NEW YEAR’S JUNGLE PARTY
with Nikki Vilella & Rebecca Ketchum
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
December 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Cost includes: Lodging*, Gourmet Eats (veg & non-veg options), 2 vinyasa classes daily, and the experience of a lifetime. Prices do not include the cost of airfare. Prices range from $1550 – $2450.
There is a reason that the Osa lays claim to the origin of Kula. The peninsula is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth and has changed the lives of many who have walked curiously into its lush jungle canopy. The pristine rainforests and rugged beauty of this secluded natural wonderland will instantly remove you from the trappings of your NYC life (if you can gaze away from that iPhone screen!) in order to create the much needed space that all urban dwellers need. Leave the concrete, chapped lips, and unmet New Year’s expectations behind, and join us as we TRULY unplug and prepare for 2019 by centering ourselves around clear intentions and space for creation. Warning: epiphanies have been known to happen, in the most unexpected of ways! Who this retreat is for: any seeker who gravitates towards the rustic, unadulterated, glitz free nooks of the world, and welcomes living as close to nature as they can get. Prepare to spend the week living on the wild side, most likely in your bathing suit and with bare feet.
Who this retreat is not for: Anyone looking for fluffy white towels, air conditioning, and/or a Costa Rica magnet to hang on your fridge.
Lodging options: – Ramp up your nature experience in a Jungle Yurt (thatch roofed platform tent) – Open air beach front houses (private room or shared accommodation).
About Nikki Vilella: Nikki has been going to the Osa for the past 10 years, starting as a retreat participant on one of Kula’s Maiden voyages (think old skool Alison+Schuyler)! She has ushered into her life more than a few new things while hanging out on this very Peninsula, and cannot think of a better place to celebrate the New Year. Nikki is a long time Kula teacher and co-director of Kula Williamsburg and the new Kula Soho. Whether in the halls of Kula or on retreat, she strives to create precise physical movement, intelligence and intention into one sweaty, uplifting experience.
About Rebecca Ketchum: Rebecca fell in love with the Osa Peninsula and Kula around the same time. She considers Kula her family and is thrilled to teach with her sister/inspiration Nikki in this most magical of places. Rebecca has been teaching movement and body awareness in the form of dance, meditation, and yoga for over 15 years. Drawn to yoga’s non-competitive and healing nature, she asks her students to use yoga as a practice of quiet self-observance without judgement. Structured around breath and space, her mindfully aligned vinyasa classes include elements of her background in Iyengar, Ashtanga, dance, therapeutic yoga, and Kundalini. Her classes are known to leave students full of new information yet clear-headed, light yet grounded, strong yet nimble. One major part of the retreat experience is obviously the place and you can’t beat the Osa Peninsula. The other piece is the people. Rebecca can wait to see what great group comes together this year. www.ketchumyoga.com.
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COSTA RICA: YOGA + SURF
with Schuyler Grant and Alex Auder
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
April 20—27, 2019
A rustic week at our FAVORITE place on Earth!
Prices range from $1600 (shared/solo elevated platform tents) to $2500 (shared/solo room in one of the property’s open-air houses) and include all lodging, meals, and yoga. Spots are held with a non-refundable $600 deposit.
***Also includes your first group surf lesson. Additional lessons and board rental can be arranged upon arrival.
Roundtrip airfare (one flight to San Jose, Costa Rica and one flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica) not included.
Open to all levels. Two yoga classes daily. Free time can be spent hiking, surfing, paddling, watching scarlet macaws and monkeys, getting bodywork, and/or chilling in a hammock.
Schuyler Grant has been leading retreats to Costa Rica for 20 years! (A number that she finds incredible and slightly scary.) It all started in 1995 when she produced a yoga video shot in the Osa. She fell so deeply in love with this peninsula that she became a yoga teacher so she could bring her own groups to this magical spot. Seriously. During her millennium New Years retreat, she began discussing the idea of opening a yoga studio…and Kula Yoga Project was born. A few years later some local surfers convinced her that yoga was better on a surfboard and now forget it – the only thing keeping her in NYC is a husband who doesn’t like critters. One of her greatest pleasures in life is introducing yogis to her favorite spot on earth. Schuyler is the director of Kula Yoga Project, NYC and the co-creator of the Wanderlust festival.
Alex Auder, director of Magu Yoga, is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Chelsea Hotel, and recently brought her 20 years of teaching experience to Philadelphia. Known as one of NYC’s preeminent teachers, she has developed a keen eye and a genuinely authentic and original voice. She began her teaching career in 1996 at Jivamukti Yoga Center and at her own studio in Rhinebeck, NY (now Satya Yoga). During her years in Upstate NY she studied closely with her Vedanta teacher, Shubraji, who continues to deeply influence her teaching and practice. And over the last 10 years Alex had been teaching out of her own studio, WestVillageYoga (critics pick in NY Magazine) and as a senior teacher at Kula Yoga Project until she recently moved to Mt Airy. Informed by her study of Iyengar Yoga and Nevine Michaan (among many others!), her vinyasa classes are known for the graceful integration of clear and precise alignment cues, intelligent sequencing, vedantic philosophy, and generous amounts of what have been called “revelatory” hands-on assists. Alex also teaches a monthly “Masters Class” at Kula Yoga in Williamsburg, BK, leads the sections of Kula Yoga’s advanced TT and 200 hour TT called “Relevant Dharma Talk” & “The Art of Adjustments,” is a mentor in the new Wanderlust TT, and co-leads a summer retreat at Kripalu. www.maguyoga.com.
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with Nikki Vilella, Alex Auder, & Erin Dudley
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
July 14—19, 2019
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It’s summer camp for adults! YES! We’ve nixed the wedgies and mean girls of yesteryear and replaced them with 5 hours of an eclectic mix of yogic studies, feasting at the famous Kripalu dining hall, hiking wooded Massachusetts trails, and long soaks in the hot tub. We started Camp Kula eight years ago because we recognized that most New York City practitioners are so consumed by their busy lives that it’s hard to fit in a 90-minute yoga class; and while that class might have some chanting, a short pranayama, or meditation, the practice is mostly physical.
At Kula our practice is a vigorous, highly creative vinyasa form, focusing mostly on asana, but we know that yoga’s esoteric teachings have so much more to offer. We love bringing this 5-day intensive to Kripalu to help dedicated practitioners and teachers go deep. We will examine the workings of your physical and subtle self in 12 workshops exploring such diverse topics as bandhas, kriyas, Vedantic philosophy, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation, and chakra studies; and bring it all home with two sweaty Kula Flow classes daily. We’ll even squeeze in the time for a hike down to the lake for a swim and a bonfire. Expect to laugh, expect to learn. After 5 days of Camp Kula, you will float home – your body, mind, and spirit thoroughly worked over and soaring.
This workshop is open to students who have been practicing regularly for at least 2 years and teachers of all forms of yoga.