The Blue Spirit Retreat overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three mile long white sand beach,
which is a turtle preserve. This extraordinary setting will provide us with a deeply nurturing and
unforgettable experience together.
This retreat will focus on yoga, meditation and other practices that bring us into balance and harmony with ourselves. This will be an opportunity to reflect on our personal missions in life and give us tools to move forward in our recoveries from any and all addictions.
Each day offers a sunrise Kundalini Yoga set and meditation, 12-Step meetings, Morning Vinyasa (Flow) yoga class, afternoon yoga and recovery workshops and plenty of time to relax and explore the surroundings. The food is excellent. The amazing jungle simply must be experienced. For the explorers among us, there is surfing, swimming, zip-lining through the canopy, white water rafting and horseback riding.
Kia and I are proud to present our dear friends, Akahdahmah and Sukhdev (and Sahej) who make up the band Aykanna. We have been traveling with them to Costa Rica for 5 years now. They will be performing live in our yoga classes and will also teach us about the power of chanting and mantra. Sukhdev and ‘Akah’ both have amazing stories of recovery and work to uplift people out of addiction everyday. Just wait till you experience their music within the context of a yoga class!!! Wow! If you’d like to hear some of Aykanna’s music in the meantime, check out: http://Aykanna.com
|Typical Daily Schedule|
|6:00 – 7:00am||Optional Morning Kundalini Yoga Practice|
|7:00 – 8:00am||Universal 12-Step Meeting|
|8:00 – 10:00am||Breakfast|
|10:00 – 12:30pm||Yoga Practice and Meditation|
|12:30 – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00 – 4:30pm||Free Time (Swimming, surfing, walks, journaling, napping, spa treatments etc.)|
|4:30 – 6:30pm||Workshops focusing on the elements of an incredible life|
|6:30 – 8:00pm||Dinner|
|8:00 – 9:00pm||Lecture & Discussion on Yoga, 12-Steps, Chanting, Meditation, etc.|
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 20 years of recovery from acute drug addiction.
Tommy is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds. He is the founder of Recovery 2.0, the host of the Recovery 2.0: Online Conferences and presents workshops annually at Esalen, Omega and Kripalu. Tommy teaches regularly at yoga conferences and festivals, including Wanderlust, Hanuman and Tadasana. Tommy’s first book, Recovery 2.0, is due out from Hay House in 2014. Tommy and his wife, noted yoga instructor Kia Miller, live in Venice, California, where they teach yoga and grow a lot of organic vegetables in their backyard.
Kia’s study of yoga began when she was 15. She has advanced to become one of the most well known Yoga teachers in the West. Kia is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga and has an ability to translate this powerful combination of teachings in a highly accessible way.
She teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world, including her signature, Radiant Body Yoga Teacher Training, which she will teach in Rishiksh, India in March 2014. Kia’s passion is to share the Kundalini tradition infused with Vinyasa and the devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga. Kia’s classes are a powerful mix of asana, breath, meditation and chanting that will leave you uplifted and empowered.
Akahdahmah is a 5th generation plant and spirit medicine man, inheriting this legacy from his Great, Great Aunt Mamie, a Pinewoods Plant and Spirit Medicine-Woman from Alabama.
‘Akah’ presently serves as a Spiritual Counselor at Passages in Malibu, a holistic addiction care center and has a private practice as a Whole-listic Health Advisor/Coach; teaching Qigong, Kundalini Yoga, meditation and life processing skills. He is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and is studying for his certification as a Medical Qigong Practitioner. Co-founder of the medicine music collective AYKANNA( Aykanna.com) he has been sharing the experience of the healing power of music internationally.
Previously, Akah was ordained as a Harmonic Healing Minister in 2000 after completing his six year training in herbal formulation and spiritual counseling and ran the Herbal Ministry which served the community from 1997 to 2011.
Akahdahmah specializes in creating customized rejuvenation programs focused on developing wellbeing and longevity in body, mind and Spirit. The focus is on creating a daily practice which cultivates healthy living habits and reveals the ability to honor one’s purpose, giving one the experience of powerfully co-creating one’s life. Akahdahmah lives in Topanga with his wife and daughter.
Sukhdev is a certified Kundalini Yoga & meditation teacher who brings passion, laughter, and live music to her powerful classes and workshops. Having been through a decade of addiction and subsequent recovery, Sukhdev Jackson touches the hearts of people, especially those in recovery, with an authentic and compelling voice. She is adept at helping students students to go deep and face the whole tapestry of their being.
Sukhdev is also an acclaimed musician and part of the musical medicine tribe known as Aykanna. She brings healing through the use of yoga, chanting, and uplifting music as she travels internationally, teaching and giving concerts with husband, Akahdahmah. Aykanna’s mission is to inspire people to reconnect with their true identity– their Soul.
Through her “Power of a Woman,” workshops, Sukhdev works with women to reignite the pathway of the Divine Feminine. These workshops provide an avenue to share her gift and passion and serve her family’s legacy.
Through Sukhdev’s personal healing journey, she discovered the power to change the course of her own life was within. Now, she is devoted to helping others to “tap in” through her music and the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and meditation. She offers weekly classes at her studio in Topanga, as well as at the renowned Golden Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica, CA. and is a major presence in the yoga community of Los Angeles, CA.
Q: Can I smoke cigarettes and/or vape on this retreat.
A: No. There is no nicotine in any form allowed on this trip. On this journey, there’s no need for nicotine.
Q: Is yoga experience necessary?
A: No – The yoga we teach is challenging to each individual according to their level. Each year there are several participants who take their first yoga class overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rican paradise.
Q: Can I bring a partner or friend?
A: Absolutely! If you have a partner or friend who is also in recovery or who has supported you in your recovery, please ask them to apply and include your name in their application. Sharing this transformational week with someone close to you is such a gift.
Q: What is included in the price?
A: Your accomodations at Blue Spirit, all of your meals (with ample vegan and GF options), all lectures, yoga, and retreat activites are included. You should not need to spend more than a few dollars in addition to this cost while staying at Blue Spirit.
Q: What is not included in this price?
A: Your transportation to and from Blue Spirit (air and ground), spa or excursion services, surf lessons, additional snacks, gift shop purchases and incidentals. We do like to venture into town as a group one night and dine out – you could easily find a lovely meal with tax and tip for less than $20 US.
Q: What is the weather like?
A: Blue Spirit is at the edge of the jungle overlooking the beach and ocean. The weather is typically warm or hot with an occasional afternoon rain shower. It’s spectacular.
Q: What about travel, vaccines, and money?
A: You will need a valid passport to travel to Costa Rica, but you will not need a Visa if you are coming from the US, Canada, or the European Union. The drinking water is good at Blue Spirit and the nearby town of Playa Guiones, as it is in most of Costa Rica, and no additional vaccines are recommended. If you’re planning to spend time off site, you may want to get some Costa Rican Colones, although US dollars are widely accepted both at Blue Spirit and in the surrounding community.
Q: Will I need air conditioning?
A: Blue Spirit offers lodging options with and without A/C, and the common areas are primarily open air, no A/C. Fans are provided in the rooms without A/C, but only you know yourself. If you’re quite accustomed to a cool sleeping environment, you may prefer a lodging option that includes A/C. We have never felt overburdened by heat in any of the lodging options.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Beach clothing, yoga clothing (shorts), slip on shoes and your camera! You can leave your shampoo and soap at home, because luxurious and eco-friendly options are provided (and required) to help protect the turtle sanctuary at Blue Spirit. Yoga mats and props are also provided, as are bath towels. Beach towels are available for purchase in the gift shop. There are no laundry facilities, so we recommend packing accordingly. You can always walk or arrange for a car to go into Playa Guiones (about an hour walk on the beach, or about a 12-minute car ride) if you need incidentals that are not available in the beautiful gift shop.
Q: Are there places to stay before and after?
A: Playa Guiones has many wonderful places to stay at all price points. Blue Spirit may have a room available for you before and after, although the property is only open to those attending retreats. There are budget-friendly hostels, luxury hotels, and yoga retreat properties all within a 30 minute drive of Blue Spirit.
Q: Where do I fly into? What is the best way to get to Blue Spirit?
A: Two great airport choices in Costa Rica:
– San Jose, which is about a five hour drive or one hour charter flight from Playa Guiones.
– Liberia, which is about a two and a half hour drive.
“The trip was nourishing at all levels from the physical layer through to the blissful core. Blue Spirit, Costa Rica, the howling monkeys, the food, the ocean, yoga with sunrise and sunset, the energy and community all lovingly Interwoven by Kia and Tommy, and the amazing music of AYkanna.”