The Great Love Retreat with Melissa Berry Appleton, Lena Laforet and Joel Del Mar
Join us for an incredible retreat experience in the lushness of sunny Costa Rica. Sunrise yoga and meditation, discussions about practice, and contemplating yoga and Buddhist teachings are all on the menu. There will be ample free time for you to relax by Ahki’s gorgeous pool, walk/swim the beach, and explore Nosara. Great value is found in a nourishing vacation dedicated to self care and connection with practice community. This retreat is for all levels.
Melissa and Lena met through the British Columbia Zen Buddhist Dharma community and immediately found Rebel Dharma Sisterhood - not because they are similar, but because they are wildly unique ;) Joel and Lena are partners and lovers in life. Joel has energy and a smile that brings abundance to all life. He brings wisdom and encouragement for men to come along on retreat!
All together we invite you to explore a week of Great Love!
AHKí RETREAT is a tranquil and enchanting facility nestled in 5.5 mountain acres, located near the Pacific coast, in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica and has been named one of five ‘Blue Zones’—where people are said to be healthiest and happiest. Imbued with lush green mountainsides, blue ocean waters and plentiful sunshine. As remote as AHKí feels, it is only minutes away from beaches, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing, zip-lining, nature hikes, shopping, restaurants and more.
AHKí is a truly sacred space - built specifically according to the ancient science of Vastu Shastra, “the yoga of space”, invoking peace, wellness and harmony - with the environment as well as within one’s self. All the structures are built oriented in conjunction with the 9 directions, 5 elements, the earth’s vibrational grid, and the planetary energies.
Nestled amongst the trees along a mountain ridge, are two beautiful and spacious cabinas with a total of 6 large guest rooms. The heads of all the beds are positioned to the south or east, a Vastu principle that helps to induce a restful night’s sleep. All rooms are decorated with handcrafted Costa Rican hardwood furniture made by local artisans. Rooms have large ceiling fans, large windows and doors, and plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow. Each room has a private bath with a large unique, indoor/outdoor hot water shower, and patio decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. Triple, double, and single occupancy are available.
7AM Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
9AM-12 Yoga (asana, philosophy, pranayama)
1-6PM Free time for excursions, beach, hiking, solitude, etc.
7:30-8:30PM Evening practice
7 nights at AHKI Retreat
3 vegetarian gluten-free meals a day (non-vegetarian meals available for an additional cost),
all day coffee/tea and fruit,
Evening Yoga - Gentle slow, low & restore.
Transportation to and from Liberia airport,
Private driver for the beach and excursions,
Wi-Fi, fine linens and housekeeping.
Costs associated with passports (required), airfare, flight changes, airline baggage fees for any and all baggage, medical or travel insurance, vaccinations, gratuities and taxes for personal services, specialty beverages or alcohol, spa services, tours/excursions or the $29 country departure fee. Thursday evening sunset beach dinner at La Luna Cafe.
All payments are final; there are no refunds available. You may find another participant to take your place in the retreat or if there is a wait list and your spot can be filled, then reimbursement may be possible.
A valid passport is required, it must be valid at least 6 months after date of travel (July 2019). Plan to arrive before 3:30 pm on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 to Liberia International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. You will proceed through immigration, customs and then retrieve your luggage. You will be greeted by AHKI transportation and taken to the retreat center which is approximately 2 hours away. The cost of transportation to and from the airport is included in your package. Plan to fly out of Liberia International Airport after twelve noon on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. Prior to departure you must supply me with your up to date flight information to ensure pick-up at the Liberia International Airport. It is recommended to obtain travel insurance.
Melissa Berry Appleton
Melissa's classes invite people to explore inner landscapes of the body, outer landscapes of the world, compassion, creativity, wise alignment, and breath. Both yoga and meditation practices that are strong, gentle, and accessible in the same way we might want our lives to be ~
Melissa holds a Batchelor of Music Therapy, loves musical grooves and movement, and has been a student of yoga for over 20 years. She received extensive teacher training in both yoga and meditation from Michael Stone (1000+ hours, Astanga, Vipasana, Buddhism), Karen Sprute Francovich (200 hours, Ansuara), a collection of Anusara Teachers (200 hours), Judith Hansen Lasiter (100 hours), Molly Boeder Harris (100 hours, Trauma Informed Practice).
Melissa is in Soto Zen Buddhist Chaplaincy Training (ordained in 2019) at Upaya Zen Centre, under the study of Roshi Joan Halifax . She is a student of Norman Fischer, and keeps practice company with Michael Stone in her heart.
Melissa teaches yoga at MODO Yoga, leads workshops, retreats, and is Executive Director of ENSO society (registered charity) in collaboration with amazing Buddhist Practitioners, Clinical Counsellors, Movement Specialist, and Wilderness Guides. Current passion projects here ~ www.ensosociety.com www.melissaberryappleton.com
Lena weaves elemental themes into her classes and sprinkles Spanish into everything. From roots to blossoms, Lena brings traditional yoga teachings to life through innovative perspectives.
Lena is a student of in the Soto Zen tradition and was ordained in November 2015. She is certified in the instruction of Moksha/Modo Level 1 & 2 (700 hours), Yin (80 hours), Vinyasa (200 hours) and has taught and attended a multitude of retreats, intensives and specialty workshops.
Joel's passion and vigor is contagious, in a yoga class he'll have you trying something you never thought you could do while laughing at the same time. He's known to be always sipping on some strange but healthy drink.
He is certified in the instruction of Ashtanga (200 hours), Moksha (500 hours), Moksha Advanced and Yin (200 hours) and Vinyasa (200 hours). He has studied Soto Zen for years and continues to expand his expression of yoga with innovative approaches to functional movement.
USDollars Infused with simple elegance and just a short walk down from the main house, our six sizable, guest rooms can accommodate up to 3 people per room. All rooms have ceiling fans, large windows and doors, as well as plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow. All rooms have private baths with large unique and luxurious indoor/outdoor showers, and patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. ALL GROUP ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDE:
USDollars Infused with simple elegance and just a short walk down from the main house, our six sizable, guest rooms can accommodate up to 2 people per room. All rooms have ceiling fans, large windows and doors, as well as plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow. All rooms have private baths with large unique and luxurious indoor/outdoor showers, and patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. ALL GROUP ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDE:
USDollars Infused with simple elegance and just a short walk down from the main house, our six sizable, guest rooms can accommodate up to 1 people per room. All rooms have ceiling fans, large windows and doors, as well as plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow. All rooms have private baths with large unique and luxurious indoor/outdoor showers, and patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. ALL GROUP ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDE: