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5 Days Sisters of the Moon, Women's Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Living Forest Retreat Center, Lake Arenal, Sabalito, Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

5 Days Sisters of the Moon, Women's Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Living Forest Retreat Center, Lake Arenal, Sabalito, Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Womens Workshop and Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

In a largely masculine dominated world, womanhood has become minimized to superficial portrayals of who one really is and many women find themselves deflated, minimized, or ashamed of their innate femininity. This workshop is about reconnecting to the power of the feminine and embodyign what it means to be a woman. Through yoga, meditation, ritual, and ceremony, you will explore intuition, creativity, metaphor, wisdom, empathy, dreams, art, and synthesis to discover what femininity means both individually and collectively. This workshop is for every woman ready to embrace the fire of her soul, the wisdom of her eyes, the creative force of her body, and the unlimited potential of her mind. For those ready to rise up and answer sound the cries of their womanhood, we invite you to join this soulful community of sisterhood, as you reject norms of right and wrong and wholeheatedly embrace what is true, authentic, and meangingful to each of us.


  • Guest workshop
  • Guided ritual and ceremony
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Individual and group exploration including pre-program contemplations
  • Full moon ceremony and celebration
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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River view casita

The river view casita has been built separately but along-side the retreat center. The casita has two private rooms, which are the tucn and the lapa rooms. The double rooms have a king size or twin beds depending on your needs. The rooms have a fan and screened windows. Each room has a private bathroom. The casita has an own veranda where you can see the jungle and river in front of you. You get to experience and observe the wildlife right from your chair.

Main lodge

There are three separate bedrooms in the main center, which are the mariposa, mono, and rana rooms. Two rooms have two single beds and a bunk bed. One room has a queen bed and a bunk bed. Each room can accommodate up to maximum of four people. There is a fan in each room, a screened door, and windows. The bedrooms each have easy access to ladies and gents bathrooms, which have one open wall to bring the exotic plant life.

The moon has long been a beacon of the divine feminine. A symbol of goddesses, light, wisdom, intuition, and inner power. In modern society, however, this innate connection to all that the moon represents and to womens birthright is lost.

Each day the schedule will be slightly different, however every day will include yoga, meditation, guided ritual, ceremony, and exploration, as well as fresh meals and plenty of free time to enjoy Costa Rica in whatever way you choose.

Sample schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Yoga, meditation, and sacred circle
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Exploring the feminine through right brain ritual and group exploration
  • 12:30 - 17:00 Lunch and free time for activities
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Sacred fire ceremony
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

This workshop and all accommodations will take place at Living Forest Retreat Center in Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. Living Forest offers incredible riverfront lodging, delicious fresh cooked meals, a large, spacious yoga deck, and plenty of space to immerse yourself in the peaceful and beautiful surroundings of nature. It is a place for people to come to be inspired, to connect, to have fun, and to love each other.

At Living Forest Retreat Center, there are two buildings on the land designed with your comfort in mind. The buildings have a rustic and beautifully simple style and include the Living Forest lodge and the river view casita. The Living Forest lodge has three bedrooms, a yoga workshop space, kitchen, office, and a deck area. Along the river, there are several benches and hammocks for you to relax in.

  • Boating nearby
  • Fishing
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Yoga studio

Three fresh and locally sourced meals per day are included in this retreat, as well as coffee, tea, and fresh juice.

Horseback riding

Costa Ricans are real horse people. If you happen to be here when there is a horse fiesta called Tope in town, it is definitely worthwhile to experience. Going horseback riding in beautiful country side at Lake Arenal is something many travellers enjoy.

Hot springs

Because of the geothermal activity beneath the Arenal volcano, there are many hot springs in the area. After strenuous yoga, a rigorous sport session, weariness from travelling, or the stresses of life there is no better way to relax than to let these healing waters work miracles on you.

Rio Celeste

In the Tenerio Volcano National Park flows a beautiful blue-turquoise colored river called the Rio Celeste. The unusual and enchanting color has to do with a chemical reaction caused by a constant flow of minerals supplied by the volcano. Local legend says that when God painted the sky, he washed his blue brushes in this river. The hike through the jungle gives you a chance to see some wildlife on the way. The hike to an impressive waterfall is demanding but worth the trek. If you are not up for the hike, there is another location where you can have a swim in this magical blue river.

Volcano Arenal

The majestic and powerful volcano Arenal is one of Costa Ricas most revered attractions. A one-hour drive around the lake through idyllic small villages and gorgeous views is definitely worthwhile. The volcano was active for 43 years when dramatic effusions of smoke and lava could be seen. Now it has been in a resting phase since 2010. One way to experience the Arenal Volcano is from the Hanging Bridges. Not only do you get to see the volcano from close proximity but you also get magnificent views of the tropical jungle and abundant wildlife.

Wind and kite surfing at Lake Arenal

The high wind season from November through April makes Lake Arenal an ideal location for windsurfing and kite surfing. The retreat is only five minutes away from the launch site. After an exhilarating day in the waves, you will be tucked away from the wind in a comfortable setting in the midst of nature and wildlife in the Living Forest Center. Other activities on the lake include wake boarding, paddle boarding, fishing, and boating.

Zip lining or canopy tour

Zipping through the tropical rain forest high above the tree tops seeing wild life and fantastic views of the lake and volcano on the way, this is a winner as far as exciting adventures go. This is a highly recommend tour. The equipment is of the highest standards and you have well-experienced staff assisting you, which makes the tour safe and secure.

Massages are available for an additional cost of 45 USD per hour. The benefits of this massage is to release tension in the muscles, release toxins from the body, and deep relaxations that calms the mind and de-stresses your whole being. Depending on the staff, there are a variety of beauty treatments, healing, and bodywork modalities available.

  • 3 fresh and locally sourced meals per day
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Coffee, tea, and fresh juice available all day
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Guided ritual and ceremony
  • Individual and group exploration including pre-program contemplations to help you prepare for the retreat
  • New moon ceremony and celebration
  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from Living Forest Retreat Center

Driving directions from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR)

Take the Pan-American Highway south in the direction of Canas and turn left to Tilaran.

When you reach Tilaran, take a left to Arenal.

You will come to a fork in the road where on the right is Puerto San Luis but keep to the left towards Nuevo Arenal.

Drive this lake road about 13 kilometers, which is about 20 minutes.

Take a left when you see a sign for Tierras Morenas.

After a three-minute drive or 700 meters, you will see on your right a large gate with a house and swimming pool.

Take this dirt road to the end that is marked with a sign for Living Forest at the gate.

After a steep hill down you will have arrived at Living Forest Lake Arenal Retreat Center.

Driving directions from San Jose

You can either take the Pan-American Highway in direction of Puntarenas and Canas or you can take the highway 27 into Caldera and Puntarenas. This depends on what part of San Jose you are coming from.

From Puntarenas, you will follow the road north towards Canas, where you turn right to Tilaran.

When you reach Tilaran, take a left to Arenal in direction of La Fortuna.

You will drive this road for about 13 kilometers or 20 minutes.

Take a left when you see a sign for Tierras Morenas.

After a three-minute drive or 700 meters, you will see on your right a large gate with a house and swimming pool.

Take this dirt road to the end that is marked with a sign for Living Forest at the gate.

After a steep hill down, you will have arrived at Living Forest Lake Arenal Retreat Center.

Arrival by airplane

  • Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).


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  • Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIB) - 2 hours
  • San Jose Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - 4 hours
  • Tilaran, 13 kilometers
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Perri van Rossem

    "Jackie's professionalism and compassion for each one of her participants blend to create a warm and welcoming environment that begins prior to our arrival. From the opening ceremony and circle, Jackie established a sense of sacredness and trust that enabled all of us to warm to one another and come together as a supportive group for each other. The outstanding gift that Jackie has, which is a rare gift indeed, is her ability to hold space, allow for the great mystery of life to be in the sacredness of empty space. Jackie patiently awaits while spirit works through us, in the silence, in the empty space, in the pregnant pauses, we were given permission to simply be. In our 'Being', each in her own way, we found the strength and courage to look deep within and discovered our own strength and courage. Jackie’s ability to simply allow that process the time needed to emerge organically speaks to her infinite patience and belief that when we come together, intent on allowing the great mystery to unfold, life will take care of the details."

    "Thank you Jackie for your willingness to let the space be empty when needed, nurtured when called for, and setting the intention to show us all how to surrender to the power within us all. This was truly the most spiritually healing and personally transformational retreat I have ever experienced. Keep believing in what calls from within you Jackie, and thus you serve us all. Ohm Shanti."

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  • Review by Johanna Harmala

    "Jackie is such a clear, loving, and powerful woman, truly a pleasure to have as a retreat facilitator. She had planned everything so well in advance and with many beautiful details that everyone was cared for and honored. I loved how during the retreat, we had time for sharing, time for yoga, and time for excursions or quiet time. We did a lot of deep work, yet there was plenty of time to integrate and play. The ceremonies we had, stayed in my mind as very special and precious moments. I would full-heartedly recommend Jackie’s retreats to everybody. Taking time for yourself is so important in our often busy lives. It is so good to get nourished, face our challenges, and be filled with self love and the loving support of others. I hope this Sister’s of the Moon was one of many, I am already looking forward to the next one!"

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  • Review by Jenny Rader

    "A truly sacred experience."

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  • Review by Laura

    "It was a beautiful experience and a wonderful idea to have a retreat where women can connect with one another on such a deep level regardless of our backgrounds."

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  • Review by Farryn

    "Jackie is truly wonderful! I felt amazing to be a student and experience her teaching methods of yoga. She has taught me so much about myself and her light and laughter become this energizing force that brings strength and calm into an equal balance. Jackie is deep, sincere, and meaningful with her words. I found that she always adds her true love and spirit into her practice and her everyday interactions with those that are around her. I admire her ease with providing a practice with equal parts of challenge and softness. I enjoyed her spirit for adventure and her peaceful and extraordinarily sincere way of making you feel that you are cherished, loved, and important. The sacred circle experience was an extremely important catalyst in which I was able to reach the necessary depths within myself to inquire as to how I was going to progress my spiritual life forward in a direction that was organically fine tuned for my soul. This was a truly touching journey that we were all able to experience as a group and also individually. Scott was absolutely the perfect voice and messenger to bring these heartfelt stories and discussions, that were a full creation of his experience and knowledge, with this practice of beauty, introspect, and moving ones-self to higher level of existing."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I have always enjoyed my yoga practice but have never had a practice educate me on the deeper meanings and applications of yoga and meditation. It has been so useful as I have used the meditation practices regularly since the retreat."

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  • Review by Kiana C.

    "The people, the location, the yoga, and the meditations were all well designed and allowed for true escapism and relaxation. This trip was truly one of the most magical experiences of my life. Jackie and Scott have an exceptional talent for running retreats and I was so grateful for this experience."

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  • Review by Wendy M.

    "I went on the Costa Rica Yoga Retreat 2013 without any expectations, open to possibilities, and had one of the best experiences of my life. The beautiful memories will be with me forever."

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  • Review by Jenette L.

    "I would want other people to know that the yoga retreat to Costa Rica was an amazing journey, inside and out. I would want people to know that I found a sense of peace and rightness and joy on the journey that I cannot describe. So because I cannot describe it, I would just say to them, go. Just go."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "The yoga retreat, for me, was a wonderful opportunity to open my mind and heart to all possibilities in life. Having little experience in yoga, I truly had no expectations and just enjoyed every moment and all the adventures we had. Our yoga practice and meditation outside was one of my favorites. All of our outings and excursions were very special; the serenity of being on the beach and listening to the sound and power of the ocean was unforgettable. I learned so much from you, Jackie, and will never forget your smile, kindness and smell of ginger!"

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