Embracing Joy Payments - 3 Installments

Rejuvenate your body, soothe your heart, calm your mind and lift your soul in this week-long winter escape to Costa Rica.  Immerse yourself in the private, luxurious space of our private Villa, located close to the vibrant beach community of Tamarindo, as Kellie Dearman and Karen Quiros guide you through an inspiring program of yoga, meditation, Soul Collage®, and optional local excursions. The benefits of this retreat will extend well beyond this week as you leave with new healing practices, friends and joyful memories.

Each morning will begin with yoga and meditation, either on the beach on in the comfort of our Villa's air conditioned common room.  You'll set intentions for the day, inspired by daily readings and journalling practice.  Throughout the week, you'll:

  • Explore your body with various styles and speeds of yoga, including hatha, yin, restorative and yoga nidra

  • Create a personal deck of SoulCollage® cards or add to your existing deck

  • Lounge in the Villa's private pool or on the beach by the sea

  • Practice meditation, including the Practice of Pure Awareness

  • Explore energy with a chakra workshop and learn about Reiki

  • Rest, relax, rejuvenate.... repeat!


  • Our Costa Rican Getaway: Our private Villa is just spectacular! Located within a gated upscale community, our Villa offers plenty of privacy, but is also close to all kinds of attractions and amenities. All the rooms are suites and sleep from 1-4 people with ample space.  The building is beautifully maintained, with our own concierge who knows the area intimately. We'll be so well taken care of in Paradise! 

  • Adventurous Excursions: From horseback riding, to zip-lining, kayaking the mangrove estuary or visiting leatherback turtles in a nearby Las Baulos National Park, or an 18-hole golf course right at our door, there are plenty of exciting activities to explore each afternoon during free time. Our concierge will help us arrange small or large group activities with independent excursion companies (excursions are extra).

  • Soul Nourishing Food: Our personal chef will create nourishing Costa-Rican style food to suit every palate. We'll enjoy most of our meals in comfort within the Villa, but we'll also make a couple of excursions into town for lunches or dinners (at own cost).

  • Holistic Healing treatments: If you choose, our concierge can arrange for any kind of treatment to be given, right in the comfort of our Villa or at the nearby resort. Healing reiki sessions with Karen or Kellie are also extra.

  • The Beaches: Our Villa is located just a short walk or bicycle ride from a beautiful beach club with full access to the stunning beaches of Guanacaste. There are three beaches close by, as well as the larger beach in the resort town of Tamarindo, about 15 minutes away. Daily shuttles to Tamarindo can be arranged for a nominal fee.

Some highlights of our stay


Full Retreat Pricing

Price includes full use of our private Villa, 2-3 lovingly prepared Costa Rican meals daily, the Villa's private pool, use of bikes to traverse the property and hotel tax. Check in Sunday, January 27th @ 3pm, check out Sunday, February 3nd by 10am. 

$1710 US per person

Deposit of $400
(non-refundable) is required to hold your spot upon registering.
Deposit of $600 (non-refundable) is required by November 1st, 2018.
Balance of $710 (non-refundable) is due January 1st, 2019.  

Contact Kellie before making payment if you've been offered special group rates.


Extra Costs

* Return airfare to/from Liberia International Airport on January 27 and February 3, 2019
* Return transfers from Liberia to our Villa on same days
* Dinner in the town of Tamarino on one or two evenings
* Beach club ($10 per visit but can be put towards lunch at club)
* Excursions and body treatments, including reiki from Karen or Kellie
* Daily shuttles as required to and from Tamarindo
* Tipping of Villa staff at your discretion


Horseback Riding
Kayaking in Mangrove Estuary
Wildlife Tours
Sailing/Catamaran Tours

Your hosts

Kellie Dearman,
Certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master
Karen Quiros, B.S. Natural Health, Licensed Nurse, Soul Collage® Facilitator

I am passionate about yoga and the way my practice is constantly deepening and maturing over time as I incorporate this comprehensive spiritual practice into my life. This ancient practice has taken me on a journey to find a deep sense of inner peace and connection that I can draw on at any time. My goal as a teacher is to help each person discover connection to their deepest self, their innate sense of Being .

I am a certified hatha yoga instructor with over 5,000 hours of teaching experience. I LOVE teaching breath-centred, gentle hatha yoga and meditation at my home studio as well as other locations in Eastern Ontario.  My key teaching strength is my ability to adeptly offer multiple variations for every pose, while encouraging my students to first and foremost listen to their inner guidance. 

Since I began teaching in 2005 I have facilitated over 20 yoga retreats and various workshops. I also deliver private and small group mindfulness/trauma sensitive practices for individuals dealing with PTSD and other stress-related conditions.

I love all things healing and stay abreast of current health and wellness research. I enjoy discovering alternative and sometimes unconventional methods of healing, and then simplify them for ease of daily implementation for my clients.  Having healed my body naturally, (yes! 100% from lupus for over 20 years now), I am passionate about helping others discover how they too can heal their body, mind and soul.  I am a firm believer that healing begins with our beliefs and is supported by our discipline. 

One of my favorite quotes is:  “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The International Center for Reiki Training describes reiki as "a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results."


We encourage you to experience the benefits of reiki for yourself by trying a session with Reiki Masters Karen and Kellie during this retreat.

Reiki to release stress and promote healing

SoulCollage® is a creative and fun process that will awaken and surprise you. No artistic ability is required. During your retreat, you’ll be creating your own deck of SoulCollage® cards, each card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul. You’ll be joyfully deepening your understanding of the relationships between the different aspects of your personality, between you and your family/community/world, your dreams, symbols and Spirit.  

Upon completion of your deck, you will journey into the images of the cards and do a SoulCollage® reading. This reading illuminates and provides understanding of the personal and powerful card images that YOU have created, finding out how they speak to you. Seena B. Frost, the founder of SoulCollage® says that “Images have a way of bypassing the chatter of our logical minds and nudging our deep Soul wisdom where intuitive answers can be found and spoken. Doing a reading in a supportive, small group is especially powerful because Souls love the silent embrace of witnesses.” The structure of the process encourages you to develop and share your unique gifts and wisdom with others, explore your creativity, trust your intuition, and join a community that holds and fosters acceptance, creativity, inclusivity, diversity, integrity, mutual encouragement, community & cooperation. 

SoulCollage® to discover your dreams


Embracing Joy

Rejuvenate your body 

soothe your heart 

calm your mind

lift your soul

January 27 - February 3, 2019

Private Villa, Tamarindo, Costa Rica


Gentle hatha to ease your body and mind

Hatha yoga allows us to delve into our bodies and really pay attention to what is happening. With slow, introspective movement, and awareness of how the breath and body intersect and interconnect, you'll discover your physical self perhaps in a way you've never really noticed before. Learning to love our physical strengths and be considerate of our weaknesses allows us to develop a more compassionate relationship with ourselves. Hatha is also the gateway to deeper understanding. When the body is strumming and the breath is flowing, our energetic body speaks to us and, if  we tune in, we can learn to see ourselves as more than just our bodies, thoughts and feelings. 

Using body awareness and breath awareness techniques (pranayama) and other meditation practices, we'll also see if we can tune into deeper layers of consciousness.... As we truly understand that our spiritual centre is who we are, and practice dwelling there... we discover a wellspring of joy that has been there all along, that we can access whenever we remember who we truly are. Experience the joy of BEING.

Itinerary...but do whatever you like :)

Yoga and Meditation - 7:30 am
Each morning we'll take the time to center and take inventory on exactly where we are mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Setting the course in this way will enable us to make the best use of our day, moment by moment. Yoga will be gentle and introspective, as you listen to your inner guidance and make the best decisions for your body, mind and spirit.​

Breakfast - 9:00 am
Enjoy a self serve feast of fresh fruits, locally baked breads, as well as gallo pinto (a Costa Rican traditional dish of rice & beans) and eggs served up in creative ways.​

Morning Journaling/Programming - 9:30 am
After breakfast each morning, explore the concepts of Embracing Joy and finding soul connection through a short reading and meditation, and take time to express on paper whatever arises. During the beginning days of the retreat, we'll learn about SoulCollage® from Karen Quiros and spend time gathering images and ideas to create our personal SoulCollage® Cards. Some of us may choose to spend every morning working with SoulCollage® or journalling, while others may opt to explore the wonders of this vibrant area of Costa Rica.

Lunch - 12 Noon  
Healthy and delicious lunches will be served most everyday. Or choose to head to the beach club and enjoy your lunch oceanside for an additional charge!

Afternoon Free Time - 12:30 to 6:30pm
Spend the afternoon lazily on the beach, receiving bodywork, or go on a shopping excursion to Tamarindo.  Of if you're craving adventure, book an optional excursion and try kayaking a mangrove estuary, a visit to the Monkey Jungle, a wildlife hike, zip lining, horseback riding, golfing, surfing and more!

Afternoon Movement and Breath Awareness (optional) - 4:30 to 6:00pm
Most afternoons there will be yoga offered back in the air-conditioned comfort of the Villa. 

Dinner - 6:30 pm
Enjoy dinners made with wonderful local ingredients, bought fresh daily and prepared with love. Costa Rican meals satisfy your hunger, feed your body, and nourish your soul!​

Evening Gathering as a Group - 7:30 pm
Each evening we'll have something new to explore. Learn about Reiki, the Japanese system of healing energy, experience the deep meditative practice of Yoga Nidra, and have fun with a Chakra and Pendulum workshop.  On our last evening we'll indulge in a yin practice, infused with reiki from Karen and Kellie.

Important Final Details

Investing in an international retreat is a big decision! We want to make sure you have all the information you need to book this retreat and feel safe moving forward. Please read the information below, and then, when you are ready, click the REGISTER NOW! button... then come back to the site and make your deposit!

We recommend that you book airfares once the retreat has reached its minimum number of registrants. When we hit that number, we will advise you that it is now time to look for flights.

Make sure to protect your investment in yourself and in this retreat. We recommend that you get travel cancellation insurance once you've made the decision to book. There are plenty of options, but here are a couple to consider.

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In the unlikely event that minimum numbers have not been met by the date of October 1st, 2018, which is the date the second payment of $600US is due, you will receive a full rebate of fees paid, less a handling fee of $50.

Costa Rica and our Private Villa

A little bit about Costa Rica

Beautiful Costa Rica rests between two continents and two oceans, the central point linking the North and South Americas, bordering Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south. The east coast meets the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean lines the west with an abundance of lush tropical rainforests, mountains, volcanoes, white water rivers and waterfalls in between. It’s no wonder the makers of Jurassic Park chose Costa Rica for their filming location! Situated just 9 degrees north of the equator, Costa Rica has a balanced 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night, with the sun rising around 5:30-6:00am and setting at 5:30-6:00pm. North America’s winters coincide with Costa Rica’s summers, making it a perfect get-away in the cold months. Costa Rica’s year round temperate climate generally ranges from 70-80 degrees during the day, dropping down to 55–65 degrees at night, those numbers being a little bit higher here in Guanacaste, along the west coast. 

Our Private Villa - A Sanctuary for the Soul

An intimate yet spacious facility, our private Villa is located within a gated resort community just south of Tamarindo, located a short way from the Pacific coast, in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Imbued with lush green mountainsides, blue ocean waters, plentiful sunshine and with its accessible location, this private villa is the perfect destination for our retreat. Only minutes away from beaches, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing, zip-lining, nature hikes, shopping, restaurants and more, our Villa offers the perfect blend of privacy with access to all that Costa Rica has to offer.

This unique villa will host only our group for the week.  We'll have exclusive use of the entire property and its facilities, which include a private pool, spacious living suites, beautiful shared areas both indoors and outdoors, and a lovely common area for yoga and Soul Collage activities. 


This luxurious Villa offers 8 spacious suites that can sleep between 2 and 4 people. Each luxury suite offers it’s own air conditioning, which is so important during this hottest time of the year in Costa Rica, a 40” flat panel TV, high speed internet, safe, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, large showers, towels, beach towels, robes, hair dryer, and your own sitting room and balcony…and that was just the suite!  The common areas include large kitchens, comfortable couches, a 55” TV, stereo music system, a wet bar, washing machine & dryer.  There’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy.  

Accommodation offerings are:
Shared: 3 or 4 per suite in 2 Queensize beds and 1 double (sofa bed with full size mattress on top) (2 available) $1710 US per person
Shared: 3 or 4 per suite in 1 Kingsize and 1 double bed (sofa bed with full size mattress on top) (2 available) $1710 US per person

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