Journey to Freedom - A Hot Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica

Joseph Encinia
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Feb 20 - 26, 2022
Group size: 12 - 28
Journey to Freedom - A Hot Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica

Joseph Encinia
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5 reviews

Feb 20 - 26, 2022
Group size: 12 - 28

About this trip

This Journey will strengthen your practice & you will enter a deeper understanding of your mind-body spirit relationship all while having a great time in a private relaxed atmosphere under a rainforest canopy in Costa Rica. This week invites you to physically recharge your body, bring balance to your life and freedom to your mind.

Journey to Freedom - Hot Yoga Retreat

6 Nights of Full Accommodations in a Beautiful 4 Star resort / Delicious Fresh Meals / Fresh Fruits & Coffee All Day / Daily Yoga – SUN26 in an on-site Heated Studio with Joseph / Lotus Sculpt with Carolina / Beautiful on-site Gardens, Swimming Pool & Whirl Pool / Outdoor Activities may include Surfing, Nature Park Visit, Zip Line and More / Meditation Sessions / Walking Distance from World-Class Surf Beach, Jaco.

Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco is located in the center of the Pacific coast. Jaco Beach itself is about three miles long. The valley is ringed by beautiful jungle-covered mountains that rise 1,000 feet from the sea. Much of the beachfront development is residential on the south end, and the sand and the surf breaks here are wide open and uncrowded. In the center and middle, you will find more hostels and low-budget hotels and the mega-hotels in Jaco, so there are crowds if you are looking for them, but a seclusion is an option. 

Jaco has long been recognized as the "surf city" of Costa Rica. There are ten more beaches and river mouth breaks within an hour's drive. This area of the coast receives more consistent surf than most places on the planet, and with ten beaches to choose from, there is almost always something firing!

Hotel DoceLunas

Docelunas has 20 rooms spread out over five acres of landscaped jungle gardens at the edge of the rainforest. The hotel s over 30 species of trees grow here, including seven different palm species and lots of flowers, including the exotic, sweet-smelling, ylang-ylang. Birds of paradise, heliconias, orchids, and bromeliads are everywhere! 

The hotel is at the base of the tallest mountain, one mile from the south end of Jaco beach. Jaco Costa Rica is the most famous surf beach town in Costa Rica. It is the most accessible beach town to get to from the San Jose airport.

Airport SJO

Airport – Juan Santamaría International  is the primary airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It’s advised to schedule roundtrips between the dates of February 20th – February 26th.  Airport transportation will be provided only during this dates. Ride from the airport to the hotel should be between 1.5 - 2 hours depending on traffic.


February: the second dry month at the beginning of Costa Rica’s Pacific side dry season. The northwestern and central regions of Costa Rica have little rain and mostly sunny weather. What little rain falls usually comes as afternoon or evening showers. High temperatures in the lowlands and and near the beaches are in the low to mid-eighties (low to mid nineties are possible) and lows in the low seventies. Dress light during the day & bring a light sweater for the evening.

SUN26 Yoga

SUN26 is a system of yoga synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques. All classes run for 90 minutes and consist of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. Our daily morning classes are conducted in an on-site heated studio and led by International Yoga Champion Joseph Encinia. This retreat will also include a Master Class that will improve your technique and understanding, all while taking you to the next level of your practice.

Lotus Sculpt

A High Intensity-Low Impact full body conditioning class designed to tone and strengthen not only the big muscle groups but also target those “hard to get” muscles. With a combination of Barre, Pilates and Isometrics, and a strong focus on form precision to ensure a safe training, Lotus Sculpt© by Carolina Rivera promotes and improves your core strength and definition, builds toned and lean muscle, improves body alignment, posture and joint stability and increases endurance, all while following the rhythm of high energy and fun music!


  • Participants must be 21+ by the beginning of the event.
  • We require all participants to provide proof of fully vaccinated at least 30 days before the retreat's starting date. Sun Lotus Retreats has the right to terminate any reservation at any time that cannot provide this. 
  • Airfare, alcoholic beverages, and tips are not included.
  • Space is limited to ensure the quality of your experience. The deposit will hold your place. Half of the remaining balance is due 45 days before the first day of the vacation (January 6th, 2022). The final payment is due 30 days before the first day of the retreat (January 21st, 2022).
  • Airport: Flights must be booked to Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO).
  • The check-in date is Sunday, February 20th. Activities start on Sunday evening. The check-out date is Saturday, February 26th. If you plan to arrive earlier than the start date or stay later than the end date, we would gladly contact the hotel and help you book those extra nights of accommodation and airport transportation. This will have to be processed through the hotel.
  • Airport transportation will be included only during the following dates: February 20th arrival and February 26th departure.
  • Please share your flight information with us as soon as it is booked to organize airport transportation. 
  • All guests to this retreat are booked directly with Sun Lotus Retreats. All retreat activities are exclusive only for Sun Lotus Retreats guests. 
  • Payments: All online payments will be processed via WeTravel and can be made with a credit card (2.9% fee) or through your bank account (free of charge). You can choose to make one full payment or a $600 deposit plus two installments (due on January 6th, 2022 & January 21st, 2022). We accept check payments; please inquire via email for the mailing address. The prices stated are per person.
  • Cancellations and Refunds: There are no refunds available. Participants who cannot attend under any circumstances will be offered 50% credit for their balance towards the next retreat. Travel insurance is not included in the package, but it's recommended. 
  • Welcome Packet: Upon registration, you will receive a Welcome Packet including further information about the schedule, suggested packing list, and other details.
  • Sun Lotus Retreats reserves the right to accept, reject or prohibit registration for or attendance at its events at any time for any reason.

Traveling to Costa Rica

  • We require all participants to provide proof of fully vaccinated at least 30 days before the retreat's starting date. Sun Lotus Retreats has the right to terminate any reservation at any time that cannot provide this. Airlines might require a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before your first flight. 
  • Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country.
  • As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.
  • Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:
  1. Name of the person who received the vaccine
  2. Date of each dose
  3. Pharmaceutical house

In the case of U.S. travelers, the "COVID-19 vaccination record card" will be accepted. 

Please review the test requirements of the airline you are flying with. Some airlines may require proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours before your flight.

  • Masks won't be required on hotel premises, including the Yoga room. Please notice that masks are needed outside the hotel and to enter businesses in town. Please follow local guidelines. 

Traveling from Costa Rica

  • All passengers flying to the U.S., including U.S. citizens, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 3 days before your flight. 
  • If you are traveling to another country, please check the local Covid guidelines.

By joining a Sun Lotus Retreats event, you agree to the following terms:

  • I recognize that yoga, fitness, workshops, retreats, and trips involve physical activities that may be strenuous and may cause injury. I understand that I must judge my capabilities concerning any activity. By participating in any action or practice taught at or by Sun Lotus Retreats in any location, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries, or damages, known or unknown, that I may incur.
  • I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician before and regarding my participation in any activity. I represent and warrant that I am physically and mentally fit and have no medical condition which would prevent my full participation in any activity. I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to inform the instructor of any injury or other illness that might affect my ability to participate in any activities and notify the instructor immediately if damage occurs.
  • I hold myself fully responsible for my participation.
  • I have carefully read this waiver and release. I agree to release and waive any claims that I have now irrevocably or hereafter may have against Sun Lotus Yoga, LLC, Sun Lotus Center, Sun Lotus Retreats, or any teacher affiliated with Sun Lotus Yoga.

By submitting your registration form and deposit, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to the above Terms & Conditions. 

What’s included

  • Airport transportation
  • All Meals
    (Starting dinner on Sunday 20th)
  • Daily Yoga Classes
    Lead by Joseph Encinia
  • Lotus Sculpt Classes
    Lead by Carolina Rivera
  • Outdoor Activities
    Surfing, Beach Time, Zip Lining, Nature Park
  • Meditation Sessions
    Lead by Joseph Encinia
  • Flights to/from SJO
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Covid Test

Available Packages

Double Occupancy Room (per person rate)
8 left
  • Two queen size beds
  • View of the flower gardens and mosaic swimming pool
  • Two sinks in bathroom
  • Shared balcony or patio

Only available for 2 participants traveling together. Come with a friend/partner!

Deposit: $600
Double Occupancy Cabin (per person rate)
6 left
  • King size bed and one day bed
  • Reading nook with desk and view of gardens
  • Private Patio with Adirondack Chairs

Only available for 2 participants traveling together. Come with a friend/partner! Special for Couples. 

Deposit: $600
Single Occupancy Cabin
Sold Out
  • King size bed
  • Sofa
  • Reading nook with desk and garden view
  • Large sliding glass doors with garden view
  • High thread count sheets
  • Private Patio with Adirondack Chairs
Deposit: $600

Your Organizer

Joseph Encinia
5 reviews
Joseph grew up in Dallas, Texas and at a young age he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, a heart attack and excessive weight gain. The physical challenges he faced as a child affected his health as a young adult. At 19, he discovered Bikram Yoga and by practicing daily, achieved vibrant health. He became certified to teach in Bikram’s training during the Sping of 2007. Joseph is a 3-time national and the 2011 international yoga asana champion. He has served as board president of the USA Yoga Federation and has a non-profit organization called the Yoga Youth Movement. He has toured to multiple schools nationwide and to over 20 countries giving yoga workshops and retreats.


We had an amazing trip. The place was magical, the food was delicious, and everyone who worked at Hotel Doce Lunas was so kind and helpful. The best part was Joseph and Carolina. They made this trip memorable with their inspiring guidance and loving attention. This was truly a Discover Your Nature experience. We learned a lot about ourselves and carry this experience with us in our lives and in our hearts. We will definitely want to return. Thank you Joseph! Thank you Carolina! And thank you We Travel!
By Richard E for Discover your Nature - A Hot Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica on 13 Sep, 2021
Joseph and Carolina are wonderful hosts. The yoga retreat was so much more than I had hoped for. To experience their classes in person with our zoom friends and the new friends we made. They arrangednfor wonderful meals that pleased the vegetarians, carnivores, vegans, and gluten frees. Joseph and Carolina planned a great day of chocolate making and tasting along with parasailing. So great. On day they planned a beached day with horseback riding and surfing. My only regret is that I didn’t try surfing. Joseph’s passion and teaching skills are unmatched. I cant wait to go again
By Suzie S for Discover your Nature - A Hot Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica on 07 Sep, 2021
It was a memorable experience. Loved it and highly recommend! Rejuvenating , fun , great group of yogis , lots of activities, great yoga and delicious food It’s my 3rd time joining the retreat .... and counting ! Hurray to Joseph and Carolina !!!!??? Thank you !
By Anna W for Journey to Freedom 2020 on 11 Feb, 2020
The trip was amazing. Joseph and Carolina are excellent teachers. They took care of so many details to provide a wonderful yoga vacation experience. The staff st Doce Lunas provided wholesome delicious meals and were very efficient. The facility was beautifully maintained.
By Dorothy H for Journey to Freedom 2020 on 10 Feb, 2020
We had an outstanding time spending the week with an amazing group of people at the fantastic accommodations of Doce Lunas. It was a perfect combination of amazing 26 + 2 hot yoga classes, fun adventures, and relaxation. We are looking forward to doing it again.
By anthony r for Journey to Freedom 2020 on 10 Feb, 2020