with Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy
February 16-March 3, 2017


On retreat with Ron Reid & Marla Meenakshi Joy, the yoga practices are transformational!

Wake up with the birds and howler monkeys with an all-levels Vinyasa class with Marla.  Enjoy food, sun, swim, surf or spa, and meet again in the yoga space for an afternoon class (4 days) of Chanting/Philosophy/Restorative/Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. 

Ron and Marla teach in a supportive, caring, nurturing way, with alignment-based principles, guiding you to both work in the postures but also have fun! Ending always with a soothing, lullaby chant in savasana, joined with the cacophony of soft chimes, the ocean lapping, and jungle healing magic!

Our retreat will be held in a remote coastal area of Costa Rica, in a small beach community with a world class surf break. We’ve selected a group of quality vacation homes for you – each with their own unique character, they all have full kitchens and modern amenities. And, they’re all located near the main Shooting Star studio and Casa Swaha next door where we will be feasting for breakfast and lunch.

Yoga Retreat: February 16 – February 24th, 2017


Villa – $1900 USD NOW $1700 USD (taxes included)
House – $2050 USD NOW $1850 USD (taxes included)
(based on Min of 2 per accommodation)
Single room for house $50.00


Save an extra $100 off the sale price per person if you have a group of 3 or more people.
Contact Jill at jill@thetravelsociety.com to find out more!

  • Retreat Price Includes:
  • 6 day Yoga retreat
  • Accommodations (Cost depends on single, double or triple occupancy)
  • 2 meals per day for 5 days (Breakfast and lunch)
  • An opening and closing dinner
  • 2 activities: Chocolate making from cacao beans + River Walk and Spa
  • Taxi transfer from Golfito to Pavones
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THE ART OF SECOND SERIES: 60 HR. Teacher Training/Immersion

Downward Dog Teacher Training 300 HR Elective

This intensive training program is designed to provide a framework of experience of on the scope of internal practices that lie underneath the surface of the physical yoga practice. Jungle sounds, sand and ocean provide on idyllic backdrop for deepening the yoga experience. This is an opportunity to go reflect, learn, absorb and unwind. Pavones is a small surf town in the southern tip of Costa Rica with the “Golfo Dulce”, the “sweet gulf” footsteps away!

In Patanjali’s yoga sutra’s, he speaks about 8 limbs. The first 4 are external limbs, while the last 4 are internal limbs. If you are an existing teacher or someone who is interested in going deeper into the realms of meditative practices, this training will help you find the skills to bring that meditative experience and perspective to your own practice, teaching and enhance the quality of your own sadhana, or spiritual practice. Second Series themes will be explored in great depth: backbends, hip openers and arm balances.

This teacher training is a Downward Dog Teacher Training 300 HR Elective. It is also available for anyone who has had at least two years of experience practicing yoga and can be done as an intensive.  If you choose it as an elective for your post 200 hour credentials you will need to complete an assignment given to you for your 60 hr certificate.

Yoga Teacher Training: February 16 – March 3rd, 2017
Art of Internal Practices and Nadi Shodana Second Series with Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy.

Villa – $3200 USD
House – $3500 USD
(based on Min of 2 per accommodation)
Single room for house $50.00

  • 10 day Teacher Training (60 Hour Yoga Alliance Accredited and part of DWD 300 Hour Teacher Training)
  • Accommodations (Cost depends on single, double or triple occupancy)
  • 2 meals per day for 10 days (Breakfast and lunch)
  • 2 activities: Chocolate making from cacao beans + River Walk and Spa
  • Taxi transfer from Golfito to Pavones


  • Yoga philosophy and the lineage of yoga
  • Internal practices including: Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Nidra Sanskrit and Chanting
  • The chakras and the subtle body with the use of mantras and visualization techniques.
  • Second Series postures including backbends, hip openers and arm balances.

Daily Schedule*

6:00 am – 6:30am | Self Practice & Pranayama
6:30am – 8:00am | Morning Mysore with Ron (self-practice):
8:00am – 9:00am | Breakfast at Casa Swaha
9:00am – 11:30am | Second series explorations with Ron
12:00 noon – 1pm | Lunch at the café
1: 00 – 3:30 | Free Time
3:30 – 5:00 PM | Internal Practices with Marla (3 days each week)
*subject to change

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Booking Contact:
Jill Fost, The Travel Society
Tel: (416) 926 2500
Toll Free: 1 (877) 926 2500
Email: jill@thetravelsociety.com

Questions about the training, retreat or Pavones contact:
Marla Joy, Downward Dog Yoga Centre
Email: marla@downwarddog.com

Prices are per person based on shared accommodation in a Standard Villa. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional fee. Accommodation will be assigned once final numbers have been reached on the tour. A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is due immediately to secure your spot; final payment is due November 28, 2016. *Group arrival transfers in Pavones will be at a set time only (TBC); if you are arriving at a different time please ask about private transfer rates and instructions. Please ask us about affordable airfares. Proof of insurance is mandatory; if you need to purchase trip cancellation or health insurance please inquire. Tour is operated by The Travel Society, Inc., 174 Spadina Ave., Suite 404, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5T 2C2; 1 (877) 926 2500; TICO Registration #128064


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