Freedom to Flow: Nature, Culture + Yoga Adventure Retreat

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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Michelle Chua
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Jun 20 - 27, 2018
Group size: 8-15
Freedom to Flow: Nature, Culture + Yoga Adventure Retreat
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Michelle Chua
  • Email address verified

$1979
Deposit: $500
Jun 20 - 27, 2018
Group size: 8-15

About this trip

***Before booking, please contact Root2RiseYoga@gmail.com to inquire that your preferred accommodation is still available.   


Freedom to Flow is calling you if...

· You are an adventurous spirit seeking inspiration outside your daily routine. 

· Your inner child seeks playtime to explore the wonders of nature.

· Your body or mind craves a recharge for optimal wellness.

· You'd like to learn from the culture of one of the happiest countries in the world, as named by Happy Planet Index.

· You'd like practical tools for awakening inner joy, regardless of rain or shine.

>>> Watch a trailer (click here) for "Freedom to Flow" Nature, Culture & Yoga Adventure Retreat in Costa Rica 2018.

Let pure life move you.

How You’ll Benefit from Freedom to Flow:

1. Cultivate resilience and inner calm through guided daily meditations and practice in the art of joyful living with Root 2 Rise Yoga Founder Michelle Chua.

2. Increase your physical strength and flexibility through fun daily outdoor adventures and yoga asana (posture) practice with Michelle, moving mindfully at your pace and ability level.

3. Find clarity and greater Self-awareness, as you step outside of your home routine to explore Tico (Costa Rican) landscape and lifestyle and meaningful travel in Central America.

4. Unplug and detoxify from big-city life, bathing your senses in fresh rainforest and ocean air and inspiring views of enchanting biodiverse wildlife – tropical jungle plants, exotic birds, mischievous monkeys, mesmerizing sloths and much more! 

5. Balance effort and ease--through guided inner work and free time to play--as you redefine your priorities and flow with pure life, or pura vida, Costa Rica’s motto, of living in the present moment, among other definitions you'll explore.

6. Discover and experience the insightful parallels between yoga philosophy and pura vida living as facilitated by your yoga teacher, who is a former Manuel Antonio resident passionate about Costa Rica and thankfully eager to share its life-enriching power.  

7. Expand your global perspective and dive into Tico culture, creating heartfelt memories with locals and world travelers, both within and outside our tribe, while practicing or learning  Spanish.  Be ready to engage with the towns we'll stay in, as this retreat is about connecting with the culture and building unity in diversity!

Why Retreat with Root 2 Rise Yoga?

Root 2 Rise Yoga believes in mindful eco-conscious travel and aims to build bridges of peace among cultures through educationally fun integration of the arts.  We value nature, culture and alignment with living yoga, balancing wellness instruction, playfulness and freedom to explore town living like a local.  We believe in giving, not just receiving, love where we visit, with optional activities like environmental conservation projects, volunteering and donating books to local schools.  We support the local economy visiting a variety of neighborhood restaurants for our included meals and hiring locals for our guided excursions.  Lastly, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is a special destination to your retreat leader in that she hosts these retreats inspired by her gratitude for the life-transformative experiences she received during her 14-month volunteer teaching there that led to her becoming a yoga teacher, founding Root 2 Rise Yoga in 2010.  

Picture Yourself There...

Lying in your king-sized luxurious bed, you eagerly awaken to the serenade of howling monkeys and melodic birdsongs as the rising sun shines over a luscious green jungle and ocean landscape beckoning you through wall-sized windows to come play outside.  Like an 8-year-old ready to open birthday gifts, you flow with breath-taking awe into a day of hiking to waterfalls, savoring home cooked local meals, zip lining over vast aerial views of the rainforest, revitalizing with group yoga and meditation, wandering around town to practice your Spanish at the beach and souvenir market and making new friends at an after-dinner Latin Dance session or live-music cafe for wine and dessert.  Unplugged, you reconnect to the life force that sustains us all--humanity and nature.  Each day a new inspiration awakens your soul to pure life and you deeply know why this place, this experience, these beings, you and your life are special. 


You just have to have been there to know.  


And the best thing is, the journey doesn't end when you leave Costa Rica; Pura vida is a free, most meaningful souvenir you can share with your loved ones when you return home.

Accommodations

Santa Juana Eco-Lodge (Nights 1 - 2): luxury cabins, or casitas, include one or two king-sized beds, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, spacious balcony with hammock and panoramic views of the rainforest and Pacific Ocean, large ceiling fans and a large bathroom with hot water, hair dryer and basic toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion, towels).  Meals are served in El Mirador restaurant, a short walk away.  Santa Juana's small mountain village temperatures average 70s-80s F with typical rain in the late afternoon/evening and sometimes early morning, creating thriving green plantlife.


Villa Manuel Antonio (Nights 3 - 7): a shared 7-bedroom 3-story luxury vacation villa overlooking the jungle and Pacific Ocean, sitting atop Manuel Antonio center.  It's walking distance to beaches, top restaurants and cafes, the tours office, bus stop for accessing the adjacent town and the national park, some nightlife,  and a small business center, which includes a bank, grocery store and souvenir shop.  Each bedroom includes 1 queen-sized bed, dresser, air-conditioner and fan.  A few bedrooms have a private balcony and some have ocean views.  *Guests choose their bedroom in the order in which they registered.  Guests share 1-2 bathrooms per floor, with a total of 5 full restrooms equipped with hot water, towels, soap, shampoo and lotion. Each floor has a communal living room with couches.   The first floor has a fully-equipped kitchen and a large shared balcony for our at-home open-air yoga sessions overlooking the jungle and ocean.  The weather in Manuel Antonio in June is warm (70s-80s F, but generally warmer and drier than Santa Juana) and humid and may rain briefly in the early mornings and evenings making for refreshing air in the day, during this start of the rainy season.  


Accommodation Options:


Single - Your own or a shared casita in Santa Juana (depends on total number of guests and available casitas) and your own bedroom in Villa Manuel Antonio


Shared - Share your casita with your pre-selected roommate in Santa Juana, and share your bedroom and one queen-sized bed with your roommate in Villa Manuel Antonio.

Cancellation Policy

 Your cancellation must be sent in writing via email to Root2RiseYoga@gmail.com.  Cancellations before December 31, 2017 will be refunded total payment minus $500 USD deposit.  Cancellations after December 31, 2017 will not be refunded.
 

In the unlikely case that Root 2 Rise Yoga or its Costa Rica venue cancels the retreat due to uncontrollable circumstances, your payment will be fully refunded. Other similar accommodations or options within the retreat area will be explored and proposed to you before cancellation. Michelle Chua or Root 2 Rise Yoga are not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip. 

Secure Your Space Now

A $500 non-refundable deposit and completion of Traveler Info section secures your space on this retreat, pending full balance paid by March 15, 2018 and completion of Cancellation Policy Agreement and Liability Waiver forms via email.  The forms will be sent to you via email upon registration, along with your trip preparation list.

Testimonials by Past Retreat Guests

Watch a 1-minute interview with Stephen Duprey, who attended Costa Rica Retreat 2017, here.

Watch a 5-minute reflection by Janette Guzman, who shares her experiences about attending Costa Rica Retreat 2014, here.

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    2 nights in Santa Juana Eco-Lodge + 5 nights in Villa Manuel Antonio
  • Ground Transportation
    Pre-scheduled group transportation to and from San Jose International Airport and between both retreat locations.
  • All Meals in Santa Juana
    Traditional Costa Rican meals homemade with love and local seasonal ingredients
  • 2 Daily Meals in Manuel
    Group breakfast and dinner will be provided at various local restaurants in Manuel Antonio. Lunch is on your own while exploring on your free time, and is included in some optional tours.
  • Daily Yoga + Meditation
    Daily morning Vinyasa and 3 evening Restorative yoga and meditation sessions with Michelle Chua for intention-setting, rebalancing and personal reflection
  • Traditional Village Tour
    In Santa Juana, you'll take a nature walk to tour the mountain village, visit the local school, experience sugarcane juicing and more.
  • Cooking Class
    Learn how to make traditional Costa Rican food from Santa Juana's local chef
  • Adventure Tour
    This includes: Zip line over numerous lines of varying distances, hike to waterfall for yoga, swim in the river and visit the native butterfly and reptile sanctuary.
  • Rainforest Conservation
    Your stay at Santa Juana Eco-Lodge donates to their rainforest reforestation project to preserve native wildlife and a tree will be planted in your name.
  • Group Activities
    Community-building within our retreat tribe will consist of group activities for personal and tribal reflection.
  • Hike + Yoga Session
    Depending on weather and our tribe's needs, you'll enjoy 1 to 2 Hike + Yoga sessions at a local beach in Manuel Antonio with Michelle.
  • National Park Tour
    You'll learn about native wildlife on a guided walking safari through infamous Manuel Antonio National Park with a professional biological tour guide.
  • Manuel Antonio Tour
    With your former resident retreat leader, you'll get to know Manuel Antonio's best cafes, hidden beach and trail, local farmer's market, best souvenir shops and how to get around town.
  • Nuayacas Waterfall HIke
    Transportation and admission will be provided to this exquisite waterfall pool about 1.5 hours outside of Manuel Antonio for a day trip of hiking, lunch picnicking and waterfall swimming.
  • Souvenir Shirt
    This 5th year of our annual Costa Rica Retreat you'll receive a souvenir shirt, unique to your retreat tribe.
  • Evening Social Outings
    Optional local nightlife activities to mingle with our tribe, other travelers and the local community, such as Latin Dance lesson, live music listening, dancing and more
  • Tourism Taxes
    13% Costa Rica Tourism Taxes and the standard 10% Tip for local services are included in your registration fee.
  • Traveler's Insurance
    Recommended for unforeseen circumstances, but optional
  • Airfare
    You're responsible for your roundtrip flight to San Jose International Airport in Costa Rica for your group pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Lunch in Manuel Antonio
    Lunch is on your own in Manuel Antonio, so you have the freedom to explore other restaurants or book a tour that includes lunch.
  • Other Activities
    Other adventure, leisure and educational tours and spa and massage treatments are available at additional cost.

Available Packages

Shared Accommodation
Sold Out

In Santa Juana (nights 1-2), share a casita, which includes a king or queen-sized bed and 1-2 single sofa beds, with your roommate.  Casitas can house 1-4 guests in total, depending on availability.

In Manuel Antonio (nights 3-7), share your bedroom , which includes 1 queen-sized bed, with your roommate.   

*Read more about your accommodations and amenities in the Accommodations section.

$1979
Deposit: $500
Single Accommodation
Sold Out

In Santa Juana (nights 1-2), stay in your own single casita, which includes a king or queen-sized bed and 1-2 single sofa beds, or stay in your own bedroom in a 2-bedroom casita you share with other guests, depending on availability.

In Manuel Antonio (nights 3-7), stay in your own private bedroom, which includes 1 queen-sized bed, in our shared multi-bedroom luxury villa.

*Read more about your accommodations and amenities in the Accommodations section.

$2179
Shared Accommodation (Early Bird)
Available until Jan 16thonly 2 left

In Santa Juana (nights 1-2), share a casita, which includes a king or queen-sized bed and 1-2 single sofa beds, with your roommate.  Casitas can house 1-4 guests in total, depending on availability.

In Manuel Antonio (nights 3-7), share your bedroom , which includes 1 queen-sized bed, with your roommate.   

*Read more about your accommodations and amenities in the Accommodations section.

$1579
Deposit: $500
Single Accommodation (Early Bird)
Available until Jan 16thonly 2 left

In Santa Juana (nights 1-2), stay in your own single casita, which includes a king or queen-sized bed and 1-2 single sofa beds, or stay in your own bedroom in a 2-bedroom casita you share with other guests, depending on availability.

In Manuel Antonio (nights 3-7), stay in your own private bedroom, which includes 1 queen-sized bed, in our shared multi-bedroom luxury villa.

*Read more about your accommodations and amenities in the Accommodations section.

$1779
Deposit: $500
$1979
Deposit: $500

Shared Accommodation
Sold Out

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Santa Juana

*This itinerary is subject to change, pending weather conditions and changing needs of our tribe.  All activities are optional and are handpicked with love for your enjoyment.  If you choose not to participate in an activity, kindly give us advanced notice, as tours are pre-booked.


10am Group Pick-Up from San Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrive in Santa Juana for a homemade traditional welcome lunch

Check in to your casita & unwind from travel.

Evening Restorative Yoga & Grounding Meditation

Dinner 

Group Orientation

Your Organizer


MC
Michelle Chua
I'm a lover of nature, soul movement, delicious nourishment, awakening cultural travel, seeking inspiration, genuine belly-laughing, running scenic trails and learning to unveil my highest self to see life clearly and dance it freely with love and kindness. I founded Root 2 Rise Yoga to facilitate peaceful connection to inner Self (body wisdom, mind, spirit), nature, diverse cultures and the greater consciousness. The media I use are yoga instruction, yoga retreats, community wellness events, workplace wellness classes, Hike + Yoga adventures and artful meditation workshops. I invite you to join us in community: www.Root2RiseYoga.org