During our week together, you will enjoy daily Essence Awakening Meditation & Yoga (this style of Yoga includes essential elements from the Hatha, Vinyasa, and Kundalini traditions), along with powerful workshops such as ‘Awakening Peace’, ‘Energy Activation’, ‘Warrior Body, Warrior Heart’, and ‘Yin + Yang Yoga’.
You will get a chance to connect deeply with Mother Nature in all of her transformational elements. We will adventure to the soothing and healing Ecotermales Hot Springs at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, and enjoy a nourishing day at Playa Hermosa along with a special ‘Oceans of Bliss’ Vinyasa Yoga class at the Pacific Coast.
Each day of the INTO THE ESSENCE: De-Stress & Reset Yoga Retreat is dedicated to a specific theme of transformation and healing - including Peace, Energy, Freedom, Courage, Bliss, and Love.
You can also add to the powerful experience of the week by booking a Healing Flow Massage or Reiki Energy Healing session in the Tree of Life (Mystica's tree-top healing space), or choosing to detoxify and shine in our Infrared Sauna.
Give yourself the wonderful gift of a week in the Prana Paradise of Mystica and Costa Rica to replenish and renew in body, mind, heart, and soul.
Space is limited to a maximum of 12 participants, so sign up today to reserve your spot in this transformational retreat!
Instruction Level: All levels - best for beginner and intermediate
Instruction Language: English
Sample Daily Schedule:
9:15-10:45am Essence Awakening Meditation + Yoga
Free time - hike to the Ceiba tree, book a massage or Reiki session in the Tree of Life, take a swim in the dipping pool, etc.
4-6pm Awakening Peace Workshop (includes meditative labyrinth walk, pranayama to calm and soothe the nervous system, restorative Yoga, and guided Yoga Nidra)
Mystica has a beautiful restaurant area with an outdoor terrace and big hammock to relax into.
There is WIFI in the restaurant and reception area to help you stay connected with the 'outside world', although most of our time will be for going within and connecting within the group setting.
There is a Mystic Star Labyrinth for walking meditation, a dipping pool with waterfall made with river stones, the Tree of Life tree-top healing space, and an Infrared Sauna.
Mystica's Yoga Sanctuary, LA ESENCIA, is located in the jungle by a flowing river. It is an open-air, covered sanctuary and is a beautiful and blessed prana paradise. There are also 3 hammocks in La Esencia for your relaxation.
We have 6 rooms in our main lodge, 2 jungle cabins, 1 private villa, and a 2 bedroom house as our accommodations. Each room is clean and beautiful in its own unique way.
Double and single accommodations are available.
Each accommodation has its own private bathroom.
Roundtrip airport transportation (LIR - Liberia airport) to and from Mystica is included in your price package on for the arrival and departure dates (Feb 2nd and Feb 9th).
If you need private transportation, we can help arrange that for you at an additional cost.
M.A. Transpersonal Psychology
Registered Yoga Teacher + Trainer (E-RYT 200 - Yoga Alliance)
I have always had a great passion for the incredibly rich human journey and the call to evolution towards Wholeness and Higher Consciousness.
My first step into Holistic Health education began over two decades ago in Toronto (1995) where I attended the Transformational Arts College for two years part-time. In this powerful program, we explored the realms of Aromatherapy, Massage, Reflexology, Energy Healing, Herbology, Homeopathy, Nutrition, and more.
Following the completion of that program in 1997, I went to McGill University and completed a 4 year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Eastern Religions, Psychology, and Women’s Studies.
The next step was to become a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. I successfully completed my first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica in early 2004, focusing on Interdisciplinary Yoga (Hatha , Power, and Kripalu Yoga).
Finally, I moved to Vancouver in the fall of 2004 to earn a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology through the Clearmind Institute and an affiliated International University.
I now live part of the year in Costa Rica where my Italian husband, Francesco, is co-owner of Mystica: a beautiful hotel and retreat center in the north central mountains. (www.mysticacostarica.com) I teach Yoga in a Prana-filled sanctuary tucked away in the forest, overlooking a flowing river. My ‘office’ for Massage, Reiki, and Transformational Counselling is in a healing tree-house where monkeys often visit us on the external balcony. Over six years ago I self-published my first book on the subject of healing: ‘Beauty’s Way: Inspiration on the Path of Awakening’.
It is a great joy for me to organize and lead Yoga & Wellness based retreats in Costa Rica, Canada, and Italy and I also am honored to be the lead trainer for 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings certified by Yoga Alliance. I founded the ‘Mystic Yoga Academy’ and hosted my first 200 hour intensive training at Mystica in February of 2016. It is always an incredibly powerful, transformational, and rewarding experience to be part of peoples’ journeys toward realizing their greatest dreams and preparing them to live and lead from love.
My precious 6 year old son, Valentino, is one of my greatest teachers in this life. He opens me up daily to great innocence, wonder, and huge-hearted love & sweetness.
And the journey continues…
“Lori is a rare and beautiful spirit. A true earth angel whose love and truth shine so brightly you feel warm and uplifted in her wonderful presence. I feel blessed to know her as my healer, teacher and friend. She constantly amazes me with the depth of her knowledge, her compassion and her integrity. She holds a very special place in my life and I am forever grateful for her remarkable gifts and dedication to her path.”
~ Anne Ross, Toronto CANADA
"Lori had planned every detail of our Yoga retreat at Mystica in February of 2015, and for me coming all the way from India, the Land of Yoga, it was something I really looked forward to! Lori is a woman with a divine soul, as she has studied the science and art of Yoga in depth and it shines through her.
I learnt my first lessons from her, the ‘Mystica Yoga Flow’ that healed me. I feel immensely privileged to have been introduced to the life regenerating benefits of Yoga as taught by Lori, and I now practice it daily and can feel the difference. When I close my eyes, my mind travels to Mystica and to Lori who remains my guide and guru. Peace and Joy.”
~ Anita Mathew, Goa, INDIA
"I attended the Mystica yoga retreat in Feb 2015. The experience completely surpassed all my expectations. Lori’s skill in leading was exceptional. She adapted the postures for everyones level (from novice to advanced). Perhaps the most important aspect was the spiritual dimension and healing which occurred. This was not just a fitness and stretching event! I would describe Lori as the hip Angelic Guru!! I came away feeling refreshed and enlightened with a strong desire to go more deeply into my Yoga.”
~ Robert Slatkoff, Laurentians, CANADA
$1820 to $2225 USD
The INTO THE ESSENCE Price Package includes:
~ roundtrip airport transportation to and from Mystica (LIR - Liberia airport)
~ 7 nights accommodation @ magical Mystica
~ all meals beginning with dinner on Feb 2nd and finishing with breakfast on Feb 9th
~ daily Essence Awakening meditation + yoga (classes and workshops)
~ trip to the Ecotermales Hot Springs by the Arenal Volcano
~ day trip to the beach @ Playa Hermosa on the Pacific Coast - including an Oceanic Vinyasa Yoga class
(Please note: AIRFARE is NOT included in the price package)