Meet Your Three Wise and Wonderful Hosts for The Art & Science in Wellness Retreat

VUYL7855What a special opportunity to travel, learn and play with these two talented and diverse yogi, holistic healers.  Holistic Journeys is thrilled to team up with Lura Shopteau and Valerie Dearing for our Feb. 4-11, 2017  Eco-wellness Adventure; The Art and Science in Wellness, Costa Rican style!   Oh Yeah…

Well you all know (me) Rebecca and please keep reviewing the web, facebook and Instagram for fun updates about wanders and happenings with Hopewood Holistic Health, but now, allow me to introduce you to two other wise women who you’ll share this special week with as we wander through wellness, art and Costa Rica!

Lura Shopteau M.A., LPC, E-RYT-500, IAYT is the director of  Bienestar Yoga Shala  in Uvita Costa Rica.  Some of you may not know, but E-RYT-500 is one of the the highest designations for a certified yogIMG_0495a teacher. Lura is certified to train other teachers at all levels and as a trained professional counselor (LPC), yoga therapist (IAYT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, she is especially trained to bring her unique and deep skills to her clients and workshops in psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation.   Lura brings her compassion and knowledge as an integrative medical professional to help clients with an array of medical problems. She has taught in a medical school, hospitals, yoga centers, and trained other yoga teachers while maintaining a private practice in holistic counseling.  Another wonderful skill Lura brings to the table is her knowledge in herbs, herbal products and natural cosmetics and skin care.  She will be a perfect complement to our exploration of tropical hydosols and flower essences.

Lura’s goal is to assist others in finding a way to live their lives with peace, courage and grace. She is happy to call Uvita home, being in tune with the natural world, surrounded by it’s beauty and the ever changing dynamic of nature.  Get to know Lura at…
Lura Shopteau    Bienestar Yoga Shala

Valerie Dearing was born into a family of artists, including her grandmother and mother, both painters. Svaleriedearingnastehe studied art at The Rochester Institute of Technology School of Crafts, The Cranbrook Academy of Art, and The University of Michigan. Valerie has taught at several university art departments as well as public and private elementary and middle schools in Maryland. She has also taught art to children in Mexico and India. Currently she is teaching spiritual art classes at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck New York during the summer of 2016 such as “Painting the Chakras”,”Making Mandalas”, “Sumi Ink Painting” and “Nature as Art.”

Valerie is an ERYT-200 hr yogi and has valeringmandala trained in therapeutic Qi Gong and Tai Chi for healing post traumatic stress, cancer, depression, knee and back pain, heart problems, arthritis, and MS. She is certified in the Yin Yoga, Laughter Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga styles. Her classes nourish physical, mental, and spiritual wellness using gentle stretches, twists, core strengthening, and balance practices. These simple movements and meditations can help enhance the immune system and restore and renew your energy.  Along with yoga sharing yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, Val is going to lead us in amazing Creative Art Explorations of Charaka understanding, Sumi Ink drawing, Mandalas, Solarized Botanical Prints and who knows what else she has up her sleeve… or should I say in her paint box…..For more info on Val contact her by phone or email   Telephone 330.397.1250  email  at  

There is always more, but for now I will leave you wondering about how to sign up!  Rest assured we are looking forward to spending the week with you.  

Early Bird Price of   $1,475.00-1,575.00   based on double or triple occupancy.  A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due by Nov. 1st . Pay in full upon registration, save $100!  $100.00 sir charge applies after Nov. 1st Round trip air, tips and gratuities not included. We encourage you to have you own international travel & health coverage. 

For more Info or to Register Contact  Rebecca Wood, Hopewood Holistic Health  740-590-3954

Lura Shopteau, Bienstar Yoga Shala    506-8505-1369

Valerie Dearing, Yoga & Art    330-397-1250


Yoga classes in Belize by Rebecca Wood
Yoga classes in Belize by Rebecca Wood and Valerie Dearing 2016

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