Costa Rica

Surf | Stand Up Paddle | Pure Yoga

On a pristine beach lined by wild jungle and gifted with mesmerizing sunsets is the setting of our Costa Rica Yoga Retreat. 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 10 years offering yoga, surf, and SUP retreats in Costa Rica, we are excited about our new retreat venue. Starting in July 2019, we are taking it up a notch to bring you to 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.

dates | Costa Rica

July 21 – 27, 2019

November 17 – 23, 2019

January – April 2020 [Coming Soon]

 

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 1.5-hour 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 the pristine beach. This exclusive hotel has 11 luxurious villas and one bohemian surf style 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.

  • (6) nights accommodations
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga class
  • Daily brunches and dinners
  • Retreat Options:
    • Morning yoga class + (1) spa treatment, or
    • (4) surf lessons + equipment, or
    • (3) SUP excursions + equipment
  • 1-hour relaxation massage
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination

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.

$3,700 – Single Room
$2,650 – Shared Room (2 max.)

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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 must be booked. For solo travelers, although not guaranteed let us know and we will try to match you with another retreat guest.

$3,375 – Single Room
$2,600 – Shared Room (2 max.)

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Three Bedroom Surf House

The Surf House is as beachfront as you can get. It has a simple and laid-back style. The three bedrooms have separate exterior entrances and share one spacious open-air bathroom with a stone bathtub. Bedroom one has two twin beds, bedroom two has one king bed, and bedroom three has two twin beds. All bedrooms rooms have air conditioning. At least two bedrooms need to be booked. Inquire about a special rate for five people.

$2,850 – Single Room
$2,500 – Shared Room (2 max.)

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A Day on Retreat
5:30 AM
Sunrise
7:00 AM
Smoothie, Coffee/Tea, light snack
8:00 AM
Surf or SUP Lesson or Pure Yoga class
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Brunch
11:30 - 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:

  • 6 nights accommodations, Sunday to Saturday
  • Daily brunches and dinners
  • Daily 1.5-hour yoga session. Pure Yoga participants receive an additional spa treatments.
  • Daily morning 1.5-hour yoga session (Pure Yoga option); OR (4) 2-hour surfing lesson (surf equipment included); OR
 (3) SUP outings (SUP equipment and transportation included)
  • 1-hour massage.
  • Pure Yoga participants receive an additional spa treatment of choice.
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination are and staff available throughout the week.
  • Complimentary use of yoga mat & props
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and filtered water available in the restaurant
  • Vajra Sol gift
  • 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 Sunday.

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 4-5 hours including a scenic 70-minute ferry ride across the Gulf of Nicoya if coming from San Jose.

The retreat ends Saturday after breakfast. Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

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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 Sunday and ends with breakfast on Saturday. Gourmet meals are at the hotel restaurant except 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