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8-Daagse Meditatie en Yoga Retreat in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Revitalizing Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

This retreat aims to facilitate a deepened connection between self and universal wisdom immersing you in the culture, people, traditions, nature, food, and arts of the places Root 2 Rise Yoga inspired to visit. They pre-visit and choose retreat locations that promote a balance between your choice of inner reflection and opportunities to mingle with locals and other adventurous travelers to experience genuine cultural exchange. Root 2 Rise Yoga's chosen accommodations are comfortable and in safe locations within walking distance of fun places to visit and explore to be a part of the local community. Root 2 Rise Yoga mindfully supports the local economy, arts, and environment where they travel whenever possible and hopes to foster an appreciation for diverse cultures and understanding of your essential oneness as humanity.

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  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Manuel Antonio and national park tour
  • Hike and yoga, cooking class, and group activities
  • Nuayacas Waterfalls hike and evening social outings
  • Adventure tour and rainforest conservation
  • Daily meals in Santa Juana and Manuel
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Yoga stijlen

8 instructiedagen in het Engels
De organisator spreekt: Spaans, Engels
De maximale groepsgrootte is 15
Luchthaventransfer inbegrepen: Juan Santamaria International Airport
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Santa Juana Eco-Lodge (night 1 to 2)

Luxury cabins, or casitas, include one or two king-sized beds, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, spacious balcony with hammock and panoramic views of the rainforest and the Pacific ocean, large ceiling fans, a large bathroom with hot water, hairdryer, and basic toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion, towels). Meals are served in El Mirador restaurant, a short walk away. Santa Juana's small mountain village temperatures average 70 - 80 Fahrenheit with typical rain in the late afternoon / evening and sometimes early morning, creating thriving green plant life.

Villa Manuel Antonio (night 3 to 7)

A shared 7-bedroom 3-story luxury vacation villa overlooks the jungle and the Pacific Ocean, sitting atop Manuel Antonio center. It's a walking distance to beaches, top restaurants and cafes, the tours office, bus stop for accessing the adjacent town and the national park, some nightlife, and a small business center, which includes a bank, grocery store, and souvenir shop. Each bedroom includes one queen-sized bed, dresser, air-conditioner, and fan. A few bedrooms have a private balcony and some have ocean views. Guests choose their bedroom in the order in which they registered. Guests share one to two bathrooms per floor, with a total of five full restrooms equipped with hot water, towels, soap, shampoo, and lotion. Each floor has a communal living room with couches. The first floor has a fully-equipped kitchen and a large shared balcony for your at-home open-air yoga sessions overlooking the jungle and ocean. The weather in Manuel Antonio in June is warm 70 - 80 Fahrenheit, but generally warmer and drier than Santa Juana, humid and may rain briefly in the early mornings and evenings making for refreshing air in the day, during this start of the rainy season.


"Freedom to Flow" is calling you if:

  • You are an adventurous spirit seeking inspiration outside your daily routine.
  • Your inner child seeks playtime to explore the wonders of nature.
  • Your body or mind craves a recharge for optimal wellness.
  • You'd like to learn from the culture of one of the happiest countries in the world, as named by Happy Planet Index.
  • You'd like practical tools for awakening inner joy, regardless of rain or shine.

Picture yourself here

Lying in your king-sized luxurious bed, you eagerly awaken to the serenade of howling monkeys and melodic birdsongs as the rising sun shines over a luscious green jungle and ocean landscape beckoning you through wall-sized windows to come play outside. Like an 8-year-old ready to open birthday gifts, you flow with breath-taking awe into a day of hiking to waterfalls, savoring home cooked local meals, zip lining over vast aerial views of the rainforest, revitalizing with group yoga and meditation, wandering around town to practice your Spanish at the beach and souvenir market and making new friends at an after-dinner Latin Dance session or live-music cafe for wine and dessert. Unplugged, you reconnect to the life force that sustains all humanity and nature. Each day a new inspiration awakens your soul to pure life and you deeply know why this place, this experience, these beings, and your life are special.

You just have to have been there to know. And the best thing is, the journey doesn't end when you leave Costa Rica; Pura Vida is a free, most meaningful souvenir you can share with your loved ones when you return home.

How you’ll benefit from Freedom to Flow

  • Cultivate resilience and inner calm through guided daily meditations and practice in the art of joyful living with Root 2 Rise Yoga Founder Michelle Chua.
  • Increase your physical strength and flexibility through fun daily outdoor adventures and yoga asana (posture) practice with Michelle, moving mindfully at your pace and ability level.
  • Find clarity and greater self-awareness, as you step outside of your home routine to explore Tico (Costa Rican) landscape, lifestyle, and meaningful travel in Central America.
  • Unplug and detoxify from big-city life, bathing your senses in the fresh rainforest, ocean air, and inspiring views of enchanting biodiverse wildlife - tropical jungle plants, exotic birds, mischievous monkeys, mesmerizing sloths, and much more.
  • Balance effort and ease - through guided inner work and free time to play - as you redefine your priorities and flow with pure life, or Pura Vida, Costa Rica’s motto, of living in the present moment, among other definitions you'll explore.
  • Discover and experience the insightful parallels between yoga philosophy and Pura Vida living as facilitated by your yoga teacher, who is a former Manuel Antonio resident passionate about Costa Rica and thankfully eager to share its life-enriching power.
  • Expand your global perspective and dive into Tico culture, creating heartfelt memories with locals and world travelers, both within and outside the tribe, while practicing or learning Spanish. Be ready to engage with the towns you'll stay in as this retreat is about connecting with the culture and building unity in diversity.

Why having a retreat with Root 2 Rise Yoga

Root 2 Rise Yoga believes in mindful eco-conscious travel and aims to build bridges of peace among cultures through the educationally fun integration of the arts. They value nature, culture, and alignment with living yoga, balancing wellness instruction, playfulness and freedom to explore town living like a local. Root 2 Rise Yoga believes in giving, not just receiving, love where they visit, with optional activities like environmental conservation projects, volunteering and donating books to local schools.

Root 2 Rise Yoga supports the local economy visiting a variety of neighborhood restaurants for your included meals and hiring locals for your guided excursions. Lastly, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is a special destination to your retreat leader in that she hosts these retreats inspired by her gratitude for the life-transformative experiences she received during her 14-month volunteer teaching there that led to her becoming a yoga teacher, founding Root 2 Rise yoga in 2010.

Daily yoga and meditation include daily morning Vinyasa, three evening Restorative yoga, and meditation sessions with Michelle Chua for intention-setting, rebalancing, and personal reflection. Cooking class will let you learn how to make traditional Costa Rican food from Santa Juana's local chef. Hike and yoga session is depending on weather and the tribe's needs, you'll enjoy one to two hike and yoga sessions at a local beach in Manuel Antonio with Michelle. Furthermore, The Community-building within your retreat tribe will consist of group activities for personal and tribal reflection.

Day 1

  • Arrival in Santa Juana
  • Group pick-up from San Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica at 10:00
  • Arrive in Santa Juana for a homemade traditional welcome lunch
  • Check in to your casita and unwind from travel
  • Evening Restorative yoga and grounding meditation
  • Dinner
  • Group Orientation

Day 2

  • Nature and village tour
  • Breakfast
  • Village walking tours including traditional sugarcane juicing, hike to waterfalls, yoga, and meditation by waterfalls and swim in the river
  • Lunch
  • Free time to explore on your own, take a siesta, or nap on your hammock
  • Traditional cooking class with Santa Juana's chef
  • Cafecito, a Costa Rican-style afternoon coffee and snack
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Outdoor adventure and Manuel Antonio tour
  • Vinyasa yoga and meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Check out of casita & travel to Zip lining, butterfly and snake sanctuary, and Manuel Antonio
  • Lunch
  • Arrive at Villa Manuel Antonio and choose your bedroom, in order of registration
  • Free time
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Evening social outing

Day 4

  • Explore Manuel Antonio beach town
  • Breakfast and orientation to Manuel Antonio
  • Hike and yoga and meditation at the beach
  • Free Time / optional visit farmer's market
  • Restorative yoga and meditation
  • Dinner and live music
  • Evening social outing

Day 5

  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Vinyasa yoga and meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Walking Safari in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Free time
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Nuayaca Falls Hike
  • Vinyasa yoga and meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Group transport (about 1.5 hours each way) to Nuayaca Falls hiking day trip
  • Dinner

Day 7

  • Last full day
  • Breakfast
  • Vinyasa yoga or hike and yoga to another beach (you'll vote as a tribe)
  • Free Time to say your last goodbyes to friends you've made including the rainforest animals
  • Evening Restorative yoga and meditation
  • Dinner
  • Evening tribe gathering

Day 8

  • Depart for airport
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Breakfast
  • 10:00 Checkout and group pick-up for flight home
  • 12:30 Estimated arrival at San Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose
  • Allow 1.5 hours for airport check-in

This itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and changing needs of your tribe. All activities are optional and are handpicked with love for your enjoyment. If you choose not to participate in an activity, kindly give Root 2 Rise Yoga advanced notice, as tours are pre-booked.


  • Traditional village tour In Santa Juana: you'll take a nature walk to tour the mountain village, visit the local school, experience sugarcane juicing, and more.
  • Adventure tour: this includes zip line over numerous lines of varying distances, hike to the waterfall for yoga, swim in the river, and visit the native butterfly and reptile sanctuary.
  • National park tour: you'll learn about native wildlife on a guided walking safari through infamous Manuel Antonio National Park with a professional biological tour guide.
  • Manuel Antonio Tour: with your former resident retreat leader, you'll get to know Manuel Antonio's best cafes, hidden beach and trail, local farmer's market, best souvenir shops and how to get around town.
  • Nuayacas Waterfall hike: transportation and admission will be provided to this exquisite waterfall pool about 1.5 hours outside of Manuel Antonio for a day trip of hiking, lunch picnicking, and waterfall swimming.
  • Rainforest Conservation: your stay at Santa Juana Eco-Lodge donates to their rainforest reforestation project to preserve native wildlife and a tree will be planted in your name.
  • Evening social outings: optional local nightlife activities to mingle with the tribe, other travelers and the local community such as Latin dance lesson, live music listening, and dancing.


Michelle Chua

Retreat locatie

This retreat will take place in Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.

Unieke kenmerken


  • Kooklessen
  • Wandelen
  • Bergwandelingen
  • Shoppen
  • Spa
  • Surfen
  • Zwemmen
  • Buitenzwembad
  • Zip lining


  • Kamers met air-conditioning
  • Balkon
  • Strand
  • Milieuvriendelijk
  • Meditatietuin
  • Rivier
  • Yogadek


  • ATM / Bank
  • Supermarkt
  • Lokale markt
  • Tourbegeleiding


Traditional Costa Rican meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) homemade with love and local seasonal ingredients are included during your stay in Santa Juana on day one and two. Group breakfast and dinner will be provided at various local restaurants in Manuel Antonio. Lunch is on your own while exploring on your free time, and is included in some optional tours. Please indicate any dietary needs, i.e., allergies, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc, on your online registration form.

De volgende maaltijden zijn inclusief:

  • Ontbijt
  • Lunch
  • Avondeten
  • Snacks

De volgende dieetwensen worden geserveerd/zijn mogelijk:

  • Algemeen (gewoonlijk inclusief vlees en vis)
  • Andere dieetwensen op aanvraag
Als je speciale dieetwensen hebt, is het een goed idee om dit alvast door te geven aan de organisator bij het maken van een reservering

Wat er te doen is

  • Kayaking
  • Leisure and educational tours
  • Local spice tour
  • Night Safari
  • Other adventure
  • Rafting and more
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa and massage treatments
  • Sunset sailing
  • SUP
  • Surf lessons
  • Watersports

In de prijs inbegrepen

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Hike and yoga session
  • Manuel Antonio tour
  • National park tour
  • Nuayacas Waterfall hike
  • Rainforest conservation
  • Traditional village tour in Santa Juana
  • Adventure tour
  • Evening social outings
  • Cooking class
  • Group activities
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • Meals in Santa Juana
  • 2 daily meals in Manuel Antonio
  • Souvenir shirt
  • Tourism taxes 13% (Costa Rica tourism taxes and the standard 10% tip for local services)

Niet in de prijs inbegrepen

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch in Manuel Antonio


Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

Root 2 Rise Yoga will pick you up from the airport. Please allow for at least an hour between your plane's arrival and completing customs check, so that you are ready to board your group ground transport by 10 a.m.

Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport Luchthaventransfer inbegrepen: Juan Santamaria International Airport Geen extra kosten. Je kunt dit in de volgende stap aanvragen.


  • Een reservering vereist een aanbetaling van 50% van de totale prijs.
  • De aanbetaling wordt niet gerestitueerd als de boeking wordt geannuleerd.
  • De rest van de betaling moet 90 dagen voor aankomst worden voldaan.
8 dagen / 7 nachten
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Aankomst: donderdag 20 juni, 2019
Vertrek: donderdag 27 juni, 2019

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