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8 Days Press Pause Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica

Rest, Replenish, and Regenerate Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Press pause and join Melissa and Bill on this first annual retreat in beautiful Costa Rica. Prepare to invigorate all senses in one of the most powerfully energetic places on earth. During this retreat, you will explore your personal experience of practice while participating in a unique and reflective exchange with others. Restore ease, curiosity, wonder, and a deeper connection with the world around you!

Meet the instructors

Melissa & Bill
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily pranayama practice
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • Evening beach dinner at La Luna Restaurant
  • Daily transportation to the beautiful beach
  • 3 daily healthy, vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or shared room at the AHKI Retreat. The resort and its settings are soothing and meticulously designed.


This yoga retreat is a genuine opportunity to explore wisdom tradition and reflective practices. Each day, you will find space, breath, and a quiet time to get back in touch with those vital and creative essences that make life-fulfilling and once again reveal your interconnection with all of life.

Mornings will begin with silent meditation, simple walking, and writing practice. Morning yoga will be energetic and evening yoga will be very restful Yin. There will be time to study and explore the Four Immeasurables as taught by the Buddha to support all of life. You will also have long afternoons to explore leisure by the pool, at the beach, or out on an adventure. Every meal will be specially prepared for you with an additional evening beach dinner on the beautiful Playa Pelada at Casa del Sol.

This wonderful retreat is designed for parents, professionals, for all generations and everyday people, and for all of those in need of a pause. This retreat will give you just the right amount of silent practice, physical movement, personal time, community connection, laughter, and exploration.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Optional rise for coffee, tea, or fruit, or walking (Noble silence is required from sunrise until breakfast bell rings)
  • 07:00 Meditation practice (walk, write, sit)
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Energetic yoga, pranayama, exploring wisdom, traditions, and everyday life
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free time (pool, excursions, beach, hiking, solitude, etc.)
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Restful Yin yoga practice or community fire counsel


Melissa Appleton and Bill Eager are two respected and experienced teachers who fly under the radar, however, ​their work, creative community projects, and practices are profound. With perfectly complimentary approaches combining nearly 25 years of experience, their yoga practices are imbued with qualities of mindfulness and reflective inquiry providing rich experiences. Together they deliver usable tools for living inspired by traditions that are current, relevant and extremely helpful for the fast pace of modern life.

Included excursions

This retreat includes daily transportation to the beach and excursions along with an evening beach dinner at La Luna Restaurant on the beautiful Playa Pelada on Thursday, February 1, 2018.


Melissa Berry Appleton
Melissa has been a student of yoga for 18 years and has received extensive teacher training from senior Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara teachers and meditation teacher training from Michael Stone. Her practice is informed by Buddhism, personal recovery, intelligent alignment, creative movement, breath, love, relationship to the ground, and the process of gravity. Melissa is a student of Zen Buddhism, enjoys the company of a socially​ engaging modern Buddhist and yoga community.
Bill Eager
Bill Eager has been leading yoga and meditation classes in Kelowna for over 11 years and is as much a student as he is a teacher with a voracious curiosity for study, learning, and living yoga. For Bill, yoga is an inquiry into true nature. It is an experience of energy and opposites while stretching and strengthening the body, heart, and mind. Most significantly, yoga is a profound way of celebrating and loving life, from levity to gravity.

Retreat location

During this retreat, you will stay at the AHKI Retreat located in the lush mountainside near Nosara, Costa Rica. The resort is also close to the legendary surf beach at Play Guiones and mere minutes to local beaches. Nosara and the surrounding Nicoya Peninsula region holds a vibrant energy unlike any other and is the perfect place to heal and nourish the body, heart, and mind. Nothing gets left behind. The resort and settings are soothing and meticulously designed.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining


  • Beach

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat, you will be served a daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals will be lovingly prepared, healthy, vegetarian, and gluten-free. You will also enjoy endless fresh fruit and tea.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
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)

During your free time, you may relax by the pool or go for a walk to the beach. For an additional cost, you may book spa services, excursions for zip lining, surf lessons, jungle trekking, and paddle boarding.

What's included

  • 1 evening beach dinner at La Luna Restaurant
  • 2 fireside community counsels
  • 3 daily healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily energetic morning yoga classes
  • Daily evening restful Yin yoga classes
  • Daily morning meditation
  • Daily pranayama practice
  • Daily transportation to the beach
  • Endless fresh fruit and tea
  • Study and explore the four immeasurables

What's not included

  • Excursions for zip lining
  • Fresh fish for dinner
  • Jungle trekking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Spa services
  • Surf lessons

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. ENSO Society will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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