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4 Day Private Wellness and Yoga Retreat in the Caribbean Coast of Puerto Viejo, Limon

Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat Puerto Viejo, Limon, 70403 Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Join a private retreat tailored for you or you and your loved ones! Sometimes you need to pause, reset and re-center, and renew and energize for what comes next. Your journey begins with a conversation with you and your leader, Stephanie. Fill her in on your intentions and goals for your time here; don’t be afraid to open up, there will only be acceptance, love, and support here.

Meet the instructors

Stephanie
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Highlights

  • Twice daily private yoga classes
  • A guided nature trek through the rainforest
  • 1 Thai Yoga or Ayurvedic Massage during your stay
  • Guidance from Samasati's experienced resident yogini, Stephanie
  • Daily vegetarian buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Lounge
  • Terrace

At Samasati, you will be able to:

  • Dine on locally sourced gourmet food at the restaurant and sip tropical drinks in the lounge.
  • Enjoy signature treatments at the wellness-spa.
  • Rest comfortably in the accommodations with running water and electricity (Yes, you are in the rainforest but you do not have to rough it!).
  • Relax in the jacuzzi or lounge in your hammock on your terrace.

Because the rainforest regulates the temperature naturally, you’ll breathe clean fresh air without the need for air conditioners; and Samasati encourages you to fully unplug, put down your electronic screens and recharge your personal batteries. Let the natural light of the sun, moon, and stars illuminate your face and elevate your spirit.

Samasati has different types of accommodations to suit a range of budgets and experiences:

  • Guest House Rooms - These are hostel-style rooms with shared bathrooms (one for men and another for women) and a shared terrace. Perfect for budget-conscious travelers or those who are traveling with friends.
  • Casitas - These are little Caribbean-style villas with their own private terrace with hammocks and set in their own little garden with views of the rainforest or sea or both. Some have an additional bed in a sleeping loft.
  • Houses in the Rainforest - These are Samasati's largest accommodations and are two or three-level houses with a full kitchen, separate living area, and one or two terraces. These houses have three to five bedrooms and sleep up to 10 people each.

All accommodations have fans and screened ventilation allowing for fresh air and Caribbean breezes. Also, there are no TVs in the rooms so the sounds, sights, and magic of the rainforest immersion are pure.

Rooms at the Samasati Guest House (Sleeps one or two people)

The Guest House is situated just a short walk away from the restaurant and reception area. It consists of five adjoining private rooms with two shared bathrooms, one for men and another for women. Choose from rooms with either two single beds or one double bed. This Guest House is a great option for solo travelers or groups of friends looking for cozy and inexpensive accommodations. The Guest House features:

  • Private room with two single beds or a double bed
  • Rainforest views, a terrace, and lounge area with hammocks
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Room safe
  • Fan (Additional fans are available upon request)
  • Laundry service at an additional cost

Casitas (Sleeps two to four people)

Casitas are 10 wooden cottages built with wood reclaimed from the area, within a walking distance from the main reception and restaurant area. All have spacious verandas overlooking the rainforest or the Caribbean Sea. Some have an additional bedroom in a lofted area above the main floor. The Casitas can accommodate two to four people with beds that are either king-size, double, or single size.

  • Classic Casitas

These Casitas are each in their own secluded area in the forest and have an additional lofted sleeping area. There are two single beds on the main level and a double bed in the loft, a private bathroom and a terrace with a hammock, and is set in a little tropical garden planted with local flora.

  • Preferred Casita

These Casitas have windows that open to prime views of the Rainforest or the Caribbean Sea. Each of them is in its own secluded area in the forest and has a king bed, a private bathroom, a quiet terrace with a hammock, and is set in a little tropical garden with local flora. These Casitas are ideal for couples.

All Casitas are equipped with the following features:

  • Views of the Caribbean Sea and rainforest
  • Enclosed in its own secluded area within the retreat
  • Private bathroom
  • Attached terrace with hammocks (Additional hammocks are available upon request)
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Room safe
  • Ceiling fan (Additional fans are available upon request)
  • Laundry service at an additional cost

A Premier Yoga Retreat Destination

Founded in 1997 by yoga and meditation students intent on sharing the benefits of this ancient practice, Samasati is a leading pioneer of sustainable tourism in Costa Rica and among the first to host yoga teacher training and retreats. Today, Samasati is privileged and honored to continue this tradition by hosting world-class yoga teacher training and retreats and also offering daily classes to retreat guests.

Samasati yoga classes are held every day at 6:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m. at the custom-crafted, hexagon-shaped spaces that are oriented and designed to facilitate transformation, breakthroughs, celebrations, and moments of bliss. Your practice will be in the yoga studio or meditation hall, which both are bathed in the energy of your surrounding thriving jungle and gardens.

Samasati's resident yoginis and yogis host sessions and customizes them to your needs. Come as you are, no prior experience is necessary, Samasati caters to yoga students at all levels. Additionally, Samasati has a constant flow of guest artists throughout the year. You are welcome to attend classes or retreats led by these world-renowned yoga practitioners.

These offerings can include stand-up paddleboard yoga, Acro yoga, martial arts, movement therapy, Tai Chi, Qigong, bodywork, energy work, Seva (community service), and more.

Is there A/C?

There is no air conditioning as the rainforest regulates the temperature naturally. The screened windows allow for the year-round sea breeze to circulate and cool.

Is there Wi-Fi?

Yes, it’s included for free and available in the restaurant and lounge. However, since Samasati is up on a hill, the Wi-Fi reception can be slow or unreliable.

Program

Stephanie will draw on decades of experience in multiple modalities of healing including yoga, yoga therapy, breathwork, meditation, and more, to create a transformative journey. Your first day will begin at 5 p.m. with Candlelight yoga in the yoga studio; dinner follows and then your days unfold with care and attention from Stephanie and Samasati's entire staff. Everyone at Samasati looks forward to sharing a slice of paradise in the rainforest with you.

  • There will be an option for half-day community service with the Peace Through Yoga Foundation.

General Daily Schedule

  • Morning yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Free time
  • Lunch
  • Evening yoga
  • Dinner

Your Days at the Retreat Center

Samasati literally means awareness and balance. The tranquil environment is perfect for reflection, relaxation, and rejuvenation for a naturally supported return to wellness. At Samasati, you move at your own pace, exploring, and delighting in the abundant surroundings with guided nature treks, waterfall hikes, dips in a natural pool, bird watching, and daily yoga classes.

Feel free to master the art of doing nothing but relaxing in your hammock or taking a long, leisurely soak in the jacuzzi; and rest assured that your adventures will be fueled by delicious, fresh meals and round-the-clock coffee and tea served in the open-air restaurant.

Instructors

Stephanie McKenzie

Retreat location

The Samasati sanctuary is situated amidst 250 acres of pristine Costa Rican rainforest on the unspoiled Caribbean side of the country. While you enjoy nature’s healing embrace, you’ll also enjoy all the comfort and conveniences of a modern retreat designed to maximize your serenity, peace, and connection to nature and to your deeper self.

How close is the beach?

The nearest Caribbean beach is a short shuttle ride away, only 15 minutes to Puerto Viejo.

What is the weather like?

Mornings are generally sunny and afternoons will often bring in tropical rain.

Will you encounter wildlife?

Yes, Samasati shares the rainforest with all creatures; including insects who may make a guest appearance in your room. The lodging is screened and closed off, however, Samasati recommends no food items outside of the restaurant to avoid attracting rainforest friends.

Do you need a 4x4 to stay at Samasati?

No, a 4x4 shuttle service is provided to transport guests up and down the mountain road. If you bring a non-4x4 vehicle to Samasati, you’re welcome to use the secure parking at the base camp. If you bring a 4x4 vehicle to Samasati, you can park it securely in the sanctuary.

How far away is Samasati from San Jose International Airport (SJO)?

Samasati is four to six hours away from the airport by car or shuttle van. If you prefer to take a flight to Limón International Airport (LIO), it is 30 minutes by air and then another 45 minutes by shuttle to Samasati.

Samasati is a yoga and wellness retreat, a sustainable eco-lodge, and adventure getaway destination. The rainforest is a paradise for travelers who love:

  • Venturing off the beaten path
  • Discovering new unspoiled cultures
  • Nature, wildlife, and hiking
  • Yoga
  • Spa treatments or meditation
  • Outdoor or adrenaline adventures

Please note that encounters with insects, spiders, poisonous frogs, scorpions, or snakes are possible as you will be in a rainforest. Sometimes they also make it into the rooms so it is important to make sure all doors and windows are closed whenever possible.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Dining: Farm-to-Table Delicacies

Sitting in the mountain overlooking the lush rainforest and the Caribbean Sea below, Samasati's covered but open-air restaurant provides a dramatic and unique dining experience. Samasati serves three buffet-style, organic, locally sourced meals daily. The selections range from Caribbean fusion, Mediterranean-Asian, to Central American.

Samasati bakes bread and pastries fresh daily. Be ready to indulge in delectable desserts which often feature chocolate made from organic local cacao. If you have any day trips or tours planned, Samasato will be happy to pack your lunch for you.

Farm-to-table, sustainable, and organic has long been a way of life, especially on the Caribbean side of the country, which is among the least modernized. This means that the fishermen still catch fish while the farmers still grow their livestock, fruits, and vegetables the way their great grandparents did.

Samasati purchases fish from the fishermen the same morning they are caught and nearby farmers deliver produce to the retreat center multiple times a week. You just cannot get any closer to farm-to-table than this; most of Samasati's cuisine is vegetarian, although fresh fish and chicken preparations are available upon request.

The restaurant also includes a specialty bar that serves rich Costa Rican coffee, tea, wine, beer, and fresh cold-pressed juices. The staff will happily accommodate any requests made in advance such as raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, or soy-free dishes.

What if you're not a vegetarian or if you have dietary restrictions, requests?

Fish (9 USD) and chicken (7 USD) are available for every meal. Samasati is vegetarian but can accommodate vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and almost any dietary restriction; just notify them of your needs prior to arrival.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

While the retreat is its own serene sanctuary, you are by no means isolated, so if you enjoy exploring local culture, beaches, and shops, Samasati will shuttle you to nearby Puerto Viejo where you’ll find pristine Caribbean beaches with aquamarine waters that are home to both world-class surf and incredible snorkeling.

In addition to sun and sand, this laidback yet lively town features an array of outstanding restaurants, boutiques, bars, coffee shops, and even local farms.

Revitalizing “Forest Bathing” (“Shinrin-Yoku”)

Developed in Japan in the 1980s, Shinrin-yoku is a preventative healthcare and wellness practice that literally means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” And what better place to enjoy the restorative benefits of Shinrin-yoku than in the 250 acres of primary rainforest that surround Samasati?

Japanese and Korean researchers have produced an impressive body of research that scientifically proves the benefits of immersively walking in nature which include boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure, diminishing your stress levels, and improving your overall mental health.

It’s not just about the fitness benefits of walking, trees release phytoncides which are air-borne anti-microbial chemicals that help protect them and the surrounding, supportive plants against germs and insects. This benefit extends to humans, as research shows inhaling phytoncides lowers stress hormones and supports natural killer cell activity. You can enjoy this holistic anti-aging practice every day during your stay at Samasati.

Wildlife at Samasati

Your stay at Samasati comes with unlimited wilderness! A nature enthusiast’s paradise, from prime bird watching to vibrant butterfly sightings to unique wildlife encounters, the protected primary and secondary rainforest sanctuary offers a once in a lifetime immersion. Here, you’ll experience the perfect example of why Costa Rica is one of the world’s best destinations for eco-tourism and adventure travel.

Spa treatments

The package includes one complimentary Thai Yoga or Ayurvedic Massage during your stay.

Restorative Massages and Wellness Treatments

Experience unique relief and rejuvenation with the Samasati signature treatments, delivered by acclaimed guest therapists and gifted local practitioners. Rooted in nature and unique village healing practices, Samasati's treatments feature all-natural Caribbean superfood ingredients derived from the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, and fruits of indigenous, naturally cultivated plants.

Samasati uses only the finest virgin coconut oil, local salt crystals (for exfoliating body scrubs), aloe vera, and Costa Rican cacao to maximize treatment efficacies. You’ll emerge from each treatment with results you can see, thanks to the antioxidant, rejuvenating, hydrating, healing, and anti-aging properties of these nutrient-rich living foods for your skin that Samasati's beauty and wellness experts artfully create and apply.

What's included

  • Twice daily private yoga classes
  • A guided nature trek through the rainforest
  • 3 nights accommdoation
  • 1 Thai Yoga or Ayurvedic Massage
  • Daily vegetarian buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Additional massages
  • Local, sustainably-sourced chicken and fish
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Limón International Airport (LIO) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transportation to and from these airports is not included in the price. Most guests arriving to Costa Rica will fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose; this international airport is a four to seven-hour scenic drive, with local food along the way, from Samasati or 90 minutes of travel via domestic flight to Limón International Airport (LIO) with a shuttle ride to Samasati.

If you are on a road trip/exploration mood, you can drive, take a private taxi, or a shuttle service. The middle part of the drive is quite scenic as you will go through the mountains in a national park and you will get to stop over at spots serving local food. This drive duration will vary on traffic and how long you stop.

The shuttle ride is about 52 USD per person and the private taxi is 200 USD. If there are more than six of you, Samasati would charter a private shuttle for you which would be more cost-effective. Please send Samasati an inquiry for the latest schedule of departures from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to Samasati.

Caribe recommends that you land 90 to 120 minutes before the departure of the shuttle as it could take time to go through customs and collect luggage. However, guests have made it with an hour to spare if you want to take that chance.

If you would rather just land and get to the retreat center as quickly as possible, there are local flights available. The flight itself is about 30 minutes to Limón International Airport (LIO) and Samasati can arrange a shuttle for you to drive to the retreat, which will take about 45 minutes. Again, Sansa recommends you land at least 90 minutes before the departure of the flight but guests have made it with an hour to spare if you want to take that chance. This option totals about 110 USD per person.

  • Overnight Stay before heading to Samasati

If you land too late to make the shuttle or the flight then a private taxi is the best option. Otherwise, you can stay overnight at Samasati's partner hotel, Adventure Inn, they will give you a discount if you mentioned Samasati Yoga and Wellness Retreat referred you.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This retreat is available all year round with daily arrivals.

Minimum requirement

The minimum stay is three nights but it can be longer if you prefer. For more information, please send Samasati Yoga and Wellness Retreat an inquiry.

 

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