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Journey Into Your Greatness

When: From Mar 28, 2015 to Apr 02, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Personal Growth, Meditation, Yoga Retreat, Power Yoga

Power Yoga Immersion                   

What is greatness? We use the word great so much that much of its significance is lost.  To call something great could even make us think that whatever it is, it’s nothing special.  However, the word “great” is synonymous with words such as: immense, enormous, huge, vast and grand! Within each of us is greatness. An immense, vast and grand energy of love, light, hope, talent, spirituality and freedom from the perceptions that hold us back.
This March, make a plan to join Melanie Taylor and Joseph Stingley in stunning and exotic Costa Rica for a yoga retreat you won’t forget.
Included in your retreat:
  • 5 relaxing and life affirming nights at the Pura Vida Spa nestled in the lush jungle of Costa Rica.
  • Each morning will begin with a guided meditation walk, followed by a healthy gourmet breakfast.
  • 90 minute morning practice led by either Melanie or Joseph.
  • 3 delicious health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options.
  • Another powerful 90 minute evening practice.
  • 2 additional workshops offered to you during the week led by Melanie and Joseph for the deepening of your practice and offer an even closer look at how we tap into the greatness that we already possess.  This awareness with ourselves can bless our lives and others.
  • Use of swimming pool and hot tub.

You can fill your day with amazing hikes around the property, spend it in the spa receiving wonderful treatments, lounge by the pool, zip line over the jungle, read a book or take a nap....the sky's the limit!

Pricing starting at $1,085 per person for double occupancy rate. 

For more rates and to book your reservation please call R&R Resorts at (888) 767-7375 x233 ask for Linden Dudley or email 

4th Annual Power of Presence Retreat

When: From Mar 28, 2015 to Apr 04, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Meditation, Personal Transformation

Christopher Brown, MA, RScP and Susan Urquhart-Brown, MA, RYT are Mindfulness Inner Inquiry Teachers

Christopher, a past life therapist, builder and designer has been on the journey of awakening for 35 years and is passionate about individual transformation. He brings a compassionate directness to inner inquiry that facilitates others’ awakening to their courage, presence and being.
Susan, a yogi, inner inquiry, and meditation teacher is founder of Anjori Yoga Studio. She has practiced meditation for 30 years and yoga for 10 years. Susan’s nurturing style combines mindfulness, breath awareness, yoga, and meditation to bring presence and awareness to all aspects of her students' lives.

Join Christopher and Susan and Immerse Yourself…….
In magical Costa Rica at Pura Vida Spa and Resort, a private estate high on a mountain which is a tropical oasis with spectacular views of the distant mountains and the twinkling lights of San Jose.  
The Power of Presence Retreat is a 7-day retreat exploring how to recognize and move beyond old limiting patterns and beliefs. You will discover the joy and preciousness which resides within the full immediacy of Now. 

Through inner inquiry, interactive group sharing, mindfulness meditation, yoga and play, you will:
Discover new found courage and the power of being present in community
Make friends with your inner critic
Recognize your intuitive wisdom
Enhance your practice and bring paradise home!
Enjoy twice daily workshops as well as daily yoga and meditation. In addition, you will have plenty of free time to relax with spa treatments and explore Costa Rica with Pura Vida tours (not included in price) such as canopy ziplining, river rafting, visiting waterfalls, volcanoes and a butterfly sanctuary.

Pricing: $1625 per person double occupancy and $1995 single occupancy with private bath includes: 
7 nights' accommodation & 3 delicious meals daily
Airport transfers from/to SJO airport
All workshops, yoga, meditation, journal and workbook
A walking tour of the coffee plantation surrounding Pura Vida
Beautiful pool and hot tub with an amazing view
Not included: Airfare, taxes, Pura Vida spa treatments and tours
Space is limited; a $500 deposit will hold your space.

Early Bird Special for the Power of Presence Retreat: $100 off when paid in full on or before December 30, 2014

PRE TRIP: March 25-28, 2015

Unplug from your ordinary life and join us where the extraordinary Costa Rican rainforest filled with monkeys and tropical birds meet the palm trees, soft sands and warm clear water at Jaco Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Relax and rejuvenate at the Hotel Club del Mar Resort 
Prices: From $520 - $588 includes 3 nights double occupancy accommodation, daily breakfasts & airport transfers with local guides. 

To register or more information for the Power of Presence Retreat and Pre-Trip, click here, email or call (510) 654-6588

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Purification meets Paradise

When: From Apr 11, 2015 to Apr 18, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Healing, Yoga Nidra, Ayurvedic Cleansing

Register by December 25, 2014 and save $100!!

Journey to the beauty of Costa Rica for a week of renewal and inspiration. Take time to pause, cleanse, heal and refresh your body, mind and spirit. 

Karen Quinn, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Therapist, returns for another week of Ayurvedic cleansing and yoga practice. Take this opportunity to restore and balance your health and vitality.  The fantastic food prepared by Chef Marisol is balanced, healing, and completely organic, utilizing the principles of Ayurveda to bolster your body’s ability to accept the nourishment within.  Karen will be in contact with you prior to the retreat regarding herbs and oils that can assist your cleansing experience.

A twice daily yoga practice is offered, including pranayama, nidra, asana and a journey through the chakras, illuminating the path to consciousness and good health. 

You can spend this amazing week as a time of simple solitude and retreat, taking advantage of the lovely grounds. Or you can mix in experiencing the many wonders of Costa Rica through the multitude of excursions offered by Pura Vida. However you choose to spend your time, you will be able to let go, laugh and heal.

For all the details, click here.

Hot Yoga Teacher Training Level II and III & Yoga Retreat

When: From Apr 18, 2015 to Apr 25, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Teacher Training, Bikram Beginner Yoga Retreat

 For more information and to register please click here.

JUST BE Yoga Retreat with Dawn Balfour

When: From Apr 25, 2015 to May 02, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga Retreat, Therapeutic Yoga

Take a week for yourself in this beautiful location, at Pura Vida Spa Resort, Costa Rica where you can find peace and wellness with Yoga, meditation, relaxation.  Just being.

Yoga classes will be led by Dawn Balfour who is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Instructor from Barrie, Ontario, Canada and has been teaching Yoga for 8 years.  You will have 2 classes per day at sunrise and at sunset.   You will also receive a one hour therapeutic session included in the price, which explores imbalance through your Chakras as well as the choice of other therapies at the resort (which are at an additional cost).

Dawn’s background stems from a strong Iyengar foundation with her initial teacher training in London, England as well as in Orillia and Brantford, Canada.  Her more spiritual influences are from Sivananda philosophies as well as applying the 8 limbs of Yoga and Mindfulness to her every day life.

Her journey to Yoga and self-study started when she became sick with an immune system disorder 15 years ago.  Being housebound, she practiced daily and within a year was on the road to recovery.

Dawn’s aim is to create a safe space for you to practice, to look within and to connect to the seat of Self on and off the mat.

Yogic philosophies are the foundation for the life she lives and through continued self-study and study of Yoga she feels guided by spirit and by the energy of those present to provide you with what is needed on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

2015 will be the third retreat that Dawn has hosted at Pura Vida and each experience has been magical.  You can choose peaceful quiet time as well as going on excursions which are offered every day at an additional cost.  It is a wonderful time to explore the beauty of this country as well as the beauty that resides within.  You will have time to reflect, move, breathe, meditate and clear away negativity, leaving you feeling more positive, empowered and ready to live more fully. This retreat is appropriate for all levels.

Prices start at $1090 USD based on double occupancy.

Book fast, as there are only a few spots available.

Please call 705 721-1202, email dawnbalfour@hotmail.com or visit www.yogawithdawnbalfour.com


Profound Ancient LONGEVITY Qi Gong Retreat

When: From May 02, 2015 to May 09, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Healing, Longevity & Wellness, Meditation, Qi Gong, Healing & Arts, Mantra

Join Dr. Sifu Reginald Cann for the second lifetime exotic retreat in the stunning Costa Rica Mountains to learn some of the secrets of Profound Ancient knowledge. These life skills can be applied to all aspects of modern everyday life.

The Profound Ancient Longevity Qi Gong Retreat delivers a litany of benefits. These include cellular level detoxification, regulation of yin / yang organs, strengthening of the body, increasing overall energy and vitality, building the immune system, calming the nervous system, and promoting overall wellness and peace of mind.

The Retreat is to be held at the spectacular Pura Vida Spa, a mountain paradise at 5200 feet, only minutes from the San Jose International Airport which, enjoys balmy daytime temperatures that average 73° F and equally mild nights.

Invest in a happier and healthier you — with recreation, relaxation, adventure, delicious meals and daily seminars with like-minded people.

What You Will Learn:

  • Taoist Longevity Qi Gong
  • One Animal Frolic
  • How to Dredge & Regulate Meridians
  • Medical Qi Gong Healing Sounds
  • Meditation & Ancient Healing Chants
  • Benefits of Powerful Tonic Teas & Tinctures with sample tasting         

Detox & Renew Your Body In 2015

- Health-minded Buffet-style Meals
- Fresh Juice Served Daily

- Exotic Super Smoothies Available

- No Artificial Sweeteners or Processed Foods

- Refreshing Filtered Spring Water Available

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL: mail@cohahealth.com or call 1.441.295.7612

LMT Success Group

When: From May 02, 2015 to May 09, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Teacher Training, Massage Therapy, Education, Earn Credit Hours

Join America's premier continuing education company for a week in paradise!


Get certified in Medical Massage in our rarely held 40 hour "immersion program" (www.medicalmassage.com), or take a 30 hour program in Thai Yoga Massage (www.dragonflyhealthspa.net).  Class hours are wrapped around excursion opportunities to beautiful waterfalls, volcanoes, spectacular beaches and more! 


For more information and to register for this trip please click here.

Bikram Beginner Yoga Retreat with Teri Almquist

When: From May 10, 2015 to May 15, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Meditation, Bikram Beginner Yoga Retreat, Posture Clinics

Practice the yoga you love, with a change of scenery. This is a unique opportunity to strengthen your practice while connecting with our larger yoga community. Bikram Yoga, the original hot yoga, is a healing yoga designed for everybody. The practice of Bikram Beginner Yoga consists of a series of beginner postures, performed in a heated room. The series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises creates a healing environment for the whole body. Join us, the Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley Community, for a five day retreat.

Teri Almquist, owner and director of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley has been a certified Bikram Yoga teacher since the spring of 2005 and studio owner of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley since 2008. Teri is consulted by teachers and students from all corners of the globe for her expertise in healing injured bodies through Bikram Yoga. Teri believes Bikram Yoga is for everybody, regardless of where they start. Her knowledge can be applied to any body so that practitioners of all levels, even those with no yoga experience are welcome and encouraged to attend the retreat. For more information please visit Teri’s website:  www.bikramyogamv.com 

Included in your retreat price: 

  • Accommodations: single or double occupancy in your choice of housing – the Pura Vida Reservations Specialist will help you book the right room for your desired comfort and budget.
  • 3 Nutritious and Delicious meals daily. Special dietary needs can be accommodated
  • 2 Bikram Beginner Yoga classes available daily in Pura Vida’s Hot Yoga Hall.
  • Two posture clinics during the week (one focusing on the standing series, one focusing on the floor series)
  • Special clinic for certified Bikram Yoga teachers.(please inform reservations if you are a certified Bikram Teacher)
  • One hour private yoga lessons available for additional fee by appointment, limited space book with Teri directly Teri@bikramyogamv.com
  • Daily Meditation
  • Coffee Plantation and Holistic Herb Garden Tours
  • Newly Renovated Pool and Hot Tub
  • Round trip shuttle to/from the SJO airport
  • Community Events
  • Relaxation and Fun!
  • Optional Day Trips and Healing Spa Treatments available throughout the week for an additional fee

For more details and to reserve your spot please contact Pura Vida reservations at 888-767-7375 x233 or email: reservations@puravidaspa.com

Radical Awakening: A Journey into Bliss!

When: From May 09, 2015 to May 16, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Music / Song, Personal Growth, Meditation, Personal Transformation, Thai Massage, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Posture Clinics

WARNING: We are extremely serious about having loads of fun!

Immerse yourself in a week long journey into yogic bliss with Sufey and Allowah. Our teachings are centered around a practice of deep, unconditional love that will leave you feeling nourished, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Experience a radical mix of yoga philosophy, poetry and poses, all consciously sequenced to send you soaring into the highest states of happiness. We are known for our playfully wild style of living, our out-of-the-box concepts and a focus on living Yoga both on and off the mat!

Expect to shake your asana, zip-line through the jungle, eat delicious fresh local foods, fly with new friends, have spontaneous dance parties, go deep in meditation and laugh way too much. 

Styles of Yoga: Vinyasa, Yin, Meditation, Acro, Kundalini, Bhakti, Ecstatic

Our journey together includes:

   12 inspired yoga classes + 6 morning meditations + 6 pranayama practices. Each morning, we begin with a meditation and pranayama class, followed by an energizing Kundalini or Vinyasa flow sequence. Each evening, we end with a Yin or Restorative Practice, or explore Acro Yoga and Kirtan in workshop.

  7 nights at Pura Vida Spa. Our all-inclusive package includes cute and cozy shared accommodations. Single rooms are available upon request. You will have lots of free time to go on guided local adventures (like whitewater rafting, waterfall hikes, and hot springs) or to soak up the Costa Rican sun.

  3 gourmet meals per day. Enjoy a buffet-style selection of fresh, healthy meals with regular, high-protein, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

  A choice between 1 complimentary Thai massage or 1 complimentary photo-shoot to capture your vacation memories.

  Complimentary airport pickup and drop off.

  Free hugs!


Our teachers:

Sufey (E-RYT 200) believes in headstands, daily dance parties and love-fueled communities. An eclectic background of biomedical sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, theatre and art at New Mexico State University, music and spirituality complements her extensive study with master yogis around the world. With 9+ years of teaching experience across Asia and North America, she is known for her interactive, heart-opening and refreshingly honest style of teaching. In class, she channels an inspired mix of poetry, philosophy, power and play with a deep reverence for her teachers and love for her students.

Sufeys classes are a divine experience. Thats the only way I can describe it— I felt like she takes me really deep into my own inner joy, which is such a gift. I feel really free in her class. There are no expectations of me, I can express myself in whatever way I needed to. To create that space as a teacher is healing for the planet. I thank Sufey for her gift of pure shining light with no reservations. Shes totally courageous in her teaching style. She’s a courageous person.” — Hanna Leigh · Maui, Hawaii

Allowah (E-RYT 200) is the visionary behind Yoga University, an international school for advanced yoga studies. He is passionate about a universal education experience that addresses the whole person: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. As an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied Philosophy and Religion. Yet it was Yoga that offered him the answers he was seeking. For many years, he traveled throughout India, Israel and America to study with contemporary Hatha Yoga legends. Now 18 years into his yoga journey, he skillfully bridges the gap between the East and the West in a down-to-earth, accessible and fun way.

“As a yoga teacher and creative musician, Allowah facilitates my deepening of the physical practice of yoga, breath, meditation and beautiful music. Even more profoundly, Allowahs open-heart, loving energy and commitment to the spiritual journey assists me in tapping into love and bliss consciousness on and off the mat.” — Patricia Varley · Naples, Florida

To register, please e-mail smile@sufey.org or call Sufey at 604 880 5891. You can also connect at facebook.com/sufey.org or on Instagram @SufeyChen. May love, light and joy be with you always!  

Metamorphosis: Relax and Renew in Magical Costa Rica

When: From May 16, 2015 to May 23, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Personal Growth, Meditation, Yoga Retreat, Mantra, Mindfulness

When was the last time you took an entire week dedicated totally to you? Metamorphosis is a unique experience that will open the door to new possibilities for your life, love, and happiness!  Held at the beautiful Pura Vida Resort, this is a not to miss opportunity!

For an entire week, you’ll be free of all distractions; cell phones, emails, work, and family responsibilities. You’ll have the time to truly relax, unwind, and rediscover your vitality! By the end of the week, you’ll emerge ready to spread your wings carrying with you the tools you need to manage those day to day stressors that have held you back in the past.

So go ahead, imagine waking to the soothing sounds of a lush jungle and greeting your day with an energizing yoga practice after which you enjoy a deliciously healthy breakfast and sip on freshly squeezed tropical juices. There will be daily meditation instruction, intention setting workshops, and time set aside for journaling, introspection, or just kicking back. Throughout the week there will be opportunities for excursions to the Poas Volcano, a waterfall hike or a zip-line canopy tour of the beautiful Cost Rican jungle. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the pool, jacuzzi, relax in a hammock or receive a luxurious spa treatment. Every evening we will wrap up the day with a gentle yoga practice to help induce a deep rejuvenating sleep.

Join your hosts Karen Dorfman and Kimberly Sotelo for an experience of a lifetime! We want you to have an amazing time with us! All meals and transportation to and from the resort are included in the price. No need to bring your mat either, everything you need for yoga and meditation practice will be provided. At Metamorphosis you’ll reconnect with your deepest values so that you can return home with new skills that will enable you to direct your energy towards the things you want to create in your life. No experience required, all you need is an open mind and be ready for new possibilities! So, are you ready to spread your wings and fly?!

Kimberly Sotelo is the founder of Inner Sunshine Yoga in Opelika, AL. She is also a Thai Yoga Therapist and Holistic Wellness Educator. For more information about Kimberly click HERE

Karen Dorfman owns the Firefly Massage & Yoga Studio in Atlanta, GA. She is also the co-founder of the ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival. For more information about Karen click HERE


Early bird discount, book by the end of the year and save $100!

Rooms booked by Dec. 31st:
Double Occupancy starts at $1295
Single Occupancy starts at $1505

Rooms booked starting Jan. 1st
Double Occupancy starts at $1395
Single Occupancy starts at $1605

To see all accommodation options click HERE.

Price includes: Lodging, transfers to and from the airport, 3 delicious healthy meals a day with vegetarian, fish and chicken options,  yoga classes, water and fire ceremonies, meditation, breathwork, chanting and intention setting workshops.

Not included: Airfare, optional excursions & spa treatments

For more information and to book your reservation:  Call R&R Resorts at (888) 767-7375 x233 ask for Linden Dudley or email her at: reservations@puravidaspa.com

105F's Hot Yoga Retreat with Gianna Purcell

When: From May 24, 2015 to May 30, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Hot Yoga Retreat, Posture Clinics

Explore your hot yoga practice and enjoy a week at our favorite Costa Rican spa!  

Please join 105F for a 7 day/6 night all-inclusive vacation at the beautiful Pura Vida Retreat and Spa in Alajuela, Costa Rica from May 24 - 30, 2015.

Led by Gianna Purcell (2013 USA Yoga Gold Medal Winner and Principal Instructor at 105F Chicago) and staff of senior Bikram instructors, this week-long yoga immersion, perfect for beinners as well as seasoned yogis, allows you to study, relax, and play as hard as you wish, including:

  • Two daily Bikram style hot yoga classes in Pura Vida's Lila Hot Yoga Hall.
  • Posture clinics with working insight into the movements and mechanics of the Bikram series.
  • Individualized instruction to improve alignment and balance to push your practice forward.
  • Insight into and opportunity to practice the 84 advanced asanas, from where the Bikram series was derived.
  • Three fresh, nutritious meals prepared by an in-house chef.  Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
  • $100 credit towards any of Pura Vida's healing spa treatments.
  • Plenty of free time to enjoy the spa’s swimming pool, hot tub, and juice and wine bars.
  • Complimentary tours of the onsite coffee plantation and holistic herb gardens, salsa dancing and drum circles in the evenings.
  • Optional day trips to hot springs, zip lines, whitewater rafting, and more for additional cost.
  • Hours of sunshine and tropical weather (70-80°F daytime; 50-60°F evening).
  • Round trip shuttle to/from SJO airport.  
  • Free Wi-Fi in the guest lounge, pool area, and restaurant.
  • Friendly company among like-minded yogis.


Your rejuvenating week in a yoga paradise awaits!

Pricing starts at $1399. 

Gianna Purcell relocated from Austin, TX and joined the 105F faculty full-time in the Summer of 2014 after years of competing and instructing around the world. Gianna approaches the Bikram method as a moving meditation coupled with an innate understanding of how the series is best expressed for maximum nourishing, healing, and revitalizing. "In challenging my physical practice, my knowledge of the body and postures greatly improves," Gianna explains. "This allows me to better help my students in their yoga journey.” This retreat offers a small group of passionate yogis an exclusive opportunity for intimate tutorials and comprehensive training under Gianna's expert tutelage.

For more information, visit www.105F.com/retreat or email retreat@105F.com.

Pure Life Cleanse: Ayurvedic Approach

When: From May 23, 2015 to May 30, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Healing, Personal Growth, Meditation, Alternative Medicine, Ayurvedic Cleansing

We at Pura Vida Spa are excited to share the Pure Life Cleanse program with you. It is our intention to inspire and support you on your journey towards optimal health and wellness through this program. Whether it’s your first experience with cleansing, or one of many, our hope is that your experience may reveal a new level of awareness and understanding on how to best care for your body, mind and spirit, ultimately leading you to a life of joy, peace, clarity and vitality.

Cleansing (or detoxification) is a process of encouraging the body to release impurities, while at the same time nourishing it with select foods and nutrients. When properly assisted, the body can rid itself of toxins with ease and powerful results.


Pure Life Cleanse Pura Vida Spa– an Ayurvedic approach:

  • Ayurvedais the system of traditional medicine native to India.
  • Theword translates as the science of healthful living. Its basis lies in thepremise that, upon birth, we each have a unique constitutional makeup ordosha - a combination of nature’s 5 elements.
  • Whenour birth dosha is sustained it correlates to optimal health and vitality.
  • Thebody becomes ‘diseased’ when one’s unique dosha becomes imbalanced.
  • Thishappens through exposure to unhealthy or inappropriate diet, incompatiblefood combinations, lack of proper elimination, and emotional orenvironmental stressors.

To book your Cleanse Week please contact Linden Dudley at (888) 767-7375 X233 or email

Profound Healing Cleanse

When: From May 23, 2015 to May 30, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Healing, Personal Growth, Meditation, Alternative Medicine, Ayurvedic Cleansing

The Profound Healing Cleanse is a complete reset of the body, mind and emotions.  Aiming to raise consciousness and find a deeper sense of Well Being. It offers a great opportunity for you to take your life back in your hands.


You can go deeper within yourself with consistent yoga and meditation practice.  We aim for you to feel noticeably restored with our Ayurvedic DEEP Detoxification.  We have successfully merged the best of Western comfort with the ancient art of healing.  Ayurvedic Purification is a unique, customized detoxification therapy of Ayurveda, a system based on thousands of years of healing.  It is extremely nurturing, safe and gentle on the bodily systems.  It is quite powerful and effective in removing toxins and stress from the deep tissues.


We will provide you with all the basic tools to launch your own Spiritual Process, balance your body, and take your life in your hands physically, mentally and emotionally.


The program is facilitated by Leonardo Cordero, an Ayurvedic Healer, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Spiritual Healer.


Benefits include:

  • Prevent diseases and Reverse aging signs
  • Increase energy levels
  • Deep experience of needed rest & relaxation
  • Enjoy mental clarity and increased concentration
  • Deepen self-awareness & spirituality
  • Clear emotional stagnation & experience inner joy
  • Develop a consistent daily routine that includes yoga, meditation, and self-care


For more information and to book please contact Linden Dudley at (888) 767-7375 X233 or email  

Costa Rica Art + Asana Yoga Retreat

When: From May 23, 2015 to May 30, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga Retreat, Healing & Arts, Mindfulness

Join Kimberly Wilson and Mary Catherine Starr for a week-long escape focused on yoga, creativity, and mindfulness over Memorial Day weekend. Bask in tranquility among the tropical splendor at Pura Vida, a private mountainside estate in the Alajuela province. 
Indulge in daily yoga sessions (vinyasa, yin, yoga nidra, restorative, and meditation), art and creativity sessions (art journaling/journaling and mixed media/collage), and ample time for naps, reading poolside, and dining on fresh, local cuisine. 
The resort is enveloped in lush, tropical gardens surrounded by coffee plantations with a pool, a hot tub, and luxurious spa treatments at your fingertips. Open to late beginner to advanced students, all classes will be taught at Tranquil Space Open Flow level with variations and modifications for your body. 
  • Ten yoga sessions
  • Four creativity sessions
  • Deluxe or tentalow accommodations
  • Transport to and from the SJO airport
  • A tranquility-filled goody bag
  • Three delicious daily meals and sensory surprises
  • All registrants will receive a detailed itinerary, packing list, and tips on making the experience meaningful.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare, spa services, and excursions.
Airfare: Both Saturdays are travel days with no programming so arrive and depart at your leisure on Saturday.

Tentalow single $1,950, Tentalow double* $1,650 (per person)
Tentalow description: tentalows combine the adventure and feel of the outdoors with the amenities of a room. These 12 ' x 12 ' x 12 ' luxury tents have carpeted floors, very comfortable beds (the same as in our other accommodations), electricity, space for your clothes and plenty of fresh mountain air. The shared bathrooms are set in lush gardens, are very attractive, and are conveniently located nearby. 1 king or 2 twins.

Deluxe single $2,250, deluxe double* $1,850 (per person)
Deluxe description: deluxe accommodations are the A-frames and vistas. They each have a private balcony with stunning views, their own baths, balcony and coffee maker. 1 king or 2 twins.
*Please note if you come solo and choose double but no other solo guest is available to be your roommate, you will be transitioned to the single rate. 

Payments: $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot and balance due by March 15, 2015. If you register after March 15 full payment is due at time of registration. Please refer here for our cancellation policies for international retreats. 

To register and for more information click here.

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Retreat w/Mike Frayer & Heather Meharg

When: From May 30, 2015 to Jun 04, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Bikram Beginner Yoga Retreat, Posture Clinics

Join the co-directors of Bikram Yoga River North Mike Frayer and Heather Meharg to practice the Yoga you love in the idyllic setting among the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. Bikram’s Yoga, the original hot yoga, is a healing yoga series designed for all regardless of experience or ability. The practice of Bikram’s Yoga consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a room heated to 105-110 degrees. Join the Bikram Yoga River North community for a 5 day retreat. Mike and Heather are the co-directors of Bikram Yoga River North. Their studio has been selected as the best Yoga Studio in the city of Chicago 3 times in the past 9 years. They were both certified as Bikram Yoga Instructors in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Mike and Heather are active within and are highly regarded within the Bikram Yoga community. They both have a special invitation from Bikram Choudhoury to participate in his teacher trainings where they come to share their knowledge and assist in the instruction of teacher trainers in the art of teaching Bikram’s Yoga. They have mentored dozens of teachers who now teach in a myriad of locations around the globe.

Mike and Heather believe that each student can receive numerous positive benefits from their very first class. It is because of this belief that this retreat is open to practitioners of all levels, even those with little or no yoga experience and are welcome and encouraged to attend this retreat.

Included in your retreat price:

  • Accommodations: single or double occupancy in your choice of housing.  The Pura Vida Reservation Specialist will help you book the right room for your desired comfort and budget. 
  • 3 Nutritious and Delicious meals daily. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
  • 2 Bikram Beginner Yoga classes available daily in Pura Vida’s Hot Yoga Hall.
  • 2 Posture clinics during the week (One focusing on the standing series.  One focusing on the floor series).
  • Special Clinic for certified Bikram Yoga teachers.  (Please inform reservations if you are a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher).
  • One hour private yoga lessons available for additional fee with Mike or Heather.  Limited space and by appointment only, please contact Mike directly at mike@byrnchicago.com
  • Coffee Plantation and Holistic Herb Garden Tours.
  • Use of Swimming Pool and Hot Tub. 
  • Nightly Hot Chocolate!
  • Relaxation and fun!
  • Round trip shuttle to/from the SJO airport.
  • Optional Day Trips and Healing Spa Treatments available throughout the week for an additional fee.

Prices starting around $1,000 for double occupancy.  Book by March 1, 2015 and receive $100 off!

For more details and to reserve your spot please contact Pura Vida reservations at 888-767-7375 x233 or email: reservations@puravidaspa.com

200-hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga University

When: From May 16, 2015 to Jun 06, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Teacher Training, Personal Growth, Meditation, Study of Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Posture Clinics

Our teachings are centered around a practice of deep, unconditional love. At Yoga University, we fully immerse in a comprehensive study of traditional Eastern and Western philosophies through asana, pranayama, meditation, satsang and kirtan. We are a 200-hr Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.

In 21 days of radical transformation, you will discover a great variety of traditional and contemporary yogic practice: everything from age old shamanic breath work to butt-kicking vinyasa to relaxing Thai bodywork to the thrill of acro yoga. We are known for our playfully wild style of living, our out-of-the-box concepts and a focus on living the practice on and off the mat.

Our training has been referred to as a “crash course in inspired life”. It is suitable for both those who wish to teach innovative yoga and those who seek a revolutionary personal practice. Our holistic curriculum embodies the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual disciplines of yoga in a thorough and lighthearted manner. We work hard… and we play too!

Curriculum Highlights:

  •    Principles of Vinyasa
  •    Advanced Asana Practice
  •    Alignment & Assisting
  •    Pranayama & Meditation
  •    Anatomy & Physiology
  •    Teaching Methodology
  •    Subtle Anatomy, Chakras & Nadis
  •    Yoga Sutras
  •    Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
  •    Teachings of the Upanishads
  •    Hindu Mythology
  •    Yoga Diet & Nutrition
  •    Voice of Yoga
  •    Intro to Bhakti Yoga, Mantras & Chanting
  •    Intro to Restorative Yoga
  •    Intro to Kundalini Yoga
  •    Intro to Yin Yoga
  •    Intro to Acro Yoga
  •    Intro to Kids Yoga
  •    Intro to Prenatal Yoga
  •    Intro to Yoga Nidra
  •    The Yoga of Life
  •    Dance Parties
  •    Hugs


Our selection process includes a web application and a Skype interview. When we have mutually agreed to embark on this journey together, we are committed to supporting you the whole way through — we maintain strong relationships with all of our graduates and coach them as they grow.

Throughout our course, we live, eat, practice, play and breathe together as a family. Small group sizes are important to us. We create safe, intimate spaces where we have the ability to devote our attention completely to you. Your comfort and happiness are of utmost important to us.

Furthermore, we are committed to making yoga accessible for all. Because of this, we offer karma opportunities including work trade, full/ partial scholarships, early bird discounts and flexible payment plans.

Our teachers:

Allowah Lani and Sufey Chen are both certified with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200 level. Together, they happily lead Yoga Teacher Trainings in Maui, Florida and Costa Rica. With three combined decades of practice and teaching experience in a wide range of Yoga styles (from Ashtanga to Kundalini to Yin to Acro), they lead inspirational trainings to kickstart your yoga path. Full biographies are available on yogauniversity108.com or sufey.org/smile.

Next steps:

For a full curriculum, pricing details, or to set up a free Skype consultation, please email Sufey at smile@sufey.org or call 604 880 5891.

You can also connect with us on social:

Sufey — facebook.com/sufey.org or instagram.com/sufeychen

Allowah — https://www.facebook.com/allowah

We look forward to co-creating miracles together. Namaste! 

Mind Body Spirit Retreat with Deborah Lile of Stress Less Yoga

When: From Jun 07, 2015 to Jun 13, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Meditation, Yoga Retreat

Join Deborah Lile in Costa Rica at the Pura Vida Retreat and Spa for a seven-day exploration of the art of meditation and yoga to get In the Flow, and Find and Live Your Life’s Purpose!

Beautiful, fun and healthy. Pura Vida Retreat and Spa is considered by some as the Wellness & Yoga destination of choice outside the United States. We offer you a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit in an oasis of beauty, tranquility and home-like intimacy. Pamper your body and soul while exploring the delights of Costa Rica, a country renowned for its beauty.

Deborah is a leading teacher of mind-body practices in South Florida. Founder of Stress Less Yoga, Deborah is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life- transforming ways!

Immerse yourself in the practices of yoga and meditation in the Pura Vida lifestyle. Twice daily practices of inspiring hatha yoga and relaxing meditation in the jungle covered hill tops of Costa Rica will rejuvenate and restore you. External excursions available to hot springs, water falls, volcanoes, canopy tours and white water rafting. Delicious meals, including vegetarian and vegan options are included. This Costa Rica Yoga Retreat will be an unforgettable and life-enriching adventure!

For more information and to register contact Deborah@stresslessyoga.info or call (305) 494-7698

Cost:  Rates start at $1,600 per person based on double occupancy and $1,780 for single occupancy.

Pricing includes:

  • Room Accommodations
  • 3 Delicious health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options
  • Use of outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Twice daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Guided walk through coffee plantation
  • Designated Wi-Fi and computer access
  • Round-trip shuttle service to/from SJO airport
  • Optional tours and sumptuous spa treatments available for additional cost 

Serene Joy: Relaxing Yoga Retreat with Rubén Vásquez

When: From Jun 06, 2015 to Jun 13, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga Retreat, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga

Embark on a powerful journey to discover your internal source of deep peace, balance and joy.

"The recent trip to Costa Rica was one of THE best I have ever been on.....and I have traveled a lot." – A. previous retreat participant

In this retreat you will be guided by Rubén Vásquez, M.Ed., AYT, ERYT500 to dive deep within embarking on an internal exploration of movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation that will help you release stress, energize your body and nurture your soul.

Our body needs profound rest in order to heal, restore, repair and strengthen. Relaxation is essential to this process. Rubén crafts each retreat carefully to ensure that you have time and that you never feel rushed. You will have plenty of time to rest, enjoy wonderful treatments, sleep and meet interesting people on the same path. My goal is for you to feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and full of vitality as a direct result of this retreat.


  • Take time for yourself.
  • Remove distractions.
  • De-stress.
  • Unclutter your mind.
  • Relax.
  • Smile.
  • Deepen your yoga practice.
  • Feel integrated and whole.
  • Plenty of time to relax, rest, nap, read...


What is included?

  • 7 night / 8 day stay at Pura Vida Retreat Center, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Airport transfer from San Jose International Airport (SJO) to retreat center
  • 3 Tasty meals each day (dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day)
  • Health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options
  • Dietary needs and allergies can be accommodated (gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, etc)
  • Filtered and alkaline water, coffee, tea, milk, and fresh seasonal local fruit available throughout the day
  • AM yoga practice with Rubén to invigorate and energize
  • PM yoga practice with Rubén to relax and integrate (*Evening session includes yoga nidra)
  • 1 tour with the group
  • Time for Exploration, Relaxation, Reflection, and Creativity
  • Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Guided walks through surrounding coffee plantation, resort Green House and Orchid House
  • 2 hour workshop on growing and using medicinal herbs
  • All Taxes
  • Transportation to San Jose International Airport (SJO)


Cost: $1375 per person double occupancy / $1775 per person in single room

"Rubén is a master teacher in my opinion.  Love your style. Years of yoga experience & it feels like it!" – H.A, yoga teacher

Sample Schedule

  • 7:00am – 9:00am Complete Yoga practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00-1:00 Open for relaxation, reflection or optional Activities
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00pm Open for relaxation, reflection or optional activities
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm Restorative Practice including Yoga Nidra practice
  • 7:00 – 9:00pm Dinner

I know that a retreat is a commitment you make to create time to honor yourself and to deepen your practice. I am committed to offer you the best quality yoga retreat at a fair, competitive and very affordable price. Therefore, the number of participants is limited so that everybody can feel comfortable and integrated into the group and so that I can be there for you through the journey.

You can find more information and sign up at: www.yoga-here-now.com/retreats.html

"Ruben was beyond wonderful. Through Ruben's guidance each of us returned home with a renewed commitment to continue or enhance our practices and with more peaceful and happier hearts." – J.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yogacara

When: From Jun 06, 2015 to Jun 21, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Teacher Training

We invite you to join us for your 200 Hour Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.  Our 2 Co-Lead Teachers, Siobhan Keely & Janet Ward guide you on this journey to Living Your Yoga!  Our program is Yoga Alliance accredited & certifies all graduates as global Yoga Teachers.

For Registration & Complete Program details click here

Hot Yoga / Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Global Yoga Shala

When: From Jun 14, 2015 to Jul 11, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Teacher Training, Meditation, Bikram Beginner Yoga Retreat, Education, Study of Yoga

Join us at Pura Vida for our fourth Yoga Teacher Training in this beautiful location. Get your 200-Hour or start your 500-Hour Yoga Alliance certification in our 28-Day intensive Yoga teacher training. Our Hot yoga teacher training program foundational asana practice is a Hot Yoga Sequence. Students learn the 50 most commonly used asanas from Hot Yoga series and their Sanskrit posture names. The physiological benefits and contraindications are also covered extensively. In addition to Hot Yoga, other main forms of Hatha, such as Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Gentle and Restorative Yoga are taught and practiced as complementary practices to Hot Yoga. For more details please go to:  http://www.globalyogashala.com/workshop/yoga-teacher-training-in-costa-rica/

Our weekly schedule includes 6 days a week of instruction with 1 day of rest. Typical daily schedule is as follow. (It may vary slightly from training to training).

§  6:30 – 8:30am  Hot Yoga or Vinyasa flow / Pranayama practice

§  9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast

§  10:00 – 12:00 Clinics and Workshops

§  12:30 – 3:00pm Lunch break

§  3:00 – 4:00pm Theory

§  4:00 – 5:30pm Lectures / Discussion / Practice

§  6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner

§  7:00 – 8:00pm Evening Meditation / Journaling  or Free time

Package Includes:

§  27 Nights’ accommodations in Pura Vida Spa and Resort

§  3 Gourmet healthy vegetarian meals per day

§  2 Tea/coffee breaks with snacks per day

§  24 Days of Yoga instruction and 200 or 500-Hour RYT certification upon completion

§  Global Yoga Shala yoga teacher training manuals and postures card

§  Airport transportation to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO)

Does not include:

§  Air Transportation and airport taxes

§  Tips / Gratuities

§  Excursion and activities on days off


Enjoy the delicious, tropical, vegetarian food prepared daily at Pura Vida, and be ready for an unforgettable, transforming experience!

Price starts at only $4295!
For more information and to register click here.

Love This Life Yoga Retreat

When: From Jul 11, 2015 to Jul 16, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Meditation

Join Lauren Wessinger for an unforgettable yoga and meditation retreat. All levels of yoga practitioner welcomed, from beginners to long-time yogis. In this yoga ceremony, we will write, we will laugh, we will move and we will breathe in effort to shed the things that don’t serve us in this life to make space for our dreams and desires to grow. The only word to describe the time we spend together is magical. The experience takes on a life of its own, and you return home changed and ignited. Join us. Breathe. Heal. Grow.

Included in your rate:

  • Three Meals a day - Amazing Vegetarian Buffet (with fish or chicken for lunch & dinner)
  • Two – 2 hour yoga classes a day (morning flow, afternoon/evening cool and restore)
  • One or Two “Writing As Yoga” workshops
  • Daily meditation
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Use of swimming pool and hot tub
  • Shuttle service to & from San Jose Airport
  • Welcome gift – including a Live Your Truth mala


Tentalows (think “glamping”):
Double occupancy $950 per person, Single occupancy $1,150

Standard rooms:
Double occupancy $1000 per person, Single occupancy $1,200

A-Frame/Vista rooms:
Double occupancy $1,250 per person, Single occupancy $1,550

*Other room types may be available please email Lauren for more details.

Contact Lauren to register at connect@laurenyoga.net

Kai and Yoga Costa Rica Jungle Retreat

When: From Jul 11, 2015 to Jul 18, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Dance, Hot Yoga Retreat, Therapeutic Yoga

Join Kelly and Milana for a week to RESTORE  your body and mind!  

Kelly Atkins is an experienced dancer/choreographer/yoga teacher with over 30 years of experience, and founder of Kai.  She will facilitate all the Kai and Ecstatic dance classes.  Kelly is known for her ability to create warm, welcoming and rich mind/body experiences and has led many group retreat experiences through the years.  You don't need ANY EXPERIENCE in dance/Kai or yoga to enjoy this trip.  It's your vacation, you can pick as many or as few classes as you like!

Milana Simik is a 200hr  Yoga certified  Hot Yoga teacher and manager of Body Heat Yoga Studio in Sarasota Florida.  Milana’s style of teaching yoga is a balance of attention to alignment, detail and also listening to your body.  She has a deep passion for hot yoga in particular and teaches with a compassionate heart and deep presence.

Take just yoga or just dance, or both, your choice!

 Starting Rates: $1,100-$1,340 includes:

  • Beautiful room (shared or single accommodations with variety of room choices)
  • 3 Healthy Organic Buffet Meals per day with option to purchase green juices/wine/beer
  • 10 Classes, 7 nights (4 Kai, 5 HOT yoga, 1 Ecstatic Dance).  Do as much or as little as you like, it’s YOUR vacation!
  • Complimentary roundtrip shuttle to/from the SJO airport.  Arrange through Pura Vida Resort.

Not Included: Airfare (cheaptickets.com has airfares $300-400 range thru Tampa). Excursions to Volcano, waterfall, rafting and more (excursions range $50).  Spa treatments from wide range menu (price range $100-up). 


Call 888-767-7375 x233 or email reservations@puravidaspa.com

50% down to confirm your room and remaining balance is due May 30

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Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

When: From Jul 18, 2015 to Jul 25, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Retreat, Bikram Beginner Yoga Retreat, Yoga Nidra, Posture Clinics

Retreat to the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica for a week's immersion in a variety of yoga classes, wellness therapies and wilderness excursions.

Jill Neilson(madhuri) LMT,CYT.  Jill received her teacher's certification in 1981 at Kripalu Yoga Institute. She went on to receive certifications in Amrit yoga level 1&2, Amrit yoga nidra and amrit yoga therapy. Jill currently co-owns Sundari Yoga Studio and owns Therapeutic Health Center both in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Kevin Mastin(Vidur) BS (Exercise Physiology),RN,LMT.  Kevin did his yoga teacher's training with yogi amrit desai and continues his studies there. Kevin has ten years studying zen and martial arts in Nagoya, japan. He is a member of Rochester Zen Center. Kevin enjoys playing percussion with the kirtan band Rayananda.

Prices starting at $1,055.00 for double occupancy per person.  **Early bird special if you register by March 31**

Rates include:

  • Yoga classes--amrit, vinyasa, hot, yoga nidra and meditation
  • 7 nights’ accommodations
  • 3 delicious health minded buffet style meals a day
  • Roundtrip to and from the SJO airport
  • Guided walks through surrounding coffee plantations, resort green house and orchid house


  • Half day tours to Waterfall gardens, Zip Lining or Poas volcano
  • Full day tour options include Whitewater Rafting, Hot Springs or Sky Walk/Boat Tour

Or enjoy relaxing in the hot tub or receiving one of the many wellness therapies Pura Vida has to offer!

For more information and to reserve your spot please contact Pura Vida resort reservations at 888-767-7375 x233 or email reservations@puravidaspa.com

Strength, Sweat & Spirituality Teachers' Training & Retreat

When: From Jul 18, 2015 to Jul 25, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Life Coaching, Meditation, Personal Transformation, Posture Clinics

Renew Your Body – transform your mind with the Incredibly Powerful Denise Bonnaig, Certified Baptiste Vinyasa Teacher and NYU-trained Life Coach.

Explore your edge, discover your true self and allow your authentic personality to shine with Power Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation.

Transform limiting beliefs, transcend old habits, and create a new intention for what is possible in life.

Enjoy vigorous Asana practice combined with daily meditations, group discussions, and personal empowerment exercises.

Pura Vida is the spectacular Costa Rican mountain resort and wellness destination of choice.  Offering an oasis of beauty and tranquility and an ideal venue for balancing mind, body, and spirit.

For more information and to register click here.

Costa Rica Retreat with Krista Shirley

When: From Jul 25, 2015 to Jul 29, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga Retreat

 For more information and to register go to:


Hot Yoga & Meditation Retreat

When: From Jul 25, 2015 to Jul 31, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Hot Yoga Retreat, Meditation, Yoga Retreat, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Power Yoga

"Exhale Stress, Inhale Peace"
Power Vinyasa, Hot Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Imagine a place where you can step away from the stress and worries of daily life, and walk into an unforgettable experience of serenity and peace.
Jessica Steinlauf will be your host on this 6 night, 7day hot yoga retreat at the Exclusive, Luxurious Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica. Our mission is to provide you with optimal yoga classes, ultimate in relaxation, and the most therapeutic Experience of a lifetime.
Retreat includes:
  • 6 Night stay at an eco-chic, holistic sanctuary
  • Meditation in the mornings
  • 2 Daily 75 minute Yoga sessions in a world-class Hot Yoga hall with a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains
  • Enlightening Workshops including:  Alignment & Technique, Inversions & Arm Balances and Learning to Fly
  • Delectable Health-Minded buffet gourmet meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options with ability to accommodate dietary needs
  • Roundtrip shuttle to/from SJO airport (airfare NOT included)
  • Use of outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and pool towels
  • Wi-Fi and computer access
  • Optional Excursions available include: Waterfall Gardens, Zip-lining, White Water Rafting, Poas Volcano, and Sky Walk/Wildlife Boat Tour
Prices Starting at $1,455 per person for Double occupancy or $1,660 for Single Occupancy

For information on accommodations, pricing, and to register for the retreat call R&R Resorts @ 888.767.7375 x233 or email reservations@puravidaspa.com

Yoga Fox Retreat

When: From Aug 01, 2015 to Aug 08, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Music / Song, Yoga Retreat

Check out this video from 2014!

For more information and to register click here.

9th Annual Bikram Yoga Women's Retreat

When: From Aug 15, 2015 to Aug 20, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Bikram Yoga Retreat, Women's Retreat

For more info and to register click here.

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PRENATAL YOGA Teacher Training 85 Hours 10 Day Intensive

When: From Oct 31, 2015 to Nov 09, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Teacher Training

We invite you to join us for your Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.  Our Lead Teacher, Alison Boons, guides you on this journey of exploring & learning to teach Prenatal Yoga!  Our program is Yoga Alliance accredited  (Registered Prenatal Yoga School) & certifies all graduates as Prenatal Yoga Teachers.

For Registration & Complete Program details click here

7 Night Power Yoga Retreat with Shanti Chagnon

When: From Nov 07, 2015 to Nov 14, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Healing, Fitness, Yoga Retreat, Personal Transformation, Power Yoga

Are you ready to make a change?

Join Shanti Chagnon for a 7-night Power Yoga retreat at the beautiful Pura Vida Resort in Costa Rica’s Alajuela Province. Connect with nature, yourself, and others in this week-long yoga retreat. Treat yourself to a transforming event with two daily yoga practices, meditation, exploration & adventure. Become more aware, connected and resilient with a consistent yoga practice. Leave your worries and troubles behind, start the holiday season refreshed, recharged, and ready to take on the challenges with clarity and ease!  This retreat is an opportunity to deepen your practice if you have experience with yoga, or to take time out from your schedule to learn yoga for the first time. Come as you are!          

Included are:

  • 7 Nights at the renowned Pura Vida Spa Resort
  • 3 fresh and masterfully prepared meals per day
  • Transportation to and from the SJO airport
  • 2 yoga classes daily, both open to all levels.  Power Yoga early morning, afternoon will be restorative and meditative
  • Morning Meditation
  • Plenty of time to relax and reflect in silence
  • Unlimited opportunity for fun, excitement and growth


Also Available, but not included are:

  • Eco Adventure White Water Rafting
  • Jungle Canopy Tours
  • Hotsprings
  • Zip-lining 
  • Worldfamous spa treatments, massage and more!

Retreat is open to all levels of yoga experience.

Prices start at $1,055 +/double occupancy  

Early Bird Discount:  If you register by May 15, 2015 you receive $100 off

To register contact Linden Dudley at 888-767-7375 ext 233 or email and pay a 50% deposit to confirm the reservation.  The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.

YIN YOGA Teacher Training 45 Hours 6 Day Intensive

When: From Nov 09, 2015 to Nov 14, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Teacher Training

We invite you to join us for your Yin Yoga Teacher Training.  Our Lead Teacher, Andrea Nacey, guides you on this journey of exploring & living your YIN YOGA!  Our program is Yoga Alliance accredited & certifies all graduates as Yin Yoga Teachers.

For Registration & Complete Program details click here.

Wild Soul Movement Retreat 2015

When: From Nov 11, 2015 to Nov 16, 2015 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Sensual Movement, Spirituality, Meditation, Personal Transformation, Mantra

The Wild Soul Movement retreat is an immersion into your wild, sensual self-using movement, mantras, meditation, transformational exercises and rituals. Experience soul-soothing, body loving connection with yourself, women like you and of course, the glorious surrounding nature. Leave having a more intimate relationship with your body, mind, soul and spirit and the confidence to create and live a meaningful life.

Pricing starting at $1,230 per person for double occupancy up to $2,130 for single and includes: 

  • 5 nights’ accommodation (check in 11/11, check out 11/16)
  • 3 meals a day of delicious healthy food (dinner available on 11/11 and breakfast available on 11/16)
  • Daily Morning and Evening Wild Soul Movement sessions
  • Afternoon Wild Soul workshops to explore the 4 Topics: Surrender + Release, Receiving + Allowing, Wild Dreaming + Desire, Creation + Inner Wisdom
  • Group excursion or solo spa treatment to choose from
  •  Shuttle service to/from SJO Airport

For more information and to register please email Netanya at hello@wildsoulmovement.com or click here.

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Bikram Yoga with Dan Markowitz

When: From Jan 16, 2016 to Jan 23, 2016 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Bikram Yoga Retreat, Hot Yoga Retreat

Dan Markowitz has studied with Bikram and is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. He is co-owner of the popular Bikram Yoga Norwalk (Ct.) studio and has been teaching Bikram Yoga for 13 years. His classes are characterized by their energy, timing, detail and humor. Dan loves the practice of Bikram Yoga because it works for all levels of students and it makes you feel great mentally, physically and spiritually. Practiced correctly in the right conditions, Bikram Yoga feels like a moving meditation.

This is the seventh retreat Dan is leading at the Pura Vida Spa. He has also led Bikram Retreats to Maya Tulum in Mexico and in Kauai, Hawaii. We are looking forward to practicing twice a day (Sunrise/Sunset, 90-minute classes) in the beautiful new Hot Yoga studio of Lila Hall. Every group Dan has led has come together beautifully. The students with strong and experienced Bikram practices set a great example for the students who are building their practices. There is a real generosity of spirit, fun and openness to the classes. Students are encouraged to honor and listen to their bodies and practice accordingly. 

A mid-week Posture Clinic is also conducted. Each student receives a lot of individual attention and insight. Bikram Yoga is an extremely healing practice as it combines 105-degree heat with a sequence of 26-postures designed to stretch, strengthen and detox every part of the body. It is a truly inside-out practice from the muscles and bones to the internal organs and glands to the skeletal and cellular levels. All one has to do is come to Pura Vida, lay down their yoga mat and start practicing. The healing and flexibility quickly follow. 

Bikram says, "I cannot overstate the importance of doing your Hatha Yoga in heat. Doing your Yoga in a cold environment can bring harm to your body. Remember, you are changing the construction of your body as you perform these postures."

Here are some testimonials from Dan’s retreat:

 “Mind, Body & Spirit. Thank you for inspiring me this week. I truly had a great Retreat, have made some close friends, as well as improved my Bikram practice.”--RR

"Seeing that this was the best yoga retreat ever I am seriously considering it (returning next year)..." 2013 Bikram Yoga Costa Retreat attendee. 

For pricing and to book your reservation contact Dan Markowitz at markowitz.dan@gmail.com or (914) 282-5673. Any interested student, either an experienced Bikram practitioner or a complete beginner, is welcome to join.

Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification Program with Karen Conley

When: From Jan 23, 2016 to Jan 30, 2016 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Teacher Training

Amazing Yoga invites you to Costa Rica! 

Come dedicate 7 days to your health and well-being. Enjoy a full week of strong Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.  Dwelling in beauty away from our daily responsibilities and stresses is an opportunity to recharge or to go deep within. Our Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training will allow you the framework, but also the freedom, to explore within yourself.

Teaching is simply sharing the knowledge of experience. Our goal as teachers is to cultivate an understanding of yoga and attempt to live that understanding. Let the teaching be our life. Teaching yoga goes beyond the yoga classroom. This yoga teacher training is not about simply parroting information. This training does not support a rigid or dogmatic expression of yoga. This yoga teacher training will transform your life and the lives of others. You will develop the skills to successfully lead a dynamic power vinyasa class. We will cover the fundamental postures and how to sequence the asanas in a fluid manner. Also, we will discuss anatomy/physiology and how it relates to postures and alignment.

This yoga training is for aspiring and experienced teachers or students who just want to deepen their practice.  It is a system of yoga that is so foundationally solid that no matter what else you may go on to study or teach, you will have a solid blueprint from which to work.

For more information or to book your reservation, please click here.

Awakening: A Kripalu Yoga Tropical Retreat in Costa Rica with Ken McRae and Brockell Briddle

When: From Jan 30, 2016 to Feb 06, 2016 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga Retreat

Recover from the holidays and beat the winter blues by taking some time just for yourself. During this, the 17th annual Kripalu Yoga retreat, you will have an opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath and allow yourself to "just be"…

  • Fully alive in each and every moment
  • Grounded in the present yet open to a world of new possibilities
  • Confident, relaxed, feeling whole

Kripalu Yoga is much more than a physical discipline. Kripalu Yoga is a practice of transformation - a way to open the heart and develop compassion, find clarity and experience stillness within. We emphasize listening to the body's needs and respecting its limits. This approach allows each of us, beginner or experienced practitioner, to receive the benefits of the practice just where we are.

As a group we will welcome each new day during your yoga vacation with a specially designed morning Kripalu yoga class. We'll learn more about yoga and meditation during the daily experiential workshops, practice yogic breathing to move energy in the body, sit together in meditation to develop inner peace and practice guided iRest yoga nidra. In the sacred space we create together during this yoga retreat you can allow your spirit to slowly awaken and reconnect with the simple joy of being fully alive.

There will be plenty of time to receive treatments at the wellness center, lounge by the pool, soak in the hot tub under the stars, take in the spectacular views, meet new friends in the dining room, and enjoy the many optional eco-adventure tours which are available at Pura Vida Spa. And you will return home feeling truly refreshed and re-charged.

 Sample Daily Schedule
 6:30-8:00am Kripalu Yoga
 8:00-9:30am Breakfast
 10:00am-noon Program Workshop or Eco-tour
 1:00-2:00pm Lunch
 2:00-4:30pm Pool, Siesta, Walk, Massage...
 4:30-6:00pm Kripalu Yoga/Workshop
 6:30-7:30pm Dinner
 9:00 Hot tub

For more information and to register go to www.globalyogajourneys.com

Peaceful Warrior Retreat with Dan Millman

When: From Feb 06, 2016 to Feb 13, 2016 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Life Management , Personal Growth

 For Reservations and Information 

call: 888-767-7375 (or ++770 483-0238 x 233) - International

E-mail: reservations@puravidaspa.com
Website: www.puravidaspa.com 
Mention "Peaceful Warrior Retreat"

Expand your mind. Open your heart. Invigorate your body.

Join Dan for one-week Peaceful Warrior Eco-Adventure — an “illumination vacation" at the Pura Vida Spa, a spectacular mountain paradise at 5200 feet, 20 minutes from the San Jose Airport with daytime temperatures that average 73 F with mild nights. Enjoy recreation, relaxation and adventure — delicious meals, daily seminars with fun-loving people, some of whom will become longtime friends.

Spend informal time over meals with Dan and fellow travelers. Experience new forms of massage and body therapy with a dedicated international staff, as well as optional daily tours, including:

• white-water rafting on one of the most beautiful rivers in the world;
• canopy adventure, flying in harness through the tree tops;
• visiting waterfall gardens or and Arenal Volcano
• hikes into the rain forest — and more.
*Optional tours, Massage, Watsu & Spa treatments charged separately

Our time together includes sunrise movement sessions with Dan (M-TU-TH-F) mornings that include:
•  The 4-Minute Peaceful Warrior Workout
•  Three Keys to Optimal Wellness
•  Peaceful Warrior Psycho-Physical Meditations
•  Awakening the Warrior Within — and more.

Early evening (pre-dinner) sessions (S-M-TU-TH-F) address personal and spiritual growth, including: 
• Theater of the Selves
• Opening Intuitive Sight
• Reality Check: Bridging Two Worlds
• The 4-Minute Peaceful Warrior Meditation – and more

"The 4-minute peaceful warrior meditation provides multi-faceted benefits in areas of healing, creativity, and relaxed vitality — it can stand alone or can serve as a gateway to enhance any other form of meditation. It represents one of the key links that prepared me for the death, rebirth and awakening described in Way of the Peaceful Warrior..."

Whether you take optional day-trips or simply rest by the pool, relax in the Jacuzzi, and enjoy the quiet, natural beauty of one of the world’s pristine locations, here's a chance to rejuvenate your body and refresh your spirit.  We suggest that you mark your calendar and call soon to reserve your space.

This week-long Retreat is surprisingly affordable:  Rates start at $1385 based on double occupancy. This includes: 7 night accommodations, 3 vegetarian meals daily (fish or chicken optional), daily seminars with Dan, and transfer to and from the airport. You can also join a yoga class at any time the schedule allows. A $500.00 deposit to reserve your space, with the remaining balance due 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit

When: From Feb 27, 2016 to Mar 05, 2016 all day
Where: Pura Vida
Category: Yoga, Life Management , Personal Growth, Health, Meditation, Qi Gong, Tai Chi

 A Week Long Life Enrichment Retreat at Pura Vida resort in Costa Rica 

Designed to Energize, Enlighten & Empower Our True Selves
presented by
Annette Franks, M.Ed., CWC   
Motivational Speaker ~ Holistic Health Advisor ~ Corporate Wellness Coach
Yoga with Victoria McMahon and Lori Candon
Medical Qigong and Tai Chi with Valerie Fagan and Elizabeth Lemon

Pura Vida, meaning Pure Life, is located on a Private Estate atop a Mountain in Costa Rica’s Alajuela Province. Pura Vida is considered “Heaven at the Top of the World”

Tropical Splendor * Delicious Healthy Cuisine * Astonishing Nature 

Rates include room, three meals per day, entire retreat conference and airport shuttle to and from the SJO airport.

$1605 per Person Tentalow Double Occupancy
$1845 per Person Deluxe A-Frame Room Double Occupancy
$1865 per Person Deluxe Vista Room Double Occupancy
$1925 per Person Super Deluxe Kiva Upper Double Occupancy
$1965 per Person Super Deluxe Tri-Level Double Occupancy
Single Room Occupancy and Standard Rooms are also available.  

Please contact Pura Vida Spa for Additional Rates and Current Availability.  Space is Limited.   

Early Registration is recommended especially if you want a Deluxe or Super Deluxe Room.  

  • An Enlightening, Empowering and Energizing Week 
  • Exploring our Overall Life Balance and Holistic Self-Care
  • Exploring and Enhancing the Psychological Aspects of Our Selves
  • Exploring the Psychology of the Chakras in Our Own Lives
  • Creating Behavior Patterns and Belief Systems that Enhance Our Lives and Health 
  • Exploring and Eliminating Behavior Patterns and Beliefs in Our Lives that Limit Us

The Retreat combines Health and Wellness Education and Neuroscience Research, a Workbook for Self Reflection and Exploration, Fun Interactive Exercises, Small Group Discussions, Meditation, Medical Qigong, Yoga, Tai Chi, Dancing and other Energy and Health Enhancement Exercises.

The Week is designed for Enhancing our Health and Holistic Self-Care, Reflecting Inward, Resting and Renewing Our Physical Bodies, Minds & Spirits.    

For Travel Details, Retreat Daily Schedule and Retreat Video click here


Click here for more information on Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica 

To Register Call Pura Vida Spa at 1-888-767-7375 ext. 233 

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