Costa Rica Retreat 2022

Find Your Own Algorithm in Costa Rica

December 10 to 17, 2022

  • A Transformational Retreat with Light on Kundalini
  • TIME for YOU to disconnect from distraction and CONNECT with the Sacred.

Welcome to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. A transformational retreat to simply experience peace and joy. Find your own algorithms without the influence of social media predicting where you should go and what you should do. Come find yourself in Costa Rica, in the Blue Zone of Nosara, to understand and reunite with the natural flow of your unique authentic gifts. Help yourself to recognize as you find the inner voice sitting and listening in meditation early in the morning on the beach hearing the waves, allowing them to distance you from influences outside of who you are. Rejoice and renew and step out of the way of distraction. Taking the time to soak, in this liberating jungle ocean flow. Allow yourself the opportunity to test what resists you.

Join us for a week of deep spiritual exploration in the serene and beautiful surrounds of the Blue Spirit Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center in Nosara, Costa Rica. Blue Spirit was rated one of the best yoga escapes by Yoga Journal in 2017.

Blue Spirit is mindful of the current health conditions and has issued guidelines and protocols which can be read here. As of May 1st, Blue Spirit does not require residents to be vaccinated.

 

About Blue Spirit

Blue Spirit Costa Rica is one of our favorite places on the planet! Rated by Yoga Journal in 2017 as one of the world’s “best yoga escapes,” it 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.

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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, because of the rich subtropical environment, and the cultural lifestyle.

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 servicesoutdoor excursions, and complimentary wireless service.

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We’ll enjoy 3 nourishing meals a day together, and twice-daily accessible, transformative asana and meditation practices. See bottom of this page to get an idea of the full schedule.

People have asked us “Do you have to be an advanced student of LOK to attend?” This is part of the magic of our annual retreat: it’s open to everyone. Each year presents a wide spectrum of students and culminates in a truly endearing group dynamic.

03SMH_NewAll prices listed below cover the following:
your accommodations, the LOK retreat classes, meals each day and use of Blue Spirit’s beautiful facilities.
They do not include: airfare, travel insurance, airport transfers (scroll down for information about booking your airport shuttle), spa treatments or optional excursions. Please do not book your airfare until you have registered and paid your deposit for this training.

To learn more about Blue Spirit, visit their website, where you will find more pictures, information about excursions, spa treatments, amenitites and more, visit their website: www.bluespiritcostarica.com.

Retreat Highlights


Time for you to disconnect with distraction and connect with the sacred. The week will include in-depth exploration of the technology of Kundalini Yoga for re-rooting, rest and restoration of the complete self from the stresses of daily life. You’ll develop a fulfilling everyday discipline, creating devotional practice with Sadhana at the ambrosial hour, meditation and chanting, gong immersion therapy and sound bath, and conscious walking on the ocean front, experiencing deep immersion into the Soul!

To grow and to prepare, download the Light on Kundalini App and start practicing today.

The retreat is open to all levels of practice and experience. Here is a glimpse of what to look forward to:

    • Integrate every day with a new practice/kriya/meditation
    • Experiencing yoga in the healing waters with breath walk and a good swim or surf
    • Sacred fire ceremony
    • Share on how we can collectively offer Seva (giving back, selfless service)
    • Bring your family, friends, or travel solo, but get ready to meet new friends for life

About Nosara


Nosara offers many wonderful, life affirming activities and experiences for the whole family! Whether you enjoy swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, Zip-lines, or Eco-tourism, Nosara has it all. Please visit the links below for suggestions.

 

Retreat Package, Rates and Room Options


Superior Ocean View

Superior Ocean View

These beautiful double rooms have step-out balconies and lots of windows with extraordinary ocean views. The room is elegantly furnished to provide the most luxurious space for couples or singles. Each room has a king-sized bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Superior Ocean View rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Room Single Double
TWO LEFT – Superior Ocean View with A/C $3875 $6150

Ocean View

These double rooms have step-out balconies and beautiful ocean views. The rooms are tastefully furnished and provide the perfect space for two people. Each room has a king-sized bed or two twins, with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Ocean View rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Room Single Double
LAST ONE – Ocean View with A/C $3475 $5750

Mountain View

This double room has a step-out balcony and large windows with an extraordinary mountain view. The room is tastefully furnished and provides the perfect space for two people. It has a king-sized bed or two twins with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Mountain View Rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Room Single Double
LAST ONE – Mountain View with A/C $3375 $5450

Nature Suite

Nature Suites are very cozy and located on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation. They are simple and natural wood frame structures and have private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle. Each Suite sleeps two people in either a king bed or 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. Nature Suites have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Room Single Double
LAST ONE – Nature Suite with A/C $3245 $5490

Hermitage Room

These rooms are specifically designed for singles and 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 a air conditioning. Hermitage Rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17″ laptop computer.

Room Single Double
LAST ONE – Hermitage Room with A/C $2795 $4990

All rates include workshops, nutritious vegetarian cuisine prepared from fresh local produce and grains, and sleeping accommodations. Prices are per person, single or double occupancy. For complete room descriptions and photographs, visit accommodations at Blue Spirit’s website. Also check out their photo gallery.


PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Payment Schedule:
A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due at time of registration. You are also welcome to pay in full upon registration.

Payment for regular pricing in full is due no later than October 10th, 2022 (60 days prior to retreat start).

NOTE: Please do not book airfare until your spot in this retreat is confirmed!

Cancellation Policy:

•Our cancellation policy is strict and firm. We strongly, strongly recommend that you purchase a cancellation/travel insurance policy to protect your investment: insuremytrip.com is a company that has a multitude of policies to choose from, including a “cancel for any reason” rider option (there are many other companies offering similar options). Typically, trip insurance must be purchased the same time you register for the retreat.

•The $500.00 per person deposit is non-refundable: prior to October 10th.

•Cancellations on or after October 10th, 2022: You will forfeit ALL money rendered.

•Please do not make any travel arrangements before receiving confirmation of registration.


Down Payment


Reserve Your Room Today


Select your room choice from the drop-down menu and click on “Add to Cart”. This will take you to a payment option page for PayPal or Credit Card. If you wish to write a check, please contact Karuna at info@lightonkundalini.com for a mailing address.


Room/Occupancy



Please note: If using a credit card, there is an additional 3% fee when paying through PayPal.

Due to the current circumstances, three important notes for you:

  1. We will gladly refund all monies or maintain your deposit if our trip is cancelled.
  2. Blue Spirit is now offering the option of staying on for an extra week or two for your own rest and relaxation.
  3. Blue Spirit is mindful of the current health conditions and has issued guidelines and protocols which can be read here.

Lodging


Arrival Day and Departure Day:
The retreat starts after dinner on Saturday, December 10th. July 30th will be your travel day and day to check in at Blue Spirit, enjoy dinner and then gather as a group.
The retreat ends on Saturday morning, December 17th with sadhana. It will be your day to check out from Blue Spirit, enjoy breakfast and then travel home.

Your package price includes:
7 nights of accommodations, starting Saturday, December 10th.
3 gourmet and organic meals per day, served buffet style, starting with dinner on Saturday the 30th, and ending with breakfast on Saturday Decmber 17th.

Daily Schedule


This is what our schedule for the retreat looks like. While it is subject to change, it gives you a basic idea of how your days will unfold while on retreat: when you can expect to practice and when you can participate in other activities or simply relax:

Saturday:
6-7:30pm Dinner
A short gathering to welcome you and to come together as a group, it will take place after dinner.

Daily
4:45 to 7:15am – Sadhana
7:15-9am Breakfast
9:30-11:30pm Kriya and Meditation practice
12-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-4:30 Costa Rica exploration
4:30-6pm Kriya and Meditation practice
6-7:30pm Dinner

Wednesday will be a day off after Sadhana in the morning.

Airport and Shuttle


Airport shuttle is NOT included in your package price. Please arrange for this directly with Blue Spirit resort. The cost of their shuttle between Liberia airport and Blue Spirit is about $65 to $70 each direction.

Blue Spirit has multiple shuttles picking participants up at the Liberia Airport on Saturdays ONLY from 12-4pm and then 7-8:30pm and they will depart as they fill. Please go to this link to make your reservations for the Shuttle between Blue Spirit and Liberia Airport http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/shuttle-reservations

Upon arrival there will be a person to greet you and guide you to your shuttle. He will have a Blue Spirit sign. When you arrive you should allow 30 – 60 minutes to go through immigration, customs and baggage claim. Once you have retrieved your luggage and passed customs, your shuttle organizer will be waiting outside the only terminal exit at LIR. The organizer will be wearing a Blue Spirit T-shirt and will greet you with a sign that says BLUE SPIRIT.

The shuttle will depart when it is full and all the arriving guests are in the shuttle – we don’t leave anyone behind – so you may need to wait a few minutes until everyone is in the shuttle.

If your flight is delayed, rescheduled, AND ESPECIALLY if you miss a connection, please contact Blue Spirit at +1.845.684.2007; this is a US number where you can reach Blue Spirit. If you have any issues while you are in Costa Rica please contact us at our local number 2656.8300.

Blue Spirit also has all your flight information and will be tracking flights, so they are also keeping track of delays or re-scheduling and there will still be a shuttle waiting for you at the airport.

The ride from Liberia Airport to Blue Spirit is between 2 and 2.5 hours.

For your departure, there are several group shuttle services departing Blue Spirit between 4:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. You should plan to be at the airport two hours before your flight departs.

FAQ


What’s Blue Spirit Like? Getting Around:
If you have mobility issues, be sure to check the location of your room before booking. Many room options will have a long flight of steps to reach our reception desk. The dining and pool will be on different levels, sometimes several flights of stairs away from your room. Because the additional accommodations beyond the main building are built along a hill, outdoor exploring around will involve walking on steps. There is an elevator in the main building.

Should I bring a towel? Blue Spirit provides towels for bathing, but not for the beach…plan to pack a small beach towel or sarong for this purpose. Blue Spirit also highly recommends bringing a yoga towel for your mat if you plan to use their mats, as it helps keep the mats clean and free from sweat…sometimes, it can get hot down there!

Should I bring my own yoga mat? You don’t need to bring any of your yoga stuff…they have all of it there!

I have dietary restrictions, can Blue Spirit accommodate them? In our experience, Blue Spirit has been very accommodating to students with specific dietary needs. Please let us know ahead of time so that we can communicate to the Blue Spirit culinary staff.

Do I tip at Blue Spirit? There is a fee ($70-$80) added to your bill which covers gratuities for the employees of Blue Spirit (you are welcome to change that number so that it’s less or more, at your discretion).  That fee does not cover tips for massage therapists. Other tips to consider during this retreat are small tips for shuttle drivers who are not employees of Blue Spirit, and tips for activity leaders/guides should you decide to go on a nature tour, take a surf lesson, etc.

Can I drink the water there? Yes! Blue Spirit has their own well and a state-of-the-art filtration system.

Do I need an adapter to plug in? Blue Spirit has two-prong outlets, just like the ones in the US.

Can I bring the kiddos? There is no onsite childcare, but if you are traveling with an adult who can care for the children while you are in class, they are welcome to join. The Nature Suites have the most room and so are the most family-friendly.

Can you speak to currency needs and exchange? Can credit cards be used for non inclusive charges?
Blue Spirit takes credit cards and so do many shops in the area. You do not need to travel with a lot of cash and many places accept USD.

Is Wi-Fi available for communicating back home?
Yes, stronger in some places than others, but yes.

Dress code for dinners?
It’s Blue Spirit casual 🙂 That means the only thing not allowed during meals is bare feet and bathing suits. Clothes and shoes are required.

Testimonials from our 2019 retreat


Vanessa:

In all places, my first class with Karuna was at Rally sport. Our family has a daily Kundalini practice and when we moved to Boulder we joined Rally’s because of how greatly fulfilled we were with Karuna’s class and the sauna. We attended many of her classes at Rally’s but when she started to offer the Yoga Ceremony Rebirthing Classes at her lovely mountain retreat, we look forward to attend these as a family. Karuna has a very loving and welcoming presence that makes everything ok. We had gone through a traumatic experience as a family and she always let us know we were loved, welcomed, and supported in her community. She is not just a yoga teacher. She is a master level facilitator of the wisdom of this practice and of Divine Love. 20+ years ago I experienced a car wreck and was in a coma for 7 days. Over the years, I have tried many different healing modalities, ceremonies, and other alternative ways not only to heal but to help me unlock my memory of being in the coma. It was in one of her Rebirthing Ceremonies, with the gong, that I finally unlocked the memory and was able to remember the places I had traveled and the very valuable and pertinent information I had gathered. This is a huge blessing in my life to be able to have access to this information and come full circle for the experience. I am forever grateful to have my path cross with Karuna’s and Light on Kundalini and I strongly encourage everyone who is interested in continuing their path to show up, clean up, and grow up to be involved in her offerings. Karuna is a blessing a true gift to my family and this world.

Cheryl 2019:

I was encouraged to attend the Costa Rica Kundalini Yoga retreat with Karuna after my partner came back from this retreat the year before. The transformation that I witnessed in my partner, the beauty and glow, and brightness that wasn’t explainable is what got me to start my Kundalini practice in the first place. So fast forward a year, and I find myself very excited about this retreat. A week long, soul searching, challenging, amazing, transformative kundalini yoga experience was just what I needed. Life happens… to all of us… I lost my mom about a month before this retreat. Karuna’s expertise and guidance helped me process and let go of things that I didn’t need to carry. It was the most wonderful experience. Karuna is so miraculous; she is able to tap in so deeply, that she not only makes your individual experience special, but the culture she creates with the group truly makes for a remarkable experience and elevation of mind, body, and soul. All of this, plus the beauty and lush surroundings, and highly nutritious, amazing food of the Blue Spirit Resort in Costa Rica couldn’t be a better combination. What a way to end the year and reset for what’s next! Sat Nam! See you next year!
Cheryl from Corpus Christi, Texas

Teg Ranjeet 2019:

Where to start? Rock bottom? I would like to say that’s where I was, but one can keep falling and falling. Addiction in many forms ravaged my body, emotions, mind, and soul. Drugs, over eating, online shopping, obsessive screen time, and sensual pleasure ruled my life, did I even exist? I had to stop falling. I signed up for this retreat the very last day, through a stroke of grace. After the long trip to Blue Spirit, the walls and boundaries I created to survive my deep pain began to weaken and crumble. Through Karuna’s powerful instruction and gentle guidance of the teachings, I began to peek at the seat of serenity in my soul. Through the cleansing of the warm, salty, wavy, alive oceans near the resort, my heart began to beat a little lighter and happier. Through the fresh, prana-rich meals prepared by the wonderful staff, I began to feel replenished. And finally, and most important to me, through shared experience with fellow retreat students, I began to be lifted up by their powerful love, support, and guidance, reminding me that we are not alone, and we share the same feelings of pain, addiction, and loneliness created by boundaries and walls we create to shelter our hearts. A day did not pass where my heart didn’t weep at least once, and much more often than that, emptying me completely so that I may filled up again with light instead of darkness. This retreat can help you through whatever you are dealing with, and fill you up again. Wahe Guru. Sat Nam.

Teg Ranjeet from Boulder, Colorado