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22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica July 1- 23, 2017

  • Kindred Spirits, Caribe Colorado, Ole Caribe, Cocles, Costa Rica

Overview

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

This 200-hour yoga teacher training is your opportunity to learn the techniques and methodology for guiding yoga practice with awareness of how to live the yoga philosophy. Through this training you will engage in a physical practice and thought provoking discussions, receive the light to explore your inner being discovering your true self as you bring your awareness to your layers of conditionings and the samskaras. The transformation will leave you energized, confident, and ready to follow your inner calling.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Workshops on yoga anatomy, philosophy, and methodology
  • Group discussions to further yoga knowledge
  • 22 nights accommodation
  • Daily local meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 22 days with instruction
  • English
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There are two different types of lodging.

Option #1.On location at Kindred Spirits, there is a big lodge with three spacious double bedrooms with comfortable orthopaedic mattresses, fresh linens, fans and a/c with private bathrooms, living room, kitchen. A big open air terrace with view to the tropical jungle, wake up in the morning to the chattering of parrots and howling of monkeys! Nearby a smaller two bedroom house with shared bathroom, living room and terrace. Both surrounded by the lush tropical nature, peaceful and quiet, you are in another dimension of Just Being. The Yoga platform is nestled between two giant trees,the winding roots supporting it. You will feel as if you are one with nature, part of it, breathing and living together in harmony. Little secluded spots for meditation or an afternoon siesta are scattered throughout the mountain slope under the shade of the tropical trees with gentle breeze in the air. The herd of horses have their pastures nearby and often come to meditate with us. Enjoy and learn from these masters of Being in the moment. Living in the jungle with the Caribbean waters at the mountains footsteps is an enriching experience, bringing together nature and all the natural elements or air, wind, sun and sea creating harmony for our body, mind & soul. Live in a comfortable setting close to nature.

Option #2 At an additional cost lodge at "Los Continentes" a lovely hotel with private two-three person bungalows with bathroom, kitchen, living room and tv. Right in front of the beach.

During this yoga teacher training, the schedule will start with an asana practice at 07:00, ending with pranayama and meditation. From 09:15, you will have an hour to eat breakfast and then regroup for a philosophy session. After lunch, you will do a couple of hours of asana techniques, including yoga anatomy, modifications, and variations of asana in your practice. Around 16:00, you will do another asana and meditation practice. You will have your own yoga teaching manual and recommended reading listed on the website. Most evenings you will regroup for satsang, which is a sharing and discourse session. Sometimes, you can choose to watch and discuss the talks of different philosophers and contemporary science and spirituality. During all the course, you are encouraged to do some journaling and homework, it may include your personal writings or you will choose a yama and niyama and you will be asked to contemplate and share life challenges living the yamas and niyamas. The learnings of mantras and chanting, walking meditation, and sanskrit names of the asanas are part of your daily routine. You also will get a day to relax, absorb, and have time for yourself. The three weeks of training is to prepare you for sharing and leading yoga sessions, as well as incorporating the balance of mat yoga into your life and the lives you touch.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:15 Asana practice
  • 08:15 - 08:30 Pranayama
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Meditation
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Yoga teacher training class
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Yoga teacher training class
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Personal practice
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Satsang and discussion

Optional three-day equine yoga certification program

After the yoga teacher training, simultaneously, you will be able to take as an extra option the three-day Yoga in Harmony with Horses program. This course is suited for intermediate riders and all experience level yogis. Physical therapists, social workers, and anyone working with at- risk populations will benefit from this course. All students will enhance their understanding and practice of yoga and the unique communication skills learned by interacting with horses will translate to their professional work with their clients at home. Yoga with horses creates true connection and union between the persons and the horses. You will discover how to use stretches to release tension in both you and the horse, as well as different poses and breathing techniques to balance the energy centers. You will be able to study horse herd behavior, anatomy, energy centers, chakras and jin shin jyutsu energy locks, and yoga asana and pranayama especially suited to communicating with horses on a deeper level. This course will be an extra added three days at the end of the toga teacher training course.

Required materials

  • Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones
  • The Vital Psoas Muscle, Connecting Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones

Suggested reading

  • Wheels of Life: A Users Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry Rosenberg
  • Perfect HealthRevised and Updated: The Complete Mind Body Guide by Deepak Chopra M.D
  • Freedom From the Known by J.D.Krishnamurti

The Retreat will be held at Kindred Spirits Well Being Center in Cocles, Costa Rica. Located in the jungle with the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cocles and the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean only 1 and a 1/2 km. away. Nestled on the beautiful coast of Costa Rica on the Caribbean side run by a family, who give their love and care to their gardens and animals that live around. Parrots, chickens, horses, dogs, cats and the visiting monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and agoutis are part of the slow rhythm of life here in this little paradise. A peaceful meditive walk along a winding little road through the jungle and you are on one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches to be found!. Kindred Spirits is a centre for healing inspired by horses, nature and the energy of the jungle. Permaculture gardens for organic vegetables and fruit, our mission to leave as little an imprint on our planet Earth through the use of natural elements, recycling, reusing of waters, making of our own fertilizers and growing organically. Eco- friendly organic gardens, fruit trees, medicinal plants, orchids, and tropical flowers abound in this sanctuary.Terry, owner of the hotel, uses the natural growing medicinal plants around her, to heal her family, guests and animals that are in need.

Activities
  • Horse riding
  • Yoga with Horses
  • Meditation with Horses
  • Bicycling
  • Surf board rental
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Healing therapies
  • Massage Gazebo
  • Meditation areas
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Laundry room
  • Surf board rental

During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy, organic, and delicious vegetarian meals. Also, extra beverages of organic smoothies, tonics, and herbal teas are offered for an additional cost.

Exclusions

  • Lunch and dinner on free Sundays are not included in this retreat.

Botanical Gardens visit

Canopy Tours

Chocolate farm tour

Horse treks on the beach and in the jungle

Indigenous village visit

Jaguar Rescue Center

Massages

Medicinal Plant hike

Meditation and Healing sessions with Horses

Meditation classes

Snorkeling on coral reef

Surfing

Swimming with horses in the sea

Waterfall trek

Yoga with Horses

Zip lining

During this retreat you may enjoy a variety of massages and healing therapies for an additional cost. Unique massages are also given on the beach, bringing in the elements of the sea, sand and sun. Local Spa using organic chocolate, coconut and avocado for skin therapies.

  • 1 daily meditation session
  • 1 daily yoga classes
  • 3 meals per day
  • 22 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour yoga teacher certification upon successful completion of program
  • Workshops and discussions to further yoga knowledge
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Beverages
  • Extra activities
  • Massages
  • Snacks
  • Tours and treks
  • Transportation

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).

Upon arrival you may connect to Limon Domestic Airport (LIO) and then take a taxi ride to Calle Ole Caribe, Cocles, after Puerto Viejo.

Arrival by bus

For local bus, take the Manzanillo bus, drop off at Calle Ole Caribe "Los Continentes" or direct bus to Puerto Viejo, they please advise concerning your arrival in Puerto for pick up or a taxi driver. Contact Kindred Spirits directly for more information.

Distances

  • Limon Domestic Airport (LIO) - 40 minutes
  • San Carlos bus station - 4 hour
For information about the booking conditions, please send Kindred Spirits an inquiry.
  • Review by Jane S from Charleston, South Carolina
    10 out of 10

    "I will never forget my week long vacation here at Kindred Spirits, Magellan Inn. I rode horses every day and was right in the middle of the most beautiful wildlife, nature, beaches. I loved my room. Almost as much as I liked the riding was the cooking of the owner Terri. It was incredible and so good for you. I have never felt so healthy as when I left there after 7 days of riding and their fresh and delicious food there. I hope I can come back again."

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Terri, the owner of Magellan Inn and Kindred Spirits, performed an alignment of Chakras to my husband. If you never had this done, do your homework first. Read about what the Chakras are and what do they stand for......only then, you can get a full effect of the alignment. Terri was thorough, soothing and effective. My husband, who has done this before, gave her an A+. Next time, I will have it done too."

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  • Review by Jane S
    10 out of 10

    "I will never forget my week long vacation here at Kindred Spirits, Magellan Inn. I rode horses every day and was right in the middle of the most beautiful wildlife, nature, beaches. I loved my room. Almost as much as I liked the riding was the cooking of the owner Terri. It was incredible and so good for you. I have never felt so healthy as when I left there after 7 days of riding and their fresh and delicious food there. I hope I can come back again."

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  • Review by A traveler from Miami, Florida
    10 out of 10

    "Terri, the owner of Magellan Inn and Kindred Spirits, performed an alignment of Chakras to my husband. If you never had this done, do your homework first. Read about what the Chakras are and what do they stand for......only then, you can get a full effect of the alignment. Terri was thorough, soothing and effective. My husband, whom has done this before, gave her an A+. Next time, I will have it done too."

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  • Review by Nathalie from France
    10 out of 10

    "Life at Kindred Spirits made me go back to my inner child and see how much she needed horses and nature to thrive in this world. After the first ride with Aña, my body remembered again the joy and freedom of galloping. The connection between a woman and horse in movement. I felt like a little child again. And everything what horses ever meant to me came back. It took quite a while to rediscover the natural trust and courage children have with animals. But Greyjoy, Shiloh, Bill, Aña and Brego were excellent teachers, all with a very different message to tell. And Terry was always there to exchange feelings and ideas and guide with everything she learned from life and horses. As Terry was following a course with Carolyn Resnick, I could follow firsthand how she constructed a magnetic connection with Shiloh. And even try it with Greyjoy! I cannot describe it in words, but being connected with a horse makes one realize how interconnected we all are. How we are so intrinsically related to the living environment and are responsible to take care of our Home, the Earth. It is an amazing gift to feel this connection and strength. And once people find the magic in the creation, the magic of their connection with their environment and the power in their hands to create with thought and body, I’m sure it will bring more happiness and joy. More open eyes, realness and truth. More acceptance of your Self as a woman, a human, an inhabitant of the Earth. Only for this, I recommend You to go and discover Kindred Spirits. [...] Kindred Spirits is a place where you can remember what is important in life. How apparently simple things have a major value and help you to stay real and alive. And all this by experiencing it in practice through work with the horses, yoga, work in the garden and the hotel."

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    "Another strength of Kindred Spirits is that you are encouraged to be creative in whatever way you want to give form to your ideas. I got the freedom to create gardens, to make wild salads, hibiscus flower wine and herbal medicines, to paint and to open my mind with the many books Terry has. The continuous presence of the ocean and all the plants and animals, the sounds of nature that always surround you, the smell of rain and flowers can sparkle a flame in any person. The warmth enables you to relax and breath and start seeing yourself as You rather than with all the judgments of our society and community. And so what is Inside becomes more vivid and alive through your own creations. Terry is also always willing to listen to ideas for change or improvement and lets you contribute your experience to Kindred Spirits. As such, our common enthusiasm for the Earth and Women got form when we started “Mothers of the Earth. Growing, Loving, Sharing” with two other women in Cahuita (whom you wills surely meet). We want to let women see how beautiful they are, how strong, creative, brave, and how they can become connected to their own bodies, taking control of their own lives. Through organic gardening, environmental education, awareness raising and connection with horses, we strive to let women see how they can make a difference in their life and in their community. Mothers of the Earth is on facebook now (thanks to Lexie, Terry’s brilliant daughter) and you are all invited to contribute and become part of our starting organisation!"

    "To become volunteer at Kindred Spirits also enables you to become part of a network of enthusiastic people with a goal to grow a more sustainable world. Cahuita and its surroundings buzzes of people who are involved in organic farming and trade. There are plenty of occasions to attend workshops, to talk with farmers, to become involved in projects and broaden your knowledge on these topics. Terry is a perfect companion as she is always looking to learn more about plants, healing, the earth, gardening etc. She successfully finished a two year training at the Escuela de Ciencias Espirituales y Terapia and as such guided me through several meditations to know where I am in life. She is also a long time practitioner of yoga and together with Corinne Aulakh, creates quality and professional yoga retreats with horses (see site for data). Moreover, we had countless lively conversations while cooking (I miss those ones!), eating dinner, walking to the horses etc. So much to experience, think about and discover that it will never get boring! Moreover, next to the horses, there is a whole family to encounter: the two fabulous daughters of Terry: Eve and Lexie, the four dogs Jasper, Duffy, Felix and Roxy, two tigers (cats), the two parrots Jack and Chica, Leida the best receptionist who is engaged in so many projects and all the other people working at the Magellan Inn…!"

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    "Words are inadequate to describe how grateful I am to have lived at Kindred Spirits and to be welcomed and accepted in the family. Thanks to my volunteer experience and the encouragement of Terry and Co, I dared to believe in another story and audition for Cavalia. Today, I find myself in France in the training to go and work with horses in Cavalia! If you want to have an impression of the horses and kindred spirits, see our audition video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cKi_dIApAA."

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    "To everyone with an open mind, interest to learn and discover and courage to be challenged and confronted with your Self, I say: go and volunteer at Kindred Spirits and transform your dreams into reality !"

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  • Review by Linda B from Delta, Pennsylvania
    10 out of 10

    "I can not say enough good things about my visit. The staff, owner and critters of all sorts were extremely welcoming. I opted for no air conditioning room which was beautiful, clean and allowed me to hear the ocean ( if room doors to private patio were open ) & the numerous lovely sounds of nature. The beach is a short walk, so be prepared appropriately. Excursions for snorkeling, state park & cocoa plantation were wonderful. The women I met changed me in unimaginable ways. Loved this hotel and all associated."

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  • Review by Jeansweezey from Putnam Valley, New York
    10 out of 10

    "This was our first horseback riding vacation and it exceeded all our expectations! We enjoyed the accommodations--just six guest rooms, and the gourmet food. We loved the fact that every day was planned for us, from riding on the beach and jungle, to snorkeling, to hiking with a guide in the national park, to a visit to the sloth sanctuary. We especially enjoyed our gracious host, Terry, who made everything thoroughly enjoyable."

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  • Review by Peggy from USA
    10 out of 10

    "We came to ride horses and explore an exotic place. The horses are well cared-for and a pleasure to ride, especially on the beach. The inn is beautifully landscaped and well-kept. It's home to a variety of friendly animals, which we enjoyed. The parrots came to know and talk to us. The dogs and cats were hospitable and the chickens provided fresh eggs, along with a rooster serenade. It's a short walk to beautiful black-sand beaches and a slightly longer walk to white sand beaches. Surfers enjoyed the "wave" on both. We enjoyed both local restaurants and the dining at the Inn - settings are casual and the food is fresh and delicious. Yoga in the mornings (by appointment) was fun, Terry presented a mix of disciplines. If you are looking for a treat that's off the beaten path, this is a wonderful choice."

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  • Review by Leyah from Utah, USA
    10 out of 10

    "What a quaint and lovely boutique hotel! I came here for a yoga teacher training retreat, staying for 3 weeks. I loved the atmosphere! It felt like a true oasis apart from reality and the craziness of life. I enjoyed my stay very much!"

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  • Review by Leanna
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the yoga and horses retreat hosted by Terry and Corinne back in September 2014. I dream of returning every day! The Magellan Inn is a beautiful piece of property. I miss listening to the sounds of Costa Rica, laying in the hammock and watching the cute agoutis looking for coconut shells. Corinne is a great yoga and horse instructor. She has a very unique ability of connecting with horses and finding the spirituality in a space shared by both humans and horses. Having almost zero experience with horses, by listening and observing her actions, she made me feel comfortable enough to surrender and feel safe. She is a genuine person and very down to earth which makes practicing yoga with her fun. She offered a good mix of techniques of connecting with what was going on in our bodies and what was going on in our hearts and soul. The true meaning of yoga: union! Terry is a wonderful woman and a great cook! I am grateful for her hospitality and for the opportunity to work with her beautiful horses."

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  • Review by Johanna Holst
    10 out of 10

    "In the month of May I did the yoga teacher training with Corinne Rosita Aulakh in Cahuita. It was a beautiful and enriching experience in so many ways, learning from Corinne as well as from the other students. Corinne is such a warm and kind teacher, sharing her knowledge in a generous and accesible way. She has a deep knowledge of yoga gained from many years of practice and time spent in India, and has a way to share that knowledge with ease. With equal amounts of seriousness and laughter she was guiding us to the core of yoga in the peacefulness of Cahuita. Some mornings we walked down to the beach for morning practice in the rising sun while the waves were crashing in the wild and empty playa grande. We meditated with the horses, had dance meditation in the garden of the hotel and many candlelit practices on the platform in the evenings with the jungle with all its soothing sounds surrounding us. We were a small group of students and given lots of opportunity to practice teaching from early on in the course. Corinne created a safe space for us to share and learn from each other. Encouraging us to go deeper in our practice, living a yogic life style to understand what it means to do yoga by practicing it in every aspect of our lives. Through lectures, asana practice, a lot of practice teaching and discussions about yoga philosophy she made us ready for being teachers of our own. Thank you Corinne, Terry, and all the amazing women sharing this experience with me!"

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  • Review by Corinne from Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful location to practice yoga. The owner of Magellan Inn was a wonderful host to our YTT course, providing a great yoga platform. The food was organic and healthy"

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  • Review by Petra
    10 out of 10

    "Magellan Inn was such a lovely place. Yoga platform is gorgerous. You can practice yoga in the backyard and listen all animals around. After that you can soak your body in lovely swiming pool. It is very closed to beach about 5-minute walk and not so far from Cauhita. Staff is very friendly and helpful. You always got super fresh fruit for breakfast and lunchs and dinners are amazing too. And what can be better than riding horses on the extra long beach without people."

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  • Review by Linda Betts
    10 out of 10

    "So, to my ladies from Costa Rica, I thank you. I was recently told that since my return I have touched and changed a life in a multitude of ways."

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  • Review by Yogi Flowers
    10 out of 10

    "May showers bring May flowers and to us May brought us beautiful yogi flowers. Each one a shining light in their own way, each with a natural gift that they will share with the world, making it a better place, just through their presence. I thank each and every one of these girls and women; Kelly, Katherine, Rajna, Linda, Laurel, Sukie, Johanna, and of course, our very special teacher and guide, Corinne! I was also a student and now as all the others am a certified yoga teacher. Each one taught me something and I hope I was able to give them a little something for their way, food for thought. The gift of horses, what they teach us, and how they can heal us in so many ways."

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  • Review by a traveller from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Study was well rounded. Returned with the knowledge to teach and move my practice forward. Marianne Wells is a true Guru with a vast knowledge in yoga from more than 30 years experience in the field"

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  • Review by Lisa from Orlando, Florida
    10 out of 10

    "The perfect environment to connect and breathe while surrounded by the beauty of the tropical paradise at Magellan Inn"

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  • Review by Sesha from Virginia, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Magellan Inn has a big open yoga and massage studio, which we used every day for the yoga and meditation we practice . The place was always clean and calm."

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