FAQ Costa Rica

Hello!  We are so happy that you are interested in joining us for this fabulous Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica!  Over the years, we’ve found that folks have some Frequently Asked Questions. We’re including them here, in hopes that your advance questions get addressed, and you can have a super easy time planning.  Let us know if we can answer any other questions that you don’t see listed below.  We sure hope you decide to register for this most relaxing adventure!

With Love and Light,

Robin & Chandra

How do I register?

Proceed to Chandra Cantor’s website, www.steppingintobalance.com  (you may be here now).  Click on the flyer for the retreat, which will show you details about the trip.  At the bottom of the page, you can click on the PayPal button, and submit your deposit of $300.  You could choose to pay for the entire retreat, or just pay the deposit.  You can also give Chandra or Robin a check for the deposit, or more.  Make your check out to Chandra Cantor.

Booking your flights:

You’re registered for the Retreat- hooray and congratulations! Now to book your travel. Travel is your financial responsibility.  Frequently, Bostonians end up on the same flights. Robin and Chandra usually book with USAirways, the morning that the retreat begins (this year, March 17th 2018).  This flight generally costs between $500 and $700. You are welcome to book with any airline/flight you like (you may find a better deal, or have frequent flyer miles to use, etc.), as we will all meet in San Jose for the first evening (see below), and travel together by way of a private shuttle to The Goddess Garden early the next morning.

An important detail: For your flight home, it is best to book a flight sometime after 1:00PM on March 24th 2018, as we will be traveling together by way of a private shuttle from The Goddess Garden to the airport.  If you choose to stay on in Costa Rica, or travel on a different day, go for it, however, your shuttle to the airport is your responsibility at that point.  We can easily book you a room at the Adventure Inn for the evening of the 24th.  Please let us know if you would like to choose that option.

Arrival in Costa Rica:

Imagine yourself arriving in a new country, just getting through immigration, and bursting out of the airport into the tropical warmth and sunshine. Taxis and people everywhere, folks beginning their adventures!  Welcome to Costa Rica!  To get us all landed and arrived, we will all meet up at a hotel close to the airport ~ The Adventure Inn.  This stay at the hotel is included in our Retreat’s cost.  We’ll all meet up here, and the next morning, travel en masse to The Goddess Garden, refreshed and ready to sink in! The shuttle to the The Goddess Garden is about 4 hours.  It’s a beautiful, scenic drive, and we’ll stop for bathroom breaks and snacks along the way.

Room and roommate choices:

When you register, let us know your room preference: dorm, triple, double or single, and if you have a person or people with whom you’d like to lodge.  If you don’t have a roommate preference, we will help match you with a great roommate(s)! We will have a Meet and Greet before the Retreat, so you can see who might be just the right person (or people) for you to live with during this fantastic week in paradise.

The Retreat: 

Robin and Chandra are so excited to be your yoga teachers, hosts and facilitators throughout your experience.  We will offer two classes almost every day of the retreat, a more vigorous class in the morning, and a more restorative class in the late afternoon; all will be open levels classes (see below).  All classes are optional, as you are welcome to nurture your own rhythm of movement any way that feels right for you.  We invite you enjoy the retreat for your own needs and desires.  Please let us know in advance if you have any requests, yoga- wise, or otherwise.  We’ll do our best to address your needs, interests and curiosities.

Level of Yoga:

We welcome all levels of yoga, although it’s a great idea that you become at least acquainted with the basics of practice of yoga asana before arriving on this Retreat.  We will tailor the classes to the group as a whole, offering options for different abilities, listening to people’s requests and interests.  If there’s a desire for it, we will offer a more energetic or challenging practice for those who are seeking out a more high-level yoga experience. 
Some of our yoga offerings are not physical in nature at all, and gift you with the  opportunity for self growth, as we use discussion, games, partner work and meditation techniques as a vehicle for deeper personal work.
In general, everyone has had an amazing yogic experience on the Retreat, and comes home with beautiful, strong practices and a fuller sense of self!

Excursions:

There are many excursions available to you during your stay in Costa Rica.  You may choose to experience a lot outside of the Goddess Garden’s retreat setting, or you may want to stay close to home. At some point during the retreat, we will all travel together for a day at the Cahuita National Park, a wonderful exploration of the jungle, its flora and fauna, with the wondrously beautiful Caribbean Sea at the jungle’s edge.

As the time comes closer, we will send you a list of excursions to look over, and you can decide what you might want to do once you arrive at the Goddess Garden.  There is no need to plan ahead.  You can decide if and what you want to do once you are immersed in the setting of the retreat.  We give you this list to get you excited about the possibilities, if you choose that route!