Cultivating Joy Through Gratitude

About us

If you enjoy the adventure of travel, and also want an experience that will nourish your body, mind and spirit, this retreat might be just the thing for you!

Joy is our spirits true nature. Giving yourself the time to slow down, to connect with others, to enjoy nature, and practice the many facets of yoga is a great way to bring yourself back to that naturally joyful state.

We are a team of three yoga teachers that have experienced the deep and mulit-faceted benefits of yoga and want to share them with you while we enjoy the Costa Rica experience together.

We are everyday people that know about stress, life challenges, and physical discomforts in the body, and have experienced how yoga can help!

Last year during our time in Costa Rica we saw 17 amazing, diverse souls really light up with the joy of the practice, the new connections, and the whole adventure. We hope you will be one of them this year!

We are all Kripalu yoga teachers, with many years of practice and in depth studies with an array of teachers from which to draw for our teachings. 

Jaime, Garrett and Kathy will be leading you through yoga practices that help you to experience the qualities of gratitude, compassion, connection and joy.

As teachers, we will offer compassion, and encourage deep self-acceptance by providing modifications in the physical practice to honor all individual needs. We share the beliefs that yoga is about freedom and that the mat is your refuge. 

Just a few thoughts on what we want to share with you…

“We can all come back to our true nature of joy by honoring and loving the uniqueness of ourselves. This practice is a gift not just to ourselves but to the whole world. By loving ourselves, we open to connect and share love with others.” ~Jaime

” Gratitude is the basis for waking up to joy, our true nature. There is a profound shift that happens inside when one puts gratitude at the center of their practice. This retreat will help students experience that shift in an environment where gratitude comes easy.” ~Garrett 

“It is through our practice of pranayama (breath work), asana (physical practice) and meditation that we open, feel, watch and allow the compassion to access our being slowly. It then expands outwards to include all beings, starting within.” ~Kathy

We all love to travel, but the stress of travel can sometimes leave us feeling not so great at the end of a vacation, and needing to rest when coming home. At Vida Asana you will feel well cared for and able to rest and go home refreshed.

We also love food – good, healthy, nourishing food! Finding good food, when traveling can be a challenge and expensive.

Vida Asana, the small eco-resort that will be our host, takes all the stress out of travel and provides really good food, all in a beautiful environment.

The healthy food and amazing water, not to mention the to die for coffee and fresh fruit, will leave you feeling ready to truly enjoy the experience.

The ease of the whole experience will allow you to relax into your yoga practice without any concerns of making dinner, getting to work on time, sending that email….

If you are like us when at home, despite our commitment to the yoga practice and healthy eating there is all too often distractions or demands that pull us away.

I can’t wait to go back at Vida Asana, where the owners and staff give everyone an amazing experience that comes right from the heart! ~ Jaime

Whenever we have had the opportunity to immerse in a multi-day yoga experience we have all experienced coming away more joyful, more grateful, and ready to give back to those in our lives. This is what we hope to offer to every one that joins in this experience.

Lisa R.

Ontario, Canada

I went to this retreat last year. Loved it. The classes in the morning and evening were just what I needed. And lots of time to do my own thing throughout the day. Instructors were exceptional. Resort and food were great. I would highly recommend it.

Pam B.

Indialantic, FL

I went last year and words cannot express how incredible the experience was for me. I highly recommend it and hope to go again in the future. The yoga was amazing – of course. The facility and people there are so cool. The countryside gorgeous and the day trips fantastic. Go if you can, you will love it!!!

Kathy C.

Pennsylvania & Florida

I feel so privileged to have experienced this Yoga Retreat. Your detailed planning made it so easy and comfortable enough to brave this on my own.  Being deaf plus shy is always a  struggle especially in groups but everyone was so kind and considerate . Meeting and bonding with all these diverse friends was an extra bonus. Honestly, I can’t think of anything you could have done to improve this because everything was clearly communicated ahead of time due to your extensive planning.

THE LOCATION

Vida Asana Eco-Retreat and Yoga Center, Playa Hermosa – Pacific Coast of Costa Rica (near Jaco)

Vida Asana provides the solitude of a jungle setting, yet is within a short bike ride or 20 minute walk to a quiet surf beach, and is designed specifically for small, personal yoga retreats. The grounds include a pool, plenty of hammocks in the shade, yoga shala, and an al fresca dining area where coffee, tea and purified water are available as well as amazing meals.

GETTING THERE & BACK

Transportation from and back to San Jose (SJO) airport is provided and makes getting to and from Vida Asana a stress-free breeze. Purchase a flight to get you into San Jose early afternoon on January 13 and we will all meet up and travel from there together. Mid-day return flights will allow us all to travel back to the airport together after one last amazing breakfast together on January 19.

Interested in flying with others? Once we have our flights booked we will share them with everyone that is signed up or asks for more info.

THE YOGA

Ten all-level yoga classes will be taught in the jungle yoga shala where props are available to support you, and the natural music of the jungle will accompany us. Five 30-minute early-morning pranayama and meditation practices will also be offered for those wanting to work more deeply with these powerful practices.

The yoga classes will offer you a diverse array of practices to support your journey on this retreat as all three teachers pull from what they have each learned on their journeys.

Have something in particular you would like to work on? We will each be available for a limited number of private sessions.

See more about all of the teachers as you continue reading!

EXCURSIONS & RELAXING

Make the experience exactly what you want by choosing how you want to spend your time – hiking, surfing, paddleboarding, ziplining – or some more relaxed time spent bird watching, walking the beach, biking, resting by the pool or getting a massage.

Last year some of the most treasured experiences were sunsets at the beach, bird watching in the mornings right around Vida Asana, hiking in the rainforest, and relaxing in the evenings with new friends.

Down to the Details…

THE INVESTMENT

For less than $230 per day you get all of this:

  • Amazing coffee and fresh fruit ready when you arise with the birds & howler monkeys

  • Daily all-level yoga practices to the sounds of the jungle

  • 3 healthy, fresh, filling and delicious, mostly organic, vegetarian/pescatarian meals per day

    • Vida Asana is wonderful at adjusting for dietary needs and is fabulous at feeding hungry yogis!

  • Transportation to/from San Jose Airport

    • shuttle will leave the airport mid-afternoon on Sunday and return late-morning on Saturday

  • Welcome Refreshments & Orientation Upon Arrival

  • Clean and Comfortable, Air Conditioned, Shared Accommodations (2-3 per room)

    • for $75 more per day a limited number of single rooms are available, book early to reserve

  • Concierge Services throughout Your Visit – staff are amazing at scheduling and coordinating excursions!

  • Bicycles for Exploring the Local Roads & for Visiting the Beach

  • Sangria Night to Celebrate the Closing of Our Time Together

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Cultivating Joy Through Gratitude

at Vida Asana Eco-Retreat and Learning Center

  • Jan 13, 2019 - Jan 19, 2019 (7 days)

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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