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Costa Rica Pura Vida Embodied Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat w Anne Pitman and David Jewitt

What is Pura Vida?

In Costa Rica, Pura Vida, means 'it's all good.' It is accepting whatever life gives you with joy, ease and contenment.

Our retreat takes place at The Rio Chirripo Retreat, nestled at 4000ft  in the magnificent Chirripo River valley. There are few places we have ever been that match the beauty and warmth of this magical location. Aside from the perfect temperature, vistas, and extraordinary nature in the area, the lodge itself is an incomparable example of Costa Rican hospitality. From the moment you arrive until your goodbye, you will be bathed in sunshine, sparkling mountain air, love and care to allow for a truly relaxing, life changing experience.  Rather than just a typical resort holiday, we want to offer you an unique and fun adventure into La Pura Vida, Costa Rican life, combined with the deeply intuitive yoga of Anne Pitman and the heart-centered mindfulness practise with David Jewitt.

Retreat begins Sunday February 5th, with a flight arrival on or before February 4th. Ends Saturday February 11th.
Prices include; all accommodations and  gourmet meals at the lodge; ground transportation to and from San Jose; all yoga and meditation classes.
Does not include; air fare to and from Costa Rica; hotel in San Jose; local excursions.
Before December 15th, EARLY BIRD  prices start at $1199 USD Dbl occupancy. Single rooms available. 

For more details, prices, and registration please contact Jessica at
Early bird
DECEMBER 25th, 2016

A typical day....
After a sound sleep on soft Egyptian cotton sheets,the morning begins with mindfulness meditation instruction with David followed by Anne's embodied somatic yoga practise. A  breakfast of local coffee, freshly baked breads, tropical fruits and original dishes awaits you.
Your day can include hiking in a reserve to a waterfall; horsebackriding on the mountain trails; making your own chocolate bar with an artisan chocolate maker; visiting a small local dairy and cheesemaker; river rafting; beach excursion with surfing (if you dare!); or relaxing at Spa Rio with a Honey Papaya Facial or Lavender Ylang Ylang Massage . A luscious lunch is served each day.
At 4pm there is another workshop/discussion/kirtan diving deeper into body heart mind practise. The evening is a spontaneous fiesta of one kind or another; salsa dancing, sing-a-long around the fireplace; pizza making in the wood burning oven; games or relaxing at the bar with wine or a smoothie. Dinner is always creatively prepared by the wonderful chefs. All meals can include vegan or gluten-free options.

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David Jewitt

David is a Labour and Human Rights lawyer who has practised and taught yoga and meditation for over 20 years having studied with Richard Freeman, Sarah Powers, Anyen Rinpoche amongst others.  For 10 years David was owner of Santosha Yoga studio in Ottawa and has led retreats in Costa Rica since 2007.  David brings his humour and spontaneity, and Buddhist based knowledge to help us create a joyful and open mindfulness practise that we can easily integrate into our daily life.

Anne Pitman

Anne Pittman, M.Sc, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, guiding people to be present in their life for over 35 years. She is the director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy and has long been a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. Anne's teaching is mindful, intuitive and freeing. Travel inward with this practise and find the yoga our body desires.

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