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Feb 12

ALIVE + AWAKE: Costa Rica Beach Retreat

February 12, 2023 - February 18, 2023

We’ll spend the week away from Chicago’s grueling winter, immersing ourselves in the warm and wild aliveness of the tropics. The intention of this retreat is to support YOU in your coming alive by surrounding yourself with the vibrant charge of Mother Nature.

We’ll use healing practices like breathwork, Yoga asana, Kundalini Yoga, and meditation daily to awaken, enliven, and bring joy into our hearts and bodies after a long stretch of the winter blues.

In addition to our daily ritual, we’ll be nourished with high-vibrational foods by world-renowned chefs, fresh fruits, the salty ocean air, and dips in the sea.

Join in on an adventure tour, transformational workshop, or take a dip in the mermaid pool at Danyasa, our retreat home to make this trip everything you need to nourish yourself: mind, body, spirit.

If you are one (like many- Emily being one of them) who struggle with seasonal depression, this is a perfect opportunity to invest in yourself and your mental health. Come for the retreat and maybe even stay a while longer (we 10/10 recommend).



  • Arrive to SJO airport and meet group between 11am-2pm
  • 2:30pm Group transport departs from SJO to Danyasa (est. 3.5 hour trip)
  • 7:00pm Organic, locally sourced dinner prepared by our chef
  • 8:00pm Gentle Stretch, Meditation + Welcome Circle


  • 6:30 AM: Coffee, tea, and light fare in common area
  • 7:30 AM: Meditation + Breathwork (30-minute practice with guided instruction, in the yoga studio)
  • 815-9:45 AM: Energizing Morning Movement
  • 10:15 AM: Fresh, local, organic brunch
  • 11:30 AM: Free time OR scheduled tour/beach day // creative block, pool time, hiking, exploration, or additional optional activities
  • 4 PM: Shorter Evening Session // Deeper breathing sessions, light/gentle movement, community discussion & q&a
  • 6:30 PM: Community Dinner
  • 8 PM: Free time OR scheduled ceremony by the fire

* Schedule subject to change


Costa Rica 2016 is where it all began for Emily Blackwell. It was in the jungles of Costa Rica where Emily discovered Yoga for the first time in her life. In a moment in child’s pose, her life was changed forever. With the combination of the practice, the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle, and the warm embrace of Mother Earth, it was the first time Emily ever felt truly connected to herself after years of addiction and inner struggle. It was in that moment she experienced healing for the first time and her life’s purpose became instantly clear.

After a month long trip in Arenal, she returned back to the states with a new vision: to become a Yoga Instructor. Emily has been a student and teacher of Yoga since 2016 and has spent 6 years dreaming of this very moment. Costa Rica is Emily’s Yoga ‘home’, and she cannot wait to show you the what this mind-blowingly beautiful country has to offer you and your personal practice.

In addition to being a 500-hour trained registered Yoga Instructor, Emily is a meditation teacher, self-empowerment and embodiment coach, breathwork facilitator, and holistic lifestyle guide. She also serves as a mentor for new Yoga teachers who have found their purpose in sharing the practice.

Her mission through all of her work is to guide you towards your own inner guru so that you can embody your power and live your truth through unconditional self-love and authenticity. Emily aims to create a safe space where you can come as you are and feel welcomed, accepted, loved, and as powerful as you are in any moment. Her teaching style is eclectic, spiritual, and deeply rooted in Yogic and Tantrik philosophies with just the right amount of challenge for your mind and body.

From teaching Yoga, guiding breathwork sessions, leading workshops, and hosting adventurous retreats, she provides empowering, educational, and unforgettable experiences that will inspire you to connect to the electric life force that lives within and all around you, so that you can carry them with you forever.


February 12, 2023
February 18, 2023
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Dominical, Costa Rica
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