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). Fill out as many details as you can in our registration form and then go to 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 generally book their flights early and are happy to share that information with you in case you’d like to try and be on the same flight as us. The flight generally costs between $600 and $800. 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 1:30PM on Saturday, February 29th 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. You can easily book a room at the Adventure Inn for the evening of the 29th. Please let us know if you would like to choose that option. We often stay an extra night to make the trip home more relaxing.
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, as is the short shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel. 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 sometimes 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.
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:
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!
Will there other people besides our group at the retreat center with us?
Yes! For the past several years we have coordinated with our dear friend Moti to run our retreats at the same place, at the same time. The Goddess Garden is large enough there there has always been another group there, so we have enjoyed sharing the space with someone we know and like. Moti leads a Contact Improvisation Dance Retreat. We each have our own programing during the days, but use the same facilities for meals and in between time. We have often created opportunities for the groups to experience some overlapping if they choose to and often find friendships forming not only within our group, but with the dancers as well.
How much money do I need to bring?
For the most part, once we arrive at the Goddess Garden, all of our needs are taken care of and no money is “needed” There are some things you may choose to add on such as massages, excursions, wine with your meals…
Other than that, on the day you arrive at the Adventure Inn, you may want to get a meal at the restaurant there. Breakfast is included in your stay, and then we do stop along the road on the way to the Goddess Garden where you may want to buy lunch or a snack.
Everywhere we have been in Costa Rica takes American Dollars, though they will mostly give change in Colones.
You can get by with very little spending money, but most people bring a couple of hundred dollars and find that more than enough. You may also want to bring some small bills for the occasional tip.
There are safes in both the Adventure Inn and The Goddess Garden.