Simpleveda

Ayurveda + Yoga Retreat

Costa Rica

July 6-13, 2024

Pura Vida! I’m beyond thrilled to be hosting your next Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in one of the most magical blue zones in Costa Rica. This will be my 3rd visit to this particular area of Costa Rica – it truly is my “om away from home.” I can’t wait to share this experience and the serenity of the blue zone with you as I host, teach, and offer you the kind of retreat that I would want to attend.

There will be plenty of time to unplug, rest, and reconnect with YOU at our Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica! I also want to immerse you in the culture and the amazing people who live here. Some of what you can expect is an opportunity to contribute to the ecosystem by planting a tree with one of my favorite organizations, snorkeling with the beloved sea turtles, horseback riding, ziplining on one of the tallest and longest ziplines, and a visit to the local farmers market. 

From our farmers market finds, I will offer a cooking class with my favorite Costa Rican chef! Of course, there will be yoga, sunrise meditations, and offerings to support you in taking this experience home with you.

I strive to create an experience that is fun, relaxing, and expansive. Join me in watching some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen!   

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MEET YOUR HOST

Christina Vargas

Ayurveda Health Practitioner | Yoga Therapist

Hi, I’m honored you’re here. 

I am thrilled to host my next retreat in Nosara, a BLUE ZONE of Costa Rica, an incredible place to remember your true nature.

As a long-time yoga teacher, certified Ayurvedic practitioner, and sound practitioner, I enjoy integrating many mindfulness modalities of wellness during my retreats.

Get ready to immerse yourself in nature, with vibrant food, therapeutic yoga, lots of time for mental rest, and conversations about manifestation, living well, and loving life create the perfect environment for growth and learning.

I will offer the kind of retreat I want to go on. No overplanned days – we will move our bodies with a morning yoga class each day, and then we’ll spend time doing other things with our bodies like surfing (beginners welcome!), getting a massage, nature walks in the jungle, or endless walks on the beach.

I look forward to sharing this week with you!

AYURVEDA YOGA RETREAT LOCATION

Welcome to Nosara

Jade Retreat Center

In 2013, in the quaint surf town of Guinones, Jade was born and has won numerous awards for its design.

Here, you will wake to the tropical gardens, howler monkeys, and exotic birds and after a day at the beach, enjoy a refreshing swim in the serene saltwater pool.

Around both sides of the pool are 5 stand-alone bungalows with private terraces. There are two additional private garden bungalows covered in lush flora and fauna where you will see hummingbirds and butterflies.

All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, AC, wifi, and safe, with room to relax and spend time alone.

The common dining area and yoga shala are bright, open, and surrounded by local vegetation.

What I love about our location is that we are the only group on site. The staff is positive, happy, and ready to help with whatever you need.

Accommodations

Luxury Bungalow Suites

ONE ROOM REMAINING
single occupancy $4450 double occupancy $3450 each

  • 5 larger rooms surrounding the pool
  • option for one queen bed or a queen + a full bed
  • large private terrace
  • private en suite bathroom
  • 2 out of the 5 bungalows have an indoor/outdoor shower and great for couples or double occupancy
  • air conditioning
  • wifi
  • in-room safe
  • organic shampoo, condition, body wash, body lotion
  • all meals on retreat premises
  • mid-week cleaning
  • pool + beach towels

Private Garden Suites

SOLD OUT

  • 2 large private, separate, garden rooms
  • one king or 2 single beds
  • private en suite bathroom 
  • private terrace
  • air conditioning
  • wifi
  • in-room safe
  • organic shampoo, condition, body wash, body lotion
  • all meals on retreat premises
  • mid-week cleaning
  • pool + beach towels


What's Included

Our all-inclusive Ayurveda yoga retreat is designed so you can relax!

7 NightS

The private bungalows have been curated to ensure a restful night’s sleep. Crafted with care and adorned by skilled local artisans, each room exudes a sense of comfort and luxury. Choose from single or double occupancy arrangements. Every room is equipped with a/c, pristine bath towels, pool and beach towels, complemented by a selection of organic shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and body lotion for your indulgence.

Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
Daily Practice

In a setting ideal for holistic development and rejuvenation, your day begins with a tranquil sunrise meditation, seamlessly flowing into a refreshing, yet invigorating morning yoga session. Additionally, evenings will feature rejuvenating yoga nidra sessions, complemented by insightful discussions on holistic living. Together, we’ll explore methods to manifest your best life, providing you with lasting holistic practices to integrate into your daily routine long after your stay.

Transportation

Complimentary transportation to and from the airport is provided as part of your package. However, please note that arranging your air travel is your responsibility. Please refer to the FAQ section below for helpful airport tips and travel suggestions to assist you in planning your journey.

In January, I will host a virtual meeting where we will delve into logistics and planning details together. This will provide an excellent opportunity to address any queries and ensure everything is meticulously arranged for your retreat. 

Free Time

Retreat, at its core, embodies a journey to recharge both your body and mind. Achieving this entails embracing stillness, turning inward, and disconnecting from the daily hustle—a task often challenging for many in this fast paced culture. Trust me when I say, Nosara makes this transition seamless! Throughout this retreat, ample time is allocated for relaxation and the pursuit of inner tranquility. However, for those seeking an adventurous spirit, myriad opportunities await! Feel free to unwind with a good book or express your thoughts in a journal while lounging at the beach or swaying gently in a hammock. Immerse yourself in a jungle nature walk or stroll along the unspoiled, expansive beaches for endless miles.

If you’re drawn to adventure, cultural experiences, and contributing to the ecosystem, why not embark on an excursion that includes swimming alongside sea turtles, engaging in tree-planting initiatives, and feeling the rush of ziplining? These are just a few of the thrilling activities available for you to explore and make a meaningful impact during your retreat.

feed your soul

If you know me, you know I’m passionate about delicious, healthy, and fresh food. In Nosara, where the growing season lasts all year and the sea is nearby, this is a culinary paradise!

We use locally sourced fish, fruits, and vegetables prepared by our private chef following traditional local recipes. You’ll even get to experience the local farmers’ market with me, and I’ll host a cooking class using our market finds. Enjoy all-inclusive meals presented beautifully in our spacious open dining room.

Facilities

What’s truly special is that our retreat stands alone at Jade, offering exclusive access to all the facilities. You’ll enjoy complete, private use of the retreat center amenities, such as the open-air yoga shala, a communal room stocked with games, a well-equipped kitchen, surfboards, and ample serene spots to unwind amidst stunning flora. Additionally, we have a skilled massage therapist available for on-site bodywork sessions, highly recommended for a relaxing experience. I’ll also be offering marma therapies during your stay, adding to the rejuvenating experience.

let's retreat

om away from home
July 6 - 13, 2023
Nosara ~ the BLUE ZONE

FAQs

In general, flight costs range from $200 to $400 for a one-way trip, varying based on your departure day and city of origin. Larger hubs tend to offer cheaper tickets. For instance, American Airlines provides direct flights from DFW to Liberia. Weekdays usually offer more affordable fares. Many opt to arrive a few days earlier or extend their stay due to the reluctance to leave this amazing place.

Liberia International is the closest airport, about a 2 hour drive (very convenient by Costa Rica standards!). You can also fly into San Jose, and we can arrange a shuttle for you there too. The drive from San Jose is 4 hours (instead of 2), but the roads are mostly paved and the countryside is beautiful. It’s a great adventure!

Jade Nosara is conveniently located (especially for Costa Rica) just a 2 hour drive from Liberia International Airport. I will arrange your shuttle to/from the airport. Costa Rica is a Spanish speaking country, but they are accustomed to tourists and there are many expats in the area. You can generally get around just fine speaking broken Spanglish.

Costa Rica is very safe, that is one of the reasons why I love it and feel comfortable bringing groups here. The country as a whole is peace promoting (they do not have a standing army), and the people could not be more kind and welcoming. The Costa Rican motto is, after all, “Pura Vida”, meaning pure life. You will hear it spoken often! But we don’t take any chances, for your safety we will have a guard on the premises every day.

July is their green season, which means that rain is possible. What I have experienced, is brief periods of light rain mid-afternoon, perfect for napping, reading, and journaling! As the rainy season transitions to summer, you get the perfect combination of plush green forest and beautiful days! The weather tends to be warm in the day and slightly cool at night.

Not in my experience. I’ve been to this area 3 times, and in all my experience, the bug situation is not bad! Just a few mosquitos. Nothing a little bug spray can’t handle. And Jade Nosara itself has a built-in natural bug-repellant system! That being said, we are in Costa Rica, you will see some interesting critters and monkeys!

Not to worry, most people come solo! It’s the perfect vacation to have on your own. Within days you will feel like you have a new group of friends and a Costa Rican family. And I’ll be with you every step of the way!

Nope! Every year we have people who have never done yoga before, and some who are very experienced. It doesn’t matter where you fall on the spectrum. The yoga I teach is foundational and everyone will benefit. 

The difference in price really comes down to accommodations, location, time of year and curriculum. Jade Nosara is located in the blue zone of Costa Rica – this is a small area where people live to be over 100, and is a highly energetic area. In the past decade, this area has become more popular and expensive. My belief is, the benefits of being in a blue zone far outweigh the difference in price. You will also be in a private, luxury retreat. Often less expensive accommodations are either grungy, no a/c or hosted in big centers with multiple retreats happening at the same time. This means you share the space, studios, pools with other groups. I prefer to take my groups to small, private retreat centers. This way we can really relax, connect, and create the peaceful vibe we are all looking for. Every room has its own private bathroom and you will never have to share your room, or the pool, with a stranger.

Bookings are fully transferable to another retreat. If you cannot go, for any reason, we will try and find someone to take your place. If you find your own replacement*, there is no charge for transfer. If we find your replacement, there is a $250 processing fee. In the unlikely event that you can not find a replacement by the start date, 50% of the total cost of the booking fee can be used as a credit towards a future retreat or event. If the retreat is canceled due to unforeseen reasons, you will receive a credit in full to use toward a future retreat or event. (*all replacements must be approved by Christina prior to finalizing the transfer) Credit card fees incurred are not refundable.

Yes, why not? 3rd party insurance is inexpensive, and gives you peace of mind. If you want help finding the policy that is right for you, I am happy to help.

Reviews

Words can not describe the gratitude I have for meeting Christina, joining on her retreats, cleanses and having her as my practitioner Her treatments,... Read more

Words can not describe the gratitude I have for meeting Christina, joining on her retreats, cleanses and having her as my practitioner. Her treatments, knowledge and care helps you back to balance and have det beautiful side effect, of me feeling more content, happy and healthy! She is a light and her knowledge goes beyond this life! Seeing Christina in person, is magical and is the best stress antidote by far – but after moving back to Denmark I am beyond grateful, that she also offers online consultations as well! So people all over the world can benefit from her knowledge and love for supporting others to a better life! Dallas/ Fort Worth area – you are so lucky to have Christina next by! Can’t wait for Christina to come to Denmark and spread her love and support to the Scandinavian people! Thank you for everything your beautiful soul! <3 Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Kristine

Ayurvedic Consultation, Cleanse, Retreat

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The retreat in Tulum was the perfect atmosphere to escape everyday life, helping to unplug and focus on actually relaxing. The retreat’s location was steps away from the beach providing a beautiful backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. An added benefit was having fantastic meals prepared by the staff that took into consideration our dietary concerns. Through Christina’s guiding in Tulum, I was able to make connections with old and new friends creating memories that I look back on with fondness.

Tory

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Making the decision to step away from my duties as a wife and mother for a week of total self-care was the best choice I've ever made I was able to un... Read more

Making the decision to step away from my duties as a wife and mother for a week of total self-care was the best choice I’ve ever made. I was able to unplug and recharge and came home a much better person that could give my family the absolute best!

Mary

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Om Away From Home offered me the opportunity to reset the basic tenets of a healthy lifestyle that we tend to ignore in our overly booked home lives N... Read more

Om Away From Home offered me the opportunity to reset the basic tenets of a healthy lifestyle that we tend to ignore in our overly booked home lives. Not having to worry about the details, every meal was delicious as it was nutritious. Freeing up our time to meditate, practice yoga, or just enjoy the gorgeous beach. It was a much-needed breath of fresh air that gave me a new perspective to take on the rest of the year reinvigorated. I’m so looking forward to going back.

Kyle

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The Tulum retreat gave me the time and support to listen to the heart and quiet the mind - Mindfulness made easy! A life changer!

The Tulum retreat gave me the time and support to listen to the heart and quiet the mind – Mindfulness made easy! A life changer!

Gwen

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I went on a weekend women's nourishing retreat hosted by Christina/SimpleVeda It was very informative and Christina has a wealth of information when l... Read more

I went on a weekend women’s nourishing retreat hosted by Christina/SimpleVeda. It was very informative and Christina has a wealth of information when learning more about the Ayurvedic practice. She is very approachable and can serve people on any level of their journey to a more holistic way of living.

Denise

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Making the decision to step away from my duties as a wife and mother for a week of total self-care was the best choice I've ever made I was able to un... Read more

Making the decision to step away from my duties as a wife and mother for a week of total self-care was the best choice I’ve ever made. I was able to unplug and recharge and came home a much better person that could give my family the absolute best!

Mary

Retreat

Email christina@simpleveda.com if you’re interested or have any questions.