15 Days 200 Hour Integrated Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Peace Retreat Costa Rica, Playa Negra, Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

  • 15 days with instruction
    • Daily meditation
    • Daily asana practice
    • Daily practice teaching and discussions
    • 14 nights accommodation
    • 3 meals daily
    • 1 snack daily

    Swastha Yoga International is a co-creation of Ayurveda (the science of life) and Yoga (the practice of that science) dreamed up by international yoga teachers Serena Arora and Kevin McQuillan. Swastha's mission is to live well, to inspire others to do the same, and to cultivate a community committed to supporting one another in health and prosperity. The word "swastha" is a Sanskrit term meaning to be fully settled in oneself and to maintain this complete healthy state of body and mind throughout our life span. The aim is to use every experience as a window of opportunity in order to cultivate a deeper awareness and insight into the quality and state of our overall health. Through a system that addresses all layers of your Being, you are able to cultivate sensitivity, vitality, efficiency and clarity on all levels; ultimately supporting and leading to an enhanced state of swastha.

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 22.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Samadhi suite

    Samadhi suite is on the third floor of Casa Yoga. It is a studio suite, with a full, private kitchen, private roof top deck with ocean view, a private bathroom, private queen bed and large sitting area, and private deck overlooking the pool and jungle. This suite is perfect for couples or single occupants.

    Om room

    Om room is one of two private rooms on the second floor of Casa Yoga. Om Room has a teak desk, armor, one queen size bed, and one single bed, both beautifully constructed out of reforested teak wood. Om room has a great view of our pool and the Costa Rican jungle.

    Shanti room

    Shanti room is one of two private rooms on the second floor of Casa Yoga. Shanti room has a teak amor, private bath, and a beautiful four-poster large queen size bed, perfect for couples. This room also has a desk, with a great view - all constructed out of reforested teak wood.

    Shine room

    Shine room is the largest room of Casa Yoga, and is on the first floor. Shine room has one queen sized teak bed, plus one set of bunk beds, a teak desk, and private bathroom. Shine room has the capacity to accommodate an additional set of bunk beds, making it perfect for families. Shine room has indoor access to the fully equipped community kitchen also.

    Jungle cabinas

    There are six jungle cabinas on this beautiful jungle property. Each cabina was lovingly constructed with reforested teak wood, and contains furnishings of the same. Cabinas have screen-windows, a ceiling fan, safe, closet, and storage space. Cabina guests use the newly constructed community washroom facility.


    • 24-hour pool access
    • Local eco-tours and activities
    • Massage and spa services
    • Prime accommodations
    • Renowned surf and paddle boarding beaches and areas, teachers, and lessons
    • Spanish language immersion classes
    • Use of a fully equipped community kitchen
    • Wireless internet
    • World-class yoga, taught by certified instructors

    Each day you will immerse yourself in Asana practice, meditation, yoga history and philosophy, alignment principles, anatomy, practice teaching, Swastha Yoga methodology and personal development work. The team will provide a powerful blend of technical training, experiential learning, and personal development to propel you to new levels of self-expression, contribution and leadership while preparing you to step confidently into a teaching environment. Whether on the path of teaching or to simply deepen your personal practice our 200-Hour Teacher Training will inspire, transform and evolve your way of being! You will learn and integrate Swastha's unique yoga sequence; empowering for everyone and every body.

    This program works for you if you are someone who is:

    Hungry to deepen and enhance your practice

    Interested in the integration of the physical, mental and emotional realms

    Aware that consciously evolving your being, your practices, and your relationships is an essential component of life

    Passionate about continually expanding your knowledge and capabilities

    Committed to contributing to people in a deeply meaningful way.

    Then, Swastha Yoga Teacher Training is for you!

    The Swastha Yoga Teacher Training conveniently takes place over two consecutive weeks, comprising of 200-hours. Swastha Yoga is a Yoga Alliance 200 & 500 hour Registered Yoga School. Swastha Yoga has decades of training in human development, transformational and experiential learning, coaching, somatics and yoga; and, a deep commitment to contribution, transparency, and real community. We share our experience and knowledge freely, with deep respect and compassion for what it is to be a human being. We are committed to building a community in which each participant experiences being valued, supported, powerfully contributed to, and a sense of belonging. Swastha Yoga is passionate and committed to sharing the practice of yoga. We are excited to build a community of Swastha Yoga teachers and practitioners so all can share, contribute, learn and evolve together.

    Week 1:

    • In 100 hours, experience and integrate the Swastha Yoga flow, learn the principles behind its design, and how to teach it effectively.
    • Expand your ability to be, empower and express yourself through developmental practices based on somatics and transformational methodologies.
    • Gain tools for continuing self-evolution.
    • Learn and incorporate the essential practices of being an empowering and inspirational yoga teacher.

    Week 2:

    • In 100 hours, learn how to empower your students, not just in their physical practice, but in their evolution as human beings.
    • Further deepen your capacity to teach Swastha Yoga, including physical assists and the cognitive focus.
    • Expand your ability to teach, contribute, inspire, empower, and lead.
    • Develop precision and power in your speaking, compassion, and depth in your listening.
    • Envision and embody an authentic and inspiring purpose from which to generate your teaching and your life.

    Typical daily schedule

    • 07:30 - 08:00 Meditation or practice
    • 08:00 - 11:30 Session and discussion
    • 11:30 - 12:30 Break and lunch
    • 12:30 - 15:30 Session and discussion
    • 15:30 - 16:00 Break
    • 16:00 - 17:30 Session, discussion, or practice teaching
    • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
    • 18:30 - 22:00 Discussion or exercises
    • Kevin McQuillan

      While working as a civil law enforcement officer in 2003, Kevin was introduced to yoga and quickly discovered the benefits of creating balance between body, mind, and heart. Since then, he has practiced and studied various styles of yoga with a focus on Vinyasa flow. In 2006, Kevin co-founded Yogadown Studios in Calgary, Alberta. Kevin co-founded and co-developed the inspirational yoga teacher trainings in 2007, blending his love of yoga and passion for human development into a unique leadership and teacher training program.

    • Serena Arora

      Serena is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Ayuryoga Wellness Consultant, Professional Yoga Therapist, and international yoga teacher trainer. With a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Holistic Therapy, she is dedicated to authentic integration and practice of Yoga, Ayurveda and wellness on all levels of our being. Having completed many yoga trainings, from Ashtanga to Yoga Therapy, and Ayurvedic Medicine studies at The Ayurvedic Institute and in India, Serena has been teaching yoga for over 17 years; offering trainings and programs internationally

    Peace Retreat Costa Rica is a tranquil and peaceful retreat center, located in Playa Negra, at the heart of Costa Ricas extraordinary northwest Pacific coastline. The retreats intimate setting aims to ensure that every guest receives the personal attention they need, while also providing quiet space and time for self-reflection.

    Peace Retreat is a 10-room boutique retreat facility less than half a mile from the town center of Playa Negra, a quaint and friendly surf town and community.

    Nearby places

    • Beach - 20 minutes' walk or 5 minutes' drive

    All meals, including the dinner on your first night and breakfast on the last day, will be served in this teacher training.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Ayurvedic
    • Gluten Free
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • Art classes (30 USD per hour)
    • Fishing
    • Horseback riding (60 USD for two hours)
    • Kayaking
    • Latin dance classes (50 USD per hour)
    • Lifestyle coaching (90 USD per hour)
    • Lifestyle consultation (120 USD)
    • Mountain biking (60 USD for two hours)
    • Rafting
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Skate boarding
    • Snorkeling (30 USD for two hours)
    • Spanish classes (30 USD per hour)
    • SUP lessons / rentals (60 USD for two hours)
    • Surfing in Tamarindo (60 USD for two hours)
    • Surfing lesson / rentals (75 USD for two hours)
    • Swimming
    • Waterfall hikes (60 USD for two hours)
    • Zip lining (50 USD for two hours)
    • Day trips to Nosara (200 USD)
    • Day trips to Tamarindo (100 USD)
    • Volcanic excursions
    • Acupuncture (60 USD per treatment)
    • Aromatherapy (30 USD per hour)
    • Ayurveda massage (90 USD per hour)
    • Facials (50 USD)
    • Hot stone massage (50 USD per hour)
    • Manicure and pedicure (30 USD)
    • Private meditation (90 USD per hour)
    • Private yoga (90 USD per hour)
    • Reflexology (50 USD per hour)
    • Reiki (60 USD per hour)
    • Relaxation massage (65 USD per hour)
    • Therapeutic massage (85 USD per hour)
    • 14 nights accommodation
    • 200 hours of training
    • All meals
    • All practice teaching, discussion, and sessions
    • Course materials
    • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
    • Airfare
    • Airport shuttles

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirs International Airport (LIR). Peace Retreat Costa Rica will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.


    • Daniel Oduber Quirs International Airport (LIR) - 1 hour's drive
    • Santa Cruz - 30 minutes' drive
    • Tamarindo - 30 minutes' drive
    • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


    • Review by Andrea Lauren

      "My experience with Real Evolution Yoga has been one of evolution for sure! The adventure has caused me to see myself and anyone I meet through open eyes. Im grateful to have this new way of seeing people and life. On my adventure with Real Evolution Yoga, I have become a student, a teacher, a traveler, a friend, and through these eyes I am able to see this mirrored in everyone I meet. This is really just one example of my experience. I have too many to share in this one testimonial, really!"

      "The best part about Real Evolution Yoga is that its never ending. The simple teachings are impactful and can relate in so many situations, and can be applied everywhere. Experiencing Real Evolution Yoga through teacher training programs has provided me a wide selection of tools to be able to live in a way that is flexible. Working with Real Evolution Yoga, I have become flexible in my body, in my heart, and in my mind. As I move forward on my journey, I will take REY with me and share it because I now have that gift to give. Thank you, Real Evolution Yoga!"

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    • Review by Kara Anderson

      "I went to be trained to be a yoga instructor. The education I received was so much more than that! I went to the 200-hour Real Evolution Yoga teacher training on a last minute whim. I felt it was a good time to step away from some things in my life. I had been through a divorce, lost three family members within a year, moved, and started a business. I walked away from the Real Evolution Yoga teacher training as a better and much more grounded person."

      "I feel my training not only prepared me for becoming a yoga teacher but also prepared me to live a full authentic life! I am so very excited to attend level 3! Hali and Kevin are beautiful souls and I am truly grateful for their mentorship and their love and support."

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    • Review by Kristin Link

      "I have had the incredible opportunity to take both stage 1 and stage 2 with Hali and Kevin, and I feel like it is one of the most powerful things I have ever done for myself on a personal level. This is an amazing program that yogis and non-yogis can benefit from participating in. Hali and Kevin have developed an exceptional program. I guarantee that participants will leave with a feeling of endless possibility, ready to teach inspirational yoga."

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    • Review by Kate Furman

      "Thank you both so much. You are amazing. The way you guys go with the flow of the course, based on what is needed, is a great inspiration in itself. I have never felt so supported. I am ready to disrupt business as usual. Keep shining."

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    • Review by Jenn Hilmer

      "This course changed my life! I now have the tools to be my authentic self and live my authentic life. Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel. I am so excited to bring this home and share the love."

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    Swastha Yoga International is an integrated yoga teacher training program based on the unique art and science of Ayurveda, yoga, and mindfulness practices.

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