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Don't miss this unique tropical all-inclusive belly dance retreat, complete with:
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz
Experience the beauty of Costa Rica while studying with a founder of tribal fusion belly dance, the one and only Rachel Brice.
This retreat focuses on the enjoyment of belly dance as a way to vibrant health, community, and authentic artistry. Blue Spirit is the perfect location for "The Heart of Belly Dance" retreats. With a large and open communal space and a classroom with a panoramic view of the ocean, our focus is on dancing with nature and with each other.
Enjoy a menu of delicious gourmet vegetarian food (with occasional fish), wellness treatments, and a breathtaking beach just steps away from the jungle. Walk along the beach to the small yoga & surf-town of Nosara (or take a short taxi ride) to visit the local shops and restaurants.
Choose your own adventure! You can attend all the classes or none at all. Spend the days at the beach, in town, receiving a massage, at the pool, on an excursion, or dancing/stretching/sweating it out with Rachel in Sky Mind Hall.
Leave your cares at home and reconnect with your love for belly dance. Join us for a week of dance and yoga bliss.
Rachel Brice first fell in love with Belly Dance at 16 years old, when she saw The Gypsy Moor Dancers (who later became Hahbi'Ru) at a Renaissance Faire, and started classes with Atesh immediately. Soon after, she discovered a video of Suhaila Salimpour which she obsessively studied. She began making her living by performing American Cabaret Belly Dance at restaurants and teaching yoga while putting herself through school.
A decade later she discovered Carolena Nericcio's American Tribal Style, which shifted her aesthetic from nightclub to nomad, and Jill Parker became her technique inspiration. She then studied several world and contemporary dance forms as she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Ethnology. The fresh immersion in these dance forms and exposure to San Francisco culture began to mix with her 10 years as a restaurant dancer, and she (unwittingly) started to blend these influences and create something new.
In 2001 she was accidentally discovered by rock mogul Miles Copeland, and toured for several years with his company, The Bellydance Superstars. Through The BDSS, Rachel had the opportunity to work with the incredible Mardi Love, who quickly became her hero and muse. Mardi had also started with Cabaret before discovering Tribal, and as they made dances and costumes together for BDSS, a new style, influenced by the late 1800s to 1920s, emerged. These international tours, along with the newly born YouTube, sparked a global interest in this emerging style of Belly Dance, which has gone on to grow, change, and evolve.
Today, Rachel studies with her teachers Carolena Nericcio and Gary Kraftsow. Whenever possible, she takes classes with her colleagues.
When not teaching on the road, she lives in Portland, Oregon where she's opened a studio, Datura, and has begun a production company, Little Scarab with her partner, Sol Crawford. Together they've created a belly dance training program called the 8 Elements™ Approach to Belly Dance. Someday they hope to own a dog and tend a garden.
Blue Spirit Costa Rica provides an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability. Perched on a hilltop beside a peninsula that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge, Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica's renown beaches.
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Delicious, wholesome and nutritious cuisine is included! Your stay at Blue Spirit includes three delicious consciously prepared meals each day. Most meals are gourmet vegetarian, with fresh, locally caught fish served a few times each week. The daily lunch and dinner buffet includes a Pure Food Option, which offers greens, grains, and legumes without oils or seasonings. We purchase the food from local farmers and organic produce when available.
Blue Spirit offers a variety of accommodations for varying tastes and budgets, from luxury rooms with ocean or mountain views, to charming nature suites and platform tents.
Most accommodations can be arranged with either two single beds or one queen- or king-size bed. The electrical system in Costa Rica is identical to that in the U.S. So, anything you bring (laptops, electric razors, hair dryers, etc.) can be used without the need of an adapter.
All-inclusive: the registration rate includes all dance classes, lodging, three meals per day.Airfare, shuttle transportation, gratuity, excursions, bar and spa services are not included.
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* Note: Tent rooms share a common bathroom.
All rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Cancellation policy: You may sell or transfer your registration to another person. If you do, please send us notice of your registration transfer.
If you decide to cancel your trip, we require written notification of your cancellation. In addition, the following cancellation fees apply:
The two international airports in Costa Rica are: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and San Jose International Airport (SJO). Both airports have frequent flights to and from all over the United States and Canada.
We recommend flying into Liberia, which has been recently expanded with increased numbers of flights from the US and Canada. From Liberia airport, it is a two-hour scenic drive to Blue Spirit.
Flying to San Jose is also an option as sometimes flights from the US, Canada, or other parts of the world are less expensive or more direct than flying into Liberia. You can get from San Jose to Blue Spirit by ground (4-1/2 hour shuttle ride), or by air (40-minute short domestic flight from SJO to the local Nosara Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from Blue Spirit).
Please book your travel to arrive on Saturday, February 11 and depart on Saturday, February 18, 2017. There is no scheduled programming on these travel days.
Check-in is at 4:00 pm on Saturday. The ideal flight arrival time at LIR airport (for shuttle service) is 11:30-3:30 pm or 6:30-8:00 pm. If you live in a climate with snowy winters, we recommend choosing a flight itinerary with connections in cities with mild winters (Houston or Miami) if possible, to decrease the chance of weather-related cancellations or delays.
For your departure flight on Saturday, Feb. 18 - the later the better. Shuttles back to the airport leave ~5 hours before your flight to accommodate the 2-hour transit time and 2-hour recommended arrival at the airport for international flights.
Shuttle Service to/from Blue Spirit
Group shuttles depart from Liberia International Airport (LIR) to Blue Spirit on Saturdays between 12:00-4:00 pm and then again from 7:00-8:30 pm. The cost is $60 per person each way, payable in cash or by credit card at Blue Spirit reception.
If you arrive at a different time than the scheduled shuttle departure times or prefer to travel privately, individual transportation can be arranged for you. Individual transportation is $160 for one person, or $80 each for two people, one way.
Once you register for the retreat, we will send shuttle information and a form for you to book your shuttle transportation.
Join us for a week of belly dance bliss!