The Premiere EcoConscious Rental Property and Yoga Retreat & Teacher Training Center in Costa Rica
Kula is a sanskrit word meaning Family, not in the ordinary blood lineage sense but rather one that envelopes a group of individuals with strong karmic connections coming together for a single purpose.
This purpose started when Perrey and Jeff began combing the globe in a quest to find a special piece of land to produce a remarkable place which not only merged all of their combined skills and interests but all of their karma together. As dedicated yogis, they both have attended many yoga retreats and what they gleaned through their collective experiences is that it was on the more intimate, smaller group retreats, that they received the most attention from the teacher and expanded their practice exponentially.
So for the past ten years, in the eco-friendly country of Costa Rica, they have been the architectural and interior designers, the landscape architects, the general contractors, and the stewards of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers. A one of a kind, 100% off-grid, extremely intimate and private eco-estate boutique rental property for week-long yoga retreats, yoga teacher trainings, and health and wellness retreat vacations.
It is by combining her talents as an artist and her philosophical views on life that Perrey Reeves has been dedicating her energy over the past decade into developing a place that infuses all of her character. It is called The Sanctuary at Two Rivers.
Perrey was born in New York City and raised in the countryside of New Hampshire where she excelled in various outdoor sports and enjoyed recreational activities in nature throughout her youth especially where her family had a farm in the Berkshires. Her educational background ranged from years abroad in France and Italy to the Ivy League. However, drama studies were what really interested Perrey resulting in her choosing an acting career. Being exposed to so much diversity throughout her life there is no wonder why Perrey both calls Costa Rica her second home and is a critically acclaimed actress with a vast and broad resume in both drama and comedy. She is globally known for her most recent works as series regular Mrs. Ari on HBOʼs Emmy Award winning hit comedy series Entourage, her infamous role opposite Will Ferrell as his wife Marissa in the cult comedy classic movie, Old School, and for being one of Angelina Jolieʼs hot vixen assassins in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Off screen Perrey devotes much of her time to philanthropic causes such as Aviva, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Sea Shepherd, and The Uganda Project. In recognition of these efforts she was asked to co-host the 2011 Environmental Media Awards. She is a 20 year long vegetarian and has been studying and practicing Indiaʼs ancient science of health and wellness, Ayurveda, for 18 years. Perrey has extensive knowledge in the sciences of Yoga and Meditation having completed over 500 hours in several teacher trainings and intensive workshops throughout her 17 year practice with many Master Teachers such as Anna Forest, Erich Schiffmann and Rod Stryker. She has also studied and practiced extensively with Saul David Raye, Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, various teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga, and Jai Uttal. Her spiritual mentor and close friend is Dr. Robert Svoboda. Perrey devotes much of her energy to Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan.
Co-creator of The Sanctuary Jeff Gossett has been an entrepreneur in and around the hospitality industry for over 25 years beginning when he was attending Boston University’s School of Business. While in college he balanced his daytime hours in academia with evenings as a busboy in a nightclub. He progressed through the ranks to become manager and practiced the fundamentals of business management. At the age of 25 he opened Soho’s Spy Bar whose success launched Jeff as a NYC nightlife impresario. From there Jeff created a venue in the West Village, Moomba, a multi-faceted destination that offered equal parts style and acclaimed dining. The restaurant earned consistent high marks including a stellar New York Times review that proclaimed Moomba as the “social epicenter of the universe,” and worthy of an amazing two star rating. It was here that Jeff did something that was unheard of at the time, 1997, and designed his restaurant and lounge nearly entirely out of environmentally friendly and recycled materials as well as refurbished used furniture while maintaining the aesthetic of the mid-century modern design movement. The result was an inspiring direction in design, as the “green” movement was barely in its infancy, he coined it, “Eco-chic”.
Over the years Jeff entertained the who’s who of the world; including royalty from around the globe, industry leaders, government heads, celebrities from film, fashion, music and fine arts, gold medal athletes to multimillion dollar super athletes, globetrotters, jet-setters and socialites. Which, in part, is why his past venues have been featured in hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines across the globe such as; Vogue, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, GQ, Details, Harpers Bazaar, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Bon Appetite, Wallpaper, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, as well as being featured or mentioned on news programs and television shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Inside Hollywood, David Lettermen, Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, Regis and Kathy Lee, CNN, Fox News, and even mentioned by the MC in the opening monologue of an Emmy’s live broadcast, in a few Sex and the City episodes, and was woven into a famous rapper’s rap song.
In March 2001, Jeff expanded his Moomba concept to Los Angeles, except this time over tripling the square footage and including a live performance aspect into the repertoire where the likes of Elton John, Nelly Furtado, Kruder and Dorfmeister, and even Air Supply performed in intimate shows. It opened as expected with rave reviews and notoriety in all the national press outlets, but shortly after September 11, 2001, due to unfortunate timing and circumstances, the burgeoning Moomba franchise saw it’s unforeseen dissolution.
It was then that Jeff determined he would co-create a project which applied his personal values molded from his eastern philosophy and religious studies with his entrepreneurial background in the hospitality world. So during a brief sabbatical prior to venturing into the jungle, Jeff used his time wisely and became a manager at Sacred Movement Center for Yoga and Healing in Venice, California which, at that time, housed Master Teachers: Shiva Rae, Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, Saul David Raye, Mark Whitwell, and Max Strom. During this time he completed over 700 hours of yoga teacher training with teachers such as Shiva Rae (her Advanced Teacher Training Program), Rod Stryker, and teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga. During this time, Jeff also studied Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Academy held at Bastyr University in Washington and began extensive studies in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) with the aid of his close friend and mentor in various occult sciences, Dr. Robert Svoboda. Jeff has been a vegetarian for the past 11 years.
Jeff’s devotion and earnestness has allowed him to experience the fruits of the Tao, Zen, various Buddhist sects, Dzogchen, Hinduism, and eventually finding a strong karmic resonance in Ancient Tantra, being initiated as Naganath by Shri Kapilnath into the International Nath Order, a modern Nath sect established by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath with its roots in the Adi-Nath Sampradaya and Uttara Kaula Sampradayas of which Shri Mahendranath was holder of parampara and Guru. The Guru tradition and initiation of the International Nath Order includes wisdom teachings from Hindu, Soto Zen and Taoist sources plus practices rediscovered by the science and yoga of meditation and contemplation. Jeff has a variety of interests to compliment and support his sincerity for the Eternal Wisdom such as Primitive, Oriental and Occidental Mythology, Alchemy, The I Ching, Omenology, Carl Jung, Western Philosophy and Psychology, Social Anthropology, Quantum Physics, Sanskrit, Mantras, Kirtan, Pujas, Dhunis, Music, Writing, Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine, and of course the Law of Karma.
Connect with Jeff on Facebook: naganath www.facebook.com/Naganath
Liz Lindh is licensed and board certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a NCCAOM diplomate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a holistic skincare therapist and yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree from the East West College of Natural Medicine.
Dr. Lindh’s extensive experience includes research and treatment of stroke patients at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, presentations on complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Miami, the development and implementation of a therapeutic yoga, meditation and wellness program for cancer survivors through an international non-profit support group, the creation and instruction of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training approved by the National Yoga Alliance, and the formulation of her own line of natural beauty products. Liz has worked with professional athletes in the field of sports medicine for injury treatment and prevention and enhanced performance. She has treated Grammy Award winning musicians, Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actors and directors, authors, dancers and artists of all sorts to inspire creativity and focus. She was voted "Best Yoga Instructor 2013" by the Newport Mercury Love Awards.
Liz has been exploring the path of yoga since the early 1990’s. Her dynamic vinyasa yoga classes are a fusion of fluid movement, flexibility, core strengthening and balance where you will find rhythm and awareness, breath and calm, ritual and rock & roll, integration of body, mind, heart and spirit. She teaches retreats, workshops and teacher trainings internationally with the intention of spreading love, health and beauty. She has attended yoga teacher trainings across the globe with many great teachers. Liz is also a serious student of Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms, which she dances wildly and often.
Visit www.lizlindh.com for more info.
Michele’s culinary story begins on a tiny plot of dirt next to a creek bed behind her childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio. As a curious kid she grew carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes, and cucumbers and collected fruits from the forest. With her budding culinary creativity, she would later turn her love for nature’s foods into edible feasts.
Michele shifted her attention toward academics and athletics, competing in gymnastics at the collegiate level. Upon retiring from the sport with the completion of her eligibility at the University of Iowa, she lost direction, purpose and inspiration that she knew well as a kid in the outdoors. This catapulted her onto a spiritual path of Self-discovery. Through the practices of meditation and yoga she found a sanctuary of peace within the chaos and gained insight along her journey into the unknown. She deepened her spiritual practice and Self-studies with teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life, earning a Jivamukti Yoga teaching certification. Michele currently is a 500-hour Experienced Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. She also practices Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Geonka.
Michele founded OneTree Yoga in Cleveland, Ohio and has taught yoga throughout the U.S. She later moved to the Hawaiian Islands, where she continued teaching yoga. Michele values deep self-listening on and off the yoga mat as a way to refine awareness and reshape habitual patterns, especially in our relationship with food. She created Savor Life Through Mindful Eating, a program to assist individuals find freedom in their relationship with food. This began a return to her love of food now with a more wholistic view of wellbeing incorporating yogic philosophy, mindfulness and true nourishment on many different levels.
Michele then attended The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, specializing in plant-based whole foods, Auyerveda, Macrobiotics, Raw and Living Foods, and local seasonal cuisine. She apprenticed with Barrie Cullinan, owner of Amity Bakery, one of Bon Appétit magazine’s Top 10 Best Bread Bakeries in America. While completing her chef certification she lived and worked on a small organic farm, which brought her back to her childhood playground. She has a range of culinary experiences including catering, commercial artisan baking, recipe development and personal cheffing.
Food has played an integral role in Michele’s spiritual journey. She has witnessed first hand food’s capacity to nourish and heal on many levels. Michele is grateful to continue on this journey of creativity, expression, connection and community at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers and to be inspired with you.
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Jungle Alchemy Institute
Presents: 200 hour
Yoga Teacher Training
with Jaycee Gossett
and Liz Lindh
April 6 to 26, 2014