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Join Elizabeth Yates and Marti Yura for a week of relaxation and discover the magic of Nosara, with its pristine beaches and magical rain forests, located in one of the five blue zones on the planet where the environment is the purest. During this week, you will explore the power of the Vayus or the winds of the body, through the practice of asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation.
All ages are welcome as participants.
The accommodation is on shared room basis. AHKI Retreat is an intimate yet spacious facility. Infused with simple elegance, the two large cabinas, 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.
Each room has a private bath with a large, unique, and luxurious indoor or outdoor shower, and patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. These are not your typical cabinas. The rooms all have fine linens, American style on-demand heaters for reliable, safe, and environmentally friendly hot water, handcrafted Costa Rican hardwood furniture made by local artisans, a closet full of yoga mats and props, and offers daily housekeeping.
Celebrate the divine eternal connection that allows people to know themselves, and in turn, understand and relate to others in the deepest sense, for this is the space from which true compassion is born.
Whether you are curling up with a book, sharing in a board game, watching a video, or enjoying an intimate chat with a new friend, you will no doubt slip into the home-away-from-home vibe. AHKI Retreat always set out a bowl of fresh fruit and a variety of teas after dinner for your evening enjoyment. Of all the many nooks and crannies to sink into, and as hard as it is to choose, many people have said that the library is their favorite spot.
AHKI Retreat's pool is spectacular. Whether sitting in contemplation on one of the nearby daybeds or floating under the stars, you will find the infinity edge, saltwater swimming or reflecting pool a grounding and nurturing experience.
What is so unique about AHKI Retreat is that it is a truly sacred space, built specifically according to the ancient science of Vastu Shastra, the yoga of space, invoking peace, wellness, and harmony with the environment as well as within oneself. The studio does not fall short with its breathtaking views, warm breeze, and inviting ambiance.
The 750 square feet covered and open-air studio overlooks the ocean, mountains, and valleys, as well as the beautifully landscaped courtyard and mountainside infinity pool. A teak wood floor, with planetary gemstones intentionally placed beneath to connect the above to the below, offers a forgiving surface for all kinds of bodies and practices, and the closet is filled with mats, blocks, blankets, straps, sandbags, and bolsters.
On the rare days when the natural breezes are quiet in the mountains, two large ceiling fans are more than equipped to do the job. This sacred space is adorned with a special altar on the north end to invoke the energies of abundance and prosperity in health, wealth, happiness, love, peace, and beauty. When not engaged in practice or training, kick back and enjoy a fresh smoothie from the kitchen in one of the hammock chairs.
The retreat will be held in AHKI Retreat, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The beautiful country of Costa Rica rests between two continents and two oceans, the central point linking 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 rain forests, mountains, volcanoes, white water rivers, and waterfalls in between. It is no wonder the makers of Jurassic Park chose Costa Rica for their story location. The Nicoya Peninsula has been named one of the five blue zones in the world, where people are said to live the longest and healthiest lives.
During this retreat you will have two to three yoga classes daily and a one-hour spa treatment. The morning classes will give you an energetic start and prepare you for the afternoons you will spend exploring the beauty of Costa Rica. During your free time you may walk through the tropical gardens, hike in the rain forest, stroll on the beach, take a stand-up paddle board tour, learn to surf, or simply lounge by the pool and listen to the monkeys.
Every day will end with a practice to help you relax, unwind, restore, and listen to your body. Throughout the week, you will focus on bringing more self-compassion into your life, learn to access your own resources and wisdom that will allow you to live a more complete, empowered, and creative life.
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. AHKI Retreat will pick you up from the airport.
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 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and setting at 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. North America's winters coincide with Costa Rica's summers, making it a perfect getaway in the cold months. Costa Rica's year-round temperate climate generally ranges from 70 to 85 degrees Celsius or 158 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and dropping down to 55 to 65 degrees Celsius or 131 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit at night, these numbers are a little bit higher in Guanacaste, along the west coast.
AHKI Retreat provides complimentary Wi-Fi for those who need to stay connected and has a large 42-inch flat screen television and DVD player for movies and training videos.
Costa Rica is pretty casual, especially in the beach towns. For your retreat at AHKI, check with your group leader for any specific clothing recommendations. Outside of that, shorts, tees and tank tops, sundresses, and sandals are all appropriate for any occasion.
For this retreat, the instructor will be arriving in Costa Rica on January 3, 2017, for a few days of touring before the retreat begins. If you would like to explore the wonder of Costa Rica’s culture and natural beauty beyond the retreat setting you are welcome to come along. This is optional and costs are not included in the retreat fees.
Shots are not required to enter Costa Rica. However, you will find some health information sources that will recommend this.
Local Costa Rican currency is CRC. The exchange rate varies a bit each day, but generally 1000 CRC is approximately 2 USD. Costa Rica accepts USD. Leave your traveler's cheques at home, they are pretty much useless. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most places but some restaurants and shops will only take cash. There are two ATMs in town if you are in need of cash.
Costa Rica is relatively safe. The main concern is petty crime. It is as simple as this, keep a close eye on your stuff. Be smart, do not leave your valuables visible in your car or unguarded on the beach or anywhere else for that matter, even the things you would not imagine being stolen, like your flip flops or sunglasses. Follow this rule and you will enjoy a crime free vacation. There are snakes, most are not venomous and the chances being bitten are very small. They stay pretty clear of humans. Scorpions are not poisonous but they can deliver a nasty sting. AHKI Retreat takes great care in keeping the critters out of the space but there is always the occasional interloper. Remember, the place is the jungle and you are the intruders. Once again, bring your sense of adventure and always check your shoes and bedding and you will have no problems.
For more information, ask your questions directly to AHKI Retreat, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, South Carolina in 1982 to the birth of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. For over 34, years her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness including personal training to her discovery of yoga in 1998.
Elizabeth came to yoga 18 years ago from the stress of corporate life. Realizing yoga’s healing potential when she discovered her pain was self induced from stress and tension, a lifelong love was born. Her initial physical motivation has grown into a deep relationship with the holistic lifestyle teachings of the yoga sutras.
During this retreat, three meals will be served to you daily. At AHKI Retreat, they are serving up fresh and organic (when available) vegan and vegetarian meals that appeal to a variety of appetites. They can also provide chicken or fish per your advance request for a slightly additional cost.
This season, to guarantee the quality of most of the veggies and herbs, they are proud to announce the implementation of their new onsite farming project, allowing them to serve farm-to-table meals that are 100% organic and pesticide-free. Yogurt, milk, butter, and breads are always available for those not watching their gluten or dairy intake.
In AHKI Retreat's amply stocked kitchen, the experienced staff cooks solely for the retreat guests, enabling them to take into consideration your individual dietary needs, making the appropriate modifications and adjustments. All meals are served in the lovely open-air dining room with a grand vista of the gardens, pool, mountains, and sea.
Your day will begin with a self-serving feast of fresh fruits, home-made and organic yogurt from fresh, local raw milk, locally baked breads, home-made granola, gluten-free pancakes, as well as gallo pinto, a Costa Rican traditional dish of rice and beans, and fresh local, organic eggs served up in creative varieties. You will never get bored with your food.
The healthy and delicious lunches and dinners are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be climate appropriate. You will never feel weighed down from food or too heavy for the Costa Rica climate and most certainly you will leave the table satiated.
No matter what your reason for coming to AHKI Retreat is, their spa treatments can support you along your journey. AHKI has an array of massages and bodywork modalities. The practitioners are independent professionals from around the globe who have come to Costa Rica specifically to share their healing arts and services.
The five rhythms, flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness, are simple yet profound moving meditation practices created by Gabrielle Roth. They are designed to bring out each individual's creative potential as well as being a catalyst for deep healing in the body, mind, and soul.
Each rhythm is a state of being, a teacher that brings out different aspects of who you are and who you are growing into being. Collectively, the five rhythms create a wave of energy that mirrors the creative process. By moving through this wave of energy, you will unleash the dynamic power that is alive within you. You will dance yourself from your thinking heads to your embodied edge, so that you can exist in the instinctive intuitive still point.
This is a deep pressure massage focusing on problematic areas.
Breathe fully, release stress and tension, heal and resolve trauma, access your own internal healing source, enhance joy and pleasure in your relationships, and increase vitality and inner peace. Clarity breath work is a profound tool for transformation and healing for the mind, body, and soul.
It works with the ancient practice of circular and connected breathing that has been used in cultures around the world for thousands of years, for the healing and attaining of higher states of consciousness. Breath work is one of the purest and most effective techniques to release stress and tension, heal and resolve trauma, and awaken your vital life energy.
Clarity breath work shines a light and clarity on your deepest beliefs that you carry within you and that influenced your present life and relationships. This brings deep healing and peace. Clarity breath work is a safe and gentle method that supports you to access your own internal energy. From this place, you can experience a powerful shift in yourself and your life experience.
This is a classic Swedish massage that uses long flowing strokes to send you into bliss.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functions of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch, generally no greater than five grams or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, this therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including migraines, chronic neck and back pain, chronic fatigue, stress and tension, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
A combination of myofacial 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, integrating the mind, body, spirit, and working intuitively with compassion. Benefits are increased mobility, better sleep, and living a pain-free life.
This is a form of acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture but without the use of needles. This technique uses positive affirmations and simple tapping with the fingertips to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while focusing on your specific issue, whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc.
This treatment works to clear the short-circuit or the emotional block, from your body's bio-energy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance. This can remove repetitive negative thoughts and emotions, reduce food cravings, reduce or eliminate chronic pain, and implement positive intentions.
A relaxing, nurturing, and therapeutic massage using firmer pressure in integrating the 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 rejuvenating feeling. Combines Esalen, Thai, and Kripalu body work.
This work takes the Reiki practice further to bring about personal transformation. This energy healing works with source energy to facilitate change and heal all the aspects of a human being. Through this work, the therapist will be able to bring to light the patterns, habits, and behaviors that are ready to be let go of. By finding these patterns, you will be able to return to alignment with your highest potential.
Exfoliate, sooth, and hydrate your skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and glowing with all natural gentle blends.
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 the therapist for a private interview session to gather information about their state of being.
The group session takes place over a three to four hour period. Individual sessions are 75 to 90 minutes, with participants scheduled in 20-minute intervals. The therapist meets with each person for a consultation and nutrition guidance and then guides them into the group space to receive the treatment. At a certain point, there may be four to six people receiving healing simultaneously, creating a powerful energy field.
With healing touch, you are fully clothed with the shoes off, lying on the table either on your back or stomach. 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.
Some people experience visions, some fall asleep, and some people like to talk during the session, discussing their experiences and whatever comes up. All in all, most people leave feeling more relaxed and rested, clear, balanced, grounded, and usually have achieved some degree of physical or emotional relief from whatever is ailing them. The crystal bio-mat is used during these sessions to help facilitate even deeper work.
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.
This massage incorporates many different types of skills, techniques, and pressures. Trigger point therapy, Shiatsu, vibrational, and re-balancing are some of the techniques used.
For the most beneficial reading, you will need to provide your birth date, time, and place. A three-day minimum advance notice is required in order for the therapist to prepare your natal chart. The therapist's work is comprehensive and profound and she will not only read your chart, but will also intuit guidance and provide suggestions to keep yourself aligned with your highest truth.
This session provides insight and positive outlook for those seeking answers. The therapist works with guides who are pure source energy and oracle cards to asses what messages are coming through and what perspectives need to be addressed. This opens up a dialogue with pure source energy, enabling you to shift your paradigm and gain a greater understanding of the personal challenges you may be facing. Anything discussed in this session is 100% confidential.
A highly effective system for chronic pain, this therapy re-educates and realigns the muscles by completing the cycle of holding through muscle energy technique and strain counter strain methods. Please wear yoga-like, comfortable clothing.
Re-balancing 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 re-balancing, the emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects are as important as your physical component.
Re-balancing is a way to increase the ability to feel. Feeling connects you more with who you truly are. The capacity of the re-balancer for empathy and the mastery of several body-oriented techniques forms the basis for a professional, individually-focused, and intuitive approach. Techniques during any given session may include deep tissue manipulation, joint release, breath and energy work or craniocacral.
This ancient Japanese technique is for stress reduction and relaxation and promotes healing. Reiki treats the body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include feelings of deep inner peace, security, and well-being. It is administered by laying on hands and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through you and that is what causes you to be alive.
If one’s life force energy is low, then you are more likely to get sick or feel stressed, and if it is high you are more capable of being happy and healthy.
A holistic overview of one’s life through counseling and physical analysis is performed to assess what your individual needs are, for you to live to your highest potential. Once this is understood, the therapist will perform energetic clearings, working with sound, energy extractions, and power animal card divination to help you to live in right relation to your existence.
As you enter the healing space, the therapists will create a loving and supportive environment for deep healing and transformation to happen. To begin you will be guided in some gentle breathing and yogic exercises to raise your body’s energy level and prepare it for deep relaxation.
The therapists work with a wide range of high vibrational instruments such as a paiste symphonic gong, rattle, Tibetan bowls, drums, whistles from the Amazon, and crystal singing bowls. The vast frequency range of the instruments used are designed to work on the different frequencies that correspond to the chakra system.
A chakra system that is balanced promotes healthy physical and emotional health and is a gateway to lead you to deep meditation and healing. A talented Reiki practitioner will be assisting you on your journey and you will be guided to work on whatever area is necessary to work on your highest expansion.
Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique that works with your body's own healing abilities. The effect on your consciousness when you are placed inside this healing sound space will allow the ability to open up different doorways within your mind and allow you to access different realms and dimensions.
At the end of the sound journey, the therapists will assist in assessing your experience throughout the journey, working with power animal cards and magical fairy oracle cards, giving you messages and guidance to assist the change that is to follow.
A totally relaxing and nurturing massage using beautiful essential oils to uplift the spirit. Swedish massages help the flow of the circulation, bringing balance and energy back to the body.
The ancient, spiritual art of healing, Thai yoga is derived from Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, classical Indian, and Tibetan Ayurveda and yoga Vedanta. However, it is not required that one be a Buddhist to practice or receive this healing art. The primary outcomes associated with the practice of Thai yoga are called ProMiiWihan Sii or four divine, boundless states of mind without limitation, love, compassion, joy, and equanimity, qualities everyone needs in their lives.
Thai yoga is a vibrational medicine that incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, and rhythmic compression with heart-centered and compassionate attention that can strengthen the immune system, release toxins, improve flexibility, and enhance your yoga practice, relieve chronic pain, reduce edema or swelling, headaches, and tension to name a few.
This work brings fundamental elements and energy into harmony and creates wholeness of mind, body, and spirit. The receiver must wear comfortable, movable clothing.
During your stay, AHKI Retreat hopes that you will take the time to explore Costa Rica and all the nature activities it has to offer. As remote as the location is, they are only minutes away from beaches, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing excursions, boating, surfing, zip lining, paddle boarding, nature hikes, and more. The place is also a great location for shopping and eating out at restaurants.
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"I was here for a yoga retreat. What an amazing place - the food, the arrangements, the location are truly magical. The only thing I would warn on is that if you get car sick, take a Dramamine before the drive, it is unpaved."
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"Ahki is not your run of the mill B&B, but a beautiful architecturally designed and landscaped property up in the hills behind Garza Beach, an easy 15 minute drive to Guiones Beach. All buildings on the property showcase a sophisticated CR and Asian flair and the rooms are stylish, spacious, and comfortable. Fantastic breakfasts and dinners available as an extra (if you do not fancy the drive into town). It would be very easy to not leave the property and give into rest and relaxation - that said, there are many beautiful attractions near at hand. The pool area is spectacular and there is a beautiful yoga space. No Wi-Fi in the rooms, but available poolside. Wonderful tree specimens and landscaping abound, and yes, nature as well - that means the sound and occasionally sight of monkeys, hummingbirds, frogs, and various critters, who we share this space (the jungle) with. I appreciate the ethics of Ahki in not laying poisons out to eradicate these harmless indigenous locals, and accordingly, it's possible you may see a few critters around the property - but nothing of concern. The only caution is for those with mobility issues. The rooms are a few minutes walk down stairs and terraces from the main house and this may not suit elderly or mobility impaired persons. You should also be prepared for a steep gravel driveway (but this is not uncommon in Costa Rica) - I would strongly recommend a car for independence - but it's not absolutely necessary. There were during my stay a range of couples coming through the property and a few single people as well. Everyone had space for privacy and the shared breakfast spaces etc allowed for gentle interactions. Finally, no review of Ahki could be complete without recognizing the great efforts and energy of the owner, Karen, who is a wonderful person and personality, ever present, always interested in the well being and enjoyment of guests. This is very much Karen's home and a testament to her taste and interest in the environment and sustainability."
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"The energy that encompasses Ahki embraces oneself from all angles and really gives you the opportunity to relax and breathe in the beauty of nature that surrounds you."
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"What an exquisite spot!!! The ambiance was soothing and very zen. The food, views, monkeys, and people left nothing to be desired. I would return in a heartbeat."
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"Just returned from an amazing week at AHKI. What a beautiful place. The attention to detail and the convergence with nature are inspired. I was there for a week long retreat and its an incredible place for such an experience."
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