Costa Rica Retreat

A 6-night celebration in Dance, nature, & music, Sep 13-19, 2024


Retreat into a Paradise to Re-Connect with your Dance, your Community, and your Self!

Be swept away from daily existence, into a place where we focus on what brings beauty and joy into our lives! Take the time to relax, rejuvenate, and do more of what makes you feel good about your body, and yourself.

In our accepting, all-inclusive community, you'll tap into your happy place, leaning into that place inside of you that is bursting with expression. Through music and movement and nature we'll regenerate inspiration from the inside out!

Are you ready to invest in your chance to re-set and refresh?

You are invited to the Hip Expressions Exclusive Retreat in celebration of our 20th anniversary!


Can I get a YES, I'm ready for Costa Rica with Hip Ex!

✔️ I feel like I need to take time for myself

✔️ I need some inspiration in my dance

✔️ Downtime away from my daily life is *definitely* called for right now

✔️ I need to step away from responsibilities and just focus on myself

✔️ Life has been super hectic & I need a break

✔️ I want to feel better about my body, my health, my dance

✔️ Can someone else just cook for me for a few days?

✔️ It's time to take a break

✔️ I want to deepen my connection to music, to dance, and awaken the dancer inside of me

✔️ Stepping into this Retreat would give me a chance to reconnect with myself, my dance, my community

✔️ I want to come support my partner in dance, and spend some quality enjoyable time with them outside our 'normal' life

✔️ And OMG, this would just be... so... fun... and relaxing too!

You'll come away feeling relaxed, inspired, re-connected with the WHY of your dance, and a strong bond with a community that accepts you JUST the way you are! YOU are important and we ALL have something to SHARE! Come discover with even more clarity what that is!


Move With Meaning

Join Hip Expressions as we invite you to explore more deeply your inner dancer... by stepping away from your every day life, and immersing yourself into the vibes of music and dance. Here in the natural beauty of the landscape, through the nourishment of the ocean, you can cultivate a deeper connection to yourself, your dance, your 'why'. Come listen to the silent whisper of your heart, and let it express your soul through your dance.

Strengthen your body and calm your mind through daily yoga, align yourself with confidence through dance practices, and allow your soul to re-set through excursions deep into nature. This retreat is an invitation to incorporate all the elements, senses and re-set into your natural rhythm. With plenty of time to rest between practices, you'll leave with greater love for yourself, your community, and your art.

Attune with a greater peace and understanding of your unique self, body, mind, and soul, in the quaint little yoga and surf town of Dominical, just steps to the South Pacific, in our private eco-retreat, Danyasa.

 **What's Included**

All-Inclusive Stay at Danyasa Eco-Retreat

This incredible retreat center is located in the heart of the little town of Dominical, Costa Rica, steps from the beach and rainforest, including a private shuttle from the San Jose Airport before and after the Retreat.

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Three Daily Farm to Table Meals

3 daily delicious locally sourced farm to table plant-based meals, with lacto-ovo breakfast options available, three nights of local chef-selected seafood. They accommodate all allergies, please let us know in advance! Made fresh daily by our private chef, included!

Filtered water, coffee, tea, all day every day.


Yoga & Dance Classes & Coaching

Daily yoga classes, belly dance training, rhythms exploration, how to become the music, embody the dance, find your voice and emotion through your dance, and opportunities to play and explore movement...

To Learn to MOVE with MEANING!

Together, we will move through dance and music, and we will culminate in a special performance opportunity where you can share your unique piece, along with the meaning behind it to a group that *gets* it!

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Explore the beautiful Nature of Costa Rica

The beach of Costa Rica is a short walk from the retreat center so you can enjoy at your leisure; we'll also take an excursion together to waterfall.

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Special Ceremonies

Also included, we will experience a Cacao Ceremony, and on a separate night, a Sacred Sound Bath. These two rituals are not to be missed as part of our cultural experience!


The Resort is exclusively ours!

Relax by the pool, journal, sunbath, or fire pit... or stroll through the small town to the beach, the choice is yours!

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Room Options & Investment Details

Enjoy Costa Rica the best way possible!

All rooms are air conditioned with 1500 thread count sheets, private balcony, daily housekeeping, natural soap/shampoo/conditioner, pool towels, safe in each room.

$1000 Deposit is 50% refundable and 100% transferable until 45 days before the retreat.

Payment Plans are available.

**first FIVE deposits receive $200 off their final price!**

**deposits due May 31st, prices go up after (if there are spots still available)**

**space is LIMITED to maximum 24 participants, first come first served!**

Zelle to 727.251.5241.


Luxury Private Room & Bath

*limited availability*

Queen bed, perfect for your own private retreat, a couple, or two close friends. Private Bath & Balcony.

$3,849 USD/room


Shared Triple Room

Price is per person, and each room has their own private bath.

$2,199 USD/person

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You are responsible for:

  • Transportation to San Jose, Costa Rica, by our group transportation pick up time the first day of the retreat.
  • Any hotel accommodations in San Jose before/after the retreat.
  • Bringing your own instruments and props.
  • Extra Photo Shoots may be scheduled, please inquire for prices & scheduling.
  • Any fancy coffee from next door's coffeeshop or purchases in town.
  • Any VISA required by your country of origin.
  • Any additional excursions, bodywork options, and souvenirs!
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Sample Schedule

  • 8:30am Breakfast
  • 10am Yoga
  • 11:30 Class/Gathering
  • 1pm Lunch
  • *afternoon break*
  • 4pm Class/Gathering
  • 6:30pm Dinner
  • 8pm Evening Activity

**Please note, two excursion days will start in the morning, and some special afternoon activities may also be planned. Schedule subject to change.**

Retreat Facilitators

We are so excited to have our teaching team! All are amazing talented, encouraging, and inspired to share their best with you!


Omaris 'The Dominical Rose'

World-renown belly dance artist, instructor and performer - Omaris is known for bringing her passion to her teaching and performance. She'll aid you in finding your emotion, your connection to your body and your movement in a unique way no one else can!

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Johanna Zenobia

Owner and Co-Founder of Hip Ex, Johanna help with your mind, body and spirit. As a trained yogi, massage therapist, and dancer, she will guide your body into the best alignment for expression. As a Positive Intelligence coach, she can help release your heart and mind into clarity and community!


Karen Sun Ray

Co-Founder of Hip Ex, Karen's background in folkloric dances gives her a special insight into the feel of the music, and the dance. She has helped hundreds of dancers find their voice through dance and will help you hone yours too!

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Raihan Alam

Percussionist for over two decades with Hip Ex, Raihan loves helping you feel the rhythm to find your groove. Dancing with Raihan brings out your best expression!

We Can't Wait to Retreat with YOU in Costa Rica! Send your deposit in today!