Yoga and horse riding holiday

Puntarenas, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Holiday Itinerary

Combine relaxing yoga with a chance to discover more of the local area on horseback on this fun and unique 6 night yoga and horse riding holiday in Costa Rica.

This yoga retreat offers an intimate and uplifting experience with eco-friendly accommodation and a focus on inner development towards a peaceful emotional outlook. The lush rainforest is not only home to rare flora and fauna, but also provides a spiritual haven, where you can unwind and recover from the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

Each morning before breakfast, you will take part in outdoor yoga and meditation sessions on the beautiful purpose built yoga shala. Practice yoga against the rainforest backdrop, amid the sound of exotic birds and chattering monkeys. Take breakfast on a hillside terrace, enjoying the beautiful Costa Rican morning sun and reflect on the day ahead.

Twice during your 6 night stay, you will take one of the horses from the lodge on a wonderful 2 hour trek through the area’s jungles, mountains and beaches. On the trek, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will help you improve your horse riding skills and teach you about the rich Costa Rican flora and fauna allowing you to discover the beautiful scenic surroundings from a unique perspective.

If you are a beginner rider, you will start to develop your skills by starting with saddling up and getting on, steering, stopping and getting off during your treks. For those who are more experienced riders, you will have the chance to gain more confidence whilst trekking in the rolling hills.

The yoga lodge is really spacious with 5 warmly decorated twin/double rooms all with private bathrooms. In your free time, you are free to spend the day relaxing in the swimming pool, try out the Jacuzzi or lie around in one of the retreat’s many hammocks to soak up the sun. This retreat gives you every opportunity to relax and unwind while learning two new skills on this yoga and horse riding holiday of a lifetime.

Who is it suitable for?
- Yoga retreats are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to advanced yogis
- During the booking process you will be asked to specify your yoga level in order that you get most from the holiday
- Minimum age 18 for the yoga classes
- Horse riding is also suitable for all levels and a suitable horse will be chosen to match your riding experience

I'm a solo traveller - can I join?
- This yoga retreat makes a great singles holiday because the retreat offers single room options
- Group meals and lessons also give you the opportunity to meet your fellow yogis and like-minded people

When can I start?
- This yoga and horse riding holiday runs for 6 nights / 7 days on selected dates throughout the year
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- All holidays are on request so please email us and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Important arrival information
- The retreat recommend that you rest and stay the night in accommodation in San Jose or close to the airport after your long distance flight before travelling over to the retreat the next day
- There are a number of options for travelling to the retreat in Mal Pais from San Jose, please see 'Getting There' for more information

Day 1
- You will travel from San Jose to Mal Pais by plane for by taxi / ferry combo
- This evening you will meet the other guests over an evening meal provided at the retreat

Days 2 - 6
- Each morning between 8am–9:30 am, practise yoga on the beautiful outdoor yoga shala
- A delicious buffet breakfast will then be served at the retreat
- On 3 afternoons during the week, you will be given a relaxing yoga and meditation class lasting one hour
- During the week, you will also have horse riding treks on 2 afternoons
- Each trek lasts 2 hours and you will be accompanied by a local guide who will show you the area’s jungle, mountains and beaches (depending on your level) and talk to you about the country’s rich flora and fauna
- You will have free time to relax, meditate, to unwind during the rest of the morning and afternoon
- Optional holistic therapies in the purpose built facilities for an extra cost and are the perfect way to unwind during your stay
- Optional excursions are also offered at an extra cost including beach trips, surfing, diving, nature tours & bird watching, boat tours, fishing, shopping and dining
- Most of these optional excursions are led by locals and can be booked in the morning at breakfast
- 5 buffet dinners will be provided over the week
- On days where lunches and dinners aren’t included, you are encouraged to try authentic Costa Rican cuisine at local restaurants and cafes and a small fee (around 7€) paid locally is charged for transfers to and from the local town
- On Sunday you will go on a guided walk in the stunning retreat surroundings

Day 7
- Today is departure day and you’ll check out of your room after breakfast
- The retreat will organise an optional taxi-bus departing at 8am, taking the 11am ferry for an extra cost or you can take the small plane back to San Jose
- Leave the retreat feeling refreshed and revitalised after a Costa Rican yoga retreat to remember

Where will I practise yoga?
- Yoga is usually practiced in the lovely outdoor yoga shala
- This purpose built wooden deck allows you to practice yoga outdoors, amid the sights and sounds of the Costa Rican rain forest
- The yoga shala offers 64 square meters of shaded, tranquil space  for you to practice yoga and meditate, feeling connected to mother nature and the outdoors

About your yoga teachers
- All your lessons will take place with the same teacher, the teacher also being the general organiser for the week

What will I learn?
- During your time at this yoga holiday you will find yourself rejuvenated in a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sense
- Your horse riding treks will improve any existing experience as you will have the chance to try out different terrains, or if you are a beginner, you will leave feeling confident having developed a new skill

Treatments / massages
- The retreat has on site facilities where, for an extra cost, you can book holistic treatments and massage. Prices can range from $30 - $100 depending on your treatment length and requirements
- Treatments include: Ayurvedic treatments and massages, Holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy using pure essential oils, freshly picked organic Aloe Vera skin treatments and Ayurvedic facials, Hopi Ear Candles, transformational Healing Sessions

Where will I be staying?
- This intimate yoga retreat has 5 ensuite bedrooms set in flowering gardens within a private jungle reserve
- The retreat is a stone’s throw from the beach, and was purpose built, with the environment and low impact construction practices in mind
- The rooms are spacious and warmly decorated, set on the hillside and fronted with a sitting porch where guests can admire the beautiful flower gardens and enjoy the company of hummingbirds and butterflies - Each room has a private bathroom, hot shower, mini fridge, room safe and ceiling fan
- The lodge has a wonderful swimming pool, waterfall Jacuzzi, yoga shala and lounge-dining area
- The terraces are ideal for relaxing and practicing yoga and meditation. There are hammocks to relax in and free Wi-Fi all around the property
- The holistic treatment takes places in a purpose build treatment shala on the resort, surrounded by the sounds and beauty of the rainforest. Only natural and organic products are used in the treatments
- A maid service is available for snack and drinks
- Accommodation is included for 6 nights / 7 days
- Check in and check out times are both 12 noon

Are meals included?
- Breakfast is included each morning after your morning yoga session
- Also included in the price are 5 dinners in the week
- Food is mainly vegetarian but includes some local fresh fish dishes
- Meals are healthy, delicious and locally sourced
- For lunches and dinners not included in the price, you can either have basic meals at the retreat or the retreat can organise transport to and from the local seaside towns at an extra cost
- Costing between 6€ and 8€ return (depending on the town you choose to eat in) the transfers are cheap and the food you can purchase in these towns is delicious, authentic and fresh
- Mal Pais, just a mile from the retreat, is a lovely small seaside town
- The famous town of San Teresa, a little further down the road, is also well worth a meal-time visit
- Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice
- Please make us aware of any dietary requirements at the time of booking

Optional activities
- During your free time you can relax and meditate in the beautiful retreat or take part in a wide range of exciting optional activities
- These activities are to be booked locally, during your stay, at an extra cost and are subject to availability (prices listed below are a guideline only)
- Nature tours & bird watching - local guides can be booked on an hourly basis for Cabo Blanco Nature reserve, which is adjacent to the retreat property
- Boat tours – watch out for turtles, manta rays, whales and a variety of seabirds and you are welcome to snorkel
- Fishing – local fishermen can be hired to take you out fishing, to try and catch some of the exotic local fish e.g. snapper and mahi-mahi
- These activities are largely led by local guides

Holistic therapies
- At an extra cost you can be pampered in the holistic treatment room at the retreat, surrounded by the comforting sounds of the rainforest
- Treatment prices range from $30 - $100 per session, depending on the duration and treatment type
- Treatments include:
- Holistic Massage
- Ayurvedic Marma Massage
- Reflexology 
- Aromatherapy using pure essential oils
- The retreat's original freshly picked organic Aloe Vera skin treatments
- Hopi Ear Candles