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8 Days Wildlife Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary, Carbon #1, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Holiday in Costa Rica

Enjoy the sun and the wildlife of the Caribbean rainforest while deepening your yoga and meditation practice. This yoga holiday at Costa Rica offers you the chance to rediscover the spark within you and re-energize your body, mind, and spirit. Take a break to immerse yourself in true wild nature and discover the beautiful beaches of the region. Listen to your body and slow down your mind while you fall in love with the forest and its magic!

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Time to explore the surroundings
  • Optional hiking trails nearby
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. Samasati Nature sanctuary facilities include a large hot tub overlooking the ocean where you can watch the toucans flying though the trees below. The sanctuary is set in a 250 acre Costa Rican rainforest, yet provides you with the comfort and convenience of a modern resort. It comprises a restaurant, a lounge, a spa, three types of accommodations as well as a gazebo and jacuzzi. Each of these elements is integrated harmoniously into the rainforest and is designed to reinforce your connection to nature.

Casitas

Triple, double and single bungalows are nestled in the midst of the lush green trees and tropical gardens. All casitas have private bathrooms and a spacious veranda overlooking the rainforest and Caribbean Ocean. Some casitas have lofts that accommodate up to three people. All the casitas have comfortable new mattresses, which are king, queen, full, or two singles. All bungalows have one bathroom with hot water and spacious verandas overlooking the jungle and the ocean.

Classic casitas

These casitas are each in their own secluded area in the forest and have an additional lofted sleeping area. There are two single beds on the main level and a double bed in the loft, a private bathroom, a terrace with a hammock, and are set in a little tropical garden planted with local flora.

Preferred casitas

These casitas have windows that open to prime views of the rainforest or the Caribbean sea. Each of them is in it’s own secluded area in the forest and have a king bed, a private bathroom, a quiet terrace with a hammock, and are set in a little tropical garden with local flora. The features of this casitas are an attached terrace with hammocks, linen and towels provided, an in-room safe, a ceiling fan, and laundry service for an additional cost.

Guest house

The Guest house is situated a short walk from the restaurant and reception area. It consists of five adjoining private rooms with two shared bathrooms, one for men and another for women. The guest house rooms are smaller private rooms with a choice of a full-sized bed or two single beds. Each room shares the bathroom. The rooms also share a large veranda with hammocks and views of the rainforest. They are located in two lodges. Each of the four rooms is open to a spacious veranda with cozy, inviting hammocks.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Hatha yoga class (asana, pranayama, and meditation)
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 13:00 Free time
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Hatha yoga class (asana, pranayama, and meditation)
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Free time
  • 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.

This yoga holiday retreat will take place at the Samasati Nature sanctuary in Pueblo Viejo, Costa Rica. The Samasati Nature sanctuary is nestled in the South-Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica in a pristine and unspoiled natural environment among ancient trees, colorful tropical birds, and kaleidoscopic butterflies.

The sanctuary is set in a 250-acre Costa Rican rainforest, yet provides you with the comfort and convenience of a modern resort. It comprises a restaurant, a lounge, a spa, three types of accommodations as well as a gazebo and jacuzzi. Each of these elements is integrated harmoniously into the rainforest and is designed to reinforce your connection to nature.

Nearby places

  • Cahuita National Park, 9 kilometers
  • Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, 17.1 kilometers
  • Playa Blanca beach, 12.4 kilometers
Activities
  • Diving nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy meals with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. You will also have available unlimited Costa Rican coffee and tea.

Samasati nature sanctuary restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner served in a buffet style for an additional cost. The selections range from Caribbean fusion and Mediterranean to Asian and Central American cuisine. Most of their cuisine is vegetarian but chicken and fish delicacies are also available for you to choose. Seafood is drawn daily from sea and fruit is purchased from local farmers or picked on site. Organic products are the first choice ingredients.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Cahuita National Park hiking

This combination of idyllic white sand, coral reefs, and coastal vegetation provides an opportunity to observe tropical species such as monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs, and butterflies. Cahuita National Park allows for easy access to breathtaking flora, fauna, beaches, and natural beauty! The cost for this tour is 45 USD for four hours.

Horseback riding on the beach

This wonderful ride through the forest will allow you to see monkeys, sloths, black and brown hawks, toucans flying overhead, and other wildlife in their natural state. You will see some of the most exquisite colored butterflies as they shimmer through the sunlight that shines almost year around. The cost for this tour is 60 USD for approximately three hours.

Indigenous reserve of Talamanca

Visit the Bribri reservation, the country’s largest indigenous community and head of the canton of Talamanca where you’ll visit the Indian communities of Volio, Watsi, and Santa Fe. The cost for this tour is 80 USD for eight hours.

Jungle adventure

This excursion full of emotion will allow you to experience several adrenaline packed activities all in one day in a stunningly lush setting. Starting from Coal River, you will use a drop cable and a hammock bridge to access the river and traverse it surrounded by beautiful landscape, rappelling, and jumping pools along the way.

After the river, you will enter into the primary forest to climb a 16-meter high tree using harnesses to make your way to the very top where a platform with delicious boxed lunches await. After lunch, you will enjoy a canopy tour. This is an adventure you will remember for a lifetime.The cost for this tour is 95 USD for six hours.

Samasati nature trek

Within this living sanctuary one can encounter exotic animals like monkeys and sloths, observe some of the 400 bird species in the area, marvel at the hundreds of brightly colored or bizarre insects and butterflies, and learn about the intelligent life living in harmony. The cost for this tour is 25 USD for one hour.

Zipline canopy tour

This activity will allow you to enjoy nature from a very different angle while gliding swiftly through the treetops of a gorgeous rainforest. The canopy has 10 aerial platforms and 12 rigs measuring over 2760 meters of cable altogether. From the moment you get to the seventh platform you will not touch the ground until the end of the tour, so you’ll cross the jungle with a bird’s eye view! The cost for this tour is 55 USD for four hours.

Ayurvedic yoga massage

An indian deep tissue massage with oil, in which the therapist uses her hands and feet and combines it with yoga stretches. It is personalized according to your dosh type. Flax seed powder is used to warm up the muscle and as an exfoliant. It is a very thorough technique. The cost for this massage is 145 USD for 90 minutes.

Therapeutic massage

A deep tissue or relaxing massage. A personalized massage designed to fulfill your specific body and mind needs. The cost for this massage is 95 USD for 60 minutes or 135 USD for 90 minutes.

Reiki

An energetic massage that leads the person into an overall well-being. It helps to release emotional blockages, brings balance to altered minds and relieves chronic pain. You will experience well-being, peace and love, while you connect with your deepest self. The cost for this massage is 95 USD for 60 minutes.

Chocolate bliss

You will start with a coconut oil massage followed by the application and massage with a warm organic chocolate paste. The natural way to relax while you cleanse and nurture your skin. The cost for this massage is 95 USD for 60 minutes or 135 USD for 90 minutes.

Therapeutic massage upon request

This massage is a combination of different techniques applied accordingly to the request of the patient. The quality of the massage varies from relaxing to deep tissue upon your needs. The cost for this massage is 95 USD for 60 minutes or 135 USD for 90 minutes.

Lymphatic drainage

It is a light pressure massage that moves the interstitial liquids between the cells. It helps to reduce inflammation, liquid retention and is recommended after a long travel. The cost for this massage is 95 USD for 60 minutes.

Reflexology

This massage is a pressure point therapy focused on the feet. It helps to restore health and bring balance to organs and systems of the body with by stimulating the reflex point at the feet. The cost for this massage is 95 USD for 60 minutes.

Cellular memory facilitator

This is an emotional, mental, and physic therapy which works with the reprogramming of the cells memory, allowing release of old traumas, and offering new information for the future. It's the consultant totally conscious guided by the facilitator who finds and solve the old trauma that affect the present of that person. The cost for this massage is 95 USD for 90 minutes.

  • 1 daily meditation session
  • 2 daily Hatha yoga classes
  • 3 daily vegan and vegetarian meals plus unlimited coffee and tea
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Beverages from the bar
  • Private yoga classes
  • Spa treatments

Driving directions from San José International Airport (SJC)

  • Take direction to the Guapiles Limon Highway.
  • Once you get to Limon, please follow directions to Cahuita and Puerto Viejo.
  • About five miles after passing the Cahuita National Park’s entrance, you’ll find a street in your right hand side just between the gas station of Hone Creek and the supermarket “Pali”.
  • Samasati’s entrance’s gate is about half mile inland from the main road.

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at San José International Airport (SJC). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Samasati Nature will pick you up from the airport for 52 USD.

  • Review by Mila
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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 transformative 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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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 and theoretical have 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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Mark
    10 out of 10

    "I am very open to learning new things and this course did not disappointed me. 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
    10 out of 10

    "I had the privilege 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 is a teacher like Stephanie who dedicates her live to transform peoples lives. She allows her genuine self to be present every time she teaches. Her classes are alwats 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
    10 out of 10

    "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 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
    10 out of 10

    "I was reflecting on the past three weeks about 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
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing time at the Hari-Om yoga teacher training 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 three 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 200-hour course, in the jungle, so remember that when you sign-up. For me the seclusion was exactly what I wanted and needed, and I don't think I've ever felt so blissed out. I will for sure remember my 200-hour YTT experience with Hari-Om at the Samasati Nature Retreat in Costa Rica for the rest of my life."

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  • Review by Carolyn Stevens
    10 out of 10

    "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.
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "For me, the 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-hour thing, the 500-hour 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 a renewed enthusiasm for my teaching and the desire to expand and grow, which I had lost."

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  • Review by Sally Knopp
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    9 out of 10

    "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
    9 out of 10

    "A part of my heart is still there, where the time stopped for 21 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 when I close 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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