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Join Kimberly Paul and Emily Gavin for a retreat of splendor! Imagine being whisked away to a beautiful place in the world. Upon arriving, you are embraced by a warm welcome and the tranquility of a remote mountain hideaway with grand vistas of the ocean and valleys - naturally organic in its environment, simple yet tasteful designed, something that you would remember and you would come back because it would feel like home.
During this retreat, you will stay in a shared room. AHKI Retreat is an intimate yet spacious facility. Infused with simple elegance, the two large cabins located just a short walk down from the main house offer six sizable guest rooms that can accommodate up to three people per room.
All rooms have ceiling fans, large windows, and doors, as well as plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow, fine linens, USA-style heaters for reliable and safe environmentally-friendly hot water, a handcrafted Costa Rican hardwood furniture made by local artisans, and daily housekeeping.
Each room has a private bathroom with a large unique and luxurious indoor and outdoor shower and patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys.
The dawn chorus of the jungle will be your gentle alarm clock as you wake to mountain sunrise filtering through the trees. As a rare delight, the showers are a unique indoor-outdoor experience, screened in and protected from intruders, while still enjoying the experience of bathing outdoors right from your room. Flow through the morning Vinyasa class with a slight breeze filtering through the open practice space.
Share the company of genuine and open people and enjoy the delicious veggie meals, cooked with thought and care. Afternoons swim in the reflecting pool where the infinity edge looks out over the mountains and valleys or slumber under a palm tree on the beach just below. From the moment you arrive to the time you depart, you will enjoy supreme bliss. It isn’t long after that a long rich learning experience begins to open up to you.
One half day group excursion is included in the price.
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health (Hatha Yoga, Yogic Philosophies)
Kimberly Paul’s yoga roots are planted in the Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. Her first true yoga experience was a six month in-residence program at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in 1997; graduating from the Spiritual Lifestyle residential program with certifications in Hatha yoga and yogic philosophies. In 1999, she went on to receive additional certifications in Kali Ray TriYoga® Santa Cruz California and integrative yoga therapy with Joseph La Paige at Mount Madonna Center.
Nosara Yoga Institute Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Emily Galvin has been developing her yoga practice since 2001. She received her 200-hour certification in Interdisciplinary Hatha yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and her 500-hour at Ananda Seva in yoga therapeutics. Her intention as a teacher is to help others to learn/heal and breathe from the inside out.
This retreat will be held at AHKI Retreat near Nosara, Costa Rica.
Costa Rica rests between two continents and two oceans. The central point links the North and South Americas, bordering Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south. The east coast meets the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean lines the west with an abundance of lush tropical rainforests, mountains, volcanoes, white water rivers, and waterfalls in between.
Situated just nine degrees north of the equator, Costa Rica has a balanced 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night, with the sun rising around 06:00 and setting at 18:00. North America's winters coincide with Costa Rica's summers making it a perfect location during the cold months.
Nicoya Peninsula has been designated as one of the world's five blue zones which are hot spots that have common healthy traits and life practices that result in higher-than-normal longevity. It is truly a mecca for the holistic and healing arts practices.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian meals. AHKI serves fresh (organic, when available) vegan and vegetarian meals that appeal to a variety of appetites. The experienced staff cooks solely for the retreat guests, enabling them to take into consideration your individual dietary needs and making the appropriate modifications and adjustments if possible.
All meals are served in the lovely open air dining room with a great view of the gardens, the pool, the mountains, and the sea. Your day begins with a self-served feast of fresh fruits, home made, organic yogurt from fresh, local raw milk, locally baked bread, and home made granola. Hot dishes can include gallo pinto (a traditional Costa Rican dish of rice and beans), and fresh, local, and organic eggs served in a variety of ways and delicious oatmeal.
All the sustenance you need to carry you through your morning of surfing! The healthy and delicious lunches and dinners are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be climate appropriate. Bagged lunches are available for all-day, for off-site excursions.
During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit and surf in the isolated breaks of the pristine Nicoya peninsula while enjoying the close proximity of other activities such as adventure tours, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding tours, swimming, wildlife hikes, horseback riding, auto-gyro tours, and fishing excursions.
A 15-minute drive to the north brings you to Playa Guiones and Pelada which offer some great restaurants and shopping. And, of course, there is always plenty of time to relax and soak up the serenity that abounds!
As an added feature, you will have the opportunity to get in the shaping room and gain an awareness of the functioning aspects of foil, surface area lift, and displacement. Learn why a custom shape is personalized for each individual and how to communicate with your board builder at each stage of your progression. Learn fundamentals of surf board function.
During this retreat, you may enjoy massage treatments for an additional cost.
This is a classic Swedish massage using long flowing strokes to send you into bliss. The cost for this massage is 90 USD for 60 minutes or 110 USD for 90 minutes.
This is a gentle, hands-on method for evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than five grams, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The cost for this therapy is 120 USD for 60 minutes or 150 USD for 90 minutes.
This massage is a combination of mio-facial release, trigger point therapy, and skeletal alignment to treat a variety of issues. This massage works on chronic and acute pain in all areas of the body. It is a highly therapeutic therapy that integrates mind, body, spirit by working intuitively with compassion. The cost for this massage is 105 USD for 60 minutes or 133 USD for 90 minutes.
This relaxing, nurturing, and therapeutic massage uses firmer pressure integrating body, mind, and spirit. Tension, stress, chronic, and acute areas of discomfort are addressed using a variety of physical and energetic techniques which invite a loose, flowing, and rejuvenated feeling. Combines Esalen, Thai and Kripalu body work. The cost for this body work is 135 USD for 90 minutes.
Exfoliate, sooth, and hydrate your skin leaving it soft, smooth, and glowing with all natural gentle blends. The cost for this facial is 115 USD for 90 minutes.
Influenced by traditional acupuncture clinics, receiving acupuncture in a group raises the frequency of the energy field and invites deeper healing individually and collectively. Before one is invited to participate in a group session, each participant meets with Mitra for a private interview session to gather information about their state of being. The cost for this treatment is 65 USD from one to five persons or 60 USD from six to 10 persons.
By working with light touch on and off the body within the energy field, the hands of the therapist are used to influence the subtle body bringing balance and harmony to the whole mind, body, and spirit system. The cost for this treatment is 80 USD for 60 minutes or 100 USD for 90 minutes.
This is a soothing full body relaxation massage that incorporates breathing, centering, and a meditative focus with connective wave-like movements. As the body relaxes, the mind relaxes allowing for an experience of complete relaxation and letting go. The cost for this body work is 135 USD for 90 minutes.
This massage incorporates many different types of skills, techniques, and pressures like trigger point therapy, Shiatsu, and vibrational and rebalancing. The cost for this massage is 120 USD for 60 minutes or 140 USD for 90 minutes.
This massage is a combination of deep tissue massage, joint tension release, and energy balancing to release chronic holding patterns that contribute to pain and illness. According to the holistic approach of rebalancing, the emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects are as important as your physical component. The cost for this massage is 120 USD for 60 minutes or 150 USD for 90 minutes.
This is an ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. Reiki treats the body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include feelings of deep inner peace, security, and wellbeing. The cost for this massage is 105 USD for 60 minutes.
This totally relaxing and nurturing massage uses beautiful essential oils to uplift the spirit. It helps the flow of the circulation by bringing balance and energy back to the body. The cost for this massage is 105 USD for 60 minutes or 133 USD for 90 minutes.
The ancient, spiritual art of healing, Thai yoga is derivative of the Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda, and yoga Vedanta.
Thai yoga is a vibrational medicine that incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, and rhythmic compression with heart-centered, compassionate attention that can strengthen the immune system, release toxins, improve flexibility, and enhance your yoga practice. The cost for this treatment is 135 USD for 90 minutes or 150 USD for 120 minutes.
This deep pressure massage focuses on problem areas. The cost for this massage is 110 USD for 60 minutes or 130 USD for 90 minutes.
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The airport transfers will only be available between 07:00 and 15:00. Another option is to book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From there, you can take a short flight to Nosara Airport (NOB) and then take a bus or rent a car.