Shakti Rising

A Yoga REtreat to awaken the wild & wise woman within

SANTA TERESA, COSTA RICA, March 23-30 2019

















Awaken your Joy, Reclaim your Radiance, Embody your sacred power

We each have within us a power; a sacred, creative, feminine force known as Shakti, that wants to flow free. This divine power is sometimes dormant, but never absent. Once activated, Shakti always, instinctively rises. 

Join Nancy Goodfellow and Chantal Russell for a seven day yoga retreat on the beach to celebrate this time of Shakti rising. Reconnect with the Great Mother, the rhythm of the earth and your own creative flow. Nourish your body, fill up your well, and set your soul’s voice free. Recharge amidst the beauty of Costa Rica; soak up the sun and float in the sea. 

Each day we’ll weave yoga, movement and meditation practices with elemental and priestess wisdom. Learn how nature can be a practical guide into radiant wellbeing. Enjoy lovingly prepared, locally-sourced organic meals, and the company of like minded empowered women. Deepen your yoga practice and cultivate simple daily ritual to awaken to the magic of each moment. 

This retreat is designed for the modern day woman who senses the mystery and beauty of life and wants to experience deeper wellbeing, everyday. It is for the mama, the ladyboss, the yogini within; the practical mystic who seeks to attune to the lunar rhythms and to live in communion with nature. It is an invitation, and a call for all women to listen to their intuition, speak their truth, and lead from their intelligent, intuitive heart. Each of us is part of a divine sisterhood who by coming together and healing ourselves, will bring about a much-needed shift on the planet. This is the time of awakening Shakti; the return of the mother and the rise of the sacred feminine.


Daily Yoga Classes

2 classes per day with Nancy Goodfellow & Chantal Russell

7 Nights Accommodation

at Pranamar Villas

Breakfast and Dinner Daily

Locally sourced and organically prepared with love

Daily Meditation & Mantra

Practices to awaken the heart and liberate the soul

Women's Wisdom

Sacred Conversations, Elemental and Lunar Wisdom

*Optional Surf Lessons, Massage & Horse Back Riding

*Additional Cost

About our Accommodations:

Pranamar Villas

An intimate, consciously designed oceanfront hotel recently built on the spectacular beach of Santa Teresa Beach, offers guests tropical beauty and nature in an exotic and friendly ambiance. Along with world-class surfing, top-quality Yoga classes, numerous activities and adventures await you. Immerse yourself in the beauty and ease into nature’s rhythm as Pranamar’s experienced and caring staff take care of all the details, making sure your retreat is perfect...


Poolside Villa

$1775* Shared Room | *early bird rate, $1885 after Nov. 1

$2435* Private Room in shared villa | *early bird rate, $2535 after Nov. 1 

The elegantly designed villas, built with Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo and plenty of windows and doors, invite guests to enjoy nature and ocean views in an intimate setting. Each two-story villa has two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and plenty of decks and terraces

Ocean Front Bungalow


$2000* Double Occupancy |*early bird rate, $2100 after Nov. 1

$2885* Single Occupancy | *early bird rate, $2985 after Nov. 1

This spacious bungalow built in sustainable pinewood offer guests simplicity and comfort with an ecological consciousness. The enormous ocean-facing deck allow guests the chance to watch the sunset and relax with the ocean breeze, while a small living space with built-in sofas offers a private lounging area.

Kula House

 $1485* Shared Occupancy |*early bird rate, $1585 after Nov. 1

This large two-storey house is perfect for families or a group of friends who want to feel at home at Santa Teresa beach with all of the luxuries of being at a hotel.

Garden Bungalow

$1850* Double Occupancy | *early bird rate, $1950 after Nov. 1

$2300* Single Occupancy | * *early bird rate, $2400 after Nov. 1

This spacious bungalow built in sustainable pinewood offer guests simplicity and comfort with an ecological consciousness. The enormous ocean-facing deck allow guests the chance to watch the sunset and relax with the ocean breeze, while a small living space with built-in sofas offers a private lounging area.

Reserve Your Space- $500 Deposit


This deposit is non-refundable. Remaining balance is due November 1st, 2018 for early bird rate. 


Early Bird Rate until November 1st.


Room Options


Together, Chantal and Nancy share over 40 years of combined experience in the art of living and teaching yoga. They met in 2007, when Chantal took her first Anusara Yoga class with Nancy in Costa Rica, where she fell in love with the elegant alignment principles, heartfelt tantric teachings, and with Nancy as a soul sister. The two have become long time friends, seeing each other through many of life's triumphs and challenges.

Nancy Goodfellow is world renowned for her inspiring and creative classes, workshops,and retreats, with students both locally and internationally. Her twenty-plus years of committed practice, thousands of hours of trainings, and continual curiosity towards Life’s most mysterious aspects are all part of why she has so many devoted students. Nancy is the Yoga director and co-owner of Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica, learn more about her here

As a mama, entrepreneur and yogini, Chantal is passionate about living a soul-centered life and is dedicated to awakening the healing power inherent in every human heart. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a faculty member at The Vancouver School of Yoga, and founder and director of Bowen Island Yoga, located off the west coast of British Columbia where she resides. Chantal also manages the yoga & nutrition program at The Orchard Recovery Center, teaches workshops throughout Canada & Europe, runs retreats around the world, and is a regular contributor to numerous blogs, including The Urban Howl.


What Can I expect from this 7 day retreat in paradise?

A rejuvenating adventure replete with new friendships, heart opening conversations and contemplations, invigorating movement and inquiry, and breath taking beauty. This is a retreat back to you, to what matters most, to what makes your soul shine most brightly.

INDULGE yourself. The moment you say yes to acting on your desire is the real beginning. This is a very intimate and exclusive retreat with limited space available. We are looking forward to enjoying la pura vida with you. Included in the retreat are your accommodations, daily yoga classes (2 per day) breakfast and dinner, and women's wisdom circles.

What’s not included?

Airfare and ground transportation are not included. Lunch is not included, giving you the option to enjoy a late breakfast or sample one of the surrounding cafe's. Surfing lessons, massage, zip lining and other tours are available and can be booked on site when you arrive.

And if I want to surf?

Playa Hermosa (10 minute walk from the hotel) is a long sandy beach with easy going beach breaks, well suited for beginners. Playa Santa Teresa presents a variety of beach breaks, point breaks and high swells for the more experienced surfer. Take surf lessons from the experienced instructors and head out before or between yoga classes.

What to bring?

Bring a yoga mat, a journal, sun hat, bathing suits, sunscreen, beach clothes, yoga clothes and anything you'd like to place on the altar. 

How do I get there from here?

The closest international airport is San Jose (SJO), which is serviced by most major airlines including Air Canada, United, Delta and American Airlines.

From San Jose, the fastest and most comfortable way to get to Santa Teresa is to take a local flight on Nature Air or Sansa Regional to Tambor (TMU). You can fly directly to Tambor from SJO without having to change airports.

From Tambor, there is a taxi service available that will bring you directly to Pranamar for $50 USD.

The more adventurous, much longer and a little less comfortable way to Santa Teresa from San Jose isby bus.  You would have to take a taxi from San Jose airport to the “Coca Cola” bus station in the city. Please note there are only 2 direct departures for Mal Pais/Santa Teresa per day, 6:00am and 2:00pm, so be sure to give yourself lots of time from your flight to the bus station, or make plans to spend a night in San Jose. For bus schedules, visit

What if I need to cancel after I book?

A $500 non-refundable deposit fee is required upon registration. Final payment is due by December 1st. Accommodation type is not guaranteed until payment is received in full. Accommodation selection is on a first come/first serve basis. 

What currency is used in Costa Rica?

The local currency is colones, but most places accept US dollars. The exchange is roughly 500 colones = 1 USD.

Best to bring a bit of both. Note that there are a couple banks in Santa Teresa, but it’s always more convenient to have the amount you’ll need for the week before you arrive, it’ll save you a trip to town.

Where I can learn more about traveling in Costa Rica?

Learn more about Costa Rica and the region we’ll be visiting here

And if I have more questions?

Email Chantal at