on April 2nd - April 8th, 2023
You are invited to The Sanctuary in Costa Rica.
Keepers of the Earth(tm) is the first of its kind, inspired out of Grant's deep and immersive studies into the realms of Yoga, Tantra & Shamanism.
This is absolutely for YOU if you feel like you've been practicing yoga for some time, but sense that there is something far deeper to this path...
... or if you feel like you have untapped potential and you know that things like yoga, breathwork, chanting, ritual, and shamanic practices can help you reveal what is there ...
the intention for this retreat is simple:
After leading more than a dozen retreats around the world, devoted yogi Grant Ifflander is honored to be guiding this very unique experience for the FOURTH year in a row, and looks forward to sharing his gifts and magick with attendees.
Registration is open
Space is limited to 12
$2400 for a shared room
$3200 for a private
$700 deposit reserves your spot
Questions? Click here to access FAQ
Understanding the mechanics of spiritual transformation is one thing.
Doing it within a stronger container with your sangha is another.
Come experience the power of community engaged deeply in transformative work for one week.
Your life will be changed.
Doing it on your own is one thing.
Doing it with a group of people devoted to themselves as well is another.
Come drink from the well of your community.
What to expect
Dive Deeper into the Ancient Science of Yoga
An immersive retreat and training experience designed to empower you with tools and teachings necessary for your continued growth and development
Daily yoga sessions (sadhana)
Kirtan, mantra, and sacred song circles
Advanced workshops on topics of pranayama, mantra, ritual, etc. (subject to change and group needs)
Group meditation and prayer (puja)
Spiritual discussions & philosophy (satsang)
Yogic Fire Ceremony (dhuni)
Organic farm-to-table vegetarian meals
Waterfall and nature excursion
6 nights/ 7 days eco-luxury accommodation
Not a"yoga vacation"
Who this is for?
You are wanting to be in community with other individuals devoted to their spiritual growth
You have the intuition pulling you to uncover the true power of Yoga
You have a strong desire to improve your relationship with yourself and all of life
You are ready to step up and fully own your magical ability
See what everyone said from our very first Costa Rica retreat back in 2020:
Q: What is the cost for this investment?
A: Shared room full price tuition is $2400, private room is $3200.
Q: What is "Keepers of the Earth"?
A: Born out of a desire to bring himself closer to Nature and natural ways, Grant has devised training experiences and methodologies out of his extensive personal research and practice. These methods are meant to bring one into a closer relationship to their essence. He feels that the future of Earth will be dependent on practitioners keeping the ancient ways alive. Keepers of the Earth is thus a sort of lineage that has emerged from the convergence of a variety of streams of influence and traditions. It is not just a branded retreat name led by Grant and Bridge the Gap Yoga, LLC.; it is a way of being and initiation into one's own essential nature. By attending a KOTE training or retreat one is properly equipped with their very own tools to become a "Keeper of the Earth".
Q: I really want to come on this retreat, but I cannot afford the full price. Is there anything you can do?
A: Two partial scholarships are available for those with financial need. Send an e-mail to email@example.com describing your situation and your intention for joining the retreat if financial assistance is requested. The amount discounted is variable and based on the situation.
Q: What is included in the full price tuition?
A: Everything except for airfare and transportation to/from the Sanctuary. All meals, workshops, and experiences on site including eco-luxury accommodations are included in the tuition. Additional expenses may included staff gratuity, COVID testing (depending on country/airline requirements), insurance (health &/or traveler's), and additional purchases, excursions or accommodation before/after the scheduled dates of the retreat.
Q: How easy is it to travel to the retreat center?
A: The Sanctuary, located near Cabuya, Costa Rica, is an off-grid eco-luxury retreat center built for those wishing to experience the pristine and natural environment of Costa Rica and to deepen into their healing work. Those who find seclusion important in a retreat setting are invited to make the necessary trek to be here. Most people choose to fly in a day early and to rest/ explore San Jose city, where the international airport is located, and book an early group shuttle with other retreat participants as this is the cheapest and most convenient option. The shuttle takes about 5.5 hours and deposits you right at the entrance to the Sanctuary grounds. Once here, an off-road vehicle designed for the jungle terrain picks up your luggage so that you can walk the remaining 25 minutes through the beautiful jungle and across two rivers into the property. Rest assured, the journey is worth it, and part of what makes the experience so special. Be sure to pack your river shoes ;)
Q: What sort of work will we be doing?
A: In my experience (as Grant and someone who has led and facilitated numerous gatherings, retreats, events, and gatherings), the energy of the group always determines the depth and potency of the work available to us. We will use a variety of techniques under the primary umbrella of Yoga and yogic science, but our work is always expansive and inclusive. Practices include the standard asana, pranayama, and meditation, but will also include sacred music, chanting and singing, deep listening and partner activities to support authentic expression and connection, Tantric practices, and other modalities drawing from the various schools and methods that I've found useful in my path. Prepare for a FUN but deep and potent experience, with lots to learn and take home :)
(To learn more about my perspective on sadhana and "the work" in general, see here)
Q: I have little to no experience with yoga, am I still permitted to join this retreat?
A: While many of the participants will be practitioners, every year we have had new folks join us. The intention is always to "bridge the gap" for these people so that they fully feel like they are a part of the experience. Many of the teachings and practices, whilst 'advanced', are also very simple, straightforward and accessible. The goal is to meet each person where they are at and give them tools to support them from there. The beautiful thing is that the energy of the group (Sangha) is supportive to all in each person's respective path, regardless of experience. From someone who has no experience in the science of Yoga, to a person with years of daily practice, this retreat is for anyone who is sincerely interested in healing and transformation.
Q: What sort of people attend this retreat?
A: People who are interested in deepening their spiritual/healing practices, who have an open mind, and who want to learn. Our past retreats have attracted all kinds of these folk: single moms, entrepreneurs, coaches, space-holders, fellow yoga teachers, travelers, healers, corporate blue-collar workers, musicians, real estate agents, astrologers... the list goes on.
Q: Are payment plans available, and/or what is the initial deposit requirement?
A: Depending on the time of making the initial deposit of, payment plan may or may not be available. An initial non-refundable deposit of $700 secures your spot on this retreat. The rest of the payments can be structured with the following payment plan: $600 90 days before retreat start, $500 60 days before, and the remaining balance 30 days before
*All deposits are non-refundable but can be transferred or credited to later retreats or other events/ courses hosted by Grant.*
Q: Ok I am interested. How do I register?
A: Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page so that you can fill out a brief questionnaire required to submit your application and intent to join us for this transformational experience. We have found that this is helpful to help the right people find this retreat and this also creates a good match for the energy and intention of the experience. Once your application is received and approved, payment instructions will be sent to you within one business week. Venmo or paypal (friends & family) are preferred methods of electronic payment, or wire transfer.