I had never associated Costa Rica with sacred sites or spiritual travel, but synchronicity seems to be telling me something about this Central American country. Yesterday I learned that my friend Andrea Mikana-Pinkham has tentatively scheduled to be offering a Sacred Sites Journey retreat in Costa Rica in mid September.
Today, I heard of about a yoga retreat that is opening up in Costa Rica. Here are some details…
When the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort decided to hold their first yoga retreat, they called upon the renowned yoga instructor, MeShall of Mystical Sojourn Retreats, who combines being an Environmental Specialist with teaching yoga and wellness consulting, to launch her signature Mystical Sojourn Retreats at Tabacón’s magical, mineral-rich thermal springs setting. Scheduled October 19 – 23, 2008, the Mystical Sojourn Yoga Retreat pairs Tabacon’s rainforest setting at the base of the Arenal Volcano with a spirituality-based wellness program. Highlights of the five-day program include:
- Temazcal rituals with Tonatiuh, the Grand Spa’s Shaman (Tabacon’s trio of traditional Mexican sweat lodges are the only ones in the world embedded in the empowering energy of an active volcano)
- Guided meditation and meditative walks with MeShall and exploration of the volcanic springs
- Immersive instruction in Angel Yoga and The Five Tibetan Rites including yoga and meditation
- Therapeutic outdoor and introspective indoor activities
- All meals, accommodations, special farewell dinner, unlimited use of the hot springs
“I chose to introduce my Mystical Sojourn Retreats at Tabacón because the setting is, quite simply, unlike any other place in the world,” said MeShall. “By engaging participants in a peaceful getaway where they can recharge, empower themselves and experience mindfulness and serenity without interruption, we can achieve a collective goal to attune the heart, mind and energy and begin to unwind, release and remove blockages. By drawing on ancient rituals led by Tonatiuh, Tabacón’s resident Shaman-Master, as well as on Tabacón’s fusion style of international contemporary luxuries, we create experiences designed to elevate the senses and create awareness of living in the moment.”
A certified Hatha yoga instructor and former environmental consultant, MeShall is best known for her unique style of Angel Yoga, which connects participants with the unseen presence of angels through guided visualization. “This therapeutic style of yoga produces a peaceful awareness of being divinely supported and healed,” she said. Another MeShall signature, The Five Tibetan Rites, introduces powerful breathing techniques paired with continuous flowing movement similar to Vinyasa yoga, speeding the spinning of the chakras and stimulating the endocrine system.
One of Costa Rica’s premier spa resorts, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort is located at the foot of the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna de San Carlos. Among the resort’s singular features is a three-unit Temazcal, the only one in Central and Latin America. Other highlights within Tabacón’s rainforest setting are 12 natural hot spring pools, natural waterfalls, lagoons, thermal river pools and exotic gardens.