Details & Frequently Asked Questions:
Hello! We are so happy that you are interested in joining our Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica! Please read over these Details and Frequently Asked Questions. We hope that your advance questions get addressed, and you can have an easy time planning your trip. Let Chandra or Robin know if we can answer any other questions that you don’t see listed below. We hope you decide to register for this most relaxing adventure!
How do I register?
Proceed to Chandra Cantor’s website www.steppingintobalance.com
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.
As we all know, the future path of Covid-19 is unknown. At this moment, it looks very hopeful and positive, both in the United States, as well as in Costa Rica.
We are sensitive to everyone’s safety and comfort. We suggest that you plan your travel and stay in Costa Rica with utmost care. If you are vaccinated, as we see it currently, there is no need to wear masks on this retreat, unless otherwise instructed. If you are not vaccinated, please get Covid tested 48 hours before the retreat, and plan to wear masks when in close contact with other people.
If you contract Covid-19 at the time of the retreat, we will give you a full refund.
If anything changes regarding travel to and from Costa Rica, we will, of course, keep you posted.
Help defray costs for BIPOC, LGBTQ or other underrepresented participants who need financial assistance in order to attend!
We are so excited to be offering an Inclusivity Scholarship (or scholarships!) this year. We envision a world in which everyone is supported and no one is left out. We offer these scholarships based on financial standing, and level of access to wealth, as well as to support individuals who self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented and/or marginalized group, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, sexual identity, gender identity, and/or other unique identities we do not know to name. We invite these individuals to apply HERE.
We will award scholarships as funds allow. The number of scholarships we are able to award is directly related to the amount of donations we receive. Please consider contributing generously!
Thank you for your donation, no matter how small or large.
Booking your flights
You’re registered for the Retreat- hooray and congratulations! Now to book your travel. Travel is your financial responsibility. We will all meet in San Jose for the first evening 2/12/22 (see below), and travel together by way of a private shuttle to The Goddess Garden the next morning 2/13/22.
An important detail: For your flight home, it is best to book a flight sometime after 1:00PM on February 19, 2022, 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. Many people choose to spend at least one additional night in San Jose to make travel home easier. If you choose this, room and board will be your financial responsibility, but we can easily help you book a night at the Adventure Inn.
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 together to The Goddess Garden, refreshed and ready to sink in!
The shuttle from the hotel 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)!
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!
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!
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.
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.