Costa Rica – Yoga Holiday

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| 05/12/2019 |

Our base is in an intimate and peaceful jungle lodge set in flowering gardens within a 90-hectare private reserve next to Costa Rica's oldest nature reserve; Cabo Blanco National Park. With its wide diversity of plants, trees and wildlife, the extensive property forms a continuous stretch of forest connecting to Cabo Blanco nature reserve.

Here you will find a mosaic of jungle, rolling hills, mountains and creeks, with some lookout points from where you can enjoy panoramic views to the Pacific ocean and beaches of Mal Pais. The village and scenic beaches of Mal Pais are just a mile away downhill, while buzzing Santa Teresa, with some of Costa Rica's most coveted surf points, restaurants and shops is a fifteen minute drive from the lodge.
As well as the opportunity to practise yoga with an experienced teacher and enjoy holistic therapies, there'll be a fantastic programme of activities to help you experience the best of Costa Rica and build great bonds with other yogini.



The lodge is a truly spiritual haven and the location is a serene and secluded environment in which to relax and renew, in an extraordinary slice of the lush Costa Rican dry tropical rain forest. Your time here will rejuvenate you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Each morning before breakfast (except on arrival and departure days) we will practice yoga and meditation from 8.00 to 9.30 on a 64 square metre teak platform with the sounds of birds and monkeys as a symphonic backdrop. Here you can experience a healthy and fulfilling connection with nature. The jungle has a healing and centering energy force which affords practitioners alike a unforgettable deeper level of communion with mother nature while they practice yoga each day.

Our teacher in Costa Rica will be Hanna Bridges who is greatly loved by all.

Hanna gained her teaching qualification with Yoga Alliance and currently works in the UK at health spas and healing centres. She also is a holistic practitioner qualified in body work, massage, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and other treatments. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the experience of working in the holistic healing field has given her a deep insight into the workings of the whole person.

Hanna is a gifted yoga teacher and practitioner and brings joy, happiness and love into her teaching and holistic therapy work.



The eco-friendly lodge consists of five guest rooms with private bathrooms, keeping it intimate, quiet and low-impact. It has a wonderful swimming pool, waterfall jacuzzi, yoga shala and and lounge-dining area and terraces are ideal for relaxing and practicing yoga and meditation. There are hammocks to relax in and free wi-fi all around the property.

Guest rooms are arrayed on a hillside and are fronted by a sitting porch which looks out into the beautiful flower garden where butterflies and hummingbirds fly endlessly. There are four twin rooms which are spacious simple and warmly decorated, featuring private bathrooms with a hot showers, mini-fridge, room safes and ceiling fans.

A delicious breakfast of local fruit (papaya, mangos, pineapples),fresh yogurt, cereal, coffee or tea, and toast with jam and honey is served after yoga practice each day and on the morning of departure day.


A delicious and healthy buffet lunch and dinner is included in the price three times within the week. The food is mainly vegetarian but includes some local fresh fish dishes. The food is locally sourced, as much as possible.

We'll also organise trips to experience delicious cuisine in authentic local restaurants in the seaside towns of Mal Pais or Santa Teresa on evenings where there is no buffet dinner. A small fee, per person, is charged for transport to-and-from the town.

The lodge also has a maid service for when you want a snack or drink, or if you decide not to join the visits to local restaurants.

Holistic treatments

Holistic treatments complement the yoga we practice. We have a wide range of treatments, as in a spa, but we differ in that we use only natural, organic products and take a holistic approach in our sessions.

A brochure describing these relaxing, healing and rejuvenating therapies will be given to you when you arrive and you can book them with our own qualified practitioner each day at breakfast-time, when they are available to discuss each treatment and help you to choose the perfect one for your own requirements.

Treatments are conducted in a warm, safe, healing environment in a purpose built treatment shala on the resort surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.

Treatment prices range from 30 to 100 USD per session, depending on your choice of treatment and duration. 

Other activities

Included in your yoga holiday is a free guided walk on Sunday, after morning yoga and breakfast. The walk is led by a native local guide with a vast knowledge of the area and is led through the private 225-acre reserve which has abundant water sources and medicinal plants. The evergreen trees attract many animals.

Other possible activities during your stay:

- Beaches, Surfing & Diving
- Horse Riding
- Nature Tours and Bird Watching
- Boat trips
- Fishing
- Market in Costa Rica
- Shopping & Dining

Travel & Facts

The retreat's beautiful eco-resort is in Star Mountain, Mal Pais on on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula which has some of the best beaches and jungle locations in Costa Rica.

The first stage of your journey will probably be a flight to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. (Remember this is NOT San Jose, California!)

Overnight stay followed by domestic flights from San Jose to Tambor

Plan your journey to arrive a day before the start of your retreat and have an overnight stay after your long-haul flight, ready to start your journey the next day.

The regional airline Sansa offers direct flights from San Jose to Tambur Airport, 27Km from our resort, for $60 - $95 each way. The flights, in 12-person planes, take just twenty minutes so they're definitely the fastest way to go as well as being a great way to see the country by air, with a landing just off the beach.
At Tambur Airport, you either take a taxi to Mal Pais for about $50 for the 27Km journey; ask the driver to drop you at Mary's Restaurant and we will collect you. Alternatively, we can arrange a transfer at a cost of $50 (each way) for 1 person, $70 for 2 people or $100 for 3 people. 

It's also possible to hire your own car at the airport and drive. Travel time will be about five hours.

You willl get more detailed information in your booking confirmation.

Included in the price 6 nights:

  • 6 nights accommodation in an en-suite bedroom
  • Fresh linen and towels
  • Weekly room clean and change of towels
  • 5 morning yoga classes
  • 3 afternoon yoga classes
  • Use of yoga mats
  • A buffet breakfast each day
  • Three buffet lunches and three dinners, serving vegetarian cuisine and some local fish.
  • A guided Sunday walk
  • Unlimited use of the pool, Jacuzzi and Wi-Fi

Included in the price 13 nights:

  • 13 nights accommodation in an en-suite bedroom
  • Fresh linen and towels
  • Weekly room clean and change of towels
  • 10 morning yoga classes
  • 6 afternoon yoga classes
  • Use of yoga mats
  • A buffet breakfast each day
  • 6 buffet lunches and 6 dinners, serving vegetarian cuisine and some local fish.
  • Two guided walks
  • Unlimited use of the pool, Jacuzzi and Wi-Fi

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Transfer
  • Holistic treatments
  • Other activities not mentioned in the program


Carbon offsetting

Carbon offsetting your air travel is a good way of taking responsiblity for the emissions caused by it. You can easily carbon offset your trip directly with us when you complete your booking, and you will immediately see what it costs. We collaborate with the organisation GoCLimateNeutral and the amount goes to replacing wood and coal stoves for solar-powered fireplaces in the Chinese countryside in an UN-certified climate project that has the Gold Standard certification. If you want to dive deeper into the climate compensation, you can find more info here.


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