Our Costa Rica retreats in 2014 are now fully booked,
but we'll be organising more in 2015.
Yoga Holidays in Costa Rica
Sunflower Retreats has been offering highly praised yoga holidays for the mind, body and soul for fifteen years from our base in the picturesque hilltop village of Casperia, Italy. Now we're organising retreats in a new, different, but equally enchanting destination - the natural paradise of Costa Rica in Central America.
Your yoga holiday will be the trip of a lifetime and an unforgettable and joyful experience. As well as the opportunity to practise yoga with an experienced teacher and enjoy holistic therapies, there'll be some fantastic activities to help our guests experience the best of Costa Rica build great bonds with other guests.
Our base is in an intimate, peaceful, jungle lodge set in flowering gardens within a 90-hectare private reserve next to Costa Rica's oldest nature reserve; Cabo Blanco National Park.
With its wide diversity of plants, trees and wildlife, the extensive property forms a continuous stretch of forest connecting to Cabo Blanco nature reserve.
Discover the fascinating jungle wildlife and nature within the resort's private mile-and-a-half long jungle trail on foot or on horseback. Here you will find a mosaic of jungle, rolling hills, mountains and creeks, with some lookout points from where you can enjoy panoramic views to the Pacific ocean and beaches of Mal Pais. The location is so very convenient - the village and scenic beaches of Mal Pais are just a mile away downhill, while buzzing Santa Teresa, with some of Costa Rica's most coveted surf points, restaurants and shops is a fifteen minute drive from the lodge.
The eco-friendly lodge, used exclusively by Sunflower Retreats guests, will consist of five guest rooms with private bathrooms, keeping it intimate, quiet and low-impact. It has a wonderful swimming pool, waterfall jacuzzi, yoga shala and and lounge-dining area and terraces are ideal for relaxing and practicing yoga and meditation. There are hammocks to relax in and free wi-fi all around the property.
Guest rooms are arrayed on a hillside and are fronted by a sitting porch which looks out into the beautiful flower garden where butterflies and hummingbirds fly endlessly. There are four twin rooms which are spacious simple and warmly decorated, featuring private bathrooms with a hot showers, mini-fridge, room safes and ceiling fans.
The lodge is a truly spiritual haven and the location is a serene and secluded environment in which to relax and renew, in an extraordinary slice of the lush Costa Rican dry tropical rain forest. Your time here will rejuvenate you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Each morning before breakfast Friday to Thursday at 8.00 - 9.30 we will practice yoga and meditation on a converted 64 square metre teak platform with the sounds of birds and monkeys as a symphonic backdrop. here You can experience a healthy and fulfilling connection with nature. The jungle has a healing and centering energy force which affords practitioners alike a unforgettable deeper level of communion with mother nature while they practice daily yoga.
Sara Rossi, will be the yoga teacher and general organiser. She was born in Italy and has lived in Costa Rica for many years.
Sara received her initial training in Casperia with Lucy Bremner where she completed the FRYOG international teacher training course. Sara then went on to teaching yoga and giving holistic treatments at Sunflower Retreats' base centre in Casperia, Italy in 2002.
Sara studied with Janine Fafard in Costa Rica in 1997, where she gained her 200-hours Yoga Alliance certification. Sara has taught numerous workshops in Italy, Panama and Costa Rica.
In 2004 she traveled to Nasik, India to Yoga Vidya Dham school-ashram and became a certified yoga therapist. Trekking through the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal and through Tibet, one of nature's most awe-inspiring miracles, also brought amazing insight to her life and to her teaching.
Sara has a Pre and Post-Natal Yoga certification and is also now an Infant Massage Teacher and a Hypnobirthing Practitioner. She has also completed a 500-hour Integrative Yoga Therapist certification and a number of holistic treatment certifications including Shiatsu, Thai yoga massage, holistic massage and Reflexology. She speaks fluent Italian, English and Spanish. She is Mom to Emma, 6 years old, who loves to do downward dogs on her yoga mat.
You can find out more about Sara's teachings, classes and retreats at www.rossisara.com
Holistic treatments are a major feature of Sunflower Retreats' path to wellness and complement the yoga we practice. We have a wide range of treatments, as in a spa, but we differ in that we use only natural, organic products and take a holistic approach in our sessions.
A brochure describing these relaxing, healing and rejuvenating therapies will be given to you when you arrive and you can book them with our own qualified practitioner each day at breakfast-time, when they are available to discuss each treatment and help you to choose the perfect one for your own requirements.
Treatments are conducted in a warm, safe, healing environment in a purpose built treatment shala on the resort surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.
Our range of holistic therapies includes:
- Therapeutic Massage
- Thai Yoga massage
- Aromatherapy using pure essential oils
- Sunflower's original freshly picked organic Aloe Vera skin treatments
- Hopi Ear Candles
- Transformational Healing Sessions: this includes, health, healing and nutritional advise for optimising physical mental and emotional health
Treatment prices range from $30 to $100 per session, depending on your choice of treatment and duration.
Walks and treks
Included in your yoga holiday is a free guided walk on Sunday, after morning yoga and breakfast. The walk is led by a native local guide with a vast knowledge of the area and is led through the private 225-acre reserve which has abundant water sources and medicinal plants. The evergreen trees attract many animals.
Beaches, Surfing & Diving
Nearby San Teresa is a popular beach location and the area has some of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica and the lodge is just four miles from the famous Playa Carmen surfing beaches. Surf information, lessons suitable for beginners and board rentals can be arranged at breakfast each morning and cost from $50 for a 2-hour lesson. Scuba diving is also possible.
The Jungle Lodge has its own stables so horse riding can be booked at anytime. Let the horses to be your gentle guides through mountains, jungle and beaches for a sunset ride. Depending on the rider's level, various tours are offered. Riding can be booked at daily at breakfast-time and costs from $35 for a 2-hour ride.
Nature Tours and Bird Watching
Our property is adjacent to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, but has significantly less foot traffic. The jungle lodge's 225-acre private reserve affords an opportunity to learn about the jungle's medicinal plants and exotic animals and is a wonderful launching point for bird tours. Local nature guides can be booked on an hourly basis each day at breakfast-time.
Enjoy a wonderful boat tour on the Pacific coast where you can snorkel and scout for turtles, dolphins, manta rays, whales, and a variety seabirds.
Fish for tuna, snapper, mahi-mahi and many other species, near Cabo Blanco island, with one of the local fishermen.
Shopping & Dining
Nearby San Teresa is a great place to shop with a range of boutiques and restaurants serving a range of Costa-Rican and international cuisine from local dishes to sushi.
A delicious breakfast is served after morning yoga each day. Also included in the price is a delicious healthy buffet lunch and dinner, three times within the week. The food is mainly vegetarian but includes some local fresh fish dishes. The food is locally sourced, as much as possible.
We'll also organise trips to experience delicious cuisine in authentic local restaurants in the seaside towns of Mal Pais or Santa Teresa on evenings where there is no buffet dinner. A small fee, per person, is charged for transport to-and-from the town.
The lodge also has a maid service for when you want a snack or drink, or if you decide not to join the visits to local restaurants.
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