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8 Days Women's Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Ahki Retreat, Nosara, Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Overview

A Woman’s Journey Back to Her Essence Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

This intimate and powerful women’s training will replenish you with a new vision of your authentic self. Give yourself the grit and power to move through the ungraceful moments of life with full presence. Restore your relationship to what has never been broken within you. Leave knowing what you must do and engage in practices that have you follow through. The time is now. From victimhood to victory, women rise!

Highlights

  • Kundalini yoga classes
  • Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • Ancient indigenous wisdoms classes
  • Chanting mantra and inspirational songs sessions
  • Daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 days with instruction
  • 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, offering 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.

  • Sukhdev Jackson

    Sukhdev Jackson is renowned for her musical diversity and creativity, as one half of the musical duo Aykanna, sharing sacred and inspirational music worldwide and as an internationally celebrated Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. She is also a dedicated mother and committed to spreading awareness about creating conscious families. As a facilitator of women’s empowerment teachings and honoring the indigenous ways, Sukhdev created The Beauty Way women’s trainings and The Power Of A Woman online courses.

Welcome to the Nicoya Peninsula, a very special place indeed! It is no wonder more and more people are gravitating to this area, as it has been designated as one of the world's five blue zones, hot spots having common healthy traits and life practices that result in higher-than-normal longevity, a mecca for the holistic and healing arts practice.

AHKI is a short three kilometers (10 minutes drive) from Garza, a quaint fishing village with a lovely beach where you'll find more ticos (locals) than tourists. Another 15 to 20 minute drive north finds you in Nosara with Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada. Here you can experience wonderful restaurants, shopping, various excursions, and some of the finest surfing in the country.

Nearby places

  • Garza , 3 kilometers - 10 minutes' drive
  • Nosara - 15 to 20 minutes' drive
Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • River nearby
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM nearby
  • Board rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

At AHKI they are serving up fresh and organic, when available, vegan and vegetarian meals that appeal to a variety of appetites. They also can provide chicken or fish per your advance request for a slight, additional cost. This season, to guarantee the quality of most of the vegetables and herbs, AHKI is proud to announce the implementation of their new on site farming project, allowing them to serve farm-to-table meals, 100% organic and pesticide free.

Yogurt, milk, butter, and breads are always available for those not watching their gluten or dairy intake. In the amply stocked kitchen, the experienced staff cooks solely for the retreat guests, enabling them to take into consideration your individual dietary needs, making the appropriate modifications and adjustments. All meals are served in the lovely open air dining room, with a grand vista of the gardens, pool, and mountains and sea.

Your day begins with a self-serve feast of fresh fruits, home-made, organic, yogurt from fresh, local raw milk, locally baked breads, home-made granola, gluten-free pancakes, as well as gallo pinto, which is a Costa Rican traditional dish of rice and beans, and fresh local, organic eggs served up in a creative variety. You'll never get bored with your food here!

Healthy and delicious lunches and dinners are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be climate appropriate. You will never feel weighed down from food too heavy for the Costa Rica climate, but most certainly, you will leave the table satiated.

During your stay, AHKI Retreat hopes you will take the time to explore the area of Costa Rica and all the nature activities it has to offer. As remote as the location is, you are only minutes away from beaches, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing excursions, surfing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, nature hikes, and more. Great shopping and restaurants too!

  • Auto-gyro tour
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Miss sky canopy tours (zip lining
  • Palo Verde boat tours
  • River kayaking tour
  • Sibu sanctuary rescue and release
  • Stand-up paddle boarding tour and lesson
  • Surfing
  • Waterfall, swimming hole, and wildlife hike

AHKI has an array of massage and bodywork modalities available for you. Their practitioners are independent professionals from around the globe who have come to Costa Rica specifically to share their healing arts and services. Below is the menu of their bodywork and healing treatments.

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.

Facials

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.

Re-balancing 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 well-being. 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.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Ancient indigenous wisdoms classes
  • Chanting mantra and inspirational songs sessions
  • Daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Dance and ocean ceremonies

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). AHKI Retreat will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. Airport transfers will only be available between 07:00 a.m. and 03:00 p.m.. Another options 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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send AHKI Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler from Wisconsin, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I was here for a yoga retreat. What an amazing place - the food, the arrangements, the location are truly magical. The only thing I would warn on is that if you get car sick, take a Dramamine before the drive, it is unpaved."

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  • Review by Paul from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Ahki is not your run of the mill B&B, but a beautiful architecturally designed and landscaped property up in the hills behind Garza Beach, an easy 15 minute drive to Guiones Beach. All buildings on the property showcase a sophisticated CR and Asian flair and the rooms are stylish, spacious, and comfortable. Fantastic breakfasts and dinners available as an extra (if you do not fancy the drive into town). It would be very easy to not leave the property and give into rest and relaxation - that said, there are many beautiful attractions near at hand. The pool area is spectacular and there is a beautiful yoga space. No Wi-Fi in the rooms, but available poolside. Wonderful tree specimens and landscaping abound, and yes, nature as well - that means the sound and occasionally sight of monkeys, hummingbirds, frogs, and various critters, who we share this space (the jungle) with. I appreciate the ethics of Ahki in not laying poisons out to eradicate these harmless indigenous locals, and accordingly, it's possible you may see a few critters around the property - but nothing of concern. The only caution is for those with mobility issues. The rooms are a few minutes walk down stairs and terraces from the main house and this may not suit elderly or mobility impaired persons. You should also be prepared for a steep gravel driveway (but this is not uncommon in Costa Rica) - I would strongly recommend a car for independence - but it's not absolutely necessary. There were during my stay a range of couples coming through the property and a few single people as well. Everyone had space for privacy and the shared breakfast spaces etc allowed for gentle interactions. Finally, no review of Ahki could be complete without recognizing the great efforts and energy of the owner, Karen, who is a wonderful person and personality, ever present, always interested in the well being and enjoyment of guests. This is very much Karen's home and a testament to her taste and interest in the environment and sustainability."

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  • Review by Jessica Daniels from New York, USA
    9 out of 10

    "The energy that encompasses Ahki embraces oneself from all angles and really gives you the opportunity to relax and breathe in the beauty of nature that surrounds you."

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  • Review by Julie M. from Oregon, USA
    9 out of 10

    "What an exquisite spot!!! The ambiance was soothing and very zen. The food, views, monkeys, and people left nothing to be desired. I would return in a heartbeat."

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  • Review by Alli James from Colorado, USA
    9 out of 10

    "Just returned from an amazing week at AHKI. What a beautiful place. The attention to detail and the convergence with nature are inspired. I was there for a week long retreat and its an incredible place for such an experience."

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