FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Song of the Sea?

The Song of the Sea, Shirat HaYam, or Mi Chamocha, is a poem that appears in the Book of Exodus of the Hebrew Bible. The Song of the Sea was sung by the Israelites after their crossing the Red Sea. The poem is included in Jewish prayer books, and recited daily in the morning shacharit services (the dawning prayer). 

What is Danyasa Eco-Retreat? 

Danyasa is an ecologically friendly retreat space and a sanctuary for exploration and transformation through yoga, surf, play, movement, healing arts, relaxation, adventure, community and a connection to nature. Danyasa provides top notch teacher trainings, workshops, private sessions, classes, tours and events in Costa Rica! To explore myriad ways to better ourselves… giving us more tools to move through the world, living artfully.

Who is this retreat for? 

This retreat is for people of all genders and ages. No dance/movement experience is necessary. Though rooted in Jewish practice, ritual, and the Passover story, people of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to join. In the spirit of Miriam's circle dance, we welcome diversity of background, experience, age, gender and faith. All voices and perspectives are essential. 

 

Do I need dance/movement experience to participate? 

NO. Dance/movement experience is not necessary. All of the movement journeys will encourage deep listening and moving from within. 

 

How much physical activity will there be? 

Daily dance/movement journeys will be offered daily. Because we will be exploring movement generated from within, from the body's wisdom, there is full permission to take care of oneself during each session. Excursions (hiking, etc. will be optional). Choose your own adventure! 

What is the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute? 

Kohenet celebrates the sacred in the body, the earth, and the cosmos, holding the world to be an embodiment of Shekhinah— divine presence. Kohenet reclaims the traditions of women, from the priestesses and prophetesses of biblical antiquity to healers, dreamers, and seekers throughout Jewish tradition. Kohenet reclaims the centrality of ritual as a transformative force in Jewish and human life, viewing spiritual leadership as the act of holding sacred space, time, and soul. Kohenet honors the ways in which divinity appears to us in female form: through our traditions, imaginations, prayers, dreams, ancestors, and role models. Kohenet is creating a paradigm of earth-based, embodied, feminist, Judaism. http://www.kohenet.com/mission/

Will I have free time? 

Yes, there will be 2-3 hours of free time daily to rest, explore and integrate. 

 

What will the weather be like?

April is considered "high season" or summer in Costa Rica. The weather is pretty reliable in April, consistently dry, mostly sunny with an occasional rain shower in the afternoon.  It can get very hot, so dress for the tropics (lightweight clothing and fabrics are best).

 

What time zone is Danyasa in?

Costa Rica does not observe Daylight Savings Time. This means that during Daylight Savings time, Costa Rica is on Central Time (CT) and otherwise, Mountain Time (MT). In April 2019, Costa Rica will be on Mountain Time (MT). 

What airport should I fly into? 

The closest airport to Danyasa is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

How do I get to Dominical from the airport?

Getting to Danyasa Eco-Retreat is easy. Here are a few options: 

CAR RENTAL: if renting a car, allow 3 hours to arrive in Dominical from the airport in San Jose. We do highly recommend renting a GPS with your vehicle, as most streets in Costa Rica do not have signs or even names!

SHARED SHUTTLES: Shared shuttles provide another option for getting to Danyasa. Sit back and watch the scenery and leave the driving to the pros. Shared ride shuttles usually leave from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and generally cost around $55 each way. The shuttles take about 3 hours.  We can assist in arranging shared shuttles for you. 

PRIVATE SHUTTLES: Private shuttles from San Jose airport or the city run $170 and take about 3 hours. We can also assist in arranging shared shuttles for you. 

DOMESTIC AIRLINES: There are domestic flights however, the nearest airport to Danyasa is currently closed so we don't recommend traveling by plane. 

BUS: Public buses can take you from downtown San Jose right to our doorstep. The buses leave from the TRACOPA bus terminal, and the bus line is called Delio Morales. You will have to buy a ticket to Uvita, but you can get off anywhere. There are two buses each day. Each bus stops briefly at Orotina and Quepos before arriving at Dominical. The buses leave at 6am and 3pm and take about 5 hours to get to Dominical.

Is transportation included? 

No, transportation is not included in the retreat cost.

Are meals included?

Yes, meals are included in the retreat cost. 

 

What's special about Dominical?

The quaint beach town of Dominical lies on the northern border of the Osa Peninsula, considered the most bio-diverse place on Earth by the National Geographic Society and the United Nations. Dominical and the surrounding areas boast world class surf, lush jungled covered mountains that soar from the sea, an abundance of exciting adventure opportunities and a host of spectacular natural attractions ranging from waterfalls to sea caves to hidden beaches and more!

 

Are there supermarkets, banks, and shops accessible? 

Yes, there is an organic market, numerous groceries, fruit stands and a variety of restaurants all within easy walking distance. There are also a number of other amenities in Dominical, such as banks, pharmacies and supermarkets. Most everything you need can be easily gotten in just a quick walk from Danyasa.

 

Where do the movement classes and workshops happen?

The internationally renown open air Bamboo Yoga Play studio represents the heart and soul of Danyasa Eco-Retreat. With beauitful bamboo floors, a state of the art sound system and world class teachers in yoga, dance and other movement modalities, we take great pride in offering a top notch experience for our guests. Costa Rica Journeys rated Bamboo Yoga Play the #2 of the top 10 places to do yoga and retreats in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Yoga Retreats ranked us #3 of the top 10 retreats and calls us “one of the best destinations” in Costa Rica. More than a few people, including teachers, have told us that Bamboo Yoga Play is the most beautiful studio they have practiced or taught in.

 

Is the tap water ok to drink?

Yes, the water at Danyasa comes from the municipal water supply and is treated and good to drink, but we also offer free filtered water for our guests as well.

 

Is there internet?

Yes, Danyasa offers free high speed Wifi throughout it's facilities. 

 

What is the policy on smoking?

No, all rooms and the entire facility are a non-smoking enviroment.  Please don’t smoke anywhere on the Danyasa grounds.

 

Please contact us with any additional questions at songofthesearetreat@gmail.com

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud became greater than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin

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