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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!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a hurricane free zone. It sits nine degrees north of the equator, below the northern reaches of Columbia and Venezuela, where hurricanes cannot go. When Atlantic hurricanes spiral, the sun shines here.
Please bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, flip flops, shorts, tank tops, swim suit, sarong, flashlight, umbrella or rain poncho, river sandals for the waterfall tour, binoculars for birding, snorkel gear, surfboard for great surfing, and a laid back attitude.
In case you forget or want to pack lightly, you can purchase sunscreen, flip flops, bathing suits, sarongs, clothing, flashlights and rain ponchos in Puerto Viejo. You can also rent surfboards and snorkeling equipment.
You can rent a vehicle and drive to Porto Viejo from San Jose. It is a nice option if you have additional traveling to do. However, you really do not need a vehicle in Puerto Viejo, as you can walk, rent a scooter or bicycle because everything is very close to Cashew Hill. There are also plenty of taxis and inexpensive bus services to other towns if you would like to explore other areas.
The trip from the airport in San Jose to Puerta Viejo is about four hours. Depending on your arrival time, you may want to stay a night in San Jose and get an early start the next day. There are many hotels in San Jose to choose from.
Keep in mind when choosing flight times as the airport shuttle services use a 12 p.m. cut off time for leaving Puerto Viejo at 6 a.m. and making a flight in time for your trip home.
For more information, ask your questions directly to WanderFreely, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Nicole initially became interested in yoga for the physical benefits, but committed to a consistent practice when she noticed how it challenged her patience, humility, and ability to achieve stillness of mind. Nicole feels yoga is the union between mind, body, and spirit and enjoys that yoga is a continuous journey that offers the necessary tools needed to navigate the waves of life.
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.
You may book at an extra cost the following treatments:
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"Nicole is a fabulous teacher. I liked her warm tone and spirit and great adjustments."
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"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
"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!"
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"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."
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