Costa Rica New Year 2011 Retreat
ENERGETIC VINYASA FLOWTM YOGA RETREAT
Renewal, Empowerment & Transformation
With Isabelle Du Soleil
December 26, 2010- January 2, 2011
AN ALL INCLUSIVE YOGA VACATION!
Join us for an authentic Energetic Vinyasa Flow TM Yoga , Nature & Cultural Immersion with Isabelle du Soleil, well known European Yoga & Wellness Expert and World Traveler from Los Angeles: 7 days & 7 nights of Yoga, total renewal and tropical jungle exploration on the warm Caribbean side at Samasati, well-known Nature Eco-Retreat Center, bordered by a 250-acre biological reserve overlooking the Caribbean sea.
THE ULTIMATE YOGA AND WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE DESTINATION!
AN ALL-INCLUSIVE YOGA VACATION PACKAGE
Take your Yoga practice to the next level with our daily Yoga, breathing and meditation.
Give yourself an authentic exotic vacation in Costa Rica.
Let go of all your worries and stress. Re-energize yourself and fill your cup. Swim every day in the warm caribbean ocean.
Have a lot of fun: Experience a thrilling canopy zipline ride. Do Yoga with the howler monkeys. Snorkel at the reefs. Take a hike through the jungle or to the waterfall.
Welcome the New Year: Celebrate the New Year with a Yoga Dance Flow tm into the night. Eat delicious fresh gourmet food. Unwind and relax at the spa, receive deep healing massages and much more..
Make it your holiday vacations: Invite your friends & family with a special discounted lower rate for non Yoga Practitioners…
Samasati nature Eco-center is an astounding resort with traditional Caribbean cottages and houses surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, close to Limon and 4 hours by car or 30 minutes by plane from San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital.
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“My retreat with Isabelle was an important stepping stone in my Yoga journey…Isabelle goes all the way for her Yoga retreats. Her enthusiasm and depth of experience makes her a fabulous teacher. Great planning for maximum coverage of material and in depth practice. She is also expert in reading the group and being flexible with the schedules.”
– Catherine Parks from Cove, Oregon
This retreat is for you if you are looking for:
1- A deep Yoga/ Meditation, Nature and cultural immersion
2- An opportunity to have fun, explore Costa Rica & discover the Costa Rican culture.
3- An amazing exotic Costa Rican New Year vacation to de-stress, rejuvenate and recharge yourself.
*Our Yoga sessions are suitable for levels from healthy athletic beginners (2 to 6 months of Yoga) to more advanced Yoga practitioners.A healthy athletic Yoga beginner is someone who is in good health overall with limited Yoga experience (3 to 6 months of Yoga practice) yet interested in exploring Yoga. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at 310-390-5250.
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A MUST IF YOU ARE A NATURE LOVER!
– Immersing yourself in our daily Yoga, breathing and meditations
– Meditating under the stars
– Dancing into the night with a Yoga Dance Flow Celebration
– Hiking in the tropical rainforest and to the waterfalls
– Experiencing a thrilling canopy zipline ride
– Swimming every day in the turquoise pristine Caribbean ocean
– Receiving deep healing massages
– Taking long restful naps
– Sharing laughter, food and a community of new friends
– Simply being quiet and doing nothing.
Create the experience you crave. Wake up with the howler monkeys. Immerse yourself deeper into Yoga & meditation.
You are encouraged to come to the retreat either on your own or with your friends, family and/or spouse. We offer a special lower discounted all inclusive package rate for non Yoga practitioners (see below for specifics)
“My retreat with Isabelle has been superb. The heart of it has been the Yoga and the beauty of the experience. She is a phenomenal teacher. She is so knowledgeable both about the physical nature of Yoga and also its history, meaning and background. The ambiance and esprit de corp has been terrific. Isabelle has taken extrordinary steps to make sure that everything we wanted to do has been done in a lovely and caring way. I will certainly come back on Isabelle’s Yoga retreats in the future.”
– Geri Palast from New York City.
Isabelle Du Soleil is French Yoga and Wellness Expert based in Los Angeles with a background in Dance and Medicine. She has been teaching Energetic Vinyasa Fow TM yoga for 20 years, currently at UCLA, Yogaworks and Exhale Center for Sacred Movement. Isabelle received the “UCLA Outstanding Yoga Teacher Award”. She is the private Yoga trainer for the UCLA professional women’s volleyball team. She is also recognized for her life transforming national and international Yoga retreats in California, Hawaii, France, Italy, Costa Rica and Mexico. As a a Wellness expert, Isabelle developed “Radiant Wellness Yoga” TM programs for Stress Relief and Relaxation.
Isabelle created a unique Yoga style called: “Energetic Vinyasa Flow TM” a fluid and powerful Yoga flow cultivating mindfulness, alignment and core strength energy, linking breath to movement. It is a transformational practice where Tantra meets Vinyasa Flow Yoga. It integrates breath, energy and meditation into the Yoga Flow. She is an Experienced Certified Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer (ERYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance. She holds a Yoga Works certification. She has extensively studied with by internationally renowned teachers May Kazan, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea. She is a guest Teacher Trainer in recognized Saul David Raye teacher training at Exhale Center.
RETREAT ITINERARY with arrival & Departure days + Special Group Excursions
Sunday, December 26, 2010:
Arrival at San Jose Juan Santamaria international airport before 1pm is required for you to catch our shuttle to Samasati Retreat Center
1:30pm: Ground Transportation (4hours) or short Flight (30minutes) from San Jose airport to Samasati center
Checking in & Rest
8:30pm-9:30pm: Opening & Gentle Yoga Session, Meditation & Relaxation
Thursday, December 30 , 2010:
12:00pm- 5:00pm: Special Group Excursion to the rain forest canopy zipline adventure
Friday, December 31 2010:
9:30pm-11:30pm: New Year’s eve Celebration with Yoga Dance Flow TM into the night
12:00am: Sacred ritual entering into 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2010;
YOGA Closing Ceremony in our Afternoon/ Evening Session
6:00-am- 7:0am: Ground Transportation Departure to San jose Airport -Check out & Departure
DAILY YOGA SCHEDULE
7:00am- 8:00am: Awakening morning Breathing ( Pranayama) & Meditation
8:00am- 9:0am: Delicious Breakfast
9:300am- 11:00am: Energetic Vinyasa Flow TM Yoga
11:00am- 11:30am: Savasana (Deep Relaxation)
1:00pm- 2:00pm: Delicious Vegetarian Gourmet Lunch
Afternoon : Free time for Swimming in ocean, Relaxation, Deep Healing Massage or Hiking
5:30pm- 7:00pm: Rejuvenative Yoga Flow
7:00pm- 8:00pm: Delicious Vegetarian Gourmet Dinner
8:30pm-9:15pm: Nature’s Five elements Meditation TM, Relaxation & Yoga Philosophy/ Discussion
The intentionof this retreat course is RENEWAL, EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION.
*Our Yoga sessions are suitable for levels from athletic beginners (2 to 6 months of Yoga) to more advanced Yoga practitioners. A healthy athletic Yoga beginner is someone who is in good health overall with limited Yoga experience (3 to 6 months of Yoga practice) yet interested in exploring Yoga. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at 310-390-5250.
* You will experience and connect with Nature’s five elements and the 7 chakras or energy centers in our daily Energetic Vinyasa Yoga flows and meditations We will be celebrating life with a Yoga Dance Flow tm on the last evening.
*Solar Energetic Vinyasa Flow TM Yoga classes are purifying, dynamic and balancing. They start with breathing and centering followed by spinal warm up, sun salutations and a long progression leading to a stilling cooling down sequence with a long final 20 minutes relaxation.
*Lunar Rejuvenative Flow Yoga classes include restorative Yin Yoga, breathing (pranayama) practices, fun partner Yoga, Stress Relief yoga, Yoga Nidra and guided inner contemplations/ relaxations.
*Morning Pranayamas and meditations:This daily guided breathing & meditation session’s goal is to build a new capacity and ritual of daily meditation practice in your life with ease and delight. Our meditation practices will allow you to focus your mind on an object, or a color or a sound. Cultivating mindfulness and relaxed concentration on the breath.
*Evening guided meditation classes: Nature’s Five Elements Meditations TM: will be held outdoor or in our yoga studios. A unique practice created by Isabelle du Soleil to re-connect to nature in most simple and powerful way for healing, balance and bliss.
*Yoga Nidra, an amazing guided meditation lying down on your back. 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 3 hours of deep sleep.
*Our Yoga sessions are suitable for all levels from athletic healthy beginners (3 to 6 months of Yoga) to more advanced Yoga practitioners. A healthy athletic Yoga beginner is someone who is in good health overall with limited Yoga experience (3 to 6 months of yoga) yet interested in exploring Yoga.
*Each level of practice will be addressed with level 1, 2 and 3 variations instructed for all postures. You are always welcome to take a break and relax in child’s pose.. Isabelle and her assistants will provide individualized hands on adjustments.
*Our Yoga flow practices will build progressively from one day to the other based on a physiological and structural coherence and consistency. This retreat course design constitutes an intelligent body of Yoga flows, breathing, visualizations and meditations.
*You will also learn about Ayurveda, India’s science of life & medicine, Tantra Yoga teachings and Radiant Wellness Yoga.
Isabelle offers private lessons of Yoga and Wellness for an hourly rate of $130. Energetic Vinyasa Flow TM Yoga, Tantra Yoga, breathing, meditation, Yoga Massage TM, healing and stress relief. She will listen to you and read your body, giving you one on one hands on adjustments. She will also create and draw a customized sequence to meet your needs. Radiant Wellness Yoga TM programs for Stress Relief and Relaxation are also offered in her private lessons.
Name: Isabelle Du Soleil
Samasati Nature Retreat Contact: For any problems prior to or upon arrival such as a delayed flight, or other travel plan changes that may affect your reservation or transportation, please contact 800- 563-9643.
Those prices per person in this ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE include:
– 7 days/ 7 nights accommodations in traditional cottages & houses,
– 3 delicious vegetarian gourmet meals per day,
– 3 Yoga classes per day (5.5 hours daily) including breathing & meditations, Yoga philosophy & Ayurveda living lectures, Tantra Yoga, outdoors Nature Five Elements Meditations TM and Yoga Nidra
– New Year’s Eve Celebration with our extraordinary Yoga Dance Flow TM
– 1 Group Excursion: Thrilling Rainforest zipline canopy adventure
– Hikes in rainforest and trek to waterfalls
– Ground Transportation from/to San Jose Airport on Sunday, December 26 at 1:30pm & January 2 at 6am (A $360 value for round Trip) in the collective shuttle van.
– Free Use of outdoor jacuzzi
– Free Use of Hammocks
Fees per person
Guest House Deluxe W/ Shared Bath
Guest House Standard
Early Bird: $2395
Early Bird: $1895
Early Bird: $2095
Early Bird: $1795
Early Bird: $1695
Early Bird: $1895
Total Payment includes a $500 Non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit.
SPECIAL LOWER RATE FOR NON YOGA PRACTITIONERS
If your are traveling with family or friends who do NOT wish to participate in the Yoga sessions, we offer a SPECIAL LOWER RATE W/ DISCOUNT OF $450 from the listed costs above.
The non yoga practitioners guests will participate in all group excursions and benefit from the same amazing amenities (gourmet food, Tropical rainforest hikes, waterfalls trek. daily beach swimming….) but will NOT partake in our daily 5.5 hours of Yoga & meditation practices.
-Early rate: $100 discount off total cost, applies if full payment is received by October 10, 2010.
-Full payment is due upon registration
-Your room and deposit will be forfeited if we do not receive payments by due dates: early bird rate by October 10, 2010.
Reservation of your space includes $500 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit + $200 administration fee (see further policy)
In the event of cancellation:
-61 days or more prior to the retreat: Your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 deposit plus a $200 administration fee.
-60 days or less prior to the retreat: Payments are non refundable.
Co st does NOT include:
– Flights to San Jose Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO) in Costa Rica
– Optional short Flight From San Jose to Limon ($300 Round Trip per person) in 6-person small plane
– Deep healing massages ($75 to $110)
– Additional Eco-Tours & Adventures ($40-$65 per person)
– Surfing Lessons (2-hr lesson for $60)
– Private Yoga, Meditation, Stress Relief and Vitality Sessions with Isabelle Du Soleil ($130 per hour)
– Meals away from the retreat center
– Tips to Retreat Center staff
– Additional nights at San Jose hotels
– Transportation to/from hotels in San Jose
– Individual shuttle to/from airport & Samasati Retreat Center
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Fly to San Jose Juan Santamaria international airport in Costa Rica (SJO).
If FLYING ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, PLEASE ARRIVE BEFORE 1PM ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010 SO THAT WE CAN PICK YOU UP AT THE AIRPORT, as Samasati Nature Retreat is located 130 miles South of San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and 30 miles South of Puerto Limón on the Caribbean coast.
IF you want to arrive one day earlier in San Jose, SAMASATI CAN MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION IN one of the 2 recommended hotels in San Jose (see full info below)
FOR RETURN ON JANUARY 2, MAKE SURE YOUR FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AFTER 2PM
Ground Transportation Shuttle from San Jose Airport Before 1:00pm: (Included in your package); A 4 hours drive to Get to Samasati nature Retreat. It is easy and the drive is beautiful. The road is safe, paved, and the sightseeing breathtaking. You will cross the Braulio Carrillo National Park which is the largest virgin protected area in Costa Rica, and the Santa Clara flat lands where most of the country crops are grown. Then the road unwinds along the beach in the middle of coconut groves and sweet water canals.
If your flight arrives after 1 pm: Arrive one day earlier and stay at one of the 2 recommended hotels in San Jose:
1492 Hotel: Located in a safe and quiet residential area “Barrio Escalante”, one of the first neighborhoods beginning 1940´s, it is close to San Jose’ downtown. Opened January 1995, Hotel 1492 wanted to share its beauty and peace with the lovers of the good taste and history. you will feel as if you are in your own house, with wireless internet, a la carta breakfast and a glass of wine in the evening.
Rates: rooms from $ 60.00 to $ 90.00 including breakfast.
Don Carlos Hotel: Located in the oldest historical section of San José, it is a small, but significant part of Costa Rica’s rich heritage. Once upon a time residence for two past Presidential families, the historical Hotel Don Carlos’ warmth and charm, graciously awaits you. Enjoy Costa Rica’s finest art works as you stroll through the gallery-like corridors and maze of quiet, garden & fountain settings, restaurant and mini pool. Wander into Annemarie’s Boutique and get lost within this unique world of local artistic creations in Costa Rica’s # 1 gift shop.
From $ 65.00 to $ 85.00 + taxes
We will be happy to book this hotel or any other hotel of your choice.
For any problems prior to or upon arrival such as a delayed flight, or other travel plan changes that may affect your reservation or transportation, please contact 800 563-9643.
Flying from San Jose airport to Limon Airport: (NOT included in your package). Flying is a fast and convenient way to get to the Samasati Retreat Center. It is a 30 minute flight from San Jose to Limon, in 6-person small plane for $300 per person round trip. Upon arrival to Limon you will then take a minivan taxi from Limon AirPort directly to Samasati Nature Retreat Center. We need 6 passengers on this round trip flight to organize it.
WHAT IS WEATHER LIKE?
It is the best time of the year with warm sunny weather, temperatures in the low to high 80’s some -precipitation.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Yoga clothes + Yoga Mat if you want to bring your own
Light Summer clothes
Long sleeve shirt
Hat and sunglasses
Sweater or shawl
Sturdy walking/ hiking shoes Flip flops or sandals
Day pack or fanny pack
Journal Notebook + Pen