Where is the retreat held? At the Blue Osa Retreat Center, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. More detailed information can be found here.
What are the accommodations like? Rooms are immersed in the natural world with jungle or ocean view. Learn more about rooms here. All rooms have their own bathrooms. The per person fee for this retreat is as follows: Double room $1,595. The fee includes accommodations, all meals, all sessions and transportation to and from the Puerto Jimenez airport.
What are the meals like? The folks at Blue Osa 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. 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. More about the cuisine at Blue Osa is found here.
How do I register? To register click here.
Documents Needed: A Valid Passport.
Who is this retreat for? All levels of experience.
How many participants do you expect?
There will be a maximum of 21 participants in double or triple occupancy rooms. Each room has it’s own bathroom.
Is the retreat suitable for beginners? This retreat is suitable for anyone, regardless of age, physical ability or prior experience in yoga and meditation. The teaching is primarily guiding each participant back to their own intuitive knowing.
Will you find a roommate for me if I come by myself? Yes.
What style of yoga is taught? We have studied with many teachers in a variety of styles over the years – including Iyengar and the Viniyoga of Desikachar as well as Vipassana meditation and non-dual teachings. The teaching is a synthesis of all that we have studied for 34 years and what has evolved during years of practice. Go here for more about this.
What are the retreats like? The Yoga Retreats are an opportunity for one to relax and rest in the natural presence/awareness that we are. We feel this is the essence of yoga, meditation and retreat in general. The schedule, teaching and environment allow one to let go of the demands and details of daily life and to reconnect with and reveal their own deeper knowing. Yoga postures, breath awareness, restorative postures, meditation, silence, and free time in the natural world generally assist in this letting go. As we let go of tension and the busy mind, a deeper knowing that is always present, reveals itself. There is ample opportunity for people to ask questions during the sessions or in private interviews between sessions.
Is massage, spa treatments or other bodywork available? Yes. This is not included in the retreat fee and will be scheduled between sessions. For more information you may go here.
I have heard of Yoga Vacations, but these are called Yoga Retreats. What is the difference? We have called these “retreats” because we consider them a unique opportunity to pull back and take a rest from our busy lives with the many distractions. Most people coming on these retreats have a sincere desire to explore and nourish their spiritual lives. There are no “rules” about how one should spend their time, but we encourage participants to use the time between sessions thoughtfully. Often traveling and sightseeing during a retreat is just another distraction and the actual reasons for coming on retreat are diminished.
Are there any silent periods during the retreat and if so why? While the retreats in Maine are held entirely in “social silence“, the retreats in Costa Rica have periods of silence. Each evening silence will be observed after the evening meditation until after breakfast the following morning. Anyone may choose to have as much “alone time” as they would like to extend the periods of silence. Most people today have busy lives and spend very little time in silence. Silence is restful, being the mirror of our natural state. Silent community creates a supportive environment in which to deepen understanding, awareness, openness and compassion. This greatly enhances the benefits of a yoga retreat.
What is self-inquiry? The practice of aligning with our true nature beyond the habitual patterns of conditioning. This process unfolds naturally during the retreat as practice and awareness deepens.
Do we need to bring yoga mats or blankets? You might bring your yoga mat or Blue Osa offers yoga mats for rent at $5.00 per day or $30.00 for the week. Yoga blocks and other yoga props are available at no charge. The proceeds from the mat rentals and sales help to fund their community outreach projects. Your mat rental is greatly appreciated.
Are the any additional taxes we need to pay? No. All taxes are included in the price.
Is Blue Osa safe for single woman to visit? Yes, the property is very secure. The area around Blue Osa is also safe for walking (male and female).. enjoy a walk or run on the beach, the dirt road bordered by beach on one side and jungle on the other or a guided trek into the rain forest.
Do I need any shots before visiting Costa Rica? You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica. However, we always suggest speaking with your Doctor and referring to the World Health Organization’s website before traveling anywhere.
How do I get to Blue Osa? The following are three simple steps to book your flight. Please read carefully through these three easy steps. Book your international and local carrier flight 60 days before departure for best pricing.
1. Book your flight to San Jose International Airport Costa Rica (SJO) for arrival March 11 or earlier and departure March 18 or later.
2. Book round trip local flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez.
There are two local carriers to choose from Sansa or Nature Air:
If you would like help with local carrier booking contact firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him you are going to Blue Osa
For arrival flights into San Jose allow two hours to go through customs to make local carrier flight.
For departure flights from San Jose allow two hours before flight departure
Travel time from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is 50 minutes
3. You are done booking flights! Group transport for half hour amazingly beautiful ride to Blue Osa is free.
If your international flight arrival time is too late to make a flight to Puerto Jimenez, best to arrive March 10, stay the night in San Jose, and connect with your flight to Puerto Jimenez the next day, March 11. See list of hotels here.
-We suggest the following hotels in San Jose:
Hotel Aeropuerto, Holiday Inn near airport; a more upscale option is The Marriott; in San Jose, the Grano de Oro is very lovely or see Trip Advisor.
Should you choose to fly to Puerto Jimenez before the 11th there are a variety of places to spend the night – see Lonely Planet Guide for a complete listing. To view a number of hotels in Puerto Jimenez listed see Booking.com.
**** If you cannot meet group pickup at 2PM on March 11 or leave with the group at 8AM March 18, you will be responsible for your transportation to Blue Osa from Puerto Jimenez. Contact Blue Osa for a taxi email: email@example.com
**Another option may be to fly Nature Air or Sansa to Golfito (on the opposite side of the Gulfo Dulce from Puerto Jimenez) and take a ferry or water taxi to Puerto Jimenez. For ferry schedule click here. Click here for hotels in Golfito.
Should I drive to Blue Osa from San Jose? Driving to Blue Osa from San Jose is a wonderful way to view and experience the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Costa Rica actually has a very stable infrastructure with a great road and highway system if you’ve got the time and patience for the 8 – 10 hour drive. Many car rentals are available in San Jose.
Is taking the bus an option? If you are not in a rush getting to Puerto Jimenez and have the time, and you’re interested in making some Tico friends, ride the bus! Buses leave daily from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez from the Coca Cola Bus terminal in downtown San José, a 20 minute taxi from the airport. It is about a 9-10 hour bus ride.
Further Information about Blue Osa and travel is on the expansive Blue Osa website and FAQ Page here.
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