May All Beings Be Happy and Free: Costa Rica Retreat w/ Jennifer

May All Beings Be Happy and Free: Costa Rica Retreat w/ Jennifer

14 Jul 11:00 - 21 Jul 14:00 - Uvita
Playa Uvita

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Retreats offer us a chance to step away from the busyness of daily life in order to turn inward, reflect, renew, and deepen our practice; in so doing, we remember our connection to all beings, everywhere—and we cultivate compassion. In remembering that connection, we may be inspired to work for positive change in the world. Join Jennifer Lenhart, CYT/E-RYT, for a week-long retreat focusing on the interdependent nature of all beings and on softening our hearts and cultivating compassion.

National Geographic calls Costa Rica “the most biologically intense place on earth”. What better place to look deeply at nature and our place in it, to look deeply at ourselves, and to consider what Thich Nhat Hanh calls “interbeing”? Our home for the week will be a beautiful eco-lodge on the Pacific Coast.

Through yoga asana classes, silent meditation, guided meditation, and discussion/talks, we’ll explore our theme for the week: “Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu” or “May All Beings Be Happy and Free.”

Those new to yoga and meditation are welcome, as are seasoned practitioners.


Jennifer Lenhart, CYT/E-RYT 200, found yoga in 1994 and began teaching in 2009. To date, she has taught over 4,300 hours of yoga. She is honored to have studied in Cleveland, Ohio at the Jivasara Yoga School under Marni Task (an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher & Anusara-inspired instructor). Around the same time she found yoga, she also discovered the teachings of Buddhism and developed a seated meditation practice. Having experienced the transformative and healing power of yoga and meditation, Jennifer is passionate about sharing them with others. Jennifer is also a certified Thai Yoga massage practitioner and holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature.

In class, expect to hear inspirational music, do some devotional chanting, consider how the teachings of yoga & Buddhism can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness and focus to the breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in the postures, and be invited to bring mindfulness to all areas of the practice — body, mind, and soul. And probably enjoy some laughter, too.


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. 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/Double 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 includes 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 shared accommodations room and contact us to be placed on a waiting list. We will do our best to accommodate you.

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