Chen Style Tai Chi Retreats in Costa Rica

Event Highlights

  • Daily private tai chi classes (3 hours per day)
  • 7 nights lodging at Cabins Las Gemelas
  • Learn at your own individual pace


You will have two 90 minute tai chi classes per day, in the mornings and late afternoons before sunset.
All classes are given on front porch or at Las Gemelas Beach.
During your free time you can explore tide pools, rent a bicycle, hike in the mountains, get a massage... and take a nap in a hammock!

About This Event

We offer you a unique opportunity to discover the wonderful benefits of original Chen style tai chi in a pristine tropical oceanfront setting in Costa Rica.

Come alone or bring your own private group. 

Our Chen Style Tai Chi Retreats include daily tai chi classes (3 hours each day) and lodging at Cabins Las Gemelas.

Our Chen Style Tai Chi Retreats include 6 days training and 7 nights lodging at Cabins Las Gemelas. You choose the dates that are best for you. Begin every Sunday PM all year long.

All classes are taught by Dr. Bob Bacher, who has 50 years experience with tai chi, and is authorized as a 20th generation lineage teacher by Grandmaster Wang Xi'an in Chen Family Village, China (the historical birth place of tai chi).

Dr. Bacher is also a retired Doctor of Chiropractic. He combines his expertise as a doctor with his extensive experience teaching tai chi to offer you a program that is as much about self healing as it is self defense.

What's Included

  • 6 days taichi training, two 90 minute classes per day
  • 7 nights accommodations at Cabins Las Gemelas

What's Not Included

transportation, meals

Venue Highlights

CABINAS LAS GEMELAS is located in beautiful Pavones, Costa Rica. A minute walk to the beach and all amenities. Amazing sunsets, star filled nights, ocean breezes, and a symphony of birds, monkeys, and frogs!
Come to learn tai chi and learn so much more!


Cabinas Las Gemelas is a minute walk to the beach and all amenities in Pavones (supermarkets, restaurants). Each cabina is fully equipped with private bathroom, and an outdoor kitchen for preparing your meals.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • House Keeping


In Pavones there are several restaurants to choose from, all within walking distance from Cabins Las Gemelas. Typical meals include rice and beans, vegetables, salad, patakones (plantain pancakes), and your choice of vegan, vegetarian, and other dishes.
There are several produce trucks visit Pavones each week and you can buy directly from them.
Each villa at Riviera has a fully equipped private kitchen.


Fly to San Jose Costa Rica. Fly with Sansa Airlines to Golfito. Take taxi to Cabins Las Gemelas in Pavones, your lodging place.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • Dina Ostrovsky   February 15, 2020

      My experience with dr Bacher

    This February I subscribed to a week retreat with dr Bacher. I study Qigong for many years and for the last 2 years I took around fifteen 3days retreats with my main Qigong teacher, 6 hours training per day. Some part of those retreats was a Tai Chi training. So I got interested to go deeper in the Tai Chi practice. Dr Bacher's offer sounded perfect for me - a week of 3 hours per day Tai Chi practice on a great beach in Costa Rica. Dr Bacher had a good credentials and sounded reasonable on a phone interview. I have lived and worked in Costa Rica in 2012,2013, I missed the country, so I decided to go. The Pavones beach was beautiful and the first practice session went fairly well, so I paid required $900 and subscribed for a week of practice. Alas, this was the only normal practice. After I paid him,the guy took me to a tour around the city. During this tour , without any questions from my side he started to tell me his life stories fired with hatred and anger towards everybody, who surrounded him - his neighbors, landlord , former girlfriends etc. My efforts to stop his unprofessional behavior had no positive feedback. I decided that maybe I don't care about emotional intelligence of my Tai Chi teacher, as long as he teaches good and I stay away from him during the day. Unfortunately during the next sessions he lost all energy to teach. The classes went extremely boring. Almost half of the class doctor Bacher spent on repeating the epic story of his training with his Chinese teacher. He didnt express any interest in my learning style and ability. There no retreat facility, only 2 small rented cabinas near the beach. Dr Bacher suggested to practice inside his small beach cabina. It took time to negotiate to study outside. Any request or suggestion for my side triggered the burst of anger in my teacher. At night , when I tried to work on my stuff the guy run around with an angry complains on a bad internet connection and his land lady, who doesn't want to fix it. We lasted 3 sessions . On a 4th session I was 2! minutes late to the practice on a beach and my teacher screamed at me and refused to continue training. I suggested that he gave me 50% refund, and we say good bye to each other in peace. The guy continued screaming. My treat to call police and his C landlady lecture that "maestro should be tranquil" calmed him down. He returned my part of the money, but not all 50% he promised to give back. I was happy to escape this circus, considering the money loss a payment for the valuable life lesson. So my resume dr Bacher has Tai Chi training and skills, but he is a narcissist with an anger management problems and has zero teaching abilities and no professional ethic. Stay away! Dina Ostrovsky,

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