“Empowering, Transformative, and Reflective.”

Join Dawn “Motherheart” Smelser at the “Moon Lodge”,  a sweet respite nestled next to 250,000 acres of protected forest in the volcanic highlands of Costa Rica’s vibrant green heart, for a magical retreat. You will enjoy daily yoga, meditations, inspired creativity, and dance in a lush and sacred environment. In addition to daily classes and three healthy and delicious meals, your retreat includes a farm tour, a day trip to the local hot springs, and a community day. Nourished by fresh, local cuisine, and open-hearted community, we gather to allow our bodies and minds to loosen the unnecessary, be soothed by possibility,  and welcome spaciousness and joy.  

  • Transport to/from airport to retreat center 
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Three wholefoods meals per day
  • Hot Springs visit
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Biodynamic Farm Tour
  • Karma Yoga Service Project

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.

Anticipated Daily Schedule 

7am Yoga

8am Breakfast

11-12 Morning Session


Afternoon Sessions Vary


7pm Evening Session

Schedule for Spirit of Sacred Practice

3/10 Saturday:   Opening Circle

3/11 Sunday: – Orientation to Land

3/12 Monday – Daily Schedule

3/13 Tuesday – Daily Schedule

3/14 Wednesday – Hot Springs Excursion Day

3/15 Thursday – Karma Yoga Service Day

3/16 Friday –  Daily Schedule  *Nature-inspired Offering

3/17 Saturday – New Moon Seed Closing Ceremony

Dawn Smelser

Dawn is a certified spiritual healer, master yoga teacher, dancer, and medium, who teaches from the heart always. She moves from the sacred to the profane with ease and always has some laughter (and sometimes tears) to share with her classes. She has been teaching yoga for the last 20 years, founded MotherHeart Yoga Sangha in Philadelphia, and published Rooted Magazine.


“Dawn’s yoga retreat was my first time going to any yoga retreat, and I didn’t know what to expect. It was an incredible experience that allowed me to make connections with nature, people, and myself. Dawn’s program gave me an opportunity to process beyond our yoga practice, so I moved purposely throughout the day and experienced Costa Rica in a more thoughtful and present way. It was an honor and a blessing to join Dawn’s retreat, and I already promised myself that I’d join her for more retreats”. ~Molly 

“Costa Rica is both a gentle and powerful land. The atmosphere there supported me to look within in a loving way, and the slow pace allowed for clarity in that process. Normally I live in the city, so the contrast of being in the rainforest felt incredibly life giving and renewing to my senses and soul. Every morning, it was the sounds of monkeys and birds that woke me up as the jungle came alive for the day and I felt connected in a way that, I’ll admit, I sometimes try to manufacture through technology.” ~Dawn

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
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nighttime Rainforest Hike
  • Hanging Bridges
  • Waterfall Tour
  • Sacred Seed & Plant Tour
  • Kayaking

*Cost of Activities is 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.

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To register, go to our Online Registration Platform.

Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A one-time $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.

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

Getting There

All international flights will arrive at 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!

True Nature Education and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full-service travel agency which offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive airfare deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly: http://www.statravel.com/solutions/true-nature.htm.

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 info@truenatureeducation.com and let us know how we can help!

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