Picture it. You. On a sand beach in a remote coastal oasis on the Pacific. The air warm, just like the clear, beautiful water. You aren't completely alone on the beach but you have so much space. There's no concern about time. You are well-fed and physically relaxed as you stand on the shore. In the moderate sunshine, you are content. You wonder, "What day is it?" And then you remember that it doesn't matter just now. You're in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. You are living la vida yoga.
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Surf’s always up in the Costa Rican beach town of Santa Teresa. Bright sun and gleaming sands make the perfect backdrop to hang ten in the crystal-clear waters, and fishing, snorkeling and kite-surfing are popular among vacationers. Yoga and spa services are a must for the ultimate relaxation, and, at night, catch a glorious sunset on the same beach where earlier you caught a wave. ~ Trip Advisor
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headstands everywhere's Candice Clemens is your host. Candice has traveled extensively around the world and has previously hosted yoga retreats in Santa Teresa. She's 200 E-RYT and 500 RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 500+ hours of training and 1,000+ hours of teaching experience) and will teach beach and some studio yoga, as well as act as your host throughout your stay. As part of your experience, you will also have the opportunity to practice with teachers who are based in Santa Teresa.
Yoga and meditation are offered daily on this trip, and you can practice yoga as frequently -- or as infrequently -- as you would like. There are no obligations nor requirements. Candice will help facilitate your exceptional experience and is available to you for private yoga and anything else you need during your stay.
Meals, transport to-and-from SJO (San Jose, Costa Rica), and so much more are included. 7-nights in paradise looks a lot like this:
March 10 - March 17, 2018
March 10 <fly to SJO>, fly SJO to Tambor (airport closest to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica), yoga, dinner
March 11 AM yoga, breakfast, book club, lunch, PM yoga, 24-hour ATV rental, dinner
March 12 AM yoga, breakfast provided, Mal Pais zip line, lunch, PM yoga, plant-based group cooking lesson - dinner
March 13 AM yoga, breakfast, book club, lunch, PM yoga, dinner
March 14 AM yoga, breakfast, Tortuga Island snorkel, turtle release at Montezuma, dinner, PM yoga
March 15 AM yoga, breakfast, book club, plant-based group cooking lesson - lunch, PM yoga, Vista de Olas sunset and drinks, dinner
March 16 AM yoga, breakfast, book club, lunch, PM yoga, dinner
March 17 AM yoga, breakfast, packed lunch provided, shuttle to ferry, ferry to SJO, shuttle to SJO, <SJO to home>
What's included again? Transport to-and-from San Jose airport, room and board, and transportation to-and-from group/planned activities, all meals at the house (plant-based breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily), 24-hour ATV rental, 2-times daily yoga classes nearly every day, yoga swag, and...
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This gorgeous property set on over 2+ acres includes several homes. Ours and available for our exclusive use during the stay is a main house outfitted with a full kitchen, updated washer and dryer, and three bathrooms. The pool-side cottage and mother-in-law homes are also ours. As is the pool and yoga shala. Enjoy a few pictures of the property help you choose your room!
Yes. There are also outside kitchen spaces. Meals are provided and you're welcome to shop, order-in, and cook for yourself if you want more food.
There's a modern washer and dryer, and there are many options to have others do your laundry for you at very low cost.
All of the basics are covered so you only need money for extras. There is a lot to do and tons of fun shopping, so keep that in mind. You can also get money in Costa Rica, though your bank will likely charge you a fee at the ATM.
OF COURSE! Plus, most restaurants and other places have free WiFi.
The beach is a few steps away. We exit the property to the side and walk down the public access path that leads to one of the best surfing beaches around.
18 is the minimum traveler age.
If you need to cancel, please notify us in writing (email, text, letter) as soon as possible. Below are the dates by which you must cancel to receive a refund, and the dates after which no refunds are available:
(1) 100% of payments are refundable between now and December 31, 2017.
(2) 50% of payments are refundable between January 1 and January 15, 2018.
(3) No refunds are available on-or-after January 15, 2018.
Note: Should we cancel the trip for any reason, full refunds will be made within 48 hours of cancellation.
We do not require that you have travel insurance. (But we recommend it.)
We will provide three plant-based meals per day. It's possible to eat both very healthily and very traditionally (as you might typically) here. Eat in any way you please -- omnivore or herbivore are all very easy to do in Santa Teresa -- and most restaurants are accommodating based on your preferences.
January 15, 2018, is the last day to register. Need more time? Get in touch.
No. You can use USD but your change will come in the local currency, Colones (CRC). The exchange rate is 0.0018 USD for every 1 CRC, but there's a typical local conversion used of 540 CRC to 1 USD. Everyone there is great at figuring it out so you don't have to be. (Or install an app to do the math for you.)
Nearly everyone speaks English -- and certainly everyone who you work with at the hotel and at attractions will -- and Ticos (Costa Ricans) even talk to you in English when you attempt Spanish... (Or maybe that's just when we attempt Spanish.) There's a huge ex-pat population so it's super easy to communicate. We were delighted at how welcome everyone made us feel in past visits.