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22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Blue Spirit Retreat Center, Guiones sur, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

This 200-hour teacher training is wholeheartedly dedicated to the art of self-study through self-exploration. Consider this your ultimate adventure, a hero’s journey that will both challenge and encourage you to embrace your potential, awaken your inner power, and ignite your passion for life. This training teaches that happiness is your natural alchemy.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation, mantra, and chanting
  • Energy medicine prescription and on-going mentoring and teacher tools
  • Excursions to Pacific Ocean sandy beaches
  • Yoga Alliance syllabus and certification
  • 21 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 22 days with instruction
  • English
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During the training course, you will be accommodated at Blue Spirit Retreat Center. Blue Spirit has been described by TripAdvisor as “peaceful luxury at its best”. It is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is the perfect place to experience a yoga retreat.

When you’re not in training, you can relax at the salt-water infinity pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or you’re just a short walk away from a stunning, three-mile long, sandy white beach.

Nature suite

Nature suites are very cozy and located on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation. They are simple and have private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle. Each suite sleeps two people and includes a separate enclosed porch with a desk.

All suites have solar hot water as well as air conditioning. The suites are a short walk up the hill to the main building. Nature suites have a safety box large enough to fit a 17 inch laptop computer.


These rooms are specifically designed for singles and provide privacy and elegance, while being cozy and inexpensive. Many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean and others of the mountains nearby, a queen-sized bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water, and a natural ventilation system. There are also a few Hermitage rooms available with twin beds for two people. Hermitage rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17 inch laptop computer.

Eco cottage

The cottages are beautifully situated in the lush vegetation, allowing for a sensual being-in-touch experience with nature. They are simple and have natural wood frame structures with screening for natural ventilation.

Each cottage sleeps two people and shares a common bathhouse that has solar hot water showers. Everything runs on solar powered electricity to provide a comfortable and ecological setting.

The eco cottages are situated below the main building and involve a short hike up a stone stairway to get to the main building. Each eco cottage has a safety box large enough to fit a 17 inch laptop computer.

This teacher training program will be held in Nosara, Costa Rica. Recently named the happiest country in the world, Costa Rica is the land of “pura vida” where ecological integrity really matters. The easy vibe and friendly locals welcome you like you were family.

In the last 10 years, Nosara has grown quietly into one of the hip holistic hot-spots on the planet. This peaceful and vibrant international community of nature lovers, surfers, yogis, and families truly embraces the “pura vida” lifestyle.

The community resides along the coast with three unspoiled stunning beaches, Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Nosara, with private houses, little hotels, and excellent restaurants hidden into lush tropical greenery.

Nearby places

  • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) - 2 hours
  • Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) - 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Nosara Airport (NOB) - 20 minutes
  • 1 special eco-friendly goodie bag with loving gifts
  • 2 social hours on select evenings
  • 3 healthy and delicious meals per day
  • 13% Costa Rican taxes
  • 21 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily organic juices, coffee, herbal blends, and tea
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Delicious filtered drinking water
  • Energy medicine prescriptions
  • Excursions to Pacific Ocean sandy beaches
  • On-going mentoring and teacher tools
  • Training manual
  • Vision board creation
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Yoga mats and props

Alchemy of Yoga School is waiting for you, the seekers, adventurers, lovers of love, rebel yoga spirits, and stretchy-minded. This program is for those who enjoy supporting one another, laughter, organic food, dancing in the moonlight, lounging in a hot tub under the stars, playing in the water, silent meditation hikes, taking naps, and enthusiastic conversation about elevating the world. If you feel the vibe, join Alchemy of Yoga School’s tribe!

Alchemy of yoga and how to live an inspired life

Yoga is about wholeness, health, and vital living. It is about a life inspired in body, mind, and spirit. Through movement, meditation, discussion, and journaling, you will explore the vast resources related to how to live an inspired life by focusing on the last three niyamas or personal practices that comprise the alchemy of yoga. These are necessary for bringing about real, lasting change and cultivating inner happiness and spiritual bliss.

Experience the alchemy of the five elements, the four directions, and the chakra system as an inner and outer map of transformation. These are archetypal and energetic maps that are as metaphorical as they are very real and embodied. Everything you see, taste, touch, feel, and do can be interpreted through the gateway of the elements, directions, and chakras.

You will learn how to tap into these sacred relationships and align yourself with their alchemy in order to gain insight into healing your psyche, emotions, and well-being.

When you join together in a kula (“community of the heart”), you are all the alchemist in your laboratory mixing the ingredients. You wake up to the power you have to go into the laboratory of your life experience and mix the potions you want to create your best life going forward!

How does the alchemy of yoga work?

Something magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together for two-hundred hours with the purpose of uplifting their lives and expanding consciousness into radical authenticity.

This program will transform you on three levels: physical alchemy, spiritual alchemy, and mental alchemy. The ancient alchemists, like their yogi counterparts, saw all of creation as composed of earth, air, fire, water, and space. Through their meditations and explorations of these five elements, they created healing and transformative potions and unlocked many of the mysteries of the universe and therein contributed to the evolution of humankind.

As an alchemist yogi, your laboratory is your mat and the ingredients are your body, poses, breath, thoughts, and the mixing it all together changes your life. You are transformed into a peace leader, leading a happiness revolution and changing the world!

Upon completion, you will be prepared to design and confidently lead intelligent alignment driven Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative classes, all with your own signature style. You will graduate as a happiness ambassador, ready to authentically and effectively inspire others!

Physical alchemy (tapas)

It ignites the changes you want to make in your life. It is about the getting fired up and passionate. Literally, it means heating the body through moving and breathing in the Vinyasa.

Mental alchemy (svadhaya)

While you are following the discipline of tapas and engaging in the physical practice to help move your stuck energy, you are watching yourself. In yoga, you study the self to learn about the self.

Here, the mental alchemy is through self-observation. You witness what is going on in your thoughts, what are you thinking. You tune in to your intuition to enhance clarity and harmony between what you think, say, and do. You remember to remember who you really are.

Through this, your ego softens from being I centered to seeing your interconnectedness to all things, people, nature, and energies. You humbly realize your nature of union in this interweb.

Spiritual alchemy (ishvara pranidhana)

As you are doing and watching, you let go of the ego of judgment. You will move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered to mix together. You practice ishvara pranidhana as you trust the universal intelligence that hugs you from all directions to know what it is doing.

Once you find this trust, you begin to believe that beauty and goodness are within you, flowing non-stop. You will understand that there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outside you. Beauty becomes your way of life. Happiness becomes your natural alchemy once again.

Overview of alchemy of yoga program

  • Earth: foundational alchemy, rooting into yourself and manifestation (chakra 1)
  • Water: emotional alchemy, tapping into your potential and living in possibility (chakra 2)
  • Fire: physical alchemy, discovering your optimal performance (chakra 3)
  • Air: mental alchemy, unlearning the obstacles to your happiness (chakra 4)
  • Ether or space: spiritual alchemy, transformation into living and teaching yoga (chakra 5 to 7)

Alchemy of yoga 200-hour teacher training course outline

Through the alchemy of yoga expressed in yoga sutra 2.1, there is the interconnectedness of all people, creatures, nature, and energies. This natural alchemy serves as a guide as you embark upon the path of self-study.


  • Initiation into the truth (satya)
  • The four agreemens
  • Alchemy of yoga and how to live an inspired life
  • Alchemy as a map of transformation
  • Tapping into your potential and living in possibility
  • How and why does the alchemy of yoga work

Earth: manifestation and rooting into the self

  • Freedom from fear or shadow work
  • Ethical guidelines
  • Greatness and living honorably
  • The hero and heroine’s path
  • The power of manifestation
  • Living your yoga

Water: tapping into your potential

  • Body love
  • Spiritual happiness
  • Svadhaya of possibility
  • Intention and dharma
  • Vision boards and dream journaling
  • The five koshas

Fire: discovering your optimal performance

  • Recapitulation
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic movement
  • Bandhas
  • Somatics
  • The neuroscience of yoga
  • Developing a personal practice
  • Sun salutations
  • Dancing warriors
  • Moon salutations
  • Mandala namaskars
  • General principles of poses (purpose, stages, and benefits)
  • How to teach a pose safely to all levels of students
  • Stress response and relaxation 101
  • Restorative poses
  • Yoga therapeutics
  • Anatomy (muscles and bones)

Air: unlearning the obstacles to your happiness

  • Yoga history and lineages
  • The yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • The yamas and niyamas
  • Alchemy of balance and happiness
  • Breathing (pranayama)
  • Meditation (dhyana)
  • Ayurveda
  • Dinacharya
  • Doshas and guidelines for balancing the doshas
  • Nourishing the physical body and Ayurvedic diet
  • Food plans to balance the doshas

Ether: transformation into living and teaching yoga

  • The psychologically healthy teacher
  • Teaching as art, skill, and service
  • Staying inspired as a teacher
  • Teacher mission statement
  • Teaching to the heart of the student
  • Creating a safe and sacred space
  • Assessment of class energy, mood, and style
  • The essence of great teaching
  • Teacher and student relationship
  • Honoring the sacred seat of the teacher
  • Ethical relationships and boundaries
  • Alchemy of communication
  • Learning Sanskrit
  • Languaging
  • Class theme preparation
  • How to theme in a psychologically healthy way
  • How to guide students to their own experience
  • The art of sequencing Vinyasa flow
  • Wave theory and choreography
  • Energetic anatomy
  • The psychology of yoga and the chakra system
  • The business of yoga and sustainability

Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification

This program is recognized by Yoga Alliance as a registered 200-hour yoga school and offers you a unique opportunity to make a deep commitment to learning more about yourself. This soul-dive takes place in a safe haven: a nurturing environment to engage in open-minded self-exploration.

This program covers the foundations of the eight-limbed path of yoga and believes in yoga as a life-long truthful celebration of one’s self and the world.


Techniques (100 contact hours and 15 non-contact hours)

This course includes asanas, pranayamas, and meditation. These hours include both training in the techniques and the practice of them.

Teaching methodology (15 contact hours and six non-contact hours)

This covers the principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and the student’s process of learning.

Anatomy and physiology (14 contact hours and six non-contact hours)

You will incorporate awareness of physical and subtle anatomy throughout the training course.

Philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle (20 contact hours and 10 non-contact hours)

This covers the study of yoga philosophy (yamas and niyamas), yoga scriptures (yoga sutras), the ethics for yoga teachers, and living the life of yoga.

Practicum (10 contact hours)

This includes five hours of observing and five hours of assisting in classes taught by other teachers.

Electives and independent study (10 contact hours and five non-contact hours)

These hours will include assigned reading or other homework including a sacred study project, unsupervised study and meditation groups, classes, workshops, and a mandatory community service offering of five hours of Karma yoga student teaching.



Complete four hours of observation including: 1) Observe Silvia teaching a one-hour yoga class, 2) Observe a sunrise, 3) Observe a sunset, and 4) Observe thoughts that arise during silent breakfast. To receive credit for these observations, please write a brief report detailing your observations and reflections (one to two paragraphs each).

Assistant teaching

Complete one hour of assistant teaching with Silvia and one hour of assistant teaching with a fellow trainee. To receive the credit for assistant teaching, please write a brief report detailing your experience (one to two paragraphs each).

Sacred study project

Write a report on the chakra(s) or dosha(s) of your choice. You have complete creative freedom in this self-study. The intention is that you dive deeper into the chakra system or the practices of Ayurveda. At minimum, please submit two to three pages of personal reflection, but you are encouraged to take the direction that inspires you most.

Asana sheets

Create a photo diary of the following 10 fundamental poses: downward dog, warrior 1, warrior 2, utkatasana, pyramid, pigeon, ardha matsyendrasana, plank or side plank, upward dog or cobra, bridge or wheel. In addition to a personal photo that embodies your personal alchemy, please include a brief list of purposes, benefits, modifications, and cues.

Final exam

The exam is distributed via e-mail part-way through the teacher training. It is open-book, open-friend, open-Google, and open-heart.

Teaching video

Please submit a 30-minute video of you teaching an original yoga class. The video can either feature students or you teaching alone.


180 contact hours are required.


As a requirement for certification, you need to commit to a positive attitude of ahimsa, offering loving kindness and patience to all beings.


Conscious relationships and ethics in line with Yoga Alliance.

Sample schedule

Monday to Friday

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Meditation and yoga practice
  • 07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 12:30 Training session
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Free time, rest, or play
  • 15:30 - 18:30 Training session
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Training session (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only)
  • 22:00 Lights out

Saturday and Sunday

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 12:30 Training session
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:30 Free time, rest, and play
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Training session
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Movie night (Saturday only)
  • 22:00 Lights out

Driving directions from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

Exiting from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) turn right in direction to Santa Cruz and Nicoya. Following the paved highway, you will pass through different villages (Filadelfia, Belen, Rio Canas, Santa Cruz) until you reach after approximately 65 kilometers or one hour the outskirts of the town of Nicoya.

You will come to an intersection with a four-way red flashing light and there will be signs there indicate a right turn into the town of Nicoya. Make that right turn and drive straight through the town of Nicoya, staying always on the main road and no turns. Drive slowly, as there are a lot of pedestrians in this bustling town.

As you leave Nicoya on the other side, continue south on the paved road in the direction of Samara. There will be some twists and turns as you pass through different villages, but you stay always on the paved main road.

After approximately 30 kilometers, you will see a large gas station on your left. There is also a hardware store and a little Soda Cafe for snacks and drinks. Stop here and get gas if needed, it’s the last chance on the way to Nosara.

Shortly after the gas station, the paved road makes a sharp curve to the left. At the apex of that curve, you will notice a small dirt road turning off to the right downhill. Take this dirt road. It’s the road to Garza, Guiones Beach, and Nosara. It is marked with several signs.

Stay on this dirt road for about 20 kilometers. There are, once again, some turns and twists, but stay on the main road. There are also occasional signs that tell you how many kilometers you still have to go to reach Playa Garza, Guiones, and Nosara.

You will pass through different villages, until you come to a T-intersection, turn right here in the direction to Playa Garza where you’ll soon meet the ocean on your left. Continue straight through the village and leave Garza behind in the direction of Playa Guiones and Nosara.

After approximately 300 meters, you’ll see on your left a gate and the Blue Spirit Costa Rica sign (in blue and orange letters). Make a turn to the left and follow the little winding road all the way to the parking lot and the main building.

Driving directions from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO)

Leave Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) and follow the signs towards San Jose Escazu. Stay on this road for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the traffic. Turn right at the intersection and you will see a McDonald’s on the far left-hand corner. This is Autopista del Sol or Highway 27.

Follow the signs to Caldera and Puntarenas (63.3 kilometers). You will pass the Port of Caldera and once you get to Puntarenas Route 27, turn into Highway 1.

Leave Puerto Caldera and travel northeast toward Liberia and Limonal (84 kilometers). After 28 kilometers, you will pass the little town of Esparza. Keep on going straight for six kilometers, passing the first turn off to Puntarenas, the turn off to Puerto Caldera, and later the second turn off to Puntarenas. Keep going straight for approximately 50 kilometers until you reach the center of Limonal.

Leave Limonal to the west and travel toward the Puente de La Amistad (29 kilometers) and Nicoya (63.5 kilometers). Pass over the Puente de la Amistad (it’s a bridge) and continue for another 21 kilometres until you come to a T-junction. Turn right at the “T” onto the road 21. Follow this road for 13 kilometers and turn left toward the town of Nicoya. Enter Nicoya and drive straight through the town always staying on the main road, no turns. Drive slowly, as there are a lot of pedestrians in this bustling town.

As you leave Nicoya on the other side, continue south on the paved road in the direction of Samara. There will be some twists and turns as you pass through different villages, but you stay always on the paved main road.

After approximately 30 kilometers you will see a large gas station on your left. There is also a hardware store and a little Soda Cafe for snacks and drinks. Stop here and get gas if needed. It’s the last chance on the way to Nosara.

Shortly after the gas station, the paved road makes a sharp curve to the left. At the apex of that curve, you will notice a small dirt road turning off to the right downhill. Take this dirt road. It’s the road to Garza, Guiones Beach, and Nosara. It is marked with several signs.

Stay on this dirt road for about 20 kilometers. There are, once again, some turns and twists, but stay on the main road. There are also occasional signs that tell you how many kilometers you still have to go to reach Playa Garza, Guiones, and Nosara.

You will pass through different villages, until you come to a T-intersection, turn right here in the direction to Playa Garza where you’ll soon meet the ocean on your left. Continue straight through the village and leave Garza behind in the direction of Playa Guiones and Nosara.

After approximately 300 meters, you’ll see on your left a gate and the Blue Spirit Costa Rica sign (in blue and orange letters). Make a turn to the left and follow the little winding road all the way to the parking lot and the main building.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO). An alternative option is to take a 40-minute short domestic flight from San Jose to the local Nosara Airport (NOB). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

Check in

From 4 p.m.

Check out

10 a.m.

Group size

12 - 18 persons.

Mobile / communication information

There is also a phone to use for calls within Costa Rica (free of charge) and international calls (phone cards can be purchased at the front desk). It is highly recommended that you use Skype or other Internet phone services.

Wi-Fi connection is available at no charge everywhere on the premises (except in tents and eco-cottages) and the use of voice over Internet is easy, inexpensive, and reliable.

There is cell phone service on the premises that supports local Costa Rica cell phones and international phones (though this is expensive).

Electricity information

The voltage throughout the country is 110, the same as in United States. Travelers with appliances set for 220 will need an adapter that changes the voltage and allows for use of a different plug.

What to bring

You are advised to bring your passport, yoga mat (provided at the retreat center), notebook, any special medications or treatments you may need, casual clothes, white clothing (to wear during evening satsang), yoga practice clothes, a couple of footwear options (water shoes and flip flops, no heavy hikers), bathing suits (at least two pairs), beach towel, headlamp, camera, chargers for electronics devices, water bottle, travel coffee or tea mug, lightweight backpack (for hiking), sunglasses, sunblock, natural bug repellant, biodegradable toiletries, tampons (when by the water most women always get their period at some point), an extra couple pairs of contacts if you wear them, and an alarm clock.

Responsible tourism

Blue Spirit Costa Rica is committed to the highest standards of ecological awareness and sustainable practices. To this end, the buildings have been constructed with a focus on using "green" materials that have come from environmentally controlled resources and are designed to provide a long-lasting life so replacement and rebuilding procedures will be kept to a minimum.

Passport / visa

Citizens of the US, Canada, and Panama require a passport whose expiration date is at least six months after your travel date. Identification such as driver’s license or birth certificate are no longer valid for travel in Costa Rica. A valid passport allows Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American and European citizens to stay for up to 90 days.

Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Costa Rica. Before you go to Costa Rica, please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you at all times. You can leave your original passport in the safety box at the retreat center.


No shots or immunizations are required to come to Costa Rica.

Medical information

A hospital is located within a 45 minutes’ drive in Nicoya, or for serious conditions an air lift is available to a hospital with excellent and Western standard medical care in the capital of San Jose within 45 minutes. English-speaking doctors have offices located 15 minutes from Blue Spirit, along with dentists.

Local expenses / money information

Any extra spending while being at the retreat center and any consumption at the café can be charged on your credit card. Therefore, it is recommended that you don’t bring too much extra cash from home (a maximum of 500 USD should be sufficient).

The US Dollar is widely accepted in Costa Rica, so exchanging US Dollars to Costa Rica Colones is not necessary. Smaller denominations of 20 USD or less are easiest to cash. The exchange rate is approximately 500 Colones per US Dollar.

There is an ATM machine and bank which is a 10-minute drive from the retreat center. The ATM and bank only accept Visa and disperse Costa Rica Colones.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Alchemy Tours, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send inquiry button to send a message.

Excursions to Pacific Ocean sandy beaches are included in this retreat.

  • Silvia Mordini

    Silvia Mordini is a writer, happiness coach, and internationally recognized yoga presenter. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Born in Ecuador, proud of her Italian heritage, and raised as a world traveler, Silvia developed a sense of global citizenship early on.

  • Laura Hand

    Laura went to her first yoga class more than 10 years ago, seeking solace from a stressful engineering job. Many breaths and years later, her focus has shifted to learning, living, and loving the practice of yoga. Laura completed her first teacher training with Alchemy of Yoga under the loving guidance of Silvia Mordini and has continued studying on the evolutionary path ever since.

  • Airfares
  • Extra excursions
  • Spa services
  • Transfers

During this teacher training, you will be served three healthy and delicious meals per day. The meals are gourmet vegetarian, with plentiful options of locally grown, organic food. Nearly any dietary request and restriction can be met. Delicious filtered drinking water, organic juices, coffee, herbal blends, and tea are also available daily.

For your optimal mind-body-spirit alignment and nourishment, Blue Spirit offers a wide array of spa, bodywork, and longevity services for an extra charge.

  • Acupressure
  • Ayurvedic body and skin care treatments and Ayurvedic lifestyle counseling
  • Biodynamic craniosacral
  • Body scrubs
  • Chi nei tsang therapy
  • Classic Chinese and Japanese combination
  • Craniosacral balancing
  • Cupping and tok sen therapy
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Energy balancing
  • Foot reflexology
  • Health coaching
  • Holistic massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Inner-depth counseling
  • Reiki
  • Shamanic energy medicine
  • Shiatsu
  • Sound healing
  • Swedish-esalen massage
  • Tarot and astrology readings
  • Tui-na or deep tissue massage from China

There are lots of things can enjoy near the retreat center during your free time.

Bird watching boat tour

Watch mangroves more than 200 years old with a mystical atmosphere, different kinds of colorful birds hunting and nesting, monkeys, crocodiles, and tiny baby crocs swimming or resting on the sandbank. See the amazing wildlife of the Rio Nosara and Rio Montana (eight miles) on a soundless electric powered boat. The silence on the river will be interrupted only by the mysterious noises of the nature.

Canopy tour

Experience the longest, most exhilarating, and longest canopy tour in the world in the unequaled beauty of a Costa Rica forest wilderness. Traversing majestic mountain ridges and valleys, soaring high above multiple ravines, with breathtaking vistas of rivers, waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. Suitable for nature lovers, adventurers, families, and those who wish to experience the ultimate canopy tour adventure.

Horseback riding

Get close to nature and enjoy a morning or romantic sunset ride along Guiones and Garza beach. All horses of “Mis Amores” stable are well-trained, healthy, young, and great for riders of any experience level.

Stand up paddle boarding

This emerging global sport is like walking on water. Unlike surfing, stand up paddle boarding is very easy to learn, but provides a good core workout. Within one hour, the instructor will make you feel comfortable on your board and you’ll enjoy being out on the ocean.


Guiones beach is famous for its safe and exceptional surfing conditions. The super friendly native instructors are experts in helping beginners and advanced alike to experience the utmost joy of riding the waves. Board rental is also available.

River kayak expeditions

A naturalist’s dream, this adventure is flanked with the lush green foliage, loaded with birds (up to 30 different species), and an occasional crocodile, all along the rivers with tropical scenery. The jungle rivers of the Nosara area and nature photo opportunities will boggle your mind.

Waterfall hike

This tour begins with a 45-minute hike that involves crossing a creek a half dozen times, traversing a cattle farm, and weaving through a primary canopy of tropical dry forest. Stop along the way to discover the sights, sound and smell of everything around you before discovering a series of brilliant swimming holes and small waterfalls, each cascading from one to another.

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayakin
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
For information about the booking conditions, please send Alchemy Tours an inquiry.
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    "Silvia Mordini is a teacher of teachers, and a wonderful mentor who compassionately evokes self-inquiry and transformation. Without a doubt, Silvias friendship and mentorship have helped to shape my path to service, adventure, and stepping outwards of my bounds and into a world wide open."

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    10 out of 10

    "I honestly recommend this training for anyone who enjoys practicing yoga and is interested in personal development and growth. It is an amazing journey you take to know yourself and have a better understanding of who you are. A beautiful, enlightening experience that I would do all over again. It has developed, supported, and empowered me in my life."

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    10 out of 10

    "I am impressed on how hard Silvia try to meet everyones schedule, it cant be easy. Thanks to Silvia's dedication and assurance I can flow through yoga poses, I am now actually playing with yoga more and listening to what my body inspires me to do instead of trying to do yoga like everyone else. Yoga has become so much more an enriching experience for me rather than a physical struggle. I am very grateful for all the help she has given me."

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    "I enjoyed the training and learning many things. One thing I am very happy about, especially how to incorporate more yoga into my everyday life."

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    "I want to thank Silvia Mordini for caring about the quality of our teacher training program, for sharing so much of herself, for teaching from her heart, and for making a difference in my life."

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    "Im very excited to be a part of this training program and I feel very blessed and lucky. Im so happy to be on this journey especially with everyone in class. I think we have a great group of people and everyone feels comfortable. Thank you for accepting me and letting me be a part of this program."

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  • Review by Martha
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    "All the classes are fantastic. I have learned so much and I really appreciate Silvia's teaching ability. Silvia has an innate ability to teach. I can always be at classes for hours. The time always goes so quickly when Im learning."

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    "Silvia Mordini has been a wonderful mentor, teacher, and guide. I cant thank her enough for all that she has given to me. No one compares to her teaching style, she is truly one of a kind. Im so happy I was able to do my training with her. I'm already looking forward to learning more from Silvia."

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    "I am so grateful for this training program. This training was the first thing I was able to do for myself after having kids. At the time it felt like such a stretch but it was just the first step in an amazing new journey."

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  • Review by Anna M.
    10 out of 10

    "They really planned an incredible trip. I really lucked out as they not only supplied me with a wonderful yoga group and practice for the week but each day was chock full of things to participate in if I so wished. They gave us access to the real deal Bali by incorporating biking, tours, decadent meals, transport, so many activities, beach time, talks, etc.They have great taste and are very down to earth. They think of everything and are really there to answer questions and provide great resource to things you want to explore. Silvia is such a loving and inspiring yoga instructor. These guys are definitely doing what they were meant to do in life. Great people, great trip. I look forward to doing another trip with them soon!"

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  • Review by Michael N.

    "I attended Alchemy Tours’ yoga retreat in Bali, and I can honestly say it was the most fulfilling travel experience I’ve ever had. It was hard to come back to reality, and not just in the typical “I’ve taken much needed time off to relax and it’s hard to get back in my routine” sort of way… But more, going on this trip made me understand that there was a much greater disparity between the potential for happiness in my life and what I considered to be my “normal” state than I had realized – and that they were further apart than they ever should be. To me, the experience with Alchemy Tours can be divided into two categories: vacation and personal reflection. As a vacation, it was amazing. White water rafting through a jungle ravine, a relaxing bike tour through Balinese rice patties, beaches, exposure to local culture, great restaurants and a gorgeous place to stay that our group had all to ourselves. It was just organized enough to feel active without feeling too busy. Previously, I wouldn’t have asked for more than that in a trip, and it was awesome in that way. But the part that really surprised me was the way Silvia’s constant positivity, enthusiasm and no-pressure encouragement would really make me reflect on the person I am, and I began to conceptualize the things I could change to improve my life as a whole."

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  • Review by Elisabeth G.
    10 out of 10

    "I had the best vacation ever with Alchemy Tours this Spring. I wanted to do a yoga retreat with equal parts relaxing, yoga and exploring and it was just that. The resort was gorgeous, not your typical overrun Mexico tourist spot but a beautiful, simple, chic bungalow style resort in the jungle and with its own beach. I was skeptical going on vacation with a bunch of strangers but everyone was lovely and I came back refreshed and happy, as evidenced by my yelp profile pic nuzzling a Mexican beach puppy. "

    "Silvia is an inspiring teacher and really helped me to look at what I wanted out of the trip and myself when it ended. Normally my yoga classes are short and intense but this was a wonderful change of pace. I approach most things cynically including yoga talks and journaling but they yoga’d the cynic out of me and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Oh and it was an amazing price. And I’m going again next year, the ultimate vote of confidence."

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  • Review by Dawn H.
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I went on a yoga retreat to Xinalani with Alchemy Tours. This was our first yoga retreat so we weren’t sure what to expect. Vacation for us means getting outside, being active, eating delicious food and perhaps a few cocktails. This trip provided all of the above and more. Alchemy Tours provided us with a ton of information and helped us set up a scuba diving and surfing excursion. They also arranged for the group to give back to the community we were staying in, which was very inspiring. There was a planned group activity every day which was included and optional. Everything was optional without judgement, even the yoga classes. Classes were taught every morning and evening, with a few workshop options throughout the week. Yoga classes were some of the best we have ever taken. There was a great variety that incorporated fun, music and mindfulness in a way that is rare to find. Every meal was fantastic, fresh and delicious! Every morning I woke up looking forward to that days fresh squeezed juice (and of course coffee). We do not have any dietary restrictions, but many on the trip did, the chef was masterful in handling all of the gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, pescetarian, and vegan request. We will absolutely travel with Alchemy tours again and recommend them to everyone we know."

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  • Review by Maddie L. Haramara
    10 out of 10

    "Every activity during the week was carefully planned and extremely purposeful, however, there was no feeling of pressure to do things that were not of interest to you. The yoga was great. As beginner yogi I felt welcomed and confident even though advanced yogis seemed to be enjoying the classes and flows as much as I did. The yoga also varied daily. It was always interesting and I was consistently benefiting in various ways from the classes. Best of all, Silvia and Malia assisted in so much besides just yoga. There were chakra talks, happiness coachings, astrology readings, dancing, meditating, photo shoots, game playing and scavenger hunts. The days I spent in Mexico flew by faster and more enjoyably than I could have ever anticipated. Whether you are a hard-core yogi and spiritualist, or someone just looking to get away from the stresses of life I would recommend you to Alchemy Tours. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I will definitely be booking with them again!"

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  • Review by Laura
    10 out of 10

    "I’ve been on two retreats with Alchemy Tours – one in Bali and one in Mexico, and botanical holding hands loved them both (in fact, we are currently planning to rope our friends into joining us for another!). The two experiences were entirely different to one another, but both contained a wonderful balance of excellent yoga, guided introspection and great fun. Silvia’s the most talented yoga instructor I know, with the added depth of having a background in professional training and development and a natural affinity for study. These talents enable her to deliver elegantly constructed retreats where her yoga classes, self study exercises and fun activities are all weaved together over the week to complement the retreat theme. You will be amazingly nourished by a week which will no doubt include incredible food, exploration of the place you’re in, development of your yoga practice, new activities, personal insights and lots and lots of laughter. I can’t recommend joining them highly enough."

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  • Review by Megan K.
    10 out of 10

    "I took a trip with Silvia and Alchemy tours in 2012, it was absolutely life changing, botanical jumping beautiful, easy and fun. They are friendly, fun positive energy, and have thought of all the details to create a trip that is both easy, enjoyable and potent. Each person on the trip was amazing, and the activities and nurturing environment of the resort they chose worked beautifully to create new friendships and a great group dynamic. Expect a great time, great insights and to return home refreshed and with a happier outlook on life with wider possibilities! I really can see the whole course of my life shifted with this trip, and it is completely wonderful. I would not hesitate to recommend a trip with Alchemy Tours!"

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  • Review by Shana D.
    10 out of 10

    "I had so much fun exploring a part of Mexico with them. Their shared love of travel combined with their warmth, humor and creative spirits make Alchemy Tours an amazing group to travel with! I will take many more trips with Alchemy Tours! They absolutely rock!"

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Seattle, United States

Alchemy Tours works to support sustainable tourism practices and eco-conscious vacations, while not substituting luxury.

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from US$4,249

22 days / 21 nights


Arrival: Saturday July 29, 2017
Departure: Saturday August 19, 2017

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