Join us for a Yoga Retreat
in Costa Rica
Join us for a 7 day retreat that will start with a short stay in San Jose, Costa Rica, followed by 5 days in the secluded rainforests of Costa Rica. This retreat is for the adventurous soul, longing for a life-changing experience, connection with nature and community, and ready to open their heart to a spiritual awakening.
Dates: Saturday, September 12 - Friday, September 18, 2020
Location: Luna Lodge, an eco-resort in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Situated in the Osa Peninsula, next to Corcovado National Park, the #1 rated park in the world, the retreat center has awe inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, rainforest, and wildlife.
Accommodations at Luna Lodge
3 daily meals (Vegetarian with options for Gluten Free & Vegan)
Round trip private charter plane from San Jose
1 night in Luna Inn Cariari in San Jose
Waterfall Hike Excursion PLUS one additional excursion
Daily yoga asana classes
Access to the lodging grounds, including pool
Free Time to relax, swim in the pool, bird-watch, enjoy the beach, and more.
A lifetime of memories
Does not include airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica. Additional excursion and spa packages available upon request through Luna Lodge.
Swamini Shraddhananda Saraswati Ji
Swamini Shraddhananda Saraswati Ji is a learned monk within the Sivananda Order of Sannyasins. She is also the co-founder and primary spiritual teacher of Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram.
In her early twenties, Swamini ji began practicing yoga and fell in love with the transformative, reafirrming and uplifting lifestyle yoga offered her. She eventually realized her heart was calling her to teach the wholeness and spirituality of yoga and to serve the wellness of humanity through seva, selfless service.
The author and lead teacher of several yoga and yoga therapy training curriculum, Swamini Ji also founded two hospital based yoga therapy programs, worked with abused and neglected children, at-risk teens and abused women. For well over a decade, she has provided spiritual counsel to individuals seeking to heal from life trauma and gain spiritual clarity in their life and relationships.
Academically, Swamini Ji holds five educational degrees including a doctorate in Anthropology. She has taught graduate level courses in the Science of Yoga and Meditation (Georgian Court University), and undergraduate courses in Cultural and Evolutionary Anthropology (Temple University and Monmouth University).
In addition to speaking at several international and regional conference on topics ranging from holism in social work to non-violence and spirituality, Swamini Ji also writes daily and published three books of poetical reflections.
Swamini Shraddhananda Saraswati Ji offers experience and wisdom as a spiritual teacher, advisor, and humanitarian that is grounded in decades of devotion, service, education, and practice.
Jyoti (Susan Kiskis)
Susan Kiskis is an author, yoga teacher, and kirtan wallah. She has stood on the Great Wall of China, meditated on the Ganges in India, hiked through jungles in Belize, and learned the meaning of pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.
Her books include Born Fire Dragon, released in 2014, and Let Me Carry You Home, released in 2018.
Susan is the host of Sunbury Press' Book Speak Network wellness/ spirituality podcast, ZenUp, as well as the co-host of web series, Soul Sessions. Her podcast, Women of the World, launches 2020.
Susan travels the globe sharing her passion for yoga's roots and sharing her love of bhakti yoga. She is a member of the kirtan band, The Mas and The Babas, and performs under her spiritual name, Jyoti.
She seeks to bring peace and healing through connection with art, nature, and community.
Rukmini (Maria Volchyok)
Rukmini is the owner of Manasa Yoga NYC, Yoga and Ayurveda Center. She has over twenty years of experience in the Science of Yoga and holds the title of Yoga Acharya, Yoga Master, in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. Additionally, Rukmini is a children's yoga instructor and a chair yoga instructor.
Rukmini is a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She offers workshops domestically and internationally, summer programs, winter/spring programs, weekly courses for adults and children. She is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and is pursuing advanced studies in Ayurvedic medicine.
Rukmini is also a certified Wellness Coach. She uses the technology of the Three Wisdom Traditions: Yoga, Psychology, and Ayurveda to support clients of all ages with better sleep, stress management, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, PTSD, ADD, and ADHD.
Durga Mayi Ma
LMT, CPT, E-RYT 500
A New Jersey Shore native, devoted wife, mother of three girls and founder of karmalife Holistic Wellness. Louisa is a Yogini, Intuitive Bodyworker, Reiki Master teacher, Yoni Steam facilitator and Ayurveda Lifestyle Coach with emphasis on feminine form Ayurveda and spiritual tantra.
She has been studying and teaching in the health and wellness field for over 15 years, with emphasis on guiding her clients into becoming active forces in their own healing. Louisa leads the body work department at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan NJ, where she's known as "The Bodywork Guru" described as a natural healer, additionally she is the lead teacher and creator of the Empower Yoga teacher program there and offers certification courses and continuing education programs through Yoga Alliance and International association of Reiki professionals.
Louisa has had the privilege of studying with teachers Swamini Shraddhananda Saraswati of Kula Kamala Ashram, Katie Silcox of Shakti School, Mary Thompson CAS Ayurvedacharya and Dr. Zhalen Boyd. Rooted in empowering and inspiring students to awaken to their own inner teacher. Louisa offers workshops such as, Crystal bowl sound meditations, Ayurveda lifestyle practices,Yoga Wheel foundations certification courses and Sister Goddess Circles.
She also enjoys teaching children and adolescents yoga, mindfulness techniques and breathing exercises through Ocean County partnership for children, in New Jersey.
Louisa specializes in numerous massage modalities and intuitive energy work as well as skillfully guiding her students in well-educated practical knowledge. She is passionate about helping individuals experience radical self-love transformations.
Louisa is also the creator of karmalife beadz, a small Jewelry business she started with her daughters making Yoga lifestyle Jewelry and spiritual goods.
She leads with a compassionate heart and uses all she has learned as a gift that addresses the needs of each individual and considers herself to be a lifetime student.
The hacienda-styled rooms are closer to the main lodge and are fully enclosed. The spacious colonial-style hacienda rooms have private baths and are designed to comfortably accommodate up to three with one double-bed and one single-bed.
Limited single rooms are available for an additional $671.
Six of the bungalows feature two double beds, a private deck, and a private bathroom with shower and bathtub. Large windows
and a high thatched-palm roof provide for ample air circulation, while walls of white cane add a decorative rustic touch.
One of the really attractive and unique parts of the bungalow is the lush private garden just off the shower, smoothing the transition to the rainforest outside, yet keeping it all protected with a handcrafted stone wall.
Limited single rooms are available for an additional $851.
Safari Tent (Glamping Tent)
The completely enclosed “nature-lover” tents have two single beds, a private bathroom with hot water, electricity, and a balcony overlooking the canopy of the rain forest.
Some think the tents have the best view on the property as the majority of them are situated at the top of the hill above the Yoga platform.
Deposit: $625, non-refundable
What if the PLACE WAS HERE?
Imagine this… You are gazing across a deep river gorge just in time to catch the first rays of sunlight crowning the canopy of the primary rainforest across the valley with a hue of gold, your senses being teased gently to life as you sip on fresh pineapple juice on the deck of a huge Rancho. As the mists below begin to part to offer you a glimpse of the blue Pacific in the near distance, you hear the rhythms of the rainforest, an orchestra led by the wild brazen troop of howler monkeys only a few hundred yards away. Although you are beginning to rouse yourself a bit in preparation for the active day ahead, the sloth in the grand mayo tree off to your left hasn’t moved a muscle.
This is a reality on the 60 acres of tropical wilderness that is Luna Lodge. Over 75 % of the lodge’s property is primary virgin rainforest.
You can spot literally hundreds of rare and beautiful bird species such as the scarlet macaw, red-legged honeycreeper, and slaty-tailed trogon. You will also likely encounter exotic creatures, such as coatis, tayras, and the four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica. There are year-round waterfalls on the property itself, one with a swift flowing chute and refreshing wading pool less than a ten minute walk from the bungalows. Just a few minutes further down the river valley, among a riverbed full of brilliant white boulders, a much higher set of falls thunders down from over 30 feet; you can stand under the spray and look down at how nature is realigning and reharmonizing the river’s elements.
Owner, Lana, and her staff at Luna Lodge, have created a wonderful blend of natural landscaping and organic agricultural abundance surrounding the lodge. Counted among the fruit trees are mango, water apple, papaya, banana, china fruit, mandarin orange, lemon, cacao, avocado, and cashew.
The pleasant, intoxicating aromas of ylang-ylang, frangipani, and night-blooming jasmine permeate the grounds. She also grows her own bananas, plantains, and pineapples. And what meal would be complete without herbs and spices? She has hot and sweet chilies, turmeric, oregano, basil, mustard, ginger, cilantro, and many more.
The rancho houses the restaurant, bar, kitchen, reception, library, and gift shop. The dimensions of the structure reflect those of the surrounding rainforest, with a towering roof soaring 25 feet over one of the largest ranchos on the Osa Peninsula. The spacious deck is ideal for birdwatching, stargazing, or just absorbing the energy of the rainforest.
Secluded in a beautiful garden alongside the rancho rests a natural rock encrested pool perfect for sunbathing, cooling off from a vigorous tour, or just sitting and enjoying one of the most beautiful vistas in the world.