SEP 22 - SEP 28
Join us on our second annual 7 Days to Bliss retreat in Costa Rica! Experience our transformative Yoga and Guided Meditation program set amidst the rolling hills of Alajuela. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa will be your home for 6 nights as we dine on their amazing food, head out on our favorite excursions, spend some time with our friends at a nearby day care, eat some amazing food, and enjoy a relaxing spa treatment. Come see why we Costa Ricans are known as the friendliest people on Earth.
from $2,750 per person
(includes round-trip Airfare)
Costa Rica is a global go-to spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Volcanic hills, lakes and plummeting waterfalls shape the lush, vibrant landscape. Tropical jungles teem with hundreds of wildlife species that exist nowhere else on the planet.
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is tucked serenely in the clouds, nearly a mile above the city. Pura Vida’s climate is spring-like year-round with warm days and mild nights. Septembers in Costa Rica are full of splendor for those seeking peace and tranquility. Refreshing mountain temperatures, purifying and cleansing rains are an opportunity to enliven the senses as you enter the season of turning within.
What You Get
We will meet in the morning on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort for a Pre-Flight Mixer. Enjoy a few light bites while we reveal the final surprise details of what's awaiting you on the retreat! We'll also have a mimosa toast right before we leave. The hotel does not offer long term parking, so we suggest getting dropped off, or taking a Lyft or Uber.
We will take a private luxury shuttle bus from the Pre-Flight Mixer in Bal Harbour to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.
Your round-trip Airfare from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San José, Costa Rica (including all taxes and fees) is covered. Get your passport ready to be stamped! This is also a good time to sign up for TSA Pre✓ and download the Mobile Passport App to help you breeze through customs.
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is a world destination for rejuvenating Yoga and wellness set in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Dedicated to healing the mind, body and spirit, Pura Vida welcomes you to enjoy its amazing mountain top location, four yoga halls with spectacular views, an on-site Wellness Center, and heated pool.
All meals are included in this itinerary. Delicious dishes are lovingly prepared from fresh local produce, regional purveyors, and greens and herbs harvested from Pura Vida's Holistic Garden. Served in the inviting Dining Hall, all meals feature both North American and Costa Rican vegetarian, fish and chicken dishes to tempt your taste buds and nourish your body and soul. We also can accommodate vegan, gluten-free, and high-protein diets – just let us know.
The Seven Steps to Samadhi, or Bliss, that the Akshi Upanishad describes are like a seeker's map or guide to the inner journey, The first three steps are the waking state of the mind, the surface of our personalities; the fourth and fifth steps go deeper as we enter into our subjectivity; the sixth stage is still deeper, where there are no longer any objects or subject and the seventh is not a step at all, it is our very nature, our being.
Each day of this retreat will focus on one of the 7 Steps, and will include talks and activities to reinforce the day's lesson. Catie and Joann will lead you through the day's message, and break it down for you so that you can return home Educated and Empowered to create the life of your dreams!
Enjoy varied styles of Yoga that will unfold over your 7 day retreat. And remember, this is YOUR trip! You get to decide which classes you want to participate in and which ones you prefer to sleep through.
Begin each morning with a Guided Meditation designed to set your intentions for the day. On this retreat, you will learn seven different techniques to calm the mind in a busy world.
Doka Coffee Plantation
Established by the pioneering Vargas family, the Doka Coffee Plantation is the largest coffee plantation in Costa Rica. Captivate your senses and discover the secrets of coffee production, harvesting, geography, cultivation, and visit the oldest Wet Mill in Costa Rica. Chocolate-covered coffee beans, coffee, and coffee liquor tastings end this full-flavored adventure.
Medicinal Garden Tour
A carefully curated tour where you will learn about Costa Rican flora. Many of the culinary and medicinal herbs used to flavor meals in the retreat's Dining Hall have their roots in this peaceful, beautiful, holistic garden. The grounds hold dozens of species of orchids and have been certified as a conservation property by the National Ministry of Environmental Ecology.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
One of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, near the Poas Volcano, offers five stunning waterfalls and 3.5 kilometers of walking trails that wind past the country’s biggest Butterfly Observatory, through gardens swarming with vivid hummingbirds, to the cloud forest, ending in sweeping views of the waterfalls. Other attractions include a serpentarium, frog exhibit, bird watching areas and a Tica House. (Fun fact: tico and tica are colloquial terms for male and female natives of Costa Rica.). Friendly, knowledgeable local naturalists are your guides for this up-close and personal look at Costa Rica’s natural resources.
Take a beautiful journey through Sound using quartz crystal singing bowls to cleanse your Auric field. Sound therapy empowers your whole being, enabling you to make better and clearer choices. The Sound Therapist will offer insights as to where your Chakras are imbalanced and the possible causes for this, and will help you with specific tools and guidance to incorporate into your daily practice.
Tree Planting with Sulá
Help beautify Costa Rica with Sulá, a local environmental organization that fights for the jungle with reforestation efforts, cleaning campaigns, river protection, recycling, and more.
Pavas de Carrizal Day Care
Pavas de Carrizal is a nearby day care program for children under 13 at social risk and few resources. We'll visit their school and meet the kids for a short presentation and play time! While we're there, we will have the opportunity to donate a few books and school supplies.
These ceremonies are devotional Fire Pujas that honor the soul through the repetition of Vedic Mantras and the singing of devotional songs. Offerings of rice, sesame, and sugar are offered to the Fire in the process.
Alive with transferable energy and some of the richest soils on earth, the volcanic mountains that encircle The Wellness Center at Pura Vida Spa are a source of powerful natural healing. Their therapists are some of the most gifted and highly commended spa professionals in Central America, each committed to healing from the heart and with the essential gift of being present and loving with their touch.
It's our pleasure is to assist each guest personally by arranging tours, making spa reservations, and interacting with the resort and local vendors. If you have WhatsApp, you will be given our personal numbers so you can reach us day or night for any requests or questions you have during the retreat.
A photograph can offer a unique glimpse into an experience, and awaken our most poignant memories. And while it’s essential to document these moments, we think sometimes it needs to be experienced without the interruption of capturing it on camera or smartphone. It’s with this notion in mind that we offer to photograph you and all of the retreat's memorable moments so you don't have to.
Once you have returned home, you’ll receive your unique photo album of your retreat. Something to show the family, your friends and just about everyone who will lend their eyes.
Bliss Out Retreats is giving each guest a $200 credit on any of our future retreats anywhere in the world! You'll also receive exclusive discounts and freebies from other local sponsors.
Join us on this life-changing trip!