Return to Center: A Mindful Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica with Alix

  • Playa Uvita, Costa Rica
  • Mar 6 - 13, 2020 (8 days)

About This Event

Step out of the busyness of your life and join Alix for a week of inner and outer exploration in the stunning natural landscape of Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the ocean. Immerse yourself in nurturing practices for your body and mind, and reconnect to nature and the wisdom of your own spirit as you ‘Return to Center’.

The venue was built with intention and commitment over the years to sustainable practices, and with Natural and Cultural heritage protection. The beautiful and unique open-air yoga studio lends to a sense of blending with the sounds and sights the environment. The Costa Rican token phrase ‘Pura vida”, or “pure life”, is truly embodied here.

Each day will include both active and restorative yoga practices in the morning and afternoon, and guided meditations to begin and end the day. There will be ample free time to spend connecting to nature through activities including surfing, SUP, snorkeling, whale and bird watching, hiking through the rainforest, swimming in the ocean or fresh water swimming hole, or simply resting and enjoying wholesome and tasty meals with locally grown fruits and vegetables.

This retreat will include a karma yoga project opportunity of volunteering at a local sea turtle conservation site, and an optional excursion to ride horses to visit and swim at a local waterfall.

The Mindful Hatha yoga will weave together meditative practices from various traditions along with carefully sequenced active and restorative poses, gentle unwinding somatic movements, vinyasa, and breath work. Detailed alignment, experiential anatomy, sensory awareness, and mindfulness is emphasized to encourage deep listening and a compassionate understanding of one’s own mind-body with the overall intent of cultivating prajna (insight and wisdom) within the yoga experience on and off the mat. Meditation sessions will include walking, sitting, and reclining rest for Yoga Nidra, or the ‘yogic sleep’. Classes are suitable for all levels and modifications of poses will be given as needed.

“Alix’s yoga retreat was a good balance of meditation and yoga practice. Alix started each day with heart opening readings, meditation, and walking meditation. The yoga was a good combination of active movement, stretching, Hatha, and restorative. We closed each day with Yoga Nidra. It was a week of spiritual growth and physical strengthening, a very positive experience. I truly appreciated and enjoyed the retreat and thank you for the gift of your leadership and talent.” ~Barb, Previous Retreat Participant “The yoga space perfectly supported our meditation and yoga. Never been in a place that was designed to respect the land, animals, and people so well. Yoga space felt like I was enveloped in a lotus blossom. Couldn’t have been more wonderful!!” ~Carmen, Previous Retreat Participant

Venue Highlights

-7 Nights Accommodations (1st night at airport hotel)
-3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
-Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
-Daily Yoga Practices
-Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
-Horseback Riding
-Waterfall Tour
-Fishing Trip
-River Wildlife Tour
*Price of Activities are not included in tuition


Beautiful, eco-friendly accommodations situated amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle trail leading to Playa Uvita, a beautiful beach (only a 15-minute walk). The atmosphere of the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single or double occupancy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.

Gorgeous bungalow style accommodations all with huge ocean views, where you can see Ballena National Marine Park, the rainforest, and much more. All of the rooms are made from reforested wood from our trees planted on the same land 20 years ago. The architecture includes local craftsmanship using wood, stone, shell, and sand.

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic


You will be booking your flights for the San Jose International Airport (SJO). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.

Tags: costa rica hiking jungle meditation ocean restorative yoga swimming yoga

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