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7 Days Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Eco-conscious Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

If a week of yoga, mindfulness, hiking, organic food, luxury tree houses, and enjoying a close connection with new friends sounds like your kind of vacation, then this is the perfect retreat for you. Stretch, hike, swim, breathe, relax, and explore in the jungle of Costa Rica for a week, with Lena Schmidt and Melissa Eisler. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is a unique, eco-conscious yoga retreat center, completely solar powered and off the grid.

Retreat highlights

  • A waterfall wellness ritual
  • Jungle alchemy dance experience
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Live music Savasana by co-instructor Melissa Eisler
  • Workshops, group activities, tribe gatherings, mindfulness practices
  • Group excursion to Santa Teresa, a charming beach town
  • 3 daily gourmet organic plant-based meals
  • 6 nights eco-luxury accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Accommodation is based on eco-luxury double occupancy, in zen jungle lofts. Please send The Sanctuary at Two Rivers | Liz Lindh an inquiry if you are interested in single occupancy.

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers | Liz Lindh Yoga Holiday Costa Rica Program

Yoga and meditation classes

Two teachers in a small group setting means personalized attention and instruction. Lena and Melissa are both registered yoga instructors, teaching yoga and meditation in the San Diego area. Their intention for the retreat is not only for you to relax and have fun in Costa Rica, but also to offer tools and practices to take home with you and integrate into daily life.

Yoga classes will be taught in the outdoor yoga pagoda to the backdrop of the jungle. Class styles will be a mixture of Vinyasa flow, mellow Hatha, Restorative, and alignment-based yoga, workshop-style practices to help you fine-tune and take your practice to the next level.

Daily mindfulness classes are great for beginners interested in learning how to meditate, but will offer plenty of opportunities to dive deeper into your meditation practice if you already have a practice. This retreat will encourage you to step away from everyday life and relax, renew, and reconnect with yourself at a deep level.

Sample daily schedule

  • Jungle morning (fruit, coffee, tea, and snacks)
  • Morning practice
  • Organic breakfast
  • Mindfulness practice or activity and lounging (walking, journaling, relaxation, meditation, creative time, etc.)
  • Organic gourmet lunch
  • Afternoon class, workshop, or group activity
  • Organic dinner
  • Evening tribe gathering or relaxation time

Included excursions

A group excursion to Santa Teresa, a charming Costa Rican beach town, is included in the price of this retreat.

Instructors

Lena Schmidt
(Yoga)
Lena is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT). She teaches classes throughout San Diego and leads yoga adventure retreats. With a background in gymnastics and modern and jazz dance, Lena finds the physicality of yoga to be a delightful and challenging way to move the body without competition. The spiritual aspects of yoga have aided Lena in the never-ending search for peace, calm, and positivity within, and she is passionate about sharing these tools with others.
Melissa Eisler
Melissa's personal yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice evolve every day, taking bits and pieces from more than a decade of practice, principally Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara yoga; as well as from books, lectures, training, workshops, and everyday life experiences. Melissa’s yoga classes emphasize the breath and proper alignment and are built around spiritual or intellectual themes to encourage a state of awareness.

Retreat location

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast in Costa Rica.

This yoga retreat sanctuary is perched approximately 1000 yards slightly above the Pacific Ocean in Cabuya, at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, which is one of only five blue zones in the entire world, by having a large concentration of centenarians living in the area.

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is only two miles from Costa Rica's first National Nature Preserve, Reserva Cabo Blanco, and neighbors to the quaint artistic beach-town of Montezuma and the surf towns Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers gets its name from the center’s land beginning at the junction of two rivers. In ancient India this was called a Sangama. This point is revered as an auspicious place to build temples and ashrams because of the positive energy that literally flows over, around, and through this matrix of topography.

Furthermore, set among hundreds of uninhabited tropical-dry forest acres, the privately secluded property of 40 acres encloses manicured tropical gardens and Jurassic jungle, making it ideal for both inner and outer exploration. That’s nearly three acres of earth per guest to enjoy, enliven, and enlighten.

Guests will be introduced to the bountiful gifts of mother nature from the moment of their arrival, as they walk from the car-park for 20 minutes over jungle and river paths to reach the grounds of The Sanctuary. Nestled between two rivers with waterfalls that flow year round, the private park is home to countless species of flora and fauna; including exotic mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians that are common to Central America.

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Retreat's fortunate geography allows for a tropically mild, nearly mosquito-free climate with cool refreshing breezes cascading throughout the rolling grounds, making one's stay remarkably comfortable, even when beach temperatures are soaring.

Nearby places

  • National nature preserve, 2 miles
  • The beach, 1 kilometer - 30 minutes' walk

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming

General

  • Garden
  • Environmentally friendly
  • In-room safe
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Three daily gourmet organic plant-based meals and unlimited organic shade grown Costa Rican coffee, teas, bars, and organic fruits are included in the price.

The Sanctuary can easily accommodate a vegan or gluten-free diet. They can also omit certain nuts and legumes from the dishes but cannot guarantee a “nut-free or gluten-free zone” or that there has not been any cross contamination. Because of limited refrigeration space, they do not offer green juices, fruit smoothies, nor can they accommodate a raw foods diet.

Things to do (optional)

You will enjoy endless amounts of hiking and swimming in the waterfalls and along the rivers, together with limitless relaxation by the pool, in the hammocks, or tree houses.

Spa treatments

You will enjoy endless amounts of hiking and swimming in the waterfalls and along the rivers, together with limitless relaxation by the pool, in the hammocks, or tree houses. There are also some great optional excursions available: zip-lining, horseback riding, surfing lessons, or snorkeling.

What's included

  • 3 daily organic meals
  • 6 nights' eco-luxury accommodation
  • A group excursion to Santa Teresa, a charming Costa Rican beach town
  • A waterfall wellness ritual
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Jungle alchemy dance experience
  • Live music Savasana by co-instructor Melissa Eisler
  • Workshops, group activities, tribe gatherings, mindfulness practices

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport fees in Costa Rica or your departing country
  • Optional excursions or spa treatments
  • Retreat staff gratuity
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). It is very easy to get to the Sanctuary with a 25 minute flight from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to Tambor Airport (TMU), where a taxi will drive you through the famous Nicoya Peninsula Blue Zone to the sanctuary.

For your travel, plan at least two hours between local air and international travel. There is a departure tax of approximately 28 USD at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) when you leave Costa Rica.

Ground transportation costs to and from Tambor Airport (TMU) to The Sanctuary can be arranged for an estimated 30 USD round trip on designated arrival dates and times.

Arrival by shuttle

Individuals can book their own shuttle through Montezuma Expeditions or Tropical Tours for approximately 50 USD. Shuttles leave San Jose early every morning and will bring you directly to The Sanctuary. The trip will take about six hours.

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