Monday, October 26, 2009

FEB 26 - MAR 5, 2010
Stephanie Sandleben and Joelle Hann

Join us in Costa Rica for a spectacular winter yoga retreat. Situated in the rainforests of Corcovado National Park on the Golfo Dulce's secluded eastern shore—one of the most biologically diverse places on earth—this yoga retreat will take you off the grid and into total relaxation.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, featured twice in Travel & Leisure’s eco-travel issue, and called “about as green as you can get” by Fortune magazine, is an incredible place to detox, relax, and deepen your yoga practice.

Where: Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

FEB 26 - MAR 5 (8 days, 7 nights): $1695

Mini-Retreat Options Available:
5 days and 4 nights FEB 26 - MAR 2: $1095
6 days and 5 nights FEB 26 - MAR 3: $1275


  • Two daily yoga classes (all levels welcome)
  • Luxurious, double-occupancy rooms
  • Three delicious meals a day prepared using local tropical fruits, vegetables and freshly caught fish (juices and snacks available at all times)
  • Expert guides leading daily eco-educational adventures—jungle hikes, waterfall treks, and ocean trips
  • Unlimited use of lodge's kayaks, snorkeling, and fishing gear as well as access to self-guided trails
  • Access to self-guided trails
  • Tropical black-stone beach for ultimate relaxation

  • Extraordinary Thai and Ayurvedic massage
  • Extensive boat and day trips: horseback riding, bird watching, dolphin spotting, fishing, and visits to wildlife refuge and nearby botanical gardens

Register early and save! Secure your spot early with a deposit of $500 (check or PayPal).

Airfare is not included. American Airlines, Taca, and Delta have some great deals--book early while the prices are low!

Full payment due by January 30, 2010.

Questions? Contact us at

See you in Costa Rica!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Equalize Your Asana,
Upstate Retreat to Heathen Hill
JULY 17 - 19, 2009

Join Joelle Hann and Stephanie Sandleben for an upstate getaway to Heathen Hill Retreat Center this summer. Located in the northern Catskills, this peaceful retreat destination is an ideal place to rest and recharge. Spend your weekend practicing yoga, swimming, hitting the hot tub, playing badminton and horseshoes and hiking and fishing.

We will focus on incorporating bandhas and pranayama into the asana class to create a powerful and peaceful practice. We will have time for meditation as well as basking in the sun, swimming in the pond, and enjoying the beautiful upstate setting.


Heathen Hill Retreat Center,
Franklin, New York (

Friday, July 17 - Sunday 19

  • Double room: $375
  • Single room: $450
  • Camping: $300

    yoga, lodging, and
    delicious local food (fresh from the garden!) on Saturday and Sunday. Meals are mainly vegetarian, any special needs will be accommodated if possible. For local food enthusiasts and the locavore curious, there will be a guided tour of the garden included.


    Arrival: Friday 6pm
    Friday, 8pm, Welcome/Restorative class

    Saturday, 9 -11:00am class
    Self-service Breakfast
    Lunch and tour of the garden
    4 - 6pm class
    Dinner in the Plum House

    Sunday, 9 - 11am class
    Country Brunch

    Departure: Sunday, 2pm

    Transportation: Carpooling works well. Check out for directions by car. There is no public transportation that serves Franklin, NY. However Adirondack/Pine Hill Trailways serves Oneonta. There is a car service available from Oneonta to Heathen Hill which is about $20 per person.

    Limited space so save your spot with a deposit of $100.

    Questions? Ready to sign-up? Contact us at or 718.753.8906.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Costa Rica Yoga Retreat, February 2008

    We had an incredible retreat to Costa Rica, February 2008. See pics of happy retreat-goers below, or click here to see a whole lot more photos. (Set it to "slideshow"!)

    I am so glad I went on this yoga retreat. It healed me in body, mind, and soul, and was perfect. --Gina, Brooklyn

    The environment in which the classes were being held was spectacular, and was a definite catalyst for relaxation and deepening one's practice. And everyone on the trip was so beautiful. It created a comfortable environment to challenge yourself in. I loved the fact that the classes built off of previous classes. –Sarah, Brooklyn

    Restorative, delightful, magical.--Louisa, Brooklyn

    Lovely!--Molly, Brooklyn

    I enjoyed every single class and I did them all. I just loved to be on the floor. It was challenging, hard, and nice and I just tried to be present. I loved to be surrounded by the air, sounds from nature and the others. —Gunn, Oslo, Norway

    I just loved it! It was a kind generous, warm and welcoming place. The food was the best! And the knowledge and attitude of the staff was inspiring and really important for the whole experience.
    --Lina, Oslo, Norway

    "Perfect!" "5 stars" "Two thumbs up--way up!"--Casey, Brooklyn

    To see more photos, click here. Contact us at samatreats gmail com.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Flight Info

    We recommend booking this trip to get the best deals and the most direct flights. On the layover in San Jose on the way back you can go to a cafe for lunch. Prices as listed Nov 21, 2008.

    On JFK - SJO for $351.02
    On SJO - PJM for $228
    Total = $579.02


    JFK - SJO, Feb 6, 2009
    TACA #LR661 5:20am arr 9:25am

    SJO - PJM (Puerto Jimenez)
    SANSA #616 11am - 12:24pm

    PJM - SJO, Feb 14, 2009
    SANSA #617 12:34 - 1:32pm

    SJO - JFK, Feb 14, 2009
    TACA #LR660 7:35pm arr 1:30am

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    SJO - Puerto Jimenez, Feb 6, 2009
    #616 11am arr 12:24 (stops in Drake Bay)
    #618 12:18 arr 1:18 (direct)
    #658 2:16 arr 3:16 (direct)

    Puerto Jimenez - SJO, Feb 14, 2009
    #2623 6:55 am arr 7:53 (direct)
    #3617 8:10am arr 9:10
    #657 12:32 arr 1:30
    #617 12:34 arr 1:32
    #619 1:28 arr 2:26

    You can also fly into Golfito, but it's not as nice.
    SJO - Golfito, Feb 6, 2009
    #3612 9:24 arr 10:27
    #614 2:14 arr 3:17

    Golfito - SJO, Feb 14, 2009
    #2611 6:58am arr 7:58am
    #3613 10:37 arr 11:37