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8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat with Andrea Russell

Andrea Russell, together with AHKI Retreat, welcomes you in her fourth-year yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Join her for yet another impressive week of yoga, meditation, and fun! These yoga and meditation classes are intended to go beyond general group classes you may experience back home by building progressively on yogic wisdom, anatomical, alignment, and energetic themes throughout the week.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation session
  • Mindfulness and pranayama practices
  • Transportation to the beach and all excursions
  • All day tea or coffee and fruit
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfers

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. AHKI Retreat is an intimate yet spacious facility. Infused with simple elegance, the two large cabins located just a short walk down from the main house offer six sizable guest rooms that can accommodate up to three people per room.

All rooms have ceiling fans, large windows, and doors, as well as plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow, fine linens, USA-style heaters for reliable and safe environmentally-friendly hot water, a handcrafted Costa Rican hardwood furniture made by local artisans, and daily housekeeping.

Each room has a private bathroom with a large unique and luxurious indoor and outdoor shower and patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys.

AHKI Retreat Alignment Yoga and Meditation Retreat Costa Rica Program

This week immersion will allow you to gain tools and insights to enrich your practice while fostering continued growth long after the retreat.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 Meditation and mindfulness practices
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free time for solitude, beach, hiking, excursion, etc.
  • 18:00 Dinner


Andrea Russell
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Andrea's hope is to inspire people to live healthier, wholehearted lives through the practices of yoga and meditation. She began practicing yoga and meditation in 1996 and has been teaching since 2000. Her yoga teaching draws from the Krishnamacharya lineage, having completed teacher trainings in alignment, Ashtanga, and therapeutic yoga. She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-E level. Her primary teachers are Scott Anderson and Michael Stone.

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at AHKI Retreat near Nosara, Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica rests between two continents and two oceans. The central point links the North and South Americas, bordering Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south. The east coast meets the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean lines the west with an abundance of lush tropical rainforests, mountains, volcanoes, white water rivers, and waterfalls in between.

Situated just nine degrees north of the equator, Costa Rica has a balanced 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night, with the sun rising around 06:00 and setting at 18:00. North America's winters coincide with Costa Rica's summers making it a perfect location during the cold months.

Nicoya Peninsula

Nicoya Peninsula has been designated as one of the world's five blue zones which are hot spots that have common healthy traits and life practices that result in higher-than-normal longevity. It is truly a mecca for the holistic and healing arts practices.

Nearby places

  • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) - 2 hours
  • Garza, 3 kilometers
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 5 hours
  • Nosara - 35 minutes
  • Nosara Airport (NOB) - 25 minutes
  • Playa Guiones - 20 minutes
  • Playa Pelada - 20 minutes



  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool


  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • River nearby
  • Yoga deck


  • ATM nearby
  • Board rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian meals plus coffee, tea, and fruit that will be available all day. AHKI serves fresh (organic, when available) vegan and vegetarian meals that appeal to a variety of appetites. The experienced staff cooks solely for the retreat guests, enabling them to take into consideration your individual dietary needs and making the appropriate modifications and adjustments if possible.

All meals are served in the lovely open air dining room with a great view of the gardens, the pool, the mountains, and the sea. Your day begins with a self-served feast of fresh fruits, home made, organic yogurt from fresh, local raw milk, locally baked bread, and home made granola. Hot dishes can include gallo pinto (a traditional Costa Rican dish of rice and beans), and fresh, local, and organic eggs served in a variety of ways and delicious oatmeal.

All the sustenance you need to carry you through your morning of surfing! The healthy and delicious lunches and dinners are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be climate appropriate. Bagged lunches are available for all-day, for off-site excursions.

Things to do (optional)

During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit and surf in the isolated breaks of the pristine Nicoya peninsula while enjoying the close proximity of other activities such as adventure tours, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding tours, swimming, wildlife hikes, horseback riding, auto-gyro tours, and fishing excursions. A 15-minute drive to the north brings you to Playa Guiones and Pelada which offer some great restaurants and shopping. And, of course, there is always plenty of time to relax and soak up the serenity that abounds!

Board building classes

As an added feature, you will have the opportunity to get in the shaping room and gain an awareness of the functioning aspects of foil, surface area lift, and displacement. Learn why a custom shape is personalized for each individual and how to communicate with your board builder at each stage of your progression. Learn fundamentals of surf board function.

Spa treatments

During this retreat, you may enjoy massage treatments for an additional cost.

Classic Swedish massage

This is a classic Swedish massage using long flowing strokes to send you into bliss. The cost for this massage is 90 USD for 60 minutes or 110 USD for 90 minutes.

Cranio sacral therapy

This is a gentle, hands-on method for evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than five grams, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The cost for this therapy is 120 USD for 60 minutes or 150 USD for 90 minutes.

Deep tissue remedial massage

This massage is a combination of mio-facial release, trigger point therapy, and skeletal alignment to treat a variety of issues. This massage works on chronic and acute pain in all areas of the body. It is a highly therapeutic therapy that integrates mind, body, spirit by working intuitively with compassion. The cost for this massage is 105 USD for 60 minutes or 133 USD for 90 minutes.

Energy centered deep body work

This relaxing, nurturing, and therapeutic massage uses firmer pressure integrating body, mind, and spirit. Tension, stress, chronic, and acute areas of discomfort are addressed using a variety of physical and energetic techniques which invite a loose, flowing, and rejuvenated feeling. Combines Esalen, Thai and Kripalu body work. The cost for this body work is 135 USD for 90 minutes.


Exfoliate, sooth, and hydrate your skin leaving it soft, smooth, and glowing with all natural gentle blends. The cost for this facial is 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Group acupuncture

Influenced by traditional acupuncture clinics, receiving acupuncture in a group raises the frequency of the energy field and invites deeper healing individually and collectively. Before one is invited to participate in a group session, each participant meets with Mitra for a private interview session to gather information about their state of being. The cost for this treatment is 65 USD from one to five persons or 60 USD from six to 10 persons.

Healing touch and energy balancing

By working with light touch on and off the body within the energy field, the hands of the therapist are used to influence the subtle body bringing balance and harmony to the whole mind, body, and spirit system. The cost for this treatment is 80 USD for 60 minutes or 100 USD for 90 minutes.

Inner wave body work

This is a soothing full body relaxation massage that incorporates breathing, centering, and a meditative focus with connective wave-like movements. As the body relaxes, the mind relaxes allowing for an experience of complete relaxation and letting go. The cost for this body work is 135 USD for 90 minutes.

Jungle love massage

This massage incorporates many different types of skills, techniques, and pressures like trigger point therapy, Shiatsu, and vibrational and rebalancing. The cost for this massage is 120 USD for 60 minutes or 140 USD for 90 minutes.

Rebalancing bodywork and massage

This massage is a combination of deep tissue massage, joint tension release, and energy balancing to release chronic holding patterns that contribute to pain and illness. According to the holistic approach of rebalancing, the emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects are as important as your physical component. The cost for this massage is 120 USD for 60 minutes or 150 USD for 90 minutes.

Reiki sessions

This is an ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. Reiki treats the body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include feelings of deep inner peace, security, and wellbeing. The cost for this massage is 105 USD for 60 minutes.

Swedish massage

This totally relaxing and nurturing massage uses beautiful essential oils to uplift the spirit. It helps the flow of the circulation by bringing balance and energy back to the body. The cost for this massage is 105 USD for 60 minutes or 133 USD for 90 minutes.

Thai yoga and massage

The ancient, spiritual art of healing, Thai yoga is derivative of the Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda, and yoga Vedanta.

Thai yoga is a vibrational medicine that incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, and rhythmic compression with heart-centered, compassionate attention that can strengthen the immune system, release toxins, improve flexibility, and enhance your yoga practice. The cost for this treatment is 135 USD for 90 minutes or 150 USD for 120 minutes.

The active sol massage

This deep pressure massage focuses on problem areas. The cost for this massage is 110 USD for 60 minutes or 130 USD for 90 minutes.

What's included

  • 3 vegetarian or non-vegetarian gluten free meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All day coffee or tea and fruit
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama classes
  • Transfers to and from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)
  • Transportation to the beach and all excursions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The airport transfers will only be available between 07:00 and 15:00. Another option is to book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From there, you can take a short flight to Nosara Airport (NOB) and then take a bus or rent a car.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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