8 Days Wellness Rejuvenation and Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

  • Blue Spirit Costa Rica, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Overview

Reflective Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Join Marjorie in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica for the fifth annual yoga retreat. This is your chance to experience a transformative and educational retreat which gives you the opportunity to take a step on a path to greater health and well-being. In addition to practicing yoga daily, you’ll have plenty of time to nourish yourself and languor in the wondrously lush biodiversity of Costa Rica. Just get away with this reflective retreat!

    Highlights

    • Yoga sessions
    • Meditation sessions
    • Daily wellness workshops
    • Enjoy the Pacific side of Costa Rica
    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • Plant-based meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 18.

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Eco cottage

    The Eco cottages sit a few minute walk down the hill from Blue Spirit’s main building. The cottages are made from natural wood and surrounded by lush vegetation. Each cottage sleeps two people and has a private bathroom. All cottage electricity is solar-powered.

    Hermitage single room

    Hermitage rooms are in the main building and have a queen-sized beds and private bathrooms. Many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean, and others of the nearby mountains. The private baths will have brand new solar hot water facilities in 2017. The Hermitage rooms will also have air conditioners. These rooms are perfect for solo travelers or couples.

    Nature suites

    These separate individual structures have air conditioners and private bathroom with outdoor shower facilities. Each Nature suite has either a double bed (king size) or two twin beds and a separate enclosed porch with a desk. The Nature suites are a short two minute walk from Blue Spirit’s main building.

    Note: This room option is only available from January 14 to January 21, 2017. The price for single occupancy is 3175 USD and the price for double occupancy is 2700 USD per person.

    Facilities

    • Cafe
    • Hairdryers
    • Spa
    • Saltwater infinity pool
    • Store
    • Wi-Fi

    This retreat is open to all levels of yoga students, and beginners are welcome. In addition to practicing yoga and meditation daily (from Sunday to Friday), you’ll have plenty of time to nourish yourself and languor in the wondrously lush biodiversity of Costa Rica. From the Pacific side of Costa Rica, you’ll enjoy the elements in harmony:

    • Space: Observe and experience the beautiful, lush expanse in Costa Rica, a country rich in biodiversity.
    • Air: Feel the tropical Pacific breeze tickle your skin.
    • Fire: Bask in the warmth of the sun, nature’s profoundly transformative gift, as we practice yoga just steps from the ocean.
    • Water: Swim in the Pacific Ocean, wade in jungle waterfalls, and soak in Blue Spirit’s infinity pool.
    • Earth: Walk barefoot along the beach and become grounded in your essence.
    • Marjorie Nass

      In Marjorie's quest for health and wellness, she found yoga and was surprised at how effectively the poses got her out of her head. The benefits of yoga were so profound for her that she wanted to share its healing effects with others. Thus, she began her path as a yoga teacher. When her yoga studies led her to Ayurveda, she started folding India’s mind-body science into her personal practice, along with her classes and workshops.

    Costa Rica is a destination internationally renowned for its friendly and genuine people and spectacular nature. While it may seem remote, Costa Rica is easily accessible from the United States and Canada and attracts more eco-friendly and holistically oriented tourism each year.

    Costa Rica occupies a territory of around 20,000 square miles in the southern part of Central America and includes several small islands mostly on the Pacific side. The country is only about 200-mile long and 70-mile wide at the narrowest part with 2 long coastlines.

    Even though Costa Rica is a very small country and only accounts for about 0.25% of world’s landmass, it has almost 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Much of the country is set aside forever into protected national parks, wildlife refuges, and nature reserves.

    Nearby places

    • Bank and ATM - 10 minutes by car
    • English-speaking doctor and dentist offices - 15 minutes by car
    • Hospital - 45 minutes by car
    • San Jose - 45 minutes by car

    3 delicious plant-based meals per day will be served in this retreat. Locally caught fish is served several nights at dinner.

    The following meals are included:

    • Lunch
    • Horseback riding
    • Kayaking
    • SUP
    • Zip line canopy tours

    The resort offers spa, longevity, and massage treatments at an extra cost.

    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • All meals
    • Daily meditation classes
    • Daily wellness workshops
    • Daily yoga sessions
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfer by shuttle
    • Gratuity for Blue Spirit Yoga Center staff (60 USD)
    • Massage and bodywork treatments
    • Optional excursions

    Driving directions from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

    • Exit from Liberia International Airport (LIR).
    • Turn right in direction to Santa Cruz and Nicoya.
    • Follow the paved highway. You will pass through different villages until you reach the outskirts of the town of Nicoya after approximately 65 kilometers or 1 hour.
    • You will come to an intersection with a 4-way red flashing light and there will be signs there indicating a right turn into the town of Nicoya.
    • Make that right turn and drive straight through the town of Nicoya.
    • Stay always on the main road without turning. Drive slowly as there are a lot of pedestrians in this bustling town.
    • As you leave Nicoya on the other side, continue south on the paved road in the direction of Samara. There will be some twists and turns as you pass through different villages, but you stay always on the paved main road.
    • After approximately 30 kilometers, you will see a large gas station on your left. There is also a hardware store and a little soda cafe for snacks and drinks. Stop here and get gas if needed.
    • Shortly after the gas station, the paved road makes a sharp curve to the left. At the apex of that curve, you will notice a small dirt road turning off to the right, downhill.
    • Take this dirt road. It’s the road to Garza, Guiones Beach, and Nosara. It is marked with several signs.
    • Stay on this dirt road for about 20 kilometers. There are, once again, some turns and twists, but stay on the main road. There are also occasional signs that tell you how many kilometers you still have to go to reach Playa Garza, Guiones and Nosara.
    • You will pass through different villages, until you come to a T-intersection. Turn right here in the direction to Playa Garza where you’ll soon meet the ocean on your left.
    • Continue straight through the village and leave Garza behind in the direction of Playa Guiones and Nosara.
    • After approximately 300 meters, you’ll see on your left a gate and the Blue Spirit Costa Rica sign in blue and orange letters.
    • Make a turn to the left and follow the little winding road all the way to the parking lot and main building.

    Driving directions from San Jose International Airport (SJC)

    • Leave San Jose International Airport (SJC) and follow the signs towards San Jose Escazu
    • Stay on this road for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the traffic.
    • Turn right at the intersection and you will see a McDonalds on the far left-hand corner. This is Autopista del Sol or Highway 27.
    • Follow the signs to Caldera and Puntarenas. You will pass the Port of Caldera and once you get to Puntarenas Route 27, turns into Highway 1.
    • Leave Puerto Caldera and travel northeast toward Liberia and Limonal.
    • After 28 kilometers, you will pass the little town of Esparza.
    • Keep on going straight for 6 kilometers, passing the first turn off to Puntarenas, the turn off to Puerto Caldera, and later the second turn off to Puntarenas.
    • Keep going straight for approximately 50 kilometers until you reach the center of Limonal.
    • Leave Limonal to the west and travel toward the Puente de La Amistad (29 kilometers) and Nicoya (63.5 kilometers).
    • Pass over the Puente de la Amistad, which is a bridge and continue for another 21 kilometers until you come to a T-junction.
    • Turn right at the "T" onto the road 21.
    • Follow this road for 13 kilometers and turn left toward the town of Nicoya.
    • Enter Nicoya and drive straight through the town, always staying on the main road without turns. Drive slowly as there are a lot of pedestrians in this bustling town.
    • As you leave Nicoya on the other side, continue south on the paved road in the direction of Samara. There will be some twists and turns as you pass through different villages, but you stay always on the paved main road.
    • After approximately 30 kilometers, you will see a large gas station on your left. There is also a hardware store and a little soda cafe for snacks and drinks. Stop here and get gas if needed.
    • Shortly after the gas station, the paved road makes a sharp curve to the left. At the apex of that curve, you will notice a small dirt road turning off to the right, downhill.
    • Take this dirt road. It’s the road to Garza, Guiones Beach, and Nosara. It is marked with several signs.
    • Stay on this dirt road for about 20 kilometers. There are, once again, some turns and twists, but stay on the main road. There are also occasional signs that tell you how many kilometers you still have to go to reach Playa Garza, Guiones and Nosara.
    • You will pass through different villages, until you come to a T-intersection. Turn right here in the direction to Playa Garza where you’ll soon meet the ocean on your left.
    • Continue straight through the village and leave Garza behind in the direction of Playa Guiones and Nosara.
    • After approximately 300 meters, you’ll see on your left a gate and the Blue Spirit Costa Rica sign in blue and orange letters.
    • Make a turn to the left and follow the little winding road all the way to the parking lot and main building.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Liberia. The transfer to the resort by shuttle is available at an extra cost.

    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Abigail Werwath

      "Before I started to practice yoga with Marjorie, I suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome, along with other physical ailments, and was a bit of a mess. Everything hurt, even the smallest daily activities like brushing my teeth and writing. I was constantly in pain, and every activity in my life was a struggle. I saw a number of doctors and was told surgery was inevitable. One doctor said I would have to give up my job, since my day is spent at the computer. I didn’t realize until after I began practicing yoga just how much pain I’d been living with. Shortly after I began to work with Marjorie, I started to experience pain free hours and then entire days. Today, I’m free of pain most every day, even with a busy schedule, which includes my full-time job, which I got to keep, thanks to yoga! Plus I was able to return to my studies and continue my education. Due to yoga, I’m also now able to live without the fear of pain, because I am empowered with the tools to help myself through any painful periods with the practices I learned."

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    • Review by Mary Connelly

      "Yoga with Marjorie has helped increase my body awareness. Through yoga, I can feel myself literally settling down, which helps me during the day and helps me to sleep more soundly at night. There are other surprising benefits to yoga, one in particular convinced me it really makes a difference. Last winter, when I arrived for our weekly semi-private evening session, I was starting to come down with a terrible cold and felt awful. After the yoga session with Marjorie, I felt 100% better and never got the cold after all!"

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    • Review by Cherry Duke

      "Before starting yoga with Marjorie, my body felt weak, and I often experienced pain in my knees. I felt tentative when moving too quickly or hurrying down the stairs to catch the subway in New York City, because I was scared at any moment my knee might give way beneath me. I actually felt old, even though I’m under 40. Yoga has given me greater strength throughout my entire body. It is definitely easier to maintain my weight, and I feel younger and more alive. I no longer feel tentative when I have to hustle around town, as my legs are now stronger, and the pain in my joints has decreased. In addition, as a professional opera singer, the yoga and breathing has been very helpful for my voice. My voice teacher has been very impressed with the progress I’ve made in the way that I use my body. Yoga has become a source of spiritual enrichment and community as well. Quite simply, yoga makes me happy, and taking yoga class with Marjorie is something I love to share with friends."

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    • Review by Jane Cytryn

      "Marjorie is an amazing teacher. She thoughtfully creates an environment that is inspirational and nurturing. I am so grateful to Marjorie; it is because of her teaching, dedication, and support that yoga has become an integral part of my life. Three years ago, I fell while ice skating. Months later, I began to experience shooting pain in my head. The neurologist found no cause of the pain, but my massage therapist noticed some irregularities and sent me to the chiropractor, who found that I had three muscular and alignment injuries. What I was experiencing was referred to pain in my head yet no pain at the actual sight of the injuries. Unhappy with the thought of chiropractic treatments to correct my alignment, I looked to yoga as an alternative. Fortunately, I found Marjorie at Equinox. At the beginning of each class, she would ask if anyone had any issues or injuries. When I told her about my situation, she was able to observe and evaluate the alignment of my entire body, and through her teaching, I was able to realign my body from the inside. When I was finally free of the pain, I went back to the chiropractor for a follow-up. He was amazed and told me that I was now in perfect alignment and incredibly strong. My massage therapist, who is also a physical therapist and acupuncturist, now recommends alignment-based yoga to his clients. He has seen firsthand how one’s body can heal as it returns to its optimum alignment through these yoga principles."

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    • Review by Jeany Wolf

      "When I was first introduced to Marjorie’s class by a friend, I had been practicing with different yoga teachers over the years. What Marjorie offered seemed unique. Since the class I take is a therapeutics class, her attention to individual issues is heightened more than usual. My particular issue is a torn ACL, for which I chose not to do surgery. What I continue to learn from Marjorie is a real understanding of how the body moves and what is done habitually to cause pain, and how to work with individual conditions. I’ve learned to feel and find my back and side ribs in breathing. It’s thrilling to internalize her teachings and make them a part of my own consciousness. This all became so apparent when I was commuting between LA and NY and was unable to go to class. I was out of touch with my body and falling too frequently. Now that I’ve been back for over a year, my increased sense of strength and balance is a tribute to Marjorie and her teaching. Also, I returned with a new problem centered on my shoulders. Much work was done to improve this impingement, and Marjorie always offers alternative positions. The light within truly honors the light within, Marjorie."

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    • Review by Jill Danzig

      "Three years ago, I wandered into Marjorie’s therapeutics class in search of some way to keep up my yoga practice despite painful shoulder problems. At that point, my shoulder inhibited me from doing most yoga poses, which meant the rest of my body couldn’t get the relief it needed. I was in search of a way to do yoga in spite of my shoulder. What I found in Marjorie’s class was guidance on how to use my shoulder to do yoga in ways that didn’t create pain. There were many months when the only times I was free from pain were after Marjorie’s classes. Rather than irritating my condition, Marjorie’s classes helped me develop an understanding of what aggravated my pain- and the painless alternatives that were available to me. They allowed me to create a safe path to working with my injury and being able to use my shoulder in new and liberating ways. And while helping me create more space around my injury, the rest of my body was freed up. I continue the therapeutics classes now, even while attending more physically challenging yoga classes. There is so much to learn from Marjorie!"

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    • Review by Camille Gargiso

      "Marjorie’s semiprivate therapeutics sessions are more like one-to-one teaching. Her concentration on each of her students with the just-right adjustment to a pose makes for a very personal and special yoga class in her warm and welcoming studio. I’m fortunate to have attended two therapeutics sessions and saw immediate results in my practice. If you’re looking to have a clearer understanding of alignment principles and how you can feel the difference in a pose when you’re in alignment, then Marjorie is the teacher for you. There’s no one better!"

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    • Review by Katya S.

      "I am doing really well - an amazing difference between the last pregnancy recovery and this one. Not much swelling at all, weight coming off fast, and not much pain. I was remembering the other day that after I delivered my first daughter four years ago, during my first proper shower at home, I could not wash my hair thoroughly because I could not keep my hands up long enough. This time, I am strong, confident, and flexible. I know this is mainly due to yoga and the work that you and I have done on my body and mind. A great big thank you to Marjorie! My daughter is a wonderfully chilled-out baby; she’s very calm and very sweet, eating well and sleeping well."

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    • Review by Laura P.

      "Initially, I began taking Marjorie’s New York City yoga classes and found that her online courses are a way of taking the yoga off the mat. Through what I learned in her tele-courses, I am taking better care of myself, cooking more, and sharing some of the simple tips with my 9-year-old daughter. The changes I make impact her health for the better, as well as my own."

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    • Review by Elizabeth Gonzales

      "Marjorie’s alignment teachings have helped me manage TMJ (temporomandibular joints) pain. After taking one of her classes, I was given the tools I needed to find ease in my shoulder and neck muscles. I found incredible length throughout my spine, and the quality of my breath was enhanced. My home practice has deepened and transformed since I started taking classes with Marjorie."

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    • Review by Martha Roth

      "Marjorie is a gifted teacher with an eagle’s eye and a healer’s heart. I especially enjoy the semi-private classes at her lovely home studio. It is the best combination of personalized attention with the energy of like-minded yogis. And Dempsey (her dog) is always available for an assist when you need him!"

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    California, United States

    Majorie Nass is a yoga teacher who offers customized wellness coaching, health workshops, yoga classes, and yoga retreats.

    Speaks English

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