Costa Rica Fire Dance Retreat:
Love in the Fire and La Escuela Del Sol partnered up for another year to offer their Costa Rica Fire Dance Retreat in Montezuma. Lester and Samantha’s tropical flow retreat focused not only on technical poi and staff concepts but also on multi-tool movement, dance, fire eating, yoga and of course some of their top performance secrets.
This workshop was unique in that we gave students the option to choose a one-week course or extend their course to complete the Envision Quest, which added two extra days of classes, 4 more nights of accommodation and Costa Rica’s Envision Festival in the second week! Envision is an annual 4 day art, music and sacred movement festival in the spirit of Burning Man.
Students joined Love in the Fire from around the world in our cabana style resort which circled around the private pool. The best part is the fully shaded training deck overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in one direction and the immense jungle in the other! We were having so much fun that monkeys, iguanas, and other exotic animals often visited us during our classes. Montezuma is like a gem of Costa Rica as it is considered off the beaten path and sought after from many eco-tourist, yogis, and back packers who travel there in search of its tranquil beaches and islands, jungle treks, serene waterfalls, surfing, zip-lines, and the conscious community nestled on the end of the remote Nicoya Peninsula.
Thursday Fire Jam at Chico Bar:
Thursday night of the retreat is a very special night for the students where we test the skills learned over the week and join the local fire god Elly “Montezuma” in the fire circle and performance in front of Chico Bar in town. What a beautiful way to give back to the community that hosts us for the week!
After we finished the fire dancing retreat in Montezuma we packed up the La Escuela Del Sol van with all the students who opted in on the Envision Quest extension and took the 5 hour trip south to beautiful Uvita for the 5 day tropical festival. Envision festival gave everyone a chance to get to know each other even more and to fire dance as much as they would like in the open fire circle which happened every night near the Luna Stage. Not only were the students able to perform every night but they also were able to watch shows put on by Love in the Fire throughout the festival on the main stages.
Probably the best part of the entire 2016 Costa Rica Fire Dance Retreat was the fact that Lester and Samantha are now engaged to be married. Lester popped the question at their favorite restaurant Ylang Ylang the day after valentines and she said yes. So it is with great excitment that Love in the Fire will be married next year around July!
For information on Envision Festival please check out this link: http://www.envisionfestival.com/