In-person Yoga Retreat with Avery Kalapa, Tiger Rahman, Farah Nousheen and friends
March 12-19th 2022
8 days, 7 nights at the Oceanfront Eco-Resort
Blue Osa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Online Registration is Closed.
But we still have 3 more spots!
Email Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
for BIPOC and trans folks
Space is limited. Vaccinations required.
Imagine feeling completely at peace with who you are.
Being able to fully breathe, relax and laugh,
To expand through strong, gorgeous embodied healing in community,
To feel fresh gratitude inspired by tender intimacy with nature,
To dwell in deep rest,
And open up to the pleasure of just being present…
Being queer is a blessing, but navigating a cis het world steeped in systemic oppresssion is exhausting, complex, and heartbreaking.
In order to survive, maybe you’ve sometimes disconnected from your body, your needs, or even certain parts of your sweet, sacred self. While it’s gotten you this far, you know it’s time for a deep shift.
It’s time for a deep care reset.
Online Registration is closed as of Jan.31st
There’s still room for you if you want to come though – it’s not too late!
3 spots left.
Email Avery to connect. Use the form at the bottom of this page.
COVID vaccination required for all participants.
“OMG I feel like I’ve breathed more in the last week than I have in the last few months.”
“Avery has always made me feel at ease in their classes. As a genderqueer person, this has not always been the case in typical yoga spaces. Avery creates an environment of growth through their direction and presence. One that encourages me to challenge myself, working with my body, not against it, with gentle reminders to stay present.”
The Practice: Yoga with Avery
Iyengar yoga provides vigorous and challenging, yet adaptive and supportive practice to make transformative yoga sadhana accessible to all bodies.
We’ll use props and inspired sequencing responsive to your needs both in active, dynamic asana and deeply restorative relaxation poses and breathwork.
We’ll unpack the Yoga Sutras through a queer lens and invite your wisdom to the circle as we weave new, inspiring possibilites into existence.
My decades-long background in yoga has been focused on functional anatomy, stability, and alignment. I am a rigorous teacher, but also compassionate and nurturing.
Skillful at helping those with a range of motion challenges, I understand how to work intelligently and safely to open up, while also helping folks with hypermobile bodies to adjust their practice to find stability.
Explore structural reorganization and right relationship in your joints, rebuild the neutral curves and fluid movement of the spine, and explore integrative core and pelvic floor health. This will globally decompress the body, allowing for supple autonomous movement, inner body length, and nervous system regulation. This physical foundation allows for mental, emotional, and energetic alignment and profound spiritual connection.
Dive deep through strong, dynamic work, and deep release that takes you beyond the known – in ways that are truly beneficial for your body, and every other layer of your being.
Asana, pranayama, and philosophy become much more meaningful through an anti-oppression lens. We will explore the full system of yoga in a way that uplifts our values around social change and collective healing, that integrates our physical practice with the rest of our lives.
Juicy, playful embodied spirituality is a conduit for inner and collective transformation!
If you’re a queer yoga teacher, this is an amazing opportunity to not only deepen your skillset but also experience a whole new level of affirming, inspiring, empowering practice. It will open new doors of possibility in yourself and your teaching. (Plus, it provides CEUs and it’s probably a tax deductible trip!)
This retreat is for you.
It’s for you in the fullest sense of your full on, fluid, brave, tender, work-in-progress, politically rad, weirdo, queer self.
And – you will be in such good company.
A big part of any Retreat is the people on the journey with you.
The connections we make through affirming community allow us to discover a deeper sense of wholeness and self love.
LGBTQIA+ folks are often on the front line, working for social change and helping others heal. You know self care and community care are interconnected, that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
When we’re relaxed and connected to others, it’s a gift that flows in all directions.
This Retreat is specially designed to create an inclusive, warm, welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ from diverse social locations. We gather for practice, play, healing pleasure and radical rest as a sacred way to deeply replenish, connect us to our purpose, and thus nourish collective change.
“I leapt into Avery’s Retreat without having studied with them or knowing Iyengar yoga. I arrived ready to embrace the unknown, honor and connect with the land and its species, disrupt old and create new patterns in my body and mind, and reimagine what it means to be in community with strangers (many who organically became friends).
The energy, foods, and experiences that were shared among the group were life supporting, affirming, and playful.
Avery’s ability to facilitate care in a yoga space allowed for potent conversations, a foundation for transformative healing that I will revere and reference throughout my life, and a sense alignment with and curiosity about my deepest truths.
The metaphor for myself experiencing the retreat is an onion—spicy, strong, sweet, complex, textured, grounding, layered, dense. Supported by the land, Avery’s mindful awareness, and the community they brought together, invoked feelings of caramelization—a sense of spreading, softening, warming, and sweetness pulsing through my senses and spirit. Simultaneously, I felt sliced open—weeping and peeling back old layers and patterns in mind, movement, consciousness and unconsciousness. As a kid, I despised onions, and now they are among my most treasured foods. Onions, to me, represent change, evolution, intersection, and opening, and they also pair wonderfully with other things.
This retreat and symbolism is a reminder that I can always welcome new space to expand, express and seek liberation, and often most radically among the collective. I feel ready to build off this foundation in relation to myself, my chosen and ancestral families, and in service to the community.”
Meet your Retreat Organizer and Teacher:
Avery Kalapa (they, them)
Hi! I’m Avery, and I have a major crush on life. I’m a community weaver, queer and trans wellness advocate, and CIYT, eRYT500, YACEP, BFA and committed yoga teacher with over 20 years experience.
I love creating space for impactful healing transformation for queers, outsiders, change makers, and beloved community too often left out of mainstream yoga. Well loved for my somatic precision, rigor, enthusiasm, accessibility, commitment to justice oriented spirituality, and depth of technique, my teaching reflects my reverence and gratitude for the profound lineage and practice of Iyengar Yoga.
You can learn more about me here.
Thanks for considering joining us!
Meet our Guest Facilitator:
Tiger Rahman (they/he)
is a Black, queer, transmasculine yoga and astrology practitioner, and a full-time organizational strategist, researcher and analyst with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning from George Washington University.
To Tiger, organizations and groups are the cornerstone of human social life, and self-leadership is what guides our action. Their project “Live Your Own Life” is a call for all individuals to set aside the ways of thinking we’ve adopted without critical analysis and go deeper to rediscover our power, purpose, and infinite potential for contribution.
Tiger facilitates this through heartful reflection, contemplation of yogic philosophy, and continuous self study. Tiger completed his 200 hour YTT in St Louis with Yoga Pipeline and now serves on their board and guest faculty. Tiger completed their 300 hour YTT with Susanna Barkataki, and in 2021 was fortunate to join the Ignite team in mentoring BIPOC students in her 300 hour program.
Meet our Guest Facilitator:
Farah Nousheen (she/her)
Farah currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the original lands of the Pueblo, Diné, Jicarilla Apache peoples.
She identifies as working-class, immigrant, queer South Asian Muslim, and works in multiple social and cultural realms to enact creative, educational and healing responses to rising cultural tides of racism and white supremacy. In response to 9/11, Farah co-founded the Seattle-based non-profit media-arts organization Tasveer, whose mission is to inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art, and storytelling.
After the fatal election of 2016, Farah organized to form the Yoga for People of Color Sangha that creates intentional gathering spaces with self-identified people of color for self-care, healing, empowerment, and liberation. Farah has an MA in American Studies (University of New Mexico, 2015) and 200-hour and 300-hour teaching certifications in hatha yoga.
She facilitates weekly yoga and meditation for people of color, survivors, LGTBQIA2S+ folx, and other groups. She regularly organizes gatherings and events broadly related to South Asian progressive arts culture, critical race theory in education, Pride, Palestine liberation, and spiritual healing and justice.
RETREAT DATES: Saturday March 12th - Saturday March 19th, 2022Here's all the juicy details:
- 7 nights, 8 days stay at Blue Osa. Luxurious, beautiful open air accomodation with ocean views!
- 3 meals together daily. Mostly plant based, with eggs and a few other animal protein options offered
- Daily yoga, meditation, pranayama
- Welcome night Happy Hour party
- Guided walk with birdwatching
- Ample time to rest, nap, swim, explore
- $50 spa credit for each Guest!
- Transport to and from Puerto Jimenez Airport
- 10% Costa Rica hotel tax and processing fees
- A special Bedtime Partner Yoga ritual
- Journaling, magic, queer philosophy and facilitated group connection
- Open practice sessions for massage trades, freeform movement, self practice
- Dance party on the deck!
- Optional Gender-expansive Body-Love Naked Ocean Bathing Ritual
- Affinity gatherings for BIPOC, femmes, Trans + Nonbinary folks
- Not included
- Airfare to Costa Rica
- Airfare between San Jose and Puerto Jimenez
- Lodging in San Jose if needed before/ after Retreat
- Air conditioning – we’re off the grid! Embrace nature 🙂
- Spa treatments
- Extra Excursions, Tours
- Gratuities for the staff
- Alcoholic and specialty drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Covid related requirements for re-entry
In the spirit of community care and respect for the people and lands we will be visiting, all Retreat participants must be current with Covid 19 vaccination.
Online registration is closed. But it’s not too late to join us! Email Avery to connect.
Double Occupancy per person $2350
Triple Occupancy per person $2200
Choose to have your own big bed, or to share a bed with a sweetie or close friend. Coming alone? We’ll find you the best roommate possible. Each room is spacious, beautifully furnished has a private bath.
Contact Avery about single or quadruple occupancy.
Discounts and Deals!
Trans and or BIPOC discount! Save $100
Use coupon code at check out: IAMLOVED
Once 12 folks sign up, 2 50% off Scholarships and 1 Full Scholarship becomes available for QTBIPOC friends!
**This Retreat is a dedicated space for people who identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, nonbinary, intersex, asexual, and or queer.
Travel Insurance is highly recomended.
Covid vaccines required.
Because of Covid, this retreat is not recommended for immune compromised folks.
Be sure your passport is current. US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, you must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.
Learn more about Blue Osa:
They have a great FAQ www.blueosa.com/faq
How to get there? See this section of the Blue Osa website.
Your rides between Puerto Jimenez and Blue Osa are included in the Retreat cost.
Booking flights in Costa Rica: Contact Blue Osa’s Team at Blue Osa Travels, BlueOsaTravels@Gmail.com to get exclusive rates with Sansa Air free of charge. Check out their helpful Q&A about travel to Blue Osa.
In the unlikely event that we must cancel due to natural disaster, illness, border closures due to Covid etc, we cannot guarantee a refund – however, we will reschedule the retreat! If we cancel due to not enough signs ups, we will offer a full refund. If you must cancel due to unforeseen illness, etc, we cannot provide a refund. As soon as a deposit is made, these funds are used to secure travel, housing, meals, supervision and other expenses to arrange the trip for you, and in turn secure the livelihood of the staff and community at Blue Osa. They are excited to welcome our group!