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Kick off your summer with an unforgettable week of feel-good yoga, playful adventures, immersing into divine nature, time and space to rest and rejuvenate, laughs with old friends and new, and the opportunity to rediscover your joyful self! Join Shelley Williams in Osa Peninsula that has many to offer: secret waterfalls, cascading out of rocks into refreshing, naturally formed swimming pools, jungle hike, a beautiful beach, and more.
Encanta La Vida is a unique jungle beach lodge on the pristine and wild Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Encanta La Vida is all about immersing yourself in the jungle with style. Encanta La Vida's lodging includes 9 different accommodations to choose from tucked in along the tropical garden paths.
All accommodations are furnished with top quality mattresses, linens, lights, fans, private bathrooms, and hot water.Guests will enjoy the comfort of private patios and balconies set up with rockers and hammocks adding to a relaxing ambiance.
You'll naturally rise with the sun, and the unbelievable calls of the howler monkeys, play throughout the day - feeding your mind, body, and spirit with spontaneous adventures, fresh and clean foods, pure tropical air, divine rests, and you'll retire in the evening under a sky full of stars.
You'll return from this retreat feeling rested and vibrant, with clear skin and fresh eyes, and often shed extra weight simply by being active during the day and receiving adequate sleep in the evenings, while being in a healthy, tropical environment that is naturally detoxifying.
2 daily yoga practices, prepared especially for the summer season will be one of the highlights this retreat offers. Apart from that, guided nature hikes and hidden waterfall exploration will become a joyful way to explore Osa Peninsula's nature. To enjoy the beach, you can surf the waves the beach has.
Shelley Williams has been an active student, practitioner, and teacher of mindful movement in the south bay community for over 15 years. She discovered her love of movement, however, long before that as a competitive teen gymnast, which then opened the door to the world of contemporary dance and professional modern dance performance. In 1996, Shelley was fortunate to find yoga and Pilates as a healing addition and alternative to the rigors of training and performance. Since then, yoga has provided her with more than a moving expression of meditation; it has become a way of life.
The Osa Peninsula is one of the most beautiful, wild, bio-diverse places on the planet. It is literally at the end of the road, off the pavement, off the grid, and about an hour’s car ride away from the nearest town, which means you step directly into nature at her fines without the swarm of crowds, lines of people, or fences to keep you separate from your own intimate experience with nature.
Here, you will find secret waterfalls cascading out of rocks into refreshing, naturally formed swimming pools. You can hike through the jungle out to the exposed, south facing coast and soak in ancient tide pool bathtubs filled with warm saltwater, right at the ocean’s edge.
You can also sway in a hammock, sipping fresh “pipa” (young coconut water) and watch all four species of Central American monkeys play in the trees, spy countless species of exotic birds, observe crazy amounts of colorful insects and majestic reptiles, and if you are lucky, perhaps spot a jungle cat.
3 deliciously artistic meals featuring organic exotic fruits, vegetables, fresh caught fish, home-baked breads, and local recipes.
Travel arrangements to the capital city of San Jose, Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), can be made with many major airlines. It is a 7 to 9-hour drive or a 45-minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, the closest town to Encanta la Vida. Once in Puerto Jimenez, Encanta la Vida's agent can arrange a taxi to pick you up at the airport for the 40-minute drive to the lodge. If driving, be sure your vehicle is four wheel drive.
"Have you ever been under the skillful care of any kind of practitioner that makes you believe with unwavering confidence that you are on the path to growth and healing? It is with this very confidence that I allowed myself to have a new and liberating experience with yoga. The Yoga Mittra facilitators shined a liberating light on any ideas I may have had about what service yoga was providing for me. I came to strengthen my practice, but stayed only to complete a much more spiritual journey and transformation which continues to unravel my limited ideas of what I thought I knew about all things yogic. The creative and nurturing allure of Shelly and Suzy allowed me to break away from daunting patterns and helped ease me into a life long commitment towards self-care and service to others. Thank you girls. I’m a better person because of my time learning from and with you."
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"I had been practicing yoga for about 4 years off and on before deciding to the Yoga Mittra teacher training. I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be but I knew right away that I was in the right place. Suzy and Shelley are the perfect combo of bringing love, knowledge, humor, and experience to each and every class and lecture. Now almost 7 months out of training, I teach 4 - 8 classes a week, I get to sub at the Yoga Studio I call home, Yoga Loft, and I could not be happier with the education I received. Thank you Yoga Mittra!"
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"I was thrilled to partake in teacher training with Shelley, Suzy, and Gen. They have been the foundation of yoga in the Southbay for years. As a physician, I was appreciative of their insight into anatomy and keen knowledge of instructing asanas safely. Plus they are a lot of fun!"
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