Are you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed? Do you feel like there is never enough energy to go around? Do you need to reset and learn how to? Join Ann & Dan Blackburn as they guide you through a retreat designed to melt away the tension in your body and bring clarity to your mind. This retreat will inspire you to live a vibrant life through a unique and balanced blend of intentional programming and many opportunities for exciting adventures on your own. Throughout the week, you will enjoy delicious and healthy meals, SomaYoga classes (a powerful mind-body practice), and a masterclass experience that will teach you how to balance your time and energy on what matters most to you. Our daily yoga classes include SomaYoga Therapy, which is a powerful mind-body practice blending Somatics, therapeutics, nervous system re-education, classic yoga practices, and meditation. We will meet you where you are in your practice, designing each session to fit your needs. No yoga experience is necessary – practices are tailored to each individual. Customized personal instruction offers a chance to deepen your practice, gain confidence, feel challenged, all while maintaining a balance through the proper guidance. You will feel the results of increased freedom, strength, and an overall sense of vitality, peace, and joy. During your plentiful downtime, you can choose to lounge by the expansive Pacific Ocean or take a leisurely horseback ride. You could also hike or zip-line through the cloud forest or snorkel off Tortuga Island. No matter what you choose, you will leave this retreat renewed. Together we will shape your inner landscape to match the vibrancy and tranquility of the Costa Rican wilderness.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 2 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- In-country flight to Tambor and Shuttle to/from the Retreat Center
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
- Daily Yoga Practices*
○ 75-minute Morning Slow Flow
○ 30-minute Meditation guidance and practices
- Living an Authentic Vibrant Life Workshops*
○ Balancing Your Energy Body: Learn about the Energy Body and how it affects all aspects of life. Experience practices to expand, calm, direct, and conserve
○ Live your Purpose: Learn powerful practices to uncover your passions, life purpose, and priorities to Live an Authentic Vibrant Life!
* We will do a brief survey to tailor the practices to your individual needs and goals
**You will receive handouts to work through and practices to take home
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 an 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.
Ann Blackburn and Dan Blackburn have co-owned Tula Yoga & Wellness Center in St. Paul since March 2012. Their mission is to make yoga & wellness within everyone’s reach and to create a space where people reconnect with themselves, learn and grow.
I have been a student of yoga for 35 years, teaching for 10 years, and completed my Yoga Therapy certification (C-IAYT) through Yoga North’s International SomaYoga Institute in 2016. I weave yoga practices, somatics, Ayurveda, energy work through my life and into all of my classes, private sessions, and retreats that I lead. My purpose is to help my students/clients find their inner strengths, tap into their brilliance, and learn practices to find balance in every area of their lives. Movement, pranayama, meditation, mudras, and mantras are some of the yoga practices that are woven throughout classes. We are so powerful when given the awareness and tools. I am blessed to share this work with my family and community.
I’ve been a student of health and wellness since I can remember. Having a deep curiosity about the human body and physiology brought me to the Body Therapy Institute 30 years ago to pursue massage therapy and became a deep tissue therapist in Raleigh NC with an emphasis on chronic and acute pain. My admiration of eastern culture and alternative health have remained constant. I completed my 500-hour yoga teacher training with the Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute, where I am currently completing my Yoga Therapy Certification. In addition to teaching group classes and working with private clients, I also am an executive coach and facilitate relationship-building projects with organizations. My wife, Ann, and I have been supporting people’s goals of wellbeing for over 25 years and we own Tula Yoga Wellness in St. Paul, Minnesota. We have three kids each of whom give me pause to reflect on the many blessings and opportunities in life.
“When I went on the Live Your Vibrant & Authentic Life retreat last year, I never imagined how transformative it would be. I’ve gone on other retreats and have taken plenty of self-development courses online and in person, but none that had a spark like your retreat. The effect that it has had on myself and my family continues. We’ve taken trips, seen old friends, spent more time unplugged and connecting with others, and being more intentional overall.” — Autumn
- 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.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
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 a domestic flight and a 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 join the domestic flight and group shuttle that is included in your retreat package. The drive time to the center is approximately 45 minutes from the domestic airport.
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Shared Accommodations – $2695 USD
Single Accommodations – $3295 USD
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. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
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In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2021 or 2022 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.
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