6 Day Sober Surf and Yoga Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica

  • Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness, 36KA Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste, 50206, Costa Rica

6 Day Sober Surf and Yoga Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica

  • Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness, 36KA Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste, 50206, Costa Rica

A Relaxed Schedule with 12-Step Recovery

Experience a “happy, joyous and free” retreat in beautiful Nosara, Costa, Rica. Janel and Horace are your guides. We offer an authentic group experience designed to enrich your relationship with your “Higher Power” but with plenty of time to explore the many activities in our wonderful community.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • 12-step meeting sessions
  • Tour of local markets, restaurants, and attractions
  • Surf lessons from any local surf schools
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay at Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness. Nexus Institute's private residence is located a few steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica. The property features an expansive canopy-level vaulted ceiling yoga studio, two kitchens, and lap pool.

Accommodations range from private to shared rooms with air conditioning, safes, and linen service. You will be within easy walking distance to the beach, tidal pools, shops, markets, and restaurants. Pricing is per person. Please contact them for shared accommodation options and group rates.

Every morning you will have the option to rise early to explore the many activities available here in Nosara. Typically they go for a short walk to the beach to either surf, enjoy the tide pools or go for a nice morning walk. Surf lessons are available from any of the several local surf schools if you want to improve your surfing or to learn to surf for the first time.

Playa Guiones is an excellent beach to learn to surf. At 9:30 am there is a 75 minute yoga practice relating yoga to 12-Step Recovery with focus on using yoga, mediation and breathing exercises to deepen your relationship with your Higher Power. There is free time from 10:45 to Noon to eat, explore or rest and relax.

There is a 12-Step Meeting everyday at Noon. Monday, Wednesday and Friday they will attend the local Sober Surfers 12_Step meeting a short walk from our retreat. Tuesday and Thursday they will have their own 12-Step Meeting among the retreat participants.

The focus of these meetings will be strengthening our relationships with each of our own personal Higher Power. One to four PM is free time to do what ever your heart desires. They will have a group meditation everyday from 4:00 to 4:30 PM.

Janel and Horace will lead you through the daily yoga, meditation and 12-Step Meetings. You are free to choose from any of the myriad of additional activities.

They will assist you in arranging those activities. You are on your own for all meals. The facility has two shared kitchens. There are many wonderful local restaurants within walking distance.

Group Activities

Daily Yoga: 9:30 - 10:45 AM

Daily 12 Step Meetings: Noon to 1 PM

Daily Meditation: 4:00 to 4:30 PM

Full tour of local markets, restaurants, and attractions are included in price.

  • Janel Lynn Schullo

    International Association of Yoga Therapists (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Nosara Yoga Institute Yoga Alliance International (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Janel Schullo is the co-founder and co-director of the Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness. Janel has worked as a 200-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher trainer since 2006. With over 5,000-hour teaching experience, she makes yoga accessible to all ages and ability levels. Janel holds an M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in Yoga Studies. She is a 500-hour Kripalu yoga teacher, a 1000-hour Nosara Yoga Affiliate Program director, and a yoga guide. Janel has been a member of the Yoga Alliance since 2004.

  • Horace Usry

    (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Horace Usry is co-founder and co-director of the Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness. Horace had a previous career in investment banking. However, his love for yoga and personal development trumped his desire to finance and operate additional businesses. He is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, Nosara yoga educator, and yoga guide. Horace's teaching is influenced by his Shamanic studies in Peru. With gentle humor and a deep understanding of humanity, Horace has assisted hundreds of students in achieving teacher certification at both the 200-hour and 500-hour levels.

The retreat will take place in Nosara, Costa Rica. Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness is a few steps from Playa Guiones. Nosara is located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. It is a small and beautiful beach town surrounded by jungle and wildlife with a peaceful international community and many of the comforts of home. It is named by National Geographic as one of the top surf towns in the world.

They intentionally do not include meal services. Rather, they will assist you in attuning to your bodies own needs as a mindfulness practice. Orientation includes a full tour of local markets, farmers gardens, and organic grocery options. Explore local restaurants or build your own tropical meals in two well-equipped kitchens. Only you know what you most need on any given day.

  • ATV tours
  • Canopy zip line tours
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Horseback adventures
  • Go to local restaurants
  • Local permaculture tour
  • Massage
  • Paddle board tours
  • Relax in the beautiful beaches
  • Shopping
  • View the incredible sunsets
  • World class surfing
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily 12-step meetings
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Tours of local markets
  • Restaurants and attraction
  • Travel assistance
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities, excursions, and services
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR). It is a two-hour drive to Playa Guoines and a four to five hour drive from the capital city of San Jose. The favorite airport shuttle is Gypsy Cab Nosara. They will be holding a sign with your name on it as you disembark and will deliver you directly to your doorstep. You may also fly from San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Nosara on Nature Air or Sansa. Nexus Institute will be glad to arrange airport transfers or help with your travel arrangements.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Nina Qayyum from Nicaragua

    An incredible experience

    PROS Pros: The whole experience was fantastic. Horace and Janel have created a wonderful place of sharing and compassion that allowed growth and transformation in the most warm and harmonious environment. I felt very lucky to have such caring, fun and professional teachers who shared their wealth of knowledge and home with all of us for 3 weeks. The days were long, but I felt the schedule was so well structured, that I always had energy and was excited for each and every class. The delicious and healthy food also kept us on track! Aside from the actual program, which I cant speak highly enough of, the Nexus Institute is also in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It's hidden away in lush jungle, but only moments away from the glorious expanse of Guiones beach, with it's tidepools, perfect waves and magical sunsets. I look forward to returning for further trainings in the future.

    2017-Aug-15 18:08:09


  • Review by Julia Mesa from United States

    "I was surprised at how much I could connect this training to my everyday life. My training with Horace and Janel gave me tools not just for 'yoga' but for the daily experience of making meaning of life. "

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  • Review by Ethan Knoxville from United States

    "The unexpected benefits of this training are too many to name. I got in touch with Faith and freedom in a new way. Training with Horace and Janel was an honor and a privilege."

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  • Review by Catherine Jane from Costa Rica

    "My heartfelt thanks for this training, for the freedom to express myself amidst like-minded and compassionate folks. Thank you for your integrity and dedication to the path of yoga."

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  • Review by Violetta Grosshandler from Costa Rica

    "I didn't know how much I needed this training until I did it. Thank you for everything and for Horace's great dance moves!"

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  • Review by Liz Piscioneri from United States

    "Training with Horace and Janel has helped me to cultivate a source of love within myself in order to share it with others. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this beautiful experience. Horace and Janel are wonderful teachers and inspiring people."

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  • Review by Ruth Kobernik from United States

    "Thank you for giving me the space to share my yoga journey with others. I loved it and it has given me confidence in my own yoga story."

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Nosara, Costa Rica

Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness is a registered yoga school continuing education provider through Yoga Alliance. Nexus Institute is certified since 2003.

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6 days / 5 nights


Arrival: Sunday March 11, 2018
Departure: Friday March 16, 2018

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