Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica


Join us January 23 – 28, 2023

Costa Rica January 23 - 28, 2023 (1)

Are you eager to begin a new year with intention and resolve?

Are you ready to celebrate and start fresh?

‘Pure Vida’ means ‘pure life’ and it is the way of life in Costa Rica, a country called by many ‘the happiest place on Earth.’ ‘Pura Vida’ is about celebrating the simple life, finding beauty and abundance in nature and our place as beings united with the plants, animals, sunshine and stars around us.

With everything that we have lived through over the past 2 years, I cannot think of a better moment to discover a “Pura Vida” paradise within yourself and those around you.

You are invited to join Melody Butler and Darcy Henry and an intimate group of yogis in January 2023 for a post holiday hiatus to rest, relax and rejuvenate in the luscious jungles and serene beaches of Playa Negra, Costa Rica.

This weeklong retreat is mindfully curated to nourish your mind, body, and soul with twice daily yoga and meditation classes, home-cooked and locally inspired cuisine for breakfast and dinner each day, eco-chic accommodations at Peace Retreat, group excursions, and plenty of free time to rest, restore and explore as you please.

Our host, the Peace Retreat, is a unique gem that provides a serene and safe space to relax, recharge and reconnect with mother nature and the nature your own soul. Throughout the week, take some time to dip or lounge by the pool, enjoy fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and snacks from the retreat Juice Bar, pamper yourself with onsite spa services such as facials and massages take a short hike to the beach or simply lounge in a hammocks to take in the sights and sounds of the jungle around you.

Want to know a little more? Check out this 90 second video here!

This retreat includes

*2 yoga and meditation practices a day

*2 daily meals (breakfast and dinner)

*accommodations at The Peace Retreat

*transportation to and from the airport

*2 group excursions

*access to the Peace Retreat spa and facilities

*plenty of down time for beach laying, hammock hanging, swimming, hiking, exploring town, reading, napping, cold beverage-ing or whatever else you please.

*Option to add on a Private Lesson with Darcy or Melody ($100) to focus on Peak postures, ask specific questions, and receive 1 on 1 attention.



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Each yoga practice, lead by either Darcy or Melody, will be 75 minutes long and appropriate to all skill levels. Classes will include various styles such as hatha, vinyasa, slow flow, power, and restorative so that each day will be a little different to adapt to your needs throughout the week. Classes will be held in one of The Peace Retreat’s yoga & retreat studios offering inspiring views, fresh breeze and natural light. Each studio comes equipped with yoga mats, blocks, straps and blankets; and meditation cushions so no need to pay for that extra bag or lug your mat and props with you through security.

All scheduled practices and excursions are optional.


At Peace Retreat, the fundamental approach to guest’s nutrition is that “food is medicine.”


“We prioritize our guests’ health and are committed to buying local, organic, and in-season produce and products. We use a range of traditional ingredients. infused with Ayurveda food combining principles in our menus, in order to support our holistic approach.

We also believe in sustainable living and preserving the environment, supporting the local economy and culture as best as possible. We avoid buying imported foods to minimize our carbon footprint and to support local farmers. We avoid processed foods in general and are committed to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to our kitchen.”

You retreat cost includes twice daily meals, breakfast and dinner 

We also have a juice, smoothie and snack options available for purchase at Salud,
our on-site café. Playa Negra is also home to local restaurants that are all within a 15-20-minute
walk from Peace Retreat should you and/or your guests wish to explore local
cuisine options off-site.



With three different room types and packages to choose from, there is an option to fit every budget and every style of traveler.

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The Casa Yoga house includes three personal and well appointed rooms that provide the perfect upgrade for travelers looking for a little more privacy during their stay. Each Casa Yoga room includes two single beds that can be joined as a king upon request as well as a private bathroom, ceiling fan, and outdoor terrace.

  • Triple Occupancy / $1895 per person
    Share space with 2 other yogis in a room featuring 3 Full sized beds and your own private bathroom

    (Includes $400 Non-Refundable deposit, Pay in full by Jan. 1st 2023)
    *Taxes not included

  • Double Occupancy / $2095 per person
    Share space with one other yogi with 2 full sized beds and your own private bathroom
    (includes $400 Non-Refundable deposit, Pay in Full by Jan. 1st 2023)
    *Taxes not included

  • Single Occupancy / $2350 per person
    Reserve a personal space with your own private bathroom.
    (includes $400 Non-Refundable deposit, Pay in Full by Jan. 1st 2023)
    *Taxes not included



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The primary accommodations at Peace Retreat are six loving crafted cabinas that each offer shared accomodations for up to two guests. Think of this as your favorite childhood camp ground. Constructed from reforested teak wood and screened windows, each cabina has been situated in a way that maximizes the experience of the Costa Rican breezes.
Cabinas include two single beds, lighting, a ceiling fan, a safe for personal belongings, and an open-air closet for storage space. Guests staying in cabinas have access to the open-air shared washroom facility that includes 3 private showers, 3 private toilets and five sinks.

  • Double Occupancy/ $1650 Per Person
    Last Chance Reservation Rate / valid through December 23rd 2022 / $1450 per person
    Share a cabina with a roommate 
    (includes a $400 Non-Refundable deposit, Pay in Full by Jan. 1st 2023)
    *Taxes not included

  • Single Occupancy/ $1895
    1 Left!
    Last Chance Reservation Rate / valid through December 23rd 2022 / $1695
    Stay in your own Private cabina
    (includes a $400 Non-Refundable deposit, Pay in full by Jan. 1st 2023)
    *Taxes not included



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A shared space, which is designed with six distinct and private quarters, which includes one single bed, linens and towels. Think of this as a hostel or dorm room experience. Perfect for the solo traveler or those who plan to spend most of the day out of their room anyway. Guests staying in our Cabinas or Casa Verde have access to our open-air shared washroom facility that includes 3 private showers, 3 private toilets, a urinal, and five sinks.

  • Casa Verde/ $1495
    (includes a $400 Non-Refundable deposit, Pay in full by Jan. 1st 2023)
    *Taxes not included


Meet your instructors / retreat leaders

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Darcy Henry

“Hi! I’m Darcy. I truly love life and yoga. It has been my desire, since I started practicing in 2010, to share this tradition with anyone and everyone. At first, yoga was a supplemental practice to running and cycling, but after a half marathon and a few MS150’s, yoga became my main focus. So, I became a teacher in 2016.
🧘‍♀️ I believe in yoga for wellness. I believe yoga is for every body. The beautiful and unique thing about asana is that it touches every part of the human anatomy. As Bryan Kest says “…yoga takes care of you”. Looking good is different than FEELING good. There is no proof that pretty people feel better than anyone else. Don’t we all just want to feel good? In my classes we challenge ourselves, we push our boundaries and connect our practice on the mat to our lives that leave the yoga studio.
❤️ I was born in Southern California. I love the sun and the ocean and the moon. I’ve lived in texas since I was 21 years old and now consider myself a Cali-Texan. My students are my greatest teachers and I will never stop learning. Houston has SO many inspiring yogis! It’s an honor to be a part of the Houston Yoga Community. Being united makes us strong and connected. Together we can do so much!”

Melody Butler

“Hello! I’m Melody!
I have been practicing yoga on and off (mostly on now) for about 15 years. I am a 500hrERYT, YCAP, and RCYT through Yoga Alliance.
 I graduated with my 200hr RYT certification in 2015 from Boulevard Yoga in Kansas City MO and my 300hr RYT in 2020 through MY Vinyasa Practice in Austin TX. As an avid and passionate learner, I’ve also spent the last few years completing my Barre Above Certification in 2017, Children’s Yoga Certification through Yogees Yoga 4 Kids in Dallas TX in 2019, my 300hr RYT through My Vinyasa Practice in Austin TX in 2020, and my Yoga Sculpt Certification through The Studio BE in Houston TX in 2021. 

Now firmly settled in Houston TX with my husband, toddler, and cat; I am currently a Sculpt, Flow, and Kid’s teacher at The Studio BE as well as their Assistant Manager/ Business Development Manager/ Event Coordinator. I am loving getting to be involved in this amazing Houston Heights Community and offering my skills to make sure everyone feels welcome and at home in our studio. 

The past couple of years have brought so many big changes and so much growth in my MBYoga offerings.
I’ve now offered 3 online and in person yoga challenges; 30 to 30Yoga is for Lovers , and MamaFlow2020
I spent 2 years teaching at the ELYSIA Yoga Convention in Amorgos, Greece at the beautiful Aegialis Hotel and Spa  and at the the Heartland Yoga Festival in Kansas City MO. I’ve created and produced 2 Deepen The Heart Texas Based Women’s Wellness Retreats in 2018 &  2019 and lead my first international retreat, Beachside Bliss in Chacala Mexico in 2021.

On top of all that, I am the founder of Twisted Tykes Family Yoga – a yoga and creative movement program that has weekly family and kid’s classes at the Groves Activity Building as well as community events throughout the area. Having worked as a teaching artist in Theatre and Dance for 10 years, when I completed my yoga training, I knew youth yoga was going to hold a special place in my journey. It means so much to me to offer a safe space for all ages to find their way to the mat and to a mindfulness practice.

In my classes, I offer a mindful Vinyasa and Hatha practices that focus on meditation and movement. I love being able to use yoga to create community and connection wherever I am. 

I honestly love everything about my work and hope I get to see you in one or (or all) of my classes soon!


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 – Airfare to/from Liberia, Costa Rica.

– Personal Insurance (trip and/or medical)

– Any required Covid tests or Covid related expenses

-Lunch (available for purchase)

– Retreat Center Taxes and Fees

– Optional Spa Services  – Massage, Manicure, Pedicure

-Optional Local Adventures  (can be arranged once you arrive)

– Any other personal expenses

Any Questions? Ask away right here!

Cancellation Policy
(a) You may cancel at any time, providing that the cancellation is made in writing to Cancellation will take effect the day such notification is received by us. If such cancellation is made before December 1, 2022,  we refund any fees paid minus a $400 USD non-refundable deposit. After December 1, 2022 all payments are non-refundable.  In the event you have to cancel after December 1, 2022, you may find a replacement to take your spot with no penalty.

(b) Bookings are for the stated period of the retreat. There are no refunds for an unused portion of the retreat. If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your Insurance Policy, you may be able to make a claim on your insurance.

(c) We reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel a retreat. In particular our retreats require a minimum number .  If this minimum number is not reached by December 1, 2022 we may cancel and refund any payments you have made.

(a) It is your responsibility to let any, and all, Instructors know if you have any injuries and to be mindful at all times of your own body’s capability during the retreat. If you experience any injury or discomfort during any activity during the retreat, then you must desist immediately.
(b) It is also your responsibility to consult a doctor with an understanding of yoga to check that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to undertake any yoga classes and other physical activities that you may chose to do whilst on the retreat. (classes are always optional)
(c) Please advise us of any mental or physical health conditions and dietary requirements before you book. If you have health conditions and dietary requirements that may be affected by the activities offered in this group retreat we reserve the right to advise you not to participate in the interests of your wellbeing.
(d) Whilst all measures are taken to ensure a high standard of health and safety, we will be in the jungle of Costa Rica.    There will be bodies of water, uneven land, as well as native animals, insects and plants.   We are not responsible for any injuries that may occur before, during, or after our group event.
(e) We accept responsibility for ensuring that the retreat is supplied as described.
(f) We do not accept any liability for cancellations, delays or changes caused by a pandemic, war, threat of war, terrorist actions or threats, closure of airports, civil strife, industrial action, natural disaster, technical problems to transport, staff cancellations, unforeseen changes in your personal circumstances or other events beyond our control.
(g) We are not liable for any injuries you may incur. All classes are undertaken at your own risk. We are not liable for any medical or psychiatric conditions, which may develop during or subsequent to the retreat. We are not liable for loss of, or damage to, your personal property.