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6 Day Revitalize and Rejuvenate Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Cañafistula between Santa Cruz & Tamarindo Guanacaste


Revitalize and Harmonize Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Revitalize and harmonize your mind, body, and soul in Guanacaste. Enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful views of the valley. The spectacular infinity pool is at the perfect temperature all year long and the restaurant serves some of the best food in all of Costa Rica including local and international vegetarian dishes. Relax by the pool, explore the surroundings or visit the four beautiful beaches that the lodge has only a few minutes drive away and spend a week to remember in Costa Rica.


  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • Activities for all ages and levels
  • Pranayama and meditation workshops
  • Chakra balancing workshop to get the energy flowing.
  • Diet and nutrition tips for a healthy life
  • 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The spacious lodges are built from local teak and include queen size beds, air conditioning, and a large deck to relax in a rocking chair. The pool has a beautiful view of the valley and you can enjoy the bar that is right beside it. You can hear and see local species of animals on their natural environment and find peace and serenity in nature.

  • Accommodation for 5 nights at El Sabanero eco-lodge
  • Activities and classes appropriate for all ages and levels
  • Delicious and healthy vegetarian meals served every day
  • Diet and nutrition tips and ideas to live a healthier life
  • Invigorating chakra balancing workshop
  • Pranayama workshop
  • Relaxing meditation workshop
  • Transportation from and to Liberia Airport (LIR)
  • Yoga classes every day, one in the morning and one in the evening

This retreat includes daily yoga classes, alongside pranayama, meditation, and chakra balancing workshops that will get the energy flowing harmoniously. You will also enjoy the lovingly-prepared, delicious, gourmet vegetarian meals as well as diet and nutrition tips for living a healthy life. Other group activities will include hikes, music, dance, good vibes and great conversations. All within an accessible, non-competitive, non-judgmental environment that is appropriate for people of all ages and levels.

Driving directions from San Jose International Airport (SJO)

*From San Jose take the Pan American highway at route 1 west towards Liberia and after about 130 kilometers you will come to a small village called Limonal.

*Turn left at route 18 in Limonal heading towards Nicoya and stay on this road till it ends (49.3 kilometers) then make a right turn at route 21 towards Nicoya and then Santa Cruz (34.2 kilometers).

  • Once you are at the second gas station in Santa Cruz hang a left at route 160 just past the small bridge towards Tamarindo.
  • Follow the paved road to a small town called 27 de Abril (16 kilometers) where the paved road splits. Follow the right-hand road which was recently paved towards Tamarindo.
  • Take the road for about (6.4 kilometers) and the El Sabanero property will be on your left-hand side on a hill at a small intersection with a bus station called Canafistula.

Driving directions from Liberia International Airport (LIR)

  • Drive from the airport to the main road via the access road and turn right (1.6 kilometers).
  • Go straight all the way at Highway 21 (47 kilometers) until you get to just before Santa Cruz.
  • Take a right turn just before Santa Cruz in direction to Tamarindo. (Do not take the Tamarindo turn off in Belen which is 20 kilometers before Santa Cruz)
  • Follow the paved road to a small town called 27 de Abril (16 kilometers) where the paved road splits. Follow the right hand road, which was recently paved, towards Tamarindo.
  • Take the road for about (6.4 kilometers) and the El Sabanero property will be on your left hand side on a hill on a small intersection with a bus station called Caa Fistula.

Arrival by airplane

  • Costa Rica has two airports which are San Jose International Airport (SJO) and Liberia Airport (LIR).

Arrival by bus

  • Nearby bus stations to the lodge are Tamarindo or Santa Cruz.

Arrival by shuttle

A private car can be arranged to pick you up from San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR).

Please contact El-Sabanero Eco Lodge for more information.


The GPS map coordinates are 10.2644, -85.7661


  • Liberia Airport (LIR) - 1 hour
  • San Jose International Airport (SJO) - 3 hours 30 minutes

Airport transfers

Transfer from and to Liberia Airport (LIR) is included.

Mobile / communication information

Wireless Internet connection is offered by El Sabanero.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to El-Sabanero Eco Lodge, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.

Amit Shauli

Yoga transformed Amits life. It helped him get the balance he needs between his mind, body and soul. He chooses to practice yoga as a lifestyle both on and off the mat as it is the foundation of his everyday life. He believes yoga provides a consistent source of positive energy through all of life's ups and downs, and he aspires to share his passion with others.

Amit completed his teacher training in Toronto with 3 yogi brothers from India. The training took part in an accessible, non-competitive, and non-judgmental environment, and he maintains the same approach in his class. In his teaching Amit is always committed to empowering and equipping yogis with tools that can help them live a better life.

He moved to Costa Rica from Toronto to experience a simpler life, be closer to nature, and teach yoga for a living. He finds yoga teaching both uplifting and humbling experience as it pushes his limits and challenges him physically, mentally, and spiritually.

  • Additional activities and spa treatments are not included in the price.

You will enjoy three gourmet vegetarian meals every day, prepared with great care and attention.

  • Cruise tours
  • Full body massages
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Rafting tours
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Turtle nesting
  • Zip lining
  • Art classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
For information about the booking conditions, please send El-Sabanero Eco Lodge an inquiry.
  • Review by Crystal Stephenson from Toronto Canada

    "I have never traveled solo nor had I ever visited Costa Rica."

    "I booked a Yoga Retreat with the lodge and had the most amazing trip"

    "I felt safe and well taken care of with Harold and Amit!"

    "As the lodge is about a 10 min drive from the beach areas and the downtown Tamarindo …they always offered to give me a ride rather than paying for transport."

    "I know it was a little easier as it was low season and not as busy but that is service and helped me to feel safe!"

    "The pool and view are beautiful and my Cabin was spacious. My cabin was cleaned every day and AC, Ceiling Fan and fridge in my room worked great!"

    "Donald and Hazel in the kitchen prepared the most amazing healthy meals! It got better and better each day I was there."

    "The yoga instructors were all different and helped me to gain different perspectives in my practice and it never got boring!"

    "This place treats you like family and I will definitely be back at some point."

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  • Review by Jordi Zarroca

    "El Sabanero Eco Lodge was extraordinary! The Lodge is beautiful and the staff is amazing! I felt very welcome and at home. The rooms were spacious, well kept and nicely done. The food was very creative and super fresh. Every meal was a total experience that I truly enjoyed. The yoga classes were fantastic and challenging which I loved because it pushed me to improve my practice." website, edited

  • Review by Aymeric from Trouville sur mer

    "Very nice place .... only dinner are served ... but good food ! Delicious breakfast ! The owner Kurt and his brother Harold are very nice people, and know a lot of things about the area around ... German, Spanish ( of course ), English spoken ..."

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  • Review by Simon F from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    "El Sabanero. Not just an ole Eco Lodge. Now re-shaping itself as a major Yoga training and certification destination just outside of Tamarindo and Playa Allvenas. It's my 4th year coming here....and for good reason. It now feels like home....but with a much better view and climate. The owner Kurt Reichenbacher has cultivated an easy going, relaxed, yet effieciently run mini paradise. Comfortable, cozy cabinas, a wonderful infinity pool with a stunning valley view, outstanding food. With the addition of Amit and Tasha as the head Yoga facilitators, El Sabanero is expanding and very quickly becoming a must be at destination when visiting the area. I look forward to coming back....perhaps sooner, rather than later, hanging out with Kurt, expanding my personal Yoga experiences, and thoroughly enjoying the massive mental, spiritual and emotional de-compression this place has to offer."

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  • Review by A traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "I stayed at El Sabanero for a week in March while offering a yoga retreat."

    "I'm going back in May offering a long weekend yoga retreat from the 25th to the 29th."

    "I loved the place, the food, the people.....The whole package."

    "The cabins were perfect, rustic and sweet with air conditioning and a hot water shower, great wifi connection and amazing breezes."

    "The grounds are manicured with beautiful tropical blooms and the pool is awesome."

    "The whole vibe at El Sabanero is warm and tranquil. Amit, Tasha, Harold, Kurt, Donald and Hazel, you all really make people feel at home. It's amazing! Can't wait to see you all again soon. Visit El Sabanero if you're interested in holding or attending future retreats....they're great hosts!!!"

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  • Review by Carri Uranga

    "Came here with a Yoga group in March 2014, 2015 & 2016! The first thing you notice is the sparkling pool overlooking the mountains. The bright blue turquoise water literally pops against the backdrop of the surrounding hills.To say the staff goes above and beyond is a cliche. They are extremely attentive in a natural, authentic way. You can tell they truly enjoy making their guests happy. The food is delicious & fresh prepared by a professional gourmet chef. They take special requests and made unique dishes based on our vegetarian and sometimes vegan dietary needs. The rooms are clean & comfortable wooden cabins (with AC and en-suite bathrooms) surrounded by tropical plants and flowers. You can birdwatch from the comfort of your pool lounger! I must have seen a different bird species every day as well as monkeys swinging in the trees. They have 2 Yoga shalas complete with custom locally made wooden blocks as well as comfy bolsters. One of the shalas is indoor with windows overlooking a pool, the other is a covered open aired shala so you can enjoy views of the hills and trees while you practice with fresh flowing breezes. It's like a mountain/jungle/yoga oasis all wrapped into one destination! " website, edited

  • Review by Carol S. from Thornwood, New York

    "Just came back from a wonderful yoga retreat. Amit and Tasha, were friendly & welcoming with there 2 children. The grounds are beautiful and cabins are cozy, the air conditioner worked well. The views from the balcony were serene. They were very accommodating helping us with excursions & transportation. Donald and Hazel the chefs, made us wonderful fresh meals. Just loved the homemade bread & ginger/tumeric tea!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

    "I am so thankful and grateful to have had the pleasure of staying at El Sabarnero last week for a yoga and meditation retreat. I was able to focus on my mind, body and soul. The sounds of nature complimented the peacefulness of the property and the chalets. The food was absolutely delicious and you could feel the love that Donald and Hazel put into all of the preparation. The staff were helpful, kind and happy. I truly fell in love with Costa Rica and am blessed to have experienced it all while staying at this wonderful resort. Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Thomasville, North Carolina

    "This lodge is remarkable! I lived at El Sabanero Eco Lodge for a month while taking a Yoga Teacher Training. The rooms were comfortable and very clean. The rest of the property is amazing as well. They have two open spaces for yoga, both were wonderful. They have two pools, both were incredible. We ate three meals a day at El Sabanero, and each meal was such a highlight. The variety of food was amazing. The care and creativity they put into their meals was super impressive. I'm a runner, and there were plenty of dirt roads and sidewalks for morning runs. The lodge is also conveniently close to Tamarindo and Playa Avellanas. There were friendly cats, iguanas and dogs to keep you company. The property is well thought out, and I just can't recommend it enough! You will love it!"

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  • Review by Billy Sev. from Cleveland, Ohio

    "My wife (49) and I (50) stayed here for 6 days at the beginning of February 2016. We had an excellent time, and would stay there again in a heartbeat. Great place with great staff!! Looking forward to our next visit already!Resort: Grounds are clean, nice and rustic, with plenty of foliage. Walkways to the huts are well-lit and charming. Views are very nice.Pool: Clean, infinity-style with mini-spa pool as well. One downside is that there were a lot of bees at one end, but hopefully they killed that nest by now. Deck needs a little work.Rooms: Cozy & private with fridge and A/C (works well). Bed was comfortable enough, but pillows could use an upgrade. The shower takes a while to warm up, but sufficient. Shutters could use some screens to prevent a few bugs from sneaking in.Food: Donald (and Hazel) can make a 5-star course out of any ingredients. We had tuna, chicken, spinach soup, chocolate cake. I was not expecting so delicious food for Costa Rica. Breakfast is also delicious, plentiful and free. We had eggs, bacon, fruit, toast, coffee, smoothies and gallo pinto just about every morning.Booze: Beer and wine were reasonable and cold. Bring your own liquor.Staff: Kurt (owner) was knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. I could say the same for Donald and Hazel and the rest of the crew.Location: 15-20 minutes from beaches and grocery story.Activities: Yoga (mats available) instruction, Massage ($40/hr & Great!), other activities upon request. Wi-Fi: Resort wide and free. A few hiccups because of a new router installation, but otherwise, fine! There were 2 Mbps on average in the pool area."

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  • Review by Emma from Belfast, UK

    "I brought a group of 20 or so people to El Sabanero Eco Lodge in November/December of 2015 for a yoga teacher training program. We were all absolutely delighted with the venue, it is stunningly beautiful with lovely chalets, a beautiful pool, a choice of yoga shalas, gorgeous views, great chefs and staff and is run by the very lovely Harold & Kurt who could not do enough for us. We were so well looked after and had such a fantastic time here I have rebooked for 3 more trainings. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Natalie from New York, USA

    "I had a fantastic time staying at El Sabanero Eco Lodge. I did a yoga teacher training with about 20 people, and I stayed for one month. You can also stay here without a group, and enjoy the luxurious facilities, explore the beautiful area, and get to know the lovely staff on your own. The owners are so sweet and accommodating. One of them, Harold even drove me to the doctor and pharmacy one day. So kind! The chef's, Donald and Hazel put so much love and care into the food they made for us every day and night. They were so sweet and made such an effort to be friendly, accommodating to our needs, personal, and warm. The food they make is incredibly delicious, fresh, AND healthy! Such a treat to eat such tasty-healthy food by such kind and warm people for an entire month. I felt so nourished. The facilities are fantastically well-kept by 2 wonderful women who also made us breakfast every morning of fresh local fruit, eggs, rice and beans and delicious coffee. There is a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking a stunning view, which you can swim in or lounge around all day long in that magnificent sun. El Sabanero is a quick bus ride or car ride away from Tamarindo, where there is plenty of restaurants, shopping, and surfing, which I totally recommend! Our group took a surfing lesson and it was a blast! I would absolutely recommend El Sabanero Eco Lodge to anyone who is traveling to this area. It is a beautiful, hidden gem, and it feels great to support such a wonderful community of people who work there."

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  • Review by Francisco G.

    "My wife and I went there in order to go to the beach! The food is awesome, the room was really nice. The location is great, near of the best beaches of Guanacaste and really quiet. The staff is really nice and very helpful."

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "We were booked into lodge 8 and it was perfect for our family of four, as we had requested extra beds for our kids, aged 12 and 17. The setting is very chill and relaxed, which was what we were looking for. Since both my wife and I travel the world as part of our business, usually staying at top end properties, when it came to this vacation we were looking for quality without fuss, and a true Costa Rican experience. El Sabanero delivered exactly that for us. A real highlight of our stay was having Chef Donaldo and his partner Hazel taking care of our meals. We ate most of our dinners there and all of the meals were excellent and thoughtfully prepared and using local quality products. Each day they discussed what we wanted to eat for dinner and then went out and sourced the product and created memorable meals both for my wife and me and for our kids. We experienced a great range of foods and they were all great. It was like having your own personal chefs. These two are wonderful people and became friends during our stay. I highly recommend staying at El Sabanero if you are looking for a personal experience, a relaxing experience, a non-fussy experience and a true Costa Rican experience. They are super central and good roads. Beaches are all within 20-30 minutes. Congratulations to the owners and to Donaldo and Hazel. We will be back!"

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  • Review by Ashton S. from Carlsbad, California

    "I had such a great time at the El Sabanero Eco Lodge. All of the staff was great, the location was amazing, and the food was to die for!! We came for a 200 hour yoga teacher training, and it was an absolute perfect spot for it. My family was able to join me the last two weeks, and my wife and four year old daughter also had an amazing time! It's close enough to towns like Tamarindo, but far enough away that you don't get any of the chaos of town."

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  • Review by Marie G. from New York, USA

    "El Sabanero is surrounded by nature. Harold is fantastic and very accommodating and the staffs too. The place is so peaceful and relaxing. I would recommend 100% to stay on this place. There are no enough words can describe El Sabanero and Harold. We will definitely be back."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York, USA

    "This is a beautiful property with great views of iconic Guanacaste landscape. The cabins are comfortable and charming. We enjoyed the breakfasts very much and the one dinner we had there was also good. The pool area is great for relaxing and the atmosphere is tranquil and private. Harold is very helpful and communicative. This included numerous e mails both before and after our stay."

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  • Review by Johanny from Alajuela, Costa Rica

    "The most important thing of this hotel is the warmth of its people, Kurt and Harold are very good hosts. I spent there two days in March last year with my girlfriend. A couple of month ago since we were heading to Tamarindo we decided to pass by just to say hi to the guys (Kurt and Harold), some other friends were traveling with us and as soon as they got to the swimming pool area they fell in love with El Sabanero and not just for that but the awesome view of pastures and mountains in front of the pool. Even though we were not guests that day, they treated us in a terrific way. El Sabanero is located at a strategic point in the middle of everywhere. You can go to any beach you want, all of them at less than 20 minutes driving. A place where you can rest and relax, highly recommend it."

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  • Review by a traveler from Illinois, USA

    "The eco lodge is located inland about 12 miles from the main Tamarindo Beach on the side of a hill, which is mostly still vegetated. You hear and may get to see howler monkeys. Each cabin is simple but has air conditioning and warm showers. The main area of the lodge is open to the elements, but high enough to capture a breeze. Breakfast is simple but satisfying, and they will ask you in the morning if you want to eat at the hotel as the owner will need to go to Tamarindo to purchase the food. Local ladies act as cooks and cleaners. In the summer, it is very quiet at the hotel - you will maybe see a handful of other people at breakfast or dinner. The infinity pool is lovely, especially in the evening and dark. You may have to rescue a frog or two from it before you swim in it though. We didn't have a car (I left my driver's license behind) but took a couple of tours whereby we were picked up from the hotel and took taxis into Tamarindo and back again. We met a nice young man who was prepared to drive us as soon as we called his cell phone, including a 4 am departure from the hotel to the airport. The owner was very helpful in arranging things for us including picking us up from Liberia airport at short notice when we arrived. I would definitely stay there again, in fact, we can't wait."

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  • Review by Iliana C. from California, USA

    "I stayed in El Sabanero back in July, and a review is well over due. For starters, Harold was very patient and extremely helpful on the actual way to Guanacaste. We decided not to get a GPS (big mistake) but he gave us instructions as best as he could to get us to the lodge - as Costa Rica has not taken up the practice of naming their streets. We arrived until a bit after 11 pm, and Harold and his employee were both very friendly and very welcoming. Even at night time, this lodge took my breath away! It was tropical, peaceful, and very nice. We met Kurt the next morning, and he was another sweetheart! We spent 5 nights there, and all I can say is that you will not be disappointed! The only thing I did sort of miss was the TV but other than that, this place is perfection. If you truly want to disconnect from it all this is the place. Harold, Kurt, Nacho the Squirrel and the entire staff will make you feel welcomed! Sorry it took me long to give you guys the review you well deserve! Thanks for everything!"

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Tamarindo , Costa Rica

El Sabanero is a quiet and beautiful eco-lodge existing in harmony with nature.

from US$690

6 days / 5 nights


Arrival: Thursday December 15, 2016
Departure: Tuesday December 20, 2016

Early bird discount

Canadian exchange rate 1: 1.10. Bookings received 8 weeks prior to the retreat will get a discount of 10% per person. Please ask about the payment plan.

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