Costa Rica R.A.W. Retreat

About This Event

You are about to embark on a life changing adventure balanced with relaxation, inspiration, fun, & revitalization just outside of beautiful Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. All you need to do is show & the rest is taken care of for you. My intention is that you arrive to Costa Rica feeling excited & that you leave this Retreat with a newfound sense of self discovery, passion, & peace, feeling more alive & healthier than ever.

Join us July 19~23, 2019 at Vida Asana School of Yoga, owned by a lovely man named Sean McDonald. Your Retreat guide/leader will be Brittany Cano, Life coach, RN, personal trainer, and health coach.

What’s included:

4 nights/5 days of lodging at the beautiful eco~lodge Vida Asana School of Yoga which is a blank slate for your inner journey & outer adventure. Disconnect from your daily stressors, work, & obligations. Enjoy yourself nestled away between the Pacific Ocean & the lush tropical jungle. We will take care of the rest.

All rooms have a private bathroom, hot water, A/C, ceiling fans, mini fridge, & organic soap, shampoo, & conditioner.

Airport shuttle to & from the airport (San Jose Airport, SJO)- 1 pm pick~up on July 19. (pick~up time subject to change & exact time will be confirmed by Jan.30).

*Those arriving after this time will be responsible for their transportation to Vida Asana but we can help arrange this for you.

On the 90~ish minute drive from the airport, the shuttle will stop at the famous Tarcoles Bridge, to see crocodiles in their natural habitat & provide you with a fresh coconut water.

3 abundant nutritious organic (whenever possible) meals per day. Please inform me of any food allergies or diet restrictions upon registration.

Welcome refreshments & a light snack upon arrival Wholesome healthy snacks will be available Sangria night with a non~alcoholic option

Pool, sun deck with lounge chairs, hammocks, & covered lounge area

Bicycles for transportation to & from the beach & other local hospitality spots.

Bilingual (Spanish-English) interpreter on site Onsite Concierge Service available

Spa services for massage, acupuncture technique called Feng La, & personal intuitive sessions with Reiki available for additional cost.

Pre~Retreat Curriculum to assist you in arriving to Costa Rica fully ready for peace, vitality, & adventure.

Daily group workouts with deep stretching

1:1 life coaching session with Brittany Cano

1:1 personal training or guided meditation with Brittany Cano Morning & night time meditations

2 Inspiring, fun workshops with Brittany Cano

An amazing Swag Bag full of goodies upon arrival

Mirador hike: We will either do this at sunrise or sunset. Sean, the owner of Vida Asana, will lead us in a beautiful walk along the local lookout point made from modern ruins & claimed by local artists. Beautiful views & a leisurely stroll make this an enjoyable group activity & we will be giving back to the local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu organization, BJJ Jaco which teaches marginalized youth the benefits and joys of fitness, discipline, & mindfulness. This has proven to be an effective tool in mitigating bullying, making positive connections that strengthen personal resolve, and simply supplying a safe space and general distraction from difficult home situations for the youth.

Reforestation Project: Guided tree planting and reforestation along the coast with local non~profit, Costa Verdes. We will enjoy learning about native trees & how to plant them. You will be supplied a weather proof tag to leave your message to recognize your tree upon future visits.

Your choice of 1 (one) excursion:

Rainmaker Conservation Project: Rainmaker Park is the best of both worlds as it feels like a national park, yet is relatively unheard of – a hidden gem! The gorgeous shade-making tree canopy and clear waters keep this hike super fresh even on the hottest of days. One of our favorite guides will take you on this adventure, ensuring that you see as much wildlife as possible while educating the group about the inner workings of the rainforest and her plant and animal life. It is a true rainforest experience, complete with hanging bridges, rushing rivers, waterfalls, and clear fresh- water swimming pools. The tour finishes up with a home cooked traditional lunch (included in price) and if you’re up for it a delicious craft beer brewed at the onsite microbrewery from their very own spring water!

Time Commitment – Half day, lunch included. Leaves Vida Asana at 9:00am, returns by 2:30 or 3:00pm

Difficulty Level – Easy to Medium – some steep climbs, but the paths and steps are well maintained and often made

of stone or recycled tires. People with knee problems or those with a legitimate fear of heights are cautioned.

What to Wear – Wear your swimsuit under your clothes making it easy to jump right in the beautiful waterfall fed pool! Wear sneakers or hiking sandals and bring a small daypack with towel, water bottle, bug spray, flip-flops, and change of clothes for the

ride home. (Flip-flops are for the last part of the hike after the swim).

Manuel Antonio National Park: A very popular to-do on the Costa Rican ‘bucket list’. At this park, you are guaranteed to see monkeys, sloths, raccoons, and variety of other wildlife. Your guide will have a scope for close up viewing and take you along the reserve culminating in one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica – white sand and mellow surf make for a perfect ocean swim. On the way back to Vida Asana, you will stop at the famous ‘El Avion’ restaurant for the view, a bite to eat, smoothie, or an adult beverage.

Time Commitment – Day Trip, snack/fruit provided by Vida Asana. Leave Vida Asana at 7:30, return by 5:00.

Difficulty Level – Easy – Very few ups and downs, generally a straight stroll on a wooden boardwalk or gravel road.

What to Wear – Wear your swimsuit under your clothes for ease when arriving at the beach. Wear sneakers or hiking sandals and bring a small daypack with water bottle, towel, bug spray, sunscreen, flip-flops, and change of clothes for the ride home. There are well kept bathrooms there if you would like to shower off and change.

Surfing: This family business brings together the best local surfers to teach you the ins and outs, guaranteeing you to stand up before your lesson is over. Lessons take place in Jacó where the tides are a bit more predictable. They provide door to door service with a laid back professionalism that will have you feeling super secure and like a local in no time!

Time Commitment – Surf time is dependent on tide times, but generally can be arranged around your schedule with ease. The total time door to door is around 3 hours.

Difficulty Level – Easy – Beginner to Advanced. They can accommodate all levels.

What to Wear – Wear your swimsuit and your sunscreen. Take a towel, water bottle, and camera if you like. They

will supply the rash guard (surf shirt), board, and all the fun!

Stand Up Paddleboard: The same outfit that leads our surf lessons also offer stand up paddle boarding where the sea is calm. It’s a super fun group activity!

Time Commitment – Surf time is dependent on tide times, but generally can be arranged around your schedule with ease. The total time door to door is around 3 hours.

Difficulty Level – Easy – Beginner to Advanced. They can accommodate all levels.

What to Wear – Wear your swimsuit and your sunscreen. Take a towel, water bottle, and camera if you like. They

supply the board!

Zipline: Another on the Costa Rican to-do list that is sure to please. 13 platforms with gorgeous views of the canopy and the sea, interconnected with thrilling rides through the trees. This company is located less than 10 minutes from Vida Asana and is staffed with helpful guides that will get you up and back down with ease.

Difficulty Level – Easy-Medium – There is a small hike to the first platform. Instructions and demonstrations are given. Time Commitment – Door to door in around 2 hours.

What to Wear – You will wear a harness around your upper thighs and waist, so shorts that are longer than the harness, pants, or

capris. Wear hiking sandals or sneakers, no flip-flops or shoes that can fall off easily. You can take a small backpack for water and your camera.

Sweatlodge: This is a variation on the Native American inipi or temezcal. Participants are led by a trained shamanic practitioner to release toxins of both a physical and emotional nature through sweating induced from fire heated sacred stones. Prayers and blessings are offered up during each of four sessions, or doors, each lasting around 20 minutes and interspersed with dipping in the cool sitting pool or under the shower to prepare for the following door. After the final door, the group walks across the road to the beach to enjoy the sunset and process the experience.

Difficulty Level – Medium – For those experienced with the process, this is a milder form of traditional sweat lodge. For a first time participant or those new to the inward journey, it can be challenging. Individuals can leave at any time they feel uncomfortable, and rejoin if they like. There are no musts, or judgment surrounding the process, only support.

Time Commitment – The sweat lodge itself lasts around 2 1⁄2 hours, with the sunset and beach its around 4 total hours. Leave Vida Asana at 2:00pm and return around 6:00pm. The location is about 10 minutes away from Vida Asana.

What to Wear – Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. A swimsuit cover, sarong, or other loose fitting clothing is a good choice for before and after for the ride home. Leave behind metal jewelry or anything that will heat up or be damaged. Be sure to hydrate throughout the day and take a full water bottle with you.

Horseback Riding and Jungle Spa: A beautiful and loved horseback riding adventure that includes a full mud bath with the famous Costa Rican blue clay and swimming in waterfalls. This professional outfit offers up to 6 riders per excursion twice daily. They fill up fast, so typically we need to have reservations made in advance of your group’s arrival.

Difficulty Level – Easy – Geared toward beginners, but able to accommodate more advanced riders. Time Commitment – Half day. Leaves Vida Asana around 8:00am and returns around 1:00.

What to Wear – Closed toed shoes and pants are the optimal attire, being sure to bring a day pack with swimsuit, sunscreen, bug spray, towel, and water bottle.

Free time to explore, relax, nap, you name it, this is your Retreat for YOU.

All taxes, gratuity, & lodging covered.

What’s not included: additional excursions, alcohol other than Sangria night, flights, food at outside restaurants, etc.


Single Occupancy: $2,1995 (limited room availability) Shared Occupancy: $1,995

*$750 non refundable deposit required upon registration. All registrations must be paid in full to Faithful Fitness by Brittany by May 5, 2019.

I believe that taking inspired action leads to great opportunities & I want to give you some ways to save:

Super Bird savings: Register by January 31 or pay in full and save $200.

Early Bird savings: Register by February 15 & save $100.

Bring a friend or a spouse: Save $100 off one registration. (limited to up to 2 friends)

Sign up for the New Year New You 2019 Program: Save $100 Potential savings of $500

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Cindy Hannon   July 18, 2019

      Absolute love!!

    Vida Asana family, you created an experience that was equal parts personal growth + adventure + relaxation + wonderful conversation. I didn't really know what to expect, as this was my first visit to Costa Rica and Vida Asana but within minutes of arriving on the property I knew I made the absolute right decision. Start of rainy season was perfect - less crowds. The food, of the food ... all I can say is "amazing". :) Sean, Frank, Lauren, Karen, Veronica, Alexis, and Frank want you to enjoy this piece of heaven as much as they do - from helping with translations, to coordinating excursions, to just making sure all was ok ... such a beautiful place. Showed up solo; never felt alone. Already looking forward to next years visit. Cindy New Hampshire, USA

  • Sabine Hahnel   May 22, 2019

      Vida Asana

    I spent a week at Vida Asana Eco retreat as part of a Yoga practice week and to re-connect with myself. The retreat itself is nicely located,close to a smaller town and also only about 10 minutes by bike(which are provided) to the beach. The accommodations are efficient, rooms are air conditioned and clean. The staff is very friendly and so are the 2 cats and 2 dogs at the retreat location who like to be petted. The grounds are well kept and the resort has a pool and many lounge chairs to catch some rays and read a good book. There also is a hammock station with I think 4 or 5 hammocks for your use. The Yoga Shala is beautiful and mats,bolsters and blankets are provided along with some bug spray if one should need it. The food is phenomenal and served 3 times a day,lovingly prepared by Frank the chef and the other kitchen staff. It is mostly vegetarian (which I am not) but so delicious that I didn't miss meat once. There is many things you can do around the retreat (bike,hike,swim,shop,relax) or book some excursions for a dshungel hike or surfing or zip lining or paddle boarding. Mario the driver is sure to get you there and back safely. I really enjoyed my stay there.

  • Susan Leeson   May 22, 2019

      A beautiful peaceful yoga retreat!

    My family and I spent a week at Vida Asana this May and when the time came we were not ready to leave. The staff and volunteers were always friendly and available. The rooms were comfortable and well equipped to stay cool. The food was made with great care and better quality than most resorts I have been to. All of the meals were amazing and always accompanied by a delicious smoothie. There many gathering and relaxing spaces to hang out around the property including the hammocks, deck and the beautiful pool. The shala was a perfect place for our morning and evening yoga practice. Every afternoon we used the bikes for an easy ride to the beach at Playa Hermosa. Vida Asana is a place we hope return again and again.

  • Trisha Mccoll   March 19, 2019

      Absolutely would recommend!

    Cannot speak highly enough of my experience with Vida Asana. The staff were personable and accommodating, and the space was even more spectacular than I had anticipated. Will absolutely recommend to anyone seeking accommodations in the area!

  • Trudi   February 19, 2019

      You Aced it!

    Thank you for all the work you do in preparation for the retreat. The seemless organization between the two of you allows the participants to feel very well taken care of and affords the opportunity to explore and extend ones practice. One of my goals had been to ameliorate all ramifications of my sprained ankle Leaving the tendon tears themselves as the focus for further healing. Your attention and support allowed this to happen, with range of motion and reduction of related discomfort attenuated. I appreciated your holding the times of the yoga sessions sacrosanct so the yoga was not secondary to the other adventures. I liked the addition of the vinassa and really liked the readings, though I think I would have preferred a selection of one, rather than a more extensive reading at each juncture. I like to read from books I have of Taoist or Buddhist Meditations and stories daily and work hard to discipline myself to. ‘Not read on’. Personally, when theres ‘too much” I tend to not think of any of it;) In that light, I was left considering (from the beginning reading) thinking of ‘the seat’ in asana and I had wished for a slowing down to find that place. Inmy daily practice I hold everything I do for at least two minutes with a goal of trying to find it. As I was doing so many more asanas and stretching of my practice at the retreat , I would have relished more times to have found the place of ;’no effort’. I appreciate that this is highly personal and not something which either you or anyone else might find particularly interesting as a focus.... Namaste.

  • Jennifer Joelle Kachler   July 31, 2018

      Beautiful Birthday Vacation!

    I spent my birthday at Vida Asana on a surf & yoga retreat and it was the greatest gift I gave myself in celebration! I'll start out the review by sharing that I extended my stay an extra day because it was such an incredible experience! If it wasn't for my job, I would have stayed longer! My goal was to surf and practice yoga but I received so much more than what I set out to do. The accommodations were perfect with a spacious room that included a balcony, private bathroom, mini-fridge, room sink with 9x filtered drinking water and an shelving unit that contains a rack to hang clothes and folded items within. As someone who has celiacs disease, is lactose intolerant and several other food sensitivities, I was truly blown away with the meals provided in the package! Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all plant based & gluten free so I was literally able to eat everything at every meal (which I can't even do in NYC where I live) and every item was nutritious, delicious and made with love! The community within Vida Asana is beautiful, everyone who works there becomes your family sharing your joy, light and love through all the work they do to ensure you and everyone has an amazing experience. I cannot wait to go back to Vida Asana for another retreat!!! Thank you Vida Asana, PURA VIDA!!!

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