The Blue Spirit Retreat overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach, which is a turtle preserve. This extraordinary setting will provide us with a deeply nurturing and unforgettable experience together.
This retreat will focus on yoga, meditation and other practices that bring us into balance and harmony with ourselves.
This will be an opportunity to reflect on our personal missions in life and give us tools to move forward in our recoveries from any and all addictions.
Each day offers a sunrise Kundalini Yoga set and meditation, 12-Step meetings, Morning Vinyasa (Flow) yoga class, afternoon yoga and recovery workshops and plenty of time to relax and explore the surroundings.
The food is excellent. The amazing jungle simply must be experienced. For the explorers among us, there is surfing, swimming, zip-lining through the canopy, white water rafting and horseback riding.
Live music, mantra workshop and additional wisdom teachings by Aykanna.
Kia and I are proud to present our dear friends, Akahdahmah and Sukhdev (and Sahej) who make up the band Aykanna.
We have been traveling with them to Costa Rica for 6 years now. They will be performing live in our yoga classes and will also teach us about the power of chanting and mantra. Sukhdev and ‘Akah’ both have amazing stories of recovery and work to uplift people out of addiction everyday. Just wait till you experience their music within the context of a yoga class!!! Wow!
Kia Miller grew up in the Falkland Islands, riding horses over vast acres of wild land. Moving to England at 15, she soon joyfully discovered yoga and has been studying with world-renowned teachers in India, Europe and the US ever since.
Kia is a devoted Yogini and teacher who imparts her wonderful passion for life and well-being in her teaching. Her style pulls from multiple yogic disciplines, and is both intuitive and steeped in the traditional aspects of yoga. Her classes focus on breath, alignment and the interconnection between mind, body and spirit, allowing students to work at their own pace in a safe and transformational environment.
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 28 years of continuous recovery from drug addiction.
Tommy is the founder of the Recovery 2.0 Global Community, the Recovery 2.0 Online Conference series and the Recovery 2.0 Group Coaching Program. He leads Yoga retreats and workshops internationally and presents regularly at yoga conferences and festivals.
Sukhdev and Akahdahmah passionately share a joint vision to express freedom, unity, peace, and love through their work with sacred music, quantum healing and Kundalini Yoga. Their love for one another, as well as our mother earth is infectious, and spreads through their music and teachings. Joined together they are the dynamic musical duo called Aykanna.
This means people who identify as being in recovery from addictive substances or behaviors with at least 30 days of continuous sobriety at the time of application. All participants commit to avoiding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other addictive substances during the program.
No. There is no nicotine in any form allowed on this trip. On this journey, there’s no need for nicotine.
Yes, you will want to have at least begun a practice of yoga. However, the yoga we teach, while challenging to each individual, will be accessible to practitioners at every level.
Absolutely! If you have a partner or friend who is also in recovery or who has supported you in your recovery, please ask them to apply and include your name in their application. Sharing this transformational week with someone close to you is such a gift.
Prices start at $2,000 US, with various lodging options available. Your accommodations at Blue Spirit, all of your meals (with ample vegan and GF options), all lectures, yoga, and retreat activities are included. You should not need to spend more than a few dollars in addition to this cost while staying at Blue Spirit.
Your transportation to and from Blue Spirit (air and ground), spa or excursion services, surf lessons, additional snacks, gift shop purchases and incidentals. We do like to venture into town as a group one night and dine out – you could easily find a lovely meal with tax and tip for less than $20 US.
You will need a valid passport to travel to Costa Rica, but you will not need a Visa if you are coming from the US, Canada, or the European Union. The drinking water is good at Blue Spirit and the nearby town of Playa Guiones, as it is in most of Costa Rica, and no additional vaccines are recommended. If you’re planning to spend time off site, you may want to get some Costa Rican Colones, although US dollars are widely accepted both at Blue Spirit and in the surrounding community.
Blue Spirit offers lodging options with and without A/C, and the common areas are primarily open air, no A/C. Fans are provided in the rooms without A/C, but only you know yourself. If you’re quite accustomed to a cool sleeping environment, you may prefer a lodging option that includes A/C. We have never felt overburdened by heat in any of the lodging options.
Beach clothing, yoga clothing (shorts), slip on shoes and your camera! You can leave your shampoo and soap at home, because luxurious and eco-friendly options are provided (and required) to help protect the turtle sanctuary at Blue Spirit. Yoga mats and props are also provided, as are bath towels. Beach towels are available for purchase in the gift shop. There are no laundry facilities, so we recommend packing accordingly. You can always walk or arrange for a car to go into Playa Guiones (about an hour walk on the beach, or about a 12-minute car ride) if you need incidentals that are not available in the beautiful gift shop.
Playa Guiones has many wonderful places to stay at all price points. Blue Spirit may have a room available for you before and after, although the property is only open to those attending retreats. There are budget-friendly hostels, luxury hotels, and yoga retreat properties all within a 30 minute drive of Blue Spirit.
– Liberia (LIR) is a 2.5 hour ride away from the retreat center. You can arrange round-trip shuttle transportation with Blue Spirit, which is very comfortable.
– San Jose (SJO), about a one-hour charter flight away.