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8 Days Nature Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Luna Lodge, Playa Carate, Carate, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Overview

Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Transport yourself to one of the most bio-diverse places on the entire planet. Join Costa Rica yoga, nature, and community on a yogic journey to a secluded eco-lodge set in the pristine and captivating Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park in southwestern Costa Rica. Whether practicing yoga, meditating, hiking with the possibility of encountering rare wildlife, birdwatching, or walking / playing on a black sand beach, this will be a truly a unique experience.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Morning zen meditation
  • 3 daily healthy organic meals
  • Internal flights from San Jose
  • Transfer to the retreat center
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Amid tropical rainforest sits eight comfortable, cool, spacious, thatched roof bungalows. Each bungalow provides two double beds, a private deck, and a private bathroom with shower, and bathtub. The bungalows overlook vast tropical rainforest, and a honeymoon suite is also available with a king size bed.

The large windows and high thatched-palm roof provide for ample air circulation, while the walls of white cane add a decorative rustic touch. Each bungalow also has its own private deck out front, also covered by the same palm roof for enjoyment in any weather. Since Luna Lodge are located up above the Carate River Valley, it is generally cooler and we almost always have a light breeze thus there are barely have any mosquitoes. The environment is very pleasant.

Each bungalow has its own private deck where guests enjoy relaxing and admiring the beauty surrounding the lodge. One of the really attractive and unique parts of the design is the lush private garden just off the shower, smoothing the transition to the wilderness outside, yet keeping it all protected with a handcrafted stone wall.

The hacienda-styled rooms are a new addition to the lodge where we have three additional private rooms available closer to the main lodge. The view is spectacular and the toucans love to visit the neighboring trees in the afternoon. The spacious colonial-style hacienda rooms have private baths and are designed to comfortably accommodate three with one double-bed and one single-bed.

Evalena Leedy

After years of participating in competitive sports to keep fit and to burn off the stresses of life in New York City, she knew there must be something more she could do to find a little peace other than just physically exhausting her body. The true realization of her journey to yoga began in the rainforest of Costa Rica in 2002. She is most grateful to the teachers who have appeared. Schuyler Grant, Alison West and Jenny Aurthur. They continue to inspire her and compassionately show the way into the further exploration of her own practice. Her style of yoga is guided by the energy and breath of Vinyasa, the precise alignment of Iyengar. and the heat of Ashtanga. Inviting others to explore yoga, practicing and teaching have become the undeniable passion of Evalena. After completing teacher training at YogaWorks New York City, YogaSole Studio organically, she evolved with the support and loving encouragement of dear friends. She is excited to have the opportunity to practice and to teach.

Ariel Kiley

She is an Integrated Yoga Tune Up teacher, published author, former marathoner, licensed Yoga for Runners instructor, and a lead teacher of Yoga Tune Up and Equinox teacher trainings nationally and internationally. Ariel specializes in therapeutics for injuries and athletes, whimsical Vinyasa flow and techniques to heal imprints of trauma. She has been featured on CNN, Extra TV and in Muscle & Fitness Hers, The Boston Globe, Star Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She is creator of Equinox's signature program runner's reset and cycle eeset. Ariels professional mission, through teaching and the written word, is to transform human suffering into wellbeing.

Over 75 acres of the lodges property is primary virgin rainforest. You can spot literally hundreds of rare and beautiful bird species such as the scarlet macaw, red-legged honeycreeper, and slaty-tailed trogon. You will also likely encounter exotic creatures, such as coatis, tayras, and the four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica. There are year-round waterfalls on the property itself, one with a swift flowing chute and refreshing wading pool less than a 10-minute walk from the bungalows. Just a few minutes further down the river valley, among a riverbed full of brilliant white boulders, a much higher set of falls thunders down from over 30 feet; you can stand under the spray and look down at how nature is realigning and reharmonizing the rivers elements.

Activities
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Kayak
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake nearby

Corcovado National Park tour

You leave the lodge by car to Carate and walk on the beach for half an hour to the park entrance. Hike with your guide through the tropical lowland rainforest and arrive at the beautiful Madrigal River. Take a dip in the river and meander down the river to arrive at the beach. Leisurely walk back along the beach or duck back onto the trail along the coast to get away from the sun. Arriving back at Carate, someone from Luna Lodge will be waiting to take you back to the lodge.

Early bird watching tour

Rise and shine to the fresh early morning air to find hundreds of birds already awake. There are two different loop trails that are available. For keen birders and animal lovers, the tour will be a special treat. Breakfast will be waiting for you when you return.

Secondary rainforest wildlife tour

This tour is guided along an excellent trail where you will have the opportunity to observe a variety of mammals like the squirrel monkey, howler monkey, white face monkey, and coati mundi, and several bird species such as the scarlet macaw, toucan, and spectacled owl. On this trail, almost the entire walk is in the fresh shade below the marvelous trees which are also the principal element of the food source for the animals and birds. Some of the different types of trees are the fichus, royal palm, guava, and lemon tree. A portion of this tour is along an old jungle road called Shady Lane, which is a tranquil walk ending up along the beach. At the end of this tour, you will be picked up by a land rover and brought back to Luna Lodge where the waiters will be waiting with a smile and a cold glass of water.

Sunset bird watching tour

Around 15:30 you will start walking around the grounds of Luna Lodge looking for birds with impressive colors and marvelous melodies and songs. Within moments, you will encounter different habitats and also a grand diversity of birds, like short-billed pigeon, scarlet macaw, red-crowned woodpecker, bright-rumped Attila, fiery-billed aracari, and many more species. With the help of the experienced guides it will be much easier to find them. For the lovers of nature and especially birds this excursion is an excellent option for your appetite.

Waterfall tour

There are three amazing waterfalls on the grounds of Luna Lodge. This guided tour is an introduction to the rainforest. During this one hour hike, you will encounter a great variety of plants, trees, birds, insects, mammals, and, of course, fresh pure water. Luna Lodge recommends going with a guide for an interpretation of the rainforest, however if you prefer to go alone, the clearly marked waterfall trail will keep you on track. If youre lucky, the dog Osa will want to join you - she knows the way and loves to take people on the tour.

Other activities

  • Get immerse in the nature in and around by a lagoon kayaking
  • Get some fun in the sun in boogie boarding
  • Horseback riding in the tropical forest or along the beach
  • Take your chances and see what you can find in gold panning
  • Take lessons on how to learn to surf on the Osa peninsula

The Luna Spa is the perfect place to journey into your own body, mind, and spirit. It will help you inhale a little deeper and exhale your worries away as you draw on the primal energies of the Costa Rican rainforest.

The holistic balance instructors can guide you on this journey by offering you total body balancing experiences such as mud wraps, massage therapy, aromatherapy, Reiki, or watsu.

Coconut body scrub

This therapy consists of three stages; exfoliation, body wrap, and an oil massage a coconut wrap is applied to the entire body and after a hot shower, to complete the therapy; the body is treated to a relaxing deep tissue oil massage.

Chocolate therapy (the therapy of happiness)

This therapy consists of three stages; exfoliation, body wrap, and an oil massage. First a soft exfoliation hydrates and cleanses the skin. A delicious chocolate wrap is then applied to the entire body and covered in a plastic wrap for a warming effect. After a hot shower, to complete the therapy, the body is treated to relaxing massage with chocolate scented oil. The aroma of chocolate induces the production of beta endorphins which relax and rejuvenate the skin, giving the sensation of extreme pleasure.

Deep tissue oil / cream massage

A blend of Chinese reflexology, Tibetan massage, and deep muscle stimulation over all your body plus a relaxing lymphatic face massage. This is followed by Reiki, pressure points, acupressure, assisted stretch, and aromatherapy with natural oil and organic flower essences for your complete relaxation and enjoyment.

Gem therapy (the therapy of energy)

Harmonize your body and mind with a gem therapy session. The use of therapeutic gemstones has its roots in such diverse cultures and systems as Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Native American shamanism, and is reflected in the more recent practices of crystal healing. Align and balance the bodys seven chakras as gemstones concentrate light-filled powers and color vibrations into the bodys chakras. Gemstone vibrations affect your aura, helping your body to achieve not only balance and awareness but also improve your emotional, spiritual, and physical levels.

Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage therapy dates back thousands of years to the Egyptians, Chinese, and Native Americans and is used to balance the bodys energy. Warm, round stones are placed along specific energy centers to relax inflamed, sore muscles, and allow the massage therapist to work deeper into the muscles, providing a soothing, nurturing massage.

Lanas special

A combination of a deep tissue oil / cream massage with a Thai massage and ultimately concluding with a Luna facial and hair massage.

Luna facial and hair massage

This massage concentrates on the head and includes a delicate natural shampoo by of three stages; exfoliation organic coffee or coconut, clay and mud mask, then a relaxing shiatsu facial massage followed by aromatherapy.

Reflexology session

Enjoy an antic foot and hands massage session with emphasis on the energy (chi) meridians that end on your toes and fingers.

Reiki

An ancient hands-on technique derived from the Essenes; it involves powerful energy channeling to activate and accelerate your natural healing process and uses healing sound vibrations. Oil free sessions, with organic flower essences aromatherapy.

Shiatzu and acupressure

A rhythmical pressure release on the acupressure meridians; stimulating and strengthening the immune system, as well as detoxifying and relaxing your body as a whole. Oil free sessions, with organic flower essences aromatherapy.

Tantra massage

This form of massage is designed to restore the power balance, to align the chakras, and to heal the emotional facility. This allows the body, heart, psyche, and spirit to move towards alignment and induce deep relaxation of the body.

Thai massage

Thai massage is based on Indian physical therapy practices. Pressure and stroking motions move blood, aiding normal circulation and realigns knotted muscles for improved movement. Thai massage focuses on pressure and only requires the patient to wear loose-fitting clothes for proper treatment.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Healthy, organic meals a day
  • Internal flights from San Jose and transfer to retreat center
  • Inspiring yoga classes daily
  • Morning zen meditation
  • Hiking and bird watching guided tours
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing (lessons available)
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamara International Airport (SJO). The transfer is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Sole an inquiry.

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Arrival: Saturday March 4, 2017
Departure: Saturday March 11, 2017

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