December 12 - 19, 2020

Annette Knopp & Nina Crist

HEART-MIND – Returning to the Stillness & Strength of our True Nature

In challenging and uncertain times like these, we can easily feel thinly spread. Whether you have been feeling more fearful, stressed or depleted than usual and need to refill your cup or want to make good use of this pivotal time to deepen your commitment to live in awake, embodied connection – this retreat will be for you!
Held by pristine surrounding nature and supported by liked-minded, heart-felt community, Annette and Nina will skillfully guide you to return to what is already profoundly restful and complete within. Through a wise blend of sitting and moving meditations, contemplative dialogue and experiential inquiries, you will release the tense grip of your doing-mind and remember the stillness and strength of your true nature. Learn to de-stress, vitalize and accelerate your body’s innate self-healing abilities through the ancient practices of Daoist yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Gong.
During your ample free time you can enjoy Blue Spirit’s white-sanded beach, swim in the Ocean or saltwater pool, nourish your body with gourmet vegetarian cuisine and locally caught fish, sign up for individual bodywork/massage, learn surfing or receive cutting-edge treatments at the new Blue Spirit Longevity center.

Retreat Schedule

During our week together you will…
• Learn simple meditations to shift out of doing-mind & return to the natural intelligence of Heart-Mind
• Dis-identify from old pain-identities and come into a more liberating relationship with your challenges
• Practice to ground yourself into a relaxed, embodied Presence and attune to what is deeply true for you
• Practice CHI GONG to harmonize breath, body and Spirit
• Draw vitalizing YANG energy from the Sun & connect with the restorative YIN energy of the Moon
• Learn the TAI CHI Sun & Moon sequence to invite balance, ease, and an inner calm
• Boost your immune system and gently detox stress and stale energies

SPECIAL BONUS – Bring your practice home with you!
• You will not only learn, practice and refine the Daoist practices and guided sitting meditations – you will also receive recordings and links for your personal home use!

RETREAT SAMPLE DAY
Morning
7:00 – 8:00 Daoist Yoga/Tai Chi/Chi Gong
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Buffet
9:30 -12:00 Heart-Mind Teachings & Meditation
Afternoon / Evening Schedule – Option 1 (Low Tide on Beach)
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Buffet
1:30 – 4:45 Free Time to swim, rest, journal, receive body-work, etc.
4:30 -5:45 Daoist Yoga/Tai Chi/Chi Gong ON THE BEACH
6:00pm- 7:30 pm Dinner Buffet
Afternoon / Evening Schedule – Option 2 (High Tide)
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch Buffet
1:30pm – 6:00pm Free Time to swim, rest, journal, receive body-work, etc.
6:00pm- 7:00 pm Dinner Buffet
7:00pm- 8:15 pm Daoist Yoga/Tai Chi/Chi Gong

PRICE AND REGISTRATION

RETREAT PACKAGE RATES
Retreat package rates depend on the choice of accommodation & include all taxes, program fee, your 7-night stay and 3 daily buffet style meals (offering a variety of gourmet ovo-lacto vegetarian and vegan cuisine, plus fish being served three times during your stay. Food allergies can be accommodated.)
PLATFORM TENT: Single Occupancy $1,265 per person
ECO COTTAGE: Single Occupancy $1,775/ Double $1,500 per person
HERMITAGE ROOM/AC: Single Occupancy $1,995 / Double $1,725 per person
NATURE SUITE/AC: Single Occupancy $2,450 / Double $1,950 per person
OCEAN VIEW ROOM/AC: Single Occupancy $2,675/ Double $2,095 per person
See all room options here.

REGISTRATION
To register send an email to [email protected] or to [email protected] with your preferred choice of accommodation. Once your accommodation is confirmed, you will receive a PayPal invoice for a deposit of US$600 to hold your space.
The remaining balance of your total retreat rate will be due by November 1, 2020 and is payable to Blue Spirit LLC in the US (via wire transfer, US check or international money order).

BIO OF TEACHERS

With 30 years of exploration, Annette Knopp is seasoned guide in the realm of consciousness. As a meditation teacher and shamanic practitioner, she supports and mentors clients in their unique journeys of awakening, transformation and healing. Annette draws from a rich background of studies and practices in Indo-Tibetan meditation, the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi and modern Western psycho-spiritual integration. She is a certified DARE-practitioner (somatic approach to repair relational trauma), a full mesa carrier in a Shamanic lineage of the Peruvian Andes and trained as a Yoga teacher in various traditions. Annette is a regular faculty member of the Omega Institute and together with her husband opened the Blue Spirit retreat center in 2009. www.annetteknopp.com / www.thefreeheart.com

Nina Crist is a Young Master and a keeper of ancient wisdom with 20 years of experience. For her entire adulthood, Nina has lived, breathed, studied, and taught the martial arts, learning the essence of various styles such as karate, aikido, jiu jitsu, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Kung Fu, and more. Her dedicated years of practice show up in her yoga and shamanic teaching as she shares the essence of movement, breathing and being. Nina leads martial arts, yoga and shamanic offerings out of The Jaguar Path School. She has been a Core Faculty member and Luminary Presenter at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and offers workshops, trainings, and retreats internationally. www.jaguarpath.com

Organize your stay

TRAVEL LOGISTICS
Arrival day is Saturday, December 12, 2020. Your first meal will be dinner (buffet is open 6:00 – 7:30 pm); should you arrive later in the evening the Blue Spirit staff will save you a dinner plate.
Departure day is Saturday, December 19, 2020. Unless you like to extend your stay (at reduced rates), breakfast on Saturday will be your last meal.

CANCELLATION POLICY
As travel plans can change unexpectedly and you might need to cancel, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance. However, due to the unusual conditions around Covid-19, you will receive a full refund of your entire payment (minus a $50 administrative fee), in case you are not allowed to enter Costa Rica, your flight is cancelled or you have tested positive for Covid-19.

COVID PROTOCOLS
Please find Blue Spirit’s Covid Protocols here.