Upcoming Retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings

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April 2018 

Movement Exploration with Shira Yaziv

APRIL 21 to 28, 2018

Contact: Shira Yaziv
Telephone: 510-289-1733
Email: shira@athleticplayground.com

3 movement sessions per day!

ACCESSIBLE to everyone.

This week-long retreat will be a unique VACATION that will encourage you to BE IN YOUR BODY!  Three daily movement exploration sessions will include learning new skills, improvisation, and developing body awareness. There will be plenty of free time to explore the tropical jungle, swim in the ocean, and chill by the pool as scarlet macaws fly overhead.

Shira Yaziv enjoys encouraging people to move in new ways while learning skills and being creative.  Her background is in Capoeira, Circus Arts and Dance. Shira is the co-founder and owner of Athletic Playground, a dynamic indoor play-space, inspiring physical play through a wide variety of movement classes.  Read more below, and checkout the Facebook page here.  Checkout this crazy video.

Come join us at Iguana Lodge for a week of movement exploration and relaxation at this gorgeous place!

TEACHER TRAININGS in August and September ~ YAY!

200 HOUR Intensive Yoga Teacher Training with EnergiZen Yoga School

200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification

AUGUST 4 to 19, 2018

Contact: Cynthia Maher
Telephone  514-779-1261
Email: info@energizen.com

Make your passion your profession!

Learn to teach yoga in a supportive and encouraging environment that will leave you with wonderful friends from all over the world.

Our teacher training offers the highest standard of teachings, authentic and approachable methodology, and above all hands-on and practical experience for enhanced personal practice and teaching skills. Our program aims at developing teachers who encourage and inspire, who demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of individuals as well as the group.

Build the foundation to teach skillfully, with compassion, integrity and safety as you discover your own unique voice and style. Learn a comprehensive base of yoga therapy and to teach yoga to people of all ages and fitness levels.

And above all study with passionate, high-quality teachers, who have a lifetime of practice and professional experience.

Come join us and take your practice to the next level in the perfect setting for a yoga training!


Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training with Yoga Maya & Debbie Krejci

200 Hour:        

AUGUST 23 to SEPTEMBER 6, 2018  

Contact:  Debbie Krejci
Telephone:  330-697-8331
Email:  iloveyogamaya@gmail.com
Whether you are interested in learning to teach yoga or simply deepen your own practice, expand your self awareness and transform your life, this Yoga Teacher Training is committed to the personal success of every participant. The participants will be immersed in a program rich in the full spectrum of all that is yoga: vibrant, purposeful, authentic, conscious, joyful, balanced, sacred, spiritual and transformative.

This training will have you certified in the most popular and in demand styles of teaching. You will learn to develop your own sequences based on the needs of your students and based on what is authentic to you. You will have the foundation to lead others confidently, knowledgeably and safely.


  • Study of asana (proper alignment, benefits, modifications, contra-indications)
  • Principles of anatomy
  • Pranayama, meditation, bandhas, and mantras
  • Art of sequencing classes
  • Hands-on assists and use of props
  • Chakras 
  • Ayurveda 101
  • Cultivating your voice
  • Confidence-building through practice teaching "practicum"
  • Yoga history and philosophy (yoga scriptures, Yamas and Niyamas…)
  • Sanskrit/English names of asanas
  • The business of Yoga and ethics
  • How to actually teach yoga


December 2018 

Matt Giordano - Costa Rica Immersion

DECEMBER 9 to 14, 2018

Contact: Matt Giordano
Telephone:  516-521-8410
Email: theyogimatt@gmail.com

Back again – our wonderful friend Matt Giordano. Matt has a spectacular practice, blog, and website (ranked in the Top 50 Yoga Teacher Blogs and Websites), and is an all-around great guy. Please join him here in paradise … And a few word from Yogi Matt:

I am super excited to announce that my next retreat will be at my absolute favorite vacation spot: Iguana Lodge on the OSA peninsula. In all my travels I have yet to come across a location that tops this one. It is the perfect blend that provides you with a deep connection to the elements of nature, while providing you with accommodations that make you feel comfortable, and clean. The Food is prepared by a top notch chef who has dedicated the better part of his career to serving the guests at Iguana, and all the food is locally sourced.

If you haven’t been on a retreat with me personally, you can expect two things:
1. Deepening your practice of Yoga and Meditation
2. Rejuvenating your body and mind, leaving you feeling blessed out

Every retreat with me is an immersion: We practice twice a day (Morning, and Late Afternoon) and connect as a community with enriching conversations in the evening. The middle of the day is completely free to enjoy the beach, pool, surrounding nature, or go on any of the optional adventures that are available to you such as Horse Back Riding, Zip Lining, Nature Preserves, Water Fall Repelling, and Surf Lessons.

Early Bird Prices are now available through April but rooms are first come first serve. If you are someone who prefers either the Best private room, or economic choices be sure to sign up soon as those tend to sell out first!

When: December 9-14, 2018

Please message me directly with any questions you may have after checking out all the details. – 516-521-8410


You can read more about this excellent retreat here and here. We hope you can make it. Having Matt here is always a treat for us. AND, by the then we should have our new Pura Vida Ceramics Studio up and running for you to enjoy as well!

Check out Matt’s YouTube channel here. Here Matt is below with the 4 Secrets of Handstand.



And NOW, for 2019 …. 

January 2019

Full Moon Retreat w/ Trisha McBride & Special Guest Instructors

JANUARY 18 to 24, 2019 

Trisha McBride yoga and belly dancing

Contact: Trisha McBride
Telephone: 801 556-3464
Email: trishamcbride@gmail.com
Website and Sign Up: http://trishamcbride.com/product/full-moon-retreat-costa-rica-the-alchemists

The Full Moon Retreat 2019, is now in its 6th annual year.  From January 18th to the 24th – get ready to rock out with Trisha, her guest instructors, and the Full Moon.

This is what 2018 looked like…. More info re 2019 will follow soon:

Guest Instructors for 2018 include Tiare Tashnick, David Moench, Shine Blackhawk, Alyssa Kriss & Alicia Kim.  This unique yoga & dance retreat has had time to maturate, truly develop and become a fully realized, quickly growing international retreat over the years.  We return every year to a paradise that now feels like home.  The Iguana Lodge, is an incredible eco resort hidden away in the lush, green, anahata chakra of the jungle. This breath taking yoga retreat center is located on a deserted beach named Playa Preciosa near Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.  This retreat is held under the full moon and is deeply steeped in healing and empowering modalities such as yoga, dance, meditation, and ritual.  Through working in conjunction with nature, astrology, movement, stillness and the cultivation of spirit, we deeply shift. What this means to our attendees is a well managed, safe, highly charged magical atmosphere to truly open up and shift within.  Being able to feel safe with the ability to relax and let go, is key for this international retreat.  It is my purest pleasure that I present to you, yet another exquisite journey into the jungle and into the deepest exploration of the self.  A launch party per say, into your new year, grounded, clear, focused, nourished, fueled by your dreams, empowered and fully geared to move as a masterful creator in 2018.

During the last retreat there was a call for “more” … more dance, more ritual, more magic.  That call was felt, heard and is now being applied to the curriculum for 2018’s Full Moon Retreat.  There will be a total lunar eclipse taking place on January 31st’s  full moon.  This is an auspicious time to be on retreat within your deepest work.  The Full Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31 2018 is in ~ 11° Leo 37′.  A Lunar Eclipse is a super, amplified version of a full Moon. It will do a great job of purging and releasing things from our lives that no longer serve our higher selves. The bright light of the sun throws a spotlight on our subconscious to illuminate any issues within our primary relationships that have been festering there since the previous Solar Eclipse. With the Lunar eclipse, the earth comes between the Sun and the moon.  This means our work is going to be amplified 10 fold and the curriculum being written will support this work in depth.   As the love for tradition dictates we will gather once again in all white under the full moon + lunar eclipse to fully bloom and and take in the moon and the personal applications our higher self is calling for.

We will be practice daily on two different studio decks.  The first is an incredible, open air, double teared yoga – dance deck that hovers over the gorgeous saline pool and hot tub.  The second yoga deck is a breathing taking, meditative setting, overlooking the crystal clear 83 degree Golfito Sea.

The schedule for 2018 will be chalked full of offerings to choose from daily.  I am pleased to announce there will be five guest teachers this coming year to help facilitate a powerful shift during this full lunar eclipse.

February 2019 

Kari Jacobsen & Theresa Paraskos

FEBRUARY 2 to 9, 2019

Contact: Kari Jacobsen & Theresa Paraskos
Telephone: 415-680-5431
Email: yogaandrelaxationretreats@gmail.com

Need a getaway in the middle of winter to relax, do yoga and be surrounded by nature? We are leading another yoga retreat to Costa Rica. We offer a variety of yoga styles, depending what the day calls for. Did we mention monkeys sometimes swing in the trees while we practice, hammocks are on every porch and the food is the most colorful bounty of deliciousness you could imagine? Yoga in one of two gorgeous studios every day? A stunning beach? Pool & hot tub? Hammocks? Amazing, healthy food from their incredibly talented chef.?Optional massages, excursions and activities? FUN? Take a minute. Think back to last winter.BACK AGAIN??  Are you kidding me!? LOVE YOU LOVE YOU!

Susan Himml Yoga and Nature Retreat

FEBRUARY 9 to 16, 2019

Contact: Susan Himml
Telephone: 508.284.2600
Email: shimml@yahoo.com

Come escape the long winter at this all-levels, all-ages, all-abilities Yoga and Nature Retreat.   Leave your worries at home and explore within through yoga, meditation, relaxation, sun bathing, beach combing and nature walks.  You can also explore outside of yourself with optional excursions offered in the jungle and at sea. And did I mention the food?  It is absolutely amazing, and 3 meals per day are included in your week long retreat.

Susan has been leading yoga retreats since 2006 and is inspired every year at how magical the experience is.  It’s her seventh return trip! Without the busyness of work and everyday responsibilities, participants are free  to be themselves and explore the journey to the heart.  Tapping into our adventurous spirits we feel more empowered and connected to ourselves, each other and to our source. In addition to being a R.Y.T. since 2002, Susan holds a M.S. Degree from Lesley University in HR Management and B.S. Degree in Organizational Behavior from Babson College.  She is a certified Primordial Meditation Teacher at the Chopra Center in San Diego and is certified Holistic Health Counselor at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Her yoga training has been eclectic, including Astanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yoga for kids and seniors.  She teaches with patience and compassion, and encourages her students to see beyond their self-imposed limitations.  She also uses her skills and experience from a previous career in Leadership Training to design and adapt each group event.

Sarah Croce

FEBRUARY 23 to MARCH 2, 2019

Contact: Sarah Croce
Telephone: 856-571-2836
Email: sarah.croce@gmail.com

Join Sarah’s “Most Chilled-Out Yoga/Pilates/Wellness Retreat,”- her fourth annual at Iguana Lodge. Organized classes three times/day to exercise the body, mind and soul: Morning Yoga, Sunset Pilates, plus additional offerings everyday (anything from breath work to cardio interval training to meditation).  24-hour/day exercise of mind, body and soul in the form of clean/delicious eating, constant relaxation (a harder exercise than you think!) and fun sports (think swimming in the salt water, walking on the beach, hiking through one of the most biologically intense places on earth).

Quality time with fellow Iguana guests each afternoon in the pool leads to life-long friendships.  Alone time in a hammock with a book or some great music on your headphones is strongly encouraged.  SOME people attracted to Sarah’s retreat tend to have a not-so-virgin Piña Colada or two with lunch, and STILL make it to Pilates.  Others take advantage of the week as a chance to detox.  Sarah encourages and supports both approaches, understanding people ‘retreat’ in different ways.  The amazing staff at Iguana will accommodate any diet, from meat eater to vegan.  Often times, when we travel far and wide, we need a vacation from our vacation—-this is not one of those times.

Arrive, unwind, relax, release, recharge, reset, HAVE SOME FUN, and bring a new and improved version of yourself back home to your family and your work.  Sarah is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor since 2006.  She has learned and taught all over the world, including New York, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia.  Her teaching style is deeply intuitive.   Those who’ve NEVER done yoga and/or Pilates to seasoned practitioners are welcomed and will feel safe, yet challenged.  Contact Sarah directly for any questions: sarah.croce@gmail.com