Jurien Hughes


FEB 24 – MAR 3, 2018



This retreat is FULL. Please contact to be added to the wait list.  Mark your calendar for next year's Costa Rica Yoga and Dance Retreat at Blue Osa, March 9 - 16, 2019!

Treat yourself to 7 delightful days of yoga, dance and adventure in paradise, gently guided by an expert. Jurian Hughes, senior Kripalu faculty for over a decade, is an experienced retreat leader and movement master, known for her ability to make everyone feel comfortable and at home. Your journey unfolds at beautiful Doce Lunas, a boutique four-star hotel and retreat center nestled at the base of a mountain in the jungle of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast.  You’ll enjoy daily morning yoga and meditation, delightful dives into guided movement and dance, delicious gourmet cuisine, forays into nature to get up-close-and-personal with Costa Rica’s abundant wildlife, early morning dips in the ocean, afternoons swims in the pool, and plenty of time to simply do nothing at all.

Appropriate for all levels of yoga and dance experience (and fitness), Jurian offers something for everyone – yoga both enlivening and restorative, with posture modifications and options to suit your body; meditation; pranayama; daily opportunities to dance, write, hike, swim, and be in community; as well as quiet time for healing massage, private reflection and peaceful solitude.

Dive into the restoring practices of yoga, dance and meditation, and discover…joy.

(You do not need to be an aficianado of yoga or dance to attend. Feel free to bring partners and friends who may not wish to participate in all sessions. Everyone is welcome!)


Docus Luna Pool

Hotel Doce Lunas is a boutique four-star hotel and retreat center set on five acres of beautifully landscaped jungle gardens, conveniently located just one mile from long black sand beaches and the lively surfing town of Jaco, on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. A mere 90 minutes from San Jose Aiport, it offers accessibility, seclusion, comfort, superior service and a taste of exotic adventure.

Enjoy three delicious gourmet meals per day; elegant, clean and spacious rooms; a magnificent swimming pool with waterfall and cave; a light and air-filled 1,000 sq-ft yoga studio; air conditioning; free wireless internet; on-site spa and more!


Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on both the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans. Known for its beaches, volcanoes and biodiversity, roughly a quarter of the country is protected jungle, teeming with wildlife. Democratic and peaceful (Costa Rica has not had an army since 1949) it’s one of the most popular international vacation destinations in the world.

Jaco is conveniently located in the center of the Pacific Coast. It’s popular with Costa Ricans and a favorite for surfers. Though Jaco boasts a festive nightlife, there are many that seek it out for eco-adventure and early-morning “surfari.”

Doce Lunas is located one mile from the south end of three-mile long Jaco Beach. Jaco lies in a valley ringed by beautiful jungle covered mountains that rise 1,000 feet from the sea, and Doce Lunas sits at the base of the tallest mountain, Cerro Puntudo.

Capuchin monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaws, anhinga, and another 200 or so species of birds, kinkajou, arboreal anteaters, crocodiles, sea turtles, whales, dolphins and many more species of animals make their home in the area. Doce Lunas worked hard to preserve the trees and habitat of the property during construction; you will likely see plenty of wildlife on-site during your stay.


6:30     Morning Yoga and Meditation
8:00     Breakfast
9:00     Daily Movement and Dance Session
12:30   Lunch
1:30     Free Time (Beach, Excursion, Spa, Swimming Pool, Explore, Relax)
6:00     Dinner
7:30     Relaxing Evening Session / Free Time

We will take one full-day excursion together (perhaps to spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park, known for the vast diversity of its tropical plants and wildlife, meticulous white-sand beaches and breathtaking hiking trails!) We will also take one half-day to enjoy an excursion of your choice -- perhaps a surfing or stand-up paddleboard lesson, snorkeling or even horseback riding!

*Schedule is subject to change.

Doce Lunas Yoga Studio


  • Seven nights’ lodging (double or single)
  • Three healthy, chef-prepared meals per day
  • Daily morning yoga and meditation to relax, stretch and strengthen mind and body
  • Daily guided movement and dance sessions to experience new ways of being in your body, and rediscover the delight of moving freely and without judgment
  • Two group excursions
  • Ground transportation shuttles to and from San Jose, Costa Rica Airport (SJO)
  • Swimming pool, spa, hiking trails, bird and monkey watching, and more
  • All taxes and service charges


Monkey and MacawAll rooms at Doce Lunas are immaculately clean; surprisingly spacious, with high ceilings; appointed with comfortable beds, quality linens and towels; and refrigerator. You’ll find large bathrooms with amply-sized bathtubs and showers, free wireless internet, air-conditioning, and triple-purified drinking water on tap.

Choose from three levels of accommodation:

Deluxe Double – Choose this option if you’re traveling with a friend or would like to be paired with a roommate. You’ll find two queen-size beds in these amply-sized rooms, views of the gardens and pool, two bathroom sinks, and a shared balcony or patio.

Suite (Shared) – The perfect choice for couples, these rooms offer one king-size bed, reading nook and desk, and private patio. Rooms may also include sofa, MP3 player, and large sliding glass doors with garden views. Reserve early for the best rooms.

Suite (Single) – The luxurious choice for solo travelers, these rooms offer one king-size bed, reading nook and desk, and private patio. Rooms may also include sofa, MP3 player, and large sliding glass doors with garden views. Reserve early for the best rooms.


Eclipse, Doce Lunas’ on-site restaurant, offers a mix of local and international cuisine drawing primarily on locally sourced ingredients. Fresh fruit may come from the many fruit trees on site, and all fish comes from local waters. Meals include fish, poultry, beef, pasta and vegetarian options. If you are gluten-free, vegan, or have other dietary restrictions, please let us know, and the kitchen will do their best to meet your needs.


Jaco is located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, just 90 minutes from San Jose Airport. Direct flights are available from New York, Miami, Dallas, Orlando, Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Minneapolis and Ft. Lauderdale. Flight is not included. Participants are responsible for booking and purchasing their own flights to and from San Jose (SJO). Two shuttles will run between the airport and Doce Lunas on February 24 and March 3. Please arrange to arrive at SJO by 2:30 pm on February 24 and to depart after 1:00 pm on March 3 in order to take advantage of these included shuttles. The retreat begins at 6:00 pm February 24 and ends at 9:00 am on March 3.

If your schedule allows, you may choose to arrive early and/or extend your stay. See below (FAQs section) for San Jose hotel and Costa Rica destination recommendations.


Jurian Hughes

Jurian Hughes

Retreat Director, Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, is a senior faculty member at Kripalu Center, in Stockbridge, MA, the U.S.’s largest yoga center. She is a Let Your Yoga Dance® Trainer, Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainer, co-founder of A Wild Life Sanctuary™, voice coach, mentor, and theatre performer, known for her passionate, playful, and inspiring teaching style. She leads programs and trainings at Kripalu and throughout the country that draw on her decades of experience as a committed practitioner and teacher of yoga, dance, movement, voice and theater arts. In all of her work, she aspires to help people connect to their spirit and to that which moves them deeply and brings them joy. The core of her practice is authenticity and full self-expression.

She is the creator of the video, Gentle Kripalu Yoga with Jurian Hughes and the audio CD, Deep and Delicious Yoga with Jurian Hughes.

Missy Brown

Missy Brown

Assistant, Missy Brown E-RYT, RCYT has dedicated her life to supporting people of all ages open to their true potential. Her passion in empowering others is offered through classes as well as training programs that truly transform lives through play and joy. Using her skills of creativity and playfulness, she fosters experiences where mindfulness and body centered practices are explored with a sense of humor and open hearted authenticity. Missy is the president and founder of Deep Play for Kids, LLC. Her mission is that all people have the safe opportunity to discover, explore and embrace their true limitless self.

With her loving presence Missy has been teaching DPK in schools for 20 years. She is a teacher in the Pranotthan School of Yoga, a Creative Kids School of Yoga trainer, a Let Your Yoga Dance® instructor, and teaches at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. To learn more about Missy please visit her website





Deluxe Double* (shared with one other, 2 queen-size beds): $1895

Suite/Shared (for couples, 1 king-size bed, price is per person): $1995

Suite/Single (the luxurious option for solo travelers, 1 king-size bed): $2595


Deluxe Double (shared with one other, 2 queen-size beds): $1995

Suite/Shared (for couples, 1 king-size bed): $2095

Suite/Single (the luxurious option for solo travelers, 1 king-size bed): $2695

 *Solo travelers always welcome! We will be happy to pair you with a suitable roommate if you choose Deluxe Double.


Contact Jurian Hughes, at, with questions.

Reservations may be booked via PayPal, below. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250.00 will reserve your place.

Half of balance is due by check or money order Nov 1, 2017. Remainder is due Feb 1, 2017. Payments made by PayPal, credit card or wire transfer will incur applicable fees. All payments are non-refundable, due to contractual obligations with the location. Please consider purchasing travel insurance to cover unforeseen changes in life circumstance, including issues of health and family emergency. Click here for more information on travel insurance.

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“Thank you so much, Jurian. I loved dancing with you. To say, ‘I was moved,’ is an understatement. What a wonderful gift you have.”

“I love your style, how you keep it real and simple at the same time.”

“I enjoy Jurian enormously. In a retreat, I look for energy and joy from the leader; a great group of people; beautiful surroundings; fun spare-time activities. This had it all.”

“I expected to have fun and relax, but had no other expectations. Was I in for a surprise! This experience touched me in the deepest way, helping to heal places in me I didn't even know needed my attention. I left with a renewed connection to myself, to my capacity for joy, and to the beauty of who we are as human beings.”


Hotel Doce Lunas -- 4.5 stars

“There is a reason you keep going back…Each time you step foot on the grounds of Doce Lunas you return home a new person. From the gorgeous mosaic pool to the clean and spacious rooms there is not one thing missing. The staff is absolutely amazing; serving up delicious cocktails and food that is decadent, fresh and good for you! The entire staff is always ready and willing to tell you their favorite thing to do in their beautiful home beach. The best part about this slice of paradise is the people; everyone is friendly and makes you feel as if their home is your home for the short time you are with them.”

“An amazing find!! Quaint, cozy and easy access to many Costa Rican treasures…I conducted a dance/yoga retreat at Doce Lunas. (T)he experience was incredible and we made some cherished life memories here. Chris the owner is an angel. I felt very supported and cared for. The premises has much to offer for a great vacation, and when you are ready to venture out into Jaco or beyond, it couldn't be easier. I will use the facility again and again!”

“Doce Lunas, what a way to relax and enjoy life…This is by far one of the best places we have stayed in six years of visiting Costa Rica…we will definitely be returning here.”

“Jaco Beach: Best destination in all of Costa Rica…We hadn’t been in Jaco for over 12 years…Thanks to pro-active and hardworking local government, and a commitment by many local business owners, companies and residents, Jaco has proudly matured into the #1 and best destination to visit and vacation in all of Costa Rica. Jaco Proud!”



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Arrange to arrive at San Jose Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica on Saturday, February 24, 2018 no later than 2:30 pm.  Some people benefit from arriving a day early and staying at a nearby hotel. Hotel recommendations in San Jose include Hotel Aranjuez, Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose, Hilton Garden Inn San Jose la Sabana, and Apartotel la Sabana. Typically, whatever hotel you choose will make airport transport arrangements for you.

There will be two or more shuttles departing for Doce Lunas on February 24.  If you arrive the night before, there will be a morning shuttle (time TBD) for you to take. Later shuttle(s) will depart SJO in the afternoon (time TBD). The exact times will depend on flight arrivals and how quickly everyone makes it through immigration and customs.

Doce Lunas is located approximately 90 minutes from SJO airport. If your flight is canceled or experiences a major delay we will help facilitate transportation for you to Doce Lunas, but you may be responsible for the cost. Most travel Insurance will cover this.


A valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica.  Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after you depart for Costa Rica. (This is common for most international travel.) The Costa Rican government does not currently require US citizens staying fewer than 90 days to obtain visas, but your passport will be stamped, and your stay is not to exceed 90 days.


Arrange to fly out of Costa Rica on Saturday, March 3, 2018, departing after 1:00 pm. You may choose to extend your stay with a few days in Monteverde, Poas or elsewhere in Costa Rica. If you choose to extend your stay (and not return to San Jose Airport on March 3) you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your transportation.  Doce Lunas staff will be happy to support you with coordinating personal shuttles.

Departure Tax:

You may be familiar with Costa Rica’s $29 departure tax, which applies to all passengers, citizens of Costa Rica and foreigners, minors and adults. Before 2106 this had to be paid at the airport before exiting the country. It is now included in the cost of most airline tickets, including AeroMéxico, Air Panamá, Air Canada, American Airlines, Grupo Avianca, Copa, Delta, VECA, Jet Blue, Southwest, United, Alaska, IBERIA, Interjet and Volaris.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is optional but highly recommended. It provides coverage for unexpected cancellation, flight delays and associated expenses, emergency medical treatment, and emergency evacuation.  Do your own research to find an insurance that is appropriate for you. A few options include: Travel Guard, World Nomads, and CSA Travel Protection.


January through April is dry season in Costa Rica, with little rainfall. Bright blue skies are common this time of year, with an occasional partly cloudy day and rarely overcast. Temperatures typically range from low 70s in the morning to maximum high temperatures in the 90s. Daytime highs are usually in the 80s. You will find it cooler at Doce Lunas, partly because of the mountain it sits beneath, partly because it is surrounded by fields and jungle, and also because they have preserved the jungle canopy throughout the grounds so the hotel remains shady and pleasantly dappled with sun.

Costa Rica FAQs:

This retreat is FULL. Please contact to be added to the wait list.  Mark your calendar for next year's Costa Rica Yoga and Dance Retreat at Blue Osa, March 9 - 16, 2019!

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