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Discover Your Pura Vida

Join us on an adventure to Unleash your Pura Vida in Costa Rica!

Experience Yoga, Culture and Adventure in and around La Fortuna, Costa Rica, with Alyce Cristina Vallejo and Ian Grosh. This retreat that will awaken and break down barriers for you to discover your own PURA VIDA!

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You will be staying in the beautiful villas of Kokoro, at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Each day you'll delight in breakfast, two yoga classes, and a daily activity that will heighten your senses, touch your heart and set your Pura Vida life in motion…

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Whether it is cooking a traditional Costa Rican meal, planting a tree, waterfall repelling, doing yoga in nature, dancing among the locals, volunteering at a dog rescue or relaxing in the hot river!

February 1st - 8th

Day 1: INTEGRATION

Saturday, February 1st

Pura Vida, Welcome to Costa Rica!! After arriving at San Jose International Airport, private transportation will pick you up to begin your three-hour drive to La Fortuna. You will be staying at Arenal Kokoro, a beautiful, rustic hotel tucked up on the hillside, under the Arenal Volcano. The pool and hot spring are set in tropical gardens amidst the hills and natural surroundings of the dynamic property.

After Arrival to Kokoro, we will gather for our first group dinner at Lava Lounge Bar and Grill. Located in the heart of La Fortuna, you will meet Ian and Alyce and the other guest while experiencing your first inspired “Tico Style” cuisine. Offering a unique mix of fresh ingredients and tropical spices that will sure to integrate you into the wonders that lie ahead. (Vegetarian, Vegan, and dietary options available upon request).

Day 2: AWAKEN

Sunday, February 2nd

You will awaken with our first group yoga practice, coffee, tea, fruit, and breakfast at Kokoro.

Then we will embark on a Farm to Table tour where you are sure to awaken all of your senses and more into the amazing land and culture we are submersed into.

Throughout the Farm you will learn about all the facets of a sustainable and organic farm, located just outside of La Fortuna, Arenal, Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be served fresh fruits and Costa Rican style coffee while your guide explains the farm's history and what you will learn about, taste, and harvest that day.

As you step onto the vast farmland, your guide will begin pointing out exotic fruits and vegetables and explain their health properties. Depending on the day, you will be invited to get your hands dirty, planting seedlings or harvesting some food for lunch. Have you ever seen a chocolate tree? Do you know how cinnamon is harvested? How about turmeric? You will learn this and much more!

You'll also get to see the greenhouse where several types of seedlings are just starting to sprout. Peppercorns, peanuts and cacao are some staples in the everyday diet and guests love to learn their farm-to-table processes. After the greenhouse we will visit the beautiful family of sloths that live in the trees and bushes around the farm - make sure to bring your camera for some great wildlife photos!

​Then, you'll head back to the farmhouse, where you will be served a delicious farm-to-table lunch made by our team of local chefs. In the afternoon you'll indulge in your second practice and an evening to reflect on what came alive on your first full day of Pura Vida!

Day 3: VITALITY

Monday, February 3rd

You will generate Vitality in your morning practice, breakfast and the day to come! As a group we will be picked up to set forth for Pure Trek Canyoning.

Your trip will begin with a 20 minute 4x4 drive into the tropical rainforest outside the town of La Fortuna in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. You'll trek through the forest on magical trails that lead to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica.

Along the way we will discover the secrets that lie hidden deep within the canyon. This experience includes 4 Rappels (3 waterfalls and 1 rock wall), Monkey Drop (zipline and rappel) and a Rock Climb in a beautiful rainforest canyon. The tour is for young & old and everything in between.

Pure Trek Canyoning is the leader in Waterfall Rappelling in Costa Rica. They believe in doing one thing and being the best at it and for us, that's Canyoning.

Lunch is included and Photos for purchase are available after the tour.

Essentials to bring:

- Fast drying clothing

- Adventure sandals, tennis shoes or light hiking boots

- Change of clothes

- Towel

- Apply Sunscreen prior to arrival

You will conclude your day with a marinating practice of your vitality and an evening of your choice.

Day 4: EQUANIMITY

Tuesday, February 4th

Creating balance to the physicality you have created thus far, today you turn inward to reach out from your heart. You begin the day with yoga and breakfast at Kokoro. Then retrieved by transportation to visit the Costa Rica Dog Rescue and El Hogarcito Orphanage. Along the way, you learn, walk, play and discover the stories of 70+ dogs rescued and given a second chance. Lunch is included at Gecko’s where you will enjoy stunning 360 views of San Carlos lowlands and the secondary forest around.

Bring your mat because your next stop is El Hogarcito Orphanage where you will play, connect, and do yoga with the 16 orphans that reside here. Extracted from poor living conditions, these children are given a safe place to live, loving employees, and a sense of well-being. The orphanage is a sustainable home and the children learn to grow food, care for and gather eggs from chickens, how to recycle and much more.

It is through these experiences you will connect to the humanity within yourself and the humanity of others. The day will awaken the balance between physicality and intuition, action and listening, humility and dignity.

Sunset Volcano tour to Howler’s (transportation included) - Dinner not included.

Day 5: GROUNDING

Wednesday, February 5th

Ground yourself with a Free Day!

Choose what you need… adventure, relaxation, connection to nature, to each other. Whatever your heart desires, today is the time nourish what you are awaking inside your soul.

With a variety of tours to pick from including: zip lining, hikes, waterfalls excursions, personal cooking classes, chocolate and coffee tours and/or spend the day lounging at the pool, getting a massage, and taking in the views. The discovery of Your PURA VIDA is well underway.

In the evening, we will gather for a group Dinner at Lava Lounge.

Day 6: IGNITING STABILITY

Thursday, February 6th

Get ready to ignite your PURA VIDA as we head the Sarapiqui River for world-class rafting!

The rafting adventure begins with a 1.5 hour scenic drive that winds through plantations of papaya, pineapple and yucca at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano.

Once you reach the “put-in”spot, Wave Expedition’s skillful, trained guides will go over the safety procedures and rules to prepare and stabilize you for your paddling responsibilities.

The Sarapiqui River winds through spectacular greenery, so between rapids you might be treated to sights of monkeys, toucans and other Costa Rica wildlife species. At the halfway point, your guides will prepare some delicious snacks and tropical fruit on the river bank, to refuel surrounded by the serene and majestic beauty of the rainforest.

After your snack, it is time to hit the rapids again for more heart pumping excitement. At the “take out” spot, you will be greeted with an icy beverage and dry towel. Just a short jaunt down the road, you will change into dry clothing and enjoy a delicious, typical Costa Rican lunch.

Upon return to Kokoro, you will settle in for a juicy Deep Stretch Practice, to absorb the igniting and stabilizing connection of the day.

Day 7: OPENING REJUVENATION

Friday, February 7th

For the final full day in PURA VIDA you will open yourself to the richness of rejuvenation at The Spring: a world class luxury resort featuring spectacular hot springs, picture perfect views of the Arenal Volcano, five restaurants, spa options and much more.

Bask in 28 mineral laden, artesian hot springs and get up close a personal with sloths at the Wildlife sanctuary. Reflect, connect and shine in your newly discovered PURA VIDA.

The evening will conclude with a group dinner at one of The Springs five star restaurants.

Day 8: DEEP REST

Saturday, February 8th

Marinate in your Discovered PURA VIDA ​as you embark on your journey home!

Arranged transportation will take you to SJO for your return home and although you are leaving Costa Rica, PURA VIDA is alive and awake in your heart, mind and body!!

Pricing

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Early Bird Pricing:

SAVE $200 through August 31st!

$1352 Standard Villa

2-4 people per room

$1415 Superior Room

Double occupancy

$1450 Premium Room

Double occupancy

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Space is limited, make your $200.00 deposit today to reserve your spot!

**Single rooms for Superior and Premium pricing available upon request. Massage and more activities available at additional cost.**

Leaders

Read all about your retreat leaders!

For Pura Vida retreat inquiries, please email alycecristinavallejo@gmail.com and ian@y1now.com.

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Alyce Cristina Vallejo

Alyce Cristina Vallejo is a student of movement and self discovery. She has trained in Ballet and Modern styles of dance for 20+ years. Alyce found yoga in 2008 to compliment her dance training, personal life, and the possibility to cultivate awareness of her own intuitive power. As Alyce’s yoga practice increased, her life opened up to the benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. She leaped to complete her first 22-hour certification in Grounded Kids Yoga in June of 2015, then in the winter of 2016 she added her 200-hour yoga certification at Yoga One in Charlotte, NC. With the combination of studying and practicing movement in both Yoga and Dance, Alyce has discovered a priceless value and guide for her life… The Power and freedom of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Gaining access to unconditional self love has provided Alyce the ability to live, act, work and play in her most authentic and powerful self.

Alyce is the program manager for Kids Yoga and Mommy and Mini at Yoga One. She is honored to share her shine in Power Flow, LSDSweat, Slow Flow, Beats, Deep stretch, Mommy and Mini, Kids Yoga and Prenatal classes at Yoga One. Along with leading various workshops, trainings and masterclasses. Alyce also teaches Ballet and Modern classes at Charlotte Ballet and acts as a part of the Artistic board, an outreach leader, and Dancer for Moving Poets, Charlotte. You can catch Alyce dancing her way around Charlotte in professional settings and with her tribe. Alyce’s most powerful, inspiring and challenging role is Mama to her daughter, Amelia Jean. It is through the eyes of Amelia’s discovery and curiosity for the world that inspires Alyce to make everyday an adventure and full of LOVE!

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Ian Grosh

A lifelong student of movement and self-expression, Ian came to yoga as a professional ballet dancer of more than a decade. “I believe that how you move is who you are, and yoga is a way through which explore, express, and expand who I am.”

Ian completed his initial 200-hour certification at Yoga One in Charlotte, North Carolina and has continued his training with the Baptiste Institute’s Level One with Baron Baptiste and Level Two with Paige Elenson.

As a teacher, Ian drives his classes forward with powerful physicality through precise alignment. Ian generates authentic connection, sparks fire, and brings lightness with his irreverent wit and colorful humor.

Show up to his classes to be uplifted, inspired and empowered to do the work of unleashing your best self! Ian continues to dance professionally with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington, DC and he resides in Charlotte where he teaches, leads trainings, and lives a happy life.

Please note: Transportation and meals are only included during certain times. Please bring extra spending money for some meals and transportation.