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Neat Retreats Offers Fifth Adventure in Costa Rica

A Neat Retreat in Costa Rica

Neat Retreats, LLC, is a New Jersey–based company that was created five years ago by JoAnn Jones and Kathy Landers, two friends with a vision of offering healthy and holistic retreats in wonderful places.  Their first venture was Costa Rica, 2008: Twelve participants visited the Manuel Antonio Natural Reserve on the Pacific Ocean, stayed in a charming B&B with ocean views and immersed themselves in the jungle with all its sounds and beauty.  From meditation and yoga classes on the deck, to fresh breakfasts in the host’s house and private Reiki treatments, the most important part of the trip was and continues to be the experience of the particular location.   Neat Retreats is offering itsfifth adventure to Costa Rica on March 21–28, 2013, beginning in Manuel Antonio and ending at the Arenal Volcano area with accommodations at the famous organic farm of Rancho Margot.

Jones and Landers choose venues that are eco-friendly, submerged in the culture of the people and landscape, beautiful, and less expensive than many other retreat sites. Jones is an author of anatomy texts through Lotus Publishing & North Atlantic Books, a certified Hatha Yoga and Power Pilates instructor, and aprofessor of kinesiology and dance. Landers is a Reiki master and teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training and a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.

Locally they have sponsored day and weekend events throughout the tri-state area.  These include stress reduction clinics, mother-daughter retreats, yoga and Reiki classes, drumming workshops with percussionist Chuck Wood, and healing retreats complete with massage, essential oils, private classes and treatments, stretch workshops, Pilates, hiking, kayaking and environmental education.

Neat Retreats will sponsor its third annual Women's Retreat May 4–5, 2013 at the Pocono Environmental Center.  They have also added a new location next year:  the south of France, for a week-long wine, yoga & Reiki retreat, September 21–28. 

For more information, call 973-770-1107 or visit To register for upcoming events, email [email protected].