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25 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • El Sabanero Eco Lodge, Caña Fístola, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

25 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • El Sabanero Eco Lodge, Caña Fístola, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

200-Hour Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Practice in nature in one of the greenest countries on the planet. Join Drishti Yoga Teacher Training at El Sabanero Eco Lodge near the tropical beaches of Tamarindo, Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula for a yoga retreat of a lifetime. Earn your 200-hour yoga teacher training certification while perched on hillside overlooking the valley with beautiful views from all rooms. El Sabanero boasts an infinity pool, chalets surrounded by lush gardens, outdoor yoga space with fresh flowing breezes, and a stunning view overlooking the mountains. Days off are yours to simply relax by the pool, head to one of four local beaches, stroll through the lively surf town of Tamarindo or take advantage of outdoor adventures like zip-lining, horseback riding, surfing, snorkeling, or take in a sunset boat tour, the options are endless.


  • Daily yoga practice
  • Ashtanga primary series practice sheet
  • Comprehensive Drishti yoga training manual
  • Drishti YTT certificate upon completion of the course
  • Delicious vegetarian meals daily
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • 23 days with instruction
  • English
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Quiet and beautiful existing in harmony to nature that is the El Sabanero Eco-Lodge. Located on a hillside in Caafistula near Tamarindo, Costa Rica, the hotel overlooks the Caafistula valley with beautiful views from all Chalets. They offer wireless internet connection in the pool, bar, and restaurant areas so bring your own laptop and stay connected. The chalets are built out of teak trees grown in the area. The surrounding tropical gardens add indispensable privacy and peace to each unit. All chalets feature one queens size bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, fridge, safe, and a private porch equipped with two rocking chairs in which you can spend hours reading or enjoying the surrounding nature. The spectacular infinity pool is at the perfect temperature all year long. While swimming you can enjoy views of the beautiful Guanacaste valley, a perfect blend of serenity and nature. The pool is available 24 hours a day but theres no lifeguards on duty so it is advised ask you to keep an eye on your children at all times for their safety. No pets are allowed in the pool at any time. El Sabanero tries to serve you the best of both worlds. Local and international foods prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Items like eggs and cheese are all bought from local farmers. Most of the fruits and vegetables are grown right in the area.

El Sabanero Eco Lodge is located in the North Pacic side of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste, 11 kilometers from Tamarindo Beach and 27 kilometers from Santa Cruz in a place called Caa Fistula. El Sabanero is in the midst of four of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the area so guests do not need to choose just one and have a variety to choose from. Playa Avellanas, Playa Negra, Playa Junquillal, and Tamarindo are all just a few minutes drive away. Beaches are not in walking distance.

Nearby places

  • Avellanas Beach - 15 minutess
  • Tamarindo Beach, 11 kilometers - 10 minutes
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

The price includes three daily healthy, delicious, and vegetarian meals.


  • Extra snacks order from restaurant and alcoholic beverages.

ATV tours

1.5 hours exploring the farm on an ATV.

Golfing at Hacienda Pinilla

  • This is a true, 6,800-meter masterpiece by Mike Young, who has designed some of the finest golf courses in the southern United States.

Horseback riding at Finca La Pinta

  • Enjoy a horseback ride through the beautiful valley of Caa Fistula. Starting point at one of the oldest farms in Guanacaste Finca La Pinta.

Jungle canopy tours

  • Canopy consists of 11 cables, a swinging bridge and a rappel, all designed to give you an exhilarating experience while safely soaring through the forest.

Kayaking tour

  • Paddle on serene waters in various shades of blue and green.

Palo Verde safari boat tour

The tour includes a naturalist guide, two-hour boat ride along the Tempisque River, lunch, and transportation in air-conditioned buses. This park is a refuge for hundreds of resident birds, and also covering a wide variety of migratory species.

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

  • Take a strenuous volcano hike through a beautiful national park rewarded by waterfalls, spectacular views, and wildlife such as monkeys.

Scuba diving

Agua Rica in Tamarindo offers both half-day dive trips to the Catalinas Islands, where the waters are teeming with marine life, and local diving in the National Marine Park in Tamarindo, where endangered sea turtles can frequently be spotted.


  • Simply grab your mask, snorkel, and fins. There are plenty of isolated beaches and reefs explore just a short taxi from El Sabanero.

Sunset boat trip

  • What could be more relaxing than chilling on a boat while watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean?

Surf lessons

  • Not a surfer yet? There are plenty of beginner friendly waves and excellent guides to show you how.

Surfing tours

  • Costa Rica has some of the most consistent surf on the planet. Find that secret spot and see why surfers have continued to flock to Costa Rica year after year.

White water rafting

  • Adrenaline junkies will be right at home on the class III/IV rapids of the Guanacaste region.

Treat yourself to a relaxing and refreshing full body massage while staying at the lodge, only 40 USD for 60 minutes.

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Ashtanga primary series practice sheet
  • Comprehensive Drishti Yoga Training manual
  • Course tuition
  • Drishti Yoga Teacher Training certificate upon completion of the course
  • Use of laundry facilities once a week
  • Wi-Fi available in the community areas of the pool and restaurant
  • Adventure tours booked through El Sabanero
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights to or within Costa Rica
  • Taxis to surrounding beaches or town

Arrival by airplane

Costa Rica has two international airports, which are Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR). While Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) is closer (1 hour driving time) it is most likely also more expensive to fly to Liberia than it would be to San Jose (3 1/2 hours driving time).


  • Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) - 1 hour drive
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - 3 hours 30 minutes

Verified reviews

  • Review by Fran
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned home from my YTT with Drishti Yoga in Santorini, Greece. I can't say enough about my journey and the wonderful people I met along the way. The training itself, albeit intense, was awesome. I give it a 10/10. It was amazing to see the transformation take place, not only in myself, but in the other yogis over a 3 week period. The course material focused on a broad array of yoga theory and the background reading really helped with the understanding of the origin of Ashtanga yoga and the derivatives that arose from it. The leaders of the training, Carri and Sarah, spent countless hours with all of us. They made the learning informative and fruitful and they offered great support and encouragement in the moments when I thought I couldn't possibly make it through. They are both wonderful women with a real passion for what they do and they work very hard to ensure everyone comes through their training successfully. The setting in Greece was beautiful to say the least and the folks at the Pelagos hotel were extremely hospitable and gracious. This having been my first journey for my 200 hr teacher training the experience I had left me longing for more. I am certain that I will move forward with more yoga learning in the future and although there are many others who offer this kind of training, my choice will be Drishti."

    "Thank you Carri and Sarah for all you do and for all you that you have taught me!" website, edited

  • Review by Megan from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My first Drishti training was such an amazing life changing experience. I also have to say that I truly believe that learning about and working on balancing my chakras is the reason I got a part in a musical and why I have so many teaching opportunities coming my way. (Confidence!) Thank you for introducing me to that!" website, edited

  • Review by Fiona from Ireland

    "I spent 3 weeks on a 200hr Drishti yoga teacher training in July 2015 alongside 17 lovely yoginis and teachers Sarah and Carri on the stunningly beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. I would highly recommend this course! Both Sarah and Carri are professional in their approach and generously shared their wisdom in a compassionate and friendly manner. The course is intense and certainly challenging at times, yet the humour and positivity of these two inspiring women helped me. I learned a lot on many levels during the training. I will always remember the sense of pride I felt receiving my certificate. Sarah and Carri's passion for yoga has ignited in me a desire to learn more, I would definitely train with these ladies again. Carri and Sarah, thank you for your wisdom, kindness and your ability to share your knowledge in a beautiful and indeed personal way!" website, edited

  • Review by Lauren Bernstein from Costa Rica

    "I used to practice with Sarah every Thursday in NYC, until she sadly moved to San Francisco. I also went to her yoga retreat in India in 2011. Sarah is an extremely knowledgeable and supportive teacher. My yoga practice as well as my spiritual journey benefited from knowing Sarah. Everyone in her classes loved her. If you can ever practice with Sarah, you should!" website, edited

  • Review by Macarena Valera from Greece

    "Having had to make the big decision of which yoga school to choose and where, I ended up stumbling upon Drishti Yoga School with Carri Uranga and Sarah Walsh as teachers, in Santorini. The yoga journey was amazing, challenging, fun and pleasurable. "

    "Sarah and Carri are great teachers, they both have their own teaching styles, which are quite different and at the same time work really well together. Sarah would take you into a vinyasa flow that touched your spirit, your feelings, your mood, and will maybe even change it and thus, change whole your day. Carri would get you down to business: core core core, and with that... yoga! yoga is taken to a different, and for me, AMAZING new land, where you feel, you breathe, but you also work your body hard, challenging yourself! Having the opportunity to go through a daily yoga practice that combines both Sarah's and Carri's teaching just makes the practice complete. "

    "One of the most amazing parts of the course was where we spent our days for a month. Pelagos Hotel Oia is not only incredible beautiful and situated in a beach paradise, but the people that you will meet there will be even more stunning than the beauty and comfort of the place. "

    "HIGHLY recommendable! Thank you Sarah, Carri, Pelagos staff and the other yogis!" website, edited

  • Review by Cameron from Greece

    "Last summer I became a yoga teacher in Santorini, Greece. It was an extraordinary experience....physically, mentally, socially, culturally and spiritually. It was a chance for my 50 year-old self to embrace "challenge" in a new way. Is 50 too late to achieve a scorpion handstand or a classic Ashtanga headstand? No! On so many levels, yoga in Santorini confirmed that age IS just a number! There is a case to be made for removing oneself entirely from conventional life and distractions to fully immerse in and be transformed by an experience. All the better if it can be in a place of stunning landscape, romantic architecture, enchanting music, delicious healthy food and the nicest people you could ever meet! The staff was exceptional---friendly and accommodating in every way; we were all family by the end of our stay. Each bungalow was clean, comfortable and spacious and was shared by 2-3 students. And the vegetarian food (organic garden on premises) was the best we had on the island! and Marcos' cocktails are more delectable and affordable than anything you'd find in the tourist traps. I would even love to organize my own yoga retreat there sometime in the next couple of years!" website, edited

  • Review by Sandrine Zhang Ferron from Thailand
    9 out of 10

    "Great teachers, great location, great spirit! I truly enjoyed my Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Phangan with Carri & Sarah. I learnt a lot and now feel confident teaching others." website, edited

  • Review by Matthew Kangas from Costa Rica

    "With a desire to deepen my yoga practice combined with a love to travel I decided to Costa Rica in the Spring of 2015. In the beginning I did not have a strong urge to teach, but simply wanted to enrich my practice. "

    "The experience and love I built with Carri, Sarah and the other students was a life changing one that nurtured a calling to serve, teach and share the practice of yoga with the world! " website, edited

  • Review by Meghan from United States

    "I count myself as lucky to have discovered Drishti and gone on their Napa Valley retreat. What a fantastic, life-changing, soul-awakening experience! Carri and Sarah are a great duo. They each brought their personal style and skills to retreat, which made for a well-rounded experience. I left feeling satisfied mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. I met wonderful friends in the form of other students, making for an even more transformative experience. I can't wait until I have the opportunity to take one of their teacher training's! Highly, highly recommend for anyone looking to deepen their practice or even just to share a beautiful weekend with great people!" website, edited

  • Review by Rachel
    10 out of 10

    "Drishti yoga teacher training was an incredible experience, personally and professionally. Sarah and Carrie have designed an intelligent program that builds upon the foundations of yoga. I feel confident in leading classes of different skill sets in a yoga and am now able to further my self-practice. In addition to all of this, Sarah and Carrie created an immersion experience that allowed the group to quickly become friends and support each other along the way. I completed the Drishti yoga training right before moving across the country, leaving a job of many years, and marrying my now husband; this supported, and thrive during an incredibly transitory period of my life. I would highly recommend this training to others who want to deepen their knowledge of yoga and immerse themselves in an awakening experience. " website, edited

  • Review by Jamie Holt from Greece

    "I was lucky enough to be trained under Carri for my 200 ryt hours. She's a lifelong student & teacher who is fun, humorous, dedicated and real. I can't say enough good things about this gal.I was fortunate enough to train under Sarah Walsh the summer of 2014 in Greece, where I became a 200 RYT through Drishti Yoga. Sarah is an highly dedicated teacher with a genuine love for yoga & the benefits it offers to each & every student. She is extremely knowledgeable in the Chakras, Ayurveda science, meditation & yoga philosophy in general. She is highly skilled as a teacher & an admitted lifelong student."

    "I came out of training feeling physically & mentally stronger & healthier than I have in my entire life & made lifelong friends through the Drishti Yoga international teacher program." website, edited

  • Review by Ali Volpe from US

    "Carri is such an inspiring and motivating teacher. She encourages you to go to your edge, but also practices a lot of common sense, making practice available to anyone. She's very free-spirited & funny. I attended her class for about a year and then pursued my yoga teacher certification. Carri's amazing, definitely an experience going to her class!" website, edited

  • Review by Caitlin Smith from Greece

    "I recently did a 200 hour intensive training with Carri and she was amazing! She made everyone smile and laugh with her incredible sense of humor. She pushed us when we needed it but also knew when to take the seriousness out of the challenging poses and just have fun with it. Yoga with Carri is fun and intense at the same time. I would recommend this training to anyone!" website, edited

  • Review by AK Hermansen from Greece

    "Sarah is a very calm and inspirering teacher. I love her classes, cause she surprise me every time. She has an amazing calmness around her and a hugh knowledge about the asanas which makes me very safe. She is an intelligent teacher and very aware of her students. She gives good modifications which makes her classes challenging for everyone. I recommend everyone to take her class - you will by guarantee walk out of class feeling strong, uplifted and inspired by the the lovely Sarah Walsh." website, edited

  • Review by Jenny from Greece

    "The yoga teacher training that Drishti provided was challenging, exciting, spiritual, beautiful, informative, and so much fun! Not only did I learn how to sequence and lead an Ashtanga based vinyasa yoga class, I truly gained life long friends and had one of the best times of my life in in Greece! I was referred to Drishti through my yoga teacher in Philadelphia who knew Carri as a teacher and a peer. I am so glad he recommend Drishti because it was a fantastic experience. I started teaching classes a few weeks after I got home. Drishti YTT gave me the confidence to not only lead yoga classes but it also helped me to deepen my understanding of yoga." website, edited

  • Review by Brittany from Thailand

    "I was lucky enough to spend 300 hours of my advanced training with Carri Uranga & Drishti International Teacher Training and I can therefore personally attest that Carri is a fantastic teacher and wholeheartedly recommend this training. She not only exudes her love for yoga but also her love for teaching. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of yoga but truly excels when it comes to the anatomy and biomechanical side of the practice. She encourages her students to ask questions while simultaneously asking her own, which creates an incredible atmosphere for everyone involved and makes learning much more interactive and interesting. Her personal practice is of someone who is deeply in tune with their body and knows their personal limits, boundaries, and edges – knowing when to push and when to pull back. Her dedication to her personal practice shows through on and off of the mat. She is not only a fantastic teacher but outside of class she is friendly, personable, light-hearted and makes everyone feel like they are heard all while adding in her own sense of humor. "

    "Carri has shown herself to be a leader through action and discipline. Her laid back personality mixed with her “can-do” attitude makes her the perfect balance. Drishti International encompasses all aspects of yoga from asana, pranayama, meditation, and all different forms of yoga and practice thereof. All students leave their trainings as well rounded, informed yoga teachers, all ready to walk into a studio and start teaching safe, fun, and effective yoga classes." website, edited

  • Review by Nicole from Netherlands

    "I had a very good training in Casperia, Italy in October 2013. I learned a lot from the Drishti teachers. They're both very different but good because of the differences. I would recommend them to other people. I missed doing yoga outside.", edited

  • Review by Rowena from Italy

    "Carri is a great teacher. She is powerful, strong, full of encouragement and positive strength. Carri taught me through my 200 hrs yoga teacher training and I really enjoyed all the time I got to spend from her and learn from her. She is knowledgeable and has a passion to share this knowledge. Her interest in the anatomy is infectious."

    "I thoroughly enjoyed all of her classes, and her introduction to Pilates was great. Carri has a deep interest in core stability. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough to any lucky aspiring yogis. Thanks to both Carri & Sarah, Italy was the single most important thing I have ever done and I credit it with so much positivity and good changes in me. I can’t say thank you enough and how much I loved Italy!" website, edited

  • Review by Ruth from Mexico

    "I attended Carri & Sarah’s training in San Pancho, October, 2012 as a gift to myself for becoming 60 yrs. young. My goal was simple. Deepen my practice. What I found to be the most outstanding quality of the training was the interplay between Carri and Sarah’s very different styles of teaching and of being present in each moment. The combination of their experiences and their ability to translate and apply those differently according to the needs of each student were unique. This team of dynamite challenged me to the levels I needed. Emotions surfaced in unexpected ways for all of us, student or teacher, as we apply the principles of yoga to all aspects of our lives. Upon my return home I immediately began teaching Chakra and Restorative Yoga." website, edited


  • Review by Abigail Sullivan Maslin

    "I am so excited to be spending Labor day with the teaching team that led me in my 200 hour training in Santorini in July 2014. My Drishti experience in Santorini was easily the most inspirational month of my life. Carri and Sarah's unique teaching styles are not only challenging to the enthusiastic yogi, but make for an exceptionally meaningful practce. I am looking forward to more fun (and off) the mat with them in September!"

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  • Review by Brittany C

    "My experience with Drishti Yoga Teacher Training far exceeded my expectations. I received so much more than the best education. Sarah and Carri were the perfect team, each expert in different areas, also in teaching to a very diverse group of people with different personalities. Their passion and dedication to each individual student's progress was touching and inspiring. I feel confident and excited to share all I have learned as a new yoga teacher. I'm so grateful that I chose the Drishti program. It was truly a life changing experience!"

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  • Review by Angeline Ong from Malaysia

    "I stumbled across the Drishti yoga teacher training course at Casperia, Italy from 3 - 26 Oct, 2013, over the internet while I was in search of a reputable yoga teacher's training school to further my yoga practice. After going through their esteem website, I was confident that Drishti Teacher Training School will be my choice to enhance my yoga practice since year 2000.During the yoga teacher training course, I learned the numerous Ashtanga yoga posts that empowers my arms, shoulders, abdomen, and overall balance. This training widened up my scope on yoga teaching and will definitely enhance my yoga skills yet to another higher level. The meditation was another great experience for me as I was not very much into it earlier. Its inspiring and relaxing, enhancing one's ability to focus, look-in deep inside our very own body and soul, thus creating a rejuvenating me every time I meditate. I believe that was how Gautama Buddha got enlightened.Casperia, Italy is a fantastic natural retreat. The air is clean, sweet and the atmosphere is tranquil and full of fresh natural energies. It was a great choice by Carri and Sarah. Every morning, we were greeted by clean fresh air that filled our lungs and heart with renewed energies and enthusiasm to push further and higher into the Yoga practice. The diet was splendid, both nourishing and tasty and in fact colourful too with different kinds of vegetables, beans, nuts, oats, cereals, and all fresh greens and fruits that provide energy, power, and spirit for our yoga training classes.I met with an unforeseen mishap during one of the classes and I was indeed grateful to Carri and Sarah and a few of my classmates especially Alyssa, Brittany, and Crissy for their unmatched care and love extended in caring for my wounds.The 24 days yoga teacher training course was by far the best yoga teacher training course that I have attended. My previous yoga teacher training course run by Yoga Zone was no where comparable to Drishti yoga teacher training course.I must express my deepest gratitude towards Carri and Sarah for their undivided attention, care and unselfish dissemination of their Yoga Techniques and Skills that will definitely enhance my career as a Yoga Teacher.I wish to end here with a Chinese quote: "When one teaches someone, he or she is that someone's teacher forever." It means Carri and Sarah were my yoga teacher in this Drishti yoga teacher training course in Casperia, Itay, they are my yoga teacher forever. I love you Carri and Sarah."

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  • Review by Victoria Watts from United States

    "The Mexico yoga teacher training course was incredible. I went into it wanting to deepen my yoga practice but came out as a teacher. Carri and Sarah gave me the confidence I needed to stand in front of a class. I stayed in Mexico and started teaching one week after the course finished. It really was a life-changing experience. I loved being in the jungle and being able to go deep into my yoga practice physically, mentally and spiritually. Carri and Sarah are excellent teachers and lovely people both are fantastic yoga practitioners and wonderfully friendly. They compliment each other brilliantly. We had a lot of fun during our breaks and days off, and Im delighted to now call them friends. I would recommend this training to anyone, and Im looking forward to coming back to do my 500-hour training in the future."

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  • Review by Anne Cortez from United States

    "For me this was a very deep personal experience, not only was it a teacher training, but it was also a trip into myself and an opportunity to become stronger and understand in depth what yoga can do for your life and for others. I would recommend the teacher training with Drishti to anyone interested in learning yoga for becoming a teacher or for self practice, to anyone ready to leave their comfort zone. This experience is something that will remain always inside of you, you will never regret. I feel that month in Goa changed the way I see life!"

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  • Review by Dorothy Gebala from United States

    " Carri and Sarah create a classroom atmosphere that motivates and inspires students across all experience levels. They ensure each student is being challenged in their practice, while encouraging and enabling them to reach their goals. They easily recognize students needs and guide them accordingly within their physical limitations.Carri and Sarahs passion for yoga and their energy around cultivating a healthy mind, body, spirit is contagious to anyone who takes their classes. "

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