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7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Casa Aislada, Lot 21, Montes Del Valle Comunidad, Santa Ana, San Jose, Costa Rica

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Join Rachael for a tranquil meditation and yoga retreat in a beautiful surrounding at Casa Aislada, Costa Rica. If you have been experiencing excess stress, anxiety, lack of focus, agitation, or insomnia, then this retreat is a perfect trip for you to escape from your daily routine. Relax and rejuvenate, honor your body, and practice with authenticity. Have a good food, great company, and a little adventure.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Adventure excursions including transportation
  • Daily meals, coffee, and tea
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 19.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English, Spanish
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During the retreat, you will be staying at Casa Aislada, Costa Rica. Casa Aislada is a little slice of paradise nestled on a mountainside just above Ciudad Colon in Costa Rica's Central Valley. It has two houses which consist of upper and lower house.

Lower house

The terrace of the lower house is where people like to spend their free time, use the Wi-Fi, read their books, chat, and more. The terrace has a built-in brick and stone barbecue and working fireplace, surrounded by a gorgeous wrought iron railing and boasts a lovely combination of tropical hardwood and bamboo ceilings.

It has three rooms, one has a double bed and the other two have bunk beds that can accommodate up to four people in each room. All bedrooms in the lower house have their own bathroom.

Upper house

The upper house includes a space for indoor yoga in the event of rain, a beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the mountains, and four guest rooms. Each room has a double bed and can be shared or booked as single occupancy if available. Two of the rooms share a bathroom while the other two have en suite bathrooms. The room can be booked for private or double room as long as it is available.

In addition to daily yoga and meditation practices, this retreat offers a unique combination of rest and relaxation, adventure excursions, and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture if desired. Casa Aislada is tucked away in a private community and is located within walking distance of the town of Piedades and a short drive from Ciudad Colon.

During free time, you are invited to stick around the property and lounge by the pool, get a massage or Thai yoga session, relax, and simply just be. You may decide to venture out to the supermarket, local restaurants, or even the craft brewery nearby.

Included in this program are excursions to several interesting places.

Espiritu Santo coffee tour

After welcoming you to the farm, your tour guide will explain the history of the estate, its location, altitude and topography, and other interesting details. The tour consists of seven different stations, full of unique sights and experiences related to the golden beans. See the plantation and learn the steps to grow and maintain coffee plants. Experience the largest and the most beautiful roasting rooms in the country including details about different roasts and the packing process.

Finca Calma farm tour

In today’s fast paced modern world, there is an increasing need for peaceful relaxation, a place to step aside from the concrete jungle and enjoy the true blessings of mother nature. This thirst to enjoy earth’s pure and natural gifts is the driving force behind the paradise that we call Finca Calma, the first eco-retreat development by Vida Calma in biologically rich Costa Rica of Central America.

The translation of Finca Calma, the calm or quiet farm, is the prevalent mood over the entire concept. The farm encompasses nearly 400 acres of beautiful rolling mountain pastures running along almost four kilometers of the San Lorenzo River, less than two hours northwest of San Jose.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the most visited privately owned ecological attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José. It is the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program.

There are five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with numerous species of birds, toucan feeding, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit, and more. All of these are offered at one place, makes it the best eco park in Costa Rica.

Sarchi artisanal shopping

The small and quaint town of Sarchí is famed throughout Costa Rica for its brightly colored and intricately constructed handicrafts. Only an hour drive from San José, a visit to Sarchí is the perfect daytime diversion while traveling through the beautiful Central Valley.

Small shops and stands line the road into Sarchí. Vibrant colors painted onto a variety of mediums stand out with easy recognition. Year in and out, both foreigners and locals alike travel to this charming artisan town to purchase goods and souvenirs. The most well known is the oxcart. Decorated in their entirety, these oxcarts have become a national symbol for Costa Rica.

Visit Poas Volcano

Considered as the most breathtaking sites in the entire country, the Poas Volcano sits high above 14,000 acres of various habitats and life zones which make up Poas Volcano National Park. Rising up to 8,885 feet, Poas remains one of Costa Rica's largest and most active volcanoes.

Poas' main crater offers guests with a spectacular view. The craters' rain-fed sulfuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air. Although the last major eruption was in 1910, visitors can still see geysers explode into the air up to 820 feet high.

Except for the area around the main caldera, the park is full of dense vegetation and small wildlife. There are 79 species of birds that have been identified inside the protected zone. The different zones inside the protected area mainly include cloud forest, mountain rain forest, and very humid low mountain forest. Hiking along the Botos trail, you will see Botos Lake, a beautiful crater which has a beautiful jade color and is frequented by many of the bird species in the park.

Zipline tour

Ziplines above the canopy are in many ways synonymous with Costa Rica. Originally introduced during the 1970, ziplines have developed into one of the country’s most popular and widespread activities. Composed of steel cables and platforms strung at various heights between trees, they offer travelers a unique means of accessing beautiful and remote natural areas. Ziplines not only boost the adrenaline, but also educate their riders on ecology, botany, and reforestation practices.

  • Rachael Harper

    Rachael is a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), Thai yoga therapist, and facilitator of good vibes. For her, yoga is being a personal practice and a place to heal. Yoga is also an important place to foster community, to connect with and serve others, and to play. She enjoys teaching strong, alignment-based slow flow classes among other styles of yoga, but she especially adores empowering beginners in their practice, challenging them to safely and mindfully step outside their comfort zone.

The yoga retreat will be held in Casa Aislada, Costa Rica. Located few minutes away from the coastal highway and the modern amenities of Santa Ana, this estate is surrounded by nature with gorgeous ancient trees where all you hear is the gentle touch of the breeze, a tranquil stream running through the property, and the songs of birds including toucans, macaws, parrots, and others in a wild array of colors.

Nearby places

  • Ciudad Colon, 2 kilometers
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), 24 kilometers
  • Piedades town, 3 kilometers
  • San Jose, 20 kilometers
Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance

You will be served three daily meals including fruit, coffee, and tea which are available anytime during the retreat. Mostly, the food served at the Casa will be typical Costa Rican dishes with a little flare. Vegetarian options will be available upon request. Contact Vida Calma Wellness if you have specific dietary needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Biking to explore surrounding area
  • Canopy or zip lining adventure
  • Cultural tour
  • Dolphin tour
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking (river and ocean)
  • Massages
  • Snorkeling (depending on the weather)
  • Surfing

At additional costs, enjoy Thai yoga massage during your free time offered by Rachael. Book in advance and make a schedule directly with her. Only a handful of sessions will be available during the trip so be sure to schedule early.

  • One hour, 80 USD
  • 90 minutes, 99 USD
  • Two hours, 120 USD
  • 1 Espiritu Santo coffee tour and Sarchi artisanal shopping
  • 1 visit to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • 1 zipline tour and Finca Calma farm tour
  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer to and from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Unlimited fruit, coffee, and tea
  • Airfares
  • Costa Rica exit tax (30 USD, if applicable)
  • In-house massage or Thai massage
  • Optional activities
  • Tip for staff and drivers

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Vida Calma Wellness will pick you up from the airport.

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Vida Calma Wellness was founded in late 2010 by Rachael Harper. It offers healing arts of yoga, Thai massage, meditation, energy healing, and the ancient medicinal practices of Ayurveda.

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