Who we are
A dedicated team of professional care givers and yoga teachers from all types of backgrounds. Based in Central America, we have all the expertise in supporting peoples wellness journeys in tropical conditions. Our focus is on your overall wellness. Facilitated by Director Chetana Karla Shakti, individualized staff of exceptional caliber is brought in to support you and/ or your groups very personal needs. We empower those professionals to focus and support them providing the very best treatments and wellness sessions to our clients.
Established in 2010, Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda has supported thousands of people to evolve, manage physical and emotional issues, and increase overall health and well being.
will support you
Heal your heart from stored trauma
Disconnect and release toxic relationships and connections
Achieve your health & wellness intentions
Find comfort and security within
Be inspired and explored your creative self
Enhance your sense of personal power
Connect with your intuitive self
Embrace your divine purpose
Chetana Karla Shakti
Retreat Coordinator & Ayurvedic Practitioner
An Experienced Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer, Physical Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner who has trained and taught thousands of students over the last 20 years. Originally from Canada I have been living full time in Central America for the last 7 years, between Puerto Escondido, Mexico and Montezuma, Costa Rica.
I have always been active in the outdoors thanks to my family and summers at the cottage in Nova Scotia. I've always been driven to an honest and loving, loyal, and fun community based around the values of Nature, Justice, Integrity, and Helping those less fortunate. I find that those traits are natural in those who play outside and are interested in all types of yoga and wellness and so I chose to create a Community where everyone feels welcome, accepted, nurtured, respected, and has the freedom to let their gifts shine and support Communities that do the same.
I owned a yoga studio and wellness centre in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua for 4 years, with the same name and one in Whistler, BC before that, and moved to Costa Rica in 2018 due to the civil issues in Nicaragua. While I cherish the time I spent with friends in BC & Nicaragua I enjoy this Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica very much because it has a lot to offer food-wise and activity-wise.
An avid surfer, outdoor adventure guide (surf, raft, ski, kayak, climb, mountain bike, adaptive sports, and kids camps..) and mom, my journey in Wellness Therapies began over 12 years ago when I felt myself drawn to massage, physio, and yoga for well being; An alternative lifestyle to my super stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander, Operations Manager for the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program for Whistler Blackcomb, Employment Counsellor for People with Disabilities, retreat operator, and Director of a Birthing Centre.
While under the wing of Baba Hari Dass I discovered that there was something to yoga and Ayurveda. Not only are they the perfect way to balance out the body’s strengths and weaknesses, but within 2 months of a daily practice I immediately started feeling more peaceful and at ease. I am so thankful to have been supported by amazing teachers and community along the way and I feel fulfilled to share these tools with my students. As my awareness grew I was able to clear and manage chronic injuries and mental health issues left in my body from her past adventures and careers in the military, extreme sports and outdoor tourism. I even healed myself of being bed ridden by a crippling back pain, by committing to a steady and mindful yoga practice and following the teachings. I believe yoga community and spirituality heal old traumas and rekindle peace, well being. I know how good it can make one feel on a daily basis; It gives people a firm platform on which to stand.
In my practice, I encourage students to move inward and into the true self heightening intuition and inner guidance, leading to fulfillment and peace. I believe in the body's innate ability to heal with a positive mental outlook and our practices help you achieve long lasting peace. I am honoured to assist you in any way I can.
Sessions with me are tailored to meet the clients unique Mind-body complex and needs and desires. I offer physical and massage therapy, hatha, flow, tantra, yin, Ayurveda, intuitive readings, shamanism, chakra balancing, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa yoga in Playa Pavones, Costa Rica as well as virtually, to a host of private clients across the world.
Host, Yoga Teacher
An Australian artist,
designer, yoga teacher, surfer
and founder of Om and Love.
Back in 2011, fed up with routine, I packed up from what I knew to be real and safe, to travel the world.
With only a backpack and a pure will in my heart, I pursed my dream to become a yoga instructor. In Costa Rica I began teaching yoga, and I met an amazing girl, Esperanza, which in spanish means Hope. We became great friends.
One evening, from the off cuts of a wedding dress I had altered for her, we wrapped the material around each other's wrists, to remember our connection.
Travel and life’s journeys we meet, connect and farewell those with whom we share a special bond. What we have left in our hearts are the memories we hold so close.
As I continued through Latin America, I adorned the bracelet with painted ceramic beads from Peru, shells from the pacific and sacred seeds from the Amazon. My bracelet emerged into a unique memory of places traveled and friendships formed; With this concept, Om and Love was born.
I currently live in Costa Rica. I have been traveling around our planet sharing colour to the world, doing markets and festivals and spreading the Om and Love.
I travel, share my passion, and teach. I try to do my best to make those around me smile and I give great hugs too!
The gratitude I hold for you in my heart is deep and special.
I do this for you. I do this for love. I do this to show people that YES, it is possible to be good and to do good. To live from the heart and to live with passion
Dream your dreams as big as you want to and go out there and take the steps to reach them. I want you to om. I want you to love.
I want you to colour your world.
I see you. I love you. I believe in you.
Yoga Teacher Trainer
E-RYT 500, YACEP, REIKI MASTER
Hi, I’m Courtney, an ex-gymnast, spinally fused, 18-year yogi, Ashtangi, trained in India, with a gypSEA soul whose practice draws from hatha, kundalini and vinyasa. My heart-centered approach evokes an understanding of interconnectedness through a focus on self-love, nature and seva (service). The intention being for my students to discover the light within that ignites their path to inner peace, the connection which opens the heart to universal love.
After 10 years as a competitive gymnast, lower back surgery brought my athletic ability to a halt. Looking for a way to ease the pain and regain strength and flexibility, I discovered yoga and immediately fell in love with the practice, quickly learning its transformational power over the mind and path to freedom. Embarking on this journey meant a lifelong quest for self-knowledge, love, and humility. In 2010 I volunteered in India and earned my yoga teaching certification. My time in India inspired me to establish my own NGO, Kids’ Foundation for Uniting Nations which connects and inspires kids around the world to initiate positive change through service.