January 11: Just got word that we still have a couple of rooms available if you want to join us. Payments and plane tickets would have to be secured asap.
If you have had the priviledge of meeting our co-host Maureen-Elise Quinn, you know already that this adventure is going to be magical. She has taken a group to the Rip Jack Inn over the last two years, and this year she invited us to go along. We just had to say "yes". I'm the morning meditation and yoga leader and she will lead us in a deeply restorative practice each afternoon.
If you have a partner or a family member who would love a tropical vacation but is not "into yoga" that's ok too...there is plenty to explore and lots of time to enjoy the beach and the surrounding area...or maybe this is the time they can get "turned on" to the practices, which will be accessible to Every-Body. (and always optional)
PS: Tony and I found a fabulous direct flight from Boston, and I saw that there are still seats available. We will leave in the cold dark early morning of New England on Saturday, February 9 and arrive in sunny hot Costa Rica by mid day. We will fly directly back to Boston, arriving there by 8 pm on the 16th. Care to join us? Let's make a plan!
Important dates to consider: Deposit due by November 1, Balance is due January 5, 2019. And NOW is a good time to secure your airline ticket to Liberia, Costa Rica. (Last minute registrations will be considered, space available.)
Yoga Retreat in Paradise in Costa Rica
For inner exploration and outer adventure. February 9 to 16, 2019
Your hosts are Maureen-Elise Quinn, CYT and Sheila Magalhaes, E-RYT 500 who will introduce you to the Boutique Beach Hotel RipJack Innon Playa Grande, Costa Rica.
Playa Grande is part of a National Park that protects the Leatherback Turtle with miles of pristine beaches along the Pacific Ocean. Experience “pura vida” (the pure life) and return to your natural state of stillness and peace within. Escape the winter’s cold and your busy life for a week of retreat and renewal.
This is a wonderful opportunity to nurture your body, mind and soul with morning meditation, revitalizing and balancing yoga classes, delicious food, and great company. There will be plenty of free time daily to relax and play, and two group excursions are planned to explore the beautiful beaches and gorgeous ocean of Playa Grande.
The pricing for the retreat includes:
Air Fair is not included, make your arrangements to fly into the Liberia (LIR) airport, Transportation to and from the Liberia airport IS included so we will transport you to the RipJack Inn, only an hour away. Plan for about a half hour of customs followed by an hour to the Rip Jack. When you are looking for a flight, please try to arrive in mid afternoon, as we would love to have our first group dinner together on Saturday night.
Morning meditation and two yoga classes daily: In the morning, mindful meditation followed by an All-levels Kripalu style slow flow yoga class. Then breakfast (included daily) and free time for beach, pool, exploration and play. Daily afternoon Svaroopa-style restorative yoga class. Exception: We will host only one yoga class on our excursion days, see below for details.
For your other meals, delicious meals are always available at the RipJack’s restaurant, offering a highly unique menu of fresh local seafood as well as tasty treats from the land for lunch, happy hour and dinner. (Yes, tropical drinks and cocktails are available too!) Other local choices for food and drink can be found at the other boutique hotels just a few "walking minutes" away.
Two Excursions included: Sunset Sail & Snorkle Tour: Set off in the early afternoon on a beautiful catamaran into the deep blue sea. (half-day trip) The catamaran leaves from Playa Flamingo and takes you to a pristine beach nestled in the Pacific Ocean not accessible by car. You can snorkel or swim to the beach from the boat. All of the equipment and life jackets are provided, as is unlimited open bar and light lunch.
Estuary Tour: A 1.5 hr. guided boat tour to see a nearby estuary and the wildlife that resides there. The Playa Grande estuary is part of the Las Baulas National Marine Park. Here the Rio Mata Palo empties out into the Pacific Ocean creating what is know as brackish water. The Playa Grande estuary is part fresh and part salt water making it an ideal home for many of the beautiful animal species in Costa Rica. The estuary is 6,745 hectors (25 square miles) of mangrove, spectacular!? The lush vegetation absorbs all unwanted noise creating an extremely peaceful boat ride. While there are no guarantees with mother nature, you are more than likely to see Howler Monkeys, Tropical Fish, Green Herons, Brown Pelicans, and more.
Additional Activities available, not included in pricing: You can set them up right from the Ripjack: Scuba Diving, Horseback Riding, Sport Fishing, Surf lessons, Massage, Taxi into the shopping areas, Day Trip to Rincon de la Vieja. Sheila's husband Tony is coming with us for this retreat, he wants you all to know that he loves to snorkle and scuba dive and will want to get into the water as much as possible. He would be happy to have a few buddies to jump in the water with him during the week. He might even skip an afternoon yoga class or two to play! (just sayin'....)
Pricing and Registration Information
Maureen-Elise Quinn is handling all of the financial agreements of this retreat. Important dates to consider: Deposit due by November 1, Balance is due January 5, 2019.
Click here to connect to Maureen-Elise's website. That's where you can download the registration form document and find all the details and information regarding the trip, including more about the rooms, travel, what to expect, what to bring, currency, expenses, and weather. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, we are happy to get you all the information you need. Click Here to email Sheila
Standard Room: Single: $2,059. Double: $1,685. p/person
(Air Fair not included, make your arrangements to fly into the Liberia (LIR) airport, and we will transport you to the RipJack Inn, only an hour away.)
Registration Terms: Deposit due by November 1: Each participant must fill out the registration form (on Maureen’s website) Send her a non-refundable $750. deposit to hold your space. (or drop off a check at Heartsong)