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Yoga Revival at Samasati!

with Christina Rairdan & Tina Clay in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

From $1300 Per person

7 nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Sat Feb 08 - Sat Feb 15, 2020

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MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADORS

Yoga Revival Retreat at Samasati is an opportunity to blend yoga and meditation to create the perfect balance (Samasati) leading to the revival and awakening of oneself. Join us! - Christina & Tina

- Christina Rairdan & Tina Clay

Highlights

Bookings open on July 20th.

  • Daily yoga and meditation taught by Christina and Tina in the lush setting of the rain forest.
  • Three organic and locally sourced meals a day accommodating all dietary needs.
  • Guesthouse lodging and bungalows, built from native trees in the rain forest are set within the grounds of this sanctuary space.
  • Daily shuttle to beaches and nearby town
  • Onsite spa offers massage and treatments
  • Fresh juice bar
  • Excursion options will be organized and offered for guests
  • Special closing ceremony surprise on Valentine's Day for all guests to enjoy!
  • We will also have an opportunity to spend an afternoon helping at a local center called "Girls for Success." The program is designed to enrich, educate, and empower girls aged 7 to 12 in a nearby rural area. After school each day, the center works with students on English, sewing, art, reading, music, movement, sports and maintenance projects. In addition to these activities, we will volunteer an introduction to yoga practice for the girls. As our retreat approaches, we will provide more information, including specific requests from the center on school supplies and other materials that we can bring as a donation to the facility.

What's Included

Accommodations

8 days 7 nights at Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary

Meals

Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Yoga

Take a deep dive through yoga and meditation into the 7 Factors of Awakening which include mindfulness, energy, and joy ultimately leading to equanimity. Twice daily yoga and meditation are open to students of all levels and experience. Class styles include flow, restorative and hatha.

Airport Transfers

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

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

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

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. You must arrange for your flight to land before 2:00pm on arrival day.

Good to Know

Not included: flights to/from San Jose International Airport (SJO) and travel insurance. You must arrange for your flight to land before 2:00pm on arrival day. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.

The Instructors

Christina Rairdan
Yoga Ambassador

My yoga journey began 20 years ago with a simple New Year’s. After years of teaching fitness classes, I realized my body is a temple and it was time to treat it with respect and kindness. I quickly realized that through my yoga practice I found balance both physically and spiritually in my life. From this process of self-acceptance and spiritual growth grew a desire to share yoga with others, and I pursed my yoga certification in January 1999.

I have witnessed how a regular yoga practice has helped many students with chronic pain and physical injuries. As a certified Spinning and Pilates instructor I have the opportunity to work with many athletes and have seen the correlation of incorporating a yoga practice into their training module and improved sport performance. Yoga truly is for everybody and can be as physically challenging and powerful or as restorative as needed.

My passion is an athletic based Vinyasa Flow. I enjoy bringing my fitness background into my yoga classes and I encourage students to embrace their own “edge” by recognizing the physical intention of each posture while remaining mindful to the importance of breath with proper alignment.

I am honored to guide my students along THEIR yoga journey. It is my desire to meet each student where they are in their practice and carrying them towards who they wish to be on and off the mat.

About Christina Rairdan
Tina Clay
Yoga Ambassador

My love affair with yoga grew after it played an important role in my recovery from post-partum depression. I was practicing yoga postures, and working with the breath for a few years before I felt motivated by my own healing and decided to pursue teaching yoga in 2004. Over the years, I have taught yoga to a variety of different populations; from teens to seniors, and I have experience teaching a few different styles of yoga; from power yoga to the more restorative and gentler practices. After teaching for more than a decade, and experiencing many transformations of my own practice, I realized that regardless of the style of yoga – one’s practice is ultimately and completely about cultivating and nurturing a relationship to the inner self. This insight led me to begin a study of the philosophy of yoga and to explore the teachings of meditation, particularly in the Theravada Buddhist Vipassana (Insight) tradition. I have completed 300 hours of study and practice in Mindful Yoga and Meditation, which is the beautiful blending of Yoga and Dharma in one’s practice of postures and in sitting/walking meditation. Nowadays my practice and teaching methodology is to nurture compassion for the inner being and to cultivate a mindful attention to the full experience of the present moment. I welcome the opportunity to share my love for the Dharma and Yoga with you.

About Tina Clay

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary

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. 

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!

House - Shared Double Room

One single bed in a shared room with two beds in a large family-style house with full kitchen, oversized balcony, and hammocks. Each house 3-4 bedrooms with has multiple bathrooms shared among guests. This room may be booked as a double with a queen bed for couples. (6 Rooms)

$1445

per person

2 guests

Classic Casita - Private Double

One single bed in a shared room with two beds (may also be configured with a queen bed for couples) and a private bathroom. Each casita has a spacious veranda overlooking the rainforest and the Caribbean sea. (1 Room)

$1725

per person

2 guests

1 BED LEFT

Guest House - Shared Double

One single bed in a shared room, ideal for a solo traveler or for friends seeking to share. There are five Guest House Rooms which share a terrace and two common bathrooms, similar to hostel-style arrangements. (2 Rooms)

$1300

per person

2 guests

Classic Casita - Loft

Bed in the upstairs loft, shared with the guests on the ground floor in the Classic Casita - Shared Triple. Private bathroom in the casita for all guests sharing the casita, along with a spacious veranda overlooking the rainforest and the Caribbean sea. (4 Rooms)

$1375

per person

1 guest

1 BED LEFT

Guest House - Private Single

One guest in a private room. There are five Guest House Rooms which share a terrace and two common bathrooms, similar to hostel-style arrangements. (3 Rooms)

$1725

per person

1 guest

1 BED LEFT

Classic Casita - Shared Triple

One single bed in a shared room with two beds (may also be configured with a queen bed for couples) and a private bathroom, shared with an additional bed in the casita loft. Each casita has a spacious veranda overlooking the rainforest and the Caribbean sea. (4 Rooms)

$1375

per person

2 guests

SOLD OUT

Classic Casita - Couple

Casita configured with a queen bed for couples, with a private bathroom. Each casita has a spacious veranda overlooking the rainforest and the Caribbean sea. (2 Rooms)

$1845

per person

2 guests

SOLD OUT

Private Casita

Private room with a king bed and private bathroom, ideal for couples seeking a private room. Each casita is set in a small tropical garden in a secluded area of the forest, with a quiet terrace and hammock, and windows that open to prime views of the rainforest and Caribbean sea. (3 Rooms)

$1845

per person

2 guests

SOLD OUT
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  • Heather
  • Ambassador
  • Apr 26 2019

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!!!


  • Elaine
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 14 2019

The Vegan Food Immersion retreat was very informative, inspiring and a lot of fun. Meet wonderful new friends and had a great time .


  • 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


  • Sabrina
  • Verified Guest
  • Dec 08 2017

Amazing


  • 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


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Nikki
  • Verified Guest
  • Oct 17 2016

This was a rustic retreat. Met some great people.


  • 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.


  • 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!


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