on Being Human:  opening the senses in movement and nature    

Testimonials from previous retreats:
for Kristen – ‘life altering, truly amazing – one of the most powerful life-changing experiences of my life’

Jan 21-28, 2017,  Goddess Garden, Cahuita, COSTA RICA

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Includes a $150  non-refundable deposit
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We invite you on a joyful journey back to the body in nature, discovering who we are as human beings.  In this retreat, two passionate teachers will combine their skills and knowledge to create an extraordinary experience for you.  The practices of Tantra, Yoga and Contact Improvisation, will be enhanced by immersion in nature.

Through mindful work in the studio, the rainforest and guided water relaxation, we will awaken our senses and reach a new level of being in touch with our human nature.  Your individual journey will be enriched by our shared group process throughout the week.  Nourish your body, mind and soul in the wonderful surroundings of the Goddess Garden retreat center, the beaches and natural beauty of Cahuita.

Enjoy being alive with us in the tropics of Costa Rica.

Kristen & Garrell

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Room & Board/Retreat     +     Air fare     =     Full Retreat Cost

Room & Board/Retreat Fees:
due to flight fee and earning potential differences, discounts will be offered to European and Costa Rican participants (using Coupon Code)

  • Dorm Style Room (4-6):     $  995                      w/ coupon    $  795
  • Triple occupancy:               $1195                      w/ coupon    $  995
  • Double occupancy:            $1395                      w/ coupon     $1195
  • Single occupancy:              $1695                      w/ coupon     $1495

Fees Include

  • 3 nutritious meals a day
  • 7 nights lodging
  • Transport to and from San Jose
  • Excursion to Cahuita National Park
  • Morning Yoga and Meditation sessions
  • Tantra instruction and practice
  • Contact Improvisation instruction and practice
  • Guided movement and relaxation in water
  • Guided Nature Immersion
  • Evening events

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Includes a $150 non-refundable deposit
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Cancellation Policy:
Full Refund minus $150 Deposit up until Dec 21st
60% Refund, up until Jan 1st, 2017
50% Refund up until Jan 7th, 2017
0% Refund after Jan 7th, 2017

This is a sensual, non-sexual, clothing optional (in designated spaces) retreat.  It’s helpful if you’ve done some personal growth/awareness work.  Experience with contact improv is not necessary. Instruction throughout the week will progressively guide you into the places of depth, power and play — including skills for setting clear boundaries and developing conscious consent.  Everyone’s at choice, in all events throughout the week, as we create a conscious, loving community, that honors each person’s unique unfolding.

Goddess Garden Retreat Center

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The Goddess Garden Retreat Center is located in the town of Cahuita, a small community in the south of Costa Rica, 40 km south of Puerto Limon. Cahuita National Park is the main attraction here, where you can watch White Faced Monkeys, Howler monkeys, Iguanas and more, just a few steps away from its white sand beach.
We are 20km away from Puerto Viejo, where you may find boutiques filled with local handycrafts, its black beach or the famous Salsa Brava and 5 minutes away, the white beach of Cocles, a surfer paradise. 10km further south you will enjoy the beautifull bay of Punta Uva and where the roads ends, starts Gandoca with the little fisher town of Manzanillo and its breath taking white beaches.

Cahuita’s ethnic base is of Jamaican origin but you can find Italians, Germans, Swiss, and North-Americans. As a result of this melange, there is a great variety of good restaurants along the small unpaved streets of what seems more like a village than a town in the eye of a tourist.

Facilitator Biographies:

IMG_3107 - Version 2Kristen Chamberlin, MS, LMT, SEP, is a Massage & Somatic Therapist, parent and dancer, with 25 years experience in private practice, retreat facilitation and training.  She directs the Somatic Center (somatic-center.com) in Northampton, MA with a focus on embodied approaches to healing; stress related medical conditions, trauma and Intimacy and Body-Awareness issues, drawing on Somatic Experiencing, Massage, Mindfulness, Himalayan Tantra, Contact Improv dance and Yoga.  She is core teaching faculty at Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, and is founder of Tantric Ground (http://www.meetup.com/Tantric-Ground-Northampton/), a local Tantra learning community based on a direct lineage from Northern India.


screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-8-39-56-pmGarrell Bevirt is a student, practitioner, and teacher of yoga and tantra. For the last two years he has been immersed in a full time, live in tantra/yoga/meditation/permaculture mentorship with Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati (Rudolph Ballentine, MD), who himself underwent twenty years of intensive training with his own guru, Swami Rama. Garrell has lived in community at Kalani in Hawaii, Easton Mountain in Albany, NY and now resides in and oversees Dancing Shiva Ashram and Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He has co-facilitated or assisted in workshops in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Shalom Mountain and Tripura Sundari in upstate NY He is renowned for his high octane energy and his engaging personality.

“For me a good class consists of the sensation of growth of every individual and the joy of the collective experience.”


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