FREEDOM JOURNEY THROUGH ART & DANCE
We invite you to join us on a unique retreat that will explore your true self. You will be taken on a journey of transformation through the exploration of art and dance, yoga, qigong, healing circles, journaling and meditation.
This is YOU time. Imagine a beautiful journey where your creative self unfolds at your own pace, and you will feel inspired and rejuvenated. You have the opportunity to move your body and express your feelings and essence through journaling, art work, connect with nature, rest and have fun with your fellow participants.
During our retreat you are in an energy field where you are supported. This loving energy can bring forth profound healing, insights and new shifts. In a supportive and nurturing environment we come together to experience…
· Ecstatic Dance: In a free-form dance we will have some guided warm ups and cooling down, but the rest of the time you get to follow your own energy and dance. There is no right or wrong way. You follow your own energy and let your body lead you in this sacred space.
· Healing circles: We will have two healing circles during our days enabling you to let go of what no longer serves you, and get into a greater alignment with yourself and the universe.
· Visual art: There will be three workshops where you will be guided to explore and express through painting. No prior painting experience needed. This will be a safe and non-judgment space where we can emerge with the spirit of exploration without specific goal of an outcome. Outi will share her different tips and techniques for painting to help you to dive into your creation and have fun. All materials are included in the workshop price
Good morning; you are in Costa Rica at Living Forest waking up to the sound of the jungle river, birds singing and perhaps hearing the howler monkeys in the distance! You might be surprised you wake up earlier than usual and go to bed earlier too - in the jungle style!
Head to our beautiful yoga deck with open walls to the nature in front of you. Grab a cup of coffee or tea. The early mornings are reserved for SILENCE. This is YOU -time.
Here is an example how our days go:
7.30-8.30 Meditation and Yoga or Qigong
8.30 Yummy Breakfast and lots of time to chat with your fellow retreat participants
10.00-12.00 Group session with dance/ art or healing
3.30-5.30pm Group session with dance/ art or healing
Free time or relaxed group activity such as candle light yoga
& Good night!In addition to planned activities, you will have lots of rest time, for example you can take a dip in the jungle river, read your book or take a nap in the hammocks, commune with the nature, and have nurturing conversations with others.
We also have a fun excursion day prepared for you, included in the package. Visit a 500-year-old Ceiba tree, which was the inspiration for the Tree of life in the movie Avatar. Bliss out at the hot springs by the volcano. Enjoy a sunset dinner with gorgeous lake views. There is also a wealth of extra activity possibilities (at an additional cost) you might like to consider, such as a relaxing massage, horseback riding, waterfall hike or stand up paddle boarding.
Outi Harma will be facilitating the visual art workshops with us. Originally from Lapland, Finland, Outi has been living and working as an artist/painter in Los Angeles for the last 30 years. Outi believes that everyone is born creative and that often we just need an encouragement and a safe container to let our creative expression to blossom and free our inner painter.
Outi loves to witness and guide people to the that doorway and step through. In her world the act of creation is sacred. It should be honored without judgment so we can find a freedom to explore unknown territories. Where we can find the golden treasures in the process of painting instead focusing in the our preconceived idea what the outcome should look like.
Johanna Harmala is the creator and manager of Living Forest Lake Arenal Retreat center in Costa Rica. She is a certified Yoga teacher, Dance, Movement and Qigong Instructor, Occupational therapist, Reiki master, Interior Designer, Healing facilitator and a trouble maker :).
She is passionate about transformation and the language of energy. In her movement and healing sessions she offers a loving space to create a deeper connection with the light; the life force energy with it's own universal intelligence.
Apart from running the center and hosting retreats, Johanna offers weekly yoga and dance classes at Living Forest. She adores to live in this magical piece of land at Living Forest with her pets: a loving labrador called Nela and a cat with an attitude, called Tigre.
We both are very excited to collaborate on this journey with you all, bring it on!!!
- shared rooms
- private room
- over 80% locally sourced
- communally cooked meals
- communal kitchen access
- fast: streaming video
- yogamultiple times a day
- chi gong/tai chimultiple times a day
- meditationmultiple times a day
- dancemultiple times a day
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Living Forest Lodge rooms have max 4 people sharing. Depending on our group size, we spread out all participants, so there is as much space as possible. The rooms have two individual beds and a comfortable bunk bed. There is a ceiling fan and screened windows in each room. We have two large bathrooms across the hall, both with one wall open to the nature.
River View Casita room is for two sharing. In this separate casita you have a private bathroom (with an own lil garden :)) and a veranda facing the river, where you can sit and enjoy the wildlife. There are two individual beds (or a king bed for couples), a ceiling fan and the windows have screens. We have only two rooms available, so if you are interested, book yours fast!
Please fly to Liberia (LIR), officially named Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. We are just 1.5 hour drive from the airport. Please be sure when you are booking your flights, that the arrival to Liberia is before 2pm. If you prefer to travel later, we can help you, but the transport to the retreat location is at your own cost.
There will be a group airport pick up at 2 -3pm at Liberia Airport the arrival day March 20, 2020. We will confirm the exact time closer to the time.
The driver can stop in a store on your way to Lake Arenal, so you have a chance to buy some snacks etc if you like. At Living Forest we will have a Welcome Dinner at 6pm.
On DEPARTURE day March 25, our program finishes late morning. Pick up to the airport leaves at 11am at Living Forest . You can catch any flights homewards from 3pm onwards.
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