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Blissful Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 10 participants
Breakfast & dinner included
Airport transfer included

Awaken your purpose in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica! The pinnacle of Bodhi Surf and Yoga is the holistic surf and yoga camps, week-long, set-date, semi-inclusive vacations that invite you to surf, stretch, breath, and sweat while learning about the environment, engaging with the community, and having a whole lot of fun. The Bodhi Sessions will provide you with a unique travel experience, one that leaves you feeling enriched and rejuvenated after a one-of-a-kind adventure in a pristine area of the world. In the spirit of experiential learning, you will both learn and do, be active in an outdoor classroom, and achieve personal goals. Sessions also exemplify an off-the-beaten-path kind of tourism that focuses on community engagement, cultural exchange, and immersion into the local way of life. Bodhi Surf & Yoga provides just enough structure to keep you active and just enough flexibility to allow personal growth, friendship-building, and some much needed R-and-R!

Meet the instructors

Gibran
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Highlights

  • 5 yoga classes
  • 5 fun surfing lessons
  • Walking tour of Bahia Ballena
  • Waterfall visit and 1 massage session
  • Round trip transportation from San Jose
  • 5 delicious breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Yoga mat and prop use
  • 7 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaria International Airport
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will be accommodated for one night in San Jose and six nights at Bodhi Surf & Yoga Camp lodge. Located in the heart of the community of Bahia Ballena, Bodhi Surf & Yoga Camp lodge is within walking distance to most everything you could need during a week-long stay with Bodhi Surf & Yoga. The beach is a 20-minute walk from the Bodhi base, grocery stores are about a 15-minute walk, and restaurants are anywhere between a 5 to 20-minute walk.

The Bodhi Lodge has been designed as a homey place that is consistent with a vision of simplicity and environmental consciousness. Bodhi Surf & Yoga has worked to create a space that encourages fun, relaxation, education, and cultural exchange. This vision does not include modern adornments (such as flat-screen TVs) but rather a mellow vibe, quaint setting, and warm personalized service.

Bodhi Surf & Yoga’s owners live on the lodge premises and are available 24/7 in the event that you need anything. During the day, the Bodhi Surf staff is on-site helping ensure that the lodge is running smoothly and likewise, is happy to help you practice your Spanish or answer questions about the local community. The lodge is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette for preparing your own meals, secure parking, Wi-Fi, common area Alegria (day beds, hammocks, and chairs), yoga studio, hot water, and therapeutic mattresses in every room.

The common area is a social area that contains a kitchen and dining area, located on the ground level of a two-story structure, with Room Armonia and Room Amistad located on the top-level. The yoga studio (Bodhi Shambala Yoga Studio) is located at Rancho Serenidad, a two-story structure on the top-level. Rancho Serenidad also contains a relaxing reading area on the ground level.

Bungalow Gratitud

Bungalow Gratitud is the largest of the accommodation options, housing up to four adults and one child. It is ideal for groups of three to four people and can also be a good option for two people. It is a raised wooden structure with a spacious deck, kitchenette, private bathroom, a master bedroom, a studio-style room, and a large open space that can serve as another sleeping area or a living / dining room.

It has large windows for maximum light and air flow, and ceiling fans in each of the rooms. For sleeping arrangements, the bungalow has two queen-sized beds (with therapeutic mattresses) and a daybed that can also serve as a regular bed for a smaller individual. The bungalow has a fully equipped kitchenette with all the necessary kitchen utensils for you to prepare your own meals, hot water, and Wi-Fi.

Bungalow Espiritu

Bungalow Espiritu is a smaller version of Bungalow Gratitud. An independent unit with a queen-sized bed, ceiling fan, full private bathroom, basic kitchenette set-up and spacious deck, Bungalow Espiritu is a great option for a couple or single traveler who desires more privacy. It has hot water, Wi-Fi, and the kitchenette which includes a small refrigerator, sink, blender, and toaster oven to prepare simple meals.

The structure is built out of wood and sits slightly raised. The deck outside provides a great place to sit, relax, and drink your morning coffee. Inside, the single room contains a queen bed along with the kitchenette, followed by the private bathroom. The large windows provide great lighting and combined with the high ceilings, allow for excellent air flow to keep the unit cool.

Room Armonia

Room Armonia is a hotel-style room with a private bathroom. The room is ideal for either a solo traveler or a couple who doesn’t require an independent unit and plan on being active during their stay, be it surfing, practicing yoga, hiking in the mountains, or simply relaxing at the beach. Room Armonia contains a double or full sized bed comfortably suiting one or two people, a ceiling fan, and has Wi-Fi access. The full private bathroom is attached and has hot water. The room is located on the second-floor, above Cocina Alegria, and next to Room Amistad.

The view from the shared deck of Room Armonia and Room Amistad is the most enjoyable on the property and simply a great place to sit and take in the sights and sounds that surround the Bodhi Surf lodge. The room is accessed via the wooden staircase that leads from Cocina Alegria on the ground floor to both Room Armonia and Room Amistad. Guests staying in Room Armonia are welcome to make use of the centrally-located common area Alegria.

Room Amistad

Room Amistad (Spanish for friendship), a room with two individual beds and a private bathroom, is the ideal room for two friends. Bodhi Surf & Yoga knows that traveling with friends makes for great memories and they hope that this room will provide surf and yoga camp buddies a comfortable lodging option.

Amistad is best suited for friends joining the Bodhi Sessions surf and yoga camp. The room has two individual beds and is simple but spacious and maintains the homey and comfortable vibe present in the rest of the lodge. It does not have what some consider to be necessities (air conditioning or television), the intention of the Bodhi lodge is to promote comfort, simplicity, sustainability, and harmony, with nature and between guests.

It also has hot water, Wi-Fi, a ceiling fan, and roomy, lockable cubbies for securing your belongings. Guests staying in room Amistad are welcome to make use of the fully-equipped kitchen in centrally-located common area Alegria and its ample corresponding dining / social / hang out area located on the ground floor. The entry to Room Amistad is by-way of a wooden staircase.

The staircase leads from common area Alegria on the ground floor to a spacious second-floor deck from which you can access both Room Amistad and Room Armonia. The deck offers what is perhaps the best view on the Bodhi lodge property, making it a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, or to simply sit and take in the sights and sounds that encompass the community.

Program

What to know before you visit

Bodhi Surf & Yoga follows a teaching curriculum so it's important to arrive on the scheduled day. Otherwise, if you miss a day of lessons, you will be behind one full day. The camps are designed for beginner and intermediate level surfers and yogis. No previous experience is necessary.

Schedule

Saturday of arrival

  • 14:00 Arrival to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • 15:00 Transportation departs Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • 19:00 Arrival to Bodhi Lodge
  • 19:00 Group dinner 1

Sunday

  • 07:00 Community walking tour
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga class 1
  • 12:00-14:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Surf lesson 1

Monday

  • 06:00 Surf lesson 2
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30-11:00 Free time
  • 11:30 Yoga class 2
  • After 13:00 Free time, explore the community, enjoy the beach, or relax by the pool

Tuesday

  • 06:00 Surf lesson 3
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30-14:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Massage session
  • 17:00 Yoga class 3
  • 18:00 Group dinner 2

Wednesday

  • Free day: No scheduled activities, take a day to explore, enjoy a tour, or simply relax

Thursday

  • 06:00 Yoga class 4
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00-13:00 Waterfall visit
  • 15:00 Surf lesson 4
  • 18:30 Group dinner 3

Friday

  • 06:30 Yoga class 5
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Surf lesson 5
  • 13:00-14:30 Free time
  • 14:30-15:00 Closing ceremony and goodbyes
  • 15:00 Depart the Bodhi Lodge
  • 19:00 Check-in to hotel in San Jose

Saturday

  • Breakfast at hotel (time dependent on flight departure time)
  • Shuttle to airport (time dependent on flight departure time)

Note: Camps run from Saturday to Saturday.

Instructors

Gibran Garcia
International Surfing Association (Surf Coach)
Gibran loves everything about surfing and most importantly he loves to help others improve their own surfing ability. Having learned to surf at age four, Gibran has been in the water and on a board nearly his entire life. However, many of the techniques he uses today with his students were learned primarily through traditional sports such as football, baseball, and basketball. The instruction techniques that were imparted on him while attending baseball or basketball camps as a youth have stuck with him and he now utilizes these past experiences to help others become better surfers.

Location

Bahia Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica, Bodhi Surf & Yoga's Home

Bodhi Surf & Yoga is located in the heart of Bahia Ballena. The community of Bahia Ballena sits between the better-known town of Uvita and the Marino Ballena National Park. A community of approximately 1,000 residents, Bahia Ballena is at the heart of the area known as Costa Ballena and it is the gateway to Central America's first marine national park, Marino Ballena National Park.

In this quaint coastal community, you will have the opportunity to experience the local sights and sounds of life in Costa Rica, from the roosters and birds giving their morning wakeup call to the bread man that rides his tricycle selling bread. While it's common for surf and yoga resorts to be isolated, Bodhi Surf & Yoga has opted to go the other way and integrate with the community and act as a bridge between the home community and the guests. Bodhi Surf & Yoga hopes that you will visit and once you do that, you get out and explore.

Nearby places

  • The beach - 20 minutes' walk

Food

Meals at Bodhi

Adrianne, one of the co-founders of Bodhi Surf & Yoga, is the on-site cook who ensures each guest is well-fed and fully-fueled during their stay at Bodhi Surf & Yoga. Sticking with the Bodhi Surf & Yoga's vision of environmental awareness and living a healthy lifestyle, Adrianne has worked to find the finest ingredients in the area and deliver delicious meals for guests, all while keeping packaging and food waste to a minimum.

All meals at Bodhi are family-style buffet. This means there is always enough to ensure all guests are satisfied and at the same time to help avoid food waste. Most of the ingredients utilized in the Bodhi kitchen are sourced within a three-hour drive of Bahia Ballena and the majority of dishes prepared are made from scratch. Here are the examples of meals prepared at Bodhi (specific dietary restrictions can be accommodated, examples below are simply for descriptive purposes as the actual menu will vary according to guest needs):

Breakfast

  • Fruit
  • Natural yogurt
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Gall pinto (Costa Rican rice and beans)
  • Toast with tomato and avocado
  • Coffee

Dinner

  • Green leaf and mango salad
  • Hummus dip and chips
  • Rice with heart of palm
  • Sangria or non-alcoholic beverage

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • ATV tour (half day)
  • Chiropractic
  • Cupping work
  • Guided nature hike (half day)
  • Hike up a local mountain to capture a view of the Whale Tail (this is not low-intensity)
  • Hiking at Corcovado National Park (all day)
  • Horseback riding tour (all day)
  • Kayak tour (half day)
  • Snorkeling tour to Cano Island Biological Reserve (all day)
  • Stand-up paddleboard tour (half day)
  • Take a hammock to Playa Colonia and enjoy the sights and sounds of the local beach
  • Thai massage
  • Visit any of the 5 beaches within the Marino Ballena National Park
  • Visit other local beaches not within the national park (Playa Tortuga, Playa Hermosa)
  • Walk the whale tail
  • Waterfall rappelling (half day)
  • White-water rafting (all day)
  • Zip lining (half day)

What's included

  • 5 yoga classes
  • 5 surf lessons
  • Walking tour of Bahia Ballena
  • Waterfall visit
  • 1 massage session
  • Round trip transportation from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners, and snacks at surf lessons
  • Yoga mat and prop use
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • National park fees
  • 1 unscheduled day
  • Traveler carbon offsets
  • Travelers' Philanthropy donation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Cost of optional activities
  • Transportation to optional activities
  • Lunches
  • 1 breakfast
  • 4 dinners

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bodhi Surf & Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

You will have hassle-free logistics. All in-country logistics are arranged by Bodhi Surf & Yoga, from the Saturday when you catch the transport to Bodhi until the following Saturday when you have to be back at the airport for your return flight home. Your only job is to get yourself to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), Costa Rica's airport, and follow the instructions to the meeting spot outside the airport. Once you're on the transportation to the Bodhi Lodge, you can sit back, focus on your surfing and yoga classes, and enjoy a week of experiential learning. If at any point you need assistance, Bodhi Surf & Yoga's team is available via phone or email to help you along the way.

Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaria International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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