Retreats + Workshops + Events

Retreats + Workshops + Events

An Experiential Retreat in the Natural World

Breathing and Meditation: Ancient Origin, Life Skills for Today

Costa Rica, Tuesday, August 20 – Thursday, August 29, 2024



Join this exclusive retreat in the tropical jungle on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica for nine nights and ten days. Receive certification in breathing and meditation from the ZenSpot Institute. In this immersive experience you will learn Indian yogic, Buddhist and Taoist breathing and meditation practices. These practices are timeless, for they have stood the test of time, and are readily applied in our daily world. Cultivated and handed down through rich traditions and discrete lineage lines for thousands of years you too can join in the transmission of these ancient practices, nurturing yourself and helping to heal the world.

This Retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to develop personal skills to reduce anxiety and heal, for current practitioners, for those seeking specialized training, those pursuing a 200 or 500-hour YTT, 200-hour qigong certification or generalized Taoist lifestyle and for those who simply want to expand their life skills and nurture their spirit in these uncertain times.

Welcome to one of the most diverse and natural habitats on earth and to the practices that meld one with the cosmos. Experience firsthand the Two and/or Three Toed Sloth, the Capuchin and Howler Monkeys and the Toucan to name a few. In the words of Edward Abbey, “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views.” Costa Rica offers some of the best vantage points on Earth and the chance for up close experiences with the natural world.





  • Arriving Tuesday, August 20, and Departing Thursday, August 29, 2024.


  • Own Room & Board, hot water, ensuite bathrooms, with fresh and local foods for breakfast and dinner each day.
  • Clean potable water, coffee and tea.
  • Access to a secluded and secure resort with groomed grounds, a waterfall pool and rich flora and fauna.
  • Two hiking and beach excursions: Manuel Antonio National Park and Tortuga Island.
  • Daily yoga with movement, breathing and meditation.
  • Shared conversation and spiritual cultivation.
  • RT transportation from San Jose International Airport, Juan Santamaria, to the Retreat Center
  • Easy access via walking, bicycle or cab to the local beach town and to surf lessons.
  • Discounted laundry services onsite and complimentary yoga laundry cleaning.
  • Free WiFi.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare to San Jose International Airport, Juan Santamaria.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Miscellaneous personal purchases.
  • Personal tipping.


$3,999 pp, single occupancy.

Contact Dr. Michael Bittner, Daoshi, ERYT, 500 503-381-3503

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