6 Day Sacred Plant Medicine + Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • 200 Metros Este de Plaza Desportes Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Stimulating Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Let go of fear and ego. Discover deep personal peace and connection to the universe. Join in for an extremely special, small group retreat experience, incorporating Pilates, yoga, myofascial release, meditation, 100% organic super-food plant based cuisine, two ayahuasca ceremonies set amongst the pristine beaches, and rain forest of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.


    • 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies
    • Group and personal integration coaching with the shaman
    • Daily yoga, Pilates, meditation, and myofascial release with Amber
    • Day adventures at Manuel Antonio national park and Nauyaca waterfall hike
    • Dietary guidelines and educational resources for ceremony
    • 3 organic super-food, plant based meals daily
    • Ground transportation and airport transfers
    • 5 nights accommodation

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 10.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Private master room

    This type of room comes with a queen size bed and a private bathroom (en-suite).

    Private standard room

    This type of room comes with a queen size bed and a shared bathroom.

    Shared master room

    This type of room comes with a queen size bed and a private bathroom (en-suite).

    Shared standard room

    For couples or dear friends who are partnering up for a shared queen bed. Comes with a shared bathroom with outdoor shower.

    Shared triple room

    A dorm type room with one queen bed and one twin bed, shared bathroom, and a view of the jungle.

    Retreat schedule

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

    Day 1

    • 18:00 All guests arrive by shuttle to EpicSelf Headquarters
    • 19:00 Welcome dinner and meet and greet

    Day 2

    • 07:00 Organic super-food breakfast
    • 08:00 Leave for Nauyaca waterfalls
    • 12:00 Organic super-food lunch at the falls
    • 14:00 Hike out of the falls and grab snacks in Dominical
    • 15:30 Drive back to Manuel Antonio
    • 1700 - 18:00 Yoga, Pilates, and meditation class with Amber
    • 18:30 Organic super-food dinner

    Day 3

    • 07:00 Organic super-food breakfast
    • 08:00 - 11:00 Manuel Antonio National Park
    • 12:00 Organic super-food lunch (last meal before ceremony)
    • 15:00 Leave for ceremony retreat center
    • 16:00 - 17:00 Play in the river and pool, flower water blessing
    • 17:00 - 18:00 Yin yoga and meditation with Amber
    • 19:00 - 1:00 Ayahuasca ceremony

    Day 4

    • 8:00 Organic super-food breakfast
    • 10:00 Integration circle
    • 13:00 Super-food organic lunch
    • 14:00 Relax, sleep, journal, hike, play in the river
    • 17:00 - 18:00 Yin yoga and meditation with Amber
    • 19:00 - 1:00 Ayahuasca ceremony

    Day 5

    • 9:00 Organic super-food breakfast
    • 10:00 Closing integration circle with shaman
    • 11:00 Depart on shuttle back to Manuel Antonio
    • 12:00 Organic super-food lunch
    • 15:00 Playitas beach trip
    • 18:30 Organic super-food dinner

    Day 6

    • 07:00 Organic super-food breakfast
    • 9:00 - 10:00 Yoga, Pilates, and meditation Class with Amber
    • 11:00 Check-Out

    What to expect from Ayahuasca

    Ayahuasca has been used by shamans world wide for thousands of years to heal, awaken, and elevate consciousness. Ayahuasca comes from the depths of the Amazon and is revered as the mother of all master plant teachers. It's 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.

    There will be two excursions included in the price. You will explore Nauyaca waterfall and Manuel Antonio national park through a hike.

    • Amber Zuckswert

      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, 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.

    This retreat will take place in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

    • Hiking nearby
    • Massage
    • Mountain walking / trekking
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming pool
    • Surfing
    • Zip lining
    • Beach
    • Dining area
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Hammock
    • River nearby

    Organic plant based superfood cuisine

    Enjoy delicious raw vegan super-food cuisine prepared and served by a personal chef. Plant based nutrition, especially when preparing for ceremony, is key to boosting the quality of your experience. Only the highest quality, locally grown, certified organic produce, and super foods to create scrumptious dishes are used. 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.

    Apart from the yoga, Pilates. and meditation classes, one can enjoy the nature and other activities around you. There are facilities where you could do surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, or just simply enjoy the beach. You may also opt to go zip lining, white water rafting, or hike to see the Nauyaca waterfalls once again.

    • Thai Massage
    • Clay Facials
    • 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies
    • 3 Organic super-food 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
    • Dietary guidelines and educational resources for ceremony
    • Ground transport to and from Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport (SJO)
    • Group and personal integration coaching with the shaman
    • Airfare
    • Transport costs while staying in Manuel Antonio

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport (SJO) not later than 12:00. Your ground transportation is covered in a shared group shuttle to and from Manuel Antonio. Shuttles are booked upon registration and are included in the price.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Epic Living Retreats an inquiry.


    • Review by Andie from California, USA

      "Amber & Daniel are wonderful hosts and such kind, grounded people! They were incredibly supportive in helping me plan and prepare for my Costa Rica travels to their retreat center. My lodging accommodations were cozy, clean, private and such a relaxing place to rest my head. And the raw-organic food was out of this world! Fresh, clean and green. The detox was just what my body needed and has inspired me to take these eating habits home with me. Amber is a phenomenal Yoga & Pilates instructor. She is super knowledgable about movement and the human body and working with many different levels of fitness. I really appreciated Amber's ability to speak calm and professionally while giving simple yet clear cues that helped me stay focused and confident in being able to follow along with her class. Her classes are creative and challenging and Amber adds in her own humor that makes it a more fun & personable experience. Thank you, thank you! Highly recommend this retreat center for your next adventure!"

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    • Review by a traveler

      "I have been inspired and motivated to activate my lifestyle. I have gotten dietary nutritional advice, been re-inspired to practice yoga regularly and to generally re-evaluate my health life. The Center for Epic Living is an asset to Manuel Antonio."

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    • Review by Damian G. from Costa Rica

      "Amber and Emily do a great job with The Center for Epic Living. I get 100% organic produce from them. They are always accommodating and helpful with my Epic Living basket that I get once a week. Thank you for being so patient. See you guys soon."

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    • Review by Melissa from Washington DC, USA

      "I started each morning during my Costa Rica vacation with Amber's classes. I practice yoga regularly, but it was my first time trying Pilates. She is a great teacher and the one and a half hour class flew by. She teaches for all levels. The studio is beautiful and light filled. My body felt great each day."

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    • Review by Chazuni from Virginia, USA

      "Amazing yoga today with Amber, owner of Epic Living in Manuel Antonio. Beautiful yogi, beautiful space, beautiful ocean views, all add up to beautiful experience. Om shanti, Ganesh."

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    • Review by Jon P. from Atlanta, USA

      "The center for Epic Living is located in Manuel Antonio and affords a great view of the Pacific ocean while you are getting your yoga groove on. The owner and lead instructor, Amber, is a 20-year veteran of ballet and dance from California. Her little toned body and prima ballerina face are on par with the view and her attentive instructions to all levels of yoga devotees make this a cannot miss location for Pilates and yoga. My wife and I attended both types of classes and enjoyed them immensely. Emily the always happy and smiling intern is a joy to see upon entering this studio. We only regret our week went by way too fast .For the men out there, I am a 57 year old male, a sportsman, with a body scarred and pinned together from a lifetime of activity. She is great on having you respect your body and offers modifications on poses for those physically challenged or injured. The best money you can spend in Manuel."

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    • Review by Caren M. from Philadelphia, USA

      "I am fairly new to yoga. I know lots of poses and can participate in an all-level class but get nervous it may move too fast or there will be too many advance moves (binds, inversions). This class was great for everyone. I loved the sequencing, pace, and flow. Amber is an excellent teacher - providing very helpful and detailed cues so that the student could experience the proper alignment and form. The studio is lovely -brand new room, with a mirror, lots of light, and a view of the ocean. I am looking forward to returning tomorrow!"

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    • Review by Bonanza from Costa Rica

      "I am new to yoga since coming to Manuel Antonio in December. I practiced Bikram yoga for about a year, almost a decade ago, and nothing since. I wasn't sure my 50 plus year old, recently retired, recent ex-smoker, over stressed body was ready to commit, but I have found Amber's techniques of Vinyasa yoga and fusion yoga / Pilates to be challenging and attainable. I have learned with my daily practices, felt welcomed and encouraged, to move and grow at my own pace. I have seen almost immediate improvement in my stamina, strength and clarity.The studio is clean, has breathtaking views of the Manuel Antonio Park and Pacific ocean, an organic produce program, and holistic products to purchase. Very impressed with the depth of knowledge and variety of activities that the staff and studio is offering. Tourists and locals all seem equally welcome. Not sure how this internationally known nutritionist, dancer, yoga instructor ended up in this piece of paradise, but my body and soul are sure glad she did."

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    • Review by Harlow from Costa Rica

      "I've been living in Costa Rica for several years and visit Manuel Antonio often. I've taken yoga classes at several studios in Costa Rica over the years, but I must say that the studio at The Center for Epic Living is not only my favorite, its by far the cleanest and nicest studio I've been to in all of Costa Rica. And from the studio's floor to ceiling glass windows you can see the ocean and watch amazing sunsets while taking a class with Amber (the owner) or one of the guest teachers. This is also a great place for yoga and Pilates teachers to host retreats, since there are several hotels within walking distance (two located directly across the street), and its also located near shops, restaurants, cafes and a quick 2-minute drive to several of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, including Playa Espadilla and Playa Biesanz. Next time you're in Manuel Antonio, stop in to The Center for Epic Living to take a yoga or Pilates class or pick up natural foods and health products at their store!"

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    • Review by Rachel T. from Cincinnati, USA

      "A beautiful center aptly named for the intentions and services it provides. During class with Amber it is hard not to sneak glances at the beautiful ocean view out of the open studio space. Learning how to move my body in different ways and how to build strength and flexibility instantly cultivates a mindset that I can do, be, and achieve anything I want to in life. The variety of classes offered piques all of my various interests - salsa dancing, yoga, Pilates, and Spanish. The Center for Epic Living is a central hub for personal wellness and growth and truly helps me to live my epic best self. I am so blessed to have stumbled upon the experience of this center which is nestled in the little slice of paradise, Manuel Antonio. I highly recommend a visit to anyone wanting to invest in his or her physical and mental health."

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