This retreat takes us into the beautiful, lush rain forest and what better intention is there than to pulsate with it?  As we practice yoga on the mat, we become more in touch with our true spirit of who we are and why we are here.  Let us commit ourselves to a week of discovery of this nature, the nature within ourselves.  Let this physical practice of yoga enlighten not only our body, but our minds and our spirit as well. Aligning with the Divine and opening to the possibility of the Presence of Grace.

We will have a strong asana practice each morning where Carmel will help you to open and discover the power that you hold.  Afternoon practices will include meditation. Carmel will also meditate each morning for those who are interested in joining.

  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Whole Foods Meals A Day
  • Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
  • 2 Yoga Sessions Each Day
  • 4 Roundtrip Shuttles to Beach
  • Plenty of time to rest and explore

Ten Caribbean-style cottages are nestled in a lovely tropical garden. Built with precious woods that are exquisitely polished, each has a private bathroom and a spacious veranda overlooking the jungle and the sea. Some have lofts and accommodate up to four people.

Carmel Calcagno

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.


“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

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:

  • Zip-lining
  • Snorkel Boat Trip
  • Horseback Riding
  • Surfing
  • Waterfall Tour
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing Trip
  • *Cost of activities is not included in tuition.


Discover the true meaning of relaxation at the Spa, offering a variety of first-class spa services performed by professional therapists. All treatments use 100% natural products. Offering massages, wraps, exfoliation treatments, facials, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, and more.

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To register, go to our Online Registration Platform.

At the checkout you will have the option to choose your payment method. The minimum deposit you can make is the $500 which will “Hold Your Spot” and lock in your price for the retreat. A $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There

You will be booking your flights to 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.

Booking your Flight for the Best Price Possible!

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Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is
important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $100, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about travelling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also be sure to check out our Student FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write us at and let us know how we can help!

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