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1st Annual Mind Body and Soul Restoration Retreat

with Shea Thomas in Esterillos Este , Costa Rica

From $1495 Per person

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

5 nights in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
Wed Feb 17 - Mon Feb 22, 2016


Highlights

Offering an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a private beach area, Encantada Ocean Cottages is located in Esterillos Este Beach, a still undeveloped, pristine, and yet very accessible chocolate sand beach on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The simple yet cozily appointed rooms  provide you with air conditioning and a seating area. Featuring a shower, en-suite bathrooms also come with organic, locally-made bath & body products. 

Rooms are only an 8 second walk away from the shore at our backdoor. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including yoga, surfing, cycling, horseback riding and fishing!

What's Included

Accommodations

6 days 5 nights at Encantada Ocean Cottages

Meals

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Fitness

Group Exercise classes everyday! Stretching, Yoga and Meditation daily! Group and Individual Surf Lessons with Shea Free 1 on 1 Sessions with a trainer by request

Activities

  • One Hour of Group Exercise each day
  • One Hour of Stretch and Yoga each day
  • 3 Specialized Nutrition Clinics
  • Specialized 1 on 1 training per request

Airport Transfers

Roundtrip airport transfers to/from San Jose International Airport (SJO)

Flights

Flights not included

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included

Good to Know

Not included: flights to/from San Jose International Airport (SJO) and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.

The Instructor

Shea Thomas
Fitness Ambassador

Shea O. Thomas CPT Pn1 "Shea The Trainer"
Elite Fitness Coach, Nutrition Coach and Health and Wellness Specialist
Currently Living in South Lake Tahoe, California, I am enjoying life in the Mountains! I love my work interacting with the community and helping people get to a healthy happier place in their life. Through personalized training programs and nutrition guidance, I help people navigate through the confusion that the fitness world can sometimes pose to even the most seasoned health enthusiasts. If i dont know the answer or cant help, you can bet i will find someone who will. Its about finding each individuals path, whatever that takes.
I love surfing, snowboarding and seeing people happy and successful, whatever that means to them. Hanging out with family and my dog are always a priority or at least on my mind.
My previous job was the Operations Manager of a large surf school in Santa Cruz, Ca, my home town. Im very excited for this retreat to share my passion of fitness and surfing, ALL AT THE SAME PLACE AND TIME!!!

My Motto: You are AWESOME! Let's do this!!

About Shea Thomas

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

Encantada Ocean Cottages

Encantada Ocean Cottages are located in Esterillos Este, a small friendly community less than 2 hours from the San Jose airport on the Central Pacific Coast. The property was originally an elementary school, and then was converted into a B & B integrated with a sky diving school. When family situations prompted the sale of this property, the opportunity presented itself to Nome & Tiffany. While maintaining the simple, clean and spacious accommodations that reflect the school's heritage, Tiffany and Nome are working to create a boutique atmosphere. The spacious cottages are on a lush green acre nestled in a tropical setting situated right on the vast chocolate sand beach. It is peaceful and relaxing. There are seven unique cottages with air conditioning, hot showers and wi-fi. The hotel features a library, patio, restaurant and pristine swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens.

Food & Beverage

Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Vegan Meals
  • Gluten-Free Meals
  • Fish & Meat
  • Alcohol is available for purchase
  • Snacks are available for purchase

Amenities

  • Beach
  • Classroom/Deck for yoga & fitness
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Accessible kitchen for guest cooking classes
  • Hot water
  • 110 volt outlets
  • Towels
  • Sound system for instructor use in yoga/fitness space

Yoga & Fitness Equipment

  • yoga mats
  • yoga blocks
  • yoga straps
  • yoga bolsters
  • towels

Pricing Per Person

  • Theresa
  • Verified Guest
  • May 09 2016

Wonderful time! The resort was beautiful and there was enough flexibility to enjoy excursions, workouts and relaxing time. It was safe/easy to get around and the cost for excursions was very reasonable.


  • Jennie
  • Verified Guest
  • May 16 2016

My first Trip Tribe was amazing and I can't wait to sign up for another one. I've always wanted to do a yoga retreat and have always wanted to go to Costa Rica. So this experience was once in a lifetime. I loved being active and healthy on vacation while discovering new places. I hope to do this once a year with my sister, Dawn. We are hoping to sign up for one in Tulum, Mexico.


  • Jasmin
  • Ambassador
  • May 16 2016

This was the most unforgettable, life-changing trips I couldn't have even imagined in my dreams! I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous, sustainable country, with the best of all worlds, the rain forest, the jungle, the most beautiful beaches, all with a government who protects their natural resources and allows no hunting of any kind. From the most kind and friendly people who also speak English, to the most beautiful natural playground, I am in awe of this culture and can hardly wait to go back! We faced our fears, had the most fun activities, and most gorgeous venue all to ourselves. THANK YOU and PURA VIDA!!!


  • Sylvia
  • Verified Guest
  • May 24 2016

My trip was awesome with Sara ( fabulous Yoga instructor) in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica and our activities were just fabulous with our 2 adventurous trips to the Rain Forest and Rain Forest hiking, zip lining, floating down the rapids, and repelling. Recommend Esterillos Este and the Encantada Ocean Cottages for everyone. Amazing time!!


  • Alicia
  • Verified Guest
  • Oct 27 2016

The owners and the staff of the resort were outstanding! It was a wonderful experience!


  • Kristen
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 11 2017

Beyond my expectations, & Amazing!! The Coziest and Friendliest place I have ever stayed! :)


  • Chrissy
  • Ambassador
  • Apr 30 2017

I was the Ambassador and instructor during this retreat and I am extremely happy at how everything turned out. I will definitely be using Trip Tribe again for future retreats!


  • Deborah
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 30 2017

Esterillos Este is a very special place, ideal for a yoga retreat. The owners and their team worked very hard to make us feel welcome and cared for. The fish (oh, the fish) was amazing, as were the fruits and vegetables. Without hormones and GMOS, the real taste of the food could emerge. Chrissy Gonzalez is a teacher to follow.


  • Mazie
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 30 2017

Costa Rica trip was amazing. The food was healthy and good.


  • Natonia
  • Verified Guest
  • May 01 2017

My trip was fantastic. Costa Rica is amazing clean with a laid back vibe.....PURA VIDA! I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the beach/ocean, the stars at night, the people and food.


  • Kathy
  • Verified Guest
  • May 02 2017

Loved, loved, loved Costa Rica and its people. The accommodations were nice, comfortable, and clean. The food was healthy and fantastic! Chrissy has a wonderful spirit and is one of my favorite yoga instructors. I'm lucky that I get to continue to practice with her in Chicago, but I'll miss looking at and listening to the ocean while doing yoga... something everyone should experience! GREAT trip!


  • Ana
  • Verified Guest
  • May 12 2017

Costa Rica is also called the ´Switzerland of Latin America¨ - the people I met there were all friendly, considerate, and respectful. Sergio, our airport-hotel-airport driver, took such good care of the group assigned to his route! He cheerfully stopped on the way from San Jose to Esterillos at a local pharmacy (unfortunately, one of the participants arrived with flu symptoms, but happily recovered after a couple of healthy living days) and from there at a typical local restaurant for a restoring “casado” a Costa Rican meal using rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and your choice of fish, chicken, pork, or beef (addicting!). Sergio told us that Costa Rica is such a peaceful country they don’t require armed forces. You will become familiar with the greeting or toast: “Pura Vida”, which means pure life, or good life, and quickly appreciate why it’s used so often.

We were surrounded by gorgeous plants, treated to tropical fruits (the mangos!) and vegetables that grow in abundance; healthy eating is just a way of life. We drove through rainforests, amazing landscapes, everything lush and flourishing. Our visit to Manuel Antonio National Park put us in direct view of howler monkeys, sleepy sloths, a flash of macaws and beautiful butterflies skimming the sky – ending with a swim in Playa Espadilla’s gentle waters. Another day excursion took us to Nauyaca Falls, truly a breathtaking experience. Two cascades plunge 200 feet into a cool swimming pond, providing extraordinary picture taking opportunities. We explored Dominical, a laidback waterfront community with artsy hippie vibes.

Words fail me in describing my experience at Encantada Beach Cottages, but I will do my best to try. Let’s start with hospitality: the generous reception received from Tiffany, Nome, Adam, Katie, Elena, Daniel and all the property staff. Yeats quote describes it perfectly: there are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met. Every day I was surrounded by kind and generous acts; freely given without expectations. The property grounds are a source of so much beauty and serenity. Especially for those who are able to free their minds and spirits from agitation, to leave superficiality and things which are not authentic aside, to fully embrace the peace found in gazing at the ocean and allowing the crooning of its waves to lull you… The cottages are charmingly appointed; the property grounds are beautifully maintained. The pool is crystal clear and inviting; plenty of comfortable lounges and hammocks for lazy afternoon naps.

The food prepared by Elena and Daniel is extraordinary; Costa Rica flourishes with magnificent tropical fruits (mangoes, papaya, melons, bananas, kiwi, guanábana, and pineapple) and glorious vegetables locally and organically grown. Every meal is accompanied by a glass of freshly made fruit juice. Freshly caught Red Snapper, Marlin, Tuna, shrimp – need I say more? And for those who like me, enjoy cocktails: Daniel can concoct the best margaritas and daiquiris. A good night’s rest is assured by the coziest beds, pillows, and sun fresh linens. Encantada has several interpretations in English; the most appropriate for this property would be enchanted, better yet, magical.

The inspiration for my stay was a Yoga retreat fittingly named “Awakening the Spirit”. Undoubtedly, many of the gifts I returned home with were a result not only of Chrissy Gonzalez, the yogini that led the retreat, and whose words travel straight to the heart of her students – but of the combination of observing the daily practice in perfect surroundings. Time flows effortlessly at Encantada; there are no judgments made about anyone. Worries and fears are lost; love takes over behavior patterns. Without being aware of it, a smile settles on your face.


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