Costa Rica Yoga Rainforest Retreat: January 22-29, 2023

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, from the clear rivers and infinite lush greens of the rainforest to the vibrant birds and butterflies that inhabit it. This is an opportunity to deeply connect with our incredible natural world as well as your own internal rhythms.

 

HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES YOU WILL HAVE ON THIS RETREAT

(do as much or little as you like)

  • Invigorating morning Vinyasa Yoga practice overlooking the rainforest (All Levels are welcome)
  • Walking meditations and forest bathing
  • Soak in natural volcanic hot springs 
  • Daily fresh and delicious healthy meals, juices and incredible coffee
  • See sloths, monkeys, toucans, butterflies and other amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Relax under the care of an experienced guide and nurturing yoga practice
  • Clean, comfortable accommodations
  • Waterfall and jungle hikes (including Rio Celeste with a naturalist guide)
  • Soak in a river fed, wood fired hot tub
  • Ride horses through stunning countrysides
  • Swimming (rivers, waterfalls and a natural swimming pool)
  • Downtime to swing in a hammock, read a book, or take a stroll and observe nature
  • Guided experiences including traditional chocolate making, a nighttime jungle tour, a visit to a butterfly sanctuary, zip lining over incredible vistas and much more. 
  • Learn about local conservation and regenerative farming practices

 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (some details may change)

  • Day One (Sun, 1/22)

     

    Airport Pick up at Liberia Airport

    Soak in natural Hot springs/Delicious traditional dinner at Buena Vista del Ricon

     
  • Day Two (Mon, 1/23)

    Breakfast/Lunch at Buena Vista del Rincon

    On-site activities (all are included, do as many or few as you like)

    • River-fed waterslide through the jungle
    • Zip line over incredible views
    • Canopy Bridge jungle walk
    • Visit a waterfall
    • Traditional cultural demonstrations
    • Horseback riding

    Drive to La Carolina Lodge

    Candlelight dinner at La Carolina

    Evening meditation

  • Day Three (Tues, 1/24)

    Coffee/juices 

    Morning yoga practice 

    Breakfast

    Tour of La Carolina

    Downtime to swim in the river or rest in a hammock

    Lunch

    Horseback riding or massage

    Dinner

    Evening meditation

  • Day Four (Wed, 1/25)

    Coffee/juices 

    Morning yoga practice 

    Breakfast

    Visit to Rio Celeste with naturalist guide + packed lunch

    Downtime to swim in the river, rest or get a massage or facial

    Dinner

    Evening meditation

  • Day Five (Thurs, 1/26)

    Coffee/juices 

    Morning yoga practice 

    Breakfast

    Wildlife tour/lunch at nearby Finca Verde Sanctuary

    Dinner at La Finca Luna Nueva

    Night tour of the jungle at Finca Luna

    Evening meditation

  • Day Six (Fri, 1/27)

    Coffee/juices 

    Morning yoga practice 

    Breakfast

    Day tour of La Finca Luna

    Lunch

    Time to relax in the natural pool, get a massage or take a walk

    Chocolate making (from Cacao plant to truffle)

    Dinner

    Evening meditation

  • Day Seven (Sat, 1/28)

    Coffee/juices 

    Morning yoga practice 

    Breakfast

    Travel to Volcano Arenal, natural hot springs or Proyecto Asis

    Lunch/shopping in Arenal

    Return to Finca Luna Nueva for dinner

    Evening meditation/light yoga

  • Day Eight (Sun 1/29)

    Coffee/juices 

    Morning yoga practice 

    Breakfast

    Leave for the Airport

 

ROOMS AND RATES (Rates are per person. Most shared rooms have 2-3 beds. )

A 50% deposit is required to hold a spot. See Payment Terms for more info. Please be sure to also read the Pre-trip Planning section below before you book. Once you have submitted the deposit, Lea will send you a receipt along a questionnaire to assure your best possible experience on retreat! Feel free to email Lea at any time with retreat questions: lea@leabenderyoga.com

SHARED ROOM
$2150

$1950 Early Bird Summer Rate!
Automatically receive $200 off at checkout if you book before 9/1/22
PRIVATE ROOM
$2650 

$2450 Early Bird Summer Rate!
Automatically receive $200 off at checkout if  you book before 9/1/22

Limited spots available! Book early!

 

  • Price includes

    Hearty and healthy meals each day from dinner on Day 1 through Breakfast on Day 8

    7 nights accommodations

    Driver/guide for the entire retreat

    Daily yoga classes and evening meditations (from Day 2-Day 8)

    Local guides, excursions and tours

    Airport pick up and drop off in a roomy air-conditioned van (if flying in/out of Liberia airport on retreat Sundays within specified time windows)

  • Payment Terms

    A 50% deposit is required to hold a spot. You are also welcome to pay the full amount when you book.

    Payment in full is due no later than 60 days prior to the retreat (November 22, 2022). 

    75% of total cost is refundable if canceled 90 days or more prior to the retreat.

    50% of total cost is refundable if cancelled 45 days or more prior to the retreat.

    No amount is refundable if cancelled less than 45 days prior to retreat.

    In the unlikely event that the retreat is cancelled by the organizers, you will be 100% fully refunded.

  • Pre-Trip Planning / Packing List

    THINGS TO EXPECT AHEAD OF TIME (IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ)

    1. This retreat will immerse you in the inspiring, exciting, lush beauty of the rainforest. However we do not plan to visit beaches. If you want to experience Costa Rica’s beaches, I suggest you add a day or two at the beginning and/or end of the trip. Liberia airport-where the experience begins and ends- is within an hour of many beach towns. Taxis/rental cars can be easily obtained at the airport.
    2. Among the many lively creatures you may encounter in the rainforest are mosquitos and other bugs that may find you delicious. I recommend you bring your favorite bug spray.
    3. It often rains in the rainforest LOL, it can also get very hot and sunny midday. The retreat centers will provide umbrellas for you to use and plenty of shaded and covered areas, but its best to expect this kind of weather and bring your favorite sunscreen, hat and water shoes.
    4. Yoga mats will provided by the retreat centers, however, for your best comfort I suggest bringing your own personal travel mat. I recommend this one that is affordable, eco-friendly and can easily fit in a suitcase.
    5. I have designed this trip with the most efficient travel routes and we will be in a spacious van with A/c and seatbelts. However, please expect to spend several hours on the roads in Costa Rica which can be twisty and bumpy. 
    6. The airport pick-up/drop off is only included if you arrive/depart within the specified window (this is currently tbd- I will updates participants as soon as it is confirmed. Please feel free to inquire if you are ready to book your flight before I have contacted you with the window of time). Otherwise you are responsible for your own taxi (taxis are very easy to get at the airport and can be coordinated at our retreat center if needed, but this will be at your own expense). We cannot be responsible for delayed flights.
    7. I have picked my favorite places/experiences to share with you, however there is no pressure to do everything on offer. Please make this experience your own and feel free to do as little or as much as you like. You will have different options for experiences each day, but if you want to spend an entire retreat lying in a hammock sipping Tamarind juice, you can!
    8. The water is safe to drink and the food is delicious. Meals are family style or buffet. Generally you will not be ordering from a menu. Please send all dietary restrictions ahead of time.

     

    WHAT TO BRING:

    Swimsuit(s)

    Sunscreen

    Sunglasses

    Bug Repellent

    A hat to protect from the sun

    A warm layer for evenings

    Light, long pants for hiking

    Light sneakers for hiking

    Water shoes

    Extra cash for tips, shopping etc (we will have a chance to visit an atm if needed)

    Clothing for hot weather (t shirts, shorts, sundresses)

    Clothes for yoga

    Travel yoga mat (if possible)

    Toiletries

    Passport

    *You are responsible for your flight in/out of Liberia airport. 

    The included airport pick-up and drop off will occur within the following windows:TBD--Participants/website will be updated as soon as it is set.

    You will want to be at the airport 2-3 hrs before your flight.

     

  • Covid Policy

    We will follow Covid protocols appropriate to the situation at the time of the retreat. We will update participants as needed. Please email with any questions or concerns. Trip insurance and health insurance are recommended to cover the costs associated with last minute cancellations or any unforeseen circumstances.