Join AHKI Retreat in the magic of a pause, an invitation to slow down and nurture your body, mind, and soul with like-minded women in a setting you can only call a little slice of heaven. This is an invitation to find movement through yoga, tai chi, and dance as well as stillness in meditation, breath, and being. Embark on a journey to Costa Rica in a conscious adventure to your inspired self!
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AHKí is a boutique retreat with big energy, hosting only one group at a time. What is so unique about AHKí 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. A true, Vastu built dwelling helps to maximize the flow of positive, healing energy throughout.
AHKí Retreat is an intimate yet spacious facility. Nestled amongst the trees along a mountain ridge and infused with simple elegance, their 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 / outdoor shower, as well as patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. The accommodation also includes fine linens, US style on-demand heaters for reliable, safe, environmentally-friendly hot water, handcrafted Costa Rican hardwood furniture made by local artisans, and daily housekeeping.
Free Wi-Fi is available (at the main house only) for those who need to stay connected and there is a large 42-inch flat screen TV and DVD player for movies and training videos. You can use all the facilities in the 5-acre property such as salt-water pool, library / game room, and yoga hall. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, pool towels and beach towels, as well as yoga mats and props, are provided
AHKí’s 750-square-foot covered, 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 installed beneath to connect the above to the below) offers a forgiving surface for all kinds of bodies and practices. A prop closet is filled with mats, blocks, blankets, straps, sandbags, bolsters and back-jacks. For musical enjoyment, facilitators can enjoy their Bluetooth surround sound system.
The library is a cozy living room filled with books and games. 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. Of all their many nooks and crannies to sink into, and as hard as it is to choose, many people have said this is their favorite spot.
AHKí has constructed a pool as a true testament to the healing powers of water, which is intentionally placed in the northeast corner of the house's mandala, the most auspicious location for the water element in Vastu. The pool is spectacular. Whether sitting in contemplation on one of the nearby day beds or floating under the stars, you will find the infinity edge, salt water swimming / reflecting pool a grounding and nurturing experience.
Together you will cultivate a peaceful, calming, connected space to open to new adventure, create heavenly pauses by the infinity pool while being nurtured with organic cuisine and deeply holistic / healing treatments. Recharge your passion with joy and intention for this one audacious life. Be re-ignited by exploring techniques to cultivate the nurturing effects of mindfulness so you can bring forth your true inspired self. Each day you will meet in circle to share wisdom, daily practices, and techniques that bring true delight and bliss.
Take this time to center into these precious moments. Being in the now. Don't think about getting there, for once you are there you are here. And here is all there is. Savor it all by inviting mindfulness in.
Gentle practices bring you into opening to this once-in-a lifetime adventure. AHKí Retreat will guide your practice to a place of opening and exploration through Iyengar style yoga, Kripalu yoga (the yoga of compassion), Restorative yoga with natural oils, and yoga Nidra for perfect jungle sleep.
Group sessions in the morning will be special shared time. Some time spent in a circle and some creative art to open to your dreams and aspirations. Small groups, time to share and be. Sharing in the community will open you all to much learning from each other.
Costa Rica, one of the blue zones, inspires you to be, to pause, to eat well and move well. This is an afternoon moment designed to engage you physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
After dinner, you will gather. Maybe for quiet time. Maybe to share the day's adventure. But always in celebration and gratitude for this magical place to be.
Liz Barber Anema
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Kripalu Yoga)
Liz’s passion is sharing the gift of connection through the joy of moment, dance, and yoga to the place of rich stillness in the present moment. She has been moving her body in joy since she was a dancing poodle at age four (no she does not still have the pink tutu). Her life path brought her to sharing the gifts of dance, strength training, and yoga to the stillness of mindful meditation and peace from the inside out.
Temple of Kriya Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Kriya Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Iyengar Yoga)
Over the last sixteen years, Meg has experienced yoga as a valuable tool for centering, stress reduction, inspiration, and relaxation. She believes that yoga increases wellness while improving the quality and passion for life. Meg’s yoga teaching experiences include Hatha, Aqua, and Restorative yoga. She has created and hosted a number of workshops including yoga for the lower back, practice at home, and yogic philosophy in the workplace.
This yoga retreat will take place at AHKí, a true retreat destination located on the outskirts of Nosara, Costa Rica. It is located on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste region. Nicoya Peninsula has been designated as one of the world's five Blue Zones, "hot-spots having common healthy traits and life practices that result in higher-than-normal longevity", a mecca for the holistic and healing arts practice.
AHKí is a short three kilometers from Garza, a quaint fishing village with a lovely beach where you'll find more Ticos (locals) than tourists. Playa Garza is a 10-minute drive (you can see Garza Point from the house). This beach is a beautiful, lush cove and great for swimming and watching the fisherman return in the evening with their day's catch.
Another eight kilometers (approximately a 20-35 minute drive depending on the roads) north finds you in Nosara, the home of Playa Guiones which has some of the best surfing in the country. Playa Pelada is just a few minutes further. Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada are packed with shops, restaurants and grocery stores (mini supers). There you can experience wonderful restaurants, shopping, various excursions and some of the finest surfing in the country.
Restaurants range from local flavor to Italian, Mexican, Continental, French, and some very good pizza. You'll find homemade ice cream, baked treats, and of course excellent coffee. You can find pretty much anything you need from beautiful jewelry from local artisans to toothpaste to bathing suits to hammocks!
AHKí is blessed with beautiful souls who take great care to create three fresh (organic, when available) vegan / vegetarian and gluten / dairy-free meals (made from scratch) meals a day. Yogurt, milk, butter and locally baked bread are available for those not watching their gluten or dairy intake. In their amply stocked kitchen, their experienced staff cooks solely for you, enabling them to take into consideration your individual dietary needs, making the appropriate modifications and adjustments.
All meals are served in a lovely open-air dining room, with a grand vista of the gardens, pool and mountains and sea. Chef Daniela's healthy, delicious and creative lunches and dinners are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be climate appropriate. You will never feel weighed down from food too heavy for the Costa Rica climate, but, most certainly you will leave the table satiated! AHKí can also provide chicken or fish options per your advance request at a slight, additional cost. You can also have special organic beverages / snacks at an extra cost.
A self-serve feast of fresh fruits, homemade organic yogurt from fresh, local raw milk, locally baked bread, homemade 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 ways.
Dinners with a healthy lifestyle approach made with wonderful local organic ingredients. Mother Nature's gifts put on a plate - not just to satisfy your hunger, but to feed your body while you nourish your soul!
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) or San Jose International Airport (SJC).
Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) is expanding and more flight selections are opening up every day. If your group leader has made transportation arrangements from Liberia, a driver from AHKí will be waiting for you. It will only take two hours. Please be informed that upon exiting the country (from either airport) you will be required to pay a 28 USD departure tax.
San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a 4-to-5-hour drive. If you choose to fly into San Jose, you can opt to rent a car, take a bus, or fly the short flight on Nature Air or Sansa Air. Both terminals are near the airport and their flights are only a 45-50 minute trip to Nosara Airport (NOB). It is a 20-25 minute drive from AHKi. If you are considering this route, an overnight stay in San Jose is suggested since variable weather conditions that affect the flights of small air crafts can make coordinating your connecting flight a bit tricky!
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