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8 Days Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Liberia, Costa Rica


Ananda Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Take part in a yoga retreat in Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast, where you can relax and heal on the blue waters of the coast. Nestled in a secluded beach, you can bask in the sunshine, take up water sports and eco-adventures in your free time, and imbibe the incredible natural beauty. Take up yoga classes, engage in healing sessions, and explore various aspects for a deep insight into yourself.


  • Daily Ananda yoga sessions
  • Explore deeper aspects of yoga classes
  • Private counseling with Diksha or Gyandev
  • Private instruction in yoga postures or meditation
  • Evening of of classic tales from India
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodation is arranged in a modern resort located on a secluded beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. It is the only facility on the entire beach. The rooms are modern and comfortable. You can choose from three options - deluxe room, standard room with ocean view, and standard room with garden view. Each room has a ceiling fan, air conditioner, small refrigerator, and patio area.

Deluxe rooms are the largest of your three options. They are more elegant, and each has one king-sized bed. They are also closer to the swimming pool. Standard rooms have two queen-sized beds. Ocean view rooms are closer to the ocean than are garden view rooms, although the difference in distance is minor.

All rooms open toward and are close to the ocean. Ocean view rooms have a relatively clear view of the ocean. At this time, ocean view rooms are available only for double occupancy.

If you are part of a group of three or four friends, all of whom would like to share the same standard room (two queen beds), your per-person rate will be lower. For all rooms, if you register for double occupancy, but the mix of participants is such that you don't end up with a roommate, you will need to pay the single occupancy price.

The yoga retreat on the lovely Pacific Coast offers yoga classes every day with deeper aspects of yoga including the chakras, pranayama, healing, and meditation. For these sessions, the resort offers brand new facilities right on the beach, along with a shaded, open-sided structure built especially for yoga practice. You will have plenty of time to explore the beauty of nature in Costa Rica on your own as well.

The evenings will feature quiet gatherings for relaxed discussion. On one evening, Gyandev will enchant you with his delightful telling of classic stories from India.

  • Gyandev McCord

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Combining a fun-loving spirit, keen insight into the spiritual life, and genuine warmth, Nayaswami Gyandev makes the inner quest seem both natural and doable. Since 1983, he has taught Ananda Yoga to thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers around the world, often forging deep and lasting bonds of friendship and inspiration. Gyandev’s devotion to sharing wisdom shows through the many resources he develops, like online newspapers and forums, videos, and new courses to help students deepen their experience of yoga, and give teachers more tools, and insights for their own classes.

  • Diksha McCord

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Nayaswami Diksha has been a popular Expanding Light teacher since 1997 as well as the director of the meditation teacher training program. She is a native Israeli who came to the U.S. in 1990 and is a powerful and dynamic woman who has shared yoga postures and yogic teachings across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She teaches many different courses at The Expanding Light. Diksha is also an outstanding chef and very knowledgeable about the yogic diet and Ayurveda, an Indian system of natural health and healing.

The retreat takes place on a secluded beach on Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining

You will enjoy three delicious vegetarian meals daily. Non-vegetarian lunch and dinner options are available. Meals are served on the covered, open-air patio overlooking the ocean and swimming pool. Lunches and dinners offer a variety of traditional Costa Rican cuisine as well as international dishes. Natural juices are also available. The resort accommodates dietary restrictions as much as possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Boogie boarding
  • Catamaran sailing tours
  • Eco-tours to national parks
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Massage
  • Ocean kayaking
  • River rafting
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming in the pool or ocean
  • Zip lining
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Group and private yoga and meditation sessions
  • Non-vegetarian lunch and dinner options
  • Other classes offered by Gyandev and Diksha
  • Private counseling with Diksha or Gyandev
  • Air and ground transportation
  • Extra cost activities
  • Extra foods or services
  • Tips

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The shuttle service between the airport and the resort is a little over an hour away and can carry up to five riders. The total cost is about 80 USD.

Verified reviews

  • Review by Susan from Maine, US

    "Words cannot describe my time out there. What I can say is I look forward to going back and encourage everyone to go and experience Ananda." website, edited

  • Review by Annalisa Cunningham

    "Within a few days I began to experience a peace and joy that I had never felt before in my entire life. What was unique and wonderful about this vacation was that the new level of peace I felt was a direct result of the yoga lifestyle I was living at The Expanding Light Retreat." website, edited

  • Review by Tim from California, USA

    "All the teachers taught from the heart. They believe in what they are teaching. They all are examples of how to live in the divine. This is a wonderful way to reach your inner self." website, edited

  • Review by Aline from California, USA

    "It is so beautiful here – serenity abounds. The staff was friendly, helpful, but not intrusive – wonderful! I like the openness of the community, and the take what fits, leave the rest” attitude. A wonderful experience. Loved sadhana. Thanks!" website, edited

  • Review by Petra from Hawaii

    "The best program I have ever taken - it went very deep and got me inspired. I have a feeling it was a life-changing experience." website, edited

  • Review by Aaron from Colorado, US

    "I got much more than I ever could have dreamed. The course was very well rounded. The staff has been nothing short of totally supportive. A very empowering experience." website, edited

  • Review by Pamela from California, USA

    "I could not have envisioned a more perfect personal retreat experience. Or perhaps I should say, it was the personal retreat experience I envisioned and needed and more." website, edited

  • Review by Amy from New York, US

    "The immersion into the beautiful environment among such nurturing people inspired a hope that I took home, and now feel everyday. The program was nourishing in every way, from the food to the spiritual. I left full of love, knowledge, and the will to make such positive changes in my life. I am overwhelmed with thanks for this program and for the continued support and connection I feel to all the teachers and staff of The Expanding Light!" website, edited

  • Review by Kathleen from California, USA

    "I would highly recommend The Expanding Light to anyone who is looking for inner peace and joy. I am so grateful." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "What helped me the most is assistance in gaining awareness that “I” can become spiritual and have a spiritual path. The tools and skills I gained during my time at Expanding Light are priceless and a true gift." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "Everyone was very helpful, kind and loving. It has been a joy to be part of the program at Ananda." website, edited

  • Review by Nancy from California, USA

    "I benefited so much from the counseling I got during my personal retreat. I came as an emotional mess but after 6 days I am leaving with love and joy in my heart and clarity in my mind." website, edited

  • Review by John from Texas, US

    "This course is applicable in all aspects of life. The skills I learned over these few days will be used in my daily life and all of my relationships. There were many gems of wisdom that i will use to step into my Higher Self. Thank you to all the teachers of the course. They gave so much of themselves, and I truly felt their care." website, edited

  • Review by Katherine

    "I was deeply impressed with how the teachers really help each student overcome their obstacles (spiritual, mental, physical) to achieve certification.”" website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "The holiness of sacred India touched my heart and soul in a way that nothing has ever done before. I was moved and changed deeply." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "Thank you for a wonderful trip of a lifetime. I am forever changed and so much more grounded after my return. My morning spiritual practice has been consistent and my meditations are coming along. All in good time." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Texas, US

    "Badri's energy and passion for yoga is palpable. His actions are sincere and he truly cares about the well being of all students. Without hesitation, I felt I could approach him for any help on class topics and personal matters." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Assisi, Italy

    "Badri is a magnetic leader with a profound knowledge and understanding of not only yoga asanas, but the deeper aspects of yoga philosophy. Foremost, he is an incredible model of how to apply the principles of yoga in one's own life; making yoga not just something you practice on your mat, but every day, in every situation. He is funny, insightful, focused, and a talented yogi that inspired me to reach for my own potential; to go forth and share the knowledge, insights, and inspiration I've received during my time in the Ananda Yoga teacher training." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "Don’t let Badri’s youthful look and spirit fool you! His depth of knowledge about the Asanas (and all of Ananda’s yoga techniques) is vast. His expertise and heart come through in all his teachings giving him the unique ability to provide specific technical and safety instruction along with the many physical and spiritual benefits of the practices. Badri is a great role model as a teacher and I learned so much through his thoughtful, detailed feedback—it allowed me to build my skills quickly and and feel confident enough to teach right after graduating from my Teacher Training." website, edited

  • Review by Sanjay Garla from California, USA

    "I think the highlights are that the people who run the retreat center are really nice, and welcoming. They go out of their way to make sure that new people feel welcome. The food is excellent (you have to watch out not to eat too much because that made me sluggish throughout the day). The grounds are beautiful. The yoga and meditation practice is good. The rooms are comfortable, and warm. It's well worth the cost. The only thing to warn people about is that the place is run by folks devoted to a spiritual path set forth by a Swami from India. It resembles a cult, although once you get to know people there its pretty relaxed. They encourage participation in the lectures and Sunday service, however they don't pressure or ever try to "convert" anyone. They are pretty hands off, and welcoming of the different paths that bring people there.", edited

  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "Your prices are an extraordinary bargain in light of what the participants receive.", edited

  • Review by Sue from California, USA

    "During my drive to The Expanding Light on Friday I was feeling pretty negative and weighted down with some personal-relationship challenges, but I left with a transformed outlook and a sense of new hope and optimism.", edited

  • Review by Andrea from California, USA

    "First of all, the setting of The Expanding Light is stunning. The combination of the beautiful setting and the genuinely happy people that I met set the tone for my time there. I have never felt so embraced and held in that way before, and it gave me a perfect opportunity for discovery in a safe environment. I never would have believed it possible that people could live so harmoniouslyrespecting each other and providing support so that everyone can reach their highest potential. I met people there that I have no doubt will be part of my life forever.As a result of my visit, there have been some dramatic shifts in my perceptions. Challenges that I have had my entire life just dissolved. I have never felt so free and full of joy. While I know that this life will never be without adversity, I have a calm confidence that I have the strength to meet anything that comes. I can't remember my heart ever being so open before, and I just want to share that love!", edited

  • Review by Marilyn from Illinois, USA

    "Being away from the negative feedback of the world, in a loving community filled with such talented teachers, has been a gift to me. Teachers are available for talks at mealtime or privately. It is difficult to describe the incredible teachers and programs. My visits have helped me resolve some personal issues, including becoming more accepting of myself and others, with the help of loving and positive guidance from these teachers. Sessions with healing practitioners have also helped to transform me spiritually. The Expanding Light provides an opportunity to transform oneself physically, mentally and spiritually."

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  • Review by Laurie from California, USA

    "This training program was transformative for me. I would say that my stress level decreased by 80% after I started using the inspiration I brought home. From all that I'd learned in the course from our incredible teachers, I became inspired to meditate regularly, do an Affirmation Walk daily, and even cut my alcohol, coffee, and sugar by 90%. I feel great. The aches in my joints are gone.The Holistic Health retreat helped me start my healthier lifestyle, and also has helped quiet my busy mind and maintain a much higher level of peace. I have attended other retreats through the years, and by far, The Expanding Light has given me the longest lasting impact in my day-to-day life.The Expanding Light is a place I have decided to make a priority to come back to each year. It has become much more than just a retreat. I have made friends to last a lifetime."

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  • Review by Nitya from India

    "Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at The Expanding Light is a lifetime opportunity to grow and mature emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. The classes provide practical information and much food for thought. The instructors are thorough but also compassionate and supportive. As students, we felt the support of the staff and the entire community. The food is like nectar to the soul and very nourishing for the body. The peaceful environment allows the students to relax and go deeper into the teachings of yoga while feeling safe and nurtured. Above all, there's much joy and laughter each day and a deep feeling that Spirit is watching over us as we stretch and grow. What a blessed month! Thank you!"

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  • Review by Ariella from Canada

    "Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at The Expanding Light was an incredibly positive and transformative experience for me. Not only was the environment stunningly beautiful and peaceful, but my classmates and instructors were amazing. I've made lifelong friends here. The instructors always went the extra mile to make sure I understood everything and were so kind, friendly, and knowledgeable. I wasn't surprised to find out that this is one of the oldest yoga teacher training programs in the US! After four amazing weeks, I can't wait to teach my first class! I'm so glad I took this training."

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  • Review by Galine from Oregon, USA

    " The Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program helped me to deepen my practice as well as raise my awareness of who I am, how my body is related to it, what my purpose is here, and what my life goals are. The energy and vibrations of the classes are really healing, calming, and inspiring. I have a feeling that I have found a whole new family at The Expanding Light!"

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  • Review by Caryn

    "My time at Expanding Light was extraordinarily rewarding and peaceful. I wanted a lot of time alone to deepen my meditation practice, and to read, write, and walk, and Expanding Light met all of my expectations and more. It took me a little while to adjust to the quiet, but I quickly got over that and worked myself into a pleasant daily routine, albeit only for three days. When I returned home, I still had four days off before I returned to work , and a couple of my co-workers told me how relaxed I seemed. I will always carry my experience with me. A little lady named Adrienne who was in the Karma Yoga program at The Expanding Light came across my path and told me that I'd probably leave there with the Ananda Glow, and I do believe that happened. Thank you so much for everything."

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  • Review by Shauna from California, USA

    "I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful and insightful week at The Expanding Light. I really enjoyed being in your presence, and I'm grateful for the tools you've shared with me. I feel like I've finally caught a glimpse of the light inside of me, a light I've been chasing all of my life. As long as I can remember, I sensed there was something very special and powerful inside of me, but I didn't know how to reach it. You have all truly blessed me with a deep and spiritual awakening. Ananda is a very special place, and I hope I can hold onto as much of it as possible."

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  • Review by Elizabeth from USA

    "I was surprised by how the whole philosophy and practice made so much sense. Being skeptical of religion, I am also surprised that I am leaving with a spiritual practice/belief. The information I learned and the practical methods gave me confidence in taking yoga home with me. A great five days, I am very thankful I found Ananda."

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  • Review by a traveler from USA

    "I had needs met I didn't even know I had! Every day was a new adventure, with something interesting and transforming. It almost felt like little miracles. The food was nutritious and very good."

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  • Review by Pamela from Santa Barbara, USA

    "I could not have envisioned a more perfect personal retreat experience. Or perhaps I should say, it was the personal retreat experience I envisioned and needed and more."

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  • Review by a traveler from Redway, USA

    "I benefited so much from the counseling I got during my personal retreat. I came as an emotional mess but after 6 days I am leaving with love and joy in my heart and clarity in my mind."

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  • Review by Alline from California, USA

    "It is so beautiful here serenity abounds. The staff was friendly, helpful, but not intrusive wonderful! I like the openness of the community, and the take what fits, leave the rest attitude. A wonderful experience. Loved sadhana. Thanks! "

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  • Review by Teresa from Kentuky, USA

    "Thanks to everyone at Ananda for creating a beautiful oasis where joy naturally bubbles up. I felt effervescent surrounded by such blissful, loving people. The Expanding Light gave me the rejuvenation and growth in spiritual skills that I needed to help my dad with a full loving heart. When people ask me about the retreat, I say 'They are living it.' Meaning you all are truly living a spiritual life and creating spiritual community in every way."

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  • Review by Pam from California, USA

    "Thank you Ananda, and all the other extraordinary teachers and beams of God's light. Our hearts are touched and we will never be quite the same. My friend said that her time at Expanding Light was the best present she has ever had in her life! We love you all and truly miss you! At 10 a.m. I wanted to head over to our classroom for another fascinating, laughter-filled, and inspiring class."

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  • Review by Heather from Missouri, USA

    "My First Timer's Week in October was beyond inspiring. I have wanted to visit for eight years, and this visit was pure love, joy, and bliss."

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  • Review by Ginger from Texas, USA

    "My experience at Ananda has given me back my life. I remember now the dynamic person I was born to be. I leave here full of faith in myself and God; with God in myself, and with the tools to create a life of harmony and joy. Yoga is a way of life, not just an exercise class. If done the Ananda way, everyday, it will change who you thought you were."

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  • Review by Jesse from Arizona, USA

    "I knew that my time in the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) course would be life-changing, I just had no idea how it would all manifest. I could not be happier with how it unfolded. The people in the course were amazing, and all of The Expanding Light facilitators were incredible. I truly experienced the Expanding Light, and my testimonial to this is that I am going to pass it on. I am so inspired to give back, because what I have received here is too much for me to keep locked inside of me. I leave here with open eyes and an open heart, and with overflowing joy."

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  • Review by Trina from South Carolina, USA

    "AYTT was a course in how to live. It not only taught us how to teach but how to deepen our own practice so that we become what we are teaching."

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  • Review by Karen from New Jersey, USA

    "The AYTT was life transforming. I had no idea how detailed, organized, and professional this program would be. Every teacher was enlightening. I have so much to take home with me. Im going home ready to teach and confident that I will be a very fine teacher. I will keep people safe thanks to all my teachers here. I will share my love of going inward, and being the best that I can be. Thank you from the deepest center of my heart."

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  • Review by Bliss from Tennessee, USA

    "In the four short weeks that I have experienced Ananda Yoga, I have felt a shift in my inner being. I feel that I have moved my spiritual practice to a deeper level, and Im finding the words trust and receiving are starting to integrate into my way of thinking. Peacefulness has overcome anxiety, and I feel in a much better place to give more of myself, and also to allow myself to receive."

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  • Review by Michelle from Oregon, USA

    "YTT is more than learning to teach yoga, it is about learning to live your yoga. The breadth and depth of the program astounded me. I cant imagine a more complete program. Your program is really the holistic approach for those who want to spend 28 days to transform their lives."

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  • Review by John from Texas, USA

    "I feel like Ive learned much more than I ever thought I would. The teachers were great, the lessons wonderful, the work not too demanding, the free time fun filled, and the food fantastic , what more can you ask for? It definitely deepened my understanding of the asanas, both practically and theoretically. Because of AYTT I feel much more confident in going out to teach."

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  • Review by Lisa from USA

    "This is an excellent program designed to help you become a competent and confident meditation teacher. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I'm ready to share this joy with the world."

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  • Review by Hannah Isaacson from USA

    "This training really prepares the new teacher to be able to relate to their students and teach with confidence and ease. The program balances perfectly the heart qualities of meditation with the practical application aspects. This course opened my heart, taught me how to successfully teach meditation, and truly changed my life."

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California, United States

The Expanding Light Retreat a non-profit, spiritual retreat offering wellness programs, retreats to individuals and groups, and yoga and meditation teacher trainings based in Kriya yoga.

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8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Sunday November 26, 2017
Departure: Sunday December 3, 2017

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