7 Day Empowerment Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • OM at Cashew Hill, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Find your voice in Costa Rica! The WanderFreely empowerment retreat will offer you tools to ride the waves of life with grace and confidence while enjoying the simplistic beauty and depth of nature. Through morning and evening yoga practices, lectures, clarity breath work, and leisure activities you will discover a deeper awareness of your body and a greater appreciation of yourself and your worth. Come remember how precious each moment of life is!


    • Daily lectures
    • Daily yoga and meditation
    • Clarity breath work session
    • Vegetarian breakfast and lunch
    • Welcome dinner on arrival
    • 6 nights accommodation

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Students will stay at the beautiful and serene Cashew Hill Lodge located a five minute walk from town. Cashew Hill is a true sanctuary where students will live in harmony with nature from the edible gardens to the sounds of howler monkeys. Each cottage offers stunning views, a kitchenette, common area, and Costa Rican style. The main yoga platform, Bhakti Shala, offers breathtaking ocean views to calm the mind.

    Playa Negra cottage

    Playa Negra cottage is a one-store, two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage with a lovely view of Playa Negra. It has a small deck and can host two to six persons. Each bedroom has a double and a single bed that cannot be moved around. This is a one-level house.

    Salsa brava cottage

    Salsa brava is a two-store, one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage with a view of the famous Salsa Brava surfing wave and it can host up to three persons. The bedroom contains a double bed and an individual bed. The bedroom is upstairs.

    Sloth cottage

    This is a two-store, one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage where you will likely see sloths climbing in the nearby trees. The cottage contains a double bed and an individual bed. The bedroom located on the main level.

    • 07:00 - 08:30 Morning yoga practice
    • 08:45 - 09:30 Breakfast
    • 10:00 - 12:00 Planned activity
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
    • 14:00 - 17:00 Free time to explore
    • 17:00 - 18:30 Evening practice and lecture
    • Nicole Hudson

      Jai Yoga Arts, Brooklyn, New York Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

      Nicole received her 200-hour training certification from Jai Yoga Arts, Brooklyn, New York where she studied Vinyasa Flow with a focus on alignment, breathing techniques, yoga philosophy, hands on adjustments, and meditation. Since then, Nicole left her corporate job after eight years to focus on furthering her yoga education, teaching, and starting her company, WanderFreely. She continues to expand her knowledge of yoga by taking classes and workshops. In January 2017 with the Karma Yoga Leadership Intensive: A One Degree Revolution, Nicole will start her Lahari 300hr teacher trainining.

    • Lauren Slivosky

      Sonic Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

      Yoga arrived at Lauren's life during high school. Heated Power Yoga became her class of choice and she was hooked immediately. When she moved to New York she decided to learn more and expand its role in her life wholeheartedly. She continued her studies formally at Sonic Yoga in New York City. During her 200-hour teacher-training she dove into the philosophy surrounding the practice and gained a strong understanding of the asanas anatomically, energetically and emotionally. Her training and understanding is physically rooted in Vinyasa yoga.

    This retreat will take place at OM at Cashew Hill, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in Costa Rica.

    There is no place in the world more flavorful than the southern Caribbean area of Costa Rica. Puerto Viejo is a laid back village that moves to a reggae beat. Shirts and shoes are optional at many restaurants.

    The beaches are never crowded and offer lots of activities including surfing, snorkeling, biking, hiking, gourmet restaurants, wildlife, and friendly people, all of which will make this your favorite vacation spot (people often return once they have visited Puerto Viejo).

    Puerto Viejo is a fun, inexpensive place to spend a weekend, week, or month! Rent a bicycle and see it all. You can also take a bus or hire a guide for great day trips.

    Nearby places

    • Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose - 4-hour driving
    • Puerto Viejo - 5-minute walk
    • Hiking nearby
    • Massage
    • Massage nearby
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping nearby
    • Snorkeling
    • Stand up paddle boarding
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Zip lining nearby
    • Beach nearby
    • Dining area
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Kitchen
    • Restaurant nearby

    You have included in the price welcome dinner on the day of arrival, breakfast and lunch each day of instruction, and a farewell dinner. Meals are farm-to-table from the on-site garden, all vegetarian, and created with love. Vegan options are also available.

    • Animal rescue center tour
    • Book a spa treatment or a massage
    • Botanical gardens
    • Chocolate farm tour
    • Do SUP
    • Do surfing
    • Relax by the beach
    • Snorkeling
    • Waterfall hike

    You may book at an extra cost the following treatments:

    • Cranial sacral massage
    • Massage sessions
    • Reiki sessions
    • Restorative soaks
    • Trigger point
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • Clarity breathwork session
    • Daily yoga and meditation
    • Guided tour of Cahuita National Park
    • Vegetarian breakfast and lunch
    • Airfare
    • Dinner
    • Transport to Puerto Viejo

    Arrival by airplane

    You need to book flights to Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose. From here to Puerto Viejo, you can rent a car and drive, take a bus, a shuttle, or a taxi.

    Arrival by bus

    The local bus is called the MEPE. It costs about 11 USD. You will have to take a taxi to the bus station (that can be 20 USD).

    Shared shuttle service is about 59 USD per person. It is an air conditioned van that holds up to six people. It will pick you up across from the airport or at your hotel and deliver you to Cashew Hill. It only has two pick-up times - 07:20 or 14:30.

    You can also take a private shuttle. These hold up to eight people and cost 230 USD for one to six people (add 10 USD per person for more). Depending on your party size and what you want for privacy this can be a great option.

    There is also a very cost effective way to use the private shuttle for two people or to just have a blast on your way to Puerto Viejo! If you plan on a tour for rafting, kayaking, hiking, etc. there is a package that includes an airport or hotel pick up before the activity and then will deliver you to Puerto Viejo after the activity. They store your luggage and feed you as well. These packages start at 99 USD per person. You get a great trip and transportation for a fraction of the cost.

    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.


    • Review by a traveler

      "Nicole is a fabulous teacher. I liked her warm tone and spirit and great adjustments."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "Great teacher, very considerate of injuries and lovely to talk to. I liked the focus on getting positioning right and how Nicole made sure that everyone was doing the poses correctly rather than quickly. "

      Listen 360 website, edited

    • Review by DK O'Donnell

      "Nicole is a wonderful teacher. Her presence in the studio is very grounded, and though she emphasizes alignment and puts her students' safety first, she always leaves space to experiment and exudes a sense of play. Her classes are rejuvenating and fun--and she plays great music!"

      YogaTrail website, edited

    • Review by Beth Hudson

      "Nicole is my favorite yoga instructor because she is passionate about sharing her love and respect for yoga and wants her students to find real fulfillment in their practice. She is caring and calming, which makes her classes a delightful experience. Her love of yoga is contagious and inspiring."

      YogaTrail website, edited