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8 Days Surf and Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Boca Sombrero Surf & Yoga, Playa Sombrero, Puerto Jimenez, 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 teacher, Kimberly Dahlmann in this exciting yoga retreat experience.

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  • 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

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 24
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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

This option has an open construction style that allows for a steady ocean breeze throughout the living space and provides both ocean and lush mountain views. Upstairs has a large open floor plan with a beautiful hardwood floor and a thatched-roof ceiling. This room provides three king-sized beds, three single beds, and a balcony with a spectacular view of the Golfo Dulce.

Downstairs has a cozy living space, bathroom and a detached kitchen. Both the living area and kitchen open up to the large swimming pool, deck, and lounge area. The pool has both deep and shallow areas - perfect for relaxing or swimming.

Casa Rio Sombrero

This is a custom-finished option with fine hardwoods, an open floor plan, and a beautiful thatched roof. Upstairs, the house has two bedrooms. One bedroom has king size bed and the other has a king size bed and a single bed. Downstairs, there is a central, open kitchen designed for gathering at the bar. There is a comfortable dining area and an artfully designed bathroom, detached from the main structure for privacy. The bathroom area includes a covered dipping pool - a refreshing escape from the midday sun.

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 bedrooms upstairs. The overall aesthetic of this home evokes a sense of movement as the lines of the structure resemble a wave, ship or an animal, depending on one’s perspective. Casa Troya offers a comfortable and inspired place to spend your vacation.

Jungle tents

Eight thatched-roof tent platforms are spread out on the magnificent 20-acre property. 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, screened Moroccan-style tents whose special fabric allows for ventilation and guarantees dulce sueños (sweet dreams). Each bungalow has a cozy porch for relaxing and a private, open-air shower adjacent. Shared bathroom facilities are nearby and conveniently located.


A beautiful, 1,200 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 a 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 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

  • 05:30 Coffee, tea and light breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade granola and homemade yogurt
  • 06:30 Meditation and pranayama
  • 07:30 Yoga asana
  • 09:30 Brunch
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yoga asana or lecture / workshops
  • 18:30 Dinner

You will have free time daily for surfing, excursions, spa, body treatments, beach activities, etc.

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.


Christine Hoar

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


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).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bird watching
  • Dolphin watch and boat tour (65 USD)
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Nature hike
  • Nightlife at Buena Esperanza
  • Sun-bathing
  • Surfing (25 to 45 USD)
  • Swimming
  • Tree climbing (65 USD)
  • Waterfall rappel

Spa treatments

  • Acupuncture
  • Body scrubs
  • Body wraps
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Facials
  • Feet therapy
  • Hair therapy
  • Thai massage

What's included

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

What's not included

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