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Just imagine, on the edge of the earth, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the pristine white sand beach, you’ll spend a week nurturing the mind, body, and soul. Explore one of only five blue zones across the planet, be greeted by a warm tropical breeze, and while the sun is shining and hot, you slip on your sandals, and immediately sink into comfort and relaxation. You’re exactly where you’re meant to be for a luxurious, life changing yoga holiday treat!
The resort provides an extraordinary setting to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability. Perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge, Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned beaches to be deeply nurturing that gives you an unforgettable experience.
You may choose your accommodation package for this yoga retreat:
Situated on a hillside and overlooking the lush Costa Rican vegetation, the air-conditioned nature suites are perfect for city-dwellers looking to dip their toes right into the countryside. With a natural wood frame, private bathroom, an enclosed porch with a desk, and private outdoor shower using solar hot water designed to overlook the jungle, this suite is sure to keep you rested and relaxed. The room is very cozy and accommodates two people. It also has a safety box large enough to fit a 17 inches laptop computer. The suite is just a short walk up the hill to the main building.
Ready to get cozy? With a queen sized bed, private bathroom, and perhaps a partial view of the ocean or the mountains nearby, it’s sure to please any retreat yogi on a budget. The air-conditioned rooms are specifically designed to provide privacy and elegance, while being cozy and inexpensive. Inside the room, there is a safety box large enough to fit a 17 inches laptop computer.
The fourth annual world-class yoga retreat brings you to lush, tropical Costa Rica with two invigorating yoga practices daily, and all the peace and quiet you need to absorb all of the vibrant healing energy of the rich destination around you.
Honour the soul, step back from the busyness of your life, and embrace the idea that getting out of your head and back into your heart is exactly what you need. On this yoga retreat, every class will have a different focus, exploring the body’s natural range of motion and postures that may be entirely new to you. The yoga instructors will incorporate meditation, pranayama, and will make sure to invigorate each part of the body to leave you feeling both energized and calm each day.
Every time you step on your mat, your practice will feel and be different, respecting the natural ebb and flow of the body, exploring yoga both on and off the mat. This will be your opportunity to invigorate the body and cultivate calmness, energy, and truth.
Tracy Billows is co-owner and yoga teacher at Yoga Town. She is a lover of all things yoga, running, and anything else that gets her heart pumping fast. She also loves fresh green juice, sunshine and the beach, tending to her veggie and flower gardens, delicious red wine and chocolate, and most of all her amazing husband and two kids who remind her daily what it's like to live from your heart.
Paula Munroe is co-owner and teacher at Yoga Town. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a registered yoga school (RYS). She teaches flow yoga, alignment-oriented yoga, hot or heated yoga, and specialty yoga.
This retreat will take place in Blue Spirit resort, Playa Guiones, Costa Rica. It is located in one of the world's five blue zones. According to author Dan Buettner, a blue zone is a concept used to identify a geographic area of the world where more people live to be centenarians (past 100 years) than elsewhere, and reported to show the highest levels of well-being. While visiting Blue Spirit, you will feel the resonance of a vibrant, inspiring, and healing energy because of the rich subtropical environment, and the cultural lifestyle.
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You will be treated to the freshest vegetarian cuisine Costa Rica has to offer. Your stay at Blue Spirit includes three delicious consciously prepared meals a day. All meals are gourmet vegetarian. A few times each week, they serve fresh, locally caught fish. The daily lunch and dinner buffet includes a pure food option, which offers greens, grains, and legumes without oils or seasonings. Raw food is purchased from local farmers, and organic produce when available.
If you have lactose intolerance, food allergies, or any other similar food issues, you may request for special meals. These requests must be communicated at least two weeks in advance with Yoga Town. Also, please keep in mind that a huge variety of non-allergic products are not as easily available in Costa Rica (as for example, in the U.S.).
When you are not on your yoga mat, there are fabulous activities for guests who like to venture further. Get your dancing shoes ready for a free Salsa dance class, lounge at the saltwater infinity pool, or participate in a fire ritual on the beach in the evening. You can also walk barefoot along a three-mile long white sand beach or pamper yourself with a tropical body polish at the spa.
Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR). Transfer from and to this airport via Blue Spirit shuttle is available on Saturdays only from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The shuttle will depart the airport as they fill. This costs 60 USD.
If you need transportation out of schedule, you may request for reservation with the following rates:
It is recommended to fly into Liberia International Airport (LIR), which is only a two-hour scenic drive to Blue Spirit Costa Rica. But you can also fly into San Jose International Airport (SJO) as sometimes flights from the US, Canada, or other parts of the world are less expensive or more direct. Getting to Blue Spirit from San Jose International Airport (SJO) by ground transportation however, is more costly and can take four and a half hours.
An alternative option is to take a 40-minute short domestic flight from or to San Jose International Airport (SJO) to or from the local Nosara Airport (NOB), which is only a 20-minute drive from Blue Spirit.
Each departing passenger must pay a 29 USD departure tax at either San Jose International Airport (SJO) or Liberia International Airport (LIR) before exiting Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash in US dollars, Costa Rican colones, or with a credit card.
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