Joy of Life
Yoga and Creativity Retreats
Get Lost and Find Yourself in Costa Rica
and Discover how Joy is your Natural State of Being
Are you craving a change of scenery, uninterrupted time just for you
shared with other like-minded women?
Then come join us at a Joy of Life Retreat!
Attending a retreat is the perfect way to
Refocus, Reset, and Realign
your intentions, your soul, your creativity,
and your joyful natural state of being.
Plus, we will throw-in a bit of pampering
and adventure to wake up and shake up
your everyday ho-hum routines
to inspire us to be the best we can be!
Stretch. Create. Explore.
We invite you to take time for yourself and
to enjoy and discover the absolute sweetness
and wildness of Costa Rica!
Let's face it.....the past 1.5+ years have been rough.
Let's Refocus, Reset, and Realign on what is most important in life.
Gather with other lovely souls in beautiful villas
surrounded by tropical gardens and the magical Pacific Gold Coast Beaches
8 days/7 nights
stretching your yoga muscles
flexing your creative muscle
learning the power of meditation and ceremony
and understanding how a creative practice can foster joyfulness
and transform your life
We believe that being creative is one of the forgotten keys to a joyful and fulfilling life.
Come as you are...
You are enough.
Your yoga guide was born and raised in Costa Rica
Your artistic guide has lived in Costa Rica with her family for over 8 years.
There is no better way to experience a country,
than with guides who know it well,
have lived it well, and love it beyond measure.
On this journey you will learn and discover
how yoga and creative art making
are two vital practices that clear the mind and heart to see the joy
Add the beautiful natural surroundings and culture of Costa Rica,
and your experiences will transform you in the most profound and joyful ways.
Whether you are walking your path alone in this retreat,
or coming with friends and/or family,
the secrets of these native lands are rich
and we are overjoyed to share them with you
in a once in a lifetime sacred encounter.
If you are in search of an authentic
Costa Rican retreat experience
and the support to make your time away meaningful,
then we invite you to join us!
Why Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is known for its vibrant biodiversity and stunning scenery..
It is home to numerous national parks, biological reserves, animal refuges, and protected areas
It is located
South of Nicaragua and North of Panama
surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the West
and the Caribbean Sea to the East in the heart of Central America
It is inhabited by over 200 volcanic formations
338 species of butterflies
over 55 species of hummingbirds!
Costa Rica is the perfect getaway destination
for you to explore and discover!
Who are the Joy of Life Retreats for?
This retreat is open to all...all levels, all experiences...
A love of yoga, creativity, life, and mother nature are all that are required.
No experience necessary...
Just a love or a feeling of being drawn to these practices
using your innate intuition to discover joy within you.
Join Us If You Want To...
Awaken your inner yogi and innate creativity
If you are ready to take quantum leaps in your life
Identify and dissolve your creative blocks and activate your purpose
Gain new insight into yourself and your gifts
Learn how to overcome that feeling of stagnation
Deepen your sense of purpose and mission
Regain clarity and focus
Experience creativity as a spiritual practice
Meet other yogi’s/creatives—you are not alone!
Nature, Nurture, Nourish...
This retreat is perfect for people want to infuse their vacation with profound transformation
People who feel stuck and want to get back in the flow and feel joy
People who need a break, need to shift their perspective
People who need to reflect and recharge
People in hiding who know it is time to step forward
Yogis, artists, and creatives (even if you just desire to be one) who want to re-energize and refocus creative passion and experience personal transformation
YOU—if you want to learn why being active and creative is KEY to a joyful and fulfilling life!
Yoga and Meditation Practice
Marian offers a sensitive joyful yoga practice for all retreat participants
no matter your experience with yoga.
Experience a divine trinity of inner work with Marian...
Yoga - Meditation - Ceremony
Marian is aware not only of the technicalities of the practice,
but also of the mental and emotional state within.
In every yoga sequence she creates, she can feel the guidance and creativity of the earth
flowing through each participant in every asana, every breath, intention of the practice,
with the quality of the energy that she shares.
Marian lost her joyful self but for a moment, right before she found yoga....
yoga found her and restored her mind, body, sense of awe, and joyful outlook on life.
We hope to do the same for you.
If you are a beginner (but feel compelled to be creative),
or if you have done plenty of art or other creative endeavors,
then this retreat is for you!
Tanya will focus on the intuitive creative process,
not the end product.
This retreat will help you build, stretch, and flex your creative self
in a judgement-free, joy-filled zone.
Tanya will cover
Mark-making, journaling, color, contrast, the power of seeing, collage,
how to gather inspiration,
and how to trust your intuition, your instincts, and your gut.
All of this will be covered with daily demonstrations, creative exercises,
and journaling that will give you a better understanding of how
to embrace the beauty of creativity – and life.
You will leave with a new way of seeing your everyday life
and a newly found creative force discovered within you
that will flow into all things you endeavor to do,
in your everyday activities, challenges, and quests.
Tanya’s workshops are best known for being fun, energetic, and transformative.
She openly shares her personal art making techniques and creative processes
working right along side you in a relaxed and personal manner
to help you let go of your fears and roadblocks
and turn art making into a joyful activity.
What You'll Learn...
You will nourish your soul, lift your spirits, and feel the JOY that the practice of yoga and art-making can bring
How to be brave and fearless when making art - no matter your experience level
Learn how yoga and creating art enhances your creative thought processes in all areas of your life
Learn to loosen up as you stretch, create, leave behind your doubts, breathe, and feel proud of what you tried, failed, or succeeded at
How to truly have FUN with yoga and the creative process
How to create by following your intuition
The magic of warm and cool colors found all around us
A simple process to keep your life moving forward without getting or feeling stuck
How to embrace your personal mark-making
How to understand the personal energy you bring to your life
How to use meditation and journaling to enhance your outlook
How to really see the beauty around you...to absorb it, drink it in
How to let go of fears and inhibitions
How to embrace our own intuition
Your Creative Guides...
Your guides, Marian and Tanya, together with nature, will mirror back to every retreat guest their primordial essence which is joy, love, abundance, beauty and peace.
Many come to Costa Rica in search of a deeper connection to the land and to experience a feeling of oneness with the earth. Many come engaged in a spiritual quest or a healing process with a deep knowing that they will find peace and rest to support their path in a graceful way.
No matter your reason, your retreat guides will leave an indelible mark on your soul.
Born and raised in Brasilito, Costa Rica, Marian is a yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, and artisan with many passions. She offers yoga, reiki and ceremonial cacao and an artisan who loves to make things with her hands, particularly dream catchers and can honestly say that she gets caught up in their magic and uses the making of dream catchers as a form of creative meditation as when she is crafting her mind is alert, focused, in the present moment, and relaxed.
Marian has been walking and learning the teachings of the Red Path which involves relating to the elements and all of existence in a sacred way - most especially, the sacred fire. A path that taught Marian how to purposely work with the spirt and power of the elements and to honor the sacred feminine and the wisdom of the moon through the medicine of the Moon Dance. The Red Path taught her to hold sacred space for herself and for others through the teachings of the sacred fire and the spirit of the plants, like sacred cacao which she will share at the opening ceremony of the retreat.
Marian is grateful to know that feeling of oneness with the earth and the elements still prevails inside all of us if we pay attention. This knowing led her to study the teachings of ancient civilizations like the Essenes, Egyptians and the Mayans where she learned to pray and live in a way that is respectful and loving to the spirt of our earth, the elements and the great mystery.
Tanya Belz Rauzi
As an Intuitive Painting teacher and guide, Tanya teaches students how to follow their intuition during creative exercises. She urges students to experiment freely with the creative process, that "mistakes" are part of the process and truly happy accidents, how to follow their intuition, focus on mindfulness, giving creative permission to explore, and to experiment with the act of spontaneous expression for creative types at all levels (beginner to advanced).
Intuitive Painting is simply painting without a plan with layers and layers of beautiful mark making.
After years of traveling the world with her husband, Kurt, and their four children, Tanya opened Sage Brush Art Studio in Guanacaste, Costa Rica in 2015. When the pandemic hit in 2020 a new plan to teach on-line and focus on retreats was formed and new on-line courses were born from the fun and exploratory courses enjoyed inside the in-person studio. After 8 years in Costa Rica, Tanya and her family returned to their roots in the Bay Area in 2021….but Tanya visits Costa Rica regularly...her home away from home...where their children grew up and the beauty of the world enveloped them.
Marian and Tanya will provide a path and framework for
your yoga and meditation practice, creativity, art-making,
dreams, and unrealized gifts and aspirations…
During this Wellness Retreat You will receive….
Joyful guided instruction on how to become your best brilliant self
You will learn how to ground yourself with yoga and meditation so you can paint in a more fluid and expressive way from the soul
We will explore a wide range of healing and integrative, creative, and intuitive-based practices that will bring joy, clarity, and overflowing creative juices into your being
Through a variety of art practices with mixed media, paint, paper, and loose drawing, we will lose and find ourselves at the same time
The joy of intuitive painting is learning how to play, to use a variety of art tools that are unique and original each time you use them, and follow lessons that are juicy and transformative
You will learn how to access your intuition and discover that the intuitive mind loves to curate, layer, and set expectations free allowing you to paint in ways you never knew you could
How? You will learn to release all pre-set expectations, pre-set plans, pre-set ideas and learn to love stepping up to a page or canvas with no idea what you will create until you begin and let it all flow
Through meditation, breath work, movement, and other fulfilling practices, we will uncover a very clear, wise, and sage part of ourselvesWhen we learn how to go within, to light-up the heart, and ease the mind and body...alchemy happens
This alchemy is a state of being that is most natural to you, we just need to uncover it We will move, we will write, we will draw, we will paint, we will grow, we will feel joy
After this retreat, you will be able to continue these practices and create a joyful life you can thrive in and feel free in with true abundance, clarity, and joy
Why Attend a Retreat?
Community is one of the strongest aspects needed for growth and a retreat enhances and creates instant community. We cannot place a price on shared values, experiences, and interests found within a community...they are priceless.
Attending a retreat allows us to create an immediate real connection and shared joyful journey with a small group of like-minded people. This shared experience helps us to find our network, our tribe, that offers support and opportunity both before, during, and after the retreat.
The retreat location is at a 3 acre private estate in Potrero, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We will have the entire property to ourselves with room choices ranging from private villa with kitchen, to shared pool house, to private room in the main house, to a few shared room opportunities. Rancho Haas is a beautiful and elegant beach mansion, framed in a space of natural beauty, forest gardens and fruit trees that promote rest and tranquility for its guests.
A private and exclusive experience in 12000 m2, 13 rooms distributed in 5 accommodation areas that can accommodate up to 35 people with spacious outdoor living areas and elegant interiors.
Outdoor pool, jacuzzi for 8 people, children's pool, chairs for sunbathing, basketball court, synthetic soccer field, playground, gym, BBQ area, two movie theaters, paths and forest and fruit gardens among others .
Professional staff at your disposal throughout your stay that will make your visit something special, our work team includes a full-time 24/7 concierge, private chef who will pamper your tastes, waitress, maids, gardener and private security.
The goal of the Rancho Haas staff is to attend to the details and make your visit an unforgettable experience. Let us be your planner and travel companion on your next adventure.
This is the kind of retreat where every little detail is taken care of.
In fact you will not have to plan or research a thing...
just arrive and be dazzled by what we have planned for you.
Accommodations in a comfortable, private, and stylish boutique Retreat Center located near the Pacific Gold Coast, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Single and Double occupancies available in a multitude of accommodation sizes, various amenities, and locations around the property....from private to shared
Ground floor rooms available
Special welcome surprises
8 day/7 night facilitated all-inclusive retreat
Healthy, bountiful, and delicious Costa Rican meals (multiple courses) prepared at the Retreat Center by our own personal chef:
Refreshment Station available 24/7
- Access to all retreat center facilities:
- Walking Paths
- Soccer Field
- Full Kitchen
Excursions and Activities
Wellness Sail with dinner
Cooking Class - Traditional Dinner
Cooking Class - Gallo Pinto Breakfast
Creative workshops with Tanya
All art supplies included
Yoga, meditation, breath work, ceremonies, and magic-making with Marian
All yoga equipment...you are welcome to bring your own yoga mat or borrow one
Cocoa Opening Ceremony
Visit a local Farmer's Market
- Day trip to Tamarindo
- Tours of pottery, jewlery, and art studios
- Yoga on the beach...twice!
- Walk the largest Labrynth in the world built around two energy centers
- Dinner under the stars at La Senda
- Paint Mandalas
- Enjoy a Sound Journey Experience
- Zipline your fears away
- Private Facebook Group to get to know each other prior to the retreat with bonus retreat preparation exercises to get your heart aligned with the group and journal to come
Airfare (arrival at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), Liberia, Costa Rica)
Transportation to and from the airport
- Personal purchases of items/souvenirs or foods/drinks when off property
- Personal purchases from A La Carte shopping list (see at check-out)
- Tips for housekeepers, chef, retreat leaders, etc. Envelopes will be made available.
- Any expenses outside of the retreat dates
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Where is Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is south of Nicaragua and norht of Panama. And quandary to the rumors, it is not an island. It has the Pacific ocean on the west coast and the Caribbean on the east coast.
What airport do I fly into?
Do I need a passport and visa to travel to Costa Rica? YES
What language is spoken in Costa Rica? Do I need to speak it?
How will I get to the retreat center from the airport?
How do I book a space on one of your listed trips?
In what currency is the price for the retreat?
Do I need to get money exchanged for purchases in Costa Rica?
Do you offer installment payment plans?
What can I expect at meals?
How should I dress during the trip?
- Comfortable yoga or exercise clothes for Yoga and Meditation (short yoga pants/shorts and tank tops)
- Weather will be warm/hot, so sun dresses, shorts and tops, loose/flowy pants/skirts
- Zip Lining: Longer shorts, tennis shoes, top
- Comfortable walking shoes for day in Tamarindo
- Clothes for painting sessions that you would not be distressed if they get paint on them. Paint can be removed if it is wet, but once it is dry, it is permanent. Aprons will be provided.
- It is generally too hot for jeans
How should I pack for my trip?
- A detailed list will be sent to you after registering.
- To get an idea of how to pack...pack light and make it easiest on yourself.
- Some days you will have the same clothes on all day and some days you will have time to change between activities. At all times, dress comfortably.
- We rarely wear sweaters or jackets in Costa Rica (even when it rains).
- If you are prone to sunburn, a lightweight long sleeve top is recommended.
Is tipping customary?
- Yes. We will have tip envelopes for all service providers.
- 15-20% is customary per service per person as the general wage is only $20 per day.
- Example: Chef, Chauffeur, Masseuse, Housekeepers
- Tipping in restaurants is included, but it is recommended to double this amount as most workers earn a minimum wage of $2.20/hour.
Should I obtain travel insurance? YES
- YES! This is required to enter Costa Rica from any country.
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Do I need an electrical adapter to charge devices while in Costa Rica?
The electrical currency in Costa Rica is the same as the US/Canada.
Can I use credit cards in Costa Rica?
Is there a lot of walking on your trips?
Are your tours non-smoking?
Will we be painting everyday?
Do I need to bring my own art supplies?
Do I need to bring my own yoga equipment?
No. Everything you will need for yoga will be provided for you to use during the retreat. But, you are welcome to bring your own mat or anything you can't live without.
Will there be wifi?
Do I need to be present for the entire retreat?
How much physical activity will be doing?
Can I extend my trip to include other adventures?
Can I sign up with a friend?
Can I bring my kids?
When will I hear about the schedule and all the details?
Do I need a vaccination? NO
What is RANCHO HAAS Retreat Center?
Do I need travel Insurance? YES
Upon booking, we ask you that you acknowledge that it is your responsibility to obtain trip cancellation insurance in the event you must cancel your trip and medical insurance to enter the country. This information is provided to you upon booking (with a required checkbox), and is then reiterated in our trip confirmation email.
Please note that there will not be any refunds unless we are able to find someone to fill your spot. All deposits are non-refundable regardless.
Will I need to do a Covid Antigen/PCR Test? DEPENDS
This is currently not required to enter Costa Rica.
How can I get a refund if something comes up?
Your deposit is non-refundable.
Your retreat is also non-refunable, unless we can find a replacement for your spot. We know things happen, so we will try to help you the best we can. Regardless, the deposit is non-refundable.
Exceptions to our terms and cancellation policy will not be made for any reason whatsoever.
What Covid Travel Advisories and requriements are there?
It is currently possible to enter Costa Rica from other countries, but regulations change frequently, so please visit the Costa Rica Governement website to obtain the latest requirements.
Per the safe travel guidelines put forth by the Costa Rican government, foreign travelers must have a round trip ticket no more than 90 days from entry date and all travelers must purchase travel insurance prior to travel for the amount of days of your stay. Travel Insurance must meet the Costa Rican Government’s guidelines and can be purchased here.
Your airline should also have current up to date entrance requirements listed on their website.
Please note that our terms and cancellation policy applies to any and all confirmed trips and includes our Covid-19 waiver, which explains your responsibilities as a participant on one of our trips.