The Art of Relating Retreat

Guanacaste Province, Los Pargos, Costa Rica

Swastha Yoga International
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21 reviews
Feb 11 - 15, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25
The Art of Relating Retreat
Guanacaste Province, Los Pargos, Costa Rica

Swastha Yoga International
  • Email address verified
21 reviews

Feb 11 - 15, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

We all know what relationship success feels like. And, of course, we know all too well what the opposite feels like too. When relationships take a sordid twist into blame and resistance, or a downward spiral into resentment and disconnection, it is an uncomfortable situation to say the least. And, to make things worse, instead of knowing how to move into the discomfort with conflict resolution confidence, instead you find yourself trying to numb the pain, avoiding the issue or attempting to distract yourself from the experience. And, despite your best intentions for deeper levels of connection, you are simply left feeling defensive, hurt, and misunderstood; all leading to prolonged confusion, unhappiness, chaos and despair. This dynamic significantly costs us quality of relationship and leaves us feeling even more disconnected in our relationships.

Well, what if we told you that being successful in relationships can be LEARNED? That, by implementing these tools, learning, and practicing these skills, you can generate greater confidence and levels of connection and intimacy, use your voice to feel heard and understood, and even help those around you to feel the same?

Sounds good, right?

Well, here’s the truth - great relationships don’t come naturally - they must be created, pursued and nurtured. 

Sometimes we hear people say, "I'm not giving up, I'll just try harder". But if you try harder doing the same things that you have always done, then you will get the same results. Successful relating means learning to adapt. And, in order to do that, we need to change old habits, patterns and practices. Without that you are in fact giving up, regardless of what you believe.

One reason for relationship dissatisfaction is due to the fact that we allow our current relationships to be filtered through our past; meaning that we treat others how we think we know relationships to be, and these preconceived judgements undoubtedly hinder how we think, listen and communicate now. Setting the intention to clear the past and to step into present relationships, just as they are, as well as feeling grounded in reality and eager to contribute, is the first step to having extraordinary relationships.

This retreat is robust - with real tools and life skills that, when learned, cultivated, and practiced, can transform the way you move  in relationship. It is not a quick fix because, first of all, you are not broken. Secondly, nothing is broken. We simply believe that real relating is a creative process and, from our perspective, an art. Relating to others means engaging with others with compassion and fullness in your listening, as well as increased precision and power in your speaking. It is feeling aligned to your personal values while connecting with others more effectively, passionately, and powerfully. This is the Art of Relating.

We have developed an integrated model of living well that supports greater overall well-being and can help disrupt habits that reinforce feeling stuck, numb, overwhelmed, or unfulfilled. However, learning this art will require a commitment on your part to seek clarity in how you habitually and pathologically sabotage relationships through communication patterns that leave you feeling overwhelmed, devalued, and unheard. 

During this 5-day retreat, we will explore multiple aspects of communication, current patterns that shape how we perceive and respond to others, as well as experiential practices, group discussions, and therapeutically dynamic movement practices that support self-care, as well as improved quality and connection in our personal, professional and intimate relationships. 

This retreat is not yoga-based. You do not have to practice (or even like) yoga to get something valuable from this unique opportunity to discuss what it's like to be human. It is also for people of all ages and interests, and for individuals in all types of relationships - to self and to others (personal, professional, familial, romantic, global etc.).

We are very proud of this offering and are confident that you will gain meaningful results by joining us. This retreat is about mastering the art of relating while co-creating high-quality relationships...versus hanging around in mediocre relationships until they somehow end in some way.


What’s included

  • 4 nights accommodation
    Double Shared Accommodation (single room available upon request)
  • 2 meals per day
    Delicious, fresh meals (breakfast and dinner) will be provided during the duration of your stay
  • Stand Up Paddleboard
    SUP excursion and transportation to the river with a local guide
  • Airport shuttle
    Roundtrip group shuttle from/to the Liberia airport

What’s not included

  • Dinner
    There are several good restaurants within walking distance from the retreat centre, as well as a short shuttle ride to other nearby towns

Available Packages

Per Person Double Shared Accommodation
Special 2-person rate

This is a per couple/2-person rate - choose it just once per couple!

Please indicate both first and last names of both persons to be registered, the relationship between them, and accommodation choice (shared or separate rooms and/or beds).

Co-Ed Shared Living Accommodation

Single bed in your own semi-private space (half walls) within a  beautiful seven space handcrafted 800 square foot teakwood structure with ceiling fan.


Available options

Single Accommodation upgrade
Luxury Spa Package -3 treatments & lunch


Day 1
Arrival Day

We will begin the retreat with a welcome orientation and movement class at 4pm followed by dinner and an opportunity to journal (please bring one).

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Swastha Yoga International
21 reviews
Our goal is to inspire people around the globe to have deep and meaningful practices both on and off the mat, to understand what it takes to be a truly powerful and authentic leader, and to use words and actions that support and nurture a healthy relationship to oneself and to that our collective as yoga students, teachers, and humans will thrive - that is Swastha! Together we, Kevin McQuillan and Serena Arora, have taught, led, shared and witnessed the beautiful process of yoga in communities around the world for over 35 years and we are excited to build a community of teachers, practitioners, and leaders who are equally as committed to sharing, contributing, learning and being well together. We invite you here to our home in Costa Rica, on the road, and to call us into your own community to support growth and possibility - wherever you are in the world! Read more about us here: Be well.


The 300 hour Conscious Alignment Training is a once in a lifetime experience that will stay with me for a long, long time. Not only did it increase my confidence in my yoga teaching, it also gave me the opportunity to see the root causes of the things that have played out in my life and that I may not be so pleased over. You could say it's a three week awareness of yourself training. Then you leave feeling inspired to keep working on yourself with an aim to stay on track and live a more fulfilling life. It's not an easy training, but so worth it!
By Camilla H for 300 hour Conscious Alignment Advanced Training on Nov 21, 2022
This was my third go around with Kevin and Serena. Each training built upon the previous and I was able to take a deeper dive into myself as a result. This last 100hrs I was able to start really making the connections I needed to embrace the changes happening in my life and my body. These last four years and the 500hrs I have been blessed to spend with these two has made me a better man, a better teacher, a better lover, son, father, friend, student.....a better human. I will forever consider these two special human beings as my teachers, mentors and friends.
By Brad T for 100 hour Therapeutic Ayurveda Yoga Specialist on Oct 17, 2022
I highly recommend this program. In all ways it exceeded my expectations. Incredible program, amazing instructors, beautiful facility, great food and accommodations
By Christa H for 100 hour Therapeutic Ayurveda Yoga Specialist on Feb 28, 2022
I had a great time at peace retreat in Costa Rica. I met fabulous people and made great "human experiences" which are so needed in the urban jungle called life. Unfortunately the beach was a bit far, so we could only go there twice during the whole training. But anyway the purpose of the trip was the YTT and not hanging out at the beach. Thanks to Kevin and Serena for this amazing experience.
By Lisa-Maria B for 200 hour Human Journey Yoga Teacher Training on Feb 17, 2022
My experience at Swastha was life changing. Kevin and Serena provided a safe, structured, holistic environment in which to truly connect with myself, the other students, and my yoga. I found a place of connection and self love I didn't know was possible. I learned how to nourish my body, mind, and emotions so that I can bring my complete self to the mat and to my students. I cannot recommend this program highly enough. I am not the same person I was before Swastha.
By Joanne D for 200 hour Human Journey Yoga Teacher Training on Jan 25, 2022
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