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RSVP to Paradise

Puerto Rico

w/ Susan Mondi Bowen


March 23 – March 29, 2024

7 days/6 nights

Join Susan Mondi Bowen for an unforgettable yoga retreat at Casa Alternavida in Puerto Rico! 

Set in the heart of the El Yunque Rainforest, Casa Alternavida Retreat Center provides the perfect backdrop for yogis of all ages to explore renewal and transformation while connecting with nature. 

Practice daily breathwork, yoga and meditation while overlooking a warm turquoise ocean. In Puerto Rico each day we will embark on thrilling adventure via activities such as a bioluminescent lake tour, afternoon trips to the beach, kayaking and paddle boarding, Afro Caribbean dance class and food tour of San Juan. (Puerto Rican cooking is somewhat similar to both Spanish and other Latin American cuisine, using indigenous seasonings and ingredients. Locals call their cuisine cocina criolla.) Join us for an incredible opportunity to experience yoga, natural adventure beach and renewal in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

What's Included:

Located just off the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated part of the US ( no passport needed), famous for its rich culture, lush landscapes, breathtaking beaches, and tropical climates.

What’s Included

  • Full House: AC, towels, soaps, and operable windows. Daily room cleaning and refresh. 
  • Food: Includes celebrity chef providing a cultural farm-to-table, organic, multi-course food experience, daily snacks, and a variety of refreshments (tea, infused water, juices, coffee)
    • Every meal is 
    • Organic
    • Gluten free
    • Refined sugar free
    • Dairy free (except butter)
  • Adventure:  Adventure into magical locations within minutes (weather dependent). Adventures could include: 
    • Waterfalls
    • River trails
    • Beach trail hikes
    • Snorkeling
    • Kayaking / paddle boarding
  • Music, Movement and Magical Cuisine

Bomba/Plena Dance and Drum Lessons- Learn to dance Afro-Caribbean style exercising your hips and moving with the drum beat and your own creative flair. Taught by locals living in Loiza, they will provide dresses,instruction, and live music. This celebratory dance will bring smiles to your guests while teaching them about the history and culture of this unique region of Puerto Rico.

Old San Juan Food Tour- Join a guided Sunset food, history and culture tour in Old San Juan. Eat, drink, and learn as you walk through the 500-year-old city. Discover Puerto Rican Culture through gastronomy, history, and architecture. This is a food and city tour rolled into one with an afternoon start – the perfect way to kick off a night on the town

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare: Destination to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU),
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Travel Day Food: Breakfast/lunch on day of arrival & lunch/dinner on day of departure
  • Extra Snacks, Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Some Optional Excursions
  • Additional Services (ex: Massage, Cacao, Breathwork, Fire Ceremony) View Additional Services

Typical Day’s Activity in Paradise

Take time for yourself solo or bring your friends to enjoy the bliss of yoga practice;  revel in the warm turquoise water and be inspired by sunsets and ocean breezes.

Thrive Retreaters will:

  • Awaken to tropical sounds emanating from the lush El Yunque rainforest 
  • Enjoy morning coffee or tea, infused water, and fresh fruit
  • Reconnect with your inner child on a playful kayaking adventure
  • Breathing practices for fitness and relaxation in the fresh air
  • Practice breathwork,asana and meditation with rooftop rainforest view
  • Lunch( local, organic, healthy Puerto Rican cuisine) 
  • Explore their local beach
  • Use free time to socialize with fellow retreaters, spa, pool, or relax
  • Sunset watching with a refreshment
  • Laugh-out-loud group activities
  • Learn new skills for a blissful life
  • Make new friends and cherished memories


Meet Susan

Meet Susan, Your Retreat Leader

Susan has lived a healthy lifestyle for more than 30 years. As the retreat creator and leader, Susan will draw from her own life-changing experiences of adventurous retreating in yoga, meditation, whitewater rafting, boating, and wellness-themed excursions. 

Susan develops unique retreat programs that inspire lifestyle changes. Through attentive instruction, easy to implement yoga tools and tips, retreaters are nourished by practice while in the surroundings of an extraordinary place on earth.

Susan’s vision for the Thrive Puerto Rico Retreat is to meet each retreater as they are and introduce new skills that can grow and be enhanced long after the retreat week is completed. Yoga practices will be varied and intriguing, uncovering the magic and secrets of kriya yoga.  Learn to breathe for fitness and rest;  become overjoyed by the poses that emerge on your mat; meditate while connecting to the strong vibration of the ocean and be elated by practice surprises that make a Thrive Retreat special.

Rooms and Pricing

Reside in Paradise 

Casa Alternavida is a high-vibrational space specially designed for your personal growth experience. Explore the lush vegetation all around the grounds and a small rugged trail that wraps around the backside of the property and cascades through the rainforest.  Each room is a unique oasis crafted with care ( the walls are quartz infused for energy amplification), and comfort for maximum relaxation and enjoyment. Check out the options below!

contact info@thriveyoga.com to inquire about available rooms

Single Occupancy




*Early Bird Price and Registration thru Nov 30th. Regular price is $4218. Price is Per Person.

Double Occupancy


2 Beds: 1 Full + Twin or 2 Twin NONREFUNDABLE


*Early Bird Price and Registration thru Nov 30th. Regular Price is $3449. Price is Per Person.

Double Occupancy 


2 Beds: King + Queen or Queen +Twin NONREFUNDABLE

*Early Bird Price and Registration thru Nov 30th. Price is Per Person.

Double Occupancy 




*Early Bird Price and Registration thru Nov 30th. Regular Price is $3748. Price is Per Person.

Payment Plans:

 Double Occ: Full + Twin or 2 Twin 

Payments are due June 1st, July 1st, August 1st, and Sept 1st. Payments are charged on the first of the month every month. All payments are non-refundable.

For more information contact info@thriveyoga.com.

Travel and Booking

  • Travel to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Book your flight to Arrive at SJU  no later than 2 pm March 23, 2023, for group transportation to the Eco-Friendly Alternavida Retreat Center. If you are not able to make the group transportation, you can arrange and pay for private transport at the airport.
  • We recommend that you book your airfare at the time of booking the retreat with Thrive Yoga to ensure a flight is available.
  • No refunds for the Thrive Retreat will be granted for any reasons including travel changes and restrictions. See the detailed client master services agreement on your receipt and in your Thrive online account.
  • If we are providing your airport pick-up and drop-off we require all traveler information: full name, cell phone number, airline, flight numbers – arrivals and departures. We require this 10 days prior to arrival. Arrivals prior to 7am or later than 10pm will have an added $25 fee.
  • We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies offer policies that ensure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to weather & travel delays, personal property loss, and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.

Recommended Travel Insurance options for retreaters:

World Nomads

Travel Guard 

Forbes List World Travel Insurance