Costa Rica

Surf | Stand Up Paddle | Pure Yoga

Our Santa Teresa, Costa Rica yoga retreat unfolds on a pristine beach that is lined by wild jungle and gifted with mesmerizing sunsets. Delve into your yoga practice and learn to surf or stand up paddle (SUP) in the warm ocean on the Nicoya Peninsula.

Vajra Sol’s Costa Rica yoga retreat is located in the colorful town of Santa Teresa, rated one of the top 10 beach destinations in Central America on TripAdvisor. Santa Teresa is known for its beautiful scenery and great year-round surf. Due to its relative remoteness, the area has been protected from over-development and maintains an off-the-beaten-path feel. It is ideal for those seeking a more secluded escape into nature and one of the best yoga retreats on the beach.

New Retreat Venue

After offering yoga, surf, and SUP retreats in Costa Rica for 10 years, we are excited about our new retreat venue. Starting in the summer of 2019, we are taking it up a notch to bring you the finer things in life, offering simple luxury in a jungle beach setting. Our new retreat property is still just a short beach walk or drive to the town of Santa Teresa. To inaugurate our new Costa Rica retreat location, we are offering special rates for 2019.

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November 17 – 22, 2019 (special rates)

January 26 – 31, 2020

February 9 – 14, 2020

April 12 – 17, 2020

July 2020 TBA

 

Retreat Options

surfing

Surfing is for those who seek a thrilling adventure in the warm waves. Surf lessons are held just a few minutes walk along the beach from our retreat. The surf spot is a long beach break with a sandy and shallow bottom that is perfect for learning. For personalized attention, there are no more than three students per instructor.

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stand up paddle

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is for those who like to be active and out on the water in a guided tour. The SUP Yoga Retreat includes three half-day outings to different locations around Santa Teresa with breath-taking views along the Nicoya Peninsula. The SUP spots include paddling along an estuary through mangroves and out in the ocean.

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Pure Yoga

The Pure Yoga option on the Costa Rica retreat is perfect for those wanting a deeper immersion into their personal practice. Each day includes a 1.5-hour morning and afternoon yoga class. The Yoga classes are creative and dynamic and inclusive of all levels of experience. The primary type of yoga practiced is Vinyasa Flow.

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About the Retreat

Between the Ocean and the Jungle

Our new venue, a spectacular beachfront resort, stands above any other property on the entire Pacific coastline of Costa Rica. It is located at the north end of the Santa Teresa, which stretches along three miles of pristine beach. This exclusive hotel has 11 luxurious villas and one bohemian style surf house. The property also features:

  • a casual and intimate ambiance
  • a restaurant serving delicious and organic cuisine
  • an open-air yoga studio with ocean views
  • chemical-free swimming pool
  • an award-winning and world-class spa

The hotel operates with a commitment to sustainability within the vibrant tropical eco-system. The relaxed “pura vida” setting makes it easy to follow the go-barefoot style!

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Retreat Highlights

Vajra Sol’s Costa Rica yoga retreat gives you the opportunity to disconnect from a busy lifestyle and to have some fun in the sun and surf.

  • (5) nights accommodations
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga class
  • Daily breakfast/brunch and dinner
  • Retreat Options:
    • (4) surf lessons (equipment included), or
    • Morning yoga class + (1) spa treatment, or
    • (2) SUP excursions + (1) other activity choice
  • 1-hour relaxation massage
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination
  • Plenty of hammock, beach, and chill time

 

Retreat Price and Accommodations

Explore your retreat home away from home! Prices are per person in US $. Book three months in advance for $200 off the full price.

One Bedroom Superior Villa

One-bedroom Superior Villas have lush garden views, one king-sized bed (only), a spacious open-air bathroom with stone bathtub, living area, and a large terrace with a hammock. There is air-conditioning in the bedroom and there are fans in other living spaces.

2019 :  $3,300 – Single Villa  |  $2,450 – Shared Villa
2020 :  $4,525 – Single Villa  |  $3,050 – Shared Villa

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Two Bedroom Superior Villa

Two-bedroom Superior Villas have lush garden views, two-stories, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The ground level has a spacious living area, large terrace with a hammock, a bedroom with a king-sized bed and an open-air bathroom with a stone bathtub. Upstairs is a bedroom with two twin beds and a bathroom (shower only). There is air-conditioning in the bedrooms and fans in other living spaces. Both bedrooms need to be booked. For solo travelers, although not guaranteed, let us know and we will try to match you with another retreat guest.

2019 :  $3,100 – Single bedroom  |  $2,400 – Shared bedroom
2020 :  $3,675 – Single bedroom  |  $2,625 – Shared bedroom

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Two Bedroom Surf House

The Surf House is as beachfront as you can get. It has a simple and laid-back style and is more rustic than the Villas. There are two bedrooms that have separate exterior entrances and one shared open-air bathroom. Bedroom one has two twin beds, bedroom two has one king bed, and a third room is a lounge and kitchen area. All rooms have air conditioning. Both bedrooms need to be booked. Inquire about a special group rate (4 pp).

2019 :  $2,650 – Single bedroom  |  $2,375 – Shared bedroom
2020 :  $2,650 – Single bedroom  |  $2,450 – Shared bedroom

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A Day on Retreat
5:30 AM
Sunrise
7:00 AM
Coffee/Tea
8:00 AM
Breakfast
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Surf or SUP Lesson or Pure Yoga class
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Free Time
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Group Yoga Class
6:00 PM
Sunset
7:00 PM
Dinner

FAQ

What is included in the retreat cost?

Included in Retreat Cost:

  • (5) nights accommodations
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga session
  • (4) 2-hour surfing lesson (surf equipment included); OR
 (2) SUP outings (SUP equipment and transportation included) + (1) activity of choice; OR twice daily yoga classes + spa treatment of choice
  • 1-hour massage (relaxation/hot stone/deep tissue/Thai)
  • Complimentary use of yoga mat & props
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and filtered water
  • Vajra Sol gift
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination
  • Assistance with organizing domestic transfers from the airport, trip extensions and information source for travel within Costa Rica before or after the retreat.

Not Included in Retreat Cost:

  • Airfare to/from Costa Rica
  • Domestic transportation within Costa Rica to the retreat hotel
  • Gratuities for wait staff, massage, surf/SUP instructors
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
How do I get to the retreat destination?

Book your plane ticket to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria international airport (code SJO), Costa Rica’s capital city, or the other international airport is Liberia (code LIR). Plan to arrive in Santa Teresa by mid/late afternoon on the first day.

To transfer to Santa Teresa you can go by domestic flight or ground shuttle. Direct flights from San Jose or Liberia international airport are about 20 minutes to Tambor, the nearest airstrip to Santa Teresa. The domestic airlines in Costa Rica are Sansa and Costa Rica Green Airways. We will arrange for a driver to meet you in Tambor. Shuttle services depart 1-2 times daily depending on the season between San Jose or Liberia and Santa Teresa. From either location, approximate travel time is about five hours including a scenic 70-minute ferry ride across the Gulf of Nicoya if coming from San Jose.

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When does the retreat begin and end?

The retreat starts on the first day in the late afternoon around 4 PM (check-in is at 2:00 PM) with a welcome yoga class followed by an orientation and dinner. The last day we have a morning yoga session followed by breakfast. The retreat ends at check-out at 11:00 AM.

What is the weather like in Santa Teresa?

The dry season or summertime in Costa Rica is from December through April. The climate is tropical and Pacific coastal temperatures average from mid-80s F to low 90s F during the day and low-mid 70s in the evenings. The rainy season, or green season, is from May to early November. June through August and November is when there is typically less rain and a second high season for visiting Costa Rica. This is also a great time to visit with the landscape being vibrantly green and lush! Temperatures are similar to the summer months.

We only offer our retreats at the most favorable times of the year.

What are the meals like?

The retreat starts with dinner on day one and ends with breakfast on the last day. Gourmet meals are at the hotel restaurant except for one or two dinners at restaurants in Santa Teresa, where we can enjoy a fun, local atmosphere.

Food is prepared by exceptional chefs in a Costa Rican fusion style. Special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan or gluten/dairy-free, and food sensitivities and allergies, are easily accommodated. Please let us know when you book your retreat.

What are the optional activities?

A variety of tours and activities are offered outside of the retreat package which guests can sign-up for during the week. Reservations can be made upon arrival at the hotel.

  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Rainforest canopy tour (zip-lining)
  • Guided nature hike in the Cabo Blanco Nature reserve
  • Horseback riding along the beach or into the countryside
  • ATV rental to explore on your own or on a guided tour
  • Tour to Montezuma town and waterfalls
  • Boat and snorkeling tour to Tortuga Island
  • Deep sea fishing tour with private boat
What is the average group size?

The retreat is limited to 16 persons to ensure quality and personalized attention for each guest. There is a minimum of five persons required to run a retreat. Many guests are single/solo travelers. Please feel very welcome to come on your own. It will be an incredible experience!

Can I stay at the retreat hotel extra nights?

You are welcome to arrive earlier or depart later than the retreat dates and stay at the retreat hotel. Please contact us to check on availability and we will send you the nightly rate. Or ask us for recommendations of other places to stay in Santa Teresa.

What is your payment and cancellation policy?

A non-refundable US $500 deposit confirms your reservation. Full payment is due no less than two months prior to the first date of the retreat.

Should you need to cancel your reservation two months or more prior to this date, you will receive a refund for payment made less the $500 deposit. The deposit can be transferred to another retreat within one year. Should you need to cancel less than 60 days prior to this date, for whatever reason, we will not be able to provide a refund or credit. No refund or credit will be given for arriving late or departing a retreat early or for meals/activities in which one does not participate. In the unlikely event Vajra Sol needs to cancel a retreat, a full refund will be given.

We strongly advise on the purchase of travel insurance at the time of booking your retreat in the case of any unexpected events or changes to your plans before or during your trip. 

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Guest Reviews

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“After only 6 days, I was surprised by how I felt both stronger from surfing and a consistent yoga practice, and relaxed and renewed. I am already recommending Vajra Sol to friends and family, and intend to return for another week in paradise.” 

- Elizabeth, San Francisco

“This was my third retreat with Vajra Sol and it just keeps getting better. It truly is an adventure: from your trip to Santa Teresa through the jungle, to surfing in the warm waters of the Pacific on the most stunning beach, to the outdoor yoga sessions surrounded by the sounds of Costa Rican wildlife in the distance…there’s really nothing else like it.”

- Greta, Ontario

“I can’t say enough about Sandra and her attentiveness to each of us; she has a very special gift. I came on the retreat looking to put some things in the past and begin anew; I left with a true sense of renewal and I haven’t stopped smiling since I got back. Pura Vida & Namaste!

- Steve, Connecticut