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You're lovingly welcome to join this 200-hour yoga therapeutic yoga teacher training that will transform your life by immersing yourself in yoga. With stunning views, you will learn with fellow yogis amazing things like how to fine-tune your yoga practice through a deeper understanding of biomechanical alignment principles, breath work, mantra, and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life. Get in-depth skills to explore yoga for vibrant health and self-transformation!
During this retreat, you can stay in a private, double, or triple room. All rooms have an in-suite bathroom.
The curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based Vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha yoga, and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework. The instruction will cover a wide range of yoga techniques including yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in yoga poses.
Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali, and the chakra system as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing. The asana emphasis includes both level one and two alignment based Vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity, and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels Vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Restorative. The course outline includes techniques training and practice for 120 contact hours, teaching methodology for 30 contact hours, anatomy and physiology for 15 contact hours, yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers for 20 contact hours, practicum for 15 contact hours, and specialty focus and supportive kula.
The Costa Rica program is scheduled as an eighteen day intensive program. While the program days are full, the activities of the day are kept diverse and active. The days really are a wonderful mix of digesting concepts intellectually, applying the concepts experientially, and diving into the practices of yoga. Care is taken within the program schedule to ensure that students have a healthy experience both physically and mentally. They promise not to keep you sedentary for too long. There is physical activity and deep relaxation built in to the program everyday.
There will be one full day off mid-way through the program to explore the local area.
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 20 years of teaching. She has trained extensively in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Anusara and works as an integrative yoga therapist. Liz currently directs and leads yoga teacher training and workshops in worldwide locations, provides one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily yoga classes, and offers private therapeutic sessions. Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, and mindful breathing.
Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500, and certified Anusara yoga teacher is on a lifelong path of yoga and taking its insightful teachings into all areas of her life. She first discovered the practice in 1980 and began teaching it to others in 1997. Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara are the schools in which have influenced her practice. As one who lives courageously from her heart, she passionately teaches her classes with meaningful yogic themes while keeping a keen attention to alignment. In addition to yoga, being in nature and with her family is where she finds her deepest joy and peace.
This retreat will take place at The Goddess Garden in Cahuita, Costa Rica. At the Goddess Garden, the magic of the Costa Rican rainforest and the dance of the Caribbean sea combine to create a wonderful and peaceful place for yoga, meditation, and transformation. The Goddess Garden Retreat’s spiritual center is designed to put you in touch with nature as its views of the rainforest expands to almost 360 degrees. It is located just steps away from a beautiful white sand beach just outside the town of Cahuita, a small diverse community in the south of Costa Rica. The nearby Cahuita National Park offers eco-tourists many opportunities to explore the tremendous biodiversity of Costa Rica, visitors enjoy viewings of white faced and howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and much, much more.
The food at The Goddess Garden is "delicious, healthy, and mainly vegetarian". Twice a week they offer fish or seafood as well. For the preparation of their meals, the chefs use organic vegetables and fruits locally grown. Plenty of fresh seasonal local fruits are served for breakfast. Drinking water, coffee, tea, and milk are available all day. They have the ability to accommodate gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, "vegetarian and vegan diets". Dinner is included on day of arrival and breakfast is included on day of departure.
Live a unique experience while walking through the winding trails and be enchanted by the colors and aromas. As you feel the nature, learn and enjoy about the tropical forest and discover the variety of wildlife that conforms this tropical ecosystem. Encounter different plants originally from the area used by the elder inhabitants of Cahuita, which will surprise you with their effects on the different levels of being.
You can learn about the behavior and the habitat of the amazing sloths and observe the adults and the baby sloths during their feeding process. Aviarios also offers a bird watching tour by canoe in the backwaters of their nature reserve.
The Bribri are indigenous people of Costa Rica. You will visit a native family, they will show how they live, their language, how they build their houses with natural materials, their heritage, cooking, and history. In the yard, they will explain to you natural treatments and medicinal plants. You will also learn how to make rope and extract colors. You can participate in a hunting demonstration with bow and arrow with a Bribri man. You can learn how to make organic chocolate, as they will show you all the process. You will make amazing chocolate that they use as food, medicine, and also for purification rituals. The tour includes a natural native lunch served on banana leaves. After lunch you are going to try ten different flavors of chocolate created with fruits and plants from their garden. To cool down you are going to visit a beautiful waterfall where you can relax and swim.
The complete cacao tour includes a guided visit to each one of the sections of the park (corn plantation, cacao plantation, botanical garden, medicinal garden, and the iguana farm), the canoes tour in the cacao trails canals, walk through the Cahuita National Park, visit to the Cahuita turtle nesting beach, and a Caribbean style buffet lunch with fresh fruits and juices.
The coral reef of the Cahuita National Park includes approximately 240 habitats. There are 123 different species of fish, 44 species of crustaceans, 140 shellfish, and 1281 seaweed species identified. You can also observe 35 different coral species such as the fire coral, the red coral, and the black coral that is unique to the area. This tour will start with a boat trip to the coral reef where you will be snorkeling and then will follow a guided walk on the Cahuita National Park's trail, where wild animals are easily spotted in the middle of the abundant and colorful flora. The rest of the day is to be enjoyed lying on the white sand beach or visiting Cahuita village.
Your guide takes you out by boat to watch the groups of dolphins living near Manzanillo. The dolphins like to play with the boats. It is an amazing experience. You will see the bottlenose dolphin, the tucuxi, and the painted Atlantic dolphin.
Exquisitely trained horses and an expert bilingual guide and teacher will accompany you in this adventurous excursion on the wild beach of Playa Grande in Cahuita. You will be provided with a horse that will fit your pace and riding level perfectly. You will start on a brief horse's walk in the jungle where is also possible to observe animals, eventually arriving to the beach where the horses can either keep walking, trotting, or take you for a breathtaking gallop along the shore. There is time provided if you would like to stop on the beach to go for a swim or just to rest. It is best to ride with long pants and shoes, but don’t forget your bathing suit for after!
Local families will show you the traditional process of making chocolate, using ancient methods used by them for generations. Other families will share their knowledge in medicinal plants and will also share stories. You will later visit a beautiful waterfall where you can cool off in its cascading water.
This center was founded by two biologists back in 1993 and is located on Cocles near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It's not a zoo, but rather a place where injured animals that have been rescued and can be rehabilitated, in hopes of a reintroduction into the wild. Through its programs, the center's staff educates locals and tourists alike about the proper treatment of animals and their fragile habitats. Many animals have been abused by owners who have tried to domesticate them, separated from their mothers who were killed by hunters or poachers or injured in a car accident or confrontation with a pet or human. While some only suffer from minor complications that can be fixed, others have sustained such grave injuries that they will never be able to be released into the wild again. The jaguar rescue center gives tours and the proceeds of which go to the feeding and general care of the animals and their temporary habitat.
Eight aerial platforms and 1200 meters of cable are nestled deep into the jungle. After a short walk the adventure starts. A professional guide will take you from one platform to the other explaining facts about the vegetation, the animals, and how the local indigenous use some of the herbs you will see.
At the beautiful beach of Punta Uva, with the help of a trained guide, you will kayak in the ocean with a sea kayak. Then, you will slide towards the Punta Uva River that unwinds into the jungle into a paradise of birds, wild animals, and tropical plants, leaving behind you nothing but ripples. After the kayaking, the options are exploring the Punta Uva promontory for one hour or sunbathing at the beach. Either way, this is a day full of adventure and wonders!
Learn to surf the waves of the Caribbean. You don't need to be a professional surfer to experience the thrill of riding a wave. The instructor is experienced and the Caribbean Sea is gentle with first-time surfers. Don't miss the opportunity! They will provide you with a surfing board and promise you the time of your life!
The gardens have approximately ten acres of many types of plant groups. There are palms, heleconias, bromeliads, calatheas, aroids, amongst others. There are a lot of different palm species and a special Talamanca area with indigenous plants. There are also spices like vanilla, black pepper, and cinnamon. In addition they have papaya, banana, cacao, and pineapple growing. They have a breeding program for turtles and iguanas and they do reintroduce them to their natural habitat.
Located less than one hour from the historic Caribbean town of Limón, the park includes among other attractions the largest indoor nocturnal frog exhibit in the world, a butterfly garden, a reptile vivarium, a hummingbird garden, a fascinating tram ride through the rainforest canopy, spectacular walking trails through the primary rainforest, and a magnificent waterfall; all surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of La Amistad International Park.
The Pacuare River is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. You will see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides. Wildlife is abundant, with sloths, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies, and colorful frogs being common sights. Other inhabitants of this jungle include monkeys, jaguars, peccaries, and tapirs, but these animals generally stay more hidden. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has many rapids that will make your adventure very interesting and fun. The eighteen mile one day run includes a total of thirty-eight rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many rapids in such a short stretch of water. Upon arrival to the river you will get geared up with a life jacket, helmet, and paddle and then briefed with a full safety orientation talk by the expert guides. The first four miles consist of class two and three rapids, a great time to test your new river skills, gain confidence in your team, and have fun. There you will find very beautiful pockets of secondary forest. After about forty minutes you will enter the Pacuare River gorge, which is five miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. After the gorge, the river opens up to another five-mile stretch called "Valle del Pacuare". The river there changes and becomes wide open, giving you the opportunity to rest a bit and watch the varied wildlife. The final three miles are filled with class three rapids that carry you all the way to the end.
For an additional cost, you may book one of the therapeutic bodywork offerings:
Please book your flight to arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Soma Yoga Institute will pick you up from the airport.