Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with Stacey and Simon! Alternating between Hatha flow, gentle yoga stretch, Restorative yoga, divine sleep yoga Nidra meditation and sound healing meditation, this retreat will surely help you you practice mindfulness in every aspect of life and embrace the present moment. Come and live in harmony with the rhythms of nature, rise with the sun, eat from the land, savor the beauty of natural surroundings, enjoy time with family and friends, and find quiet moments to appreciate stillness within yourself!
Blue Osa Eco-Resort sets on a remote beachfront location. This eco-resort houses up to 32 guests in 12 comfortably chic rooms located in three main buildings along with on-site facilities: a 1350-square foot open-air yoga studio on the second floor, a chemical free lap pool with a solar-powered filtration system, an eco-spa with two treatment rooms, an organic garden that provides the kitchen with fresh vegetables and herbs, an open kitchen and dining room with six tables and thirty two chairs, a lounge area near the staff office features complimentary wireless internet access.
Simon Karta Ballard
Simon "Karta" Ballard (RKYT200, RYT200, EYT500) has been teaching pranayama and meditation since 1999, leading yoga workshops and retreats across Europe, North Africa and North America since 2000. He has experience in many different forms of yoga lifestyle including Kundalini, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, Ayuryoga, meditation, Pranayama, sound vibration, spirit flow, and Prana Shakti flow.
Stacey Schuerman is the co-founder of SunSpark Yoga studio in Old Towne Orange, an independent family owned which embraces community. Stacey was trained by Johnny Gillespie at Empowered Yoga in Wilmington, Delaware for her RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification, gaining a solid foundation in an alignment based practice.
This retreat will take place in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica. The accommodation is located about 8 miles south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which National Geographic Magazine labeled as the most biologically intense place on Earth. It is close to the border of the world-renowned Corcovado National Park and on the warm shores of the Golfo Dulce. While visiting the tropical eco-resort, you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered rainforest inhabitants, including the red-backed squirrel monkey, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and maybe even a jaguar.
During this retreat, you will be served four farm-to-table fresh meals per day prepared by Blue Osa's master chefs, including an early light breakfast, brunch, afternoon snack and dinner.
A flight from San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Puerto Jimenez Airport (PJM) takes approximately 45 minutes.
Traveling by bus is recommended only by experienced travelers or if you are adequate in the Spanish language. Atlantico Norte bus terminal buses leave daily from San José and pass through San Isidro de El General where passengers can also get on. You can contact this number of Atlantico Norte bus terminal +506 2256 896. Bus 699 from Terminal Atlantico Norte leaves from San Jose at 06:00 and 12:00, taking about 10 hours to reach Puerto Jimenez. The Tracopa bus 612 from Terminal Alfaro to Golfito can also be taken, which takes about 8 hours and leaves at 7:00 and 15:00. The Tracopa company telephone number is +506 222 2666.
The ferry from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez takes about 1.5 hours and runs twice daily. The schedule is random and subject to change. It costs 4 USD. There are also fast ferries available that can do the trip in about 30 minutes, which costs 6 USD. The schedule can change.