We are offering our first ever international poi retreat for beginners with La Escuela Del Sol!
Join us for a whole week of poi adventuring with Nick Woolsey, Alien Jon, and Banyan as our yoga teacher. The retreat is limited to 20 participants so best to register early if you want a spot.
The basic format will be:
- Optional yoga
- Breakfast break
- 2 hour morning poi session
- Lunch break
- Fun Time for swimming, surfing, etc!
- Afternoon play session with further instruction and feedback
- Dinner break
- Playtime with LEDs and Fire!
Retreat Curriculum and Prerequisites:
The beginner retreats will take participants from beginner through to playing comfortably with all the basics. There is only one poi prerequisite: You must be able to comfortably cross one poi spinning backwards. We will post a video showing you how to practice this. If everybody arrives comfortable with this we can cover a lot of ground! This is important! Trust us, it's easy to learn. It's just important to start this one exercise at least a week before the retreat begins.
Banyan is an amazing yoga teacher and also amazing double-staff performer. We're tickled all kinds of LED colors that he is willing to be our yoga teacher. For those who wish to join the yoga classes we are asking for an extra $100/week. If you love yoga Banyan is very much worth it.
Excursions and fun:
We'll also go on a fun excursion to Tortuga Island! Also each day we can make trips to the beach and waterfalls at our leisure. Playa Grande here we come!
Accommodations for this workshop will on a compound that includes several houses and apartments with pool, jacuzzi, wireless internet access and BBQ. All participants will be required to share a room with a maximum of 2 people per room (we'll place you with someone of the same sex, if need be), A/C, full kitchen and ocean view. If requested, we can place you in a room with a friend or in a house with several friends (up to 4 total).
Flights are pretty cheap from many parts of the USA (and even Europe) if you look for them via sidestep.com or Vayama.com. You will fly into the Juan Santamaria International Airport, in San Jose (airport code SJO).
Cost and Registration:
The costs will be $805USD for the week, including six nights of accommodation, tuition and excursions, but not food. You will have to buy your own food. There are kitchenettes in the bungalows, and a BBQ. Yoga will be an extra $100/week.
TO REGISTER: go to the La Escuela Del Sol 'Apply Now' page and follow these instructions:
Instructions for Application*:
- On La Escuela's Apply Now page, ignore questions about Spanish, surfing or scuba
- Enter Course Start Date: "Mar 4, 2012"
- In 'Additional Comments', say specifically "I am applying for the BEGINNERS ONLY workshop."
- After clicking on 'submit', you will be led to paypal to pay your $200 deposit and complete your reservation.
If submitted correctly, we will send you a confirmation email within 72 hours.
*Please read La Escuela del Sol's Payment and Cancellation Policy for all applications.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
If you're still thinking about it:
Here are some steps to help you make the decision:
First: Check the cost of flights on sidestep.com, Vayama.com, or your own favorite flight site.
Second: Find a friend (or two) to join you.
Third: Say to yourself the magic words: “Why not?” (But don’t answer it, just book your spot instead, it's a great way to get stuff done!).
Here's the trailer from the first two Costa Rica Retreats: (Music by Hilight Tribe)