Costa Rica Escape: all-inclusive rooms, tours, food and yoga!

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Rachael & Neal Harper
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Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2016
Group size: 1-15
Costa Rica Escape: all-inclusive rooms, tours, food and yoga!
Costa Rica

Rachael & Neal Harper
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$1200
Deposit: $400
Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2016
Group size: 1-15

About this trip

Join us for a rejuvenating, all-inclusive, intimate gathering and retreat experience at Casa Aislada - our beautiful, family-owned gated property with two homes and a pool house, located in Montes Del Valle community, on a mountain side near San Jose, Costa Rica.  Check out our promo video!
See more on our website: VidaCalmaWellness.com

What’s included

  • room accommodations for 7 days + 6 nights 
  • 3 meals per day + fruit, coffee, tea available anytime 
  • happy hour drinks 
  • daily yoga practice with Rachael 
  • saltwater pool 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Shuttle to and from SJO airport 
  • 3 Excursion days with transportation (more details here):  
  1. Poas Volcano + La Paz Waterfall Gardens 
  2. Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour + Sarchi Artisanal Shopping 
  3. Zipline Tour + Finca Calma Farm Tour 
***All activities are optional, please feel free to come and simply enjoy stillness and relaxation!***

Not included

airfare, in-house massage/Thai massage, additional excursions, Costa Rica exit tax $30 (if applicable).
  
Gratuities for casa staff and drivers encouraged. :)

Before You Go

What should I bring?
Consider the following items for your comfort. If you forget something, no worries, we can take you down the hill to the store in Piedades if needed. Yoga mats are available for your use at the casa so no need to bring yours!
  • light layers for warm days and cool evenings 
  • comfortable walking shoes for excursions. Consider hiking shoes or boots that can get muddy if you are participating in a Finca Calma tour. 
  • you may want long pants for hiking, horseback riding, etc. 
  • rain jacket 
  • swimsuit 
  • insect repellent 
  • sunscreen 
  • flashlight or headlamp 

How's the weather?
The weather at Casa Aislada is pretty much perfect all year round! Comfortable temps in the upper 70s to mid 80s during the day with crisp, cool nights in the 60s. Most mornings are clear and sunny, clouds may start to roll in after lunchtime. During Costa Rica's 'green season' (May-October) you may expect some rain, mostly in the afternoons. Sunrise is around 5:30am, sunset is around 5:30pm.

What if I don't speak Spanish?
No worries! Pretty much everyone involved with Costa Rican tourism speaks some English as do many of the locals. Your hosts and retreat leaders speak English and some of them speak enough Spanish to translate if needed. If you decide to venture into town to get a taste of the local culture, it's helpful to have someone with you who can communicate in Spanish. The Google Translate app is very helpful as well!

Can I use US dollars or my credit card in Costa Rica?
Most places accept US dollars. Major credit cards are widely accepted, but in our experience it is easier to use cash. We have a bank nearby with an ATM if needed.

What are the shared accommodations?
Casa Aislada has 2 houses, the upper house and the lower house. The terrace of the lower house is where many people like to spend their free time, use the wi-fi, read, chat, etc., and is also where meals are served. It has 3 guest rooms. One has a double bed, the other 2 have bunks sleeping 4 in each room. All bedrooms in the lower house have their own bathroom. The upper house includes a space for indoor yoga in the event of rain, it's own beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the mountains, and 4 guest rooms. Each room has a double bed or larger and can be shared or booked as single occupancy if available. Two of the rooms share a bathroom while the other two each have their own. If you're traveling with someone and you'd like to book one of the private/double rooms, just let us know and we will reserve one for you as long as there is one available.

What type of food will be served?
Sample menu to come!
Much of the food served at the Casa will be typical Costa Rican dishes with a little flare. Vegetarian options will be available as well, please let us know if you have specific dietary needs.

Do I have to join excursions and yoga classes?
Everything at Casa Aislada is optional! You may opt in or out of anything included in your retreat package, however, no discounts or substitutions will be made.

Can I book extra excursions?
We can arrange any tours that you like in addition to those included in your retreat package. You will be responsible for the cost of these activities so be sure to bring extra cash.

How much are Thai Yoga and Massage sessions and how can I schedule one?
Please bring cash for all Thai Yoga and Massage treatments.
Thai Yoga Therapy is offered by Rachael and you can schedule directly with her. Only a handful of sessions will be available during each trip so be sure to schedule early!
$80 for one hour
$99 for 90min
$120 for 2 hours
Massage pricing + scheduling to come!

Available Packages

Shared Accommodations: $1200 per person
If you are traveling alone and choose 'shared accommodations,' you will be placed in a room with some other lovely retreat participants!
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$1200
Deposit: $400
Single Occupancy: $1900 per person
If you want a room with private bath to yourself, not shared with anyone else.
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$1900
Deposit: $400
$1200
$1200
Deposit: $400

Shared Accommodations: $1200 per person
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Itinerary

Day 3
Poas Volcano + La Paz Waterfall Gardens
La Paz Waterfall Gardens La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program. Five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with numerous species of birds, toucan feeding, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, hummingbird hand feeding in the mornings and afternoons, serpentarium (snake exhibit), jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, tica house with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit. All of these offered at one place, makes it the best eco park in Costa Rica. Poas Volcano Considered by most to be one of the most breathtaking sites in the entire country, the Poas Volcano sits high above 14,000 acres (5,666 ha) of various habitats and life zones which make up Poas Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcan Poas). Rising up to 8,885 ft (2,708 m), Poas remains one of Costa Rica's largest and most active volcanoes. This fact alone is enough to attract thousands of visitors per year. Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor's center, the main crater supplies guests with a spectacular view. At almost a mile in diameter (1.6 km), the crater&s rain-fed sulfuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air, reminding you of its imposing activity. Although the last major eruption was in 1910, visitors can still see geysers explode into the air up to 820 ft (250 m) high. Chances of getting wet are pretty remote as the crater descends almost 1,000 ft (300 m) and is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world. Around the huge main-crater is the beautifully blue-green colored Botos Lake (Laguna Botos) and on the opposite side, the von Frantzius cone. Except for the area around the main caldera, the park is full of dense vegetation and small wildlife. Sightings of the 79 species of birds that have been identified inside the protected zone including the quetzal, emerald toucanet, black guan, sparrow, hummingbird and robin are common. Few large mammals are found inside the park, however, smaller, less conspicuous critters such as marmots, coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, frogs and a plethora of insects are present. The different zones inside the protected area mainly include cloud forest, mountain rain forest and very humid low mountain forest. Hiking along the Botos Trail you arrive at Botos Lake, a beautiful crater with a diameter of 1,312 ft (400 m) that has a beautiful jade color and is frequented by many of the bird species in the park.

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Rachael & Neal Harper
Vida Calma Wellness is Rachael Harper and husband Neal, and we can't wait to share Costa Rica fun and healthy living with you! Rachael Harper, E-RYT 500: I am grateful to have the opportunity to introduce myself as a full time yoga teacher and student, Thai yoga therapist, and facilitator of good vibes. *How did I get here? I am a middle child with one brother and one sister, born and raised in Charlotte and Denver, NC. I have always been in love with the arts whether it was music, photography, film, drawing, painting, etc. I met my husband, Neal, in 2005 when my band was playing at his nightclub. We started dating in 2006, got married in the fall of 2010 and we still live in the Queen City with our three pit bull babies, Boose, Chico, and Roxy. *My yoga experience thus far... I stumbled upon my first actual yoga class in early 2009. I had never been a fan of exercise or moving my body much, but somehow loved this experience so I kept coming back. It wasn't long before I realized major changes in my life, not just my body. I felt better, I quit smoking, I was nicer, more patient. Other people noticed too. I knew then that I wanted to go deeper, to try and understand the more subtle aspects of yoga, and possibly even share what I was learning. Nervous and (extremely) unprepared, I enrolled in yoga teacher training. What a life-changing and perspective-altering experience. By the time I finished my initial training in November of 2010 I knew it was exactly where I needed to be - serving others by helping them to feel supported and feel better in their bodies and their own skin. By February, the first (tiny) physical location of Vida Calma Wellness was up and running. I began teaching small group and one-on-one classes there in addition to teaching at a few Charlotte area yoga studios for a couple years while continuing my education. Since my teaching journey began, I have completed 1000+ hours of training in different applications of yoga and related healing arts, including the ancient medicinal practice of Ayurveda, vinyasa, 5Elements Flow, anatomy, hands-on assisting, yoga for trauma/PTSD, Holy Yoga, meditation, therapeutics, prenatal, aerial, and AcroYoga, all of which work together to inform my personal style of teaching and allow me to cater to the needs and desires of each of my students. I have also completed advanced training in the hands-on healing practice of Thai Yoga Therapy and am grateful to share this deeply relaxing tradition with my clients and loved ones on a regular basis. I have enjoyed studying and teaching Ayurveda along the way and look forward to more in depth education with the future intention of building a clinical practice. In spring of 2013, my little Vida Calma Wellness studio expanded and became On Track Yoga, a small studio in Mt Holly, NC. I have since discovered how much I enjoy teaching strong, alignment-based slow flow classes among other styles of yoga, but I especially adore empowering beginners in their practice, challenging them to safely and mindfully step outside their comfort zone. It is my intention to teach students to practice with integrity and confidence, and to offer classes that build a strong foundation for a lifelong yoga practice on and off the mat. My students are encouraged to be their authentic, wonderful selves and to find joy and compassion in their practice, but most of all to make the practice fit their unique needs. In addition to yoga being a personal practice and a place to heal, I have learned over the years that it is also an important place to foster community, to connect with and serve others, and to PLAY! As adults, we just don't play enough - for that reason, I have now joyfully added Aerial Yoga and Acro Yoga to my regular teaching and personal practice. Come out and play with us! *Other loves of my life... Traveling - Road trips, trips overseas, all of it. Neal and I (and the dogs!) will soon have one home in an R.V. in The States and one on a farm in Costa Rica. I love food, I enjoy being comfortable, slightly disorganized, and working hard at what I love. In addition to yoga, I am a photographer and partner with my sister, Laura, at Chicks with Cameras. I'm a freelance still-life photo stylist and musician when I want to be. My brother, Josh, has a severe traumatic brain injury and lives in a nursing home in Charlotte where my family and I take turns visiting him every day. He is a miracle and my hero and inspiration for facilitating healing for others. I am best friends with my parents and have an amazing relationship with my in-laws. I am blessed to be joined by my family on this beautiful journey!