Immerse yourself in the extreme beauty of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano Rainforest while rejuvenating your body, mind, and spirit. Twice daily intuitive flow yoga classes will first start your day right as you venture out to explore this amazing area. After your adventures, which may include anything from miles of hiking and a “regenerative agriculture” tour of the resorts own farm, to rainforest tours, chocolate tours, zip lining, paddle boarding tours, hot springs adventures, birding tours and much much more. After your adventures a dip in the gorgeous non-chemical pool and a soothing restorative yoga class will refresh your weary body and get you ready for more!
You’ll be lovingly nourished three times a day in the beautiful open air restaurant with fresh, fantastically prepared foods from the biodynamic farm on premises. Sit by the pool with a glass of wine and enjoy the sounds of nature each evening, where we’ll have time to commune and hear of each others adventure. You may also want to partake in a soothing massage, acupuncture or reiki treatment from the resort Spa.
There will be so much to do, or if you choose, nothing to do but relax and absorb the beauty and grace that surrounds you!
In the words of Pope Paul VI “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit. Every minute of every day, Do It! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
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, relax, or take part in optional add-on activities. Lunch (if included in your retreat) will take place at 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.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Round-trip group transport to/from the 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.
Tracy Von Kaenel holds a Dance Performance degree from Northern Illinois University and was a professional dancer for 30 years. Tracy discovered Yoga as a way to extend her dancing life, and now has been teaching Yoga to adults and children for over 20 years. She received her Advanced Level II Yoga certification from Kriya Temple of Yoga in Chicago. She has continued her studies with Eric Schiffmann, Ana Forrest, Angela Farmer and Rodney Yee to name a few.
She is also one of the premier Chair Yoga for Seniors instructors. In addition, Tracy is one of the first people to offer Aerial Yoga to the city of Chicago. Her love of Aerial dance led her to this hybrid style.
She has been featured in Yoga Chicago Magazine with articles about both her adult classes and her children’s classes. Currently, Tracy is the proud owner of Yoga Experience in Chicago and also teaches at Galter Life Center. Formerly Tracy has also taught at Sweet Peas Studio, Presbyterian Homes, the Tai Chi Center of Chicago, Columbia College, and Indiana University. She has given lecture demonstrations and master classes throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana including Northeastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University and Indiana University, and Loyola Academy.
As a dancer, Tracy brings a unique understanding of the human body and its connection to the mind and spirit into all of her classes. Her teaching style is gentle yet bringing appropriate challenge to each student. Her goal is to bring greater body awareness, a deepening of one’s own spirit, and profound sense of relaxation to all her students.
Tracy’s philosophy is to teach the stillness and strength of Yoga with knowledge, warmth and a sense of humor.
“I have had the pleasure of participating in three exceptional retreats planned by Tracy Von Kaenel. The opportunity for renewal, relaxation and communing with nature and a nurturing Yoga community are just wonderful.” — Retreat Participant
“Tracy’s inspired yoga choreography and innate ability to build community among her yoga students is perhaps best experienced by going on retreat with her. Recent yoga retreats in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica have been magical, filled with invigorating yoga sessions (pool yoga, anyone?) and deeply-nourishing teachings.” — Retreat Participant
“I have been on 6 yoga retreats with Tracy Von Kaenel, some local and one in Puerto Rico and one in Costa Rica. Each retreat has been unique, inspiring and fun. It is always clear that Tracy has put a lot of thought into how she structures the retreats, so there is a good mixture of yoga, meditation/mindfulness instruction/encouragement, time outdoors to explore the surrounding areas, and time to share conversation, laughter and community. It is a privilege to have two daily yoga classes with Tracy on the retreat, where participants with many different levels of yoga experience all practice together. Yoga with an inspired teacher, a caring community of interesting and supportive yoginis, laughter, sunshine – what more can you ask for?” — Retreat Participant
“I look forward to Tracy’s retreats as a time to escape, do yoga with my favorite teacher, eat great food and most of all be with many wonderful women. It is a time of reflection, relaxation, exploration and yoga time. I love it!” — Yoga Student
“The first retreat I took with Tracy was life-changing as have been the many others I’ve enjoyed. She is an accomplished and compassionate teacher. The retreat expanded my knowledge of yoga to include more than just the asanas, I met and deepened my connection to other yogis on the retreat. And it was fun with plenty of time for adventure and relaxation.” — Retreat Participant
“I’ve been to half a dozen of Tracy von Kaenel’s retreats. She is an excellent instructor of yoga with a genuine passion for the deeper meaning of the work. I always feel revived physically, mentally and emotionally following a retreat under her tutelage. Her classes are designed with a knowledge of what the body needs in order to proceed to the next level. Both beginners and advanced students can gain from her expertise. I am always challenged and leave with a renewed sense of strength and peace.” — Retreat Participant
“Going to Tracy’s yoga retreat in Costa Rica was one of the best things I have ever done. She carefully planned every detail, kept us informed, and provided the most meaningful experience, bringing amazing women together for this yoga collective. Each yoga session was different from the last, challenging and personalized, and left me feeling great. She even added amazing evening programming that helped us all bond and tie things together for us. I am so appreciative for the experience and can’t wait to join her on the next retreat!” — Retreat Participant
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
- Karma Yoga Service Project in Local Community
- 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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