8 Days Kettlebell Training, Detox, and Yoga Holiday in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Strengthening Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Come join this highly stimulating retreat at a serene place in the jungle of Costa Rica. This private retreat is ideal for those looking to blast past the edges of their physical capabilities. The exercises you will have are aimed to boost a better health and build your strength. You will enjoy the relaxing yoga practices and experience the captivating beauty of Costa Rica's nature!

Meet the instructors

Ramiro, Menlha, Sharlynn, & 2 More…
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  • 10 yoga classes
  • 4 TRX / kettlebell training sessions
  • A fun jungle hike to San Juanillo Beach
  • Sunset walk to Sonidos del Mar and sunset boat tour
  • Free daily shuttles to the beach
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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  • Environmentally friendly

There are three types of room at Hacienda del Sol, Pura, Tiera, and Brisa. The accommodation has a jungle view, mosquito netting, ceiling fan, private deck, laptop-sized safe box, and hammock. Eco-friendly amenities include bio-degradable shampoos and conditioners. There is also free Wi-Fi access in main areas, not in-room. Daily maid service is also available. Hacienda del Sol does not provide TV cable to provide a break free from television and the everyday routine. Smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the premises.


Brisa is a shared bungalow with two twin beds, small attached bathroom, and no AC.


Tierra is a private bungalow with one king bed, larger bathroom, and no AC.


Pura is a private bungalow with one king bed, large newly renovated bathroom, and AC.


Kettlebell and TRX training are different than other forms of weight training because many parts of the body are exercised simultaneously, and in addition, the training elevate the heart rate for effective cardiovascular training.

Kettlebells are an ancient Russian strength training tool. These cannonballs with handles can be used in ballistic (explosive) swinging movements utilizing the whole body along with momentum or used in more traditional press and squat exercises. The exercises require full body integration and core stabilization. There is no such thing as isolated muscle work in kettlebell training.

TRX is a form of suspension training that uses gravity and motion to build strength, endurance, cardiovascular capacity, balance, and flexibility.

The TRX Kettlebell program combines both systems in fun and explosive workouts and includes 4 personal classes per week. This retreat is only offered as a personal retreat.

The Experience

  • Strength conditioning
  • Metabolic conditioning
  • Fun and explosive workouts

Included excursions

  • Jungle hikes to San Juanillo Beach
  • Sunset boat tours
  • Sunset walks to Sonidos del Mar


Ramiro Gallardo
(Fitness Instructor)
Ramiro is the proud co-owner of Hacienda del Sol. He sees it as an ideal opportunity to help increase peoples’ vibrancy in this changing world. He believes true health is about taking care of your mind-body-soul, and the people that surround you, and is committed to infusing Hacienda del Sol with this purpose. Ramiro was born and raised in Mexico, where he got a degree in film. He has a B.A. in psychology from UVIC and is a certified instructor under Scott Sonnon’s Circular Strength Training and Tactical Fitness systems.
Menlha Bruneau
Menlha has been involved in health and healing for many years. It has been a prime interest to her to be well and to help others also be well, holistically. She is a rebalancing bodywork master and has been practicing craniosacral (biodynamic) treatment for several years. She is continuing to learn more about health and wellness. It is enjoyable for her to pass on her knowledge to others which she has accumulated over the years through personal experience and observation. She considers herself to be a good teacher who, with the help of intuition, can get the message across to most clients.
Sharlynn Stewart
Sharlynn has been working in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor with over a decade of experience teaching and is also a yoga therapist, Thai masseuse (trained in Thailand), and a registered nurse. She draws on an insightful blend of eastern and western perspectives to compassionately encourage the guests to have an optimal experience. She is passionate about living a present, balanced and authentic life, with a healthy dose of humor.
Mahi found her master and got certified as a rebalancer in January 2012. As soon as she finished the training she started working as a therapist in HDS. Mahi is a highly motivated student, and her thirst for knowledge led her to further explorations leading her to Esalen Californian massage. In 2014 she got her International Certification. She finished a grade on Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). Currently, she offers her services as an Osho Rebalancer, an Esalen Californian bodyworker, a very interesting and creative fusion of both techniques, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage facilitator.
(Vinyasa Yoga)
Kootney School of Rebalancing (Bodywork)
With a dancing background, a passion for body movement and then a few injuries, Nadya was guided into yoga practice in 2006. In 2013, she was certified in her first 200-hour of Danyasa inspired yoga teacher training and in 2014 certified in Vinyasa Flow 200-hour yoga teacher training. She become a part of Hacienda del Sol family in 2011 when she took her rebalancing 400-hour course here in Hacienda del Sol and was certified by the Kootney School of Rebalancing as a body work therapist.

Retreat location

Hacienda del Sol is situated amidst a jungle and share land with the monkeys, birds, and other beautiful wildlife indigenous to the region. At night, you can hear the ocean waves crash into shore from your cabina, or watch the moonlight cast a fluorescent glow on the water while digging your feet into the black sand beach. They honor nature’s bounty and strive to have minimal impact on the earth.

Hacienda Del Sol is close to many beaches, but there are two beaches visited most often. One is a black sand beach that is only a couple minutes’ drive or a 15-minute walk away. The other is a white sand beach with calmer water that’s perfect for snorkeling and swimming. The white sand beach is a five-minute drive or 25-minute walk away.

The remote location in the jungle, miles away from the noisier cities and tourist-driven areas, keeps your essence intact so that you can be yourself without distractions. The closest town is San Juanillo, a town of 200 people, which you can reach in five minutes by car. If you’re looking for more excitement, you can head to Nosara for a day trip. Nosara is a much larger town and is about a 30-minute drive away.

Nearby places

  • Black sand beach - 15 minutes' walk
  • Nosara, 14.5 kilometers - 30 minutes' drive
  • San Juanillo - 5 minutes' drive
  • White sand beach - 25 minutes' walk

Unique features


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Yoga studio


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net


You will have full-service raw living foods breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the retreat as well as Hacienda del Sol signature food to go on the day you leave to skip airport food. You will also have freshly pressed juices, coconut water, and teas. Hacienda del Sol’s menu is designed to support your highest wellness goals and chooses to serve mostly living foods.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Raw food
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)

  • 4 hands massage (60 minutes, 160 USD / 90 minutes, 220 USD / 2 hours, 280 USD)
  • Birdwatching boat tours
  • Body scrubs (90 minutes, 120 USD)
  • Canopy tours
  • Dolphin tours
  • Esalen / Californian massage (60 minutes, 80 USD / 90 minutes, 110 USD / 2 hours, 140 USD)
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (90 minutes, 110 USD)
  • Rebalancing (90 minutes, 110 USD / 2 hours, 140 USD)
  • River kayak expeditions
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-up paddle surfing
  • Surf lessons
  • Thai Chi oil (90 minutes, 120 USD / 2 hours, 140 USD)
  • Thai herbal ball (90 minutes, 120 USD / 2 hours, 140 USD)
  • Thai Sen (60 minutes, 80 USD / 90 minutes, 110 USD / 2 hours, 140 USD)
  • Turtle viewing
  • Waterfall hikes

What's included

  • 4 TRX / kettlebell personal training sessions
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 10 yoga classes
  • Daily beach shuttles
  • Daily meals
  • Freshly pressed juices, coconut water, and teas
  • Hacienda del Sol signature food to go on the day you leave to skip airport food
  • Jungle hike to San Juanillo Beach
  • Sunset boat tour
  • Sunset walk to Sonidos del Mar

What's not included

  • 13% taxes
  • Departure tax (29 USD)

How to get there

Driving directions from Liberia International Airport (LIR)

  • From the airport, turn right onto the highway.
  • Drive approximately an hour before the right turn towards Junquillal, Tamarindo (this turn off is just before the bridge that goes to Santa Cruz).
  • Drive on this paved road for about 20 minutes.
  • After the bridge, turn left. Be sure not to go straight to Tamarindo.
  • Go about 200 meters (600 feet) and turn right.
  • Follow the paved road for about 10 minutes. You will pass through a little town called Rio Seco.
  • After Rio Seco, you drive for about five minutes.
  • Watch for the signs that turn you left towards ‘Lagarto, Marbella, Ostional.’
  • Drive on the dirt road for almost an hour. You will pass Playa Lagarto, Marbella, and finally San Juanillo.
  • Hacienda del Sol is one and a half kilometers past San Juanillo. Look for the Hacienda Del Sol signs.

Driving directions from San Jose

  • From San Jose, you will get on the autopista (highway), heading towards Puntarenas, and continue on towards Liberia.
  • Watch for signs that will head you towards Puente Amistad, crossing Rio Tempisque.
  • Watch for signs that will head you towards Nicoya, continue on in that direction by-passing Nicoya and head toward Santa Cruz.
  • As you go through Santa Cruz on the right, you will pass a Total gas station.
  • You will cross a bridge and then turn left towards Junquillal.
  • Drive on this paved road for about 20 minutes.
  • You will then cross a bridge, turn left after bridge.
  • Go about 200 meters (600 feet) and turn right.
  • Follow the paved road for about 10 minutes. You will pass through a little town called Rio Seco.
  • After Rio Seco, you drive for about five minutes.
  • Watch for the signs that turn you left towards ‘Lagarto, Marbella, Ostional.’
  • Drive on the dirt road for almost an hour. You will pass Playa Lagarto, Marbella, and finally San Juanillo.
  • Hacienda del Sol is one and a half kilometers past San Juanillo. Look for the Hacienda Del Sol signs.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR) or Nosara Airport (NOB). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

From Santa Cruz, take a taxi or walk to the bus station near Maxi Bodega (a large supermarket) and catch the bus to San Juanillo. Three buses leave each day, at 4:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Be there early, buses fill quickly. You will be on the bus for about two hours. When you arrive at San Juanillo, do not get off. You can go another 1.5 kilometers towards Ostional. Get off the bus at the Hacienda del Sol sign and walk in (it is not far). This is the most economical way.

Arrival by shuttle

If you are traveling alone, the shuttle from the airport to Hacienda del Sol is 120 - 130 USD each way. If you share the shuttle with one other person, the cost is 65 - 70 USD per person. If you share with three or more people, the cost is 65 USD per person.

Arrival by taxi

Hacienda del Sol will be happy to book the taxi for you and to organize it so that you can share the taxi with others coming. After you have booked your flight to Liberia International Airport (LIR), please send the time of arrival and your flight number to Hacienda del Sol.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.


Low season
  • June 1 - October 31


High season
  • January 6 - May 31
  • November 1 - December 19


Holiday season
  • December 20 - January 5

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