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!
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!
*** If you prefer to drive from San Jose to Blue Osa, that’s a possibility as well. The drive is about 5 1/2 – 6 hours. If you’re interested in sharing the ride with others, please let us know and we’ll share your contact information with others who may wish to join you.***
For the 2 flight option, you may need (or choose to) arrive at San Jose one night in advance to take the morning flight on the 9th to Puerto Jiminez. There may be some routes that will allow travel in one day, but given travel delays that sometimes happen from the US, we highly recommend enjoying a day in San Jose before heading to Blue Osa on the 9th.
We are working with Isaac Garcia from Wellness Travel Costa Rica to help the group with the smaller flight using Skyway Airlines. These 40 minute flights are on new and reliable planes and allow a 40lb piece of luggage and a 10lb carry on. (Other small airlines offer less!)
The flights we recommend are the 3:30pm departure from San Jose to Puerto Jiminez on March 9th and the 9am return from PJ to SJ on March 16th. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-844-628-4982 for booking assistance on this flight.
They can ALSO assist with a hotel reservation on the night of the 8th.
If you have other questions about the retreat please feel free to contact Laura@oneyogaglobal.com or Jurian@jurianhughes.com anytime!
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.
Please CLICK HERE for a detailed group document with even more details about travel, recommended hotels, and FAQ’s you will need.
• 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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Some quick FAQ’s and reminders:
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.
Costa Rican Customs and Immigration
When arriving in Costa Rica, you will have to clear Customs and Immigration and will be required to fill out separate forms which are generally given to you on your plane. You will be asked where you are staying in Costa Rica and in this space, write Blue Osa, Osa Peninsula.
Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If it is not, you should get a new passport before you come to Blue Osa.
There is a departure tax when leaving Costa Rica that is paid at the San Jose International Airport. This fee is $29.00 USD and is payable in either colones or US Dollars. You may pay in cash or credit card.
*Some major airlines include this in their ticket price*
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 .
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 farmers market at Blue Osa, and there are others in the area. Our suggested cash amount is $250 to $500.
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 $10-30 / day. Likewise, tips for individually booked spa treatments and eco-tours are left to your discretion.
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.
Emergency medical treatment is available, if necessary, in the Clinica Hospital in Puerto Jimenez and, in the event of an extreme emer gency helicopter airlift to hospitals in Golfito, San Isidro or San Jose is also available. For minor needs, the Puerto Jimenez pharmacy is staffed by very professional people.
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.
We have one triple occupancy female roommate space still available
Cost: $2095 per person
Cost: $2495 per person
* 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.
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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