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9 Days Luxury Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Dominical, Bahia Ballena de Oro, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Overview

Costa Rica Luxury Yoga Retreat

Come and explore stunning Costa Rica that comes with an adventure along jagged mountains and through the lush rainforest that decorates this natural paradise while you deepen your yoga practice and rejuvenate your body and soul with experienced teacher, Stephanie Greco. The escape begins in the lively surfer town of Dominical. It is nestled up in the bluffs above the town. You will settle into the luxurious digs for the week where the expansive ocean views and lush rainforest surroundings that are a delicious respite for the body and soul.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Beach trips and surfing
  • Horseback riding to Nauyaca Falls
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Excursion transport
  • Daily meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Manu Villas

Perched on a bluff atop a private reserve of over 300 acres, these luxurious yet eco-friendly villas provide guests with sweeping Pacific ocean views, two infinity-edge pools, rainforest surroundings, sandy beaches below, and the chance to experience the astonishing wildlife in the area.

San Jose

You will be staying at a charming Costa Rican family-owned hotel in downtown San Jose on your arrival day.

This retreat will start and end in San Jose.

Day 1

Arrive at San Jose at any time. There are optional tours you can do if you arrive early, such as San José city tour, coffee plantation, Poás Volcano, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Day 2

A morning meet and greet of the group will take place over breakfast in a tropical garden in San Jose. It will be followed by a ride along the dramatically beautiful Pacific coastline to the town of Dominical. Enjoy an afternoon spent lounging poolside, or enjoying the spectacular view, before meeting in the yoga pavilion for the first practice with Stephanie.

Day 3

You will have a sunrise yoga class in the ocean-view rancho to warm the body and mind for the day ahead. Today, take some time to wander the seemingly endless lengths of Dominical Beach, or put your feet up at a beachside bar and watch the surfers catch a wave. Later, join Stephanie in a relaxing yoga session before dinner.

Day 4

Sunrise yoga in the yoga rancho. After lunch, you’ll head out into the tropical rainforest for a horseback ride to the dramatic Nauyaca Waterfall. Jump in for a swim in the cool mountain waters, or simply enjoy the incredible view, before heading back to the retreat center for a calming yoga session before bed.

Day 5

After sunrise yoga and breakfast, you will head into town for an exciting surf lesson with a local instructor. Learn to catch a wave, before returning to the retreat center and reconvene with a relaxing yoga session before dinner.

Day 6

Sunrise yoga in the yoga rancho before a relaxing day spent at your leisure. Reconvene in the yoga rancho for an afternoon session before heading down to the beach to take in a spectacular sunset.

Day 7

After a morning yoga session and hearty breakfast, you will participate in a half-day of seva with a scarlet macaw reintroduction project right on the grounds of Manu Villas. After returning to the retreat center and eating lunch, catch up on some R&R or take a delicious dip in the pool. Later, relax with a Yin style yoga session in the evening to get ready for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 8

On the last day together at Manu Villas, join Stephanie for a morning yoga session before you enjoy a day at your leisure. Add an optional tour today, or simply relax on the deck and revel in stunning ocean views. Reconvene in the yoga rancho for the last yoga session as a group before bed.

Day 9

The day will start bright and early as breakfast will be enjoyed together as a group before bidding farewell to the lovely Manu Villas and head back to the San Jose airport for your departure.

  • Group beach trips
  • Guided nature hike
  • Half-day seva with a local conservation project
  • Ride to Nauyaca Falls on horseback
  • Surf lesson

Stephanie Greco

Stephanie is a Los Angeles-based yoga teacher that specializes in Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow. Born and raised in sunny South Florida, Stephanie began practicing yoga when a career in the performing arts led her nearly 3000 miles from home to Los Angeles, California. Searching for stillness amidst the bustle and chaos of the city, yoga became an essential part of her daily life. Yoga brought peace during a time of great transition and turmoil, and was a grounding force that propelled Stephanie into a journey of self-discovery, healing, and transformation.

Stephanie’s teaching style is alignment-based with a strong focus on breath and body awareness. She believes yoga is for everybody, and often incorporates philosophy, breath work, and meditation into her classes. Stephanie teaches with compassion, humility, and joy. She believes that yoga is a gift, and feels honored to share it with others.

San Jose

Your first night's stay will be in San Jose at a charming Costa Rican family-owned hotel. Conveniently located within walking distance to the Central Park and several great eateries, this is the perfect place to begin your adventure.

Manu Villas

Overlooking the sea from the bluffs high above the surfer town of Dominical, Manu Villas affords guests an un-paralleled jungle location with charming, friendly owners, lavish accommodations and picturesque vistas of the coastline. With an exotic hardwood yoga pavilion, and infinity pool with expansive ocean views, it’s hard to imagine a finer retreat destination.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Whale watching
  • Zip-lining
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • In-room safe
  • Luggage storage
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Free wifi
  • Laundry service
  • Local market
  • Restaurant

Eight breakfasts, seven lunches, and seven dinners are included in the price. Manu Villas features fresh, organic, locally, and sustainably grown fare with strong influences from typical Costa Rican cuisine, all prepared by a private chef. Vegan, vegetarian, and food-allergy friendly options are available.

San Jose

  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Chocolate tour
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens tour
  • Poas Volcano tour
  • San Jose city tour

Manu Villas

  • Bird watching
  • Cano Island and Violines Island boat tour
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding (cowboy/cowgirl experience)
  • Kayaking
  • Mangrove boat tour
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Whale watching
  • Zip lining

You can book the following spa treatments for an additional price:

  • Body Scrubs
  • Body Wraps
  • Facials
  • Manicure
  • Massage
  • Pedicure
  • 13% Costa Rican tourism tax
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 7 dinners
  • 7 lunches
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation between destinations
  • Group beach trips
  • Guided nature hike
  • Half-day seva at conservation project
  • Ride to waterfall on horseback
  • Sunset beach trip
  • Surfing
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Fresh Squeezed Escapes will pick you up from the international airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Fresh Squeezed Escapes an inquiry.
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    "Melanie McQuown is focused on proper alignment and gives careful direction, is supportive, encouraging and enthusiastic. It's obvious she truly cares about each student, regardless of ability. I have so much respect for what Melanie and her husband, Jim, have created at PeaceLab."

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