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8 Days Blissful Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

8 Days Blissful Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

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
  • 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

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Petra is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, founder of Yoga by Petra, Reiki practitioner, and retreat facilitator. She traveled far and wide over the course of the last eight years, and today, Petra is based mainly in the South Caribbean fishing village of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. At the beginning of her teaching journey, her focus was mainly on the active asana styles of yoga, but as her personal practice evolved, she gained new insights and she began experimenting with the softer, therapeutic aspects of Yin and Restorative yoga.

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.

  • 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.

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

Testimonials

  • Review by Ian Khan from Canada

    "If my yoga trip could be summed up in one phrase it would simply be: “Pura Vida”."

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    "My retreat was intended to be a blissful week, for rest, relaxation and, of course, yoga. Petra provided an experience that exceeded all expectations. You are immediately disconnected from the hustle and bustle of your daily lives the minute you pull into Puerto Viejo. This pristine corner of our planet, lays the background for a transformative experience."

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    "The daily yoga practices allowed me to take my practice deeper and I found myself doing things, I thought, my body and mind were incapable of. By focusing on breathing and connecting it to the nature surrounding you made all of the difference. Petra takes an attentive, hands-on approach with all of her students — and this is exactly what you need. After all, there is time to do it!"

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    "An underrated component to the overall experience, and yet, in my mind, is the highlight, is the meals prepared by Petra and her team. Delicious, wholesome and made with love, you become truly mindful of what goes into your body, as it nourishes you and enhances your practice. Despite where you come from, breaking bread with a group of crazies, like yourself, will connect you with everyone. You might go in it alone, but you'll be leaving with friends for life."

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    "Finally, talk to Petra about the hikes and adventure tours. Costa Rica is the gateway to some amazing adventures that should not be missed."

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  • Review by Peter Garthside from Canada

    "What an inspiring, spiritual, reflective week in Costa Rica with Petra and co-host. First vacation I've taken where I was in better shape after than before. Great home cooked food, challenging daily yoga in the mornings customized to the group, followed by soulful mantra, meditation, and restorative sessions in the evenings. Petra was a knowledgeable host and helped us take advantage of everything Costa Rica had to offer, including surf, biking into town, relaxing or walking on the beach, seeing the sloths and monkeys, tours, hikes, and more. I highly recommend and great value for the money. Met some amazing friends. Do this now! "

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  • Review by Andra Moldoveanu from Canada

    "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 Canada

    "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 Albania

    "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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