Previous Event: Costa Rica Retreat & Retrain

Yoga Retreat and Training with Lara Heimann

March 9 – March 16 2019

Join Lara Heimann for a yoga retreat and LYT (Lara’s Yoga Training) course in Costa Rica. She is offering a one-of-a-kind yoga retreat and training course to reset your heart, mind, body, and spirit. Retreat from the world and retrain your movement patterns and habits to find more freedom. Enjoy seven peaceful nights and days doing yoga, learning, and exploring at the ultra private Villa Mareas in Uvita Costa Rica, surrounded by over 400 acres of pristine rain forest, with wildlife, waterfalls, and pure beauty.

Start each day with a 90 minute yoga class with Lara where you reset your body and open up to new possibilities on your mat and life. Every afternoon, join Lara for a workshop and class where you will learn how to incorporate reset-methods into your own practice and teaching. She will cover alignment, mobility, myofascial, breath, and bandhas. You can apply the training to 20 hours of LYT certification credits and/or 20 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.

Enjoy 3 vegan meals a day, prepared by our private chef on location. Plus, gather in the kitchen for vegan cooking demonstrations to learn how to incorporate the flavors of Costa Rica into your dishes back home. A Sierpe Mangrove boat tour through Central America’s largest mangrove and a kayak tour through the jungle are included in your retreat package.

Villa Mareas

Within the incredibly lush and green jungles of the Southern Pacific Whales Coast of Costa Rica, Villa Mareas is a sanctuary of its own. The private estate is 18,000 square feet and sits on 36 acres of pristine rainforest and offers trails to waterfalls and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy the wild life that surrounds Villa Mareas, with over 400 acres of dedicated wild life sanctuary that is home to several troops of monkeys and exotic birds. Stroll through the gardens, take in the Kaleidoscope of tropical flowers, or check out the resident sloth from your terrace.

This is not your typical villa experience. The staff is highly trained and well educated in the Costa Rican history and surroundings. They also serve as guides, greatly enriching the experience.

Swim in the lap of luxury with a 1,700 sq. ft. pool, which is surfaced entirely in blue iridescent glass tile and contains an infinity edge. Enjoy views of the rain forest and the Pacific Ocean below. Toucans can be seen daily from the edge of the pool as they glide in front of you to the “Manglillo” tree.

Sample Daily Itinerary:

  • 7:30 – 9:30 AM Yoga with Lara
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM Breakfast
  • 10:30 – 1:30 PM Relaxation and Excursions
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:30 – 5:30 PM Relaxation and Excusions
  • 5:30 – 7:30 PM Yoga Workshop with Lara
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM Dinner

Included excursions: A tour through the Sierpe Mangrove, the largest mangrove in Central America. Your guide will point out all kinds of animals in the wild: Howler Monkeys, Capuchin Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, exotic tree frogs, sloths, coatis, kinkajous, anteaters, Red Macaw, Caymen and the American Crocodile. Plus a kayak tour through the jungle.

Other excursions (for purchase separately): Archeological Spheres – ATV tours – Artisan Markets – Canopy Zip Line -Cano Island snorkel – Cano Island Diving – Cooking Classes – Day hikes – Farmers Market – Horseback Riding – Kayaking – River Rafting – Secret Beaches – Spa – Sports Fishing – Stand up Paddle Boarding – Surfing lessons – Water Fall Exploration – Whale Watching – 4 x 4 Driving


Who is this retreat suitable for?

Everyone! From those new to yoga to advanced yoga teachers.

When does the retreat start and end?

The first official yoga class of the retreat will be in the morning on March 10. For anyone that takes the group airport transfer, there will be an optional yoga class in the evening on March 9.

The last yoga class is in the evening on March 15 and checkout is in the morning on March 16.

When should I book my flights for?

If you want to join the included group arrival airport transfer, please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport before 1:30 pm local time on March 9. Otherwise, you can book your flight to land at your convenience, but please arrange for your own transportation to Villa Mareas.

If you want to join the included departure transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport, which will leave at 7:00 am on March 16, book your flight to leave no earlier than 1:00 pm or arrange your own transportation to the airport from Villa Mareas.

How do I get to Villa Mareas?

Fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport on March 9. We have a group airport transfer leaving the airport at 3:00pm that day. It is 3 and a half hours driving to Villa Mareas. You are welcome to get your own transfer if you are arriving earlier and don’t want to wait for the group, or arriving later.

What is included in the price?

Daily yoga and workshops with Lara, 20 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance (if you are a certified teacher) and/or Lara’s Yoga Training (LYT) program, 7 nights at the exclusive Villa Mareas, 3 vegan meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), fresh jucies with breakfast, a vegan cooking demonstration, a Sierpe Mangrove boat tour through Central America’s largest mangrove, a kayak tour through the jungle, and group airport transfers.

What is NOT included in the price?

Alcohol, airport transfers outside of the group transfers, car rentals, additional excursions

How do I get LYT Certification or Yoga Alliance credits?

If you are already a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, you can apply 20 hours of this training to your continuing education credits. Everyone will be eligible to apply the 20 hours of training to your LYT certification credits, which is Lara’s own certification course. These hours will count towards the in-person apprenticeship hours, but you must also take Lara’s Level 1 LYT course in order to be certified to teach yoga. There is an online version of the course coming this spring.

What is the currency and should I exchange money?

Costa Rica’s national currency is known as the colón (plural: colones), but dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas and other places around the country. The only cash you will need is for any additional food/drinks, transportation, or excursions. We recommend having some cash on hand while travelling, either US dollars or exchange money/take money out of the ATM when you arrive at the airport.

What should I pack?

Yoga mat, notebook + pen, yoga clothes for 7 days, casual clothing, bathing suits, sandals, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, hat, sneakers for excursions, water bottle, cash and/or credit card, toiletries, passport

Are there bugs?

Yes – we are nested in the jungle and there are bugs and lots of interesting animals! Bring your buy spray.

Is there cell phone service and wifi?

There is wifi on the Villa Mareas property and cellular service is limited.

Do I need to rent a car?

If you want to go explore property or find exclusive beaches, we recommend renting 4×4 vehicles to explore the area around Villa Mareas. You can book them directly with the villa when you arrive.

What is the beach like?

There are several beaches, all accessible within a short drive from the villa.

Can I book extra days?

Please contact Villa Mareas directly if you would like to book extra days.

What’s the refund policy?

30 days before the retreat begins

If cancellation is made by February 8, 2019 all monies received from the participant will be refunded. No credit or refund is available for cancellations after February 8, 2019, or if the participant does not show up, or leaves early for any reason.

Lara Heimann strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for your trip such as TRAVEL GUARD

Lara Heimann is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all participants; however, participants must assume the risk inherent in travel including those from the weather, wildlife or other force majeure.

The participant confirms that he/she has no physical conditions or medical precautions that would adversely affect his/her ability to take part in the yoga program or other physical or cultural activities offered.

The participant fully understands that his/her participation in the yoga program or other activities could be injurious to his/her health. The participant voluntarily assumes all risks related to such activities and releases Lara Heimann from liability for accident, personal injury, illness, emotional damage, incurred travel expenses or property damage he/she may incur as a result of his/her going on this retreat.