IMMERSE- A Yoga and Nature Jungle Retreat
December 4th-10th, 2021
Uvita, Costa Rica
Immerse yourself in a tropical week of nourishment for the body, mind, and spirit and savor a deep dive into your yoga and meditation practices, nature, and life lived well.
Together we'll enjoy daily yoga and meditation practices, pranayama, art workshops, hikes, time to slow down on the beach, the option to add surfing and other adventures, and time to relax, explore, and focus on nothing else than enjoying our days and filling our cups.
Enjoy 7 days in a villa overlooking the ocean, swimming in the on-site infinity pool and invthe ocean, hiking in the jungle, exploring the local treasures, and soaking up the Pura Vida life and culture.
This co-ed retreat includes shared lodging with individual beds (one person to a bed - 2ppl to a villa) at a beautiful adults only lodge and resort and has an infinity pool, 13 acres of jungle and gardens, a restaurant and bar on site, room service, a spa on site, and epic views of the ocean not far beyond the fingertips.
$1574 per student
$500 non-refundable deposit per student
6 nights, 7 days lodging
6 nights, 7 days sea-view villa shared lodging (1 king bed + 1 queen bed per villa - 2 ppl per villa)
All Meals beginning with dinner on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day.
Daily Yoga & Meditation
Most days two practices~
Lei Making Workshop
1/2day snorkeling advent
Use of pool and grounds
Close to the beach and immersed in the jungle, the lodge we'll be staying at is an adults-only hotel located in Uvita on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It is the ideal location from where to explore an amazing and unique tropical paradise.
There are two nature reserve parks close by, Baru Reserve and Marino Ballena National Park as well as a further three – Manuel Antonio National Park, Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Biological Reserve only an hour and a half away.
The Restaurant reflects our passion for local, tasty, simple and freshly prepared meals. We use organic, seasonal, fresh and locally sourced produce. This includes free-range chicken, conscientiously caught seafood, grass-fed pasture beef and vegetables & fruits from the local famers´ market.
With an outstanding view of the ocean and tropical rainforest, Tiki Villas offers comfortable lounge chairs line the water in the deck area. Submerged in the refreshing waters of the pool, you can overlook the lush forests holding an incredible variety of species of birds and mammals.
We will be practicing a strong, dynamic, and compassionate yoga practice and flow marrying together the traditions of Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. We will slowly and mindfully weave our way through alignment-based practices each day taking time to workshop asanas and come-see-come-look moments giving students the opportunity to demo postures as we practice. Expect longer holds, break-downs of alignment and postures, and a focus on the breath. Classes are appropriate for all levels from beginners to advanced practitioners and teachers. We ask students to be truly curious and expect to take a deep and joyful dive into the practice and your own inner ecology and wilderness.
We will be practicing guided Vipassana and Mindful Meditation during the retreat including breath meditations, heart meditations such as the Loving Kindness/Metta Meditations, and compassion meditations.
Meet Mary Susan Stults
Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, I was raised in Cedar City, a town in southwest Utah about an hour from Zion National Park. An avid nature lover, I grew up exploring the many hiking trails, rivers, rocks, mountains, canyons, and the endless outdoor beauty of Utah and Colorado with my family and friends. Despite growing up landlocked I grew up with a deep love and appreciation for the ocean and water and that passion has only grown with each passing year. After moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2001 to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder, I made Colorado my mountain home for over 20 years until I traded the mountain life for the island life and moved to Hawaii in 2018 to the Garden Island Kauai.
My yoga and meditation practice and path began with my mother as a child at home in 1992 and continued in the studio at the age of 14 in 1997 with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois. I practiced Hatha, Ashtanga Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga as taught by BKS Iyengar throughout highschool and early college and in 2002 began practicing at Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor's studio, the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.
Years later I had the blessing and great fortune to be introduced and led to Master and Mentor-Teacher Maty Ezraty with whom I studied intensively, mentored with, and assisted until her recent passing. Over thousands of hours and many years of study, mentoring, and practice, Maty influenced my practice and life on and off the yoga mat greatly and will forever be my greatest teacher and influence. Maty encouraged and influenced me to delve deeper into the yoga practice and approach both the daily practice of yoga and life from the subtle body. Over the years I have had the opportunity to practice and learn with many wonderful yoga and meditation teachers aside from Maty including Dharma Mittra, Judith Hanson Lasater, Richard Freeman, Seane Corn, Peter Doobinin, Carrie Owerko, James Brown, Jack Kornfeild, and many others. I look forward to studying with Chuck Miller and Dona Holleman in the future.
I teach internationally and in the U.S and am a certified 500+HR E RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher, educator, and practitioner, a WPA/Paddle Into Fitness Certified Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and SUP Yoga teacher, certified Kids Yoga teacher, certified Adaptive Yoga teacher, and am known by all for my enthusiasm, heart, and positive outlook. I teach a knowledgeable, dynamic, refreshing, and compassionate alignment-based yoga practice that intelligently weaves together the traditions of Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. Many describe my energy as contagious, finding my nurturing, wise, soulful, & patient style of teaching to be welcoming & supportive to all. For me being a student of the practice of yoga is as important as being a teacher, we are students first, and teachers second.
Expect the teachings to be greatly reflective of Maty Ezraty, Sri. K Pattabhis Jois, and BKS Iyengar, as well as from my near 30 years of practice, and classes are open to anyone ready to explore more deeply. I invite all students to let go of expectations, to be truly curious and compassionate, and to embrace and befriend an explorer's mindset within our own inner ecology. I approach and understand yoga as a spiritual practice and discipline and a healing art. We learn to trust our own intuition and innate wisdom, "we do not learn to be intuitive, we already are." The Yoga practice is a re-remembering and recognition of our wholeness and of the truth that we are always evolving, transforming, and are under constant construction; there is infinite room for learning, progressing, and creative expression. The practice offers a moment to awaken and a continuing opportunity to return home to the beauty of our own being and self. As a friend says, "This practice intends to provoke us & to inspire the bigger questions triggering one’s own awakening…the truth is-It is never complete, it is never finished, it’s infinite."
I wholeheartedly believes that Yoga, Meditation, and Stand Up Paddleboarding, and SUP Yoga are for everybody, and am passionate about sharing these gifts, as well as my love of nature, adventure, travel, living well, environmentalism, ocean conservation, and the outdoors with all ages.
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7:30-9:30/10am Yoga practice and Meditation
11:00am free time or surf lesson
4:00-6:00pm Afternoon yoga workshop or group activity
6pm Free time /Sunset
Sleep/Free time/Or Evening Meditation