Soul Seed Travel Guide: Yoga, Wellness and Pura Vida in tropical Costa Rica

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Last Updated on August 18, 2021 by Editor

Take your practice on a life changing adventure and immerse yourself in the mind-bending natural beauty of the tropical jungle and beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. This eco-pioneering wellness destination is a must visit to experience the true meaning of the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle for yourself.

Yoga, Self Care & Adventure Retreat 

We’re so excited to announce our newest retreat location to the lush country of Costa Rica. Enjoy a self care and adventure holiday during Valentine’s day and celebrate yourself with yoga, nourishment, spa, fun activities, excursions and more.

Practice in a beautiful shala room overlooking the lush Costa Rican forests, and experience ritual ceremonies like a “forest therapy” session, a healing foods cooking class, guided meditations, a group steam session, campfire intention setting, and a healing cocoa ceremony with sound meditation.

They’ll be plenty of time to honour yourself, relax, restore, and recharge! Then on to adventures with a guided hike to hidden waterfalls and even a full day to the coast with a private boat to visit hidden beaches, lush islands, snorkel, swim, and perhaps even some some salutations on the sand!

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6 Days Luxurious Tailored Retreat at Playa Azul

These private retreats on a virgin beach in Costa Rica, surrounded by the sounds of ocean and tropical jungle, are completely bespoke and tailor made. After an initial consultation, a yoga and mindfulness program will be created specifically suited to your experience and goals.

With the flexibility to reserve and book a retreat in accordance with the dates that are suitable for you. You will have exclusive access to personalised one to one teaching with complete peace and discretion.

Whether to support your ongoing practice, or to start from the beginning and strategically build a foundation for the future, these tailored retreats will help you to cultivate a practice that is both authentic and sustaining.

Leave feeling rejuvenated and healthy with a stronger, healthy and fitter body and a more balanced mind

You will stay at The Azul Ocean Resort, a beach front Boutique Hotel, situated at Playa Azul, a heavenly location on the Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica, in on one of the world’s 5 blue zones.

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Mother Earth Vegan Hotel

Mother Earth Vegan Hotel is Costa Rica’s first luxury vegan boutique hotel. Tucked away in a residential neighbourhood just minutes from stunning Tamarindo beach, a popular holiday destination for beaches and surfing.

The family-run vegan hotel features 13 spacious rooms with modern interiors, private terraces and each room has a unique energy painting created by the owner’s son.

The hotel features a natural saltwater pool, a rooftop yoga and healing studio and offers an array of wellness services from yoga, to massage, reiki and sound healing.

Experience delicious plant-based cuisine al fresco from their poolside restaurant – Off the Grid, serving a seasonal globally-inspired menu designed to let mother earth’s ingredients shine through with all of its exciting tastes, vibrant colours and delicious flavours.

With a strong commitment to sustainability the hotel is powered by solar energy and has a water conservation system that recycles grey water into clean water for irrigation. The environment comes first in every decision made – from the cleaning products used through to the ban of plastic water bottles.

Here a magical combination of natural elements and modern architecture create the highest luxury and your home away from home.

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Amatierra 7 Night Yoga & Wellness Retreat

Come to the mountains of Costa Rica for an all inclusive rejuvenating retreat at our beautiful eco-lodge immersed in nature. Practice yoga and meditation in an open-air pavilion with breathtaking views, read by the pool, hike in the jungle and renew your health with our professional wellness services directed by AHG registered herbalist and nutritionist Jill Ruttenberg.

At AmaTierra you can nurture yourself with delicious organic foods and professional wellness services. Take a tasting tour of our organic greenhouse or find serenity on a hike to the stream. In our rural mountain eco-lodge, surrounded by friendly Costa Rican people, you can glimpse the local culture in a safe and natural way. Choose a package to match your holistic lifestyle.

AmaTierra has one of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica. Attend Special Yoga retreats and other self-improvement workshops offered at AmaTierra that will enrich your vacation experience and inspire profound transformation in your whole Being. Soul Seed Travel have personally been here, read our review.

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Costa Rica surf and yoga escape, all year round excluding October

Costa Rica surf and yoga escape

Break away from your daily routine and try something new. Costa Rica, a tropical paradise, is the perfect location to refresh and connect with the awesome power of nature. Come and feel empowered to believe in yourself while you learn to surf. Surfing is a powerful tool to connect yourself to the sea and its vibrant energy.

Balance your surfing with yoga and connect with your inner self, bringing together mind and body. All our surf lessons and yoga sessions are lead by fully certified, experienced instructors.

Believe. It is our lemma, our motto. What drove us here. Believe in the innate potential we have when we are connected with ourselves and nature. It is more than a beach holiday or a trip across great landscapes. Let yourself go along the whole journey:

Surfing, enjoying the fantastic beaches of Santa Teresa and the wonderful nature around, while nurturing our body and mind consciousness, through yoga and healthy food habits. A brief experience may leave a significant trace in our life. And, without noticing, the smallest detail changes our mind. This is the cornerstone of our project; what we seek for, every day.

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Beachside Winter Sun Yoga Holiday

Join us from the 27th November – 7th December

We are so excited to be heading back to Costa Rica for 2021! Truly, this retreat is the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure perfectly placed into a 10-night winter sun yoga holiday.

Based on the Pacific coast in the town of Nosara, you will be staying in a gorgeous boutique yoga hotel with a stunning rooftop yoga shala! With views of the Pacific Ocean in front and the mountains behind it is a jaw-dropping space. Positioned high into the hills yet only a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride from the beach, restaurants, and shops.

Beautifully, yoga takes place in the rooftop yoga shala to the sounds of monkeys and tropical birds each morning and evening. After a delicious breakfast, take a dip in the pool or trip down the beach. Maybe, relax at the villa or try surfing on one of the best surf beaches in the country! You may wish to wander into town or feel exhilarated with one of the many activities on offer in the surrounding area. Maybe zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, a quad bike tour along the coast, visit a chocolate or coffee factory and so much more.

Enjoy evening yoga and then settle down to a vegan / vegetarian dinner and fall asleep listening to the cacophony of sounds of the evening jungle animals and the waves below.

We have chosen this area as you will be in the thick of the wellness zone and free to make the holiday what you choose it to be so it could be; a pure surf holiday, or you might opt for adventure activities or you might want to simply relax on the beach and read a great book. It’s up to you as it’s your yoga holiday.

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The Bodhi Tree

In the last 10 years Nosara has grown quietly into one of the hip holistic hot-spots on the planet. This peaceful and vibrant international community of nature lovers, surfers, yogis, and families truly embraces the Pura Vida lifestyle.

The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is the ideal escape for every yogi, surfer and wellness enthusiast looking to discover the magic of Costa Rica.

Challenge your balance and experience your strength— from your yoga mat to your surfboard—with a personalized Surf & Yoga retreat program.

Whether you’re brand new or beyond experienced, the world-class yoga and surf instructors here will support you as you develop confidence and skilfulness—in the studio and on the water.

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Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of Vista Celestial

Imagine yourself relaxing with your fellow yogis at one of the most spectacular locations in the world. Enrich you practice surrounded by primary cloud rainforest, tropical flowers, toucans, monkeys, parrots, and butterflies. Enjoy your privacy in our modern, comfortable and stylish villas.

Vista Celestial is a piece of heaven. The impressive view of the Pacific Ocean induces an immediate sense of well-being. The sunsets are breath taking, the nights filled with thousands of stars. There are countless beautiful areas to enjoy a sunrise or sunset yoga session. Vista Celestial focuses on total body health and well-being serving only healthy drink and cuisine options.

Situated high up in the mountainside, you will love the dramatic Pacific Ocean views, primary rainforest jungle and cloud forest above. The villas have been designed with the heavenly views in mind. Soak in a free standing tub, lay out on the terrace, or cool down in your own infinity pool while enjoying the breath taking panoramic views all around.

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Blue Osa

As soon as you step foot into Blue Osa Beach Resort and Spa, you’ll immediately feel at home and a part of a family. From the smiling faces to the friendly staff, settle in a safe tropical oasis off the beaten path that supports your transformation. Take a relaxing yoga retreat, have an adventurous Costa Rican experience, or enjoy a beach holiday. Blue Osa is your home away from home.

We consciously shaped everything at Blue Osa to give you a safe space to connect with the land, yourself, and others. From our organic garden and intentionally designed spaces — our yoga retreat commits to offering a clean, beautiful place for self-discovery and stillness.

At Blue Osa, we host a wide variety of group retreats throughout the year. Led by experienced teachers from around the world, these group retreats give you the chance to choose the program that best fits you. You’ll meet people from around the world, all seeking a transformational experience in an exceptional place!

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The Sanctuary at Two Rivers 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings

Investing in yourself with a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Certification program is a life enriching experience even if you have no intention of teaching. Infused with Vinyasa, Meditation, Mantra, Ritual, Ayurveda & Dance, the Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world.

It gives you two or three weeks to focus on your yoga practice with other curious, interesting people from around the world. It is a time for you to enjoy life while learning about the timeless tradition of yoga, it is an opportunity to cultivate true health and happiness while making new, like minded friends.

This course offers a robust introduction to the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa Flow method in an intensive, transformational environment. Lakshmi Rising’s YTT encompasses our mission of education, empowerment, and evolution; draws from many traditions; and emphasises more than the physical practice of yoga.

Your home for the training is The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica’s Blue Zone. Our 100% off-the-grid solar powered facility with luxury-deluxe-modern accommodations, extensive spa menu, and gourmet organic vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine.

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PachaMama is a powerful gateway to profound, transformative growth. The ecological, spiritual community of PachaMama located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is a platform for a deep voyage into healing, self-acceptance and expansion of consciousness. PachaMama is also an intentional and alternative off-grid village where people live their normal lives in harmony with nature.

There is no belief system practiced here, rather a safe space is created for each fellow traveler to shed old layers, transcend limitations and discover wholeness. The Six Pillars that hold this alternative way of life are Meditation, Emotional Healing, Physical Rejuvenation, Native Ceremonies, Ecological Living and Mystical Musical Journeys.

The PachaMama Experience is a profound journey into the depth of one’s being. It is designed to challenge and to embrace. It dares one to experience the depth of life in its totality, be it laughter or tears, the liveliness of togetherness or the silence of aloneness. It is a Temple of Transformation.

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Anamaya Resort is truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views. The resort is next to an epic waterfall, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns, Montezuma. “Anamaya” is Sanskrit for “good health” and to us that means great healthy food, rest and relaxation, exercise, and lots of fun and laughter. Our boutique retreat center offers gourmet organic food, yoga teacher trainings, several types of yoga classes and yoga retreats, a variety of luxurious spa services, an array of uniquely designed retreat packages, and workshops all for your body, mind and spirit.

Anamaya also offers our guests fire dancing and circus entertainment experiences, exciting local excursions, and intimate and tranquil accommodations to enhance the exotic and unique experience of visiting Costa Rica. We strive to provide our guests with a once in a lifetime adventure, and if that wasn’t enough, perhaps one of the best things we offer is our guests themselves. You will truly enjoy your meeting other “Anamayans” from around the world, and sharing this experience with your many new friends.

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Lapa Rios Lodge In The Osa Peninsular

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in the wild Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios is paradise for wildlife, nature and beach lovers. Our 17 private bungalows line three ridges overlooking the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean.

Built over 350 feet above sea level, our property was designed in harmony with surrounding forest and beaches and was built with locally harvested materials. Much more than a luxurious lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and National Geographic Unique Lodge that has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence, and is a featured sustainable tourism pioneer. Home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Lodge will be the trip of a lifetime.

Since its inception, sustainability has been a core value at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge. We have been committed to conserving this incredible region and creating a sustainable property for nearly two decades.

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El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an inspired natural immersion retreat that celebrates Costa Rica’s charming cloud forest highlands. It features a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks. This unique destination draws visitors who want to live an intense nature-immersion experience. Misty tropical cloud forest, roaring waterfalls, and colorful culture are showcased through heartfelt hospitality and upscale facilities. Our local staff will make you feel right at home as you enjoy your honeymoon, wedding, family vacation, or special event.

The Esencia Spa is a unique wellness sanctuary that lets you enjoy the best of Costa Rica’s natural healing ingredients in an enchanting hotel destination. The sound of flowing water, whispering breeze, nourishing earth, and the primal flicker of candles converge in harmony for relaxing massages and nourishing body wraps. Standout features include the al fresco Yoga Deck and the Conical Room, designed to channel the Costa Rican forest’s essential life energy.

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Discover more retreats from our month tour of Costa Rica

For a really resourceful guide to Costa Rica, have a read of Everything You Need to Know, by blogger Taryn of So She Was.

For the latest travel inspiration follow us on Instagram @soulseedtravel. Get in touch with our retreat advisors to help you find, discover and book your perfect retreat. Namaste!

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