes daily (except on full excursion day)
3 delicious meals daily using local produce (dietary accommodations available)
Pool, hot tub, lush gardens
Shuttle service to and from San Jose airport; 30 minutes away
Not Included:
Airfare, spa services, excursions, tips
Airfare: Saturdays are travel days with no programming.

Pricing begins at $1,621/double, $1903/single. Early bird discount offered until October 31, 2017

Payments: 50% deposit to reserve your spot
Reservations: or 888 767-7375 ext.233
Madison will assist you.
To contact Amy:

Sample Daily Schedule: (to be modified on full excursion day)
7:30am Breakfast
9 – 11am Yoga
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch
4 – 5:30pm Restorative Yoga
6:30 -8:30pm Dinner
Yoga, Dance, Chant into Bliss Retreat
June 23, 2018 · 11:00 am -
June 30, 2018 · 2:00 pm
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
June 23-30 2018

RELAX, RECHARGE AND ENERGIZE in this beautiful spa retreat setting. Pura Vida Spa and Resort is known for it's beauty , and is easily accessible ( great for single new travelers ....Pura Vida picks you up at the airport and returns you at end of the week.) It's your "Summer Camp" for adults! Time away, out in beautiful nature, in an exotic country with fun friends....practicing body love thru yoga, dancing and chanting.

Join Kelly Atkins for a week of hot yoga ( daily classes) or enjoy the 2x daily yoga classes offered without heat by the amazing staff at Pura Vida, daily dance/movement classes including Kai, and time to rest, recharge, and take in the natural beauty of Costa Rica. There will also be 1-2 evening kirtan events where you can lead, or enjoy singing along ( or simply listening) with this practice of "yoga of sound" , it's a heavenly way to go to sleep after.

We will be in the mountain tops overlooking San Jose and the coffee bean fields. The resort is an oasis for the senses with hummingbirds of all colors flittering by, fireflies in the evening and cool temperatures to sleep with. Pure Vida looks out at a mountain range with "cloud forests" , volcanos, and trips you can take to natural springs, waterfalls, white water rafting, zip lining thru the tree tops and more. There is something for the adventure seekers and there is so much beauty and peace on property with walking trails and hidden alcoves to meditate and journal as well as pool/jacuzzi, many hammocks to nap in and a full spa of healthy treatments you can sign up for. It's a week of taking deeper care of your body/mind/emotions and spirit. The food is all prepared with local ingredients offering delicious buffets for each meal ( and fish and chicken options as well as smoothies, juices, teas, coffees, or for the indulgence of wine or beer for purchase. ) You can take as many or as few classes as you like, this is YOUR WEEK to set aside every day life, listening in deeper, and give to yourself exactly what you need. You will leave feeling re-freshed, re-newed and ready to create more goodness in the world. Some come as couples, some as singles ( you can choose either for your room) and we usually have a wide range of folks drawn from people who've never done Kai, to yogis, to people who fly in from different states. It's always an adventure and fun to make new connections also with others staying at the retreat center during the week.

Kelly Atkins is an experienced dancer/choreographer/yoga teacher with over 30 years experience, and founder of Kai. She will facilitate all of the hot yoga and dance/movement classes . Kelly is known for her ability to create warm, welcoming and rich mind/body experiences and has led many group retreat experiences through the years. ( This is her 4th to Costa Rica) You don't need ANY EXPERIENCE in dance/Kai or yoga to enjoy this trip. It's your vacation, you can pick as many or as few classes as you like !

Call to sign up to day! $500 down saves your space. 888-767-7375 or email
Independence Rejuvenation Yoga Retreat - 8 Days/7 Nights
June 30, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
July 7, 2018 · 11:00 am
San José, Costa Rica
Please join me, Newton Campbell, for a week-long escape and respite in the high mountain, rich foliage at one of Costa Rica's most amazing retreat center. For 8 days, we will immerse ourselves with morning and evening yoga practices as close to nature as one can get overlooking the panoramic views of the central Costa Rican valley. Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Included in the Retreat package are:
- Two daily energizing and invigorating Yoga classes EXCEPT on the day of arrival (only evening yoga class) and day of departure (only morning yoga class), AND days of full excursions.
- Six styles of enchanting Accommodations scattered across the meticulously landscaped grounds - each designed to delight your viewing pleasure of the lush garden, rich foliage and majestic mountains. Choose a suite that aligns with your taste, style & budget.
- Shuttle service to pick you up and to return you San Jose Airport (day of arrival and day of departure) by an experienced driver.
- Enjoy three wonderfully prepared meals. Delicious dishes are lovingly prepared from fresh local produce, regional purveyors and greens and herbs harvested from our Holistic Garden. Meals, served buffet-style in the chic dining hall, feature both North American and Costa Rican vegetarian, fish and chicken dishes to tempt your taste buds and nourish body and soul. Also, accommodations are made for vegan, gluten-free, and high-protein diets – just let us know. Complimentary coffee, tea, alkaline water and filtered water are available throughout the day.
- Guided Tour Coffee Field Walk. Learn a lot you didn’t know about the brew that kick-starts most of your mornings, on a stroll through the coffee fields that surrounds the retreat center. Your guide on this roughly 90 minute walk will tell you the life story of coffee from the time it’s planted to the time it is served in your mug, along with some general history of Costa Rica and how coffee relates to it.

Not Included:
- Your roundtrip airfare.
- Full Day Excursions from which there are some fun, thrilling ones: SkyWalk & Wildlife Boat Adventure; Hot Springs & Eco Hike Adventure; and, Whitewater Rafting Adventure. Cost $110 each.
- Half Day Excursions: Waterfall Gardens Adventure; Cloud Forest Canopy Adventure; and, Poas Volcano Adventure. Cost $60/$50 each.
- Spa Services: Ayurvedic Treatments; Clinical Body Work; Holistic Body Work; Aquatic Body Work; Asian Body Work; Bio Energetic Healing; Signature Spa Treatment; and, Facial Skin Care.

Other Things to Enjoy:
- The wine and juice bar in the dining hall stocks Costa Rican and Central American beers, sulfite-free, organic wines and bottled water. It is also the place for fresh smoothies, custom-blended chai and organic wheat grass elixirs (made from wheat grass grown in-house).

There is a lot to or not do:
- Relax by the renovated pool; read a long-waiting book; soak in the sun; or take a swim in the upgarded swimming pool. Enjoy lazy laps and floating on the mountaintop, or just soaking in the sun poolside.

- Take a mindful walk or take photos of over 1,400 species of orchid grow wild in Costa Rica. The grounds hold dozens of species of orchids and have been certified as a conservation property by the National Ministry of Environmental Ecology. Their focus is on health and healing. So naturally, They’ve cultivated a Holistic Garden on the property. Many of the culinary and medicinal herbs used to flavor the meals, have their roots in the peaceful, beautiful Holistic Garden.

Prices Start at :$1,360 for Double Occupancy and $1,910 Single Occupancy

- 15% non-refundable Deposit to reserve your spot is due by July 31, 2017

- 50% Deposit due by December 31, 2017

- Balance due by May 31, 2018

For more details; for payments and to reserve your spot, please go to
Radiant Health, Mindful Living
June 30, 2018 · 2:00 pm -
July 7, 2018 · 11:00 am
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa
“Radiant Health ~ Mindful Living”
A Week Long Retreat Vacation in Costa Rica

Annette Franks, M.Ed.
Corporate Wellness Coach

Lori Candon, RYT
Tai Chi Easy Leader

The Vacation Retreat is open to everyone and is designed for both Personal Health and Professional Development Integrating Principles of Mind-Body-Health with Success.

Surrounded by a Natural Paradise Setting we unplug from our normal busy lives and technology and we mindfully explore our Life Balance and Health, Self Care, Positive Psychology and Integrative Mind-Body-Health Practices including Medical Qigong, Vitality Enhancement Exercises, Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation and Salsa Dancing. It’s a fun interactive and empowering week focused on Proactive Participation in Our Own Lives and Healthcare.

Join us for a week in paradise digitally detoxing, embracing astonishing natural settings, savoring healthy foods and authentically interacting with others.

The Retreat Week is Open to Everyone – Join Us Alone or with a Partner or Friend.

Rates include Room, Three Meals per Day and Entire Retreat Conference.
$1767 per Person Tentalow Double Occupancy - $1993 Single Occupancy
�$1957 per Person A-Frame Room Double Occupancy� - $2374 Single Occupancy
$1981 per Person Vista Room Double Occupancy - $2421 Single Occupancy

Kiva and Tri-Level Rooms are also available. �

Contact Pura Vida Spa for Additional Rates and Availability.

Pura Vida, meaning Pure Life, is located on a Private Estate �atop a Mountain in Costa Rica’s Alajuela Province just 20” Minutes from the San Jose Airport.

Pura Vida Spa is considered “Heaven at the Top of the World”�
Tropical Splendor * Delicious Healthy Organic Cuisine * Astonishing Nature Pura Vida Spa also has several Excursions available for an additional cost for White Water Rafting, Zip lining, Waterfall Gardens, Skywalk and Wild Life Boat Tours and exploring San Jose.

Amazing Holistic Health Body Work Sessions and Yoga classes are also available at Pura Vida Spa.

�Visit for the Retreat Video, Schedule and Travel Details.

For more information on Pura Vida Spa and the Room Accommodations visit

To Register Call Pura Vida Spa at 1-888-767-7375 and ask for Reservations or email

Register for “Radiant Health ~ Mindful Living” Retreat June 30 – July 7, 2018 with Annette Franks.