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5 Day Sacred Plant Medicine & Yoga Retreat in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Epic Awakening Shamanic Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Let go of fear and ego. Discover deep personal peace and connection to the universe. Join Epic Living Retreats for an extremely special small group retreat experience incorporating Pilates, yoga, myofascial release, meditation, organic super food and plant based cuisine, two sacred plant medicine ceremonies, and traditional sweat lodge set among the pristine beaches and rainforest of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Meet the instructors

Amber, Chiara, & Gustavo
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  • 100% Organic Plant Based Meals
  • Two Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremonies
  • Daily Yoga, Pilates & MyoFascial Release Classes
  • Two Day Adventures to The Nauyaca Waterfalls & Manuel Antonio National Park
  • 5 Nights Shared or Private Accommodation
  • Ground Shuttles To and From SJO Airport

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Villa Manuel & The Loft is nestled in the rainforest within 5 mins walk to all shops, restaurants, and activities within the heart of Manuel Antonio. This spacious modern jungle compound is a 20 min walk or 10 min bus ride to main beach with the fastest wifi in town and a huge yoga deck. Choose a shared or private room. All rooms have air conditioners. All linens are provided with cleaning service twice per week. Washer and dryer are free and on site. The following types of rooms are available:

  • One Shared Studio with Twin Bed and Shared Bath (2 available)
  • One Semi Private Bedroom with Queen Bed and Shared Bath (4 available)
  • One Standard Bedroom with Queen Bed and Shared Bath (2 available)
  • One Master Bedroom with Queen Bed and Private Bath (1 available)


Awaken new levels of mind, body, and spirit connection by letting go of emotional baggage and physical toxins that hold you back from shining your most authentic empowered self to the world. On the retreat, Amber’s daily 90-minute Pilates and yoga classes are woven with uplifting meditation, imagery, and visualizations. She brings an energetic, creative, fun and fluid approach to all classes and private sessions.

The class focuses on breath, precision, and mindfulness, infuse each class. Building a balanced, toned, and pain-free body while challenging the mind with breath and body coordination, dynamics, balance, and grace is her forte. She uses everything in her extensive tool kit of Pilates, yoga, meditation, Myofascial release, and dance techniques to keep her students moving one exercise to the next while weaving in cues and corrections.

She loves to see the positive changes of strength, flexibility, and awareness in her students. Each class and day has a theme and is coordinated to match the energy of the group in relation to ceremony. Themes include: Pilates fundamentals, Vinyasa yoga fundamentals, back care, heart and hip openers, inversions for detox, energizing and relaxing breath techniques, ignite your core power, full body massage with myofascial release and more.

All levels are encouraged and welcome. Amber offers levels and modifications for all guests.

Sacred plant medicine

Shamans have used sacred plant medicine worldwide for thousands of years to heal, awaken, and elevate consciousness. The plant they meditate in ceremony with comes from the depths of the Amazon and is revered as the mother of all master plant teachers. It has been used extensively to elicit spiritual revelations, heal past traumas, and reverse addictive behaviors.

One ceremony sipping this mystical brew has been described as 10 years of meditation compressed into one night, plus the deepest physical and emotional cleanse of your life. It sparks the beginning of a powerful journey to the center of your heart and the depths of the cosmos.

Creating a safe space for healing is Epic Living Retreats’ number one priority. They work exclusively and very close with a local shaman and group of facilitators with over 35 years of experience. Musicians and assistants accompany the shaman during ceremonies to offer the most personal attention to all of our guests.

Typical daily schedule

Epic Living Retreats reserve the right to adjust this schedule based on weather and other incidentals.

Day 1

  • 06:00 All guests arrive by shuttle to headquarters
  • 07:00 Welcome dinner meet and greet

Day 2

  • 07:00 Organic superfood breakfast
  • 08:00 Leave for Nauyaca waterfalls
  • 12:00 Organic superfood lunch at the falls
  • 14:00 Hike out of the falls and grab snacks in Dominical
  • 15:30 Drive back to Manuel Antonio
  • 17:00 Yoga, Pilates, and meditation class with Amber
  • 18:30 Organic superfood dinner

Day 3

  • 07:00 Organic superfood breakfast
  • 08:00 Leave for Manuel Antonio National Park
  • 12:00 Organic superfood lunch, last meal before ceremony
  • 15:00 Leave for ceremony retreat center
  • 16:00 Play in the river, pool, flower water blessing
  • 17:00 Yin yoga and meditation with Amber
  • 19:00 Sacred plant medicine ceremony

Day 4

  • 08:00 Organic superfood breakfast
  • 10:00 Integration Circle
  • 13:00 Organic superfood lunch
  • 14:00 Time to relax, sleep, journal, hike, or play in the river
  • 17:00 Yin yoga and meditation with Amber
  • 19:00 Sacred plant medicine ceremony

Day 5

  • 09:00 Organic superfood breakfast
  • 10:00 Closing integration circle with shaman
  • 11:00 Depart on shuttle back to Manuel Antonio
  • 12:00 Organic superfood lunch
  • 15:00 Playitas beach trip
  • 18:30 Organic superfood dinner

Day 6

  • 07:00 Organic superfood breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga, Pilates, and meditation class with Amber
  • 11:00 Checkout

Included excursions

There are two day excursions included in this retreat. Nauyaca Waterfalls is an intermediate/advanced hike, and Manuel Antonio National Park is a mild walking trail through the rainforest to view wildlife.


Amber Zuckswert
Amber is an international Pilates and Vinyasa yoga instructor, professional contemporary dancer, and holistic nutritionist. She specializes in crafting personal lifestyle design programs and retreats, featuring international renowned experts for stressed and over-worked individuals who are eager to radically increase their health and happiness forever.
Chiara Luz
Her mission is to assist others in deepening their connection with the highest self through yoga, conscious nutrition, sound healing, and plant medicine. She is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and holistic nutritionist.
Gustavo Caldarelli
Gustavo Caldarelli bought 150 acres of pristine old growth rain forest in Londres, Costa Rica, over 20 years ago. He hand built Posada Natura Retreat Center from the ground up, for the sole purpose of providing plant medicine ceremonies and helping people reconnect and heal the earth, and themselves. He has worked with ayahuasca and facilitated ceremonies for over 25 years.

Retreat location

This retreat takes place at two locations. Manuel Antonio Villa and Posada Natura Retreat Center.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Pilates
  • Spa
  • Swimming


  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Picnic area
  • River


  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The price includes three organic superfood plant based meals daily. All guests will receive dinner the night they arrive and breakfast before they depart. Additional meals outside of your program can be purchased separately.

Enjoy delicious raw and vegan superfood cuisine prepared and served by Epic Living Retreats’ personal chef. Plant based nutrition, especially when preparing for ceremony, is key to boosting the quality of your experience.

Epic Living Retreats only use the highest quality, locally grown, certified organic produce, and super foods to create scrumptious dishes. Sip on green juice, fresh coconut water, superfood smoothies, herbal teas, and savory soups. Munch rainbow salads, wraps, pasta, pizza and even desserts like cheesecake and pie.

Your taste buds will enjoy the food as much as your belly. All meals are crafted with the medicine’s dietary guidelines to cleanse, detox, and boost your energy. %Epic Living Retreats strongly believe in the importance of following these guidelines to aide the medicines ability to do its work properly.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
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)

Explore the pristine beach and rainforest of Manuel Antonio. If you would like extra day adventures, Epic Living Retreats team can help you align them easily.

What's included

  • 3 Organic Superfood Plant Based Meals Daily
  • 5 Nights Private or Shared Accommodation
  • Daily Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Myofascial Release with Amber
  • Day Adventures: Manuel Antonio National Park and Nauyaca Waterfall Hike
  • Ground Transport to and from San Jose International Airport
  • Group and Personal Integration Coaching
  • Two Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremonies

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfares
  • Insurance
  • Tips

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Epic Living Retreats will pick you up from the airport. Once your dates with them are confirmed, you will need to book your flight to land no later then 12 p.m. on the day your program begins. Once they have your flight times, Epic Living Retreat will book your shuttle pick up from the airport and send you confirmation via email.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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