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Costa Rica: a ParaYoga Immersion Retreat at Blue Spirit with Yogarupa Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker | December 9 - December 16

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Heal. Awaken. Deepen.

Breathe in the natural beauty of Costa Rica and the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy the priceless gift of soaking in the pool of enduring Self-knowledge!

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Join Yogarupa at the world-renowned Blue Spirit Retreat for a weeklong ParaYoga immersion in paradise, December 9th-16th, 2017

Registration is open and spots are filling up!

Note: please email kerry@parayoga.com if you are interested in joining our retreat and need a roommate, we currently have:
• a male participant in search of a roommate for an Eco Cottage

 

Our week together will be a time to bask in your most nourishing Self, as well as a calling together of community to build our understanding of the potential of asana, meditation, rituals and self-study.  This retreat is designed to help you connect to your soul’s highest, most luminous perspective.

•Dive deep into ParaYoga practices and exalt your body, mind and spirit
•Experience the joy and power of studying with a modern-day master teacher
•Kindle your soul’s fire to live your life’s purpose
•Explore the power of tantra to enliven your practice on and off the mat
•Open to students of all levels of experience

Blue Spirit Costa Rica is one of our favorite places on the planet! Rated by Yoga Journal this year as one of the world’s “best yoga escapes,” it provides an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability. Perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge – Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned beaches.

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Blue Spirit is located in one of the world’s Blue Zones© which inspired the name Blue Spirit. According to author Dan Buettner, the Nicoya Peninsula is one of five Blue Zone’s in the world: a Blue Zone is an area where people live the longest and report the highest levels of well-being. While visiting Blue Spirit, you will feel the resonance of a vibrant, inspiring, and healing energy, because of the rich subtropical environment, and the cultural lifestyle.

Your stay at Blue Spirit offers you a comfortable and elegant accommodation of your choice, delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine, a salt-water infinity pool, koi pond, café, gift shop, spa and longevity servicesoutdoor excursions, and complimentary wireless service. 00Blue Spirit Aerial 01_New
We’ll enjoy 3 nourishing meals a day together, and twice-daily accessible, transformative asana and meditation practices. In the evenings we will have offerings of lectures and Yoga Nidra (deep yogic relaxation).

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All prices listed below cover the following: your accommodations, the ParaYoga retreat classes, meals each day and use of Blue Spirit’s beautiful facilities.  They do not include: airfare, airport transfers (scroll down for information about booking your airport shuttle), spa treatments or optional excursions.

Please visit Blue Spirit’s website, where you will find more pictures, information
about excursions, spa treatments, amenitites and more:  www.bluespiritcostarica.com

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS AND PRICES

Please note that in order to be eligible for the per person double occupancy rate, you will need to have 2 paying adults in the room.  Once you have made your reservation in a double occupancy room, please send an email to kerry@parayoga.com to notify us of the name of your roommate.  And, even if you think you could never, ever imagine cancelling your participation in this amazing retreat, please scroll down to read our cancellation policy!

Superior Ocean View Rooms with A/C (single or double occupancy)

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These beautiful double rooms have step-out balconies and lots of windows with extraordinary ocean views. The room is elegantly furnished to provide the most luxurious space for couples or singles. Each room has a king-sized bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Superior Ocean View rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Single Occupancy Prices: $3285
This category is sold out.

Double Occupancy Prices: $2595 per person
This category is sold out.

 

Ocean View Rooms with A/C (double occupancy only)

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These double rooms have step-out balconies and beautiful ocean views. The rooms are tastefully furnished and provide the perfect space for two people. Each room has a king-sized bed or two twins, with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Ocean View rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Double Occupancy Prices: $2415 per person
This category is sold out.

 

Mountain View Rooms with A/C (double occupancy only)

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This double room has a step-out balcony and large windows with an extraordinary mountain view. The room is tastefully furnished and provides the perfect space for two people. It has a king-sized bed or two twins with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Mountain View Rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Double Occupancy Prices: $2310 per person
Only 3 rooms left!

 

Pacifico Cottages with A/C (double occupancy only)

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The Pacifico Cottages are tucked away amidst the lush tropical gardens and close enough to the sandy Pacific Beach so that the sound of the Ocean will rock you into sleep.  Perfect for a couple, these beautiful and rustic new rooms feature a private porch with a hammock, 1 queen bed, an outdoor shower, air conditioning, and a safe big enough to fit a 17″ laptop. From the main building the Cottages are a short walk down the hill towards the beach.

Double Occupancy Prices: $2310 per person ($4620 per couple)
This category is sold out.

 

Nature Suites with A/C (double occupancy only)

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Nature Suites are very cozy and located on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation. They are simple and natural wood frame structures and have private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle.  Each Suite sleeps two people in either a king bed or two twin beds and includes a separate enclosed porch with a desk. All Suites have solar hot water as well as air conditioning. The Suites are a short walk up the hill to the Main Building. Nature Suites have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Double Occupancy Prices: $2235 per person

 

 

Hermitage Single/Couple Bedroom with A/C (single or double occupancy)

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These rooms are specifically designed for singles and provide privacy and elegance, while being cozy and inexpensive. Many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean and others of the mountains nearby, a queen-sized bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water and a air conditioning.  Hermitage Rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Single Occupancy Prices: $2330 single occupancy
This category is sold out.

Double Occupancy Prices: $2080 per person
This category is sold out.

Hermitage Twin Bedroom with A/C (double occupancy only)

These rooms provide privacy and elegance, while being cozy and inexpensive. Many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean and others of the mountains nearby, two twin beds, a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning.  Hermitage Rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Double Occupancy Prices: $2080 per person
Only one room left!

 

Eco-Cottages (double occupancy only)

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The cottages are beautifully situated in lush vegetation, allowing for a sensual being-in-touch 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. Everything runs on solar powered electricity to provide a comfortable and ecological setting. The Eco-Cottages are situated below the Main Building and involve a short hike up a stone stairway to get to the Main Building. Each Eco-Cottage has a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Double Occupancy Prices: $1810 per person
This category is sold out, but…
We have a male participant in search of a roommate for his Eco Cottage; please email kerry@parayoga.com if you are interested!

 

Glamping option: Blue Spirit also has tent platforms, which are single occupancy only.  Tent, queen size bed, linens and fan/lights are all provided. 

Single occupancy only, price $1745 per person
This category is sold out.

 

CHILDREN’S RATES

If a child shares a room with 2 adults / parents, then there is no extra housing charge – only the meal charge.

If a child shares the room with a single adult, then the parent pays a Single Occupancy room charge plus the meal charge for the child.  Note: best room category for sharing space with your little ones is the Nature Suite.

The meal charges per child are:

ages  0-3 free

ages  4-12  $200 per meal/week

ages 13-17 $300 for meal/week

Any teen wanting to participate in the actual programs must be registered at adult package fees.

Cost

**PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND CANCELLATION POLICY**

Payment Schedule:
A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due at time of registration. This deposit is non refundable AND non transferable.

To Secure the Early Bird rate: Payment due full by August 9th, 2017 (120 days prior to retreat start)

Regular registration rate: Goes into effect for any registrations on or after August 9th, 2017. Payment in full is due no later than October 9th, 2017 (60 days prior to retreat start).

Cancellation Policy:

•Our cancellation policy is strict and firm. We recommend that you purchase a cancellation/travel insurance policy to protect your investment: insuremytrip.com is a company that has a multitude of policies to choose from, including a “cancel for any reason” rider option.

•The $500.00 per person deposit is non refundable and non transferable.

•Cancellations on or before October 9th, 2017: You will forfeit your deposit of $500.00 plus a cancellation fee of $100.00. The remainder of your payment will be refunded to you

•Cancellations on or after October 9th, 2017: You will forfeit ALL money rendered.

•Please do not make any travel arrangements before receiving confirmation of registration.

Looking for someone to share a room with?  Read on!
If you are looking for a roommate in order to be eligible for the Double Occupancy room rate, then you should join the Facebook group page specially created for the retreat at Blue Spirit. This ParaYoga group page also serves as a forum for discussion and sangha (community) after the event. To connect with your ParaYoga Blue Spirit community for room shares as well as any other pre and post retreat communication with the other students from this retreat, just send an email with that request to kerry@parayoga.com

Please note that the ParaYoga office is not responsible for connections made on these Facebook pages or for their content.

Tickets

Out of stock!Join waitlistTent Platform: Single Occupancy$1,745.00This early bird price is for a single person staying in a Tent. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit.
Out of stock!Join waitlistEco Cottage: Double Occupancy$1,810.00This early bird price is for one person staying in a double occupancy Eco-Cottage. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit. Please let us know the name of your roommate if you are registering separately, or if you would like assistance finding one.
Out of stock!Join waitlistHermitage Couple: Double Occupancy$4,160.00This early bird price is for two people staying in a double occupancy Hermitage Couple's Room. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $1000 deposit.
Out of stock!Join waitlistHermitage Single: Single Occupancy$2,330.00This early bird price is for a single person staying in a Hermitage Single Room. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit.
Hermitage Twin: Double Occupancy$2,080.00This early bird price is for one person staying in a double occupancy Hermitage Twin Room. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit. Please let us know the name of your roommate if you are registering separately, or if you would like assistance finding one.
Out of stock!Join waitlistPacifico Cottage: Double Occupancy$4,620.00This early bird price is for two people staying in a double occupancy Pacifico Cottage. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $1000 deposit.
Nature Suite: Double Occupancy$2,235.00This early bird price is for one person staying in a double occupancy Nature Suite. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit. Please let us know the name of your roommate if you are registering separately, or if you would like assistance finding one.
Mountain View: Double Occupancy$2,310.00This early bird price is for one person staying in a double occupancy Mountain View Room. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit. Please let us know the name of your roommate if you are registering separately, or if you would like assistance finding one.
Out of stock!Join waitlistOcean View: Double Occupancy$2,415.00This early bird price is for one person staying in a double occupancy Ocean View Room. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit. Please let us know the name of your roommate if you are registering separately, or if you would like assistance finding one.
Out of stock!Join waitlistSuperior Ocean View: Double Occupancy$5,190.00This early bird price is for two people staying in a double occupancy Superior Ocean View Room. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $1000 deposit.
Out of stock!Join waitlistSuperior Ocean View: Single Occupancy$3,285.00This early bird price is for a single person staying in a Superior Ocean View Room. The final payment screen will give you the option to pay only the non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit.

Venue

Blue Spirit Retreat
Nosara, Guanacaste Costa Rica
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Website:
www.bluespiritcostarica.com/

Lodging

Arrival Day and Departure Day:
The retreat starts after dinner on Saturday, December 9th. December 9th will be your travel day and day to check in at Blue Spirit.
The retreat ends on Friday night, December 15th. Saturday, December 16th, will be your day to check out from Blue Spirit and travel home.

Your package price includes:
7 nights of accommodations, starting Saturday, December 9th.
3 gourmet vegetarian meals per day, served buffet style, starting with dinner on Saturday the 9th, and ending with breakfast on Saturday the 16th.
Daily yoga classes with Rod.

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule: This schedule is from 2016 and is subject to change,  but nevertheless, it gives you a basic idea of how your days will unfold while on retreat: when you can expect to practice and when you can participate in other activities or simply relax:

Saturday: a short gathering to welcome you, it will take place after dinner

Sunday:

6-8am Nature Studio open for personal meditation practice
7-9am Breakfast
9-11:30am Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
11:30am-12pm Blue Spirit Orientation (Sky Mind Hall)
12-1:30pm Lunch
3-5pm Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
6-7:30pm Dinner

Monday
6-8am Nature Studio open for personal meditation practice
7-9am Breakfast
9-11:30am Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
12-1:30pm Lunch
3-5pm Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
6-7:30pm Dinner

Tuesday
6-8am Nature Studio open for personal meditation practice
7-9am Breakfast
9-11:30am Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
12-1:30pm Lunch
3-5pm Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
6-7:30pm Dinner

Evening talk with Rod following dinner, “The Four Desires” (Sky Mind Hall)

Wednesday: after the morning class, this is your free day!  Feel free to do nothing, to surf, to explore Nosara etc. Blue Spirit will assist you in signing up for a la carte activities.

6-8am Nature Studio open for personal meditation practice
7-9am Breakfast
9-11:30 am Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
12-1:30pm Lunch
6-7:30pm Dinner

Thursday, after the morning class, this is your free day, there is no class until after dinner. Feel free to do nothing, to surf, to explore Nosara etc. Blue Spirit will assist you in signing up for a la carte activities.

6-8am Nature Studio open for personal meditation practice
7-9am Breakfast
9-11:30am Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
12-1:30pm Lunch
6-7:30pm Dinner
7:30-9pm Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)

Friday

6-8am Nature Studio open for personal meditation practice
7-9am Breakfast
9-11:30am Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
12-1:30pm Lunch
3-5pm Yoga (Sky Mind Hall)
6-7:30pm Dinner
Farewell Dance Party at Cafe Lounge after dinner 🙂

Saturday: depart after breakfast, sigh…

Airport Shuttle Information:

Airport shuttle is NOT included in your package price. Please arrange for this directly with Blue Spirit resort. The cost of their shuttle between Liberia airport and Blue Spirit is about $65 to $70 each direction. Blue Spirit has multiple shuttles picking participants up at the Liberia Airport on Saturdays ONLY from 12-4pm and then 7-8:30pm and they will depart as they fill.

Please go to this link to make your reservations for the Shuttle between Blue Spirit and Liberia Airport http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/shuttle-reservations

Upon arrival there will be a person to greet you and guide you to your shuttle.

When you arrive you should allow 30 – 60 minutes to go through immigration, customs and baggage claim.

Once you have retrieved your baggage and passed customs, your shuttle organizer will be waiting outside the only terminal exit at LIR. The organizer will be wearing a Blue Spirit T-shirt and will greet you with a sign that says BLUE SPIRIT.

There are many taxi drivers who will do their best to persuade you to use their services, but please resist and the organizer will guide you to the BLUE SPIRIT shuttle.

You shouldn’t have any problems finding the shuttle organizer, but in case you have any difficulty, please call Blue Spirit at our local number: 2656.8300. Anyone will be happy to lend you their Costa Rican cell phone so that you can make the call. Blue Spirit Front desk will gladly assist you in any matter.

The shuttle will depart when it is full and all the arriving guests are in the shuttle – we don’t leave anyone behind – so you may need to wait a few minutes until everyone is in the shuttle.

If your flight is delayed, rescheduled, AND ESPECIALLY if you miss a connection, please contact Blue Spirit at (1) 646.833.3410; this is a US number where you can reach Blue Spirit.

If you have any issues while you are in Costa Rica please contact us at our local number 2656.8300.

Blue Spirit also has all your flight information and will be tracking flights, so they are also keeping track of delays or re-scheduling and there will still be a shuttle waiting for you at the airport.

The ride from Liberia Airport to Blue Spirit is between 2 and 2.5 hours.

For your departure, there are several group shuttle services departing Blue Spirit between 4:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. You should plan to be at the airport two hours before your flight departs. Please note: The exit tax which you pay upon departure from Costa Rica is $29, and can be paid in Costa Rican Colones, US dollars, or credit cards.

Other Helpful Information, based on questions from previous students:

Should I bring a towel? Blue Spirit provides towels for bathing, but not for the beach…plan to pack a small beach towel.

Should I bring my own yoga mat? You don’t need to bring any of your yoga stuff…they have all of it there!

I have dietary restrictions, can Blue Spirit accommodate them? In our experience, Blue Spirit has been very accommodating to students with specific dietary needs. Please let us know ahead of time so that we can communicate to the Blue Spirit culinary staff.

Do I tip at Blue Spirit? There is a $60 fee added to your bill which covers gratuities for the employees of Blue Spirit (you are welcome to change that number so that it’s less or more, at your discretion).  That fee does not cover tips for massage therapists. Other tips to consider during this retreat are small tips for shuttle drivers who are not employees of Blue Spirit, and tips for activity leaders/guides should you decide to go on a nature tour, take a surf lesson, etc.

Can I bring the kiddos? There is no onsite childcare, but if you are traveling with an adult who can care for the children while you are in class, they are welcome to join. The Nature Suites have the most room and so are the most family-friendly.