Egyptian Belly Dance and Yoga Retreat with Mohamed Shahin & Rachel Kay Brookmire

“LET US DANCE IN THE SUN, WEARING WILDFLOWERS IN OUR HAIR…” ~SUSAN POLIS SHUTZ

Egyptian Retreat

 

Put the world on pause to immerse yourself in an intensive yoga and dance retreat designed to rejuvenate your love for belly dance

Blue Spirit, Costa Rica
“Best Yoga Escapes of 2017”- Yoga Journal

February 9-16, 2019

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Don’t miss this unique tropical all-inclusive belly dance retreat, complete with:

  • All-inclusive week-long retreat (room, meals, dance classes, yoga)
  • Advanced Egyptian dance classes with Mohamed Shahin (3 hours each day, Tuesday – Friday)!
  • Golden Era Egyptian Dance classes with Rachel Kay Brookmire (Sunday)
  • An epic swimmable beach with breathtaking sunsets
  • Incredible salt water infinity pool
  • The adorable, small surf-town of Nosara within walking distance (or short taxi ride)
  • Baby monkeys!
  • Free day for excursions or lounging by beach / pool (Monday)
  • Available excursions including horseback riding on the beach, zip-lining, jungle adventures, surfing, Howler Monkey sanctuary
  • Wi-fi in communal areas and select rooms
  • Summertime in February!

In combination with The Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice:

  • Q&A Panel / Discussion with Mohamed Shahin and Rachel Brice, “Exploring the Heart of Belly Dance”
  • Morning yoga for alignment with Rachel Brice 🙂
  • Mindfulness for dancers with Rachel Kay Brookmire
  • Journal practice for creativity with Rachel Kay Brookmire
  • Closing hafla / dance party!
  • Belly Dance Movie Night with popcorn
  • Salsa dance lesson
  • Bonfire on the beach
  • Reggae night (in town)

The Workshops

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ABOUT RACHEL KAY BROOKMIRE

Rachel is the founder and director of Sahara Dance. Since 2000, Rachel has taught belly dance to thousands of students throughout the Washington, DC area. She is also the creator of Sahara Dance Foundations, an intensive program for training belly dance teachers.

Her teaching style emphasizes postural alignment, contextual awareness of Arabic music and culture and a celebration of femininity. Recognized for her detailed, structured teaching approach, Rachel's classes focus on community, quality movement execution, musicality, playfulness and individual expression.

As a student of mindfulness practices, she seeks to integrate relaxation, body awareness and the cultivation of joyfulness into her dance offerings. At this retreat, her classes will explore playful, heart-centered themes to develop grace and gentleness in your dance practice and deepen awareness through mindfulness and creativity.

See videos of Rachel Kay Brookmire.

ACOMMODATIONS

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THE FOOD

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ACCOMMODATIONS AND FEES

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.

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.

PAYMENT PLAN

A non-refundable deposit of $1,050/person by credit card will reserve your room and your spot in the workshops.

The remaining balance will be charged to your credit card in equal monthly payments. Details and payment form.

Please email the completed form, or call us at +1 (202) 362-4400 to set up a payment plan and guarantee your spot. Note: Tent rooms share a common bathroom.

All rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis.

To protect your trip investment, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

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:

  • 91 days or more prior to the retreat: $1,000
  • 0-90 days prior to the retreat: 100% of trip cost

GETTING TO BLUE SPIRIT

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 9 and depart on Saturday, February 16, 2018. 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.

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!