“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Imagine yourself awakening to the melodic chirps of exotic birds. Your first breath of the day is fresh, crisp mountain air. Nourishing meals, yoga, and dance are just a few of the transformational opportunities that await you. After a day of adventure, movement, and reconnecting with nature, the sun sets, coyote calls echo across the valley, the sky fills with stars and you retire to the sound of the flowing river.
Camp Belly Dance offers the ultimate retreat. It is our highest excitement to provide guests with an experience that rejuvenates the mind, body, and spirit through movement and mindfulness. This intimate dance, yoga, and wellness gathering, located in the foothills of Mount Chirripo, Costa Rica's highest peak, provides an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal growth and environmental sustainability.
The region is one of the country's most popular hiking destinations, famed for its pristine rivers, waterfalls, thermal pools, and diverse wildlife.
View our retreat options and book your next adventure today!
Book any time of the year at your convenience. Come alone or with a friend. This unforgettable experience offers daily yoga classes, a chocolate making workshop, a guided hike through Cloud Bridge Nature Reserve, and a spa party like no other!
We are an enchanting jungle retreat, nestled in the lush foothills of the Chirripo Mountain Reserve. Sitting gracefully along the banks of the pristine Talari and Rio Chirripo Pacifico River at an elevation of 4000 ft, the cool nights and warm days invite movement and exploration. Surrounded by rain forests for secluded tranquility, yet graced by a vibrant community, this healing retreat is full of warmth, opportunity for self reflection, insight, and restful rejuvenation.
Retreat prices include: Transportation from Juan Santamaria International Airport (before 10am) to your accommodations on Arrival Day• Lodging • Three healthy, delicious meals per day • Belly Dance Classes • Yoga Classes • A guided hike through Cloud Bridge Nature Reserve • Sound Healing Session • Spa Day at the Rio • Artisan chocolate making workshop • An unforgettable experience that combines Expression, Movement, Self-Care, Nutrition, and Nature
Bring a friend and receive a $200 discount!
Join Coach Ashley aka Ashley Mendoza, March 16-23, 2019, for an epic journey that starts in the mountains and ends at the beach, Aerial Passion Quest. This retreat combines the art of aerial, yoga, dance, sound healing, chocolate making, guided hikes, spa party, and so much more. All levels are welcome as workshops are beginner friendly, but modifications will be made for anyone wishing to deepen their practice. We will be graciously hosted by Hotel Pelicano at the foothills of Mount Chirripo, Costa Rica’s highest peak and Danyasa Eco Retreat, Playa Dominical. Movement workshops will take place at River Song Studio, home to Costa Rica’s largest 7 frequency dome, zen gardens, and kids play park!
Retreat prices include: Transportation upon arrival and departure to Juan Santamaria International Airport • Lodging • Three healthy, delicious meals per day • Aerial workshops with Coach Ashley • Dance and Yoga Classes • A guided hike through Cloud Bridge Nature Reserve • Sound Healing Session • Spa Party at the Rio • Artisan chocolate making workshop • An unforgettable experience that combines Expression, Movement, Self-Care, Nutrition, and Nature.
A $500 non-refundable deposit secures your space. Prices are based on double and triple occupancy. Please inquire via e-mail for single occupancy options.
Join Justine Lordo Kittel and Annalisa Raghunandan, Dates TBA, for Soul Power Awakening. This experience will guide you through a culmination of meditation, yoga, belly dance, tai chi, and art therapy, creating space for your soul to be rejuvenated, revived, and awakened. Immersed in the beautiful nature of Costa Rica, we invite and encourage you to remove any blockages that may be holding you back from your truest self expression and fullest potential.
Retreat prices include: Transportation from Juan Santamaria International Airport (before noon) to Retreat Center on Arrival Day• Lodging • Three healthy, delicious meals per day • Belly Dance Classes • Yoga Classes • Tai Chi Classes • A guided hike through Cloud Bridge Nature Reserve • Sound Healing Session • Spa Day at the Rio • Artisan chocolate making workshop • An unforgettable experience that combines Expression, Movement, Self-Care, Nutrition, and Nature
A $500 non-refundable deposit secures your space. Prices are based on double occupancy. All rooms have one double bed and one twin bed. Please inquire via e-mail for single occupancy options.
Journey to the Sacred Mountain, for a 4 day get-away, immersing yourself in Pristine Nature, Yoga, Dance, Chocolate Making, a Spa Party like no other, and a Guided Hike through CloudBridge Nature Reserve.
Space is limited. Reserve your experience today!
For great rates on lodging, a 15 min walk away from Casa Alegria and the Dome, please contact --Link...(https://hotelpelicano.com/) Hotel Pelicano.
Camp Belly Dance Gallery
Annalisa is the principal organizer and retreat planner at Camp Belly Dance. Her mission is to provide each individual, irrespective of age, body type, or exposure to dance and yoga with a truly unique experience wherein creativity and transformation can be unlocked.
Maintaining over seven years of teaching dance in Costa Rica, her fusion dance classes are designed for anyone seeking dance for therapy, fitness, fun, and overall personal development. Her technical training was gained through her ritualistic personal practice and her many gifted teachers at Plaza de Anaya studio in Tempe, Arizona, USA. She holds recognition in Rachel Brice's 8 Elements TM Phase I: Initiation with Recognition. Additionally, she is trained in Iyengar Alignment Based Yoga through City University of New York and Functional Power Yoga under the Pablo Lucero School of Yoga and is a registered teacher with yoga alliance.
Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with nearly a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian). She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, , Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.
Ashley Mendoza’s relationship with movement stems from being a gymnast throughout the majority of her childhood. Seven years ago, she started coaching gymnastics in pursuit of finding passion in her adult life. Teaching others instantly became that passion. When she was introduced to an aerial instructor and the aerial community, she knew right away that she was meant to be in the air. Her aerial arts and fitness program ‘Ashley’s Aerialists’, has been running for over three years now. Offering aerial classes, parties, and performances including kids and adult alike, with no previous experience required!
Alexandra's journey with Yoga began in 2008, after sustaining a neck and heal injury from years of competitive dance. She offers multiple styles of yoga ranging from Nidra, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and Kundalini. Her classes encourage students to be present within their own practice providing space for healing, growth, and conscious connection to ones true divinity.
In 2013, she was trained under Kamini Desai in Yoga Nidra at the Spirit of Yoga and went on to complete her 200 Hour teaching certification at Inner Vision Yoga. In 2015, she completed her Level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher training at Anahata Yoga in Scottsdale, Arizona under Sevak Singh and Sangeet Kaur Khalsa. Alexandra is also a trained sound healer and nutritional coach.
After taking a yoga class in college and realizing the benefits, Justine immediately fell in love and has been an avid practitioner since 2004. Her love for yoga and meditation has continually guided her personal and professional growth, enabling her to tap into her full creative potential. Inspired to share this gift with others, she completed her 200 hour yoga teaching training in Baptiste Power Vinyasa methodology at a Baptiste affiliate Institute in NYC. She has also pursued continued education with Cyndi Lee in Om Restorative Yoga and Yoga Alliance to assist people affected by PTSD and other traumas.
Justine is a a graduate of F.I.T, and a gifted, accomplished painter with numerous sold out art shows. In 2015, she received a generous grant from Staten Island Arts which allowed her to create a piece fusing her love for art with yoga. In the piece, entitled, Connections: Art through Movement, Justine created a 6’ by 10’ painting through the medium of asana, dance, meditation, and personal expression performed at Lumen, an outdoor art festival in NYC.
Vyola Myst is a professional violist, sound healer, recording artist, Reiki Master, and Music Priestess from Ashland Oregon currently residing in southern Costa Rica. She plays soothing viola and sings angelic healing tones, performing magical improvised Music of the Spheres that inspires and transforms. Vyola teaches and leads sound healing circles with crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, voice, viola, percussion, and other sound healing instruments. Vyola has performed in numerous sacred music ensembles, including Kirtan bands in West coast festivals such as PranaFest and BhaktiFest.
Maira’s journey with chocolate started in her home country, Brazil, producing chocolate confections for sale. She has always had a deep love, passion, and respect for chocolate. She considers chocolate not only a delectable treat, but a healing medicine, packed with essential minerals, that nurture the mind, body, and spirit. She shares her love and knowledge of chocolate making with us and information on how we can use chocolate to assist in cleansing the body of candida.
Maira, in addition, to leading our chocolate making workshop, is also a licensed massage therapist specializing in several modalities: Postural assessment and realignment, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Neuromuscular massage, Sports Injury massage, Avianca Indian massage, Somatic body work, Reiki, and Theta healing meditation. She is available throughout the retreat experience for massage by appointment and with a compassionate ear and heart, welcomes clients to share any physical or emotional traumas that may be affecting their well being.