- Treat yourself to seven delightful days of yoga, dance and adventure in paradise! For the first time, we’re headed to the Osa Peninsula (one of the most biologically diverse regions of Costa Rica), where we’ll be nestled on a secluded beachfront property surrounded by coconut trees, colorful wildlife and the sounds of the ocean. Our private center is complete with a world-class yoga and movement studio, eco-friendly accommodations, and meals harvested from the on-site organic garden.
- You’ll be guided by Jurian Hughes, senior Kripalu faculty for over a decade and an expert retreat leader and movement master, known for her ability to make everyone feel comfortable and at home. You’ll enjoy daily morning yoga and meditation, delightful dives into guided movement and dance, delicious gourmet cuisine created by a French chef, forays into nature to get up-close-and-personal with Costa Rica’s abundant wildlife, early morning dips in the ocean, afternoon swims in the pool, and plenty of time to simply do nothing at all. Appropriate for all levels of yoga and dance experience (and fitness), Jurian offers something for everyone – yoga both enlivening and restorative, with posture modifications and options to suit your body; meditation; pranayama; daily opportunities to dance, write, hike, swim, and be in community; as well as quiet time for healing massage, private reflection and peaceful solitude. Your week includes daily sessions with Jurian, accommodations just meters from the ocean, a special group excursion to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, all meals, a $50 spa credit, plus plenty of free time to unwind or explore. Optional excursions include a canopy/zipline tour, mangrove kayaking, rainforest jungle hikes, and waterfall rappelling.
- Dive into the restoring practices of yoga, dance and meditation, and discover…joy. You do not need to be an aficianado of yoga or dance to attend. Feel free to bring partners and friends who may not wish to participate in all sessions. Everyone is welcome! Jurian’s 2018 Costa Rica retreat sold out quickly, and we have limited space, so register quickly!
ScheduleHere’s what a typical day will look like:
6:00am Light Breakfast
8:00-9:30am Yoga asana practice and meditation
11:00-12:00pm Handstand and arm balance workshops on certain days
12:00-4:30pm FREE TIME
2:00pm Afternoon snack
4:30-5:45pm Yoga practice and meditation
About This Event
Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, is a pathfinder. Through the gateway of the body, she guides students to connect with themselves in ways they had forgotten were possible, longed to revisit, or maybe never even knew were there. “I do my best to create a space in which people feel like they can be completely themselves. Through my own vulnerability, honesty and humor, I try to help us all find our way to greater joy.”
Hughes is founder of the Yoga of Voice; co-founder of A Wild Life Sanctuary™; co-creator of The Yoga of Yes; a Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; writer; speaker; and theatre performer known for her passionate, playful and eloquent teaching style. As a senior faculty member of the Kripalu School of Yoga for more than a decade, Hughes has led thousands of workshops and programs and trained more than 1,000 Kripalu yoga teachers since 2006. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Hughes has a long theatrical resume spanning Broadway, off-Broadway, Europe, film, television and the voice-over industry. Through her own study and decades of practice, she has developed a deep understanding of the ways in which the tools of yoga, dance, voice, mindfulness and play can be used to cultivate greater self-knowledge, freedom and joy. She leads inspiring workshops, retreats and trainings at Kripalu and around the world that promote whole-being wellness, increased creativity, and the ability to thrive. She is the creator of the DVD, Gentle Kripalu Yoga with Jurian Hughes and the CD, Deep and Delicious Yoga with Jurian Hughes. Find out more at (contact info blocked)
The location is just as beautiful as the pictures and it was heavenly to practice in a yoga studio that overlooks the ocean! The kitchen and office staff are incredible. And the FOOD is delicious - every meal farm to table. ~ Azlisa
Venue HighlightsCOME AND STAY WITH US – BOOK YOUR VACATION PACKAGE
Private Yoga Retreat Getaway Package:
If you crave the 1-on-1 attention of an intimate experience, work with a private yoga instructor to guide you and develop a personal practice in this package. Together you will increase your strength, stability and comfort on your life’s path. Your yoga teacher will take an in-depth journey of self-discovery.
The Best Of Costa Rica Package:
Experience a little bit of everything in just a few days! Want to mix adventure and rejuvenation while in paradise at Blue Osa? The Best Of Costa Rica Package allows you to choose your favorites from our most popular spa treatments and eco-adventure excursions: Includes: Accommodations, meals, and so much more!
The Rainforest Eco-spa Getaway Package:
Pamper yourself in the Costa Rican rainforest and indulge in nature’s bounty with a personalized spa retreat. Inspired by the purity of our natural surroundings, we have created a holistic approach to treating mind, body and spirit through the use of natural rainforest botanicals and various Ayurvedic healing modalities.
AccommodationsWith 12 rooms and a capacity for 32 guests, this intimate beachfront eco-resort offers the ultimate sanctuary if you’re seeking solace from the hectic world. Nestled off-the-beaten-path in the virgin Costa Rican rainforest of the Southern Osa Peninsula, guests have an endless selection of quiet places to meditate and reflect. Only 50 meters away from the waves, you can see the private beach while practicing yoga from our elegantly designed second floor Yoga Studio. Onsite, there is also a chemical-free lap pool for an afternoon swim.
Menu/CuisineAt Blue Osa we believe that nutritious, wholesome food is not only the foundation for a productive life but is also essential for a happy one. Food that nourishes our soul not only needs to be healthy, but it also needs to be tasty and delicious! Blue Osa is devoted to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to our kitchen.
Our locally-sourced red snapper and mahi-mahi are freshly-caught by neighboring fishermen. Whether it’s pineapple from the Blue Osa property or eggs from the farmers down the road, all produce supports the local economy.
Loving hands knead homemade bread, gardeners gather herbs from the greenhouse, and knowledgeable chefs create a gourmet menu under the guidance of Chef Marie.
This is truly a “farm to table” dining experience.
DirectionsBlue Osa is located about 8 miles (11 km) south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which National Geographic Magazine labeled “the most biologically intense place on Earth.” We are nearest to the border of the world-renowned Corcovado National Park and on the warm shores of the Golfo Dulce. While visiting our tropical eco-resort you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered rainforest inhabitants, including the red-backed squirrel monkey, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and maybe even a jaguar.
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Kristina July 05, 2019
So my experience at Blue Osa has yet to be described anywhere online [that I can/could find prior to going]. I was recently there with my step-sister to do a 200hr yoga teacher training (“YTT”) and it was slowly getting more Hindu/new age/chants & mantras with the goal being Shakti. When we tried to explain that we were uncomfortable engaging in these practices (but fine with learning about them) we were essentially told that we wouldn’t receive our teacher certificates. I will state, preemptively, that they seem to heavily monitor and respond to perceived criticism by focusing on the faults of the poster, so I expect that they will post and try to explain that I did not give them adequate time to make accommodations to allow me to refrain from participation in things I didn’t agree with. However, I gave them (as described below), about 6 hrs and we were NOT staying longer than that given the feedback received throughout that time. No amount of money is worth your mental/spiritual health. I can’t even describe the negative vibes adequately, but I will try: there were cameras everywhere, we were followed everywhere, approx. 10ft behind [whenever we were out of the areas people were congregated in] by a “maintenance member,” we were expected to do trance-meditation (which resulted in my sister and I having foggy mental states and little recollection of the hour) and chant to the Hindu Gods. We were essentially being taught how to view life from one perspective; for e.g.: that there is no good or bad, only your own conscience, and that you can be your own god, etc. I expected to learn history, I did not expect to be preached at (side note: “Yogi Aaron” - whose last name I have yet to find, was extremely condescending and describes himself as a “judgmental [jerk]” edited for profanity) When it was clear that they wouldn’t/couldn’t make accommodations to allow us to refrain from worshiping Hindu gods/ourselves as gods, we decided to leave. Of course we asked for a partial refund and to date have been denied. When we tried to leave, we were told by the front desk staff that “that’s not how it’s done” and then got a 30min+ lecture on how we “didn’t understand” (not even from the owner, but from his co-teacher, Karina and assistant, approximately SIX HOURS after my step-sister and I told them that we were uncomfortable “practicing” the Hindu-related religious rituals such as the 61pt meditation and chanting) and had to have an outside source call a taxi for us. I liked their website, it seemed spiritually neutral and focused on mindfulness and for yoga. I also did so much research: read trip advisor/yelp reviews, read the yoga alliance reviews, and even spoke with people who had been there, and not once did I hear about their Hinduistic-view on spirituality or I would have declined to attend. This was deceiving and not at all what was expected of us. We felt like we were being brainwashed, like a frog in warm water, with the heat being slowly being turned up. Maybe others have had no problem with this - I’m not sure. The food was fine, not great to my taste buds, but nutritious. We read reviews and bought bug tents which made sleeping perfectly fine. It was pretty, but we had no down time to enjoy the beach or pool because we were essentially in training/lectures/classes from 4:50am to 9pm with three 55 min breaks for meals (oh and 4-8am is silent time and any talking/phone use results in a minimum of 15mins/$200 make up work). Anyways, even if no one has had a similar experience yet, I am posting this as the alert that I wish I had gotten about the practices at Blue Osa before spending 3k+ on this negative experience. We left 4 days in to a two week training and 3 days later have yet to hear back from staff or “Yogi Aaron.” Do with this info what you will, I just wish someone had posted it for me to read prior to going.