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Spring 2017 Yoga Retreat: Awakening the Spirit

with Chrissy Gonzalez in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica

From $1495 Per person

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6 nights in Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
Sun Apr 23 - Sat Apr 29, 2017


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MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR

Reignite your inner fire and awaken your spirit by submerging yourself in the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica.
- Chrissy Gonzalez

Highlights

Encantada Ocean Cottages are located in Esterillos Oeste, a small friendly community less than 2 hours from the San Jose airport on the Central Pacific Coast. This part of the Central Pacific has one of the most consistent and cleanest breaks for surfers. Besides surfing, the beach is friendly towards all sorts of activities, such as horseback riding and volleyball. At low tide, the size of the beach increases dramatically, creating a blemish free vastness of dark sand waiting to be explored by beach combers. The spacious cottages are on a lush green acre nestled in a tropical setting situated right on the vast chocolate sand beach. There are seven unique cottages with air conditioning, hot showers and wi-fi.  The hotel also features a library, patio, restaurant, yoga shala and pristine swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens. Feel free to lay back and enjoy the day from one of the shaded hammocks under the numerous coconut trees. The open-air restaurant invites you to explore authentic Costa Rican cuisine where each dish is meticulously prepared over a wood fire grill. Take a dip in the sparkling sun-warmed waters, meditate in the serene poolside area, or lay back in the shade of palm trees and sip a refreshing cocktail. 

What to expect:

  • Two 1 1/2 hour yoga classes daily. Each class will be unique in theme and format, all levels welcome
  • 3 meals daily using the best fresh local organic ingredients
  • Optional group activities and excursions including zip lining, surfing, swimming, ATV tours, bicycle rentals, national parks and reserves tours, boat and kayak excursions, white-water rafting, canopy tours, mangrove tours, canyoning and waterfall route repelling. 
  • Night out on the town in nearby city of Jaco (dinner, drinks, dancing, shopping)
  • Optional massages and spa services 

What's Included

Accommodations

7 days 6 nights at Encantada Ocean Cottages

Meals

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Yoga

Each class will be unique in focus and style. Morning classes will most likely be more vigorous and evening classes will be more gentle in nature. Styles of yoga will include vinyasa, hatha, partner yoga, therapeutic, restorative & meditation. All levels welcome.

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

For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.

Optional Activities

Massages, Volleyball, Surfing, Boogie Boarding, Zip-lining, Mangrove Tours, Canyoning , Waterfall Rapelling , Horseback Excursions , Crocodile Safari , National Parks and Reserves , Boat and Kayak Excursions, White-water Rafting, Canopy Tours

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

Chrissy Gonzalez
Yoga Ambassador

Chrissy Gonzalez is a Chicago based yoga teacher, vegan foodie, blogger, traveler and animal lover. The onset of Chrissy's love affair with yoga 20 years ago set in motion an active practice that has allowed her to guide others for over a decade. Her formal training began in 2002 with Yoga Works in Los Angeles, and since then she has completed over 800 hours of yoga alliance certified training. She teaches alignment based classes flowing with upbeat energy, harmonious movement and a positive outlook. Chrissy stays busy teaching several public classes as well leading workshops and retreats.

"The discovery of yoga has evolved into a lifestyle far exceeding the margins of my yoga mat. Boundless and constantly transforming, my practice flows and adapts to my daily experience." ~ Chrissy Gonzalez

About Chrissy Gonzalez

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

Encantada Ocean Cottages

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. 

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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