Flex Yoga Retreat - Costa Rica Retreat

Guanacaste Province, Nosara, Costa Rica

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Yogando Retreats
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Jan 2 - 7, 2023
Group size: 1 - 16
Flex Yoga Retreat - Costa Rica Retreat
Guanacaste Province, Nosara, Costa Rica

Yogando Retreats
  • Facebook verified
2 reviews

$NaN
Jan 2 - 7, 2023
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

From the jungle to the beaches to the gorgeous shalas at Bodhi Tree, this week is an opportunity to get into the more natural cycle of the season by literally immersing ourselves in nature. 

Reconnect with nature's cycles through yoga practice, excursions, and the unique beauty of Nosara and mindfully transition in the New Year by getting out of the hustle and bustle of regular life through retreat and nature.

Your teachers:

EMILY MARIOLA

Artist/potter (Stonehouse Pottery), E-RYT500 Yoga studio owner/student/teacher @flexyogawooster Mom to four, wife to one. ADHD strong.

ERYT-500, YACEP

Yin Yoga Certified

Ballet Barre Certified

Aerial Yoga Certified

Trini Foundation Yoga & Recovery Certified


More about her:

Emily Moorefield Mariola is the founder of Flex Yoga Wooster and is a certified Yoga Instructor through Amazing Yoga Studios of Pittsburg Pennsylvania. Emily took her first yoga class in 2004 and has been hooked ever since. Originally a competitive runner, Emily was a high school state champion and a three time All-American in Cross-Country and Track & Field. Emily uses her understanding of competitive athletics and awareness of physical capabilities to enhance her yoga practice as well as her teaching. Emily teaches a Power Vinyasa Flow style of yoga that integrates the physical poses (or asanas) with the breath (or pranayama) in a fluid and powerful way. Although many find a yoga practice to fulfill their exercise regime, Emily believes it is also the best supplement for the competitive athlete, those looking for “the edge”, and for those interested in restoring balance and flexibility in a more gentle practice. The emotional benefits of a consistent yoga practice can equal (and often exceed) the physical benefits of yoga, and the instructors at Flex Yoga are committed to carefully guide all students to work within their limits. Emily's goal is that Flex Yoga can be a space where all people can find and experience the emotional and physical benefits of yoga. Very young to very old, very fit to not fit at all, yoga can bring softness, flexibility, balance and strength to the body and the mind. With a strong commitment to continue and enhance her yoga education Emily has taken additional teacher trainings and workshops from some of the best yoga instructors in the country, including: Karen and Sean Conley, Kathryn Budig, Bryan Kest, and Doug Swenson. A potter by trade, Emily has found yoga creeping into her art more and more these days. Emily and her husband Mike live on a farm just south of Wooster with their four free-range children: Ian, Vincy, Annie and Mia.

Your teachers: Justin Liebman

After working as a top sales representative in the high stress world of finance, Justin's passion for yoga ignited most when he began to study yogic philosophy.

After four years of dedicated practice he took the leap to become a yoga teacher and leave the corporate finance world in 2018.  Justin's primary area of interest is inversions and arm balances. As a teacher, Justin wishes to bring more than the physical side of yoga into his student's lives by sharing the lessons he has learned over the years with regular practice.

Entry requirements

Travelers to Costa Rica are not required to show proof of vaccination status or proof of a medical insurance policy to cover COVID-19 related illness.


https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/


Entry to Costa Rica is allowed for tourists from all countries.

Each visitor must comply with the migratory processes established in the General Law of Migration and Immigration.

Starting April 1, the temporary migration measures established in the framework of the national health emergency due to COVID-19 are repealed.

During their stay in Costa Rica, tourists must follow the health protocols established by private companies in order to participle in any tourist activity.


*Important update (April 1-2022)*

Starting April 1, the temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica – put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – are repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the Health Pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners.

All commercial establishments, activities, and events can operate at 100% capacity.

Costa Rica maintains the requirement for the mandatory use of masks, the protocol for washing hands and taking temperatures, as well as compliance with health protocols for each tourist activity.

Tourists can verify if they require a visa to enter Costa Rica using the following link https://migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx.


Remember that:

A return flight ticket is needed when entering Costa Rica. The immigration officer will ask for it upon your arrival. It is advisable to make a photocopy or take a picture of your passport with the entry stamp to carry at all times during your stay.

  • Your country of origin determines the amount of days available to stay in Costa Rica as a tourist.
  • In some cases, the Immigration official may request you show economic solvency for your stay in the country.
  • Even with a 90-day tourist visa, the immigration official determines the duration of your stay as allowed by your passport.

Visitors to Costa Rica must have a valid passport as well as proof of their intent to exit the country before their visa or entry stamp expires, usually within 90 days.

All non-resident travelers must possess a return ticket or a ticket as proof of when they intend to exit the country, commonly referred to as an outbound exit or onward ticket. An onward ticket is required of non-residents who are:

  • Traveling on a one-way ticket
  • Entering the country with a return ticket dated more than 90 days after arrival
  • Flying into Costa Rica and flying out of another country

By law, an onward ticket includes any of the following on approved, commercial transport:

  • A pre-purchased bus ticket out of the country
  • A pre-purchased flight out of the country
  • Proof of passage on a cruise ship

Obligation to Declare when entering or leaving Costa Rica:

When entering or leaving a port in Costa Rica, if you carry an amount equal to or greater than the US $ 10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies, cash or securities, you must request and complete the form provided for this purpose at the migration post and present it to the Customs Authority for verification; The declaration must be made before finalizing the corresponding immigration procedures. The omission of what is established by Costa Rican law (No. 8204, article 35) will result in the immediate loss of money.

What inoculations do I need before entering Costa Rica?

Starting on July 30, 2007, all travelers coming from the following countries must possess a yellow fever vaccination certificate before entry into Costa Rica will be allowed: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the Republic of Guyana.

For more information click here

The Yoga Resort

https://bodhitreeyogaresort.com/


Uniquely designed around the nature and the surrounding jungle, Bodhi Tree Resort resides in a blue zone in Costa Rica where cultures have evolved to prolong the longevity of human life and life expectancies of residents surpass 100 years old.


If you want to see photos of the room, please check them uploaded in this brochure, or at this link: https://bodhitreeyogaresort.com/rooms/

The Essential Things to Bring to CR

The essential items you need to bring to Costa Rica are face masks, hand sanitizer, sandals, swimwear, mosquito repellent, sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater, hiking shoes/trail running shoes or closed toed hiking sandals, sunglasses, a hat, battery pack, medical kit, waterproof phone case, camera, day pack, rain jacket and an insulated water bottle.

I’ll go more into details below for each one.


Hand Sanitizer

Many establishments will have hand sanitizer by the front door, requiring guests to sanitize before entering. However, we highly recommend bringing your own to have with you at all times. You can purchase hand sanitizer in any pharmacy or supermarket.

Disinfectant Wipes

Likewise, we recommend to bring your own disinfectant wipes.

Clothes

Costa Rica doesn’t have a strict dress code so comfortable and casual is best for pretty much the entire country. At the beach, your wardrobe will consist mostly of shorts, tank tops and flip flops. In the city, we recommend closed toed shoes, long pants and a light jacket or sweater.


Our recommendations: For Costa Rica, clothes that dry fast (like Nike Dri-fit clothes) and wick away moisture are the best, especially if you’re visiting the beach or rainforest.

Shoes

Flip flops are a must especially if you’re going to the beach. If you’re doing any activities, hiking shoes/sandals (with straps), sneakers, trail running shoes or hiking shoes are necessary. Whenever we travel around Costa Rica, I normally bring one pair of flip flops and one pair of sneakers/hiking shoes or closed toed hiking sandals depending on what we’re doing.


Our recommendations: We love closed toed hiking sandals. They are amazing for all sorts of outdoor activities and you can go from land to water easily. They dry fast, don’t smell, your feet can breathe and are much more comfortable than stuffy shoes and socks. Waterproof trail running shoes are also amazing for Costa Rica.


Mosquito Repellent

You have to bring mosquito repellent for Costa Rica as they are present all year round.


Our recommendations: You can find mosquito repellent in the supermarkets but we recommend bringing your own as it is very expensive here.


Sunscreen

Sunscreen is also a must and bring at least SPF 30. If you burn easily, SPF 50-70 is best. Costa Rica is only 8-12 degrees from the equator so the sun is strong! Additionally, after sun care is very important in case you do burn.

Our recommendations: If you are going to be going in the ocean, we encourage you to buy reef safe mineral sunscreen. We personally love Raw Elements, SunBum and Kiss My Face. If you can, bring sunscreen. If you forgot it, you can get sunscreen at any supermarket or pharmacy but it is a bit more expensive. Don’t forget chapstick with SPF!


Toiletries and Medications

You can find all toiletries in Costa Rica like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, mouth wash, toothpaste and floss. There are a few items that I do recommend to bring though. These are tampons for women (not always readily offered at convenience stores/mini markets), face wash (very expensive), hair detangler spray, wet wipes, a packet of tissues and face wipes. If you wear contact lenses, make sure to bring a couple extra lenses.

If you’re taking any medicines, write down a list of them and keep it with you at all times. Try to include the active ingredients in each medicine or find the Spanish name.

For basic medicines, you can find mostly all OTC at the pharmacies in Costa Rica. We do recommend bringing allergy medicine like Claritin and Sudafed sinus medication as those are very expensive in Costa Rica. You can buy anti-nausea medicine at the pharmacy but I like to bring my own anti-drowsy Dramamine.

Supermarkets do have a small over the counter section with cold and flu, diarrhea and muscle pain medicines.

Rain Jacket

A rain jacket is an essential item if you’re visiting during Costa Rica’s rainy season (May to beginning of December). And you want to get a waterproof one, trust me! A poncho can work too.

Day Bag

For day trips, sight seeing and tours, bring a day backpack. If you’re not planning on doing long hikes, you can get away with a 20-25 L backpack to hold all the essentials: snacks, water, towel, change of clothes, camera, etc.

Insulated Water Bottle

I never leave home without my insulated water bottle. It’s the best feeling in the world to take a long sip of fresh cold water when it’s 90 F out. Additioanlly, bringing your own water bottle helps to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles and you’ll save money on buying water. You can drink tap water in most places in Costa Rica or bring a water filter if you have a sensitive stomach.

Micro Fiber Towel

Our second favorite item we never leave without. A micro fiber towel is awesome for wiping sweat off, using as a fan to cool off or to wrap your stuff in if it starts raining. We have several, a couple from REI 

Sunglasses and Hat

As for the sunglasses, I recommend bringing 2 pairs of sunglasses. One cheap pair so that you won’t cry if it gets lost in the ocean (which has happened to us and our friends many times) and one nicer pair for lounging and sightseeing. A hat or visor is also essential.

Swimwear

Don’t forget your swimwear! We recommend at least two pairs. For guys, the swim trunks without the mesh is best and ladies, bring all the bikinis you want!

Cameras and Technology

If you want to capture all those awesome adventures, an action cam is the best. GoPro and Sony Action Cam are two excellent ones. GoPro is exceptionally great now and that is what we use for our adventures.


Our recommendations: Make sure to bring the correct accessories for your action camera to attach it to helmets, surf boards, etc. 

Waterproof Phone Case

These waterproof phone cases are super useful. You can wear it around your neck and use it during light water activities like tubing, canyoning, etc.

Accessories and Extras

Here are some other items that will be useful.

  • Small first aid kit.
  • Adapter – Costa Rica uses the same voltage as US and Canada (110).
  • Ziplock bags to protect your electronics.
  • Laundry bag.
  • Reusable cloth grocery bags.
  • Lots of hair ties!
  • Ear plugs, especially if you’re sharing your room

Essential items you cannot forget

  • Original passport
  • Original valid driver’s license (if you are renting a car). No temporary licenses, no photocopies, no paper copies
  • Credit cards you plan to use (don’t forget to tell your credit card company you are traveling overseas)
  • Your return flight ticket out of Costa Rica (printed or saved on your phone)



What’s included

  • 5 nights room and board
  • Full board
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily workshops
  • Flight
  • Insurance
  • COVID-19 Tests
  • Gratuities
  • Airport transfer
  • Excursions

Available Packages

Bodhi Casita (single bed)
Available until November 1, 20224 left

This unit consists of two bedrooms, one bedroom has one king bed (single occupancy), the other bedroom has two queen beds (shared room). Both rooms share one bathroom, kitchenette, living area, air conditioning, wifi and outdoor patio. Accommodates up to 3 guests.


Maximum Capacity: 3

86 m² + Outdoor Patio

2 Queen Beds

1 Bathroom

Indoor Living Area

Spacious Closet

Large Outdoor Lounge Area

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Plush Cotton Towels


Free WiFi

Free Beach Shuttle

Free Bike Rentals

Air Conditioning

Rainfall Shower

Raw Botanicals Toiletries

Coffee Maker

Umbrellas

Standard North American Electrical Outlets

In-Room Laptop Size Safe



Links to view the rooms: 

https://bodhitreeyogaresort.com/rooms/

https://tours.360virtualcr.com/group/8FWYLxG39?shortId=d-2CQTP02WSG


$2,363
Deposit: $500
Queen Bungalow
Available until November 1, 2022Sold Out

This unit features two queen beds with dramatic high ceilings, a wet bar filled with local delights, Egyptian cotton sheets, air conditioning and a laptop-sized safe.


Unwind by lounging on your outdoor balcony as you hear the sounds of waterfalls in the distance. Study or work in comfort at the large work desk with access to free wireless internet. Refresh in your open air, rainfall shower, featuring luxurious Raw Botanicals toiletries.


Maximum Capacity: 2

19m² + Balcony

2 Queen Beds

1 Bathroom

Balcony

Open Air Rainfall Shower

Spacious Closet

Work Desk

Mini Bar

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Plush Cotton Towels


Links to view the rooms: 

https://bodhitreeyogaresort.com/rooms/

https://tours.360virtualcr.com/group/8FWYLxG39?shortId=d-2CQTP02WSG

$2,363
Deposit: $500
Jungle Room
Available until November 1, 2022only 2 left

This unit features two queen beds with dramatic high ceilings, a wet bar filled with local delights, Egyptian cotton sheets, air conditioning and a laptop-sized safe.

Unwind by lounging on your outdoor patio as you hear the sounds of waterfalls in the distance. Study or work in comfort at the large work desk with access to free wireless internet. Refresh in your open air, rainfall shower, featuring luxurious Raw Botanicals toiletries.


Maximum Capacity: 4

21 m²

2 Queen Beds

1 Bathroom

Open Air Rainfall Shower

Outside Terrace

Spacious Closet

Work Desk

Mini Bar

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Plush Cotton Towels


Links to view the rooms: 

https://bodhitreeyogaresort.com/rooms/

https://tours.360virtualcr.com/group/8FWYLxG39?shortId=d-2CQTP02WSG


$2,282
Deposit: $500
Companion ticket

This is valid for those coming to the retreat but not attending any yoga classes. 


Accommodation and full board is included in this price. 

$2,108
Deposit: $500
Bodhi Casita (shared room)
only 3 left

This unit consists of two bedrooms, one bedroom has one king bed (single occupancy), the other bedroom has two queen beds (shared room). Both rooms share one bathroom, kitchenette, living area, air conditioning, wifi and outdoor patio. Accommodates up to 3 guests.

Maximum Capacity: 3

86 m² + Outdoor Patio

2 Queen Beds

1 Bathroom

Indoor Living Area

Spacious Closet

Large Outdoor Lounge Area

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Plush Cotton Towels

Free WiFi

Free Beach Shuttle

Free Bike Rentals

Air Conditioning

Rainfall Shower

Raw Botanicals Toiletries

Coffee Maker

Umbrellas

Standard North American Electrical Outlets

In-Room Laptop Size Safe

Links to view the rooms: 

https://bodhitreeyogaresort.com/rooms/

https://tours.360virtualcr.com/group/8FWYLxG39?shortId=d-2CQTP02WSG

$2,363
Deposit: $500
Queen single
$3,208
Deposit: $500
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Itinerary

Jan 2
Arrival

Airport pick up - Shuttle buses will be organized depending on your landing time. 

Check in and room assignment

4:30 pm Welcome Meeting - Opening Ceremony

5-6 pm Dinner 

6-7 PM Restorative Practice

Your Organizer


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