Cultivating Creativity 2018

An Extended Study & Retreat with Erin Kelly & Steph Gongora : Jan 3 – Jan 10

Join Steph Gongora and Erin Kelly for a 6 day, 7 night extended study on the beautiful South Pacific coast of Costa Rica! Bliss, beaches, and ALL the yoga you could ever wish for at Danyasa, a picturesque indoor/outdoor bamboo studio and retreat center in Dominical, Costa Rica.

An intimate and community building experience, Cultivating Creativity will top off at just 25 people to make sure you get the individual attention you deserve in daily meditation, flow, and restorative practices, as well as four additional workshop sessions.

While there will be 2-3 yoga classes offered per day, plenty of free time is also scheduled to roam the beautiful beaches and colorful streets of small town Dominical. This is YOUR retreat, and YOUR path to Cultivating Creativity, so we have structured a schedule that is rigorous in its teaching opportunities, but also allows you the freedom to pick and choose what to participate in so that you can give your body and soul exactly what they need!

Steph Gongora (@casa_colbiri) is a certified yoga and aerial teacher currently based in Uvita, Costa Rica (right down the road from Danyasa). She completed her first formal 200hr training with Meghan Currie, and continued to pursue an additional 300hr training with Christina Sell at The San Macros School of Yoga. While in Austin, she regularly attended additional training with Erinn Lewis of Sukha Yoga, and recently started another online 200hr study with Alanna Kaivalya.

An athlete her whole life, Steph practiced gymnastics until high school, taught pole fitness during college (where she studied Biology and Chemistry), and started a serious daily yoga practice over three years ago. Her teaching style combines precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movements practices. She has developed a deep love and respect for inversions of all kinds, which is what promoted her to write her first two books – The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand & The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing. She has since added The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Yoga Practice and is hard at work finishing The Beginner’s Guide to Full Body Back Bends.

Steph is happily married with three furry children and has plans to open a Functional Medicine/Yoga retreat center on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. When she isn’t doing yoga, she enjoys reading, writing, anything outdoors, writing more Books (probably about more Yoga) and spending time with her little family.

Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart) is a yoga teacher based in Los Angeles, California. After developing a strong personal practice, she went on to study and receive a 200hr certification from Meghan Currie in Nicaragua. A regular in the LA yoga studio scene, she has attended dozens of workshops and extended training hours with Noah Maze and Ana Forest, as well as extensive Dharma training with Yancy Schwartz.  Erin is currently in the process of deciding where to complete her 300hr program.

She is known for her personal grace and fluidity of movement in both practice and teaching, and can often be found upside down or cultivating creativity through unusual transitions. Her teaching style is refreshing and playful, while still incorporating precise cues and pose breakdowns to help students understand the movements of their bodies and the path to personal growth.

A true artist by nature, Erin received a BFA in Oil Painting with a minor in Art History from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is passionate about the idea that if we open our bodies up physically, we can tap into all sorts of creative, emotional, and psychological breakthroughs. Whether it’s with a paintbrush in hand or just through body movement, Erin is continuously creating her own form of art and expression.  She is happily engaged with one furry child.

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