Nectar of the Heart Retreat 2020

Madhuvan Ashram,

Belen de Nosarita, Costa Rica

Join meditation teacher and energetic healer, Devi Spring (Rasa-keli Devi Dasi) and the Madhuvan monastics for this wonderful 6-day all-inclusive

spiritual self-care retreat in Costa Rica!

Nectar of the Heart Retreat focuses on releasing stress and recentering you through an immersive 6 days of renewal. Clean eating, gentle yoga, guided explorations of many forms of meditation, and plenty of free time for personal reflection.

 

All activities are optional, so participants are free to mindfully shift the itinerary to their energy and interests in the moment.

 

This retreat is suitable for those of ANY level of yogic experience - including those just looking to unwind and reconnect to their peaceful heart.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact devispring@gmail.com

Detailed Itinerary

This itinerary is semi-flexible and subject to non-essential changes such as which exact day an excursion or workshop takes place. Any blocks of time that are not specifically scheduled are free to do as you please.

All activities are included but optional.

 You may spontaneously tailor your experience to suit your energy and interests in the moment.

Day 1 - March 14

Arrive at (LIR - Liberia) Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport.

Madhuvan shuttle greets you at arrivals exit and transports you to the ashram.

Orientation and Grounds Tour

5pm Meet-and-Greet w/ Opening Meditation & Intention Setting Ritual

6pm-7:30pm Evening aarti, kirtan, and bhakti yoga class w/ Madhuvan monastics 

7:30pm Dinner

8:30pm onwards, free

Day 2 - March 15

6am Morning aarti, kirtan, and short devotional reading w/ monastics

7am Silent Meditation and Reflection

8am Breakfast

10-11:30am Gentle yoga, mindful movement, and meditation class

12:30pm Lunch

3pm-5pm Mantras for Spiritual Self-Care and Stress-Reduction workshop

6pm Evening aarti, kirtan, and bhakti yoga discourse w/ monastics

7:30pm Dinner

Day 3 - March 16

6am Morning aarti, kirtan, and short devotional reading w/ monastics

7am Silent Meditation and Reflection

8am Breakfast

9:30-10:30am Gentle yoga, mindful movement, and meditation class

11am-2pm Excursion to Belen Waterfall

3pm-5pm Meditation for Busy Lives workshop

6pm Evening aarti, kirtan, and bhakti yoga discourse w/ monastics

7:30pm Dinner

Day 4 - March 17

6am Morning aarti, kirtan, and short devotional reading w/ monastics

7am Silent Meditation and Reflection

8am Breakfast

9:30-10:30am Gentle yoga, mindful movement, and meditation class

11am-5pm Day Trip to Playa Samara

Lunch not included during the excursion. Please bring enough to cover any food, snacks, or souvenirs you may wish to purchase while exploring the beach and local town.

6pm Evening aarti, kirtan, and bhakti yoga discourse w/ monastics

7:30pm Dinner

Day 5 - March 18

6am Morning aarti, kirtan, and short devotional reading w/ monastics

7am Silent Meditation and Reflection

8am Breakfast

9:30-11am Gentle yoga, mindful movement, and meditation class.

12:30pm Lunch 

3-5pm Closing Meditation & Ritual of Returning Intent

6pm Evening aarti, kirtan, and bhakti yoga discourse w/ monastics

7:30-8:30pm Dinner

8:30-9pm Parting Intentions

Day 6 - March 19

6am Morning aarti, kirtan, and short devotional reading w/ monastics

7am Silent Meditation and Reflection

8am Breakfast

Depart in shuttle to LIR airport.

About Madhuvan Ashram:

Madhuvan Ashram is located on 150 acres of a dry jungle mountain in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. More specifically it’s halfway between the beach town of Sámara and the inland town Nicoya, 40 mins in both directions. 



 

The infrastructure of Madhuvan is rustic and the natural setting is in the world, but not of it, and so in a sense out of this world. The sun rises around 6 am and sets around 6 pm all year and the average temperature is 86˚ F/30˚C. The wet season starts in May and goes through November, the two last months being the most intense, whereas the first five are lighter in rain. There are howler monkeys, pizotes, armadillos, iguanas, and other beautiful and exotic native wildlife co-existing with us. For people who are new to the tropics, we recommend bringing bug repellent. In addition to the wildlife, we also have our own herd of cows that live thoroughly protected lives with us.

We have a daily routine of kirtan programs in the temple twice a day, at 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. Retreat guests are welcome to join these programs and just as free not to join. Other than the temple activities, guests can also participate in seva (selfless community service) around the grounds, such as gardening, harvesting fruits and vegetables for meals, milking the cows, processing milk, etc. Most are pleasantly surprised at how meditative and calming these types of activities can be!

 

Depending on who is here, the ashram residents can provide additional activities such as Reiki healing, making coconut oil, and vegetarian cooking classes at a modest add-on fee.

 



On the property are a couple of hiking trails and in the wet season, we have our own waterfall going into a man-made pond called Dauji Kunda.



 

As we are an ashram we ask that no meat, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes be consumed on the property, to keep the sanctity the place.

 Please also refrain from wearing mini-shorts or bathing suit-type attire, unless you are swimming in our lake, or at one of the excursions in which case it is of course appropriate.

 

The nearest international airport is Liberia (Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport - LIR). A shuttle minibus can be arranged from there and the ride is about two hours. The last stretch up to the ashram requires a 4x4 vehicle, so the staff will pick the guests up from the bottom of the road.



 

Things to be aware of:



*It's not a luxurious or fancy place. We are an ashram, live very simply and close to the earth, and follow the Indian traditions including that of eating sitting on the floor. We have some chairs for whoever likes to sit on a chair, but no tables are available.

 

*If there are unexpected problems, like a broken water-heater, it may take time to solve, as we are in the middle of the jungle, everything is off-grid, and we have many daily tasks to keep the ashram running. Please be understanding.

 

*We also have our own electricity and water-system, that requires us to be considerate of how much power and water we use. Kindly be aware of this.

 

*Keep in mind that you may wish to purchase your own travel insurance when you stay here. Madhuvan Ashram is not liable to cover costs for possible hospital visits if any injury or other accident occurs during your visit here.

We made a short video to introduce and welcome you to Madhuvan Ashram - please feel free to view it, and visit our website for further information about our temple, bhakti yoga, and our herd of cows!

MADHUVAN ASHRAM WEBSITE

Accommodations - Shared Guest Cabins

There are five guest cabins with a ceiling fan, and two beds each.

 

Each cabin has free WiFi and a bathroom with shower and hot water. There is an open closet and baggage storage area in each cabin as well.

 

The guest cabins are a hilly 10-minute walk from the main area where the temple room, dining hall, and kitchen area. 

 

The water from our wellspring is fresh and safe to drink!

 



There is a building 15 minutes further walk from the main area with room for a yoga instructor and 8 students to practice comfortably. This is in case of rain. In the dry season, there is plenty of outdoor space.



Our eco-friendly, off-grid electricity and water-systems require us to be considerate of how much power and water we use. Kindly be aware of this.

We provide metal vessels for cleaning after using the toilet, as is the traditional Indian style of hygiene. Guests are welcome to bring wipes or toilet paper if they prefer, but these MUST NOT BE FLUSHED. Feminine hygiene products of any kind likewise MUST NOT BE FLUSHED. The garbage cans provided in each bathroom are to be used for disposing of all sanitary tissues and products.

Vegetarian* Sattvic Meals

During retreats, the monastic staff will cook and serve three vegetarian* sattvic (pure, clean) meals per day.

Breakfast usually consists of freshly harvested fruits, yogurt and milk from our cows, and some baked goods.
Lunch and dinner is generally rice (or other grain), with several vegetable sabji (curry stews), and other various sides such as samosa, puri, chapati, etc.

 

Most of the fruits, vegetables, and spices we cook with at Madhuvan are grown organically on site! If guests wish, they may help with food harvest &/or meal prep seva.

 

All dairy used in our dishes comes from our own herd of protected (and pampered) cows.

 

All of our food is cooked according to temple standards, and offered to our deities before being served, making it prasad - blessed and auspicious!

Our food is served on stainless steel platters, or on natural banana leaf. We follow the traditional Indian style of sitting on the ground, though we do have some chairs available for those who may prefer to be seated. However, we do not have tables, so guests in chairs will need to still eat directly from their plate.

The main kitchen is for the temple staff only, but guests are welcome to use the fridge and stove in the secondary kitchen by the dining hall.

*Vegan meals can be accommodated if we are informed in advance.

RETREAT FACILITATOR - Devi Spring (Rasa-keli Devi Dasi)

"I am so thrilled and humbled to be the leading the Nectar of the Heart Retreat!

Madhuvan Ashram is one of the most beautiful and nurturing environments that I have been blessed to visit. My first trip was during a particularly low moment in life when I was feeling disillusioned and directionless. Having the opportunity to re-collect and refocus my energies through the ashram's simple-living and high-thinking philosophy, while being cradled in the healing womb of Mother Nature, was tremendously transformative.

 

The monastics of Sri Caitanya Sangha are some of the most warm, generous, and hard-working people I've ever met. They fully embody the heart-centred practice of bhakti yoga, and effortlessly inspire all they meet to likewise live for love. I couldn't help but walk away from there a new person! I can't wait to share that all-pervading energy of spiritual love, devotion, and healing with all of you! 

This all-inclusive retreat has something for everyone at any level of experience with yoga and meditation - just as I always dreamed it. As someone with physical limitations that make hatha yoga classes difficult, I always struggled with feeling unsuited to most spiritual retreats. All yoga, movement, and meditation classes will be very gentle and relaxing, and such that anyone can participate.

Please join me in the tropical paradise of Belen de Nosarita, at an authentic ashram for 6 blissful days of indulgent introspection, expertly prepared sattvic meals, gentle classes in mindful movement, celebratory excursions into the local natural delights, and spiritual-living workshops that will aim to provide you with tools and inspiration for cultivating or deepening your existing at-home practice.

 

This is sure to be a priceless journey back to your heart!"

Devi Spring (Rasa-keli Devi Dasi) has been providing energetic healing, and spiritual wellness and self-care coaching in Toronto since 2000.She holds a Religious Studies BA, is an initiate in the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math lineage of bhakti yoga under her guru Swami B.V. Tripurari, and has formally taken several lay Buddhist vows in 2005 at Tengye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. 

Devi received her Meditation Teacher Training at Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science, in Rishikesh, Uttrakhand, India. The healing power of meditation, in its varied forms, is something she is particularly passionate about, and she frequently advocates for clients to adopt a mindfulness practice as a way to bring greater harmony to their mind and body. Her intense interest in the transformational power of Sanskrit mantra, and her lifelong talent as a vocal performer, has led her to study vocal sound healing and OM tuning fork healing methodology through the Colour of Sound Institute. 

A Usui Reiki Master-Teacher lineage holder, she is also certified in other subtle complementary modalities such as vibrational aromatherapy, flower and gem essences, chakra reflexology, and crystal healing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact devispring@gmail.com

​© 2016 by Devi Spring & Prana Devi Healing Arts

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