with Lauren and Kelly Farina July 19-26, 2014 $1495.00 “Early-Bird Discounted Price!” (December 1st)
We invite you to join us for a time dedicated to you. Come treat yourself and recharge with the Shakti community as we journey to Costa Rica in July 2014 for an all-encompassing yoga retreat. This will be a time to enjoy the beautiful nature of Costa Rica while also enjoying the company of our community, yoga practices, meditation practices, hiking, an opportunity to surf the waves, and the joy of service. This is an occasion to celebrate YOU. We will allow space in our daily practices and relaxation for you to reconnect with yourself. As many of us work through life, too busy to take a moment for rest, we often lose track of our true identity and self-worth. We are offering this chance for you to find balance. Come unite your heart, body, and spirit and discover freedom and joy as you build stronger relationships with yourself and others. During this trip you will reside in a peaceful atmosphere that will inspire love and acceptance. You will have the opportunity to engage in many activities that provide both adventure and serenity. Daily hikes and surfing will allow you to connect with nature and immerse yourself in the beautiful Costa Rican outdoors. One of our days will include a service trip, providing us with the opportunity to give back to the people of Costa Rica and experience the true fulfillment of service. Daily power yoga practices will offer you the chance to deepen your practice and tap into your powerful center. Please join us in this time of exciting activity, unforgettable experience, and good company, dedicated to you as a time to recharge and reconnect.
7 Nights Accomodations
3 Whole Foods Meals a Day
All Transportation within Costa Rica
Yoga and Meditation Practice Each-Day
Personal Retreat Time
Local Indigenous cultural Ceremony
Lauren Farina My Yoga journey started the first day I practiced. I walked off my mat and took note of the effects that it had on me. How it made my body sweaty and hot, but more than that was the sense of peace and contentment that I felt with the present moment. I rolled up my mat and realized that I could do anything, be anybody, and could share the peace and love with everyone. As my practice progressed, my body began to change for the better. I was more aware of my body. I was more awake. When I was more awake I could see the role I was playing in my relationships. I started to build better relationships. I wasn’t so reactive throughout my days and in times of stress. I have learned so much from yoga. It has taught me how to accept where you are in life. I completed a 200 hour hot yoga teacher training to start and then followed it with a 100 hour teacher training at Shanti School of Power Yoga. My skills were progressing. I started to really resonate with feeling empowered. I started to feel like I was shining. Just like Nelson Mandela said: “Who are we, not to shine?”. I started to understand and see even more. To this day my intention for my students is to have them leave feeling empowered by their own strength and power so they can shine their light on the world. I met Sid McNairy along my journey and I was immediately inspired by him. I attended one of his classes and left feeling a fire lit within me. He became a real mentor to me. I was drawn to his way of teaching. Reminding us to trust the process, be present, and hold ourselves accountable. Accountable for our dreams, our desires, and our goals. I continue to train with Sid and travel to attend his workshops. I attended his Empowerment and Beyond program in Nicaragua in 2011 and since then have completed two more of his Empowerment and Beyond programs. Over the last year my sister and I have opened our own yoga studio- Shakti. Our community of people have been inspiring and supportive. I have continued my training to grow as a yoga instructor and a person. I have taken level 1 with Baron Baptiste and am a level 2 candidate for next spring. Through my journey I continue to work hard to find more self- acceptance and power. I find the layers fall off and I can give myself a lovingness and more significantly give others this same love. I have found that the more I continue to empower myself, I can empower those around me. I know I will continue this work and other than that, that is all I know. I’m ready to take the next steps and although I’m not really sure what will come next, I am looking forward to the possibilities of the unknown. I’m ready for anything and I will carry a way of being that is based on love and connection. Namaste.
Kelly Farina If you can imagine the ripple effect that you can see in water, I’d say that is essentially how you could explain my practice and life with yoga. I began practicing yoga in 2006. It didn’t take long till I started to see the effects of how the practice truly played into my life. I now practice everyday and I still find myself growing. I’ve become, and still become, more self aware and more aware of my truth. When I look back from where I was to where I am now, I realize that, for me, I was not living a good fulfilling life. I was not living the life I wanted to live. It was with this start of a yoga practice that I could not only see the life I wanted to make for myself, but have the confidence and faith to take the steps necessary to live that life.My next step in that journey was to become a yoga teacher. I received my 200 hour RYT with Sumit Banerjee. I continued to practice with him and teach. Soon enough, the awareness that I began to find interpersonally and on the mat started to spread into my life. I started to see the circles, as you would a stone dropped in the water, expand. Starting from the middle and touching far out places. I made a lot of change. Looking back and comparing, it’s as if I have had two bodies. One before I started to practice and one after. Not only did my body change, but I found my voice. I found it in a room of 50 plus people. It sounded confident with passion and drive. I found that with this voice I could serve others. I loved it.I recieved my 100 hr power yoga certification from Shanti school of yoga with Johnna Smith. This is a woman who stands in her power and teaches that way as well. A great inspiration. After her training, I really felt I was teaching from a deeper place from the core. Once again, the ripple effect started to come to my mind. Expanding and growing stronger with each challenge I faced. Throughout my experience with yoga, I have learned so much from many different teachers. Sid Mcnairy, Lindsay Lusignea, Gillian St. Clair, and Page Hart have made a huge impact on me. I fell in love with Power yoga because it keeps me strong healthy, grounded, and it is always challenging. I feel now I am living the life I love. Yoga, prayer, time with loved ones and meditation are my tools for happiness and health. My goals are to find peace in any situation, hold a space at our studio for love, and to see the power that lives within each of us to realize our dreams and life’s purpose. Shakti love
Tropico Latino is an intimate beachfront boutique hotel located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available, and prepared with nourishing ingredients.
While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
Snorkel Boat Trip
*Price of Activities are not included in Tuition
Spa Discover the true meaning of relaxation at the Tropico Latino “Yoga & Spa Natural”, offering a variety of first-class spa services performed by professional therapists. Treatments are all given with 100% natural products. Offering massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, beauty treatments and yoga.
Our Spa is located in front of Santa Teresa Beach so that you may enjoy the sounds of the sea and its cooling breezes.
Register early as we expect this retreat to fill quickly! A $250 deposit will get your name on the big “I Want To Go To Costa Rica” list and officially reserve your spot. It will be deducted from the total amount of the trip cost. *The trip has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 25 people
Payment In order to pay and register, please click the payment icon below. Once payment is processed you will receive an information and registration packet. You will fill out these forms and email them back to True Nature for our records. *If paying via paypal or credit card a 3% service fee will be added to your payment. Payment can also be made by checks payable to: True Nature Education, 109 Fisher Lane, Asheville, NC 28804
Deposits are non-refundable. 1/2 Tuition is refundable up until 90 Days. After 90 Days prior to a program tuition is non-refundable. Full Tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment
True Nature Education True Nature is an Educational Travel Company which provides full service in the planning, support, and guiding of a diverse catalog of trips to Costa Rica each year. We believe in the power of experiential travel abroad and the multitude of affects it has on ones growth. We have hosted thousands of participants and have been honored to share in the life-changing experiences of our guests. It is True Nature’s goal to strive meet the needs of our guests and to be of support from the time you first contact us, to the time you land in Costa Rica, and until you return home from your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) We understand that there are many questions when coming to a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather?…We hope help to provide clarity to any of your questions or concerns. (CLICK HERE to go to the Frequently Asked Question Page) If you have any more questions please feel free to email us at
All international flights will arrive at either San Jose International Airport (SJO) or Liberia International Airport. From the airport we will organize transportation for all retreat participants. Flights are also available to Nosara from San Jose. Before booking tickets please contact us to discuss flight arrival and departure windows for the retreat and to confirm if the retreat minimum enrollment has been reached.
If this retreat isn’t up your alley, take a look at the variety of other retreats coming up in Costa Rica! There’s a retreat with your name on it!