Costa Rica Jungle Yoga Retreat 2015

pin now, and join us in costa rica this november!

pin now, and join us in costa rica this november!

We are so psyched to extend an invitation to join us in Costa Rica for a jungle yoga retreat for total rest and relaxation. Each time we lead a retreat, we try to create a very specific vibe. Sometimes it's about adventure and exploring, and other times it's about taking some time out for self-care. That's what this retreat is all about. We'll come together in a beautiful private vacation home with a pool that overlooks the jungle and Costa Rica's largest lake - Lake Arenal. When we were last there in March, we saw monkeys in the trees! Insane. 

Morning yoga class in Costa Rica

Morning yoga class in Costa Rica

It's so quiet there - well, actually scratch that. It's loud there - there are birds and howler monkeys and crickets and all sorts of wild beasts that make crazy sounds, but what you won't hear is any traffic, airplanes, or loud music. This is truly a chance to be with nature...but in a modern way. We'll have wifi, each room has a private bathroom, etc. There is no a/c, but since we're in the mountainous jungle, the air is cooler at night, and it's not really needed. This is an opportunity to deepen your yoga practice, explore Costa Rica's beautiful Lake Arenal and Volcano Arenal area, and above all, relax.

Horseback riding in the jungle

Horseback riding in the jungle

 

 

Ready to pack your bags and join us in Costa Rica? Here's what you need to know: 

Dates: November 4 - 8, 2015

Place: Lake Arenal (Puerto San Luis, to be exact) Costa Rica 

What's included: four night luxury accommodation, six yoga practices, all breakfasts and dinners, full day of zip-lining through the jungle and horseback riding around the base of Volcano Arenal - Costa Rica's active volcano, concierge service to help arrange any additional outings.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, lunches, car rental

Costa Rica Jungle Yoga Retreat Schedule

Horseback riding through the jungle at the base of Costa Rica's Volcano Arenal

Horseback riding through the jungle at the base of Costa Rica's Volcano Arenal

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • 3pm - You're welcome to arrive at our venue, unpack, and head outside for a dip in the pool.
  • 5:30pm - Evening guided meditation with aromatherapy and yoga nidra practice - This is a fantastic way to end a long day of travel. We'll incorporate the use of aromatherapy to invite a deep relaxation. You'll completely unwind, de-stress and feel rejuvenated afterwards.
  • 7pm - Dinner

Thursday, November 5, 2015

  • 8am - Hip opening yoga flow practice - Time to stretch! In this practice, we'll practice vinyasa power yoga - a flow style of yoga - to open up the body, and we'll end with a hatha style (slowly, deeper stretching) to open up the hips.
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10am - 4pm Free time to be by the pool or explore the surrounding area
  • 4pm - Say yes yoga - This is a vinyasa yoga flow practice designed around the theme to say yes. Approaching the flow with a resounding yes is empowering and transformative. We'll explore backbends and twists, to wring out all the junk and leave you feeling fantastic.
  • 6:pm - Dinner

Friday, November 6, 2015

  • 8am - Morning meditation, pranayama and groove flow practice. We'll start this class by setting an intention, meditating on it, and then begin a pranayama (breathing) practice. Afterwards, we'll move through  deliciously sequenced vinyasa flow set to great tunes to start the day off on the right foot. 
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10am - Depart for Volcano Arenal for zip lining through the jungle and horseback riding
  • 6pm - Dinner

Saturday, November 7, 2015

  • 8am - Exploring arm balances - This is a great opportunity to play around and see what you can do! We'll explore headstand, crow pose, grasshopper, and more fun arm balances. 
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10am - 4pm Free time to be by the pool or explore the surrounding area
  • 4pm - Blindfold yoga practice - This is a great way to go deeper within your practice. The blindfold allows the student to completely tune out distractions and go inward. 
  • 6pm - Dinner

Sunday, November 8, 2015

  • 8am Breakfast
  • 9am All good things must come to an end - it's time to say goodbye! 

Accommodation, Food, and Pricing

Fresh papaya at breakfast at our Costa Rica retreat

Fresh papaya at breakfast at our Costa Rica retreat

We'll be in a beautiful private vacation home (seen in the first part of the video below from our last Costa Rica retreat). The home is located within a gated community in the jungle of Costa Rica. We'll be walking distance to Lake Arenal, where you'll be able to swim, or take wind surfing lessons! There are a handful of restaurants nearby where you'll be able to enjoy lunch. A rental car is recommended- Costa Rica's roads have made significant improvements in the last few years and the roads are safe and easy to navigate. We can help arrange transfers if needed, or alternatively, students can let us know if they're interested in sharing a car and we can help you make arrangements to meet at the car rental office at the airport. Costa Rica is home to the most wonderful, friendly people, and this will be Candace's third yoga retreat in Costa Rica, but her 11th or 12th time visiting. We can't wait to welcome you.

The food will be typical Costa Rican food - fresh fruits and juices, empanadas (gluten-free), gallo pinto (the best breakfast dish of rice and beans), fresh veggies and of course, fried plantains. Meat will be served, because this is traditional Costa Rican food - but we are happy to accommodate vegetarians and vegans - just let us know. 

Private cabina - queen bed, private bathroom and little kitchenette

  • single accommodation: $1,100
  • as a couple/friends (shared queen bed): $960 each

Private bedroom - queen bed, private bathroom

  • single accommodation: $1,000
  • as a couple/friends (shared queen bed): $950 each

Double bedroom - two twin beds, private bathroom

  • $975 each

 

Logistics for traveling to Costa Rica

  • flying into San Jose (SJO) will likely be cheapest, but flying into Liberia (LIR) will be far more convenient and is encouraged, if possible
  • our venue is about 5 hours from San Jose airport and 1.5 hours from Liberia airport
  • car rental is recommended (you can rent right at the airport and we can help arrange that for you)
  • no visa is required of US citizens or Canadians
  • your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date

Have questions? Ready to book? Just get in touch below and we'll respond within two business days. (Check your spam folder if you don't see a response from us within one business day- sometimes it gets filtered through.)

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50% deposit is required to reserve your space for people staying at the venue. Day students will be required to pay in full up front. The deposit for on-site students and payment for day students is non-refundable but is transferrable. The remaining 50% is due October 1, 2015. Payments can be made via bank transfer or paypal using the gift option, or by credit card with 3% added to cover processing fees. No reimbursement will be granted in case of early departure. We accept no liability for loss, damage, injury or illness, which may occur during the retreat or traveling to or from the retreat. All students are strongly recommended to have their own travel insurance to cover any loss or injury, including repatriation if necessary. It is advisable to take out travel insurance in the event that you have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to make any changes to our program, accommodation, courses or teachers. Alternative arrangements are offered to the best of our ability but if not taken up, we do not accept responsibility for any costs incurred, including airfare. Students who have chosen a single room will not quality for any discount regardless of whether another student happens to be alone in a 'shared' room. We take every step to ensure that students are not stretched beyond the limit of their capabilities. We ask that you speak up if you have any particular pre-existing injury or illness that is relevant. We advise that you always listen to your body, and if you are feeling any pain or illness during the class that you stop and rest.