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7 Days Yoga and Surf Retreat, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

  • 500 m South of Hermosa School, North Santa Teresa Beach

Overview

Surf and Yoga Retreat in Santa Ana

Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures is located in Costa Rica and specializes in yoga retreats fused with enlivening activities for those who seek to revitalize their spirit, connect with nature and be with like-minded company to create a holistic and soul-enriching vacation. We host our retreats at distinctive lodges and hotels located in pristine settings, that have an intimate atmosphere, offer delectable cuisine, have an inspiring yoga space and ensure your utmost comfort and enjoyment. Each group is accompanied by an experienced Vajra Sol Yoga Guide. The principal style of yoga we offer is Vinyasa Flow with influences from Anusara Yoga. All levels of experience are welcome.

Costa Rica yoga and surf retreat by Vajra Sol

On Vajra Sols Costa Rica Yoga and Surf Retreat you will enjoy a fun and relaxing week on the stunning and pristine Pacific Coast delving into your yoga practice and learning to surf or improving your surfing skills in the warm waves of the Nicoya Peninsula. For a deeper immersion into your yoga practice we offer the Pure Costa Rica Yoga Retreat option which includes two daily yoga sessions instead of the surfing component. These are the same retreat and all meals and afternoon yoga sessions are together as one group.

Yoga instructions

The type of yoga practiced on Vajra Sol retreats is vinyasa flow with influences from Anusara yoga and is held at either a more energetic or relaxed pace depending on the feel of the day and flavored with each teachers personal style. Vinyasa flow yoga synchronizes the asanas, or poses, with the breath creating a rhythmic flow. It is about the integration of mind, body and breath with a physical focus is on improved flexibility, balance and strength to build and maintain a healthy body.

Highlights

  • Daily surfing in the Nicoya Peninsula
  • Immerse yourself in daily yoga sessions
  • A spectacular week at one of Costa Rica's top beaches
  • Two daily yoga sessions for those seeking a deeper immersion into their practice
  • Stay in a villa or bungalow at Costa Ricas premier oceanfront hotel
  • Receive a massage, relax in a hammock, enjoy delectable cuisine
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The inspiring and beautiful Yoga studio is open-air and built with beautiful teak floors, high bamboo ceilings and views to the ocean. The Costa Rica yoga and surf retreat is held at a beachfront hotel just steps away from the surf. The property has a low-key, beach-elegant and intimate ambiance with a restaurant serving delectable cuisine (mainly organic) and a free-form swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens. The main premise of the hotels operational mission is focused on sustainability and to offer a tranquil setting with quality service and friendly staff. This is a very unique retreat hotel and incomparable to any other location in the country.

The Costa Rica yoga and surf retreat package includes a stay in a Villa or a Bungalow from where you can hear the soothing sounds of the surf, feel the balmy breeze and connect to the rhythms of Mother Nature giving the feel of really being in a remote tropical paradise. All rooms are built with Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo, invite lots of light and have impressive views. The rooms have an exotic style with imported and hand-crafted Indonesian furniture, a private terrace, an outdoor shower, a private bathroom with indoor shower, ceiling fans and air conditioning, laptop-size safe box and WiFi access.

Yoga program

The Costa Rica yoga and surf retreat, or also called as Pure Yoga and Surf Retreat is led by a Vajra Sol Yoga Guide who is with you throughout the week. We begin each day with breakfast followed by either a 2-hour surfing lesson or 1.5-hour yoga session depending on in which one you choose to participate. After lunch there is free time to relax by the pool, take a siesta, receive a massage, walk the beach or visit with new friends. We meet in the afternoon for a 1.5-hour yoga session. The level of the yoga is generally intermediate with posture modifications always offered for those with less experience and for those more advanced. All levels are welcome.

Surf program

For those participating in surfing, lessons are given by experienced surf instructors who are locals to the area and know the surf well. For beginners, learn the skills, practice and enjoy the thrill of catching your first wave. For those who are more experienced this is a great opportunity to fine-tune your skills and really see how much more there is to advance your surfing. Start the lessons and let the fun begin! You will quickly see the synergy between yoga and surfing and be able to fully feel the flow and connection in each of the practices. Water temperatures are in the low 80sF so no wetsuit is needed.

Itinerary

  • On Wednesday there is no scheduled surf lesson to give opportunity to optionally participate in one of the fantastic tours offered in the area.
  • Saturday is last day, departure from Santa Teresa to San Jose airport to your home destination. After breakfast no activities are scheduled today.

Sandra

Sandra is the Retreat Guide and teaches the afternoon yoga sessions. She has been practicing yoga for over fourteen years and teaches a Vinyasa Flow style with influences from Anusara yoga which she currently studies. She received her advanced teacher training in Interdisciplinary Yoga from the Nosara Yoga Institute and is certified with the internationally recognized Yoga Alliance. In her classes, she creates a welcoming and nurturing environment with a focus on the balance between the playfulness and intensity of the practice. She greatly values the magical, calming and soul-shifting experience of practicing yoga immersed in the surroundings of Nature. Sandra is the founder of Vajra Sol and lives in Costa Rica. She is grateful to be able to facilitate a memorable retreat experience for those seeking a break from their daily routine and to gain deeper insight into wherever they may be on their life path.

Nancy

Nancy teaches the morning yoga sessions for those participating in the Pure Yoga (Costa Rica yoga and surf retreat) option instead of the surfing. Nancy began her Yogic studies in the Ashtanga tradition under the guidance of her first teachers, Dominic Corigliano, Tim Miller, and Sri Pattabhi Jois. Following her dream of living a more simple life in deep connection with nature, she moved to Costa Rica and developed a strong self-practice, while continuing to study abroad with many international teachers of various traditions. Nancy completed her official Yoga Alliance Teacher training with Yoga Arts and began teaching in 1998. Nancy has dedicated herself to Anusaras amazing principles of alignment, Tantric philosophy and Bhakti-filled practice. Her teachings are infused with a myriad of elements, which come together to create a highly educational, physically challenging, and deeply soulful experience. Nancy has been practicing Yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching for over 10 years.

The Costa Rica yoga and surf retreat is hosted in Santa Teresa, one of the best-rated beaches in Costa Rica for its expansiveness, beautiful scenery and great year-round surf. It is a long stretch of immaculate white sand ideal for hanging out under a palm tree, for taking long walks or exploring the tide pools. A few minutes drive or a beach walk from the hotel is the colorful and laid-back town of Santa Teresa.

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in the retreat cost starting with dinner on the first day (Sunday) and ending with breakfast on the last day (Saturday). Only lunch on Wednesday is not included. All meals are at the hotel except one or two dinners which are at local restaurants in Santa Teresa to enjoy a fun outing in town. The food is prepared by exceptional chefs and is Costa Rican fusion style and primarily vegetarian with fresh seafood and chicken offered for some meals.

Arrival by airplane

Book your plane ticket to San Jose international airport (code SJO), Costa Ricas capital city. If you plan to arrive on Sunday, your flight arrival time should be no later than about 12-1 p.m. to allow time to transfer to the retreat location in Santa Teresa by Malpais that day.

Optionally, you may arrive on Saturday, spend the night in San Jose and transfer on Sunday (contact us for hotel information).

While it might take a bit more time to reach this beautiful beach lined by wild jungle on the Nicoya Peninsula than other beaches in Costa Rica it is a tropical paradise worth the journey.

The airstrip closest to Santa Teresa is Tambor and direct flights from/to San Jose are 20 minutes. There are two domestic airlines in Costa Rica that fly to Tambor: Sansa (www.flysansa.com) flies from the San Jose international airport. Nature Air (www.natureair.com) flies from the Pavas airport which is about a 25-minute taxi drive from the international airport. These domestic flights can book up. Make your reservation early!

Once you arrive in Tambor, we will arrange for a taxi driver to meet you and bring you to the retreat hotel. The one-way cost is $60 USD (per trip, not per person) and takes about 45 minutes. If you arrive at the same time as other guests we will arrange for you to share the taxi and cost.

Arrival by bus

Public buses depart San Jose daily at 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and return to San Jose the same times from Santa Teresa. Approximate travel time is five hours and costs $14 USD. The bus is direct, comfortable and air-conditioned.

You will need to take a taxi to the terminal in San Jose (25 minutes from the airport) and be picked up at the Santa Teresa stop (10 minutes from the hotel).

Arrival by shuttle

Shuttle services (8-12 seater minibuses) depart 1-2 times daily between San Jose and Santa Teresa. Approximate travel time is five hours including a 1.2-hour hour ferry ride across the Gulf Nicoya. The cost is $50 USD per person. For the schedule see the following link. www.montezumaexpeditions.com

A private shuttle from San Jose to Santa Teresa is $250 USD per trip (not per person) and takes about 4.5-5 hours including the ferry crossing.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures an inquiry.
  • Review by Vera A
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I recently returned from Vajra Sol's July 2016 trip to Peru (Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including Machu Picchu). This was our first trip with Sandra and Vajra Sol. Sandra led such an amazing retreat and it was obvious from the start how much attention she put into planning the trip. Everything was taken care of from the moment we touched down in Cusco until our return back to the airport. The itinerary Sandra put together was full of wonderful sites and experiences but also mixed in just the right amount of down time for relaxation and solo exploration. Very nice accommodations were provided throughout our trip with excellent food as well. Sandra had no problem accommodating dietary restrictions either (both my husband and I are vegan and she made it really easy for us). As for the yoga, Sandra mixed together the right mix of restorative and vinyasa flow yoga depending on our schedule, while also making the classes accessible to both more and less experienced yogis. Altogether, we had a wonderful time meeting and traveling with some amazing people and cannot recommend Sandra and Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures enough. We are already looking forward to joining her on a future retreat!"

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Best trip of my life! Simply amazing! Every detail was taken care of - Great combination of yoga, touring the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, wonderful food and accommodations and plenty of extras! First trip with Sandra and likely not the last!!!"

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  • Review by Pamela J
    10 out of 10

    "This was a trip of a lifetime and I cannot thank Sandra enough for making my time in Santa Teresa Amazing. The whole experience exceeded all my expectations and I was able to meet new friends, try new things and come home with new memories to last a lifetime. Thank you again Sandra, can't wait to come back!"

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I found Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures online by accident, and I do believe that I was meant to be here and experience all that Costa Rica and Sandra from Vajra Sol Adventures had to offer. As someone who is typically a mega-planner, I threw caution to the wind and just went with the flow and kept an open mind to any new and exciting adventures that lie ahead and it was incredible. I went as a solo traveler and I felt safe at all times. I made some fantastic connections with others at the retreat. I felt like there was a good balance of downtime to read books in hammocks or sit on the beach or by the pool and then also do our SUP/Suft & yoga activities. Practicing yoga in the yoga shala was an experience I will never forget. There was a different energy that I felt during savasina. Our SUP instructors Juan and Guido were the absolute best. I never thought I would be doing SUP in the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica while looking at the rainforest along the coast while butterflys flew around our heads....just magical. "

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    "We had a free day to do some tourning, I overcame a fear of driving a Quad and went on the most amazing trek with our group to Montezuma and had a fun zip line tour, jumped off a small waterfall and saw the most amazing coastline views."

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    "The Pranamar Villas were gorgeous and you quickly get used to life with geckos, hermit crabs, mountain crabs and of course the early rising howler monkeys! I loved the poolside bungalow and the outdoor shower! It is the rainforest and it can be hot and very humid, but it didn't slow us down any. The bedrooms are air conditioned which was quite nice. I enjoyed the early morning hours on the beach going for a run and exploring - it was breathtaking."

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    "I can't say enough abut Sandra and her attentiveness to each of us, she has a very special gift. I came on the retreat looking to put somethings in the past and begin anew, I left with a true sense of renewal and I haven't stopped smiling since I got back. Pura Vida & Namaste!"

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  • Review by Greta Podleski from Kitchener, Ontario
    10 out of 10

    "This was my third retreat with Sandra and Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures and it just keeps getting better. It truly is an adventure: from your trip to Santa Teresa through the jungle, to surfing in the WARM waters of the Pacific on the most stunning beach, to the outdoor yoga sessions surrounded by the unique sounds of Costa Rican wildlife in the distance...there's really nothing else like it. It was mango season, so mangoes were falling all around us. They were quickly scooped up by the Pranamar kitchen staff and transformed into delicious salsa which would accompany the freshly caught fish for dinner! Sandra, the surf instructors, and the Pranamar staff go out of their way to make you comfortable and happy. Everyone learns your name very quickly. Being part of a group of "strangers" is such a good experience. By the end of the week, new friendships and wonderful memories are formed. You can make this retreat as active or restful as you like. There is no pressure, ever, and you can feel completely comfortable travelling solo. It's a special place, that's for sure :) I love it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Washington DC, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a wonderful, relaxing, spiritual but super fun week at Sandra's Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures. The Pranamar Villa grounds are spectacular but not in a fancy, stuffy kind of a way but rather a natural, beautiful way. I just loved the Villa #2 that I stayed in that had an AMAZING outdoor shower!! The food was all local, fresh, healthy and delicious. The fresh juices with each meal were a great treat. However the highlight of this place truly is the staff. Each one was warm and genuine. A highlight for me was the massages in the hut on the beach - Marisol was the best ever!! "

    "Sandra is a joy to be around; she makes you feel comfortable and welcome. She did a great job of setting up the yoga, SUP and surfing activity schedule. You could be as active as you like or just enjoy the surroundings (which I did a lot of). It is very evident that she cares about each of her guests experience. There were 14 or so other participants in the retreat....and what a great bunch of individuals!! People traveled from different places in the US as well as UK, France and Australia. It was so wonderful to meet and bond with these folks. All around is was a very enjoyable experience that I'll remember for many years to come."

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  • Review by Stephen F from Coventry, Connecticut, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had the honor of traveling to Costa Rica yet again. This was my 5th time with Vajra Sol and I loved every moment of it. Sandra is over accommodating to your needs. The scene and location of your villa and yoga experience is out of this world and you feel like you are completely on a retreat of a lifetime. Trust me, this is the best retreat out there for YOGA, SUPING and Surfing. You will not regret this experience. See you next year!"

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  • Review by a traveler from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Peru was in my bucketlist for long time. To find a trip that includes yoga was a bonus. This trip was amazing and unforgettable!! Thanks Sandra for being an amazing tour guide!"

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  • Review by G D from Kingston, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Could not have asked for a better trip. Amazing people, activities, resort. And amazing food! In a quaint location so, while it may be a bit of trip to get there, the serenity and quietness on arrival are well worth the efforts. Also, Sandra is amazing. Full stop."

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  • Review by Erin B from Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

    "My friend and I had decided in February to go on a yoga retreat and booked one with another company. Less than a month to go we received an email that the retreat had been cancelled and so began the hunt for another retreat. It was our good fortune to find Vajra Sol Adventures and Sandra. She graciously answered all our questions and so with less than 4 weeks out, we booked for her Costa Rica retreat. I honestly can't say enough about Sandra and the retreat experience. From our pick up at the Tambor airport, to the accommodations, the food, the yoga and SUP and surfing, everything was beyond fantastic! Did I mention how delicious the food was?!? I would recommend this retreat for anyone who wants to relax and recharge and reconnect with nature and themselves. Can't wait to go back!"

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  • Review by Bibi from New York City, New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I just came back from Peru with Sandra and a group of travelers looking for yoga, culture, adventure and time to reflect. This trip delivered that and more. Sandra was not only a lovely person and host but also a great yoga teacher, caring, very organized, detail oriented, and very resourceful. She did not miss a beat which in turn allowed all of us to truly let go and enjoyed this mystical and spectacular country along with tons of laughing and new friends. I highly recommend this adventure with Vajra Sol Yoga and I am already contemplating another one with her next year in Costa Rica."

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  • Review by Tanya from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Our trip has definitely kick started my yoga practice again and I look forward to continuing the momentum. I still feel so empowered by not only the daily yoga sessions but from the entire trip and its adventures and giggles. You did a phenomenal job getting it all in for us. I know that none of us will ever forget that special week in Costa Rica!"

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  • Review by Renee from Pennsylvania, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was my 4th trip back to Costa Rica through Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures. Sandra takes great care of us and is an inspiring spiritual yoga instructor. The food is excellent, fresh, healthy. Spending everyday learning how to surf and practicing yoga places you in a constant vibrant good spirit. Rest filled sleeps every evening and always the opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old friends if you are a returning guest. Did I mention you receive a complimentary massage as part of the package as well. If I could rate this 10 circles in place of 5 I would."

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  • Review by Lauren from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "The Vajra Sol Retreat in Santa Teresa Costa Rica is an amazing option for a get away if you are looking to have some fun and find some inner peace. The retreat guide, Sandra, is incredibly caring and ensures you are always looked after. The yoga is amazing and suits all people at all levels of their practice, there is no pressure to be a master yogi but the yoga is deeply fulfilling and it is clear Sandra is an extremely advanced yoga teacher.The surf instructors Sandra has personally hired to give lessons are amazing people with huge personalities. They make for a really fun experience - even if you have never surfed before! The people of Santa Teresa in general are incredibly kind and engaging - there is an awesome energy in that place and a great philosophy of life.The food on this retreat was delicious and quite healthy - the fruit is always perfectly ripe and the fish is super fresh - nothing like we get in North America! I felt cleansed after a week of yoga, surfing, and healthy eating.All in all this retreat has got to be one of the absolute best out there - you will meet many like minded people and feel an ongoing sense of community and care on this retreat. You will have lots of options for fun activities on the beach or can you can just relax and enjoy some peace and quiet if you so choose!I sincerely hope that anyone considering a retreat will go with Vajra Sol - I have no doubts that you will love it!"

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  • Review by Eva from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "This was one of the best things I have done for myself in a long time. Sandra is a fantastic yoga instructor, host, and a great person. The accommodations were beautiful and very clean. Playa Hermosa is absolutely breath taking and has a wonderful chilled out vibe. To practice yoga everyday in the gorgeous shala was a memorable experience. Food was healthy, tasty, and the staff some of the best people I have met. Surfing was a blast no matter what level. I look forward to coming back."

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  • Review by Valerie from Calgary, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Everything I wanted in a retreat I got! I was able to keep my surfboard and surf up to three times a day and do the daily yoga with our group. Sandra even let me keep the board an extra two days after the retreat and never charged me! My surf instructors Eric and Mike were excellent and fun to surf with. The daily yoga classes with Sandra and Jill were surreal and the best I've every done. The studio is in front of the ocean and yet surrounded by lush trees. The food is healthy, tasty, and we had variety every day. Don't forget to drink the young fresh coconuts!We went four wheeling into town and stopped at various places including a swim up bar on a cliff overlooking the ocean, stopped at banana beach for sunset mojitos. Anything you needed or wanted Sandra was there to make it happen! Oh! and the massage on the beach from Merissa were heavenly, I found myself in the deepest relaxation my body and mind has ever been in; I recommend getting 90 minutes. Some girls took it easy and got massages every day and other girls like me wanted to cram as much surf, yoga, and activities I could in a day! Whatever's important for you. I came back feeling deeply encouraged, refreshed, and renewed! Thanks to everyone who made it special."

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  • Review by a traveler from Rhode Island, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My wife selected Vajra Sol Yoga adventures (Costa Rica) for our winter getaway trip. My wife practices yoga frequently, but for myself being a non-yogi and someone who cannot sit on a beach for long periods of time, this was the perfect adventure for both of us. Sandra does a great job with everything, including helping you understand the culture and ways of the Costa Rican people, coordinating transportation and lessons, and giving recommendations of other activities to do. You can really make the trip as active or as inactive as you would like, with no pressure. All of the yoga teachers, spa employees, and SUP and surf instructors, were fantastic and also came to socialize during meals and at night to get to know all of us. We would definitely recommend this adventure for anyone traveling to Costa Rica, and we have already talked about when we will join Sandra in Peru!"

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  • Review by Melanie from Calgary, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with Vajra Sol was amazing and worth every penny. Most importantly I found it incredibly relaxing and fun. In addition, the surfing and yoga classes were appropriately challenging for everyone from new-bees to more seasoned practitioners. And finally the surfing is done an a nice sandy beach so you don't have to worry about hitting reef after you inevitably fall.Pranamar is a beautiful location for this trip with very friendly staff and delicious meals. I had no idea healthy food could taste that good. Lastly Sandra, who organizes everything, is wonderful. The trip days seamless with zero stress, and she helps to organize delicious dinners in town as well as arrivals and departures, and other activities on our days off. I wouldn't hesitate go back"

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  • Review by Jenn from Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "My week at Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures far exceeded my expectations! I spent the week in a beach front bungalow with my mom, doing yoga and surfing everyday, eating incredible and healthy cuisine, connecting with a wonderful group of people, and really being granted the time to find my balance and center again. The beautiful location and accommodations made this journey even more zen. Sandra was one of the best yoga instructors I've ever practiced with. She has a radiant light and energy that is contagious, she was knowledgable, spiritual, and a great surf buddy too! Now, two weeks later, talking with my mom and the special people I connected with there, that I now call friends, we are all on board to return together to this retreat next year. I highly recommend Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures and cannot wait to go back!"

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  • Review by Stephanie from Wisconsin, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Wow! I traveled with Sandra to Peru, and it was the best vacation Ive ever taken. In addition to being one of the finest yoga instructors Ive met, Sandra thought of every detail along the way - from amazing meals to knowledgeable guides. Would definitely recommend!"

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  • Review by Jaime from Philadelphia, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I was looking for a retreat where I could mark a special transition in my life, feel safe traveling alone, and be surrounded by peace and beauty with just the right amount of physical challenge. The reviews here on Trip Advisor settled my decision to go with Sandra and Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures - and I was not lead astray! I'm not exaggerating when I say that my week was one of the most relaxing, invigorating, beautiful experiences of my life.I opted for pure yoga (though I hear the surfing lessons were awesome too) and the classes were easily modified so any level practitioner could get a great mind and body workout. The yoga studio, an open air shala surrounded by banana trees and looking out towards the ocean, was exquisite. A few especially pleasant surprises: the setting was more beautiful than I ever imagined. Lots of wood, huge palms, and tropical birds, plenty of open windows with bamboo shades, and impeccable housekeeping. I also couldn't believe how quickly I bonded with my fellow travelers. Everyone had an energy of openness and kindness about them that even though I was traveling by myself, I was surrounded by new friends. I was also blown away by the food. I was a little nervous about my celiac issues, but the Pranamar chefs are outstanding. Just outstanding! Not only did I dine on the freshest, healthiest, most nourishing, and delicious juices, smoothies, and meals, but I was inspired to try to replicate some of the recipes back home (Ive failed).What I really valued the most about the retreat was that we could make our days as chill or as vigorous as we wanted. Nothing was mandatory, there were no militant itineraries we had to follow. Classes and meals were at set times, but if we wanted to stroll on the beach or nap in a hammock instead it was totally fine. The only words of caution I might offer (though please dont let any of this deter you) is that the resort isnt very easy to get to. The flight from San Jose to Tambor is not for the faint of heart, and the drive from Tambor to Pranamar is a bumpy one. Bring your sea bands and you should be fine! Also, because of the open-air nature of the resort, be prepared for the occasional bug or lizard to cross your path, maybe while youre brushing your teeth. Its all good! Pura vida!"

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  • Review by Jessie from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This trip has been an amazing experience and surpassed all of my expectations. I would love to travel on a Vajra Sol trip again in the future. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity."

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  • Review by Scott from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This trip was a birthday present from my wife. Learning to surf was challenging but the coaches were great. The yoga was varied and Sandra was a very grounded teacher. The place, Pranamar, was idyllic and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. It was a great week to recharge. I highly recommend it."

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  • Review by Jane from Boston, USA
    10 out of 10

    "One of the most amazing places in the world. A blend of spiritual connection, yoga balance, energy refueling, and relaxation all in one. A must do for everyone and a have to do again for everyone in our group. Perfect for someone traveling alone or with a companion. The mix of personalities, both male and female made the week extra special. Thank you Sandra for sharing your spirit, wisdom, energy, and experience. Truly life altering! Pura Vida."

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  • Review by Autumn from Ventura, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We all had such a great time on the retreat last week. The entire experience was simply wonderful & I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. You were so helpful in the coordination of the trip --ever so prompt in answering all of our questions and insightful in dealing with our unique issues. We adored our cozy accommodations ...The staff there was very friendly & helpful. The surf instruction was exceptional. The yoga sessions were among the best I've ever had in my 8+ years of practicing. Thanks again for everything. I hope to do it all again soon!"

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  • Review by Leslie R. from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "After trying to find a trip that would accommodate my friend's desire to practice yoga and my request for a surf trip, it just seemed too good to be true that we were able to find Vajra Sol that would be able to accommodate both. Everything about planning this trip was so easy and effortless and it had a lot to do with how amazing Sandra, our retreat leader, was. She answered all the questions we needed, and quite honestly, this is probably the quickest decision I've ever made in regards to traveling for a real vacation.The moment we stepped onto the Pranamar Villa compound, I felt like I stepped into a world that I know my body and mind was looking for. It took me a while to really let go of the fact that I was going to be away from work, but with the help of my new friends, I was able to submerge myself into the beauty and the environment that was surrounding me.Sandra was a wonderful yoga instructor! She was able to lead a class with students of all different levels of experience (like myself). Monica is truly a sweetheart and her energy is so positive. Sandra and Monica's passion for their job and their outlook on life is so inspirational. I definitely want to come back just to be around them.The concept of the Pranamar 5 stars all the way. From our villa just steps from the pool, the friendly wait staff who knew our names throughout the week, and the fascinating stories from Susan the owner, this place is everything you can ask for and more. Every meal that we had at the Pranamar was exceptional. And the meals that we had at the local restaurants were just as satisfying.After not surfing for many years, the surf sessions were definitely tough. I do feel like the instructors pushed us and really made it a fun experience. I have many battle wounds from the ocean and my board, but it was all worth it.Our group was seriously "the bomb"! We were a small group that instantly clicked. It's not often you meet people and think that you've known them for years. We shared numerous laughs and experiences that I can always look back on and I am truly blessed to have met everyone.I could go on and on about Vajra Sol , but it's one of those things people have to experience themselves to understand why this trip is so life changing. I've traveled to many places around the world and although I don't like going to places i've already been to, this is an exception. I can't wait to come back and experience it all again.Thanks Sandra and Monica for everythin! Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by Sarah from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
    10 out of 10

    "In five short days I found serenity, rest, peace and parts of myself that had been hiding behind the day to day grind - thank you for helping guide me through such an amazing journey. I look forward to another Vajra Sol retreat in the future."

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  • Review by John from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a terrific yoga experience. I gained so much more than I expected. Not only did I improve my flexibility and strength, but I also gained a new appreciation of the way it opens and calms the mind. I am looking forward to continuing melding yoga into my life."

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Santa Teresa beach, Costa Rica

Vajra Sol offers upscale Surf, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) or Pure Yoga Retreat on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Stay in beachfront villas or bungalows.

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