Earth Body Activation: Retreat to Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Rasa & Sonya Dresser
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Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Group size: 10 - 20
Earth Body Activation: Retreat to Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Rasa & Sonya Dresser
  • Email address verified
13 reviews

Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Begin the New Year with a transformational journey to Costa Rica! On this unique yoga retreat we will awaken and remember our sacred connection with the Earth.  Come practice yoga, meditation, dance, ritual, and connect with nature. Meet amazing people, eat incredible organic local food, and utterly transform yourself. Discover the heart of the Earth with us. We can’t wait to meet you at the intersection of the mountains, jungle, and sea!


 · 1 night accommodation in San José

· 5 nights mountain accommodation

· 5 nights beach front accommodation

· All domestic flights and travel

· Daily yoga, meditation, music and more.

· Guided mountain, jungle, and river hikes.

· 3 delicious meals prepared daily (local organic vegetarian nutritious food!)

· Fresh fruit juices sourced from the land available all day.

· Staff gratuity included.

Not included

· International flights

· Massage and bodywork (available at extra cost)

What to expect:

 Through the practices of yoga, meditation, and ritual, discover the infinite well of wisdom and power available to you within your own sacred body, heart, and mind. Explore the inspiring land and astonishing wild life of Costa Rica on adventurous river hikes, tree climbs, boat trips, and horseback rides. On this retreat, we will hold space for each other to deeply feel and experience a direct connection between our individual bodies and the body of the Earth.


Earth Body Activation is a journey to the Osa Peninsula. This is a region of Costa Rica that is still mostly off-grid, wild and under developed. The Spirits of Nature are very much alive in the Osa and readily communicate with humans. The powerful Earth Energy there helps to quickly awaken the senses, intuition, and psychic vision.

We will begin with 5 days in the mystical mountains, and then travel down to the pacific ocean for 5 more incredible days in the jungle by the beach. There will be a number of activities, services and excursions available to the group during this retreat: Mountain and jungle hikes to beautiful waterfalls, visits to hot springs and botanical gardens, swimming in the mountain river, surfing, tree-climbing, horseback riding, boat trips with dolphin watching, spa services and bodywork, as well as our daily yoga and meditation schedule.

Beautiful, healthy, locally harvested food will be prepared fresh every day for us. Food will be mostly vegetarian, with option occasionally for local free range chicken, or freshly caught fish. Dietary requirements and allergies can certainly be accommodated. We are fortunate that we will get to eat in a very nourishing and mindful way together.

All domestic travel, accommodations, and meals are included. Arrive December 27th, 2017 and depart January 7th, 2018.



Our lodging, accommodations, meals, and all other local activities will be provided by the excellent Chirriposa Retreat Company.

The 2 lodges where we will be staying during the retreat are: Rio Chirripó Retreat in the mountains and El Tumbo de las Olas at the beach.

‘Rio’ is located in the small mountain village of ‘Canaan de Rivas’ and offers both single and double occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms and balcony overlooking the valley and mountain peaks. Its absolutely gorgeous there! 

‘El Tumbo’, is situated near ‘Cabo Matapalo’ in the Osa Peninsula. A very cool venue that offers accommodations in deluxe open air house with partitioned rooms, each with en suite bathroom. As with all the properties on the Osa Peninsula, Tumbo is off the grid and runs on solar energy, and features open plan living. The rooms are situated on the first floor mezzanine and divided by solid walls on two sides and thick canvas curtains on the others. Although the rooms are only semi private, they are spacious and create a pleasant group vibe, allowing you to really experience the magic of the jungle in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Click on the links provided above to explore the different properties and accommodations through pictures.

Your Hosts:


Sonya Genel and Arasa Maram are teachers and artists who create intentional transformative gatherings. Sonya is a yoga teacher who invites people to listen to their bodies, intuition, Earth and Spirit. Arasa is a singer, sound healer, multi-instrumentalist, and poet. Together they offer yoga, movement, and meditation classes that incorporate music and sound for personal and community activation. The current consciousness shift on earth is making tremendous healing and awakening possible. Now is the time to listen deeply to our inner knowing, courageously follow our hearts, and support each other in our collective evolution!

Angus Stephens is co-founder and head chef of Chirriposa Retreats. A world traveller, he has worked for many years as head chef in yoga and surf retreats worldwide. He moved to Costa Rica in 2004 and worked for years at the acclaimed ‘Tierra de Milagros’ Retreat (listed in Yoga Journal’s top 100 retreats in the world). Out of season, Angus travels around Europe and the United States offering his culinary services as a Private Chef. He worked for 10 years as a ‘Tour Director’ guiding large groups of American and Canadian students around major European cities. His interests range from sports such as rugby, football, skiing and surfing to music, including playing guitar, gastronomy and he is a great nature enthusiast.

Tania Cappelluti is co-founder and manager of Chirriposa Retreats. From Berlin, Germany, Tania spent the best part of the last decade running ‘Playkula’, a vibrant artist booking and management agency, representing DJs and Producers worldwide. Tania’s values of fun and positivity (Play) with a sense of community and mutual artistry (Kula) form the foundations of what PLAYKULA became and what CHIRRIPOSA aspires to be today. First arriving in Costa Rica in 2001, she has strong ties to the yoga and surf community there. Tania is also a big animal lover and animals rights activist. She runs a local dog rescue program in Costa Rica called Charlie’s Angels that helps many injured and forsaken animals to get a second chance at life.

Available Packages

Standard Shared/Double

Most accommodations are shared occupancy. Each beautiful spacious room is shared by 2 people. This is the standard rate for participants on our trip. We encourage everyone to sign up and be open to a group experience!

Deposit: $890
Single Occupancy

There is very limited availability for completely private accommodations which are separate from the standard shared house and/or rooms. Please note if you choose this option you may not be as near to the main house and practice areas as everyone else.

Deposit: $1,200
Upgrade Supplement

upgrade from shared to single occupancy.


Your Organizer

Rasa & Sonya Dresser
13 reviews
Sonya is an artist and yoga teacher. Rasa is a musician, poet, and chef. Together they offer programs involving yoga, meditation, intuitive movement, music, sound healing, nature communion, mindful eating, ritual, and other spiritual practices. While Sonya and Rasa love creating intentional transformative gatherings for the community, they are also married and enjoy a mindful family life together with their young daughter.


We were very delighted to have been a part of this retreat. The accommodations were great, the land was open, the yoga was wonderful, the food was just amazing and healthy, and the massage was spectacular. We felt permission to go at our speed and to wander free when we desired. The other guests were so friendly. We were very impressed with the effort that obviously went into the preparation. Everything was just perfect. Thank you so much for your generous spirits.
By Linda E for Equinox Renewal Retreat on Oct 04, 2022
I have a wonderful experience on Sonya and Rasa's Retreat. It was so peaceful and I left feeling heart opened. Everyone who attended was so kind and it felt like being with family. I had no expectations going into the retreat and left feeling so please and excited to have developed new friendships and connections. Everyone contributed to the experience. There was definitely magic present.
By Rahmat B for Equinox Renewal Retreat on Oct 04, 2022
Sonya & Rasa are truly masterful creators of community and sharing. Not only do they have such beautiful gifts--Sonya is an extraordinarily gifted conscious yoga teacher and Rasa is a superbly talented musician--but they also create the perfect container where others too can share their unique gifts. My partner & I were so touched to share our gifts of music and song with everyone, and to receive gifts from others in the community as well. The retreat center is beautiful, a truly "rustic chic" place full of magic and charm. We hope to be able to be back one day, and we are so grateful for this wonderful experience!
By Nina G for Equinox Renewal Retreat on Sep 27, 2022
The Equinox Retreat with Sonya and Rasa was amazing!!! More than I ever could have asked for. Sonya's yoga is always fantastic and healing, Rasa's music was amazing and really deepened the yoga experience, the additional options for meditation and massage were lovely additions. They created the perfect environment for inward reflection and building community -- you could take what you wanted from the experience. Finally, the food was fantastic! Every meal was delicious and healthy - can't rave enough about it. If you are considering going on a retreat with Sonya - do it! It will be an amazing, healing experience.
By Lindsey B for Equinox Renewal Retreat on Sep 27, 2022
Oh where can I begin ? Amazing, Life Affirming, Love, Light, Stars, Rest, Woods. Yoga, Mediation, Rest. COMMUNITY... This is what I left with. This is my 3rd trip with Sonya and Rasa and now Polina.. I met like minded people who I hope I can stay connected with for life... LOVE AND LIGHT Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin
By Robert S for Equinox Renewal Retreat on Sep 27, 2022
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