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Sybil Merriman retreat will blend energetic yoga flows with astonishing wildlife. Active adventure and freshly prepared organic meals in a truly restorative setting. La Cusinga Lodge where you can see the aracari toucan also known as “La Cusinga”, playful capuchin white-faced monkeys and blue morpho butterflies.
Each day’s practices (morning and evening) will be infused with Earth element themes – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Stimulating a deeper connection to our planet and providing many paths for self-inquiry and growth.
In the morning, celebrate your inner power and move past limited definitions of yourself with a dynamic and physically-challenging class emphasizing mindfulness and coordination of breath with movement. We will explore postures carefully chosen to bring you into a ‘maha’ or peak pose, followed by focused breathing and guided meditation to contain and integrate the energy you awaken.
With Sybil’s style of teaching, you can expect variety: holding postures for extended times, slow movements, hands-on assists, invitation to spontaneous posture flow and contemplation of spiritual principles. Morning practice will leave you feeling energized and centered, ready to greet the day’s adventures, or pampering and relaxation, with serenity and equanimity. Vigorous morning practices will be balanced with gentle, nourishing yoga in the evening when we slow down. Rest the body and quiet the mind with restorative postures, yin yoga and Divine Sleep yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation).
After morning yoga flow, every day is an adventure of your choice! Take a horseback ride with the local cowboys at Rancho La Merced through a working ranch and pristine jungle, leading you to a gorgeous waterfall and swimming hole. There will be plenty of opportunities to go on nature hikes through La Cusinga, zipline through the canopy at Hacienda Baru, surf the fun ocean breaks or simply relax, get a massage and soak in the views from your hammock on your private veranda.
We will honor Earth Day by participating in a tree planting celebration on the property and creating gorgeous malas made from the local seeds. In the evening live music will ignite your spirit and connect you to the vibrant Costa Rican lifestyle.