Wild Comfort: Yoga & Rainforest Adventure Retreat
La Fortuna, Costa Rica with Kerry McKenzie & David White


This retreat is about finding comfort in wild places. We will feel the power of water, lava, fire, earth, air, clouds, and all the wildlife and vegetation that fills the rainforest. Join Kerry McKenzie & David White in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Come and experience wild comfort in the volcanic highlands. Here, we will be deep in the rainforest yet close to the cloud forest and the famous volcano – Arenal.  This biologically diverse area is home to three-toed sloths, red-eyed tree frogs, howler monkeys, and morpho butterflies. Additionally, you’ll be in the vicinity of many varieties of plants and over 200 species of birds including keel-billed toucans! 

To begin, we start each day aligning with nature with a group meditation walk. Afterwards, take part in a flowing series of asanas (vinyasa) linked by the breath, designed to build strength and stamina in the body and tranquility in the mind. This class will be a sweet mindful flow that is suitable for all levels and will prepare you for the day ahead. Following that, evening practices will include Sound Healing, Yoga Nidra/Meditation, Restorative Yoga, and Daily Reflection. Allowing time to let all your good day’s work crystalize so that it becomes permanent and real.  

Karma yoga will include a cultural opportunity to serve the local community. Here you will foster the qualities of compassion and selflessness deep within. Taking the yoga practice truly off-the-mat.

Additionally, there will be opportunities for exploring the biodynamic farm, local wildlife, and waterfalls; enjoying a guide-led birdwatching tour, or a safari float, soaking in the hot springs, visiting an animal sanctuary, searching for nocturnal animals on a night hike, and more… 

Lastly, this retreat location is a place to relax the mind, release tension in your body, and be present…

Experience WILD COMFORT in one of the most amazing places in the world!

  • 6 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from San Jose Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • On-Site Biodynamic Farm Tour
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodations

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.

Kerry McKenzie

Kerry McKenzie is an E-RYT 500 hour certified yoga teacher. She began to deepen her yoga practice over 10 years ago when she was faced with the reality of having to undergo yet another knee surgery.  She was feeling helpless, depressed, and scared that she would not be able to have the life that she loved adventure and physical activity.  Soon, she turned those doubts into action by studying the physical, mental, and spiritual side of yoga so she could help herself physically, calm her mind, and connect with something greater than herself.  She completely fell in love with yoga.  She began teaching vinyasa, restorative, and yin soon after completing her 200-hour certification and she hasn’t stopped studying (and never will).  She studied yoga Nidra, Ayurveda wellness, and yoga therapy, completed her RYT 500 level, and now has put in over 1,000 teaching hours that include studio classes, private sessions, yoga teacher training, workshops, karma yoga, kids yoga, and more.  Her most adventurous and unforgettable accomplishment was successfully co-leading a yoga retreat in Peru in 2018.  

She currently resides in Pickens, SC with her wonderful husband and yoga teaching partner, David White, and their 2 dogs.  She works as a naturalist guide and kayak instructor for Jocassee Lake Tours, program coordinator for Jocassee Wild Outdoor Education, national trainer, and consultant for Choosy Kids, and wellness coach and yoga instructor through her own business Whole Again Wellness.  She believes that we continue to learn about ourselves and the world around us to find out what makes our heart sing, our spirit soar, and then have the courage to live from this place of authenticity, to live our true nature as spirit.

David White

David White was introduced to yoga decades ago by his brother when he showed him one of the sun salutations which he integrated into his morning meditation and movement…but it was about 15 years ago when he started practicing in a yoga studio. He met Kerry McKenzie in 2007 and they started doing yoga together and immersed more fully when Kerry started teaching. In 2015, Kerry and David spent a week in the Bahamas at the Sivananda Ashram for a weeklong yoga Nidra certification course. In 2018, David provided a supportive role on a yoga retreat in Peru that Kerry co-led, including logistics, leading hikes, and meditation as well as music. In 2019, he completed his RYT200 level at Integrative Yoga Therapy in Easley, SC, and soon started teaching, primarily vinyasa, filling in for teachers as needed. As a musician, David partnered with Kerry in leading several sound healing and Yin workshops. He loves sharing the practice of yoga, breath and movement and all that it brings with it. 

David’s ‘career’ work has been centered around plant/forest ecology which he was drawn to, in large part, because of the interconnectedness of all things and the role humans play in that balance. Outside of work and music, his passion is being in nature, hiking, immersing in water, kayaking, building footbridges, and trails… Yoga and immersion in ecology and nature share important elements: the interconnectedness of all things, meditation, and something we sometimes overlook – the empowering state of being present

He currently lives in Pickens, SC with his amazing wife, Kerry McKenzie, in a forested paradise with a garden, trails, and 2 wonderful dogs. As an ecologist, he worked for the US Forest Service for 18 years and now does contract work as an ecologist. As an old-time/Appalachian fiddler and banjo player, he has played for contra dances for years (none since Covid19) as well as for performances and recorded a couple of CDs. As a kayak instructor and naturalist, he has co-lead Kayak tours with Kerry for Jocassee Lake Tours and plan to lead tours as a naturalist guide this year.

Testimonials

“Kerry is one of the most informative intuitive yoga teachers I know!  When I leave her class I feel strong, confident, and humbled all at the same time.  A kind soul indeed!” – Rhonda L.D.

“Kerry is such an amazing teacher, yogi, and friend.  She exudes love, peace, and tranquility with her calming tone while offering great guidance to get deeper into postures.  She offers great advice on modifications for any suffering, tightness, discomfort, or injuries. She has such a heart for sharing love with everyone she crosses paths with.”   Zach M.

“The winding river of my life took me across the path of Kerry about 6 years ago and she continues to open many doors for me.  She introduced me to “clean eating”, to Yin yoga with sound healing, and Therapeutic yoga which is yummy for my 65 plus-year-old body. Most importantly Kerry brought back in me the important message of listening to my small, still, inner voice. She is a leader in every regard.  Her passion and commitment to finding deeper channels of meaning for herself and then giving all that inspiration back to her family of students and friends are what makes this giving, humble soul such a delight.” Kathy S.

“This was our first True Nature trip. The travel & accommodations were excellent! Kerry & David were outstanding trip leaders as good communicators of details before & during the trip. Their enthusiasm for all activities was contagious. Afterwards, they stayed in touch and showed genuine concern for everyone’s health & welfare. As a first time yoga participant they instilled a new love for something I hope to continue the rest of my life!” – Sherrie W.

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
  • Volcano Hike
  • Hot Springs Excursion
  • Nighttime Rainforest Hike
  • Hanging Bridges
  • Waterfall Tour
  • Sacred Seed & Plant Tour
  • Kayaking

*Price of activities are not included in tuition. Availability subject to change.

Spa

Bring balance and harmony to your spirit at the Rain Forest Spa. Spa treatments include a variety of massages, therapeutic body treatments, skincare services, and aromatherapy sessions using only the highest quality organic oils and extracts derived from fruits, herbs, flowers, and botanicals.

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Registration

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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

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Getting There

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. The drive time to the center is approximately 2.5 hours.

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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 $150, 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. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Shared Accommodations – $2295 USD 

Single Accommodations – $2595 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

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

Sign Up with No Risk

In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2023 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.

*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 108 days before the retreat date.

True Nature Travels is closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global travel. For more information click here.

Cancellation

  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to info@truenaturetravels.com.

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