NEW YEAR’S JUNGLE PARTY
with Nikki Vilella & Rebecca Ketchum
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
December 28, 2019 – January 4, 2020
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 2020 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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with Nikki Vilella & Erin Dudley
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
February 7—9, 2020
To register for this workshop, please visit Kripalu’s website:
Many moons ago we created The NYC Kula Hour for the urban dweller who couldn’t manage to carve out a full 90-120 minutes for their yoga practice. We consider it a “65 minute shot of the good stuff” where we get right down to brass tacks. This winter we extend the concept to our infamous Camp Kula! For those who cannot carve out an entire week for summer camp (or for those who just want to double dip!) we’ve added a winter weekend intensive just for you.
At Kula our practice is a vigorous, highly creative vinyasa form that seamlessly blends attention to alignment with the steady metronome of the breath. The result: an intelligent, ecstatic moving meditation. Although much of our attention is admittedly focused on asana and body mechanics, we are old school enough to know that the body is merely the instrument and the tool we use in order to explore yoga’s more esoteric teachings (where the real nectar is at!). At Camp Kula you can expect a daily Kula Flow class which we will sprinkle with an eclectic mix of yogic studies (anything from bandha and pranayama to Vedantic philosophy and chakra studies). In our free time we will feast at the famous Kripalu dining hall, hike along wooded Massachusetts trails (snowshoes anyone?!) and take long soaks in the hot tub or hold court in the sauna. Expect to laugh, expect to learn. We love bringing this intensive to Kripalu to help dedicated practitioners and teachers go deep, on both a physical AND a metaphysical level. After 3 days at Camp Kula you will return home with body, mind and soul soaring.
This workshop is open to students who have been practicing regularly for at least 2 years and teachers of all forms of yoga.
KULA IN THE CANYON
with Schuyler Grant and Nikki Vilella
Topanga Canyon, California
March 12—15, 2020
At the end of the end of the end of a road, perched atop a remote valley of the Santa Monica mountains, sits Topanga Commune: 10 acres of meandering paths, oak trees, palms and gardens abutting state land. You won’t believe you are less than an hour from the heart of LA.
The property has a main house, a guest house, four sweet A-Frame cabins and plenty of room for camplng. Lodging options range from a large master bedroom with a massive private bath to affordable (but still super sweet) shared accomodations. Sleep on organic mattresses and linens, and enjoy the bounty of LA’s best local farmers for every home cooked meal. The property has a sauna, hot tub, resistance lap pool and a plethora of hammocks. (Linens and bath towel provided. Please bring your own spa towel – and a fearless heart for the cold plunge!)
Songwriter Neil Young lived on this property for many years and was deeply inspired by this magical spot. If there is anywhere in the world to find “a heart of gold,” it may be here. I want to live, I want to give. I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold. It’s these expressions I never give that keep me searching for a heart of gold.
MAVENS ON THE WAVES
a yoga + surf adventure with Schuyler Grant and Alex Auder
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
May 2—9, 2020
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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THE UNITED STATES OF FLOW
with Schuyler Grant
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
July 10—12, 2020
Registration and details at www.esalen.org
More info coming soon!
with Nikki Vilella, Alex Auder, & Erin Dudley
Menla retreat center / Catskills, NY
August 12—16, 2020
To register for this workshop, please visit Menla’s website:
Many moons ago we created Camp Kula for the urban dweller who couldn’t manage to carve out a full 90-120 minutes for their daily yoga practice. The concept: set aside the time to go deep with two daily Kula Flow classes and two daily workshops aimed at unearthing the more esoteric parts of the practice. Fast forward to 2020 and we find ourselves thrilled to offer this classic Kula retreat a little bit closer to home amidst the stunning Catskill mountains. And for those of you who still have trouble carving out time, we have made this a long weekend intensive! Think of it as a straight up shot of the good stuff.
At Kula our practice is a vigorous, highly creative vinyasa form that seamlessly blends attention to alignment with the steady metronome of the breath. The result: an intelligent, ecstatic moving meditation. Although much of our attention is admittedly focused on asana and body mechanics, we are old school enough to know that the body is merely the instrument and the tool we use in order to explore yoga’s more esoteric teachings (where the real nectar is at!). At Camp Kula you can expect a daily Kula Flow class which we will sprinkle with an eclectic mix of yogic studies (anything from bandha and pranayama to Vedantic philosophy and chakra studies). In our free time we will relax at the pond, swim in the pool, hike on incredible wooded trails that the Catskills are knows for and hold court in the sauna. You can also treat yourself at the renowned Menla spa! Expect to laugh, expect to learn. We love this intensive and are happy to bring it closer to home in order to help dedicated practitioners and teachers go deep, on both a physical AND a metaphysical level. After 5 days at Camp Kula you will return home with body, mind and soul soaring.