Costa Rica New Moon Rainforest Renewal Retreat

October 29 – November 4, 2016 – SOLD OUT

With Maria Santoferraro and Tracy Rhinehart at Selva Armonia Retreat Center in Costa Rica


New Moons are magical and mystical.  They are a time to plant seeds for the future. They open an energetic door through which we can invite our hopes and dreams to enter.  The new moon is full of possibility making it the perfect time to delve deep into your yoga practice, connect with Mother Nature, and experience a renewed sense of possibility.


Tracy Rhinehart and Maria Santoferraro invite you to do just that on their New Moon Rainforest Renewal Retreat. Spend a week in the exotic jungles and rainforest of Uvita, Costa Rica. Selva Armonia Retreat Center is a permaculture farm located on a mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by waterfalls, monkeys and tropical birds and offers you the healing properties of the rainforest ecosystem.


While at Selva Armonia, you’ll enjoy three delicious organic vegetarian meals that are harvested on-site or sourced by local organic farms. Fresh fruit platters and garden-to table-meals will be prepared specifically for our group to accommodate your dietary needs.


In the mornings you’ll choose between Tracy’s power vinyasa practice and Maria’s slow flowing vinyasa in Selva’s gorgeous open-air yoga shala overlooking the rainforest and ocean. Your day will end with relaxing yoga sessions, restorative yoga, meditation, and yoga nidra. The week’s practices will be infused with inspirational teachings allowing you to time to reflect, restore and reconnect in a deeply satisfying manner.


The afternoons will be filled with adventures that immerse you in the Costa Rican culture. You will hike to a beautiful waterfall tucked away in the jungle. Enjoy a picnic at the beach. Experience a cacao ceremony. Sit by a campfire and gaze at the stars. Soak in hot tub and receive a natural spa treatment made from local clay. Create jewelry from natural materials. Learn about the local medicinal gardens. And celebrate by dancing to the light of the moon.


This Retreat is planned to serve you graciously each day of your stay…and to serve you graciously as you return home rested, renewed and refreshed!


Price: $1,549 triple room, $1,599 double room

What’s Included:

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  • 2 daily yoga sessions led by Tracy Rhinehart and Maria Santoferraro
  • Farm-to-Table Dining: 3 gourmet (mostly vegetarian) meals per day


  • Round-trip ground transportation to and from San Juan International Airport (SJO) to Selva Armonia (one group shuttle, 4 hrs)
  • Medicinal and Edible Garden Tour
  • Natural Beauty and Spa Day
  • Natural Jewelry Workshop
  • Guided Waterfall Hike
  • Playa Ventanas Beach Day (Transportation and picnic included)
  • Sacred Cacao Ceremony
  • Ecstatic Dance
  • Evening bonfire
  • Gratuities for room and board


What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Incidental gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional adventures: Jungle Canopy Ziplining Tour ($70), Horseback Riding ($70), and Surf Lessons ($60), additional beach trips


About Maria 

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Maria Santoferraro (E-RYT 500) spent the past 25 years ravaging her body in the crazy corporate world. Needing a detox from an unhealthy Blackberry addiction, boatloads of stress, and an aching back, she sought out a healthier lifestyle and is grateful to have found her physical and spiritual release through the practice of yoga.

Today she is living a balanced and blissful life, teaching yoga, leading international yoga retreats, sharing inspiration on the Daily Downward Dog, creating meditation videos for Hang 10 Meditation, and contributing her writing to Elephant Journal, Daily Cup of Yoga, and MindBodyGreen.

Her playful, heart-opening teaching combines meditation, breath, alignment, and asana in slow-flowing Hatha yoga classes that encourage students to reconnect to their bodies and breath as a means to fill up with joy. Maria incorporates uplifting class themes, music, poetry, laughter, and the spiritual teachings of yoga to create a peaceful environment where students can quiet their minds, let go, and experience a deep sense of calm and well-being.

In 2011 she was able to combine two of her greatest passions – yoga and the beach – to start her own beach yoga “studio” on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Ohio, where she has shared yoga with hundreds of students.

“When I teach, my focus is on compassionately guiding students through a safe, spiritual, yet lighthearted environment so they can discover the deeper benefits of yoga both on and off their mats. I always strive to transfer my energy and light – and share my joy of yoga – with a dash of humor and lots of smiles.” – Maria

 About Tracy

npuPuplzfDHPHw1tS84IPj33tPOWEq8gs4pJnLtQfOATracy Rhinehart, E-RYT 500, CCYT appreciates yoga for its path to self-discovery. Her practice has taken her into the dark shadows within her body. And, her practice has revealed to her the light of her own sweet soul. Having experienced the healing, growth and transformation that a yoga practice provides, she became interested in and committed to connecting with others by teaching yoga. Her own inner work allows her to offer compassion, strength, patience, grace and love to those she teaches, guides and supports.

Tracy teaches yoga at Yoga Bliss in Fairlawn, OH. She received her 200 level teacher certification at Cleveland Yoga with Tami Schneider and her 500 level at Awaken Yoga with Jennifer Langsdale. She has trained with and gained inspiration from Shiva Rae, Danny Arguenty, Mike Cohen, Tymi Howard, and Johnny Kest. Tracy is certified to teach children and families yoga through Rainbow Kids Yoga. She offers 200 level teacher training modules at Yoga Bliss, Awaken Yoga and Release Yoga. And, she leads the advanced 300 hours of yoga teacher training at YOGAkron 108: School of Yoga. She is a certified Thai Massage practitioner and practices Body Wisdom, a style of chakra therapy.
Tracy is one of the creative forces behind – as well as the yoga teacher on stage leading the love – at the free community yoga festival “Elevate Akron”. She proudly serves as a 2014-2016 ambassador for the lululemon Akron Showroom.

Tracy teaches power vinyasa classes that offer a tangible sense of bhava/feeling sense. Her gift for infusing a class with heartfelt themes, stories and musings that are expressed in asana, breath and mantra creates an embodied experience guiding one towards heightened awareness. She offers moments of physical challenge and times for tender compassion. Practicing with Tracy allows one to shed outer layers and travel a personal path towards inner truth.

Outside the studio, Tracy enjoys the gifts of Mother Nature: smelling the woods while cycling through the Metroparks, feeling the wind while riding on the back of the Harley, hearing the birds while walking her pup, scrubbing the garden dirt off a red, ripe tomato for the family’s salad. All inspire her to count her blessings!

 Reserve your spot now – SPACE IS LIMITED!


Payments and Terms & Conditions

Step 1) A $500 deposit per-person is required to reserve your retreat space and is non-refundable. Pay via PayPal below.

Step 2) Once we’ve received your deposit, you will be contacted via email with registration, room selection and logistical information.

Step 3) Final payment is due on August 29, 2016.  You will be invoiced and can pay by check or online with PayPal.

Prices include taxes and fees.

Please review the Terms & Conditions before making your reservation.


RETREAT IS SOLD OUT! Please contact Maria if you would like to be put on a waiting list.