San Jose, Costa Rica Top Traveler's Choice

For our COSTA RICA ECO-ADVENTURE SUMMER VACATION YOGA RETREAT AUG 11-18, 2012 we fly into San José, the capital of Costa Rica, head of the province of San José, and the nation’s largest city. Culturally, the city can be considered almost entirely European influenced, in part because of Spanish immigration soon after Costa Rica’s discovery by Christopher Columbus.

According to Trip Advisor it is a 2012 TOP TRAVELERS CHOICE DESTINATION.

Need a Stress Relief Retreat?

Hawaii is Perfect for YOU.

During this weeklong adventure October 14-20, 2012 on the east side of the Big Island, we will explore the wild beauty and power of the rugged land and sea. At the same time, our exploration of our inner landscape will bring deeper self-reflection. This retreat is designed to teach you the Art of Relaxation and take you to a deeper level of self-awareness using the energetic centers in your body known as chakras. This is perfect for those who want to relieve stress and unblock all mental & physical barriers to live the best life ever!

Yoga in Paradise means we will awaken each morning and end each day with a yoga practice designed to bring awareness and balance to each of the 7 chakras. During the days, we will have organized excursions to the local beaches, thermally heated warm ponds, best snorkel spots, and local hangouts in the culturally rich “Puna” District. There will be ample time for you to explore on your own and take advantage of the many classes and therapeutic sessions at Kalani. Through our week, you will progress from your Root chakra all the way up to your Crown chakra, learning the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of each. You will learn why the rights you have to feel, to love, to see, to speak promote your ability to create the changes you want for your ife and attract the energy you want to support you.

We will be staying at the Kalani Honua Retreat, which translates to Heaven on Earth. Kalani is known for its open-spirited embrace of the pristine, natural beauty that surrounds this oceanfront resort. Nearby are thermally heated pools and the spectacular Volcanoes National Park, where the lava flows into the sea, constantly creating new earth. Sea turtles, whales, flying fish, and dolphins are regularly sighted from the overlook. Most of the incredible food served at Kalani is grown on property at their state of the art, solar-powered Aquaponics laboratory, where the cycle of life is on display for all to see (and taste!).

Take some time for you. Recharge. Enjoy the quiet of Kalani’s gardens. Breathe in the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the jacuzzi and sauna. Swim laps in the incredible lap pool. Get a shiatsu massage in the world-class Watsu thermal pool. Soak in the sun at the gorgeous black sand beach. Breathe in what was rated as the cleanest air in the world–filtered by thousands of miles of the great Pacific Ocean. Get inspired by the hula dance, the hawaiian music, the cultural classes and the passion of local artists. Join us and we promise you will leave rejuvenated and more inspired about your life!

YOUR INVESTMENT:

CAMPSITE
$699

LODGE ROOMS
Triple Shared Bath $750
Double Shared Bath $999
Double Private Bath $1175
Single Shared Bath $1275
Single Private Bath $1475

BUNGALOW
Double Private Bath $1,450
Single Private Bath $1,700

TREEHOUSE AND TROPICAL COTTAGE
Tropical Double Private Bath $1,650
Treehouse Double Private Bath $1,500
Treehouse Single Private Bath $1,750

OCEAN COTTAGE
Double private bath $1,850

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

*6 nights of accommodation
*Airport transfer to and from Kalani
*3 delicious, healthy, bountiful meals per day
*12 Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
*Organized excursions to local beaches, lava tubes warm ponds, and snorkeling spots
*A guided trip and hike in Volcanoes National Park with packed lunch
*Organic juices, Kona Coffee, Herbal blends, Hot & Iced teas
*Final evening Social Hour (with live, Hawaiian music)
*Detox Vinyasa Yoga Workshop
*Partner Acro Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
*Meditation & Pranayama
*24 hour access to pool, hot tubs and sauna
*Introductory Watsu (Water + Shiatsu Massage) session
*Hula dance and Hawaiian Language class
*Guided nature walk discussing Hawaiian flora and fauna
*Comprehensive Chakra Booklet
*Guided Journaling
*Evening Dharma talks facilitated by your Guides
*A special goodie bag with loving gifts

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to and from the trip, lodging before and/or after the trip if you are coming early or staying later, spa treatments, gratuities for your guides.

HOW TO SIGN UP?
Register today at http://www.alchemytours.com and make your trip of a lifetime come true!
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WHERE WE STAY: KALANI RETREAT
Life is exuberant on Kalani, a 120 acre organic retreat which preserves the natural heritage of fiery lava, invigorating ocean, tropical foliage and the sweet, clean air of the Northeast Trades coming across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, considered to be the cleanest air on earth.Yogini Superstar Shiva Rea calls Kalani “one of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world.”

How We Choose to be Happy at Alchemy Tours

“It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
– J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

1. Explore a New Place in the World
Expand beyond ordinariness into experiencing
someplace extraordinary and inspiring.

2. Make a Full Commitment
Set your intention/sankalpa and stay with it. Practice
Sun Salutes everyday or set the date for a retreat.

3. Do Something that Scares You
Push your limits and get out of your comfort zone.

4. Taste Something New
Savor new flavors in wine, beer, and food;
either locally or in new part of the world.

5. Practice Relaxation
Make time to meditate, spend time near the water,
watch more sunsets, unplug from technology.

6. Learn a New Language
Set your mind up to try speaking another language. If you’re
going to Italy, then learn some Italian phrases, or try Spanish
if you’re going to Mexico or South America.

JOIN US ON RETREAT – 2012-2013 UPCOMING ALCHEMY TOURS ADVENTURES AND RETREATS:

August 11-18, 2012 Costa Rica Eco-Adventure Summer Detox Yoga Retreat at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers

September 14-16, 2012 San Juan Islands Yoga & Hiking Getaway at Lakedale Lodge

October 14 – October 20, 2012 Big Island Hawaii Eco-Adventure Stress Relief Yoga Retreat

November 16 – November 19, 2012 Moab Utah Yoga & Mountain Biking Adventure

December 8-15, 2012 Prana Del Mar Yoga, Eco-Chic Beach & Mountains Rejuvenation Retreat

January/February 2013 TBA

March 23-30, 2013 Haramara Yoga and Surfing “Freedom of Purpose” Retreat

March 30-April 6, 2013 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Xinalani Advanced Teacher Training Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini & Casey Peterson

April 25 – 28, 2013 Moab, Zion Utah Mountain Biking Yoga Retreat

May 2013 Alderbrook Resort Washington Romantic Couples Retreat

June 22-29, 2013 Tuscany, Italy Yoga & Wine, Cycling Retreat

June 29 – July 7, 2013 Amalfi Coast, Italy Yoga & Beach Holiday

October 2013 Galapagos Ecuador Yoga and Volcano Trekking

September 22-29, 2013 Bali Soulshine “Art of Adventure” Retreat

**REFERRAL BONUS**Earn $75 in Alchemy Tours Gift Certificate if you refer a friend for a trip you attend.

LET’S BE FRIENDS: TALK TO US
jake@alchemytours.com
silvia@alchemytours.com
hello@alchemytours.com
http://www.alchemytours.com
TWEET US: @alchemytours

Eco-Responsibility…Costa Rica's The Sanctuary Really Means It

As you know we only ever mindfully pick places that have an eco-commitment, offer socially conscious experiences and are abundant in healing energy all around. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is one of those places to the 9th degree. They take eco-responsibility and sustainability seriously. While on retreat Aug 11-18, 2012 we will each have way more than 4 acres apiece on this beautiful property that was 7 years in the making.

Here from their website is more about their commitment to Eco-Sustainability.

ARTchitecture
“Tropical Modern Zen” is how to describe the design of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers’ accommodations; clean, simple lines with a Japanese architectural flair, accented with natural fabrics, stone tiles, tropical woods and art. Natural stones were used as design accents, the majority of which were from quarries in Costa Rica and India. All of the structures were handcrafted by local craftsmen and artisans including accents like the stairs’ steps, the balcony railings, the door handles, mirror frames, garden steps, clothing shelves, bathroom sinks, and all doors and windows. Hence, each structure looks and feels like a piece of fine furniture.

Responsibility
Environmental responsibility guides the spirit of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers. A facility completely off the grid with 100% of its energy from a hi-tech solar system and solar hot water heaters. We designed all of our structures around a landscape as opposed to the usual practice of landscaping afterwards around the structures. We used teak wood as our structural wood which was eco-harvested on a teak farm. We also used tropical hard woods from trees that fell through natural occurrences. For every tree that unfortunately and painstakingly had to be removed we planted at least four new ones. We also milled all of the felled trees and used the wood for the construction process. All of these trees were acknowledged and thanked before they were cut down. Some of their wood was also used in fire ceremonies throughout the seven year development process. We have planted over 300 fruit trees of various varieties throughout our 40 acres. We have created wonderfully vibrant ecosystems with specific fruit and flower bearing flora for the natural wildlife to thrive better in and around The Sanctuary.

Sustainability
Sustainable construction methods and seismic engineering were applied throughout the whole design and development process. We did not use any earth moving machinery but rather used man power to dig the foundation pedestals keeping our human impact to a minimum. We moved these heavy foundation pedestals into place with hand pulleys and wood logs similar to old world style construction. We even built scaffolding out of material that we would eventually use within the structures themselves.

All of the structures are elevated above the ground so no Earth had to be bulldozed, leaving the natural contours of the earthen landscape the way Mother Nature has been sculpting this particular piece for the past 3 million years and is perhaps the youngest land mass on this planet. This also allows for better natural air flow under and around the structures and gardens as well as puts you at eye level with the jungle canopy and passing monkeys. All structures were placed on specific compass axes to maximize cross-breezes and sun exposure. We also used ancient Indian vastu harmonizing construction theories during the design process.

About The Chef at The Sanctuary Costa Rica

We consciously pick retreat centers and locations with gourmet cuisine. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is no exception. It is the location of our August 11-18, 2012 retreat. Here is why we love our chef there.

Marcella Dirks – Chef
Compassionate cooking is of particular interest to Marcella, her way of celebrating and honoring life by emphasizing vegan gourmet cuisine influenced by her intrigue of and play with the elements as well as her many travels and love for bounty and culture. For her, there is a great pull to not only accept and embrace but to celebrate the temporary nature of life – food is a great medium for this As in all her creative expressions, she continues to follow the call of evoking poetic yearning in relationship to Mother Nature and beyond.

Born in The Netherlands and raised on the Caribbean island of Curacao, Marcella has made the world her oyster since childhood, living and traveling the globe over. With a background in Fine Arts, she soon realized her interests didn’t lay in a pretty picture to be framed but rather in the pursuit of the art of living. As a vegetarian for more than 20 years, this journey has led her to Vipassana meditation and formal studies and work in natural therapeutics and massage.

She studied at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and is a graduate of the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist program at the California College of Ayurveda and the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. Her experience working at the Chopra Center for Well-Being enriched her with a deep connection to food and the ability to impart love into the process of cooking. Her work as a private chef and caterer in San Francisco ranged from providing nourishing meals for post-partum women and their families, to artistic culinary expression at high-end special events.

Following her muse of the leaf (including spice, herbs, edible flowers, aphrodisiacs and tea) and her love for the journey of the senses in a single bite, she became a Certified Tea Master and gourmet Chocolatier. Chocolate took her to Paris, where she studied at the prestigious L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona, to New York and Vancouver, after which she created her own line of vegan aphrodisiac bonbons. Yoga and meditation eventually caught up with her, instilling an inner journey to be deepened in the Costa Rican jungle at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers.

2012-2013 UPCOMING ALCHEMY TOURS ADVENTURES AND RETREATS

We have a wonderful, diverse schedule for 2012 and 2013. Thank you for always supporting us and in yourself being the alchemy of ingredients that make our trips so uniquely special!

February 4-11, 2012 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Xinalani Eco-chic-spa Freedom of Purpose Yoga Retreat

May 25-27, 2012 Sonoma, California – Yoga, Cycling, Wine and Wellness Retreat

June 10-12, 2012 “Spring into Summer” Retreat for Yogis at University of Washington

June 23-30, 2012 Tuscany, Italy – Yoga & Wine, Cycling Cultural Retreat

August 11-18, 2012 Costa Rica Eco-Adventure Summer Detox Yoga Retreat at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers

September 14-16, 2012 San Juan Islands Yoga & Hiking Getaway at Lakedale Lodge

October 14 – October 20, 2012 Big Island Hawaii Eco-Adventure Stress Relief Yoga Retreat

November 16 – November 19, 2012 Moab Utah Yoga & Mountain Biking Adventure

December 8-15, 2012 Prana Del Mar Yoga, Eco-Chic Beach & Mountains Rejuvenation Retreat

February 2013 TBA

March 23-30, 2013 Haramara Yoga and Surfing “Freedom of Purpose” Retreat

March 30-April 6, 2013 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Xinalani Advanced Teacher Training Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini & Casey Peterson

April 25 – 28, 2013 Moab, Zion Utah Mountain Biking Yoga Retreat

May 2013 Alderbrook Resort Washington Romantic Couples Retreat

June 22-29, 2013 Tuscany, Italy Yoga & Wine, Cycling Retreat

June 29 – July 7, 2013 Amalfi Coast, Italy Yoga & Beach Holiday

October 2013 Galapagos Ecuador Yoga and Volcano Trekking

September 22-29, 2013 Bali Soulshine “Art of Adventure” Retreat

**REFERRAL BONUS**Earn $75 in Alchemy Tours Gift Certificate if you refer a friend for a trip you attend.

LET’S BE FRIENDS: TALK TO US
jake@alchemytours.com
silvia@alchemytours.com
hello@alchemytours.com
http://www.alchemytours.com
TWEET US: @alchemytours