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Joy of Life
Yoga and Art Retreats

Get Lost and Find Your Soul in Costa Rica
and Discover how Joy is your Natural State of Being
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Are you craving a change of scenery, uninterrupted time just for you
shared with other wise and loving women?

Then come join us
at a
Joy of Life Retreat!

Note:  We offer early bird book early and save!

We invite you to take time for yourself and
to enjoy and discover the absolute sweetness
and wildness of Costa Rica!

After 2+ years of an emotional roller coaster... 


Reset, Realign, and Refocus

on what is most important in life...

Your  JOY

and your joyful natural state of being.

Gather with other lovely souls in beautiful villas

surrounded by tropical gardens and the magical Pacific Gold Coast Beaches

8 days/7 nights

Gourmet Meals cooked (and cleaned up!) by resident chef

Daily Excursion to expand your exposure to the beauty of Costa Rica

Move your physical body with Hatha yoga daily

Stretch your mental body with creative exercises and adventures

Soothe your emotional body thru the power of ceremony and meditation

Become a clear vessel for JOY to flow through you 

and transform your life









Come as you are...

You are enough.

Your yoga guide was born and raised in Costa Rica

Your artistic guide lived in Costa Rica with her family for over 8 years. 


There is no better way to experience the true essence of 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 focus the mind to see the JOY

and opens the heart, giving you the freedom to feel your emotions

and embody them in a free and dynamic way.


Whether you are walking your path alone in this retreat,

or come 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. 

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Nature.   Nurture.   Nourish.

Attending a retreat is the perfect way to

infuse time away with profound transformation


create an immediate real connection

and shared joyful journey

with a small group of like-minded people. 

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. 


For those who 

need a break,

need to shift their perspective


need to reflect and recharge

Awaken your inner yogi and innate creativity

Are you ready to...

Take quantum leaps in your life

Identify and dissolve your creative blocks

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

Meet other yogi’s/creatives—you are not alone!

No experience or background in yoga or art is necessary...

All you need is your curiosity and determination

to keep living a life full of joy and love.

And if you are local....

we have a special Day Only Rate for you!

Plus, we will pamper you and
expose you to adventure,
awaken your creativity,
curiosity, and inspiration...

We will nurture your mind, body and soul
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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 one of the five Blue Zones in the world located in Guanacaste.

A Blue Zone is where people live the longest and are the healthiest.

Located north of Panama

South of Nicaragua

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! 

One more reason Costa Rica is the perfect destination for you?

Costa Rica is the happiest country in Latin America,

in the World Happiness Report world ranking,

published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 

 And you will know this when you gaze into their people's eyes.

Yoga, Meditation & Energy Work
with Marian Paniagua

With more than 10 years of experience,

her calm presence and her innate ability

to authentically connect with her students from her heart,

allow Marian to offer an inclusive and sensitive practice.


Experience a divine trinity of inner work with Marian...

 Yoga - Meditation - Ceremony  

Marian has a profound connection with her land

allowing her to craft yoga practices impregnated with the essence of the earth

and the wisdom and the power of the elements.

And she makes sure you build your own connection with the earth

as you embody your soul throughout every breath in your yoga practice.


Her devotion to Yoga and Reiki therapy

and her path on ancestral teachings of native traditions, k

eep her grounded and living an organic life full of joy and expansion.

And she is eager to share it all with you!

Creative Practice with Tanya Belz Rauzi

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 creative 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 alongside 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. 

Reset.   Realign.   Refoucs.

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 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.

Marian Paniagua

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.