Embodying Joy: a Deep and Delicious Yoga Retreat

with Jurian Hughes

February 29 – March 7, 2020

The lushness of Costa Rica’s tropical jungle awaits you!  Wake up to the sounds of rainforest wildlife and breathtaking views, perched high in the volcanic hills of Alajuela, 4,900 feet above sea level. Enjoy fresh, healthy and delicious meals; daily all-levels yoga classes; special workshops; and restoring guided meditations. Experience a watsu water massage, relax by the pool, or adventure out to experience a cloud forest canopy zip line, waterfall hike or coffee plantation tour. Pura Vida Retreat and Spa is one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after retreat locations, offering eight acres of natural beauty, exquisitely maintained gardens, outstanding hospitality, and a variety of accommodations to suit your wishes.

You’ll be guided throughout this deep and delicious week 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 welcome and at home. You’ll enjoy daily yoga and meditation, delightful dives into fluid movement, soul-filling conversation on the wisdom of yoga both on and off the mat, opportunities for silence as well as play, and plenty of time to simply do nothing at all.

Appropriate for all levels of yoga 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 to explore, swim, soak in the hot tub, and experience the joy of like-minded community; as well as quiet time for healing massage, private reflection and peaceful solitude.

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Vacation Details

Your week includes two deep and delicious all-levels yoga/movement sessions with Jurian per day, plus additional workshops and guided experiences; your choice of accommodation (from simple to luxurious); three mouthwatering meals per day; access to the pool, fitness center and WiFi; plus plenty of free time to unwind or explore. Optional excursions you may choose to add include a cloud forest canopy adventure, a hike to rainforest hot springs, a skywalk on bridges suspended high above the jungle, a whitewater rafting adventure, and more.

Dive into the restoring practices of yoga, meditation and guided intuitive movement, and discover…joy. You do not need to be an experienced practitioner of yoga to attend. Feel free to bring partners and friends who may or may not wish to participate in all sessions, or come on your own. A retreat is a perfect way to take a solo vacation. We’ll even pair you with a roommate if you like. Everyone is welcome!

Rooms sell out quickly, particularly Singles and Luxe Accommodations. Reserve EARLY.

Some comments from Jurian’s Costa Rica 2019 Retreat:


“I so enjoyed the beauty of nature and [Jurian’s] amazing classes. I feel rejuvenated in my body and mind.”

“Going on retreat with Jurian is truly a healing experience – physically, mentally and emotionally.”

“My retreat with Jurian was everything I had hoped for and more! [She] creates a safe container for movement exploration. Her yoga classes are appropriate for beginners and those with more experience. More than anything, her retreats are fun and playful! Jurian is a rock-solid guide. What a treat.”

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Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
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Please plan to arrive to San Jose International airport on February 29th and depart March 7th. Your retreat begins with a 6:30pm dinner on the 29th, followed by a short opening session, and ends with breakfast on the 7th.  Check-in time at Pura Vida is 2 pm. Check-out is 11 am.

We will collect participants’ travel plans well in advance and will arrange your airport transfers (included as part of your retreat!).

Costa Rican law requires your passport be valid for at least 90 days after the date you enter the country. Please check your passport’s expiration date now. A $29 non-residency departure tax will be due when departing Costa Rica, though most major airlines now include this cost in their ticket price.

Climate in the mountains of Costa Rica’s Central Valley is beautiful year-round with warm days (70s-80s F) and mild nights (60s F). The sun rises at 5:30 and sets around 6:00 all year long. North America’s winter is Costa Rica’s summer, and late February-early March is full of verdant flora and fauna.

What to pack:

  • Passport
  • Comfortable yoga clothing, plus some warmer layers in case of chillier nights
  • Closed-toe shoes in case you decide to do jungle excursions. You may also enjoy a walk or run through the surrounding coffee fields.
  • Sunscreen
  • Note: Soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided. Hair dryers are available.
  • Insect repellant (Though the high elevation makes Pura Vida mosquito-free, you may encounter mosquitos on excursion.)
  • Bathing suit
  • Hat
  • Journal and pen
  • Refillable water bottle (Pura Vida’s water is filtered with a 1-micron and UV filters.)
  • Flashlight, headlamp or cell phone flashlight
  • Note: electronic adapters are not needed
  • Cash for tips in small bills (US$ are accepted almost everywhere, but it is unlikely that change can be made. ATMs are a taxi ride away.)

Your Teacher

Karlie Lemos - One Yoga Teacher

Jurian Hughes

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



Enchanting accommodations scattered across meticulously landscaped grounds, each designed to delight with views of lush gardens and majestic mountains.

These eco-chic 6 sided tent-bungalows are the ultimate for nature lovers. With comfortable beds, relaxing lounge area, electricity, space to store clothes, and plenty of mountain air. Attractive shared baths surrounded by gardens are steps away. King bed or two twin beds.
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The Tentalows are currently sold out.  Please email to enquire about possible last minute availability.

Double Cost:  $2095 per person

Single Cost: $2595



Deluxe rooms include 2 twin or 1 King sized bed, private baths and either a private patio or balcony with outdoor seating. All rooms have a coffee maker. Scroll on image for more pictures.
Please email about last minute availability of a shared room for 2 registering together or a single room.

Double Cost:  $2595 per person

Single Cost:  $3195 per person

The newly renovated Prana Suite is modern and sleek with sliding picture windows that open to a private balcony with spectacular views. Includes KING bed, private balcony, bathtub with skylight, sitting area, mini fridge and coffeemaker. Scroll on image for more pictures.


Soaring vaulted ceilings, rich natural materials, rustic woods and creamy natural fabrics lend the spacious Lila Suite a crisp, modern air. The Lila Suite has a large private balcony with two hammocks surrounded by lush, verdant foliage. Includes KING sized bed, mini-fridge, shower, bathtub, lounge area & coffee maker. Scroll on image for more pictures.




A wraparound balcony and huge picture windows make magnificent panoramic views a main feature of the Zendo Suite. A glass shower surrounded by greenery brings in the beauty of nature while still affording privacy. Includes a KING sized bed, vaulted ceilings and coffee maker. Scroll on image for more pictures.



A $495 deposit will ensure your space.
We will contact you to set up an easy payment plan for your balance.


  • 8 days / 7 nights accommodations
  • Airport shuttle transfer to and from San Jose International Airport
  • All meals from dinner on Feb 29 to breakfast Mar 7
  • Deep and delicious alignment-based, compassion-centered instruction to make postures available and enjoyable for every body
  • Meditation to cultivate inner stillness
  • Enlivening yoga and movement to build strength, stamina, and resilience
  • Dance sessions to connect to your body’s innate wisdom
  • Chanting to raise prana and open the heart
  • Restorative relaxation to release stress
  • Engaging and useful teachings and conversations on the wisdom of yoga, including tools to embody more joy
  • Opportunities to connect to self and others through partner work, journaling and group sharing


  • Airfare to San Jose
  • extras such as massage or excursions (ex.canopy zipline)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities to Center staff

Questions?  Contact Retreat Leader, Jurian Hughes, at or Retreat Organizer, Laura Forsyth, at

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($495) before October 15, 2019. No refunds after October 15, 2019. 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.

If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through December, 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 travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.


We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG Travel Guard and Trawick International are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.

We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.

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