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Everything was fantastic about this retreat, no complaints at all. It exceeded my expectations worth every penny! Erin exactly the same in person as she is on her videos., if not better. I am not a vegetarian and have never eaten like one before so I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but the food was so good and so much variety. I was also a little nervous about staying in a room with 3 other girls I had never met before, but everyone was so nice and respectful of each other. I think when you go to something like this a lot of the personalities and interests are similar so it was great. The location was so beautiful and you cannot get enough of that view. The howler monkeys in the distance wake you up early in the morning so no need for an alarm clock. It is such a cool sound. I did the zipliing and paddlebording both were alot of fun, definatley recommend. This is the best trip I have ever gone on. A bunch of the other guests did some more travelling within Costa Rica after the retreat, this is my only regret that I did not do something like that as well.
Words cannot do justice to my experience on this retreat. The multiple perspectives of location, accommodation, yoga, hosting, food, community and the program of events developed by Erin and Matt created a peaceful, energising and deeply nourishing week that I will remember for a long time. Erin and Matt are genuine hosts and are developing a special and authentic retreat that will keep getting better and better.
A week in the most beautiful boutique residence, eating delicious food and enjoying amazing international company. A 6 day yoga retreat was a truly blissful experience. It was very well organised, with lots of information sent ahead of time by Five Park's producer Matt. Erin's structured, relaxed yoga practice was both supportive and challenging. Erin effortlessly managed to engage the entire group (16 of us) from experienced inversion practioners, binding their arms into impossible positions behind their backs while balancing on one toe, to absolute beginners like me, who started the week unable to touch my toes. The accommodation was tasteful, traditional, under-stated and extremely comfortable, situated on a hillside overlooking treetops rolling down to the Pacific coast. 7am yoga sessions on the open-air wooden deck looking out at the view, were an invigorating and stretchy way to start the day. After which our very own chef prepared a super-healthy feast of fresh fruits, eggs, pancakes, oatcakes to set us up for a busy day of sunbathing, sleeping, hiking, zip-lining, surfing, shopping or snoozing by the pool. At 4pm another 90 minute session of yoga saw us sweating, bending, reaching, balancing, falling over and laughing our way to a gentle sunset Shavasana and a little light meditation. The whole week was exceptionally organised by Erin and Matt. Completely random strangers from across the US, Canada and Europe all came together with ease and in the holistic spirit inspired by Erin's zen leadership. We ate like A-listers, chatted like old friends, laughed like drains and, by the end of the week were as lithe and supple as acrobats. Even me.
This retreat was a dream! I was surprised how complex and sensitive the planning was made and the approach of Erin made all go smooth and with a beautiful energy. Not only yoga classes twice a day, but also additional program made the relaxation within the *journey home* program complex. Erin and Matt are great organizers and beautiful people who made the week feel great for everybody. Perfect pre-voyage arrangements. The group that gathered perfectly fitted, the spa area provided us with all comfort needed. Food was delicious. I enjoyed so much!!! Thank you. Katerina
I can honestly say that this was one of the best weeks of my life! Erin is a truly inspirational teacher who has thoughtfully developed a holistic retreat experience for mind, body and soul. She is even more incredible in person and the yoga classes were challenging and invigorating, well timed twice a day to set us up for the morning and then later in the day to welcome the sunset at the end of our practice. The Costa Rica Yoga Spa is a beautiful location with stunning views, a peaceful retreat in the hills of Nosara with a gorgeous wooden rancho where we would practise our yoga and admire the view on the horizon to the sea in the distance. The staff were kind, warm and welcoming and the meals cooked by Victor absolutely delicious. The terrace was the perfect place to enjoy our meals as a group and take in the view. The retreat was so much more than just yoga with thoughtful reflective group sessions as well as the opportunities to participate in activities (I enjoyed the incredible ziplining experience, as well as my first surf lesson where I managed to stand up thanks to Tony our great surf teacher). I also had an amazing massage - one of the best ever! We had such a great group and everyone really got on together which meant sharing a room with 3 other ladies was a pleasure. Accommodation was excellent and there are plenty of bathrooms and showers either side which are kept beautifully clean. And lastly, thanks to Matt who was really helpful in all the organisation of the retreat and was also the most wonderful photographer capturing the essence of our wonderful week together. All in all I cannot recommend this retreat enough, it was certainly a very special experience and I very much hope to return again in the future. Many thanks to Erin, Matt and all the team at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa!
I had an amazing time at the resort and would definitely recommend it to family and friends. The authentic homemade food was superb at every meal. Erin is a genuine person and thoughtful yoga instructor. So glad to have met her and having the chance to practice with her for numerous days certainly solidified my love of yoga ;)
This retreat isn't just perfect for me, it's perfect for anyone - any yoga level, any age & from any country. I was a bit starstruck when I first arrived (& I'm never starstruck). Having done Erin's videos the past 2 1/2 years, I felt like I knew her, or at least wasn't meeting her for the first time. Erin is an incredibly authentic, real person. What you see on YouTube is what you get. She is vulnerable about who she is and her own challenges. I love that she laughs when she falls out of a pose. Yoga is and will always be something you practice and Erin shows that she is always practicing & learning too. Besides having the experience of taking in person classes from Erin, meeting people from all over the world who have been doing Five Parks Yoga videos too is fun. Time spent with this group of women reminded me how universal our dreams and challenges are. I could go on and on about everything I enjoyed about the retreat - the schedule (how we had things that were planned and other times to choose what we wanted to do), the variety within our days, the location, the food, the people .... it truly has something for everyone. You make the experience yours, but if you go to the retreat, you will leave at peace and feeling strong (both internally and externally). Finally, it has to be said that what makes this a rare life experience is Erin and Matt. Their kind souls, positive energy and willingness to share who they are (authentic and real) , make it an adventure of a lifetime. I hope to return!
Life changing trip with an incredible couple and company as well as a spectacular destination. Mind, body and soul cleansing!
The Five Parks Yoga retreat in Nosara was one of the most amazing experiences I've had in my life. I cannot recommend it highly enough! The Costa Rica Yoga Spa is a magical spiritual reprieve. Starting and ending the day doing yoga with Erin in the rancho was breathtaking. Erin is a fantastic yoga instructor, and also an incredibly genuine, warm and authentic person. It was so much more than yoga though...personal growth, meditation, new friendships, fun activities in Nosara, beautiful photos and amazing food. I came home feeling balanced, strong and grounded. Trip of a lifetime!
HH
The Costa Rica Yoga Retreat with Erin/Five Parks Yoga in Nosara was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. I have never done a yoga retreat before but I really liked Erin's youtube videos and saw that she was hosting a retreat, and the same caring, relaxed vibe that she gives off in her videos is what you'll experience in person. The location is absolutely beautiful and the view from the outdoor yoga "studio" is just breathtaking. I found that the retreat attracted a lot of kind people who were all looking for something similar....a week to relax from the hectic pace of day to day life, meditate, reflect, and have some fun. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, and there was a good mix of structured programming and free time. Daily trips to the beach just made it that much better! Most importantly, you'll find that Erin and Matt and incredibly genuine and caring, and seemed personally invested in making sure that everyone had a great experience. I would highly recommend this retreat and would love to do another one myself!
I had the most amazing week with Erin at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa! Erin is an amazing yoga teacher and a wonderful person and practicing with her surrounded by the most breathtaking view was unbelievable! The classes were suited for all levels of yogis, the activities were great and there was just enough time to relax and hang out. The hotel was perfect, quiet and peaceful and the food was amazing (I am not vegan but I discovered awesome food). The entire experience was very well balanced and I would definitely go back without any hesitation!
CC
My time with Erin and all the yogis at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa was truly magical! The yoga was perfect and the outings were so fun! I especially loved the paddle boarding. The food was healthy and good and of course, the accommodations and setting were beautiful! I couldn’t stop taking pictures!!:) My favorite part though was yoga with Erin!!:)
Amazing life experience. Loved every minute of it!! The yoga spa was beyond beautiful and yoga with Erin was just as amazing!!!
JD
This retreat was truly incredible. One of the best decisions I ever made was to go, and I would encourage anyone even remotely considering it to DO IT. The setting is breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful; the food is unbelievable (fresh, local -- literally picked from their garden on the premises before each meal!, healthy, plentiful, delicious); the staff is warm and helpful and accommodating. And that is not even touching on Erin and the yoga and all that she so generously offers. The fact that she taught two full-on yoga classes each day (which so beautifully accommodated to everyone's varying levels and wishes) AND led activities in the evening -- AND sometimes in the morning and afternoon as well -- was really special and above and beyond. And while the days were full of activities and classes and meals, none of it was mandatory; Erin and Matt created a sense that this was YOUR retreat to spend how you liked. You could partake in as much or as little as you wanted. The generous and warm spirit of Erin and Matt "trickled down" to create a sense of community and closeness among the group that we all felt and that has remained with us after the retreat has ended. The words I have used to describe the retreat: transformative, peaceful, healing, inspiring, fun, invigorating.
JT
This yoga retreat with Erin Sampson was amazing. The Costa Rica Yoga Spa is a great place...very authentic and so peaceful in beautiful setting. The food was some of the best I've ever had. The yoga was fantastic. The week soothed my soul. Highly recommended!
Pura Vida! I can't recommend this trip enough. Each day had a very nice balance between yoga, activity and relaxation. The schedule was very smooth. The food was incredible! The accommodation were incredible-and it was a great group of people! Everything was my favorite! Thank you!!!

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MB
Dear Erin, Thank you for the wonderful yoga classes. I would love to go toa yoga retreat with you. Hopefully soon!!! My warmest wishes Monica
By Monica Borger on 6 Sep, 19