with Devon Schmidt in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
7 nights in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
Sun Jun 10 - Sun Jun 17, 2018
Join Devon Schmidt & Stephanie O'Hara for a week long beach bliss yoga retreat in beautiful Costa Rica! Two daily yoga classes will be offered as well as a few optional workshops. You can make this retreat as relaxing or adventurous as you want: lay on a hammock by the beach, swim in the pool or go surfing in addition to our group yoga sessions. Either way you are sure to have a great time and make lasting friends.
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|8 days 7 nights at Encantada Ocean Cottages|
|Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner|
|-2 yoga classes offered daily including Vinyasa, Gentle, Restorative and Yin Yoga. -Optional group excursions can be booked separate.|
|Roundtrip airport transfers to/from San Jose International Airport (SJO)|
|Flights not included|
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|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
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Massages, Surf Board Rental, Surfing, Boogie Boarding, Zipline Canopy Adventure, Mangrove Nature Tour, Zipline and Waterfall Canyoning , Horseback Excursions , National Parks and Reserves , White-water Rafting, Paddle Boarding, Waterfall Hiking Tour, Snorkeling
Round-trip transportation to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO) is included on the first and last day of the trip. It takes 2 hours to get to the venue from the airport.
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.
Devon is a graduate of the World Peace Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program in Springboro Ohio, and the 300hr Advanced Teacher Training Program at Yoga On High. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-500. Additionally she has also completed the Shanti Mom Prenatal Yoga and Color Me Kids Trainings, as well as Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra Level I., and the Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massage Trainings with Kelly Lewis and Annette Dennis respectively.
In 2011 Devon opened Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio to provide yoga and wellness services to the community. She teaches a variety of yoga classes, facilitates workshops, conducts private individual yoga sessions, and directs 200-hour and 500-hour RYS teacher training programs at Day Yoga. In 2014 Day Yoga Studio opened its second location in Vandalia, Ohio.
Stephanie O’Hara (RYT 200) has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the 2014 200 RYT program at Day Yoga Studio in 2014, and is enrolled in her 500hr training In addition to teaching at Day Yoga, Stephanie operates Beausoleil Yoga.
Breath, alignment and core strengthening work define her classes. Students show up to creative and lively sequencing and most likely some inversions and arm balances. She challenges her students to move beyond their perceived limitations and encourages them to find openings in body and mind to strengthen the physical and spiritual self.
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. Our simple yet cozily appointed rooms all provide you with air conditioning and a seating area. Featuring a shower, en-suite bathrooms also come with organic, locally-made bath & body products. Extras include an outdoor seating area, a safety deposit box and a laptop safe. All rooms are only an 8 second walk away from the shore at our backdoor. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk, children's games and play area and laundry service. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, horseback riding and fishing. Free parking is featured.
Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!
The owners and the staff of the resort were outstanding! It was a wonderful experience!
Beyond my expectations, & Amazing!! The Coziest and Friendliest place I have ever stayed! :)
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!
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.
Costa Rica trip was amazing. The food was healthy and good.
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.
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!
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.
Exceeded my expectations. A setting in a beautiful location which was just the perfect size for a smaller group. The staff was wonderful. Sharing three delicious meals a day gave our group time to share and get to know each other. All the equipment we needed for yoga was supplied. A huge bonfire and smores on the beach was icing on the cake on our last night.
This was probably THE most impactful vacation of my life. Patty and the group were simply amazing. Encantada Ocean Cottages were lovely and the food was fabulous. It was a wonderful week of yoga, breathing, getting off the grid and recharging. I highly recommend this and can’t wait to go back.
This trip was perrrrrfect! I titled the trip a “Find Your Bliss” yoga retreat and 100 % of those who attended found their bliss. The accommodations were beyond beautiful, the food was so nutritious and the entire experience exceeded everyone’s expectations. We’ll be back in 2018 for sure!!
The trip was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. Patty as a skilled and attentive group leader/yoga teacher and her warm personality and commitment to a gentle yoga practice made the trip more than perfect. The accommodations and meals were the best! We spent another two weeks on a tour all over Costa Rica (after the yoga retreat) and not one place we stayed or one meal came even close to the perfection of Encantada.
Best trip I have ever taken!
This was my first retreat with trip tribe and Dana Hot Yoga and everything was absolutely amazing. The location was incredible. Encantada Ocean Cottages' grounds were inspiring and tranquil, the staff was wonderful, the chef is out of this world amazing. This trip was everything i could have hoped for and more.
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Best trip ever!!!!
My husband and I travel quite a lot. When I visualize the places we'll go, I'm often disappointed because it doesn't live up to my fantasies. But Encantada surpassed my expectations. It is small and cozy, right on the beach, the cottages are well appointed, the food was delicious and plentiful. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. We were very impressed by the efficiency of the operation.
The trip was absolutely amazing! I had nothing but good experiences while in Costa Rica and will def be doing another retreat at the same location in the future.
Great trip, great facilities and great people!
The trip was way more than I expected. Definitely worth it and definitely want to do it again
The trip was fantastic and exceeded my expectations to the smallest details. Encantada Beach Cottages were quaint and comfy and staff went above and beyond to take care of us. Devon and Stephanie were great teachers and leaders. Trip Tribe drivers were safe, friendly and very professional. I LOVED it!!
This trip was simply spectacular! From the location, to the yoga, to the experience...it was everything I was hoping it would be--probably even more! I can't wait to do another retreat soon!!!
This trip was absolutely amazing! I signed up to go not knowing anyone and knowing it would be outside of my comfort zone. The result was an opportunity to grow my yoga practice, my experience, and my yoga tribe in my city and in Costa Rica. This was a vacation I will remember for the rest of my life.
Amazing trip/experience! Secluded area made for a relaxing oasis--felt as if we had the beach all to ourselves! Staff was off the charts; made us feel like family while at the resort. Resort was amazing; cozy and zen-like...the pool, the cottages, the yoga space, the beach area. Refreshing trip and will definitely be back again.
I just experienced my second trip to Costa Rica using Trip Tribe. I love working with them because it’s so easy for me.....they do all the work collecting payments and organizing transportation. It’s a great company!
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