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5-Day SUP Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurvedic Cooking in Costa Rica

  • Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (map)
 Take your Yoga to the water! FLOATING SAVASANA on the Rio Baru in Dominical, Costa Rica. Pure Heaven, Pura Vida!

Take your Yoga to the water! FLOATING SAVASANA on the Rio Baru in Dominical, Costa Rica. Pure Heaven, Pura Vida!

Presented by: Heidi Michelle, Victoria Hughes and Matea Zajec


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Catch the wave! Yoga Teachers, take your yoga practice to the water.

Spend 5 days on the warm waters of Southern Costa Rica’s oceans and rivers on a Stand Up Paddle Board. Retreat with us at Villa Diosas and learn how to teach SUP Yoga with confidence and bliss.

YOGA TEACHERS: SUP Yoga's popularity is fast-growing and in demand. Expand your repertoire of offerings with this playful and adventurous water practice.

I had such a blast and felt so well cared for by Heidi Michelle. The course was very well-rounded, offering the necessary basics as well as challenging us to think on our feet, knowing that we will have to deal with the ebbs and flows of this practice and the continuously changing world around us. This was an experience I will cherish and remember for a lifetime!
— Krystle Sarkissian, Yoga and SUP Yoga Teacher

Training Includes: Round-trip airport ground transport (SJO), 4 nights lodging at Villa Diosas,, Stand-Up Stand-Up Paddle Board rental, DragonFLYoga Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga Teacher Training, 2 Ayurvedic Cooking Classes, evening Ceremony/Workshops with Guest Teachers, DragonFLYoga's Practitioners Manual and a celebratory departure breakfast on our final morning.

Maximum Capacity: 8 Participants

Double Occupancy at Villa Diosas $1,245.00

Non-Residents $775.00 with your own accommodations. We recommend Selina Hostel or Hostel Plinio or any hotel/hostel close to Gaia Hotel in Manuel Antonio. If staying off-site, you will be responsible for your transportation for meet-ups. Taxis and buses are available and very reasonable.

Training Does Not Include: Airfare and additional meals. (Sufficient time will be given for meals at local restaurants and/or local grocery purchases and preparation in the Villa's well-appointed kitchen)


DragonFLYoga's Level I Stand-Up Paddle Board Training will teach you the fundamentals of practicing and teaching yoga on a Stand-Up Paddle Board in multiple water locations. We will practice daily on the warm rivers and oceans of Costa Rica, enjoy Costa Rica's wilderness, healthy eating, epic sunsets, exquisite beaches and fellow yogis. You will learn the basics of handling and care of Stand-Up Paddle Boards, in addition to SUP Yoga asana and sequencing. Optional Teacher Training Certification gives you the opportunity to practice teach with a built-in audience. Learn to practice safely, play adventurously and, if you choose, pay it forward by effectively teaching to your yoga students back home!

YOGA TEACHERS: This is a demanding course. In these 5 days of training with an exceptional team of teachers and peers, you will explore techniques and practice teaching on and off the healing waters of Costa Rica. 

  • Paddle Board Basics - paddling, handling, transport and care
  • Water Safety - entering and exiting the ocean, emergency procedures, etc.
  • Land-Based Practices - warming up and preparation
  • Ocean Practicums
  • River Practicums
  • Pool Practicums
  • Intelligent SUP Yoga Sequencing
  • Power/Hatha Yoga on a SUP
  • Therapeutic Yoga on a SUP
  • The Business of SUP Yoga
  • BONUS 2 Ayurvedic Cooking Classes with Matea Zajec of Hari Om Yoga and Girl in the Raw!!!

 Partner Yoga on a SUP! Heidi Michelle on the Rio Baru in Dominical, Costa Rica

Partner Yoga on a SUP! Heidi Michelle on the Rio Baru in Dominical, Costa Rica

Meet your teachers!

 Heidi Michelle

Heidi Michelle

About Heidi Michelle

As a personal development and awareness facilitator from 1995 to 2002, Heidi’s passion for empowering people emerged. She has been guiding, teaching, and leading, in one form or another, ever since.

In 1998, Heidi Michelle first stepped onto a yoga mat and has been teaching yoga since 2008. Initially inspired by Kundalini yoga, she soon discovered Baron Baptiste and Power yoga. Heidi’s teachers include Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea and Anand Mehrotra. She studied extensively with Elysabeth Williamson, creator of Principle-Based Partner Yoga, and has been teaching Partner Yoga since 2009.

The addition of Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga to her personal practices and teachings has been an extreme delight! Offering retreats, workshops and trainings in the United States, India, Mexico and Costa Rica, her yogic teachings feature a dharma-rich, gently demanding practices with an emphasis on yoga as a practice ground for life.

 Victoria Hughes

Victoria Hughes

About Victoria Hughes

The first day I floated onto the river for a SUP Yoga class, I had tears. I was overwhelmed by a magical aspect of nature I hadn’t chosen to see before. I felt completely encased and supported by all of the elements, all at once. As I found balance on the board, I noticed the elements within found balance. It was very powerful.
— Victoria Hughes

With 35 years experience with conscious energy work, 20 years experience with clinical health education teaching and spiritual guidance, and 16 years practicing yoga, Victoria holds a sacred, safe and loving space for the expression of your highest self to flow.                                                                  
In 1980, at the age of 10, Victoria bowed into her first martial arts studio and her conscious relationship with energy, mind and body began. Today, her diverse teachings include Hatha, Ashtanga, Raja, Bhakti, Kundalini, White Tantra and Transformational Healing Yoga and she is a Certified SUP Yoga Instructor living in Costa Rica.

Victoria’s science degree and nursing career specialty in intensive care gave her a strong background in patho-physiology which she applies as an intuitive healer to guide the cellular and energetic process. Inspired to live a magical, conscious, natural and chemical free life, Victoria is of service to empower and educate others on a healing path.

Victoria Hughes; RN, BSN, Reiki Master Teacher, Mystery School Adept, Yoga Instructor
Founder of Element Reiki & Yogaand Certified SUP Yoga Teacher.


 Matea Zajec

Matea Zajec

About Matea Zajec

Enjoy 2 evenings of Ayurvedic Cooking Classes with Matea Zajec of Hari Om Yoga and Girl in the Raw!!!

Matea Zajec of Hari Om Yoga and Ayurveda found yoga in her native country of Croatia during her teen years, and her love for the practice sparked immediately.

Growing up with an Ayurvedic therapist and a healer mother, she gained access to healing arts and practices very early on. She took the first initiation in Reiki at age 16 and began practicing yoga and assisting her mother in Ayurvedic treatments soon thereafter.

Today, she is a Reiki Master and Karuna Reiki Ist level practitioner, uses a variety of modalities in her one-on-one work, sound healing with Tibetan singing bowls, aerial yoga and traditional hatha/vinyasa style yoga. 

Matea holds a BA in Eastern Religions. Her love for travel and cultural immersion has taken her to India, Belgium, Colombia, Miami, and San Francisco for pilgrimage and study, earning certifications along the way. She holds two 200-hour Yoga Alliance certifications, in Vinyasa and Alignment-based Hatha (Anusara), a SUP Yoga Teaching Certification through DragonFLYoga and is an Aerial Yoga Instructor. She blogs about yoga, wellness, nutrition, healthy vegan and raw food recipes and her passion for running at Girl in The Raw

Matea continues to travel and teach in Florida, Costa Rica and Mexico, currently residing in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

About Villa Diosas in Manuel Antonio

Villa Diosas (House of Goddesses) in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, is your own private paradise. Purchased and renovated by 2 adventurous yogis in 2016, the villa offers a private, luxurious setting for your enjoyment, relaxation and rejuvination.

The Penthouse Villa features 2 master suites with queen-size beds and ensuite bathrooms, kitchen, grand room and living space, large wrap-around veranda and lounge-worthy swimming pool.

All sumptuously appointed and surrounded by jungle, yet a short distance from stores, restaurants and boutique shops. Villa Diosas is a 10 minute drive to one of Costa Rica’s most stunning beaches with world-renowned surf, 15 minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park and within 1 hour from a variety of Heidi Michelle’s favorite Costa Rican destinations.

Read more about lovely Manuel Antonio.

 Like a Bridge Over Peaceful Water!

Like a Bridge Over Peaceful Water!

Registration Details:




$500 Deposit due to reserve space. Full payment due January 5, 2018

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ARRIVAL: Please land at San Jose International Airport (SJO) on arrival day no later than 1:00pm to clear customs and meet the 3:00pm shuttle.

DEPARTURE: The shuttle to SJO will depart Villa Diosas at 11:00am on the final day of your retreat. Make your departing flight on departure day no earlier than 5:00pm.

Essentials for Happy Jungle People (Packing List):

• Light clothes for humid climates
• Insect repellent (if you are prone to insect bites, Deet/Off is recommended)
• Sunglasses
• Hiking/walking shoes
• ONLY biodegradable soaps, shampoos, etc.
• Organic Sunscreen (we recommend Garden Goddess)
• Sun Hat
• Books, music, crafts, art projects or any other items that you love to fill your days with
• Journal/Diary
• Bathing suit/clothes for water (Bathing suit/swimming clothes (this can include long pants or shorts)
• Rash guard/long sleeve water shirts
• Non-disposable water bottle (Metal recommended. Please no disposable plastic bottles or bags)
• Optional: Water shoes (5 fingers recommended)
U.S. Dollars accepted in Costa Rica. PLEASE LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME

 We look forward to sharing this adventure with you!

We look forward to sharing this adventure with you!

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