Certification as a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance
A solid foundation in classical Hatha Yoga – including alignment based vinyasa flow and restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework.
An anatomy and biomechanically informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe
Modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, pregnancy, and those with injuries.
Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy
Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life
Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population
Business of Yoga & How to Build Your Yoga Community
Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way
Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment
Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate yoga teachers and yoga therapists
Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, is a playful, passionate and adventurous spirit who is on a lifelong path of Yoga. She first discovered Kripalu yoga and changed the course of her life in her formative teen years in 1980. Yoga kept her sane through her academic years in college as she pursued a degree in Environmental Education.
Christine dove into a yoga practice as a first year, elementary school teacher in 1990. It did not take long for her to understand the emotional balance, clarity of mind and strength she felt being in Yoga class provided essential therapeutic life tools that helped her manage the high stress of her demanding career. Since then, the study and practice of Yoga combined with the art and science of teaching have been her life’s work.
Jess Trudeau, E-RYT 500 carries 900 hours of advanced certifications from Yogaworks, Laughing Lotus, Blissology Bali, and Heartwood Institute. A nomad at heart, she has led teacher trainings, retreats, workshops and classes worldwide for 15 years since her first class to a group of women in Mongolia while living in the Peace Corps.
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 25 years of teaching. She trained extensively in the Hatha systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist.
The Peace Retreat in Playa Negra, Costa Rica is a perfect location for our deep immersion into Yoga.
Peace retreat is a wellness centre designed to enhance the experience of nature that surrounds us by using an increased proportion of open-air common areas with simple and well appointed accommodation options. Their aim is to support their guests to comfortably immerse within the vast open space and stunning scenery; to explore and connect with nature in a tropical setting; to achieve the right balance of peace and rejuvenation.
Playa Negra is a small beach and surf community that's off the beaten track, you will find yourself surrounded by unspoiled nature, next to the most beautiful beaches of Guanacaste on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is just a 20 minute minute walk from Peace Retreat to Playa Negra beach through a jungle path. The beach is large and lovely, the ocean is warm and the sunsets are magical. The beach has a surf wave and an area where you can swim safely.
On your off time or for day off adventures you can enjoy swimming in warm Pacific Ocean, world-class surfing, kayaking, bird watching, horseback riding and hiking to waterfalls, star gazing into the dark sky and much more. In short, it is a nature lovers paradise.
At the Peace Retreat - Costa Rica the cuisine is delicious, healthy, locally sourced and organic when possible. Food is primarily vegan with fish options. Food is mindfully prepared by local chefs. Students who have special dietary requirements are encouraged to let us know in advance as we will do our best to accommodate them. healthy, local, and organic fruit and vegetables.
A $500 USD deposit will reserve your space and will be applied to the full tuition price listed above. Deposits (minus a $100 processing fee) are refundable up to 60 days prior to retreat start date. A $100 processing fee will apply to all deposit refunds. This fee covers credit card charges and administrative processing fees.
Retreat costs (housing and food) are due three months prior to the start date of the program or within two weeks of registering and your final tuition payment is due no later than one month prior to the program start date. If you would like to discuss alternate arrangements, please feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to work something out.
If cancellation is necessary prior the first day of the program due to covid related travel restrictions, student’s deposit and tuition will be fully transferable to a future program with Soma Yoga Institute. These late cancellations, must not be made earlier than 3 weeks prior to the event. Determination of these risks will be referenced through official government websites. No refunds are provided after arrival. In all other circumstances, due to the logistics involved in planning residential programs in retreat settings, we regret that we are unable to issue deposit/tuition/housing refunds 60 days or less prior to program start date.
Tuition price includes housing, food, yoga teacher training tuition, a comprehensive 200 page Yoga Teacher Training Manual, six month access to our 200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training content, an essential resource to support you as you move out into the world teaching yoga, as needed mentoring after the program ends (prices vary base on housing preference):
Casa Verde (Single Bed in a Private Quartered Dorm with Shared Bath) $3997
Double Jungle Cabina (Single Bed in Double Cabina with Shared Bath) $3997
Double or Triple Casa Room (Single Bed with Private Bath) $4569
Single Occupancy Jungle Cabina (Single Bed with Shared Bath) $5092
Single Occupancy Casa Room (Private Room with Private Bathroom) $5647
Your wellbeing is our top priority. We are planning for a safe, healthy, and transformational program for you in Costa Rica. The Peace Retreat is a lovely location with lots of fresh air and open spaces. Expect healthy food, lots of vitamin D from the sun, and a positive, supportive community. At this time, for ALL of our in-person programs, we require all participants and program faculty, regardless of vaccination status, to show a Negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 3 days before the course start date. All students will be required to participate in a rapid antigen self-test upon arrival at the retreat. Please bring a test with you for this purpose. Masks will not be required in open air spaces and on your mat. We will follow all local, government and state Covid-19 protocols. Please email us for the complete Covid guidelines.
December 1-18, 2022
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport on the group shuttle is provided for a
reduced fee (specified times only).
From Liberia International Airport:
Arrange to fly into the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the airport at 3:30 p.m. on arrival day (Dec 1/Jan 5) and returns to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) for flights departing after 12:30 p.m. on departure day (Dec 18/Jan 22). Shuttle from Liberia to Peace Retreat takes approximately 1.5 hours. The group shuttle charge is 50 USD per person each way.
From San Jose International Airport:
Arrange to fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the Adventure Inn (15 minutes from the airport) in San Jose at 10:00 a.m. on arrival day and returns departing Peace Retreat at 8:00 a.m. on departure day for flights leaving after 3:00pm. Shuttle from San Jose to Peace Retreat takes approximately 4 hours. Group shuttle charge is $100 per person each way. The Adventure Inn in San Jose is a great place for the first night with free airport shuttles if you are a guest and a large breakfast included in the price. You may book a room directly with them here: https://www.adventure-inn.com/. The shuttle will depart directly from this hotel and on the return take you directly to the SJO airport.
This teacher training offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self transformation,
and personal empowerment. Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment-based vinyasa
flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.
The instruction will cover a wide range of Yoga techniques including Yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear, anatomy-informed principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in Yoga poses. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of Yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing.
The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment-based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Expect to practice asana from all category of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated and prone. Modifications for all levels of practitioners are provided and all levels of abilities are welcome to attend.
Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each yoga teacher to adopt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher.
Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of Yoga class types, including all levels vinyasa Yoga, alignment-based classes, Yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.