A retreat is a gift you give yourself. It is a gift of time that frees you up from your usual duties and chores so that you can rest, relax and nourish your body, your mind and your spirit.
You don't have to be an expert yogi, you don't need to know all the yoga postures, you don't need to be in the best shape, you don't even have to be flexible. All you need is the desire to connect to yourself and to feel centered.
When you visit a new place, you refresh your perspective and see everything with new eyes, including yourself. During the retreat you have time to slow down and notice the beauty that surrounds you. You also explore your internal landscapes, including the sensations in your body, your breathing patterns, your thoughts and emotions, all in a safe and welcoming environment. There is no judgement and no competition because every person is seen and honored in her/his uniqueness.
Each retreat is an easeful journey for deepening your sense of relaxation, well being and integration. The yoga practices and techniques are designed to help you improve your balance, strength and flexibility and to optimize your breathing.
Each session is tailored to the needs and level of ability of the group so that you can enjoy the benefits of a consistent yoga practice. Of course, there is still plenty of time to relax, enjoy treatments and read that book you have been wanting to read.
A retreat provides you with opportunities to enjoy delicious food prepared with care and the freshest ingredients. You also get to meet like-minded people on a similar journey to tranquility, kindness and compassion.
A yoga retreat is the gift of reconnecting to a relaxed, joyful and vibrant you.
Some comments from past retreats:
"It is the most magnificent thing I have ever done for myself. It has been the most peaceful experience that I've ever had. It is an experience that I'll take with me for the rest of my life." – J.
"It was having such warm people and your kind teachings that helped me calm down, let go, and find myself again. I truly felt the trip was transformational for me." – C.
"It was wonderful to put my trust in Ruben for the week. His planning, choices, thoughtfulness, and guidance made it a truly blessed trip." –E.
"The recent trip to Costa Rica was one of THE best I have ever been on.....and I have traveled a lot." – A.
Worry Free Weekend: Dec 1 - 3, 2017
Enjoyable, Local and Affordable Yoga Weekend retreat At Lake Louisa State Park, Florida
Take time for yourself; refresh and balance in preparation for the holiday season.
This weekend yoga retreat offers you the perfect way to recharge and refresh in preparation for the holiday session.
In this Friday through Sunday retreat you can practice all aspects of yoga including postures (asanas), mindful breathing techniques (pranayama), chanting, concentration and meditation. All you need to do is relax and be guided into satisfying yoga sessions followed by delicious vegan meals preapred with fresh organic produce.
You will be surprised by the beauty of the lakes, rolling hills and hiking trails at Lake Louisa State Park -- just 90 minutes away from St. Pete.
"You can take the time to find yourself and find peace in yourself. It really makes you happy." – T., previous retreat participant
This is a stress free retreat that includes guided yoga sessions, meditation, LODGING AND ALL MEALS. Of course, you can also take time for hiking, relaingg by the lake, rent a canoe or kayak or maybe just enjoy reading a book on the porch.
- Shared room $295 per person
- Single room $395 per person
Cost of the Retreat Includes
- Yoga Sessions
- Lots of time to enjoy and relax
It is very unlikely you can find a retreat of this quality this affordable. Make sure to register early to reserve your time away from all worries:
Please call Cindy today at 727-644-4554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The cabins, overlooking Lake Dixie, are spacious and beautiful! Each cabin consists of 2 bedrooms, (one with a double bed and one with two single beds), 2 large bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, a fireplace, and a wonderful large screened in porch.
Please note: this schedule is subject to change – all times are "ish" ;)
- Friday, December 1st
- 4:00-5:30 Check-in(Cabin #12) & cabin assignments
- 5:30 -7:00 Welcome Slow Flow & Meditation
- 7:00-7:30 Improv Kirtan jam
- 7:30-9:00 Delicious Dinner
- 9:00-10:00 Social hour
- Saturday, December 2nrd
- 7:00–7:45 Sunrise Meditation
- 8:00–9:00 Light breakfast (fresh fruit, juice, toast)
- 9:30-11:00 Yoga session
- 11:00-1:00 Delicious Brunch
- 2:00-4:00 Open for Hike/Beach/Canoeing/Relaxation/Nap
- 5:00-7:00 Yoga Nidra with Ruben
- 7:30-9:00 Delicious Dinner
- 9:30-10:30 Yagna Circle
- Sunday, December 3rd
- 7:00-7:45 Sunrise Meditation
- 8:00-9:30 Slow Flow Yoga session
- 9:30-10:00 YITT Graduation
- 10:00-11:00 Brunch
- 11:00 Checkout
- You may continue enjoying the park for the rest of the day...
Make sure to reserve your space in this relaxing and carefree weekend by contacting Cindy today at 727-644-4554 or email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga Retreats
Why go on a retreat?
Why go to Costa Rica?
A retreat is a gift you give yourself. It is an opportunity to be free from your usual duties and chores so that you can find your center through resting, relaxing and nourishing your body, mind and soul. Going to a place that is not familiar helps you see everything (including yourself) with new eyes and a deeper perspective. For ages, many cultures around the world have honored the importance of cultivating a deeper connection to oneself and to what is truly important through taking time away from one's usual routine. In this yoga retreat I will guide you through a wide range of yoga techniques that will enable you to feel vibrant, peaceful and filled with joy. In addition to yoga postures and movements to help you improve your flexibility, strength and balance you will enjoy breathing techniques, guided relaxation as well as meditation. The yoga practices are tailored to the needs and level of ability of the group so that you can enjoy the benefits of a consistent yoga practice. And you will also have plenty of time to relax, rest and explore.
I am not very experienced traveling internationally. Will I be OK?
Costa Rica is a major international destination because of its amazing biodiversity and the warmth of the Costa Rican people (ticos). Costa Rican lifestyle is laid back and the simple philosophy of "Pura Vida" reflects the values of the land: appreciation for a good life, family, friends and nature. No wonder Costa Rica is often at the top of the Happy Planet Index as one of the happiest places on earth. Moreover, with very pleasant weather, no army, very high literacy and high life expectancy, Costa Rica is truly an extraordinary and fascinating country.
What happens if I don't speak Spanish?
I have lived and traveled in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As a seasoned traveler, I understand the needs of international travelers. Just as in my classes and workshops I do my best to create a safe space for students to explore yoga within their capabilities, before and during the trip I am pleased to offer information and guidance as needed, and I am happy to assist in many ways to ensure that you will have a truly enjoyable journey.
Is Costa Rica safe?
You will not need to know Spanish to enjoy your trip. I am always glad to interpret and translate on the rare occasions when the people you come in contact with do not speak English. All the optional excursions will have an English speaking guide. And at the retreat center staff members speak English fluently.
What if I have food allergies?
I am interested in offering you a worry-free journey. I know that it is impossible to predict what will happen. However, I know that it is essential to do your due diligence in preparing and in minimizing risk. The crime rate in Costa Rica is very low and, since guns are illegal, violent crime is rare. Of course, reasonable caution and common sense are good ways to prepare for a safe and enjoyable trip. During our retreat we will be staying at a retreat center that is well-established, in a safe location and that has its own security. Over the past several years, in our previous retreats to different areas in Central America we have been fortunate to have never had any worries about our personal or group safety.
What does the schedule of a typical retreat day look like?
At the yoga retreat center the food is prepared with fresh and local ingredients daily. There is a satisfying variety of dishes every day and the chefs have experience adjusting menu items to a wide range of dietary requirements. Just let me know about your dietary needs when you sign up so that I can ensure that the kitchen staff at the retreat center can prepare delicious and healthy dishes that will agree with you and your needs.
What if I don't practice yoga regularly at home, will I be able to keep up with the practice?
We set the tone of the day with an invigorating morning practice to wake up body & mind from 7:15am to 8:45am. At 8:45 we have breakfast. The rest of the morning is open for you to enjoy at your leisure. Lunch is served from 1pm to 2pm. The afternoon is free until 4:00pm when we meet for our evening practice that includes deep relaxation, until 6:00pm. Dinner is served at 7:00pm. As night falls we retire to enjoy deep rest. Of course, like in any yoga practice you can choose to do as much or as little as will help you feel centered & balanced.
- 7:15am - 8:45am Complete Yoga practice
- 8:45 – 9:30am Breakfast
- 9:30am - 1:00pm Open for relaxation, reflection or optional Activities
- 1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
- 2:00 – 4:00pm Open for relaxation, reflection or optional activities
- 4:00 – 6:00pm Restorative Practice including Yoga Nidra practice
- 7:00pm Dinner
What about cancellations?
Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend. During the retreat you will expand your horizons to the complete spectrum of authentic yoga practice. Some of the techniques include breathing, mindfulness, concentration, relaxation, postures, movement, meditation techniques and suggestions for application of yoga techniques in daily life. In other words, we will not be practicing yoga postures the whole day. Instead, you will enjoy a progressive lesson plan offering options to participants at all levels. The emphasis is in meeting yourself where you are and creating a practice that helps you feel vibrant and alive. Some people find it beneficial to attend every single session, while others choose to sleep in or just take time to relax. Some comments from previous participants:
“Rubén is a master teacher in my opinion. Love your style. Years of yoga experience & it feels like it!” – H.A, yoga teacher & previous retreat participant
"The yoga instruction was amazing - loved the variety - not too difficult so anyone could participate. The philosophy was something I will carry with me." – J.
"Ruben adjusted his instruction to the level of the majority of the participants. Instruction had a consistent flow that was easy to follow and obtain. The sessions were very well done for our level of ability. As a personal trainer, I recognize the talent of building a lesson plan and the presentation of that plan in a good flow. His explanation of life decisions and relaxation was also great. Well done!" – C.
"The yoga instruction was very well done. Ruben gave a variety of styles and difficulty to try and meet everyone's needs which was difficult since there was a large variety of people and each was in a different place and had different ability. " – L.
- Should the trip fail to achieve minimum participation, we reserve the right to cancel the retreat and refund any deposits received.
- The $100 initial payment can be refunded (less a $50 cancellation fee) if you need to cancel your participation before March 1st. All other payments are non-refundable.
- In case of cancellation you will receive credit for a future retreat.
- No cancellations allowed. We strongly suggest you purchase cancellation insurance to cover any cancellation fees applicable.
- There will be no refunds for arriving late or leaving early.
- There are no exceptions to the above cancellation policies including personal injuries or weather.