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Bodhi sessions are the combination of everything you love, believe in, and want to share with others and creating the pinnacle of Bodhi Surf! Bodhi sessions are a week-long, holistic, well-rounded surf and yoga camp with set dates and structured itineraries. They will have you actively experiencing the pristine southern Pacific region of Costa Rica! Their aim is to teach, inspire, and re-energize, all while giving you ample time on your surfboard and yoga mat. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable time!
During this retreat, you will be accommodated for one night in San Jose and six nights at Bodhi Surf & Yoga Camp lodge. Located in the heart of the community of Bahia Ballena, Bodhi Surf & Yoga Camp lodge is within walking distance to most everything you could need during a week-long stay with Bodhi Surf & Yoga. The beach is a 20-minute walk from the Bodhi base, grocery stores are about a 15-minute walk, and restaurants are anywhere between a 5 to 20-minute walk.
Bodhi Surf & Yoga’s owners live on the lodge premises and are available 24/7 in the event that you need anything. During the day, the Bodhi Surf staff is on-site helping ensure that the lodge is running smoothly and likewise, is happy to help you practice your Spanish or answer questions about the local community. The lodge is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette for preparing your own meals, secure parking, Wi-Fi, common area Alegria (day beds, hammocks, and chairs), yoga studio, hot water, and therapeutic mattresses in every room.
The common area is a social area that contains a kitchen and dining area, located on the ground level of a two-story structure, with Room Armonia and Room Amistad located on the top-level. The yoga studio (Bodhi Shambala Yoga Studio) is located at Rancho Serenidad, a two-story structure on the top-level. Rancho Serenidad also contains a relaxing reading area on the ground level.
Bungalow Gratitud is the largest of the accommodation options, housing up to four adults and one child. It is ideal for groups of three to four people and can also be a good option for two people. It is a raised wooden structure with a spacious deck, kitchenette, private bathroom, a master bedroom, a studio-style room, and a large open space that can serve as another sleeping area or a living / dining room.
It has large windows for maximum light and air flow, and ceiling fans in each of the rooms. For sleeping arrangements, the bungalow has two queen-sized beds (with therapeutic mattresses) and a daybed that can also serve as a regular bed for a smaller individual. The bungalow has a fully equipped kitchenette with all the necessary kitchen utensils for you to prepare your own meals, hot water, and Wi-Fi.
Bungalow Espiritu is a smaller version of Bungalow Gratitud. An independent unit with a queen-sized bed, ceiling fan, full private bathroom, basic kitchenette set-up and spacious deck, Bungalow Espiritu is a great option for a couple or single traveler who desires more privacy. It has hot water, Wi-Fi, and the kitchenette which includes a small refrigerator, sink, blender, and toaster oven to prepare simple meals.
The structure is built out of wood and sits slightly raised. The deck outside provides a great place to sit, relax, and drink your morning coffee. Inside, the single room contains a queen bed along with the kitchenette, followed by the private bathroom. The large windows provide great lighting and combined with the high ceilings, allow for excellent air flow to keep the unit cool.
Room Armonia is a hotel-style room with a private bathroom. The room is ideal for either a solo traveler or a couple who doesn’t require an independent unit and plan on being active during their stay, be it surfing, practicing yoga, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing at the beach. Room Armonia contains a double or full sized bed comfortably suiting one or two people, a ceiling fan, and has Wi-Fi access. The full private bathroom is attached and has hot water. The room is located on the second-floor, above Cocina Alegria, and next to Room Amistad.
The view from the shared deck of Room Armonia and Room Amistad is the most enjoyable on the property and simply a great place to sit and take in the sights and sounds that surround the Bodhi Surf lodge. The room is accessed via the wooden staircase that leads from Cocina Alegria on the ground floor to both Room Armonia and Room Amistad. Guests staying in Room Armonia are welcome to make use of the centrally-located common area Alegria.
Room Amistad, a bunk room with a private bathroom, is the ideal room for two or more friends. At Bodhi Surf School, Bodhi Surf & Yoga knows that traveling with friends makes for great memories, and they hope that this room will provide surf camp buddies a comfortable, yet affordable lodging option. This is a great option for travelers that don’t need much else other than a clean place to lay their head after a full day of surfing, yoga, and exploring the community.
Though this is a bunk room, it is aimed to maintain a homey and comfortable feel in an effort to avoid the all-too common hostel environment. The room sits on the second-floor, above common area Alegria, next to Room Armonia. The room contains two sets of bunk beds (four beds total), for a maximum of four people, along with an attached full private bathroom for the use of those staying in Room Amistad.
It also has hot water, Wi-Fi, a ceiling fan, and roomy, lockable cubbies for securing your belongings. Guests staying in room Amistad are welcome to make use of the fully-equipped kitchen in centrally-located common area Alegria and its ample corresponding dining / social / hang out area located on the ground floor. The entry to Room Amistad is by-way of a wooden staircase.
The staircase leads from common area Alegria on the ground floor to a spacious second-floor deck from which you can access both Room Amistad and Room Armonia. The deck offers what is perhaps the best view on the Bodhi lodge property, making it a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, or to simply sit and take in the sights and sounds that encompass the community.
At their core, Bodhi sessions are holistic surf and yoga camp vacations with fixed dates and predetermined itineraries which guarantee you a week full of activity with all the travel logistics arranged so you don’t have to worry or figure it out on your own. They give you the option of independence while also providing different opportunities for fostering positive group dynamic.
The Bodhi sessions are also a great choice if you want to eliminate the stress of driving to Uvita area on your own and would prefer to either be on foot or rent a bike in town and keeping in mind that if you decide you need a car it’s also possible to rent once you’ve arrived at Bodhi Surf. The sessions are community engaged surf and yoga camps designed for travelers who want to disconnect from their routine in an idyllic setting and spend time recharging their batteries in nature.
The week’s main aims are to keep you actively experiencing the area of Uvita so you may return home feeling physically fit and mentally rejuvenated, as well as to provide you with a variety of opportunities to meet new people and have new experiences. Therefore, upon your departure, you will have many new connections and wonderful memories to take with you!
Bodhi sessions are designed for travelers who love spending time being active in the outdoors, want to meet like-minded individuals and share great conversations and experiences. The sessions are also for those who are interested in learning about a whole host of subjects ranging from the ocean to themes of development and growth in rural Pacific Costa Rica to responsible tourism, and aren’t afraid to challenge themselves!
With the Bodhi sessions, the flagship yoga and surf camp option, Bodhi Surf & Yoga has considered everything. All that is included (or not) is deliberate and aims to provide you with the best of Bodhi experience. During your Bodhi session, you will participate in a total of 10 activities namely five surfing lessons and five yoga classes. Furthermore, you will be enjoying all of this in the very unique setting of Costa Ballena, which is home to a quaint community, vast sandy beaches, and stunning virescent scenery.
On top of your surfing and yoga sessions, you will also have the opportunity to take a guided walking tour around the community of Bahia Ballena and learn about the community’s history, development, and challenges. You will visit a local waterfall and take in the lush jungle scenery and enjoy a day off to either rest and recharge or participate in another activity or tour! Also included is a much-needed massage after all the surfing and yoga you will be doing!
Bahia Ballena is a small town on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, within the canton of Osa, in the region known as Costa Ballena. Commonly referred to as part of Uvita, Bahia Ballena is located just 15 minutes south of the popular surf town of Dominical. Bahia Ballena is a breath of fresh air for travelers looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the southern Pacific region, as well as the laid-back charm of a small, authentic Tico town.
Whether you are looking to enjoy the solitude of a pristine beach, take a surfing lesson, snorkel the clear waters of Cano Island, or hike through the jungle, Bahia Ballena is the perfect place to spend inordinate amounts of relax time and / or be used as a jumping base for nearby attractions.
Uvita, Costa Rica is a small town located on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, roughly three to three and half hours from San Jose, the capital. Although the area is still largely undeveloped, it is gaining more and more popularity among tourists who come to see the gorgeous scenery, experience the Pura Vida way of life, and get away from the crowds that typically throng many of the other beach towns and cities in Costa Rica. Bahia Ballena is commonly grouped with Uvita (people will refer to it as Bahia-Uvita) because each is so small and they are literally across the river from one another. Here you can enjoy the beach and slow pace of life in Bahia Ballena and the conveniences of the more populated town of Uvita.
Costa Ballena is the southern Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica that stretches from Dominical to Ojochal. It is a unique stretch of coastline where the jungly green mountains meet the beautiful Pacific coastline and pristine beaches abound. Unlike the northern region of Costa Rica, the Costa Ballena area has been mostly untouched by large-scale development and the region’s natural beauty and prolific wildlife are a testament to that.
Daily breakfasts (except on your free day) and three dinners are included in your week-long stay in Bahia Ballena to provide a sense of sharing and community at the Bodhi Surf lodge, while also giving you the opportunity to sample the local fare and support the community’s economy.
To arrive by bus, take a bus from San Jose to Dominical (approximately a six-hour bus ride) and then a bus from Dominical to Bahia Ballena. Another option is to take a bus from Quepos to Bahia Ballena, approximately a 90-minute bus ride.