Sample Daily Schedule
6am - 8am: Vinyasa Practice 1
7:30am - 9am: Organic Breakfast Buffet
8am - 4pm: Free Time, journal,excursions, etc.
12:30pm - 2:30pm: Organic Lunch if stay local
4pm - 6pm: Vinyasa Practice 2
6pm - 9:00pm: Organic Dinner
8:00pm: Satsang, community gathering to share our expereinces and journaling from the day.
This schedule is subject to change in order to best suit the group's evolution and needs.
Journals From the Self Retreat:
a journey of connection
February 27 - March 6, 2021
Yoga & journaling at the Bhodi Tree Yoga Resort, Costa Rica
stewarded by Trish Washburn
Yoga teaches us how to connect with the external world around us and also our inner world - the world of thoughts, ideas, creativity, investigation and contemplation. This relationship between the external and internal world of Oneness is one that requires deep faith, truth, trust, authenticity and awareness.
In order to investigate and contemplate the world at large, we need time in our schedule... and a yoga retreat is the perfect opportunity to do just that - make time to listen to the Self who whispers wisdoms from within. The core of who you are, is a Divine Being. The multi-faceted being you have come to know is not separate from the Whole, but in fact, a living, breathing important part of that Whole.
During this Costa Rica yoga retreat, you will be guided to deeper explorations and authentic connections through daily journaling and contemplative yoga practices woven through the abundance of personal and community time.
The intention of this retreat is to guide you back to the Divine in all of existence. To remind you of the Truth about who you are. To be a guide for you to deepen in your relationships and most importantly, the relationship with your very Self.
You can round out your week-long escape focused on yoga, journaling and the art of change with truly fantastic off-site excursions. With two daily yoga sessions and plenty of time dedicated to renewal, you can explore excursions like horseback riding on the beach, surfing lessons, surf board rentals, canopy zip line tours, river kayaking, bird-watching, waterfall hikes, stand up paddle surf, and a turtle refuge tour!
Your registration investment includes your transportation to and from the Liberia airport, your accommodations, 3 meals per day, along with your yoga practices. Yoga mats and props are also provided. Your flight, spa services, and excursions are extra.
Please read below to view your accommodation pricing options ranging from $1800 on up. Minimum $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation. Payment plans are available. Full balance due December 1, 2020.
I hope that you will join us for this unforgettable adventure!
All About Nosara
Nosara is located in the beautiful province of Guanacaste in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Nicoya is considered one of the Blue Zones areas where cultures have evolved to prolong the longevity of human life. Life expectancies of Nicoya residents easily surpass 100 years of age with a population far older than the rest of the country.
A water source enriched with calcium and magnesium, diets composed of naturally harvested foods, and a strong sense of community are a few of the secrets residents of Nicoya follow to live a pure, happy and long life.
Despite having one of the last locations with unpaved roads in the country, Nosara’s wonderful lack of development directly on the beach makes it special. Known as one of the most sophisticated beach towns in Costa Rica, this small but special town has a lot to offer. Travelers from all over the world enjoy the pristine beaches that surround it. This area has a huge passion for the protection of the national parks system which makes the place unique for its hundreds of acres of protected forest.
The community is exceptional and united. The local citizens work really hard keeping the beaches clean. There is also a big drive for ecotourism, sustainability and recycling like no other town in the country. This sets the perfect example of a planned developed community. The natural beauty, way of life and vibe became a dream come true for hundreds of families that chose to live a tranquil and relaxed life. Parents have the opportunity to immerse their children in a more organic way of living in nature. Showing respect and loving nature becomes one of the most important parts of life. Being woken up by monkeys; eating healthy and real food, playing outside, enjoying wonderful bilingual private school options and learning to respect different cultures, the children grow up with a real sense of life.
Nosara offers all modern amenities like: high-speed internet, cable or satellite TV, stocked grocery stores with plenty of imported items and amazing restaurants with a diversity of international cuisine. The official town is located 6 km inland from the beach.
Yoga & Surfing culture is huge and a significant component of this town. You will see that people are either carrying a surf board or a yoga mat in their arms. Nosara has been called one of the world’s 20 best surf towns. With a diversity of waves in the area, it invites world-class surfers, novice and intermediate surfers to enjoy the magical and consistent waves year round. There are a variety of fitness options all over town. If you are not a surfer or a yogi, you don’t have to worry! There are plenty of adventure activities around like ATV tours, Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, Stand Up Paddling, Kayak and much more.
The beauty found in Bhodi Tree is the art of making our vacation space a sanctuary for the soul, where we can escape the discord and stress of modern life. Bhodi Tree provides a place where we can seek new meaning for our lives and restore the mind-body balance. Living the 'Pura Vida' lifestyle introduces us to the simplicity, naturalness and depth of beauty found in every day life. A place for quiet contemplation where we can search for inner truth.
About Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort opened its doors in 2014 for travellers that want to enjoy the magic of Costa Rica in a very unique and healthy way. The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort was creatively designed around nature, leaving the surrounding jungle as it was meant to be. We strived to preserve the jungle’s natural state leaving the impression that this resort has been here for many years. Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort takes great pride in hiring locally. Their creative and progressive staff will give you a taste of the real Costa Rican culture.
Solar panels are responsible for utilizing the sun to heat all the hot water needed for the facility. Bodhi Tree will always work towards being as environmentally friendly as possible.
Being aware of water usage is important in Costa Rica. Long dry winters use up the aquifers storage making it even more important for water management. Bodhi Tree takes this very seriously and every drop of water goes to use on their grounds. Bodhi Tree has built its own water treatment plant so no water is wasted. This water is used to irrigate the gardens keeping everything green without draining subcutaneous water supplies.
They are very proud to be a plastic free facility. Along with their community they have taken an aggressive stand on keeping their environment clean and healthy. We encourage every guest to join them in doing their part in Keeping Costa Rica (and our studio) Plastic Free.
The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort was designed to flow with the nature that surrounds us. You can begin your day with a cool-down in your outdoor shower or a dip in the salt-water infinity pool at sunrise. Soothing fountains and waterfalls guide you through the local fauna on your way to your bungalow. Open the door to find a star-lit shower, luxurious cotton sheets and a canopied bed that promises a well-deserved rest.
All rooms have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and toiletries (soap, shampoo and conditioner). Please leave your shampoos, conditioners and soaps at home as Bodhi Tree only allow their natural products to be used on their resort grounds. Security staff is available 24 hours a day and housekeeping staff will keep your room looking as beautiful as the first day you arrive.
Read the below descriptions to choose the environment that best suits you and your budget. Your investment is listed at the end of each accommodations' description. You will also find the availability of the rooms we have reserved for our retreat. Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Our retreat is limited to 10 rooms which accommodates up to 20 people.
Treetops King Room
This unit features a king bed with a stunning view of the jungle, a wet bar filled with local delights, Egyptian cotton sheets, air conditioning and a laptop-sized safe.
Unwind by watching the sunset from your balcony or take a dip in the Bodhi Village pool below. Study or work in comfort at the large work desk with access to free wireless internet. Refresh in your open air, rainfall shower, featuring luxurious Raw Botanicals toiletries.
Max capacity: 2
Registration Investment: $3,000 per person single occupancy, $2,015 per person double occupancy
Rooms Available: 3 of 3
This unit features two queen beds with dramatic high ceilings, a wet bar filled with local delights, Egyptian cotton sheets, air conditioning and a laptop-sized safe.
Unwind by lounging on your outdoor balcony as you hear the sounds of waterfalls in the distance. Study or work in comfort at the large work desk with access to free wireless internet. Refresh in your open air, rainfall shower, featuring luxurious Raw Botanicals toiletries.
Max Capacity: 2
Registration Investment: $2,215 per person
Rooms Available: 1 of 2
This unit features two queen beds with dramatic high ceilings, a wet bar filled with local delights, Egyptian cotton sheets, air conditioning and a laptop-sized safe.
Unwind by lounging on your outdoor patio as you hear the sounds of waterfalls in the distance. Study or work in comfort at the large work desk with access to free wireless internet. Refresh in your open air, rainfall shower, featuring luxurious Raw Botanicals toiletries.
Max Capacity: 4
Registration Investment: $2,086 per person
Rooms Available: 2 of 2
Shared Dorm Room
A Shared Dorm Room reservation includes one twin bed with a shared bathroom, open air shower, air conditioning and wifi.
This shared room includes three twin beds, three closets, Egyptian cotton sheets, air conditioning and a laptop-sized safe.
Unwind by relaxing in your outdoor seating area, as you hear the sounds of waterfalls in the distance. Study or work in comfort at the large work desk with access to free wireless internet. Refresh in your open air, rainfall shower, featuring luxurious Raw Botanicals toiletries.
This reservation is for one guest only, please make one reservation per guest or contact Trish directly if you are more than one guest looking to stay in one of our Dorm Rooms.
Max Capacity: 3
Registration Investment: $2,086 per person
Rooms Available: 2 of 2
The cost of your retreat includes: airport transportation to and from the Liberia airport, your accommodations, 3 meals per day, and your yoga. Your retreat registration is determined by type of room you choose. Please remember that your flight, spa services, and excursions are extra.
We have set up payment options to take advantage of:
Full payment (non-refundable) and must be received by December 1, 2020
Deposit $500 (non-refundable) with monthly payments (non-refundable) that you decide as long as balance is paid in full by December 1, 2020. All monies Soleil Lune receives toward your registration are non-refundable.
Payment amounts are dependent upon the accommodation you choose.
You may choose to pay any outstanding balance ahead of the above schedule.
All payments received by Soleil Lune are non-refundable, however, you may stop payments at any time. Any monies paid toward your trip are forfeited.
Learn More About Your Adventure
Secluded within the natural ambience of the jungle, Bodhi Tree Yoga resort strives to use natural, fresh ingredients to promote a healthy life style. By gathering ingredients harvested from nature, stimulating individual wellbeing on a ground level can allow ones health to blossom. They offer an array of hot and refreshing cold soups, an excellent buffet of veggies and salads, organic chicken, fish and vegan options. They also cater to any pallet as a personalized service to suit all your special dietary needs. Organic wine and artisanal beer are available for purchase with your dinner.
Hours of Operation
Breakfast: 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Also, they have a refrigerator in the Dining Hall - accessible during meal times - where guests can store any of their medication.
Indulge yourself with the benefits of fresh juices, all natural smoothies, healthy snacks or simply enjoy our terrific Costa Rican coffee in our beautiful juice bar.
Their Chakra Juices and smoothies are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Revitalize after a yoga class or a surf session with an energy boost. Juice bar is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
There are moments when we all can benefit from some very special attention. Whether our tissues are holding some core tensions, or we’d like some sound advice on our nutrition, wish to transform a painful relationship issue, or are simply in the mood to be pampered with a tropical body polish or a luscious facial treatment… all Bhodi Tree bodyworkers, therapists, and counselors are highly qualified, excel in what they do, and enjoy being of service.
Walk through the jungle path to your own private oasis of tranquility and relaxation. Restore your body and soul to prepare for another amazing day in paradise. Chose from a variety of unique treatments using locally organic oils and lotion. Enjoy your own mini paradise.
For your optimal mind-body-spirit alignment and nourishment, they offer a wide array of spa, bodywork & longevity services:
Massages: 1 hour - 90 minutes ($80 - $130)
Deep Tissue Massage
Jikiden Reki+ Ayurvedic Combo
Facials & Body Treatments 1 hour - 90 minutes ($80 - $120)
Facials: Banana + Honey, Cucumber + Aloe, or Avocado + Yogurt
Body Treatments Body Mixtures: Banana & Honey, Papaya & Honey, Cucumber & Aloe. or Coffee & Chocolate
Evolutionary AstroloFFgy Reading: 1 hour ($150)
Manicures: Dry Manicure $20, Shellac Manicure $50, Full Manicure $30
Pedicures: Dry Pedicure $30, Complete Pedicure $50, Shellac Pedicure $60, Exfoliation Pedicure $60
Abdominal Massage Cupping for Release & Weight Loss: $55 per session - $800 for 20 sessions
Looking for adventure and the must do’s in Nosara Costa Rica area? Take a look at some of their favorite tours! These fabulous activities are for those who like to venture further! Once you arrive at Bhodi Tree Yoga Resort, the front desk staff is more than happy to assist you in booking your preferred excursions. Please know the prices listed bleow are estimations to give you an idea.
Stand Up Paddle Ocean Lessons
Paddle around Garza’s northern headland to the fabled Isla Rosada, visit the tucked away “Coco” beach, explore the outer reefs of south Guiones or cruise the Garza bay. Depending on local conditions your ocean paddling experience will be crafted to you and your groups’ skill level. During the trip you’ll increase your knowledge of the ocean, all whilst enhancing your stand up paddle boarding skills and confidence.
Important to note – this tour depends on ocean conditions and safety is our primary concern.
Stand Up Paddle Mangrove Tour
Stand up paddle the serene waters of the Rio Montana and Rio Nosara, weaving your way through mangrove tunnels to a hidden trail that leads out to Playa Nosara. This is a stand up paddling adventure that will (peacefully) blow your mind. Best of all – it’s accessible to everyone and we’ll do all we can to make sure you have a successful experience in the water.
Zip-Lining Canaopy Tour
Enjoy the longest Canopy Tour in the world located within a pristine 2500-acre forest reserve. This tour is nestled in the mountains surrounding the village of Nosara and will be a highlight of your trip. You will travel across majestic mountain ridges and soar high above multiple ravines with breathtaking views of rivers, waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. The final stage emerges from the serene forest, crosses high above beautiful Nosara River and sails directly into a disco-bar on the top floor of a five story architectural wonder. Suitable for nature lovers, adventurers, families, and all who wish to experience the ultimate zip lining adventure.
Boca Nosara Wildlife & Birding Kayaking Tour
The Rio Nosara and Rio Montana are the two largest rivers in Nosara; where these two rivers converge, you find a tremendous amount of natural beauty. For nature lovers and those who like to kayak, this is quite simply the best tour in Nosara. Kayak alongside great blue herons, anhingas, roseate spoonbills, and maybe even a few crocodiles. On this adventure you will be surrounded by the exquisite sounds of the jungle as you weave through mangrove tunnels no wider than your boat. Cap off your trip with an ice-cold watermelon or a sunset cerveza at the Boca.
This tour will take you from the river up to the hills with breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, and mangroves. The horses will guide you through jungle trails and along the beaches of Nosara and Ostional.
This adventure will last two and a half to three and a half hours over which time you will be informed about local plants and their medicinal use, local wildlife like howler monkeys, and a large variety of birds. All horses are friendly, reliable, and trained by an expert. All levels of horse handling and riding experience welcome.
Daily Surf Lessons
Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort offers daily surfing lessons for beginners and intermediate surfers.Come surf with us and enjoy the waves of a lifetime, you won’t be disappointed! Our surf lessons are scheduled according to the tides to ensure the best learning conditions for beginners. We will start your surf lesson with a workshop where you will learn the basics of surfing, safety tips, paddling techniques, standing up on a board and riding waves. All of their knowledgeable surf instructors are CPR, Open Water Rescue and First Aid certified to guarantee a safe and amazing experience.
Waterfall & Wildlife Adventure Hike
Experience one of Nosara’s hidden gems; this tucked away waterfall destination is a refreshing treat following a moderate 45 minute hike. This hike involves crossing a creek, traversing a cattle farm, and weaving through a primary canopy of tropical dry forest. Stop along the way to interpret the sights, sounds, and smells of everything around you before discovering a series of brilliant swimming holes and small waterfalls.
Bask in the cool water and natural beauty of the site until you’re sufficiently refreshed. Depending on the time of year, it’s even possible to hike upriver through the waterfalls. Returning from the falls you’ll be greeted with an organic picnic lunch and refreshments. This tour is documented with photos. All-terrain shoes, swimsuits and hats are suggested.
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Founded in January of 1999, this refuge has been home to injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife from Nosara and the Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica. You can visit the Refuge by advanced reservation (as a health precaution to the animals, the Refuge requires visitors to be in Costa Rica for at least 3 days before visiting). Your visit will include a tour of the Refuge facilities, an opportunity to meet many of their current “guests” and long term residence up close. This tour provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about the efforts taken to protect the native wildlife of Costa Rica and what steps the incredible volunteers at SIBU are taking to care for the injured and orphaned wildlife.
Turtles - Ostional
The Ostional Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica was created in 1984 to protect the nesting site of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle; this location is one of the largest mass nesting destinations globally. The week before the new moon, hundreds and sometimes hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach to dig their eggs into the black volcanic sand. Turtles nest at Ostional year round, but peak months occurs from August through December. The phenomenon of “arribadas” (mass nesting) occurs regularly once or twice a month. If you are lucky, you may have the incredible opportunity to see this biological miracle.
Choose from 5 different ATV adventures (all tours include fruits and water):
Nosara Tour: 2 hour cruise along the lush Nosara hills and rivers keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.
White Rock Waterfall Tour: 4 hour journey up to “Pilas Blancas” and back to the waterfalls for a refreshing swim.
Coffee Tour: 4 hour tour taking you across the Nosara hills to a coffee plantation. Includes a tour guide.
Pura Vida Tour: 5 hour tour, exploring the gorgeous coastline, mountains, beaches and jungle trails.
Black Hills Tour: 8 hour, full day adventure tour exploring the real beauty of Guanacaste. Includes a typical Costa Rican lunch. (for experienced riders).
Facts You Need To Know
Citizen of the US, Canada, and Panama may enter Costa Rica with a passport that remains valid at least 6 months after your travel date. Identification such as a driver’s license or birth certificate is no longer valid for travel to Costa Rica.
A valid passport allows Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American, and European citizens to stay for up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Costa Rica.
Before you go to Costa Rica, please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you at all times. You should leave your original passport in the safety box at Blue Spirit.
PURCHASING YOUR FLIGHT
When making your reservations, please fly into Liberia, Costa Rica. This is where the retreat center's shuttle will pick you up and drop you off from. The retreat center has multiple shuttles picking participants up at the Liberia Airport from 12-4pm. Please keep this in mind when you make your flight plans! If you need anything outside of those times or on a different day the cost is $150 EACH WAY and that cost will be incurred by you. Once your flights are purchased, you will need to email your flight itinerary to Trish as soon as possible. If you would like to travel with the group please connect with Trish and she can let you know flights that have already been purchased. Please expect to pay $700+ for a roundtrip airfare from Milwaukee to Liberia.
MEDICAL SERVICES IN NOSARA
From a general health perspective, Costa Rica has high health standards in the entire country, and is considered one of the safest destinations in the developing world. If you have a health care provider in the country of your origin, you may want to inquire before your travels about their coverage policy, when traveling to Costa Rica. English-speaking doctors have offices located 15 minutes from our retreat center, along with dentists. A hospital is located within a 45 minutes drive in Nicoya, or for serious conditions an air lift is available to a hospital with excellent and Western standard medical care in the capital of San Jose within 45 minutes. There are no shots or immunizations required to come to Costa Rica.