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8 Days Blissful Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

Overview

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Join Petra and Kirsten for a week retreat and allow Petra to show you some of the best kept secrets of her new home in Playa Chiquita, Costa Rica. Enjoy daily yoga, meditation, healthy food, and time to relax in the heart of Costa Rica’s beautiful Caribbean beach community. Savor the powerful retreat experience away from home, which promises to leave you feeling complete, renewed, and one step closer to experience your true nature.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditations and pranayama
  • Bonus workshop and waterfall excursion
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • Daily meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 14.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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During the retreat, you will stay at Playa Chiquita, South Carribean, Costa Rica. It is a private Caribbean style cabin which sits on 10 acres of land, providing a lush tropical setting for guests to enjoy. A private jungle path leads guests to a remote stretch of beach, one of the most scenic beaches in the area. Along the path, exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots, and blue morpho butterflies can be sighted.

The rooms

Each room is basic yet modern with tasteful and inventive decorations. All the bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning and bathroom with shower with hot water.

Room 1

Room 1 is the master bedroom, featuring a double bed and an en suite bathroom.

Room 2

Room 2 has a double bed and the bathroom is shared with room 3.

Room 3

Room 3 has a double bed and a twin bed and the bathroom is shared with room 2.

Room 4

Room 4 has another bedroom features a double bed and a twin bed and access to the main bathroom.

Room 5

The fifth bedroom is a dorm style room, featuring three bunk beds with an en suite bathroom and can accommodate up to six people.

Guests can spend time relaxing in the open air concept house, which perfectly combines the simplistic, rustic Costa Rican style with a modern, and sleek artistic twist. You can lounge around the large patio with a cool ocean breeze, or spend time on the private and secluded beach.

In this program, your hosts and instructors, Kirsten and Petra, will guide you through daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation practices that will leave you feeling recharged and at ease. They believe that people owe to themselves to find the right balance between spending time alone, with others, time for activities, and time to rest. Honoring the investment you are preparing to make in yourself, this retreat getaway was designed with the overall goal of combining the perfect elements that will nurture your mind, body, and spirit.

Each morning, you will practice energizing creative Vinyasa yoga sequences which will help strengthen and deepen your asana practice as well as prepare the body for meditation. In the afternoon, Yin or Restorative practice will help slow things down, tapping into your inner world, releasing old beliefs, emotions, and toxic residue that is causing you to feel stuck and out of balance.

Daily schedule

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

  • 14:00 Private shuttle will depart for Playa Chiquita
  • 19:00 Arrive in Playa Chiquita
  • 19:30 Dinner

Wednesday through Monday

  • 08:00 Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Guided meditation and pranayama session
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Leisure time
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Leisure time
  • 17:00 Yin or Restorative yoga or workshop
  • 19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  • 05:30 Private shuttle will depart for Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • 10:30 Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

Included in this program is an excursion to a waterfall.

  • Kirsten Gietz

    Kirsten’s practice now effectively brings to light the more physical side of yoga through dynamic movements, high intensity interval training, and the activation of under-utilized muscles. Her students always know to expect a high-spirit class, layered with valuable strength building techniques to empower their very busy and active lives.

  • Petra Tomuta

    Petra has been a sun worshiper ever since she can remember. She spent half her lifetime cultivating a dream that began in her teens: to live by the beach in harmony with nature. That seed was planted in fertile soil and she continued to nourish it and watched it blossom gradually into the sunlight of consciousness. Today, based mainly in the South Caribbean, Costa Rica, she loves life in the jungle, immersed in nature, surrounded by exotic flowers, iconic wildlife, the sacred sea and magnificent beaches. "The human spirit needs places where nature has not been re- arranged by the hand of man."

The yoga retreat will be held in Playa Chiquita, Costa Rica. Surrounded by deep blue transparent water, a symphony between sand and sea awaits you in the lush jungle setting of the South Caribbean. This piece of paradise is the ideal location in which you can step back from life as you know it, relax, have fun, and allow your intuition to guide you back to your soul.

Nearby places

  • Jaguar Rescue Center, 850 meters
  • Puerto Viejo, 5 kilometers
Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
Services
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance

All meals are prepared in the house using high quality locally sourced ingredients to ensure best taste and nutrition in every bite. Celebrate the abundance of Costa Rica with local tropical fruits and veggies and fresh caught fish and seafood. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Seafood
  • Vegetarian
  • 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
  • Chocolate tour (highly recommended)
  • Cultural tour to the indigenous reserve
  • Dolphin tour
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking (river and ocean)
  • Massages
  • Medicinal plant walk
  • Naturalist walk - learn about the jungle
  • Snorkeling (depending on the weather)
  • Surfing
  • Visit Jaguar Rescue Center
  • 1 bonus workshop
  • 1 excursion waterfall visit
  • 2 daily yoga sessions (Vinyasa and Yin or Restorative yoga)
  • 3 daily wholesome fresh meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • Daily guided meditation and pranayama
  • Airfares
  • Optional activities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The shuttle will depart at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8. Please ensure you arrive on time. Note that there will be only one collective shuttle for the group on arrival and departure.

  • Review by Andra Moldoveanu from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Puerto Viejo became home for my first ever yoga retreat, lead by Petra in 2015. Each day was filled with pure bliss, excitement, adventure, laughter, tears and sunshine in my heart. Petra led us through two asana practices, typically one more vigorous and one more heart opening along with a daily, mindful meditation focused on the chakras, suitable for all levels."

    "Surrounded by nature, I was able to take my physical, mental and emotional practice to a deeper level, which I had not experienced before. Embarking on this retreat with a group of strangers and no expectations, I came out closely connected and inspired by each individual present, whom I now consider friends of the heart. Puerto Viejo was a life changing experience that reinforced my passion and desire to connect to myself and others in the most humble and meaningful of ways. "

    "Petra is one of the most grounded and connected yoga teachers, mentors and friends I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths with. If you are looking for the experience of a lifetime, letting go of ego, and fully surrendering to the present moment and what life has to offer, I am certain that Petra will lead you from living in fear to opening up and overflowing with love in all aspects of your life. "

    "Great accommodations, luscious beaches, amazing home-cooked, healthy meals, diverse workshops such as Acro-Yoga and Thai massage, dancing our hearts out, and daring zip-lining, and hiking through the heart of the Costa Rican jungle. Gifting myself this experience was truly a most memorable and worthwhile puzzle piece of my life’s journey."

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  • Review by Jeremy Moher from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Ever lie on your mat and the teacher's voice is being drowned out by a choir of howler monkeys? Ever roll up your mat after class, take a few steps through a tropical jungle, arrive at a warm beach and walk right into the ocean? That is the daily reality when you join Petra Tomuta's retreat in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica."

    "When you do join her retreats, you will be in great hands. Petra's skill and knowledge of the various styles of yoga will aid and inspire you to take your practice to its next level. From Restorative yoga, to Power Vinyasa, pranayama, and meditation, you will have the opportunity to explore areas you are familiar with and some you are not. As Petra continues to gain knowledge on her own path, she is able to provide more opportunities for her students to learn as well. "

    "You will be joined by an intimate group of people who come from different walks of life but have a common desire to advance their yoga practice and do so in this surreal location."

    "When it's time for rest and relaxation, this laid back area of Costa Rica lends itself to some beach time, exploring the tropical jungle, and enjoying a little of Puerto Viejo's nightlife. Petra provides comfortable accommodations and tasty meals in this inspiring location to make it the ideal place for your yoga retreat or vacation. In the end, it is the yoga experience you gain with Petra that you will carry forward into your life's practice."

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  • Review by Rachel Berryman from Tirana, Albania
    10 out of 10

    "Since the first time that I met Petra, her dedication and discipline of yoga was tangible. Not only does she have a strong asana practice, but her hard work and focus shine through in her teachings, her passion for anatomy, alignment, and living out her yoga practice in day to day life. "

    "Her classes are engaging, challenging, and creative while maintaining her joyful spirit and enthusiasm for yoga. She is an incredibly special person and consider yourself fortunate if you have the opportunity to be a part of her classes!"

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