GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat

      Puntarenas Province, Punta Banco, Costa Rica

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      Feb 12 - 18, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 14
      GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat
      Puntarenas Province, Punta Banco, Costa Rica

      Yoga Trade
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      6 reviews

      Feb 12 - 18, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 14

      About this trip


      water inspired wellness

      Discover your depths and flow with aquatic rhythms and tides. This is a space to connect with water as a source of joy, a therapeutic wellspring, a healing element, and a fountainhead for creativity. Water is life!

      Join heart centered sea sisters  Erica Hartnick + Jodi Maclean along with other water lovers and local facilitators at TISKITA jungle lodge for a liquid experience of a lifetime.

      Set amidst lush tropical rainforest, overlooking the open Pacific ocean in one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, Southern Costa Rica is an ideal place for those looking to connect with the wonder of water. The region is filled with incredible wildlife, abundant crystalline springs, nutritious food, magical land, and sweet warm sea.

      Through this journey, we will honor and explore waters in nature and our own internal waters. Let's share our reverence for water, dive deep, and flow + grow together.

      The Experience

      We will begin the afternoon of February 12th with an opening circle where we will connect with each other and the water. Together, we will collectively create a safe and supportive space with gratitude and intention. 

      Each day we will immerse ourselves in AQUATIC experiences:

      - water inspired yoga + movement + meditation

      - connecting with source of our spring fed drinking water

      - ocean awareness workshop + tidal talks

      - swimming + body surfing + wave play

      - beginner surf lesson OR surf coaching session 

      - tide pool explorations

      - static apnea pool session (intro to freediving)

      - river walk

      - fresh water plunge pools + waterfalls

      - watercolor journaling + creative workshop

      - boat trip to explore the Golfo Dulce

      - opportunities to swim + surf during free time

      This retreat is for you if:

      - You would like to deepen your knowledge and relationship with water. 

      - You have a desire to learn more about the ocean and how water can help heal and rejuvenate the mind + body + spirit. 

      - You feel a deep calling to nourish and protect the health of personal + planetary waters.

      - You are ready to remember your true aquatic nature and want to connect with inspiring water loving friends.

      - You are craving space for adventure, creativity, and reflection. 

      ***Open to ALL LEVELS and ALL AGES. All that is required is curiosity:) This retreat is designed for both experienced water people and super beginners! 

      A portion of the proceeds from this retreat will go to the Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Punta Banco, which greatly supports this local community. 

      A limited number of partial scholarships available for Centroamericanos and BIPOC upon request.


      TISKITA is a hidden gem! It offers a peaceful setting, has been Costa Rican family run for 40 years, and is tucked away in one of the most biodiverse tropical rainforests in the region. It is located in Punta Banco, a short distance from the spectacular surfing beach of Pavones. Saunter through the canopy on your way to the stunning yoga deck that offers jungle and sea views or relax at the pool or lounge area. There are over 15km of trails (including a waterfall and fresh water plunge pools!) and a fruit orchard with over 100 species of fruits on the property to explore. Beautiful swimmable beaches and tide pools are an easy walk away. All cabinas are 'jungle luxury' and boast ocean + rainforest views and have en suite bathrooms.  


      You will be served three healthy + delicious meals a day. The food will be primarily vegetarian, Costa Rican inspired, and created with local organic ingredients and love. We may offer a few fresh fish options depending on the preferences of the group. Unlimited coffee, tea, natural juices, and snacks are always available. Dietary restrictions such as vegan and gluten free can be accommodated. Please let us know your food preferences upon registration. 

      Travel + Health + Safety

      If you are coming from out of the country, you will want to fly to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO). Upon booking we will support you in making travel arrangements. You can visit this link HERE to see some options for travel from San Jose Airport to TISKITA Jungle Lodge. The country of Costa Rica has certain precautions and protocols in place to keep you safe during your visit. The entry requirements are in flux, and updated requirements can be found HERE. Upon registration and arrival, you will be provided with up to date details. Tiskita Jungle Lodge is committed to protect and provide the best conditions to guests by following and implementing the measures stipulated by the authorities, the Ministry of Health, and The Tourism Board. Tiskita is going above and beyond to make guests feel totally safe and comfortable so they can enjoy the wonders and experiences that the eco-lodge and magnificent nature offers.

      Payment + Cancellation Policy


      ***To reserve your spot on this retreat, please make the appropriate deposit. The deposit is completely non-refundable. If the retreat is postponed, we will provide full refunds or vouchers for future travel.

      Full Payment:  

      When you reserve, you may either pay in full or pay the deposit. Upon receipt of your payment we will send you a confirmation of your deposit or full amount. Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start date of this event, January 12th, 2024 (if you sign up on or after this date, full payment is due upon registration).

      Cancellation Policy:

      We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. Deposits are non-refundable. However, we will allow you to gift or sell the remainder of your event ticket (minus the deposit) to another person if for some reason you are unable to make it. We also always recommend the purchase of travel insurance just to be safe. 

      Water Wisdom

      Water is the source of all life and is fundamental to our survival, well-being and happiness. It is where life begins and is the major element within our physical body. Water is said to reflect emotions, and in mythology deep water is where our subconscious fears can lie submerged. Immersing ourselves in and through water can help us resolve these deeper fears and limitations and can create space for surrender, trust, and expansion. Water is the greatest teacher of flow and shows us the truth within. It can help us see more clearly and provides an honest form of self inquiry and love.

      What’s included

      • Accommodation
        6 nights, 7 days accommodation at Tiskita Jungle Lodge
      • Meals
        3 fresh and DELICIOUS meals a day
      • Programming
        Opening + closing circle. Daily scheduled WATER CONNECTION activities + workshops. Daily yoga + meditation.
      • Guided Nature Hike
        Hosted by a local naturalist, we will explore jungle flora + fauna + springs
      • Surf Lesson or Coaching
        Board rental + lesson OR coaching session from a local surf guide
      • Boat Trip
        We will dedicate one day to experiencing the waters of the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf)
      • Water Safety + Support
        Our facilitators are highly experienced and here to keep you safe + supported
      • Connection / New Skills
        Connect with new friends and discover inspiring integrative and functional water skills + creative outlets
      • Water Portrait
        All participants will receive at least one water photo from the week that highlights their inner mermaid/man!:)
      • Airfare / Transfers
        We will provide travel recommendations and support upon booking
      • Travel Insurance
        Health insurance that covers COVID may be required by Costa Rica. Those who wish to purchase additional travel insurance may do so
      • Massage / Bodywork
        Sessions in several modalities can be booked onsite
      • Extra Activities
        We can help arrange other activities if desired

      Available Packages

      Shared Room
      Available until February 6, 2024only 1 left

      A shared jungle cabina with 2-3 beds (mixed gender). The cabinas are roomy and comfortable. Each have a balcony, fan, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower, and ocean and/or rainforest view. 

      Deposit: $600
      Private Room
      Available until February 6, 2024Sold Out

      Your own private cabina! The cabinas are roomy and comfortable. Each have a balcony, fan, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower, and ocean and/or rainforest view. 

      Deposit: $600
      Couples Room
      Available until February 6, 2024Sold Out

      This is a retreat package for 2 people. Great for couples or friends signing up together who want to share a room. A shared jungle cabina with 1-2 beds. The cabinas are roomy and comfortable. Each have a balcony, fan, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower, and ocean and/or rainforest view. 

      Deposit: $600


      Sample Day Schedule
      Gracias Agua

      5:45am SUNRISE 

      7am Yoga/Movement/Meditation  

      8:30am BREAKFAST

      9:30am Water Activity/Excursion 

      12:30pm LUNCH

      2:30pm Workshop/Water Activity 

      5:45pm SUNSET

      6:30pm DINNER 

      7:30-9pm Relaxing Evening Activity/Night Swim/Sea + Star Gazing 

      Each day will be unique - we will let the 'tides be our guides'. This is just to give you an idea of a typical day. The detailed schedule of the week will be posted upon arrival.

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      Amazing, I miss the Yoga farm so much already! Erica, Silke, Christy, Pat and Levi are all so sweet and helpful, and the Yoga farm is a beautiful place to learn about nature, about yourself and to find community. The tasks for every week are educational and mostly fun, and there’s a lot of free time. The yoga classes were great and I loved the gift shares of people in the community ❤️
      By Ellis M for DEEP ECOLOGY of WELLNESS: community stay + creative residency on May 04, 2023
      I highly recommend this retreat! It was beautifully planned with a variety of activities that catered to anyone with a love of water and the outdoors. It was balanced with movement, exploration and rest not to mention delicious meals! Each participant was encouraged to savor the experiences at their own pace/level. Yogatrade guided and introduced us to other local guides thus creating a community of like minded individuals supporting each other. Muchas Gracias Erica, Jodi and your friends!
      By Deanna B for GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat on Mar 07, 2023
      Gracias Agua was much more than a trip, getaway or vacation. It was a rejuvenating + magical life experience; and, in the words of Mark Twain, “Synergy - the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.” Our beautiful leaders, Erica + Jodi are the definition of embodied leadership. Each remarkable and creative in their own way as well as compassionate, strong and inspiring. I really appreciate the sacred space they created for us wherever we were… from the yoga deck to pool tides to surf rides and snorkel dives! Erica + Jodi created a one of a kind experience by introducing and surrounding us with the local community, which is something I value greatly. The accommodation at Tiskita is truly special. Immediately upon arriving, I was welcomed by a serene symphony of rhythmic sounds of both the jungle and the Pacific Ocean; natures very own sound bath. I love the open space design of the cabinas as it made me feel so closely connected to nature. The food is divine and nourishing and the staff so gracious. Thank you to Alanna and her family for sharing their home. I am grateful for the amazing women I met and connected with and will forever hold them in my heart. Hopefully we will reconnect at next year’s Gracias Agua retreat, as I certainly plan to return! My deepest gratitude to all the beautiful humans that created and contributed to this most special and extraordinary experience. Much love to all, Karen
      By Karen W for GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat on Mar 04, 2023
      We had the most incredible experience at Gracias Agua! It was a beautiful week of connection, play, and exploring our depths and edges in a safe space. Erica and Jodi considered every detail and went above and beyond to create a magical week. The accommodations and staff at Tiskita were lovely, the food was delicious, and the balance of activities and time for relaxation was perfect. Could not recommend a retreat with Erica and Jodi more and looking forward to the next one!
      By Shannon H for GRACIAS AGUA: a water inspired wellness retreat on Feb 28, 2023
      Overall, the retreat experience was utterly and completely amazing. The facilitators and attendees were all awesome to be around, and were genuine, kind, compassionate, and caring people. Each facilitator brought something beautiful and unique to the experience, and I couldn't have asked for a better connection with the group of women attending. The accommodations were absolutely lovely, and the yoga deck AND our room were both breathtaking. The retreat centre was in the middle of the jungle, which was lush with plant and animal life, and we saw loads of animal activity daily. The beaches and tide pools that were nearby are absolutely gorgeous day trips. The days were structured and the activities were plentiful, with the option to opt out of anything to get some "me" time in instead. Any minor issues with the accommodation staff/centre/food were taken care of by the retreat facilitators immediately. I would absolutely attend another retreat with any of these magical facilitators, and I highly recommend a specialty massage with Lynn, if ever given the opportunity!
      By Deborah M for R E A N I M A R: yoga + writing + breath on Feb 28, 2022
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