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True Nature Education - Yoga Retreat
Yoga Retreat: Nourishing the Heart: Yoga, Wisdom, Music, and Relaxation
Asheville North Carolina USA
February 13, 2016 to February 20, 2016
Yoga, Dharma Talks, Kirtan
True Nature Education
At times, we all need to take a step out of our daily routine and take the time to reflect, learn, enjoy and feed our hearts. This retreat will be filled with wisdom, asana, chanting and relaxing to the movement of our breath. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit with an amazing teacher, Lama Marut, and soak up the wisdom that will be shared. Enliven your body with yoga and gentle movement classes and bring joy to your soul with the music of our spirit.

Come join us for a week of rest, reflection and rejuvenation on the beach of Costa Rica! There will be two yoga sessions each day with Michael (one vinyasa, one gentle) evening lectures with Lama Marut, love stories and yoga nidra with Cindy Lee, kirtans and plenty of free time to enjoy the beach.

Retreat Includes:

7 Nights Accommodations (1st night at hotel near airport, 6 nights in Santa Teresa) 3 Whole Foods Meals a Day Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport Two daily yoga sessions (Bhakti Vinyasa and Gentle Yin with Michael) Yoga Nidra sessions with Cindy Lee Daily sessions with Lama Marut on the Spectrum of Yoga Kirtan sessions with Ösel lots of free time to enjoy Costa Rica and relax on the beach Santa Teresa is one of the world’s best kept secrets. It was named the #1 beach in Central America by Trip Advisor in 2012 and 2013. Prepare to relax and let loose in this funky surf town with its white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, phenomenal breaks, and nearby plush green rainforests. If you decide to explore and discover outside of hotel and Yoga Center , there are an array of activities to pick from. A few of those include snorkeling, surfing, zip lining, canopy tours, waterfalls, beach horseback riding, and hiking in Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.

Instructors Lama Marut

Brian SmithLama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004.

He has served for the past fifteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world, and is currently the Spiritual Director for the seven “Middle Way Centers” located in North America, Australia, and Singapore. In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life and of Be Nobody (both published by Beyond Words). His frequently posted audio and video podcasts reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.

With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and potentially life changing.

Cindy Lee

Cindy has studied Buddhism and meditation for almost 20 years and has also completed intensive training in the classical texts of yoga philosophy. She continues to try to deepen this practice as a way of life.

With a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University and a Graduate Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media, Cindy has taught as a lecturer at university film and media programs in Australia. As a digital artist she has produced video installations and short films for dance performances in Europe, and has designed motion graphics for VJing at electronic music festivals worldwide. And as an artist her teaching and practice is inspired by hagiography, mythical archetype and the relationship between art, creativity and wisdom. Also trained in dance, martial arts and yoga asana, Cindy enjoys a visceral approach to practice with an emphasis on embodied awareness and integration with our true nature.

When an artist in residence at LA’s 18th Street Arts Center in 2006, Cindy met Lama Marut with whom she began collaborating in developing podcasts, websites, video broadcasts, books and graphic design. They are now married and co-teach internationally at retreats and workshops designed to bring the universal wisdom of all authentic traditions into our daily lives.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is the co-founder of Clearlight Yoga, Ösel Michael and a Lead Instructor for both Asheville Yoga Center's 230hr Teacher Training and 300hr Advanced Training Program

"I love learning about neuroscience and the best behavioral interventions that enable optimal well-being. I have been a full-time yoga instructor and teacher trainer for over a decade. Although I am certi?ed in Jivamukti and have been to India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, I mostly teach Bhakti Vinyasa and Yin. My aim is to integrate the traditional practices of kirtan, ujjayi breathing, and meditation with the insights of Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. To me yoga is not just what I do for an hour on a mat, rather it informs what I do all day and night. I aim to make my classes accessible to people who are just beginning and offer more challenging options for those with more experience. Please join me if you want a practice that is engaging, playful and accompanied by music composed for yoga practice."


"In his trademark and no nonsense style, Lama Marut provides a much needed critique of modernity that cuts to the root of every problem we face on the planet." - Dr. Miles Neale, Buddhist Psychotherapist and Assistant Director of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

"Lama Marut's book Be Nobody fiercely examines our preoccupation with the 'I,' revealing how living on he 'Me Plan' can never satisfy the hungry ego. The antidote he offers is truly liberating, not only for oneself but for all beings." - Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning


The retreat will be held at an intimate beachfront hotel and yoga center located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available, and prepared with nourishing ingredients.

*We have a limited amount of Beachfront, Garden, and Jungle View Rooms Available. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.


While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

Zip Lining SUP Snorkel Boat Trip Horseback Riding Surfing Waterfall Tour Kayaking Fishing Trip *Price of Activities are not included in Tuition


Discover the true meaning of relaxation at the this center's “Yoga & Spa Natural”, offering a variety of first-class spa services performed by professional therapists. Treatments are all given with 100% natural products. Offering massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, beauty treatments and yoga. The Spa is located in front of Santa Teresa Beach so that you may enjoy the sounds of the sea and its cooling breezes.

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