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8 Days Embodying Joy: A Deep and Delicious Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica with Jurian Hughes

Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, 800 Mts SW From Minisuper Pavas Alajuela Pavas de Carrizal, Costa Rica

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Join Jurian Hughes - senior Kripalu faculty for over a decade, founder of The Yoga of Voice, Let Your Yoga Dance Trainer, speaker, writer, mentor, coach, and an expert retreat leader and movement master - for a deep and delicious week. Jurian, known for her passionate, playful and engaging teaching style, makes everyone feel welcome and at home. You’ll enjoy daily yoga and meditation, delightful dives into fluid movement, soul-filling conversation on the wisdom of yoga both on and off the mat, opportunities for silence as well as play, and plenty of time to simply do nothing at all.

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  • Special workshops
  • Daily all-levels yoga classes
  • Restoring guided meditation sessions
  • Plenty of free time to unwind or explore
  • 7 nights accommodation from simple to luxurious
  • Access to the pool, fitness center and Wi-Fi
  • 3 mouthwatering meals per day
  • Complimentary airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 28
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Enchanting accommodations can be scattered across meticulously landscaped grounds. Each is designed to delight with views of lush gardens and majestic mountains.


This eco-chic 6-sided tent-bungalows are the ultimate for nature lovers. It comes with comfortable beds, relaxing lounge area, electricity, space to store clothes, and plenty of mountain air. Attractive shared baths surrounded by gardens are steps away. King bed or two twin beds.

Deluxe room

Deluxe rooms include 2 twins or 1 King sized bed, private baths and either a private patio or balcony with outdoor seating. All rooms have a coffee maker.

Prana Suite

The newly renovated Prana Suite is modern and sleek with sliding picture windows that open to a private balcony with spectacular views. It includes King bed, private balcony, bathtub with skylight, sitting area, mini-fridge, and coffeemaker.

Lila Suite

Soaring vaulted ceilings, rich natural materials, rustic woods, and creamy natural fabrics lend the spacious Lila Suite a crisp, modern air. The Lila Suite has a large private balcony with two hammocks surrounded by lush, verdant foliage. It includes a King sized bed, mini-fridge, shower, bathtub, lounge area, and coffee maker.

Zendo Suite

A wraparound balcony and huge picture windows make magnificent panoramic views a main feature of the Zendo Suite. It has a glass shower surrounded by greenery brings in the beauty of nature while still affording privacy. It includes a King sized bed, vaulted ceilings, and coffee maker.


Appropriate for all levels of yoga experience (and fitness), Jurian offers something for everyone - yoga both enlivening and restorative, with posture modifications and options to suit your body, meditation, pranayama, and daily opportunities to explore, swim, soak in the hot tub. Besides experiencing the joy of like-minded community, you will also have a quiet time for healing massage, private reflection, and peaceful solitude.

Dive into the restoring practices of yoga, meditation and guided intuitive movement, and discover…joy. You do not need to be an experienced practitioner of yoga to attend. Feel free to bring partners and friends who may or may not wish to participate in all sessions, or come on your own. A retreat is a perfect way to take a solo vacation. You will be paired with a roommate if you like. Everyone is welcome!


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Retreat location

Wake up to the sounds of rainforest wildlife and breathtaking views, perched high in the volcanic hills of Alajuela, 4,900 feet above sea level. Pura Vida Retreat and Spa is one of Costa Rica's most sought-after retreat locations, offering eight acres of natural beauty, exquisitely maintained gardens, outstanding hospitality, and a variety of accommodations to suit your wishes.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Detox juices
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Yogic
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)

Experience a Watsu water massage, relax by the pool, or adventure out to experience a cloud forest canopy zip line, waterfall hike or coffee plantation tour. You may choose to hike to rainforest hot springs, enjoy a skywalk on bridges suspended high above the jungle, go on a whitewater rafting adventure, and more.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All meals from dinner on February 29, 2020 to breakfast March 7, 2020
  • Airport shuttle transfer to and from San Jose International Airport
  • Alignment-based, compassion-centered instructioN
  • Meditation to cultivate inner stillness
  • Enlivening yoga and movement to build strength, stamina, and resilience
  • Dance sessions to connect to your body’s innate wisdom
  • Chanting to raise prana and open the heart
  • Restorative relaxations to release stress
  • Engaging and useful teachings and conversations
  • Tools to embody more joy
  • Opportunities to connect to self and others through partner work, journaling, and group sharing

What's not included

  • Airfare to San Jose
  • Extras such as massage or excursions
  • Gratuities to Pura Vida Retreat Center staff
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please plan to arrive to San Jose International airport (SJO) on February 29, 2020 and depart March 7, 2020. Your retreat begins with 6:30 p.m. dinner on the 29th, followed by a short opening session, and ends with breakfast on the 7th. Check-in time at Pura Vida is 2:00 p.m. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Jurian Hughes will collect participants’ travel plans well in advance and will arrange your airport transfers (included as part of your retreat!).

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday February 29, 2020
Departure: Saturday March 7, 2020

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 200 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before June 15, 2019.


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