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29 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Anamaya Resort & Retreat Center, Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Overview

Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

This Costa Rica yoga teacher training will be life transforming! Together with Anamaya's ultra healthy (and ultra tasty) organic diet, extensive yoga and meditation, you'll not only become a certified yoga teacher, but you'll be in the best mental and physical shape of your life. Plus you'll experience the most beautiful place on earth, breathtaking Costa Rica. Anamaya Resort is truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views. The Anamaya resort is a few steps away from epic waterfalls, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world's most beautiful tropical beach towns. "Anamaya" is Sanskrit for good health and that is our focus.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Three organic meals per day
  • All classes needed for your teaching certification
  • Dance party and circus performance at the end
  • Beach excursions and waterfall hikes
  • Free use of pool and infrared sauna
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 20 days with instruction
  • English
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Dorm room

The Gaia room is made with mostly natural materials, including a palm roof. There are two lofts, each with its own ladder to access it, and there are two very small, but beautiful bathrooms and two showers. Gaia room also provides an ocean view. However, it is equipped only with ceiling fan. There is no AC in Gaia room.

Basic single room

The Serafina Room is a small room next to the master suite. It has a custom-made bunk bed with oversized single mattresses designed for adults. The style is of a double-stacked Balinese daybed. The Serafina room shares a designer bathroom with the master suite.

Amenities

We have organic cotton sheets on all the beds, with pillows, blankets, etc. We have organic or non-toxic soap and shampoo. We have a couple of hair dryers, and an iron that you can use if you need it. The rooms don't have a TV, but we have one in the media room, along with a digital projector. We don't have cable signal (we don't want it) but we do have a DVD player and sometimes we show movies.

There are two kitchens, one outside that our staff use for 80% of the food prep, and a "show kitchen" in the main hall to do the final touches on the meals. Our guests can use that kitchen too, as well as the refrigerator. We have an ice maker, coffee makers, blender, pots & pans and all that stuff, plus a water filter.

We have a very fast internet connection and Wi-Fi throughout Anamaya Resort, and you don't need a password to access it. Because we live in a remote area, the connection can go out at times. Many of our guests arrive with laptops, iphones, ipads, etc and use them frequently, especially to take photos and video of Anamaya to send back home or post on Facebook to make their friends and family envious!

Yoga deck

The yoga deck is a huge draw for Anamaya, and probably the number one reason that people say they visit us. When we ask our guests how they made their decision of where to stay, its often the first thing that pops into their minds, I wanted to do yoga on that deck! High above the jungle and ocean below, its an unforgettable experience that is a dream-come-true for many.

Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation program

Immerse yourself in a month of sacred study and practice in Yoga, Ayurveda and meditation. This is an opportunity to deepen your practice and transform your life through Costa Rica 200-hour yoga teacher training.

Our sessions will begin each morning with a 90 minutes of Vinyasa flow asana class, which will challenge you out of your comfort zone. Each of these classes have a theme which will tie in with the afternoon lecture, giving you a chance to practice the fullness of yoga, combining philosophy and science with physical movement.

Breath work and concentration techniques, as well as Yin postures and guided relaxation will be included to create balance with the mind and nervous system in order to prepare for a seated meditation at the end of each practice. Each session will encompass the complete system of yoga, Raja yoga, which is based on the 8 limbs of Patanjalis yoga sutras.

Mornings

After breakfast, we will discuss alignment and anatomy of key asanas from the morning practice. Hands on partner work will be included in this segment as well as practice teaching of the poses and points of alignment along with modifications and assists. There will be a 2-hour break for lunch, allowing time to integrate the material from the morning session and time to rest.

Afternoons

Our afternoons will be a combination of lecture and practice of various aspects of yoga philosophy: Chakra system, Gunas, Ayurveda, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Koshas, pranayama, meditation, and more. Discussions will be held on how to translate the mystical into the practical and how to weave the sacred into the mundane.

Yoga can only take us so far when confined to the mat; we must bring yoga into daily life in order to awaken the power it has to transform every aspect of our being. A practical approach is offered during these lectures and self- reflection is necessary in order to grasp this material.

Evenings

After dinner we will spend an hour or so with one of the philosophical texts, and have time to share as a group what issues arise in daily life and how can these ancient teachings be applied to modern day life. This will also be a time for students to share their personal experience with the program and any challenges they may be facing with their studies and practice.

Course schedule

Daily schedule will run from 7am- 9pm. We will hold sessions for 5 days and have the 6th day off; this is subject to change depending on the needs of the group. It is recommended to use your time off to study and practice teaching as well as spend time in silence and solitude.

This is necessary in order to assimilate and digest the work we will be doing together, there is a lot to cover in just 4 weeks and it will require a steadfast commitment on your part in order to complete the course.

There will be time for study and practice teaching in order to prepare you for the final. You will be required to keep a journal throughout the program and will need to complete reading assignments on time.

On the evenings/days you have off, you are welcome to do what you wish as long as it does not disrupt the energy of the group. After the final testing is over, we will have a celebration party and prepare for integration into the real world. A follow up assignment will be given for completion after the training.

Jackie Chiodo

Jackie began her yoga practice in 1995, after suffering a neck injury in a car accident. What started out as physical therapy, quickly morphed into a practice of emotional, mental and spiritual awakening. At the age of 22, Jackie Chiodo entered the corporate world as a financial advisor, and came to realize the impact of stress and the toll it took on her.

Yoga helped her make a transition from a world of finance to her full time career as a yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner. Jackie graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Religious studies, with an emphasis on eastern philosophy and spirituality with leading professor Edwin Bryant.

Since 1995, Jackie has had the honor of studying with the best modern day teachers in yoga and Ayurveda and has a deep respect for all spiritual paths. Her style is a blend of each system she has worked with over the years and combines precise alignment of the physical body with a breath based Vinyasa flow to link each pose in an effortless way.

As an Ayurvedic practitioner, Jackie tunes into the elements through the seasons, time of day and constitution (dosha) of each student to ensure they receive not just what they want but what they actually need for balance and transformation. Her non-dogmatic approach honors the concept that within the realm of yoga and Ayurveda there is no one practice that will be perfect for everyone, and in this way takes the it depends approach in order to determine what is nourishing and balancing vs. toxic and depleting.

Jackie practices and teaches the classical path of Raja yoga, which is based on Patanjalis eight limbed approach, the royal path of yoga, encompassing all levels of asana, modified to meet the needs of students, conscious living, breath work, mantra, and meditation. She believes in the complete system of yoga, which includes everything from the physical to the subtle, creating balance on the mat and in your life.

Jackie is passionate about the power of yoga to transform ones life and continues to dedicate herself as a student through regular practice and study. One can only teach from a place of experience, so she continues to motivate and inspire her fellow students by doing her best to lead by example.

Jackie has received over 2000 hours in certifications from teachers of various styles, primarily inspired by: Charles and Lisa Matkin (Yoga zone, NYC), Yogi Hari, Dharma Mittra, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Aadil Pakhilvala, and most recently completed her 500 hour with the Himalayan Institute, founded by great Yoga Master Swami Rama. She has also received a 200-hour and a 500-hour ERYT certifications.

Jackie has influenced thousands of students in her 10 years of teaching and currently leads classes, workshops, retreats and trainings in her family studio in SW Florida, Joyful Yoga, as well as internationally in Peru and Anamayas Resort Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.

Anamaya Resort is located at one of the highest points in Montezuma overlooking some of the best ocean views in the area. Anamaya resort is only 5 minutes from down town and several beautiful beaches. Montezuma is in the Puntarenas Province located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and began as a small fishing village.

The area began to attract tourists in the 1980s because of its natural beauty, waterfalls, variety of activities, and opportunity to relax. Montezuma is also known for its yoga community as well as its creative and healing arts.

The closest beach is in Montezuma, which is a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk. You can also walk to Playa Las Manchas, which is cleaner, and spectacularly beautiful, with the best snorkeling in the area. That's about 7 minutes by car or 30 minutes by foot. Playa Los Cedros, the famous Montezuma/Cabuya surf spot, is 9 minutes by car. The beaches of Santa Teresa / Malpais are 30 minutes by car.

It's only a 5-minute drive to town and the beaches from your accommodation. You can walk down in about 20 minutes, and the walk back up the hill is a great work out. You can also take a taxi back for around 4-6 USD (green/high season). There are two grocery stores, and the smaller one is actually better. You will find many fancy imported food products, due to the fact that many gourmets have lived in the Montezuma for over 20 years so this small store (Pachi's) caters to them. There's also a bank machine but no bank.

Distances

  • Closest beach in Montezuma - 5 minutes' drive or 20 minutes' walk
  • Playa Las Manchas - 7 minutes' drive or 30 minutes' walk
  • Playa Los Cedros - 9 minutes' drive
  • Beaches of Santa Teresa / Malpais - 30 minutes' drive
Activities
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
Services
  • ATM nearby
  • Free WiFi

We use mostly organic ingredients, trucked in from the mainland in Costa Rica. We grow some of our produce on our own farm at Rancho Delicioso, and are working to increase the percentage of our own crops. We have rules in the kitchen that requires our chefs not to use anything from cans and jars, although we allow a few gourmet ingredients like capers or olives that do not come fresh.

Our chefs do not work from a set menu. We do not know what they are going to make every day, and its a wonderful surprise each night for dinner. As far as we can tell, they never make the same meal twice! The results are spectacular. Just check out our Trip Advisor reviews, almost everyone raves about our food. Below is our sample menu:

Breakfasts

  • Banana crepes with assorted fruit and scrambled eggs
  • Gallo Pinto with fresh salsa, eggs and corn tortillas
  • Smoked salmon and goat cheese with honey walnut toast and fresh fruit
  • Yogurt, nuts and berries with granola
  • Cherry tomato and spinach omelet with hash browns and fresh fruit
  • Chilaquiles with eggs, red beans and fresh fruit
  • Banana nut bread, almond milk and fresh fruit

Dinner examples

Day 1

  • Raw Thai coconut soup
  • Ginger cashew and cabbage salad
  • Oyster mushroom and fig quinoa stir-fry with bok choy with a choice of jumbo shrimps or chicken
  • Coconut ice cream with strawberries and dark chocolate

Day 2

  • Raw tomato soup
  • Lemon sorrel salad
  • Grilled mahi-mahi (or chicken) with macadamia nut butter, roasted beets and Brussels sprouts
  • Passion fruit sorbet

Day 3

  • Raw cream spinach soup
  • Mint-cucumber and cherry tomato salad
  • Rosemary grouper (or chicken) with kale and garlic roasted potatoes
  • Pineapple cake

Day 4

  • Raw arugla pine nut soup
  • Heart of palm salad
  • Red snapper (or chicken) with grilled tomato cumin sauce, asparagus and corn on the cob
  • Carrot cake

Day 5

  • Raw cucumber and avocado soup
  • Mixed greens with an orange anise vine
  • Miso seared yellow fin tuna with broccoli and coconut quinoa
  • Banana ice cream

Day 6

  • Raw carrot soup
  • Walnut, pear and goat cheese spinach salad
  • Jumbo shrimp (or chicken) dijonaise with green beans amandine and brown rice pilaf
  • Apple and berry crisp

Vegan dinners

  • Dahl with curry quinoa and cardamon roasted root veggies
  • Ginger tofu with bok choy and soba noodle salad with raw cucumber avocado soup
  • Portobello steaks with roasted pumpkin, sweet potato and brussel sprouts
  • Moroccan veggie skewers with almond quinoa and lemon arugula salad
  • Grilled eggplant with roasted red pepper coriander sauce, corn on the cob, asparagus and a carrot cabbage
  • Broccoli and mushroom couscous with olives and mixed greens with raw pumpkin and raisin soup
  • Aerial Silk
  • Cooking workshop
  • Salsa dancing
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Spa and massage treatments

Driving directions from San Jose

Renting a car and driving from San Jose can be a fun adventure if you are well prepared. We don't suggest it for most people. The drive from San Jose takes about 5 hrs including the ferry. We can help you arrange to have a rental car waiting for you at the Airport in Tambor or delivered right to Anamaya Resort for you. That way you can arrive more stress free and not have to worry about navigating the whole journey. If you do rent a car, we suggest a 4x4 since the roads here are rather adventurous.

These are the directions using the old highway which takes about 1.5 hrs longer. It's possible to take the new highway, but the directions are not available here yet.

  • From San Jose Airport, head west, away from San Jose city.
  • You can follow signs to Puntarenas, where the ferry is located. (see below) Take the ferry to Paquera.
  • After the ferry, follow all the traffic and the signs to Tambor (where the smalll airport is located) and then on to Cobano.
  • There is one main road, so it is very easy to follow.
  • Once in Cobano, turn left at the main intersection (at the bank) and continue on the main road to Montezuma (about 10 min).
  • Go through (or past) Montezuma, then just past Amor De Mar Hotel, turn right up the steep hill following signs to Delicios.
  • Anamaya resort is 200 meters past the Mariposario (or butterfly gardens. everyone will know where it is if you are lost).
  • We have a big Anamaya Resort sign out front. Turn in and follow the drive to the end and your home!

Arrival by airplane

A beautiful way to experience Costa Rica is from the air. From San Jose it's only a 30-minute flight to Tambor, our local airport. This costs 75-105 USD (each way). %There, we will arrange to have a taxi waiting for you.

Then to Anamaya it's about a 30 minute scenic ride, which costs 35 USD for a regular taxi (max 4 people) or 55 USD for a van (max 9 people). If you don't get a chance to arrange one with us, there is almost always one there waiting and they should know where Anamaya resort is located.

The 2 airlines that fly SJ-Tambor are Sansa and Nature Air.

Nature Air flies from the Pavas Airport (SYQ) in downtown San Jose, about 20 minutes from the international airport (SJO). It is a 20-minute taxi ride, or you can take the Nature Air shuttle for 8 USD.

For flying with Sansa, the ticket office and departure area is right next door to the international airport. You just go outside of the main airport to the street and turn left. Its about a 5-minute walk.

Arrival by bus

  • Direct bus service from San Jose to Montezuma (Ph# 2642-0219). This bus leaves every day from the parada de San Carlos (5 cuadros al norte de iglesia de la Mercedas) in downtown San Jose at 6:00am and 2:00pm. The cost is 12 USD.
  • The bus station is a 20 minutes, 20 USD taxi ride from the international airport. The bus trip takes about 5.5 hours total.
  • There is one rest stop between San Jose and Puntarenas. In Puntarenas you must get off the bus and the driver will hand you a ferry ticket and a laminated card that you need to get back on the bus.
  • Follow the bus crowd onto the ferry for a beautiful one and a half hour ferry ride.
  • Upon crossing the gulf you will disembark in Paquera.
  • Follow the passengers to the other side of the ferry terminal to re-board the bus and continue the journey to Cobano.
  • In Cobano all passengers going to Montezuma switch to another bus, which takes you the final 20-30 minutes to downtown Montezuma.
  • Please let us know your arrival time, we will have a taxi pick you up at the bus stop in Montezuma (5-6 USD).

Arrival by ferry

  • When driving from San Jose to Montezuma or back, you will need to take the ferry (not necessary if you are coming from Tambor Airport). It takes about 1.5 hrs in total. It's about 800 Col/person plus about 1,300 Col/car.
  • The ferries have an air-conditioned passenger deck complete with snack shop and restrooms, as well as a large outside viewing area. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased.
  • We recommend getting to the ferry about 30 min before it is scheduled to leave to help make sure your vehicle gets a space on the boat.
  • Taking the bigger ferry, "Tambor Dos" (times listed in bold) also helps ensure there is space.
  • Here is the time schedule: (it changes regularly, so for the most up to date info, please call (506) 2661-2084, then press 4. It is in Spanish).

From Puntarenas to Paquera:

  • 5:00 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 p.m.

From Paquera to Puntarenas:

  • 6:00 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.

Arrival by shuttle

This is the more economic route to Anamaya Resort that we are happy to book for you. It is also a way to meet other retreat guests with whom you will be spending the week (or month, depending on the retreat ). To take advantage of this shuttle, we recommend booking your international flight to arrive no later than 1 p.m..

The company we use is called Montezuma Expeditions. This company is timely, professional, and we are thankful to have them as our friends. To sign up for this group shuttle, please send an email to the reservations manager with your "arrival" time at the San Jose international airport and, of course, a request to be signed up. She will then respond with a confirmation email detailing the exact cost and cancellation procedure. This service differs quite a bit depending on if we are in green season (June-Nov) or high season (Dec-May).

For green season, there is a regular shuttle that departs at 8 a.m. Often guests are not able to arrive so early so the reservations manager coordinates a shuttle to pick up between 2 or 3 p.m. at the latest. This shuttle costs between 50 and 60 USD/each, depending on the amount of people signed up. The reservations manager will send a confirmation email for the time and cost the week prior to your arrival. For high season, the regular shuttle departs the international airport at 6 a.m. and at 2 p.m. This shuttle costs 45 USD. We put these charges on your bill.

It takes 1.5 hours from the airport to the ferry in Puntarenas. The shuttle driver will buy your tickets and help you board the ferry. You carry all your luggage on the boat with you. The ferry takes 1.5 hours. Enjoy a beautiful boat ride with views of the sunset over the mountains! You will board another shuttle on the other side in Paquera, which welcomes you to our lovely Nicoya Peninsula! From Paquera, the ride is another 1.5 hours to our door at Anamaya.

To return on the following Saturday to the airport, the shuttle will pick up from Anamaya Resort at 7 a.m. (high season) or 9 a.m. (green season) and arrive at the San Jose international airport between 12 and 12:30 p.m. or 2 and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Your departure flight must be no earlier than 3:30 p.m.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center an inquiry.
  • Review by Joy Taylor from Gumberry, North Carolina, USA

    "After this training with Banyan I feel the desire to project not only my voice but also my character."

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  • Review by Andrea from Costa rica

    "Banyan has wonderful and precious knowledge to share; he swings seamlessly from the detailed, anatomic, and structural asana breakdown to a full submersion in yoga’s spiritual roots. From years of yoga practice and deep studies, and a humble, eloquent, and playful personality, he can distill workshops full of ease, thought provoking debates, and lots of smiles."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I learned to respect my body for what it is and where it’s at, and learned to believe in myself enough to show others the way."

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  • Review by Cassi Heale from Sacramento, California, USA

    "Banyan sees the beauty in your tight hips and shoulders, and he will not allow you to be inhibited by these special features of yours. My poses look quite different from the magazines and now I feel lovely in them. Banyan taught us so much about yoga, but most importantly, he taught us how to play."

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  • Review by Carly Jack from Capetown, South Africa

    "Wow, where to start? J Banyan is an old soul that resides in the fountain of youth. His class is a perfect balance of playfulness and tradition, innovative modern practice and ancient knowledge. Somehow he manages to balance on a revolving atlas, whilst juggling fire sticks and reciting potent mantras. His energy and enthusiasm constantly brings you higher, and makes you realize everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus, and everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter, humility, kindness, and an open heart. Banyan is a wonderful teacher - a deep source of knowledge, life experience and a truly open loving spirit. Thank you for this gift!"

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  • Review by Dagmar from Germany

    "I had some of the deepest experiences in classes taught by Banyan. He has such a clear and deep understanding of tantric philosophy and presents it in very inspiring and authentic ways, so everybody gets it. I left the retreat feeling inspired as a yoga teacher, and I can’t wait to study with him again. He is a person with integrity and honesty who manages to keep lecture and class light and full of joy. "

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  • Review by Nick Woolsey from Canada

    "Banyan is not just another yoga teacher. He is the yoga teacher of the performance art community and a world class performer, and he understands how to teach and inspire artists."

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  • Review by Leslie B from San Francisco, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I attended a one-week yoga retreat at Anamaya. The location (especially the stellar view from the yoga deck) cannot be beaten. The infinity pool was awesome. The staff was so wonderful and helpful with anything I needed. You don't have to plan anything in advance. Just show up and they will help you book surfing, excursions, etc if you want to do that in addition to yoga. We had awesome people on our retreat from all over the world and all walks of life. It was like summer camp for grown-ups in the best possible way. The food was delicious and healthy. My cousin is a vegan and I eat everything and we both were satisfied (they go out of their way to accommodate different diets and allergies). I honestly don't have a single bad thing to say and I hope to go back one day. It was so much more than a vacation."

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  • Review by Ashley Brooke from New York City, New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first time traveling alone outside the country, as a birthday present to myself. I loved Anamaya and will definitely be back. I was looking for a place to escape the world for a week, and unwind with yoga, massages, and surfing. I stayed in the Prana Cabina, which was perfect for a solo traveler looking for alone time. Throughout the week, I got to know the other retreaters and create new friendships. I loved that you could do as little or as much as you want, be as social or "alone time" as you needed, and customize your week to be what you'd like it to be. I did meditation most mornings, yoga every morning, and surfing 2x during the week, then plenty of pool and hammock time for reading and relaxing. Definitely do the Watsu water massage, especially if you're there in need of healing. Loved touring the organic farm. The food was INCREDIBLE. I cannot wait until the cookbook comes up. The staff was so welcoming and attentive. It was a big decision for me to take a week for myself, but so worth it. It was the time and healing I needed. Thank you, Anamaya!!"

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  • Review by Suzy from San Francisco, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I spent months deciding if I was brave enough to do my first solo female trip somewhere. The moment I found Anamaya in all the online reviews, I knew that if I was ever to travel alone anywhere for my first time, it would be to Anamaya. From the moment I contacted Anamaya, they were quick to respond to all of my questions and reassured me about all my nervousness and concerns. From the moment I landed at San Jose airport and met some of the friendly women who would be joining me in Anamaya, I knew finally that I would not be alone! One crazy propeller plane ride, and many dirt roads later... we arrived in Montezuma. From the moment I stepped foot onto Anamaya's property, I felt the magic in and around my soul. I felt like home immediately. Every there with you is a like-minded individual, most likely looking for the same things in their life at that moment. A life changing mind-body-soul experience. The property is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is like one big home, with many small guest houses littered around the jungle property. From almost anywhere you have a sweeping ocean view. Everything is beautiful, and the decor is very Moroccan and comforting. The staff is immediately like family to you, and they take care of you like family. The food is out of this world. Everything is so healthy and delicious. My stomach had never been happier than it was that one week. The yoga is by far the best yoga I have ever done. I know this is all dependent on the instructors, but I have a feeling anyone Anamaya would pick will be amazing. Their yoga decks are out of this world beautiful. You feel like you are in a dream, practicing yoga, with the sounds of the jungle, thunder, rain, butterflies flying around you. So tantric and mystifying. The activities are ALL so fun. Do as many as you can, but make sure to leave enough time to relax and be alone. Coming alone on this trip, I am surprised how little I spent by myself. I literally had to carve out time in my days to sit and meditate myself, otherwise you are with friends, having a blast! I could honestly go on, and on, and on about this place. But all you need to know is that you need to go here, SOON. You WON'T regret it, and it WILL change your life."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I just returned from a month at the Anamaya resort. The staff there is truly incredible. Hugs to Laura, Grettel, Papin and all the cleaning ladies who were so sweet and ready with a hug (or chocolate) if we needed it. The staff keeps everything immaculate and the grounds are well maintained. So many varieties of birds and plants and incredible views of the ocean. I have issues eating a lot of different foods and Jeff worked with me to ensure I had foods that I could tolerate. Everything is fresh and tasty, I miss the granola and snacks already. Thank you to everyone for their care and kindness. "

    "I can also recommend Banyan to anyone considering yoga training. He is very focused and meticulous from word choices to explanations to ensuring everyone is safe when trying difficult poses. He has a deep knowledge yet still made learning fun. I was completely captivated during the evening of graduation from the ceremony to the entertainment."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Anamaya is truly a magical place. I'm a seasoned traveler, and it's rare that I come back from a vacation feeling 10 years younger! "

    "Antoine and Pamela were amazing teachers who guided us through our twice daily yoga practices with joy and laughter. I returned to "life" refreshed and committed to a daily yoga practice. While at Anamaya for only a week, some better lifestyle choices became ingrained!"

    "The Anamaya staff was fabulous! Kudos to everyone, from food preparation, spa staff, to the folks I met daily who graciously nodded to me when I attempted to greet them in my atrocious Spanish. "Lo siento, mi español es muy mal :( ""

    "I can't say enough fabulous things about my visit. I travelled solo and would do it again in a heartbeat. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the eclectic group of roommates I had in Gaia, as well as the small group we had on site during my stay. I surfed, zip-lined, visited the local brewery, and enjoyed every moment of my time in Costa Rica. "

    "My advice to anyone considering a visit... GO!!!!! You won't regret it! "

    "I can't wait to go back."

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  • Review by Jackie Vannuyen from Toledo, Ohio, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We chose Anamaya for the Yoga and Surf package and based on the great reviews. The resort was cozy but had lots of nice amenities. It was truly welcoming and like a home away from home. Because there weren’t a lot of rooms, it had a very intimate, community feel. We met new people, got to know their stories and shared memories and adventures. The small staff knew everyone by the first few days and made us all feel like family. "

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    "The yoga equipment was top notch (nice,new Manuka mats, blocks, towels, straps), the yoga decks were beautiful hardwoods and had spectacular views. The environment was absolutely conducive to a truly meditative and focused practice. The yoga instructor and her assistant, Elena and Guina, were excellent and were open to the groups desires and abilities in terms of deepening and challenging our practices."

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    "The food was amazing. It wasn’t really mentioned much in the Trip Advisor reviews, so I didn’t know what to expect. We are animal protein lovers, but didn’t miss it much (there still was chicken and fish on occasion). The clean, healthy and mostly vegetarian/vegan cuisine was so delicious and filling. The smoothies/snacks were also refreshing. I felt like the food definitely contributed to our overall wellness! (We didn’t worry about gaining weight from overeating indulgent/heavy food and stayed active w/ the yoga/surf and other activities)"

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    "The other activities were fun but it was just as easy to relax by the pool, take a siesta or enjoy quiet time in a private hammock on your room’s roof deck. The surf instruction was amazing: Young Vision Surf School. Manuel and Alvaro, the owners and all the other instructors were so great at breaking it down so that everyone could “pop up” and successfully surf the foamies! It was so much fun and easier than we thought, but I think it was due to the superior instruction and not just our yoga/core abilities!"

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    "Overall I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone and any yogi of all levels. It was so magical and now I'm yearning for more experiences like this one!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Pennsylvania, USA
    10 out of 10

    "First Yoga Retreat - can't imagine a better experience anywhere else. Most important - the staff at Anamaya are outstanding! - anything you want, anything you need (including a customized gift certificate for my wife!), they will make sure they do everything possible to help! The food is awesome - leaning vegetarian but plenty of chicken and fish (I did have a big burger when I git back to Baltimore at Bobby Flays!). It is so much more than yoga - relaxing by the pool. hiking trips to the falls, sunset on the "pacific" beach with live music, zip lining, and much more. We stayed in Bali - beautiful. We will definitely go back. In addition to all of this, we made livelong friends from 20-70 years young!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Calgary, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I have been to Costa Rica several times, and I have visited nearly the entire country. This trip to Anamaya was by far the best. The hotel is absolutely stunning yet has a nice welcoming homey feel to it. I went to Anamaya on my own on a week long retreat and by the end of it, I felt like I was part of a giant family. This place exceeded my expectations beyond belief. The food was fantastic. Never have I had such delicious food traveling, especially being vegan and gluten-free. There was so much selection and everything I tried I loved! The yoga teacher that we had, Adam Bolton was an incredibly talented teacher and taught a nice vigorous "hot" yoga in the mornings and a blissful restorative in the evenings. There were animals everywhere from monkeys to coatis to giant lizards to tropical birds. I stayed in the casita with 4 other women and thought it was going to be cramped but it was spacious and wonderful to share the space with like-minded people. The surf school they hooked us up with (South Nicoya Surf School) was incredible beyond anything I experienced before. The bonfire on the beach surf party, which I think was partially arranged through the surf school and Anamaya, was such a good time. I went in with high expectations and my expectations were exceeded. Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible!"

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  • Review by Mark
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first time going to a yoga retreat. This was my first time traveling to Latin america. This was my first time going on vacation solo. I really didnt know what to expect. At the end of the trip, I could not have asked for a more perfect vacation. There were many other solo travelers in the same situation I was in: stressed at work, need to get away, and wanting to try something new. I ended up leaving Costa Rica with a new group of friends from all over the US, Canada, and even Costa Rica.The property was absolutely breath taking. Doing yoga in the two outdoor "studios" was breath taking. Yoga will never be the same. The image of the jungle and Pacific Ocean while doing an inversion will forever be engrained in my mind. The staff was more than accommodating, they were like family. Everyone knew you by name which made you feel special. They were always there to help with no hesitation. They always had a warm smile on their face when they greeted you.The food was to die for! Each meal was a wonderful surprise. Most of the meals were vegetarian, with a few dishes containing fish and chicken. All of which were tasty and creative. I wish they had sold a cookbook with their recipes so I can take a piece of that magic back home. This place is highly recommended. It made my first trip to Costa Rica that much more magical."

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  • Review by Millie from Fremantle, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "The room we stayed in was so wonderful, with a stunning view of the ocean. The entire resort is like something out of a dream, the infity pool is breathtaking and the main casa so welcoming and gorgeous. Most of all, the staff here are incredible. If you have the opportunity to book a retreat or yoga teacher training absolutly do. It truly is a magical place."

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  • Review by a traveller from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Best time of my life! Jackie Chiodo is a goddess of yoga and life, best decision I ever made. Her classes will take you to places you've never imagined. The food is delicious and all organic, also mostly vegetarian. Staff are absolutely wonderful and will help with any questions at all. Pure Vida! Do it!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "A place to relax and enjoy the view. Excellent meals prepared with fresh ingredients. The infinity pool is fantastic. It is within walking distance of Montezuma. Yoga is first and formost at this retreat."

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  • Review by Mari from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This place is magical. I booked it last minute by myself with the intention of learning to surf, doing some yoga, and exploring Costa Rica. I was blown away. Anamaya itself is remarkably beautiful, it's impossible not to feel grateful for every day you are able to enjoy there. The staff is absolutely amazing, you will feel more like you're visiting friends or family as opposed to the sterile feel of a hotel. It's so warm.The people who attend the weeklong retreat come from different places but you can feel the common thread. It's the perfect place to go alone - you will never be lonely. I met some of the most amazing people, had the coolest experiences and learned so many valuable things. When I left, I was stronger, happier, healthier, more balanced, mindful and awake. If you are even slightly thinking about it, go for it. You'll be so happy you did."

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  • Review by Veselica from Ottawa, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Anamaya has the formula for complete wellness of your mind, body and spirit totally figured out! The resort and the accommodations are absolutely stunning - think an ocean view, monkeys howling in the not so far distance, open and airy houses and two yoga decks that will get you to the Zen zone fast.The best part of this resort is the staff. Chef Jeff prepared flawless meals every day and I did not even notice that all his delicious meals were gluten free. Who knew that gluten free food could be so good?!! The administration and maintenance staff went above and beyond to make us all feel welcomed. I don't want to away too much, but they are musically and artistically talented as well. I want to mention Grettle (aka Trouble) and Laura for laughing with us and always smiling.The yoga and surfing were magnificent as well. I realized that these two activities added so much to my relaxation and it feels great to go back home having learned how to surf! I recommend that if you do visit, do as many of the activities as you can. You will be surprised by how much energy you actually have. All in all, I cannot recommend this place enough. I hope to go back as soon as I can and do the YTT while I am there. Pura Vida!!"

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  • Review by Luba from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I can't say enough about what a wonderful a stay I had at Anamaya. It's not your typical resort, it's about sharing and living in this extraordinary space while nurturing body and soul. You feel like you are being welcomed home. The staff is wonderful, friendly and very accommodating. They truly take care of you as if you were family.The organic food is spectacular, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available, with a lean toward free-range chicken and local fish. Vegan and gluten-free options also available as well as beer and wine. Everything was perfect. The accommodations are lovely, each house unique. The common areas are spacious and comfortable and the view from the infinity salt water pool will leave you lingering as long as possible. All in all, if you want to re-connect with nature, nurture your soul, deepen your yoga practice, this is the place to be."

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  • Review by Chris F. from Edmonton, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I was welcomed at the resort to my departure the whole trip was exceptional. As a guy who hasn't done a lot of yoga and who is not in great shape I was worried that this would be a little to serious about the yoga, and the small size might be too intimate with the other guests. Turns out I was wrong. Not only is the location quite extraordinary, but the yoga with Dagmar was wonderful and accommodating of a crowbar like me. The other guests were lovely and it was as interactive as I wanted to be. The food was some of the best that I have had anywhere at any restaurant, the surf training, beach trip, and jungle hike were lovely punctuations of my trip. One of the most relaxing vacations I have ever been on even with 3 hours of yoga a day. Extraordinary."

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  • Review by Kari from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I just returned from a one-week yoga retreat at Anamaya and I feel like my body and soul have been found again! Our yoga instructor was a local woman named Silvia Ericksson who teaches yoga at the local Motezuma Yoga studio. If you are not lucky enough to have Silvia make sure you make it to town for a class with her. She is one of the best yoga instructors I've ver had. I am returning to New York with a new sense of balance and calm in my life that was directly because of her yoga practice this week.Anamaya is a truly special place and if you are lucky enough to get there I promise you won't regret it. The staff is incredible. Gretel and Sol made our days and nights easy and seamless, the food was so healthy and wonderful, and the spa staff worked on my muscles after yoga and surfing. I had also never tried surfing before and it was amazing! I wish I had tried it earlier in the week but now it just means that I will have to return to the Nicoya peninsula. Maybe even do the Anamaya yoga teacher training! Our group was also very special and from all over the world with stories and varying reasons for being there. Not only did I leave Anamaya with my body and mind at peace but also with new friends. Book your trip here now. You will not regret it!"

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  • Review by Kimberlee
    10 out of 10

    "If yoga, surfing, eating healthy, and being eco consciousness is your thing; then this is a have to destination for your next adventure vacation. Two years ago I attended a yoga teacher training here for a month, and did not want to leave this slice of heaven. Now just two years later, I am back, and after just one week, I'm experiencing the exact same feelings about this magical place. The staff make you feel part of their home, the accomodations are relaxing, and the choices are many from yoga to surfing to hiking the waterfalls, salsa lessons. And to top it all off, the chefs create all healthy meals from their local garden. Absolutely an amazing adventure!"

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  • Review by Jen from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I was impressed by the photos on the website and the reviews, they made this place seem to good to be true. And yet my expectations were exceeded in every way! I actually went in April 2013, and still keep in touch with all of the people who were there that week. We have a Facebook group, and multiple people have already been back already and met up when back home. I encouraged a friend to go this summer and she absolutely loved it as well. I went as part of a solo trip with the intention of doing a lot of soul searching and relaxing, but ended up making such great friends that I spent most of the week hanging out with them.I have never felt so good about myself or lived a healthier lifestyle, my roommate and I started a habit of running down to the beach at 5 a.m., running back up, grabbing a quick bite to eat and some of that delicious coffee with stevia, heading to a 1.5-hour yoga class, and then spending the rest of the day eating delicious food, surfing, heading to the beach, lounging by the pool, hiking, doing more yoga, etc. The food is unbelievable, and so healthy. I overate at almost every meal because I couldn't get enough! I regret not having signed up for the surf package or trying it until Wednesday; the instructors are incredible, and make it so easy for you.We all stood up on our first attempt! We did a tour of the cabins, and they were all really nice. You feel as though you're staying at a very friendly, very welcoming friend's house. They take care of you, and it feels like a family, rather than an employee-guest relationship. I absolutely loved being so immersed in nature, I've never felt so connected to myself, the earth, and new people. Going to Anamaya is an incredible experience, I would highly recommend it for those looking for an authentic and rejuvenating experience. "

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  • Review by Rosa P.
    10 out of 10

    "When my shuttle turned into Anamaya resort, and I first saw the view of this place, I was in awe. I couldn't believe I would be staying at such a beautiful place for the next seven days of my yoga retreat. Every corner of this resort is well thought-out and beautifully designed. As soon as I entered this resort, I didn't have to try too hard to be in the moment. I was so grateful and happy to be there and enjoyed every little moment. I can still close my eyes and remember the sound of geckos in the ceilings, the howling monkeys in the distance, and the sound of waves crashing below, feeling the gentle ocean breeze while reading a book in the hammock.I also really appreciated the organic, healthy meals and snacks. (5 p.m. smoothies are the best!) they produce at their own farms. And if you're worried this is too healthy, we were allowed to bring in our own alcoholic drinks as well, so you're free to have fun! I also met many awesome people who were in the same retreat as me. The cabinas are beautiful and very clean. I can just go on and on about this place but I think it's best for you to go check it out for yourself."

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  • Review by Keith H from Reston, Virginia, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I went to an Anamaya yoga retreat in November of 2013, by myself. It's not so easy to describe how wonderful and transformative this place is. There were 30 of us from all across the world. Not many places you can stay and enter as 30 strangers and leave a week later as family. The property, location, staff, food, yoga experience, accommodations, programs, and options, are all one can ever ask for. Anamaya was obviously created for the soul, spirit, and real connections seekers looking for a deep, meaningful, and truly transformative experience."

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  • Review by Denise Z from New York City, New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Anamaya is one of those places which would bless you with memories you will carry with you throughout your life. You'll meet great people, make friends for life, and have adventures. It's up to you what you do. Anamaya is just there to help you help yourself. It is a kind of place that can help you find what you are looking for, if you let it. So, choose your destination and go, if you accept everyone you meet as a teacher then the truth will not be withheld from you.."

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  • Review by April T from Murrieta, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had the pleasure of being a guest teacher at the exotic Anamaya and I have to tell you that I am already planning to go back! From the moment you walk through the doors until the time you leave you are treated like family.The staff and the resident kitty, Onyx, really care about your well being and your experience at Anamaya and go out of their way to make sure your stay there is superb. The food is delicious and fresh with nice plated presentations. The views are breathtaking, you must get up early at least one time while you're there to meditate as the sun rises, with a very curious iguana that likes to also watch the sun come up.I can write a book about the unforgettable experience I had, but you'll have to go for yourself and experience how taken you become with Costa Rica, Anamaya, the beaches, and the beautiful people."

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  • Review by Andrzej from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "This review comes somewhat delayed. I went to Anamaya back in March of this year and I had such a great time. You need to read a few reviews so you can truly appreciate it and get a sense of the place. It feels like a home away from home but when you need privacy you can retreat to your room or villa and just take in the beautiful environs or take a nap in your air conditioned room. this is not like staying at a large resort, they only have capacity for around 30 people, and everyone is there Saturday to Saturday so you get to know everyone and spend a lot of time together at Yoga, morning coffee and fruit while watching the sunrise or monkeys play in the trees, or at the pool, the sauna, meals or excursions.The staff was fantastic - the chef was previously from the Four Seasons (and I believe now opening his own restaurant nearby), the office staff responsive and accommodating; finding the right times for massage appointments, or custom-designing an excursion for the smaller in-house group that was there that week, or moving our yoga class earlier or later to make it work for our schedule - they really know how to run a resort. There's so much to say - the nearby town is wonderful and has an organic market on Saturdays, several organic/healthy restaurants, a real gelato place, open mike on Mondays (where one of the staff sings - she's amazing!), and more.Just go! For the price you can't beat it. Just make sure to take Nature Air or Sansa (the two domestic carriers) if you're connecting from San Jose or Liberia - especially LIberia since the roads are very bumpy and you go slowly. From San Jose I hear there's a highway most of the way, but still a bit of a ride. Anyway, enjoy! And thanks so much Anamaya - I had a lovely time and made friends for life!"

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Montezuma, Costa Rica

Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center is Costa Rica's leader in yoga retreats, surfing, and teacher trainings in Montezuma.

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29 days / 28 nights

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