Your Practice, Reimagined in Beautiful Costa Rica
"I had an amazing yoga class with Carla yesterday in Santa Teresa. She brings passion, joy, and fun to her classes! I would highly recommend taking a yoga class with Carla if you get the chance - you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed! Thanks for the great lesson Carla:)".
Tuesdays & Thursdays. Manzanillo, Puntarenas Costa Rica.
Private Vinyasa or Yin Yoga classes available.
"Carla taught my yoga class today in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. She was the most welcoming, passionate, knowledgeable teacher I have ever had. I will remember this yoga class for a long time! The atmosphere she created was energizing and full of joy. Thank you thank you thank you Carla"!
July 8- July 15, 2023 | Awaken Your Soul Luxury Retreat
July 29 - August 4, 2023 | Just Breathe Family Retreat
Nov 11 - Nov 18, 2023 | Awaken Your Soul Luxury Retreat
Dec 2- Dec 9, 2023 | Pura Vida Costa Rica Retreat
I was lucky enough to attend the May retreat and cannot praise it enough! The entire experience exceeded my expectations.
I cannot rave enough about the meditation, yoga, sound baths, energy healing and massage. It was all divine. Carla is patient, knowledgeable, and brilliant in her field.... a true GEM!"
"I cannot imagine my life without Yoga. Yoga is a gift to yourself".
There’s no right or wrong, no prescription for success, and no benchmark for excellence in yoga.
It’s a practice that’s all about your own personal progress, finding your joy and your perfection in any given moment.
Yoga has taught me to be kind to myself. To slow down. To embrace the little things. That simply breathing in and out deeply can be amazingly calming and so very powerful.
After Yoga I feel relaxed, centred, present, and ready to carry on my day with a smile.
And you can have that feeling too.
"I had two amazing Yoga practises with Carla in the beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica! From the many classes I attended, hers was the one that made me smile the most and actually feel the joy that yoga should bring. The little Reiki elements were also great and Carla even gave my friend a little gift before she left. Thank you very much Carla!"
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How do I get to my dream retreat?Costa Rica's main International airport is Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica. Another airport you can fly to is Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), also known as Liberia International Airport, located in Liberia, in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. From both airports, you can catch a domestic flight to Cobano Airport using Fly SANSA or Green Airways. The average flight time is 30 minutes and the flight offers beautiful panoramic views. From Cobano we can organise a private taxi to meet you and bring you straight to the doors of Calamocha. The fare costs approximately $30 and requires cash payment. You can also fly into Tambor Airport which is 45 mins to 1 hour away and the taxi cost is approx $60 to Calamocha. Alternatively there is a company called Tropical Tours which operates a daily coach service to Santa Teresa which can be booked online and will pick you up from San Jose and Liberia airports. The trip is approximately six hours and costs around $60. From Santa Teresa, we can organise a private taxi to meet you and bring you right to the doors of Calamocha. The fare costs around $30 and once again requires cash payment.
Will I feel safe in Costa Rica?Absolutely. We have had many personal experiences of travelling solo as a female around this beautiful country on all forms of transport. We have always felt safe and everyone is very friendly.
Do I need to speak Spanish?Hola! No, it is not necessary to speak Spanish. However, phrases such as hola, gracias, buenos días and por favor will take you a long way with the locals and bring you a smile. If you do speak a little Spanish, go for it!
What currency do I need? Do I need cash while I’m there?Costa Rican currency is Colones. US Dollars are accepted in most places. You will receive your change in Colones. It is handy to have some cash when, or example, paying for taxis, buying things from local craft makers.. There are ATMs in Santa Teresa and you can pay by card in most places.
I am travelling from Europe, how much time will I need to take off?To make the most of your trip, we suggest a minimum of 10 days. Most European flights arrive in the evening and you will need to spend a night in San Jose. We can you refer you to an excellent hotel close to San Jose airport with pickup the following morning. Just ask us for help. Additionally, Tropical Shuttles can pick you up from the hotel the next morning and bring you straight to us!
What is the weather like?Costa Rica's weather is consistently warm all year round with average temperatures throughout the country ranging from 75 - 90F (24-32C}. The most stable and dry weather is during the months of November through to April. (This is considered "High Season" or summer). There is a rainy season with the rainiest months being September and October. We do not offer Retreats during these months.
What do I need to pack?Sunscreen. The sun on the equator is hot. Mosquito repellent. We are in the jungle, after all :) We recommend sneakers / closed toe shoes for hiking and travelling. Yoga pants and sports wear. Bathing suits and flip flops. In general, Costa Rica doesn't have a strict dress code so comfortable and casual quick-drying clothes are best for pretty much the entire country.
Use of Electricity outlets and Cell (Mobile) phones?In Costa Rica the standard voltage is 120V (frequency is 60Hz) and is compatible with chargers, and appliances from the US and Canada. Visitors from Europe (and most other countries) will require a power plug adapter or voltage converter. Most of Costa Rica uses GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks; and so making & receiving calls should be no problem except in the most remote areas of the country. And it is worth noting that for internet calling and texting - Whatspp is the most popular phone app in Costa Rica; and local studies have shown that approximately 97% of the population have it installed on their phones.
What will my typical day look like?Every day will be unique and special. Our skeletal structure includes: You will wake up in the morning and head over to El Rancho to start our guided meditation at 7AM. After meditation, we start our daily 75 minute Vinyasa/Hatha yoga class. Then it's time for a delicious and nourishing breakfast! Depending on the day, you will then either have a surf lesson or benefit from the range of available holistic therapies and vision board workshop. The afternoons consist of activities like horse-riding, chanting mantras on the beach, more treatments or extra surf lessons and free time. We reconvene for sunset and a delicious dinner together. Evening activities after dinner include Yin Yoga or Sound baths. You will float to bed with a happy smile and heart.
Do we get free time?Yes, as much as you want and need. Calamocha offers numerous places where you can enjoy some solitude or reflections, with hammocks and swinging chairs available.
Is the beach close?Yes. The magical beach of Manzanillo is a 15 minute walk away.
What other optional activities are available?Boating trip to Isla Tortuga with it's beautiful beaches and sublime seabed perfect for snorkelling and diving. Canopy and zipline Golf courses Nearby local cafés Beach walks ATV rentals Shopping in Santa Teresa Plenty of amazing restaurants. Let your "Foodie Spirit" fly! Visit Montezuma for the waterfalls Cabo Blanco National Reserve Sport fishing: Operators offer their services departing from Tambor / Malpais, but also local fishermen may assist you in some coastal fishing at an affordable rate. The most important sport fishing centre is located at Flamingo, 30 minutes drive from Calamocha Lodge.
What if I have food allergies or a special dietWe cater to all diets. We will send an intake form when you book so you can let us know what's the best way to feed and nourish you. Additionally, there are local grocery shops if there is anything extra you need. All houses have a refrigerator and some have full working kitchens.
Is this retreat for women and men?Yes. All we ask is for an open heart in males or females.
Are children allowed?For our family retreats, we are delighted to welcome children of all ages.
Can I come alone? What happens if I don’t know anyone?Yes, solo travelers are more than welcome. You will have a new soul family the moment you arrive!
What if I don’t practise yoga?That's perfectly okay, our classes are designed for all levels including beginners with different options available.
Can I come with a friend or partner that does not want to participate in yoga classes?Yes, we understand we are all unique and we celebrate your uniqueness and freedom to be you! If someone wants to skip yoga, they can enjoy breakfast, hang out by the infinity pool or stay in bed! You are free to be you on your Awaken Your Soul retreat.
Does it matter if I’m new to surfing?Whether you have never surfed before or are seasoned pro, our surf guru Esteban will instantly assess your skills and cater your lesson personally for you so you are comfortable, feel safe and have fun!
I’m new to meditation - is that okay?Yes! Our guided meditations are designed for everyone. All you need to do is sit comfortably and enjoy a mindful and heart-filled start to your day.
Do I need to be vaccinated?No. We are fully aware of all health and safety regulations.
Do I need travel insurance?Travel insurance is highly recommended. We suggest getting as much coverage as possible. This could help cover you in any situation that could occur, no matter how small! For example, delayed, cancelled, or missed flights, baggage loss, theft and damaged belongings, medical expenses and hospitalisation and more! We want you to be fully relaxed and focused on this special retreat. :)
Do you host private retreats?Yes we do! We cater for solo retreats, couples, small groups of friends, families and corporate wellness retreats. Please email email@example.com.
"The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness".
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