COSTA RICA RETREAT January 13-20th, 2018

Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

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Andrea Russell
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Jan 13 - 20, 2018
Group size: 1 - 15
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 13-20th, 2018
Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Andrea Russell
  • Email address verified
32 reviews

$1675
Deposit: $500
Jan 13 - 20, 2018
Group size: 1 - 15

About this trip

This tropical mountain yoga retreat is sure to melt away stress, allowing you to deeply rejuvenate and gain insight into your practice. You will roll out your yoga mat each day on a natural teak floor, overlooking the ocean, mountains and valleys. Mats, blocks, blankets, straps and bolsters all will be provided for daily yoga, meditation and pranayama classes. We've designed a retreat that will foster growth in yoga and meditation practices while offering ample time to enjoy solitude, community, the ocean, hiking and for the adventurist, a variety of excursions are available.

Each day begins with an hour long class devoted to meditation and mindfulness techniques to wake you up and ground you in the appreciation of the present moment. After breakfast, the daily 3 hour morning yoga classes are intended to go beyond general group classes you may experience back home by building progressively on Ayurvedic and yogic wisdom as well as anatomical, alignment and energetic themes throughout the week. The retreat size is intentionally kept small to allow for individual support. This week immersion will allow you to gain tools and insights to enrich your practice while fostering continued growth long after the retreat.

Accommodations

AHKí RETREAT is a tranquil and enchanting facility nestled in 5.5 mountain acres, located near the Pacific coast, in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica and has been named one of five ‘Blue Zones’—where people are said to be healthiest and happiest. Imbued with lush green mountainsides, blue ocean waters and plentiful sunshine. As remote as AHKí feels, it is only minutes away from beaches, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing, zip-lining, nature hikes, shopping, restaurants and more.

AHKí is a truly sacred space - built specifically according to the ancient science of Vastu Shastra, “the yoga of space”, invoking peace, wellness and harmony - with the environment as well as within one’s self. All the structures are built oriented in conjunction with the 9 directions, 5 elements, the earth’s vibrational grid, and the planetary energies.

Nestled amongst the trees along a mountain ridge, are two beautiful and spacious cabinas with a total of 6 large guest rooms. The heads of all the beds are positioned to the south or east, a Vastu principle that helps to induce a restful night’s sleep. All rooms are decorated with handcrafted Costa Rican hardwood furniture made by local artisans. Rooms have large ceiling fans, large windows and doors, and plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow. Each room has a private bath with a large unique, indoor/outdoor hot water shower, and patio decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. Triple, double, and single occupancy are available.

Sample Schedule

7AM Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
8AM Breakfast
9-Noon Ayurveda, Yoga & Pranayama
12:`15 Lunch
1-6PM Free time for excursions, beach, hiking, solitude, etc.
6PM Dinner
7-8PM Evening practice

What is included?

7 nights at AHKI Retreat, 3 vegetarian gluten-free meals a day (non-vegetarian meals available for an additional cost), all day coffee/tea and fruit, daily Ayurveda, yoga & meditation classes and transportation to and from Liberia airport, all transportation to the beach and excursions, Wi-Fi, fine linens and housekeeping.

What is not included?

Costs associated with passports (required), airfare, flight changes, airline baggage fees for any and all baggage, medical or travel insurance, vaccinations, gratuities and taxes for personal services, specialty beverages or alcohol, spa services, tours/excursions or the $29 country departure fee.

Travel + Arrival Information

A valid passport is required, it must be valid at least 6 months after date of travel (July 2018). Plan to arrive before 3 pm on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 to Liberia International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. You will proceed through immigration, customs and then retrieve your luggage. You will be greeted by AHKI transportation and taken to the retreat center which is approximately 2 hours away. The cost of transportation to and from the airport is included in your package. Plan to fly out of Liberia International Airport after twelve noon on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. Prior to departure you must supply me with your up to date flight information to ensure pick-up at the Liberia International Airport. It is recommended to obtain travel insurance.

Refunds

All payments are final; there are no refunds available. You may find another participant to take your place in the retreat or if there is a wait list and your spot can be filled, then reimbursement may be possible.

Available Packages

Triple Occupancy before 11/1
Available until Nov 01, 2017Sold Out

A triple occupancy room with a private bathroom for January 13-20th, 2018.

$1675
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy before 11/1
Available until Nov 01, 2017Sold Out

A double occupancy room with a private bathroom for January 13-20th, 2018.

$2075
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy before 11/1
Available until Nov 01, 2017Sold Out

A single occupancy room with a private bathroom for January 13-20th, 2018.

$3075
Deposit: $500
$1675
Deposit: $500

Triple Occupancy before 11/1
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Andrea Russell
32 reviews
I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes and retreats integrate Ayurvedic wisdom, meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, strength, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea P.S. Head over to http://andrearussell.com/about/ to get my full story!

Reviews

JS
What an amazing retreat! From the moment I registered to the moment I returned to the airport a week later, every detail for our comfort and ease was taken into account. Many thanks to Karen for her vision for AHKí and seeing it through with such exquisite attention! Andrea Russell is a supremely gifted yoga and meditation teacher. Her instruction of Alignment Yoga and meditation provided rich insights into my body, mind and spirit as did her daily dharma talks on Ayurveda with experiential treats each evening. As for AHKí, such sublime comforts! The yoga shala offers spectacular views of the surrounding jungle, ocean, tropical birds, occasional gifts of friendly Howler monkey families passing through in nearby trees. Time around the pool observing birds and chatting with new friends was a daily delight. Hanging out in the hammock-chairs up in the shala for sunsets each evening imprinted indelible memories of beauty. Food was delicious and photo-worthy; our rooms were spacious and beautiful; the beds & pillows were wonderfully comfortable. (OMG, the open-air showers were incredible!) While there was an option to go into town each afternoon, I chose to luxuriate at AHKí on most days as it is truly a special sanctuary; however, I joined the group one afternoon for an enjoyable kayaking outing. One afternoon, I opted for a fantastic massage there at AHKí; Karen provides a menu of available masseuses with various specialties. The entire week deeply nourished and restored me on every level. I will most certainly return on another retreat with Andrea Russell at AHKí! Blessings to all! Julia
The entire trip was fantastic. Andrea is a well spring of yogic and ayurvedic knowledge, the location is beautiful with monkeys and birds, delicious food, the beaches, the chocolate, swimming in the infinity pool while the sun , the yoga, meditation, the list goes on an on. I spent the entire drive back to the airport trying to savor all of the memories, almost too many to recall. Honestly, words cannot really do this retreat justice. Life changing and inspiring. If you are reading this to figure out whether or not to commit to going, the only answer is yes. I'm now trying to figure out how to live my life like I am always on this retreat. Thank you Andrea!
Andrea is really good at what she does. She is deeply knowledgeable about the topic, has wonderful energy and is funny to boot. The Christine Center is the perfect, welcoming respite. I really enjoyed my massage and the food is delish. The accommodations are pretty rustic so if you are looking for fancy this is not the place. A lovely experience.
I enjoyed this retreat very much. Andrea sets a grounded and steady pace and gradually walks participants into deep calm. The classes were an interesting and effective part of the process, and there was also permission to miss a class if one felt the need to be by oneself. The space at the Christine Center is so lovely and the atmosphere so peaceful, it perfectly supports the retreat. And the food is delicious and healthful.
KJ
It was a breakthrough weekend for me. Andrea is knowledgable and compassionate. I recommend her retreats to anyone looking for a welcoming approach in a calm environment. Im looking forward to sitting with Andrea again soon. Thanks Andrea! Namaste.
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