8 Night Mindfulness & Yoga Retreat 1/30 to 2/7 2018

with Ellen Saltonstall and Kate Mitcheom in Uvita, Costa Rica, at the Selva Armonia Retreat Center and Eco-Lodge

Join Kate Mitcheom, Certified MBSR Teacher, and Ellen Saltonstall, E-RYT500 and C-IAYT, for a slice of paradise. Immerse yourself in the rejuvenating spirit of the Costa Rican rain forest. Experience deep tranquility and magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and Marino Ballena/Uvita. The immaculate grounds and luxurious communal spaces of Selva Armonia Retreat Center and Eco-Lodge are a perfect place to relax, restore and to launch your next adventure. Walk to the natural pools & waterfalls or lounge about in the open air living and dining spaces. It’s the idyllic environment is perfect for reflection & restoration of the spirit.

“I really loved this retreat!!! I feel so much more centered and calm since coming back. I find myself back in the magic of St. John every morning when I meditate. Every part of that week was so wonderful!! I did so much more than I had expected to do with regards to the yoga and swimming. (I can still see the Eagle Ray in my mind). What a great experience! There were so many interesting people on the retreat and I felt a special connection to many of them. [My roommate] (best roommate ever) and I have already gotten together. What a great match!!”

“It was really a life altering experience for me on many different levels.” 

“A time to breathe, work out the knots and find the joy.”

“It was great—the morning meditation and ballwork /yoga were really well done, and the opportunity to see such beautiful places, fish, turtles and coral reefs are amazing. I might emphasize that a lot in telling folks why doing this in St. John’s was SO worth the travel, cost, etc. To be on an island that is so much National Park was a true privilege.”


Accommodations: View beautiful gallery of accommodations at Selva Armonia. This retreat center has accommodations of both single and double rooms; we will assign the rooms on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Retreat Includes:

All guests have access to:

  • Wifi
  • Waterfalls & pools, edible botanical gardens
  • Breathtaking views – the world’s most beautiful sunsets
  • Massages (upon availability)
  • Tour/adventure assistance
  • Fresh gourmet vegan/vegetarian cuisine
  • Selva Store (small gifts, yoga towels, and wholesome snacks)

There are amazing optional activities for additional fee. 

  • Hidden waterfall hike
  • Local beach excursions
  • Jungle spa experience
  • Permaculture farm tour
  • Ziplining
  • Waterfall adventure tours
  • Surf lessons
  • Horseback riding
  • And some wonderful bodywork options, including massage & chiropractic adjustment

Your Retreat Leaders

Ellen Saltonstall

Ellen Saltonstall (E-RYT 500, C-IAYT) is a yoga instructor and certified yoga therapist based in New York with extensive training in Iyengar and Anusara methods. She has been a practitioner for over 40 years and has co-authored two books with Dr. Loren Fishman, Yoga for Arthritis and Yoga for Osteoporosis. Her newest book is Anatomy and Yoga, A Guide for Teachers and Students, was published in 2016. She teaches nationally and internationally with a specialty in anatomy and therapeutics.

Kate Mitcheom

Kate Mitcheom ( MSN, CNM, RYT) has been practicing meditation since 1991 and teaching meditation since 1995 after training at Omega with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D & Saki Santarelli. In 1997 she was part of the first Teacher Development Intensive at Omega and began teaching for the Center for Mindfulness in 2012 where she is a faculty member. Find our more at: katemitcheom.com  


The cost of $2095 includes lodging, farm to table vegetarian food with eggs available, daily sessions of yoga, Bodymind Ballwork and Mindfulness Meditation to refresh your body, mind and soul.
Not included: airfare and local transportation, activities such as massage, beach trips, surf lessons, horse-back riding. 
Deposit $1045 due with registration and remainder due December 1st.