Diving into the Vortex: A Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Samasati, Costa Rica

Liya Garber
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Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2019
Group size: 20 - 25
Diving into the Vortex: A Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
Samasati, Costa Rica

Liya Garber
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6 reviews

Deposit: $500
Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2019
Group size: 20 - 25

About this trip


Diving into the Vortex

Activating the Superpowers of the Aura: A Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Taught by: Liya Garber with local guests

Move your body, chant, and meditate in two Kundalini Yoga classes a day. Nourish yourself with 3 organic meals a day. Time to breathe and release in the rainforest, the ocean, the jacuzzi, the local markets and in time spent with inspiring humans! 

What is a Vortex?

Vortexes are potent, swirling centers of energy that are conductive to healing, meditation, self exploration and awakening.

Upon visiting, you experience a domino effect of removal of obstacles, uninhibited flow of blessings, and the release of limiting perceptions. 

We each have a personal electromagnetic field which has the same capacity for this healing and ease. And when we are aware of it, we can learn how to clarify and align for its activation, at any time and place.

Kundalini Yoga is a technology that allows us to align with Source energy, which is our natural state, and learn to get to know ourselves and our patterns so we may know how to come back to center.

Diving into the Vortex

We are going to the physical Vortex of Samasati, Costa Rica to practice the technology and teachings of Kundalini Yoga, with the intention of aligning with the unlimited potential of our own personal electromagnetic field. In this extremely supportive environment, we will have deep and sacred experiences and lessons that will inform every day for the rest of our lives. Come experience yourself like never before!

Pura Vida

Costa Rica is the land of "Pura Vida" which means "pure life" a life that offers us the chance to slow down and practice more mindfulness and presence to encourage healing and true happiness. Kundalini Yoga in the Rain forest is a very powerful experience. I am inviting you to allow yourself to purge in a sacred and safe way, what you have held onto for so long. This is the space to release from your mind and body, all imprints of traumas, guilts, and fears, from this lifetime or lifetimes past. Sometimes we don't have to know what is moving, we just have to say yes to allowing it to move. 

Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

"The Eighth Chakra is the aura. The aura combines the effects of all the other chakras. To experience this, imagine yourself rising high above your physical body. As you look down at the radiant light of the aura, it appears to be an oval or a circle of light.

This chakra is often referred to as the circumvent force, the strength of the energy shell that surrounds all the other chakras. It, too, is a chakra, a circle, a vortex of energy, a place to focus the flows of universal energy. When the circumvent field is strong, negative influences are automatically filtered. When it is weak, you seem vulnerable to everything that passes by or through you.

The circumvent force is sort of an aura—a circle around the body—which is a most powerful force that protects you from all negative forces. 

Those people who are humble, affectionate, and serviceful, and who breathe the divine force, make their mind concentrate on the breath, and pray to the universal spirit by tuning into it—their own magnetic field becomes strong. Electric power gets charged because of their life force, and their circumvent force becomes so strong that it can keep away all negative forces and they can change the destiny of the others.

This secret has been told through the ages. Many times this truth has been told to the human and every time they have forgotten this truth. This truth the human has to learn and after learning it, they have to practice. Truth is the guiding factor of the human. The vibrations which are based on the truthful human, can change anything, and where their vibratory effects are caused, everything becomes truth, pure, and transparent." © The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

About Our Trip

We will live 7 days and 6 nights in the lush and healthy Rain Forest. The retreat center is up in the hills with a special view to the infinite blue ocean.  You will hear an orchestra of the forest, birds, and monkeys!  Activities in the area include options for nature lovers, yogis, and anyone looking to relax in an exotic jungle and exotic beach environment.

What is included:

• 7 days and 6 nights in shared or private accommodations

• Daily organic 3 meals

• Three Kundalini yoga classes a day, including an early morning Sadhana 

• Connect you to the land of Pura Vida, wildlife, plants, and community

• Sunbathe, swim and long board on the Caribbean coast

• Experience the tropical Rain Forest and its magical waterfalls

• Free time for horseback riding, zip lining, snorkeling in the Caribbean coral reef, shopping, sunbathing and more!

• Enjoy and relax on-site. Amenities include a jacuzzi, a sundeck with an epic 360 view of the Caribbean ocean and Rain Forest, an open air restaurant, an in-house spa and massage therapists.

How to get to Samasati:

When traveling to Samasati you will arrive to the Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport in Alejuela.  SJO is the code for the airport. Samasati is located 98 miles from SJO airport. The journey by land is a lovely 4-5 hours.  By air, it is a brisk 30 minute flight followed by a 45 minute car ride.  Samasati can assist with these arrangements if you like.

Transportation services we use and recommend:

www.caribeshuttle.com Shared or Private mini-van,  5 hours transport time, $50pp

www.lancastercostarica.com Private Transport in small bus, 4 hour transport time $40pp

www.flysansa.com Commercial or Private flight, 30 minutes transport time, Commercial $85pp, Private $2,000 for up to 12 people. From LIM airport, it is a 40 minute drive to Samasati.  Caribe Shuttle offers this service at $22pp

Link to more photos of the accommodations information can be found HERE


If you cancel your trip,  we do not offer refunds for any reason. 

While we have never cancelled a retreat to date, if a Retreat must cancel a booked retreat date for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to another retreat, or you may request a refund of your payment to us, constituting a full settlement.

We are not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.


"Returning to Samasati for my second retreat experience in the southern Caribbean jungle of Costa Rica even exceeded the first. The Cosmic Heart retreat activated a cellular transformation that I am still vibrating two months later. Everything about this location supports the powerful Kundalini technology that we dive deep into everyday and Liya held a strong, safe space for each participant to open their hearts in a profound way. Everything from the lush, tropical jungle surrounding Samasati to the delectable vegan friendly meals served three times a day, is supportive to a full system detoxification. By day two, the stress of urban life was melting away and I felt a deep inner peace. 

Liya Garber is truly living her mission. She shows up with compassion, acceptance and grace and I have watched countless humans, myself included, experience incredible opening and healing under her care. She leads with love and is so knowledgeable around yogic philosophy...and life in general, that you feel held and supported physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her teachings are expounded with her adorable humor and there is an abundance of belly laughter every day. 

To say that this Experience is worth every penny, every second of time and every ounce effort is a vast understatement. I'll be attending each and every retreat offered by Liya in the future!" ~Erin

What’s included

  • Daily Yoga Classes
    Each day there will be 3 classes (including an Early Morning Sadhana).
  • Daily Organic Meals
    The resort staff will prepare delicious organic meals with local exotic fruits and vegetables.
  • On-site Amenities
    The Retreat Center is nested in the lush rainforest.
  • Transportation
    Airfare to San Jose International Airport (SJO) and from San Jose to Puerto Viejo is not included.
  • Daily Activities
    Optional group excursions may include: swimming, surfing, and kayaking in an exquisite ocean, blessings from a local indigenous shaman, visiting a chocolatier, animal sightseeing in the Rainforest.
  • Medical Insurance
    Please contact your personal insurance company to see if you're covered while you travel.
  • Tipping
    $1 - $2 on average. Tipping service professionals is appreciated but not expected.
  • Traveler's Insurance
    For optional Travel Insurance, contact Travel Guard at (800) 826-1300
  • Personal expenses
    Most places take cash in dollars but at an unfavorable rate. Best to go to a local ATM in San Jose or Puerto Viejo for cash for Taxis, excursions, shopping, etc. Be prepared to wait in line in town.
  • Massage and Spa Services
    The massage services are epic. You will have the opportunity to book a massage or other service from multiple talented professionals.

Available Packages

Guest House Casita
Available until Aug 23, 2019

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Deposit: $500
Namaste Casita
Available until Aug 23, 2019only 3 left

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Deposit: $500
Classic Casita
Available until Aug 23, 20197 left

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Deposit: $500
Preferred Casita
5 left

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Deposit: $500
Deposit: $500

Guest House Casita


Sample Daily Schedule
Day 1

4:30 - 6:30 AM   Morning Sadhana

7:30 - 9:00 AM   Breakfast

9:30 - 11:00 AM    Kundalini Yoga + Teachings 

11:00 - 4:00 PM    Day Trip / Free Time 

5:30 - 7:00 PM    Kundalini Yoga 

7:00 - 8:30 PM    Dinner + Social time 

Your Organizer

Liya Garber
6 reviews
Liya (Charan Kamal Kaur) creates a heart-filled, fun, joyful way to calm the mind and align with one's inner truth. She brings a unique and special gift of laughter and humor to every class. Her yoga journey began in the heart of New York City where she lived a fast-paced life as a business executive. As the stress of this life began to affect her health, Liya turned to yoga and began to heal. The results were undeniable and she has been on a dedicated path of self healing and discovery ever since. In addition to yoga, Liya studied deep esoteric Kabbalah, including the sacred Tree of Life and dream work, in Los Piramidas Del Ka, a school in Guatemala. She is certified in both Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and is a registered KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) instructor. She took her Level 1 and 2 trainings with Gurmukh and Gurushabd in India. Currently, she assists Jai Dev Singh’s immersion courses in California where she lives.  Liya is gifted with a special energy for creating sacred space in which humans can elevate and reconnect with their hearts and destiny. With sincerity and grace, she creates a special connection with each of her students. Her goal is to reach as many humans as possible in this life time.  Her highest values are authenticity and honesty with herself and others.   She currently holds weekly classes, day-long immersions, and monthly workshops at Yoga Tree Telegraph, YogaWorks Mill Valley, as well as other inspiring, high-vibration venues.L


Liya Garber attracts amazing energetics in her retreats. I have gone to two now, and the transparent support and love from the entire group is consistent from trip to trip. Add in sleeping in the coolness of a Costa Rican rainforest, sultry beach afternoons on the Caribbean, and Samasati's amazing vegetarian fare. Whatever you are working on personally, clear your energy and get "unstuck" here.
I cannot express my gratitude enough for this truly transformative experience. Liya attracted in a group of beautiful souls for a potent week of uncovering, clearing and creating. Liya's intuitive and healing nature led the creation of a safe, sacred space which made it possible to really open my heart and surrender. The practices were potent and I've taken a deeper understanding and devotion to my practice with me as a result. The land, activities and the nourishment all were thoughtfully interwoven with the yoga and made for an unforgettable week. Thank you Liya for being an ally and having a profound impact on my heart!
This retreat was a unique life changing experience! I have taken classes with Liya for about three years, and she is the best kundalini teacher I know. I’ve met a lot of kundalini teachers, I’ve taken seminars in NY from most of the famous instructors who were Yogi Bhajan students, but no one has the strength, truthfulness and love that Liya has. I have always enjoyed Liya’s classes, but starting classes at 4am in the middle of the jungle in this wonderful hotel, and hearing birds and monkeys at sunrise was a dream experience. The hotel staff was extremely polite, the food excellent, and the activities very well chosen. The group got closer day by day and we could feel each one of us getting rid of harmful habits, and becoming radiant! I plan to go to the next retreat Liya does in Samasari. Thanks Liya for everything!
This was overall a life changing experience. Having the opportunity to work so closely with Liya was a blessing. Practicing yoga three times a day was nourishing for my soul. Liya flawlessly lead the group through the entire experience and unforgettable personal journeys. I highly recommend this trip to any and everyone.
One of the greatest times I've ever had. Nothing pretentious or fake about it. Liya Garber is somebody who is truly sent from a Divine Source like all of us of course but I'm glad she chose to follow the path laid out before her. It's a blessing to call her a friend and an Oracle. There was so much healing I received my body is doing things I haven't been able to do since I was just a teenager. I'm back in the States feeling youthful I can't believe how good I feel and I can feel the change in the yoga classes that I take now off of these simple Kundalini exercises. Always wanted to do yoga 3 times a day and was never able to bring myself to now I can! I have been truly expanded in mind and body. Sat Nam and all the best. - Jamie the "May"niak May.
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