Inner Sol Activation: Costa Rica Retreat

Costa Rica

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Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 9, 2019
Group size: 10 - 16
Inner Sol Activation: Costa Rica Retreat
Costa Rica

Sonya & Rasa
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6 reviews

$2772
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 9, 2019
Group size: 10 - 16

About this trip

Do you feel called to deepen your connection with nature and ignite your inner soul fire? Begin the new year with a transformational journey to Costa Rica! Come practice yoga, meditation, movement, music, and ritual in the Osa Peninsula, a region of Costa Rica that is still mostly off-grid, wild, and undeveloped. The powerful untamed earth energy of this land awakens the spirit and deepens intuition. Watch this video to get a feel for what our retreat is all about!  Begin with 5 days in the mystical mountains and then travel down to the jungle by the beach for 5 more transformative days. Come to meet like-hearted people, discover wild places, eat nourishing locally-grown vegetarian food, and enjoy our remotely located lodges in secluded natural settings.


Experience more than just a vacation. Reclaim, awaken, and remember your elemental nature. Increase your inner radiance and spiritual connection. Discover how planetary healing begins with personal healing. Learn practices that will benefit both individual and collective health and happiness. Please join for an unforgettable adventure to this special land!

Activity Overview and Itinerary

The first day, we will all arrive in San Jose at different times and rendezvous at a local hotel that will be reserved for us in the city. There will be an opportunity to meet everyone and go out to dinner together if you like.


The following morning we will head out toward the mountains! We will be taking a private bus from San Jose all the way to our beautiful mountain lodge called Rio Chirripo. In this beautiful place we will spend 5 days doing yoga, meditation, and other healing practices. We will offer a group hike to an amazing waterfall, and there is even an opportunity to go on a zip-line if you wish. Massage is also available for an extra cost. Organic healthy delicious meals will be served 3 times a day. 


While we are in the mountains we will celebrate New Years Eve! For this ritual we will create a bonfire down by the local mountain river. We will be drumming and dancing beneath the stars! Its an incredibly powerful and intentional way to begin the New Year.


After 5 amazing days in the mountains we will travel by bus down to our lodge in the jungle by the beach which is called Finca Exotica. Surrounded by nature and bordering Corcovado National Park, we will have outstanding opportunities to observe Costa Rica’s rich wildlife. Again we will spend 5 days at our beach lodge practicing yoga, meditation, guided visualizations, journaling, chanting, breathing, and celebrating life! There will be 3 amazing healthy meals served per day here, too, and massage is again available. Other optional activities include: Swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding, hiking, horse-riding, and kayaking. It is our pleasure to organize tours and trips to suit your needs.


On the final day of the retreat we will have a morning yoga/meditation class, breakfast, and a closing circle. Then we will drive from Finca Exotica to Puerto Jiminez. From there we will take a short domestic flight in a small plane to San Jose. The brief local flight offers an exciting conclusion to your time in Costa Rica, with sweeping views of the gorgeous green land below us.


You will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) by 2 p.m. at the latest. From there you can catch your flight home or continue your adventures else where! Its all up to you.

TYPICAL DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS

  • 07:00 Pre yoga snacks: fruit salad, granola, oatmeal, yogurt, tea, coffee, and fresh juices
  • 08:00 Vigorous Morning yoga
  • 10:00 Large and substantial brunch
  • 12:00 Meditation and Journaling exercise
  • 15:00 Snacks - fruit, cakes, bread, nuts
  • 16:30 Afternoon yoga (hip openers) 
  • 18:00 3-course dinner
  • 20:00 Fire release ritual

TYPICAL DAY IN THE JUNGLE BEACH

  • 06:00 Pre-yoga snacks: fruit salad, granola, oatmeal, yogurt, tea, coffee and fresh juices
  • 07:00 Morning yoga and meditation
  • 10:00 Large and substantial brunch
  • 11:00 Guided jungle hike to the waterfall
  • 15:00 Snacks - fruit, cakes, bread, nuts
  • 16:00 Journaling and creativity workshop
  • 18:00 3-course dinner
  • 19:30 Yoga Nidra (relaxation / meditation exercise)

Included:

· 1 night accommodation in San José

· 5 nights mountain accommodation

· 5 nights jungle beach 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

· Optional excursions such as surfing lessons, tree-climbing, horseback riding, and boat trips (available at extra cost)

· Massage, acupuncture, and bodywork (available at extra cost)

Accommodations:

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 Finca Exotica in the jungle by 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. It is an absolutely gorgeous and high vibration place! 


'Finca'  is a sustainable ecolodge located on Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park’s lush rainforest. More than just a resort, Finca Exotica offers  a range of shared accommodations, private jungle cabins, or deluxe tiki tents.  All options come with open air showers, and both shared & private bathrooms are available. Finca Exotica is truly a unique place in the heart of the jungle with access to one of the most pure and gorgeous beaches in the world.

 

Please remember that when you choose to join our adventure, you are choosing to immerse yourself in nature. While our mountain location has more traditional accommodations, all houses and lodges in the jungle have open air designs. This means there are platforms, partitions, roofing, and mosquito netting, but few actual walls in the jungle lodge. You can expect to be safely and comfortably immersed in the wild nature all around. 


Both locations feature beautiful practice spaces for our yoga and meditation program.  Finca Exotica is very near to the ocean for swimming, and Rio Chirripo has a lovely swimming  pool and hot tub.


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

How to get there:

Planning your arrival & departure:

Please book your international flights into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, CR. Arrive ANYTIME on December 29th, 2018 and depart anytime AFTER 2pm on January 9th, 2019.

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.

Payment and Refund Policy

Full refund available until Sept 29th, 2018. After this date, the deposit is non-refundable. NO refunds after November 29th, 2018.


Payment plans are available upon request. Please make your reservation by paying the deposit, then a custom payment plan can be set up.

Other Considerations

Please remember that when you choose to join our adventure, you are choosing to immerse yourself in nature in some remote locations. You can expect to be safely and comfortably immersed in a wild and natural setting.


While we welcome all levels of yoga practitioners (beginner to advanced), we do require that participants be in relative good health and have enough mobility to hike on trails and walk up stairs. 


We welcome all ages above 18. Couples and singles are all welcome.  


Every year we have  a wonderful diverse group of people who come together to go on this journey. We hope YOU will join us!

Available Packages

Standard Shared/Double
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Most accommodations are shared occupancy. Each beautiful spacious room in the mountain lodge is shared by 2 people. In the jungle lodge open air cabins and rooms divided by partitions may accommodate 2-5 people. This is the standard rate for participants on our trip. We encourage everyone to sign up and be open to a friendly social group experience!


Payment plans are available upon request. Please make your reservation by paying the deposit, then a custom payment plan can be set up.


Full refund available until Sept 29th, 2018. After this date, the deposit is non-refundable. NO refunds after November 29th, 2018.

$2772
Single/Private Occupancy
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Completely private accommodations. You will have your own space to sleep and rest in with no room mates. You will have your own bathroom in the mountain lodge, but may have to share a bathroom with at least one other person in the jungle lodge.


Payment plans are available upon request. Please make your reservation by paying the deposit, then a custom payment plan can be set up.


Full refund available until Sept 29th, 2018. After this date, the deposit is non-refundable. NO refunds after November 29th, 2018.

$3472
Private Room + Tiki Tent
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This option includes: A smaller private room in the Mountain Lodge, and a rustic cozy Tiki Tent in the Jungle Beach Lodge. Private bathroom maybe available in the mountain lodge, but is not guaranteed. All bathrooms will be shared in the jungle lodge. Learn more about the Tiki Tents here:  https://fincaexotica.com/tents/

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$2772

Standard Shared/Double
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Sonya Genel ERYT500 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!

Reviews

I have been practicing Yoga since 1998, & this was my first extended Yoga retreat out of the country. I didn't know what to expect, & can honestly say it was amazing! My only complaint is that it went by too fast! When I was mulling over the idea of an extended Yoga retreat, Sonya announced her & Rasa's in class back in July (I've consistently taken classes with her since 2015); I knew the Yoga classes would be incredible because Sonya is a very experienced teacher who gives very clear detailed instruction for all levels; Rasa plays live music in her classes, & their combined talents creates a unique experience for transformation. On the retreat, we practiced twice a day, in both locations. The accommodations at both locations were very different, & so comfortable. Rio Chirripo Lodge was beautiful; no matter where we were housed on the property, the sound of the rushing river was audible, & we were surrounded by so much green (I live in a city, & drank this in)! I saw the sunrise each morning over a mountain, from my balcony. The food in both locations was superb; all three meals were freshly prepared daily. It was primarily vegetarian cuisine, with fresh fish served a few times; substantial vegan & gluten-free options were also provided every meal. Finca Exotica was so close to the ocean, that we could hear it roar no matter where we were on the property. I slept in a thatch-roofed hut that was open on three sides; the bed had mosquito netting, which worked quite well for sound sleep. I found the orchestra of insects & animals' sounds a joy! One morning I heard such cacophony, & looked up to see a troop of Capuchin monkeys swinging from tree to tree! I found it very moving to see wild animals living so freely. The owner of Finca Exotica told me they never feed the animals because there is enough food growing on the property for them to eat. We were given the option of taking a garden tour to learn about the culinary & medicinal plants growing on the property. Some of the fruit we saw was: two different varieties of bananas, coconuts galore, pineapples, star fruit, noni fruit, melons; ginger & turmeric were also plentiful. . Our hosts, Tania & Angus were wonderful! They were committed to ensuring everyone had a great experience. Aside from Yoga practice, we were offered the option to go on hikes to beautiful locations, such as a butterfly sanctuary & a waterfall, where we could swim (Rio Chirripo area). Once we got to Finca Exotica, the beach was just across a narrow road, & I swam every day; the sea was bath water warm! One evening, we assisted a sea turtle rescue organization in placing sixty-three newly hatched babies towards the ocean. In both locations, we could see so many stars, the Milky Way & shooting stars! This city girl had the time of her life! I had no problem adapting to being immersed in the natural world for ten days! Actually, I was sinus-issue free the entire time! I highly recommend this unique Yoga retreat; I don't know of any others like it that offers five days in two completely different locations. I feel very fortunate that I was able to give this gift to myself. Pura Vida!
Two words about this trip: A plus! More words: Sonya and Rasa put their heart and soul into organizing, leading and participating in a wonderful, spiritual, relaxing time in Costa Rica. They worked hard before and during, but they don't show it, as they stay relaxed, friendly and approachable the entire time. As for local organizers, Tania and Angus, things could not have run more smoothly! They are friendly, helpful, and well organized and experienced. This retreat/vacation was perfect in every way, and even if lightning does not strike twice, we would do the trip again next year if it is offered! Thank you all for a great experience. David and Ella
Amazing way to wind down from the past year and start a new year. Relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Splendid accommodations. Safe and comfortable, transportation. Delicious, freshly prepared, locally sourced meals. Grounding yoga and mindful mediation. Hikes, waterfalls, cultural immersion, music, lasting relationships - who could ask for more?!
HP
Had such a great experience on this renewal retreat. The yoga, sound healing, meditation, hot springs, nature, delicious food and great people made for a truly fulfilling experience. I loved that there was no pressure to participate in everything that was scheduled but even if you did attend all there was still time for individual reflection and quiet space alone. Thank you so much, Sonya & Arasa!
Sonya and Arasa led a wonderful retreat, creating a magical space for participants to unfold. They had scheduled a full array of practices, including guided meditations and chanting, asana practices, relaxation and sound healing, as well as opportunities to soak in the Orr Hot Springs or hike through a magnificent redwood forrest. But all activities were optional, allowing participants to engage with as many or as few activities as they wished, with no judgement. Sonya's skillful teaching, coupled with Arasa's beautiful soundscapes, led participants through powerful and deeply transformative practices. Their passion and deep engagement with the practices and their evident pleasure at holding space for others make them warm and engaging hosts for a retreat. The location was also spectacular, perched on top of a hill and surrounded by gentle rolling hills and oak trees. The retreat center felt like a warm and welcoming home. Daveed and Jamuna, the couple running the center, served extraordinary meals, and also offered thai massage.
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