With the new year right around the corner, retreat season is officially upon us, and our team at Selva Armonia is so excited for a year full of growth, fun, and fulfillment! We love sharing our space with people from all around the world, giving them a chance to reconnect back to nature and their inner selves. Every retreat offers something special and unique to its attendees, and we're so grateful to be able to facilitate those once-in-a-lifetime experiences in our jungle home. Keep reading to preview some of the amazing Costa Rica retreats we have in store for January 2020!
Wide Open Writing
January 19-25, 2020 Hosted by: Dulcie Whitman & Nancy Coleman
"Writing is a path to the creative genius in all of us. Whether you call yourself a writer or not, we know the transformational power of putting yourself in a nurturing environment with permission to notice what you notice and then write about it.
Come be part of a writing community that is devoted to co-creating magic in a place well-known for its magnificent scenery, gourmet vegetarian food, and deep connection to the natural world. Join us for 7 days/6 nights as we settle our body mind and spirit into the magical bounty of the Costa Rican Rainforest."
January 29- February 4, 2020 Hosted by: Erin Ward-Williams & Victoria Hegedus
"Join yoga and movement educators, Erin Ward-Williams and Victoria Hegedus, on a one-week feel-your-best retreat in beautiful Uvita, Costa Rica. Think yoga, mindful movement, and fueling your body with nature's most nutritious foods.
Enjoy morning vinyasa yoga practices as well as offerings of functional movement that get you feeling your muscles and building true body awareness. This is your chance to experience yoga and Costa Rica's natural beauty all in one laid-back and inclusive setting... explore waterfalls, lounge by the pool, or head down to the beach for a peaceful retreat. Join us for a tropical adventure as we zip-line through the treetops and dance with the waves of the Pacific!"
Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.
- B.K.S. Iyengar
This coming February, Selva Armonia is proud to be hosting Shannon Hill’s Yoga Caravan for the 5th consecutive year. Centred around adventure and personal growth through the path of Yoga, Shannon establishes a safe and nurturing environment to go wild and reconnect with yourself and others. Giving endless opportunities for adventure, it’s really no wonder why this retreat has so many returning guests year after year!
While spending a week here at Selva, guests will enjoy a selection of gourmet house-made vegan meals, with produce selected from our botanical gardens, guided daily meditations, waterfall hikes and more. Twice daily yoga practice on our floating bamboo yoga and movement deck is an experience like no other, and under the guidance of Shannon, Lindsey & Meg there is no shortage of challenges and encouragements as you expand your practice.
We had a chance to speak to Shannon about what draws her back to Selva year after year, and she had this to say:
"Selva Armonia is remote and tucked deep into the jungle while also being close to town. This provides the perfect backdrop for connecting deep with nature through the views, animal noises, and day trips to the surrounding areas. The food at Selva Armonia has always been a huge hit not only because of how amazing it is but also because of the dedicated time for sharing and being together. We play a game at the dinner table each night called Banana Rose Thorn and it is always hard for guests to think of a thorn (a bad part of their day)!”
In addition to the daily retreat activities, guests will be given a tour of Selva's botanical and edible gardens, take trips to the amazing beaches that line Uvita, and hike beautiful trails to breathtaking waterfalls. Of course, there are always additional optional activities like a relaxing massage therapy session or even surf lessons if that is of interest.
Want to know more? Visit Yoga Caravan's event page here. You can also follow Yoga Caravan on Instagram here to stay up to date!
As the newness of the new year wears off and we move into May, our motivation and intentions may start to take a back seat as well. This year you planned for greatness, right? Don’t let your inspirations and goals fall to the wayside and get lost in the mix of work, family, eating, exercising, and life in general. We get it, it’s a lot to accomplish! Were you planning to sign up for a marathon, cooking classes, or a yoga retreat? Here area few tips to help you keep sight of those fresh intentions you set for the new year.Write it all downThere’s major power in putting a pen to paper! Write all of your goals and intentions down. Be as clear and specific as you can. Better yet, leave some extra pages in there so you can keep adding as you go along. Written goals and intentions have a higher percentage of actually being realized. At the end of the year, you’ll see how your life has shifted and changed through your intentions. You’ll get to appreciate and reflect on your year’s story of trials and accomplishments which continue to shape who you are each day.Find an accountability buddyWhether you’re embarking on a cleanse, yoga practice, or making room for some self-care in your life, an accountability buddy is there to keep you on track. Share the highs and lows of whatever you’re going through together and increase the chances of sticking to your set goals. Were you thinking on skipping that workout? Not going to happen! As accountability buddies, you are there through the thick and thin to motivate, inspire, and work towards your mutual goals.Use the power of meditationMeditation is a wonderful tool used to keep us on track with our intentions and goals. The key is to focus on the FEELINGS you wish to have through your process. How do you want to feel today, this week, or this year? Use this power to attract your goals to you. The more you meditate on those fuzzy feelings from your upcoming achievements, you’ll be closer to manifesting them into reality. Don’t give up!If you have gone off track a bit, don’t call it quits just yet. Turn to these tips to get you through this ebb until you’re back in the flow! Pull out your notebook, read over your goals, chat with your accountability buddy, meditate, and make a plan for your week. Life is about making minor tweaks, adjustments, and changes along your journey to balance and happiness. Know that everything you want is already yours. You just need to tap into your abilities to stay on track to living the life you want!Was a Yoga Retreat on your list of intentions for this year? There’s no better time to book a Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica! Selva Armonia hosts retreats all year long. Take a step in sticking to your goals and join us in the jungle!
By Sarah Blanks
A group of envisioners this year had the opportunity to experience community living the Envision way. Embrace: An Envision Community Retreat was run this year for the first time at Selva Armonia Retreat Center by the founders of Envision Festival February 17th through the 22nd. Locals and travelers who came to Selva Armonia were able to fully immerse themselves into an Envision sustainable community through organic eating, yoga classes, holistic workshops and plant tours,waterfall excursions, an ecstatic dance pool party, a cacao ceremony and various jungle activities.Selva Armonia is a sustainable retreat center owned by one of the founders of Envision Festival, Josh Wendel. Attendees were able to attend all 4 days or purchase day passes to gain access to the exclusive workshops and events being held during the retreat. The leaders were able to provide an intimate setting for guests as they were able to interact with the incredible speakers and leaders of Envision who came to lead workshops at Selva. Learning, relaxation, healthy living, music, and play were all a part of the magical four days leading up to the legendary Envision Festival 2017.Visitor’s taste buds buzzed over farm to table meals served fresh each day with ingredients grown organically on the retreat property. Guests also had the chance to embark on a farm tour and learn during a medicinal plant workshop facilitated by Josh Wendel. Founder and primary Director of Punta Mona Center and co-founder of Envision Festival, Stephen Brooks, enthusiastically showered guests with knowledge and his expertise on permaculture during his workshop. Permaculturist Brooks was also one of the highlighted keynote speakers after the retreat at the festival this year. Herbalist of 15 years and Envision team member, Sarah Wu, graced the retreat with her knowledge and presence on herbal medicine, healing, and herbal first aid.Sound healing, sweat lodge, jungle spa, cacao ceremonies, and ecstatic dance activities lined the evenings as guests prepared for the grand activities of the festival. Healing sounds of the jungle paired with daily yoga classes laid the ground for ultimate relaxation and dynamic interactions. Benita Wolfe (BJ) Galvan, master yoga teacher, founder of Handstands Anonymous and co-founder of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga shared her contagious passion for yoga during each day of the retreat and at the festival. This world traveler offered Rhythm of the Spiral Dance class at Envision, but only members at Selva Armonia received exclusive sessions with this brilliant teacher of teachers.The retreat ended with an epic pool party with live exotic bass vibrations by producer/composer Govinda. Govinda laid the path for the mesmerizing music that was to come during the festival. Leaders of Envision created a spectacular atmosphere at Selva Armonia for newcomers and seasoned Envision Festival veterans to share unforgettable moments and create connections that will last a lifetime. Envisioners embraced and were able to fully live the vision of Envision Festival and Selva Armonia’s message on how to live sustainably and contribute to a thriving environment. Selva Armonia truly embodies the core value of building a fruitful environment through sustainable living and is able to spread this incredibly valuable knowledge through the Embrace retreat experience.Can’t wait for next year to experience community living the Envision way? Selva Armonia Retreat Center hosts retreats all-year-round!Did you have an unforgettable Envision experience? Are you planning to come to Envision 2018 and want to fully embrace the Envision way of life? Stay tuned for next years retreat and extend your experience and make it unforgettable!
By Sarah Blanks