Deep Ecology of Wellness: Creative Residency

Puntarenas Province, Punta Banco, Costa Rica

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Apr 1 - 30, 2023
Group size: 8 - 12
Deep Ecology of Wellness: Creative Residency
Puntarenas Province, Punta Banco, Costa Rica

Yoga Trade
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2 reviews

$NaN
Apr 1 - 30, 2023
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

DEEP ECOLOGY OF WELLNESS

a creative residency

hosted by Yoga Trade


Spend a full lunar cycle (one month) living off grid in the jungle at the Yoga Farm in Costa Rica. Focus on a personal creative project while also being part of and supported by a collective. This residency is rooted in wellness, creativity, community, and regenerative living. Connect deeply with nature, practice yoga daily, and engage in weekly workshops. Learn from experienced facilitators:  Yoga Trade founders + friends, local guides, and surprise guest teachers - while also having the opportunity to share your gifts and connect with a cohort. A well balanced blend of structured activities and free time. 

The Experience

This program is designed with yoga teachers, wellness professionals, and/or nature enthusiasts in mind. But really, it is for anyone who desires time + space + support for bringing a creative project or entrepreneurial idea to life! It is also for those who are looking to reignite the inner spark, live simply, connect with community, and allow the jungle and warm sea to stimulate the creative brain. There is no previous experience necessary, only the craving to learn and grow. 


The residency will be April 1st - 30th, 2023 with a few days included for integration on either end. Full programming will commence Monday, April 3rd - Friday, April 28th. 

Program Will Include

There will be structured programming 6 days a week including classes, activities, and workshops in the following areas:


- Yoga + Movement + Meditation

- Community Building + Service

- Vision + Purpose + Clarity

- Permaculture Basics + Regenerative Living

- Entrepreneurship 

- Creativity

- Writing 

- Culinary Arts

- Nature Altars 

- Sound + Dance

- Water Awareness 


There will also be allocated time for 'co-working space', weekly community share circles, opportunities to help with farm responsibilities and to share your gifts, optional nature excursions, and a 1:1 mentorship workshop for everyone within the group.

Location

The Yoga Farm is a rustic yoga center and sustainable living project located on the southernmost Pacific coast Costa Rica; a short distance from the spectacular surfing beach of Pavones. Set amidst beautiful tropical rainforest, and overlooking open ocean, we are ideally located for those looking to reconnect with mind, body, and nature.


This remote area is geographically, biologically, and culturally diverse. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the forest, visit indigenous homesteads, as well as relax and play on a beach that is uncrowded by tourism or nightlife.


The landscape abounds with edible and medicinal plants, and we add to the harvestable amount of plant life on the property every season. We grow several varieties of bananas, mangoes, pineapples, papayas, guanabana, coconuts, anona, jackfruit, starfruit, citrus, avocados, water apples, cinnamon, cacao, perennial greens and herbs, our own yoga farm bred chilis, bamboo, beans and peas, taro, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, and black pepper to name a few. Two fresh water springs provide crystal clear drinking water.


The ocean is a beautiful, constant, and integral part of life in Punta Banco. We are located at the southern tip of the Golfo Dulce, looking out both across the gulf to the Osa Peninsula and south to open Pacific waters. The area is home to an abundance of marine life. Sea turtles, dolphins and whales among many other species frequent the coastal waters, and local fisherman bring fresh catch to market several times a week. At low tides, the beach is perfect for walking, exploring tide pools, fishing, and sunbathing. Unlike much of Costa Rica, few tourists visit the beaches this far south, making it a perfect spot for stargazing and beach fires instead of noisy nightlife.


***This is an authentic 'jungle living' experience; muddy feet, waking up with howler monkeys, and sharing space with unique critters and each other.


***There is wifi at the Yoga Farm, but it will be on a timer and will be turned on for 2-3 hours per day. If you have super important commitments that require you to be online a lot - this may not be the residency for you. If you can get by with 2-3 hours of 'somewhat reliable' internet a day and would enjoy living most of the hours of the day offline, this is a good fit! 


***The Yoga Farm is a 10-15 minute walk up a STEEP dirt road from the beach. It is definitely a good workout. Down for the legs and up for the heart:) 

Food

We will celebrate and be nourished by three healthy + delicious meals a day. The food will be primarily vegetarian, Costa Rican inspired, created with as many local + organic ingredients as possible, and made with love. We may offer a few fresh fish + chicken options depending on the preferences of the group. Unlimited coffee, tea, and farm snacks are always available. Opportunities to help in many aspects of nutrition if desired! Learn about growing food, harvesting, and a variety of jungle cooking skills. Please let us know your food preferences upon registration.     

This Residency Is For You If...

- You are looking to live simply, to experience living off grid, and to learn about permaculture + regenerative living basics.

- You would like to connect with other wellness creatives and new lifelong friends. 

- You are seeking dedicated time and space to work on a personal creative or entrepreneurial  project while being supported along the way. 

- You desire daily access to yoga, movement, nature, community, and workshops. 

- You seek to nourish your relationship with the land + food + water. 

- You want to experience being immersed in tropical jungle + ocean rhythms. 

Payment + Cancellation Policy

Deposit: 

***To reserve your spot for this residency, please make the appropriate deposit. The deposit is completely non-refundable. If the residency is postponed or you cannot attend due to an emergency, we will provide refunds or vouchers for future travel.


Full Payment:  

When you reserve, you may either pay in full or just pay the deposit. Upon receipt of your payment we will send you a confirmation of your deposit or full amount. Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start date of this event, March 1st, 2023 (if you sign up on or after this date, full payment is due upon registration).


Cancellation Policy:

We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. Deposits are non-refundable. However, we will allow you to gift or sell the remainder of your registration cost (minus the deposit) to another person if for some reason you are unable to make it. We also always recommend the purchase of travel insurance just to be safe. Stay up to date with Costa Rica entry and travel requirements by visiting this LINK.  

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    Shared or private accommodation at the Yoga Farm April 1st - 30th, 2023
  • Meals
    3 fresh, healthy, and DELICIOUS meals a day
  • Daily Yoga
    Access to yoga, movement, and/or meditation classes 6 days a week
  • Programming
    Weekly workshops, creative activities, community circles, and dedicated co working times
  • Mentorship
    All participants will receive collective support and a 1:1 mentorship session
  • Connection / New Skills
    Connect with new friends + community and discover inspiring and functional skills + creative outlets
  • Yoga Trade Membership
    All participants will receive a one year Yoga Trade membership
  • Airfare / Transfers
    We will provide travel recommendations and support upon booking
  • Travel Insurance
    Although currently not required, we recommend looking into purchasing travel insurance
  • Massage / Bodywork
    Sessions in several modalities can be booked onsite
  • Extra Activities
    Surf lessons, horseback riding, etc. We can help arrange other activities if desired

Available Packages

Shared Accommodation
Available until March 1, 20235 left

Dorm rooms are located downstairs in the 'Main/Yoga House'. They are open air, co-ed, and house a maximum of 4 persons each. Shared showers and composting toilets. 

$2,400
Deposit: $600
Private Tiny House
Available until March 1, 2023only 2 left

The private tiny houses allow for privacy while still being a stone’s throw from the Yoga House. Each little house has a balcony with a hammock, a double bed, and its own shower. Tiny house dwellers share composting toilets with Yoga House dwellers. 

$3,200
Deposit: $600
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Itinerary

Sample Day Schedule
Deep Ecology of Wellness

5:45am SUNRISE 


6:30am Personal Practice 


7am Yoga / Movement / Meditation (Example: Lunar Flow) 


8am BREAKFAST


9am Workshop / Guided Activity (Example: Vision Mapping, Permaculture Basics, or Learn How to Make Fresh Coconut Milk)


12pm LUNCH


2pm Co Working Space / Creative Project / Free Time


5:45pm SUNSET


6:30pm DINNER 


7:30-9pm Relaxing Evening Activity or Free Time (Example: Yin or Beach Bonfire)


Each day will be unique. This is just to give you an idea of a typical day. The monthly detailed schedule will be posted closer to arrival date - we will create a 'weekly flow' together as a community. 

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Reviews

Overall, the retreat experience was utterly and completely amazing. The facilitators and attendees were all awesome to be around, and were genuine, kind, compassionate, and caring people. Each facilitator brought something beautiful and unique to the experience, and I couldn't have asked for a better connection with the group of women attending. The accommodations were absolutely lovely, and the yoga deck AND our room were both breathtaking. The retreat centre was in the middle of the jungle, which was lush with plant and animal life, and we saw loads of animal activity daily. The beaches and tide pools that were nearby are absolutely gorgeous day trips. The days were structured and the activities were plentiful, with the option to opt out of anything to get some "me" time in instead. Any minor issues with the accommodation staff/centre/food were taken care of by the retreat facilitators immediately. I would absolutely attend another retreat with any of these magical facilitators, and I highly recommend a specialty massage with Lynn, if ever given the opportunity!
By Deborah M for R E A N I M A R: yoga + writing + breath on 28 Feb, 2022
Deep Ecology of Wellness was profoundly transformational. The community was incredible and the facilitators truly crafted an experience that was deeply educational and fun. The food was delicious and the location was out of the world. I highly recommended you visit Punta Mona!
By Caitlin H for DEEP ECOLOGY of WELLNESS on 06 May, 2019

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By Jenna D on 17 Sep, 2018