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    Create Sacred Space

    Organized by True Nature Education

    Create sacred space by connecting with the five elements internally and externally. Draw upon nature’s healing forces to allow for a deeper experience of connection and equanimity. This retreat will be held at an ocean front resort on one of the best beaches in Central America.

    Santa Teresa is a small surf town that offers amazing sunsets, a relaxed vibe and provides many opportunities for adventure. All levels yoga and meditation will be offered daily to allow for energy to flow and expand.

    Rebecca Bayes

    Rebecca is the owner of Shanti Yoga in Berkley, MI and runs a 200 hour Yoga Alliance training program. She goes with the flow, practices patience and joy, takes risks and follows her heart. She believes in staying present, showing up and doing the best you can. You can always find a smile on her face or a welcoming hug as she strives to be positive, kind and accessible to all the students that inspire her every day.
    • 7 Nights Accommodations (1st Night in Airport Hotel, 6 Nights in Santa Teresa)
    • Group transport to/from airport
    • 3 whole foods meals each day
    • Daily yoga/meditation sessions
    • Time to unwind & savor Costa Rica
    • Shared Accommodation: $1,695
    • Private Accommodation with Shared Bath: $2,495
  • Start Date Saturday, 21 January 2017
  • End Date Saturday, 28 January 2017

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    Pura Vida Yoga

    Organized by True Nature Education

    Delight in a body-temple and soul-nourishing yoga adventure to awaken your heart and senses to the beauty of Costa Rica during a Yoga Retreat with Annika Williams this February 5 – 12, 2017! This incredible journey will take place in the vibrant surf town of Santa Teresa. Deepen your Yoga practice and center your being alongside the sparkling ocean and white sand beaches of this magical place.

    This is an opportunity for lifelong connections and whole-being nourishment. Its an opportunity to deepen your yoga practice, make space for self-loving & path-clarifying reflection, and to set meaningful intentions. This experience will also create space to grow & implement your physical goals in order to uncover a cleansing, strong, fit, agile, and attuned place–and to carry these goals into your life. 

    Annika has traveled and practiced yoga throughout the world and this magical place, Santa Teresa, is one of her favorite and most cherished places because of its transformative and centering beauty. This gorgeous resort has a large, stunning pool and a fantastic spa.

    Annika Autumn Williams 500-R.Y.T.

    Annika Williams was introduced to Yoga while studying English Literature and Dance at the University of Oregon. Annika’s journey brought her to find in Yoga a union of her passions and inspirations, and a way to help others & make a positive difference; she was moved to share the joy, centering & healing, vibrancy & wellness, inner-connection to Self & Essence, contentment, peace, and strength in her body, mind, heart, & spirit that she had found in Yoga. Annika teaches Vinyasa Yoga & the Universal Principles of Alignment, a bio-mechanically therapeutic method which re-patterns, strengthens, and physically re-postures to bring unparalleled healing benefits and sustained wellness to her clients and students.
    From her studies of Anusara, Dynamic Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Music, Mantra, and Dance, a fun, creatively-sequenced, bio-mechanically healing, and inwardly connecting practice unfolds in her teaching, with a foundation in unconditional love. Annika’s classes provide a balance of challenge, strengthening vigor, and playful fun, with centering & expanding inspiration and connection to the Self. Annika’s lyrical classes & creative sequencing offer challenge and cardiovascular strengthening through the vehicle of invigorating Sun Salutation variations that move to the rhythm of the breath. Her eloquent instructions make postures more accessible to all levels of students. Annika’s knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, and movement patterns supports students to safely open, strengthen, rehabilitate, and revitalize their bodies, and to develop increased agility, athletic ability, proprioception, coordination, and physical freedom.
    Known for her therapeutic work with clients, Annika works for a leading physical therapy clinic in Portola Valley, Pacific Therx, providing yoga therapeutic sessions & co-treatments with doctors & physical therapists to help patients rehabilitate from injuries, chronic pain, and after surgery. Annika offers patients the healing, re-patterning benefits of optimizing Yoga alignment, hands-on adjustments, and increased mind-body understanding for continued recovery, stabilization, & sustained wellness. Annika’s calming, centering classes celebrate Universal conscious awareness, our connection to the Earth & nature, and the unique light, beauty, and dharma within everyone’s being. Her classes provide space for us to physically open, heal, restore, connect, expand, play, and awaken to our own inner peace, freedom, and contentment.
    Annika recieved her 500-RYT, Yoga Alliance Certification, through the Avalon Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2006. She has mentored with some of the most knowledgeable & luminary instructors in the bay area including Ben Thomas, Anirudh Shastri, Samantha Shakti Brown, Kenny Graham, Stacey Rosenberg, & Sianna Sherman. Annika holds two Yoga Alliance Certifications, totaling over 500-hours in Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar, and Therapeutics.

    • 7 nights accommodations (1st night airport hotel and 6 nights in Santa Teresa)
    • 3 gourmet meals each day (organic and local when possible)
    • Group ground transportation to and from airport
    • Twice daily yoga sessions
    • Personal Retreat Time (plenty of free time to nap, walk, swim, read, and enjoy the breathtaking setting)
    • Service Project (Karma Yoga) in the Local Area (by donation)
    • Shared Accommodation: $1,695
    • Private Accommodation with Shared Bath: $2,495
  • Start Date Sunday, 05 February 2017
  • End Date Sunday, 12 February 2017

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    Awaken Authenticity: A Journey to the Original You

    Organized by True Nature Education

    Join instructor Mahan Khalsa for a week-long experience: Awaken Authenticity! A Journey to the Original You in one of the most beautiful places on earth! Located on the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica, the Santa Teresa Boutique Hotel, Spa & Yoga Center is a perfect sanctuary for you to relax and rejuvenate in the peace and beauty of nature. With daily hatha & kundalini yoga classes as well pranayama, mantra, & meditation...

    you can discover new ways of connecting with yourself and create healthy habits to take home when you go! This relaxing retreat is designed for you to awaken your authenticity through self-discovery and self-care so that you may journey back to the original you. Because happiness is your birthright!
    Explore and discover more joy and play on four acres of unspoiled tropical beaches. Enjoy silent walks in the morning, breathing in balance and openness, as you take in the energy of nature. Stretch into your body temple with daily hatha yoga classes and expand your self-awareness through the daily practice of kundalini yoga. Healthy whole food meals will be prepared 3 times daily for you. With lots of free time for you to connect with yourself, meet new people and make new friends, you can go at your own pace. Write Daily Morning pages and get into the habit of unloading the subconscious mind, creating space for life to flow with miracles and magic. Give back to the local community through a day of heart-centered Karma Yoga at one of the local schools.
    This week-long retreat is a Gift from you to YOU! Say YES and give yourself an opportunity of a lifetime… because you are worth it and you deserve it!

    Mahan Khalsa
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    Mahan Khalsa (RTY 5000) is a committed yogini, dynamic teacher, and a devoted mother. Mahan found yoga 16 years ago when she was suffering from depression as a young woman. She truly believes that it is her daily yoga practice that continues to heal her life and open her body, heart, and mind to living life more authentically and on purpose.
    For over a decade Mahan traveled the world, learning, teaching, and experiencing firsthand the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. As a young woman she explored yoga, reiki, meditation, healing arts, aromatherapy and much more! Mahan has a unique way of blending her vast knowledge and life experience into her offerings. As a trained Hatha & Kundalini yoga teacher, she has facilitated classes & workshops on yoga & meditation, women’s empowerment as well as nutrition & detoxification.
    Mahan moved back to her home country of Canada 6 years ago and developed an organic food company and has fed thousands of people plant-based snacks. From there she went onto CBC’s Dragon’s Den and pitched her raw packaged food line. An investor helped her open an organic, vegan restaurant in Vancouver in 2014.
    Mahan currently manages Yoga West in Vancouver, BC, the one and only kundalini yoga studio in that city! She teaches full time and is dedicated to providing practical & inspirational tools for a healthier, happier and holier life.

    • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Whole Foods Meals each Day
    • Group Ground Transport to and from the Airport
    • Personal Time
    • 12 Yoga Classes
    • Pranayama, Mantra & Meditation
    • Workshops (optional)
    • Journaling
    • Spa Services (optional, additional charges apply)
    • Karma Yoga Service Project
    • And More…
    • Shared Accommodation: $1,725
    • Private Accommodation with Shared Bath: $2,525
  • Start Date Saturday, 11 February 2017
  • End Date Friday, 18 November 2016

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    Yoga of Heart & Soul: Prana Vinyasa Yoga, Surf, Sea, & Bhakti

    Organized by True Nature Education

    You are invited to experience the magical blend of yoga, the exotic coast of Costa Rica, and the path of love, service, and devotion! Endless opportunities exist to enjoy ocean devotion, world class surfing for all levels, the creative, soulful style of Prana Vinyasa Yoga, and peering into the bhakti path of love and devotion through teachings from the gurus, saints, and great masters of this tradition.

    Yoga’s ancient wisdom teaches us to live with the rhythms of nature and to honor all the elements of the earth that also live inside ourselves. We will honor and invoke these natural rhythms and elements in every practice; earth, water, fire, air, and space, and create more balance and harmony within. The more we heal and balance ourselves, the more we can heal the planet and serve our gifts in the world! Morning practices will be energizing and evening practice will include lunar gentle bhakti flow and deep extended savasana relaxation.
    You will learn simple mantras, chants, and affirmations that increase your vibrational frequency, and a special focus of this retreat is taking all these practices back into our everyday lives so you can truly live and love from your most deepest heart. Please bring a mala if you have one and a journal for reflection and intention-setting during this powerful spring season to cleanse and renew your heart and soul!

    Monica Mesa Dasi
    Monica is a bhakti devotional yogini who teaches Prana Vinyasa; a style of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective. She is the founder and creative director of Yoga for the Peaceful Studio and Yoga Rocks the Butte Winter Fest in Crested Butte, Colorado. Monica is a senior teacher, assistant, and teacher trainer for Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga and teaches the 200/300 Hour Prana Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program in U.S. and internationally. A mother of three sons living in the mountains, Monica has Colombian roots, can teach bilingually, and is also a nordic skier and soul surfer who loves to teach surf retreats in exotic destinations, as well as yoga adventure retreats in her majestic mountain town. Her yoga classes, workshops, and retreats are imbued with music, sacred ritual, celebration, and movement alchemy to honor all the rhythms of living, loving, and serving life. Her teaching is also influenced by her studies in Ayurveda with Maria Garre, Vajrayana Buddhism with Lama Tsultrim Allione and spreading the message of her Guru, Neem Karoli Baba: “Love everyone, serve everyone, remember God.”

    • Shared Accommodation: $1,795
    • Private Accommodation with Shared Bath: $2,595
  • Start Date Saturday, 20 May 2017
  • End Date Saturday, 27 May 2017

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    Finding Peace Within

    Organized by True Nature Adventures

    Beautiful beaches, peaceful serenity, daily yoga; all that’s missing is you! Take some time away to nourish your body, mind, and soul and explore your inner peace within in the pristine nature of Costa Rica. Each day yoga classes, meditation & pranayama (breathing) exercises, and a variety of workshops will be available to help you unwind and de-stress while assisting you in your personal evolution. Class styles include Gentle, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and more, so there’s sure to be something for everyone! Join in on some of our workshops and classes for CEU’s with Yoga Alliance. This retreat will include 20+ hours of optional training.

    Optional workshops will include Intro to Subtle Body Anatomy, Arm Balances, and Thai Yoga Massage Adjustments for Yoga Teachers. If you are looking for a relaxing yoga vacation plenty of downtime will be available to rest, hang out at the beach, swim, hike or schedule a massage. Eat delicious meals with many of the ingredients locally grown and harvested. All levels of yoga practitioners will benefit from this week-long yoga vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful places! Excursions can also be arranged for those looking to do some exploring away from the retreat center (see more possible activity options below).

    Devon Schmidt, 500-RYT 


    It was in 2003 while enrolled at the CCAD, that Devon Schmidt first discovered her love for yoga. Through Hatha yoga classes at the YMCA in downtown Columbus, Ohio, she came to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of the asanas and noticed how wonderful she felt after class. It was while learning about yoga’s spiritual side that Devon was inspired to become a yoga teacher.
    In 2010, Devon completed the World Peace Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program in Springboro, Ohio. In 2016 Devon also completed the 300hr Advanced Teacher Training Program at Yoga On High and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-200 & RYT- 500. She has also completed the Shanti Mom Prenatal Yoga and Color Me Kids Trainings, as well as Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra Level I. Along the way she has been fortunate to study with David Swenson, Doug Keller, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, and many more inspiring teachers. She has also completed Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massage Trainings with Kelly Lewis and Annette Dennis respectively.
    In 2011, Devon opened Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio to provide yoga and wellness services to the community. Along with teaching open yoga classes, she also facilitates workshops, conducts private individual yoga sessions, directs 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour RYS teacher training programs at Day Yoga, and offers Ayurvedic Massage and Reiki sessions. In 2014 Devon opened the second Day Yoga location in Vandalia, Ohio.
    Devon teaches many various yoga styles and loves to incorporate the more spiritual aspects of yoga into her classes, encouraging her students to delve into self-inquiry and staying present through pranayama. All the while, Devon still finds time for her other job: being a mom to four small children and two rescue dogs.

    Brandy Erazo
    Brandy has been practicing yoga for the past five years. Her journey began by chance when a friend invited her to try a yoga class. The class proved to be a life changing experience. Yoga has provided a grounding force in her life, shining a light in areas that once seemed too challenging to face. Through continued practice her journey led her to teach. In 2010, while raising a family of seven, navigating through the challenges of being a military spouse, and pursuing a degree in education, an opportunity to become certified as a yoga instructor became available. She currently holds a 200 hour as well as a 500 hour certificate from the International Yoga Institute in Virginia Beach. She has had the honor to practice with Patricia Lovitt, Grand Master Adam Nguyen, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Lilias Folan. Sharing her love of the practice has been and continues to be a sincere blessing.

    Katy Stahl, ERYT 500, RPYT
    Katy didn’t know what she was signing up for when she registered for her first yoga training and in what a beautiful way her world would change. For her yoga is all about connection. Katy has completed trainings in vinyasa, Yin, kids, laughter, prenatal, and restorative yoga. She’s also a Reiki master and has completed a doula training. Katy co-directs the Day Yoga 200 hour Foundation Teacher training program. Her passion for prenatal yoga motivated her to created the Shanti Mom Prenatal Teacher Training program which is a Yoga Alliance approved 85 hour certification for registered yoga teachers wishing to specialize in Prenatal yoga. She teaches classes, conducts workshops and trainings in a variety of yoga styles including; prenatal, kids, vinyasa, Taoist yin, prenatal partner, partner, yoga as a business, reiki attunements, subtle anatomy & chakras, gentle yoga, meditation, and pranayama (breathing practices). She lives in La Grange, Kentucky with her husband and 4 children plus 4 dogs.

    • 7 Nights Accommodations (1st night hotel near airport, 6 nights in Santa Teresa)
    • 3 Whole Foods Meals each Day
    • Group Transportation to/from Airport
    • 2 daily Yoga and Meditation Practices
    • 20 hours of training for those enrolled in our 300hr Advanced Teacher Training program or those seeking Yoga Alliance CEUs
    • Personal Retreat Time
    • Shared Accommodation: $1,695
    • Private Accommodation with Shared Bath: $2,495
  • Start Date Monday, 24 July 2017
  • End Date Saturday, 01 July 2017

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    Align Your Body & Set Your Soul Free

    Organized by True Nature Education

    oin Heather and Tim for what is sure to be an amazing week in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica as they blend their love of Ashtanga and Baptiste yoga to create an experience that is physically and mentally challenging. Allow Heather to guide you deeper into your practice as you touch on all 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga in your asana practice. 

    Then flow and fly with Tim, he will encourage you to find freedom in yoga and simultaneously create a safe space for you to explore your mental edges. You will also have the opportunity to give back to the local community through a karma yoga service project.

    Heather Osborne
    Heather has been practicing yoga for ten years and currently teaches at Ruah Studio in Annapolis. She received her 200hr teacher training certificate in Yin and Vinyasa yoga at Evolutions in Annapolis under Tina Lanzoni and her 500hr advanced teacher training at Charm City Yoga with Kim Manfredi in Baltimore. Heather leads a powerful vinyasa flow class based on the foundations and 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga. She teaches asanas methodically with great attention to detail to keep the student safe. Heather encourages students to embrace challenges in yoga as opportunities to transform physically and mentally while keeping the practice lighthearted and fun. She practices daily with various local teachers and has also had the privilege of studying and practicing with Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, David Swenson, Sri Dharma Mittra, Noah Maze, Joe Barnett, Kino MacGregor, Rodney Yee, and Chelsey Korus.

    Tim Washburn
    Tim Washburn earned his 200 hour RYT designation at The Kripalu Yoga School and has since earned his ERYT 200 designation. Tim is a Lululemon Atheltica Annapolis Yoga Ambassador Alumni, licensed massage therapist, and owner of the Spa at Harbor Inn in St. Michaels and Co-Founder of Eastern Shore Yoga and founder of Bayoga Wellness. Tim’s classes are characterized by his humor and are often punctuated with the laughter of delighted, sweaty students. If you like your vinyasa flow mixed with arm balances and other challenging poses, you will enjoy Tim’s classes.

    • 7 nights accommodations (6 nights in Santa Teresa, final night in hotel near airport)
    • 3 whole foods meals each day
    • Twice daily yoga classes
    • Group, ground transportation to/from airport
    • Plenty of time to reflect, retreat, enjoy the beach, or adventure and explore in Costa Rica
    • 1 Evening “Bonding Fire”
    • Shared Accommodation: $1,695
    • Private Accommodation with Shared Bath: $2,495
  • Start Date Thursday, 28 September 2017
  • End Date Saturday, 04 November 2017

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    The Sweet Life

    Organized by True Nature Education

    Join instructor Sara Lovelace for a week-long exploration of embodied presence and delightful living in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The lush, environmentally conscious Santa Teresa Boutique Hotel, Spa and Yoga Center provides the perfect home for daily outdoor vinyasa flow, yin, restorative, and meditation classes. We’ll journey into the sweetness of the natural world, and the divine nectar within our own bodies, minds, and souls. With an emphasis on softness and self-respect, this retreat gives you a safe space to remember the delighted child you once were and still are.

    In the midst of four acres of tropical beach, opportunities for play abound! Swim in the ocean or one of the many natural tide pools surrounding the center. Go for long, peaceful walks to smell the rich varieties of flowers in the area. Take advantage of Santa Teresa’s reputation as one of the “hippest surf towns” and test your yogic balance on the board. Practice self-care with a massage, facial, or acupuncture sessions. There will also be an option to leave a drop of honey in gratitude with a day of Karma Yoga to serve and open our hearts to the beautiful community of Santa Teresa.

    Sara Lovelace 


    I received my 200 hour certification from Integral Yoga in 2007. What I thought was a sort of finishing line, was only the beginning of deepening a surprise-filled practice and teaching career. I find that the students always teach me more than I teach them. Their laughter, their bravery, their discipline, their ability to risk possible tumbles and small moments of defeat always inspires me. I’ve seen students navigate every kind of challenge: mental, physical, and spiritual. By observing the grace and solace that the practice gives them during these tough times, I’ve learned how vital yoga is. By witnessing it in others, I’ve been able to recognize how radically it’s transformed me.
    I later earned another 200 hour level certification from Om On Yoga in Richmond, VA, and a 300 hour certification from the Asheville Yoga Center. My dedication to training, and to diverse styles from yin to vinyasa, allows me to reach a variety of students with the kind of practice they need most at the time. I encourage laughter, strength, softness and inspired expression in all of my classes. As a holdover from the mix tape generation, I still believe in the art of the playlist! My students in Richmond, VA have made some interesting requests down through the years. They know how much I love a challenge.
    I’m also a writer who should practice the art of sitting down to write more often. Some of my work is featured on the elephant journal website.

    • 7 Nights Accommodations (6 Nights at Retreat Center, First Night at Hotel near Airport)
    • 3 Gourmet Meals each Day
    • Daily Yoga Sessions
    • Karma Yoga Project
    • Personal Retreat Time
    • Shared Accommodation: $1,795
    • Private Accommodation with Shared Bath: $2,695
  • Start Date Wednesday, 28 February 2018
  • End Date Saturday, 03 March 2018