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Once we had a glimpse of our true nature - the ever-present, Open Ground of Being - our life becomes transformed in unseen ways. When conditioned patterns of believing ourselves to be inherently flawed or separate come up, we are invited to examine these, so that our deeper understanding of Openness and Love can inform our day to day living.

This retreat offers a sacred opportunity to gently see through the collective and personal trances of disconnect, come into a more liberating relationship with what at first sight might appear difficult or dark, and also explore the subtle body as well as the true nature of our physical body. Through a wise blend of guided meditations, non-dual inquiry, contemplative dialogues and safe, supportive community we begin to recognize that all experiences - pleasant or unpleasant - are the luminous display of the Open Ground of Being.


The nature of this retreat is mainly contemplative - and all participants are asked to observe silence for big parts of this retreat in order to lessen the distractions that stand in the way of deep insight and truly befriending ourselves.

Daily Yoga (all levels) and mindful movement practices are offered in support of deeper integration. During your free time you can enjoy Blue Spirit’s white-sanded beach, swim in the Ocean or saltwater pool, unwind in the pristine presence of surrounding nature and nourish your body with Blue Spirit’s gourmet vegetarian cuisine (and, optional, receive individual body-work sessions).


SAMPLE Daily Retreat Schedule



7:00 - 8:15 YOGA/MOVEMENT

8:15-9:00   Breakfast Buffet

9:30-12:30  GROUP SESSION

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Buffet


FREE TIME to journal, swim, walk on the beach, watch sunset, rest, restore and play

5:00-6:00  Optional: one time during the week, individual mentoring with Annette in small group setting



6:00-7:15  Dinner Buffet

7:15-8:45  GROUP SESSION

Next  RETURN TO THE GROUND OF BEING takes place FEBRUARY 8 - 15, 2020 @ Blue Spirit Costa Rica.
Spaces for this retreat are limited in order to offer an in-depth-process for each participant.


Retreat package rates below depend on the choice of accommodation & include all taxes, the retreat tuition, your 7-night stay and 3 daily buffet style meals. Buffet style meals offer a variety of gourmet ovo-lacto vegetarian and vegan cuisine, plus fish being served three times during your stay. Food allergies can be accommodated.


PLATFORM TENT:  Single Occupancy $1,375   

ECO COTTAGE:   Single $1,725 / Double $1,895 p/p

HERMITAGE ROOM/AC:  Single $1,995 / Double $1,695 p/p SOLD OUT

NATURE SUITE/AC:  Single $2,495 / Double $1,995 p/p

PACIFIC COTTAGE/AC:  Single $2,625/ Double $1,975 p/p SOLD OUT

OCEAN VIEW ROOM/AC:  Single $2,725 / Double $2,125 p/p  SOLD OUT


More information & photos on accommodations here:  https://bluespiritcostarica.com/rooms/


To apply for the program, send an email to connect@annetteknopp.com with your preferred choice of accommodation. Once your application and accommodation are confirmed, you are asked to pay a deposit of US$500 to hold your space. The remaining balance of your total retreat rate will be due by December 10, 2019. Should you need an alternative payment plan, email connect@annetteknopp.com .



Arrival day is Saturday, February 8, 2020. Your first meal will be dinner (buffet is open 6:00 - 7:30 pm); should you arrive later in the evening the Blue Spirit staff will save you a dinner plate. Departure day is Saturday, February 15, 2020. Breakfast on Saturday will be your last meal. 

Travel to Blue Spirit:    https://bluespiritcostarica.com/traveling-to-costa-rica-and-blue-spirit-costa-rica/