8 Days Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Nosara, Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Design A Life Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

  • 8 days with instruction
  • Do you have a vision for your life greater than where it is now? Have you heard of Ayurveda, but are a bit fuzzy on how it can really serve you? Then this retreat just might be for you! Get crystal clear on your inner vision. Covering the most sublime metaphysical teachings down to the nitty-gritty of what to eat and when, Ayurveda offers valuable wisdom on how to live a life of balance while you go for your biggest dreams.


    • 2 daily yoga classes
    • Ayurveda online course with Mariko
    • Ayurveda sessions covering the core principles
    • Visionary yogi’s mastermind sessions
    • 7 nights luxury accommodation
    • 3 daily organic meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat, you can stay in private or shared accommodations. Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort opened its doors in 2014 for travellers that want to enjoy the magic of Costa Rica in a very unique and healthy way. Enjoy their high-end accommodations, superb dining experience, world-class yoga and Pilates studios, gym, spa, juice bar, and boutique. Visit them and discover Costa Rica’s finest yoga resort and retreat sanctuary.

    The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort was designed to flow with the nature that surrounds them. You can begin your day with a cool-down in your outdoor shower or a dip in the salt-water infinity pool at sunrise. Soothing fountains and waterfalls guide you through the local fauna on your way to your bungalow. Open the door to find a star-lit shower, luxurious cotton sheets, and a canopied bed that promises a well-deserved rest.

    All bungalows have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and modern amenities abound. Security staff is available 24 hours a day and housekeeping staff will keep your room looking as beautiful as the first day you arrive.

    Double room

    Includes two personal beds, shared bathroom, open air shower, air conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a safe for personal belongings.

    King bungalow

    Includes king size bed, open air shower, balcony, air conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a safe for personal belongings.

    Single room

    Includes one twin bed, shared bathroom, open air shower, air conditioner ,Wi-Fi, and a safe for personal belongings.

    In this visionary yoga retreat, yoga becomes a tool to deepen your relationship to the life force that is constantly flowing within and around you. Mariko brings fun, dance-inspired fluidity to the Vinyasa yoga practice, connecting alignment principles to the greater life principles that help you to grow into your highest expression. Beginners will be well taken care of and are very much welcome!

    When like-minded, growth-oriented people come together to share and support each other’s dreams, there is a powerful confluence of energy that can accelerate your dreams’ manifestation. When you register, you’ll receive an eight-week online course on Ayurveda basics taught by Mariko so you can start learning and engaging with this life-changing material right away. By the time you arrive in Costa Rica, you’ll have a working knowledge of this profound healing system!

    After this retreat, you will walk away with practical knowledge you can use in your day-to-day life:

    • A deepened yoga practice and valuable insights into how yoga and Ayurveda work synergistically to create physical, mental, and emotional balance
    • A working understanding of the dietary and lifestyle principles of Ayurveda, as well as practical tips and recipes
    • Discover a precise and fun method for deciphering your prakriti, your Ayurvedic constitutional type, so you know what the best diet, herbs, and lifestyle modifications are right for you
    • This retreat also draws on the truly catalytic power of the visionary mastermind sessions

    You’ll walk away with:

    • The inspiration to truly to go for your dreams
    • A step-by-step system for how to transform your inner vision into living, breathing reality
    • Some serious rest and relaxation time: take a ten-minute walk through the jungle to the pristine beach, relax by the saltwater pool, or get a healing treatment at the world-renowned spa
    • Meet the most inspired, visionary, and amazing people to walk this journey with
    • Mariko Hirakawa

      Mariko is an internationally recognized yoga Ayurveda expert with over 20 years of teaching experience. A yogi with a background in professional ballet and contemporary dance, Mariko is a versatile and experienced yoga instructor, as well as an Ayurvedic practitioner trained in India. She is known for her originality, precision, and the fluid way in which she integrates the physicality of yoga with its dynamic and ever-relevant spiritual teachings. She holds a bachelor's degree of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, from Gujarat Ayurved University, and speaks Sanskrit and Hindi.

    This retreat will take place at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. Nosara is located in the beautiful province of Guanacaste in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Nicoya is considered one of the Blue Zones areas where cultures have evolved to prolong the longevity of human life. Life expectancies of Nicoya residents easily surpass the hundred years of age with a population far older than the rest of the country.

    Utilizing its unique and tranquil setting in the Nicoya Blue Zone, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is the ideal spot to meet your desires of finding peace, relaxation, and rejuvenation with the yoga team. Experience a little taste of what life in paradise might be like, welcome.

    A water source enriched with calcium and magnesium, diets composed of naturally harvested foods, and a strong sense of community are a few of the secrets residents of Nicoya follow to live a pure, happy, and long life. Despite having one of the last locations with unpaved roads in the country, Nosara’s wonderful lack of development directly on the beach makes it special. Known as one of the most sophisticated beach towns in Costa Rica, this small but special town has a lot to offer.

    Travelers from all over the world enjoy the pristine beaches that surround it. This area has a huge passion for the protection of the national parks system which makes the place unique for its hundreds of acres of protected forest. The community is exceptional and united. The local citizens work really hard keeping the beaches clean. There is also a big drive for ecotourism, sustainability, and recycling like no other town in the country.

    This sets the perfect example of a planned developed community. The natural beauty, way of life, and vibe became a dream come true for hundreds of families that chose to live a tranquil and relaxed life. Parents have the opportunity to immerse their children in a more organic way of living in nature. Showing respect and loving nature becomes one of the most important parts of life.

    Being woken up by monkeys, eating healthy and real food, playing outside, enjoying wonderful bilingual private school options, and learning to respect different cultures, the children grow up with a real sense of life. Nosara offers all modern amenities like high-speed internet, cable or satellite TV, stocked grocery stores, with plenty of imported items and amazing restaurants with a diversity of international cuisine.

    The official town is located six kilometers inland from the beach. The yoga and surfing culture is huge and a significant component of this town. You will see that people are either carrying a surfboard or a yoga mat in their arms. Nosara has been called one of the world’s twenty best surf towns. With a diversity of waves in the area, it invites world-class surfers, novice, and intermediate surfers to enjoy the magical and consistent waves year round.

    There are a variety of fitness options all over town. If you are not a surfer or a yogi, you don’t have to worry! There are plenty of adventure activities around like ATV tours, zip lining, horseback riding, stand up paddling, kayak, and much more. Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is located in the foothills of Nosara and is a short walk from the world-class surfing beaches of Guiones.

    Nearby places

    • Liberia International Airport (LIR) - 2.5 hours
    • Gym
    • Hiking
    • Horse riding / rental
    • Kayaking
    • Massage
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Pilates
    • Shopping
    • Spa
    • Stand up paddle boarding
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Zip lining
    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • Balcony
    • Bar
    • Beach
    • Environmentally friendly
    • In-room safe
    • Lounge
    • Special menu request
    • Yoga shala
    • Convenience / grocery store nearby
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Room cleaning

    The price of this retreat includes three daily organic meals. Secluded within the natural ambiance of the jungle, Bodhi Tree Yoga resort strives to use natural, fresh ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle. By gathering ingredients harvested from nature, stimulating individual wellbeing on a ground level can allow health to blossom.

    Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort offers an array of hot and refreshing cold soups, an excellent buffet of veggies and salads, organic chicken, fish, and vegan options. They also cater to any pallet as a personalized service to suit all your special dietary needs. Organic wine and artisanal beers are available for purchase with your dinner.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Organic
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    During your free time, you can enjoy one of the following activities that may incur an additional cost:

    • ATV tour through the waterfall
    • Bask on the glorious beach
    • Boutique shopping at the many quaint shops in Nosara
    • Get pampered at the world-class spa
    • Hiking through the tropical forest
    • Horseback riding to breathtaking sunset views
    • Paddleboarding through the mangrove
    • Relax by the saltwater pool
    • Surf on the world-class waves
    • Take Spanish lessons
    • Zip line canopy tour through the pristine forest reserve

    For an additional cost, you may book treatments at the spa on site. Walk through the jungle path to your own private oasis of tranquility and relaxation. Restore your body and soul to prepare for another amazing day in paradise. Choose from a variety of unique treatments using locally organic oils and lotion. Enjoy your own mini paradise.

    Body treatments (120 USD for 1.5 hours)

    Looking for a way to rejuvenate your entire body? The Bodhi Tree Spa also offers a variety of body scrubs and treatments to have you looking and feeling your best. Your therapist will help you select from the healing and refreshing mixture.

    Deep tissue massage (80 USD for 1 hour or 120 USD for 1.5 hours)

    This therapy applies deeper pressure and is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints).

    Evolutionary astrology reading (150 USD for 1 hour)

    The therapist’s approach to reading your chart is evolutionary as life is an upward spiral. A comprehensive reading will be administered including a natal chart, progressions and current transits, soul journey, and present and past lifetimes with respect to dharma direction. Sessions are offered in an interactive recorded session. Astrology gives a framework that supports trusting the ground and expanding your wings. A focus on specific questions or situations are welcome.

    Facials (80 USD for 1 hour)

    You can select from the following facials: banana and honey, cucumber and aloe, or avocado and yogurt.

    Lymphatic drainage (120 USD for 1.5 hours)

    This treatment consists of specific brush like strokes to encourage circulation of the lymph tissues in your body. Your therapist will gently press and move her hands in directional movements to reduce inflammation and promote self-healing.


    Dry manicure (20 USD), shellac (50 USD), or full manicure (30 USD).


    Dry pedicure (30 USD), complete pedicure (50 USD), shellac pedicure (60 USD), or exfoliation pedicure (60 USD).

    Pranassage (90 USD for 1 hour or 120 USD for 1.5 hours)

    Pranassage is a private session of yoga offering hands on assisting, pressure, and support to deepen the effects of the yoga postures. Sessions can involve either active or passive movement determined by the client’s intention, resulting in a deep state of relaxed awareness.

    Relaxing massage (80 USD for 1 hour or 120 USD for 1.5 hours)

    Take the time to recover from the stresses of daily life. When you experience a relaxation massage, expect a treatment that involves long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing.

    Thai massage (130 USD for 1.5 hours)

    A more active and energizing therapy, a Thai massage promises to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are used during this unique treatment.

    • 3 daily gourmet organic meals
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Ayurveda sessions covering the core principles (including how to read your pulse Ayurvedically)
    • Daily evening gentle Restorative yoga sessions
    • Daily morning fluid Vinyasa yoga sessions
    • Eight-week Ayurveda online course with Mariko
    • Powerful visionary yogi’s mastermind sessions
    • 13% Costa Rican sales tax
    • Additional activities
    • Airfare
    • Spa treatments

    Driving directions from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Nosara Beach

    • The first step to reach the North Pacific is to follow the “Autopista del Sol” (Highway 27) up to Caldera.
    • From there, follow the signs to Liberia which will lead you on the road called “Interamericana Norte”.
    • Take the “Puente de la Amistad de Taiwan” or Tempisque Bridge which can be reached by following the signs to Liberia from Caldera and by turning left at the Shell Gas Station located after the entrance to a town called Las Juntas.
    • At the turn, you’ll see several signs.
    • Follow the signs to Nicoya, through the Tempisque Bridge and turn left once you reach Nicoya.
    • Go across the city in a straight line and continue following signs to Nosara.
    • When you reach the gas station before Samara, you must take the right to a dirt road with signs pointing to Nosara.
    • Continue for approximately 40 minutes until you start seeing signs to Playa Guiones.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR) or San Jose International Airport (SJC). Liberia is the closest international airport, within two and a half hours' drive from Nosara. Shuttles from Liberia are easily arranged, one to four people costs 150 USD, five people costs 200 USD, six people is 240 USD, and 40 USD for each additional person.

    Additionally, car rental agencies are conveniently located near the Liberia airport. For reliable transportation services, contact Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort’s reservations team. Transportation in a van from and to the San Jose International Airport can also be arranged for an additional cost.

    Arrival by bus

    Approximately six hours via this route: San José - Nicoya - Nosara. Bus departs from San José to Nosara every day at 05:30. The bus company is called Alfaro Buses. The San Jose terminal is at 14th street, 5th avenue. Alfaro’s telephone number is: (506) 2222 2750 or 2223 8229.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Ayurveda Yoga Practice an inquiry.


    • Review by a traveler

      "Mariko is the best yoga instructor in New York! And there are a lot of really talented instructors. Her form is so beautiful, and her instruction is so patient yet challenging. She brings a very spiritual aspect to her sessions, while still keeping it very athletic. I love Mariko so much. She puts 100% into every class and her joy of doing yoga is infectious!"

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    • Review by a traveler

      "Mariko is a yoga instructors instructor. She is the best one I have had. She is passionate, precise, friendly, and very calming. Rarely do you walk out of a class feeling better than when you entered. In her class, you feel energized and rejuvenated. She seems to have dedicated much of her life to yoga, having undergone advanced training in India. You can tell that yoga is a way of life for her. She exudes positive energy, attention to proper posture, and has a very calm music selection. I wish I had known about her earlier. She is a consummate professional with a sublime and uplifting spirit."

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    • Review by Harold Bott

      "Your help over the past year has been of immeasurable benefit to me. Your instruction, rooted in centuries of teaching and learning, and masterfully delivered, is exactly what I needed. Having had an Ayurvedic consultation with you enabled us to tap ever more of your plentiful resources. Getting me moving, getting stronger and more flexible, paying more attention to how I breathe, meditation, and learning pranayama techniques. I am more thoughtful of what I eat. I cannot thank you enough. Sending appreciation and admiration."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "I have been taking Mariko's class for years and I alter my weekend plans so that they do not interfere with the one class she does downtown each week. She is a phenomenal instructor, a genuine yogi with a background in dance. Her instructions are nuanced but crystal clear, and it makes a huge difference. The class is a serious workout, but you do not muscle through it, everything is deliberate and controlled, focusing on form and breath. She is also an incredible inspiration, she starts class with a story or anecdote, which always hits home, and her class is a workout. It is the only class I do that I feel is the total package. I leave feeling like I have worked every muscle in my body, got an amazing stretch, and strengthened my spirit. She is amazing and a joy to learn from."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "Super guidance, she is incredibly good at instructions. I catch myself tuning into my muscles and poses in ways that I miss in the typical equinox class. She is wildly accomplished and has a really impressive background. She is a holistic healer, focuses on mind, body, and spirit and knows how to create an incredible class. Outstanding! It is the best yoga at equinox, hands down. I love her. She is absolutely stunning and lives by her practice. She radiates."

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    • Review by Margot Steinberg

      "She is most effective as a teacher and has helped me to identify the strengths and weaknesses in my body, enabling me to perform the asanas with greater comfort and ease. Most importantly, she makes me feel that she cares and, additionally, I feel a sense of improvement as a result of the way she encourages me and shows me how to work with my body. Without Mariko knowing, I have encouraged and invited others to join class with her, even if they are beginners. Mariko is attentive to and patient with each individual, allowing the person to reach their potential."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "Mariko has probably the most unique and creative Vinyasa classes I have taken. She brings her dance background and many years of overall yoga knowledge together to create a great class. She is attentive when giving adjustments during class. She is also approachable, friendly, and generous with her time; she is ready to answer questions after class."

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