Costa Rica Retreat

"Moment by Moment"

6th Annual Yoga Retreat

May 4-11, 2019




Dawn Balfour

Certified Yoga Instructor and Therapist (C-IAYT)



Prices start from $1050 USD double occupancy

Serenity at the top of a mountain Beautiful, fun and healthy. Pura Vida Retreat and Spa offers you a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit in an oasis of beauty, tranquility and home like intimacy. Pamper your body and soul while exploring the delights of Costa Rica, a country which is renowned for its beauty.


Imagine the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, birds singing, rivers rushing down mountains, Volcanoes rumbling and you will picture your magnificent time at Pura Vida Spa. This tranquil escape welcomes you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and find peace and clarity through Yoga and Meditation. Visit to see the beauty and serenity of this location.  

Friends and family who are either new to Yoga or who wish to just enjoy the serenity that this location offers are more than welcome to attend.


Dawn Balfour has been a student for more than 16 years and has been teaching for the past 12 years.  She is a Certified Comprehensive Yoga Therapist is accredited with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has over 2500 hrs of teaching experience.  Dawn brings several aspects of Yogic philosophy into her life and into her classes, she believes in living fully moment by moment and through Yoga has healed significantly from ill health. 

In addition to teaching classes in Barrie, Ontario, Canada she works in association with modalities such as Physiotherapists, Chiropractics and Osteopaths.  She facilitates retreats as well as specialising in Yoga for back health, mental health, Fertility, Prental and Postnatal Yoga and is now gaining her certification as a Doula (birth coach).

She worked as a faculty member of the 2 year Georgian Yoga Teacher Training Program from 2014 until 2018 and also is the Program Co-Ordinator for Center for Inner Freedom who provide Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs to the community.  


Your stay will be one to remember for it's beauty.  Pura Vida Spa is a private, gated, 8-acre mountainside estate in Costa Rica's Alujuela province. It is only 20 minutes northwest of the SJO International Airport and 45 minutes from downtown San Jose. Located at almost 5,000 feet above sea-level, year-round temperatures at Pura Vida range from 70 to 80 degrees during the day with mild nights in the high 50s to low 60s. May through November is the Green Season in Costa Rica.

The sun rises here all year round 5:30 am and by 6:00 am everyone is usually naturally awake and alert. Sunset is around 6:00 pm all year round.

The Deluxe Vista rooms are spacious and have a private balcony with stunning views, private bath and coffee maker and can accommodate 1 King or 2 Twin beds.   

Pura Vida has a lovely pool and hot tub and offers massage and other therapeutic treatments to enhance your health and relaxation.  There are also guided walks through the surrounding coffee plantations and Latin dance classes.

The Yoga Halls are spacious and have stunning views.  We will be using Shanti Halls, both of which are a joy to be in.

You will find the staff warm and friendly.  Most meals are vegetarian and there are fish and meat options available (very tasty food!).


All mats, blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters are provided.

You will discover your Yoga practice enhanced by the energy of the earth synchronised with the clarity of mind and freedom of spirit.  Senses awaken to bring you fully to the present moment, breath by breath.

Each day will include an early morning and a late afternoon session of relaxation, breathing practice, yoga poses and meditation. On Wednesdays the Full Day excursions take place so usually just one class on that day.  All levels of yoga experience are welcome.

Tentalow - based on double occupancy (pp)...$1050 USD

A-Frame Room - based on double occupancy (pp) - $1210 USD.

Single occupancy is available.  Extra nights with meals can be added, subject to availability.

Included in this package
7 nights accommodation, 3 nutritious meals a day, 2 daily yoga classes (except on day of arrival and full day excursion where you may only be able to attend 1 class), transfers to and from the airport, guided walks through surrounding coffee plantations, use of the newly renovated salt water swimming pool and hot tub.

Not Included
Flights to and from San Jose International airport, flight cancellation insurance and medical insurance, lunches, snacks, drinks, excursions, gratuities, massage and wellness therapies.

Flight Information
You can book your flights by contacting your travel agent or via the web ( 

Aim to arrive for 2pm check in time.


A valid passport is necessary for travel to Costa Rica. Please make sure your travel documents are up to date (for further information on passport requirements, Visa?s and immunizations, please go to

You can bring your own yoga equipment (sticky mat, light cover or blanket, belt, cushion, whatever you need) ? the spa does provide these for you.

Pack clothing for sun protection, and for going out in the evening.  Some days can be quite hot whilst the nights are cooler (bring warmer PJ's).

Be sure to have sunscreen for daytime and bug repellent for evening (which may not be needed as there are few bugs due to the altitude of the location).

The local currency is Costa Rican Colons (exchange rate is approx. $1.00 CDN = $501.40 CRC?s). Please bring a debit card and/or credit card.

Bring walking/hiking shoes, bathing suit, camera, drawing and reading material.

REGISTRATION - Please contact Dawn Balfour to receive your registration form and to book your spot - or 705 -241-7168

First come, first served and there are only 15 spots available, so book soon.

































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