Journey with us to a world of magnificent pink sunsets, stunning blue waters, and lush green jungle filled with iguanas, monkeys, and coconuts. Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and Nosara is the jewel of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, as well as ONE OF THE FIVE BLUE ZONES OF THE EARTH-where people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Paradise Found.
Your retreat includes 7 days and 6 nights full of nature, yoga, incredible food, daily beach trips, adventure, reforestation project, and plenty of time for relaxation, hiking, hammocks, reading, massages, or whatever you choose.
The retreat schedule offers time to explore with friends, new and old, to bond over surf lessons, zip-lining, rafting, waterfall hiking, or just lounging on the beach or by the pool. For those seeking more solo time, our week is very spacious, allowing plenty of time to enjoy relaxing or taking quiet time for napping, journaling, and rest.
Yoga classes happen in the spectacular open-air yoga shala “Rancho” featuring breathtaking panoramic ocean and sunset views of the jungle. Expect to be immersed in the wild nature that surrounds you during every yoga class. Many guests at the resort have described practicing yoga in this magical pavilion as a life-altering and transformational experience. Yoga classes will be offered twice daily... attend one or both are none at all.
Morning yoga classes are generally more heat-building, fluid, vigorous vinyasa flow practices, and afternoon yoga practices are generally more cooling, gentle, slow flow practices that combine deep stretching through yin and restorative postures. All classes are welcoming to all-levels of students, from beginners to advanced and all classes offer extended relaxation, breathwork instruction, and seated meditation.
Classes are led by Kristin and Nicole; leaders with over 25 combined years of teaching experience and international group travel. Kristin and Nicole are seasoned practitioners and teacher trainers that are skilled in offering all-levels practices to meet everyone’s needs with safety, challenge, and inspiration.
*For interested yoga teachers, 17 CEUS may be earned on this retreat
Our service project for our retreat group includes spending an afternoon volunteering with Costa Verdes, planting trees and maintaining the green zone. The mission of Costas Verdes is to reforest the native forest of Costa Rica’s coastline and to catalyze a national coastal development scheme of zero net biodiversity loss. Your retreat payment includes a donation to Costa Verdes to adopt a tree and become a “Green Buddy”. You can plant your own tree for someone and leave a message that your tree will carry for the rest of its life!
A sample schedule of your day in Paradise will likely look something like this...
6:00-7:00am - Awaken with tropical birds. Coffee, Fresh Fruit
7:00am-9:00am - Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Morning Meditation - All levels
9:00-9:30am - Breakfast
9:30-12:30pm - Beach trip /Surf Lessons/Hiking/Pool Lounging
12:30-1:30pm - Lunch
1:30-4:30pm - Napping/Spa/Stand Up Paddle-boarding/Jungle Canopy Tour
4:30-6pm - Gentle Yoga & Meditation - All levels
6pm-7pm - Dinner
7pm - Free Time
Practice times will sometimes vary to accommodate excursion options and all classes are optional. You will receive a confirmed program schedule on the day of your arrival.
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The founder of the Kunga Yoga School is Kristin Cooper-Gulak, ERYT500. Kristin is an experienced teacher, training thousands of students and yoga teachers internationally for over 18 years. She has worked with children, seniors, and students living with cancer and HIV, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Kristin has worked privately with celebrity clients including Katie Holmes and Ashley Judd, as well as corporate executives and professional athletes. Kristin is also a guest presenter for various teacher trainings in the U.S. and has presented at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Yoga Works Los Angeles and other studios and resorts within the U.S. and is on the teaching faculty for the Ayurvedic Health Education school.
Kristin has contributed to various publications, and her interviews and writings have been featured in Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, and Live South. Kristin was the 2013 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award for her social entrepreneurship work with orphaned girls in developing countries. Kristin is also a personal development coach and social entrepreneur. She is the creator of Rhythmic Flow Yoga w/the Kunga Drummers and Kunga Journeys service retreats. Rhythmic Flow workshops and Kunga Journeys are led by Kristin and her percussionist husband, Loren Gulak. Kristin was the Founder of the Wilmington Yoga Center (est 2000), which she and her husband Loren sold in 2014. She and Loren are the parents of an amazing little boy and they are grateful to practice a natural parenting and laid-back lifestyle by the sea in Wilmington, NC.
Nicole grew up in Blacksburg, Va. She attended the University of Virginia, and after 15 years of living away from the New River Valley has returned home to her roots and her and her husband purchased In Balance Yoga in the summer of 2013 from founder Becky McDaniel Crigger. Nicole has been a yogini since January 2006 and has practiced in studios all over the country and even internationally, focusing on the Bikram, Barkan, Baptiste, Ashtanga and Dharma Yoga traditions. Nicole studied with D’ana Baptiste for two years at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007 and 2008.
Some of the many highlights in Nicole's yoga career include:
• 500 Hour with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC at the Dharma Yoga Center, Life of a Yogi program
• Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Colleen Dwyer
• Level II and Level III Advanced Hot Yoga with Jimmy Barkan
• Advanced Art of Assisting with Baptiste Yoga
• 5 Elements Flow & Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training
• Service Leadership: Yoga for PTSD and Special Populations
• NuPower Sculpt: Power Yoga + Strength Training
• Certified in Aerial Yoga with FlyDog Yoga, April 2017
• Service Retreat with Kunga Yoga and worked at Homes of Hope Orphanage in India
• 500 Hour Certification with Kunga Yoga in progress
Nicole loves to share movement and breath. Yoga helped her find her true self and she hopes to cultivate a community of service at In Balance to impact those in need in the area. Nicole is grateful to her husband, Justin, who helps with the studio every day. They have a dog, Ogden and a cat, Hobie. Nicole’s advice: practice yoga with as many teachers in as many places as you can…to learn and live as much as possible. Be receptive.