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La Pura Vida: Yoga Retreat @ El Sabanero EcoLodge

with Charles Barone and Stephanie Mckay in Tamarindo , Costa Rica

From $1145 Per person
FROM   $190 /night $1145 TOTAL PER PERSON


6 nights in Canafistula, Costa Rica
Fri Mar 25 - Thu Mar 31, 2016

Crave It Craved


Join yoga instructors Charles Barone and Stephanie McKay for a retreat into the tranquil beauty of the Cañafistula Valley of Costa Rica.  For 7 days and 6 nights, travelers will bask in the tropical Sun, access some of the worlds most exquisite beaches, taste foods fresh and locally sourced, and of course delve deeply into the art and practice of yoga and meditation.

Whether a solo excursion to clear the mind, a joint trip with friends, a romantic getaway, or even a family event to remember (KIDS ARE WELCOME), this incredible journey will be the perfect way to relax and re-new. Adults will have the pleasure of attending regular daily sessions including early morning meditative walks, vinyasa yoga, breath work, dharma discussion and light sitting practice, lead by Senior instructor Charles Barone - within a dedicated studio space nestled deep in the Cañafistula Valley. Children will be excited to play in yoga-oriented activities, connect themselves with nature, and guided by certified children's yoga instructor Stephanie McKay, will explore the bounds of their true creative potential and the outskirts of the private resort space! All adult activities will be absolutely VOLUNTARY - but the more the merrier!

Travelers will have a true experience, residing in modern locally felled teak wood chalets surrounded by tropical gardens and the indescribable serenity of the area. All chalets feature a private bathroom, A/C, fridge, safe and also an open porch equipped with 2 rocking chairs.

Here is a full list of possible activities and offerings to be expected, including but not limited to:

  • Daily yoga and meditations
  • Daily beach visits (4 pristine beaches to choose from)
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
  • Sun-bathing and cooling off at the El Sabanero pool
  • Excursions such as: Exploring the local underwater caves (cenotes), horseback riding on the beach, sunset cruises, snorkeling and SCUBA diving, Marlin angling, zip-lining, touring the volcano at Arenal, watching birds and other indigenous wildlife among us
  • Many others possible, which can be organized by lodge staff

What's Included


7 days 6 nights at El Sabanero Eco Lodge


Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner


This retreat will feature short sunrise walking meditations, two 60-90 min yoga sessions (morning/night), followed by a nightly sitting practice lead by Charles. Moreover, during those sessions, any attending children will be busy having a blast with Stephanie!

Airport Transfers

Transport to/from Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica


Flights not included

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included

Optional Activities

Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Surfing, Sunset Cruise Tour, Rafting, Turtle Nesting

Good to Know

Not included: flights to/from Liberia (LIR) or for an additional cost San Jose (SJO)  and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.

The Instructors


Charles Barone

Yoga Ambassador

"Charles Barone begun his path to the practice almost a decade ago, first beginning with a practice of meditation and deep yearning to connect intimately with every aspect of Self. Charles facilitates his yoga classes from a place of great depth, interweaving both a strengthening of the physical container and the transcendent nature, that is inherent within the esoteric aspects of the yogic system. With a focus on generating real spiritual potency, Charles' classes will fortify your vessel, build an intensity within and teach the means by which this energy may be channeled and controlled. Charles is a RYT500 teacher and has devoted much of his life to the synthesis of various philosophical and theosophical systems, with an aim to make them practical."


Stephanie McKay

Yoga Ambassador

Stephanie has completed 200 hour trainings and gained certification as both a yoga instructor and a Flow and Grow children's teacher. In the instruction of children, she quickly found her niche, feeling connected to their sense of freedom in creativity and imagination. With each children's session she facilitates, she aims to guide, help to discover both identity and understanding, as well as inspire in them the passion for the unknown, an undertaking she herself holds so very sacred.

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El Sabanero Eco Lodge

Located on a hillside in Cañafistula near Tamarindo, the hotel overlooks the Cañafistula Valley with beautiful views from all chalets. The lodge is located in the midst of 4 of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the area - Playa Avellanas, Playa Negra, Playa Junquillal and Tamarindo are all just a few minutes drive away. (Beaches are not in walking distance.)

The chalets are built out of teak trees grown in the area. The surrounding tropical gardens add indispensable privacy and peace to each unit.

All chalets feature one queen-sized bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, fridge, safe and a private porch equipped with 2 rocking chairs in which you can spend hours reading or enjoying the surrounding nature. Double and triple occupancy rooms are available as a single bed can be added.

Wireless internet connection in all areas so bring your own laptop and stay connected.

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


  • Classroom/Deck for yoga & fitness
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • On-site driver
  • Hot water
  • 110 volt outlets
  • Mosquito nets
  • Towels
  • Laundry facilities for self-service

Yoga & Fitness Equipment

  • yoga mats
  • yoga blocks
  • yoga bolsters
  • towels

Pricing Per Person

  • Christian
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 24 2016


  • Tasia
  • Ambassador
  • Mar 08 2016

Words can not describe our unreal experiences, everyone stepped out of their comfort zone multiple times during the trip, faced their fears and most of all we all gained 15 new sisters. This trip was a truly unforgettable experience that all of us will keep close to our hearts for years to come. Our stay, the people, the country, the food is just amazing! #costaricarebels !!

  • Derek
  • Verified Guest
  • Mar 14 2016

Incredible! Such a great group of people to spend my time with. Everyone was so positive and encouraging. I am looking forward to the next adventure with the hosts. Lets do this.

  • Chris
  • Ambassador
  • Jun 13 2016

Perfect location to retreat to and focus on what matters. Secluded yet close to beautiful beaches and towns. El Sabanerno felt like home. An excellent spot to wake up in and come home to after a day of exploring or soaking up the salt water with an Imperial in hand.

  • Amital
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 10 2016

The trip fulfilled every need I had coming into it- from peace on the mat, an amazing group of women, to a tranquil space for reflecting and growing. Shayna was the best retreat leader I could have asked for- attentive to all of our needs, supportive, warm, on top of every detail and aspect of the trip. Just fantastic.

  • Andre
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 31 2016

Costa Rica was amazing! Great scenery, people, beaches and food! I highly recommend this trip to anyone!

  • Sandra
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 31 2016

WOW. Just WOW. Considering that A. this was my first yoga retreat and B. this was my first time traveling with Trip Tribe, I am entirely blown away and slightly addicted! I traveled with my boyfriend, who is NOT a yogi (bu really enjoyed the trip!!). We loved meeting new people and exploring with such a fun group of singles, friends, other couples and fellow travelers: Details: First of all, the coordination of flights and transportation was perfect. Everything went smoothly. Trip Tribe communicated everything we needed to know well ahead of our departure and Amy, the trip ambassador, supplemented with additional information as needed. Once we arrived at our destination, I was pleased to see that our accommodations at El Sabanero were humble, yet comfortable and adequate (think: clean but simple), and that there were common comforts like hot water (with some patience), safes and wifi (slowish wifi). They even provided a few shampoos, bars of soap and beach towels, which was unexpected. The natural surroundings of El Sabanero were beautiful and it was such a treat to stay in such a lovely natural environment. The general atmosphere at El Sabanero was amazing. The pool was lovely to swim in after our sweaty yoga sessions. The large meeting/eating space was tranquil and lovely. And the yoga spaces where we practiced were calm and peaceful. And the staff from all different parts of our trip -- from Harold to Hazel to Ana to Fernando to Donald, etc. -- were amazing, kind and welcoming. They made it really feel like home! The food at El Sabanero was AMAZING. A-MA-ZING. The kitchen staff really knows what they are doing and totally spoiled us with fresh bread, homemade gourmet meals and amazing dishes all week long. Even some of the packed lunches (for when we weren't there during lunch) were good! A HUGE thumbs up and major reason why you should stay at El Sabanero! Also, it doesn't hurt that beer/wine/cocktails are crazy affordable and also delicious! As for the yoga, Amy did her usual amazing thing. I've taken several classes of hers in DC, so I wasn't surprised to find that she taught similar wonderful classes in Costa Rica. Newbie or advanced, this girl's classes are a MUST-do! I particularly loved her Fusion Flow Yoga class (think martial arts meets HIIT meets yoga) and the nightly Nidra/Restorative classes. Major thumbs up for the quality of the classes, variety of classes and expertise of our instructor and trip ambassador! Additionally, I went to several beach visits during my trip with the group, and loved them both! I event tried my hand at surfing which was a total blast. I would also recommend getting a massage from Ana, going on the adventure tour and heading on the Catamaran Sunset sail (erm, skip that if you are seasick!). All in all, this was an amazing trip. Kudos!

  • Amy
  • Ambassador
  • Aug 31 2016

The entire staff at El Sabanero was amazing! Harold, Donald, Hazel, Amit and Fernando were a dream team. We were well fed, taken care of, and given space when we needed it. The setting was so peaceful and beautiful I would highly recommend it!

  • Geni Devi
  • Verified Guest
  • Nov 13 2016

This trip was excellent. El Sabenero, A beautiful and great place to disconnect and relax. The retreat allowed me to experience new ways/perspetive on loving myself first. I highly reccomend this trip overall, hospitality was excellent. Everything was just perfect!

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