22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Anamaya Resort & Retreat Center, Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

The Art of Skilfull Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

This yoga teacher training at Anamaya is an intensive program, by the end of which each participant will be certified and inspired to teach yoga as recognized by Yoga Alliance. The focus of your work together will be the art of teaching, or the manner in which you share what you learn about yourselves with others. You will build a strong foundation in breathwork, energy locks, mantra, and yoga philosophy to support you on this journey.

Highlights

  • Daily Vinyasa yoga practice
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • Yoga Alliance 200-hour yoga teacher certification upon completion
  • Learn about yoga philosophy, breath-work, mantra, and cooling practice
  • Practice teaching, adjustments, and anatomy
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 3 organic meals per day
  • 19 days with instruction
  • English
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During the training you will be accommodated at Anamaya Resort.Their rooms and cabinas are elegantly designed with every detail focusing on protecting the environment. Most of the rooms have breathtaking ocean views and they are proud to have used non-toxic building materials, organic fabrics, and local artisans to complete the stylish and intimate accommodations.

All rooms have organic cotton sheets on all the beds, with pillows, blankets, etc. They also have organic or non-toxic soap and shampoo, a couple of hair dryers, and an iron that you can use if you need it. The rooms don't have a TV, but there is one in the media room, along with a digital projector. Anamaya does not have have cable signal as they don't want it, but they do have a DVD player and sometimes they show movies.

There are two kitchens, one outside that the staff uses for 80% of the food prep, and a "show kitchen" in the main hall to do the final touches on the meals. The guests can use that kitchen too, as well as the refrigerator. They also have an ice maker, coffee makers, blender, pots and pans and all that stuff, plus a water filter.

There is a very fast internet connection and Wi-Fi throughout Anamaya Resort, and you don't need a password to access it. Because they live in a remote area, the connection can go out at times. Many of the guests arrive with laptops, iphones, ipads, etc., and use them frequently, especially to take photos and video of Anamaya to send back home or post on Facebook to make their friends and family envious.

Ananda cabin

The Ananda cabin is the most spectacular accommodation, with the most amazing ocean views, great privacy, a large beautiful bathtub, and a sleeping loft.

Like most of the rooms at anamaya, the Ananda has two single beds that are an extra 10 centimeters long for adults, being the same length as a king size bed, and when put together, they can make a king bed for couples. On the superior floor there is a sleeping loft that also has an extra-long single mattress. The cabin can accommodate three people and it features ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, deck, desk, hammock, and a bathtub.

The Ananda has panoramic ocean views with glass walls on three sides. There’s also a small desk for two people.The view from the Ananda’s bathroom is one of the best in Costa Rica and will surprise and amaze you. One of the most beautiful bathrooms at Anamaya, it has a beautiful sculpted tub.

The glass walls on the left side all slide open, and in the front it’s open to the air and view. The Ananda cabina has a small zen garden in the back with a buddha, helping to create a very peaceful environment. Built on the hillside, the Ananda has many walls of glass to let in maximum light and airflow. Although it has air conditioning, it’s really not needed because of the excellent, eco-friendly design.

Bali cabin

The Bali cabin is the most popular and romantic cabina at Anamaya, and is usually the first booked. It was actually designed and made in Bali, then disassembled and shipped here to Costa Rica. It can accommodate two people and features ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, garden bathroom, bathtub, deck, and hammock.

The Bali cabin is probably the favorite of all the rooms at Anamaya. It was designed and built in Bali, Indonesia, then disassembled, shipped to Costa Rica, and re-assembled here. The garden bathroom and deck were built in Costa Rica to finish the cabin.

The color theme of the Bali cabin is red. The floor is locally-grown melina wood, which is naturally impervious to termites and other wood-eating bugs, and was stained with red to help create the very exotic look.

The Bali cabin has a single hammock with a spectacular view of the waves breaking on rocks below. From here you can also see the mainland of Costa Rica, all the way down towards Jaco and Quepos. On a lucky day, you may see whales or dolphins, and most of the time you can hear Montezuma Falls to the north, which is only a five minute walk from a private path that starts behind this cabina.

The garden-style bathroom is a favorite part of tropical architecture and design, and not something that guests usually have in their home. The garden bathroom in the Bali house is the largest of the bathrooms at Anamaya, with a very large tiled bathtub.

Casita

The Casita was the first house build on the Anamaya property, and it’s one of the cutest little houses in Montezuma. It has a huge deck with hammocks, overlooking the gardens and ocean. It can accommodate up to five people and features ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan,deck, hammocks, and two bathrooms.

The house was the first structure to be built on the property by Geoff and Karen McCabe, two of Anamaya’s owners. It is an extremely well designed house for the tropics, with lots of light and airflow, and a large deck with views of the jungle and ocean.

The Casita is set apart from the other cabins, offers the most privacy and the most space, and is surrounded by gardens, and the jungle too. It has in front an organic herb and vegetable garden.

Like most of the constructions at Anamaya, it’s designed to be very beautiful at night. Costa Rica’s skies are extremely clear, and when there are no clouds, you’ll be able to clearly see the milky way and other astronomical features. The interior of the casita has an arched door and arched window connecting the bedroom with the sala.

Gaia house

The Gaia house is one of the favorites among the visitors. There are two lofts, each with its own ladder to access it, and there are two small, but beautiful bathrooms and two showers. The house can accommodate up to five people, three in single beds and two in separate lofts. It has ocean view, air conditioning, and ceiling fan.

The entire front of the Gaia house is sliding glass and screen doors, that can all be opened up for maximum breeze and light. The Gaia house is simultaneously very modern and rustic, because of the combination of smooth white concrete, polished stucco, and organic materials such as the rough wood posts.

Ganesh cabin

Ganesh beautiful ocean view cabin can accommodate one to two people and it has an ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a hammock. This is one of the smallest cabins, but has a great ocean view, and a private rooftop deck, making it a very popular cabin. It’s ideal for solo travelers or couples.

The bathroom is very special as well, as its fully open to the view and elements on one side. All the furniture in Ganesh was made in Costa Rica and was designed especially to fit this room. The Ganesh room has lots of light due to the large windows and beautiful view in the southern direction.

Garuda’s Nest sky cabin

Garuda's Nest accommodates two to four people and it is build high on a tower, featuring ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and hammocks. The cabin has expansive views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Because it’s so high, it sways a bit like a tree house when the wind blows or people walk around in it. So don’t book the Garuda’s Nest if you find that idea unnerving or you’re afraid of heights. This one is for the most adventurous guests only.

This cabin has two single beds in the main room, or the option of a king size bed, and there’s an additional queen bed in the loft above. Below the cabin is a large five on five meters wood deck with a hammock.

Hanuman cabin

Hanuman has an ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a hammock, and it can accommodate two to four people.

The cabin was named after the monkeys one can frequently see in the canopy in front of it. The Hanuman has a beautiful view of the ocean, and an open-air designer bathroom. One of the beds is built into a very unique niche, very queen-like. This cabina is ideal for two people, each with their own luxurious bed, but also works for three or four friends or a family.

Jungle cabin

The Jungle cabin, or jungle room as it is sometimes called, is the favorite among the Anamaya staff, even though it doesn’t have the ocean views. It’s one of the largest cabinas and the design, decor, and lighting are all very unique and beautiful.

But what really makes it stand out is that the bedroom section is build high above a steep slope, making you feel like you’re in a tree house high up in the jungle canopy. This section has three walls of glass to really connect you with the outside. Even if you’re not staying here, be sure to come check it out because it’s amazing. The jungle house can accommodate up to two people and it features three house view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, a desk, a loft, and a garden bathroom.

Lotus cabin

The Lotus is one of the most popular cabinas because of its ocean views to the east and south. It can accommodate two people and has ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, a balcony, and a hammock.

Mantra room

The room is located underneath the lower yoga deck, and it has the most privacy. It has a queen size bed and a private bathroom, with a view of the ocean, and a tree in front that’s a favorite of the monkeys. The room accommodates up to two people, and it also has air conditioning, ceiling fan, and hammock.

Master suite

The Master suite occupies the top of the main building at Anamaya. It has vaulted ceilings, a balcony with an incredible eastward ocean view, and an internal balcony looking over the main sala or living area of Anamaya. The suite also has gorgeous interior architecture and design. From the deck, one can enjoy the spectacular view, facing towards the east. You can even see Tortuga Island from here. The suite can accommodate three people in a king bed and a single bed, or in three single beds. The features of the room are air conditioning, ceiling fan, desk, and balconies.

Prana cabin

Prana is one of the coziest cabins at Anamaya resort. Despite it’s small size, the prana room has everything you might need and is a favorite of couples who come for retreats at Anamaya. The open closet has a small desk with an ocean view, and there is also a private deck with a hammock.

The prana room is one of the most eco-friendly cabinas built in Costa Rica. All the materials are non-toxic, even the stucco was specially made without the usual fungicides. Mildew and fungus are defeated instead with good airflow, lots of light, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

The deck has a hammock offering a gorgeous view of the ocean and the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula. On a good day, you may see whales or dolphins in the ocean below in front of the Rio Montezuma rivermouth. The prana room has two Buddha statues built into niches on its sides, to help create a feeling of peace and tranquility.

The prana room faces nearly directly south, with a view of both the sunrise and the sunset. The prana room’s view includes a distant vista of Cabo Blanco national park, located at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. On a very rare day, you may see a rainbow down inside the valley, spawned off a waterfall hidden there. The room accommodates two persons and also features air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a desk, together with the deck and hammock with ocean view.

Serafina room

Serafina can only accommodate one person and features jungle and ocean view, air conditioning,ceiling fan, and a balcony. It is a small room next to the master suite. It has a custom-made bed with an oversized single mattresses designed for adults. The style is of a Balinese daybed. The Serafina room shares a designer bathroom with the master suite.

Temple cabin

Anamaya’s temple cabina is an incredibly beautiful wood structure, with tons of intricate detail. The Temple cabin can be set up with two twin beds, or they can be put together to make a king sized bed for couples, therefore it can accommodate two people. It also has two small rooms on each end, and a bathroom shared between them, for another two people occupancy.

The room faces out towards the jungle, with a wall of glass on one side. The Temple is made primarily from melina wood, which is a wood that’s farmed in the local area. Melina wood has a natural insect repellent, so no poisons or toxins are used to treat it. This room also has air conditioning and ceiling fan.

Yoga deck

The yoga deck is a huge draw for Anamaya, and probably the number one reason that people say they visit the resort. When they ask their guests how they made their decision of where to stay, most of them answer that they wanted to do yoga on that deck! High above the jungle and ocean below, it is an unforgettable experience that is a dream-come-true for many.

Goals of the program

  • Learning to teach an inspiring group Vinyasa breath-connected yoga class in the yoga studio, gym, or corporate environment, with intelligent sequencing, precise adjustments, and clear focus.
  • Learn to teach yoga privately and professionally, prescribing appropriate exercises to each individual.
  • Field the most common questions and issues from beginner students, including (but not limited to) back or knee injuries, blood pressure, pregnancy, and stress.
  • Understand how to safely work with these conditions in a nurturing, therapeutic manner.
  • Have a firm grasp of, and an excitement to go deeper into, the use of anatomy and physiology in yoga.
  • Study the breath in all its beauty, fluctuations, and variations and prescribe different breathing techniques for different effects.
  • Understand the art and value of contemplation and meditation and be able to lead others in the same from direct experience.
  • Grasp the foundations and supporting energies of yoga, with emphasis on Tantra, the Yoga Sutras, Ayurveda, ethics, and the business of yoga.

Yoga teacher training curriculum

The process of learning to teach also encompasses diving deep into your own practice and your own hopes and fears, perhaps deeper than you’ve ever gone before. For this ritual to work, it is important that you use your time and energy wisely. During the breaks and days off, you will be encouraged to study, practice teach, and spend time in silence to help you digest the work you do as a group.

There is a lot of material to cover in just 21 days, so coming rested, prepared, and committed will be essential to completing the course. You’ll be asked to keep a journal privately during the course and will need to complete assignments and miss no more than one day of the whole training. Get started on your reading and journal today in preparation.

Reading and practice assignments, as well as a teaching demo, reviewed, and final evaluation will round out the program. In addition, karma service hours will be required for completion during or after the training.

Remember, yoga is a journey of self-discovery and building our sensitivity to the surrounding world. You will be discovering and releasing attachments to that which is familiar and constricting in order to build your light to shine brighter than ever. In order not to disrupt each other’s process, you will, as a group, abstain from drinking alcohol, smoking, or using drugs for the duration of the course.

This training is not a time to vacation and party; think of it more as an intensive or cleanse dedicated to honest self-reflection, purification, and clarity. On the evenings and days off, you are welcome to do what you wish as long as it does not disrupt the group’s energy. After the last day of class, you will have a celebration party with maybe a special performance and prepare for reintegration into the real world.

By the end of this training, you will probably be in the best shape of your life. Expect to leave more relaxed, physically stronger, invigorated, and with more mental clarity on how to live life to the fullest.

How a three-week YTT program works

Yoga Alliance requires 120 contact hours with the teacher, to get a 200-hr certificate. The 80 hours can be done by the student in their own time. In this case, the program includes 140 contact hours with Banyan, as follows:

  • 61 hours techniques and practice
  • 32 hours teaching methods
  • 10 hours anatomy and physiology
  • 20 hours ethics and philosophy
  • 5 hours practicum

This requires that you have practiced yoga for at least 40 hours before attending this yoga teacher training. Most students of course have done hundreds of hours. You will need to prove that you’ve done this, in order to get awarded a certificate. There are several methods of proving. You can give a hand written list of dates and classes, with the studios or teachers, a photocopy of your records from your yoga studio, a note signed by your teacher, or a printout from MindBodyOnline studio software.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 09:30 Meditation and morning practice with a short break for fruit
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Breakfast break
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Practice teaching, adjustments, and anatomy
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Lunch break
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Yoga philosophy, breath-work, mantra, and cooling practice

Each day’s sessions will begin at 07:00 a.m. and end at 08:30 p.m. Sessions will be held for five days and then you will take the sixth day off. Depending on the needs of the group, this schedule may change.

Required books

  • Scientific Keys Volume Two: Key Poses of Yoga, Ray Long, MD (bring to training)
  • The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar
  • Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
  • The Art of Skillful Teaching Manual: by Banyan Gallagher and Friends (actual cost will vary depending on local printing cost, bring 50 USD to buy this book)

Prepare for the course now by reading the above mentioned books. Please bring Ray Long’s anatomy book to the training.

Recommended books

  • The Gift by Hafiz, renderings by Daniel Ladinski
  • Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Parahamsa Yogananda
  • Tantric Quest by Daniel Odier
  • Banyan Gallagher

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Banyan is clearly an old soul, sent to earth to teach and bring joy to all who know him. Since a very young age he has traveled East and West, studied, and taught. Banyan was at one time a semi-professional athlete, a circus clown, a fire dancer, and a motorcycle racer. He now excels at instructing others in the art of teaching yoga skillfully. His classes have a deep presence and a playful touch, with lots of smiles and laughter, and his forte as a yoga teacher is instructing others how to step into their roles as entertainers in their own classes.

Anamaya Resort is located at one of the highest points in Montezuma overlooking some of the best ocean views in the area. Anamaya resort is only five minutes from downtown and several beautiful beaches. Montezuma is in the Puntarenas province, located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, and it began as a small fishing village.

The area began to attract tourists in the 1980s because of its natural beauty, waterfalls, variety of activities, and opportunity to relax. Montezuma is also known for its yoga community as well as its creative and healing arts.

The closest beach is in Montezuma, which is a five -minute drive or 20-minute walk. You can also walk to Playa Las Manchas, which is cleaner, and spectacularly beautiful, with the best snorkeling in the area. That's about seven minutes by car or 30 minutes by foot. Playa Los Cedros, the famous Montezuma and Cabuya surf spot, is nine minutes by car. The beaches of Santa Teresa and Malpais are 30 minutes by car.

You can walk down in about 20 minutes, and the walk back up the hill is a great workout to get to the beach. You can also take a taxi back for around 4-6 USD (green / high season). There are two grocery stores, and the smaller one is actually better. You will find many fancy imported food products, due to the fact that many gourmets have lived in the Montezuma for over 20 years so this small store (Pachi's) caters to them. There's also a bank machine but no bank.

Nearby places

  • Closest beach in Montezuma - 5 minutes' drive or 20 minutes' walk
  • Playa Las Manchas - 7 minutes' drive or 30 minutes' walk
  • Playa Los Cedros - 9 minutes' drive
  • Beaches of Santa Teresa / Malpais - 30 minutes' drive
Activities
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi

Included in the price you have thee daily organic meals. Anamaya resort grow some of their produce on their own own farm at Rancho Delicioso, and are working to increase the percentage of their own crops. They have rules in the kitchen that require the chefs not to use anything from cans and jars, although they allow a few gourmet ingredients like capers or olives that do not come fresh.

The chefs do not work from a set menu. One does not know what they are going to make every day, and it is a wonderful surprise each night for dinner. As far as they can tell, they never make the same meal twice.

Sample menu

Breakfasts

  • Banana crepes with assorted fruit and scrambled eggs
  • Gallo Pinto with fresh salsa, eggs, and corn tortillas
  • Smoked salmon and goat cheese with honey walnut toast and fresh fruit
  • Yogurt, nuts, and berries with granola
  • Cherry tomato and spinach omelet with hash browns and fresh fruit
  • Chilaquiles with eggs, red beans, and fresh fruit
  • Banana nut bread, almond milk, and fresh fruit

Dinner examples

Day 1

  • Raw Thai coconut soup
  • Ginger cashew and cabbage salad
  • Oyster mushroom and fig quinoa stir-fry with bok choy with a choice of jumbo shrimps or chicken
  • Coconut ice cream with strawberries and dark chocolate

Day 2

  • Raw tomato soup
  • Lemon sorrel salad
  • Grilled mahi-mahi or chicken with macadamia nut butter, roasted beets, and Brussels sprouts
  • Passion fruit sorbet

Day 3

  • Raw cream spinach soup
  • Mint-cucumber and cherry tomato salad
  • Rosemary grouper or chicken with kale and garlic roasted potatoes
  • Pineapple cake

Day 4

  • Raw arugula pine nut soup
  • Heart of palm salad
  • Red snapper or chicken with grilled tomato cumin sauce, asparagus, and corn on the cob
  • Carrot cake

Day 5

  • Raw cucumber and avocado soup
  • Mixed greens with an orange anise vine
  • Miso seared yellow fin tuna with broccoli and coconut quinoa
  • Banana ice cream

Day 6

  • Raw carrot soup
  • Walnut, pear, and goat cheese spinach salad
  • Jumbo shrimp or chicken dijonnaise with green beans amandine and brown rice pilaf
  • Apple and berry crisp

Vegan dinners

  • Dahl with curry quinoa and cardamom roasted root veggies
  • Ginger tofu with bok choy and soba noodle salad with raw cucumber avocado soup
  • Portobello steaks with roasted pumpkin, sweet potato, and Brussel sprouts
  • Moroccan veggie skewers with almond, quinoa, and lemon arugula salad
  • Grilled eggplant with roasted red pepper coriander sauce, corn on the cob, asparagus, and a carrot cabbage
  • Broccoli and mushroom couscous with olives and mixed greens with raw pumpkin and raisin soup
  • Aerial Silk
  • Bird watching
  • Cooking workshop
  • Salsa dancing
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Spa and massage treatments

You can book a relaxing, Reiki, cranio-sacral, hot stone, deep tissue, Thai, Oriental, or organic massage as well as a facial, back body, abdominal, head, hand or foot massage at the organic Montezuma Spa, for an additional cost. The participants in the yoga teacher training have a 15% discount on the spa services they book.

  • 3 organic meals per day
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • Daily Vinyasa yoga practice
  • Yoga Alliance 200-hour yoga teacher certification upon completion

Driving directions from San Jose

  • From San Jose Airport, head west, away from San Jose city.
  • You can follow signs to Puntarenas, where the ferry is located. (see below) Take the ferry to Paquera.
  • After the ferry, follow all the traffic and the signs to Tambor (where the small airport is located) and then on to Cobano.
  • There is one main road, so it is very easy to follow.
  • Once in Cobano, turn left at the main intersection (at the bank) and continue on the main road to Montezuma (about 10 minutes).
  • Go through (or past) Montezuma, then just past Amor De Mar Hotel, turn right up the steep hill following signs to Delicios.
  • Anamaya resort is 200 meters past the Mariposario (or butterfly gardens. everyone will know where it is if you are lost).
  • They have a big Anamaya Resort sign out front. Turn in and follow the drive to the end and your home!

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose.

From San Jose, it's only a 30-minute flight to Tambor Airport (TMU), the local airport. This costs 75-105 USD each way. Anamaya can arrange a taxi ride from Tambor to the resort for you, at an additional cost. From there to Anamaya it's about a 30 minute scenic ride, which costs 35 USD for a regular taxi (max four people) or 55 USD for a van (max nine people). If you don't get a chance to arrange one with us, there is almost always one there waiting and they should know where Anamaya resort is located.

The two airlines that fly SJ-Tambor are Sansa and Nature Air. Nature Air flies from the Pavas Airport (SYQ) in downtown San Jose, about 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). It is a 20-minute taxi ride, or you can take the Nature Air shuttle for eight dollars.

For flying with Sansa, the ticket office and departure area is right next door to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You just go outside of the main airport to the street and turn left. It's about a five-minute walk.

Arrival by bus

There is a direct bus service from San Jose to Montezuma. This bus leaves every day from the parada de San Carlos in downtown San Jose at 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The cost is 12 USD. The bus station is a 20 minutes, 20 USD taxi ride from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The bus trip takes about five hours and 50 minutes total. There is one rest stop between San Jose and Puntarenas. In Puntarenas you must get off the bus and the driver will hand you a ferry ticket and a laminated card that you need to get back on the bus. Follow the bus crowd onto the ferry for a beautiful one and a half hour ferry ride. Upon crossing the gulf you will disembark in Paquera. Follow the passengers to the other side of the ferry terminal to re-board the bus and continue the journey to Cobano. In Cobano all passengers going to Montezuma switch to another bus, which takes you the final 20-30 minutes to downtown Montezuma. From Montezuma, Anamaya Resort can arrange a taxi service for you at an additional cost.

Arrival by ferry

When driving from San Jose to Montezuma or back, you will need to take the ferry unless you are coming from Tambor Airport (TMU). It takes about one hour and 50 minutes in total. It's about 800 COL per person plus about 1,300 COL per car.

The ferries have an air-conditioned passenger deck complete with snack shop and restrooms, as well as a large outside viewing area. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased.It is recommended getting to the ferry about 30 minutes before it is scheduled to leave to help make sure your vehicle gets a space on the boat. Taking the bigger ferry, Tambor Dos also helps ensure there is space.

Arrival by shuttle

This is the more economic route to Anamaya Resort that they are happy to book for you. It is also a way to meet other retreat guests with whom you will be spending the week (or month, depending on the retreat ). To take advantage of this shuttle, it is recommended you booking your international flight to arrive no later than 1 p.m.

The company Anamaya Resort uses is called Montezuma Expeditions. This company is timely, professional, and they are thankful to have them as their friends. To sign up for this group shuttle, please send an email to the reservations manager with your arrival time at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and, of course, a request to be signed up. She will then respond with a confirmation email detailing the exact cost and cancellation procedure. This service differs quite a bit depending on if it is the green season (June to November) or high season (December to May).

For green season, there is a regular shuttle that departs at 8 a.m. Often guests are not able to arrive so early so the reservations manager coordinates a shuttle to pick up between 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. at the latest. This shuttle costs between 50 and 60 USD each, depending on the amount of people signed up. The reservations manager will send a confirmation email for the time and cost the week prior to your arrival. For high season, the regular shuttle departs the international airport at 6 a.m. and at 2 p.m. This shuttle costs 45 USD. These charges are put on your bill.

It takes one and a half hours from the airport to the ferry in Puntarenas. The shuttle driver will buy your tickets and help you board the ferry. You carry all your luggage on the boat with you. The ferry takes one and a half hours. Enjoy a beautiful boat ride with views of the sunset over the mountains. You will board another shuttle on the other side in Paquera, which welcomes you to the lovely Nicoya Peninsula. From Paquera, the ride is another one and a half hours to the door at Anamaya.

To return on the following Saturday to the airport, the shuttle will pick up from Anamaya Resort at 7 a.m. (high season) or 9 a.m. (green season) and arrive at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Your departure flight must be no earlier than 3:30 p.m.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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    Review by Kaleki Witte from Germany

    CONS Cons: That the time went by so fast. Three weeks seemed like five days. For real.

    PROS Pros: Amazing Food! Everything was very nice and clean, very beautiful structures and accommodations, breathtaking view. Great YTT, I couldn't be happier with my decision to go with Banyan Gallagher. He is an awesome and wildly funny teacher.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-12 21:02:24

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    Review by Cristina Dinatale from Canada

    Great first time experience

    CONS Cons: Either a monkey or someone found my phone :p but was resolved beyond expectations thank you

    PROS Pros: The atmosphere at Anamaya was all aroun spectacular would do this again though pricey it's worth every last penny! The service was impeccable I work in fine dining and everyone was on point remembering specifics and making us feel at home. It was amazing to be a part of a family and stay at someone's home :)

    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-01 18:53:22

  • Review by Jackie Vannuyen from Toledo, Ohio, USA

    "We chose Anamaya for the Yoga and Surf package and based on the great reviews. The resort was cozy but had lots of nice amenities. It was truly welcoming and like a home away from home. Because there weren’t a lot of rooms, it had a very intimate, community feel. We met new people, got to know their stories and shared memories and adventures. The small staff knew everyone by the first few days and made us all feel like family. "

    "The yoga equipment was top notch (nice,new Manuka mats, blocks, towels, straps), the yoga decks were beautiful hardwoods and had spectacular views. The environment was absolutely conducive to a truly meditative and focused practice. The yoga instructor and her assistant, Elena and Guina, were excellent and were open to the groups desires and abilities in terms of deepening and challenging our practices."

    "The food was amazing. It wasn’t really mentioned much in the Trip Advisor reviews, so I didn’t know what to expect. We are animal protein lovers, but didn’t miss it much (there still was chicken and fish on occasion). The clean, healthy and mostly vegetarian/vegan cuisine was so delicious and filling. The smoothies/snacks were also refreshing. I felt like the food definitely contributed to our overall wellness! (We didn’t worry about gaining weight from overeating indulgent/heavy food and stayed active w/ the yoga/surf and other activities)"

    "The other activities were fun but it was just as easy to relax by the pool, take a siesta or enjoy quiet time in a private hammock on your room’s roof deck. The surf instruction was amazing: Young Vision Surf School. Manuel and Alvaro, the owners and all the other instructors were so great at breaking it down so that everyone could “pop up” and successfully surf the foamies! It was so much fun and easier than we thought, but I think it was due to the superior instruction and not just our yoga/core abilities!"

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    "Overall I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone and any yogi of all levels. It was so magical and now I'm yearning for more experiences like this one!"

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  • Review by Joy Taylor from Gumberry, North Carolina, USA

    "After this training with Banyan I feel the desire to project not only my voice but also my character."

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  • Review by Andrea from Costa rica

    "Banyan has wonderful and precious knowledge to share; he swings seamlessly from the detailed, anatomic, and structural asana breakdown to a full submersion in yoga’s spiritual roots. From years of yoga practice and deep studies, and a humble, eloquent, and playful personality, he can distill workshops full of ease, thought provoking debates, and lots of smiles."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I learned to respect my body for what it is and where it’s at, and learned to believe in myself enough to show others the way."

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  • Review by Cassi Heale from Sacramento, California, USA

    "Banyan sees the beauty in your tight hips and shoulders, and he will not allow you to be inhibited by these special features of yours. My poses look quite different from the magazines and now I feel lovely in them. Banyan taught us so much about yoga, but most importantly, he taught us how to play."

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  • Review by Carly Jack from Capetown, South Africa

    "Wow, where to start? J Banyan is an old soul that resides in the fountain of youth. His class is a perfect balance of playfulness and tradition, innovative modern practice and ancient knowledge. Somehow he manages to balance on a revolving atlas, whilst juggling fire sticks and reciting potent mantras. His energy and enthusiasm constantly brings you higher, and makes you realize everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus, and everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter, humility, kindness, and an open heart. Banyan is a wonderful teacher - a deep source of knowledge, life experience and a truly open loving spirit. Thank you for this gift!"

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  • Review by Dagmar from Germany

    "I had some of the deepest experiences in classes taught by Banyan. He has such a clear and deep understanding of tantric philosophy and presents it in very inspiring and authentic ways, so everybody gets it. I left the retreat feeling inspired as a yoga teacher, and I can’t wait to study with him again. He is a person with integrity and honesty who manages to keep lecture and class light and full of joy. "

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  • Review by Nick Woolsey from Canada

    "Banyan is not just another yoga teacher. He is the yoga teacher of the performance art community and a world class performer, and he understands how to teach and inspire artists."

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  • Review by Leslie B. from San Francisco, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I attended a one-week yoga retreat at Anamaya. The location (especially the stellar view from the yoga deck) cannot be beaten. The infinity pool was awesome. The staff was so wonderful and helpful with anything I needed. You don't have to plan anything in advance. Just show up and they will help you book surfing, excursions, etc if you want to do that in addition to yoga. We had awesome people on our retreat from all over the world and all walks of life. It was like summer camp for grown-ups in the best possible way. The food was delicious and healthy. My cousin is a vegan and I eat everything and we both were satisfied (they go out of their way to accommodate different diets and allergies). I honestly don't have a single bad thing to say and I hope to go back one day. It was so much more than a vacation."

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  • Review by Ashley Brooke from New York City, New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first time traveling alone outside the country, as a birthday present to myself. I loved Anamaya and will definitely be back. I was looking for a place to escape the world for a week, and unwind with yoga, massages, and surfing. I stayed in the Prana Cabina, which was perfect for a solo traveler looking for alone time. Throughout the week, I got to know the other retreaters and create new friendships. I loved that you could do as little or as much as you want, be as social or "alone time" as you needed, and customize your week to be what you'd like it to be. I did meditation most mornings, yoga every morning, and surfing 2x during the week, then plenty of pool and hammock time for reading and relaxing. Definitely do the Watsu water massage, especially if you're there in need of healing. Loved touring the organic farm. The food was INCREDIBLE. I cannot wait until the cookbook comes up. The staff was so welcoming and attentive. It was a big decision for me to take a week for myself, but so worth it. It was the time and healing I needed. Thank you, Anamaya!!"

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  • Review by Suzy from San Francisco, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I spent months deciding if I was brave enough to do my first solo female trip somewhere. The moment I found Anamaya in all the online reviews, I knew that if I was ever to travel alone anywhere for my first time, it would be to Anamaya. From the moment I contacted Anamaya, they were quick to respond to all of my questions and reassured me about all my nervousness and concerns. From the moment I landed at San Jose airport and met some of the friendly women who would be joining me in Anamaya, I knew finally that I would not be alone! One crazy propeller plane ride, and many dirt roads later... we arrived in Montezuma. From the moment I stepped foot onto Anamaya's property, I felt the magic in and around my soul. I felt like home immediately. Every there with you is a like-minded individual, most likely looking for the same things in their life at that moment. A life changing mind-body-soul experience. The property is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is like one big home, with many small guest houses littered around the jungle property. From almost anywhere you have a sweeping ocean view. Everything is beautiful, and the decor is very Moroccan and comforting. The staff is immediately like family to you, and they take care of you like family. The food is out of this world. Everything is so healthy and delicious. My stomach had never been happier than it was that one week. The yoga is by far the best yoga I have ever done. I know this is all dependent on the instructors, but I have a feeling anyone Anamaya would pick will be amazing. Their yoga decks are out of this world beautiful. You feel like you are in a dream, practicing yoga, with the sounds of the jungle, thunder, rain, butterflies flying around you. So tantric and mystifying. The activities are ALL so fun. Do as many as you can, but make sure to leave enough time to relax and be alone. Coming alone on this trip, I am surprised how little I spent by myself. I literally had to carve out time in my days to sit and meditate myself, otherwise you are with friends, having a blast! I could honestly go on, and on, and on about this place. But all you need to know is that you need to go here, SOON. You WON'T regret it, and it WILL change your life."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I just returned from a month at the Anamaya resort. The staff there is truly incredible. Hugs to Laura, Grettel, Papin and all the cleaning ladies who were so sweet and ready with a hug (or chocolate) if we needed it. The staff keeps everything immaculate and the grounds are well maintained. So many varieties of birds and plants and incredible views of the ocean. I have issues eating a lot of different foods and Jeff worked with me to ensure I had foods that I could tolerate. Everything is fresh and tasty, I miss the granola and snacks already. Thank you to everyone for their care and kindness. "

    "I can also recommend Banyan to anyone considering yoga training. He is very focused and meticulous from word choices to explanations to ensuring everyone is safe when trying difficult poses. He has a deep knowledge yet still made learning fun. I was completely captivated during the evening of graduation from the ceremony to the entertainment."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Anamaya is truly a magical place. I'm a seasoned traveler, and it's rare that I come back from a vacation feeling 10 years younger! "

    "Antoine and Pamela were amazing teachers who guided us through our twice daily yoga practices with joy and laughter. I returned to "life" refreshed and committed to a daily yoga practice. While at Anamaya for only a week, some better lifestyle choices became ingrained!"

    "The Anamaya staff was fabulous! Kudos to everyone, from food preparation, spa staff, to the folks I met daily who graciously nodded to me when I attempted to greet them in my atrocious Spanish. "Lo siento, mi español es muy mal :( ""

    "I can't say enough fabulous things about my visit. I travelled solo and would do it again in a heartbeat. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the eclectic group of roommates I had in Gaia, as well as the small group we had on site during my stay. I surfed, zip-lined, visited the local brewery, and enjoyed every moment of my time in Costa Rica. "

    "My advice to anyone considering a visit... GO!!!!! You won't regret it! "

    "I can't wait to go back."

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  • Review by a traveler from Pennsylvania, USA
    10 out of 10

    "First Yoga Retreat - can't imagine a better experience anywhere else. Most important - the staff at Anamaya are outstanding! - anything you want, anything you need (including a customized gift certificate for my wife!), they will make sure they do everything possible to help! The food is awesome - leaning vegetarian but plenty of chicken and fish (I did have a big burger when I git back to Baltimore at Bobby Flays!). It is so much more than yoga - relaxing by the pool. hiking trips to the falls, sunset on the "pacific" beach with live music, zip lining, and much more. We stayed in Bali - beautiful. We will definitely go back. In addition to all of this, we made livelong friends from 20-70 years young!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Calgary, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I have been to Costa Rica several times, and I have visited nearly the entire country. This trip to Anamaya was by far the best. The hotel is absolutely stunning yet has a nice welcoming homey feel to it. I went to Anamaya on my own on a week long retreat and by the end of it, I felt like I was part of a giant family. This place exceeded my expectations beyond belief. The food was fantastic. Never have I had such delicious food traveling, especially being vegan and gluten-free. There was so much selection and everything I tried I loved! The yoga teacher that we had, Adam Bolton was an incredibly talented teacher and taught a nice vigorous "hot" yoga in the mornings and a blissful restorative in the evenings. There were animals everywhere from monkeys to coatis to giant lizards to tropical birds. I stayed in the casita with 4 other women and thought it was going to be cramped but it was spacious and wonderful to share the space with like-minded people. The surf school they hooked us up with (South Nicoya Surf School) was incredible beyond anything I experienced before. The bonfire on the beach surf party, which I think was partially arranged through the surf school and Anamaya, was such a good time. I went in with high expectations and my expectations were exceeded. Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible!"

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  • Review by Mark
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first time going to a yoga retreat. This was my first time traveling to Latin america. This was my first time going on vacation solo. I really didnt know what to expect. At the end of the trip, I could not have asked for a more perfect vacation. There were many other solo travelers in the same situation I was in: stressed at work, need to get away, and wanting to try something new. I ended up leaving Costa Rica with a new group of friends from all over the US, Canada, and even Costa Rica.The property was absolutely breath taking. Doing yoga in the two outdoor "studios" was breath taking. Yoga will never be the same. The image of the jungle and Pacific Ocean while doing an inversion will forever be engrained in my mind. The staff was more than accommodating, they were like family. Everyone knew you by name which made you feel special. They were always there to help with no hesitation. They always had a warm smile on their face when they greeted you.The food was to die for! Each meal was a wonderful surprise. Most of the meals were vegetarian, with a few dishes containing fish and chicken. All of which were tasty and creative. I wish they had sold a cookbook with their recipes so I can take a piece of that magic back home. This place is highly recommended. It made my first trip to Costa Rica that much more magical."

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  • Review by Millie from Fremantle, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "The room we stayed in was so wonderful, with a stunning view of the ocean. The entire resort is like something out of a dream, the infity pool is breathtaking and the main casa so welcoming and gorgeous. Most of all, the staff here are incredible. If you have the opportunity to book a retreat or yoga teacher training absolutly do. It truly is a magical place."

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  • Review by a traveller from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Best time of my life! Jackie Chiodo is a goddess of yoga and life, best decision I ever made. Her classes will take you to places you've never imagined. The food is delicious and all organic, also mostly vegetarian. Staff are absolutely wonderful and will help with any questions at all. Pure Vida! Do it!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "A place to relax and enjoy the view. Excellent meals prepared with fresh ingredients. The infinity pool is fantastic. It is within walking distance of Montezuma. Yoga is first and formost at this retreat."

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  • Review by Mari from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This place is magical. I booked it last minute by myself with the intention of learning to surf, doing some yoga, and exploring Costa Rica. I was blown away. Anamaya itself is remarkably beautiful, it's impossible not to feel grateful for every day you are able to enjoy there. The staff is absolutely amazing, you will feel more like you're visiting friends or family as opposed to the sterile feel of a hotel. It's so warm.The people who attend the weeklong retreat come from different places but you can feel the common thread. It's the perfect place to go alone - you will never be lonely. I met some of the most amazing people, had the coolest experiences and learned so many valuable things. When I left, I was stronger, happier, healthier, more balanced, mindful and awake. If you are even slightly thinking about it, go for it. You'll be so happy you did."

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  • Review by Veselica from Ottawa, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Anamaya has the formula for complete wellness of your mind, body and spirit totally figured out! The resort and the accommodations are absolutely stunning - think an ocean view, monkeys howling in the not so far distance, open and airy houses and two yoga decks that will get you to the Zen zone fast.The best part of this resort is the staff. Chef Jeff prepared flawless meals every day and I did not even notice that all his delicious meals were gluten free. Who knew that gluten free food could be so good?!! The administration and maintenance staff went above and beyond to make us all feel welcomed. I don't want to away too much, but they are musically and artistically talented as well. I want to mention Grettle (aka Trouble) and Laura for laughing with us and always smiling.The yoga and surfing were magnificent as well. I realized that these two activities added so much to my relaxation and it feels great to go back home having learned how to surf! I recommend that if you do visit, do as many of the activities as you can. You will be surprised by how much energy you actually have. All in all, I cannot recommend this place enough. I hope to go back as soon as I can and do the YTT while I am there. Pura Vida!!"

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  • Review by Luba from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I can't say enough about what a wonderful a stay I had at Anamaya. It's not your typical resort, it's about sharing and living in this extraordinary space while nurturing body and soul. You feel like you are being welcomed home. The staff is wonderful, friendly and very accommodating. They truly take care of you as if you were family.The organic food is spectacular, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available, with a lean toward free-range chicken and local fish. Vegan and gluten-free options also available as well as beer and wine. Everything was perfect. The accommodations are lovely, each house unique. The common areas are spacious and comfortable and the view from the infinity salt water pool will leave you lingering as long as possible. All in all, if you want to re-connect with nature, nurture your soul, deepen your yoga practice, this is the place to be."

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  • Review by Chris F. from Edmonton, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I was welcomed at the resort to my departure the whole trip was exceptional. As a guy who hasn't done a lot of yoga and who is not in great shape I was worried that this would be a little to serious about the yoga, and the small size might be too intimate with the other guests. Turns out I was wrong. Not only is the location quite extraordinary, but the yoga with Dagmar was wonderful and accommodating of a crowbar like me. The other guests were lovely and it was as interactive as I wanted to be. The food was some of the best that I have had anywhere at any restaurant, the surf training, beach trip, and jungle hike were lovely punctuations of my trip. One of the most relaxing vacations I have ever been on even with 3 hours of yoga a day. Extraordinary."

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  • Review by Kari from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I just returned from a one-week yoga retreat at Anamaya and I feel like my body and soul have been found again! Our yoga instructor was a local woman named Silvia Ericksson who teaches yoga at the local Motezuma Yoga studio. If you are not lucky enough to have Silvia make sure you make it to town for a class with her. She is one of the best yoga instructors I've ver had. I am returning to New York with a new sense of balance and calm in my life that was directly because of her yoga practice this week.Anamaya is a truly special place and if you are lucky enough to get there I promise you won't regret it. The staff is incredible. Gretel and Sol made our days and nights easy and seamless, the food was so healthy and wonderful, and the spa staff worked on my muscles after yoga and surfing. I had also never tried surfing before and it was amazing! I wish I had tried it earlier in the week but now it just means that I will have to return to the Nicoya peninsula. Maybe even do the Anamaya yoga teacher training! Our group was also very special and from all over the world with stories and varying reasons for being there. Not only did I leave Anamaya with my body and mind at peace but also with new friends. Book your trip here now. You will not regret it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "My mom and I booked this trip for my college graduation gift and it was more than I ever expected. I have nothing but amazing things to say about Anamaya, the staff, and the experience. Everyone makes you feel right at home. The food and views are unreal! I already want to go back and I’ve been home for a week. I highly suggest coming here. Pura Vida!"

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  • Review by Staci

    "I cannot say enough about this wonderful place. I was traveling by myself and picked this resort based on other trip advisor reviews, and I was not disappointed. All the rooms are unique and the staff becomes like family. The food is amazing and the yoga decks have the most perfect views. The property is even more beautiful in person than the photos can show. The staff was also great about quickly returning my emails before my trip and answering all my questions, which made me feel better about heading there alone. I can’t wait to go back."

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  • Review by Kimberlee
    10 out of 10

    "If yoga, surfing, eating healthy, and being eco consciousness is your thing; then this is a have to destination for your next adventure vacation. Two years ago I attended a yoga teacher training here for a month, and did not want to leave this slice of heaven. Now just two years later, I am back, and after just one week, I'm experiencing the exact same feelings about this magical place. The staff make you feel part of their home, the accomodations are relaxing, and the choices are many from yoga to surfing to hiking the waterfalls, salsa lessons. And to top it all off, the chefs create all healthy meals from their local garden. Absolutely an amazing adventure!"

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  • Review by Jen from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I was impressed by the photos on the website and the reviews, they made this place seem to good to be true. And yet my expectations were exceeded in every way! I actually went in April 2013, and still keep in touch with all of the people who were there that week. We have a Facebook group, and multiple people have already been back already and met up when back home. I encouraged a friend to go this summer and she absolutely loved it as well. I went as part of a solo trip with the intention of doing a lot of soul searching and relaxing, but ended up making such great friends that I spent most of the week hanging out with them.I have never felt so good about myself or lived a healthier lifestyle, my roommate and I started a habit of running down to the beach at 5 a.m., running back up, grabbing a quick bite to eat and some of that delicious coffee with stevia, heading to a 1.5-hour yoga class, and then spending the rest of the day eating delicious food, surfing, heading to the beach, lounging by the pool, hiking, doing more yoga, etc. The food is unbelievable, and so healthy. I overate at almost every meal because I couldn't get enough! I regret not having signed up for the surf package or trying it until Wednesday; the instructors are incredible, and make it so easy for you.We all stood up on our first attempt! We did a tour of the cabins, and they were all really nice. You feel as though you're staying at a very friendly, very welcoming friend's house. They take care of you, and it feels like a family, rather than an employee-guest relationship. I absolutely loved being so immersed in nature, I've never felt so connected to myself, the earth, and new people. Going to Anamaya is an incredible experience, I would highly recommend it for those looking for an authentic and rejuvenating experience. "

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  • Review by Rosa P.
    10 out of 10

    "When my shuttle turned into Anamaya resort, and I first saw the view of this place, I was in awe. I couldn't believe I would be staying at such a beautiful place for the next seven days of my yoga retreat. Every corner of this resort is well thought-out and beautifully designed. As soon as I entered this resort, I didn't have to try too hard to be in the moment. I was so grateful and happy to be there and enjoyed every little moment. I can still close my eyes and remember the sound of geckos in the ceilings, the howling monkeys in the distance, and the sound of waves crashing below, feeling the gentle ocean breeze while reading a book in the hammock.I also really appreciated the organic, healthy meals and snacks. (5 p.m. smoothies are the best!) they produce at their own farms. And if you're worried this is too healthy, we were allowed to bring in our own alcoholic drinks as well, so you're free to have fun! I also met many awesome people who were in the same retreat as me. The cabinas are beautiful and very clean. I can just go on and on about this place but I think it's best for you to go check it out for yourself."

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  • Review by Keith H. from Reston, Virginia, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I went to an Anamaya yoga retreat in November of 2013, by myself. It's not so easy to describe how wonderful and transformative this place is. There were 30 of us from all across the world. Not many places you can stay and enter as 30 strangers and leave a week later as family. The property, location, staff, food, yoga experience, accommodations, programs, and options, are all one can ever ask for. Anamaya was obviously created for the soul, spirit, and real connections seekers looking for a deep, meaningful, and truly transformative experience."

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  • Review by Denise Z. from New York City, New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Anamaya is one of those places which would bless you with memories you will carry with you throughout your life. You'll meet great people, make friends for life, and have adventures. It's up to you what you do. Anamaya is just there to help you help yourself. It is a kind of place that can help you find what you are looking for, if you let it. So, choose your destination and go, if you accept everyone you meet as a teacher then the truth will not be withheld from you.."

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  • Review by April T. from Murrieta, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had the pleasure of being a guest teacher at the exotic Anamaya and I have to tell you that I am already planning to go back! From the moment you walk through the doors until the time you leave you are treated like family.The staff and the resident kitty, Onyx, really care about your well being and your experience at Anamaya and go out of their way to make sure your stay there is superb. The food is delicious and fresh with nice plated presentations. The views are breathtaking, you must get up early at least one time while you're there to meditate as the sun rises, with a very curious iguana that likes to also watch the sun come up.I can write a book about the unforgettable experience I had, but you'll have to go for yourself and experience how taken you become with Costa Rica, Anamaya, the beaches, and the beautiful people."

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  • Review by Andrzej from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "This review comes somewhat delayed. I went to Anamaya back in March of this year and I had such a great time. You need to read a few reviews so you can truly appreciate it and get a sense of the place. It feels like a home away from home but when you need privacy you can retreat to your room or villa and just take in the beautiful environs or take a nap in your air conditioned room. this is not like staying at a large resort, they only have capacity for around 30 people, and everyone is there Saturday to Saturday so you get to know everyone and spend a lot of time together at Yoga, morning coffee and fruit while watching the sunrise or monkeys play in the trees, or at the pool, the sauna, meals or excursions.The staff was fantastic - the chef was previously from the Four Seasons (and I believe now opening his own restaurant nearby), the office staff responsive and accommodating; finding the right times for massage appointments, or custom-designing an excursion for the smaller in-house group that was there that week, or moving our yoga class earlier or later to make it work for our schedule - they really know how to run a resort. There's so much to say - the nearby town is wonderful and has an organic market on Saturdays, several organic/healthy restaurants, a real gelato place, open mike on Mondays (where one of the staff sings - she's amazing!), and more.Just go! For the price you can't beat it. Just make sure to take Nature Air or Sansa (the two domestic carriers) if you're connecting from San Jose or Liberia - especially LIberia since the roads are very bumpy and you go slowly. From San Jose I hear there's a highway most of the way, but still a bit of a ride. Anyway, enjoy! And thanks so much Anamaya - I had a lovely time and made friends for life!"

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Montezuma, Costa Rica

The Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center is Costa Rica's leader in yoga retreats, surfing, and teacher trainings in Montezuma. It is truly an exotic boutique hotel, built on a cliff edge.

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Bookings made more than six months prior the training date will get a 375 USD discount and bookings made three to six months prior the training date will get a 225 USD discount.

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