Do you feel called to deepen your connection with nature and ignite your inner soul fire? Begin the new year with a transformational journey to Costa Rica! Come practice yoga, meditation, movement, music, and ritual in the Osa Peninsula, a region of Costa Rica that is still mostly off-grid, wild, and undeveloped. The powerful untamed earth energy of this land awakens the spirit and deepens intuition.
Begin with 5 days in the mystical mountains and then travel down to the jungle by the beach for 5 more transformative days. Come to meet like-hearted people, discover wild places, eat nourishing locally-grown vegetarian food, and enjoy our remotely located lodges in secluded natural settings.
Experience more than just a vacation. Reclaim, awaken, and remember your elemental nature. Increase your inner radiance and spiritual connection. Discover how planetary healing begins with personal healing. Learn practices that will benefit both individual and collective health and happiness. Please join for an unforgettable adventure to this special land!
Early Bird special: Get $200 OFF the full price and a 45min complimentary massage by registering before Sep. 29, 2018. (Full price: $2772 double/shared, and $3472 single occupancy)
What will we be doing on the retreat?
Yoga, movement, meditation, connecting with nature, harnessing the power of the sun, awakening the spirit, connecting with nature and the elements, healing through song and sound, dancing, setting intentions for the new year, clarifying and amplifying the soul’s calling, moving through powerful thresholds of change through ritual and group work, clarifying dreams & intentions through visualization, journaling, reflection, and other creative exercises.
There will also be a number of optional activities, services and excursions available to the group during this retreat such as: Mountain and jungle hikes to beautiful waterfalls, visits to animal sanctuaries and botanical gardens, swimming in rivers and oceans, surfing, tree-climbing, zip-lining, horseback riding, boat trips with dolphin watching, massage and acupuncture treatments.
Beautiful, healthy, locally harvested food will be prepared fresh every day for us. Food will be mostly vegetarian. All dietary requirements and allergies can be accommodated.
Activity Overview and Itinerary:
The first day, we will all arrive in San Jose at different times and rendezvous at a local hotel that will be reserved for us in the city. There will be an opportunity to meet everyone and go out to dinner together if you like.
The following morning we will head out toward the mountains! We will be taking a private bus from San Jose all the way to our beautiful mountain lodge called Rio Chirripo. In this beautiful place we will spend 5 days doing yoga, meditation, and other healing practices. We will offer a group hike to an amazing waterfall, and there is even an opportunity to go on a zip-line if you wish. Massage is also available for an extra cost. Organic healthy delicious meals will be served 3 times a day.
While we are in the mountains we will celebrate New Years Eve! For this ritual we will create a bonfire down by the local mountain river. We will be drumming and dancing beneath the stars! Its an incredibly powerful and intentional way to begin the New Year.
After 5 amazing days in the mountains we will travel by bus down to our lodge in the jungle by the beach which is called Finca Exotica. Surrounded by nature and bordering Corcovado National Park, we will have outstanding opportunities to observe Costa Rica’s rich wildlife. Again we will spend 5 days at our beach lodge practicing yoga, meditation, guided visualizations, journaling, chanting, breathing, and celebrating life! There will be 3 amazing healthy meals served per day here, too, and massage is again available. Other optional activities include: Swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding, hiking, horse-riding, and kayaking. It is our pleasure to organize tours and trips to suit your needs.
On the final day of the retreat we will have a morning yoga/meditation class, breakfast, and a closing circle. Then we will drive from Finca Exotica to Puerto Jiminez. From there we will take a short domestic flight in a small plane to San Jose. The brief local flight offers an exciting conclusion to your time in Costa Rica, with sweeping views of the gorgeous green land below us.
You will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) by 2 p.m. at the latest. From there you can catch your flight home or continue your adventures else where! Its all up to you.
TYPICAL DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS
- 07:00 Pre yoga snacks: fruit salad, granola, oatmeal, yogurt, tea, coffee, and fresh juices
- 08:00 Vigorous Morning yoga
- 10:00 Large and substantial brunch
- 12:00 Meditation and Journaling exercise
- 15:00 Snacks – fruit, cakes, bread, nuts
- 16:30 Afternoon yoga (hip openers)
- 18:00 3-course dinner
- 20:00 Fire release ritual
TYPICAL DAY IN THE JUNGLE BEACH
- 06:00 Pre-yoga snacks: fruit salad, granola, oatmeal, yogurt, tea, coffee and fresh juices
- 07:00 Morning yoga and meditation
- 10:00 Large and substantial brunch
- 11:00 Guided jungle hike to the waterfall
- 15:00 Snacks – fruit, cakes, bread, nuts
- 16:00 Journaling and creativity workshop
- 18:00 3-course dinner
- 19:30 Yoga Nidra (relaxation / meditation exercise)
· 1 night accommodation in San José
· 5 nights mountain accommodation
· 5 nights jungle beach accommodation
· All domestic flights and travel
· Daily yoga, meditation, music and more.
· Guided mountain, jungle, and river hikes.
· 3 delicious meals prepared daily (local organic vegetarian nutritious food!)
· Fresh fruit juices sourced from the land available all day.
· Staff gratuity.
· International flights
· Optional excursions such as surfing lessons, tree-climbing, horseback riding, and boat trips (available at extra cost)
· Massage, acupuncture, and bodywork (available at extra cost)
Planning your arrival & departure:
Please book your international flights into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, CR. Arrive ANYTIME on December 29th, 2018 and depart anytime AFTER 2pm on January 9th, 2019.
Who should consider coming on this retreat?
Anyone who feels strongly called to come! Someone who is committed to healing the division in the world through healing the division within themselves. One who is ready to make lifestyle changes that will benefit personal health & happiness as well as future generations of plant/animal/human life on earth. Any person who feels ready to reclaim, awaken, and remember their elemental nature. A human who is interested in increasing their inner radiance and personal power in service of the greater good.
All ages and all levels of yoga experience are welcome. Couples and singles are all welcome. Every year we have a wonderful diverse group of people who come together to go on this journey. We hope YOU will join us!
Our lodging, accommodations, meals, and all other local activities will be provided by the excellent Chirriposa Retreat Company.
The 2 lodges where we will be staying during the retreat are: Rio Chirripó Retreat in the mountains and Finca Exotica in the jungle by the beach.
‘Rio’ is located in the small mountain village of ‘Canaan de Rivas’ and offers both single and double occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms and balcony overlooking the valley and mountain peaks. It is an absolutely gorgeous and high vibration place!
‘Finca’ is a sustainable ecolodge located on Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park’s lush rainforest. More than just a resort, Finca Exotica offers a range of shared accommodations, private jungle cabins, or deluxe tiki tents. All options come with open air showers, and both shared & private bathrooms are available. Finca Exotica is truly a unique place in the heart of the jungle with access to one of the most pure and gorgeous beaches in the world.
Click on the links provided above to explore the different properties and accommodations through pictures.
Please remember that when you choose to join our adventure, you are choosing to immerse yourself in nature. While our mountain location has more traditional accommodations, all houses and lodges in the jungle have open air designs. This means there are platforms, partitions, roofing, and mosquito netting, but few actual walls in the jungle lodge. You can expect to be safely and comfortably immersed in the wild nature all around.
Both locations feature beautiful practice spaces for our yoga and meditation program. Finca Exotica is very near to the ocean for swimming, and Rio Chirripo has a lovely swimming pool and hot tub.
Sonya Genel and Arasa Maram are teachers and artists who create intentional transformative gatherings. Sonya is a yoga teacher who invites people to listen to their bodies, intuition, Earth and Spirit. Arasa is a singer, sound healer, multi-instrumentalist, and poet. Together they offer yoga, movement, and meditation classes that incorporate music and sound for personal and community activation. The current consciousness shift on earth is making tremendous healing and awakening possible. Now is the time to listen deeply to our inner knowing, courageously follow our hearts, and support each other in our collective evolution!
Angus Stephens is co-founder and head chef of Chirriposa Retreats. A world traveller, he has worked for many years as head chef in yoga and surf retreats worldwide. He moved to Costa Rica in 2004 and worked for years at the acclaimed ‘Tierra de Milagros’ Retreat (listed in Yoga Journal’s top 100 retreats in the world). Out of season, Angus travels around Europe and the United States offering his culinary services as a Private Chef. He worked for 10 years as a ‘Tour Director’ guiding large groups of American and Canadian students around major European cities. His interests range from sports such as rugby, football, skiing and surfing to music, including playing guitar, gastronomy and he is a great nature enthusiast.
Tania Cappelluti is co-founder and manager of Chirriposa Retreats. From Berlin, Germany, Tania spent the best part of the last decade running ‘Playkula’, a vibrant artist booking and management agency, representing DJs and Producers worldwide. Tania’s values of fun and positivity (Play) with a sense of community and mutual artistry (Kula) form the foundations of what PLAYKULA became and what CHIRRIPOSA aspires to be today. First arriving in Costa Rica in 2001, she has strong ties to the yoga and surf community there. Tania is also a big animal lover and animals rights activist. She runs a local dog rescue program in Costa Rica called Charlie’s Angels that helps many injured and forsaken animals to get a second chance at life.
Standard Shared/Double $2772
Most accommodations are shared occupancy. Each beautiful spacious room in the mountain lodge is shared by 2 people. In the jungle lodge open air cabins and rooms divided by partitions may accommodate 2-5 people. This is the standard rate for participants on our trip. We encourage everyone to sign up and be open to a friendly social group experience!
Single/Private Occupancy $3472
There is very limited availability for completely private accommodations. You will have your own space to sleep and rest in with no room mates. You will have your own bathroom in the mountain lodge, but may have to share a bathroom with at least one other person in the jungle lodge.
Payment and Refund Policy
Full refund available until Sept 29th, 2018. After this date, the deposit is non-refundable. NO refunds after November 29th, 2018. Payment plans are available upon request. Please make your reservation by paying the deposit, then a custom payment plan can be set up.