There is no better place than the wild and free Costa Rica to reconnect with the Five Elements of nature. It's a great opportunity to restore your spirit, connect to your body and breath, be in the beauty of nature, swimming in the ocean, eat delicious organic food, and just relax in the moment! You will explore your relationship with the environment, nature, and yourself, using the Five Elements as your guide. Activate the body with yoga and soothe the mind with mindful meditation, pranayama, and sound healing.
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Vista Verde offers five rooms, three double rooms that can be used as single or for couple / friends, and two triple rooms. All rooms have garden views and shared bathrooms and showers. The rooms are simple, with a rustic Caribbean-style vibe, with comfortable orthopedic mattresses and mosquitoes nets. There is no AC, but a fan is provided in each room.
Try to arrive on your first day by 15:00, Chandra Karuna Yoga will have time to introduce to each other and explain the retreat schedule. There will be an evening yoga class. Each day's yoga and workshops will focus on one of the Five Elements: Earth (body), Water (movement), Fire (discipline and action), Air (breath), and Ether (expression). Activate the body with daily yoga classes and soothe the mind with mindful meditation practices, pranayama, and sound healing.
There are two excursions included in this retreat: A waterfall excursion (with packed lunch provided - please let us know in advance for any dietary restrictions), where Chandra Karuna Yoga will connect with the Water element; and a jungle hike (lunch included), where Chandra Karuna Yoga will visit an indigenous land, discovering about the Costa Rica's wildlife and connecting with Nature and the Earth element.
Only on the excursions days (2) a packed lunch will be provided.
Hari-Om Yoga School Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Daniela believes yoga is for everyone. She is passionate to help others find more awareness and acceptance in their bodies, and compassion and gratitude in their hearts. Her approach combines a focus on alignment and strength, with a feeling of surrender and ease, to help you find that perfect balance between your mind, body, and spirit. Daniela teaches Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and Yin yoga. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2016.
Sarah is a dedicate yoga teacher and nature lover, with a passion and deep understanding of crystals and their healing properties. She is on her self-discovery journey, enthusiast to share the gift of yoga with others and help them go deeper and touch their true essence. She is a certified 200 hour RYT with Hari-OM International Yoga School.
The retreat will be held at Vista Verde Guesthouse, a rustic Caribbean-style house, located in the greenery and just 500 meters from the center of town (Puerto Viejo). Vista Verde offers five rooms, with shared bathrooms and showers, a lounge area where you can relax on the hammocks and a fully equipped communal kitchen. You will like the familiar vibe of this simple guesthouse, where you will feel at home and part of a community.
Puerto Viejo, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, is a small village that celebrates ecotourism, nature, and diversity. In this lively Caribbean town, you will find some of the best beaches and snorkeling and surf spots in all of the world, as well as international restaurants, boutiques, bars, and coffee shops. Living in the tropics, combining jungle, sun, sea, and nature will bring balance and harmony to your body, mind, and soul, allowing you to re-connect with your true self.
Breakfast is included in this retreat. Chandra Karuna Yoga will serve delicious organic, locally grown food. Vegan and vegetarian options included. Please let Chandra Karuna Yoga know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions. On the two excursion days, lunch will be provided.
Lunch is not included. Only on the excursions days (2) a packed lunch will be provided.
Dinners are not included in the retreat, but there is the option to have your dinner cooked by Chandra Karuna Yoga for 10 USD. Alternatively, you have full access to the communal kitchen, so that you can cook your own meals or you can discover the local cuisine in one of the many restaurants in town.
There are plenty of things that you can do while staying in Puerto Viejo: take a surfing lesson, snorkeling, visit National Parks (Cahuita and Manzanillo), rent a bicycle and discover the surrounding beaches, visit the Animal Rescue Center and the Sloth Sanctuary, horseback riding, and much more. There is also the possibility to receive massages on-site: Shiatsu Therapeutic massage (40 USD) and Reiki Healing massage (30 USD).
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Chandra Karuna Yoga can arrange for you a private transportation via shuttle which will cost you 50 USD (one way). In this case, Chandra Karuna Yoga needs to receive a confirmation with a week notice. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Jose - Mepe bus station, and this will cost you approximately 10 USD (one way).
Please consider that Puerto Viejo is approximately five hours by bus or shuttle from San Jose.
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