Yoga Retreats with JOAN RADFORD - Anamaya Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Hotel Teacher Training, Surf Camp and Eco Lodge

Yoga Retreats with JOAN RADFORD

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Are you ready for a transformational escape that will support you in finding that much deserved me-time, and create balance physically, emotionally and mentally?

Then allow us to provide that space for you.

Holiday Retreat Dates:

March 7 – 14, 2020



Joan discovered yoga more than 20 years ago as an athlete and a professional in the fitness industry. As an athlete, marathon runner and triathlete, she was always looking for complimentary workout options that supported her athletic activities. As a fitness professional, trainer, leader and consultant, she was also looking for activity options that invited clients and student to participate, be challenged yet feel accepted, capable and successful. Her initial goal was to seek out physical workouts and her introduction to yoga began with Power Yoga. She discovered quickly that her Yoga practice presented opportunities and benefits that exceeded the physical experience. After several years of her own yoga practice, she discovered that she was enjoying the benefit of practicing the commitment of movement and breath, the connection of the mind and the body and still realizing the physical benefits of enhanced strength, flexibility and postural alignment. She realized the results were on going and continued to grow with her practice. This realization led her to accept the challenge of Yoga Teacher Training. Both personally and professionally, she knew that she would benefit from the enhanced knowledge and experience provided in a training environment.

Her Yoga teacher training began in Toronto, Ontario with the Level 1 and 2 certifications in “Fast Track Training “offered at Maureen Rae’s Yoga Studio. Maureen’s authenticity and sincerity in her approach to supporting and inspiring new yoga teachers with a foundation in tradition, spirituality, sound biomechanics and safety and an overall acceptance of all students motivated Joan to accept the challenge of teaching Yoga. As her yoga practice continued to grow and she began teaching, Joan is very grateful for those years that followed this training as they were filled with yoga practice teaching, incredible and generous mentorship and workshops with some amazing Yoga professionals in North America.

After several visits to Anamaya and some incredible experiences with the teachers there, she decided that Anamaya would be the place to complete her next step of Yoga teacher training.  She was so grateful for the opportunity to attend the 200 hr RYT Yoga teacher training in July 2018 at Anamaya. The training was provided by Antoine Tinawi, Pamela Gooria and Michelle Carroll from Montreal’s Om West. This training provided an intense traditional Hatha Yoga training, deepening and enriching her yoga experience and her ability to share this with her students.

She is now pursuing her 500 hr RYT training in Edmonton with Michele Theoret at Empowered Yoga. She is expanding her knowledge and practice with advanced Asana and Flow, Restorative and Yin Yoga Certifications as well as Yoga for specialized and specific considerations including; Athletes, Therapy and Pain Care and Sustainability with aging.

Joan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, a Special Education degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is certified and internationally certified through the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association as a trainer of fitness leaders. She operates a not for profit business in Edmonton that provides health, wellness and fitness opportunities to employees in the health care environment. She also offers one on one personal fitness training, yoga training and a small group Yoga program, “Yoga with Friends”. She lives and practices in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

She has been teaching for 5 years and is looking forward to welcoming participants, new and returning to Anamaya for a week of warm and welcoming Yoga practice.

Joan’s philosophy in guiding a yoga practice is to allow participants to practice at their own level for their own personal reasons, always feeling respected and supported. Although yoga provides a platform of common ground and community, it also acknowledges and accepts the individual’s reasons for coming to their mat.



This 2.5 hour workshop will help participants to take away the amazing fitness, yoga and meditation benefits of their week at Anamaya. It can be a challenge to fit ones health, fitness and yoga goals into an every day practical program. By working with Joan in this personalized setting, each individual participant’s goals and interests with fitness, yoga and of course, FUN will be identified and addressed. The goal of this workshop is, with inquisitive guidance and problem solving, to create their own personalized fitness and yoga program, including prescribed breath work and meditation. The price is $75, and in this workshop each participant will:

  • Perform and evaluate a functional fitness assessment
  • Explore and set realistic goals
  • Build a personal fitness program using a variety of body weight exercises, complimented with selected resistance bands, small balls (included with this workshop) and a variety of yoga props
  • Integrate yoga postures that support individual goals and fitness programs
  • Participate in a final group combination fitness and yoga class

We’re a smaller sized boutique resort so our retreats book up fast! Save your spot by filling out a reservation request form today. Click the link below. Pura Vida!

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Important Announcement

Dear Anamaya Guest,

We are still accepting reservations for future bookings. Yes it’s true, there is a temporary travel ban from March 18th until June 15th in Costa Rica. 


However we know how necessary a week of recovery, rejuvenation and CONNECTION will be after this situation has stabilized. 

We will update you with more information as we receive it. In the meantime:

  • Stay in contact with family and friends.
  • Remember that kindness is everything.
  • Take your practice off the mat.

With much love,

The Anamaya Family