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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 after watching the famous Hahbi'Ru at the Northern California Renaissance Faire in 1988 and began taking classes right away. In 1999, she decided to study full time, and relocated for the University program in Dance Ethnology at San Francisco State University. While in San Francisco, she studied with Jill Parker and was a member of Ultra Gypsy Dance Theatre in 2001.
In 2002 she was discovered by rock mogul Miles Copeland and began touring internationally with his company, Bellydance Superstars. Also in 2002 she founded The Indigo Belly Dance Company. Between 2007 and 2010, The Indigo toured with its first full-length show, Le Serpent Rouge.
After 10 years in the Bay Area, studying with John Compton of Hahbi Ru, Suhaila Salimpour, and her primary teacher, Carolena Nericcio, Rachel moved to Portland, Oregon. In Portland, she's formed a production company, Little Scarab, which hosts her training program, The 8 Elements, and has opened a dance studio called Datura.
Whenever possible, Rachel studies with her yoga teacher, Gary Kraftsow, and dreams of owning a dog and tending 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 in the rates listed below.
Note: If you have a spouse or friend who would like to accompany you, but won't be taking the workshops, their cost is $600 less than the respective room rate below. This non-participant rate includes all meals, the shared room, and use of the Blue Spirit facilities. If you would like to register a non-dancing participant, please send us an email, and we'll send you registration details.
If you register at the double occupancy rate and are attending the retreat by yourself, you will be assigned a roommate.
A non-refundable deposit of $900/person by credit card will reserve your room and your spot in the workshops.
Your remaining balance payments will be charged to your credit card starting 30 days after the deposit is received. Your payment schedule depends on room level and deposit date. Please call us at +1 (202) 362-4400 to set up a payment plan and guarantee your space.
*All payment plans must be completed by January 15, 2016.*
* Eco-Cottages have new private bathrooms!.
Note: Tent rooms share a common bathroom. All rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis.
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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 13 and depart on Saturday, February 20, 2016. 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 is 12:00-2:00 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. 20 - 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 pm and 4:00 pm and again from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The cost is $50 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 $130 for one person, or $65 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.