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8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Exhilarating Surfing and Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

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Join one of the best experiences you can imagine - a yoga and surfing retreat in gorgeous Costa Rica. Enjoy the full week of exquisite beauty, inspiration on mats, and exhilaration on the water. You will learn more about yourself and connect to a network with other participants. There is no better way to enjoy your holiday in Costa Rica than this!

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  • Daily surfing sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Vinyasa Yoga sessions
  • Learn from expert surf coach instructors
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily nourishing meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is majestically positioned on eight breathtaking acres of large Guanacaste and Pochote trees and features three waterfalls and streams that run throughout the grounds.

All accommodations include private bathrooms, including private to room or connected and shared with one or two participants. There are also outdoor private showers in each bungalow, air conditioning, free Wi-fi, stone sinks from Bali, fresh linens, and bedding that will give you the well-deserved rest you are looking for.


The yoga program will be a synergy of dynamic flow and alignment-focused sessions dedicated to facilitating within the participants the vibrant aliveness so unique to a yoga practice.

The surf session will have you grouped by experience level to maximize your experience and growth out on the water. Richard Schmidt and his staff will be working in smaller groups to support the development of each surfer - new to advanced.

The meditation instruction and meditation sessions will be dedicated to bringing down the barriers and deepening the practice of those who are already meditating regularly. As meditation deepens, you will come to see that it is a means for allowing yourselves to be what you will become.


Rolf Gates
Rolf Gates is an author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy meditations throughout the US and abroad. His workshops are a synergy of the dynamic freedom of a powerful vinyasa flow with the structural integrity of therapeutic alignment principles.


The retreat will be held at The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Costa Rica which is located on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, just a short walk down to Playa Guiones, the Guiones beach.

Night time creates a spectacular perspective of the lap pool. Sunset over the Pacific Ocean. There are expansive sands of Playa Guiones, where the gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean invite you to go swimming and surfing!

Immerse yourself in over eight acres of striking landscaped grounds dotted with flowers, large Guanacaste and Pochote trees, gentle streams of the waterfall, and all conducive for quiet contemplation and meditation.

Nearby places

  • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) - 2 hours
  • Nosara Domestic Airport (NOB) - 15 minutes
  • San Jose International Airport (SJO) - 4.5 hours
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)



  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pilates
  • Reiki
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala


  • Board rental
  • Conference room
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining


Bodhi Tree Yoga resort offers natural and fresh ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle. By gathering ingredients harvested from nature and stimulating individual wellbeing on a ground level, one's health can blossom. An array of hot and refreshing cold soups, an excellent buffet of veggies and salads, organic chicken, fish, and vegan options are offered.

Bodhi Tree Yoga resort also caters to any pallet as a personalized service to suit all your special dietary needs. Organic wine and artisanal beer are available for purchase with your dinner.

Things to do (optional)

ATV tours

Choose from five different ATV adventures:

  • Nosara tour, two hours cruise along the lush Nosara hills and rivers
  • The white rock waterfall tour, four hours journey up to Pilas Blancas and back to the waterfalls for a refreshing swimming.
  • The coffee tour, four hours tour across the Nosara hills to a coffee plantation.
  • Pura Vida Tour, five hours tour exploring the gorgeous coastline, mountains, the beaches, and jungle trails.
  • The black hills tour, eight hours full day adventure tour for experienced riders exploring the real beauty of Guanacaste. It includes a typical Costa Rican lunch.

Boca Nosara wildlife and birding kayaking tour

The Rio Nosara and Rio Montana are the two largest rivers in Nosara. For nature lovers and those who like to kayak, this is simply the best tour in Nosara. Kayaking alongside the great blue herons, anhingas, roseate spoonbills, and maybe even a few crocodiles.

On this adventure, you will be surrounded by the exquisite sounds of the jungle as you weave through mangrove tunnels. Cap off your trip with an ice-cold watermelon or a sunset Cerveza at the Boca.

Canopy zip-lining tour

Enjoy the longest canopy tour in the world located within a pristine 2500-acre forest reserve. This tour is nestled in the mountains surrounding the village of Nosara and will be a highlight of your trip.

You will travel across majestic mountain ridges and soar high above multiple ravines with breathtaking views of rivers, waterfalls, and the Pacific Ocean.

The final stage emerges from the serene forest, crosses high above beautiful Nosara River and sails directly into a disco-bar on the top floor of a five-story architectural wonder. It is suitable for nature lovers, adventurers, families, and all who wish to experience the ultimate zip lining adventure.

Horseback Riding

This tour will take you from the river up to the hills with breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, and mangroves. The friendly, reliable, and well-trained horses will guide you through the jungle trails along the beaches of Nosara and Ostional. All levels of horse handling and riding experience are welcome to join this adventure.

Nosara refuge for wildlife

Founded in January of 1999, this refuge has been home to injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife from Nosara, and the Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica. You can visit the refuge by advanced reservation and then be in Costa Rica for at least three days before visiting. This tour provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about the efforts taken to protect the native wildlife of Costa Rica and what steps the incredible volunteers at SIBU are taking to care for the injured and orphaned wildlife.

See the Ostional Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

The Ostional wildlife refuge in Costa Rica was created in 1984 to protect the nesting site of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. The week before the new moon, hundreds and sometimes hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach to dig their eggs into the black volcanic sand. If you are lucky, you may have the incredible opportunity to see this biological miracle.

Stand-up paddle mangrove tour

Stand-up paddle at the serene waters of the Rio Montana and Rio Nosara will help you weave your way through mangrove tunnels to a hidden trail that leads out to Playa Nosara, This is a stand-up paddling adventure that will amaze you.

Stand-up paddle ocean lessons

Paddle around Garza’s northern headland to the fabled Isla Rosada, Visit the tucked-away Coco beach and explore the outer reefs of south Guiones or cruise the Garza bay. During the trip, you will increase your knowledge of the ocean and stand-up paddle boarding skills and your confidence.

Waterfall and wildlife adventure hiking

Experience one of Nosara’s hidden gems that are tucked away from waterfall destination and wildlife jungle adventure. This hike involves crossing a creek, traversing a cattle farm, and weaving through a primary canopy of a tropical dry forest. Stop along the way to interpret the sights, sounds, and smells of everything around you before discovering a series of brilliant swimming holes and small waterfalls.

Spa treatments

At additional costs, you may feel interested in trying the following several spa treatments Bodhi Tree Yoga resort has to offer you

Ayurvedic Massage

A cleansing full body coconut oil massage that improves the overall wellbeing of a person. It helps to eliminate toxins, stress, and tension. Balances the nervous system and boosts immunity. Calms the mind, cleanses the lymphatic system and promotes relaxation. Own back your stamina only for

80 USD and 120 USD

Body Treatments

The Bodhi Tree Spa also offers a variety of body scrubs and treatments for

120 USD to have you looking and feeling your best. Your therapist will help you select from the healing and refreshing mixture. They are:

  • Banana and honey
  • Papaya and honey
  • Cucumber and aloe
  • Coffee and chocolate

Deep tissue massage

This therapy applies deeper pressure and is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia, the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints. The prices are 80 USD for an hour and 120 USD for extra thirty minutes.


You would love to pick an hour facial treatments based on natural ingredients only for 80 USD.

  • The mixture of banana and honey promises to leave your skin hydrated and refreshed.
  • Using cucumber and aloe vera will address any dehydration issues you may have. Containing vitamins B and C, the mixture will leave you feeling rejuvenated and renewed.
  • While avocado and yogurt mixture stimulates collagen formation and helps fight the general signs of aging. Yogurt will soften the skin, remove skin debris and also fights acne. You will leave your facial feeling youthful and with a soft glow.

Jikiden Reiki

A Japanese technique for detoxification, stress reduction, relaxation, and to move the stuck energy in the body. The energy that is stuck is what creates disease, stress, tension, and disharmony. jikiden reiki is administered through hands-on touch to create an experience to nurture, nourish, and connect body, mind, and soul. It costs about 80 USD and 120 USD.

Lymphatic drainage

This treatment consists of specific brush-like strokes to encourage circulation of the lymph tissues in your body. Your therapist will gently press and move her hands in directional movements to reduce inflammation and promote self-healing. It costs 120 USD for one and half hours.


Pranassage is a private session of yoga offering hands-on assisting pressure and support to deepen the effects of the yoga postures. Sessions can involve either active or passive movement determined by the client's intention, resulting in a deep state of relaxed awareness. The prices are 90 USD for an hour and 120 USD for extra thirty minutes

Relaxing massage

Take the time to recover from the stresses of daily life. When you experience a relaxation massage, expect a treatment that involves long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing. The prices are 80 USD for an hour and 120 USD for extra thirty minutes.

Thai Massage

A more active and energizing therapy, a Thai massage promises to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are used during this unique treatment. The prices should cost 130 USD for one and a half hours

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Board rental
  • Daily nourishing meals
  • Meditation sessions
  • Surfing class session
  • Vinyasa yoga session
  • Workshop and discussion

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Optional excursions

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Gates Yoga will collect your travel information and send you shuttle or taxis options for the pick-up details.

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