“I am not the same, having seen the moon on the other side of the world.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher
Join us as we return for another magical week in La Fortuna, Costa Rica! It will be a relaxing and transformative adventure infused with opportunities for self-discovery, exploration, and tranquility- all within the extraordinary beauty of the Rainforest.
Let go of the busyness of life and allow yourself to settle into calm and peacefulness. Find inner bliss as you disconnect from modern distractions and immerse yourself in the abundance and serenity of nature at the Estate of the New Moon, the retreat center where we will be spending our week.
Imagine yourself in this lush Rainforest setting, which will be your sanctuary for a 7-day transformational adventure.
Woven throughout the week will be the nourishing practices of Pranayama, Gentle Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Our senses will awaken as we walk through the Sacred Seed Garden, the Rainforest, and the Cacao Fields. Around this 207-acre oasis, discover extraordinary flora. Smell, taste, see, and touch the sources of spices like cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, and the beans used to make chocolate. Each day, enjoy lovingly prepared food from the bio-dynamic farm that will fuel your body and soul throughout the week.
In addition, you will have an opportunity to enjoy spa treatments, the swimming pool + jacuzzi, along with various excursions such as rafting, hot springs, zip-lining, kayaking, hiking, waterfalls, and volcano explorations. The possibilities are endless! This will be an unforgettable unfolding of experiences where friendships are cultivated and transformation is nurtured.
Please join us on this journey of transformation and discover the Extraordinary You within the majestic wonder and mystery of the Rainforest. La Fortuna, a place of simple elegance, is waiting just for you!
“Be Still.the quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~Ram Dass
- 7 Nights Accommodations (2 nights at a San Jose hotel and 5 nights at the retreat center)
- 3 Fresh and Organic Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport and the Retreat Center
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Karma Yoga Service Project
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
You will stay at a sustainable, rainforest eco-lodge hotel providing comfortable accommodations amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle. The atmosphere at the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single, double, or triple occupancy with fans and hot water. The eco-lodge has a beautiful chlorine-free swimming pool and jacuzzi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options. The food is organic and local when available, prepared with nourishing ingredients and lots of love. We do our best to honor your registration type. If enrollment pairings are such that we cannot honor the occupancy type you have selected, we will contact you 90 days prior to your trip. Feel free to contact us in the meantime if you have concerns.
Brenda Stone has energetically embraced yoga since 1999 and continues to be a life long learner of yoga. She is a dreamer and an adventure seeker. Brenda began her journey into yoga with a spirit of exploration because of neck injuries and found that yoga significantly helped alleviate the pain and the need for medication. With this newfound awareness, she began to share her knowledge of yoga in 2008 when she started teaching at the local YMCA and began her yoga teacher training.
Not knowing that her destiny would move her in the direction of becoming a studio owner, she continued her training and enhanced her yoga knowledge with 200 RYT certifications from both YogaFit Training Systems and the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. Brenda’s personal focus and that of the studio is on alignment for optimum health and safety.
Most recently, Brenda received certification in Ayurveda which infuses the knowledge of food with the Dosha body type. She freely shares this information and awareness with her students. It is her desire to increase understanding regarding the benefits of nutrition while cultivating healthy eating habits and life style changes. Her understanding of Chakra balancing complements her Ayurvedic message and is interwoven throughout her teaching practices.
In 2011 she had the opportunity to buy an existing yoga studio in Bismarck, North Dakota. She immersed herself in the details of creating a sustainable yoga studio with offerings appropriate for all levels of students and renamed the studio, “Yoga for You.” Her inspiration for the studio name is intended to promote and market the single most important focus of yoga-a practice for Every-Body.
Since that time, Brenda has evolved with her yoga practice and her studio has grown with her vision. Her dream of showing people with various health issues that yoga truly IS for Every-Body has become a reality. She is also helping the yoga community to grow by offering Yoga Teacher training at the studio and reaching out into the community offering yoga classes to businesses and colleges in the area.
Teaching is both a passion and a “calling” for Betsey. She has been teaching yoga to students of all levels and ages for over 12 years and within each class cultivates a spirit of connectivity and community- inviting students to fully engage in the art of yoga. Teaching yoga is her way to contribute to the world and give “voice” to what is truly meaningful.
With grace and ease, she focuses on creating a healthy alignment, developing a nourishing breath, and discovering a sense of mindfulness. Each gentle asana practice is intended to become a celebration exploring the intricacies of movement and breath. She practices with an open heart that encourages others to embrace new possibilities and challenges with curiosity and wonder. Her smile, her words, and actions remind us that each day is waiting to unfold and become our most extraordinary day ever!
Betsey generously shares the calming and peaceful meditation practice of Yoga Nidra with students- smoothly guiding them to a state of serenity and blissful joy. Once you have taken this transformative journey with her, your world will take on new colors with radiant hues!
Her extensive background in the field of education and leadership informs her teaching and inspires and instills confidence in all of her students. She has an MA in Education, a BS in English, and is currently an independent Arts in Education consultant. Her yoga teacher certifications include a RYT 200 teacher training with Amy Ippoliti, Yoga Nidra certification with founder of Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Jennifer Reis, as well as Restorative Yoga training with Judith Lasater and Yin Yoga certification with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner. Betsey is grateful to all of her teachers along her yoga path for their wisdom influence, and encouragement!
Testimonials from 2018 Retreat
“My sincere thanks to Brenda and Betsey for all of their extraordinary work. This was truly a wonderful adventure and I feel blessed to have been a part of the group.” ~Marlinda
“As I try to put into words my deep gratitude for the experience I shared with all of you last week, these words come to mind…peaceful…humble…aware…authentic…contented…sincere…thankful. Fellow travelers, thank you for making this one of the most special and significant experiences in my life. Hope we all see each other at the next ‘happy hour’.” ~Marilyn
“I enjoy traveling and have to say that this is one trip I will always remember.” ~Debbie
“What a special week. Thank you, everyone.” ~Becky
“As I went throughout yesterday and today, I feel such a sense of gratitude for having been able to experience the trip and create such incredible memories. Thank you for all the new friendships!” ~Irene
Thoughts from the Leaders
“What a wonderful journey. There were new friendships cultivated and a group dynamic that mirrored the essence of yoga. Namaste’ Pura Vida!” ~Brenda
“There were beautiful discoveries made within the Rainforest and it seems that each of us, in unique ways, felt the inter-connectivity that was threaded like a beautiful tapestry as the week evolved. Your adventurous spirits, generous hearts, and appreciation of nature were magical! Long live Costa Rica friendships!” ~Betsey
While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
- Horseback Riding
- Volcano Hike
- Hotsprings Excursion
- Nighttime Rainforest Hike
- Hanging Bridges
- Waterfall Tour
- Sacred Seed & Plant Tour
*Prices of Activities are not included in tuition
Bring balance and harmony to your spirit at the Rain Forest Spa. Spa treatments include a variety of massages, therapeutic body treatments, skin care services, and aromatherapy sessions using only the highest quality organic oils and extracts derived from fruits, herbs, flowers, and botanicals.
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
You will be booking your flights for the San Jose International Airport (SJO). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
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