Yoga and ACTIVITY holidays in Italy and Costa Rica

Sunflower Retreats' yoga and activity holidays have been delighting our visitors in Italy and Costa Rica since 1998. Choose between our beautiful, unspoilt, natural mountain and ocean jungle rain-forest locations; each of our our holidays will be an unforgettable and joyful experience.

Our team of qualified yoga teachers from all over the world teach in a variety of yoga styles and provide the very best in yoga classes and there are Ayurvedic holistic treatments and lots of sport and social activities too. Our guests get personal attention from our teachers and build great bonds with other guests.

Our season of yoga and activity holidays in the gorgeous rainforest and beach destination of exotic Costa Rica is available all year round and our yoga and activity retreats in the picturesque village of Casperia, just north of Rome start next May and run all summer long.

Enjoy daily yoga classes, Ayurvedic holistic treatments, delicious locally-sourced organic cuisine and have your own en-suite bedroom as well as a great variety of optional daily Activities.


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Wonderful memories...
I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend.
— Laura Davis, Costa Rica Retreat, 2017
A wonderful holiday and a harmonious and beautiful environment in which to practice yoga. Delicious food to eat and lovely walks.
— Leila, 2008 Casperia

Blue Zones


Both of our retreat locations in Casperia Italy and in Costa Rica are within the famous Blue Zones where people live longer than the average.

There are five places listed in the World where people live longer and healthier lives, Costa Rica with its 'Pura Vida' (pure life) philosophy is one such heavenly place 

The secret seems as simple as - connection with community and family, purpose, a positive outlook ( often supported by belief in God) locomotion as in gentle regular movement like gardening, dancing, walking and of course a natural local diet.

I never anticipated how rewarding my experience would be or how many wonderful connections I would make with the other guests, who had come from all around the world
— Lee-Ann Walker, 2014
‘My experience in Casperia was wonderful....a beautiful place of peace, laughter and wellbeing. Thank you to all of the team who looked after me so well. I met some lovely people and look forward to returning again..’

— Mary, June 2018

Beyond Yoga


With the help of our local and international staff, we also offer a choice of holistic therapies, massage treatments and days visiting our local hot springs. There's also a wide range of activities including cycling on our free bikes, mountain treks, horse riding, water colour painting classes, Surf and Paddle board lessons and more. Or if you'd just like to chill, there's plenty of time to relax, swim and soak-up the atmosphere of each of our hand picked beautiful locations in Italy and Costa Rica. Either way, it will be a chance to immerse yourself in the way of life and admire the spectacular panoramic views of the countryside , tropical jungle gardens or the pacific ocean and nature surrounding you.

Non-practitioners of yoga are also very welcome on our retreats and will enjoy all of the wide range of activities on offer. We have a price reduction for guests who are not taking part in our yoga classes.

Supporting Our Community

responsible travel

As one of the only yoga centres in Europe to offer holidays at a dedicated base all summer long, Sunflower Retreats offers an alternative holiday to that of big resorts; a retreat for people who prefer an authentic more natural, grounding and holistic activity holiday experience. Our low-profit organisation helps to sustain the economies of the areas that we work in, by making fair payments to local home owners, farmers, small businesses and people who provide accommodation, meals, activities and lessons for our guests.

In this way we have supported the principles of sustainable ethical tourism since 1998 in Casperia, and in Costa Rica, by integrating with, rather than changing, the area's way of life.

Read more About us and our Sustainable Philosophy

I want to be like a sunflower so that, even on the darkest days, I will stand tall and find the sunlight

If you're on a budget, then even without spending on extras, you can have an amazing holiday, with free bikes on which to meander through country and beach lanes and sunny terraces to laze on and drink in dreamy views. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised at how little it costs to fly into Rome from your local airport these days too and there are direct flights from London and other international airports to San Jose Costa Rica daily .

Our yoga and activity holidays are great for single travellers as well; most of our other guests are travelling solo too!

Prices for our yoga and Activity holidays in Italy - from as little as 720 euros for six nights and from $950 for a six night stay in our exotic Costa Rica Jungle or beach lodge locations , excluding flights - are still affordable and great value, offering morning and afternoon yoga classes and a yoga workshop too.

If you haven't got a whole week free, you can stay for just four nights, for 30% less than the full price. And if you're travelling by yourself, you can stay in a room of your own for just a little more.