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Vegan Food Immersion

with Heather Nicholds in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

From $760 Per person

5 nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Mon Apr 08 - Sat Apr 13, 2019

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MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR

We're off to the rainforest for vegan food, morning runs/hikes/yoga, nutrition chats, and exploring. Take a break from your busy day-to-day and slow down with me for an amazing plant-based vacation.
- Heather Nicholds

Highlights

  • morning hikes, runs, or yoga sessions;
  • vegan nutrition discussions;
  • healthy cooking demos;
  • eating delicious vegan food;
  • one-on-one sessions, to dive deep on exactly what you need to know for your own individual nourishment;
  • immersing ourselves in the magic of plant-based food and nature!

What's Included

Accommodations

6 days 5 nights at Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary

Meals

Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Food

Daily nutrition and healthy cooking classes, one-on-one sessions, plus optional group activities.

Airport Transfers

Roundtrip airport transfers to/from San Jose International Airport (SJO)*** Must land before 2pm on arrival day

Flights

Flights not included
Get an email with recommended flights for this trip.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included
For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.

Optional Activities

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

Getting There

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.

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

Heather Nicholds
Food Ambassador

I'm a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and a vegan, dedicated to showing you exactly how to fill your plate and nourish your body with easy, wholesome and delicious plant-based meals. My mission is to teach you to give your body all the nutrients and energy to thrive, while drastically reducing your environmental footprint and animal suffering.

Even if you can only manage one day a week, or even one meal, the impact will be huge. You might even make some meals that the meat-eaters in your life will fall in love with. We can do this – together.

I can help inspire and motivate you to take control of your own health and energy levels through conscious choices about what you eat. But I'm not going to tell you what to do.

You have to make your own choices. There are so many people who have so many "rules" about food that they wind up unbalanced and unhappy.

My philosophy of healthy food and healthy living is simple: Eat and do the things that make you balanced and happy.

I eat lots of mangoes, chickpeas, squash, and chocolate.
I love kale, but I don't have a shrine to it.
I love maple syrup, but I don't need to use a lot of it.

I was drawn to a healthy vegan lifestyle after learning about the environmental impacts of industrial food production. I realized I could do something to make a difference. Something that was entirely under my control. A choice so obvious I can't imagine living any other way. That's not to say that my choices should yours. Your path is your own, and your clarity will come from whatever is inside of you.

After shifting to a healthy vegan lifestyle, I had more energy, I lost some extra weight without trying, and I didn't have chronic gas or digestion issues. I had no idea that this was how I was supposed to feel! I didn't realize how bad I felt until I felt better.

I believe you have to step fully onto the path of healthy eating if you want to thrive and find the energy and health you deserve. That includes what you eat, what you don't eat, what you do during the day, and most importantly the attitude you bring to the table. But I don't believe you have to do everything at once. I've worked with hundreds of clients who are living proof that a gradual approach can work wonders.

You have the power to make all of this magic happen in your life, too.

About Heather Nicholds

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

April 8 - 13, 2019
Travelers' Tribes
Barrington, IL, USA
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Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary

The jungle is are the perfect therapy for our 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. We have:

- Ten Caribbean style bungalows that can sleep 2 to 5 people each secluded in its own private area with private bathrooms, a sitting area and private balconies overlooking the Rainforest, the Caribbean Sea or both.
- A dormitory style guest house with 6 rooms with a shared balcony and shared female / male bathrooms.

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. 

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
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • On-site driver
  • Spa
  • Hot water
  • 110 volt outlets
  • Mosquito nets
  • Towels
  • Laundry facilities for self-service
  • Sound system for instructor use in yoga/fitness space

Yoga & Fitness Equipment

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

Pricing Per Person

Reserve your spot with a $295 deposit!

Casa Grande - Family Vacation Home

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.

$935

per person

6 guests

Classic Casita

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. 

$980

per person

3 guests

Guesthouse Rooms

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.

$760

per person

2 guests

Preferred Casita

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.

$1310

per person

2 guests

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  • Kristin
  • Verified Guest
  • Aug 28 2016

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!


  • Denise
  • Verified Guest
  • Oct 12 2016

A wonderful resort in the middle of the rain forest. Nature is all around you, and the employees are wonderful.


  • Nikki
  • Verified Guest
  • Oct 17 2016

This was a rustic retreat. Met some great people.


  • Dave
  • Verified Guest
  • Oct 18 2016

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.


  • Cyriel
  • Verified Guest
  • Dec 07 2017

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


  • Stephanie
  • Verified Guest
  • Dec 08 2017

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.


  • Chantal
  • Verified Guest
  • Dec 08 2017

Everyone at the retreat was wonderful, attentive and devoted to our well being during our stay. Very professional all around. Bravo!


  • Shawna
  • Verified Guest
  • Dec 08 2017

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


  • Sabrina
  • Verified Guest
  • Dec 08 2017

Amazing


  • Deborah
  • Verified Guest
  • Dec 10 2017

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


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