Costa Rica Retreat

Tai Chi & Qigong Immersion Retreat
Pura Vida Retreat Center, Costa Rica
January 6-13th, 2018

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED AS ALL SPOTS ARE FILLED. There are still 4 months ahead and things can change. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Viola so you can be informed if spots open up.

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.


Tentalow: Spacious six-sided tent bungalows contain the same comfortable beds and relaxing lounge areas as other rooms, electricity (no candles, please), space to store clothes, and of course, plenty of bracing mountain air. Attractive shared baths surrounded by gardens are steps away. Option of king-size or two twin beds.

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: Select your housing option below. Cost is based on single or double occupancy. If choosing double occupancy, please indicate if you are reserving with a roommate in mind or would like to be assigned one.

Tentalow:  Double occupancy $1,290 or single $1,610.

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


$300 deposit reserves your spot and is applied to balance due. Your balance is due in full by November 6st, 2017. The $300 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. 

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

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED AS ALL SPOTS ARE FILLED. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Viola so you can be informed if spots open up.