Just 2 hours flight away from US and you find yourself in this magical place of Costa Rica.
A private shuttle picked us up and transfer to Samasati Nature Retreat near Puerto Viejo. The drive will took approx. 4 hours. We travelled through breathtaking views of Braulio Carriollo National Park, lands of Guapiles, the Carribean port town of Limon, many banana plantations and then the coastal road South by the beach of Cahuita to Puerto Viejo.
Part of day 2 yoga retreat involved a hike thru Cahuita National Park where we encountered howler monkeys, white face monkeys, iguana, a lizard they call Jesus for it's ability to walk on water, a yellow poisonous snake, sloths sleeping high in trees...AND for the adventure of it---we ate some termites!!!( they do not taste like chicken! But not bad-- kind of organic tasting) Costa Rica--a nature lovers paradise...and I am in great company!
(written by our participant Mary Jo)
DAY 3 Om- Odyssey Yoga Retreat included morning yoga in a beautiful setting followed by a visit to Jaguar Animal Sanctuary.. A place where injured or abandoned native animals are treated, heal and released. There are a lot of sloths here of various stages in their life..I had visions of holding and playing with baby sloths and monkeys...We learned why this is never a good idea when the goal is to prepare them to return to the wild. Also during our visit we encountered caimans, deer, tree frogs, a wild pig, and a toucan. After the visit we came back to our beautiful retreat Samasati,
We enjoy 3 healthy vegan meals AND evening yoga nidra....I've never felt so healthy!
( part of notes Mary Jo put on her Facebook)
Day 4- Om-Odyssey... Adventurous women ziplining above and thru the canopy jungle of Costa Rica...daredevils we are...we all did the famous Tarzan jump, .similar to bungee jumping! So much fun! Later yoga and 3 delicious vegan meals a day!—
(Mary Jo testimony)
Day 5- OM-ODYSSEY YOGA RETREAT. Today was a day to give back to this beautiful community, that we are visiting. Ursula raised $500.00 to give to the Peace Thru Yoga Foundations International School for Girls. We visited the school, met the wonderful young girls.learning English and Art from their teacher Patricia. We also had a tasty lunch at the home of one of the girls mother. These young girls impressed me with their desire to learn as these classes are not mandatory. They study by choice and Patricia encourages them by being a great teacher. Of course we practiced yoga 2x and had our other meals at Samasati. The days are going too fast...that's what happens when your having fun!
(Mary Jo Facebook notes)
Day 6- OM-ODYSSEY Yoga And healthy vegan food AND a visit to the nearby indigenous Bri Bri tribe. AND a visit to the tribes shaman! We learned how chocolate was made .and assisted in making it. We enjoyed a homemade lunch made specially for us by the family we visited. They taught us about past traditions and current life. I'm so impressed at how the Costa Rican people recycle everything that can be recycled and re-purpose everything else...they love the environment and it shows❤️ (I find it so easy to get into a deep sleep at night when everyday is filled with fun and interesting activities and healthy meals!)
(Testimony of Mary Jo)
ESCAPE THE ORDINARY – Spiritual Quest to Costa Rica
Embark on your spiritual journey through the Caribbean Rain-forest! Connect with nature while exploring local native culture. Promote your personal healing through meditation, breathing exercises, daily yoga, and guided hikes while nourishing your body with fresh Costa Rican cuisine. Join us for your personal Om Odyssey!
Included (See below for details):
· 7- nights in Costa Rica
· Shuttle transportation from St. Jose airport to the Samasati retreat
· Three excursions exploring Costa Rica
· Local Food – 3 vegetarian meals daily
· Yoga and meditation
- Travel to Costa Rica
- Insurance (we encourage you to buy your own travel insurance)
Single Occupancy - $ 1.995 Per Person
Double Occupancy -$ 1.595 Per Person
Triple Occupancy -$ 1.395 Per Person
Due day for payment: 09/27/ 2019
Check or CC available (3% fee will be added to CC payment)
The Samasati retreat is located in the middle of Rain-forest, 20 minutes from Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean Coast. Surrounded by nature, it is the perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Sunbathe on the beautiful beaches, explore the charming towns nearby, and fill your adventurous spirit with all types of excursions!
Each Caribbean style villa, known as a "Casita", comes with a private bathroom and terrace. Spend the afternoon in your garden, relaxing in your hammock, and enjoying the views of the rainforest or ocean. Single and double occupancy available.
Enjoy fresh local food with 3 vegetarian, buffet style, meals included per day. Sustainably sourced chicken and fish is available a la carte.
- Jaguar Animal Rescue
Observe exotic animals, some of the 400 bird species in the area, butterflies and other critters of the rain forest.
You will see baby sloths sleeping in a basket or cuddling with each other. You will be hearing a lot of interesting stories about Costa Rican habitats.
- Zipline Canopy Tour
This tour with its 10 platforms takes you to the heart of the forest and you will be crossing the jungle with a bird's eye view. Amazing experience!
- Cahuita National Park Tour
It's a small village located 16 km. north of Puerto Viejo famous for its beaches, most of which are within the National Park. The knowledgeable guide will accompany us down the trails of the National Park revealing and educating on its various ecosystems and species. At the end of the walk we will have a small refreshment and time to swim,
Daily yoga and meditation sessions. From Hatha Yoga , Bikram Yoga to Yoga Nidra. The retreat has custom crafted, hexagonally shaped spaces. One is designed for yoga and the other is a meditation hall. Both are surrounded by vibrant jungle and gardens.
We will be doing yoga and meditation surrendered by fascinating noises of monkeys, birds, butterflies and other species of rain forest.
Spa with massages and facials, Jacuzzi and a small waterfall pool.
Puerto Viejo is located just a 20 min drive from the retreat, with its restaurants, coffee shops and beach activities such as surfing, paddle boarding and horse riding,