February 24 – March 3,  2019

Living the Yamas and Niyamas:  A Pura Vida Retreat

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver

How do we use our life experiences to awaken and deepen our understanding of our humanity and our spirituality? Going on retreat can help us reconcile our secular life with the sacred.

Our yoga week will be held at Vida Asana Eco-Retreat and Yoga Center, an oasis tucked away in the rainforest, a kilometer from the beach. Playa Hermosa, in the Puntaneras region, is a quiet surfing community, located about 90 minutes south of San Jose (SJO) airport. This location allows you to enjoy a wide range of activities—beach-combing, hiking, surfing, paddle-boarding and jungle excursions—IF you choose to venture off of the serene, paradise-like property! Our host, Sean McDonald, along with his daughter Julep, want his guests to enjoy a simple and mindful experience that is often lacking in their daily lives. They encourage their guests to soak up the sounds, smells, and visually appealing landscape, while letting go and allowing the soul room to breath.

Our mornings will begin with yoga and meditation. Following breakfast, the day is yours to explore or relax.  We can help arrange excursions, or make suggestions for restorative “activities”.  After sunset at the beach and a delicious, lovingly prepared dinner, we can join in the common area for cards or conversation, and for four of our evenings, we will have satsungs–“gatherings”.

In our evening satsungs, we will explore the Yamas and Niyamas, yoga’s ethical practices of right living.  We will use Deborah Adele’s book, The Yamas and Niyamas, as an optional reading guide to our discussion and sharing, and explore how these two branches of Ashtanga yoga help us live more skillfully, compassionately, and with more health and fulfillment.   Using poetry, mantra and music as well, we will deepen our sense of wholeness by connecting more fully to ourselves, each other, and to something larger.  

This week is for you, so join in as much as you want, or as little.  Carrie will be there to facilitate a meaningful and authentic experience filled with friendship, laughter, and an opportunity to deepen our practice.

This retreat is appropriate for yogis of all levels, abilities and experience.

   The retreat includes:

  • One group shuttle to and from the airport the day the retreat starts and ends
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 3 Healthy, locally sourced, AMAZING vegetarian meals per day *Fish can be added to the menu for an additional $5.00 per day.
  • Daily yoga and meditation appropriate for all levels
  • 4 evening satsungs
    • For yoga teachers, workshop hours are eligible for Yoga Alliance CEC’s
  • One group excursion
  • Prior to the retreat, we will be sending regular newsletters with suggestions for travel arrangements, necessities for travel in Costa Rica, and what to bring and pack.  We are available by email and phone to answer questions and help in any way to facilitate travel ease.  

We can help you make arrangements for:

  • Surf and/or SUP lessons
  • Zip-lining
  • Day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, Rainmaker, and/or Carara National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Catamaran tour
  • Massage and bodywork
  • Sweat Lodge
  • Mangrove Monkey Tour
  • Mountain biking
  • Bicycles for transportation to and from the beach are available

Price per person:  Thank you, but this retreat is 


$1,250.00 Double occupancy  

$1,700.00 Single  occupancy

Payment Information:

$300.00 deposit balance due immediately

Retreat balance $950.00 (dbl.) or $1,400.00 (single) due December 1, 2018.

Step away from it all for an adventure in travel, yoga, and relaxation.  Come rediscover yourself between the ocean and the jungle!

Be sure to visit our hosts’ website, http://vidaasana.com/

And check out their awesome reviews! http://vidaasana.com/reviews/