Yoga Retreat Costa Rica – New Year 2013/2014
LEARN TO RELEASE, LET GO & RE-INVENT YOUR LIFE
A SOLEIL YOGA FLOW™ & CHANTING RETREAT
Sunday, December 29, 2013- Saturday, January 4, 2014
With Dr ISABELLE DU SOLEIL, Ph.D, Los Angeles Acclaimed Yoga & Meditation Teacher
& LEA LONGO, Montreal Kirtan Leader & Award Winning Songwriter
Learn to stay present within all situations and let the dance of all emotions flow through you for ultimate manifestation and transformation through “Being in the Now” with the suspension of mental chatter.
DO YOU WISH TO VISIT COSTA RICA AND DEEPEN YOUR FLOW & KIRTAN YOGA?
AN INCLUSIVE NEW YEAR YOGA & CHANTING VACATION PACKAGE STARTING AT $1790 Per Person
SPECIAL OFFER: “BRING A FRIEND/ COUPLE PACKAGE” $1790 PER PERSON
You are invited to a Transformative Journey!
* 7-Day & 6-Night Yoga & Chanting Retreat at the Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica in the Nicoya Peninsula- A Beautiful natural Reserve!
* For a week of Soleil Yoga Flow™& Sacred Mantras Chanting, Breathing, Meditation, Jungle Excursions and Total Rejuvenation guided by acclaimed Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Dr Isabelle Du Soleil, Ph.D. from Los Angeles and Certified Kundalini Yoga & Kirtan Leader , Lea Longo, from Montreal, Canada,
* Energize, Recharge & Relax.
* Learn to Release, Let Go & Reinvent your Life.
* Yoga Sessions are suitable for all levels from healthy beginners (3 to 6 months of Yoga) to more advanced Yoga practitioners.
* Eat organic gourmet vegetarian & Vegan Food
Sunday, December 29, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014.
* Beautiful Swimming Pool with Sunbathing Lounge Area
*Organic Vegetable & Flower Garden,
*100% off-the-grid solar powered facility with luxury-modern accommodations with Double Occupancy
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is a 40 acre private luxury-modern Yoga Retreat located directly across from the beach of the Pacific Ocean yet hidden 1000 yards up in the jungles of Costa Rica. Designed and built by yogis with the intention to commune with nature, practice yoga, contemplate and meditate, and become more balanced through a health and wellness retreat eco-vacation. Our 100% off-the-grid solar powered facility with luxury-modern accommodations and serving gourmet organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine
Imagine rising with the sun and the howls of Howler Monkeys, not hearing any urban nor suburban noises, all the while infusing yoga, meditation, wellness & spiritual healing, with wildlife & bird watching. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers will rejuvenate your body, tidy up your mind, and boost your spirit.
YOUR YOGA & CHANTING MANTRAS EXPERIENCE
*Connect with Nature’s Five Elements and the 7 Chakras or Energy Centers.
* Release emotions of the Heart & Reveal your Truth with Chanting Sacred Mantras
* Celebrate the New Year with Yoga Dance Groove™ Party into the night.
*Take your practice to the next level with daily Soleil Yoga Flow™ Classes, meditations. and Evening Chanting Mantras.
*Learn and experience Tantra Yoga Energetics , Mantras and Ayurveda Teachings.
* Yoga Sessions are suitable for all levels from healthy beginners (3 to 6 months of Yoga) to more advanced Yoga practitioners. A healthy 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at 310-390-5250.
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THE ULTIMATE YOGA, CHANTING & NATURE EXPERIENCE DESTINATION!
AN INCLUSIVE YOGA VACATION PACKAGE- RATES START AT $1790 (excluding airfares & Shuttle Ground Transportation & Excursions)
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS RETREAT?
3 EASY STEPS;
Fill out the pre-registration form
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW
2- HOLD YOUR SPACE FOR 2 WEEKS WITH A $500 NON REFUNDABLE & NON TRANSFERABLE DEPOSIT
3- MAKE YOUR FINAL PAYMENT ONLINE
We ONLY accept Visa & Master Credit Cards Online or Checks. For international students, we may accept direct bank wire.
After we review your registration form, you will receive an approval email with the link to our online payment form.
You will be able to choose your accommodation
4- PURCHASE A TRAVEL INSURANCE
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS: CONTACT US AT 310-390-5250 OR EMAIL US AT firstname.lastname@example.org
What makes a Soleil Yoga Flow™& Chanting Retreat Unique?
1- De-Stressing, Relaxing & Recharging in the Most Beautiful Settings in COSTA RICA
2- Exploring the World in an Authentic Way with Isabelle Du Soleil, Ph.D, an Acclaimed Yoga Teacher & Wellness Expert & Lea Longo, Award Winning Songwriter
3- Taking Your Yoga Chanting & Meditation Practice to the Next Level with Isabelle Du Soleil & Lea Longo, Montreal Kirtan Leader
4- Learning & Experiencing the 7 Chakras or Energy Centers in Isabelle’s Signature Energetic Vinyasa Flows™
5- Connecting to Nature’s Healing Power at the.Sanctuary at the 2 rivers
6- Sharing Laughter & Making New Like Minded Friends
7- Eating Delicious Gourmet Vegtarian Food.
8- Reinventing Your Life & Finding Peace within Your Heart & Soul
ABOUT ISABELLE DU SOLEIL
“Isabelle, your amazing Yoga retreat exceeded all of my expectations and I will continue to be inspired by you. Thank you so much for such a transformative experience!”
Christina Blum M.D., New York City
Isabelle is hands down the most amazing Yoga teacher that I have EVER studied with!!! She has a wonderful demeanor, bursting with joy, playfulness while taking your Yoga to the next level.”
Tikvah Heller , San Francisco
Born in Paris, Dr. Isabelle Du Soleil, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed Yoga Teacher & Wellness Expert. A teacher to both students and teachers for 20 years, she has studied extensively across several continents with May Kazan in France, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea in the United States, and with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait at the Himalayan Institute in India. Isabelle has obtained the Yoga Alliance Advanced Yoga Teacher/ Teacher Trainer Certificate (EYRT500), as well as the Yoga Works Certification. Her Doctorate is in Biology and Pharmacy from Paris V Rene Descartes University.
She is renowned for her depth of knowledge and unique ability to transmit the deepest teachings in a simple, accessible, and relevant way. She trains celebrities, as well as athletes and students at UCLA, also leading retreats and workshops around the world, fulfilling her dream that began as a student of Yoga since the age of 13. She resides in Venice, California and teaches Soleil Yoga™ blending tradition with innovation and creativity in her signature Soleil Yoga Flow™.
These sequences are drawn from her background in Vinyasa Flow, Tantra, Meditation, and Dance., allowing you to develop inner balance, a clear sharp mind, and a radiant body. She founded this style, integrating core strength and alignment with breath and meditation. The result is a powerful, peaceful, and playful dance-like flow. She is also the creator of Radiant Wellness™ programs for stress management, relaxation, and anti-aging, and a specialist in Corporate Yoga Wellness Programs.
ABOUT LEA LONGO
“Lea has a haunting, hypnotic, compelling voice, that will draw you into a musical meditation and not let you out again!”- Toronto Kirtan Community
Lea Longo is a world-class singer/songwriter, kirtan artist , Kundalini Yoga teacher, and founder of the Montreal Kirtan community. She has been performing and travelling with her musicians spreading the Naada Yoga or “YOGA of Sound “ throughout Montreal and abroad at major events and festivals including Bhakti Fest, The Toronto Yoga Conference, Open Mind Festival , Yocomo, Fest Yoga, Wanderlust Festival and Montreal Yoga and Chant Fest.
As a songwriter she is no stranger to other musical genres – many of the songs from her previous albums have been used in many popular films and television shows. She also won the Grand Prize of the Canadian National Songwriting Competition.
Lea discovered Indian music in 2006 and subsequently explored sacred chants (mantras) with several masters in India. It was during that time that she decided to pursue her musical and inner quests to a deeper level. In 2007, she unveiled the album ZEN VOYAGE, a new musical experience reflecting her own inner experience of ten sacred mantras derived from Sanskrit texts. Her latest CD, PEACE CHANTS, features new mantras sung in Sanskrit, English and Gurmuki over world beats, guitars and traditional Turkish and Persian instruments. Lea’s voice is captivating and clear, bringing the listener into a state of peace and deep meditation. Lea is now writing and recording for her new album. Listen to her music and voice at www.lealongo.com
WHAT IS KIRTAN?
Kirtan Yoga is a Yoga of Sound where we use chanting mantras and meditation sung in a call response fashion. In India, kirtans are devotional songs usually performed in groups, in the form of songs to answer or mantras sung over a melody. Traditionally, this is an active form of meditation before a period of silence. This deeply inspiring practice opens the heart and reveals our true nature, calming the mind while energizing us on all levels.
AN INCLUSIVE YOGA VACATION PACKAGE
Those prices per person include:
* 7 days/ 6 nights accommodations in a beautiful room with private bath,
* 3 fresh and delicious gourmet Vegetarian & Vegan meals per day
* 3 Yoga classes per day with 5 hours of daily Yoga & meditation & chanting practices as well as
deep guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra)
* Walking, swimming and sunbathing on the beach
* Lounging & swimming in the beautiful resort swimming pool
* Exploring the jungle by foot
OUR SPECIAL OFFERS
Early Rate: $100 discount off total cost, applies if full payment is received by October 31, 2013.
Bring A Friend/ Couple Special: $1790 per person
Secure & hold your space with a $500 non refundable & non transferable deposit per person
Remainder payment is due within 2 weeks of your deposit payment.
FEES PER PERSON
Double Occupancy with Private Bath
Regular Rate (After October 31, 2013): $1990 per person
Early bird rate (By October 31, 2013): $1890 per person
“Bring A Friend/ Couple Special”: $1790 per person
HOLD YOUR SPACE FOR 2 WEEKS WITH A $500 NON REFUNDABLE & NON TRANSFERABLE DEPOSIT
Cost does NOT include:
– Flights to COSTA RICA- San Jose & Tambor
– Shuttle ground transportation transfers to/ from Tambor airport to the Sanctuary at Two Rivers Center
-Meals away from the retreat center
-Optional additional afternoon nature adventures/excursion
– Additional Private Yoga, Meditation Sessions
-Deep Healing or Deep Release Massages
RETREAT CANCELLATION POLICY:
-61 days or more prior to the retreat: Your entire payment will be refunded minus $500 deposit and a $250 administration fee.
-60 days or less prior to the retreat: Payments are NOT refundable.
There is NO cancellation nor refund for any reason including but not limited to bad weather, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, flight delays or cancellations, illness, health conditions, medical or personal or family or work emergencies, change of mind or no-shows.
Purchasing travel insurance is mandatory. Travel insurance insures the safely of your travels, particularily abroad. It is a safety net should you have any last minute changes, unexpected events, or emergencies. Please review our retreat cancellation policy above.
Travelex travel insurance
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Check In & Check Out Times
General Check In time is 3:00 pm BEFORE 4PM
General Check Out time is 10:00 am
DAILY SCHEDULE & MEALS
All meals are served in the Kitchen House – starting with a MidDay Meal on arrival day and ending with the Morning Meal on departure day.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TIMES
*ARRIVAL: Sunday, DECEMBER 29, 2013 between 1pm & 4pm at the Sanctuary at Two Rivers at the latest.
Dinner at 7pm then opening Yoga circle at 8pm- 9pm
*DEPARTURE: Saturday. January 4, 2014 at 10 am.
Last Yoga Practice on January 4, 2014 at 8am- 9am
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*SURFING is $50 for two hours of instruction with board and based on the tides), Cabo Blanco is $12 entry fee plus $6 taxi round trip approx. per person),
*TORTUGA ISLAND is $55 from 9-4 plus taxi approx $6 round trip per peron),
*ZIPLINE is $45 plus taxi approx $6 roundtrip per person)
*Our Yoga sessions are suitable for all levels from healthy beginners to more advanced Yoga practitioners. A healthy Yoga beginner is someone who is in good health overall with limited Yoga experience (3-6 month of Yoga) yet interested in exploring Yoga.
* Yoga Flows: This retreat course design constitutes an intelligent body of Yoga flows, breathing, visualizations and meditations. Each day will focus and emphasize one particular energy center or chakra and one given nature’s element such as Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. You will also learn about Ayurveda, India’s science of life & medicine, Tantra Yoga teachings and Radiant Wellness Yoga.
*Solar Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ 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.
*Evening guided meditation classes will be held outdoor or in our yoga studios. This daily guided meditation session 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.
*Yoga Nidra, an amazing guided meditation lying down on your back. 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 3 hours of deep sleep.
*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. You are free to leave early if needed. Isabelle 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 stay at the Sanctuary at Two Rvers, 1000 yards from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by the jungle in amodern -luxury 100% solar faciity. The Sanctuary studo accomodations are available for double occupancy with private bath.
ARTISTIC VEGETARIAN & VEGAN CUISINE
You will never have to leave The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Retreat & Teacher Training Center in Costa Rica, our talented chef creates three unforgettable sumptuous vegetarian and/or vegan 1 to 3- course meals per day which are inspired by the world’s greatest cuisines. Our healthy food is artistically crafted to be pleasing to all the senses. Meals are designed around the seasons using Ayurvedic cooking techniques while incorporating the best seasonal ingredients, herbs and spices. Our meals are well balanced and prepared with love and we procure and serve all organic produce from local Costa Rican family farms. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.
The chef supplies each meal’s protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens. We only use whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, our freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to the dining experience.
TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS & FLIGHTS
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Retreat Center’s local airstrip in TAMBOR, Costa Rica is only a quick 25 minute flight from San Jose International Airport.
All guests must arrive at The Sanctuary no later than 4:00 pm on arrival day; please schedule your travel accordingly.
1-Flying In and Out of Costa Rica at San Jose International Airport
For your travel, plan at least two hours between local air and international travel.
2-By Local Air to Tambor, then by Taxi to The Sanctuary at Two Rivers
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IMPORTANT: There is an arrival and departure tax of approximately $2.50 at Tambor Airstrip. From Tambor it is a 40 minute countryside and beach viewing taxi ride to The Sanctuary. Once you send us your flight itinerary we will gladly arrange transport.
3- By Land to The Sanctuary
4- Staying the Night in San Jose
5- Staying the Night in the Charming Beach Towns of Montezuma or Cabuya
We will set up a taxi shuttle to pick you up at the airport (at your expenses- per person per way) once you email us your flights itinerary.
The local currency is colones. The US Dollar is accepted in Costa Rica; exchanging US Dollars to Costa Rica Colones is not necessary. Denominations of $20 are best. ATM: The closest ATM machine is a 12 minute drive into Montezuma.
Bank: The closest bank is a 25 minute drive into Cobano.
Safety Box & Personal Belongings
Each room is provided with a safety box. The Sanctuary cannot be held responsible for any missing personal items.
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Weather is hot and sunny with average temperature75-90F with slightly cooler evenings. Perfect for swimming or sunbathing during the day. The perfect weather for swimming or sunbathing during the day! you will enjoy warm and pleasant water temperatures as you will swim in the Pacific Ocean and swimming pool.
Accidents happen even to the fittest of us. A 24-Hour Emergency Medical Center, with English-speaking doctors, is only a 25 minute drive into Cobano, where there is also a pharmacy.
While we are totally “off the grid,” decent access to internet connections are found on the property. Two wireless broadband USB data sticks are available for this purpose and only work in laptops, not iPads. We encourage you to disconnect while on retreat, however you may connect during meal times through staff phones which act as Hot Spots. The Sanctuary has cell phones for emergency use.
Being 100% off-the-grid entirely on Solar Power, this eco-estate respects and requires energy conservation: Electronics such as hair dryers, curling irons, hot rollers, and similar energy-draining items cannot be supported with this system and hence their use is not allowed. We recommend a light leave-in hair conditioner. All lights and fans must be turned off before leaving the accommodations, pool area, or Yoga Pagoda. We have standard 110 volt three-prong outlets for our guests to truly enjoy a carbon-neutral green vacation. One can charge their phone, computer, or play music with a docking station almost anywhere on the property! Plus, we have independent solar hot water heaters on each guest house’s roof, providing a spectacular garden-view hot water shower experience!
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EXCURSIONS DETAILS & COSTS
1-Cabo Blanco National Park
The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve was the first National Park to be established in Costa Rica. You can see hundreds of plant species, all kinds of wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas, anteaters and the long-tailed coati.
Recommendations: Closed-Toe or Hiking Shoes, Water Bottle, Hat, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, Camera, Binoculars
Self-Guided Hike Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
–Distance from our front gate at the beach road is approximately 2 miles
–-$12 pp Park Entrance Fee and Local Bus Fare)
–Depart The Sanctuary at 9:50 am for the 10:15 am Local Mini-Bus to Cabo Blanco / Depart Cabo Blanco on the 1:15 pm Bus and you will arrive at The Sanctuary by 2:30 pm.
2- Surfing, Body Surfing, and Beachcombing
Costa Rica is known as one of the world’s premier surfing destinations. There are several good surfing spots very close to The Sanctuary. It is best to arrange boards to be delivered and picked up at your surfing spot. You can walk 5 minutes across the street of our front gate to the Rio Lajas break and also continue down the beach 15 minutes to the Los Cedros break. A 15 minute taxi ride will get you to the Montezuma breaks near Playa Grande and 30 minutes to Play Carmen/Mal Pais/St. Teresa.
Rio Lajas – high tide / south swell / right point break. On good days it runs a few hundred meters.
Los Cedros – high tide only lefty point break, best when there is a south swell but always fun.
Playa Grande – a mid/high tide spot with a consistent wave; best when there’s a south swell.
Mal Pais-Playa Carmen-Santa Teresa areas are known for good constant surf and is only a 25-35 minute taxi/shuttle away.
Surfboard Rentals and Surfing Instruction
Montezuma has a surf shop with several surfboard and boogie board rental places. Mal Pais-Playa Carmen-Santa Teresa has an abundance of options.
The Sanctuary works with only the best surfing instructors who speak fluent english and are trained in open-water safety. We will be happy to coordinate surf excursions for you.
Recommendations: Water Bottle, Hat, Sunscreen
One of the most economical and rewarding excursions is a walk from The Sanctuary to where the river meets the sea. Once there you can swim in the estuary or start combing the beach for exotic seeds, shells and wood pieces. Take an occasional dip or float in the ocean to cool off then casually make your way back to plunge under our fresh waterfalls!
Recommendations: Water Bottle, Hat, Sunscreen
No cost; 1000 Yds walk to the ocean approx. 25 minutes.
4- Horseback Riding on the Beach by Day or by Moonlight
El Pinto Expeditions offers daily and full moon night-ride horseback tours on Montezumas’ beach/jungle trail to El Chorro Waterfalls. These are small owner/operators with six horses who are well-cared for as part of their family. The horses are well suited to trail riding and attention is given to match people with the right horse. Their speciality is beginner to intermediate level. Instructions are given in English on techniques for safety & comfort for both the rider & the horse. Larger groups are possible with advance notice.
Montezuma Horseback Full Moon Ride
Beach and Jungle Trail to El Chorro Waterfalls
—$40pp for the horseback ride
–Water & Fruit provided by guide on excursion
–Day Trips can be easily arranged.
–The Moonlight Ride is dependent on the tides and moon **This excursion is only for the Dry Season.
Recommendations: Hiking Shoes, Long Pants
Includes: Horses, Guide, Water, Fruit
5- Waterfall Zip-Line Canopy Tours
The Zip-Line excursion in Montezuma consists of a series of 9 cables and 13 platforms that are suspended high above the forest floor. While zipping through the canopy you will see a number of plants and animals unique to Costa Rica, possibly including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas and much more. During the tour you will stop at the famous Montezuma waterfalls where you can take pictures and go for a swim or swing from a rope and jump into the deep pools carved by the cascading waters.
Recommendations: Hiking Shoes, Water Bottle, Swimsuit, Towel
Includes: Equipment, Instruction, Guides, Water
6-Tortuga Island Boat Trip, Snorkeling, & BBQ Lunch
This full-day excursion starts with a panga boat ride from the beach in Montezuma up the Nicoya Bay where you will view the beautiful coast line from the sea. You might see some whales and dolphins along the way. Once at Tortuga Island you will enjoy incredible snorkeling in the blue Pacific Ocean, followed by a very tasty BBQ lunch. Enjoy the white sand beach were you can play volleyball, sun tan, or just relax.
Includes: Soft Drinks and Beer, Transportation, Guide, Lunch, Snorkeling Equipment
Recommendations: Swimsuit, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Towel
—$50pp which inludes your guide, drinks, lunch (vege, chicken, fish), and snorkeling equipment.
–Duration is 9 hours
–Depart The Sanctuary at 7:45 for 8:10 Taxi/Shuttle to arrive at 8:20 at the office to be ready for a 9:00am boat departure. The boat return to Montezuma is at 4:00 and the taxi return will have you at The Sanctuary by 5:00 pm.
WHAT TO BRING:
Yoga props ARE provided. You may also choose to bring YOUR OWN YOGA MAT AND ANY ADDITIONAL YOGA PROPS YOU WISH TO HAVE.
Yoga wear tops and bottoms
Long sleeve shirt and pants (for evenings)
Battery operated alarm clock
If participating in water adventures, please bring water sandals with ankle straps.