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Looking to give back to the community while enhancing your yoga practice? Want to get in touch with nature? In this retreat, you will experience helping to locate sea turtle nests, learning about the different turtles, and releasing the new hatchlings back to their home in the sea. You will be staying in a private eco-friendly ocean front rooms in Punta Banco, Costa Rica doing daily yoga, hiking through the jungle, learning about jungle conservation, and of course, saving the sea turtles!
You will have private ocean-front rooms at Casa Marea Alta. This lodge is nestled at the bottom of an 800-acre privately owned rainforest and sits directly on the ocean. You are surrounded by conserved nature on all sides. Here, you will have a chance to see a large variety of jungle wildlife, as well as experience ocean-front living. The lodge has a beautiful covered open-air jungle yoga deck where you will do your daily yoga classes. You also have access to a fully-equipped kitchen.
Led by spider monkey specialist, Katie Mann, you will spend the whole day on a guided rainforest and indigenous reservation tour. Here you will learn about the indigenous people of Costa Rica, meet a family who will make you an amazing cup of coffee, and answer any questions you have about their way of life.
With your bilingual and indigenous guide, you will be led through the rainforest where you will learn about conservation of the rainforest, eat delicious fruit you find during the walk, and look for wildlife. You might even get a chance to spot the elusive spider monkeys! You will end up on the beach where you will walk back. Mid-day snack is included.
This is an amazing tour of the jungle with many chances to see birds, monkeys, coatis, sloths, and more. You'll go on a trail through the jungle, looking at various animals, plants, fruits, waterfalls, etc. with experienced and certified nature guides. Punta Banco Retreats neighbor an 800-acre private biological reserve, whom they work closely with.
Spend at least three nights helping to patrol the beaches of Punta Banco with a sea turtle guide. Here you will be looking for sea turtles coming to shore to lay their eggs. You help to protect the sea turtle from possible poachers, collect the nest, and safely bring it back to the nesting area in town. If there are any hatchlings, you can help safely release them back to their home in the ocean.
Spend a few hours on the ocean learning how to do stand up paddle board and seeing the amazing Punta Banco and Pavones coast line. If the ocean permits, you will dive down and check out the snorkeling.
Beth Anne is a 200-RYT, certified Thai bodywork practitioner, and certified Reiki level 2 practitioner. She currently resides in the beautiful Punta Banco, Costa Rica where she hosts private and group yoga retreats ocean front at Casa Marea Alta. She moved to Costa Rica in December 2014 from Michigan to share her passion of yoga with others. Since then she has had the amazing opportunity to help others come down to Costa Rica and share their yoga too.
Casa Marea Alta has plenty of nature, great weather, and stunning beaches. It is the perfect location for a relaxing and fun retreat. You will stay right on the Pacific Ocean and will be only steps away from the beach, which lies right outside the front door. To the back is a privately-owned biological reserve, which means that you will be surrounded by the jungle at all times. This gives you many opportunities to see three different species of monkeys, who come right up to your window, agoutis, over 300 species of birds, and much more.
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You will have daily breakfast and dinner served to you. The delicious Costa Rican cuisine can be catered to any dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, allergies, etc.) with advanced notice.
A one-hour workshop teaching you how to use aerial silks and going through a class so you can feel comfortable hopping on a swing at home.
Join the town's "Chocolate Man" on an educational and delicious afternoon learning about how to make fresh chocolate from Cacao seeds. So yummy, you won't regret buying an extra bar or two after this class!
Half day fishing trip in Gulf Dulce (sweet gulf). This gulf in the Pacific is enriched with a variety of species of fish. Take a day out and enjoy the crystal clear waters and catch a couple fish. You bring back what you catch and Beth Anne will help you cook it for dinner.
A night tour in the jungle with our experienced guide. This gives you a chance to see red eye tree frogs, other species of frogs, aguti pacas, spiders, and snakes. A truly unique look at the jungle nocturnal life.
Horseback riding on the beach and jungle. About a four-hour ride and you have the option to ride all day if you enjoy it.
Take on the wind and the waves in Pavones with a kite surfing session with your private kite surfing instructor.
Stand up and paddle the beautiful Pacific coast of Punta Banco / Pavones, Costa Rica. Enjoy stunning jungle views, warm waters, and peaceful paddling. The tour is approximately three to four hours and has maximum of two participants.
Take a private paddle board yoga class on the warm and beautiful Pacific Ocean. Learn to keep your balance and challenge your asana practice while enjoying stunning views of the Costa Rican coastline. This private class lasts an hour, one person per class. Participant must be a strong swimmer.
You can book the following spa treatments for an additional price:
Please book your flight to arrive at Golfito Airport (GLF). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Beth Anne Yoga will pick you up from the airport. To get to Golfito you can fly there via Sansa or Nature Air, rent a car, or take the bus. Beth Anne Yoga is happy to send you detailed information on these travel options and can arrange for you the travel if needed.