Bliss, Balance and Beach Yoga Retreat
at Blue Spirit in Nosara, Costa Rica
November 7 - 14, 2020
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"This retreat was exactly what I was looking for. Mind, body, soul. My yoga practice deepened, coming into poses I never thought I was ready for. The journaling and coaching session helped open my mind and continue the work I have been doing on myself. Blue Spirit was a magical place to sit, reflect, heal and open up. And the food - I'll be dreaming about the food." - 2019 retreat participant
About the Retreat
Why simply vacation, when you can ignite, thrive and shine? Firefly invites you to join us for our fifth Bliss, Balance and Beach Yoga Retreat at Blue Spirit in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica.
Step away from the daily grind to ignite your soul with a week of bliss on the beach in one of the world's Blue Zones
Nourish your body and spirit with nutritious food and daily yoga appropriate for all levels
Acquire tools and resources to transform your life
Relax into the “Pura Vida” lifestyle of Costa Rica
Fulfill your sense of adventure with optional excursions and activities such as Stand Up Paddleboarding, surfing, zip-lining, etc
Enrich your experience with service (seva) to support the local community, or choose to simply enjoy some R&R by the ocean
Who is This Retreat For
On this retreat, you will have the opportunity to reset, let go of anything that no longer serves you, and create plans for what you want to invite in next. When you unplug and slow down to allow yourself the time and space for self-care, you can truly connect with your sense of purpose, and develop a deeper connection to your passion.
This retreat is perfect for those who are feeling stressed out, stuck, at a cross-road in life, or simply need a break. A change of scenery can help you to tap into your passion and purpose. The setting is perfect for re-discovering your true self. There will be opportunities for time alone to reflect, as well as shared experiences with the group. This retreat is capped at 12 participants to ensure you receive personalized attention, and the opportunity to truly connect with the retreat leader and fellow travelers.
By practicing yoga each day, enjoying nutritious and delicious food, and participating in activities and coaching that allow you to tap into your inner resources, you will leave the retreat feeling better in your body, having more energy and the ability to effectively manage stress, and increased overall happiness so you can thrive!
New This Year: One-on-One Coaching Program
Are you always running? Are you busy filling your time, but feeling uninspired and disconnected from your passion? Are you living the life you were meant to live? Is climbing the corporate ladder claiming your health? How's your heart - are you happy?
I too was once like you. Running on the hamster wheel, trying to prove myself, and ignoring the little voice inside that was telling me "stop, you're going the wrong way!" My heart decided enough was enough. A heart attack at 31-years old stopped me in my tracks. Through my own journey to a more healthful, inspired life, I have uncovered tools and created resources that support not only the physical heart, but the emotional heart as well.
Get started on your path to a healthier, happier life with this unique offering while on retreat. Following your one-on-one Inner Quest session that is included in the price of the retreat, receive two additional individual coaching sessions to tap into whether what you are doing is aligned with your ideals and desires, contemplate the things that contribute to your sense of fulfillment, and establish steps you can take to prioritize what you want more of to crowd out the things that drain your energy.
There are only three spots available for this add-on. Select this option when registering for only $399. After the start of the retreat, you can still add this program, but the price increases to $469.
Retreat rate includes:
7 nights accommodations at Blue Spirit - See below for room options and pricing
3 healthy, delicious meals per day (dinner only on arrival day and breakfast only on departure day)
Daily yoga sessions (most days will include two sessions: morning vinyasa and afternoon yin/restorative yoga)
Optional group activities (i.e. bonfire, volunteer activity)
Optional one-on-one Inner Quest Coaching Session with Carrie
Assistance with organizing air travel, trip extensions, and information regarding travel within Costa Rica
Retreat rate does not include:
Airfare to/from Costa Rica
Domestic transportation to/from retreat hotel (shuttle is available for $60/person +tax each way from Liberia airport)
Massages or additional excursions
Gratuities (an optional $70 gratuity charge per person is applied on check out that is split equally amongst all Costa Rican staff)
Alcoholic drinks and café purchases
PayPal Fees if paying via credit card
Payment and Cancelation Policy
To secure your space on the retreat a non-refundable US $500 deposit is required. If paying the balance via a credit card, a transaction fee is added to the cost (amount is dependent on whether you are paying from the US or an international location and ranges from 3% to 4.5%). A payment schedule will be provided upon registration, however, you may pay in full at any time prior to September 30, 2020. Anyone registering after September 30 will be expected to pay in full upon registration. Should you need to cancel your reservation at least 90 days prior to the start of the retreat, you will receive a refund for payment made less the $500 deposit. Should you need to cancel less than 90 days prior to the retreat, for whatever reason, we will not be able to provide a refund or credit. No refund or credit will be given for arriving late or departing early. Payments must be made in accordance with the payment schedule in order to hold your space. In the unlikely event Firefly needs to cancel the retreat, a full refund will be given. We strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance at the time of booking your retreat in case of any unexpected events or changes to your plans before or during your trip.
While we accept reservations up until the retreat is fully booked, your placement is based on room availability. If you would like to be placed with a roommate, please let us know and we will do our best to pair you with another participant. Due to the uniqueness of this retreat, we recommend making your reservation at least three months in advance.
Deposit of $500 due at registration
Payment Plans Available | Balance due by September 30, 2020
Nature Suite w/AC - Only One Left!
Double Occupancy: Regular = $2,275/person
Single Occupancy: Regular = $2,775
If you desire privacy, Nature Suites are very cozy and located on overlooking lush vegetation. These are my personal favorite. They are simple and natural wood frame structures and have private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle. Each Suite sleeps either one person in a king bed or two people in 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.
Hermitage Room w/AC - Only One Left!
Double Occupancy (for couples): Regular = $2,075/person
Single Occupancy: Regular = $2,350
These rooms are located in the main building and are specifically designed for singles. They 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 air conditioning.
Eco-Cottage - Three Available
Double Occupancy: Regular = $1,825/person
Single Occupancy: Regular = $2,100
The cottages are situated in lush vegetation, and their natural wood frame structure allow for being-in-touch with nature. Each cottage sleeps two people and has a private bathroom with ambient temperature water shower. Everything runs on solar powered electricity to provide an ecological setting. Cottages are a short hike up a stone stairway from the main building.
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a destination internationally renowned for its friendly and genuine people and spectacular nature. While it may seem remote, Costa Rica is easily accessible from the United States and Canada, and attracts more eco-friendly and holistically oriented tourists each year. “Pura vida” is a characteristic Costa Rican phrase used both as a greeting or farewell, and as an answer to express that things are going well. Pura vida literally means pure life, however, the real meaning is closer to "full of life" or "this is living.” You will quickly see that pura vida is more than just a phrase – it is a way of life for the Ticos (Costa Ricans). You would be hard pressed to find a more friendly and welcoming culture.
Costa Rica is not only known for its beauty and ecological tourism, but also as a country whose values reflect many ideals embraced by those of us interested in world peace, environmental preservation, excellent education, and a high standard of health care. Costa Rica is at the forefront of environmental stewardship in Central America. It is committed to a major initiative to decrease its ecological footprint and become a leader in the “green” movement. It is unique in Central America as it has the longest uninterrupted democracy, no standing army in more than 50 years, and a 95% literacy rate. The official language is Spanish, but many of the people speak some English, a required course in all schools.
Even though Costa Rica is a small country, it has almost 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Much of the country is set aside forever into protected National Parks, wildlife refuges and nature reserves. Costa Rica’s year round temperate generally ranges from 70 – 80 degrees during the day, dropping down to 55 – 65 degrees at night, with those numbers being a little higher where we will be staying.
About Blue Spirit
Blue Spirit 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, supporting a deeply nurturing and unforgettable experience. The north and mid sections of Guiones beach offer great surfing to beginners and advanced alike. Blue Spirit is located at the quiet South end of the beach, where swimming is easy, thanks to the gentle current. The 700 foot walk (220 meters) from Blue Spirit to the beach transverses lush grounds full of mango trees and coconut palms.
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, in this rich subtropical environment.
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 services, outdoor excursions, and complimentary wireless service. Read more about optional excursions.
Common Retreat Myths and FAQs
I need to be an expert at yoga to attend
This is a yoga retreat, so you will have the option to practice yoga every day (most days twice), however, the sessions will be appropriate for all levels of students - including beginners. Carrie’s style of teaching is fun and lighthearted, with a strong focus on alignment, making the vinyasa classes more workshop-like than many power yoga classes. The afternoon classes will be yin yoga, which are accessible for all levels of yoga practitioners. Holding in stretches will help your body recover from daily excursions, relieve tension and stress, improve flexibility and encourage mindfulness. There is always the option to skip sessions if you prefer to spend your time participating in another activity. However, we think you will be happy you did if you choose to participate.
I must wear expensive yoga clothes
For the retreat, you should dress casual and comfortable, but there’s no need to run out to buy a new wardrobe. Your definition of casual, and any expression of you, is welcome and appropriate.
I must be vegan
While the meals at Blue Spirit are primarily vegetarian, a few times each week they will serve fresh, locally caught fish. The daily lunch and dinner buffet includes a Pure Food Option, which offers greens, grains, and legumes without oils or seasonings. They purchase the food from local farmers and use organic produce when available.
I must give up coffee, alcohol, and anything fun
The Blue Spirit Café is available if you wish to indulge in an afternoon cappuccino, or sip excellent organic wines or local beer in the evening. All purchases at the café can be charged to your room. There will be no shortage of fun as we explore the wonderful activities Costa Rica has to offer.
For a list of FAQs, please visit the Blue Spirit site using the link provided.
Meet your guide: Carrie Lehtonen
Carrie Lehtonen's second chance at life came at 31 years old when a blood clot in her coronary artery resulted in a heart attack. As a healthy triathlete in the prime of her life, Carrie was the last person anyone would suspect of having heart disease. After 18 years of experience in Human Resources, Carrie chose to focus full-time on helping people find their path to better health and live inspired lives. Carrie is committed to reducing the impact of heart disease, and loves seeing people light up when they learn something new, challenge themselves beyond what they think they are capable of, and tap into their passion.
Carrie created Firefly because she believes that what the world needs most is for each person to uncover his/her passion and live an inspired life. We all have a unique gift, and it's Carrie's mission to help you ignite your inner light so that you can shine!
Carrie is a life-long learner, and loves to travel to experience different cultures and see diverse natural environments. Carrie has been traveling to Costa Rica every year for the past nine years, and loves the people, the Pura Vida lifestyle, amazing food, beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and animals that make Costa Rica such a unique place to visit.
Carrie is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with training from CorePower Yoga in Colorado, Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, 90 Monkeys in Colorado and Prajna Yoga in New Mexico. She has training in vinyasa yoga, yin (restorative) yoga, anatomy, Self Awakening Yoga (SAY), Yoga Therapeutics and Stand Up Paddleboard yoga. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.
What Previous Participants Had to Say
"This was my first yoga retreat, and it was honestly a life-changing experience. I learned that retreats aren't necessarily about escaping your life. They're about temporarily removing yourself and entering a positive environment where you can nurture your body and mind, then take that renewed perspective and bring back healthy habits that you can incorporate into your life back at home. I continue to enjoy the benefits of my retreat, even after I've returned home."
"The combination of all aspects of the retreat left me feeling healthy and rejuvenated. Daily yoga made my body feel strong and mobile, the guidance that Carrie provided gave me lots of inspiring things to think about, the healthy food made my body feel so nourished (and my tummy never felt bloated, which it often does at home), I enjoyed having the time to read and journal (which are things I'm not good at making time for at home), and finally being immersed in the forest was a photographer's dream come true! Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country. Being on this retreat was a good way to hit the 'reset' button and remind myself to unplug and slow down enough to notice the beauty and the people around me."
"The bonding and sharing between retreat participants was such a powerful aspect of this journey. Carrie is an amazing facilitator and I look forward to connecting and sharing again in the future!"