NUSHU Surf Retreat

Mal Pais, Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Feb 4 - 10, 2023
Group size: 1 - 16
NUSHU Surf Retreat
Mal Pais, Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Feb 4 - 10, 2023
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

The NUSHU Surf Retreat aims to combine adventure, fun, and joy with opportunities for connecting with incredible women in a safe, nurturing, and judgment-free environment. We will create the conditions to come home to yourself in community, to remove all masks, show up exactly as you are, and be celebrated and loved for it.

Experience for one week what a full-body YES feels like. Our retreat will give you a chance to step out of your everyday life and deepen your connection to nature, others, and most importantly, to yourself. You will go back to your life forever changed- with a deeper understanding of what it means to be supported, nourished, seen, and acknowledged as the unique and beautiful gift that you are.

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Retreat Location

The retreat is located in a beautiful villa nestled high in the privacy of a lush jungle. Our private accommodation, which is a short walk from the beach, offers a safe container to connect deeply with nature and yourself. You’ll share the Pura Vida lifestyle of this unique laid-back destination, surf your hearts out in warm blue waves, and meet an amazing local community of like-minded women that inspire a mindful and simple way of living.

Our destination is unique for its patches of unspoiled nature, rocky coastline full of natural tide pools, and amazing wildlife. This piece of paradise remains untouched after the booming development of Santa Teresa but is still close to its gorgeous beach, dreamy surroundings, cozy restaurants, and beautiful atmosphere.

What You'll Experience

Over the course of a week, we’ll create space for reflection, quiet, and restoration. You’ll come away with indelible memories, friendships, and a renewed sense of self. You'll experience:

  • Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Nature
  • Nourishment
  • Community

This Is For You If...

  • You’re thinking about all the obligations you have, feel guilty for leaving your family or work, and have never considered doing something like this before. That is EXACTLY why you should take this time for yourself.
  • You feel like surfing is a little scary or intimidating and you’re not sure that you can do it. YES!! We would love you to come. That’s exactly where all the growth lives, and you will be supported ALL THE WAY.  Also, no one will force you to do anything. You take everything at your own pace, and we will always honor what feels right to you.
  • You are craving community and looking to get to know like-minded women, all in an intentional and thoughtful container of trust and love. Also, it’s for you if you’re into fun, amazing and healthy food, awesome weather, spectacular nature, and did we mention fun?
  • You’ve always wanted to try surfing, but you haven’t ever had someone to make sure that every little detail is taken care of and that you learn in the safest, friendly, supportive, and fun way possible. We take care of all the details and know exactly how to make a first-time experience fun!
  • You are a surf junkie and want to surf with amazing women on exceptional waves and just get a week of maximum stoke!


An in-house private chef will prepare delicious, organic meals during your stay. All meals will be made using the highest quality seasonal produce grown locally and organically in the area. We will provide the following meals:

  • Welcome beverages and snacks on arrival
  • 6 early bird breakfast snacks and coffee/tea/juice
  • 6 brunches or lunches (depending on the surf schedule) 
  • 4 gourmet dinners
  • Fresh snacks and beverages available daily

*Please note we’ll be visiting two local restaurants over the course of the week. You’ll need to bring cash for our two dinners in town. USD are accepted!

Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel prior to the January 1, 2023, payment deadline, you will not be responsible for the remainder of your balance. However, please note the deposit and any past payments will not be refundable. Should you need to cancel on or after January 1, 2023, your payments will not be refundable.

There are no exceptions to our cancellation policy, including but not limited to COVID-19, weather, personal emergencies, flight cancellations, or delays. Naturally, no one books with the intention of canceling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen, so please consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. Depending on the policy and conditions, travel cancellation insurance will pay for some or all cancellation fees.

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
    Prepared by in-house chef
  • Daily lunch
    Prepared by in-house chef
  • 4 gourmet dinners
    Prepared by in-house chef
  • Daily drinks and snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • 5 surf lessons
    Adapted to your level with ISA certified instructors
  • 2 surf theory sessions
    Video feedback to optimize learning
  • NUSHU Group session
    Led by NUSHU Founder Vanessa Cornell
  • 1 massage treatment
  • 2 yoga classes
    Restorative sessions focused on breath and stretching
  • Excursion to tidepools
  • Surf photography
  • Surf and yoga equipment
  • Travel booking support
    NUSHU Team and on-site representative will help coordinate travel if needed
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour security guard
  • Daily cleaning services
  • Goodie bag
  • International airfare
    Flights to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • Travel within Costa Rica
    Domestic fights to and from SJO to Tambor, or shuttle to and from retreat property
  • Taxis to and from villa
  • 2 dinners in town
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel insurance

Available Packages

Standard Shared Room, Private Bath
Available until January 4, 2023Sold Out

Our Standard Shared Room, Private Bath with Ocean View includes one queen-size bed, one twin bed, a private bathroom, and a small fridge. The room overlooks the property’s infinity pool and has a view of the Pacific Ocean. 

Deposit: $1,500
Premium Shared Room, Private Bath
Available until January 4, 2023Sold Out

Located on the top floor of the retreat property, our Premium Shared Room, Private Bath with Ocean View directly overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The spacious room features cathedral ceilings, a private bathroom, two twin beds, and has direct access to a large, fully equipped kitchen, living room, and a spacious terrace with ocean views.

Deposit: $1,500
Standard Private Room, Shared Bath
Available until January 4, 2023Sold Out

Our Standard Private Room, Shared Bath offers more space and privacy. Located in a two-bedroom suite, the room features a queen-size bed, connecting bathroom (shared with the suite’s second bedroom), access to a private suite kitchen, and a pool view.

Deposit: $1,500
Standard Private Room, Private Bath
Available until January 4, 2023Sold Out

Our Standard Private Room, Private Bath with Ocean View features a king-size bed, private bathroom, and kitchenette. The room overlooks the property’s infinity pool and Pacific Ocean

Deposit: $1,500
Premium Private Room, Shared Bath
Available until January 4, 2023Sold Out

Our Premium Private Room, Shared Bath with Ocean View offers more space and privacy than the Standard Rooms. The room features a king-size bed, shared bathroom, access to a kitchen, and a breathtaking balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Deposit: $1,500

Available options



NUSHU Surf Retreat
Sample Day Itinerary

Every day will look a little different, but a sample day will include:

  • Coffee/tea and snacks in the morning
  • Coached surf session
  • Lunch 
  • Yoga session or NUSHU programming
  • Optional self-guided afternoon surf
  • Beach sunset
  • Gourmet dinner

Your retreat week also includes:

  • A massage
  • A group excursion to the scenic tide pools
  • Option to book horseback riding on the beach or another excursion (additional cost)

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