A TRIBAL GATHERING IN NOSARA, COSTA RICA
Join Siri Rishi, Shivanter Singh & Jane Fryer this Solstice for an Expansion into BEING vs DOING. We will indulge ourselves in the beauty of Self Alignment, Self Pampering and Self Love. This week will be about being gentle, creating stillness, nourishing the subtle and restoring ourselves into wholeness. Allowing the practice of yoga, mediation, movement, body work, high vibrational foods, juices, community, and adventure to reconnect us to our essence.
PASSAGES is a perfect platform to step into week 2. RELEASE AND RECHARGE, our thrid annual gathering, stepping into releasing all that no longer serves us, and find that apex to ignite the recharge as we move into the new year.
In the last 10 years Nosara has grown quietly into one of the hip holistic hot-spots on the planet. This peaceful and vibrant international community of Indigenous Costa Ricans, nature lovers, surfers, yogis, and families truly embracing the Pura Vida lifestyle. The community resides along the coast with 3 unspoiled stunning beaches – Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Nosara – with private houses, little hotels, and excellent restaurants hidden into lush tropical greenery. The residents of Nosara are committed to preserve their natural environment. The 3 beaches are protected as a turtle refuge, and almost half of the land in the entire area is protected forest, and a moratorium on hunting animals stretches back for over 20 years.
We will be staying at the beautiful Bella Vista Mar located in the hills of Playa Pelada, 6 minute walk to the most pristine beach in Nosara. http://www.hotelnosaracostarica.com/marbella.html
+ 7 nights 8 days at Bella Vista Mar
+ Single & Double Accommodations
+ 3 Organic Vegetarian Meals a day
+ Kundalini Yoga Workshops daily with Siri Rishi
+ Restorative Yoga with Jane Fryer
+ Akashic Astrology Readings with Jane Fryer
+ Healing Gong Journeys
+ Morning Sadhana daily
+ Hiking Excursions
+ Opening & Closing Ceremony
+ Plenty of downtime to enjoy and relax in the natural environment.
~Airfare & Shuttles to and from Liberia to Nosara
**You may also add to your experience excursions such as.. surfing lessons, stand up paddle boarding, howling monkey excursion, zip lining and spa treatments
PASSAGES Daily Schedule (with lots of room for change)
5:30 a.m. self designed morning practice, Breath Walk on the beach
7:30 a.m. Morning juice, fresh fruit, tea/coffee, vegetable broth
8:30 a.m Morning circle/check in.
9:30 a.m. Kundalini, Self Awakening yoga, Restorative Yoga.
11:30 Morning Feast, organic vegan/vegetarian high vibration foods
2 pm afternoon pampering, massages, Akashic Astrology Readings, Relaxation.
5 pm Sunset Beach Meditation..
6:15 pm Dinner – time of Celebration and Community,
7:30P P.M. Meditation, Gong Bath.
9:30 P.M. Close your eyes and lay in the place of gratitude, stepping into dream land and allowing the ancestors to do their work.
SIRI RISHI KAUR, Retreat Curator / Kundalini Teacher / Entrepreneur ~ This Avant Garde Yogini, grew up in an Afro – Indigineous Tribe of “Wisdom Keepers from Connecticut”, and was exposed from early childhood the importance of understanding our “body temple” as our first church. She embarked on her yogic training 26 years ago, and hasn’t turned back since. Siri Rishi is a seasoned Kundalini Yoga teacher and has dedicated her life to sharing the teachings of Kundalini for the past 16 years. Siri Rishi, whose name means Great Yogi, blends Kundalini Yoga and sound healing medicine with the intuitive teachings of the lost schools of Egypt and the Divine Feminine practices of the Aquarian Age. She is a self initiated student of Kundalini Yoga taught by The Mahan Tantric Yogi Bhajan, All of the Elements, and other great teachers and lineages. Siri Rishi spent most of her New York City years as an actress in the theater, and it has been her long time vision to curate elevated events, blending Yoga with elements of theater to restore the senses. She is the founder of Beloved Yogi Harlem and Rishi Retreats, Mothership Gong Journeys and co-founder of MOON WOMB. When Siri Rishi is not teaching in New York City you can find her leading yoga retreats in her “home away from home” Nosara, Costa Rica and other hot spots nationally and internationally. https://siririshi.com/
SHVANTER SINGH is a Certified health coach and food service professional with 30 plus years experience working with food as medicine. Focusing primarily on how to eat healthy food that tastes good and embraces the nutritional support of the mind, body and spirit is something Shivanter calls “Conscious Strategies” He has owned multiple restaurants on Miami Beach, worked for the Archdiocese of Miami and the Miami Dolphins and was the General Manager of Omega Food Works for several years (www.eomega.org). Trained through the Culinary/Restaurant Management Program at Joliet College, he also holds degrees from Columbia College Chicago, City University of New York and is currently in the global doctoral program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Shivanter is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, certified ESL instructor through Oxford Language School and is a certified NYS Elementary Education Instructor . Shivanter’s approach to food as medicine comes from his own personal experience of healing himself. Diagnosed with Hepatitis C seven years ago, he remains traceless today of the disease as a direct result of proper diet and alternative healing practice. http://conscious-strategies.com/pages/strategists
JANE FRYER, A faculty member at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica; intuitive astrologer and sound healer; Jane Fryer, E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga for over 35 years. She is multi certified, experienced in many yoga traditions, and honors all her mentors, especially Mother Nature. As a leader and advocate for business owners, professionals, politicians, artists, students, and moms and dads, Jane realized decades ago that in this 24/7 world, time for stillness and resetting the nervous system is not optional, but essential. Throughout her journey as both student and teacher, Jane has progressively and passionately recognized the profound power of restorative yoga, trained hundreds of teachers, and is deeply inspired to offer this powerful practice to the world. Jane created inwardbound.com, and offered a global menu of boutique yoga retreats from 1994-2008. She is very grateful to be living a more simple life in Costa Rica, with all the monkeys and her dog, Charleygirl. http://www.janefryer.com/
Airports in Costa Rica
The two international airports in Costa Rica are: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and San Jose International Airport (SJO). Both airports have frequent flights to and from all over the United States and Canada.
We highly recommend flying into Liberia, which has been recently expanded with increased numbers of flights from the US and Canada. It is only a two-hour scenic drive from Nosara B&B Costa Rica, and has become a destination of many non-stop flights from several US cities (New York, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Houston).
Flying to San Jose is also an option as sometimes flights from the US, Canada, or other parts of the world are less expensive or more direct than flying into Liberia. Getting to Nosara B&B from San Jose by ground transportation however is more costly and can take 4 ½ hours.
An alternative option is to take a 40-minute short domestic flight from/to San Jose to/from the local Nosara Airport.
Each departing passenger must pay a $30 departure tax at either San Jose or Liberia airport before exiting Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash in US dollars, Costa Rican Colones or with a credit card.
Whether you choose to fly into Liberia (LIR) or San Jose (SJO), there are a variety of options available for your travel onwards to Nosara.
Transfers & Shuttles
Transfer options between Liberia Airport and Bella Vista Mar
Shuttles run can be arranged several times during the day from/to Liberia. Rishi Retreats will arrange your arriving shuttles and Bella Vista Mar will arrange your departure shuttles. It is a scenic two-hour drive. For your departure from Bella Vista Mar we offer several group shuttle services each Saturday to Liberia Airport.
You should plan to be at the airport two hours before your flight’s departure. This means that if your home-bound flight leaves from Liberia i.e. at 8 a.m., you would leave with the group shuttle from Bella Vista Mar at 4 a.m. to arrive in Liberia at 6 a.m. (two hours before your scheduled flight).
Rental Car: You may reserve your own rental car to drive from Liberia to Bella Vista Mar. However, a car is not needed during your stay with us. We recommend online bookings with toyotarent or natcar, as these car rental agencies allow one-way rentals for you to drop off your vehicle in Nosara. The cost of a one-day rental car with drop off in Nosara is usually around $100.
Transfer options between San Jose Airport and Nosara
Guests have the option to either hire their own taxi for the 4.5 hours trip from the airport in San Jose to Nosara for approximately $240
You may reserve your own rental car to drive from San Jose to Bella Vista Mar. However, a car is not needed during your stay with us.
We recommend online bookings with toyotarent or natcar as these car rental agencies allow one-way rentals for you to drop off your vehicle in Nosara. The cost of a one-day rental car with drop off in Nosara is usually $90 each way.
Flying to/from Nosara
You can also take a 40-minute flight from/to San Jose to/from the domestic Nosara Airport, which is only a 20-minute taxi ride from Nosara Retreat. Taxis between to the Nosara Airport cost $20 one way.
A safer alternative is to arrive the day before and stay overnight in San Jose in order to take a morning flight.
There are two airlines with daily flights to and from Nosara: Nature Air and Sansa Airlines. Both airlines can impose luggage restrictions. To avoid excess baggage fees at the airport read the information on their websites carefully.
We like to recommend Nature Air, as they have been proving to be more reliable regarding their schedule. It does require, however, that you take a 20-minute taxi ride from San Jose International Airport to the local Pavas Airport (taxi ride costs $20 OR with the Nature Air shuttle it’s $8 per person).
For home bound flights on either airline out of Nosara we recommend that you plan ample connection time and give yourself at least 4 hours to make your departing international flight.
Citizen of the US, Canada, and Panama may enter Costa Rica with a passport that remains valid at least 6 months after your travel date. Identification such as a driver’s license or birth certificate is no longer valid for travel to Costa Rica.
A valid passport allows Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American, and European citizens to stay for up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Costa Rica.
Before you go to Costa Rica, please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you at all times.
Any extra spending while being in Nosara i.e. for activities like surf lessons, horseback riding, canopy tours, can be charged on your credit card. Therefore we recommend not bringing too much extra cash from home (a maximum of US $500 should be sufficient).
Gratuities for Costa Rica Yoga Spa are not included please bring extra csah for gratuities.
The US Dollar is widely accepted in Costa Rica, so exchanging US Dollars to Costa Rica Colones is not necessary. Smaller denominations of $20 or less are easiest to cash. The exchange rate is approximately 500 Colones per US Dollar.
There is an ATM machine and bank, which is a 10-minute drive from Nosara B&B. The ATM and Bank only accept VISA Cards and disperse Costa Rica Colones.
Don’t forget to pack: Beach-towel, Camera/batteries/charger, alarm clock, sunscreen, sun hat, bathing suit, water bottle, natural bug repellent, your special medication, durable hiking sandals, and jeans for horseback riding, We recommend bringing a flashlight. In case you will travel around the Central Valley and San Jose, pack a light raincoat or rain-poncho.