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8 Days "In this Moment" Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

  • Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, Pavas, Carrizal, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Serene Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

This tranquil escape welcomes you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and find peace and clarity through yoga and meditation. Friends and family who are either new to yoga or who wish to just enjoy the serenity that this location offers are more than welcome to attend. Each day will include an early morning and a late afternoon session of relaxation, breathing practice, yoga poses and meditation. Come and discover the serenity through this yoga retreat with Dawn Balfour!


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation session
  • Coffee plantations guided walks
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • Daily meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The Deluxe Vista rooms at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa are spacious of approximately 250 square feet. Every room has a private balcony with stunning views.The room also has a private bathroom, a coffee maker and 1 king or 2 twin beds.

The hybrid tent-bungalows include the comfortable beds and relaxing lounge areas as other rooms, electricity and space to store clothes. Some attractive shared bathrooms surrounded by gardens are just a few steps away. The tent-bungalow offers the options of 1 king size or 2 twin beds.

Pura Vida has a lovely pool and hot tub. The yoga halls at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa are spacious and have stunning views. For your yoga sessions, you will be using Ananda and Shanti halls, both of which are a joy to be in.

You will discover your yoga practice enhanced by the energy of the earth, synchronized with the clarity of mind and freedom of spirit. Your senses will be awakened to bring you fully to the present moment, breath by breath. Each day will include an early morning and a late afternoon session of relaxation, breathing practice, yoga poses and meditation. All levels of yoga experience are welcome.

  • Dawn Balfour

    Dawn Balfour has been studying yoga for more than 15 years and she has been teaching yoga for the past 10 years. She is a certified comprehensive yoga therapist. In addition to teaching yoga classes in Barrie, Canada, she works in association with modalities such as physiotherapist, chiropractor and osteopath. She facilitates retreats as well as specializes in back health, chronic pain and yoga for fertility.

This retreat will take place at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa which is a private 8-acre mountainside estate in Alajuela, Costa Rica. It is only 20 minutes northwest of the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and 45 minutes from downtown San Jose. It is located at almost 5,000 feet above sea level.

The temperatures at Pura Vida range from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with mild nights between 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. The sun rises here at about 5:30 a.m. and the sunset is about 6:00 p.m. all year round.

Nearby places

  • San Jose - 45 minutes
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - 20 minutes

Most meals are vegetarian but there are also fish and meat options available.

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily nutritious meals
  • 7 night’s accommodation at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa
  • Guided walks through surrounding coffee plantations
  • Meditation sessions
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Excursions
  • Flight cancellation insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Lunches
  • Massage and wellness therapies
  • Medical insurance
  • Snacks
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Kim from Ontario, Canada
    9 out of 10

    "On March 1 - March 8, 2013 I was on a yoga retreat to Costa Rica, organized and led by Dawn Balfour. What a wonderful experience! The retreat location (Pura Vida Spa) was beautiful and restful, the staff was excellent, the meals were healthy and delicious, and we had opportunities to enjoy interesting excursions. Dawn led 3 yoga sessions a day and we had an opportunity for breathing, meditation, mindfulness and revitalizing yoga. Dawn's yoga retreat to Costa Rica was a wonderful chance to recharge and revitalize, and I would definitely go back again!"

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  • Review by Ashley from Ontario, Canada
    9 out of 10

    "I thought I would send you a quick email letting you know that I had the baby in May 3. The labor lasted long but it did not feel so long. The breathing techniques that you worked on in the classes made the whole experience a positive one! Steve and I are thrilled with our little guy. Thanks for all your support and wisdom."

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  • Review by Scott Schneider from Ontario, Canada
    9 out of 10

    "I had the fortune of attending a yoga retreat in Costa Rica with Dawn Balfour. Dawn organized the location and fees, and was very helpful in organizing travel. The location and classes were even better than I could imagine. The resort was the perfect backdrop, with beautiful scenery and delicious nourishing food. I left the retreat feeling energized, calm, and my body felt terrific. Dawn is an excellent instructor who intuitively structures each yoga class to her participants. It feels like she can read the group conscious, tweaking and adjusting each class as required. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious! If you get the chance to join Dawn in a class or retreat, you find it a wonderful experience!"

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