Yoga & Meditation at Manoas
December 9th - December 17th, 2016
- Daily meditation and yoga
- Relax and unwind at numerous beaches
- Hike to waterfalls and swim in the fresh water rivers
- SUP Yoga, ZipLine, Nature Hikes & other activities
- Trip to a local farmer's market
- Help the local community with a special group project
- All Meals Included*
- All local transportation included
Think mid-December. It is a crazy and stressful time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. How about an early gift for yourself? Bring a little harmony and balance into your holidays and sign up to Treat Yourself to Magic at Manoas. Together, we’ll enliven our senses, relax our minds, refresh our spirits and take in the unmatched beauty of Costa Rica’s Southern Zone.
When you arrive in Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you’ll go through Customs, then be greeted by your shuttle bus driver, who will deliver you to your hotel for the night. Here you can just relax, unwind after your travel day and enjoy a lovely night’s sleep.
In the morning you’ll find your driver waiting outside the hotel, ready to take you on scenic highways (really, the only highways) to Manoas. This is where you will settle in to the Pura Vida mindset that is so strong in this part of Costa Rica.
During your stay with us, you’ll play at beautiful beaches and rivers, have an opportunity to paddle out on a SUP or zip line, hike to waterfalls, visit an unbelievable farmer’s market and help with a community-service project. You’ll be surrounded by the amazing animals and birds that make their homes in the jungle. Of course, we’ll stretch, make space, find peace and breathe as we move through daily yoga practices.`
We’ll undoubtably laugh a whole lot, see phenomenal tropical flora and fauna, enjoy the glorious, warm ocean and make a bunch of great memories with new friends and, maybe, fulfill a dream.
The dates for this special package are December 9 through December 17. Prices range from$1325 to $1500 per person (Airfare not included). To save your spot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to 11 people, so please sign up early! If you need help with your flight plans or have any questions, please let us know. *alcohol not included in cost.
MEDITATION & YOGA
At 6:30A each morning, join Beth for a 30-minute meditation. There will be a short guided introduction to explain the process and the benefits of even short periods of practice. The remaining 20 minutes will be observed in silence.
A 90-minute yoga class will follow meditation, beginning at 7:00A. The classes will explore different types of yoga, from Hatha to Ashtanga to Vinyasa to Restorative and a bonus Yin Yoga class with Tatum. We’ll also work on our Karma Yoga by participating in a local community project.
In the evening, we’ll share a gentle 60-minute sunset practice. It is a wonderful way to wind down and feel the magic of the yoga deck in the afternoon light!
¡Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! (Welcome to Costa Rica!)
Your driver will take you on scenic roads from the bustling capital of Costa Rica to the coastal mountains near to the renowned Osa Peninsula. After driving through the small town of Uvita, you’ll turn to go up the hill to your destination! Upon arrival at Manoas, we’ll be waiting to greet you and show you to your accommodations! After getting settled, we’ll sit together and enjoy a tasty lunch. Next, we’ll take a tour of the property to familiarize everyone with their new surroundings and make you feel at home.
Later in the day, our group will share a one-hour sunset yoga practice, followed by dinner. During our scrumptious meal, we’ll talk about all of the fun things we’ll be doing in the coming week. The rest of the evening can be spent asking questions, getting to know one another, relaxing to the cool jungle sounds and getting a good night’s sleep!
Yoga begins at 6:30A with a 30-minute morning meditation. As stated above, please try to be on time if you choose to join me! A 90-minute yoga practice will begin at 7:00A, followed by breakfast!
Next, we’ll put on our hiking shoes and take a walk into the jungle, down to the river and then find ourselves at a secluded waterfall, with places to swim along the way. Lunch will be served at Manoas and we’ll enjoy some leisure time until mid-afternoon. Then, we’ll head to our home beach, Playa Hermosa, and get into the gloriously warm and inviting Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, we’ll take our evening yoga practice on the sand, where you’ll feel the connection between your breath, the waves and the supportive ground below us.
The rest of the evening will be spent at Manoas, enjoying the time together and having dinner.
The day starts with our morning meditation at 6:30A, then a 7:00A yoga practice that will prepare us for the day’s adventures! After yoga, we’ll share breakfast and get ready for the fun to begin! On this day, you will have two options: You can hop on a SUP and continue expanding your yoga practice and explore the mangroves, or you can opt to go to Hacienda Baru for a day exploring a National Wildlife Refuge, including a zip line or unique Eco Tram ride!
To re-ground ourselves, we’ll do a community service project near Playa Dominical. Lunch will be in one of the many fun and eclectic restaurants in town. There will also be some time to shop for gift items and souvenirs, chat with the Costa Ballena Lifeguards and enjoy the day in the surfing mecca of Dominical!
Our evening will start with a gentle, slow sunset yoga class. Dinner will be served at Manoas, leading into an evening of sharing experiences, stories, pictures or some quiet time.
Meditation at 6:30A. Yoga, on this morning, will be focused on deep, gentle stretching.
After breakfast at Manoas, we’ll enjoy some leisure time before our activity. On this day, we’re going to Nauyaca Falls! We’ll pack a lunch for an incredible adventure walk, filled with nature’s sounds and tropical beauty, a stunning waterfall and a great swimming hole!
We’ll return to Manoas for a super gentle, restorative yoga class, a delicious meal and then take it easy for the rest of the evening.
We’ll start this day, like the others, with meditation and yoga. Shortly after breakfast, we’ll take a very special walk on one of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, the Whale’s Tail, in Marino Ballena Park! The tide will be absolutely perfect, allowing us to experience a treat for the senses that is pure magic!
After our beach stroll, we’ll head to downtown Uvita and visit a local supermarket. It is always fun and interesting to shop at a market in another country! You can pick up anything you might need or want, or just browse the shelves! We’ll gather back at Manoas for lunch, and relax until our sunset yoga class.
After class, we’ll enjoy yet another fabulous dinner together.
But, the day is not done yet, because we’ll be treated to a full moon! Tonight will can sit and admire the night sky, look for shooting stars and feel the energy generated by the big beautiful moon! We’ll hear the jungle come to life around us as we soak up the light of la bella luna!
After the morning meditation and yoga, we will take a beautiful drive to San Isidro del General and visit their incredible famers market! We’ll be searching the stands for the ingredients that we’ll use in our evening meal. Lunch will be in San Isidro or at a Costa Rican soda on the way back to Manoas. You’ll have some leisure time in the afternoon to take in everything we’ve experienced throughout the day, before having a simple and sweet sunset yoga practice.
Working together to prepare the evening meal from fresh, local ingredients, we’ll have a chance to enliven all of our senses. I am certain that the meal will be unforgettable!
Say “Buenos Días” to everyone you see in the morning meditation and yoga classes.
After a leisurely morning, we’ll enjoy the beauty all around us by having a pool party! Steve and Tatum will light up their wood-fired pizza oven and we’ll be silly around the pool! Lounge, dance, eat, laugh, chat, swim and play with spontaneous yoga poses!
At some point in the afternoon, we’ll explore a bit of solo time with a creative writing idea. There is so much to be discovered by journaling, doodling, drawing and writing down thoughts. I’ll encourage everyone to set off by themselves and jot down their memories and magical moments from the last 6 days.
The evening will continue as we head out for a festive dinner and a night on the town! We’ll venture a little further south from Uvita to the gorgeous town of Ojochal. Here we will visit two incredible spots: El Castillo and The Bamboo Room. El Castillo is a remarkable boutique hotel and from their deck we’ll enjoy the sunset across the Pacific Ocean. Next, we’ll jump back in the bus for a short drive further up the hill to The Bamboo Room where we’ll enjoy great food and live music.
As usual, the morning mediation will begin at 6:30A and closing ceremony will follow our 7:00A practice.
We’ll share a relaxed breakfast and together time on this morning, before you prepare for your journey home. In the late morning, the driver will arrive to take you back to San José.
Depending upon your flight plans, you might consider spending the night in San José or extending your trip to some other amazing place in Costa Rica. We are here to help with coordinating this for you or by suggesting some of our favorite spots to explore in the Guanacaste, Arenal or Monte Verde regions.
Steve & Tatum Young