Come and join yoga teacher Jo Lewzey in this magical reawakening retreat to Costa Rica.
Encantada Ocean Cottages is a beautiful laid back boutique hotel located in the quiet beach town of Esterillos Este on the central pacific coast of Costa Rica.
This fantastic retreat includes yoga classes, delicious meals, a fine selection of accommodations, transport to and from the airport and endless wonderful moments together.
The staff of Encantada will be fully dedicated to our group. The open-air restaurant invites you to explore authentic Costa Rican cuisine; each dish is meticulously prepared over a wood fire grill. We will practice yoga every day in the "rancho", surrounded by nature in front of the ocean. Our morning practice will be an alignment based class, focusing on different parts of the body throughout the week and the afternoon class will be a restorative practice bringing the body and mind to a calm, relaxed and nurtured state.
We will have plenty of time for reflection and connection with each other, spending time in sharing circles throughout the week. This is a really wonderful opportunity to get to know each other more deeply and build very special friendships.
Encantada offers a selection of diverse and fun activities for us to choose from; such as horse back riding, zip lining, surf lessons, boat and kayaking trips
We can also play some games together on the beach such as volley ball, badminton, boogie boarding and swimming. And they offer some indoor games for us the evenings.
To complete our time together we will share a very special fair well bonfire.
Please see the retreat center website below.
A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due at time of registration.
Payment plans of up to three payments are available upon request after payment of initial deposit.
Early Bird Rate:
Receive a 5% discount if you sign up on or by November 1st.
(Enter discount code: "EARLYBIRD" at registration).
The $500.00 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Cancellations before December 1st 2018:
You will forfeit your deposit of $500.00 plus a cancellation fee of $100.
The remainder of your payment will be refunded to you *if payment is larger than $500.
Cancellations on or after December 1st 2018:
You will forfeit ALL money rendered. We recommend that you purchase cancellation/travel insurance to protect your investment.
The classes in the retreat will be approached as immersive experience into the practice of yoga and meditation.
The morning classes will be alignment based were we will move on a journey through the body from the ground up. It will be an opportunity to create a true, safe and skillful foundation for your practice if this is new to you. Having an entire week dedicated to practicing each day allows for a much deeper, more powerful integration to occur, it can be very potent.
In the afternoon we will practice restorative yoga and meditation, we will sit for at least 30 minutes each afternoon. As the week unfolds it will give us an opportunity to observe the mind and learn ways to bring it into a place of calm steadiness and less reactivity.
Jo Lewzey has been teaching yoga since 2006. In 2010 she met the teacher that changed everything for her, Maritza – a longtime yogi who started as an Iyengar teacher and moved over to Anusara Yoga. Maritza’s style focuses on alignment of the body within each pose, slow and precise movement, and a therapeutic approach to practice. Maritza also has over thirty years experience with Vipassana meditation. Jo studied with Maritza as a student for three years in her annual 100 hour three-month-long Yoga immersion and then assisted in the training for three years completing well over 700 hours of study with Maritza alone.
Maritza’s teachings truly changed Jo from the inside out and completely changed her teaching.
She became her teacher, guide, mentor and friend over the years and Jo feels strongly that if it wasn't for her she would not be where she is today.
“I feel so inspired by Maritza as she is someone who truly embodies the practice of yoga, she lives and breathes it and has taught me how to truly heal my body through yoga and come back to my mat over and over again with a constant desire to continually grow and stay open to life and all of its challenges.”
Jo is a 500 RYT and completed a 300-hour teacher-training with Noah Maze in Los Angeles. He teaches alignment based yoga, in-depth asana sequencing, anatomy, and Hindu Mythology.
Jo creates a safe space for students to fully be themselves – a place where they can let go, become vulnerable, and at the same time experience their strengths and potential. Her class environment is like a living workshop where students can ask questions and learn something new in each class.
She teaches proper alignment in yoga poses and also hopes to teach students about yoga as a precious and invaluable healing practice of the body, mind, and heart and about how these tools can be used in aspects of our lives. She strives to instill in her students a trusting and healthy relationship with their bodies and relief from long held pain and injury.
She hopes that they begin to witness greatness within themselves and feel stronger and more equipped to face life with love and integrity. Jo teaches an all levels class – everyone is welcome to join! As students continue to practice with her they’ll gradually build knowledge of the poses, strength, and endurance.
Jo's classes are not about being perfect or overly flexible in the poses – everyone is there to learn and grow together. For her, yoga is a way to connect with herself on a deeper level. It is a way to quiet down the noise, soften and release the resistances in the body, learn how to focus the mind and find a deep well of calm and well being within, no matter what is going on outside. She loves teaching because it constantly asks her to be the best version of herself. She loves the class environment and sharing her heart and soul with an amazing group of people.
“The energy is so uplifting and it becomes this magical co-creative experience, and I leave feeling a huge high like surfing an amazing wave."
The Poolside King Cottages sleep up to 4 people.
Each cottage offers 1 king bed, 1 twin daybed & 1 twin bed in loft.
Wake up revitalized by taking a dip in the pool right outside your doorstep. These cottages offer the perfect setting to cleanse the body and mind. Both poolside cottages are equipped with A/C fan, WIFI, desk, safe deposit box and a walk in closet. You can also enjoy a unique outdoor lounge and seating area.
The Garden View Cottages or Cabinas sleep up to 3 people.
These cabinas are equipped with 2 queen beds, & 1 twin bed in loft.
Wake up refreshed with peaceful surroundings and exquisite views. Both Garden View cottages are equipped with A/C fan, WIFI, desk, safe deposit box and a walk in closet. Make yourself at home with luxurious bedding and plenty of hot water.
The Two Bedroom Villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, sleeping up to 2 people each.
The master bedroom offers 1 king bed & 1 twin bed. The second bedroom is equipped with 2 twin beds.
Take in the exotic wild life by day and gather on the private open air patio in the evening. Unwind in a cool room, welcoming beds and plush pillows. It includes a fully equipped kitchen with stove, coffee maker, refrigerator, dinnerware, flatware, AC, fan, WiFi and safe deposit box. Sit back and relax on the open air private patio.
The Ocean Front Villa sleeps up to 2 people. This villa provides 1 king bed & 2 twin beds.
Indulge in a glamorous villa located on the ocean front, with breathtaking views. Wake to the smell of fresh coffee. It includes A/C, fan, WiFi, fully equipped kitchen with hot plate, coffee maker, refrigerator, dinnerware and flatware. The master bath features a walk-in shower accompanied by two shower heads and a double sink.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of our chocolate sand beach from your private patio.
The Private Retreat is for the solo traveller. This cottage is equipped with 1 king bed.
It is located upstairs with a pool view and a private balcony and hammock to enjoy the ocean breeze. It is equipped with A/C, fan, WIFI and desk.
Enjoy your own secluded enclave.
CHECK IN ~ 3PM
YOGA CLASS ~ 4:30PM - 6:30PM
DINNER ~ 6:30PM - 8PM
WELCOMING CIRCLE ~ 8:30PM - 10PM