Yoga On The Osa!

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

JJ
Jennifer Jamieson
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2 reviews
Jun 22 - 30, 2023
Group size: 10 - 22
Yoga On The Osa!
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Jennifer Jamieson
  • Email address verified
2 reviews

$NaN
Jun 22 - 30, 2023
Group size: 10 - 22

About this trip

Join me for Yoga on the Osa! 

A yoga retreat on The Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica! This is an absolutely awe inspiring, amazing retreat made for adventurous, nature, and wild life lovers! The Osa Peninsula is one of the most bio diverse and dense places on the planet! Macaw parrots, toucans, and other tropical birds fly around the grounds, while white face monkeys play in the trees. The Osa Peninsula is rich with an amazing history of the land, the people, and mother nature.


THE LODGING in San José:

ADVENTURE INN:

For an overnight stay in San José, upon arrival, our favorite hotel is the cozy and comfortable Adventure Inn, offering free airport transfers, a wonderful complimentary exotic fruit buffet and hot served breakfast, large comfortable fully equipped rooms, free international calls, powerful WiFi, pool, Jacuzzi, gym, restaurant and bar all in a pleasant and safe neighborhood setting.  To make your reservation(s) go to: www.adventure-inn.com/promo/oceanforest to receive a 10% discount and another 5% off for cash payment. The hotel does not charge your credit card before arrival allowing you to pay cash at check out for the discount. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. Reservations: 1-866-258-4740 / Tel: +506-2239-2633  https://www.adventure-inn.com/contact/ Anyone who leaves before Adventure Inn’s 7 am breakfast will have a breakfast-to-go, to tie them over. They just have to order it up to 9 pm the night before.


THE LODGING on the Osa:

OCEAN FOREST Eco Lodge:

The retreat center, Ocean Forest, is located right next to Corcovado National Park, often referred to as Costa Rica's little Amazon. It is also located right by Caño Island, known to be one of the best scuba and snorkel destinations in Costa Rica. 

If glamping on a tropical beach,  in the rain forest, immersed in tropical nature and wildlife, sounds magical, this 7 night retreat is for you! However, this retreat is not for everyone. It is in a remote location without modern comforts and conveniences. Ocean Forest is an Ecolodge, not a hotel or resort, it is an eco experience! There is no air conditioning and not all cabins have hot water. Cold showers are a great way to cool off, because it will most likely be hot!

 

THE WEATHER:

It will be the beginning of Costa Rica's green/rainy season. We will experience tropical rain, sometimes heavy! Average weather patterns are clear mornings and sun with rain arriving in the mid to late afternoon, heavier at night. But it will of course be a surprise! Part of our practice of adventure, adaptability, and equanimity!

 We will also have sun shine, which means a good chance of rainbows! The green season is lush and brings out wild life. It also means there will be ripe fruit like mangoes! The green season is also whale watching season and often turtle nesting time. Temperatures average in the upper 80's to low 90's dropping to lower 80's high 70's at night. We should expect high humidity. The ocean temperature averages around 83 degrees, so fabulous for swimming! And there are rivers and waterfalls to explore!


THE RETREAT:

We will have daily yoga and meditation, as well as options for activities and excursions. There is so much to do and explore right around the grounds of the Ecolodge.

Included Activities/Excursions:

*On-site library

*On-site botanical garden

*Kayaking

*Surfing 

*Ocean swimming

*Endangered Species Labyrinth

*Several hikes to local nature attraction including bat caves, Drake Bay, and White Hawk Nature Trail


Other Excursions (for purchase): 

*Rio Clara River and Rain Forest Tour: A beautiful half day rain forest and ocean vistas walk behind the lodge.  2 guests minimum, $40/person (6 + guests: $25/person)


*Night Rain Forest Tour: The rain forest is most mysterious at night!  2 guests minimum, $40 /person (6 + guests: $25/person)


*Horseback Riding: Trot along the beach, then visit the rainforest on well trained horses.

Min. 2 people $80 per adult 


*Ethnobotatical Walk: Learn the hidden wonders and potent attributes of useful plants!

Requires a minimum of two participants, cost is $40/person, 6 plus guests, cost: $25


*Scuba Diving at Caño Island: The most epic scuba diving near mainland Costa Rica

Cost $140 /person for two dives and $195 for three dives, with Caño Divers


*Snorkeling at Caño Island: The most epic snorkeling near mainland Costa Rica where coral shelves harbor rich oceanic life; Cost $90 /person with Caño Divers


*Dolphin & Whale Encounters: Get a unique, close up view of these most majestic giants of the sea; Cost $115 /person


*Canopy Zip Line Tour:  Birds eye rain forest perspective while traversing eleven different cable runs; Cost: $75/person (Does not include $60 round trip jeep ride – shared by group)


AND MORE!!!! There is so much to see and do!


THE FOOD:

You will receive 3 fresh meals a day plus tea and coffee. Beer or wine is extra with your meal.  

Meal Times:

Breakfast: 8 am 

Lunch: 1 pm 

Dinner: 6 pm

Tea-Time: Self-serve coffee, cacao and locally grown teas.

Meals are served three times a day, prepared with the utmost of care to provide fresh, natural, and nutritious cuisine; scrumptious, home-cooked vegetarian and/or fish and chicken; home-baked bread, fresh seasonal fruits and juices. Picnic box lunches are provided on excursion days.

The harvest from Ocean Forest's culinary garden and fruit trees, depending on the season, are added to the table plus organic coffee, tea (herbal and store bought) plus Guayusa tea grown in our garden.  Guayusa has been part of Amazonian culture for over 2000 years and is treasured for its unique balance of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids which awaken the mind and fortify the body. [www.guayusatea.com]

The adventure to get there from San Jose

 Land travel to Sierpe

Taking a shuttle to Sierpe is the recommended option for groups and budget traveling

● 5 ~ 6 hour Land Transfer to Sierpe . About 50 miles South of Dominical, pass the towns of Quepos, Dominical and Palmar Norte
● In Sierpe arrive at the Donde Jorge Restaurant and boat docks
● 1 hour 30 minutes Boat ride to San Josecito Beach 
● 15 minute Beach Walk south to Ocean Forest Ecolodge

Boat ride from Sierpe ~ “EL COLECTIVO”

The spectacular boat ride to Ocean Forest Ecolodge is part of the exhilarating adventure of getting here! The boat skips over the jade colored water. Gorgeous views of the verdant green rain forest hills can be seen. This boat ride takes us through one of the largest mangrove estuaries in the tropics. 

The spectacular boat ride to Ocean Forest Ecolodge is part of the exhilarating adventure of getting here! The boat skips over the jade colored water. Gorgeous views of the verdant green rainforest hills can be seen. This boat ride takes us through one of the largest mangrove estuaries in the tropics. 

There are no docks here, so all boat drop offs are beach drop offs. This means all visitors must be prepared to get their feet wet when getting off the boat. Please wear easy dry clothes, water sandals for getting off the boat and cover your luggage with a plastic bag to protect it, if it rains.

*Private boat rentals are available at a separate rate

Departure Day

Departure via The Sierpe River:

The Sierpe River mouth is an impressive sight to be seen. The boat ride passes through the largest mangrove estuaries in the new world tropics. 

6:00 AM Breakfast

6:30 AM Departure: 20 minute Beach Walk north to San Josecito Bay  >>>

6:50 AM Water Ferry: 1.5  hours to Sierpe  >>>

8:30 AM Arrival at Sierpe river-town boat dock


Onward by Land

  • 10 AM Departure from Sierpe by land shuttle
  • To San Jose international airport give yourself 5½ + hours

Onward by Air

  • From Sierpe 20 minute Taxi to Palmar Sur airport
  • 10:15 AM Local flight to SJO International Airport, arriving at 11 AM to the Domestic Terminal

The boat and land round trips are included in the retreat cost.

*The air options for travel are not included. Rates are fairly reasonable. I can help you with this option if you want.

What’s included

  • 7 nights lodging
    7 nights lodging at Ocean Forest Eco Lodge. Simple accommodations, screened in cabins with private in suite bathroom. No air conditioning, no hot water. Ocean and jungle/garden views. Wild life magic!
  • 7 days meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Simple , clean and delicious meals using local ingredients. Vegetarian options available. Tea and coffee also included.
  • Ground transportation
    Round trip mini bus transportation from Adventure Inn to Sierpe. And transport back to San Jose from Sierpe.
  • Boat transportation
    Round trip boat transport too and from Sierpe to our retreat destination.
  • Tips for the staff
    Ocean Forest asks for $10/day tip for staff, equaling $70/trip.
  • 13% Costa Rica hotel tax
    Costa Rica has a 13% tourist/hotel tax
  • 7 days daily yoga
    Yoga practice offered twice a day. We will also be practicing mindfulness and meditation.
  • Daily activities
    There are many activities available like swimming in the ocean, walking to a river to swim, night time bioluminescence (if we are lucky) hiking and exploring.
  • Night at Adventure Inn
    https://www.adventure-inn.com/
  • Airfare
    including any flight options for travel within Costa Rica AND trip insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips for bus and boat
    It is considerate to tip the bus and boat drivers.

Available Packages

Early Bird double occupancy
Available until February 1, 20237 left

*Receive a $300 early bird discount if you register before Feb.1!

*Full price double occupancy is $2300. The price for a double occupancy booking with the early bird discount is $2000. 

*Double occupancy rooms are great for folks traveling in pairs. If you don't have a travel partner you will be given a roommate.

*Most double occupancy rooms have 1 singe and 1 double bed. All are screened in and have an in suite bathroom. 

*No air conditioning.

*All are surrounded by wild life, immersed in nature!

*Beach front cabins are first come first serve.



$2,000
Deposit: $1,000
Early Bird Triple Occupancy
Available until February 1, 20236 left

For this discount you must be traveling in a trio, and sign up with in 24 hours of each other. 

*Receive $300 off the full triple occupancy price if you register by February 1st!

* Full price for a triple occupancy booking is $2200. The price for a triple occupancy booking with the early bird discount is $1900. 

*There are only two triple occupancy rooms available. The first has 1 double bed and 2 singles. The other has 1 double bed and 1 single. The larger room is first come first serve.

*They both have in suite bathrooms and are screened in. no air conditioning. Both are surrounded by the gardens and wild life!

$1,900
Deposit: $1,000
Early Bird Single Occupancy
Available until February 1, 2023Sold Out

*Receive $300 off the full single occupancy price, if you register and pay your deposit by February 1st.

*The full price for a single occupancy room is $2600. The price for a single occupancy booking with the early bird discount is $2300.

$2,300
Deposit: $1,000
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Itinerary

Yoga on the Osa
with Jennifer!

7 night yoga retreat with Jennifer Jamieson in wild and beautiful Costa Rica.

Arrive on June 23. Yoga offered daily. We will have options for an active yoga practice as well as gentle yoga and yoga Nidra. We will also be having dharma talks (discussions about yoga philosophy), practicing mindfulness, pranayama, and meditation.

We have 3 meals a day as a group.

Relax and explore! 

Many activities and excursions are available.

Your Organizer


JJ
Jennifer Jamieson
2 reviews
Jennifer Jamieson, RYT 200, RYT 500 and IYAT Yoga Therapy training includes accessible/adaptive yoga, restorative yoga, strength and conditioning, Ayurvedic principles, meditation, and mindfulness. Jennifer, a single mom, finds that her yoga practice benefits her most by being present, especially with her family and friends. She teaches compassionate, accessible yoga.

Reviews

Everything was wonderful about this retreat! Pura Vida is such a nourishing place on many different levels. Jennifer Jamieson's yoga retreat was nourishing on many different levels! I greatly enjoyed the people, the yoga, the food, the water, the massages, the birds, the flowers, and again...the people! I want to return! Thank you to everyone who made this an exceptional trip.
By Mary P for Pura Vida Yelapa Retreat $2100 Dbl $2600 Sgl (less w/scholarship) on 28 Feb, 2022
I had a great time. Yoga was the best. Wonderful people, the place is beyond dreams, next to the sea, warm pool, lots of birds, excellent food. I loved the iguana morning visits! I am looking forward to do it again! Thank you Jennifer and Liz. Anuncia
By Anuncia E for Pura Vida Yelapa Retreat $2100 Dbl $2600 Sgl (less w/scholarship) on 28 Feb, 2022