A JOURNEY TO COSTA RICA
February 5 - 12, 2022
HOSTED AT AKHI RETREAT - A SANCTUARY FOR THE SOUL
AWAKEN TO THE JOY OF BEING!
TAKE TIME TO LISTEN. TO BE. TO CONNECT.
The magic of a pause, an invitation to slow down and nurture your body, mind & soul
with like minded women in a setting we can only call a little slice of heaven.
Together we will cultivate a peaceful, calming, connected space to open to new adventure, create heavenly pauses by the infinity pool while being nurtured with organic cuisine and deeply holistic/ healing treatments.
This is an invitation to find movement through yoga, tai chi and dance as well as stillness in meditation, breath and being.
Recharge your passion with joy and intention for this one audacious life. Be re-ignited by exploring techniques to cultivate the nurturing effects of mindfulness so you can bring forth your true inspired self.
Each day we meet in circle to share wisdom, daily practices and techniques that bring true delight and bliss.
Share daily meditations and inspirational pranayama practices*
Expand with yoga in the treetop studio, the salt water pool and on the beach by the sea
Learn Kriya, Kripalu, Restorative and Yin/Yang Yoga techniques to re-energize your soul*
Balance with tai chi and breath awareness
Energize with movement and dance
Absorb the sun, the sea and the sounds of the jungle
* For Yoga Alliance registered teachers 10 hours of continuing education credits are available with this retreat.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR STAY
Our Home Away from Home: The retreat space is nestled in the jungle with a view of the ocean. It is unlike any other you have experienced. The tree top studio, the salt water infinity pool, the library and our rooms all contribute to this inspirational and magical place. Health measures at AHKI.
Adventurous Excursions: From horseback riding, zip lining, snorkeling to kayaking, we have access to many exciting group activities. Our host will help us plan small or large group activities during our afternoon free time. (Note that excursions are extra.)
Our Chef: We are blessed with beautiful souls who take great care to create 3 fresh (organic, when available) vegan/vegetarian meals a day. If you love what you are experiencing and want to take some home, cooking classes can also be arranged for one of our free afternoons.
Holistic/ Healing treatments: Continue your journey of self care by arranging a massage or other bodywork modality. The practitioners are independent professionals from around the globe who have come to Costa Rica specifically to share their healing arts and services. Treatment spaces are magically located outside in in the jungle. (Note that treatments are extra)
The Beach: We are 3 kilometers north of Playa Garza, Nosara, Costa Rica. We will take 2-3 group trips to the sea for meditation, yoga and bonfire. You can also enjoy the sea each day during our free time by arranging time with our driver.
Packing: Here's a list of things to consider when you prepare and pack!
OUR DAILY PROGRAM
Meditation - 7:00AM to 7:30AM
Take this time to center into these precious moments. Being in the now. Don't think about getting there, for once you are there, you are here. And here is all there is. Savor it all by inviting mindfulness in. Breathing and meditation practices are shared.
Yoga - 7:30AM to 8:30AM
Gentle practices bring you into opening to this once in a life time adventure. We will guide your practice to a place of opening and exploration through Iyengar style yoga, Kripalu yoga (the yoga of compassion), Yin Yoga, Restorative yoga with natural essential oils, yoga Nidra for perfect jungle sleep.
Breakfast - 8:30AM to 9:30AM
A self serve feast of fresh fruits, home made organic yogurt from fresh, local raw milk, locally baked breads, home made granola, gluten free pancakes as well as gallo pinto (a Costa Rican traditional dish of rice & beans) and fresh local organic eggs served up in creative ways.
Morning Gathering as a Group - 9:30AM to 12 Noon
Group sessions in the morning will be special shared workshop time. Some time spent in circle and some creative art to open to our dreams and aspirations. Small groups, time to share and be. Sharing in community will open us all to much learning from each other.
Lunch - 12 Noon to 12:30PM
Healthy and delicious lunches are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be "climate appropriate". You will never feel weighed down from food too heavy for the Costa Rica climate, but, most certainly you will leave the table satiated!
Afternoon Free Time - 12:30PM to 6:30PM
Adventurous Excursions like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, a wildlife hike, horseback riding, zip lining, snorkeling, surfing and more, all available during our afternoon break.
Afternoon Movement (optional) - 4:30PM to 5:30PM
Costa Rica, one of the blue zones, inspires us to be, to pause, to eat well and move well. This is an afternoon moment designed to engage us physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Dinner - 6:30PM to 7:30PM
Dinners with a healthy lifestyle approach made with wonderful local organic ingredients. Mother Nature's gifts put on a plate - not just to satisfy your hunger, but to feed your body while you nourish your soul!
Evening Gathering as a Group - 7:30PM to 9:00PM
After dinner we will gather. Maybe for quiet time. Maybe to share the day's adventure. But always in celebration, in gratitude for this magical place to be.
What are people saying...
…Wow! What an experience! Nothing what I imagined and so much more! Thank you for your kindness, humor, experience, love and most of all vulnerability which I equate to courage. You both created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us. This group will forever hold a special place in my heart, as will the both of you. DS Feb 2017
…I smile when I think of how much I looked forward to each new day the entire week. Thank you for an incredible experience. You and Liz are truly gifted. It was a special time because of your energy, thoughtfulness, knowledge and the amazing group of women you gathered… ZW Feb 2017
Meg and Liz are the dynamic duo. The venue is absolutely amazing, and the food is some of the best I've ever eaten! Meeting new people from all over and making lifelong friendships was another plus. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about attending this retreat to just do it! You will be so glad you did. JF Feb 2017
Meg and Liz created an amazing experience with their combined knowledge of yoga, dance/movement and women’s spirituality for an enriching and soul-recharging experience. AHKI is a beautiful retreat facility that provided everything imaginable for a relaxing stay. I loved the retreat so much I did it again the following year! It was a gift I gave to myself and a much needed healing week. AM Feb 2018
…I am forever blessed because of this experience and forever changed. You and your sister are such gifted teachers and such radiant, loving souls. It was a privilege to be a part of your circle with all of the wonderful women, to have been guided by your wisdom, to have been touched by your love and light. The experience was just what I needed, at the right time. I will continue to transform as I practice what I’ve learned. I am forever grateful. VV Feb 2018
Your guides: Liz Barber Anema, RYT 500
and Meg Barber, E-RYT 500
(true sisters in every sense of the word!)
* Retreat pricing includes double occupancy accommodations checking in Saturday, February 5th @ 4PM, checking out Saturday, February 12th by 9AM, 3 vegetarian, gluten/dairy free meals a day, full use of facilities, yoga, meditation, retreat workshops and hotel tax. We will make one trip from the airport in Liberia on Saturday, February 5th and one return trip to the airport on Saturday, February 12th. (If other dates or times are necessary, an extra charge will be incurred.) Daily local transportation is also included.
Additional options: 1) Special pricing for triple occupancy is available. Please inquire. 2) On-site holistic/healing treatments ($110.00 to $150.00) and special organic beverages/snacks are extra. These will be paid directly to AHKI in cash. 3) Excursions are paid directly to the tour companies and range from $45.00 to 75.00. 4) Tipping of retreat staff is optional and at your discretion. 5) Airfare is separate and not included in any of the totals above. 6) There is a $29.00 departure fee upon leaving Costa Rica. This is not included in the price. 7) One evening meal will be shared offsite. It is not included in any of the pricing above.
PRICING & ACCOMODATIONS
Full Retreat Pricing *: $2,300.00
A deposit ($350.00 non-refundable) is required to hold your space with partial payment (additional $975.00) due by July 31, 2021. Final payment due by November 15, 2021 ($975.00)
Pay in full by September 15, 2021 to receive a discount: $2,070.00 (save $230.00)