This 6-night, 7-day retreat on the beautiful Pacific Coast of Costa Rica will provide you the chance to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate with yoga, meditation, and reiki while providing ample opportunities to explore and take day trips around the Nicoya Penninsula.
This trip will begin with a one-night stay In San Jose and an excursion to the world famous Poas Volcano. After the excursion to the Poas Volcano, you will take a 20-minute chartered flight to your final destination – a beautiful resort on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
Three organic meals a day will be provided, as well as daily yoga classes taught by Michele Rath in the resorts open-air yoga sanctuary. Michele teaches Hatha yoga classes and will vary the style and intensity of each class to include soft and gentle, mindful movement, vinyasa flow, and power classes. There will be something for all yogis from the beginner to the expert. Michele will also offer group meditation and Reiki sessions throughout your stay.
For those looking to see and explore Costa Rica, a wide variety of daily excursions are available including, hiking, canopy tours, Stand Up Paddle Board, surf lessons, a trip to Montezuma town and Tortuga Island, bird watching (a must do in Costa Rica even for novice bird watchers), kayaking, and more. If unwinding and relaxing is your thing, the resort sits on a beautiful private beach and also has a private pool. The resort boasts a world-class natural spa with treatments provided by professional therapists. All guest rooms are air-conditioned for your comfort.
- 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
- Day-Trip to Poas Volcano
- 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.
Michele began her career as an attorney at a large firm in Washington, DC and later continued her practice serving as General Counsel for a government contracting firm in Northern Virginia. Michele was always active, but she became more in touch with the need to become both physically and spiritually strong after the birth of her two children.
Michele began to train for and participate in triathlons as a way to regain control of her physical strength and well being after pregnancy and became particularly fond of pilates reformer. Michele transitioned from her legal practice to the fitness industry in 2013 when she began teaching group fitness classes. Michele is certified or licensed in Zumba, Tabata Bootcamp, Pilates Reformer, Pilates Mat, Barre, Silver and Fit, TRX and general group fitness, and is also a certified personal trainer.
While teaching at a local pilates studio, Michele began to regularly practice yoga, eventually becoming a certified RYT200 practitioner. Noticing both the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga, Michele began to explore energy healing and meditation. Michele went on to become a Master Reiki Healer.
When not on her mat or teaching a group fitness class, you can find Michele on her road bike, running the trails of the local State Forest, or swimming in the lakes near her home. Michele and her husband Peter live in New Jersey with their two children – son Luke and daughter Emersyn and dog Winslow.
“I have been practicing yoga for several years, but it was when I met Michele Rath, owner and instructor, at Powerhouse Fitness and Yoga two years ago that I started seeing the body/mind results I desired. Michele’s classes challenge me with a variety of poses each week and offer modifications or options to take the pose further, which has helped improve my practice immensely. New props, and new uses with the usual props, keep the classes fun and different, and the music is always great and keeps me motivated. I like that the studio is a friendly environment, and I have met and enjoyed working out with people of all ages and abilities. My daughter enjoys joining me when she is home from college, and agrees the classes are great!” ~Jody W.
“I have had the great pleasure in attending many of Michele’s classes. She is a one of a kind instructor; her passion, knowledge, love for Yoga is so apparent in every breath of her journey through each class. After every single one of her classes I feel as though my physical energy has been replenished, my soul soothed, and my mind open.” ~Kristin N.
“If you are looking for an overall amazing Yoga instructor, Michele is where it’s at! I cannot explain the amount of love and respect I have for this woman. Her delivery of verbal and physical instructions are as clear as a can be. Her knowledge in explaining the benefits of each pose and breath are awe-inspiring and perfect. She has this warmth to her that you feel radiate into your body as she walks about the class, giving personal attention and modifications. You will leave her classes energized and full of light!” ~Jen H.
“As the owner of Powerhouse Fitness and Yoga, Michele Rath is not only a talented businessperson and teacher, but a strong spiritual leader as well. She knows how to relate to all of her members and provides a welcome and comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Thanks to Michele and her amazing staff, I have not only gained physical strength, balance, and flexibility but have—more importantly— achieved peace of mind, calmness and mental relaxation that has totally changed my perspective on life. Michele is a shining light whose positive energy spreads among all of her students and members.” ~Carole M.
- 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 $500 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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