Our retreat takes place at The Rio Chirripo Lodge, 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 a dynamic heart-centered yoga and mindfulness practice.
Email Anne to register at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're a student, attend the pre-conference on October 17th to see Anne speak:
Scared Speechless: Working on Anxiety After a Cancer Diagnosis at 9:45 am in the Garden Room
A cancer diagnosis can shatter “normal” life. There can be so much upheaval that a patient can feel as though they have left their body behind. Anxiety and fear often surface. Both yoga therapy and conscious living coaching are one-on-one mind body therapies that begin an inquiry into the emotional dimensions of cancer, from diagnosis shock, through the anxiety surfacing with regard to chemo, radiation and surgical treatments and side effects to post treatment fear of recurrence. Techniques include breath practices and specific de-patterning movements that help to acknowledge and move held fear and anxiety that prevent all of us from being fully present in our lives. This workshop is particularly useful for anyone working with those facing cancer, from doctors and nurses to social workers, in order to learn simple techniques to unlock trauma and shock in a safe and grounded way, and to help patients return to a feeling of agency, authenticity and calm.
Anne Pitman and Sarah Young will be presenting "The Head Start Program for Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer" at 2 PM, Wednesday October 19th in the Orangerie Room of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
“You have breast cancer”. Each woman who hears these words feels as though the rug has been pulled out from beneath her—and that’s just the beginning. Explore the unique mind and body techniques used in the Head Start Program, including visualization, decision-making tools, embodied
yoga and breath work; all of which develop genuinely positive health habits and help women become empowered physically, emotionally and mentally.
Join Anne for a weekend intensive delving into the practice of Restorative Yoga and the theories that inform this vital aspect of living your Yoga.
ALL are WELCOME...
this intensive is suitable for both students and teachers
$279 General Registration
$350 Teacher Training Credential
Join us at Empower Me Yoga on Carling for a Yoga and Cancer Workshop
In this workshop, consider cancer from a holistic point of view. Investigate fear and diagnosis-shock and learn how to be with suffering. Learn how to adapt classes for those with cancer at any stage, teach cancer-specific classes and explore trauma related somatic yoga that can help return a person to themselves; grounded, mindful and available. Bow deeply to the humbling and authentic experience of facing cancer.
*This course is directed towards Yoga teachers working with cancer patients. Anne will accommodate anyone who might be interested in attending from the perspective of student as well
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.
CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME VIDEO OF RIO CHIRRIPO RETREAT!
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 email@example.com
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.
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 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.
Join Anne for in Halifax for her workshop on Neuroscience and Yoga Therapy at the annual Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology conference. For tickets and to find out more visit http://www.capo.ca/conferenceevents/capo-conference-2016/
Matthew Remski, CYT, Writer, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Over the past eight years as an asana teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, Matthew has heard hundreds of stories of classroom or self-practice injury. In January of 2014 he began a formal qualitative research project to catalogue the pedagogical, psychological, and socio-cultural contexts that can make practice less safe. He’ll present stories and themes from the 150+ interviews he has conducted, and moderate a discussion about how we manage and give meaning to discomfort and pain on the mat, and some best practices for creating the best learning environments possible. The book is currently scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017.
Date: March 13, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Santosha Yoga, 346 Richmond Rd.(second floor),Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 0E8
What will be discussed:
●Learn about the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy’s 800+ hour professional training program.
●Talk to OSEYT faculty and have the opportunity to ask questions.
●Learn about the International Association of Yoga Therapy(IAYT).
●Learn about the Yoga Therapy Association of Ottawa (YTAO) and become a member!