Free to Be
with Rachael Hunter and Rebecca Saline
October 30 – November 6, 2021
SPECIAL – $250 off through May 15
Yoga practice is a way to both rejuvenate and energize, physically and mentally. The beauty of a yoga “retreat” is it offers us the opportunity to step back from our busy-ness and remember the calm steadiness that we can cultivate through breath and movement. Slowing down and resetting our bodies and minds while being held in the midst of nature, is possibly the best gift we can offer ourselves and those around us.
Join Rachael Hunter and Rebecca Saline for an inspirational and relaxing 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. This lush tropical setting is the most perfect retreat location – the most spectacular yoga halls, fresh and organic cuisine, on-site holistic spa, infinity saltwater pool, and direct access to a quiet warm beach cove for swimming.
You can decide each day what your agenda will be – wake up with the sunrise for a day of invigorating yoga and adventure, or sleep in and laze the day away with the nourishing sun and sound of the surf as your companion. Whatever your style, you can rest assured that you and your practice are welcome here.
The morning practices will include mindful movement to invite ease, space, and freedom to our body. In the afternoon we will offer a more gentle and restorative yin style practice to recharge and rebalance. Taking time to luxuriate in the moment and remember who we are, these practices are an invitation to tend to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and will be accessible to all levels of experience. In between you can venture out to experience a cloud forest canopy zip line, waterfall hike, enjoy a massage, or simply rest by the pool with a good book.
Whether you are seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, an inspiring adventure, or simply wish to travel with like-minded souls, we hope you will join us.
During your week, you will have the opportunity to:
- Wake up each morning to the sound of the howler monkeys and enchanting sunrise over the ocean
- Twice daily yoga classes with Rachael and Rebecca
- Play on a pristine beach and swim in the warm waters of a friendly ocean cove
- Explore the natural jungle and ocean settings with eco-excursions
- Enjoy local organic food exquisitely prepared
- Select from accommodations ranging from simplicity to luxurious
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
ABOUT COSTA RICA
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.
TRAVEL TO BLUE SPIRIT
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.
Once you have your flights reserved, please CLICK HERE to reserve your airport shuttle.
There is a $29 departure tax payable at either San Jose or Liberia airport before exiting Costa Rica. It can be paid in US dollars, Costa Rican Colones or with a credit card.
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.
SPA & LONGEVITY SERVICES
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.
Rachael Hunter E-RYT-500 is a former PhD scientist, and now full time yoga teacher and co-founder of Mandala Yoga Collective. Rachael loves to travel with her husband and kids, to hike with her dog and to seek out the best coffee wherever she lands. Born in the United Kingdom and now based in suburban Philadelphia, she is grateful to share the openness, focus and clarity that yoga provides, and the calmness and stillness it inspires.
Her teaching places an emphasis on the qualities of curiosity and presence in the physical practice, with a clarity of instruction to build a proper foundation of alignment for “every” body. Her goal is to empower students to dive deeper into their own practice and discover the long term benefits of mindful movement and breath awareness.
With a firm belief that our yoga practice can be a time for self care, Rachael sees yoga as an opportunity to balance the desire for action and movement with much needed time to slow down and invite our busy minds to quiet. She is passionate about guiding students to find their own path on this lifelong journey.
Rachael received her 200h teacher training in 2009 and continues to learn more about the practice of yoga with both local and nationally known teachers, including Yin Yoga and 300h advanced trainings.
Rebecca took her first yoga class almost 20 years ago at the urging of her sister. “It was a life-changing moment,” she recalls. “I loved the physical challenge but more importantly, I felt a sense of peace, of being fully present in the moment, and connecting to the sensations in my body.” She immediately became passionate about yoga as an instrument for healing and integrating the body and mind. In 2003, Rebecca completed her teaching training and became an instructor. Her goal in every class is to combine a vigorous physical practice with a restorative mental and spiritual connection. As a child, Rebecca was an avid dancer and dreamed of being a dance teacher. She uses the flow and rhythm of dance as an instructional tool. The building blocks of her style are creative sequences where breath, intention, and mindfulness work in concert with challenging movement. “I want to give my students,” she says. “the freedom to simply be, without judgment, so they can release the negative stresses in their bodies and minds that are no longer serving them, and find the space to move from a place of truth and love.”
Rebecca is a co-founder and partner of Mandala Yoga Collective, an online yoga studio that exists to inspire healing, growth, and transformation in a way that supports feeling, breathing, and simply being.
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: $2795 per person
SPECIAL: $2545 (save $250 until May 15)
Single Occupancy: $3595
SPECIAL: $3345 (save $250 until May 15)
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: $2695 per person
SPECIAL: $2445 (save $250 until March 30)
Single Occupancy: $3495
SPECIAL: $3245 (save $250 until March 30)
These suites are 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.
We have one Nature Suite still available
Double Occupancy: $2595 per person
SPECIAL: $2345 (save $250 until May 15)
Single Occupancy: $3195 per person
SPECIAL: $2945 (save $250 until May 15)
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 sized bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with solar hot water and AC.
Double Occupancy: $2295 per person
SPECIAL: $2045 (save $250 until May 15)
Single Occupancy: $2695
SPECIAL: $2445 (save $250 until May 15)
The cottages are situated in lush vegetation, inviting a sensual experience with nature. They are simple natural wood frame structures with screening for 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 up to a stone stairway to get to the main building.
Double Occupancy: $1995 per person
SPECIAL: $1745 (save $250 until May 15)
Single Occupancy: $2395
SPECIAL: $2145 (save $250 until May 15)
7 nights accommodations
Meals starting with dinner on evening 1
Use of property facilities, beach cove & pool
Classes and Workshops with Rachael and Rebecca
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 August 1, 2021. No refunds after August 1, 2021). In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 30+ 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 August, 2021, unless an alternate payment plan is set up though One Yoga Global. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need special timing on payments. 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 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.
Covid 19 update: We will be working with our partners in Costa Rica to ensure that all participants have the information needed to abide by any entry and departure requirements for Costa Rica and the US in place in the Fall. These requirements have changed in the last months and may change again as more travelers are vaccinated. Please CLICK HERE for the Blue Spirit page about their Covid-19 protocols and current travel requirements. In the event that travel bans are reinstated and travel is not possible, we will reschedule this retreat and offer participants the opportunity to transfer their funds to a future retreat or receive maximum refunds.
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