Costa Rica: Yoga and Self Care Retreat
Costa Rica Yoga and Self Care Retreat with Savonn Wyland and Stacey Degen
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We had so many great retreats at Boca Sombrero. The info below reflects past retreats held between 2012-2022.
A week of yoga, surfing, hiking, and self care at Boca Sombrero, an ocean-front retreat center in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.
Daily Yoga Classes Taught by Savonn, Stacey, and Carey Sirianni. There will be a variety of yoga classes as well as other self care offerings. Many classes will be thematically based and will be a blend of styles to best fit the needs and wants of the group and the time of day. You will experience a variety of nurturing classes that will enable you to feel focused and clear, healthy, and vibrant, and depending on the type of practice, more energized or relaxed.
Besides Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. There will also be a few classes in:
- Aroma Yoga: a slow, gentle, flow yoga class that incorporates the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils and the positive impact this can have on your health and well-being. Specific oils are chosen to enhance the physical and emotional aspects of each yoga pose. Each class is adaptable to suit a variety of yoga experiences. Beginners to experts will all have an opportunity to gain the powerful healing benefits of yoga and essential oils.
- Yoga Nidra: a time-tested practice in which we give ourselves permission to rest, balance, and restore. Through body awareness, breathing techniques, and deep relaxation, this practice will help you drop out of the thinking state into the feeling body and tap into new sources of creativity and energy.
- Yin Yoga with Group Acupuncture: Chinese Medicine is steeped in the principle of Yin and Yang, opposites that cannot exist without each other. Join Stacey for a Yin yoga practice followed by a Yin/Yang bliss-out acupuncture balancing treatment.
- Myofascial Release, Stretching, and Self Massage
Jungle Bathing. Experience the healing power of nature in a mindful immersion into the beauty of the Osa. Feel the ocean breeze and the sand between your feet as you wander slow and silent, experiencing nature’s ability to connect the mind, body, and spirit.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. Local chefs prepare delicious meals using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Each morning begins with tropical fruits, yogurt, homemade granola, and fresh-brewed coffee and tea. A second breakfast follows the first yoga session, lunch is midday, and dinner is around 7pm. Each meal is well thought out, expertly prepared, delicious, and filling.
8 days and 7 nights at Boca Sombrero. Boca Sombrero is an ocean-front retreat center, set in the famous rainforest of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.
Osa Penisula. The Osa Peninsula alone is worth the trek to see all manner of bio-diversity and wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, exotic birds, and more.
Sand, Surf, and Sun. Miles of unpopulated beaches with tide pools, seashells, and a refreshing freshwater stream that is meters from the sea. A private, pristine surf break is minutes from the yoga deck. There is one swimming pool, one cold plunge pool, plenty of tide pools, and plenty of spots for ocean swimming.
Time to Relax, Renew, and Restore. Long, languid afternoons offer time for hammock-swinging, sitting down with a book or journal, or time to daydream and nap.
Optional Excursions and Add-Ons
Surfing Lessons. A private, pristine break is minutes from the yoga deck. This is a perfect place to learn to surf, or for more experienced surfers, to enjoy long sessions in warm, uncrowded waters. Local surf instructors will tailor the lessons to the best tides and times.
Ocean Kayaking. This includes mangrove, sunset sessions, and bioluminescent tours.
Chocolate Growing and Making Tour and Tasting. Tour Finca Kobo, a local organic cacao plantation, and learn about how conservation of the rainforest and sustainable agriculture can coexist. The tour includes a chocolate tasting and guided, easy hike.
Bodywork: Massage and Acupuncture. Receive a luxurious massage in an open air, secluded beachside pavilion, and/or schedule time for acupuncture. The professional and knowledgeable bodyworkers have extensive experience working with yoga students of all shapes, sizes, and ages.
Bird Watching Tours. Amateur and serious birdwatchers are always thrilled with the early morning tours led by Felipe. In the Osa Penisula, there are over 430 species of birds. You will see common and rare types, including trogons, red-legged honeycreepers, tanagers, and hummingbirds. Toucans and scarlet macaws will fly overhead, and herons and owls will abound.
Hiking: Locally or at Corcovado National Park. A guided hike is an excellent way to discover the area and offers a chance to see some of the extraordinary wildlife. A full day guided hike into Corcovado National Park, the jewel of Costa Rica’s park system, can be arranged, while a walk up the near by Carbonera River is also a great option. You will most likely see monkeys, sloths, toucans, and morphos, plus other wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Dolphin Watch, Boat Tour, and Visit to Animal Wildlife Sanctuary. This is one of the favorite excursions of the retreat. The Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal rescue center accessible only by boat and is completely surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park. It is one of the most interesting and worthwhile animal sanctuary projects in Costa Rica. It is a local enterprise wholly committed to providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured, and displaced animals indigenous to the southern zone of Costa Rica. To get to the sanctuary, you will go by boat on a guided tour of the Golfo Dulce, where you will be surrounded by dolphins and other marine animals. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel the reefs (when and where conditions permit). The tour of the of the animal sanctuary is life-changing. You will meet rescued monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws, kinkajous, tayras, peccaries, and more.
Horseback Riding with Optional Waterfall Rappelling. Ride through a lowland meadow, denser rain forest, then to the top of the mountain, back down, and along the beach. Well-trained horses enable people of all ages to experience exciting riding tours along remote trails, overlooking gorgeous landscapes. You will learn interesting facts related to the local landscape and observe birds, reptiles, and mammals. Don’t miss the waterfall rappel. While the horses rest at the top of the mountain, you will be expertly assisted in rappelling through a tropical waterfall that drops over 100 feet high into a swimming hole. Once you get in the natural pool, enjoy a refreshing dip and a spectacular view.
AND MORE. Each year, we look to add on other adventures, excursions, and services. Please ask if there is something that you are interested in doing while on the retreat.
The retreat is held at Boca Sombrero on the southern end of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
The pristine rainforests and rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region among the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Declared “one of the most biologically intense places on earth” by National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula has, along with Drake Bay, become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country. The Osa Peninsula is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the country’s rare and endangered animal and bird species, including squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and other forest cats.
The houses are custom-finished with fine hardwoods, open floor plans, and beautiful thatched roofs. Each house has a slightly different layout with private sleeping areas and open, shared lounging spaces.
Shared or Solo Cabana
The tent cabanas are specially designed for comfort in a tropical climate. The thatched roof will keep you dry and cool. The platforms are outfitted with beautiful, screened, Moroccan-style tents whose special fabric allows for ventilation. Each bungalow has a cozy porch for relaxing and a private, open-air shower adjacent. Shared bathroom facilities are nearby and conveniently located.
Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Sellwood Yoga & Senior Instructor
Savonn’s approach to teaching is to provide skillful and detailed instruction, non-dogmatic and grounded inspiration, along with mindful intention and awareness. She weaves in many different styles and approaches to her creative sequencing and theme-based classes. Her classes, workshops, and retreats offer an opportunity to tap into the transformational energy present when a group comes together to practice without losing the power of personal inquiry and expression.
Licensed Acupuncturist, Practitioner of Chinese Medicine, and Health Advocate
A lifelong student of all things nature, health, and well-being, Stacey has spent the past 30 years working with people of all abilities in the outdoors, empowering them to live their best lives possible. As a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and Health Advocate, Stacey’s true passion is working with people to deepen their connection to their mind, body, and spirit and the body’s natural healing capabilities. You can learn more about Stacey by visiting her website: www.truenorthmpls.com
Special Guest Instructor for Yoga Nidra
In addition to over 35 years of teaching experience, Carey’s strong centeredness, loving presence, and joy of life have allowed her to guide students/clients in the calming and restorative practice of Yoga Nidra. Carey is certified as an Advanced Teacher of Yoga Nidra through the Amrit Yoga Institute and has also studied deeply in other traditions, including the teachings of Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Richard Miller (I-Rest), John Vosler, and Indu Aurora.