yoga and Creative Writing Retreat
sean Conley and Lee Gutkind Invite You to Blue Spirit Resort
April 8-15, 2017
Blue Spirit, your home for a fun-filled week, is one of the foremost world-class yoga and meditation retreat centers in Costa Rica, providing an extraordinary setting for personal growth, writing inspiration, clean eating, and creative expression.
Located in one of the world’s 5 Blue Zones, Blue Spirit is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a 5-mile white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge. The pristine nature, subtropical climate, dedicated staff, and the healing energy of the area create the ideal environment for our Power Yoga and Creative Writing retreat to become an unforgettable and deeply nurturing experience.
This week away from your daily busyness will help you: Rediscover your voice. Get filled with inspiration. Be free of distractions. Take your writing to a deeper level. Immerse into heart-fueling, creativity-expanding workshops and yoga sessions.
This retreat is open to everyone. It is designed for a broad range of writers—from barest beginners to those who are most experienced. You’ll polish your writing skills and expand your insights, whether you’re interested in writing as a profession, or to use it as a tool of personal self-discovery and exploration.
The retreat is intended for new and seasoned yoga students as well. You’ll feel welcomed whether you’ve practiced yoga for years or are interested in trying it for the first time.
- Inspiring and gorgeous peaceful setting.
- Daily power yoga and meditation sessions.
- Daily writing workshops.
- 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day.
- Free time for massages, infinity pool, surf lessons, exotic beach, view the sunrise and sunset, zip lining, horseback riding, and stand up paddle.
YOGA: SEAN CONLEY
Sean Conley has practiced various styles of yoga for over 20 years and has been an instructor for over 15 years. He has explored the physical forms of yoga as well as the philosophical and spiritual origins of yoga.
Sean spent four years in The National Football League. His career was cut short due to injuries from overtraining his body. His injuries helped him stumble into his discovery of yoga as a way to heal the body and mind.
Sean combines upbeat, inspirational music with a relaxed, easy spirituality that makes his power yoga classes at Amazing Yoga a fun and motivational experience. He is honored and grateful to have the opportunity to share his love of yoga and experience with others.
Yahoo named Sean’s online classes and podcasts the top rated. Sean’s Retreats, Teacher Trainings, and Workshops are focused on helping people feel blissed out after challenging and upbeat sessions. Sean is the author of the book Amazing Yoga and is working on his second inspirational book, Kicker. View Sean's personal site seanconley.net.
WRITing: LEE GUTKIND
Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the author or editor of more than 30 books and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively
Lee has presented his “true story immersion” techniques to audiences around the world, and has been featured on many national radio and televisions shows, including Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Good Morning America, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, as well as BBC World.
His book, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction, From Memoir to Literary Journalism to Everything in Between, is, according to Kirkus Reviews, “Reminiscent of Stephen King’s fiction handbook On Writing—an accessible, indispensable nonfiction guidebook from an authority who knows his subject from cover to cover.”
Lee has also been practicing yoga, and he believes that yoga provides an avenue of meditation and energy that leads to creative thinking and compelling expression that can impact and change lives.
Lee’s website is www.leegutkind.com.
RETREAT AND HOUSING RATES
These rates include: All retreat sessions, 7 nights accommodations, 3 buffet-style meals per day, and taxes. Rates do not include airfare, tips to Blue Spirit staff, and transfer transportation. All accommodations are shared between two people, unless you choose to pay for private accommodation (singles are limited). If you're coming on your own and would like us to find someone to share with you, we would be happy to do this.
Rates listed are per-person. Rooms are shared with one person, unless designated as a “Single”.
- Platform Tent – $1800 (Single) 1 LEFT
- Eco-Cottage – $1865 (Double)
- Eco-Cottage - $2165 (Single)
- Mountain View – $2350 (Double) SOLD OUT
- Hermitage - $2125(Double) SOLD OUT
- Hermitage – $2370 (Single) 1 LEFT
- Nature Cottage – $2275 (Double)
- Pacifico Cottage - $2450 (Double) 1 SPOT LEFT
- Ocean View – $2450 (Double) SOLD OUT
- Superior Ocean – $3295 (Single) SOLD OUT
To request Single Occupancy for a Double Room, please email firstname.lastname@example.org after you have registered. There is an extra $700 charge.
Go to Blue Spirit's website for room details.
Air: Arrive/Depart Liberia (LIR) Airport.
Blue Spirit Resort will arrange for your transportation to and from the Liberia Airport by a reputable and trusted driver.
Schedule your arrival into LIR Airport on the start date of the retreat. Schedule your departure for any time on the last day.
- The $300 deposit (applied towards retreat) is non-refundable and non-transferable. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the beginning of the retreat.
- No refunds for canceling within 30 days of the retreat.
- Students will receive a confirmation email confirming your registration and payment.
- Amazing Yoga and Lee Gutkind reserves the right to amend this policy at its sole discretion.