Yoga, Meditation, and Beach Retreat Costa Rica

Playa Grande, Guancaste, Costa Rica

CP
Christie Pitko
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28 reviews
Mar 30 - Apr 4, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20
Yoga, Meditation, and Beach Retreat Costa Rica
Playa Grande, Guancaste, Costa Rica

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
28 reviews

$1459
Deposit: $500
Mar 30 - Apr 4, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

This is the yoga retreat you have been dreaming about! Experience the power of nature like never before. Playa Grande, Costa Rica, is a lush, serene, and magical location, which makes it the perfect spot for a retreat. We return once again to the Rip Jack Inn, our favorite hotel and yoga shala just steps from the beach.


Enjoy daily all levels yoga and meditation with experienced yoga teacher, Christie Pitko, E RYT 500. Delicious meals are served in an open air tree top cafe. Accommodations are simply beautiful, and our hotel has 2 pools to help you recharge and relax during free time. There are hammocks throughout the grounds! Our yoga shala is glass enclosed so that you can view the beauty all around you as you deepen your practice. We will be taking a group sunset sail on the stunning Pacific that includes lunch. Option to snorkel, SUP, or chill on the boat. Leave this retreat filled with bliss and adventure.


Special Deals

Bring a Friend/Partner and Share a Room - Save $100 using code: COSTARICASHARE at checkout. This deal never expires! Grab a buddy and head to this incredible retreat!

Daily Sample Schedule

Day 1,  Monday, March 30th

Arrivals  and Lunch - 1:00pm and on

Opening Ceremony Yoga + Meditation -5:00pm

Dinner -6:30pm


Daily Schedule

Flow Yoga and Meditation - 7:30am

Breakfast - 9:00am

Free Time (beach and pool time, massage, surf, zip line, etc.)

Lunch -12:30pm

Therapeutic Yoga - 5:00pm

Dinner - 6:30pm


*Sunset Sail Adventure with Option to Snorkel added to one of our afternoons and into the evening (1:00pm-6:30pm day TBA) Lunch is included.


Day 6, Saturday, April 4th

Final Yoga Practice- 7:30am

Breakfast - 9:00am

Check out/departures- 11:00am

Things to Know

  • Our retreat is open to all levels, including beginners, as well as advanced practitioners. Please know basic yoga poses, and make sure that you have taken a few yoga classes before attending.
  • We welcome practitioners ages 18 and up.
  • Check in to the hotel is Monday, March 30th at 1:00pm. Please try to arrive to the Liberia airport as close to 12:00pm as you can. If you arrive at a different time, let me know as soon as possible. It is about an hour from Liberia airport to RipJack Inn.
  • Check out is Saturday, April 4th at 11:00am. Shuttles will arrive at RipJack Inn to take us back to Liberia airport.
  • Deposits are non-refundable. There will be no refunds or transfers issued after Friday, January 10th, 2020. Note that our venue charges a payment even when you cancel. If you paid a deposit, remainder of balance is due on January 10th, 2020.
  • Meals start with lunch on March 30th, and end with breakfast on April 4th. If you are coming early or staying late, please budget for meals outside of the retreat.

What to Bring

Up-to-date passport

Optional colones (Costa Rican currency, which you can order ahead of time from your bank. We do not recommend exchanging at the airport.)

Water bottle

Bathing suit and flip flops

Comfortable shoes if you decide to hike

Casual clothing outside of your yoga clothes (no need to bring anything fancy)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am new to meditation, can I still join?

A: Of course! The meditations are designed for all levels, and you will be fully supported. Christie Pitko has been the meditation teacher for the busy tech people at Saleforce Headquarters in San Francisco for a couple years.


Q: I am a beginner at yoga, can I still attend?

A: We love beginners! Please do have some basic yoga experience. We recommend taking several vinyasa yoga classes before the retreat begins.


Q: What kind of currency should I bring?

A: The colon is the currency of Costa Rica, but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. There is no ATM in Playa Grande. The nearest ATM can be found in Tamarindo, which we can get to by cab. We usually arrive with some colones that you can order from your banks in the U.S.


Q: Can I come early or stay after the retreat has ended?

A: Yes, please let us know via email your schedule, and you will pay the hotel directly for the extra time. Prices are around $150 per night with transportation to and from the Liberia airport included.


Q: Are there other activities to do besides the ones included in the package?

A: Yes! Surf lessons, zip lining, volcano trip (this is all day, so plan accordingly), and massage  can be done for additional costs and booked through out hotel.


About Your Retreat Guide

Christie Pitko, ERYT 500 is an expert at leading retreats both in the U.S. and abroad. She guides 5-6 retreats per year, and has been hosting retreats since 2014.


Christie is a dedicated student and full-time yoga and meditation teacher in San Francisco, California. She has taught over 2600 hours of yoga classes. She is part of the faculty at Yoga Garden San Francisco for their 200 hour teacher training program. She teaches alignment-based yoga, restorative, as well as meditation. Her biggest influences are Annie Carpenter and Richard Rosen whom she studies with frequently.


Learn more about Christie Pitko here: https://www.christiepitkoyoga.com/about

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    6 days and 5 nights stay at Rip Jack Inn, a boutique hotel just steps from the Pacific Ocean. Choose from a lovely standard or a deluxe room.
  • Delicious meals
    Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day (let us know about special requests such as vegetarian or vegan ahead of time.) Meals are shared in an open air cafe amongst the trees.
  • Daily yoga
    Mix of all levels vinyasa flow and therapeutic practices.
  • Daily meditation
    Mindfulness and pranayama (breath work) practices.
  • Airport transfer
    Transportation to and from the Liberia airport .
  • Sunset Sail
    A Costa Rican adventure! We will sail from Playa Flamingo and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific. Option to snorkel or chill on the boat. Lunch and open bar included.
  • Yoga gear
    Mats and props included.
  • Flight
    Airport is Liberia, which is about an hour from Rip Jack Inn.
  • Additional activities
    Zip lining, surf lessons, volcano trip, massage, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to staff

Available Packages

Shared Standard Room
Available until Mar 15, 2020only 2 left

Standard rooms are located under the restaurant so they are our most budget friendly rooms due to some noise from the cafe (which closes pretty early, around 9:30-10:00pm-ish). Each room has a small outdoor patio and a hammock hanging out front.  The hotel rooms have one queen and one single bed.


Amenities: air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, private baths, coffee maker, in-room safe, daily housekeeping and toiletries.


Bring a Friend/Partner and Share a Room - $100 off using code: COSTARICASHARE at checkout.  Price is per person.

$1459
Deposit: $500
Single Standard Room
Available until Mar 15, 2020only 2 left

Standard rooms are located under the restaurant so they are our most budget friendly rooms due to some noise from the cafe (which closes pretty early, around 9:30-10:00pm-ish). Each room has a small outdoor patio and a hammock hanging out front.  The hotel rooms have one queen and one single bed.


Amenities: air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, private baths, coffee maker, in-room safe, daily housekeeping and toiletries.


Early Bird Discount - Register by Monday, November 18th, 2019, and save $75 per person using code: COSTARICALOVE at checkout.

$1729
Deposit: $500
Single Deluxe Room
Available until Mar 15, 2020only 3 left

Deluxe rooms are in a free standing building away from the restaurant. They can have queen with a double or a king bed. All rooms include a private patio.


Amenities: Flat screen TV, mini fridge, outdoor patio, air conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee maker, in-room safe, daily housekeeping and toiletries.


Early Bird Discount - Register by Monday, November 18th, 2019, and save $75 per person using code: COSTARICALOVE at checkout.


$1969
Deposit: $500
Shared Deluxe Room
Available until Mar 15, 20204 left

Deluxe rooms are in a free standing building away from the restaurant. They can have queen with a double or a king bed. All rooms include a private patio.


Amenities: Flat screen TV, mini fridge, outdoor patio, air conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee maker, in-room safe, daily housekeeping and toiletries.


Bring a Friend/Partner and Share a Room - $100 off using code: COSTARICASHARE at checkout. Price is per person.

$1629
Deposit: $500
$1459
Deposit: $500

Shared Standard Room

Your Organizer


CP
Christie Pitko
28 reviews
Christie Pitko, E RYT-500, began practicing yoga in 2001, and since then, it has healed her spirit, ignited creativity, and encouraged her to take her time. She enjoys helping students stay curious about the inner landscape of their bodies and minds through yoga and meditation. Christie is grateful for all that she has learned from her teachers, Annie Carpenter, Richard Rosen, and Leah Gillman. Christie hosts multiple yoga retreats per year.

Reviews

KC
Christy Pitco doesn't disappoint! The venue is perfect; beautiful, very affordable, relaxing, excellent yoga classes on many levels so you don't feel the poses are above or below your ability - she gives many options. The combo of yoga and meditation were just what I was looking for and helped to reintroduce them in my daily routine just before a hectic next couple of months. The option to go hiking in the most amazing forest is a plus, add to that, schedule a massage or do a sauna to complete/round out your relax and refresh experience. This retreat included a magnificent sound bath which left me feeling relaxed to the core! I just loved this added experience and it was perfect given the venue and natural surroundings. The vegetarian/vegan food was the absolutely scrumptious and I was simply spoiled because I wanted the same when I returned home. I wish! This retreat as well the others I've attended with Christy have always been above the mark. She teaches her classes in a gentle and well explained/attainable manner that will want you coming back for more! Great retreat and awesome experience! I'm feeling I received the reboot I was wanting and needing! Namaste
I met great people on this trip, I felt at home and welcomed The Yoga was inspiring and exactly what I needed from the trip. I loved the location and the food was amazing.
The semi-rustic airs of Sierra Hot Springs, mixed with Christie Pitko's Yoga, made for a fabulous retreat. Plus the people who attend are just lovely human beings. Get off your hamster wheel and go to Christie Pitko's Retreat in the high Sierra mountains beside one of the largest valley's in the western United States. Populated mainly by cattle and surrounded by mountains. Take a hike or soak your bones in healing waters in the forest. Have a massage or loll with a good book in a body hugging couch beside a fire. The food is wonderful and locally sourced, cooked fresh every day. (desserts are scrummy!) And the yoga and meditation are catered for any level, making you feel super awesome afterwards. Thanks so much. I'll be back!
Had an awesome time in Sayulita with Christie and the group!
This was my first yoga retreat and the bar was set high! It truly was a magical time...the hotel was superb and very clean with great friendly service. The daily vegetarian breakfast was amazing...something for everyone. Christie added a lot of nice touches. She's a highly skilled yoga teacher and was able to teach to many levels from beginner to more advanced with clear alignment based instruction. I like the combination of vinyasa/restorative styles of yoga as well as yoga nidra and meditation. I highly recommend this retreat to everyone!
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