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8 Days Roots and Wings Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Rancho Margot, Alajuela, El Castillo - Fonda Vela, Carretera a Reserva de Monteverde, Puntarenas - Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Bodhi Street, Nosara 50206

Overview

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

This retreat is a journey throughout Costa Rica, from misty mountain enchantments to sweet escapes by the sea. You will begin your adventure just beyond the base of the idealized Arenal Volcano, enjoying relaxed, blissful soaks in La Fortuna’s steamy thermal hot springs, along with a gentle mix of Natura’s yoga rituals and relaxing nature hikes to ground your energy and settle into the journey.

Highlights

  • 2 yoga and meditation sessions daily
  • Join the sacred dance and group ceremony
  • Professional guiding through remarkable destinations
  • 3 guided nature hikes and a jeep boat ride over Lake Arenal
  • Experience a sustainability tour relax on hot springs
  • A guided night hike and yoga on paddle boards
  • Daily breakfast, dinner, and most lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Rancho Margot

Bar and restaurant

The bar is the center of Rancho Margot’s evening life. Guests gather in wooden booths and saddle up to the well-stocked bar. The cozy atmosphere attracts both guests and local residents, creating an opportunity for great conversation as well as dancing. Often, Rancho has live music, visiting musicians, and instruments available for guests to use and share their talents with.

Bungalows

Resting on the hills and slopes of the ranch valley and tucked within the lush landscape, you will find 17 deluxe bungalows that sleeps one to five people, has orthopedic mattresses, and has a wrap-around terrace. Each bungalow is equipped with its own hammock, private bathroom with shower, handmade soaps, ceiling fan, and mosquito netting.

Bunkhouse dormitory

The 20-room dormitory-style bunkhouse is the perfect lodging option for student groups, educational programs, retreats, and budget-minded travelers who want to spend the majority of their time enjoying the ranch and the outdoors. Each room is a double occupancy rooms with a bunk bed, orthopedic mattresses, and has a large window opening to rain forest. The rooms are all equipped with lockable boxes, communal terrace with hammock, and five shared bathrooms and showers.

Hiking trails

A variety of trails catering to different abilities and interests wind throughout Rancho Margot’s 400-acre or 176-hectare property. A steep 15-minute hike leads to the Mirador or view point, where you will encounter a spectacular panoramic view of the Arenal volcano, the Guanacaste mountain range, Lake Arenal, and the ranch valley below.

The well-maintained Phoenix Trail winds through dense tropical forest and commands excellent views of the valley. A flat-earthed path follows the banks of a small lake on the property, perfect for meditative walks, and bird watching. The concrete paths that loop throughout the botanical garden are also well suited for relaxing strolls and admiring the flora and fauna, including the growing collection of orchids. Rancho Margot is also a departure point for visitors interested in hiking or horseback riding to Monteverde.

Natural pools

The pools are built with river rocks and filled with pure, untreated crystalline water from natural springs that cascade from the mountain. Rancho has two spring-fed cold pools, one with a vanishing edge where you could look to the sky and see a towering mountain of a primary forest.

The adjacent warm pool sits beneath a tree-shaped roof with a tree trunk sculpture at its center. The pool is heated with excess energy production when available.

Ranch restaurant

Simplicity and sustainability define the philosophy of food at Rancho Margot. The foods are grown, harvested, and prepared by hand. Some extra additions are sourced locally within the small community.

Toucan lounge

The Toucan lounge is just one of the several intimate venues around the property that invite you to relax and enjoy. This open-air lounge, well-appointed with cushioned wicker love seats and armchairs, invites you to stop and absorb the beauty of the natural environment.

Hotel Fonda Vela

Jacuzzi, bar, and pool

Since 2010, an upgraded indoor swimming pool and two Jacuzzis, a bar, and a pool table was added to Fonda Vela's facilities. These are perfect for all ages, overlooking the green and abundant forest, where you can enjoy bird watching. Fonda Vela has happy a hour everyday from 17:00 to 18:00 at the pool bar.

The two Jacuzzis fit four to six people and are excellent after a long hike in the area and encouraging couples or families to get together and relax. The pool is perfect for a good exercise before dinner, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the sunset. Fonda Vela offers lockers, dressers, showers, and restrooms at the first level for the best comfort of guests.

Junior suite

If you prefer spacious rooms, these rooms will be your best choice. Junior suites have private bath, mini bar, telephone, coffee maker, and cable television.

Restaurant

Hotel Fonda Vela has two restaurants. The elegant and spacious Galleria seats 100 and has walls of large windows with beautiful and tropical views. Sometimes, cute and wild animals come to the windows to watch the diners. The cozy Fireside Room seats 40 and is accentuated by the crackle and dancing flames of a wood-burning fireplace.

Terrace seating on the balcony offers views of the Gulf of Nicoya. The sunsets are truly beautiful. The Canopy Bar is a full service bar offering Fonda Vela's own exotic beverages. The bar's television, of course, brings you the current sports events.

Standard room

All standard rooms have private bath, mini bar, telephone, coffee maker, and cable television.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

Bodhi house

Includes two king bedrooms, two full en suite bathrooms with walk-in closets, air conditioner, Wi-Fi, outdoor lounge, wet bar, and private pool.

Boutique

With a fusion of local and international designers, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort has created one of the most exclusive boutiques in Guiones. They feature yoga wear, beach wear, locally-made essences, accessories, and the perfect surfing bikini. Visit anytime between 10:00 and 18:00 for a spectacular shopping experience.

Dining experience

Secluded within the natural ambiance of the jungle, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort strives to use natural and fresh ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle. By gathering ingredients harvested from nature, stimulating individual well-being on a ground level can allow ones health to blossom.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort offers an array of hot and refreshing cold soups, an excellent buffet of veggies and salads, organic chicken, fish, and vegan options. They also cater to any pallet as a personalized service suits all your special dietary needs. Organic wine and artisan beer are available for purchase with your dinner.

Double room with shared bathroom

Includes two personal beds, shared bathroom, open-air shower, air conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a safe for personal belongings.

Gym

Whether you are an experienced athlete, looking to take your yoga or surfing to the next level, or just want to break a sweat, the Bodhi Tree Fitness Facility can accommodate and challenge you. The combination of strength, power, flexibility, stamina, and endurance will help you not only look better, but also feel better. Bodhi tree offers a new dimension in the forum of a functional fitness facility that can be utilized in perfect harmony with the rest of your body or mind wellness modalities.

Juice bar

Indulge yourself with the benefits of fresh juices, all natural smoothies, healthy snacks, or simply enjoy the terrific Costa Rican coffee in the beautiful juice bar. The chakra juices and smoothies are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Revitalize after a yoga class or a surf session with an energy boost.The juice bar is open daily from 09:00 18:00.

King bungalow

Includes a king size bed, open-air shower, balcony, air conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a safe for personal belongings.

Queen bungalow

Includes one queen size bed and one twin bed, open air shower, balcony, air conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a safe for personal belongings.

Single room with shared bathroom

Includes one twin bed, shared bathroom, open air shower, air conditioner, Wi-Fi, and a safe for personal belongings.

Yoga studio

The yoga shalas are the perfect backdrop to any yoga class. Feel the breeze caress your skin as you gaze out over the jungle and beyond the ocean. With hardwood floors, 360-degree views, there is no better spot to take a deep exhale.

Your roots and wings journey will start at La Fortuna’s steamy thermal hot springs. From there, you will voyage onward by boat crossing the vast Lake Arenal before moving over to the enchanting mountain town of Monteverde, where the living wonders of the mystic cloud forests await.

Get ready for a fun and a fabulous awakening, as the activities in Monteverde are sure to take your breath away. You will be flying free through the forest canopy by zip lining on Latin America’s longest zip lines. After that, you will be guided through the forest with a local guide, learning about Monteverde’s unique ecosystem, colorful bird life, and wild habitation from an expert naturalist.

You will also have a day to explore the local area for yourself and do as you wish. Natura can help you plan an optional tour or activity, like a day at the spa, or sunset horseback ride. After saying goodbye to the lovely green mountain, you will take a mini tour of Costa Rica’s diverse countryside on the journey down to the sand and sea.

Get ready for a sunset yoga, deep, relaxing asanas in the sand, and test your patience and balance with lessons on the water via stand-up paddle board yoga in Nosara. Say yes to tropical fruit smoothies, heavenly beach walks, afternoon naps in a hammock, and the blessing of rising to shine every morning as you fly to new grounds.

You will enjoy the soothing natural hot springs, taking in precious volcanic views, explore the lush vegetation on a day hike into Arenal National Park, milk a cow or two, tour the sustainable farm, medicinal herb gardens, and a variety of outdoor activities to get in touch with nature and the local way of life.

Voyaging onward via boat over Lake Arenal to the misty Cloud Forest of Monteverde, you will have time to relax prior to your night hike exploring the nocturnal side of the forest. If there ever was such a thing as fairies and dragons, they exist here among the wild orchids and fireflies.

Lastly, you will end your journey along the tropical shores of Nosara for beach time, yoga on paddle boards, and more magical wonders. Known for its spectacular natural beauty and the host of wildlife thriving within the jungles, here is where you can definitely get the chance to mingle with the monkeys, splash in warm waves, and soak up the tropical sunlight.

This journey is designed to nourish and empower you from the ground up. You will take a transformative journey along the rainbow within exploring the seven main energy centers of the body, known as chakras, and their corresponding elemental forces, earth, water, fire, air, ether, sound, light, and consciousness.

Each day the focus changes from one energy center to the next, you will dive into another layer of your being, transforming yourselves from the inside out with daily yoga practices to experience and fully embody the sacred elements within you. You will learn how to cultivate and harness the power of each element and its corresponding energy center, empowering you to rise into your full expansion and authentic freedom.

Using rituals and ceremonies to ignite and sustain the process, this journey will give you the tools to stay grounded, connected to source, rising into your own power, and united with universal consciousness. You will learn and experience the effects of pranayama (breathing exercises), guided meditations, asanas (body postures), mantras (sound vibrations), and mudras (body gestures), along with daily practices to help balance each individual energy center for a harmonious whole.

You will learn to recognize where you may be imbalanced or blocked and how simple, practical techniques can help you ground, go with the flow, re-energize, act from the heart, speak the truth, and open to your highest connection.

Circle and connection

Creating a circle has always been a way for communities to come together for healing, empowerment, and guidance, so it is with Natura. Becoming part of a sacred circle encourages each of you to be present, improve your listening skills, speak your own truths, support each other throughout the journey, and learn from one another’s experiences.

Dance and song

Throughout the ages and across the globe, dance and song have been a direct link to experiencing the divine. Your portal to the heavenly realms exists within you and Natura wants to create the platform for your liberation and ascension. Even if you are not a big mover and a shaker, or the thought of expanding your voice scares you, Natura promises the experience will be a journey itself.

Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow

The word Hatha is a combination of ha, meaning sun and tha, meaning moon. Through your daily Hatha yoga practice you will unite the masculine or solar and feminine or lunar aspects of yourself. The practice is a combination of balancing the yin or relaxation with the yang or action. The Vinyasa flow allows for the various yoga postures or asanas, to flow into each other seamlessly through the breath.

Ritual and ceremony

You will use ritual and ceremony during your journeys to help you ground, become present to your own power in the moment, ignite your intentions, and open up to the flow of spirit. Some of your daily rituals stem from traditional practices of purification, such as cleansing with sage, incorporating mantra and mudra with meditation, or calling upon all forces prior to creating circle, ceremony, and honoring the sacred earth.

During this retreat, you will have three professional guided nature hikes through Arenal National Park, Monteverde Reserve, and Manuel Antonio National Park and a guided night hike in Monteverde. You will also have a sustainability tour and get the chance to experience cow milking, visit medicinal gardens, and more.

  • Hannah Donkersloot

    Hannah is an artist, natural horsewoman, and spiritual explorer deepening her roots and expanding her wings in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Raised in a small fishing town in Southwest Alaska, Hannah grew up with a great sense of wonder of the world and affinity to the wild. In college, Hannah studied art, dance, yoga, theater, philosophy, astronomy, biology, and natural horsemanship. After completing a degree in fine arts with a minor in biology from the University of Montana in 2007, Hannah lived and traveled around the world.

This retreat will be held in Rancho Margot, Alajuela, El Castillo, Fonda Vela, Carretera a Reserva de Monteverde, Puntarenas, and Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Bodhi Street, Nosara, Costa Rica.

Rancho Margot nearby places

  • Corcovado - 8.5 hours driving
  • La Fortuna - 40 minutes driving
  • Manuel Antonio - 4.5 hours driving - 18 minutes flight
  • Montezuma - 5 hours driving
  • Puntarenas - 3 hours driving
  • Samara or Nosara - 4 hours driving
  • San Jose - 3 hours driving

During this retreat you will be served daily breakfast, dinners, and most lunches. Four lunches during the travel days are not included in the price. Natura's menu offers healthy and typical foods featuring local seasonal fruits and vegetables served up fresh, along with your choice of fish or poultry, choices in line with sustainable consumption.

A typical Costa Rican dish, or casado, features rice and beans, local cheese, fried plantains, salad, and your choice of meat. Natura respects all dietary preferences and they suggest that if you would like to eat meat during your journey, try the chicken or fish choices that in the long run help keep the ecosystems available to support the diversity of life that thrives in Costa Rica.

As for enjoying alcoholic beverages, Natura wants you to enjoy a frosty Pina Colada at sunset on the beach or a glass of sparkling wine with dinner. Natura only asks that you drink responsibly.

Rancho Margot

Canopy zip line tours (45 USD to 77 USD per person)

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, try a canopy zip line. You will ride across the rain forest canopy using a circuit of zip lines stretching over canyons and between treetops.

Canyoneering tours (99 USD per person, minimum of two people)

Canyoneering in Costa Rica is more than just a waterfall rappel, it is a very active and physical sport where you use your whole body to make your way down a beautiful river canyon and hike through the deep Costa Rica rain forest.

El Mirador horseback tour (55 USD per person for two hours, minimum of two people)

Leave from the stables and enjoy breathtaking views of 60,000 hectares of rain forest, Lake Arenal, Arenal Volcano, Cerro Chato, Volcan Tenorio, Miravalles, and Rincon de La Vieja.

Hanging bridges (24 USD per person)

There are 16 bridges in total, 10 of them are regular or static bridges and vary in length from eight to 22 meters. Six are hanging or suspension bridges and are 48 to 98 meters long. The hanging bridges have an elegant and safe design and were constructed according to the latest and most modern techniques.

Lake Arenal horseback tour (55 USD per person for two hours, minimum of two people)

This tour takes you around the south side of Lake Arenal. Cross the river into the rain forest for views of the volcano, while experiencing some of the most impressive flora, fauna, birds ,and terrain that Costa Rica has to offer.

Lake Arenal kayak tour (55 USD per person for two hours, minimum of two people)

Head out to the edge of Lake Arenal where adventure and relaxation awaits. Kayak toward the Arenal Volcano while exploring the abundance of life living within the many inlets you pass on the way.

Rio Celeste National Park (115 USD per person, minimum of two people)

Hike through the dense, lush, tropical rain forest that surrounds the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes where you and your nature guide can go at your own pace and learn interesting things about the rain forest along the way. When you arrive at Los Tenideros, where two rivers come together, you will be amazed at the celestial turquoise blue water color. You will finish off with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and then head back to La Fortuna.

The ranch tour (35 USD per person)

The two-hour guided ranch tour is filled with interesting discoveries and explores all aspects behind the sustainable and self-sufficient practices of Rancho Margot.

Whitewater rafting tours (70 USD to 150 USD per person, minimum of two people)

When it comes to Whitewater rafting, Rancho offers a ton of possibilities for day trips, combo packages, and transit trips en route back to San Jose.

Venado caves (80 USD per person, minimum of two people)

During your guided tour of the caves, you will see limestone rock formations, bats, monochrome frogs, fish, spiders, crickets, and a variety of marine fossils. You may get a little wet, due to the waterfall and river, so it is advised to wear light, quick-drying clothes. The tour is led by a bilingual guide and lasts around one and a half hours.

Hotel Fonda Vela

Canopy tours or zip lines

The opportunity to ascend into the forest canopy using modified techniques which were previously done by canyon climbers. This experience provides an enjoyable adventure zipping from tree to tree.

C.A.S.E.M.

At the women artist cooperative in Monteverde, you can find hand crafted souvenirs such as stationary, jewelry, and t-shirts decorated with the famous Quetzal. Open from 08:00 to 17:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00.

Coffee tour

A three-hour tour through a coffee plantation and its processing plant, as well as visiting the coffee roaster. Tours are at 07:30, 09:30, 12:30, and 14:30.

Ficus trail

This is a combination of primary and secondary forest, located right next to the Fonda Vela property, becomes a great spot to observe a large variety of birds, mammals, and flora. Offering different tour, the night tours start at 17:30. Bird watching tour starts at 06:00.

Frog pond or ranario

At the herpentarium you can admire over 20 species of frogs and other amphibians. Open from 09:00 to 20:30.

Horseback riding (minimum of two hours)

A lovely way to see the area with a local guide riding through forest and fields. Witness the views of the Gulf of Nicoya.

The Butterfly Garden

This is a study center and outdoor garden full of many stunning butterflies, including the blue morpho. Open from 09:00 to 16:00.

The Monteverde Cheese Factory

Here they produce the tastiest cheeses in Costa Rica. The cheese making process can be witnessed through the observatory window. Tours are available at 09:00 and 14:00, except on Sunday.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest

A private biological reserve dedicated to the conservation of the rare flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. The reserve is 26,000 acres and is an important link in the growing network of protected areas in Costa Rica. Fonda Vela is one of the closest hotels to the reserve. Guided tours are at 07:30.

The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

This reserve is quiet and less traveled. It is located three and a half miles away. It offers beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano on clear days. All proceeds go to the improvement of regional education.

Trapiche tour

The old time process or extracting juice from sugar cane is one of the jibs that best represents Tico culture. Tours are at 09:30 and 14:30.

Walk on the bridges

Suspended bridges, platforms and paths within the forest that allow walking through the canopy tree tops. A lifetime experience.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

ATV tours

Choose from five different ATV adventures, all tours include fruits and water

  • Nosara tour, a two-hour cruise along the lush Nosara hills and rivers keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.
  • White Rock waterfall tour, a four-hour journey up to Pilas Blancas and back to the waterfalls for a refreshing swim.
  • Coffee tour, a four-hour tour taking you across the Nosara hills to a coffee plantation.
  • Pura Vida tour, a five-hour tour exploring the gorgeous coastline, mountains, beaches, and jungle trails.
  • Black Hills tour, an eight-hour full-day adventure tour exploring the real beauty of Guanacaste.

Boca Nosara wildlife and birding kayaking tour

The Rio Nosara and Rio Montana are the two largest rivers in Nosara where these two rivers converge, you will find a tremendous amount of natural beauty. For nature lovers and those who like to kayak, this is quite simply the best tour in Nosara. Kayak alongside great blue herons, anhingas, roseate spoonbills, and maybe even a few crocodiles.

On this adventure, you will be surrounded by the exquisite sounds of the jungle as you weave through mangrove tunnels no wider than your boat. Cap off your trip with an ice-cold watermelon or a sunset cerveza at the Boca.

Canopy zip lining tour

Enjoy the longest canopy tour in the world located within a pristine 2,500-acre forest reserve. This tour is nestled in the mountains surrounding the village of Nosara and will be a highlight of your trip. You will travel across majestic mountain ridges and soar high above multiple ravines with breathtaking views of rivers, waterfalls, and the Pacific Ocean.

The final stage emerges from the serene forest, crosses high above the beautiful Nosara River and sails directly into a disco-bar on the top floor of a five-story architectural wonder. Suitable for nature lovers, adventurers, families, and all who wish to experience the ultimate zip lining adventure.

Horseback riding

This tour will take you from the river up to the hills with breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, and mangroves. The horses will guide you through jungle trails and along the beaches of Nosara and Ostional. This adventure will last for two and a half to three and a half hours over which time you will be informed about local plants and their medicinal use, local wildlife like howler monkeys, and a large variety of birds. All horses are friendly, reliable, and trained by an expert. All levels of horse handling and riding experience welcome.

Nosara refuge for wildlife

Founded in January of 1999, this refuge has been home to injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife from Nosara and the Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica. You can visit the refuge by advanced reservation, as a health precaution to the animals, the refuge requires visitors to be in Costa Rica for at least three days before visiting.

Your visit will include a tour of the refuge facilities, an opportunity to meet many of their current guests and long term residents up close. This tour provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about the efforts taken to protect the native wildlife of Costa Rica and what steps the incredible volunteers at SIBU are taking to care for the injured and orphaned wildlife.

Stand-up paddle mangrove tour

Stand-up paddle the serene waters of the Rio Montana and Rio Nosara, weaving your way through mangrove tunnels to a hidden trail that leads out to Playa Nosara. This is a stand-up paddling adventure that will peacefully blow your mind. Best of all, it is accessible to everyone and they will do all they can to make sure you have a successful experience in the water.

Stand-up paddle ocean lessons

Paddle around Garza’s northern headland to the fabled Isla Rosada, visit the tucked away Coco beach, explore the outer reefs of south Guiones or cruise the Garza bay. Depending on local conditions, your ocean paddling experience will be crafted to you and your group's skill level. During the trip, you will increase your knowledge of the ocean, all while enhancing your stand-up paddle boarding skills and confidence.

Turtles - Ostional

The Ostional wildlife refuge in Costa Rica was created in 1984 to protect the nesting site of the olive ridley sea turtle. This location is one of the largest mass nesting destinations globally. The week before the new moon, hundreds and sometimes hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach to dig their eggs into the black volcanic sand.

Turtles nest at Ostional year round, but peak months occurs from August through December. The phenomenon of arribadas or mass nesting, occurs regularly once or twice a month. If you are lucky, you may have the incredible opportunity to see this biological miracle.

Waterfall and wildlife adventure hike

Experience one of Nosara’s hidden gems. This tucked away waterfall destination is a refreshing treat following a moderate 45-minute hike. This hike involves crossing a creek, traversing a cattle farm, and weaving through a primary canopy of tropical dry forest.

Stop along the way to interpret the sights, sounds, and smells of everything around you before discovering a series of brilliant swimming holes and small waterfalls. Bask in the cool water and natural beauty of the site until you’re sufficiently refreshed. Depending on the time of year, it’s even possible to hike upriver through the waterfalls. Returning from the falls you will be greeted with an organic picnic lunch and refreshments. This tour is documented with photos. All-terrain shoes, swimsuits, and hats are suggested.

Massage treatments can be booked at additional costs.

  • 1 guided night hike
  • 2 yoga and meditation sessions daily
  • 3 guided nature hikes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A jeep and boat ride over Lake Arenal
  • A sustainability tour
  • All transfers upon arrival
  • Daily breakfast, dinner, and most lunches
  • Sacred dance and group ceremony
  • Yoga on paddle boards
  • 4 lunches on given travel days
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Natura will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Natura an inquiry.

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Arrival: Sunday December 11, 2016
Departure: Sunday December 18, 2016

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