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Meditation Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Rejuvenate with a little adventure on the side! Imagine leaving your stress behind and immersing yourself in nature. Listen to the sound of wildlife as you practice yoga in a magnificent open-air pavilion overlooking the Costa Rican mountains while exotic birds fly overhead. It’s the right time to enjoy eating healthy and delicious foods, drinking in the beauty of nature, relaxing with gentle yoga and bodywork, and mixing in exciting excursions in Costa Rica.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Guided and silent meditation in an open air pavilion
  • Swing like Tarzan in the jungle on a waterfalls canopy adventure
  • Catch the glorious sunrise and spectacular Costa Rica sunset
  • Delight in the amazing colours of over 65 bird species
  • 7 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Feel at home cradled by nature amidst the mango trees and sounds of the living forest. The suite is simple and elegant that offers truly relaxing comfort and peace of the mountains that Costa Rica is famous for.

Tastefully designed with unique decor to allow you to enjoy the serenity of your surroundings, each suite comes with its own bath tub, private terrace, and garden with outdoor seating. Hardwood furniture and a ceiling made of teak brings the ambiance of the forest into your room.

The sleeping area has a comfy queen-sized bed, and an additional double bed can be arranged in the living room if needed. Ceiling fans, a refrigerator, coffee and tea maker, phone, complementary snacks, TV, and DVD player.

Newton Campbell Yoga Retreat Costa Rica Program

This retreat will be one full week of complete immersion in a rural Costa Rican eco-retreat and wellness center. The yoga, meditation, and hike give an extra special experience in the natural surroundings in Costa Rica with fresh mountain breeze, wide acreage of open spaces splashed with natural elements and a wealthy wildlife.

This yoga retreat offers two daily yoga classes including guided and silent meditation in a magnificent open-air pavilion overlooking acres of green, lush vegetation of the Costa Rican mountains. You will also enjoy hiking adventures to catch the sunrise, watch the different bird species, and a slow paced afternoon waiting for the sunset.

Included excursions

La Paz Waterfalls and Poas Volcano

Enjoy one full day tour to two popular Costa Rica destinations: La Paz Waterfall gardens and Poas Volcano. La Paz Waterfall gardens give you the opportunity to enjoy lush tropical rainforests, flowing white rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and a variety of birds, butterflies, and flowers. Over three and a half kilometers of hiking trails allows you to take it all in at your own pace.

Then, a visit to Poas Volcano allows you to look into the heart of a live volcano. Although there is no lava flow, the steam arising from the crater and occasional geyser eruptions make this a spectacular sight. You will get a bird’s eye-view approximately 320 meters down into the powerful crater and the deck is practically at the rim of the crater.

Private local waterfall

A half day tour to explore the local waterfall, which is a private local waterfall, 15 minutes from the resort.

Turubari Park

A half day tour to Turubari Park, which is just 15 minutes from the resort. High above the rainforest, Turubari Park is an eco-adventure experience with rain forest tours, an aerial tram, and a tram ride. Turubari is known to have the best canopy tours in all of Costa Rica.


Newton Campbell
Newton Campbell is an experienced registered yoga teacher at the 200 level with more than 15 years of teaching experience. He is co-principal of Triad Yoga and Pilates and created one of the most successful and independent grass roots studios in southern California together with his business partner. He developed his own teaching style known throughout Orange County as “Fig Yoga” that incorporates deep breath work and holding the yoga poses for long periods of time to deepen the experience and increase the benefits of each pose.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Ama Tierra retreat and wellness center nestled on eight acres in the Costa Rican mountains. It is located one hour west of the capital city of San Jose and one hour north of the Central Pacific beaches. It lies on the winding but wonderfully pothole-free Highway 137, 19 kilometers past Puriscal toward Orotina, about an hour’s drive southwest from San José. The retreat center is elevated at 2000 feet, creating an ideal climate which stays between 62 to 84 degrees year round.

Nearby places

  • Capital city of San Jose - 1 hour
  • Central Pacific beaches - 1 hour
  • San Jose - 1 hour
  • Puriscal toward Orotina, 19 kilometers



  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball court nearby
  • Zip lining nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Studio
  • Yoga studio


  • Board rental nearby
  • Car rental
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet


Enjoy some of the freshest foods in all of Costa Rica. You will be served with international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, some home-grown in the organic garden. Feel like home away from home with three family-style meals served daily on the balcony.

Your individual dietary concerns are honored. The dishes are either vegetarian or include fresh fish or hormone-free chicken. Menu for vegan or gluten-free diets can be adapted.

Consultation with a professional herbalist opens a door to self-discovery and new possibilities for helping old problems or temporary illnesses. A registered AHG (American Herbalist Guild) herbalist on-site will help you create a dietary regimen and lifestyle shift, as well as addressing your health problems by using herbal and homeopathic remedies.

This professional consultation can lead you to a diet appropriate for your goals and can help you get started on detoxifying or making dietary changes. Consultation fee is not included in the retreat cost.

The goal is healthful, enjoyable dining. You will feel good about the attention to freshness and wholesome ingredients. Only healthful oils, (no trans-fats) real butter, and local honey are used in food preparation. Often, substituting honey or "dulce" (minimally processed sugar cane) for white sugar. Desserts are homemade and generally light, though the resort cooks also accommodate everybody’s love for chocolate!

First meal starts with dinner on arrival day and ends with breakfast on departure day.


  • Variety of seasonal fruits,
  • Traditional Costa Rican "gallopinto"
  • Fresh farm eggs
  • Whole grain bread
  • Organic coffees and teas

Feel pampered and satisfied. There are also leaner options such as aatmeal with goji berries or yogurt and granola with soaked seeds and flax are also available.


  • Fresh fish
  • Chicken dishes
  • Brown and wild rice

The local cooks serve up delicious dishes. For example, orange or mango chicken with coriander, served with brown and wild rice is one favorite. Or, vegetarian dishes such as spinach enchiladas and vegetarian Thai curry over rice.

A beautiful fresh salad is part of every dinner. Then, enjoy a glass of organic wine or Costa Rican beer with dinner (the only alcohol served on the property). Additional meals can be requested at an additional cost.

Things to do (optional)

Inside AmaTierra, you can:

  • Dip in the pool and lounge with a good book
  • Hike the stream or the pochote tree forest. You can also opt for a guided hike in the hills
  • Horseback riding
  • Movie marathon from a satisfying library of over 250 DVDs on a quiet evening
  • Reflect, meditate, and just be still and renew yourself in nature
  • Relax in a hammock
  • Sign up for a special dance fiestas and enjoy musical evening
  • Sing your heart out, play a piano or guitar, and join in a jam session that happens frequently at the center

If you choose to venture out further, you can:

Bond with horses at Sweet Prince Ranch

It’s a scenic one hour’s drive guided by equine professional psychotherapists Marsha and Mark Friedman to bring you together with some very special horses for a fun, safe, and powerful equine and human bonding experience. The package tour includes drinks and snacks, excludes transportation cost (110 USD per person for 3 hours, 99 USD per 3 or more persons).

Hop on Tarcoles river boat tour

Enjoy riding a 32-foot boat for a pleasant tour through the calm waters of one of the largest rivers in the Central Pacific (45 USD for 2 hours).

Snorkel and relax in Tortuga Island

It’s a tropical white-sand paradise, where you can explore the crystal blue reefs and get a closer look at the sea-life with fins and mask. Other activities on the island include beach volleyball and hiking trails within a private rainforest, offering you a chance to spy on birds, monkeys, insects, and other native Costa Rican creatures.

AmaTierra provides the transportation to Puntarenas, where Calypso Cruises takes you on a comfortable cruise boat to Punta Coral Private Reserve and Tortuga Island. The Calypso Tour includes a delicious lunch, cooked on an open grill, and chilled white wine. A multi-lingual guide will answer questions while you relax and enjoy the ride! (119 USD per person).

Surf in Jacó

Explore one of Costa Rica’s best known surfing beaches, which is just an hour and a half away from the center. If you don’t have any experience to get into action, surfing lessons can be arranged.

Visit nearby San Pablo

It’s a tiny town typical of the campo, the real Costa Rica, where you might see prancing pasatrote horses, a caballero herding his cows, or a "futbol" match in the town square. You can also visit Puriscal, a more bustling town with its market and traditional town square.

Spa treatments

You can enjoy life-enhancing therapies to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Only the best botanical products are used by the resort’s professional therapists.

Amatierra mini-spa

Looking for a shorter treatment to work out some knots from feet, hands, back, or shoulders? Choose from any of the featured mini-spa:

  • Aromatherapy foot bath: Pamper tired feet and remove accumulated toxins in a bath of epsom salts and doTerra aromatherapy oils. Foot massage follows (30 USD).
  • Hands and feet treat: Aromatherapy foot bath, exfoliating scrub, and massage (30 minutes for 40 USD).
  • Head, neck, and shoulders: Relax tension and clear your head (30 minutes for 40 USD). Add aroma foot bath for a luxurious soak (for 15 USD).
  • Manicure: Done at the pool or go into town for a special cultural experience at the salon (12 USD).
  • Pedicure: Also at the pool or in town (22 USD).
  • Uplifting facial: Galvanic current treatment purifies, revitalizes, and keeps the signs of aging at bay. Try it twice for best results (35 minutes for 50 USD).
  • We've got your back!: Aroma treatment for the back, neck, and shoulders (30 minutes for 45 USD).


De-stress and relax with a customized massage for your body’s needs and designed to release tension (60 minutes for 80 USD, classic massage).

Aromatouch special treatment

Personalized aromatherapy massage treatment with doTerra organic essential oils. Reduce stress, balance your nervous system, reduce inflammation, enhance immunity, and detoxify your body (60 minutes for 95 USD).

Deep tissue or sports massage

A massage that works deep to ease knots in muscles and fascia. Sports massage focuses more on limbs and stretches (60 minutes for 80 USD).

You may also chance upon visiting practitioners who specialize in such therapies as acupuncture, cranial sacral, Thai massage, and myofascial release therapy.

What's included

  • 3 exciting excursions including waterfalls canopy adventure
  • 7 nights accommodation in a shared or private casita
  • Airport transfers
  • Bird and butterfly watching
  • Daily meditation, guided and silent
  • Family-style meals served three times daily on the balcony
  • Option to enjoy a movie marathon with over 250 movie collections to choose from
  • Organic wine or Costa Rican beer served during dinner
  • Sunrise and sunset hikes
  • Taxes
  • Use of the resort facilities including infinity-edge pool
  • Welcome dinner and send-off breakfast
  • Yoga classes in a magnificent open-air pavilion, twice daily

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional excursions and transportation costs
  • Boutique items and personal gifts
  • Gratuities (except meals)
  • Spa and treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Driving directions from San Jose International Airport (SJO)

  • From San Jose or Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), there are two ways to go: the new highway and via Ciudad Colon.
  • The new highway cuts off about 15 minutes but does involve a dirt road for about 15 minutes of the journey.

Driving directions from the new highway

  • Once on Highway 27 toward Orotina, which is a toll road, go straight on this road, past the Atenas toll, past "Pan de Azucar", and exit at Escobal.
  • At the top of the exit, turn left, then right.
  • Once you are over the highway, onto the frontage road, follow this to its end which is about one point two kilometers and then, turn left.
  • Stay on this little dirt road for about 15 minutes, over a one lane bridge, until you eventually get to a town called San Pablo, with a town square on the left.
  • Go straight past the town about two to three blocks, past Bazaar Kinito, and you'll see Soda Francini on the right.
  • Turn left there, toward Puriscal, and go uphill.
  • AmaTierra will be on your left side about one kilometer up the road.

Directions from Ciudad Colon

  • Take the road from San Jose to Ciudad Colon.
  • Once you are in Ciudad Colon, look out for a sign saying "no hay paso" that means you're going on to a one way street.
  • Instead, turn right at the gas station.
  • Then left at the next street and you will see a green AmaTierra sign up high (on a car wash building) stating you are 35 kilometers from the hotel.
  • Go to the top of the hill thru the town of Cuidad Colon.
  • Turn left before the road turns to dirt, following paved road.
  • You will see a University of La Paz (Peace) sign on the left.
  • Make sure you follow the road out of town (do not turn right to the U. of Peace), but veer right after that sign and go towards Puriscal.
  • After about 20 minutes, you will arrive in Puriscal.
  • About 300 meters past the gas station on the right, you will see a sign for Turrubares / Orotina / Jaco.
  • Turn left there, in front of the Red Cross or ICE building.
  • Follow about three blocks past the church, and just after the stop light you will see a white sign that will say Turrubaris / Orotina / Jaco.
  • Then you must turn right after the sign and take this paved road past the cemeteries, continuing on to AmaTierra.
  • The hotel is located 17 kilometers or 20 minutes once you leave Puriscal.
  • It is located on the right side of the road, two kilometers before San Pablo, and you will see a green AmaTierra sign, 200 meters before to let you know you are close.
  • It is easy to find and the road is paved the entire way. Simply look for the living green fence and wooden gate. If the gate is closed, just honk and the guard will open the gate.


  • 9.905586 N Latitude
  • 84.427021W Longitude

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.
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