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Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

January 6-13 2019

Escape to sun, salt water and rainforest this January with me -- make new friends, unplug from technology, and tune into Pura Vida (the pure life)!l  

Costa Rica is so special! It's beautiful, the people are genuine, the food is fresh, healthy, and delicious, and it's a place where you can unplug from stress and tune-in to nature, adventure, fun and howl at the moon with new and old friends.  

This year we're staying at the Hermosa Beach House, a gorgeous Inn that is right on the black sand beach of Playa Hermosa. We will have the whole space to ourselves and the tiny surf town as our backyard. My good friend and Reiki Master Jeanie Baker will be joining us and offering her healing services while we're there. 

 

This all-inclusive trip, 8 days and 7 nights includes:

  • Welcome bonfire on the beach & dinner & drinks! :) 

  • Seven nights accommodation at the Hermosa Beach House, on the black sand beach of Playa Hermosa.

  • Daily yoga class taught by Emily, optional sunrise meditations or chi-gong on the beach with the setting sun & meditation class taught by Jeanie Baker

  • Cacao Ceremony with Singing Bowls in a rainforest shala

  • Two delicious locally-sourced meals every day (vegetarian and pescetarian, vegan on request) 

  • A trip to Rain Maker national forest or Manuel Antonio National Park (beaches, hiking, rainforest, monkeys, sloths!)

  • A detoxifying Temezcal (sweat lodge) ceremony on the beach

  • Ample time to explore the small surf town Playa Hermosa (smoothies, cervezas, ceviche, & surfers)

  • Wifi, hot water, AC, and ceiling fan in each room.

  • Transport to and from the aiport 

 

  • Not Included in Price:

  • *Tips for drivers, excursion guides, and staff

  • *Alcoholic beverages (except for the welcome drink on Sunday)

  • *Optional excursions such as Tortuga Island, white-water rafting, ziplining, surf lessons, horseback riding, SUP, Reiki or Cranio-Sacral Therapy by Jeanie Baker.

  • *Flights (super cheap, BWI to SJO!)

 

 

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Accommodations:

We are staying in the beautiful and quaint beach front Hermosa Inn. With only 10 rooms we are very nearly sold out. Just 2 beds left! Accommodations are shared with other awesome people. 

THE SHORT: HOW TO SIGN UP

Pick a room using the BUY TICKETS window ==> 

Pay $350 deposit. That's it! I will send you invoices for the remaining 3 payments spread out between now and January. Those last 3 invoices can be paid via check, credit card, cash, venmo etc. 

The Long:

*All deposits are the same price ($350), when submitting a deposit just choose your room type/bed type so that I can keep an accurate count. If you're rooming with a friend or want a specific room add your request in the comments with your deposit. And feel free to message me with questions! 

** Inlcuded in trip price: accommodation, transport to and from airport, 2 meals a day (am smoothie, big breakfast after yoga, and dinner or lunch, snacks), welcome bonfire & bbq on the beach, Temescal Sweatlodge, Cacao ceremony, daily yoga, meditations, trip to Rain Maker park or Manuel Antonio (TBD)

*** Deposits are $350 and are NON-REFUNDABLE. If in the event you cannot come YOU are responsible for finding a replacement and then your deposit will be returned. Payments made to balance are refundable until 60 Days out. If in the event of a cancellation less than 60 Days out 50% of your balance will be refunded.If in the event of a cancellation less than 30 days out

**** Balance is paid in installments of 3, on 8/1, 10/1, and 12/1 (can be paid by check, cash, paypal or venmo)

**Frequently Asked Questions:

1) What should I bring to Costa Rica? 

Multiple bathing suits, yoga clothes, sun dresses, light shorts, etc, yoga mat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, a book, water shoes, baby powder. One jacket to leave and return in! Pack light - temperatures will be high but not too humid as "winter" is their hot, sunny & dry season. Dress is very, very casual ALL the time! What you won't need - hair drier or hot iron (humidity will ruin it anyway, embrace the beach look), high heels

2) Do I need a passport?

Yes!!! If you don't have one start this process now - USPS Passport Website. It can take up to 6 weeks to receive your passport, and sometimes longer. If you wait until the last minute you will have to pay $$$ in extra fees to expedite. If you already have a passport, check the expiration date - they might give you a hard time if it is expiring within 90 days of your travel plans to/from USA

3) What are the best websites to use for buying my flight? 

Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, SouthWest Airlines - you can even set up automated emails to be sent to you with low prices from your destination to San Jose (SJO).  Also, remember that you just need to get to the SJO airport - it doesn't really matter where you fly out of! So if you have a friend in a major city, or there are multiple surrounding airports, check with all of them!

Once you sign up for the retreat, we will of course share any amazing airline deals that we find with you!     

4) When should I arrive? 

We will meet at the San Jose, CR airport on Sunday January 6th by 2pm, and then take the private shuttle together to Vida Asana, which is in Playa Hermosa, near Jaco. Try to take the first flight out of your home airport that morning. If you wait too long to book airfare you may miss this flight. If you arrive much later than the group for any reason (including flight delays/cancellations, weather, etc) you will be responsible for getting/paying for a cab. They are easily found and reliable but the trip to our retreat center (Vida Asana) would cost around $80. There are also a couple of ride share services, Easy Rider and Interbus, that cost around $35. They leave the airports around 3 times/day.  

5) When should I schedule my return flight for? 

We will have another private shuttle that takes our group back to the San Jose airport (SJO) on Sunday January 13th. Try to schedule your flight to leave around 1pm if possible - if there is a really great deal on a flight out of somewhere that leaves a little earlier, let us know so we can share that info with others(!), and we will try to accommodate, but as a general guideline try for a flight in the early afternoon.  

6) What will the weather be like? 

Hot, sunny, and dry, between 85-95 degrees during the day. This is Costa Rica's dry season so we shouldn't be bugged by mosquitos much, if at all. Nights will be breezy and around 70-75 degrees.

7) How much free time will I have? 

Plenty! We don't like to go on over-structured vacations and we assume you don't either. We want to give you ample time to go to the beach, swim, surf, get fresh fruit smoothies at the fruit shack, have a beer or two, watch the waves, read a book, explore the rain forest, star gaze, whatever! Aside from yoga, breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything else is FREE TIME. If you like to stay active we will have plenty to occupy your time such as surf school, stand up paddle boarding school (or you can just rent a board for the week and surf at will), white water rafting, zip-lining, visiting our tiny beach village of Playa Hermosa or the bigger surf town Jaco, getting a massage, etc. 

8) Is Costa Rica dangerous?

 As with anywhere in the world you should be mindful of locking up your valuables, but Costa Rica is relatively safe. Unlike many other resort vacation countries, you can wander outside Vida Asana and into town without fear. You will likely meet some of the nicest strangers you've ever met. Costa Ricans are generally pleasant, carefree, super friendly, and very generous.

10) Do I need any special vaccinations? 

We recommend that you are up to date on all of your standard routine vaccinations. You do not need any kind of special vaccinations to enter into Costa Rica, but there are some suggestions from the US Center for Disease Control  <View those here>

11) How much extra money should I bring? 

ATMs are easily found here that dispense both dollars and Costa Rican colones, however most places take US dollars. Remember to let your bank/credit cards know that you are traveling! You may spend money on souvenirs in town, lunch one day in Jaco, beer & wine (if you so fancy), extra snacks (if you want to stock your fridge), surf board rental (if you already surf - or you can sign up to take lessons), and massage. You can easily avoid spending beyond what you already paid for this trip - all meals, lodging, and yoga are included. The beaches are free! :)

12) Do I need to speak Spanish?

No. Most Costa Ricans are happy to speak English, but if you know some Spanish they will love you even more. 

13) Will my cell phone work?

How will I get in touch with people if I need/want to? Our Beachhouse has a wifi connection that works pretty well, although it's not super fast. If your phone has a data plan that works off of wifi you can use that to text/email/send pictures to all of your jealous friends and family back home. But only if you want to - remember, you're on vacation! As far as making calls - please check with your cell phone provider for information about international travel plans. If you need to contact us for any reason on the day of the retreat before we are together (delayed flight, etc) email or texting Rachel will be the best option.

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