From the Heart! Yoga and Art.

A retreat in Costa Rica March 22nd-March 29 2014

with Una Viggiani and Katrina Gustafson

Join Una and Katrina at  Garden Goddess retreat center on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  Where the rain forest meets the ocean.  Included is a week of daily yoga and meditation, three organic meals a day, accommodations, transportation to and from the airport, pool and hot tub, beachfront access, ayurvedic massage, art and writing instruction, an art project, evening bhakti ceremonies including a full moon ecstatic dance ceremony. Pricing starts at $1100 (does not include airfare) .  Email for more information at  This is filling up fast so be sure to reserve your spot with a $150 deposit by Jan 15th  2014.

The Goddess Garden

The magic of the Rainforest and the dance of the Caribbean Sea make the perfect combination to create an Eco-Resort and Intentional place for Transformation in Costa Rica. Transformation can take place practicing yoga, meditating and living fully in the Present. The Goddess Garden is a Spiritual Retreat Center that provides the facilities for yoga and meditation retreats in Cahuita, Costa Rica.

Spiritual Center

The Spiritual Center is surrounded by huge jungle trees that follow the path of a small creek. Just a step away, you will find the oldest and most amazing tree in Cahuita. Its roots, as tall as a man, will leave you breathless…. in reality it is a temple. The Spiritual Center has two floors where the view of the rainforest expands to almost 360 degrees, designed to give you a wonderful feeling putting you in touch with nature during your sessions.

Swimming Pool and Garden

Naturally the most important part is the exotic flowers and the animals that inhabit the huge jungle trees….In our beautifully designed gardens you can be part of it either by watching, listening, or just relaxing in a hammock or taking a dip in our magnificent designed pool.


Included in the price of the retreat is one ayurvedic massage from a their master therapist.  The healing spa also offers a variety of treatments tailored to your specific needs including massages and therapies Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Reiki, Deep Issue, Hot Stone and shaman cures using local healing plants.

The Goddess Garden is walking distance to the beach.


Double or Single Occupancy:

12 double rooms with private bathroom and two Queen size beds each.

Dorm Occupancy

4 rooms which can be used as triples, or dorm’s (4-6 persons) with an elegant in-suite bathroom.


3 organic meals prepared with local fruits and vegetables are provided. Please specify if you would like the vegetarian option.



The Goddess Garden is located in the town of Cahuita, a small community in the south of Costa Rica, 40 km south of Puerto Limon. Cahuita National Park is the main attraction here, where you can watch White Faced Monkeys, Howler monkeys, Iguanas and more, just a few steps away from its white sand beach.

We are 20km away from Puerto Viejo, where you may find boutiques filled with local handicrafts, its black beach or the famous Salsa Brava and 5 minutes away, the white beach of Cocles, a surfer paradise. 10km further south you will enjoy the beautiful bay of Punta Uva and where the roads ends, starts Gandoca with the little fisher town of Manzanillo and its breath taking white beaches.

Cahuita’s ethnic base is of Jamaican origin but you can find Italians, Germans, Swiss, and North-Americans. As a result of this melange, there is a great variety of good restaurants along the small unpaved streets of what seems more like a village than a town in the eye of a tourist.

Suggested Flights:

You are welcome to book your own flight that works the best for you. Keep in mind that you need to be at the SJO Airport by Saturday morning to catch the free group shuttle that departs at 7am.  The best options that we have found is a Red-Eye, which seems like a much better option than a 5+ hour layover.

Frontier Flight 86

Departs: Denver CO (DEN)
Fri, March 21 11:55 PM

Arrives: San Jose CR (SJO)
Sat, Mar 22, 06:05 AM

On the return:

Frontier Flight 87

Departs: San Jose CR (SJO)
Sat, Mar 29, 07:02 AM

Arrives:Denver CO (DEN)
Sat, Mar 29, 11:45 AM

If you are interested in staying longer in Costa Rica, the nearby town of Puerto Viejo is a great apres retreat spot. You could book a return flight for Sunday March 30 or Tuesday April 1 instead and spend a night or two in this Caribbean vacation town. Katrina and Una will b taking this option and will be happy to travel along with other who are interested. All transportation, accommodation and meals are the responsibility of each person.

Shuttles to and from Airport:

We will provide a van each way for the transportation of the group based on how many attendees we have on the retreat. The group shuttle that is included in the retreat will pick everyone up on Sat Mar 22 at 7 am from SJO. Please plan your flight accordingly to be at the airport by this time to travel with the group shuttle option.

The group return shuttle will depart:

Friday morning at 2 am so as to leave enough time to make the 7 am return flight.

This is the most efficient schedule we have come up with. If you are traveling from somewhere outside of Denver or have a different itinerary, please let us know as soon as possible. For individual transportation that is different from the group, there are private shuttle buses available with two departures a day that can be arranged.

There is also a comfortable public bus running from SJO to Cahuita every two hours.

Pricing and Payment:*

Single Occupancy (Private Accommodation) = $1900

Double Occupancy (Shared room with 2 queen beds) = $ 1600

Dorm (Shared room with 4-6 single beds) = $1200

Triple = $1300

Payment Plan Option

$ 150 deposit (non-refundable) holds your spot

Feb 1: Half of Payment Total is Due

March 1 : $ Full Payment is Due

*Pricing is contingent on a 10 person minimum, and airfare is not included.

We are happy to work out a different payment plan with you, if necessary. Please email us with any questions!




Art Project:

A variety of light and whimsical daily art lessons such as painting, writing, and collage.

Like Water for Chakras 

Yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico

Hosted by Katrina Gustafson
September 18-25 2013
Petit Shambala, Tulum Mexico
tulum beachOn Tulum:
“You may already be familiar with the magic and beauty that Tulum has to offer. Its endless white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean come together to create an unforgettable experience unmatched in The Mayan Riviera. Tulum has a beautiful energy that resonates with you just moments after your arrival and is sure to leave an imprint in your heart. It is becoming revered as the ‘best kept secret’ among yoga teachers, friends and students.”
About the Retreat:
This retreat will focus on the opening of the 7 chakras. Each day Katrina will guide participants through a discovery of the physical, mental, emotional and energetic aspects of each chakra. Through the use of asana yoga practice, meditation, mantra, chanting, and pranayama, participants will learn how to engage and open their chakras, uncovering what might be blocking them.  By the end of the 7 days, retreat goers will have explored each chakra and all 7 chakras will be open and fully activated.chakra beauty
What is Included:
7 nights Beach Front shared accommodation at Petit Shambala, Tulum
3 healthy meals a day
Round trip Transportation to / from Cancun Airport
Daily Yoga Classes, Meditation and Chakra Activations
Wireless Internet Available
Excursion to Tulum Mayan Historical Ruins

*Airfare and Tips not Included

Travel Info:
Suggested Flights:
Frontier Airlines
Flight 70Non-Stop
Depart: 10:45 AMDenver, CO (DEN)
Arrive: 3:32 PM
Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
Total Travel Time: 3 hrs 47 mins
Free Shuttle Pick Up:
4pm at Cancun Airport
Frontier Airlines
Flight 71Non-Stop
Depart: 12:30 PMCancun, Mexico (CUN)
Arrive: 3:35 PM
Denver, CO (DEN)
Total Travel Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Retreat Pricing:
$1600 Per Person Shared Accommodation in Beachside Cabanas at Petit Shambala **EARLY BIRD PRICE**
After 8/15 price goes up to $1800.
“Shambala Petit Hotel is located on the South Beach of Tulum, Mexico, where guests can feel like they are not a hotel but at home in a beautiful beach paradise.
Get in touch with all your senses in a perfect environment for a yoga retreat. Tee Yoga Studio, with its sliding French doors, is located a few steps from the Turquoise waters of the Caribbean Ocean and the sound of the waves crashing in front is a magic touch for each lesson or event.
The ten casitas are located on a large beach property, most of them open out onto the beach, and all of them are made with love.”
About Katrina:
When Katrina took her first yoga class 12 years ago she knew she had found her soul’s home. The practice of yoga has transformed her life so vastly that she left her 12 year career as a high school English teacher to pursue the practice whole-heartedly. She has taken two certified teacher trainings since then, numerous workshops with master teachers, opened Karma Yoga Center, and created a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training that she leads three times a year. Her teaching style is a heart-centered vinyasa (flow) with an emphasis on the spiritual aspects of the practice. She is a student and devotee of Saul David Raye, Dr. Katyayani Poole, and Dr.Pandit Rajmani Tigunait . Katrina subscribes deeply to the practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga, tantric philosophy, and Vedic astrology. She works hard on maintaining the integrity of this ancient practice while bringing it into the 21st century. Though yoga brings her deep joy, her greatest passion is loving on her two boys Maximus and Boden.
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