Healing Retreat

with Dr. Betsy Rippentrop

May 11-18, 2024


”The World will be saved by the Western Woman.”  -The Dalai Lama

We women are the healers.
We are the care givers and nurturers.
We are the peace makers.
We are the creative forces of nature.
We are the emotional power.
We are the creators.
We are the spoke at the center of the wheel – the center of our families, the center of our workplaces.

We are also the shock absorbers, too often filtering through our systems the pain of the world around us.

Give yourself the gift of a week of healing.  Join Dr. Betsy in a week of being held in sacred space, providing you the potential to take a quantum leap forward in your healing and personal evolution.

The deepest healing happens in community – when we breath, move, cry, celebrate, question, and witness each other.

Using yoga, meditation, depth psychology, shadow work, yoga nidra, hypnosis, journaling, and dream work….we will release, lighten up, and heal.

Dr. Betsy Rippentrop will be your guide for this inspirational and healing week at Blue Spirit, one of the foremost world-class yoga and meditation retreat centers in Costa Rica. Perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach– Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting for your week. 

We chose this lush tropical setting for many reasons including its unique healing energies, spectacular yoga halls, fresh and organic cuisine, on site holistic spa, infinity salt water pool and direct access to a quiet warm beach cove for swimming.

Vacation Details

Daily Themes We Will Explore (based on the infamous book “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes) include:

  1. Be in one’s body with certainty and pride.
  2. Draw on your innate powers of intuition and sensing. 
  3. Align with cycles. 
  4. Find what you belong to & what you don’t belong to.
  5. Listen to your heart.
  6. Be as conscious as possible.

Included in this retreat are: 

  • Daily morning yoga
  • Afternoon healing rituals that include meditation, yoga nidra, shadow work, creative exploration, and conscious movement
  • A cacao ceremony
  • Chakra readings
  • 1 on 1 coaching (A 30-min session for the week with Kate Moreland)

The wild essence of our nature has been shadowing us for year.  It makes it’s appearance in our life often.  Create the space and time to get to know you inner wild!

Listen in on Betsy and Kate’s Podcast Tend Her Wild for more guidance on this topic of re-wilding.

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

Blue Spirit takes care of all of the details regarding shuttle transfers between Blue Spirit and the different airports in Costa Rica. The two international airports in Costa Rica are: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and San Jose International Airport (SJO). 
It is recommended to fly into Liberia, which has been recently expanded with increased numbers of flights from the US and Canada. Shuttle transfers from/to Liberia on Saturday’s (12-4pm and 7-8:30pm) for $60 per person each way. An alternative option is to take a 40-minute short domestic flight between San Jose and the Nosara airport (20 min. taxi from Blue Spirit). Shuttle rates are more expensive on day’s other than Saturday and from San Jose.  Please CLICK HERE for those details and to reserve your shuttle or private taxi.

Please plan to arrive on Saturday (anytime … our first meal together will be dinner) and depart on Saturday. The last class will be Friday evening, and our last meal will be breakfast on the last Saturday. General check-in time for rooms is 4pm on the first Saturday, check-out is10am on the last Saturday. Luggage can be stored safely if you arrive early or depart late.  There is a $29 departure tax payable at either San Jose or Liberia airport before exiting Costa Rica.  This is often included with your flight.

While it may seem remote, Costa Rica is easily accessible from the United States and Canada. Costa Rica has not only become known for its spectacular nature, bio-diversity, and ecological tourism, but also as a country whose values reflect many of the ideals embraced by those of us interested in world peace, environmental preservation, excellent education, and a high standard of health care. It is unique in Central America as it has the longest uninterrupted democracy, no standing army in more than 50 years, and a 95% literacy rate.


Blue Spirit lives in one of the world’s five Blue Zones®: Nosara, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Blue Zones® are recognized areas where people live the longest and report the highest levels of wellbeing.


In the last 10-years Nosara has grown quietly into one of the hip holistic hot-spots on the planet. Nestled along the coast with 3 unspoiled stunning beaches protected as a turtle refuge – Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Nosara – this peaceful and vibrant international community of nature lovers, surfers, yogis, and families truly embraces the Costa Rican ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle.


Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine: Your stay at Blue Spirit includes three gourmet vegetarian meals a day. A few times each week few serve fresh, locally caught fish. The daily lunch and dinner buffet includes a pure food option, which offers greens, grains, and legumes without oils or seasonings. We purchase the food from local farmers and organic produce when available.

Blue Spirit Café: If you like to start your day with a healthy superfood smoothie, fresh coconut water or fresh vegetable juice, or prefer to indulge in an afternoon cappuccino with some raw food snacks or French pastries, the Blue Spirit café is your spot.
Blue Spirit Store: Whether you forgot your sunscreen at home or wish to treat yourself or friends at home with a little gift from Costa Rica: the Blue Spirit Store offers women’s and men’s apparel, spiritual books and CDs, gift items and snack foods, as well as personal and sundry items.

Wireless Internet: Complimentary wireless service is available throughout the main building. For your convenience as well, there is a single computer station located in the lobby.
Saltwater Infinity Pool: The environmentally friendly saltwater pool located near the Main Building has views of the mountains and the jungle surrounding Blue Spirit.

Guiones Beach: Blue Spirit sits atop of a hillside overlooking a three-mile-long white sand beach along the Pacific Ocean. Guiones beach is home to a turtle refuge, which preserves the flora and fauna along the entire length; building is not permitted. The north and mid sections of Guiones beach offer great surfing to beginners and advanced alike. Blue Spirit is located at the quiet South end of the beach, where swimming is easy, thanks to the gentle current. The 700 foot walk (220 meters) from Blue Spirit to the beach transverses lush grounds full of mango trees and coconut palms.

Whether your tissues are holding some core tensions, or you’d like some sound advice on nutrition, wish to transform a painful relationship issue, or simply are in the mood to be pampered with a tropical body polish or a luscious facial treatment… all Blue Spirit body-workers, therapists, and counselors are highly qualified, excel in what they do, and enjoy being of service.

There is so much you can enjoy when you are not in your class!  Whether you stay on the premises for a free Salsa dance class, lounge at the saltwater infinity pool, or participate in a fire ritual on the beach in the evening, there are fabulous activities for guests who like to venture further. We offer: Horseback riding on the beach, surfing lessons, surf board rentals, canopy zip line tour, river kayaking, bird-watching tour, waterfall hike, stand up paddle surf, and turtle refuge tour.

Your Guide

Betsy Brandl Rippentrop, PhD

Betsy Rippentrop, PhD is a licensed psychologist and certified yoga and meditation teacher who uniquely blends science, psychology, mysticism and spirituality into her classes.  She courageously guides people into deeper awareness of their body and mind, and is especially adept at translating psycho-emotional concepts into somatic experiences in the body.  She has been in clinical practice for nearly 20 years and has owned Heartland Yoga for 14 years.  She has authored numerous academic papers on the mind-body connection and is author of Chakra Healing: Renew Your LifeForce.  She teaches courses and retreats nationally and internationally and can be found weekly at her popular podcast Tend Her Wild. For more info on Dr Rippentrop, visit


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Ocean View Room

These luxury rooms have step-out balconies and beautiful ocean views. The rooms are tastefully furnished and provide the perfect space for 2 people. Each room has a king-sized bed or two twins, with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning.


Double Occupancy: $2895 per person 
Single Occupancy: $3795 


Mountain View Room

These luxury rooms have step-out balconies and beautiful mountain views. The rooms are tastefully furnished and provide the perfect space for 2 people. Each room has a king-sized bed or two twins, with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning.


Double Occupancy: $2795 per person 
Single Occupancy: $3595 (SOLD OUT)

Nature Suite

These suites are very cozy and situated on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation.  They have natural wood frame structures and private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle.  Each Suite has a king sized bed or two twins, a separate enclosed porch with a desk, solar hot water and air conditioning.  The suites are a short walk up the hill to the main building.


Double Occupancy: $2595 per person
Single Occupancy: $3295- SOLD OUT


Hermitage Room

The hermitage rooms provide privacy and elegance while being cozy and less expensive. Located in  the main building, many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean or the mountains.  They have either a queen/king sized bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with solar hot water and AC.


Double Occupancy: $2395 per person
Single Occupancy: $2795 (SOLD OUT)




The cottages are situated in lush vegetation, allowing for a sensual experience with nature. They are simple and natural wood frame structures with screening for natural ventilation. Each cottage sleeps two people and has a private bathroom with ambient temperature water shower, or you can use our shared bathhouse with hot water showers. The Eco-cottages are situated below the main building and involve a short hike  (50+ steps) up to get to the main building.


Double Occupancy: $1995 per person
Single Occupancy: $2395 – SOLD OUT


Platform Tent

Each tent has a queen-sized air mattress and is placed on a platform under a wooden roof for protection against the sun and rain.  The tents are surrounded by nature and close to the shared bathhouse. All linen, pillow and towels are provided to guests.


Single Occupancy: $2095




7 nights accommodations
Meals starting with dinner on evening 1
Use of property facilities, beach cove & pool
Classes and workshops with your teachers

Travel to Liberia, Costa Rica and to Blue Spirit Retreat Center (shuttles available)
Spa services and excursions, gratuities to center staff


Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($595) before Feb 1, 2024. No refunds are available after Feb 1, 2024.  In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.

After deposit is received, the remaining balance will be set up in equal monthly payments starting the following month through February 2024, unless an alternate payment plan is set up though One Yoga Global.  All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate on this trip.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like Travel Guard and Trawick offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.


We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG Travel Guard and Trawick International are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.

We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.