Costa Rica Retreat

Thank you everyone who participated in and supported the 2018 Tai Chi & Qigong Immersion Retreat at
Pura Vida Retreat Center, Costa Rica this January .

Link here to our flickr page to see the gallery of pictures from our training and adventures both at Pura Vida Retreat and Cahuita National Park.

And, If you would like to get a jump on 2019’s retreat,  contact Viola to get on the list and be notified first when the registration begins early this year.

Join Sifu Viola Brumbaugh and assistant instructor Rusel DeMaria for a one-week Tai Chi and Qigong Immersion Retreat at the Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, Costa Rica’s spectacular mountain paradise, at 5200 feet, 20 minutes from the San Jose Airport. Enjoy seven days of rejuvenating exploration through the practices, recreation, relaxation, and adventure.

Begin your days with a sunrise Qigong meditation, followed by daytime sessions helping you find your flow and connection to your center. Develop your practice through the exploration of fundamentals, form, and partner play, and round off the day with an evening practice of Qigong balancing Yin and Yang. All in the beautiful setting located above Costa Rica’s Central Valley, where daytime temperatures average 73F with mild nighttime temperatures. This beautiful estate surrounded by coffee plantations and breathtaking views of mountains and the valley below is known for its delightful, healthy, gourmet meals, outstanding accommodations, extraordinarily gifted Healing Arts Spa Therapists, and impressive team of staff members

Our time together includes sunrise Qigong and meditation sessions (S-M-T-TH-F-S) that include
  Zhan Zhuang Gong Standing Meditation
  Qi Plucking, Gathering, and Circulation
  Spiral Energy Qigong – the Ba Fa Pan Gen, Spiraling the Cleanse the Body.

Morning Tai Chi Fundamentals and Form sessions (M-T-TH-F) include:
  For all levels taking the fundamentals all applying them to form practice
  Deepening your understanding of form through intention
  Exploring the 10 principles in practice

Early evening (pre-dinner) sessions (S-M-T-TH-F) explore the practice of partner work including:
  Sensing hands
  Exploration of Application
  Creative flow and connection

Night time Qigong sessions (S-S-W-F) round off your days with relaxation and healing practice including:
  Yin Yang Medical Qigong
  Zhan Zhuang Gong Standing Meditation
  Breathing through the 5 Elements

Tai Chi players of all levels of experience are welcome, and sessions will be designed to meet the needs of each practitioner at their own level of comfort. So whether you are an experienced practitioner or brand new to Tai Chi and Qigong, you will find both the opportunity to safely challenge yourself safely, and to experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation!

Pricing includes:

  • Room Accommodations
  • 3 Delicious health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish, and chicken options
  • Use of outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Daily Tai Chi and Qigong sessions
  • Guided walk through coffee plantation
  • Designated Wi-Fi and computer access
  • Filtered water throughout the complex
  • Round-trip shuttle service to/from SJO airport
  • Optional tours and sumptuous spa treatments available for additional cost

Master Viola Brumbaugh, 12th generation direct disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, and international Tai Chi competition gold medalist will be the principle instructor, along with Assistant Instructor, Rusel DeMaria, also direct disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, bring you a combined 45 years of experience to share.


Vista: These deluxe style rooms feature private balconies with gorgeous views. Approximately 250 square feet, these rooms are great for single occupancy, but spacious enough for a comfortable roommate set up . King-size or 2 twin beds available. Private Bath, coffee maker.

Cost:  Double occupancy $1,570 or single $2100.


Contact Sifu Viola at 206-321-0613 or email to to arrange for payment and learn more.

No refunds for canceling within 30 days of the retreat. Participants will receive a confirmation email confirming your acceptance and payment.

Travel Logistics:

Airfare not included. Schedule your arrival into SJO on Jan. 6th. You can schedule your departure after 11am on Jan. 13th. Pura Vida Resort will arrange for your transportation to and from the San Jose Airport.

Whether you take optional day-trips or simply rest by the pool, relax in the Jacuzzi, and enjoy the quiet, natural beauty of one of the world’s pristine locations, here’s a chance to rejuvenate your body, deepen or begin your practice, and refresh your spirit. Mark your calendar and call soon to reserve your space.

Call: 206-321-0613