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8 Days Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Get crystal clear on your inner vision and let your soul’s purpose ignite your passion! Do you have a vision for your life greater than where it is now? Do you love yoga and have heard of Ayurveda, and wonder how it can impact your well-being, but have no time to investigate it? This retreat is for visionary yogis seeking to deepen their knowledge, create a life of balance, and channel that energy into creating something magical with their lives!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Daily restorative yoga classes
  • Ayurveda sessions on core principles
  • Powerful visionary yogi’s mastermind sessions
  • Online course on Ayurveda basics
  • Daily gourmet organic meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort opened its doors in 2014 for travelers that wanted to enjoy the magic of Costa Rica in a very unique and healthy way. Enjoy the high-end accommodations, superb dining experiences, world class yoga and pilates studios, gym, spa, juice bar, and boutique. Discover Costa Rica’s finest yoga resort and retreat sanctuary.

The resort was designed to flow with the nature that surrounds it. 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.

The Bodhi house includes two king bedrooms, two full ensuites with walk-in closets, outdoor lounge, wet bar, and private pool. The king bungalow includes a king size bed, open air shower, balcony, and a safe for personal belongings. The queen bungalow includes a queen size bed and a twin bed, open air shower, balcony, and a safe for personal belongings.

The double room includes two personal beds, shared bathroom, open air shower, and a safe for personal belongings. The single room includes a twin bed, shared bathroom, open-air shower, and a safe for personal belongings. Finally, the triple room includes three twin beds, shared bathroom, open air shower, and a safe for personal belongings.

Ayurveda Yoga Practice Yoga Vacations in Costa Rica Program

Once you register to this retreat, you will 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 will 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.

You will get a deepened yoga practice and valuable insights into how yoga and Ayurveda work synergistically to create physical, mental, and emotional balance, in addition to a working understanding of the dietary and lifestyle principles of Ayurveda, as well as practical tips and recipes.

During the retreat, you will 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. You will be drawn to the truly catalytic power of the visionary mastermind sessions to help you get crystal clear on your inner vision and let your soul’s purpose ignite your passion.

By the end of the retreat, you will 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 and breathing reality. The adventure of your lifetime awaits you in a gorgeous setting.

Meet the most inspired, visionary, amazing people to walk this journey with. In the visionary yoga retreat, yoga becomes a tool to deepen your relationship with the life force that is constantly flowing within and around the world.

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 dreams’ manifestation.


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.

Retreat location

Nosara is located in the beautiful province of Guanacaste, in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Nicoya is considered one of the blue zone areas, where cultures have evolved to prolong the longevity of human life. Life expectancy of Nicoya residents easily surpasses 100 years of age, with a population far older than the rest of the country.

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 to keep the beaches clean. There is also a big drive for ecotourism, sustainability, and recycling like in no other town in the country. This sets the perfect example of a planned developed community. The natural beauty, the way of life, and the 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 become two 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 television, stocked grocery stores with plenty of imported items, and amazing restaurants with a diversity of international cuisine. The official town is located 6 kilometers inland from the beach.

Yoga and surfing culture is a huge and 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 20 best surf towns. With a diversity of waves in the area, it invites world-class, novice, and intermediate surfers to enjoy the magical and consistent waves all year round.

Nearby places

  • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) - 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • San José - 6 hours



  • Gym
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Pilates
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio


  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net
  • Room cleaning
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental nearby


Secluded within the natural ambience 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 well-being on a ground level can allow one's health to blossom.

An array of hot and refreshing cold soups is offered, as well as an excellent buffet of veggies and salads, organic chicken, fish, and vegan options. They also cater to any palate as a personalized service to suit all your special dietary needs. Organic wine and artisanal beer are available for purchase with your dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
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)

Go horseback riding

This tour will take you from the river up to the hills with breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, and mangroves. The horses will guide you through jungle trails and along the beaches of Nosara and Ostional. This adventure will last two hours and 30 minutes to three hours and 30 minutes. You will be informed about local plants and their medicinal use, local wildlife like howler monkeys, and a large variety of birds. All horses are friendly, reliable, and trained by an expert.

Hike in a waterfall and wildlife adventure

Experience one of Nosara’s hidden gems; this tucked away waterfall destination is a refreshing treat following a moderate 45-minute hike. This hike involves crossing a creek, traversing a cattle farm, and weaving through a primary canopy of the tropical, dry forest. Stop along the way to interpret the sights, sounds, and smells of everything around you before discovering a series of brilliant swimming holes and small waterfalls.

Bask in the cool water and natural beauty of the site until you are sufficiently refreshed. Depending on the time of year, it is even possible to hike upriver through the waterfalls. Returning from the falls, you will be greeted with an organic picnic lunch and refreshments. This tour is documented with photos. All-terrain shoes, swimsuits, and hats are suggested.

Take an all-terrain vehicle tour

Choose from five different all-terrain vehicle adventures, all of which include fruits and water. The Nosara tour is a two-hour cruise along the lush Nosara hills and rivers, keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. The White Rock Waterfall tour is a four-hour journey up to Pilas Blancas and back to the waterfalls for a refreshing swim. The coffee tour is a four-hour tour taking you across the Nosara hills to a coffee plantation, it includes a tour guide.

The Pura Vida tour takes five hours, exploring the gorgeous coastline, mountains, beaches, and jungle trails. Finally, the Black Hills tour lasts eight hours; it is a full day adventure tour exploring the real beauty of Guanacaste, it includes a typical Costa Rican lunch and is only available for experienced riders.

Take the Boca Nosara wildlife and birding kayaking tour

The Río Nosara and Río Montana are the two largest rivers in Nosara; where these two rivers converge, you find a tremendous amount of natural beauty. For nature lovers and those who like to kayak, this is quite simply the best tour in Nosara. Kayak alongside great blue herons, anhingas, roseate spoonbills, and maybe even a few crocodiles.

On this adventure, you will be surrounded by the exquisite sounds of the jungle as you weave through mangrove tunnels no wider than your boat. Cap off your trip with an ice-cold watermelon or a sunset beer at the Boca.

Take stand up paddle ocean lessons

Paddle around Garza’s northern headland to the fabled Isla Rosada, visit the tucked away Coco beach, explore the outer reefs of south Guiones or cruise the Garza bay. Depending on local conditions, your ocean paddling experience will be crafted to you and your groups’ skill level. During the trip, you will increase your knowledge of the ocean, all while enhancing your stand up paddle boarding skills and confidence.

Take surf lessons or a surf tour

As one of the best surf towns in the world, Nosara is gifted with north and south swells that provide world-class waves year round. Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort offers daily surfing lessons for beginners and intermediate surfers. A beginner surf lesson is scheduled according to the tides to ensure the best learning conditions.

Your surf lesson will start with a workshop, where you will learn the basics of surfing, safety tips, paddling techniques, standing up on a board, and riding waves. A lesson costs 65 USD per person. All instructors have basic first-aid skills, in case of an accident.

Private surf lessons start with a demonstration along with a stretching program on the beach. The goal is to make you feel safe, secure, and confident in the water. You will learn basic surfing skills, safety tips, paddling techniques, standing up on a board, and riding waves. With a ratio of one student per one instructor, you can guarantee that you will catch the ideal waves for a beginner. Private lessons are 90 USD per person for two hours.

If you prefer a tour and you have come to Costa Rica to surf, get the best local surfing experience possible! This program is designed for experienced surfers and includes all transportation to popular breaks like Playa Garza, Ostional, Marbella, and Camaronal. The tour costs 200 USD, there is an additional fee of 20 USD per additional person. This tour is designed for up to four persons.

Take the canopy zip lining tour

Enjoy the longest canopy tour in the world located within a pristine 2500-acre forest reserve. This tour is nestled in the mountains surrounding the village of Nosara and will be a highlight of your trip. You will travel across majestic mountain ridges and soar high above multiple ravines with breathtaking views of rivers, waterfalls, and the Pacific Ocean.

The final stage emerges from the serene forest, crosses high above beautiful Nosara River and sails directly into a disco-bar on the top floor of a five-story architectural wonder. Suitable for nature lovers, adventurers, families, and all who wish to experience the ultimate zip lining adventure.

Take the stand up paddle mangrove tour

Stand up paddle the serene waters of the Río Montana and Río Nosara, weaving your way through mangrove tunnels to a hidden trail that leads out to Playa Nosara. This is a stand up paddling adventure that will peacefully blow your mind. The best part is that it is accessible to everyone.

Visit the Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

Founded in January of 1999, this refuge has been home to injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife from Nosara and the Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica. You can visit the refuge by booking in advance. As a health precaution to the animals, the refuge requires visitors to be in Costa Rica for at least three days before visiting.

Your visit will include a tour of the refuge facilities, an opportunity to meet many of their current guests and long-term residents up close. This tour provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about the efforts taken to protect the native wildlife of Costa Rica and what steps the incredible volunteers are taking to care for the injured and orphaned wildlife.

Visit turtles in the Ostional Wildlife Refuge

The Ostional Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica was created in 1984 to protect the nesting site of the olive ridley sea turtle; this location is one of the largest mass nesting destinations globally. The week before the new moon, hundreds, and sometimes hundreds of thousands, of sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach to dig their eggs into the black volcanic sand.

Turtles nest at Ostional all year round but peak months occur from August through December. The phenomenon of mass nesting occurs regularly once or twice a month. If you are lucky, you may have the incredible opportunity to see this biological miracle.

Spa treatments

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 and enjoy your own mini paradise.

Abdominal massage cupping for release and weight loss

Cupping helps clear colon blockages, break down fatty deposits, encourage blood and body-fluid movement in the bowels and internal organs, soothe the nervous system, release inner emotions, promote digestion, and relieve indigestion or heartburn. With regular abdominal cupping, there is an increase in digestive secretions that enhances peristaltic movement.

Cupping will improve appetite, digestion, bile flow, and metabolism, as well as aid in the treatment of distension and acidity, help with conception, relieve constipation, and promote regularity of the bowels. Many clients experience expelling an excess amount of waste shortly after treatments and also a significant increase of eliminations throughout their day. The cost is 55 USD for one session, 400 USD for 10 sessions, and 800 USD for 20 sessions.

Ayurvedic massage

A cleansing full body coconut oil massage that improves the overall wellbeing of a person. It helps to eliminate toxins, stress, and tension. It also balances the nervous system, boosts immunity, calms the mind, cleanses the lymphatic system, and promotes relaxation.

Long deep strokes are applied to release blockages, in combination with fluid movement to move the energy. The intention is to bring the body, mind, and soul back into their natural rhythm. Prices range from 80 USD to 120 USD depending on duration.

Body treatments

If you are 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. The cost is 120 USD for one hour and 30 minutes.

Deep tissue massage

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, the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints. Prices range from 80 USD to 120 USD, depending on duration.

Evolutionary astrology reading

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, as well as soul journey and present and past lifetimes with respect to dharma direction.

Sessions are offered in an interactive recorded session. Astrology offers a framework that supports trusting the ground and expanding one's wings. A focus on specific questions or situations is welcome. Get your reading for 150 USD.


Banana and honey facial: the ocean and sandy breezes can quickly dry out your skin. Using a paste made from bananas and honey, this facial promises to leave your skin hydrated and refreshed. The cost for a facial is 80 USD.

Cucumber and aloe facial: using cucumber and aloe, both very powerful hydrating agents, this facial will address any dehydration issues you may have. Containing vitamins B and C you will leave feeling rejuvenated and renewed. The cost for a facial is 80 USD.

Avocado and yogurt: the avocado stimulates collagen formation and helps fight the general signs of ageing. Yogurt will soften the skin, remove skin debris and also fights acne. You will leave your face feeling youthful and with a soft glow. The cost for a facial is 80 USD.

Jikiden Reiki

A Japanese technique for detoxification, stress reduction, relaxation, and to move the stuck energy in the body. Stuck energy is what creates disease, stress, tension, and disharmony. Jikiden Reiki is administered through hands-on touch to create an experience to nurture, nourish, and connect body, mind, and soul. The intention is to bring everything back into alignment. Prices range from 80 USD to 120 USD depending on duration.

Jikiden Reiki and Ayurvedic combo

Combining these two treatments into one session is a really beautiful, grounding, detoxifying, and nourishing experience. Bringing you back into your natural rhythm and alignment so you can move through life with ease, clarity, and peace. Prices range from 80 USD to 120 USD depending on duration.

Lymphatic drainage

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. This treatment is 120 USD for an hour and 30 minutes.


There are several types of manicure offered: dry manicure for 20 USD, shellac manicure for 50 USD, and full manicure for 30 USD. Shellac removal is available for 10 USD.


There are several types of pedicure offered: dry pedicure for 30 USD, shellac pedicure for 60 USD, complete pedicure for 50 USD, and exfoliation pedicure for 60 USD. Shellac removal is available for 10 USD.


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 your intention, resulting in a deep state of relaxed awareness. Prices range from 90 USD to 120 USD, depending on duration.

Relaxing massage

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. Prices range from 80 USD to 120 USD, depending on duration.

Thai massage

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. The cost is 130 USD for an hour and 30 minutes.

What's included

  • 1 daily restorative yoga class in the afternoon
  • 1 daily Vinyasa yoga class in the morning
  • 1 eight-week online Ayurveda basics course
  • 3 daily gourmet organic meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Ayurveda sessions covering the core principles
  • Powerful visionary yogi’s mastermind sessions

What's not included

  • Additional activities and tours
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers to and from airports

How to get there

Driving directions from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

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 will see several signs. Follow the signs to Nicoya, through the Tempisque Bridge and turn left once you reach Nicoya.

Then, 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 Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

Travel from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is approximately six hours via the San José - Nicoya - Nosara route. A bus departs from San José to Nosara every day at 5:30 a.m. The bus company is called Alfaro Buses and the San José terminal is on 14th street with Fifth avenue.

Arrival by shuttle

Shuttles from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) can be easily arranged, a shuttle for one to four people costs 150 USD, for five people it costs 200 USD, for six people it is 240 USD, and 40 USD are charged per each additional person.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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