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YOGA with SUE​

RETREATS

november 23 - 30, 2024

BLUE SPIRIT COSTA RICA

Recharge, Recalibrate and Return to Your Source 

with SUE CHOPPING

This Retreat will invite you to Recalibrate and Recharge from the ground up through the elements of earth, water, fire and air to connect to your inner resource. Welcome each day with an (optional) early morning meditation, an asana ‘slow flow’, moving through waves of postures with intelligent alignment, breath work and savasana. The afternoon class will be restorative followed with Yoga Nidra to sooth your soul. The retreat is open to everyone.

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the most magical time

Blue Spirit Costa Rica is my dream retreat and l am returning for my fourth year after having the most magical time last year.

It has been voted by Yoga Journal 2017 as one of the "best yoga escapes" and offers the perfect space to practice yoga and be in nature.

Located in Nosara one of the worlds Blue Zones which inspired its name Blue Spirit it is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge. According to the author Dan Buettner the Nicoya Peninsular is one of the five Blue Zone's in the world: a blue zone is where people live the longest and enjoy the highest levels of wellbeing.

 

The pristine nature, subtropical climate, dedicated staff, and the healing energy of the Nosara community create the perfect retreat experience.

 

The gourmet-vegetarian cuisine, holistic Spa & Longevity services, salt-water infinity pool, excursions, and the graceful and comfortable accommodations cater to all tastes and budgets.

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deep connection

Join me at this dream location for yoga overlooking the Pacific and experience a deep connection to your true essence inspired by nature. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner options will be offered to support your growth as we root to earth and lift up to the sky.

 

Each day will start with meditation, a slow-flow asana and pranayama practice and in the afternoon a restorative practice of SATYA (sensory awareness training for yoga asana) and Yoga Nidra. You will have free time to just be and explore the three-mile long beach, learn to surf and zip-wire.

There is a delicious selection of food including a breakfast of an assortment of fresh fruit, raisins, nuts, cooked oatmeal, gallo pinto plantain, onion pickles and scrambled eggs. Lunch including pea and mint raw cold soup, curried carrot salad, watermelon balsamic salad, sun-dried tomato rice salad, crispy cauliflower, spinach tofu and stir fry Vegan spread. Dinner of broccoli and spinach soup, kale and apple salad, string-bean salad, pumpkin and corn curry, tofu paneer, vegetable koftas and naan bread. Fish is offered three times during the week.

what is included?

All prices below cover the following:

Your accommodation, the yoga classes taught by Sue, meals each day and use of Blue Spirit's beautiful facilities. They do not include; airfare, airport transfers (scroll down for information about booking your airport shuttle), spa treatments or optional excursions.

 

Please visit Blue Spirit's website where you will find more information about excursions,

spa treatments, amenities and more. www.bluespiritcostarica.com

Please note that if you are taking a 2 person per occupancy you will need to have someone to share with you. Once your booking has been made please scroll down to read the cancellation policy for

this retreat (it is recommended that you purchase trip insurance, see cancellation policy for

more information).

accomodation + cost

If you book now by paying the deposit only option (£400 for single occupancy / £800 for double) you will be invoiced for the outstanding amount 60 days prior to the retreat start date (23rd August 2024). Please ensure you read the cancellation policy at checkout.

The following are located in the main building: Superior Ocean View Rooms, Ocean View Rooms,

Mountain View Rooms and Hermitage Rooms.

 

Nature Suites, Eco Cottages, and Pacifico Cottages are down the hill from the main building, accessed beautiful sets of stairs that wind through the jungle.

 

Click on a room below for more info and pricing options...

additional information + faq's

  • PLEASE READ: COVID-19
    Current COVID-19 Policies & Protocols at Blue Spirit can be found HERE. NOTE: Starting January 2022, participants must present proof of vaccine upon arrival.
  • PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
    • Our cancellation policy is strict and firm. We 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. • If paying the deposit only option, you will be invoiced for the remaining balance 60 days prior to the retreat start date. CANCELLATION POLICY: • The £400 per person deposit is non refundable. Balance to be paid by 23rd August is non-refundable. • If you cancel before 23rd August the the balance can be transferred to another retreat held by Sue Chopping. This credit must be used within 1 year of cancellation. • Cancellations on or after 23rd Agust 2024: You will forfeit ALL money rendered. • Please do not make any travel arrangements before receiving confirmation of registration.
  • Children's Rates
    If a child shares a room with 2 adults / parents, then there is no extra housing charge – only the meal charge. If a child shares the room with a single adult, then the parent pays a Single Occupancy room charge plus the meal charge for the child. Note: best room category for sharing space with your little ones is the Nature Suite. The meal charges per child are: Ages 0-3 free Ages 4-12 £180 per meal/week Ages 13-17 £260 for meal/week Any teen wanting to participate in the actual programs must be registered at adult package fees.
  • Can I bring the children?
    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.
  • What's included?
    Your package price includes: 7 nights of accommodations, starting Saturday, 19th November 3 gourmet and organic meals per day, served buffet style, starting with dinner on Saturday the 19th and ending with breakfast on Saturday the 26th November.
  • Venue Information
    Nosara, Guanacaste Costa Rica For more information about Blue Spirit please look at their website: www.bluespiritcostarica.com
  • Retreat Schedule
    Arrival Day and Departure Day: The retreat starts after dinner on Saturday, 19th November and will be your travel day and day to check in a Blue Spirit, enjoy dinner and then gather as a group. The retreat ends on Friday night, Saturday, November 26th, will be your day to check out from Blue Spirit enjoy breakfast and then travel home. Daily yoga classes with Sue Chopping Daily Schedule: This is what our schedule for the retreat looks like. While it may be subject to minor changes, 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: a short gathering to welcome you, it will take place after dinner. Sunday: 7 - 8am - Meditation 7 - 9am - Breakfast 9:30am - 12:pm - Yoga 12 - 1:30pm Lunch 2 - 3pm Free time to walk or pause 4 - 5.30pm Restorative Yoga 6 - 7:30pm Dinner Monday 7 - 8am Meditation 7 - 9am Breakfast 9:30am - 12pm Yoga 12 - 1:30pm Lunch 4 - 5.30pmYoga 6-7:30pm Dinner Tuesday 7 - 8am Meditation 7- 9am Breakfast 9:30am -1 2pm Yoga 12 - 1:30pm Lunch 4 - 5.30pm Yoga 6 - 7:30pm Dinner Wednesday After the 9:30am-12pm morning class, this is your free day! Feel free to do nothing, to surf, to explore Nosara etc. Blue Spirit’s front desk staff will assist you in signing up for a la carte activities. 7 - 8am Meditation 7 - 9am Breakfast 9:30am - 12pm Yoga 12 - 1:30pm Lunch 6 - 7:30pm Dinner Thursday After the morning class, there is no class until after dinner, so another afternoon to feel free to do nothing, to surf, to explore Nosara etc. Blue Spirit’s front desk staff will assist you in signing up for a la carte activities. 7 - 8am Meditation 7 - 9am Breakfast 9:30am - 12pm Yoga 12 - 1:30pm Lunch 6 - 7:30pm Dinner 7:30 - 9pm Restorative Yoga Friday 7 - 8am Meditation 7 - 9am Breakfast 9:30am - 12pm Yoga 12 - 1:30pm Lunch 4- 5.30pm Restorative Yoga 6 - 7:30pm Dinner Saturday: depart after breakfast, sigh...
  • Airport Shuttle Information
    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. 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 organiser will be waiting outside the only terminal exit at LIR. The organiser 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 SPECIALLY 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. Please note: The exit tax which you pay upon departure from Costa Rica is $29, and can be paid in Costa Rican Colones, US Dollars, or credit cards.
  • Mobility Access
    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.
  • Should I bring my own yoga mat?
    You don’t need to bring any of your yoga stuff...they have all of it there!
  • Do I tip at Blue Spirit?
    There is a $60 fee 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 my devices?
    Blue Spirit has two-prong outlets, just like the ones in the US, so Yes if your device has a UK/Eu Connection..
  • 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.
  • Is there a 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.
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