with Jennifer Degen & April Smith in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
7 nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Sat Jan 30 - Sat Feb 06, 2021
Daily yoga and meditation taught by Jen and April in Samasit’s lush rainforest setting.
Three organic and locally sourced meals a day, accommodating all dietary needs.
Guesthouse lodging and bungalows, built from native rainforest trees set within the sanctuary grounds
Excursion: Day hike in Manzanillo rainforest
Daily shuttle to beaches and nearby town
Onsite spa offers massage and treatments available
Fresh juice bar
|8 days 7 nights at Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary|
|Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner|
|Morning and Early evening meditation and yoga each day. Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative|
|Roundtrip airport transfers to/from San Jose International Airport (SJO)*** Must land before 2pm on arrival day|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
|For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.|
Cacao Ceremony, Indian Reserve, Chocolate Process and Waterfall, Indian Reserve, Chocolate Process and Waterfall, Samasati Rainforest Nature Trail Hike - Day or Night, Customized Massage, Heaven and Earth – Craniosacral & Reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage , Chocolate - Coffee Body Treatment, Rainforest Renewal, Sunburn Therapy, Tortuguero One Day, Gandoca- Manzanillo Rainforest Hike, Bird Watching Tour, Surf Lesson, White Water Rafting at the Pacuare River, Punta Uva Sea Kayak and Rainforest Hike, Horseback Riding at the Beach, The Jungle Adventure - Zipline, Waterfalls, Swings, Kekoldi Indian Reserve, Hiking in Cahuita National Park, Sunburn Therapy
Round-trip transportation to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO) is included on the first and last day of the trip. It takes more than 4 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.
Seventeen years ago, my meditation teacher Joni Zweig (Cirasmita) gave me my meditation name, 10 years ago eleven women traveled to San Pancho, Mexico, and Jayalila Retreats was born. The women inspired me to continue creating unique experiences, explore beautiful places, and engage different village communities. Retreat participants who adventure with us help to inspire future retreats. In essence, our students are our teachers. They have taught me that when people are inspired to take risks, meet new friends, travel internationally, and practice yoga and meditation, an amazing retreat experience unfolds.
As a Mind Body Psychotherapist and Hatha Based Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, I am passionate about cultivating the mind-body connection and the grounding, healing, clarity and peace that this connection offers us. I am a specialist in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy and Somatic based approaches to healing. I work with people who are interested in a lifetime of self study, and being supported in conscious practices that are tranformative. You are the best informant of your life, I am the facilitator and the guide with 30 years of wisdom to share that has been refined to a new meaning each time it is offered and mirrored by its students.
Retreats build community and connection for all who participate.
Coordinating retreats in Mexico,Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Tobago, Guatemala, Panama and Italy brings joy and creativity into my life work.About Jennifer Degen
Years ago, as a runner looking for a remedy for sore, tight muscles, yoga sparked my interest. I was hooked. Nearly three decades later, my yoga journey continues, a trusted and transformative path to living whole-heartedly with joy, balance and wisdom. In the early ‘90s as a student of YogaWorks in Santa Monica, CA, I was inspired by the studio’s innovative and now celebrated teachers, including Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffmann, Bryan Kest and Seane Corn. My yoga journey connected me in 1997 with master teacher Sarah Powers and the integration of Vinyasa with slower, deeper styles of yoga and meditation. I’ve been a certified group fitness and Spinning® instructor, but yoga is the practice that held firm. I started teaching yoga in 1998 when I moved back to the East Coast. Since then, I’ve completed my teacher training with Sarah Powers and my 200-hour Vinyasa certification at Eyes of the World Yoga in Providence, RI with Tom Gillette. My style is precise but playful, blending Vinyasa flow sequences with longer held Yin postures, core strengthening, and meditation to create a dynamic and balanced yoga practice. Mindfulness techniques weave throughout practice to deepen relaxation and spark self-inquiry on and off the mat. I also have a passion for food and health and recently graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a corporate manager, wife and mother, I understand the vital importance of retreat to relinquish busy schedules, stepping away from daily routines and distractions to deepen practice and strengthen our inner capacity to live with more ease, grace and compassion, regardless of what we find on our path.About April Smith
The jungle is the perfect therapy for guests who need to unplug and unwind – we thought it was just us but research has proven it to be true.
Our yoga and wellness retreat is located along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, set in a 250 Acre Primary Rainforest Reserve overlooking a mountain range and the Caribbean Sea. The views are beautiful, the vibe peaceful and the experience serene. It is the perfect place to retreat, relax, rejuvenate and re-energize to tackle the next phase of life’s adventure.
Our Sanctuary is ideal for our guests to retreat, relax and rejuvenate so they can tackle the next phase of life’s adventure. We thought it was just us but research has proven that our environment is the perfect therapy for our guests who need to unplug and unwind. Being here automatically improves mood, lowers stress, elevates the body’s feel good hormones and it’s healing properties. In fact post-operative patients have been shown to physically heal faster around nature.
We are also just a 20 minute drive away from beaches, snorkeling and surfing as well as dining and nightlife in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo. This town is bustling with energy and local culture yet untouched by modern commercial development. Nothing wrong with this of course, but if you are looking for a more authentic experience, it is in this region that you will find it.
Our lodging comprises of structures that were built with native wood from fallen trees and designed to blend harmoniously with the terrain and climate of the Rainforest.
The Samasati Spa offers relief and rejuvenation with treatments rooted in nature by capturing the healing powers of plants and preserving village remedies. Choosing all-natural super food ingredients from the Caribbean, we use flowers, leaves, bark, roots, seeds and fruits of indigenous, naturally cultivated plants. The products are then artfully combined to provide a wide range of authentic beauty and wellness rituals. Our menu is served by highly sought after international Guest Therapists and gifted local practitioners. These experts combine local plants and fruits to provide nutrient-rich living food for your skin. Cucumbers are sliced to create hydrating eye masks, local salt crystals are blended with virgin coconut oil for body scrubs, local cacao is grated, Aloe Vera is squeezed, juices are pressed and raw chocolate warmed for deeply nourishing body masks.
Our open air restaurant sits in the mountain overlooking the Rainforest and Caribbean Sea providing dramatic views and a unique dining experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with selections ranging from Caribbean fusion, to Mediterranean to Asian to Central American. Most of our cuisine is vegetarian but chicken and fish delicacies are available if you so choose. Seafood is drawn daily from sea, while fruit, vegetables, dairy and poultry are sourced from local farmers or picked on site. The breads are baked daily, chocolate comes from nearby organic cacao plantations and the staff will happily accommodate requests made in advance for raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free or soy free dishes. Don’t forget to leave a little room because every evening ends with an indulgent dessert!
We also have a specialty bar that serves unique coffee, tea, wine, beer and fresh cold-pressed juices.
Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Reserve your spot with a $295 deposit!
Stand alone large family style vacation homes with full kitchens, full bathrooms, private bedrooms, porch or verandas and living rooms. These Casa Grandes are still within walking distance of the restaurant and lounge and yoga/meditation studios. Each Casa Grande sleeps 5 - 6 guests each.
All casitas have private bathrooms, and a spacious veranda overlooking the rainforest and Caribbean Sea. All our casitas have comfortable two single beds or a Queen bed and some have a third double bed in a loft.
The Guest House is situated a short walk from the restaurant and reception area. It consists of 5 adjoining private rooms with two shared bathrooms, one for men and another for women. Choose from rooms with either two Single beds or one Double bed. This Guest House is a great option for solo travelers or groups of friends looking for cozy and inexpensive accommodations.
We also have a house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a shared kitchen and living room. With a balcony overlooking the mountain and Caribbean sea. The rates will be for each of these rooms.
2 guests2 BEDS LEFT
These Casitas have windows that open to prime views of the Rainforest or the Caribbean Sea. Each of them is in it’s own secluded area in the forest and has a King bed, a private bathroom, a quiet terrace with a hammock and is set in a little tropical garden with local flora. These Casitas are ideal for couples.
2 guests2 BEDS LEFT
We had a wonderful time on this trip! Samasati is beautiful. Christina and Tina were fabulous. I hope to attend more of their trips.
I had a great time on this retreat! Yoga classes were plentiful and of a good variety, with friendly and knowledgeable teachers. The resort was rustic and very peaceful, you really are in the rain forest. Highly recommend!
I and my retreat guests had an AMAZING time at Samasati!! Stephenie was beyond wonderful in supporting us to schedule our time both at the retreat doing yoga and nutrition classes, and also exploring the area with various adventures. Becca led gentle yoga classes that worked perfectly for the beginners as well as those who had been doing yoga for quite a while. Having her available for massages, fairy cards, and hilarious conversations over dinner was a highlight for all of us. The food was incredibly delicious and the chefs and Stephanie made sure that all of our meals were made vegan, since that was the focus of the retreat. It was such a treat to not even have to think about getting balanced nutrition, because it was all just there waiting for us to fill up our plates! They also set up an area for me to do a cooking demo and nutrition classes through the week. Scott was a very knowledgeable hiking guide and coordinator for our excursions. Overall, it was a pretty magical experience for all of us, and I am beyond grateful to all of the staff who made our stay in the rainforest so special. Thank you!!!
The Vegan Food Immersion retreat was very informative, inspiring and a lot of fun. Meet wonderful new friends and had a great time .
Samasati retreat was wonderful. This yoga holiday experience was beyond my expectations. Location was spectacular. Accommodations were comfortable. Food was excellent. Excursions were great. Our hosts Stephanie and Scott were phenomenal! And Cheryl's yoga sessions were fantastic as always. Thank you Cheryl for I would highly recommend this trip
This was an adventure outside of my comfort zone, but it was the most amazing experience. The bus ride in was 5 hours and we were made aware of this, however, being prepared and actually doing it is another thing. I would recommend taking the plane if you can make it work. But that should not overshadow the breathtaking views, the quaint casitas, and of course the amazing hospitality of Stephanie and Scott and their incredible staff. Stephanie organized all our excursions for us and we were a group of 21! That was no small feat. She listens to what you want and advises based on what you want. I have no regrets booking this trip and can safely say if you want the real rainforest experience this is the place to book! Howler monkeys and all!! Thanks
Everyone at the retreat was wonderful, attentive and devoted to our well being during our stay. Very professional all around. Bravo!
This trip was jam-packed full of activities offsite along with twice daily yoga in a great natural rainforest location. I found this trip physically challenging meaningful and rewarding. Wildlife was plentiful.
What a wonderful experience at Samasati with Yoga Glow and Cheryl Shillington I am not a vegetarian but had no issues enjoying the tasty meals created by the kitchen staff. The staff where always eager to please and very helpful The location is perfect set a top a mountain only accessible by 4 wheel drive jeeps or by foot. diverse wild life abounds with multiple sloth encounters, toucans and dart frogs to name a few
This was an outstanding trip! The accommodations were fantastic, transportation spot on, and the food was fabulous. Oh, the other travelers were a blast too. I made a bunch of new friends.
This was a rustic retreat. Met some great people.
A wonderful resort in the middle of the rain forest. Nature is all around you, and the employees are wonderful.
Samasati was amazing! It's perfect for nature lovers, tucked away in Costa Rica's rainforest with a quick 10 minute ride to the beach. The drive from the airport is long ( 4 1/2 hours approx.) but the views are worth it. The staff at Samasati are so wonderful!
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