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8 Days Surf and Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Reviving Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Deepen your Ashtanga yoga practice, ride the waves,and escape the cold. Warm your body and soul in the rays of the sun and the salt of the ocean. This retreat is set in an exclusive eco-oceanfront paradise embedded in the amazing rainforest settings of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Join authorized Ashtanga teachers, Christine Hoar and Kimberly Dahlmann in this exciting yoga retreat experience.

Retreat highlights

  • Meditation and pranayama
  • Morning Mysore Ashtanga yoga sessions
  • Afternoon guided Ayurveda and restorative yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 4 daily organic meals
  • 1 guided surf lesson
  • River nature hike

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The spacious beachfront property of Boca Sombrero has been landscaped with care to promote privacy and to welcome wildlife. Groups and individuals are welcomed with many different needs and budgets. All of the accommodations have been designed to blend in with the natural surroundings by using traditional, local building techniques, and materials. There are eight thatched-roof tent platforms and four houses, Casa Rio Sombrero, Casa Playa Sombrero, Casa Troya, and Oceanside. The houses and tent platforms are just steps away from the beach.

Casa Playa Sombrero

A beautiful structure surrounded by tropical jungle, with a tile inlaid pool. It can best be used for a group of friends or a family. It offers space for 4-6 persons. The spacious upstairs communal bedroom offers a breathtaking view of the ocean and the natural beauty of Boca Sombrero. The pool has both deep and shallow areas, perfect for relaxing or swimming. The pool will be common space for this retreat.

Casa Rio Sombrero

A beautiful, warm and welcoming two-bedroom house, ideal for two couples, a family, or single travelers who want extra privacy and comfort. It offers space for 4 persons. The spacious kitchen is located in the center of the open-structured, ground-floor living area. Next to the wooden sundeck, it has a small Jacuzzi-size fresh-water dipping pool. This very quiet and private thatch-roof structure is framed by the Sombrero River in the back and the beach out front.

Casa Troya

Reflects the typical home design of the Osa Peninsula with its half-height walls and natural, local building materials. It has a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom downstairs and a loft partitioned into two semi-private bedrooms. It is perfect for 4 friends, a family, or two couples. The rooms are semi-private.

The eight thatched-roof tent platforms

These are spread out on the magnificent 20-acre property. These charming, small, wood, and bamboo structures can accommodate 1-2 persons. They are specially designed for comfort in a tropical climate, to immerse you in the jungle and provide you with privacy. The thatched-roof will keep you dry and cool, while a transparent material along the roof-line lets in light. The platforms are outfitted with beautiful, 8 x 8 square feet screened Moroccan-style tents, whose special fabric allows ventilation and guarantees dulcesueos (sweet dreams). Each tent has two comfortable, twin bed mattresses supplied with fresh cotton linens. All tents have two small fans, and are bug-proof. Each bungalow has a cozy porch with two soft bench seats for relaxing and a private, open-air shower adjacent. Shared bathroom facilities are located nearby.


A beautiful, 1200 square feet white beach house whose architecture is reminiscent of Mediterranean styles. It is nestled in a lush tropical garden. Oceanside accommodates a couple with a child or three adults. The fully-equipped kitchen, entirely finished in teak, is separated from the living room by a breakfast counter. Adjacent to the living room, there is an office space with bookshelves, a sofa and desk. Upstairs, one finds the master bedroom with double sliding glass doors, a wooden sundeck, jungle balcony, and a ladder on the balcony that allows access to the rooftop. Especially during the dry season, the rooftop is the perfect place for stargazing and romantic evenings. Oceanside operates entirely on solar energy, drawing fresh water from a well. The house is located less than 80 meters from the beach, reached by a jungle trail and bamboo bridge.

Ashtanga Montauk Costa Rican Yoga Holiday Program

Ashtanga yoga

Practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness - physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind.

Ashtanga literally means eight limbs. They are described by Patanjali as: yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (contemplation). These branches support each other. Asana practice must be established for proper practice of pranayama, and is a key to the development of the yamas and niyamas. Once these four externally oriented limbs are firmly rooted, the last four internally oriented limbs will spontaneously evolve over time.

There are three groups of sequences in the Ashtanga system. The primary series (yoga Chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the body. The intermediate series (Nadi Shodhana) purifies the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels. The advanced series A, B, C, and D (Sthira Bhaga) integrate the strength and grace of the practice, requiring higher levels of flexibility and humility. Each level is to be fully developed before proceeding to the next, and the sequential order of asanas is to be meticulously followed. Each posture is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further.

The continuity of deep, even breathing cannot be overemphasized in the Ashtanga yoga system. When breath feeds action, and action feeds posture, each movement becomes gentle, precise, and perfectly steady. According to the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, breath is life. Breathing is our most fundamental and vital act and holds a divine essence; exhalation a movement towards God, and inhalation an inspiration from God. Our last action in life is to exhale, which, in essence is the final and total surrender to God.

It is said that where there is no effort there is no benefit. Strength, stamina, and sweat are unique aspects of this traditional yoga, seemingly contrary to western perceptions of yoga. This demanding practice requires considerable effort and taps into and circulates a vital energy throughout the body, strengthening and purifying the nervous system. The mind then becomes lucid, clear and precise.

Sample day schedule

5:30: Coffee, tea and light breakfast of fresh fruit, Homemade granola and homemade yogurt

6:30: Meditation and Pranayama

7:30: Yoga asana

9:30: Brunch

14:00: Lunch

16:00: Yoga asana workshops

18:30: Dinner

Free time daily for surfing, excursions, spa, body treatments, beach activities

Included excursions

Nature hikes

The Osa Peninsula is a secluded natural wonderland, providing a home to some of the countries rare and endangered animals. A guided hike is an excellent way to discover the area and offers a chance to see some of the extraordinary wildlife. A full-day guided hike into Corcovado National Park, the jewel of Costa Ricas park system, is sure to deliver various wild life spotting. If you are not up for the full day hike, a walk up the nearby Carbonera river is also a great option. Make sure to wear sturdy sandals and a swimsuit, as this hike offers some spectacular swimming holes.

Retreat location

This yoga and surf retreat is located in the pristine rainforests and rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula. It is known for being one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. It is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the countrys rare and endangered animal and bird species, including squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and other forest cats.


  • Puerto Jimenez - 35 minutes



  • Kayak
  • Massage
  • Night club nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool


The cuisine is light and delicious with an emphasis on fresh produce. Boca Sombreros wonderful staff prepares regional specialties and international dishes using local ingredients. Throughout the day, coffee, tea, juice, and fruit are available. Alcoholic drinks are available at your own cost. The daily meal plan generally includes a selection of fruit, granola, and yogurt before the morning yoga class, a big brunch afterward, a light lunch, and a fabulous, buffet dinner (vegetarian or non-vegetarian).

Things to do (optional)

  • Bird watching
  • Dolphin watch and boat tour (65 USD
  • Kayaking
  • Nature hike
  • Nightlife at Buena Esperanza
  • Sun-bathing
  • Surfing (40 USD)
  • Swimming
  • Tree climbing (55 USD)
  • Waterfall rappel
  • Zip lining

Spa treatments

  • Acupuncture (60 minutes, 65 USD)
  • Body scrubs (35-75 USD)
  • Body wraps (35-75 USD)
  • Deep tissue massage (60-90minutes, 65-90 USD)
  • Facials (35-75 USD)
  • Feet therapy
  • Hair therapy
  • Thai massage (60-90 minutes, 65-90 USD)

What's included

  • 1 guided surf lesson
  • 1 river nature hike
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 4 organic meals daily
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for activity guides
  • Nightlife
  • Optional activities and tours
  • Spa services
  • Taxi fare

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

It is recommended that you book your flight into San Jose, the capital city. You should note that there are no late-afternoon or evening flights with either air carrier (the last flight into Puerto Jimenez is approximately at 3p.m.) so you should take this into consideration when booking international flights.

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