Playa Uvita, Costa Rica
Enjoy an invigorating morning yoga practice (not too early, don’t worry – you’re on vacation!) and Restorative Yoga in the evening after you spend your day roaming, hiking, swimming, surfing, or playing (and don’t forget napping!)Dawn “MotherHeart” Smelser will lead an inspired practice that shares the wisdom of some of today’s best poets and the heart of the Classical Yoga tradition to bring you back to the sweetest things in life. All yoga sessions are led in the Yoga Pavilion, built on sacred geometry, with a unique view of the Bahia Ballena Marine National Park.
7 Nights Accommodation (1st night in hotel near airport, 6 nights in Playa Uvita)
3 Whole Foods Meals each Day
Group transport to/from the Airport to the Center
Twice Daily Yoga Practice
Personal Retreat Time
Dawn “MotherHeart” Smelser has been teaching Yoga for almost 20 years in the United States and has begun leading Internationally this year. She received her formal training in Yoga at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India, where she lived under the guidance of her Guru, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendraji from 1999-2000. She has since made another Pilgrimage to Varanasi India last year. Dawn was ordained Spiritual Healer by Divine Ministry in 2005, after 3 years of studying the esoteric yoga tradition, and opened MotherHeart Studio in 2012, where she trains Yoga Teachers. She publishes Rooted Magazine, dedicated to unearthing the traditional Roots of Yoga and lifting up modern day mystics and pilgrims.
Her style of teaching is serious where it needs to be and playful where it is helpful to the teaching, but always authentic and from the heart. A student of West African Dance for many years, and once a member of a Travelling Carnival, Dawn loves to shake up the Yoga practice every once in a while with some dance literal shaking (so fun!)
“My experience with Dawn has been holy and wild. This practice and way of teaching is a refreshing response to the chaotic world. Dawn is a vessel, through which love flows, teaching with a beautiful balance of knowledge and spirit.”
“As a teacher, Dawn has the ability to feel what her students need from her class. She takes time to speak to her students before class begins, to ask how they are feeling and what it is they need or want from class that day. On the days when you aren’t entirely sure what you need from your practice, Dawn will guide you through breath work and asana that leaves you feeling like you experienced exactly what it is you needed. “ -Molly Bolick
Beautiful, eco-friendly accommodations situated amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle trail leading to Playa Uvita, a beautiful beach (only a 15 minute walk). The atmosphere of the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single or double occupancy. We also offer two larger group rooms. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.
Single/Shared Occupancy Rooms Beautiful private bungalow style accommodations all with huge ocean views, where you can see Ballena National Marine Park, the Rainforest, and much more. All of the rooms are made from reforested wood from our trees planted on the same land 20 years ago. The architecture include local craftsmanship using wood, stone, shell, and sand. Limited singles available for an extra fee. Please register for a single room, and if spaces are full, register for a double accommodations and contact us to be placed on a waiting list. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Group Rooms The group rooms are two big rooms equipped with comfortable bunk beds. These rooms have the best ocean view, because they are located in the upper side of the lodge, have private bathrooms, and have a beautiful breeze during day and night.
While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
- Horseback Riding
- Waterfall Tour
- Fishing Trip
- River Wildlife Tour
*Price of Activities are not included in Tuition