“Respond to every call that excites your spirit,” Rumi
Hidden away in the tropical rain forests of Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica a community of yogi’s, slackers and acroyogi’s brought in the New Year during Fierce Grace: A New Years Retreat. This is one of my favorite things to do annually as I get to co-teach with my dear friend and incredibly talented teacher Ariel Mihic (who I met at the first YogaSlacker teacher training in 2011), surrounded by nature with an amazing group of people.
Ariel and I in Costa Rica
Our home for the retreat was a beautiful eco-lodge surrounded by a colorful abundance of green tree canopies, scarlet macaws, toucans, hummingbirds, monkeys, sloths and other creatures of the jungle with the sound of the ocean in the near distance. With no electricity and a place that was built and operated environmentally consciously we were able to disconnect with the stresses and worries of everyday life and re-connect with ourselves, one another and nature.
We had lots of time for play to rejuvenate our childlike curiosity and progress our skills in AcroYoga and Slacklining. Each day started with yoga and we were gifted with special surprises like rain showers, scarlet macaws and white faced capuchin monkeys overhead high in the trees during savasana. During AcroYoga and Slacklining we trained our skills, learned new transitions and tricks, and sparked our creative spirit.
And one of our favorites, the (Non) Talent Show were we were graced with Bollywood dancing, singing, the Acro Man Show, stories and so much more to bring in the new year. Many days were spent participating in the world around us as we surfed and paddle boarded out on the ocean surrounded by friends and beautiful landscapes. Some of us pushed our edge and sparked our adventurous spirit as we took a waterfall hike, climbed up a 90 foot Strangler Fig and leapt out. During the transition of leaving a year behind and welcoming a new year we also take time to take care of ourselves and each other. There is nothing like a nice coconut oil abhyanga (oil massage) to cool you off and relax on a hot day. And there were certainly no complaints after days of adventure and fun to take time for some much needed Thai massage listening to the gentle crashing of the waves. At the end of the day, we all desire to answer a calling that our excites our spirits. To ultimately open to adventure, push our limits, disconnect, receive big love from nature and be part of a community. Hope you can join us next year for Fierce Grace: A New Year’s Retreat! New location to be announced early March 2015. Visit www.fiercegraceretreat.com for more information. Much Love!