Mar 20-26, 2016 | Shamanism & Yoga: Kindred Spirits in the Sacredness of Nature Goddess Retreat with Joyce St. Germaine & Cynthia Griffin

Mar 20-26, 2016 | Shamanism & Yoga: KindredSpirits in the Sacredness of Nature Goddess Retreat
with Joyce St. Germaine & Cynthia Griffin

Explore the perfect fusion of Yoga and Shamanism. Join us for a Women's Vernal Equinox Retreat to celebrate the energy of the jungle. Shamanism and yoga have much in common and this kinship is just waiting to be explored, especially during this seasonal time of balance. Both practices draw inspiration from nature and help to bring one closer to the energies of the universe. This unique and lovingly developed retreat is designed to explore the "kindredness" of these two disciplines. Together they invite you to rediscover who you truly are in Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Every place has an energy of its own and a special vibration which sets it apart from all else, and at the same time, which connects it to everything else. Costa Rica is known to possess a high vibrational energy that entices and invites people to explore and embrace. This unique land, the elements, and the wildlife are inviting us to connect on a deep level as we enjoy becoming a part of the energetic fabric of this special area, The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, an eco-friendly paradise, high in the jungle, nestled between two beautiful rivers.

For more info and to register contact Joyce: or (860) 675-9706                 

Join Two Highly Experienced, Dynamic Instructors

Shamanic Practitioner, Joyce St. Germaine and Yoga Instructor, Cynthia Griffin to honor this time of perfect balance. Learn shamanic exercises, journeying, ceremony, energy healing, and effective journaling, as well as "All Levels" yoga practice including asana, pranayama, meditation, and self awareness to align the whole being. Daily sessions will be themed to invite you deeper into your personal experience. 

No shamanism experience is necessary to celebrate one's deep inner connection.  So as you understand what it means to be a part of "All that is", you will experience this connection on a unique and deeply personal level. You will learn techniques and practices that you can continue on your own when you return home. All of these activities are designed to enhance your entire experience at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, supporting your daily yoga and spiritual practices. 


The practice of Shamanism, the oldest known spiritual path, dates to between 60,000 - 100,000 years ago and spans across all cultures. It is simply a practice of connecting and working in partnership with "All that is".  Based on the premise that the same energy flows through all things, it is a natural way of reclaiming our space and aligning harmoniously with the universe. Water, air, earth, fire, plants, animals, minerals, the cosmos...everything is willing and delighted to offer their teachings with us. We will learn simple ceremonies and shamanic journeying, working with the helping spirits of nature. You will be safely guided by drumming or rattling into theta brain wave states, the same state as dreaming, to meet and work with teachers and helping spirits. 

Costa Rica has a rich history of Maya Shamanism and the ancestral spirits of the jungle are known to share these teachings with today's explorers who are eager to learn. Joyce has been working closely with both the ancestral spirits and with present day Maya Shamans to learn the most respectful ways of deepening our connections to universal energies. If you can imagine everything, seen and unseen, joyfully celebrating our arrival, you would understand how warm our welcome will be!

Retreat Price:

$1750, NOT Including Airfare, Ground Transportation, and Gratuities

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$250 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot on this amazing retreat

$750 Payment no.2 due before November 30

$750 Final Payment due before January 31


For more info and to register contact Joyce: or (860) 675-9706 

  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $250due ASAP to hold your space.
  • Payment of $750 due November 30, 2015 
  • Balance of $750 due January 31, 2016 
  • Canceling within 60 days will result in 50% forfeiture.
  • Canceling within 30 days will result in full forfeiture
  • Travel Insurance is recommended.
  • Certificate for Yoga Alliance 9 CEU's: $25  

Goddess Retreat Costa Rica Includes:

  • 7 days and 6 nights at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers (Eco-luxury double occupancy accommodations)
  • 3 gourmet organic plant-based meals every day beginning with lunch on Sunday, ending with breakfast on Saturday
  • Unlimited self-serve Costa Rican coffee, an assortment of teas, granola bars and fruits to snack on
  • 5x filtered high vibration pristine mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
  • Daily Shamanism Activities, Workshops, and Ceremonies with Joyce      
  • Daily Yoga Classes and Instruction for all Levels with Cynthia 
  • Breathtaking Yoga, Workshop, and Meditation Spaces
  • Yoga Mats, Straps, and Blocks
  • Secluded Waterfalls, Tropical Gardens, Beautiful River, Lush Forest, and Local Wildlife
  • Relaxing Hammocks, Swimming Pool 
  • Costa Rican Taxes

What's NOT Included in the retreat price? 

  • Roundtrip airfare from departing country to and from Costa Rica
  • Transportation to and from SJO to The Sanctuary at Two Rivers (recommended route is a 20 min domestic flight on Sansa or Nature Air from SJO to Tambor followed by a 40 min taxi ride)
  • Airport fees in Costa Rica and your departing country
  • Optional Spa Treatments: Massages, Acupuncture, facials, nutrition consultations
  • Optional Excursions: Zip-lining, Snorkeling, Surfing Lesson, Trips to town
  • Retreat staff gratuity ($10 per night)
  • Travel insurance, if desire

Optional Activities:

  • Private Sessions with Cynthia or Joyce
  • Zip Lining Adventure, Santa Teresa Beach Excursion, Shopping in Montezuma, and More!
  • Sanctuary Wellness Spa Services

Sample Schedule:

7:15 AM... Shamanic Ceremony
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM... Yoga for all levels
9:00 AM... Gourmet Artisan Vegan or Vegetarian Breakfast
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM... Excursion/Exploration/Relaxation or Optional Activity
2.00 PM... Gourmet Artisan Vegan or Vegetarian Lunch
3:00 - 5:00 PM... Excursion/Exploration/Relaxation or Optional Activity
5:15- 6:30 PM...Shamanism Workshop and/or Ceremony
7:00 PM... Gourmet Artisan Vegan or Vegetarian Dinner
9:00 PM...Om Out, Journaling, and Sweet Dreams

*Off-site excursions will alter the schedule.

Limited Openings...Reserve Your Space Now!!!

Please make checks payable to: Joyce St. Germaine
Mail to:  Joyce St. Germaine, 29 Davis Road, Burlington, CT 06013
Direct all questions to Joyce: or (860) 675-9706
Write "Costa Rica 2016" in the memo line of your check.
Please include your full name, address, phone number, and email address with your deposit.

What do I need to bring?

Flashlight or Headlamp
River-walking shoes with good drainage (Teva, Solomon, Keene)
Flip flops, sandals, or crocs for garden walking
Earth-friendly personal care products: soap, shampoo, conditioner
Refillable Eco-Water bottle (our tap water is right from the source and delicious)

Rash guard
Reading material
Yoga clothes
Earth-friendly sunscreen and bug repellent
Sun hat

Joyce St. Germaine, M.Ed., CH.t., is an award winning Teacher, Artist, Certified Shamanic Practitioner, Certified Shapeshifting Practitioner, Spiritual Counselor, and Certified Hypnotherapist. She has taught shamanism and spiritual studiesthroughout the US, in Canada, Mexico, Belize, and Costa Rica. Trained in Cross Cultural Shamanism, she blends the teachings of North, South, and Central America, Tibet,  Australia, and Egypt. Invited to study privately as the first student ofrenowned Maya Shaman, Silverio Canto, Joyce deepens her practice in the jungles of Belize. Owner and director of "The Sacred Journey Center for Spiritual Studies", Joyce resides in CT with her rescue dog, Sky.

Joycewill offer daily group activities in Shamanism, designed to deepen our connection with the natural and spiritual worlds. She will be available forPrivate Intuitive Readings, Soul Retrievals, Shamanic Energy Healing, and Hypnosis.              (860) 675-9706

Cynthia Griffin, E-RYT 200, LMT, is certified in Hatha Yoga and has the honor to have studied with respected teachers like Seane Corn (Off the Mat), Rodney Yee, Sri Dharma Mittra, Patty Townsend, Elysabeth Williamson and Nikki Myers (Y12SR). For over a decade, Cynthia has been a CT LMT specializing in Traditional Thai Massage. She has extensive education in Yoga, Thai Massage, Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Buddhist Medicine, Eastern and Western Exercise Therapies. Her advanced studies have been within the US, Canada, and Thailand. She teaches at International Yoga Retreats and is the owner and operator of "Natural Health Therapies with Cynthia Griffin" where she works full time, offering clients Holistic Modalities for Health and Wellness.

Cynthia will teach a daily yoga class designed to support the shamanic spiritual path and offer optional Thai Massage and Private Therapeutic Yoga Sessions.             (860) 302-0529

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