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7 Days Energetic Lines in the Sand Yoga Retreat in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

To retreat - to move away from your routine - is to see life with new eyes, to shine a light on dark corners and never before seen spaces. This retreat is the ultimate gift of self-love. JJ and Ryan are excited to be putting together their first retreat at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa where the atmosphere is truly magical. Yoga with Ryan would love you to experience the beauty that Costa Rica has to offer and join them for a life-changing experience. It's all happening and they would love you to be a part of it.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Breathwork practices
  • Thai massage sessions
  • Local beach trip every day and jungle hiking
  • 3 healthy plant-based meals a day
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Costa Rica Yoga Spa beautiful jungle lodge is located at the top of a mountain with views of Ostional, jungle and surrounding ranchland. Costa Rica Yoga Spa can accommodate up to 26 guests comfortably in their eight guest rooms. The private upstairs suites offer spacious covered patio balconies with spectacular views. It will be a perfect place to sip your fresh morning coffee, tea, or smoothie and greet the day. The accommodation is completed with amazing Pacific Ocean view and dipping pool on site.

The jungle lodge complex includes hiking trails, a delightful dipping pool overlooking the ocean and jungle canopy, a poolside lounge area and plenty of hammocks for down time. Services include laundry service, free internet / Wi-Fi, maid service and other amenities to make your stay even more enjoyable.

Private suite single occupancy room

The private suite single occupancy room can accommodate one person in one room. It has a private bathroom with private balcony with hammocks and is located on the top (second) floor of the lodge.

Private suite double occupancy room

The private suite double occupancy room can accommodate up to two persons in one room. It has a private bathroom with private balcony with hammocks and is located on the top (second) floor of the lodge.

Private suite triple occupancy room

The private suite triple occupancy room can accommodate up to three persons in one room. It has a private bathroom with private balcony with hammocks and is located on the top (second) floor of the lodge.

Quad-shared room

The quad-shared room is located on the main floor. The comfortable quad-shared accommodations have two bunk beds each, a separate desk and a sitting area with separate closets for each guest. This first-floor shared room has a shared bathroom and a shared balcony with hammocks.

Yoga with Ryan Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Program

Thai massage and yoga go hand in hand. You will be working the lines of the body to flush out negative energies and bring in the positive as well as increasing range of motion, circulation and overall the bodies ability to move and perform. One more active, one more passive, both essential arts to a well-rounded body and soul. Yoga "flows" and Thai massage also "flows".

Smooth transitions will define both of these arts and so you will learn not only the flows of yoga but the flows of Thai massage whether you are giving or receiving. Wonderful skills will be learned in the arts of Thai massage to supplement your yoga practice and life whether you are massaging someone else or just yourself. You will know the blueprint for these ancient and wonderful systems of care.

Yoga in the morning, Thai massage in the afternoon

Your days will begin with a daily morning yoga practice with JJ and Ryan followed by a breakfast prepared with local organic ingredients. The day times are yours to enjoy however you want; relax with a massage, go to the beach, hang out by the pool. You may explore the surroundings with an excursion like zip lining, jungle tours, etc. Afternoons will be filled with guided Thai massage sessions. The sessions are like following a yoga class where JJ and Ryan demonstrate techniques and guide through actions as well as words.

The week will begin with simple sequences for lying on the back / stomach and will progress to more advanced techniques through the week. After your guided Thai massage workshops, dinner will be served. Practitioners will work with each other to give and receive a massage each and every day. If you plan to come with someone specific, you can work with them the whole week. If you come alone, you can choose your partner each day. It is recommended to switch to a new partner each day.

In this retreat, you will escape into a world of relaxation, rejuvenation, and magic. Thai massage will add a new level to your current practice and does wonders for longevity and endurance of your practice. You will open a new path of healing for yourself. You will have a week of amazing self-care through mindfulness, yoga, and amazing food balanced with the compassionate work of Thai massage. All levels welcome whether you are coming solo or with a massage partner.

Included excursions

  • Daily trip to local beach
  • Hiking in the jungle


Ryan Holland
CorePower Yoga (Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)
Ryan was introduced to Bikram yoga and has been addicted to yoga as well as body work since getting injured in a car accident in 2011. He has experienced the healing powers of yoga first hand. Ryan believes the true practice of yoga extends far beyond our mat and expands throughout our daily life. He is forever grateful to the teachers and students who shared their knowledge of yoga. Ryan loves to travel and experience other cultures and is forever a student of life. ​
John James "JJ" Pepper
University of Texas (Kinesiology)
John James Pepper is a yoga instructor, Thai massage therapist, kinesiologist and trainer with a degree from the University of Texas. It was there he fell in love with movement as he played collegiate sports and studied. That brought about untimely injuries that turned out to be extremely fortunate. Through these injuries, JJ realized the importance of training not just the body and mind but the spirit as well. He dove into meditation and this led him to pursue healing arts to supplement his training background, the two most namely being yoga and Thai massage.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It is one of the only six blue zones in the world where people consistently live to over 100 years.

Nearby places

  • Rio Montaña Nosara, 300 meters

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining


  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served three healthy meals a day which are primarily vegetarian, organic, locally produced, and gourmet. This includes dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure. This does not include one night out when Yoga with Ryan will provide transportation to a local restaurant as well as with alcohol and specialty drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Jungle tours
  • Massage relaxation
  • Spa treatment
  • Surfing lessons
  • Zip lining

What's included

  • 1 daily flow yoga class
  • Daily Thai massage class
  • Breathwork practices
  • 1 beach trip per day
  • Jungle hiking at your doorstep
  • Daily group transportation to / from local beach
  • Free Wi-Fi and internet
  • 3 healthy plant based meals a day
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • 13% tax
  • Activity fees
  • Adventures like zip lining or surfing lessons
  • Spa services
  • Airplane tickets and transfers
  • 1 night out to eat at local restaurant
  • Alcohol and specialty drinks
  • 10% optional gratuities

How to get there

Driving directions from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

  • Take a right on to the main highway from the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) exit.
  • Drive about an hour keeping on the same road.
  • Pass through the towns of Filadelfia, Belen and Santa Cruz.
  • Take a right into Nicoya after Santa Cruz where you will see signs for Nicoya.
  • Continue straight down the main road until you are forced to make a right once in Nicoya.
  • Make your first left.
  • Continue right through the center of town.
  • Make a left when it ends and then your next right (at its end).
  • Stay on this road for nearly 30 kilometers.
  • Stay on the main road even when you encounter several turns along the way.
  • Look for signs pointing to either Nosara or Samara if you are in doubt.
  • Pay attention and be aware of speed bumps, pot holes, pedestrians, bicycles, dogs and numerous other obstacles along the way. All of the bridges along this stretch of highway are wide enough for only one vehicle at a time.
  • Pull aside and let oncoming traffic through if you have a Ceda sign and there are cars coming in the other direction. There will be a Ceda (Yield) sign on one side of every bridge.
  • Drive about 30-40 minutes and you'll see a gas station on your left.
  • Slow way down immediately after the gas station where the main road turns to the left and you'll see a sign for Nosara on your right.
  • Turn onto this road.
  • Drive for about 25 kilometers on a gravel road from here. The road is occasionally graded, so depending on its condition the drive should take between 45 minutes and one-half hours. During the dry season, it can be very dusty. If you see locals walking or riding a horse along the way, please slow down to avoid covering them in your dust.
  • Turn right and continue on your way after about 10 kilometers where the road comes to a T intersection where you'll see signs for Nosara. When you reach Playa Garza, you are at the beach. This is a beautiful spot and a great place to take a rest if you need one.
  • Continue on over a hill and down to Playa Guiones otherwise.
  • Continue drive and you will come into Playa Guiones and see businesses like Coconut Harry’s Surf Shop and National Car Rental. The employees at National are very friendly and know us well so if you are lost or need to call us you can certainly ask them for help.
  • Keep driving as you are still a bit south of Nosara at this point.
  • Drive after a few more kilometers and you'll see signs for Playa Pelada.
  • Continue straight ahead towards the village of Nosara.
  • Take your next left, a half mile after the gas station, located on the right-hand side where you will see a large gas station.
  • Continue on this road where you will see a sign for Ostional or Playa Ostional and also a sign for Costa Rica Yoga Spa.
  • Cross a bridge.
  • Take a right immediately after the bridge. You will see a sign for Costa Rica Yoga Spa here as well.
  • Follow this road until you come to another “T”.
  • Take a left there.
  • Drive about 400 meters down this road and Costa Rica Yoga Spa's entrance is on the right. You will see our sign and a black iron gate and a wall with Mayan type design on it.
  • Go up the drive on your left you will see Costa Rica Yoga Spa's reception office.
  • Stop there to check in.
  • Continue up the drive all the way to the top and follow the sign for drop off if it is after hours and no one is there. Costa Rica Yoga Spa will look forward to your arrival.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR).

If flying into Liberia, Costa Rica Yoga Spa recommends a ground shuttle to the Costa Rica Yoga Spa (two-half hours). If flying into San Jose, Costa Rica Yoga Spa recommends a transfer by air to Nosara. Also, if you fly into San Jose, Yoga with Ryan recommends Nature Air for a quick and scenic flight to Nosara. Nature Air flies into Nosara from San Jose in just 40 minutes and is recommended over a taxi. However, The Costa Rica Yoga Spa also offers free local (Nosara) pick-up and drop-off at the airport or other hotels in town.

Arrival by bus

There is a bus that runs from San Jose to Nosara daily, leaving the city at 5.30 a.m. and arriving in Nosara at 12 p.m. (Alfaro Bus, costs 10 USD).

Arrival by shuttle

Costa Rica Yoga Spa recommends CR Terratour for shuttle service from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) and Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) for their reliability, professionalism and proven experience. If you are flying into Liberia, CR Terratour costs 50 USD for the shared shuttle each way and leaves Liberia at 2 p.m. Private shuttles for up to five people cost 130 USD. CR Terratour also has shuttles returning to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) daily at 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

It is always best to confirm your pick-up or drop-off times with shuttle companies directly as they may vary. If you want a private shuttle from San Jose, they start at 240 USD each way and take about six hours. Shuttles and private taxis coming from Liberia and San Jose are not included and are the responsibility of the guest to reserve.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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