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. No experience necessary and no levels, just an open curiosity and willingness to immerse yourself in quiet wonder and playful spirit.
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:
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:
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
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.
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 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.
1. Mariposa Room (max. 4 people)
2. Rana Room (max. 4 people)
3. Mono Room (max. 4 people)
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 October 16, 2019.
A $400 deposit will hold your spot. Please include roommate requests. Remainder may be paid in full or through a payment plan, but must be paid in full by October 16, 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.
This must be paid in full at the time of booking. Please include roommate requests. Private lodging is very limited. All booking must be completed by December 12, 2019.