A Yoga Journey to Costa Rica with Crystal McCreary and Pilin Anice

True Belonging: A Celebration of Human Connection and Liberation

Costa rica | June 13-20 2020

“Ubuntu: I am, because we are.”

Join Crystal McCreary and Pilin Anice for an unforgettable seven-day journey toward belonging. The rich and healing practices of yoga and dance movement provide the perfect playground to explore our authentic selves and embrace our wholeness through the power of connection and community. While immersed in a vibrant subtropical paradise, we will move and breathe together with live drumming, to nurture our inner radiance and celebrate the universal elements that when integrated, support the liberation of us all.

Costa Rica provides an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to self-awakening, restorative healing, connection through community and environmental sustainability.

Perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile-long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge – Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned white-sand beaches, and a deeply nurturing and unforgettable experience.

Blue Spirit is located in one of the world’s Blue Zones© which inspired the name Blue Spirit. According to author Dan Buettner, the Nicoya Peninsula is one of five Blue Zones in the world: a Blue Zone is an area where people live the longest and report the highest levels of well-being. While visiting Blue Spirit, you will feel the resonance of a vibrant, inspiring, and healing energy, because of the rich subtropical environment, and the cultural lifestyle.

6:30 – 8:00 – Morning Session

8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 – Free-time for spa treatment, beach-time, hiking, kayaking, swimming in the infinity pool, meditation at the Koi pond, or a local excursion

12:00 – 01:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 – Free-time for spa treatment, beach-time, hiking, kayaking, swimming in the infinity pool, meditation at the Koi pond, or a local excursion

4:30 – 6:00 – Evening Session

6:00 – 7:30 – Dinner

  • 8 day/7 nights elegant and comfortable Blue Spirit accommodations
  • 3 exquisite vegetarian meals per full day
  • 2 daily yoga workshops with Crystal and Pilin
  • salt water infinity pool
  • non-motorized water sports
  • pristine white sand beaches
  • Spa and longevity services upon registration request
  • Local excursions available upon registration request

Please fly into Liberia Airport on June 13 by 2pm for to enjoy dinner and a brief welcome circle at Blue Spirit the night before our formal retreat programming begins.

To make your shuttle arrangements for the 2.5 hour ride from Liberia airport to Blue Spirit, click here.

Reserve Your Spot:

(Payment plans are available upon request.)



Superior Ocean View Single $3485


Ocean View Room Double $2635


Mountain View Room Double $2535


Pacifico Cottage Double $2535


Nature Suite Double $2435


*Please note: All single rooms can be turned into a double with two twin beds alternatives. Therefore additional rooms types and singles/double options are available upon request.

Cancellation Policy: All retreat deposits are final and non-refundable. Payment plans are available at the following schedule: 30% of retreat balance due December 27. 60% of retreat balance due March 27. Final balance is due May 27.


Pilin Anice, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, is a yoga, dance, and meditation instructor, wellness expert, and model. Passionate about helping others connect to their highest self, she has guided students of all ages in the sacred movements of yoga and dance through a range of workshops and classes for over a decade. She has studied with masters of West African dance, Dunham Technique, and African Diasporic dances of Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil for nearly twenty years. A Kripalu trained yoga instructor, she has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, BET/CentricTV and YogaXpress. Known for infusing joy and connection in her classes, she has taught in the US and abroad, including the Omega Institute, Dubai Yoga Fest, and SoulFEST. She is an instructor at the Ailey Extension in New York City and has been featured in the NY Times and SELF. Learn more at www.pilinanice.com


Crystal McCreary is a yoga, mindfulness and health educator, actor, speaker and writer. She studied African and African-American studies at Stanford University and acting as part of The American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program before arriving in New York in 2004. She has practiced yoga and mindfulness for 20 years and is a consultant for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department. Crystal also serves on the Yoga Alliance Committee for Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, whose aim is to support yoga education to the full spectrum of diverse practitioners. In addition, she facilitates teacher trainings for Mindful Schools, Little Flower Yoga, Bent on Learning and Lineage Project and serves as a full-time faculty member in the Health and Wellness Department at The Dalton School in New York City. Crystal has been featured in Yoga Bodies Book, Mantra Yoga + Health magazine, Elephant Journal, academic journals such as Race & Yoga (UC Berkeley), and on the digital site Shondaland and numerous podcasts. Crystal’s programs emphasize the importance of self-care as the gateway to social justice and community healing in the world.

Need more info? Please contact us with questions or concerns at ubunturetreat2020@gmail.com.