200-HR Yoga Teacher Training - Costa Rica November 2019 (ONE NEW SPOT - DOUBLE ROOM!!!)

Led by Steph Góngora, Erin Kelly & Bianca Scalise -->Guest Teachers: Kim House

Join Steph Góngora (@casa_colibri), Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart) & Bianca Scalise (@Bianca.Scalise.Yoga) for a 28 day, 29 night 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) on the beautiful South Pacific coast of Costa Rica! Bliss, beaches, and ALL the yoga you could ever wish for at Flō Retreat Center, Steph’s personal paradise just outside of Uvita, Costa Rica.

An intimate and community building experience, this YTT is the perfect setting for those wishing to start their yoga teaching experience, as well as those looking to revive their practice or delve deeper into their teaching and asana. And remember, teacher training isn’t only for those looking to teach! It’s also a great opportunity to hone your personal practice and body awareness.

Come flow with us as we plant seeds, tend to our gardens, and work our way into the complex, but rewarding world of yoga. Upon completion, you will be able to register as an RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance, and start your journey as a yoga teacher, if you so choose. Days will be full, but gratifying, and what better place to immerse yourself than our beautiful river & waterfall hide-away?

Training Basics

Training Dates: 7:00am Wednesday Nov 13th, 2019 – 9:00pm Tuesday Dec 10th, 2019


It is highly recommended that you arrive at Flō Retreat Center on Tuesday Nov 12th, 2019 (after 2pm) to give yourself time to check into your room and prepare. Your lodging for the night of Nov 12th is included in each Accommodation Package. Similarly, lodging is covered the final night of the training (Dec 10th), and all trainees must be checked out by 12pm on Wednesday Dec 11th, unless other arrangements are made for a longer stay.




After Aug 1st, 2018: $3750 USD



Includes your stay for 29 nights at Flō Retreat Center + THREE Freshly Prepared Meals Each Day + Coffee/Tea. For more info on lodging and accommodation, please scroll down to the Accommodation Section.

DORM STYLE (Bunk Beds – 6 people per room): $1900 USD per person (SOLD OUT)

DOUBLE ROOM (Bunks or Queen – 2 people per room): $2300 USD per person (SOLD OUT)

SHARED CABINA (Bunk Beds-  4 people per room): $2300 USD per person



****TOTAL COST OF YTT = TRAINING FEES + ACCOMMODATION FEES. Funds received must total the funds DUE. For example, if paying Early Bird ($3500 USD) + Dorm ($1900), the total received must be $5400 USD AFTER any wire fees, foreign transaction fees, credit card charges. Thank you for understanding!****





  • Lodging @ Flō Retreat Center – Check in Tues Nov 12th, 2019 (after 2pm), check out Wednesday Dec 11th, 2019 (before 12pm)
  • 28-Day Intensive-Style 200-Hour Teacher Training – Hatha/Vinyasa Style
  • Course Book w/ Syllabus
  • THREE Freshly Prepared Meals Each Day (Dinner Provided Nov 12th, Breakfast Dec 11th)
  • Daily Coffee/Tea/Fruit
  • Daily Flow Classes in a Variety of Styles
  • Courses on Alignment, Adjustments, Teaching, Sequencing, History, Anatomy, Philosophy, Sanskrit
  • Workshops on Business Ethics, Social Media, Marketing, Public Speaking, and MORE!
  • Authentic Movements Tank Top
  • Room Service Charge & Tax
  • Post graduation, access to Authentic Movements Alumni Facebook Group for Information Share and Continued Ed Opportunities
  • Ability to Register as an RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance Upon Completion

Additional Items (Not included):

  • Round trip airfare (suggested airport -SJO).
  • Transfer to/from airport (we can assist with booking this on suggested days)
  • Snacks
  • Optional Excursions including taxi rides up/down the mountain

This training is open to ALL-LEVELS, however some proficiency in yoga (asana) practice is helpful in order to make the most of your time with us. We will be spending quite a lot of time on the mat, and discussing/practicing teaching, so we suggest at least one year of regular yoga practice for all applicants. Not sure if you’re the right fit? Email us!


Sample Schedule

*6:30am – 7:00am – Coffee/Tea + Fruit

*7:00am – 9:30am – Meditation + Morning Flow Class

*9:30am – 11:00am – Breakfast + Break

*11:00am – 1:00pm – Lecture + Workshop + Teaching Methodologies

*1:00pm – 2:30pm – Lunch + Break

*2:30pm – 4:30pm – Lecture + Workshop + Teaching Methologies

*4:30pm – 6:00pm – FREE TIME

*6:00pm – 7:15pm – Restorative/Yin/Slow Flow

*7:15pm – 8:45pm – Dinner

This schedule may vary on a daily basis, and there will likely be more free time on some days (either morning/afternoon) to allow for rest and relaxation, as well as short and helpful homework assignments. If everything goes smoothly, we will also structure in multiple FREE days, where we can help you set up taxis to town, the beach, nearby attractions, etc.

We ask that students do not bring cell phones to class and please be on time to avoid delays. Some morning or evening studio time will be silent time to allow those with a meditation practice to create a calm and comfortable space.

Instructor Details

Meet Steph Gongora & Erin Kelly

Steph Gongora (@casa_colbiri) is a certified yoga and aerial teacher currently based in Uvita, Costa Rica. She completed her first formal 200-HR training with Meghan Currie, and continued to pursue an additional 300-HR training with Christina Sell at The San Macros School of Yoga. During her many years in Austin, TX, she regularly attended additional training and continued education with Erinn Lewis of Sukha Yoga, and recently started another online 200-HR study with Alanna Kaivalya. She regularly pursues continued education, especially surrounding Anatomy and Sequencing with Yoga Medicine, and other esteemed schools.


An athlete her whole life, Steph practiced gymnastics until high school, taught pole fitness during college (where she studied Biology and Chemistry), and started a serious daily yoga practice over three years ago. Her teaching style combines precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movements practices.


She has developed a deep love and respect for inversions of all kinds, which is what promoted her to write her first two books in early 2016 – The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand & The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing. She later added The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Yoga Practice for those looking to deepen their personal asana exploration, and The Beginner’s Guide to Full Body Backbends.


Steph is happily married with five furry children and officially moved down to Costa Rica in the fall of 2016 to build  Flō Eco Retreat Center on the South Pacific coast. When Erin and Steph aren’t travel teaching elsewhere, they host most retreats & trainings at Flō. And when she isn’t doing yoga, she enjoys reading, writing, anything outdoors, writing more books (probably about more Yoga), and spending time with her (not so) little family.



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Erin Kelly @erinkellyart is a traveling yoga teacher based in Venice Beach, California. She is known for her personal grace and fluidity of movement in both practice and teaching, and can often be found upside down or cultivating creativity through unusual transitions. Her teaching style is refreshing and playful, while still incorporating precise cues and pose breakdowns to help students understand the movements of their bodies and the path to personal growth.


She continues to develop a strong personal practice, studying various lineages, and consciously chooses not be defined by a particular school or style. Erin has studied under Megan Currie and is a regular in the LA yoga studio scene. She has also spent many hours training with Tearson Bickmore, as well as received extended hours in Dharma and Rocket under a Yancy Schwartz mentorship.


Erin has written for or been featured in Mantra Magazine, Yoga Guide Magazine and Yoga Journal, as well as made many appearances on national and international media sources. These days, you can find her focusing her time on creating unique, informative, and stimulating classes, workshops ,and trainings, often with her teaching partner Steph Gongora.


A true artist by nature, Erin received a BFA in Oil Painting with a minor in Art History from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is passionate about the idea that if we open our bodies up physically, we can tap into all sorts of creative, emotional, and psychological breakthroughs. Whether it’s with a paintbrush in hand or just through body movement, Erin is continuously creating her own form of art and expression and believes we all have this freedom of expression.



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Bianca Scalise (@bianca.scalise.yoga) is a Yoga instructor with a passion to help people. Her heart is on fire to share the healing and soul enriching practices of Yoga and meditation.

“After finding Yoga I felt an amplification in my enjoyment of life. Week by week I could feel my body getting so much stronger and more connected. The aches in my neck and back from my spinal stenosis were fading and now my body truly surprises me with all that it can do! I feel a sense of freedom in my body & mind that just keeps expanding with my yoga practice:). I can step on my mat with so much on my mind and am humbled at the calm and peace that fills me by the end of my practice. There is a fire inside me to share these feelings with you!”

Bianca studies Yoga all over the world. She recently completed a 500 hour certification program with Dylan Werner, with whom she also toured internationally for three months assisting intensives and workshops. Bianca is also currently pursuing an additional 500 hour program Yoga Medicine. She has attended specific trainings on the Shoulders, Spine, Myofascial Release, and Hips to learn how to encourage proper function and relieve pain. Sharing yoga is her Mission, Passion and Love! 



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Accommodation Details

Flō Retreat Center - An Eco Friendly Wellness Venue

Flō Retreat Center This 40+ acre property is located in Uvita, Costa Rica (South Pacific Coast) and is home to Steph Góngora and her husband Dr. Ben House (plus a variety of furry creatures – wild and otherwise).

Situated only 2.5KM up the mountain from Central Uvita, Flō is secluded and peaceful, yet convenient and accessible (by 4×4 car please). The long winding private drive to the main building plantel translates to extreme privacy in both the practice and living space. Wake up to monkeys and toucans playing in the trees above you, and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of crickets and tree frogs.

The main two story building holds a common area for eating and working + large communal kitchen and shared bathrooms on the first floor. Eat breakfast overlooking the salt pool and watching the ocean tides out on the distance. Turn your head slightly in either direction for just-as-stunning jungle and foliage views. The perfect place to sip tea, catch up on some emails (“jungle wifi” available), or just swing in a hammock and relax.

The second floor of the main building holds a large portion of the lodging space with two dorm style rooms (3 bunks, 6 beds each), and two double rooms, which can be fitted with queens (for a couple/friends/partners) or one set of bunks in each. The dorm rooms share a large bath between them, and the double rooms have beautiful ocean view sliding doors, while also sharing a bath between them. All rooms have access to a wrap around deck and come equipped with screens, mini fridges, ceiling fans, and AC units for hotter jungle nights.

Stroll slightly toward the cacao grove next to the main building, and you will run into the beautiful yoga studio. Mostly open air (with screens for bug blocking), this space will provide ample area to explore the practice on your mat. Full use of blocks, blankets, straps, wheels, (and hopefully aerial hammocks) will be offered during this intensive, and it’s a quick walk to the main house for bathroom breaks or snacks. Just on the other side of the yoga shale (Casa Colibri), you’ll find Gym Dos, a fully functional and top of the line training facility for movement enthusiasts. Free weights, bumper plates, cable machines, pull up bars, kettle bells, rowing machine, and MORE!

Keep walking toward the jungle, and you will enter the sacred cacao forest. Here the laden cacao trees shade our Cacao Cabinas, small but efficient bungalows housing 4 attendees each (2 bunks). Shaded, quiet, and peaceful, these adorable shipping container-esque sleeping quarters will come equipped with screens, AC, mini fridges, and each have their own bathroom!

But what about when you’re not practicing?! The days will be full, but in your free time, we encourage you to cool off in the pool, or take the short 1/2 KM walk down to the river, where you can explore one of the property’s SEVEN waterfalls, splash in one of the multiple natural swimming holes, or just explore the jungle walking paths. Town is an affordable cab ride (again, 4×4 recommended) away, where you can access grocery stores, beaches, national parks, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and souvenir shopping.


Looking for more info? www.floretreatcenter.com

1. DORM STYLE ROOM – $1900 / person including THREE MEALS / DAY (WAITLIST ONLY)

*Three bunk beds, six people per room

*Shared bathroom

*Mini Fridge(s)

*AC, Screens, Ceiling Fan

2. DOUBLE ROOM – $2300 / person including THREE MEALS / DAY (ONE SPOT LEFT!!!!)

*One bunk bed set (2 people) or a queen bed for 2 people

*Currently no private (1 person only) option, sorry. Email to discuss if you want to book privately.

*Shared bathroom (separate from dorms, shared with other double room)

*Mini Fridge

*AC, Screens, Ceiling Fan

3. Shared Cabina – $2300 / person including THREE MEALS / DAY (WAITLIST ONLY)

*Shared bathroom per cabina

*Mini Fridge

*AC, Screens, Ceiling Fan

*Privacy of the Cacao Forest

Flō Lodging is typically co-ed without issue. If you are uncomfortable for any reason with co-ed shared lodging, please alert us when you apply, and we will do our best to accommodate so that everyone can have the best experience possible!


*You can sign up for a dorm room or shared cabina (Option 1 or 3) without a roommate in mind, and we will do our best to match you up with an equally awesome roommate for the week. If you sign up for a shared double room requesting a queen bed (meaning you are sharing a bed with another person, you must apply with a friend or partner. If you are fine having a bunk in the double room, you need not apply with a friend or partner, and again, we will do our best to match you up with a compatible party.*


...And Claim Your Space in Paradise




Please click HERE to fill out our online application.



Upon acceptance, students are required to put down a non-refundable $500 deposit via VENMO or PAYPAL to reserve their spot. Your spot will only be secured once we have received both a completed (accepted) application AND the deposit. If you would prefer another method of deposit and payment, please email <[email protected]> to discuss.

  • The deposits go toward the total cost of the training – TRAINING FEES + ACCOMMODATIONS.
  • We apologize but all deposits are non-refundable due to admin fees and time spent inputting new attendees. Please see the Full Cancellation Policy below and ask pertinent questions BEFORE booking.
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • In order to be eligible for your Yoga Alliance Certificate, you must complete all required hours, both in person, and privately (homework) for this teacher training. Erin and Steph have no responsibility or obligation to provide a certificate to those with missing hours or whom them feel have not put in the necessary effort and attention. Extended hours missed (due to illness or other unforeseen causes) can be made up, but will be at the cost of the student at $50/hour missed.

Questions? Shoots Us An Email At <[email protected]>





To Place Your Deposit Via VENMO Please Send To <[email protected]> (@StephGongora) Or To Send Via Paypal to Erin Kelly <[email protected]> (Please select Friends & Family). Just a reminder that the total due needs to be the total received. For those paying with credit cards or incurring wire fees on our end, your final amount due will include reimbursement for all fees incurred. 

You will receive a confirmation email after your application and/or deposit within 48 hours.




*$500 nonrefundable deposit due after application is accepted

*$1,000 payment due by Jan 1st, 2019

*$1,000 payment due by April 1st, 2019

*BALANCE due by September 1st, 2019


Erin and Steph are offering one (1) partial scholarship for this 200HR Yoga Teacher Training. The scholarship brings the price down to $1700 total, including training fees, meals, and lodging in one of our dorm rooms. It does not include airfare and shuttle rides.

TO APPLY for this scholarship, please use the online application link above AND email these three questions to <[email protected]>

  • Why do YOU deserve this scholarship?
  • How do you plan to utilize this opportunity in your life?
  • How will the significantly reduced price help you make this work?

Finally, please post a video or picture on Instagram(TM), using the hashtag #authenticmovements, and explain WHY you would like to come to THIS teacher training. If you don’t have Instagram, please email the pic and caption to <[email protected]>

Scholarship Recipient will be announced on Sep 13th, 2018, and will have 2 weeks to put down a $150 deposit to reserve this spot. If recipient is unable to reserve or chooses to forgo their scholarship, another winner will be chosen and announced. Current accepted applicants are invited to participate. The scholarship recipient is being chosen so far ahead of time to give them the ability to save up for what is still a large financial and time commitment. Thank you for understanding.


Deadline for submissions = Sep 10th, 2018 at 10pm PT

Cancellation Policy & Legal Fun

We understand that life happens and things change. We will do our best to be flexible, however, the closer the cancellation is to the actual start date, the less likely it is that we will be able to fill your space. Since we have already paid for the training, we are committed, and late cancelled rooms would mean payments out of our pockets. We highly suggest you purchase travel insurance in case of any emergency change of plans, and are happy to answer any other questions that you might have!
Date of Cancellation Payments Made Deposit
6 months (180 days prior) to the start date Fully Refundable



Between 120-180 days prior to the start date 50% Refundable



Less than 120 days prior to the start date Non-Refundable




Please ask questions BEFORE putting down your deposit. All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Thank you for understanding. 

***Once the program begins, there are no refunds of fees, no exceptions.***

Videography and Photo Release: There will be Photographs and video taken during training and used for promotional purposes. By signing up for this retreat, you are agreeing to allow any photographs taken of you to be used by Steph Gongora, Erin Kelly, Casa Colibri, Flō Retreat Center, or Authentic Movements.