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Awake Minds: Yoga + Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica

Awake Minds: Yoga + Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica

Living Life Awake, Nourished, and Fulfilled

with Meghan Dutton, Awake Minds, Jessica Gumkowski, Yogitriathlete, and Valerie Griffiths, Breathing Barn Yoga + Healing Center

April 4-11, 2020

CONTACT: Meghan Dutton

Wake up and recalibrate on this transformational retreat in one of the world’s Blue Zones. Blue Spirit is located in Nosara, Costa Rica, a world-class surf destination where the ocean meets the jungle. Bring your partner, family, or travel on your own and gain life-long friendships. Absorb a balance of personal retreat time & connection within a like-minded community. Scroll down to read more about the retreat and accommodation options.




  • Two guided meditation practices per day (morning and evening)

  • Two yoga classes per day (morning and evening)

  • Daily wisdom from Yogic Philosophy and access to your retreat teachers

  • Impeccable accommodations, from Superior Ocean View Rooms to Enchanting Platform tents

  • Three meals per day featuring a gourmet vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian buffet bar

  • Cacao Ceremony with Beach Bonfire

  • Wireless Internet

  • Salt Water Infinity Pool

  • Access to Blue Spirit Amenities

  • Roommate pairing assistance per request and based on availability

(booked directly with Blue Spirit)


  • Additional night accommodations outside of retreat

  • Transportation to and from airport – resort does offer shuttle.

  • Airfare to and from Costa Rica


One of the unique offerings that your Awake Minds retreat includes is that Valerie, Jess and Meghan all study under the same Yoga and Meditation mentors. Although, delivered through the authenticity of each teacher, this retreat offers consistent messaging in the physical practice of yoga and within the stillness of your daily meditation practices resulting in powerful transformation. Get to know your teachers a bit more by connecting with them prior to the retreat. Read through their websites, below and connect with them via social media.

Valerie Griffiths, Breathing Barn Yoga
Valerie is a Vinyasa yoga instructor at Newport Power Yoga and owner of The Breathing Barn yoga studio in Portsmouth, RI. A yoga enthusiast for twenty years, Valerie completed over five hundred training hours through Live Love Teach in 2014 and has been teaching ever since. She is certified to lead Intro to Gongs for meditation and healing and guides Yoga Nidra practices and meditation. She leads individuals and groups in matching their breath to movement and developing consciousness. Valerie is a believer in showing up for each session with no expectation, meeting and welcoming yourself exactly as you are in that moment. Her mantra is, “Each one of us is so much more than our thoughts,” a saying that guides her practice. She believes that in stillness and quiet, we find our true selves. We are here to learn the beauty and love within each of us and share it with the collective. Valerie is a passionate vegan who loves bold flavors, and she is motivated by compassion and kindness.  

Jess Gumkowski, YogiTriathlete
Jess is Head Yogi at YogiTriathlete, a holistic performance coaching company on a mission to create a better world. She is a well-respected meditation and mindfulness coach within the endurance and ultra-endurance sports community. She is a long-time endurance athlete, ultrarunner and multi-time Ironman triathlete. She is a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, 500-hour Live, Love, Teach yoga instructor, speaker and podcast host of the popular YogiTriathlete podcast.

Jess is the author of the YogiTriathlete Cookbook: High Vibe Recipes for the Athlete Appetite and High Vibe Pie: Pizza Night Finally Done Right. She has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, Elephant Journal, Massage Magazine, and TriZone, as well as many blogs and podcasts for her expertise in holistic health and nutrition.

Meghan Dutton, Awake Minds
Meghan has practiced meditation and yoga for the past 15 years and is a certified meditation coach and yoga instructor with Mindful Schools and Live, Love, Teach. She has been implementing mindfulness and yoga in schools and studios throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island and has led and mentored retreats in various schools, at Newburyport's Insight Meditation Center, and with iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness in Education) and Harvard University. Her experience has also led her to start Awake Minds, a business that was created to support people in living fulfilled, balanced, and meaningful lives through the tools of meditation and yoga. Awake Minds was highlighted in The Boston Globe in January, 2019.


  • Check-in is at 4pm on the first day listed. Check-out time is at 10am on the last day listed.


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