“All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”
In our noisy, distraction-filled world, finding a pocket of silence can be nearly impossible. Yet silence benefits us in powerful, rejuvenating ways.
Research finds that silence releases tension, allowing our nervous systems to rest. Disengaged from external stimuli we let go, we tap into our soul’s inner resources, we rediscover our Selves.
Take a break from the ‘tween holiday noise to reconnect with your Self. Let the rainforest on one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse organic farms cradle you in its arms on this retreat that includes 3 full days without speaking, cell phones or social media. Discover the Power of Silence, and return home for the holidays refreshed and ready to truly enjoy the season.
Light yoga, group experience, walking meditation, silent eating. Adventure excursions & spa treatments available before and after the period of silence.
No prior experience with meditation or yoga necessary.
Every retreat is unique and, as such, the itineraries are ever-changing! We finalize the itineraries about 3-6 weeks before the retreat, but after 10 years of hosting retreats, we do have a general idea of what most schedules look like.
Most retreats include one-to-two daily yoga classes. One class takes place in the morning, either just before or just after breakfast. After the first class and meal, you have free time to explore, and relax. Lunch (if included in your retreat) will take place midday, during this free time. There is then, usually, an afternoon class followed by dinner. Occasionally some teachers choose to offer an evening restorative class or group gathering after dinner as well.
In addition, there is usually one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not have scheduled yoga classes. This is a day for people to take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun!
Again, this is a very general look at what your retreat schedule could be. We work closely with the teachers to design unique itineraries that reflect their style and the group that’s traveling with them. Once your specific retreat itinerary is complete, we will send it out via email, usually two or more weeks before the retreat starts. Please keep in mind all retreat itineraries are subject to change.
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the San Jose Airport
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
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.
Nancy McCaochan is a workshop leader, retreat facilitator, writer, editor, yoga studio manager, yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer. She has formal training in Philosophy, Women’s Studies, Writing Instruction, Meditation, Shamanic Journey Techniques, Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Nancy has been sharing what she loves and facilitating group experiences for over 30 years. She’s the author of Yoga at the Wall, a practice manual for beginning students and their teachers. Her blogs have appeared in Elephant Journal and on Karma-Yoga.net.
“Nancy embodies yoga–not only in the form of the hatha practice but also in all ways in which she conducts her life. Her many years of experience, in the different forms of both the hatha and other yoga practices, make her an exceptional teacher. It is an honor to know and to learn from her; it has grown me exponentially – not to mention–her smile and genuine warmth are absolutely contagious!!!” – Yoga Student
“Warm. Funny. Slightly irreverent. She uses and teaches many different yoga techniques– hatha, yoga at the wall, kundalini, meditation, pranayama–to foster her students’ growth. Her wisdom and guidance helped me through a long healing process. Amen for Nancy!”
– Yoga Student
“Nancy McCaochan is a unique and gifted yoga instructor. No two classes are ever the same, as Nancy assembles various poses to stretch and tone the entire musculoskeletal system. Add some humor and a little non-sectarian spirituality, and what you experience with her is an oasis that nourishes the body, mind and soul.” – Yoga Student
“Nancy is the best kind of yoga instructor, schooled in traditional ways yet adapting to the requirements of contemporary culture. Immediately sympathetic to the needs of each class, Nancy guides with a clear and melodious voice, which soothes as she instructs. She is the ideal guide, mentor and friend for beginning and continuing students of yoga.” – Yoga Student
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:
- Horseback Riding
- Volcano Hike
- Hotsprings Excursion
- Nighttime Rainforest Hike
- Hanging Bridges
- Waterfall Tour
- Sacred Seed & Plant Tour
*Price of Activities are 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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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 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.
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