This Costa Rica yoga retreat is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday that gives you the chance to practice yoga while immersed in a tropical paradise and to experience the rich culture and diverse ecology of this fabulous country. There is a fantastic program of activities to help you experience the best of Costa Rica and build great bonds with other adventure seekers and fellow international travelers. Your time in this retreat will rejuvenate you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Held at one of Costa Rica's oldest and most popular yoga retreat centers, Samasati Eco Resort is situated amongst 250 acres of pristine Costa Rican rainforest on the unspoiled Caribbean side of the country. Unique to this retreat is being able to choose the perfect type of yoga class -- A challenging vinyasa or a slower-paced beginners yoga class, Then, finish the day with candlelit restorative evening yoga and other evening events. Our days in between will be spent adventuring in the surrounding area, connecting with the local culture and leaving time for rest, laughter and great conversations.
Lynda Schoberth, Trip Leader
Lynda has been teaching yoga for ten years and is a 500-hour level, certified samapati instructor. After owning a successful yoga studio in Chesterton, Indiana (home of the Indiana Dunes National Park), Lynda has now turned her focus to bringing the joy of conscious travel to intrepid seekers of all ages, and all backgrounds. Beginners, intermediate and advanced yogis find her classes interesting and challenging. She meets you where you are and is keen to guide you to the best of your ability with ease. Her hands-on adjustments are done great care and expertise.
Amanda Barnes, Co-Leader
Amanda Barnes is a Samapati Certified Yoga teacher since 2011. Her studies reach from psychology, nutrition, communication, biomechanics, mental health, meditation, and various yoga approaches. With over 500 hours of training and 8,000 hours of teaching experience, Amanda’s classes offer a strong anatomical focus while integrating conscious, loving awareness into your practice, your life and your highest self.
Melissa Rush, Service Coordinator
Melissa joins Bleu Lotus Retreats as our travel pro and liaison to the Girls For Success program. Missy’s zest for life is unmistakable as her Indiana roots and California lifestyle bring the perfect spice to our time together in Costa Rica. She can’t wait to introduce you to the amazing group of girls in the program and is a proud sponsor to two of the girls, both of whom she can’t wait to see them again. In between her intrepid travels, she is a substitute teacher in Northern California, volunteers with CASA and a coach for Girls on the Run. She loves running, reading, traveling and playing with her husband, two dogs and a cat. Missy is a graduate of Indiana University in elementary education.
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot for bookings made 90 days or more to departure. A $750 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot for bookings made 89 days or less to departure. The remaining balance is due on or before September 15, 2022.
CANCELLATION & REFUND:
· MORE THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO 11/5/22: $250 Cancellation Fee
· 59 - 31 DAYS PRIOR TO 11/5/22: $250 Cancellation fee plus $500 forfeited.
· 30 DAYS OR LESS PRIOR TO 11/5/22: $250 Cancellation fee plus full balance forfeited.
In the case of your cancellation, you may transfer your deposit and/or your reservation to another person if you notify us in advance.
In case of a refund, please allow 14 days for refunds to be processed.
Leaving a trip in progress, for any reasons whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a trip. BLY reserves the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically unfeasible to operate or because of legitimate concerns with respect to safety, health or welfare of participants. If BLY cancels a trip prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of money paid. We will not be responsible for any refund for non-refundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent.
ITINERARY CHANGES:The itineraries are subject to minor modifications. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may need to occur after final itineraries are sent.
Travel Insurance is highly encouraged if anything goes wrong. It will save you money, time and frustration. Please compare policies to find the right one for you. We recommend Allianz Travel Insurance. Approx. $120. www.allianztravelinsurance.com.
Recommended Packing List
With changing airline policies, please be sure to check with your airline to find out their baggage allowances. Each bag cannot exceed 50 lbs.
1. Valid U.S. passport
2. Any personal medications and vitamins
3. Travel insurance information/confirmation
4. Waterproof pouch with cord for phone
5. Cords to charge cameras, phones, etc.
7. tennis shoes & sandals, slides or flip flops
9. Sturdy sandals with closed toe and ankle straps such as Keen, for hiking, rafting and ziplining
10. Light jacket or sweatshirt, as it can get cool at night
11. Yoga clothes – 1-2 pairs of yoga pants, tanks, shirts and loose pants or shorts for evening restorative sessions (the weather is very humid, so soft yoga pants or shorts are ideal as opposed to the super tight)
12. Bring something white to wear for the closing ceremony on Thursday.
13. Bathing suit 1-2 (items don’t airdry much in high humidity.
14. Light clothing that dries fast (nylon or polyester works very well)
15. Clothing you do not mind getting dirty for working at school and/or you might want to donate at the end of trip
16. Cotton socks
17. Insect repellent
18. Hat and/or sunglasses
19. Earplugs – monkeys like to howler early in the am
20. Optional – small Personal fan
21. Water bottle
22. Flashlight – A must at night
23. Soap, shampoo and conditioner, body powder
24. Antibacterial hand sanitizer
25. Snacks such as granola bars, nuts, etc.
26. Small lightweight backpack
28. Reading materials/journal
29. Yoga mat – optional eye pillow and mat bag
30. Beach towel - lightweight
31. An optional favorite after-dinner game to share with other attendees
32. A great attitude & a well-rested body!
A valid passport is required for all persons entering Costa Rica. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens. Once you land in San Jose you must proceed to immigration. There you will present your passport. Depending on the number of planes landing at the same time, this process can be 10-45 minutes. You will next go to baggage claim then take your luggage (carts are provided) and walk to Customs, 200 feet or so. Transportation will be provided to the hotel and the ground operator will have a sign outside to the Barcelo Hotel. It is a 20-30 minute drive.
What about wildlife, mosquitoes and bugs?
Samasati is nestled in a property of 270 acres of primary forest, so there are a lot of living creatures around. Because Samasati is on a hill, 600 feet above sea level, the ocean breeze keeps the climate very pleasant and the mosquitoes to a minimum. Mosquito repellent is recommended after sunset, more as a prevention as anything else.
The trip up the mountain to Samasati is 1-2 miles, bumpy and dusty and in a 4x4!
How is electricity? Are there hair dryers? Is there laundry facilities?
The electricity is the same as in the United States. Rooms do not have hair dryers. There is soap and shampoo in each room. Samasati has laundry facilities for $15.00 per load, which you can bring to the reception desk. They will wash it and have it ready the next day.
Are there phones and do cell phones work at Samasati? Is there Wi-Fi? Samasati does not have phones. You can find phones and Internet cafes in the nearby town of Puerto Viejo. Cellular phones have service in certain parts of the resort. If you have your own computer, Wi-Fi is available.
Are Malaria shots needed?
Malaria has been eradicated from the Caribbean region over 15 years ago. We have never heard of a case in the area.
Is there a hospital near Samasati in case of any emergency?
There is a clinic at the “bottom of the hill” just five minutes away from Samasati. They have an emergency room and there is always a doctor there. If there is something really serious they have ambulances to transport the patient to Limon or San Jose.
What currency do they use?
You will not need to exchange US dollars to Colons, the Costa Rican currency. Most everywhere accepts U.S. dollars and credit cards.
Ideal for groups traveling together, you can choose to room with two of your friends in a classic casita or join others in the Dragon House.
This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom lodge is situated in the Rainforest a few minutes walk from the restaurant and reception area. It features a full kitchen, Rainforest and Sea views, an oversized balcony with hammocks and private parking.
Note that there are over 80 small steps to climb to access the lodge as it is set high for premium views.
This spacious room has one king bed and is a preferred casita with a beautiful view. $2250 for one person or $1986 each person sharing as a double.
This spacious room has one kind bed and is a preferred casita with a beautiful view. Price is for a single, no roommate.
Arrive to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. Common carriers include United, American, Spirit Air, Southwest and Copa Airlines. From there, you will have a short hotel transfer to the Barcelo Resort San Jose. (or similar accommodations). Get situated in your new surroundings before our welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the hotel's restaurant. Our evening will be spent getting to know one another and soaking in the warm, breezy evening under the stars.