Beachfront Educational Yoga Retreat
(30 Continuing Ed Credits)

Beachfront Educational Yoga Retreat -30 Hours Continuing Education

The Universe is Talking to You

July 8 – 15, 2017
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica


Are you ready to hear the guidance of the Universe while enjoying a fun beach yoga retreat?  Tune up and tune in because “The Universe Is Talking To You”.

            Yoga teachers and practitioners – join us for a week of experiential learning, surfing, SUP, and relaxation.
            Connect with nature. Reconnect with yourself. Raise your vibration.


              This fun educational yoga retreat provides a rejuvenating experience to recharge your body, mind and soul. Experience a daily refining yoga practice, lectures and activities focusing on energetics of the body, daily fun at the beach, and relaxation in luxury. Explore the local area, surf, SUP, or just chill – alternating mornings or afternoons off to do your own thing. 30 hours continuing education credit for registered yoga teachers as well. Visit Beachfront Educational Yoga Retreat at Yoga Alliance Website for more details.


              • Grow deeper in your understanding of the energetic layers of our being
              • Enrich your yoga practice beyond your mat
              • Connect with your authentic self, nature and a global yoga community.
              • Experience “just being” in a tropical beachfront resort with an exotic and friendly ambiance.
              • Explore the mind body connection
              • Deepen your knowledge of anatomy and apply it to your asana practice.
              • Establish a true understanding of the anatomy of your breath applied to meditation, asana practice, and daily life.
              • Immerse yourself in the beauty and ease into nature’s rhythm enjoying various beach activities, luxury pool setting, gourmet meals, and very comfortable beachside lodging.


Your Retreat Hosts:




Marianne-Wells Beachfront Educational Yoga Retreat <br> (30 Continuing Ed Credits)
Marianne Wells
Marianne has dedicated her life to the study of yoga. Her journey began at a very early age at home, where the family was encouraged to meditate and practice asanas daily. She later went on to study eastern philosophy with Iyengar, Desikachar, Gurmukh and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Read Marianne’s full bio and learn more here.
Marianne-Wells-Yoga-School Beachfront Educational Yoga Retreat <br> (30 Continuing Ed Credits)
Eric Kolesar
Eric has been involved in the wellness industry over 15 years. A certified yoga instructor through Marianne Wells Yoga School, his certifications include Yoga instructor (200hr CYT & Restorative Yoga), Reiki Master, Life Coach, SUP instructor with yoga endorsement. Founder of Higher Living Now to empower others to become the best best they can be.
Marianne-Wells-Yoga-School-1 Beachfront Educational Yoga Retreat <br> (30 Continuing Ed Credits)
Linda Farrell
Linda has practiced as a physical therapist for over 25 years. A certified yoga instructor through Marianne Wells Yoga School, she has additional certification in restorative yoga. Owner of A Grateful Breath. Linda’s experience and practical knowledge of human anatomy enhance her yoga practice and teaching. She believes a strong healthy mind, body, and soul are the foundation for a happy life.


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Retreat Curriculum

Educational Retreat

The Universe is Talking to You


Daily Schedule

    Arrive July 8th – 7pm Welcome Dinner
    Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday

  • 6am Morning Yoga Practice
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 9am Morning Workshops
  • 1pm Lunch
  • Free Afternoon to explore, beach activities, relax
  • 5:30pm Sunset gathering
  • 7pm Dinner

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday

  • 6am Morning Yoga Practice
  • 8am Breakfast
  • Free Morning to explore, beach activities, relax
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 2pm Afternoon Workshops
  • 5:30pm Sunset gathering
  • 7pm Dinner

      Techniques & Practice

    • Expand your experience and awareness of pranayama breathing
    • Explore the principles of stress reduction through Ayurvedic principles
    • Gain a greater awareness on how asanas affect our five subtle energy layers
    • Grow in your understanding of listening to your own inner wisdom and guidance
    • Apply your new knowledge of the five subtle energy layers and how they are connected to our lives through creative hands on experiences

    Yoga Teaching Methods

    • Strengthen your yoga practice to help balance mind, body and soul
    • Develop techniques to enrich your physical, energetic, mental and intuitive self, helping to awaken your bliss body
    • Improve communication techniques to deliver more authentic classes
    • Practice integrating meditation to serve a higher power

    Anatomy & Physiology

    • Deepen your understanding of anatomy related to body function
    • Study traditional and energetic anatomy and physiology suitable for teaching client-oriented yoga
    • Implement an energetic practice to improve health and well-being
    • Develop a greater awareness of the mind-body connections
    • Cultivate a strong asana practice for optimal mind-body connection

    Yoga Philosophy & Yoga Lifestyle

    • Improve your awareness of the five energetic layers of our being (Kosha Bodies) to gain a greater understanding of yourself and your ability to guide your students
    • Advance your Ayurvedic knowledge of the Doshas and how to improve balance of them
    • Apply life coaching techniques that will help you tune to the rhythm of higher living
    • Awaken the power of energy and information, developing your personal plan for well-being and happiness

    Personal Growth

    • Evolve your practice by experiencing daily sunrise meditation
    • Enjoy a variety of daily yoga practices
    • Empower yourself with a peaceful week of self-reflection
    • Experience a  community of like-minded individuals

    Professional Development


Requirements for this Educational Retreat are simple:

Please read this website completely in order to understand Marianne’s background, yoga style and philosophy. Also, read the co teachers web sites Eric Kolesar, Linda Farrell.

              • For registered yoga teachers (RYT) seeking Continuing Education Credits for Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements – prior certification from a 200-hour CYT training program by a Yoga Alliance RYS 200 school is required for this 30 hour training. Yoga teachers note that a portion of this cost may be deductible on your 2017 tax return as an education expense. Consult your tax adviser for guidance.
              • For yoga practitioners -we recommend that you have practiced yoga regularly for at least one year prior to attending this retreat to get the most from the experience.

Required Reading for Yoga Teachers seeking 30 CEC’s

              • Light On Life by B.K.S. Iyengar
Included in Your Tuition
              • Lodging at Pranamar Ocean Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Accommodations of your choice with comfortable and restful rooms, comfortable beds, fans, en suite bathrooms, daily maid service, linens. Make each day complete with beach time, lazy hammock time, and spectacular sunsets.
              • Three delicious gourmet vegetarian meals daily – drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh juices.
              • Comprehensive Yoga Alliance training with Marianne Wells – E-RYT 500, Eric Kolesar-200 RYT, Linda Farrell-200 RYT, PT.
              • 30 hours of accredited study – upon successful completion students receive their professional certification from Marianne Wells Yoga School – a Yoga Alliance registered school, and are eligible to register these CEC’s with Yoga Alliance to satisfy your ongoing educational requirements. Visit Beachfront Educational Yoga Retreat at Yoga Alliance Website for more details.

Not included in your tuition:

              • Airfare
              • Ground transportation
              • Travel insurance
              • Book for studies – Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar required for participating Registered Yoga Teachers
Flights & Ground Transportation

There are two airports that service Pranamar Ocean Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa Costa Rica on the Pacific coast:

              • You can fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) located in San Jose, Costa Rica.
              • You can fly into Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) located in Liberia, Costa Rica.
              • Pranamar Ocean Villas & Yoga Retreat will help you arrange your ground transportation.
              • If traveling on your own, plan to arrive by 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
              • Your departure flight should be no earlier than 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017 – to allow for transit time and pre-boarding check-in requirements.

“Marianne’s training gave me everything I needed to become who I want to be: a successful, genuine yoga in-structor. The program is incredibly well rounded and gives you the benefit of exploring the vast universe of yogic thought, practice, and industry. The intensive schedule is most conducive to the learning process; you are separated from the push/pull of your typical life and you get to fully immerse yourself and learn what is truly possible. Marianne is the center of all of this. Her extensive knowledge and experience rolls off her tongue with no pretense. I was personally stretched in every aspect: physically, mentally, and spiritually. I had to check my ego at the door and that to me, is what yoga is all about. And Marianne fully embodies that idea and practice.” ~ Ryan LaBonte, 200 RYT

“I truly and thoroughly recommend Marianne Wells Yoga School. I attended my first training (200h) in August 2013 and my second training (300h, Yogatherapy) in April 2014 in Costa Rica. Marianne is an incredible, amaz-ing, and inspirational teacher. She teaches with professionalism, and is full of knowledge, wisdom, love and compassion. She guides, supports, and challenges every student to her/his needs, within their capabilities. Her intuitive and sensitive way allows everybody to grow – on and off the mat. Together with her husband, Ron, and their TAs, they make a great team. In Anatomy and Sutra lessons, Ron’s teachings are comprehensive, relative, adaptable, and allow for deep philosophical discussions. The TAs provide great assistance, organization, and help in every way possible. Both trainings were deeply inspirational experiences and I could not be prepared any better to make my own yoga path!” ~ Sabine Arning, 200 RYT

“Marianne helped me uncover insight into myself and discover a voice I’ve never had before. She showed me all the ways to use yoga as a healing tool and how to effectively integrate props into a practice. During training, I became deeply connected to the universe and had one of the deepest spiritual experiences I’ve ever had. Mari-anne’s curriculum made for an unforgettable experience that made clear for me my purpose on this earth. I will highly recommend their program to anyone who would ask.”~ Maribel Melendez, 200 RYT

“Marianne Wells Yoga School is more than just getting a “certification”. I truly was able to explore myself on and off the mat. I learned so much about yoga aside from the physical practice and how to incorporate those spiritual aspects into my teaching. Marianne is truly a Godsend. I have done many trainings, workshops, etc. But, I have never felt the genuineness from anyone that I felt with Marianne. She honestly cares for every one of her students and she sees the potential in everyone. In just the short time of getting to know her, I can hon-estly say she is one of the strongest people I know. I love her passion for what she does and I thank her from the bottom of my heart.” ~ Alison Cantrill, 200 RYT

“Marianne’s training left me refreshed, centered, energized, and with a clearer mind. Her depth of knowledge amazes me; she is always coming up with something fresh and new to add to the class. She has a real talent for accommodating those who like a more vigorous practice, as well as those who need to be gentler on their bodies – this is seamlessly done all in the same class. Marianne has a special way of including the spiritual aspect of yoga into her classes that accommodates all individuals, wherever they are on their spiritual journey. A significant amount of Marianne’s training is devoted to moving beyond the physical asana practice of yoga, which prepared me immensely as a teacher. And now, the feedback I receive from my students is incredibly positive and encouraging.” ~ Rochell Gifford, 200 RYT

“I came into Marianne’s training looking for the roots, the philosophy, the rituals, and the understanding of yoga’s historical influence. I came looking to become a teacher that has something to offer students beyond a gym class or a five-minute, misguided meditation. I found all of that and more. During the two weeks spent in Costa Rica, my philosophies of leading a more conscious lifestyle, mind body and spirit, were finally more fruitfully exercised. Marianne provided the groundwork of teaching really real yoga to take home with me. I have such gratitude for the teaching methods and curriculum she introduced us to. I’ve found my spirit’s fire, and I’ve reconnected with the parts of myself that are often ignored. I never want to let that flame die out and I hope to cultivate these teachings until my ripe old age. I will always be grateful to Marianne for what she’s given me.” ~ Sam Roman, 200 RYT

“Marianne takes time to get to know all of her students individually in her own nurturing way. She encourages us to teach with compassion, to acknowledge differences in our students and to understand how to properly cue them into poses. Marianne offers constructive feedback so you know what is appropriate, what works for your students, and what doesn’t work. Marianne has such a breadth of knowledge due to her many years of teaching. She teaches not only Iyengar, but Ashtanga, Kundalini, Tibetian, Hatha, the Chakras and much more. For me, the two weeks at Marianne Wells Yoga School was absolutely the best choice and Marianne’s style and warmth made all the difference.” ~ Sabrina Reynolds, 200 RYT

“This experience was one of the most special in my 46 years! It was truly transformational and Marianne is a phenomenal teacher.” ~ Kim Crawford, 200 RYT