Costa Rica is equal parts adventure and relaxation, lux and economy. Join us to practice with trusted yoga instructors at a gorgeous location. We’ve thought of everything from meals to optional tours and excursions. We’ll take time to see the sights and even for a community service project. Our retreat even has a full time dedicated concierge! It’s not too late to join in and we still have space. Join us!
Join us for a yoga retreat on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Hotel Sugar Beach is a boutique hotel set on a secluded beach. The hotel overlooks Playa Pán de Azucar, a light-sand beach in a shallow, sheltered cove lapped by warm Pacific waters. Our retreat is April 11-17, 2016.
The itinerary is as follows (details regarding optional tours are subject to change)
Day 1: APRIL 11, 2016
Arrive at Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR). Meet & Greet service upon arrival and private transfer with bilingual guide to your hotel in Guanacaste. Settle in to your room and your special “Retreat Survival Kit” gift baf from Mandy and Jen. Sunset Yin on the Yoga Deck with ocean view. Orientation evening briefing, and welcome dinner at the Hotel.
Day 2: APRIL 12, 2016
8:15 am Vinyasa Practice. Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or optional Liberia City Shopping Tour. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Sunset Gentle Yoga Practice and meditation. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: APRIL 13, 2016
8:15 am Vinyasa Practice. Breakfast at the Hotel. Included Surf lesson. Lunch at the hotel. Sunset Yin. Dinner at hotel
Day 4: APRIL 14, 2016
8:15 am Vinyasa. Breakfast at the Hotel. Included Community Project in a Local School.
Lunch at Local Restaurant. Gentle Yoga at sunset. Dinner included at the hotel.
Day 5: APRIL 15, 2016
8:00 am Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or Optional tour to Buena Vista Canopy and Natural Spa Tour*. Lunch and Dinner at the hotel. Yin and Meditation at Sunset.
Day 6: APRIL 16, 2016
8:15 am Vinyasa. Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or optional tour to Corobici River and Las Plumas Jaguar Rescue Center*. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Sunset Yin or Gentle Flow. Dinner included at the hotel.
Day 7: APRIL 17, 2016
8:00 am Gentle Flow. Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Daniel Oduber Int. Airport (LIR), to take your flight home.
$1625 Land Only – Register Now
Payment Plans are available with a $250 deposit to our partner Learning Journeys. Group airfare must be paid in full to Learning Journeys (if not booking your own flights) by Jan 4th. Land expenses (hotel and optional excursions) paid in full by 02/10. Anyone signing up after 02/10 will be by hotel availability only.
*Optional Tour: Corobici River and Las Plumas Jaguar Rescue Center
Price per person for tour is based on a minimum of 10 attending – $125. Get up-close views of nature while you float lazily down the Corobici River in the Costa Rican rainforest! Aboard a raft with an expert guide, you’ll take in the sights of the flora and fauna that flourish in the bio-diverse region – including ospreys, mot mots, herons and egrets as well as a variety of iguanas and monkeys. Your day trip includes a visit to the Las Plumas Jaguar Rescue Center to see a variety of big cats and other wildlife. Highlights of the Corbici River Tour: Meet your guide at your hotel and then head to the Corobici River, where you will board a rubber raft for a floating group tour through the Costa Rican rainforest. This gentle course takes approximately two hours, allowing you to safely relax and admire the natural attractions while your experienced river guide navigates the waterway.As you wend through the lush tropical forest, learn about the ecosystem that supports an abundance of wildlife. Your guide will inform you about fascinating animals, such as the many varieties of iguanas and monkeys that inhabit the region, as well as the flora that coexist with them. You’ll also likely spot birds such as ospreys, herons, egrets and mot mots.After disembarking, enjoy lunch with your group and then head to Las Plumas Jaguar Rescue Center for a visit. At this private reserve, you’ll see different species of wildcats in their natural environment, as well as monkeys and birds such as parrots, pizotes and tucans. Your guide will explain how the Hagnauer Foundation protects wild animals like Central American jaguars, which are rehabilitated at the center, before dropping you off at your hotel. This tour is a full day 8 am to 4:30 pm.
* Optional Tour: Buena Vista Canopy and Natural Spa Tour
Pricing: Minimum 4 attending $195pp, Minimum 10 attending $156pp. Buena Vista is located near by Rincon de la Vieja National Park. In this tour you will enjoy the primary forest on a different way: trails built up in the top of the trees (about 105 feet high). A small hike takes you to the first platform, from there you start swinging to the other 12 platforms, which are connected by 9 cables from 150 to 400 feet long. During the canopy, that last almost three hours, you will have the opportunity to observe the surrounding forest from a new perspective…. just like Tarzan!! You might be getting hot by now because of the canopy, so it is time to cool off on the 1200 ft. long water slide. After having lunch at the Lodge, we start the third part of the tour: Horseback riding to the thermal waters, steambath and natural spa, located at the foot of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Here, you will enjoy the rejuvenating treatments with volcanic mud and mineral waters. On your way there you will enjoy the wildlife of a transitional forest ( between dry and rain forest), where you might be able to spot monkeys, squirrels and a variety of butterflies and birds such as wood peckers and toucans. A real adventure! This tour is a full day 8 am to 6 pm.
*Optional Tour: Liberia City Shopping Tour
Price for minimum 4 is $48. A half day excursion to Liberia to see the sights and do some shopping. Travel in an air conditioned vehicle. An English speaking guide will help us to discover the city.
Sound Method Owner and founder Mandy Ryle and Curvy Certified Jen Weaver. Yoga classes will take place daily on the shaded yoga deck that overlooks the gorgeous Playa Pán de Azucar. A variety of styles will be offered; Vinyasa, Gentle, Yin etc. Students of all levels will be accommodated and cared for. All evening classes will take place at sunset. Read More about the retreat leaders:
Mandy Ryle has been teaching yoga professionally since 2008. To take a class with Mandy is to embody the ideal of practice… as practice. You will be met with compassion, you will learn and you will feel the body you brought to the mat with careful and kind attention. Mandy likes to tell a story in her classes. not about her, but about you. Classes are sweetly challenging with an emphasis on breath, sensitivity, function and sometimes flow. You can learn more about Mandy at her website http://yoga.mandyryle.com/
Jen Weaver has a passion for offering classes to students who never saw themselves doing yoga, let alone loving it. Her students are dedicated to her because her style is adaptive, fun and kind. Her commitment to adaptability is evidenced by her additional certifications in Curvy Yoga and Chair Yoga. Jen believes in working from the inside – out, following the guide of the breath and not taking yourself too seriously. She presents classes that are basic yet sneaky challenging. Learn more about Jen at her website: http://yoganej.com/
Wildlife, amazing food, culture and a gorgeous beach. Don’t take our word for it though. Check out these resources to learn more:
Best Costa Rica Beaches Review – Blog
Hotel Sugar Beach Facebook Page
Prefer to register by phone or fax? Pick up a registration form at the studio or email Mandy to receive the form electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 402-991-7673 with questions.