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Join the first E Yoga Total Transformation retreat in Costa Rica. This will not be your typical yoga retreat. From the location to the content, you will be amazed and transformed on all levels. Join Elizabeth Flint at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, a 40-acre nature preserve located at a gorgeous jungle waterfall, where two sacred rivers meet, and just 1 kilometer from the ocean. This retreat is guaranteed to kickstart your personal transformation on all levels.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is a unique private yoga retreat and yoga teacher training certification wellness center in Costa Rica. It is one of a select few retreat centers in the world that was specifically designed and built by veteran yogis, whose sole intention was to create a first-class retreat center to commune with nature, practice yoga, contemplate, meditate, detox, and become balanced through health and wellness yoga retreat vacations.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers gets its name from the center’s land beginning at the junction of two rivers. In ancient India, this was called a Sangama. This point is revered as an auspicious place to build temples and ashrams because of the positive energy that literally flows over, around, and through this matrix of topography.
Furthermore, set amongst hundreds of uninhabited tropical-dry forest acres, the privately secluded property of forty acres encloses manicured tropical gardens and jurassic jungle, making it ideal for both inner and outer exploration. That’s nearly three acres of earth per guest to enjoy, enliven, and enlighten.
Nestled between two rivers with waterfalls that flow year round, the private park is home to countless species of flora and fauna; including exotic mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians that are common to Central America. The Sanctuary's fortunate geography allows for a tropically mild, nearly mosquito-free climate with cool refreshing breezes cascading throughout the rolling grounds, making one's stay remarkably comfortable even when beach temperatures are soaring.
Jungle lofts and studio houses are offered. Each type has its own unique qualities, size, bed options, and layout. All houses are set amongst picturesque tropical gardens with observation decks, hammocks, and wonderful jungle vistas. They are powered by a high-tech solar power system, have green lighting, spectacular outdoor solar hot water showers with garden views, ceiling fans, and screened in walls giving you an up-close and intimate experience with nature.
Through this retreat, you will develop cardiovascular strength on challenging jungle hikes, improve your balance and flexibility through alignment-based Vinyasa yoga, clear and calm your mind through guided meditation, and experience deep relaxation through Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra. You will also clear physical and emotional blockages through mind and body reconditioning and shamanic healing.
Through this retreat, you will develop cardiovascular strength with challenging jungle hiking trips.
(Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ayurveda Yoga, Vipassana)
Elizabeth Neuse Flint has been teaching yoga since 2001. During a solo sojourn to India that year, she discovered the deep spiritual roots of the practice. Elizabeth leads workshops and retreats focusing on the deeper aspects of yoga, meditation, and healing in New York, as well as in amazing locations such as Mexico, Guatemala, and Australia. She is exceedingly grateful to all of her teachers, especially her loving family.
The Sanctuary is perched 1000 yards slightly above the Pacific Ocean, in Cabuya, at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, which is one of only five Blue Zones in the entire world by having a large concentration of centenarians living in the area. It is located only two miles away from Costa Rica's first National Nature Preserve, Reserva Cabo Blanco, and neighbors to the quaint artistic beach-town of Montezuma and the surf towns Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.
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While staying in one of the luxurious jungle eco-lodges you will enjoy three carefully-planned, delicious, organic meals a day to keep you nourished for your E yoga total transformation retreat. A talented plant-based chef creates three unforgettable tropical fusion vegetarian or vegan meals per day inspired by the worlds greatest cuisines.
The healthy organic food is artistically crafted to please all of the senses. Meals are designed around the seasons using ayurvedic principles while incorporating the best and freshest local ingredients, herbs and spices. All organic produce from local Costa Rican family farms are procured and served. The meals are well balanced and prepared with love. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.
They provide plenty of protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens. They only use whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever-expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, their freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to your dining experience. Overall, this will produce a more lively healthy body and mind and is the most environmentally friendly diet.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers will do their best to accommodate food allergies but please know that resources are limited in the jungle. Certain items can be omitted from dishes, such as cheese, dairy, and nuts; however, a gluten-free environment is not guaranteed. Persons with serious food allergies such as Celiac's disease or those on a raw food diet should not attend a retreat. Please let them know of all serious food issues at least three weeks prior to arrival.
During this holiday, you will be able to enjoy a number of community and adventure activities. Some are within walking distance and most are just a 15 to 25-minute taxi drive away. Explore Cabo Blanco National Park, visit nearby beach towns of Montezuma or Santa Teresa, tour the forest canopy on zip-lines, rent mountain bikes or ATV's, hike to secluded waterfalls, snorkel or surf, swim or beach comb, sunbathe, SUP, or shop for local artisans' arts and crafts.
One of the most economical and rewarding excursions is a 1000-yards walk from The Sanctuary to where the river meets the sea. Once there, you can swim in the estuary or start combing the beach for exotic seeds, shells, and wood pieces. Take an occasional dip or float in the ocean to cool off. Then, casually make your way back to plunge under the fresh waterfalls. Wake-up early to catch a spectacular sunrise over the ocean!
The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve was the first national park to be established in Costa Rica. You can see hundreds of plant species and all kinds of wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas, anteaters, and the long-tailed coati.
Max invites you to investigate a little more into what it means to be seen and to be a seer, as he evokes the wild and still within, to capture a true and direct perception of your reflection. This exploration of yourself through an artistic lens will reveal your unique beauty and record a moment in time that will lend insight into your own process. It includes a professional photo shoot with curated inspiration to uncover your glow, five high resolution digital images via Dropbox, and one GIF. The cost is 120 USD for a private shoot.
Explore The Sanctuary's gardens, rivers, and other magical places and strike a pose. Bring home some professional asana photos, head shots, or candid shots with your tribe to remember your jungle yoga adventure. It includes a professional photo shoot and five unique high resolution digital images per person sent via Dropbox. The cost is 40 USD per person, with a minimum of three persons.
The neighboring town of Montezuma boasts an artisan lined street, set in a cozy cove in front of the Pacific Ocean. This is a great excursion that happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can get a fresh tropical juice, smoothie, ice cream, gelato, pizza, and more, while you shop for gifts for you and your loved ones.
Without leaving the amazing nature preserve, there are several rivers with hidden swimming holes and secluded spectacular waterfalls for you to explore. You can hike up river for 45 minutes to discover a magical lagoon or hike down stream for 30 minutes to the Rio Lajas estuary and rocky shore. The rivers change with the seasons so, whenever you visit, there will be new surprises and natural delights for you.
This transcendent hour-long experience includes guided pranayama to balance and ground, yoga nidra to relax and heal, another worldly gong bath, accompanied by Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks, and integration time in shavasana. The 32-inch symphonic gong is one of only four of its kind on the planet. The optimal time to experience this amazing energetic infusion is sunset, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, and Santa Teresa have an abundance of options for surfing lessons and board rentals and have world class waves all year long. Montezuma is a little closer and has a surf shop with surfboard and boogie board rentals.
The Sanctuary works with only the best surfing instructors, who speak fluent english and are trained in open-water safety. They will be happy to coordinate surf excursions for you.
Costa Rica is known as one of the world's premier surfing destinations. There are several good surfing spots very close to The Sanctuary. A 15-minute taxi ride will get you to the Montezuma breaks near Playa Grande and you will be only 30 minutes away from Playa Carmen, Mal Pais, and Santa Teresa.
The Sanctuary will be happy to arrange a lesson or board rental for you, with top notch instructors. You can stroll down the hill to the local beach at Rio Lajas or walk another 10 minutes down the beach to Los Cedros and watch the surfers tear it up when the break is going off.
This full-day excursion starts with a panga boat ride from the beach in Montezuma up the Nicoya Bay, where you will view the beautiful coast line from the sea. You might see some whales and dolphins along the way. Once at Tortuga Island, you will enjoy incredible snorkeling in the blue Pacific Ocean, followed by a very tasty barbecue lunch. Enjoy the white sand beach, where you can play volleyball, sun tan, SUP, or just relax.
The waterfall wellness ritual is the quintessential Sanctuary experience for your group. This two-hour empowering adventure, right on the property, includes a full body cleansing and exfoliating treatment using indigenous fruits, flowers, oils and herbs, a guided river hike, meditation, waterfall plunge, and healing abhyanga, a self massage with jungle flower infused fresh-pressed coconut oil. This fun and unique ritual is designed to assist in the growth and transformation process that naturally happens while on retreat by cultivating clarity, intention, release, creativity, and friendship.
The zip-line excursion in Montezuma consists of a series of nine cables and 13 platforms that are suspended high above the forest floor. While zipping through the canopy, you will see a number of plants and animals unique to Costa Rica. You will possibly see some adorable howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas, and much more.
During the tour you will stop at the famous Montezuma waterfalls, where you can take pictures and go for a swim or swing from a rope and jump into the deep pools carved by the cascading waters.
Wellness services at the Sanctuary's spa are the perfect body-mind-soul compliment to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Whether you are looking for deep relaxation, decadent pampering, or therapeutic healing work, they will customize the ideal treatment plan for you.
Their qualified spa team will guide you on a journey of well-being and optimal health. They are here to nourish and revitalize your body, mind, and soul. They use only the most pure and precious products and oils in all of their treatments.
Ancient Chinese fire cupping will release whatever may be stuck in your back and shoulders. This potent technique restores health by stimulating circulation and activating immune function. The cost of the cupping is 40 USD for 30 minutes and 70 USD for the cupping followed by a 30-minutes back, neck, and shoulders massage.
Coconut citrus salt glow
It begins with a full body exfoliation using organic mandarine lemon, grown in The Sanctuary's orchard, blended with extra fine sea salt. This elixir polishes, detoxifies, and clears negative energy. After rinsing, your body will be nourished with locally made, fresh pressed organic extra-virgin coconut oil to soften the skin, soothe the muscles, and leave you with a head to toe healthy glow. The cost is 80 USD for 60 minutes.
The skilled therapists will massage your muscles to address aches and pains, as well as promote deep relaxation and rejuvenation. They use locally made, anti-oxidant rich, fresh pressed organic extra-virgin coconut oil to nourish and pamper you. Each treatment is specifically designed and intuitively customized to enhance your retreat experience. The cost of this massage is 70 USD for 60 minutes and 90 USD for 90 minutes.
Treat yourself to a relaxing massage that includes acupressure and vibrational healing to relieve tension and promote balance. The cost of this massage is 25 USD for 15 minutes and 40 USD for 30 minutes.
Discover the foods, herbs, supplements, and medications that are right for you from a functional, integrative, holistic perspective. Design a healthy and inspiring lifestyle program that will nourish your soul, create new habits, and release addictions. Cultivate your best self! The cost is 80 USD for 60 minutes.
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). The Sanctuary at Two Rivers local airstrip in Tambor, Costa Rica is only a quick 25-minute flight from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). All guests must arrive at The Sanctuary no later than 4 p.m. on arrival day; please schedule your travel accordingly.
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is the most convenient airport to The Sanctuary. Frequent international flights are available at this modern airport. For your travel, plan at least two hours between local air and international travel.
Two local airlines offer scheduled flights and charter services to Tambor airstrip. The flight time is 25 minutes. Check for flights on either Sansa Airlines, which is a five-minute walk from the exit of the International Airport or Nature Air, which now departs from inside the International Airport terminal but you must clear Immigration and Customs first and then re-enter the building upstairs and check-in at their counter. Please allow at least one and a half hours from your international arrival time in order to clear Immigration and Customs and to check-in for the domestic flight.
As an option to flying, The Sanctuary at Two Rivers | Liz Lindh can prearrange land transportation (shuttle bus for a group or private taxi for individuals) from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) directly to The Sanctuary via roads and a ferry that crosses Nicoya Bay to the Nicoya Peninsula. This might be economical for a large group and is approximately five hours. Prices start at 260 USD.
Individuals can book their own shuttle through Montezuma Expeditions or tropical tours for approximately 50 USD. Shuttles leave San Jose early every morning and will bring you directly to The Sanctuary. The trip will take about six hours.