In Costa Rica, Pura Vida means 'it's all good.' It is accepting whatever life gives you with joy, ease, and contentment. Rather than just a typical resort holiday, David Jewitt Mindfulness Retreats wants to offer you an unique and fun adventure into La Pura Vida, Costa Rican life, combined with the deeply intuitive yoga sessions and a heart-centered mindfulness practice. Allow your self to enjoy a truly relaxing, life changing experience.
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Nestling among wooded hills beside the fast flowing Chirripo River, Rio Chirripo lodge and Yoga Retreat is a refuge from the pressures of a busy world, a place of refreshment for mind and body. Throughout its grounds, the vivid hues of abundant tropical Costa Rican flowers and shrubs beguile the eye and enchant the spirit.
The focal point of life at Rio Chirripo Lodge is “the rancho”, a unique architectural mix of rustic tropical Costa Rica with with hints of Santa Fe, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Bali. Its open spaces have been designed to bring the outside inside. Here, you can breathe fresh mountain air as you eat healthy meals made wth local produce.
Rio Chirripo Retreat and Lodge is a place where you can get a sense of the eternal, a place for winding down, a place to re-charge batteries, and to take delight in spectacular natural surroundings. Come and experience this unique mountain Lodge in Costa Rica - the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
These are small yet cozy rooms are set on the first floor. They can each lodge up to three people and come with 100% cotton towels and sheets and one of the best quality soaps available in Costa Rica. These rooms are recommended for people who are looking for value and want to enjoy the beauty of the area.
This room can lodge up to four people. It has both a queen and a double bed, a single bed can also be provided. This casita has a balcony overlooking the beautiful scenery, private bathroom with high quality biodegradable Costa Rican made soaps, and 100% cotton sheets and towels. This apartment is ideal for families or people who would like to stay for longer periods of time.
These are small yet cozy rooms set on the second floor, allowing great views of the forest from their private balcony. Each room can lodge up to three people and comes with 100% cotton towels and sheets and one of the best quality soaps available in Costa Rica as well as private bath. There are two of these rooms that share a balcony making them ideal for families who want to have their own room but be connected.
The Guanacaste suite is a uniquely designed room that includes rustic and contemporary elements to create a wonderful comfortable space. This spacious suite is set in a great location with a grand view of the forest. It’s sliding windows and doors make the room a bright yet cozy space.
This unique room allows you to enjoy the sounds of the river and grants amazing views of the mountains. Relax in the hammock of the wooden deck perched right over the Chirripo River. The room comes with two double beds, private bathroom, and a kitchenette where you can prepare quick meals or tea and coffee. It is set in a private location.
Due to its location, you have to go up some stairs so this room is recommended for people who are adventurers and are ready to go up and down some stairs.
This cozy river cabin has the perfect setting, overlooking the tumbling Chirripo river, close to the pool and the hot tub, with awesome views of the jungle and the Chirripo river. It has a gorgeous private porch to relax to the sounds of the river. The room is equipped with one double cozy bed with 100% cotton sheets and coffee maker with local coffee. This room is the perfect romantic getaway, meditation nest or both.
After a sound sleep on soft Egyptian cotton sheets, the morning begins with mindfulness meditation instruction with David followed by Anne's embodied somatic yoga practice. A breakfast of local coffee, freshly baked breads, tropical fruits, and original dishes awaits you.
Your day can include hiking in a reserve to a waterfall, horseback riding on the mountain trails, making your own chocolate bar with an artisan chocolate maker, visiting a small local dairy and cheese maker, river rafting, beach excursion with surfing, or relaxing at Spa Rio with a honey papaya facial or lavender ylang ylang massage. A luscious lunch is served each day.
At 04:00 p.m., there is another workshop, discussion, or kirtan to dive you deeper into your body, heart, and mind practice. The evening is a spontaneous fiesta of one kind or another; salsa dancing, sing-a-long around the fireplace, pizza making in the wood burning oven, games, or relaxing at the bar with wine or a smoothie. Dinner is always creatively prepared by the wonderful chefs. All meals can include vegan or gluten-free options.
It’s your week to enjoy so class attendance is optional.
David is a labor and human rights lawyer who has practiced and taught yoga and meditation for over 20 years having studied with Richard Freeman, Sarah Powers, and Anyen Rinpoche among others. For ten years, David was owner of Santosha Yoga studio in Ottawa and has led retreats in Costa Rica since 2007. David brings his humor, spontaneity, and Buddhist based knowledge to help you create a joyful and open mindfulness practice that you can easily integrate into your daily life.
Anne Pittman, M.Sc, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, guiding people to be present in their life for over 35 years. She is the director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy and has long been a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified yoga teacher training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. Anne's teaching is mindful, intuitive, and freeing. Travel inward with this practice and find the yoga your body desires.
Hotel Rio Chirripo Lodge is situated up in the Chirripo (land of eternal waters) Valley at 4,000 feet. Surrounded by mountains and overflowing with fresh water, the air is as pure as you will find. The river water comes from high in the mountains, making it exhilarating and refreshing for swimming.
The lodge is located on ten acres of beautiful river front land in the small rural town of Canaan de Rivas. It is about three and a half hours south of Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) and four hours north of the border with Panama. It is also 30 minutes east of the city of San Isidro del General in Perez Zeledon and about one and a half hours to the surfing beach town of Dominical.
The lodge is about half way between the Osa Peninsula and San Jose. If you are heading in either one of those directions by car, you are a good midway point to stop and rest for a few days. The altitude is of about 1200 meters from sea level, that is 3700 feet.
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All meals are prepared daily from only the best, freshest ingredients (mostly organic and local). Special dietary menus are available upon request (please let David Jewitt Mindfulness Retreats know upon booking so they can alert the chef in advance). The water at Rio Chirripo (and in most parts of Costa Rica) is safe to drink,
There is a bar in the rancho (main house for meals and gathering) where you can store your snacks and beverages between meals. Someone is always around to attend to your needs, just ask!
At Rio Chirripo Lodge, you can experience true relaxation and rejuvenation at the newly appointed rainforest Spa Rio. Perched above the Chirripo river, you will be enveloped by the sounds of nature and soft, mountain breezes. Each treatment is hand crafted in house with 100% natural, local, and organic products.
The goal is to provide you with an unforgettable experience of the highest level of purity while nourishing your body. The treatments guarantee to uplift your spirits while beautifying your skin and body.
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Ground transportation to and from San Jose is included in the price.
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