For generations, women have gathered together on retreat to CONNECT, AWAKEN, and EXPLORE their essential nature of LOVE and COMPASSION. This retreat with Amber and Luna will take place at a beachfront eco-conscious resort located on the Nicoya Peninsula in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
In addition to local adventures, the beautiful landscape of Costa Rica and community service, the retreat will include daily Hatha and Bhakti yoga practices, earth-based rituals, music, wholesome food, and more.
Together we will:
- “UN-DO” and LET GO of the busy-ness in our lives.
- Tune into the HEALING qualities of NATURE.
- EXPLORE the FEMININE POWER in CONNECTION, AUTHENTICITY and TRUTH.
- CO-CREATE an EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE!
- AWAKEN LOVE.
In addition, for those who are interested in making this a year-long journey towards living an AWAKENED LIFE, join us in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina for three uniquely charged workshops leading up the retreat. Each workshop will include: Yoga, Self Care Techniques, Music and Sound, Journaling and Community. Visit ashevillecommunityyoga.com for more details about these workshops, including how to register.
- 6 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- In country flight to/from SJO and Tambor (approx. 35-minute flight)
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Karma Yoga Service Project
- 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.
Yoga found Amber more than a decade ago while she was living in South Korea teaching English to school-aged children. Her first Yoga instructor, Sun, didn’t speak any English so the two women traded English lessons for Yoga lessons. Even though there wasn’t much the two could share with each other verbally because of the language barrier, it felt as though there were lifetimes of emotions and sensations shared as Sun guided Amber deep into her body and back to her soul. As Amber allowed her breath to guide her deep within, she felt her body soften, she felt her mind calm, she felt the world a little kinder and she felt her soul alive once again.
Shortly after adopting a daily Yoga practice, Amber journeyed out to discover Yoga in other parts of Asia including: the Philippines, China (Tibet), Nepal and India where she was trained in traditional Hatha Yoga and completed her 200 hr Yoga Alliance Certification. Amber completed her 500hr level certification in Therapeutic Yoga through Subtle Yoga (Kaoverii Weber) in 2012. She is currently the Director of Teacher Trainings and Immersions at Asheville Community Yoga, a non-profit/donation based Yoga studio that serves more than 17,000 practitioners located in Asheville, North Carolina.
In addition to her role in both Teacher Trainings and Immersions, Amber teaches weekly donation-based classes, one of which she calls “Yoga for Women.” In this class, Amber takes great joy in guiding women in finding connection; connection to breath, connection to body, connection to femininity, connection to Self (wisdom and grace) and connection to community. She is astounded by the growth she has witnessed in this group of women as individuals and as a collective. The experience Amber has had with this women’s class has inspired her to co-create “Awakening Love ~ A Women’s Workshop Series and Retreat” with her dear friend Luna Ray, a nationally recognized singer/songwriter and yoga teacher with deep roots in the path of Bhakti Yoga.
Amber’s passion is service and Karma Yoga. She knows first hand the power Yoga has to transform and it is her life’s mission to serve through Yoga, guiding others through the transformations she has received through committed practice. Her style of teaching ranges from gentle, restorative and meditative to strong, focused, flow sequences.
In addition to being a Yoga Teacher and working at Asheville Community Yoga, Amber takes great joy in serving her beloved partner, Michael, and their three-year-old son, Asher, in the domestic realm. She is beyond grateful for this extraordinary life shared with family and community and the teachings of Yoga that allow her to experience it all more fully!
Below is a quote that inspires Amber’s daily practice:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
Luna Ray is a mother, a teacher of yoga, a workshop and retreat leader, kirtan musician and recording artist, and an activist for conscious and empowered community collaboration. As an advocate for wellness and spiritual growth, Luna works with the deep intention of inspiring and encouraging humans to cultivate an awareness of their inherent wisdom. Luna believes that by coming together and using the tools of yoga, including mantra and meditation, we are led to our hearts deepest desires, and we build the strength to act upon them.
Luna has been a student and practitioner of yoga, mantra, music, and meditation for the past 20 years, and a teacher for over 10 years. She is 200 hr certified, and her primary study of yoga philosophy has been tantra through the teachings of Rod Stryker and ParaYoga. She is devoted to the practice of Bhakti yoga, (yoga of devotion) and deeply influenced by teachers Russill Paul, Rama Jyotir Vernon, Krishna Das, and Ram Das. Luna has recorded and co-produced 3 albums that feature nationally known artists including, Wah!, Girish, and David Newman. She has traveled and taught extensively throughout the world weaving ancient yoga tradition, heartfelt music and mantra to deeply touch the souls of many.
For more info go to lunaraymusic.com
- 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.
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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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 round-trip flight between SJO and Tambor based on our flight window guidelines (approx. 35 minutes). From there, we will take a short ferry ride across the bay to the retreat center. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the in-country flight.
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