Our True Nature

Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica

Join Brian Dean Williams and Melissa Berry Appleton on a vacation retreat in Costa Rica. Living in the modern world, in the busyness of our lives, it’s easy to forget our intimate connection with nature. We also forget, from a Buddhist perspective how, being aware and at ease is also our true nature. We invite you to return to both.

In this retreat, we will be explore both yoga and Buddhist meditative techniques to uncover our relationship with our inner and outer landscapes in a beautiful setting, with access to jungle and beach. Our days together as a community will consist of periods of yoga and movement practices, silent seated meditation, mindful walks in the jungle, therapeutic dialogue, writing practice, and long afternoons of free time.

Retreat includes:

  • Seven nights of luxurious accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day (plus coffee, tea and fruit available all day)
  • Morning yoga and meditation
  • Morning nature walk
  • Free afternoons
  • Evening dharma talk
  • Ground transportation

The incredible landscape that envelops the AHKI Retreat Center in Nosara has a beautiful way of penetrating and awakening the human senses. The gentle wind, slow pace, kind people, warm sun, lapping ocean, fresh fruit and nutritious food encourage us to enter an enlivened state of perception and connection.

This retreat will be drug and alcohol-free, and is intended to be inclusive of diverse genders, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and belief systems.

Dates & Registration

January 18 – 25, 2020
AHKI Retreat Centre
Nosara, Costa Rica

Starting at $1,990 USD
$500 USD (non-refundable) deposit


Brian Dean Williams

Brian Dean Williams

Clinical Counsellor, Buddhist Practitioner, Meditation Teacher

Brian Dean Williams (MA, RCC, CCC) is a narrative therapist and meditation teacher who lives with his family in East Vancouver. Brian trained as a meditation teacher in Los Angeles with Noah Levine and as part of that process, started a weekly meditation group for service providers in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. This expanded into mindfulness training for clinicians and frontline service providers individually, workshops for non-profits, and meditation retreats that he offers for service providers. Brian’s teaching style is collaborative, warm, and innovative. briandeanwilliams.com

Melissa Berry Appleton

Melissa Berry Appleton

Executive Director, Buddhist Practitioner, Meditation & Yoga Teacher

Melissa has been a student of yoga for 18 years and has received extensive yoga and meditation training. She keeps study and practice company with Norman Fischer and is currently enrolled in the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at Upaya Zen Centre. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources. Her experience spans work within geriatric cognitive impairments, palliative care, addiction counseling, and raising three children. Melissa has a family, a lover (her husband), a black lab, hikes, makes pottery, and is a bit of a rebel. She deeply loves the Bodhisattva vows, is humbled by the precepts, continues to work with her sometimes anxious breathing, is making friends with her mind and better relationships with all of life.