In Essence: A Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica

Living Forest Retreat Center and Lodge, Living Forest Retreat Center and Lodge, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

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Skye Adams Yoga
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Jan 11 - 16, 2020
Group size: 10 - 14
In Essence: A Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica
Living Forest Retreat Center and Lodge, Living Forest Retreat Center and Lodge, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Skye Adams Yoga
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$1000
Deposit: $0
Jan 11 - 16, 2020
Group size: 10 - 14

About this trip

Immerse yourself in the vibrant jungle of Costa Rica on the shore of Lake Arenal a blissful experience of yoga, meditation, self-care, exploration, and rest.


Join Skye Adams and Joanna McPherson at Living Forest Lodge and Retreat Center for six days and five nights of guided practice in either shared or private accommodations with three delicious vegetarian meals a day. With abundant plant and wildlife, the lake and rainforest will be the soulful backdrop to our week of connection and rejuvenation. There will be several offerings each day, though you are always welcome to spend your time resting or exploring. Classes will include:

  • Movement and stillness practices on the outdoor covered yoga porch
  • Yoga flow and functional movement
  • Restorative yoga with optional Reiki energy healing
  • Qi gong (coordinated postures and movement combined with breath and meditation)
  • Contemplative meditation and reflective writing
  • Yin yoga and guided Yoga Nidra

Two body workers will be available for massage and energy work throughout the week.

When you’re not participating in one of our offerings, your time is your own, and you can either chill out at Living Forest, reading a book in the hammock, enjoying the nature and wildlife, or take advantage of all the exciting adventures the Arenal region has to offer. The retreat center is about a 20-minute walk to the lake, where you can:


  • Relax on the beach, swim, or windsurf
  • Kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding (20-minute drive from Living Forest)
  • Hiking or zip lining at Volcano Arenal National Park or La Fortuna
  • Soak in natural hot springs


We will plan one adventure together as a group if you’d like to join us for a day of zip lining, soaking in the natural hot springs, and lunch and dinner out.


In essence, this will be an intimate experience with time to relax, move, breathe, connect, and heal. The retreat is intentionally small, with room for 14 people in mostly shared housing, so you are encouraged to reserve your spot early. It is also purposefully less than a week long so that you have time to explore the other regions of Costa Rica on your own either before or after the retreat. 


“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

Location

Living Forest is located in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica in the Lake Arenal region 13 kilometers from the town of Tilaran. The center is halfway between Tilaran and Nuevo Arenal and not far from La Fortuna, a popular town with amenities and activities. The center is run by the lovely Johanna Harmala—bodyworker, energy healer, yogi, dancer— and her two dogs and one cat. You can get a really good sense of the location by watching the video on the homepage of the Living Forest site.


The region is characterized by Lake Arenal, the largest landlocked body of water in the country at 33 square miles, and the Arenal Volcano, rising just over a mile high and dormant since 2010. The volcano is surrounded by acres of national park. The rest of the region is primarily rainforest with the Monteverde Cloud Forest not far away.


We will be in Costa Rica during the dry season (November-April), but because it is tropical, it is humid with occasional rainfall.


The average temperature is around 80.

Your Retreat Leaders

Skye Adams

Skye Adams, E-RYT, YACEP, is a lifelong yoga student and teacher, follower of Ayurveda, gardener, mother, and traveler. After her initial 200-hour RYT training at Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas, where she taught for six years, Skye has continued her education in yoga and healing through Waking Yoga with Jenn Wooten, Yin yoga with Josh Summers, and various other teachers and modalities, including trauma-informed yoga, neurobiology, physical therapy, and other movement practices.

Entering her second decade of teaching yoga, she offers Hatha, flow, Prenatal, Yin, trauma-informed, and restorative yoga classes around Portland, Maine. She also offers workshops on self-care, anatomy, yin yoga, and more both regionally and nationally. Skye's teaching blends open-hearted movement, breath and body synthesis, self-discovery, and compassion. To learn more about Skye, please like and follow her @skyeadamsyoga on Instagram or at Skye Adams Yoga.


Joanna McPherson

Joanna Horton McPherson has a background as an educator, actor and writer. Starting in 2005, she founded the first of several non-profits in which she directed youth and adult programs. Past teaching work ranges from emotional honesty acting, school administration, and theatre for social change. Joanna is also a trained artist and musician, hypnotherapist, meditation guide, and Reiki master. She completed her yoga certification in 2017.


Joanna currently shares her time between Arizona and Costa Rica, where she and her husband run a non-profit. An avid traveler, poet, and a health food nut, her greatest passion is watching her baby daughter learn. Joanna's written work can be found at Medium.com, Vunela, Shambhala Online. More at JoannaHortonMcPherson.com or follow her @therealityofdoing on Instagram.

Housing Options

1. Mariposa Room (max. 4 people)

  • Private Room with shared bathroom
  • Queen bed and a comfortable bunk bed

2. Rana Room (max. 4 people)

  • Private Room with shared bathroom
  • Two individual beds and a comfortable bunk bed

3. Mono Room (max. 4 people)

  • Private Room with shared bathroom
  • Two individual beds and a comfortable bunk bed
  1. Early bird shared lodging: $1,000 (We are happy to take room requests on a first-come, first-served basis if you want to see photos of the rooms on the Living Forest site. We will also try our best to accommodate couples, friends, or family who wish to room together.)
  2. Early bird River View Casita: $1,200 (NOTE: The casita has two bedrooms available for private lodging. Each bedroom has either two beds or one king-sized bed and a private bathroom. These rooms can be for a couple or two individuals, but the price is $1,200 per person not per room. We suggest registering early as this option is limited!)
  3. Regular shared lodging (after 9/12): $1,300
  4. Regular River View Casita (after 9/12): $1,500

Registration and Payment Information

  • A non-refundable $400 deposit paid before 9/12/19 will hold your spot.
  • After 9/12/19 all balances must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • All registrations must be received by 12/11/19.

Cost includes:

  • Lodging
  • Yoga
  • Three meals a day

Extras:

  • Body work: $50
  • Day trip with meals and transportation: $100
  • Transportation to and from Liberia Airport:$16-$32 per person round trip

Final Details and Fine Print


  • You will be responsible for your own airfare. (We suggest arriving on Friday, January 10, or by midday on Saturday, January 11, and we will schedule two airport pick-up times on Saturday.)
  • The closest airport is Liberia, and it's about two hours from Living Forest. (If you fly into Costa Rica on Friday night, you will be responsible for your lodging that night. The closest hotel to the airport is the Hilton Garden Inn. They have free airport transportation, and we can pick you up at the airport on Saturday.)
  • The San Jose airport is about four hours from Arenal. (There are buses for about $10 that go to Tilaran, the closest town to Living Forest, and we can arrange to pick you up there. You can also fly into San Jose and rent a car.)
  • Car rentals are available at a discounted rate for retreat participants through Adobe Rent a Car. (It is not necessary to have a 4x4 vehicle in Arenal, but it is recommended for other regions of the country if you plan to travel more.)
  • Costa Ricans drive on the same side of the road as Americans.
  • Costa Rica uses the metric system.
  • The currency is Colones, but most places accept American dollars
  • Electrical systems are the same (no need for adaptors).


  • If you need to cancel your trip:
    • We know plans change and things happen, so if you find you are unable to join us, we will offer a full refund through 9/12/19 minus your deposit.
    • After September, a 50% refund will be given through 12/11/19 minus your deposit.
    • After December, refunds must be negotiated with the retreat center and will at minimum include your deposit and a $150 administrative fee.

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Shared or Private
  • Movement Classes
    Yoga and Qi Gong
  • Meditation Classes
    Silent and Guided
  • Other Classes
    Yin, Restorative, Reiki, and Yoga Nidra
  • Three Meals a Day
    Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and other dietary options available
  • Airfare
    Liberia or San Jose (airport transportation is available)

Available Packages

Early Bird Shared Lodging
Available until Sep 12, 2019

A $400 deposit will hold your spot. Please include lodging preferences, including roommate requests. Remainder may be paid in full or through a payment plan, but must be paid in full by September 12, 2019.

$1000
Deposit: $0
Early Bird Private Lodging
Available until Sep 12, 2019
$1200
Deposit: $400
Regular Shared Lodging
Available until Dec 12, 2019

This must be paid in full at the time of booking. Please include lodging preferences, including roommate requests. All booking must be completed by December 12, 2019.

$1300
Regular Private Lodging

This must be paid in full at the time of booking. Please include lodging preferences, including roommate requests. Private lodging is very limited. All booking must be completed by December 12, 2019.

$1500

Available options

Bodyworkonly 2 left
$50
Group Day Triponly 2 left
$100
Airport Transportation4 left
$32
$1000
Deposit: $0

Early Bird Shared Lodging

Itinerary

Sample Schedule
In Essence Daily Schedule (Subject to Change)


  1. Saturday January 11
    1. Arrivals throughout the day
    2. Two possible airport pickups
    3. Free time to get settled in
    4. Dinner
    5. 7-8:30 p.m. opening circle
  2. Sunday January 12
    1. 6-6:30 a.m. sunrise silent meditation
    2. Breakfast
    3. 9-10:30 a.m. morning movement practice
    4. Free time
    5. Lunch
    6. Free time
    7. 3-4:30 p.m. community meditation practice
    8. Dinner
    9. 7-8:30 p.m. Gentle yoga with optional Thai yoga massage
  3. Monday January 13
    1. 6-6:30 a.m. sunrise silent meditation
    2. Breakfast
    3. 9-10:30 a.m. morning movement practice
    4. Free time
    5. Lunch
    6. Free time
    7. 3-4:30 p.m. meditation and writing
    8. Dinner
    9. 7-8:30 p.m. Restorative yoga with Reiki
  4. Tuesday
    1. 6-6:30 a.m. sunrise silent meditation
    2. Breakfast
    3. Adventure day! (exact itinerary to come)
  5. Wednesday
    1. 6-6:30 a.m. sunrise silent meditation
    2. Breakfast
    3. 9-10:30 a.m. morning movement practice
    4. Free time
    5. Lunch
    6. Free time
    7. 3-4:30 p.m. meditation and reflection
    8. Dinner
    9. 7-8:30 p.m. Yin yoga with Yoga Nidra (guided meditation)
  6. Thursday
    1. 6-6:30 a.m. sunrise silent meditation
    2. Breakfast
    3. 9-10:30 a.m. closing circle
    4. Checkout time 
    5. Two possible airport drop-offs

Your Organizer


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Skye Adams Yoga
Skye Adams, E-RYT, YACEP, is a lifelong yoga student and teacher, follower of Ayurveda, gardener, mother, and traveler. She began her teaching career at Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas, and has continued her education in yoga and healing through trauma-informed yoga, neurobiology, physical therapy, and other functional movement practices. Entering her second decade of teaching, she offers Hatha Flow, Yin, Restorative, and trauma-informed yoga. Her classes blend open-hearted movement, breath and body synthesis, self-discovery, and compassion.

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