November 4th, 2017, 6:30pm-November 12th, 2017, 9am
Jaco 61101, Costa Rica
Between 1:00pm and 6:00pm on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. You may check in at anytime that evening as well.
Tentative Retreat Schedule:
Retreat Schedule Nov. 4th-12th, 2017
Check in from 1pm
Settle in to your space and check out the resort. Dinner will be provided with the meal package at the pavilion. Many guests will be arriving late and at different times so dinner will be casual this evening with no scheduled activities to allow time to adjust and rest for the week ahead..
Free day for excursions and sightseeing
Lunch on your own
Welcome Dinner 6-7pm
Please arrive at the Pavilion by 6pm so we can all meet and enjoy our first dinner together.
Orientation in the studio at 7:15pm
Please be present for the orientation where we make our introductions and debrief important details and information about the retreat experience.
Evening Yoga 8:00-9:15pm with Anna
Each day Anna will guide us on a journey of movement and meditation with her specially designed retreat curriculum. “Shaktified Yoga Journey is a plentiful, balanced, elemental and enlightening journey that includes many yogic breathing techniques and meditations. Chakra Mantras, Mudras, Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative style flows together with aromatherapy and Reiki healing energy help us connect with a different Goddess every session. After this journey, you’ll be thoroughly Shaktified!”
Morning Yoga 9:30-10:30am Anna
Workshops 10:30-1pm “Strong Foundation” with Sadie
Posture is the most important aspect of dancing. Sadie has prepared a comprehensive foundation training warm up to target important muscle groups to support the dance frame. We will then apply these exercises into Sadie’s signature technique drills.
Workshops 2:30-5:30pm “Embodied Technique” with Sadie
Building off the “Strong Foundation” workshop, we will begin to explore more technically involved movements and combos. The concept of this workshop is to begin to fully master and embody movements from head to toe. Exploring concepts of duality, ether, breath, expansion, presence and grace. Bring a veil!
Party time! 7:30pm meet in the Pavilion to mingle, dance, sing and more!
Tuesday Nov. 7th
Morning Yoga 9:30-10:30am Anna
Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm “The Essence of Fluidity” Rafi’ah
Bring fluidity to form with mesmerizing slow moves! Tap into the liquid sensuality that Rafi’ah is known for. Want beautiful arms and hands that frame and enhance every move; slithery torso moves and soft vibrations? Rafi’ah will show you how to add these engaging hypnotic qualities to your dance in a full-bodied way, without sacrificing technique and precision. Rafi’ah’s approach develops grace, strength and adds a magical transcendent quality to your dance, and guess what? It feels as good as it looks. You will learn what to do in the “in between spaces” by creating a thread of movement that flows from the inside out and makes your transitions more seamless.
Workshops 2:30-5:00pm “Sizzlin Hot Drum Solo” Ericka
Ericka will teach you a drum solo that is hot as fire! In this workshop you will get to play with and explore several different fire implements (provided by Ericka or bring your own if you have them). Ericka will teach you the proper technique to dance with these implements while you execute one of her award winning drum solos. All students are welcome to perform with Ericka live in the Thursday night show!
Workshop 7:15-8:30pm “North African Fusion” with Sadie
Experience the joy of North African regional dances and music. Sadie will share some of the intricate, percussive hip and foot work commonly found in dances of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to the fun and infectious 6/8 rhythm, a hallmark of North African music.
Power Circle 8:30-9:30pm
Wednesday Nov. 8th
Free day for excursions and sightseeing
Lunch on your own
Evening Candlelight Yoga 8:00-9:15pm Anna
Workshop 9:30-11:30am “Choreography” Rafi’ah
Diving deeper into the concept of fluidity, we explore the archetype of the Mermaid and how to add her watery, alluring, and mysterious qualities to your dance. Using short combos infused with Rafi’ah’s signature liquescent moves, we will learn a simple choreography, mixed with guided improvisations that you are welcome to perform with Rafi’ah at the Saturday beach show. Please note that performing is optional and the combos learned will be useful to add to your repertoire.
Workshop 11:40-1pm “Tunisian Fusion Choreography” Sadie
Taking the moves you learned in “North African Fusion” we will fuse in a few elements of the modern, a touch of fantasy and lots of energy together with the expressive Tunisian dance moves. Please bring your veil! All students are welcome to perform with Sadie live in the Saturday night beach show!
Workshop 2:30- 4:30 pm Drum workshop ~David
Join our drum circle in the Pavilion where David will break down some Middle Eastern rhythms and put them together in a short composition. Caution, your heart may start to a new beat!
4:45-5:15pm: Choreography rehearsal Ericka
8:30pm Fire dance show, Drum circle & International dance party! @ Doce Lunas Pavillion.
Friday Nov. 10th
Morning Yoga 10-11am Anna
Workshops 11-1:00pm “Inspiring Stage Craft” Sadie
An exploration of practical applications that can help dancers take their performance from good to ahhhhhhhmazing!! In this workshop Sadie will share some industry techniques as well as her personal stage secrets to help you not just move your body but move your audience with an emotional response! We will explore staging and how to make sure you are owning the stage. We will develop presence and persona and we will play around with show stopping tricks and techniques to help you engage your audience. Don’t just dance, INSPIRE!!!
Workshops 2:15-4:15pm “Performance Polish” Sadie
Put into practice all the techniques and tools you have learned during the retreat with our final performance polish for the Saturday Beach show!
Dinner in Jaco 6:30pm Depart Doce Lunas at 6:30pm for sight seeing and Dinner on the beach in Jaco followed by bar hopping and dancing on the beach. We will take taxis and/or shuttles. It is a 5-minute drive; you can head back to Doce Lunas at anytime.
Saturday Nov. 11th
Workshop 11-12:30pm Anna Yoga
12:30-1:00pm: Choreography rehearsal Rafi’ah
Workshops 2-3:30pm “Turbo Shimmies and combinations” Sadie
A strong, signature style shimmy is an essential part of every dancers repertoire. In this workshop we will explore shimmies variations, shimmy techniques and then begin to add layers and create magic with combinations. Sadie will help you put a turbo kick in your shimmy and have you shimming like a Raq Star!
Certificate Ceremony 3:30-4pm
6:45pm Depart Doce Lunas for the HAFLA SHOW & Beach Party!! Be ready to perform, you can wear your cover up. Bring a change of cloths to enjoy the party after.
Sunday Nov. 12th
Farewell & Departures
The retreat schedule offers over 25+ hours of dance, music and yoga classes in addition to other fun activities, parties and shows. Meals will be served buffet style around the same time each day unless we will be off site, then those meal times may vary slightly. The schedule is subject to change slightly from the above format.
Getting to the Retreat Center: Doce Lunas
If you will be arriving to Costa Rica by air, you should fly into San Jose (SJO) airport. We recommend planning your trip so that you arrive in the afternoon of November 4th no later than 4:00pm as it is a 1.5 hour drive to the Doce Lunas retreat center, and could take slightly longer with traffic.
Shuttle bus or car from Airport:
After arriving at San Jose (SJO) airport you must take a shuttle or drive to Doce Lunas about 1.5 hours.
If you would like to arrange for shuttle service from the airport to Doce Lunas, you must let us know (via e-amail) the time of your arrival and departure to and from San Jose (SJO) airport. We need to organize and reserve the seats on the shuttle. The price for shuttle service will vary depending on how many people we can arrange at one time. The closer you can get to arriving between 12-4pm, the better our chances will be to get you on a full shuttle. Prices each way, per person, are as follows:
$100 for a 1 person private shuttle
$50 per person for 2 passengers
$25 per person for 4 passengers
$23-$20 per person for 5 or more passengers
This is a great option for those who would like to have the freedom to come and go from the retreat center as they wish. If you will be arriving to Doce Lunas by car, there is plenty of free and secure parking at the retreat location. The address to put into a gps or google maps is: “Jaco Doce Lunas”.
Strangely enough they do not have street addresses in Costa Rica but google maps will pull it up for you by name.
We can also add you to a list of dancers interested in doing a carpool or car share to split the cost of a rental car.
Please know that you can easily take a taxi 5 minutes to the near city of Jaco from Doce Lunas for about $3 each way.
Please be prepared for driving in a foreign country.
What to Bring:
Please be mindful that if you will not have a rental car, you will have to rely on shuttle service, taxi or walking to get you around. Which is easy and accessible. Many of the excursions and planned activities will organize transportation for you but should you need to get to a nearby store, etc, you will need to walk 20 minutes to Jaco or take a taxi 5 minutes, about $3.00 each way.
Also check weather reports for Jaco, Costa Rica before your trip. The dates teeter their rainy-summer season so it could be hot and sunny or rainy some days. We will have a car on location incase of any emergencies.
Valid Passport: Travel to Costa Rica is a foreign destination and be sure your passport is not expiring.
Colones: You will want to have some local cash currency. Costa Rica uses Colones. Many shops allow payment in US Dollars but you will still want to have some local currency incase you encounter any unexpected problems. We recommend the equivalent of at least 100 USD as well as a debit or credit card in which you can draw funds from if necessary.
Dancewear: Whatever you are comfortable moving and dancing in several hours per day. Layers are a good idea is you will be very hot and times and cooler at other times. Be sure to check the weather. Costa Rica is a tropical region, there will be bugs and mosquitos.
Clothing: Make sure to bring clothes, including a jacket, for tropical weather. It will rain. Also bring appropriate attire for any planned sight seeing and excursions including bug repellant, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, swimsuits, etc. The halfa’s will be casual dress, so no need for formal wear unless you want to dress up.
Workshop props: Darbuka drum and fire implements like poi or fans. These are all optional. We will have some drums and fire props available for use but you will have to share the communal props during the workshops. Also please bring a veil for classes. Yoga mats and accessories will be provided by the resort.
Performance costume: Optional. If you would like to perform in one of the hafla’s you should bring one.
Converter: Not necessary, Costa Rica is on the same system as the US.
Leisure time activities: Plan accordingly for you leisure time. There is basic wi-fi connection, free of charge, which can be used for simple browsing and checking of emails, etc.
First-Aid kit and other necessities: The resort is just a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the city center of Jaco incase you need something but it is always a good idea to pack a small health kit with a few bandages, ibuprofen, feminine products or other things you may need for your health and comfort such as vitamins, sunscreen and bug repellant. Also be advised there are pharmacies and hospital in Jaco.
Doce Lunas Details:
We have chosen Doce Lunas as the perfect location for the retreat. Doce Lunas will be our private sanctuary reserved for our “Welcome to the Jungle” retreaters. It is a beautiful place located in the jungle, just off the beach near the city of Jaco. The views are phenomenal, the air is fresh and a simple one-night stay at the place would be unforgettable. You will feel whisked away ready to retreat in this tropical paradise, yet close to civilization incase you need anything. Please look through the website for all the information and accommodations of this lovely resort: http://www.docelunas.com/index.html
Jaco is the nearest city to Doce Lunas. It is 5 minutes drive by taxi, $3 each way or 20 minutes walk. You will have access to stores, pharmacies and clinics if necessary. We will have a car on site for emergencies.
As you already know, we cannot issue any refunds for cancelations to the retreat and the workshop payments. Doce Lunas also has a cancelation fee that is important to understand:
– Cancellation 30 days to 5 days in Advance 75 % of the total room amount
– Cancellation 5 days to 1 day or arrival day 100% of the total room amount
In order to make the final reservations with Doce Lunas, you must contact them via phone or e-mail to provide your credit card information by the 30th of September, 2017! This will be the final step in confirming your reservation for the retreat.
You will be assigned to the type of room based on the package that you purchased.
If you have already indicated whom you would like to share your room with we will arrange that or you will be randomly paired up with other retreat guests in the shared block. We have limited the amount dancers to 25 to enhance the learning and the overall experience. The resort can accommodate more so we can allow guests to bring family with to enjoy this tropical vacation.
As part of your stay at Doce Lunas they have prepared a very affordable meal plan for our participants. $345 including all fees and taxes for 20 meals. You will pay for your meal package at the time of arrival and check in. The cuisine is local style with some world fusion. All meals are served buffet style with lots of great options for all. No refunds on unused food or meals. Please know that if you would like to enjoy more food than the meal plan offers, they do have a full service restaurant.
Additionally, participants will be responsible to pay for 3 extra meals that are not included in the meal plan. These meals are scheduled during your “excursion days”. You can purchase your meal out on these days depending on where you will be or if you choose to stay back at Doce Lunas, you can also purchase food there. They have a full service restaurant from 7:30am-10:00pm.
The resort can accommodate some dietary requests and restrictions. You will have to arrange with them in advance.
Doce Lunas has a full range of spa services available. You can set up your spa services directly with the front desk staff and please give 24 hour advanced notice as therapists must travel in from town for appointments.
Excursions and Sight-Seeing:
The retreat schedule has 2 free days built in. The days are Sunday the 5th and Wednesday the 8th. You can choose from a variety of excursion packages from half day to full day offered through the resort or plan your own personal get away to the beach or sight see around the many beautiful places near Doce Lunas and Jaco. You may also choose to stay at Doce Lunas to relax and take advantage of the beautiful pool and spa. We have some ideas planned for us as a group if you wish to participate or again, you may choose to adventure on your own. Here are some ideas of excursions and activities to choose from http://www.docelunas.com/tours-attractions.html
The cost to do any of the excursions as well as travel expenses will be your responsibility. Please note that the lunches on these days are not included in the meal plan. You must purchase your own lunch during excursion days.
Departing from Retreat:
You must be checked out of your room by 12pm, Sunday, November 12th.
Shuttle busses will begin transporting guests back to San Jose (SJO) airport in the morning. We should have no problem loading 5+ passengers at a time to keep the cost to about $20 per passenger. Please email us your flight itinerary. Keep in mind it is about a 1.5 hour bus ride to the airport so you want to book your departing flights accordingly.
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