COSTA RICA RETREAT January 14-20, 2025

Dominical, Costa Rica

AR
Andrea Russell
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91 reviews
Jan 14 - 20, 2025
Group size: 1 - 30
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 14-20, 2025
Dominical, Costa Rica

Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
91 reviews

Jan 14 - 20, 2025
Group size: 1 - 30

About this trip

Join us for an Āyurveda, yoga and meditation eco-luxury jungle retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. Imagine miles of pristine beaches, jungle hiking trails, secret waterfalls, a relaxed way of being, and an opportunity to rest into your true nature.


The retreat will be held at Imiloa—a boutique retreat center on 30 acres of secondary jungle in the Saverge Mountains that invokes transformation, wellness, and harmony.


Each day will begin with an hour-long class devoted to meditation and mindfulness techniques. After breakfast, the daily three-hour Āyurveda and yoga classes are intended to go beyond the general group classes you may experience back home. Throughout the week, we’ll build progressively on Ayurvedic and yogic wisdom as well as anatomical, alignment, and energetic themes.


Each afternoon there is ample free time so that, if you wish, you can hike to secret waterfalls, bird watch, sleek out the resident sloths, go horseback riding, or explore any of the other adventures Costa Rica has to offer. As remote as Imiloa feels, it is only minutes away from pristine beaches, surfing, zip-lining, nature hikes, shopping, and restaurants.


You can also spend free time at Imiloa, which has a saltwater pool with a spectacular view of the coast, hiking trails to waterfalls, and plenty of sweet spots to relax. There is also a luxury spa where self-care services may be purchased separately.


In short, this is a retreat for spiritual seekers who want to experience the profound transformation and reset that is possible when you carve out time for yourself and your practice amidst a breathtaking tropical jungle near the beach. You will experience how retreating is a path of collective care; giving you the inner resources to support the way you want to be and serve in the world.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

This retreat will allow you to unplug from your stresses, responsibilities, and news feeds to remember what is really important to you. You will get the time you need for introspection so that you can reset and come home to yourself. You’ll go deeper into your yoga and mindfulness practice and learn to create new rituals and routines. You will be awe-inspired by experiencing one of the most beautiful places on earth. You’ll also be part of an open and inclusive community of fellow spiritual seekers.


YOU’LL GET:

  • curated Costa Rica retreat travel and packing guides
  • a completely private retreat campus for our retreat only
  • six nights and seven days of accommodation at Imiloa eco-luxury retreat center
  • 3 plant-based organic gourmet meals each day created by a master 5-star chef
  • unlimited wellness bar with speciality coffee drinks, smoothies, and elixirs
  • tea, coffee, snacks, and fruit throughout the day
  • daily Āyurveda, dharma, yoga, somatic, breath work & meditation classes, including use of yoga mats and props
  • daily transportation to Dominical shops, beaches, and excursions
  • 2 private charter flights to/from SJO and Quepos airports
  • all inclusive SUV ground transportation
  • access to a private waterfall, miles of nature paths, incredible flora and fauna, and an ocean view infinity pool

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE:

  • gorgeous beaches perfect for sunning, shelling, swimming, surfing, and strolling
  • guided nature/bird hikes or kayaking/SUP
  • cooking classes with a master chef
  • a short drive to Dominical’s shops and cafes
  • access to an on-site spa with a variety of massage and healing therapies

YOU’LL LEAVE:

  • feeling rested and restored
  • remembering what is meaningful and important in your life
  • with a deeper understanding of your constitutional makeup
  • knowing how to cultivate healthier habits and routines
  • with a deeper sense of your yoga and meditation practice
  • with tools for living in tune with the seasons
  • with tools for working with the mind
  • with a sense of community, having connected with fellow spiritual travelers
  • with memories that will last a lifetime

SCHEDULE

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW EACH DAY MIGHT UNFOLD:

  • 7am | Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
  • 8am | Breakfast
  • 9am to 10am | Āyurveda or Dharma Talk
  • 10:15am to 12:15pm | Hatha Yoga, Somatics & Mindful Strength
  • 12:30pm | Lunch
  • 1pm to 5pm | Free time for excursions, beach, spa treatments, hiking, solitude, etc.
  • 5pm to 6pm | Hatha Yoga, Somatics 
  • 6:30pm | Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS

Nestled amongst the trees along a river or atop the mountain overlooking the ocean, Imiloa offers exquisite luxury accommodations.


Included in each accommodation is the comfiest mattresses, 850 thread count sheets, storage space and dry rooms, fiber optic internet, daily cleaning service, private en-suite bath, indoor/outdoor design with a focus on nature and being in your own private refuge. Thrice-filtered private well for drinking water throughout the property. Single, double, and triple occupancy are available. Explore each of the accommodations in detail along with videos – here.

MEALS

Imiloa serves locally-sourced, gourmet vegan meals that are artistically plated, scientifically nourishing, and delightfully crafted. All meals are served in the heart of Imiloa, a stunning open air dining room with a view of the gardens and jungle. Daily tea, coffee, snacks, and fruit is provided throughout the day. An additional wellness bar package is included that features unlimited speciality coffee drinks, smoothies, and elixirs. 

TRAVEL & ARRIVAL

The high-class experience starts in San Jose when you are brought to our private aircraft just for you and retreat participants to be flown 15 minutes to Quepos.

At the Quepos landing strip, the friendly Imiloa team will pick you up in SUVs. The next time you’ll see your baggage will be in your accommodation. Enjoy the 30-minute drive up the mountain to Imiloa.

  • A valid passport is required and must be valid at least six months after the date of travel.
  • Three weeks prior to departure for the retreat you must supply your up-to-date flight information.
  • Plan to arrive wheels down no later than 7:30 am on arrival day to San Jose International Airport.
  • If you plan to arrive prior to the retreat start date, we will provide recommendations for hotels and transportation.
  • Plan to arrive to the San Jose Domestic Airport by 7:30 am on arrival day for our charter flight.
  • On departure day, you will arrive to the San Jose International Airport at 11:30 am. It is suggested to be at the international terminal 3 hours prior to your international departure; please book your departure time accordingly.
  • If you would like to extend your trip, we can recommend locations, tours, and sights to see.

OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT

Days in Costa Rica are warm/hot and evenings are a little cooler, giving you reprieve from the heat. The retreat happens during the dry season, so rain will be sparse. Since we’ll be staying at a retreat center with indoor/outdoor elements, expect to be somewhat exposed to nature (including winds, cicadas, geckos, and jungle bugs), as well as the sounds of monkeys and tropical birds when the jungle wakes up. Imiloa is located in the deep jungle, the trails may have various inclines and terrain may be uneven if you choose to hike. It is recommended to bring sturdy shoes in addition to sandals or flip-flops. 

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

Imiloa, our retreat center, has rigorous health and safety protocols in place. Participants shall be solely responsible for complying with all Covid-19 entry requirements of the destination country and re-entry requirements back to one’s country of origin. A negative Covid-19 may be requested prior to retreat. 

PLEASE NOTE

Costs associated with passports (required), airfare, flight changes, airline baggage fees for any and all baggage, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations, gratuities and taxes for personal services, spa services, and tours/excursions must be met by the participant.

Cancel for any reason insurance is required. Cancel for any reason travel insurance ensures you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental, health or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels. Although we cannot advise on specific policies or providers, you may find this or this guide helpful. There are no exceptions with our cancellation policy due to the contractual commitments we have with our vendors who do not offer refunds or transfer of funds.

 

This is a substance-free retreat. A substance-free environment is one in which all guests agree to keep their space free from substances at all times. Substances are defined to include alcohol, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cannabis, other smoking materials, and illicit and illegal drugs.


RETREAT FACILITATORS

Andrea Russell, lead instructor and retreat host, is an Āyurvedic practitioner, neurovascular integration therapist, yoga therapist, and meditation teacher. She is devoted to sharing timeless eastern wisdom teachings and practices in order to give you the tools and support you need to heal, thrive, and move well. Andrea has led over 25 international retreats and 40 stateside retreats.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    six nights and seven days of elegant accommodation at Imiloa eco-luxury retreat center
  • Gourmet Meals
    3 gourmet organic plant-based meals each day
  • Wellness Bar
    unlimited speciality coffee drinks, smoothies, juices, mocktails, and elixirs
  • Daily Classes
    daily Ayurveda, yoga & meditation classes, including use of yoga mats and props
  • Transportation from SJO
    2 private charter plane transfers from SJO airport to Quepos landing strip and all inclusive luxury ground transportation
  • Local Transportation
    transportation to Dominical shops, beaches, and excursions
  • Nature's Paradise
    Access to a private waterfall, miles of nature paths, incredible flora and fauna, and an ocean view infinity pool.

What’s not included

  • Passport Fees
  • Airfare and Fees
    Flights, flight changes, baggage fees
  • Insurance
    Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Tours & Excursions
    guided bird/nature hike, kayaking, cooking class
  • Spa Services
    Additional massages
  • Gratuities

Available Packages

Geodesic River Dome-Quad
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Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes. Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Four twin beds. 

$3,790
Deposit: $500
Geodesic River Dome-Double
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Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes. Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Two king beds. 

$3,990
Deposit: $500
Geodesic River Dome-Single
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Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes. Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Two king beds. 

$4,990
Deposit: $500
Jungle Bungalow-Double
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Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous jungle exposed shower and bathtub. One king or two single beds.

$3,990
Deposit: $500
Jungle Bungalow-Single
only 1 left

Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous jungle exposed shower and bathtub. One king or two single beds.

$4,990
Deposit: $500
Bali Suite - Double
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Three rooms built within 200 year old Balinese homes with private en-suite baths, a shared kitchen, stunning ocean and jungle views, and easy access to the shared infinity pool. One king.

$4,290
Deposit: $500
Bali Suite-Single
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Three rooms built within 200 year old Balinese homes with private en-suite baths, a shared kitchen, stunning ocean and jungle views, and easy access to the shared infinity pool. One king.

$5,290
Deposit: $500
Sky Forest-Single
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Sky Forest is a private campus within the Imiloa campus with ocean, mountain, and jungle views.  In addition to the spacious 3 bedroom home, there is a 500 square foot patio and private infinity pool. King Bed. Can be a single or shared bed double.

$5,490
Deposit: $500
Jogolo & Potoo Bali Houses-Double
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Imported 170 year old homes from Bali will have you wishing you’d never leave. Jogolo & Potoo are a modern luxury with a fully equipped kitchen, a wrap around porch, and sweeping views of the Pacific ocean and mountains. Includes a private saltwater plunge pool and hand-carved architecture that will transport you to another land and time. One king bed. 

$5,490
Deposit: $500
Jogolo & Potoo House-Single
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Imported 170 year old homes from Bali will have you wishing you’d never leave. Jogolo & Potoo are a modern luxury with a fully equipped kitchen, a wrap around porch, and sweeping views of the Pacific ocean and mountains. Includes a private saltwater plunge pool and hand-carved architecture that will transport you to another land and time. One king bed. *If you have a friend or partner you'd like to join you, the home can be changed to double occupancy. 

$6,290
Deposit: $500


Your Organizer


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Andrea Russell
91 reviews
Hi, I am Andrea! An Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga therapist & meditation teacher. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes & retreats integrate Vedic wisdom, Ayurveda, meditation, breathwork, and a mindful approach to yoga asana that brings attention to anatomy, alignment, strength & inner awareness. These practices promote health in body & mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life in alignment with your true nature. P.S. Head over to www.andrearussell.com/about to learn more.

Reviews

LH
Beautiful setting, good food and amazing staff! Retreat with Andrea R never fails to amaze.
By Liza H for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Feb 05, 2024
I had a most wonderful time. The staff at Imiloa Institute were there and ready to take care of us. It was most memorable; as the flora and fauna and the accommodations made one feel like you were totally immersed in the jungles of Costa Rica.
By Debra B for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Feb 04, 2024
It was my second time being on Andrea’s retreat and I’ll be back next year. Her retreats are simply amazing from start to finish. Petra Madison, Wisconsin
By Petra K for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Feb 03, 2024
Such a special week with this sangha.
By Brie V for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Jan 28, 2024
Andrea is a masterful retreat host and Ayurvedic teacher! She and her assistant Shannel created such a lovely container for transformational growth. The Ayurveda talks were so informative and the meditations and yoga practices helped integrate the wisdom as a truly embodied experience. Imiloa is a beautiful retreat space set in the jungle, supported by friendly, stellar staff. The food was out of this world!
By Kelly P for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Jan 27, 2024
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My time at the Christine Center for Andrea's retreat was just wonderful. I came away not just feeling refreshed and centered, but with actual tools to move forward with...and so much to think about! Andrea embodies all of the things she talks about, you can see it...feel it. Her knowledge of Ayurveda, the body, nature, and how it all ties into each other, is incredible. Anyone who has the opportunity to experience learning from Andrea should make it a priority to do so!
By Shana M on 04 Oct, 2019