WILD & FREE YOGA RETREAT: AUG. 5-13, 2016 SPACE IS LIMITED! EARLY BIRD PRICES UNTIL MAY 15. USD $600 DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO SECURE YOUR SPACE.
per person from:
single supplement: $750
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
travel style: RETREAT
It’s hard to believe that so much beauty and diversity can be found so close to San José. Explore the winding coastlines and lush rainforest of Costa Rica, while bringing adventure, play, laughter, creativity, freedom, and messiness into your practice and your life with teachers Jean Marie Hackett and Sloane Pitman.
Discover exotic wildlife at a tranquil oasis on the bluffs above Uvita de Osa, where by morning you’ll be serenaded by howler monkeys awakening in the trees, and by night you’ll drift off to sleep to the sound of waves crashing in the distance.
SWEATY SUNRISE VINYASA Begin your day with a sweaty, invigorating all-levels vinyasa flow class to prepare you for the day ahead. These classes will focus on unifying breath with movement, incorporating elements of strength and playfulness. Set to sweet playlists, the morning classes are perfect for all students – from beginner to advanced.
EVENING YIN & AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS Afternoon sessions will alternate between yin sessions with Sloane and workshops with Jean Marie. Slow, mindful yin sessions will honor our bodies’ needs after active days exploring, with deep holds and poses sequenced to encourage release and relaxation. Afternoon workshops with Jean Marie are designed to take your practice to the next level, playfully exploring and discovering new postures both old and new with encouraging guidance and a little levity.
JUNGLE LODGE STAY (6 NIGHTS)
SAN JOSÉ HOTEL (2 NIGHTS)
TWICE DAILY YOGA SESSIONS
SUP PADDLING TOUR
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
RIDE TO WATERFALL ON HORSEBACK
HALF DAY SEVA AT CONSERVATION PROJECT
MILES OF OPEN SANDY BEACHES, & PRIVATE RAINFOREST RESERVE
TRANSFERS BETWEEN DESTINATIONS
TAXES (13% COSTA RICAN TOURISM TAX, GST)
*PRICE BASED ON SHARED ACCOMMODATION
JEAN MARIE HACKETT
Since Jean Marie’s first yoga experience, she has dabbled in everything from Baptiste to Bikram and Jivamukti; now, Ashtanga is the practice she calls home. !) In the fall of 2009, Jean Marie left her job as an attorney to pursue yoga, and in the spring of 2010, she completed her 200 hour training in New York City. She has been teaching ever since, while moving around the country from Colorado to Washington DC, and now living in Park City Utah, where she will stay until she turns into a shrivelled husk of a human flying down the mountainside on a snowboard.
In her non-teaching hours, Jean Marie does a enjoys an Ashtanga home practice, as well as climbing, skiing, and hanging out with her husband, four-year-old and two dogs. Over the years, her irreverent writings about yoga practice and teaching have appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, Fiterazzi, and Ashtanga Dispatch. Jean Marie’s classes are sweaty, strong vinyasa classes that nod to her love of Ashtanga and her inner wild thing. She teaches to the individuals within her classes – yes, she will call you by your name! – tailoring her teachings to each person to help everyone get the most out of class that they can. Students have called her everything from charismatic to comical, upbeat, real, dedicated to proper alignment and form, and inclusive of all.
For Sloane, yoga began as a way to increase flexibility and body awareness to help her Division I collegiate swimming career, and has now transformed into her livelihood. In her early years of practice, yin and restorative styles sparked and supported the work of recovering from a decade-long battle with an eating disorder, and showed her the possibility that yoga has to heal, empower, and rejuvenate, on a level far deeper than physical. She later expanded her practice to vinyasa (while also briefly flirting with Bikram and Ashtanga), and studied with teachers in East Tennessee that inspired and challenged her, including Phillip Clift and Jo Beth Voges. In 2011, she completed her first 200-hour training while working at the studio where she practiced, and went on to complete a yin intensive later that year. In 2012, she left her law school path in Knoxville,Tennessee for Park City, UT to join the Baptiste Institute as a program coordinator, and worked closely with Baron and senior teachers in the Baptiste community including Paige Elenson, Jessa Munion, and Bethany Lyons. During her time, she completed levels one and two of Baptiste teacher trainings as well as Art of Assisting, Advanced Art of Assisting, and has been on assisting teams for All Day Immersion, Baptiste Level One, and the Baptiste Power Flow Immersion at the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park, CO.
Currently, she teaches in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT where she lives with her fiance. In her free time, she’s running to the top of the Wasatch Mountains and back down again, cross-country skiiing, and refueling on High West Whiskey or cabernet sauvignon (and ok, fine, sometimes green juice. but that’s not near as delicious). Her classes focus on bringing your entire being into natural alignment and abundant wellness. She speaks to every through speaking to one (meaning, you’ll most likely be called out in class) and while she holds the class to a high level of rigor, she uses joy, a lot of humor,and juicy assists to help you move through the practice and discover something new in your body each time you come to the mat.
LA CUSINGA LODGE
Perched high on the bluffs overlooking Costa Rica’s wild and wonderful South Pacific, La Cusinga Lodge offer an authentic rainforest experience in Uvita – often called the prettiest place in Costa Rica. The lodge boasts expansive views of the beaches below, where the jungle meets the sea, and excellent wildlife viewing. Add bungalows crafted with tropical hardwoods and tasty cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients, and La Cusinga is the perfect home base from which to explore this spectacularly beautiful destination.