Osa Peninsula, COSTA RICA
with Jurian Hughes
March 9-16, 2019
$200 off to the first 8 registrants! (3 discounts left!)
Treat yourself to seven delightful days of yoga, dance and adventure in paradise!
For the first time, we’re headed to the Osa Peninsula (one of the most biologically diverse regions of Costa Rica), where we’ll be nestled on a secluded beachfront property surrounded by coconut trees, colorful wildlife and the sounds of the ocean. Our private center is complete with a world-class yoga and movement studio, eco-friendly accommodations, and meals harvested from the on-site organic garden.
You’ll be guided by Jurian Hughes, senior Kripalu faculty for over a decade and an expert retreat leader and movement master, known for her ability to make everyone feel comfortable and at home. You’ll enjoy daily morning yoga and meditation, delightful dives into guided movement and dance, delicious gourmet cuisine created by a French chef, forays into nature to get up-close-and-personal with Costa Rica’s abundant wildlife, early morning dips in the ocean, afternoon swims in the pool, and plenty of time to simply do nothing at all.
Appropriate for all levels of yoga and dance experience (and fitness), Jurian offers something for everyone – yoga both enlivening and restorative, with posture modifications and options to suit your body; meditation; pranayama; daily opportunities to dance, write, hike, swim, and be in community; as well as quiet time for healing massage, private reflection and peaceful solitude.
Your week includes daily sessions with Jurian, accommodations just meters from the ocean, a special group excursion to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, all meals, a $50 spa credit, plus plenty of free time to unwind or explore. Optional excursions include a canopy / zipline tour, mangrove kayaking, rainforest jungle hikes, and waterfall rappelling.
Dive into the restoring practices of yoga, dance and meditation, and discover…joy. You do not need to be an aficianado of yoga or dance to attend. Feel free to bring partners and friends who may not wish to participate in all sessions. Everyone is welcome!
Jurian’s 2018 Costa Rica retreat sold out quickly, and we have limited space, so register quickly!
Our retreat paradise is about 8 miles south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, which National Geographic Magazine labeled “the most biologically intense place on Earth.” We are near the border of the world-renowned Corcovado National Park and on the warm shores of the Golfo Dulce. While visiting our tropical eco-resort you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered rainforest inhabitants, including the red-backed squirrel monkey, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and maybe even a jaguar.
Costa Rica is slightly north of the equator, therefore, the climate is tropical year round. Costa Rica was and continues to be a pioneer country in Eco-tourism, drawing visitors to the extensive National Parks and protected areas across the country.
During our week, you’ll be steps away from the ocean for daily swims, nourished by farm to table meals, and enjoy daily classes with Jurian and staff. As a group you will also visit the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary – dedicated to the care of orphaned and injured wild animals. The facility receives mostly juvenile animals that are orphaned by illegal hunting or that have been for some reason abandoned by their mothers and since many of these tiny vulnerable creatures are friendly and can be petted, this destination is one of the most sought after activities in the whole region. We’ll visit as a group, taking a boat ride there and back with opportunities to snorkel and possibly see some dolphins!
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
To reach our little paradise, you will need to fly to San Jose International (SJO) and then take a smaller flight to Puerto Jiminez.
** Driving from San Jose is also possible. The drive from San Jose to Blue Osa is approximately 6-8 hours. Set your Google Maps or Waze for Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. Recommended car rental companies – Solid Rent a Car and Toyota. 4 wheel drive is recommended.**
For flights, you may need (or choose) to arrive at San Jose one night in advance to take a morning flight to Puerto Jiminez. However, there are some routes that will allow travel in one day. Flights to Puerto Jiminez are available on Sansa Air. International flights to San Jose are available on many carriers. We advise approximately 4 hours between these 2 flights since you will need to get through customs and re-check in for the smaller flight. The Sansa Airport terminal is about 100 meters (literally) from the International airport. Once you exit from immigration, you take your luggage and walk left. You will exit the terminal onto the main street and then keep walking until you come to the airport.
If you need assistance, Isaac, from Wellness Travel Costa Rica can assist you with Sansa flight rates and also our exclusive hotel rates if you need a night on the front or back end in San Jose (recommended!). Please make sure you tell them you are coming to Blue Osa. It is always a good idea to verify with an agent that your flight plans are sound.
Once you arrive in Puerto Jiminez , we will send a shuttle to bring you to the retreat center. We will also provide shuttles back to the airport on the last day. Check in is available starting at 2pm, check out on the last Saturday is 10am.
The tropical climate makes it very comfortable to wear simple, lightweight clothing and footwear. Quick-to-dry clothing and tennis shoes, sandals, or water shoes work best. The Osa Peninsula is characterized by warm, breezy days, with highs between 82 and 92 degrees, and lows in the range of 70-80. Keep in mind that we will be surrounded by jungle, so it is often humid.
• Tank tops and / or lightweight T-Shirts
• Bathing suit
• Shorts and / or tropical-weight pants
• A journal and pen
• A flashlight or headlamp. Perfect for those fond of midnight walks on the beach.
• Sunscreen/bug spray (also available in the on-site shop)
• Refillable water bottle
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Check-in time starts at: 2:00 PM
Check-out time is: 10:00 AM
For guests leaving later than 10:00 AM, or arriving earlier than the 2:00 PM, we are more than happy to keep your luggage secure and safe for you as you wait for your room to be ready, leaving you free to enjoy Blue Osa. If you do choose to come early, or stay later and require lunch, we do charge a $25 fee for this service.
Meals included in your stay: Dinner on the day of arrival, breakfast, lunch and dinner on each full day plus breakfast on the day of departure.
Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express cards are accepted at Blue Osa.
Should you be in need of cash, the Banco Nacional and Banco De Costa Rica in Puerto Jimenez do have ATM cash machines. However, we suggest bringing whatever money you need with you, as town is 8 miles away. All of our rooms are equipped with secure safes for your valuables. Canadians should also be aware that the ATM at the Banco Nacional in Jimenez does not recognize Canadian debit cards.
Please be aware that we ONLY accept cash TIPS. It is not possible to use your credit card for cash TIPS.
Yes, we accept U.S. Dollars. We do not accept any other cash currency .
Tips for services rendered are very much appreciated by the center’s hardworking staff. At the end of the week, you may leave a cash tip in our tip box. All tips will be pooled and divided evenly among our staff of about 17 people who work in the kitchen, garden, office and housekeeping staff. If you would like to tip individually, you may do that also at check-out. As a guide, may we suggest a tip of $20 -$40/day. Likewise, tips for individually booked spa treatments and eco-tours are left to your discretion.
How much cash should I bring?
Because we do not accept credit cards for tips, we do encourage you to bring some cash with you. We do occasionally have outside vendors come for a famers market at Blue Osa, and there are others in the area. Our suggested cash amount is $250 to $500.
Laundry Service is available. The cost for this service is $25/load. Please expect them to be returned within 24 – 48 hours.
You will have free WiFi service. This service is available in the main lounge area as well as the dining area. Since we practice mindfulness, the internet is turned off in the mornings until 7:30 am in support of morning silence. The internet is also turned off again at dinner from 6:30 until 7:15 pm. We do not have any computers available for use.
International cell phone service here on the Osa can be sketchy, at best. Sometimes some phones will work, sometimes they won’t. We suggest you check with your service provider and ask them specifically about service in Costa Rica. While there are no phones in the rooms, guests are more than welcome to make calls at our office. The fee for this service is $2.00/min
Blue Osa does not have air conditioning. We are a low impact, beachfront eco-hotel, and we work rigorously to reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the surrounding environment. Thus, each of our rooms is equipped with a ceiling fan, and the architectural design of Blue Osa allows for the constant flow of air through screen walls, creating a fresh and breezy environment. So while it may come as a shock to some that Blue Osa does not have air-conditioning, we have found that the vast majority of our guests are always quite comfortable.
Blue Osa does have standard North American power outlets, so you may recharge your camera battery, etc.
There are no hair dryers at Blue Osa. Blue Osa is operated by solar power and as such, we have minimal power usage. Thus hair dryers are NOT allowed at Blue Osa.
You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica. However, we always suggest speaking with your Doctor and referring to the World Health Organization’s website before traveling anywhere.
As of December 31, 2002 all Canadian, US and EU citizens who travel to Costa Rica for tourism and pleasure purposes need a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If not, you should get a new passport. A visa is not required.
There is a departure tax when leaving Costa Rica that must be paid at Juan Santamaria International Airport. This fee is $29 USD and is payable in either colones, U.S. dollars, or Visa/Mastercard. *Most major airlines now include this in their ticket price.
Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, is a pathfinder. Through the gateway of the body, she guides students to connect with themselves in ways they had forgotten were possible, longed to revisit, or maybe never even knew were there. “I do my best to create a space in which people feel like they can be completely themselves. Through my own vulnerability, honesty and humor, I try to help us all find our way to greater joy.”
Hughes is founder of the Yoga of Voice; co-founder of A Wild Life Sanctuary™; co-creator of The Yoga of Yes; a Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; writer; speaker; and theatre performer known for her passionate, playful and eloquent teaching style. As a senior faculty member of the Kripalu School of Yoga for more than a decade, Hughes has led thousands of workshops and programs and trained more than 1,000 Kripalu yoga teachers since 2006. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Hughes has a long theatrical resume spanning Broadway, off-Broadway, Europe, film, television and the voice-over industry. Through her own study and decades of practice she has developed a deep understanding of the ways in which the tools of yoga, dance, voice, mindfulness and play can be used to cultivate greater self-knowledge, freedom and joy. She leads inspiring workshops, retreats and trainings at Kripalu and around the world that promote whole-being wellness, increased creativity, and the ability to thrive. She is the creator of the DVD, Gentle Kripalu Yoga with Jurian Hughes and the CD, Deep and Delicious Yoga with Jurian Hughes. Find out more at www.jurianhughes.com.
Cost: $2095 per person
Special: $1895 ($200 off to the first 8 registrants … 3 discounts left!)
Cost: $2495 per person
Special: $2295 ($200 off to the first 8 registrants … 3 discounts left!)
only 2 single occupancy rooms are available
Special: $2995 ($200 off to the first 8 registrants … 3 discounts left!)
* please note that the studio is up one flight of stairs and some rooming options are up one or two flights of stairs.
Please let us know if you require first floor housing*
- 7 nights accommodations
- group pick up and drop off at Puerto Jiminez Airport
- All classes with Jurian
- A special full day group excursion to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
- $50 credit to use towards spa services
- Meals starting with Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day
- Travel to Costa Rica
- Optional activities: additional excursions and massage
- Gratuities you might like to offer center staff (recommended $15-$40 / day)
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended – see Travel Guard Link)
A $395 deposit will secure your space and we would be happy to match you with a roommate.
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($395) before December 1, 2018. No refunds after December 1, 2018. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign the application and liability waiver to participate on this trip.
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through January, 2019, unless other arrangements are made.
We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency medical travel. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.
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