Self Care Sanctuary: Retreat in Costa Rica
with Savonn Wyland, Carol LeMaitre and Stacey Degen

A Healing and Nurturing Week of Yoga, MELT Method, and Bodywork in Costa Rica

March 14-21, 2015

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Self Care Sanctuary: A Healing and Nurturing Week of Yoga, Pilates, MELT Method, and Bodywork in Costa Rica
with Savonn Wyland (Sellwood Yoga) and Carol LeMaitre (Sanchez Street Studios in San Francisco, CA) and Stacey Degen (True North in Minneapolis, MN)
March 14-21, 2015

Savonn Wyland of Sellwood Yoga (Portland, OR) and Bernal Yoga (San Francisco, CA)

Savonn Wyland

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with fellow wellness center business owners, Carol LeMaitre of Sanchez Street Studios (San Francisco, CA)

Carol LeMaitre

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and Stacey Degen of True North (Minneapolis, MN)

Stacey Degen

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Wake up surrounded by nature. Hear the sounds of tropical birds, monkeys, and the wind through the forest canopy. Give your body and mind the rest and release that it needs and that you deserve.


Savonn and Carol will be offering a variety of classes including Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Pilates and MELT method (a self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living). Stacey will be providing bodywork.

There will also be plenty of time for resting beside the pool, reading books, exploring the lush tropical jungles, napping and doing nothing.

The overall balance of offerings, throughout the week, is geared towards rebalancing, rehydrating, unwinding and nurturing from the inside out. You will go home refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired with a toolbox full of simple and luxurious self-care treatments.



Included in the retreat package is one personalized bodywork session with Stacey Degen. Stacey specializes in combining therapeutic massage with acupuncture, essential oils and other mind-body balancing techniques. Besides the one session included with the retreat, you can also book more bodywork sessions with Stacey directly.

Accommodations at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers
The Sanctuary has been featured in Mind Body Green, The New York Times Magazine, and Self Magazine as one of the best retreat centers in Costa Rica.

Nourish yourself with 3 meals/day featuring all organic produce sourced form local Costa Rican family farms. The vegetarian (1-3 course) meals are planned around the best seasonal ingredients, herbs and spices. breakfast The chef supplies each meal’s protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens. Ayurvedic principles of food combining and meal timing make the retreat an even more healing opportunity.

Eco-conscious, modern tree house accommodations are all powered by a high-tech Solar Power system, have green lighting, solar hot water, garden showers, ceiling fans, and screened in


walls. The classes are held in a gorgeous open air structure with high ceilings, fans and beautiful views of the landscape and tropical plants.

Optional local excursions and adventures can easily be arranged for solo trips or small group outings. Explore Cabo Blanco National Park, learn how to surf or improve your current skills, ride horses on the beach, tour the forest canopy on zip-lines, hike to secluded waterfalls, snorkel or surf, swim or beach comb, sunbathe, sea kayak, or shop for local artisans’ arts and crafts. We will help you plan, coordinate and arrange the optional excursions.

Watch a video from last year’s retreat:

Check out some pictures from previous year’s retreat and this video of the retreat center.

Visit the Sanctuary’s Facebook page for a lot of other great pictures and information.

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Price includes:

  • 7 Nights of accommodations: 6 nights at the Sanctuary from 3/15-21 along with 1 night in San Jose at The Adventure Inn on 3/14.
  • An average of 2 classes per day including Yoga, Pilates, MELT method. All classes taught by Savonn and Carol.
  • One personalized bodywork session with Stacey Degen.
  • 3 Gourmet, healthy, meals/per day while at The Sanctuary and breakfast at The Adventure Inn on 3/15.
  • Shuttle from San Jose Airport to The Adventure Inn (on 3/14)
  • Group transportation from San Jose, Costa Rica to The Sanctuary (on 3/15).
  • Mandatory 13% Costa Rican tourism tax

$2150: per person w/ double occupancy (your own bed, in a shared room of a tree house).

$3600: per COUPLE for a King Bed in a Jungle Treehouse ($1700/person shared bed)

March 14-March 21, 2015 (8 days and 7 nights)


Thank you Savonn, Elizabeth, and Stacy for an amazing retreat. The jungle setting took me out of my day-to-day world. The teaching and body work were not only physically and mentally great, they were emotionally therapeutic. The staff at Two Rivers is genuinely caring and the food is over-the-top delicious! This retreat has enough structure to release participants from care and enough flexibility to open us to new experiences. I hope to join you again! -D.M.


You guys rock my world. That’s all I have to say. Love you both, love being on this journey with you!Thanks for creating a space for me to be me and do my thing!! See you next year!


The Self-Care Retreat at the Sanctuary of Two Rivers is the closest thing to magic I have experienced. The Sanctuary itself is an unbelievable gem of a place, with gently curving paths of paving stones winding through well-tended jungle to reveal buildings of deceptively simple design which frames the scene with walls of screens. The schedule of this retreat is part of the marvel: a yoga class and a Pilates/MELT method class along with three spectacular vegetarian meals (prepared and served meticulously in accordance with dietary preferences) are on each day’s agenda, but the times between are left very free-form. Without having to worry about shopping for or preparing meals, or scheduling and following through on practice, the decisions left amount to: read in the hammock, birdwatch herons by the river, lounge by the pool, arrange a massage, or take part in a snorkeling expedition off a nearby island?

The classes Savonn and Elizabeth lead are something extremely special. Our group ranged widely in yoga and Pilates expertise, and both instructors were careful and attentive at offering alternative poses, easier on the back and so on. And while the focus of the retreat is self-care, so that much of the yoga practice is restorative (poses supported by props) or Yin, there are also rigorous and challenging practices in equal balance. Perhaps the most telling endorsement of Elizabeth and Savonn’s teaching style came from the number of conversations I had with experienced practitioners and the Sanctuary staff about how special and unusual their combination of body knowledge, understanding of their chosen modality, and gentle care truly is. As the week went on, an increasingly large number of the small Sanctuary staff showed up to audit the sessions.

The only negative thing I can say is that my daily formal meditation practice suffered in my week here. But not for lack of facilities (the meditation room in the Pagoda is beautiful and always accessible) but because every moment captured and enticed my full attention such that past and future were about as present as a dream.

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