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7 Days The Silent Warrior Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Samasati Nature Retreat, Southern Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica


Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Join Hari-Om Yoga School in this regenerative retreat apt for developing your strength, inner peace, flexibility, firmness, and audaciousness. For those who practice or teach yoga, Muay Thai, or meditation, it is a unique opportunity to comprehend and explore how these disciplines can be integrated, complementing each other on all levels from physical, mental, and spiritual. This is a great week of practice and experimentation in the endless search for the perfect balance between Yin and Yang.


  • Twice daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Morning meditation and pranayama sessions
  • The retreat values for 60 hours for the 300-hour certification
  • Afternoon lecture, meditation, or technical practice sessions
  • Use of a large hot tub overlooking the ocean
  • Daily light breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Triple, double, and single bungalows are nestled in a lovely tropical garden. All bungalows have one bathroom with hot water and spacious verandas overlooking the jungle and the ocean.

Casitas features

  • Attached terrace with hammocks (additional hammocks available upon request)
  • Bathrooms with Jack and Jill vanity
  • Ceiling fan (additional fans available upon request)
  • Each is enclosed in their own secluded area within the resort
  • Laundry service at additional cost
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Room safe
  • Views of Caribbean Sea and rainforest


The guesthouses are located in two lodges, the Monkey Lodge and the Namaste House. Each of the four rooms is open onto a spacious veranda with cozy, inviting hammocks. In every house, there are two bathrooms to share.

Guesthouses features

  • Fan (additional fans available upon request)
  • Laundry service at additional cost
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Private room with two single beds or a double bed
  • Rainforest views, a terrace, and lounge area with hammocks
  • Room safe

Samasati Nature Retreat's facilities include a large hot tub overlooking the ocean where you can watch the toucans flying through the trees below, a spa where a wide variety of massage sessions are offered, and many trails where you can experience the forest and its magic.

Samasati Nature Retreat, nestled in the South-Caribbean Rainforest of Costa Rica, is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a truly forest-yogi experience and for whoever wants to deepen the practice and knowledge of yoga in a pristine and unspoiled natural environment.

Far away from urban gyms and hectic city life, amongst ancient trees, colorful tropical birds, and kaleidoscopic butterflies, it becomes easy and effortless to think ecologically, to nourish harmony with all living creatures and to reclaim our universal and cosmic connection that is the true essence of yoga.

Nearby places

  • Cahuita and Puerto Viejo, 4 miles
  • San Jose, 130 miles
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All yoga, meditation, pranayama, and Muay Thai sessions
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Sometimes, it’s only fear and insecurity that make you unnecessarily aggressive, hindering your innate potentialities and by forgetting that to surrender it takes courage and strength, and not weakness.

This retreat is not only a journey to allow you to pursue your own aims, but also to be flexible and ready to accept the unpredictability of life. It is an opportunity to unearth and overcome your unconscious fears, to become aware of the difference between action and reaction, and to explore more and more the realm of consciousness.

The techniques and practices experienced during the retreat originate from meditation, Muay Thai, and yoga disciplines, but the main objective remains the deeper understanding of the “self” and of your inner potential.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Pranayama
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Light breakfast
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Free time
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Hatha yoga or Muay Thai
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Free time
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Lecture, meditation, or technical practice
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Hatha yoga
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner

Driving directions from San Jose - Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

  • From your starting point, get directions to the Guapiles / Limon Highway. This is a road that winds up into the cloudy mountains of Braulio Carrillo’s National Park, before crossing the Santa Clara flatlands into Puerto Limon.
  • Once you get to Limon, please follow directions to Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. Samasati is 30 miles South of Limón, in the of direction Puerto Viejo. It is located in the Hone Creek village’s area.
  • About five miles after passing the Cahuita National Park’s entrance, you’ll find a street on your right-hand side, just between the Gas Station of Hone Creek and the supermarket “Pali”.
  • Samasati’s entrance’s gate is about a half mile inland from the main road. Samasati’s restaurant and accommodations are located one mile uphill from the entrance’s gate.
  • There is a reception area at the entrance gate. Here, you will find out how to proceed with your 4×4 vehicle, or where to park your car with no fee and wait for a Samasati vehicle if your vehicle is not a 4X4.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is San Jose - Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From the airport to Samasati is a 4-hour scenic drive. If your flight lands after 13:00, you are advised to spend the night in San Jose and catch the following morning a semi-private minivan (Interbus) which leaves the city at 08:00. The cost is 45 USD.

If your flight lands before 13:00, a private taxi that can pick you up at the airport can be booked and take you directly to Samasati. The cost is 190 USD for a minivan (up to six people).

Arrival by bus

Direct public buses run daily from San Jose city to Puerto Viejo. Arrangement can be made for you to be picked up at the airport by a taxi and taken to the public bus station. The total cost is approximately 40 USD.

Check in

From 12 p.m.

Check out

Before 10 a.m.

Seasonal information

The local temperature is 80 - 85 degrees (28 Celcius) year around. The climate has often been called a "micro-climate", implying that the variable factors affecting this region are independent from the rest of the neighboring areas.

This region shares very little in common with the rest of the country's weather cycles and prognostication, as the rainy season is often blessed with several weeks of dry, hot and sunny days, while tropical showers can be experienced during the summer season.

Mobile communication information

There are no public phones at Samasati. Regular calls are to be made in the nearby villages. Cellular phones have good reception in the area. There are emergency phones at Samasati so that your loved ones can contact you in the case of emergency. You will receive the emergency numbers upon reservation.

Electricity information

Electricity voltage and plugs are the same as in the US 110 volts.

What to bring

Tennis or hiking shoes, long light pants for jungle walks, warmer but light clothing for the evening. Sun block, beach towel, flashlight, a light raincoat or umbrella. Biodegradable shampoo and personal care products, which can also be purchased at Samasati.

Travel assistance

You are strongly advised that if you drive a rented vehicle, you leave the city of San Jose around noon, the latest at 14:00 so you arrive at Samasati during daylight hours.


No vaccinations are required. A fully equipped emergency facility and clinic is located 1 mile from Samasati.

Local expenses / money information

You are suggested to bring USD cash in small bills (20s, 10s, 5s) which can be used in Costa Rica to pay anything instead of national currency. In the nearby villages, there are banks and ATM machines.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Hari-Om Yoga School, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send inquiry button to send a message.

  • Marco Mandrino

    Marco is the founder and director of Hari-Om Yoga School. Marco is an enthusiastic practitioner of Muay Thai and combat sports in general. He has been teaching yoga for around twenty years, dealing almost exclusively with teacher trainings and retreats. Marco's idea, which the school reflects, is to integrate diverse techniques from various disciplines and arts in order to live simply, in harmony with the present moment and to the best of one’s potential.

  • Flight
  • Travel expenses

A light breakfast will be served daily. Delicious lunches and dinners are also included in the total price.

Special diets are easily accommodated. Please inform Hari-Om Yoga School with time if you need or prefer a special diet and they will gladly accommodate you.

The property has a spa center where a wide variety of massage sessions are offered and many trails where you can experience the forest and its magic.

  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free WiFi
  • Library
  • Shop
For information about the booking conditions, please send Hari-Om Yoga School an inquiry.
  • Review by Mila

    "Hari –om yoga teacher training has been a success! The teaching skills of teachers during these two years has allowed me to better understand some aspects of my studies and gave good suggestions for personal discover. The philosophy and purpose of this experiential training made me understand what kind of approach I want to give to my teaching. A special thanks to Marco Mandrino that with its peculiarities has been able to be a super "teacher" urging everyone to the tenacity, determination and courage with a pinch of irony and collective joy. As a researcher and experimenter I can say it was the beginning of a nice trip that will continue because irresistible !!! :)"

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  • Review by Mauro

    "The choice to start a yoga teacher training with Hari-om was one of the best I've ever done. The open and non-dogmatic approach, the interconnection with other disciplines and with martial arts is what enriches you more and allows to evolve. It leaves you a lot and continuous inputs so that you can continue to deepen your personal research. The path is tranfomative and as the training progresses ideas are clearer and you feel more “rich”. The teachers I have met and known transmit this approach and you discover they are true masters as well as friends. The classmates are special people, they accept you without judgment as you express your true nature freely. The mental and physical effort is important, but all the love and dedication are just a small part of what you have back. You will never lose it."

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  • Review by Trisha

    "The Hari-Om yoga teacher training lived up to my expectations. The teachers are very competent, always available and ready to teach with a smile. Not just a school, but rather a way of life. Namastè."

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  • Review by Jamie

    "I thoroughly enjoyed Hari Om Yoga School at Samasati. I thought that Max and June were the perfect balance of instructors to teach us Yoga Teachers in training. Jun's sensitivity and knowledge about anatomy mixed with Max's life experience, intense practice, and spirituality was just what I was looking for in a yoga school."

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  • Review by Emanuela

    "The course was a beautiful personal journey. Very nice relationship that has been created with the teachers. After only a few hours, it seems we have known each other for a very long time. Although the practice is pretty tough, it never ends with at least a good laugh. Perhaps to defuse the effort .... but all the wonderful teachers have been able to bring out the best in each of us. All our materials & "theoretical" has been taught in a nice and effective way. Obviously, given the short time available, each topic was introduced and we were given all the tools to be able to deepen the study individually. Now the first part has been accomplished, it is to us to continue our studies at home and continue the daily practice, the only way to really bring yoga within us."

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  • Review by Arianna

    "It is not really the classic dogmatic and serious yoga school. Hari-Om is something very different and strong that deals with professionalism, experience and wisdom the issues of Yoga, without taking itself too seriously! It is exactly what I was looking for as it brought me inside Yoga deeply, emotionally, energetically."

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  • Review by Penelope

    "A fantastic experience that takes you out of your comfort zone to start an unforgettable experience. The course encompasses yoga to 360 degrees without losing anything, and adding some extras. The teacher training retreat is a totally unique experience, hard but unique."

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  • Review by Ted

    "I'm very glad I took this important path with Hari-om; It is exactly what I expected, maybe even better. Apart the pure technical matters and style, what struck me most was the feeling to be part of a family, the humility and extraordinary capacity of each teacher to share a small part of one's own path. No dogma, only the desire to grow and enrich each other. Absolutely special."

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  • Review by Carlee from Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada

    "Recently I attended Hari-Om's 200 hours YTT held at Samasati Nature Retreat in Costa Rica. I'm not sure that any review I provide will do this experience justice. It was incredible, life-changing, challenging and amazing. It was so much more than I had hoped for!I felt that the curriculum was very well rounded, and presented in a very non-biased, non-dogmatic, open minded manner. Learning everything about yoga would take a lifetime, but the 200 hours covered a great deal, and introduced us to the main topics in the world of yoga. I think it's kind of a case of 'the more you know, the less you know...' My horizons were broadened, and it created a hunger for more knowledge.Max and Jun were the perfect team as teachers, both bringing something very special to each class. I went to the training hoping to come out of it as a yoga teacher. I left as a better human being who can teach yoga!The location for this training could not be better. Samasati is a very special place. The staff are wonderful, the food was delicious (especially breakfast!) and the view was breathtaking.I looked into many YTT's before choosing Hari-Om, and feel so very grateful for the choice I made. I look forward to doing my 300 hours YTT with Hari-Om in the future. All I can really say is Thank-you, my life is forever changed for the better after this experience!" website, edited

  • Review by Mark

    "I am very open to learning new things and this course did not disappoint. I would recommend this course for anyone wishing to grow and become a better person."

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  • Review by Marjo M, Costa Rica

    "I had the priviledge of staying in Samasati on October 19th to 22nd. I was looking for a place to disconnect, re-energize and do YOGA. My experience was everything and more! I am pretty demanding when it comes to yoga classes, being a teacher myself and conscious of my personal needs, and Stephanies classes where everything I wanted and more! She can deliver a journey of self-exploration and self-realization with each class she gives, even its not always pretty what a student finds in her personal exploration through yoga. Yoga in its best is transformative, and thank god there are teacher like Stephanie who dedicate their lives to transform peoples lives. She allows her genuine self to be present everytime she teaches. Her classes are ALWAYS challenging, whether they are more active, vinyasa yoga or passive, yin yoga. When student is open the magic of yoga happens."

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  • Review by Katrina Hache

    "I have been practicing mainly at home since the YTT trying to develop and grow more on what I learned while at Samasati. Today was one of the times that I decided to go to a class at my regular studio. The teacher hadn't seen me since I came back. After class she put her hand on my shoulder and said how she noticed that my practice has changed SO much since the last time she taught me. That I'm much more forgiving of myself. Its one thing to feel a change within yourself, but when someone on the outside notices something like that - its hard to explain, but it just feels incredible."

    "I just wanted to share this experience because its because of all of you (at the teacher training) that I was able to let go of a lot that was holding me back from being truly happy with myself. Thank you all for being supportive, understanding and loving."

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  • Review by Zach Cuaresma

    "Reflecting on the past 3 weeks at our Yoga teacher training and I cannot begin to express how full my heart is right now! I am beyond grateful for this whole experience. Some incredible people there...I love my 12 new sisters. I learned a lot about myself and about the practice of Yoga and I only want to continue to study. This is the start of something wonderful!"

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  • Review by Courtney from Washington, USA

    "I had an amazing time at the Hari-Om Yoga Teacher traning in March 2015. Upon going into the training I knew I was entering a transformative path and that I would have great new views upon exiting the program. Of course, so much more happened within the 3 week span. In a program like this you learn so much about yourself and about life. It's an opportunity to try new things and get to know yourself better. Then along with it you meet amazing, new, perhaps life-long friends and new ways to share the beauty of this world with every one around you. I thought that the training was excellent, all the teachers are amazing and have their own experience to bring to the program. It is an intense 200hr course, in the jungle, so remember that when you sign-up. For me the seclusion was exactly what I wanted/needed and I don't think I've ever felt so blissed out. I will for sure remember my 200hr YTT experience with Hari-Om at the Samasati Nature Retreat in Costa Rica for the rest of my life." website, edited

  • Review by Carolyn Stevens

    "I had the most extraordinary journey. From the yoga teaching, to the animals in the rainforest and the delicious vegetarian foood. It has forced me to consider the choices I was making prior to my YTT. It is a life changing positive experience that will deepen your own practice and point you in the right direction if someday you would like to teach. All the instructors were fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very approachable. If you have the opportunity I would suggest this to anyone even if you don't want to teach there are some great tools to help your own practice! I loved it ! I would not change a thing."

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  • Review by Calin N.

    "With all the multiple challenges I faced throughout the training compared to other students (new to vegetarian diet, suddenly no wine allowed for me after work, haha, strict discipline, exhausting practice)I left with the overall feeling of clearly meeting my objective and of a work very well done.I was impressed by the vast experience, in depth knowledge of yoga and teaching skills of the instructors, I liked the special approach to teaching by using an invigorating blend of hard work, attention to detail and recurrent episodes of fun and jokes to make everything feel lighter, more human, to make students love yoga more than they used to do and for me it worked and I think that is the secret and the big science.I left the training feeling a better yogi, and aside from the insights received re the asanas technicalities and many other details and knowledge required of a yoga teacher and which surely will still require continuos study, self work and effort to improve and consolidate, I left feeling more in touch with the inner realms, with myself, perhaps a better person, with a better will, more clearly defined personal priorities and certainly better equipped to live a more yoga type of life, to be able to take care of myself, body, soul, spirit and emotion. And why not, who knows, perhaps one day, in my turn, to also be able to help others start to love or get closer to yoga, get closer to themselves."

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  • Review by Angelika Scott

    "For me teacher training with Hari-Om exceeded my expectations. Since I taught yoga before Yoga Alliance spread its wings in the yoga world, I was a bit skeptical about 'new age yoga', the 200 hr. thing, the 500 hr. thing, knowing that studying yoga is a never ending endeavor and one does not become a teacher just like that. I have been trained in a three year apprentice ship, with hundreds of hours, still ongoing seminars every year, where meditation and union with the Divine is the goal.I found your training to be not only enjoyable and beneficial, but loved the fact that there was always the referral to meditation as the real thing, as well as providing a good introduction to yoga philosophy. It was rich, interesting and stimulating. I feel renewed enthusiasm for my teaching and the desire to expand and grow, which I had lost."

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  • Review by Sally Knopp

    "What a wonderful experience, with wonderful people! The 500-hour program was extremely personally challenging, both physically and mentally...but I knew that it was where I was meant to be. In the end, I'm so glad that I was there. You can't help but grow... body, mind and spirit."

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  • Review by Marcella

    "Yoga and more! I left my island to go to learn how to be a "good" yoga teacher, and yes, I took home a certificate. I can be a yoga teacher now. For what concerns being a "good" teacher, my path has just started. I can definitely count on myself as much as I know I can count on all of those who taught me in these 21 days what is yoga not only through the practice. So I thank myself as I want to learn more and more, but I want to thank those who with the sweat of the practice made us overcome our fears.Thank you to those who nurtured our souls during the lessons and lectures even during the ones after lunch when digestion puts you in the rest mode. Thank you to those who with love (great ingredient) cooked for us amazing food nurturing our bodies. Thank you to those who took care of our common spaces every day with a smile. Thank you to those who stated this "journey" with me, my companions for sharing me a part of them. I believe I can really say that you made me experience yoga in my life. Thank you from the deepest of my heart."

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  • Review by Raffaella

    "I came with an open heart but hazy intention. I found a teacher and a staff who could respectfully observe my soul and consolidate my intention. So it grew and finally became part of me. Hari Om is a great school that can show you the way without imposing its. I'll see you soon guys to keep walking on this path."

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  • Review by Sara

    "A part of my heart is still there, where the time stopped for twenty-one days. It wasn't only a teacher training course, it was more than that. A big family, new faces, moments of happiness and sometimes a tear. It will be with me forever and closing my eyes I will be there again with you all."

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Sezzadio, Italy

Hari-Om Yoga School offers Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training, both in Italy and in Costa Rica, and organizes several yoga workshops and yoga retreats.

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7 days / 6 nights


Arrival: Saturday March 4, 2017
Departure: Friday March 10, 2017

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The first five registrations will receive a 100 USD discount.

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