Yoga, Self-Defense & Nature Retreats

Have you been dreaming of yoga, nature, or empowerment retreats—reconnection, rewilding, and reintegration with your inner reality?

Are your body and mind begging you for play, earth, salt water and deep listening?

You’re not alone. I invite you to venture into the wild—and into yourself—with an intimate community of like-minded humans, and immerse yourself in nature, yoga, and creative exploration.

All of my upcoming retreats and collaborations are listed below. Explore, consider, and find the experience that’s right for you!

Coming Up:


She Thrives! A Yoga Retreat for your Inner Optimist

Selva Armonia, Costa Rica | January 15 – 21, 2022

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Yoga, Empowerment, Adventure, and of course, great food.

So, it’s been a heavy year. Now is the time to press the reset button and give yourself the space to rest and regenerate. This retreat is for all women craving a spacious, luxurious, connected experience to start 2022 off with self-love and care.

Journey with us and receive:

  • Clarity: Guided inquiry, meditation and ceremony to peel away layers of anger, shame and fear to see clearly what is aligned and true for you and reclaim the magic of your ancestral wisdom.
  • Strength: Empowerment Self-Defense: fun, dynamic, and incredibly effective tools created by women for physical self-defense as well as setting and maintaining strong boundaries.
  • Balance: Vinyasa yoga to wring out stale energy and fire up the heat of transformation; Restorative yoga to soothe the nervous system and assist the integration of healing.
  • Joy: Soul-healing connections with other Earth-centered women and generous time for play in the sun and surf.
  • Satisfaction: Work side by side with residents of Uvita on an optional service project to help our home Planet heal herself, re-membering there is no true inner sanctuary if we are not also healing the outer sanctuary that is our Mother Earth.

Learn more here!

More Retreats TBA (Stay tuned!!!)

Want to work together? Learn more about my workshop offerings and rates here!

Prior Work


Facilitator, Storytelling Workshops, Transformational Retreats

  • “Communicating Your Story” — Babson College (July 2018)
  • Storytelling for Professional Vision — Center for Executive Education, University for Peace (January 2018 and 2019)
  • Storytelling for Academia — University for Peace (October 2017)
  • Storytelling for Social Justice — Cape Town (March 2016)

Creative Facilitator, Transformational Experiences

  • Yoga & the Art of Listening — Yoga & Mindfulness Immersions (Costa Rica)
  • Find Your Flow Retreat (Costa Rica)
  • Tuning into Transformation Press Trip (Costa Rica)
  • NuLiving Experience — NuMundo’s first CoWorking Retreat (Costa Rica)
  • Rewild Retreat — Nature and Yoga Immersion in the Jungles of Costa Rica
  • Dreaming Wide Awake — Storytelling, Movement & Dreams (Mykonos Island, Delos Island, Greece)
  • Empowerment Self-Defense Classes across Costa Rica

Community Organizer, Festival and Event Planning

  • PURA BLISS MICROFESTIVAL, co-founder (Costa Rica)
  • OUT LOUD OPEN MIC NIGHT, founder (Costa Rica)
  • COSMIC CONVERGENCE FESTIVAL, social media manager; Journey Portal Coordinator (Guatemala)

Chief Storyteller, NuMundo

Content & Branding Strategist, Producers Market

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About Me

I came to Costa Rica in 2017 to complete a master’s degree in Peace & Media studies, and I haven’t left yet. I’ve worked as an editor and writer for mindful media outlets and clients around the globe, and now I share my love of mindful movement, storytelling, and creative expression as a creator and facilitator of transformational events and retreats.

I have been teaching yoga for nine years, everywhere and anywhere.

From open fields in Sicily and beautiful studios in Vermont, to attics in Helsinki and rooftops on the stunning Zanzibar coast, I bring this practice wherever I go. Since completing my 200-hour TTC with Tribe Yoga in Goa, India in January 2013, I have developed my own style of teaching that combines the rigor and tradition of Ashtanga philosophy with the joy, playfulness and flow that characterize my lifestyle. I also share partner yoga, yin, acro, and meditation techniques—always with a focus on listening to our inner teacher and learning from our body’s wisdom.

Students describe my classes as challenging yet accessible, calm but engaging, and respectful but firm. I find great joy in holding space for others to deeply connect with their breath, their bodies, and their minds.
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As a trained Empowerment Self-Defense instructor, I’m passionate about sharing tools to make women safer.

I believe that we all have the right to feel safe, confident, and powerful in our bodies. That’s why I’m working with ESD Global to transform the conversation about violence against women.

Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) was created by women Martial Artists who recognized that the “self defense” they were being taught was catered to how men fight men. Therefore, they developed “Empowerment Self Defense” as a means to incorporate the social and cultural contexts specific to violence perpetrated against marginalized populations.

As a yoga teacher, I have integrated mindfulness practices and somatic awareness with ESD to help participants tap into their power and confidence in a deeper way. The results have been inspiring.Usually I offer workshops for women. However, for festivals and mixed-gender retreats I always keep my workshops open to all. A full “course” is considered to be 10 hours. Each workshop comprises a mix of physical martial arts techniques, verbal skills (boundary setting, de-escalation, and assertive communication), movement games, role play, and discussion on key social issues.

Learn more about my courses here: Empowerment Self-Defense (1)

Or contact me for information on my upcoming offerings in Costa Rica.

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