Costa Rica Retreat 2018 Info and FAQ’s



November 3rd, 2018, 6:30pm-November 11th, 2018, 9am

Doce Lunas

Jaco 61101, Costa Rica


Email: info@docelunas.com

Check in:

Between 1:00pm and 6:00pm on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. You may check in at anytime that evening as well.

Tentative Retreat Schedule:

Retreat Schedule Nov. 3rd -11th, 2018

Saturday Nov.3rd  

Check in from 1pm
Settle in to your space and check out the resort. Dinner will be provided with the meal package at the pavilion. Many guests will be arriving late and at different times so dinner will be casual this evening with no scheduled activities to allow time to adjust and rest for the week ahead..

Dinner 6-7pm

Sunday Nov.4th  

Breakfast 7:30-9:30am
Free day for excursions and sightseeing

Lunch on your own

Welcome Dinner 6-7pm
Please arrive at the Pavilion by 6pm so we can all meet and enjoy our first dinner together.

Orientation in the studio at 7:15pm
Please be present for the orientation where we make our introductions and debrief important details and information about the retreat experience.

Evening Yoga 8:00-9:15pm with Anna
Each day Anna will guide us on a journey of movement and meditation with her specially designed retreat curriculum. “Shaktified Yoga Journey is a plentiful, balanced, elemental and enlightening journey that includes many yogic breathing techniques and meditations. Chakra Mantras, Mudras, Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative style flows together with aromatherapy and Reiki healing energy help us connect with a different Goddess every session. After this journey, you’ll be thoroughly Shaktified!”

Monday Nov.5th  

Breakfast 8:00-9:15am

Morning Yoga 9:30-10:30am Anna

Workshops 10:30-1pm with Sadie

Lunch 1-2pm

Workshops 2:30-5:30pm  with Sadie

 Dinner 6-7pm

Party time! 7:30pm meet in the Pavilion to mingle, dance, sing and more!

Tuesday Nov. 6th

Breakfast 8:00-9:15am

Morning Yoga 9:30-10:30am Anna

Workshop 10:30am-12:30pm Sadie

Lunch 1-2

Workshops 2:30-5:00pm  Ericka

Dinner 6-7pm

Workshop 7:15-8:30pm  Sadie

Power Circle 8:30-9:30pm

Wednesday Nov. 7th

Breakfast 7:00-9:00am

Free day for excursions and sightseeing

Lunch on your own

Dinner 6:30-7:30pm

Evening Candlelight Yoga 8:00-9:15pm Anna

Thursday Nov.8th  
Breakfast 8:00-9:15am

Workshop 9:30-11:30am Sadie

Workshop 11:40-1pm Sadie

Lunch 1-2

4:45-5:15pm: Choreography rehearsal Ericka

Dinner 6-7pm

8:30pm Fire dance show, Drum circle & International dance party! @ Doce Lunas Pavillion.

Friday Nov. 9th

Breakfast 8:00-9:15am

Morning Yoga 10-11am Anna

Workshops 11-1:00pm Sadie

Lunch 1-2

Workshops 2:15-4:15pm “Performance Polish” Sadie
Put into practice all the techniques and tools you have learned during the retreat with our final performance polish for the Saturday Beach show!

Certificate Ceremony 3:30-4pm

Dinner 5:30-6:30pm Dinner in Jaco, Party Night!


Saturday Nov. 10th

Breakfast 8:00-9:15am

Morning Yoga 10-11am Anna

Workshops 11-1:00pm Sadie

Lunch 1-2

6:45pm Depart Doce Lunas for the HAFLA SHOW & Beach Party!! Be ready to perform, you can wear your cover up. Bring a change of cloths to enjoy the party after.

Sunday Nov. 11th 

Breakfast 7:00-9:00am

Farewell & Departures

The retreat schedule offers over 25+ hours of dance, music and yoga classes in addition to other fun activities, parties and shows. Meals will be served buffet style around the same time each day unless we will be off site, then those meal times may vary slightly. The schedule is subject to change slightly from the above format.

Getting to the Retreat Center: Doce Lunas


If you will be arriving to Costa Rica by air, you should fly into San Jose (SJO) airport. We recommend planning your trip so that you arrive in the afternoon of November 4th no later than 4:00pm as it is a 1.5 hour drive to the Doce Lunas retreat center, and could take slightly longer with traffic.

Shuttle bus or car from Airport:

After arriving at San Jose (SJO) airport you must take a shuttle or drive to Doce Lunas about 1.5 hours.

If you would like to arrange for shuttle service from the airport to Doce Lunas, you must let us know (via e-amail) the time of your arrival and departure to and from San Jose (SJO) airport. We need to organize and reserve the seats on the shuttle. The price for shuttle service will vary depending on how many people we can arrange at one time. The closer you can get to arriving between 12-4pm, the better our chances will be to get you on a full shuttle. Prices each way, per person, are as follows:
$100 for a 1 person private shuttle
$50 per person for 2 passengers
$25 per person for 4 passengers
$23-$20 per person for 5 or more passengers


This is a great option for those who would like to have the freedom to come and go from the retreat center as they wish. If you will be arriving to Doce Lunas by car, there is plenty of free and secure parking at the retreat location. The address to put into a gps or google maps is: “Jaco Doce Lunas”.
Strangely enough they do not have street addresses in Costa Rica but google maps will pull it up for you by name.
We can also add you to a list of dancers interested in doing a carpool or car share to split the cost of a rental car.
Please know that you can easily take a taxi 5 minutes to the near city of Jaco from Doce Lunas for about $3 each way.

Please be prepared for driving in a foreign country.

What to Bring:

Please be mindful that if you will not have a rental car, you will have to rely on shuttle service, taxi or walking to get you around. Which is easy and accessible. Many of the excursions and planned activities will organize transportation for you but should you need to get to a nearby store, etc, you will need to walk 20 minutes to Jaco or take a taxi 5 minutes, about $3.00 each way.
Also check weather reports for Jaco, Costa Rica before your trip. The dates teeter their rainy-summer season so it could be hot and sunny or rainy some days. We will have a car on location incase of any emergencies.

Valid Passport: Travel to Costa Rica is a foreign destination and be sure your passport is not expiring.

Colones: You will want to have some local cash currency. Costa Rica uses Colones. Many shops allow payment in US Dollars but you will still want to have some local currency incase you encounter any unexpected problems. We recommend the equivalent of at least 100 USD as well as a debit or credit card in which you can draw funds from if necessary.

Dancewear: Whatever you are comfortable moving and dancing in several hours per day. Layers are a good idea is you will be very hot and times and cooler at other times. Be sure to check the weather. Costa Rica is a tropical region, there will be bugs and mosquitos.

Clothing: Make sure to bring clothes, including a jacket, for tropical weather. It will rain. Also bring appropriate attire for any planned sight seeing and excursions including bug repellant, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, swimsuits, etc. The halfa’s will be casual dress, so no need for formal wear unless you want to dress up.

Workshop props: Darbuka drum and fire implements like poi or fans. These are all optional. We will have some drums and fire props available for use but you will have to share the communal props during the workshops. Also please bring a veil for classes. Yoga mats and accessories will be provided by the resort.

Performance costume: Optional. If you would like to perform in one of the hafla’s you should bring one.

Converter: Not necessary, Costa Rica is on the same system as the US.

Leisure time activities: Plan accordingly for you leisure time. There is basic wi-fi connection, free of charge, which can be used for simple browsing and checking of emails, etc.

First-Aid kit and other necessities: The resort is just a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the city center of Jaco incase you need something but it is always a good idea to pack a small health kit with a few bandages, ibuprofen, feminine products or other things you may need for your health and comfort such as vitamins, sunscreen and bug repellant. Also be advised there are pharmacies and hospital in Jaco.

Doce Lunas Details:

We have chosen Doce Lunas as the perfect location for the retreat. Doce Lunas will be our private sanctuary reserved for our “Welcome to the Jungle” retreaters. It is a beautiful place located in the jungle, just off the beach near the city of Jaco. The views are phenomenal, the air is fresh and a simple one-night stay at the place would be unforgettable. You will feel whisked away ready to retreat in this tropical paradise, yet close to civilization incase you need anything. Please look through the website for all the information and accommodations of this lovely resort: http://www.docelunas.com/index.html

Also please take the time to know about travel to Costa Rica and what to expect:

Jaco City:

Jaco is the nearest city to Doce Lunas. It is 5 minutes drive by taxi, $3 each way or 20 minutes walk. You will have access to stores, pharmacies and clinics if necessary. We will have a car on site for emergencies.


Cancelation Policy:

As you already know, we cannot issue any refunds for cancelations to the retreat and the workshop payments. Doce Lunas also has a cancelation fee that is important to understand:

– Cancellation 30 days to 5 days in Advance 75 % of the total room amount

– Cancellation 5 days to 1 day or arrival day 100% of the total room amount

In order to make the final reservations with Doce Lunas, you must contact them via phone or e-mail to provide your credit card information by the 30th of September, 2018! This will be the final step in confirming your reservation for the retreat.


You will be assigned to the type of room based on the package that you purchased.
If you have already indicated whom you would like to share your room with we will arrange that or you will be randomly paired up with other retreat guests in the shared block. We have limited the amount dancers to 25 to enhance the learning and the overall experience. The resort can accommodate more so we can allow guests to bring family with to enjoy this tropical vacation.


As part of your stay at Doce Lunas they have prepared a very affordable meal plan for our participants. $345 including all fees and taxes for 20 meals. You will pay for your meal package at the time of arrival and check in. The cuisine is local style with some world fusion. All meals are served buffet style with lots of great options for all. No refunds on unused food or meals. Please know that if you would like to enjoy more food than the meal plan offers, they do have a full service restaurant.

Additionally, participants will be responsible to pay for 3 extra meals that are not included in the meal plan. These meals are scheduled during your “excursion days”. You can purchase your meal out on these days depending on where you will be or if you choose to stay back at Doce Lunas, you can also purchase food there. They have a full service restaurant from 7:30am-10:00pm.

The resort can accommodate some dietary requests and restrictions. You will have to arrange with them in advance.

Spa Services:

Doce Lunas has a full range of spa services available. You can set up your spa services directly with the front desk staff and please give 24 hour advanced notice as therapists must travel in from town for appointments.

Excursions and Sight-Seeing:

The retreat schedule has 2 free days built in. The days are Sunday the 5th and Wednesday the 8th. You can choose from a variety of excursion packages from half day to full day offered through the resort or plan your own personal get away to the beach or sight see around the many beautiful places near Doce Lunas and Jaco. You may also choose to stay at Doce Lunas to relax and take advantage of the beautiful pool and spa. We have some ideas planned for us as a group if you wish to participate or again, you may choose to adventure on your own. Here are some ideas of excursions and activities to choose from http://www.docelunas.com/tours-attractions.html
The cost to do any of the excursions as well as travel expenses will be your responsibility. Please note that the lunches on these days are not included in the meal plan. You must purchase your own lunch during excursion days.


Departing from Retreat:


You must be checked out of your room by 12pm, Sunday, November 12th.

Shuttle busses will begin transporting guests back to San Jose (SJO) airport in the morning. We should have no problem loading 5+ passengers at a time to keep the cost to about $20 per passenger. Please email us your flight itinerary. Keep in mind it is about a 1.5 hour bus ride to the airport so you want to book your departing flights accordingly.

Any other questions? Just e-mail us! sadie.bellydancer@gmail.com

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