The beautiful Nicoya Peninsula is a magical place with a rich history. Carmel’s favorite place in Costa Rica, it is filled with the energy of the sun and is the perfect place to get away to renew your mind, body and
Each day, Carmel will lead a meditation in the morning before taking a walk and/or swim on the gorgeous beach steps away from your room. After a delicious and healthy breakfast, you’ll have the first yoga class of the day. Following lunch, you’ll have plenty of time to be alone to walk or journal, or you can join others on the exciting excursions that are offered. The afternoon will end with a second yoga class, sunset on the beach, then a sumptuous dinner.
Going on retreat is a special time to fully engage in your practice of yoga and life. You will be infused with a sense of joy and gratitude.You
will immerse yourself in your surroundings and soak in all that nature has to offer. You will come away living in SATCHITANANDA, meaning TRUTH, CONSCIOUSNESS, and BLISS.
Carmel has been practicing yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1996. She is a certified Anusara Yoga Instructor, a practice that focuses on
alignment on and off the mat. This practice is heartfelt and filled with
an opening to something greater than yourself.
- 6 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip in-country flight to/from San Jose and Tambor
- Group Transport to/from the retreat center
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
The retreat will be held at an intimate beachfront hotel and yoga center located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.
Carmel began her practice in 1989 after a book fell on her head in a local bookstore. The book, “Initiation,” was not about yoga but reincarnation. In one of the lifetimes, the author was an Egyptian Princess and did yoga every morning. Carmel bought the book and took her first yoga class the same month. After practicing for seven years, her teacher asked her to teach for him while he was away, not her plan, but it was the beginning of her teaching experience. After 10 years of practicing yoga, Carmel met John Friend, creator of Anusara Yoga, and began her practice with the most amazing group of teachers ever! She was certified in 2003 and opened her studio, Yoga Anjali, in Belmar, NJ, the same year. Carmel also has a strong meditation practice after being initiated into Neelakantha Meditation by Paul Mueller-Ortega of Blue Throat Yoga in 2008.
Carmel now has a program of mentoring teachers as she continues to grow in her own practice and has let go of owning a studio in order to concentrate more on workshops and retreats. Her summers are spent teaching Yoga on the Beach in Avon, New Jersey. Carmel is a Certified Anusara Teacher since 2003 and has been teaching since 1996. She also is a student of Paul Mueller Ortega and a meditator of Neelakantha Meditation.
“Going on retreat with Carmel literally changed my life. I arrived with my mind geared up in work mode, with my body full of stress, and came away centered, calm and full of joy. I am eternally grateful!” ~Laura
“The time that I spent with Carmel was not a break from the stresses of life, but instead turned out to be a pinnacle that changed my life. How I live my days since that time has been influenced from her guidance in this beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.” ~Elizabeth C
“Carmel plans the best yoga retreats. I joined her group last year and am happy that I did. The meals are wholesome, delicious and plentiful. Meditation is offered every morning before breakfast, join in or sleep in. Yoga classes with Carmel are informative and challenging. She carries a theme through each class and held one after breakfast and one before dinner. You can take them all or as many that suits your day. I highly recommend Carmel’s yoga retreat. Winter time is a good time to follow the sun and your Bliss.” ~Roseanne P
“Our retreat experience with Carmel was the trip of a lifetime! Carmel’s Yoga classes inspired us all to take our practice to the next level, no matter the starting point. The morning meditations opened up the spiritual side of the experience. The added cultural activities and excursions were a definite plus to an already amazing trip…Thank you for an unforgettable and certainly worthwhile experience! ” ~Kathleen and Tom Dunphy
- Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
- Surfing Lessons
- Boat Ride to Tortuga Island with Snorkeling
- Hiking in Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve
- Zip-lining/Canopy Tour
- Karma Yoga Activity
- And More…
*Price of Activities are not included in tuition
Discover the true meaning of relaxation at the center’s Spa, offering a variety of first-class spa services performed by professional therapists. Treatments utilize 100% natural products. Offering massages, wraps, exfoliation treatments, facials, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, and other beauty treatments, the Spa is located in front of Santa Teresa Beach so that you may enjoy the sounds of the sea and its cooling breezes.
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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.
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