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Explore a unique, subtle, and exploratory approach to yoga and meditation. Open your senses to the prana-filled air of the rainforest and the expansive views across the Golfo Dulce inlet to the South Pacific while beginning, deepening or inspiring your yoga and meditation practice. Awaken each day surrounded by pristine rainforest and rugged natural beauty in the area. Walk just steps to swim in the Pacific or explore the secluded beaches. Rest each night revitalized, renewed, relaxed.
Each of Blue Osa rooms and bungalows are uniquely designed to deliver on comfort, convenience, and relaxation. Whether it's heightened ocean views, a serene garden setting or a spacious beachfront bungalow, at Blue Osa you'll find purpose-built, jungle-chic rooms that create the ideal setting for a tranquil, restorative retreat. All of their 12 rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and shower, elegant and modern furnishings, fresh bed linens and towels, large screened windows, overhead fans, reading lamps, personal in-room safe, and ceiling fan.
Each evening, silence will be observed after the evening meditation until after breakfast the following morning. Anyone may choose to have as much alone time as they would like to extend the periods of silence. Most people today have busy lives and spend very little time in silence. Silence is restful, being the mirror of your natural state. Silent community creates a supportive environment in which to deepen understanding, awareness, openness, and compassion. This greatly enhances the benefits of a yoga retreat.
The teaching at this retreat guides a student to be self-referenced through attention to the breath, sensations of the body and whatever arises in every moment. It is a process of letting go, or undoing. You will see yoga as an inquiry: listening, trusting and surrendering to the body. Ultimately it is about being, rather than doing.
In some instances there might be a focus on physically challenging postures and other times it will be more yin - a more subtle approach. It is not just a workout and it is not all very quiet work - it can change depending on the needs of the individuals and the group. There are times when the postures will flow from one to another with the breath and times when a posture might be held for a time - but always with attention to the breath and the sensations throughout the body.
The particular style or the outer appearance of the posture is not of primary importance. The focus is inward listening to the body and breath in each pose. By developing awareness of the breath and sensations in the body, each person adapts and adjusts the pose to suit the needs for their body in each moment, which is always changing. The pose develops from within, not imposed by a concept of how it should be. All students are guided to develop a meditative awareness in the yoga postures that allows them to deepen their self-awareness. This has profound benefits long after you have left the yoga hall.
The teaching is primarily guiding each participant back to their own intuitive knowing. Students come to these retreats for different reasons and with different backgrounds. The retreat experience is unique for everyone, allowing them to have the understanding and experience they need at that particular time.
Of course there is a great deal of variation even within the various styles of yoga. Perhaps as important as the style of yoga is the teachers intention and understanding of how they would like to see a student benefit from yoga retreat. The following short writing about the nature of retreat is a brief expression of our intention for retreat.
The yoga retreats at Rolling Meadows are an opportunity for one to relax and rest in the natural presence/awareness that they are. They feel this is the essence of yoga, meditation and retreat in general. The schedule, teaching, and environment allow one to let go of the demands and details of daily life and to reconnect with and reveal their own deeper knowing. Yoga postures, breath awareness, restorative postures, meditation, silence, and free time in the natural world generally assist in this letting go. As we let go of tension and the busy mind, a deeper knowing that is always present, reveals itself.
There is ample opportunity for people to ask questions during the sessions or in private interviews between sessions. The morning after arrival you will begin what they call social silence, meaning silence between the sessions which ends the last morning of the retreat. The Rolling Meadows Retreats have found this greatly enhances the benefits of the retreat.
Surya Chandra Das
Surya began studying hatha yoga and meditation in 1988 and has taught classes and yoga retreats since 1990. His teaching of yoga asana and pranayama is influenced by his studies with T.K.V. Desikachar in Madras, India,Victor van Kooten, Angela Farmer, Richard Miller, a variety of teachers in the Iyengar tradition and the teachings of yin yoga. Studies in Authentic Movement and Continuum Movement have contributed to his interest in exploring the formless contained within the form of yoga postures. Surya has also been influenced by the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti.
Patricia Sunyata Brown
Patricia has been blending asana, meditation, movement and stillness since 1980. Began studying yoga asana in the Iyengar community, and later with Angela Farmer and teachers of the Vanda Scaravelli approach. She began sitting Vipassana meditation retreats with SN Goenka and with teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Forest Refuge. Studies in meditative movement with Jungian based Authentic Movement, Continuum, the innovative work of Emile Conrad, as well as Five Rhythms with Gabriella Roth. Studies in Ayurveda, Somatics and Source Point Therapy.
Striking a balance between the vibrant energy of nature and the material comforts of present day, Blue Osa Retreat Center offers a rare opportunity to be immersed in one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. Blue Osa is located about eight miles south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which National Geographic Magazine labeled the most biologically intense place on Earth.
It is nearest to the border of the world-renowned Corcovado National Park and on the warm shores of the Golfo Dulce. While visiting this tropical eco-resort, you are likely to spot some of Costa Ricas shyest and most endangered rainforest inhabitants, including the red-backed squirrel monkey, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and maybe even a jaguar.
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This retreat includes two delicious meals (a hearty brunch and dinner) with mid -afternoon healthy snack, smoothies, gazpacho, or humus and vegetables each day. Blue Osa believes that nutritious, wholesome food is not only the foundation for a productive life, but is also essential for a happy one. Food that nourishes your soul not only needs to be healthy, but it also needs to be tasty and delicious! Blue Osa is devoted to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to their kitchen. Locally-sourced red snapper and mahi mahi are freshly-caught by neighboring fishermen. Whether it’s pineapple from the Blue Osa property or eggs from the farmers down the road, all produce supports the local economy. Loving hands knead homemade bread, gardeners gather herbs from the greenhouse, and knowledgeable chefs create a gourmet menu under the guidance of Chef Marie.
With 359 species of birds that call the Osa Peninsula home, the entire peninsula is rich birding ground. And not only are there a wide variety of habitats and healthy populations for birds but other wildlife too. With this eco-tour, enjoy the best opportunity for birding at Playa Tamales.
The essence of enjoying an adrenaline-packed Costa Rican vacation is this zip line and canopy tour. This is among the most thrilling local activities and at the same time the safest. Glide through the canopy up to 30 meters in the air, eye-level with the forest wildlife. Enjoy the thrill of the ride. Low impact and easy to control your speed. Let the magic of the Costa Rican rain forest seep into your consciousness while you travel on one zip line to another.
This Costa Rica eco-tour will take you back to the roots of cacao agriculture during the Mayan times and teach you about how chocolate is produced. First enjoy the cacao orchards, learning about the various kinds of cacao and how it fits into the natural food cycle. Followed by sampling the cacao fruit, remembering that chocolate comes from the plants seeds. Next, follow the preparation process, including fermentation, drying, roasting, and finally the making of raw chocolate. Last but not least, enjoy the result: delicious chocolate fondue, served with fresh, local fruit and banana bread, all organic and homemade. Learning never tasted so good!
Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel of the world-renowned Costa Rican National Park system. The best way to see the Corcovado is to spend a two to three day expedition inside the park. It is recommended to go to the Corcovado for no less than two nights to enjoy the experience fully. A first rate bilingual naturalist guide will ensure that you are able to optimize your experience. Expect to possibly see tapirs, monkeys, peccaries, coatis, macaws, crocodiles, and sea turtles in season. Pricing for this normally reserved excursion is dependent upon the availability of lodging and meals at Sirena as well as the availability and rates of each independent qualified guide. One of the best ways to experience Costa Rica is at the Corcovado.
Explore the mangroves and have the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife, up close and from the vantage point of a kayak. With their incredible root system that grows above water and spreads out as if by walking, the mangrove is a fascinating area to explore. Find yourself in the shade of 80-foot mangrove trees that are host to an amazing array of biodiversity. The mangrove is a vitally important part of the ecosystem because it acts as a filter for reefs, as well as being a bridge where the land meets the ocean, making it home for crabs, birds, lizards, and all types of animals and insects. Dry bags are supplied for your cameras. The paddling is fairly easy and relaxed because your guide will take you up-river with the tide and then turn around to paddle back down again with the tide. However, please know your own limits before signing up for this tour.
This is the perfect guided eco-tour in Costa Rica for those who may not have the time to visit the Corcovado National Park itself. Cape Matapalo is one of the most breathtaking locations on the peninsula and is filled with wildlife. You are certain to see most of the species of local monkeys, scarlet macaws, coatimundis. Keep your eyes peeled for toucans, agoutis, and jaguarundis. The forest, which you will be hiking in, is contiguous with Corcovado Park and has many of the same plants and animals that you would observe there.
The Osa wildlife sanctuary is dedicated to the care of orphaned and injured wild animals for subsequent re-introduction to their original habitat. The sanctuary is located on the northeast corner of the Golfo Dulce and cannot be reached by any means other than boat. The facility receives mostly juvenile animals that are orphaned by illegal hunting or that have been for some reason abandoned by their mothers. Many of these tiny vulnerable creatures are friendly and can be petted, making this destination one of the most family-friendly activities in the whole region. The tour begins with a boat ride across the Golfo Dulce to reach the sanctuary. After the tour there and on the return trip to the dock in Puerto Jimenez, depending on the time of year you will have the opportunity for dolphin watching and snorkeling.
Take a day trip to the Corcovado National Park. On this tour, you have the option of flying over the park or flying into it for a day trip. Corcovado National Park is the largest of the 13 national parks that comprise the Costa Rica National Park system and is its crown jewel. Corcovado comprises a lowland tropical rain forest ecosystem but enjoys the diversity of the surrounding mountains. Corcovado contains the largest expanse of contiguous tropical rainforest north of the Amazon and has a biodiversity practically unrivaled on the planet.
This is the perfect eco-tour for those who do not want to leave Blue Osa but would like to explore the natural, beautiful environment surrounding you in this amazing rainforest jungle adventure hike. Leave with a packed snack and enjoy the in-house naturalist guide as he shows you the jungle secrets that surround you. Towards the end of the trip, the guide will usually find and cut open a coconut for you to enjoy.
After 130 million years of existence, the future of these magnificent creatures depends on you.
There are seven species of sea turtles in the world and all of them are considered threatened or endangered due to poaching, predation, habitat disturbance, and degradation and in-water threats. The southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula are visited primarily by two species of nesting turtles: olive ridley and black or pacific green turtles.
Blue Osa has joined forces with the Osa conservation who works to protect these magnificent creatures on two critical nesting sites in the peninsula, the Piro and Pejeperro beaches. The Osa Conservation sea turtle conservation program monitors the nesting activity, predation rates, and hatchling success of these incredible species.
During the morning patrol and sea turtle egg recovery, you will depart at 5:00 am to their beach. Once there you will be recording the tracks that were not recorded the night before. You will also be relocating nests that are in the danger zones which are too close to rivers or high tides and bring the eggs to the hatchery. You will lastly mark the nests by means of the method of triangulation to allow for the release of hatchlings from the hatchery nests.
In the night patrol you will leave at 7:30 p.m. out of the biological station Piro. All patrols will be given an orientation of the activity before departure. Monitoring patrols will be carried out on the Piro beach. As the turtles come out of the ocean to lay their eggs, you will be marking them, taking measurements of the carapace length, species identification by counting scales, and scute. You will also perform a health assessment. You will be awestruck as you watch nature in action.
Pan Dulce beach in Matapalo is one of those rare places where there is a long ride which is great for all skill levels. It is also an ideal place for learners where the surf is gentle making it easy to learn but big enough allowing you to stand and ride. Tours vary according to the tide schedule and must be reserved in advance to ensure availability. This activity is great for all ages. Surf board is included in the price of the lesson.
For an enhanced, adrenaline-packed tour, try the remote zip line and canopy tour. Leave Blue Osa to catch a boat in town and take a beautiful scenic ride across the Gulfo Dulce to Golfito. Once there, you will be transported to the tour. Glide through the canopy at over 30 meters up in the air and have a unique view of the canopys plants and animals. Enjoy the thrill of the ride on the many zip line runs youll take. A little dazzling being up so high. Let the verdant opulence of the Costa Rican rain forest wash over you as you travel from one zip line to another.
After a hike through the jungle, scale the largest original jungle gyms in the forest. You are top roped while climbing an enormous strangler fig roughly 70 feet to a viewing roost. The view at 450 feet over the Golfo Dulce is breath-taking. After exploring the lofty perch and view of the ocean, an exhilarating free fall swing brings you safely back to the Earth. This is an exhilarating and challenging eco-tour, one to set your heart racing.
Performed in the early hours of the morning, from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. in order to avoid high temperatures and activity of predators. You will pass through the station on a path that will take you between 10 to 15 minutes to the nursery. All participants are encouraged to have boots for the condition of the trail and crossing the Rio Piro. Once in the nursery, you will receive an introduction to the project and goals, dynamic activity, and proceed to the release of turtles along the beach, all the babies youll be releasing in the areas where they were collected and spawned by the mother. Babies will be releasing in the upper part of the beach, which help them perform imprinting, a process of recognition of the beach which will help them to return when they are adults.
This well-rounded excursion packs a lot of adventure into one outing. It begins with a horseback ride through pastures and lush rainforest in Cape Matapalo, then makes its way up a hill where you will witness stunning views of the Osa Peninsula. You will then proceed through the jungle on foot for about 15 minutes to the crest of the King Louis waterfall where you will receive instruction covering the equipment, its proper use, and safe rappelling. Then comes the experience of a lifetime as you work your way down the face of the waterfall to the exquisite pool approximately 100 feet below. Dont forget to pause while youre up there to (literally) soak it all in! When you finally have to pull yourself away from this idyllic piece of paradise, you will hike back to your waiting horse for the trek back.
Spa treatments and other bodywork sessions are available at additional price.
Do you want to balance your emotions, de-stress, target physical pain, cure an illness or just simply boost your immune system? Drawing on 2,000 years of empirical knowledge, acupuncture can help heal many ailments and balance your inner being. Blue Osas doctor of traditional Chinese medicine has more than 10 years of education and experience in China, the United States and Canada. Koji Kataoka employs a combination of therapeutic techniques and provides a full pharmacy of over a hundred Chinese herbs to compliment your acupuncture treatment. This treatment includes a full constitutional diagnosis, acupuncture, Tuina massage, cranial sacral massage, cupping, and Chinese herbs prescription if necessary.
Featuring freshly harvested aloe plant, citronella, tea tree, chamomile, lavender, cucumber, and honey. Perfect for sun-drenched bodies, you will feel all the heat and redness disappear. Your body is cooled and refreshed with an herbal rain shower before a fresh aloe plant and cucumber formula, infused with healing remedies, is applied. This curative and hydrating treatment soothes and moisturizes the skin, helping to restore health. Your treatment is completed with a coconut milk moisturizing massage. 45 minute of this ritual costs 89 USD
This enlivening facial is a total body care ritual which helps you to feel restored and emerge refreshed. The live and fresh rainforest botanical ingredients encourage detoxification, promote skin balance, and a feeling of renewed vigor. It begins with the Blue Osa signature ritual: an aromatic foot soaks to indulge your tired feet. After an initial skin consultation, they will personalize the treatment to your specific skin care type and needs. Integrated with your facial is a full body treatment featuring Blue Osa signature chakra balancing massage. 90 minutes of this treatment costs 125 USD.
Wash away the dead tired skin you have been carrying. Your new skin will then receive nourishment in a warming wrap, followed by a short moisturizing massage. The perfect way to end your week in paradise. This treatment costs 145 USD for 90 minutes.
The chakras are energetic centers within you that reflect different aspects of your life. As you bring your chakras into balance, they bring the different aspects of your life in alignment. The chakras are the network through which mind, body, and spirit interact as a holistic system.
This massage begins with an aromatic foot soak to awaken your energetic body and senses. Then using sound, aromatherapy, and other modalities, this massage will leave you feeling balanced and clear. This treatment costs 145 USD for 90 minutes.
Featuring green volcanic mud, organic chocolate, and orange essence. Indigenous organic Costa Rican chocolate is melted and then mixed with volcanic mud, orange and cinnamon to create a most delicious and sensuous experience. This deep chocolate body mask purifies the skin and excites the senses. The highly nutritious and exotic body experience ends with a moisturizing mango body butter massage. This treatment costs 89 USD for 45 minutes.
Featuring grated coconut, virgin coconut oil, carrot, raw sugar cane, and lemongrass. For those desiring a less abrasive exfoliation or those with sensitive skin, Blue Osa has designed a blissful coconut experience for you. While cleansing, this moisturizing scrub leaves your skin smooth, luminous and smelling like a tropical paradise. This treatment costs 89 USD for 60 minutes.
Featuring freshly ground coffee beans, raw sugar cane, mint, ginger, sweet orange, cinnamon, and olive oil. This is other most desired treatment and results in feeling awakened and completely energized. Coffee releases toxins and reduces fat build up; you will feel revitalized with this optimized stress relief treatment. This treatment costs 89 USD for 60 minutes.
Featuring lemon grass, aloe, mint and spearmint, tea tree, pumice, rose, and coconut. A one-hour treatment, dedicated to worshiping your feet, begins with an aromatic lemongrass and mint infused foot bath filled with tropical flowers. An organic aloe and tea tree soap, along with a loofah, is used to deeply cleanse the feet. Sit back and enjoy a thorough tropical scrub which exfoliates the skin, revealing the softest feet possible. A 25-minute spearmint acupressure massage follows, which allows renewed energy and life to flow into your feet. This treatment finishes with a hydrating coconut milk foot rinse allowing you to float away as if you are walking on clouds. This treatment costs 69 USD for 60 minutes.
Simple, yet exotic, this treatment will awaken the skin. Your individual needs will be addressed and the treatment personalized through their rainforest botanical ingredients and aromatic oils. Their healing ingredients and rejuvenating techniques will bring life and increased circulation to the skin, revealing a renewed, healthy glow. Blue Osa facials are designed to heal skin from environmental damage and aging, leaving a luminous healthy appearance. This treatment costs 99 USD for 60 minutes.
Featuring Blue Osa clay, Costa Rican poas volcanic mud, and coconut oil. Become empowered by the earth's most healing muds. Blue Osa clay, found in the surrounding jungle, is combined with volcanic mud, which is brought from Costa Rica's central valley. While detoxifying and purifying your skin, this mud treatment provides essential minerals which are absorbed through the skin to nourish your body and soothe aching muscles. Your treatment is completed with a hydrating coconut oil moisturizing massage. This treatment costs 89 USD for 45 minutes.
To release blocked tension, the Osa deep tissue massage uses techniques that focus on hard to reach muscle tissue. This highly recommended therapeutic massage will leave you renewed and restored. This treatment costs 99 USD for 60 minutes.
Using locally harvested ingredients, the Blue Osa harmony and balance ritual is designed to renew your life force while replenishing your skin's nutrients. A sensory journey of invigorating coconut and chocolate will mineralize and nurture your skin. Enjoy the benefits of a hydrating full body massage and complete this package with the resonating vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls to balance your chakra centers. This treatment costs 239 USD for three hours.
Relax, release, and reconnect with the source. This package begins with a full Reiki session plus a subtle yet profound heart attunement, followed by two more sessions where you will have the opportunity to integrate, heal, and re-align with your true self and path. This treatment costs 210 USD for 30 to 60 minutes.
Create your own spa ritual by combining two or more treatments. Invite the therapists to assist you in revealing your body's needs and help you design your very own customized wellness experience. The treatment lasts for 90 to 180 minutes.
This massage combines different techniques which may include Thai massage, acupressure, deep tissue, Swedish massage, Reiki, and reflexology. The integral massage is great for people of all levels of fitness or yoga practice. Release stress to increase your level of flexibility, cleanse your muscles of toxins due to tension, boost your immune system, and refresh your entire body. This treatment costs 145 USD for 90 minutes.
Begin your experience with a soothing foot soak followed by a Thai massage - both relaxing and energetic. The therapist uses her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used. Afterwards, get on the massage table for a full body massage. You will leave feeling lighter and more centered in mind and body. This treatment costs 239 USD for two and a half hours.).
Soothe your mind and body with this Swedish massage designed to deeply relax you while easing muscle soreness with firm but gentle strokes. Unwind and release body tension to feel a sense of well-being. This treatment costs 99 USD for 60 minutes.
Reiki, meaning "spiritually guided life force energy" in Japanese is a non-invasive technique commonly called palm healing; it was developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Allow Osa Peninsulas only Reiki master Laura Castro to place healing hands on you and experience firsthand the soothing benefits of this energy-bodywork session. As you remain comfortably clothed, Reiki is channeled in a series of hand positions including the head, shoulders, stomach, back, and feet (where many of the chakras are located); each position is held for three to ten minutes. Reiki works on multiple levels encouraging one to let go of all tension, anxiety, and fear while creating many beneficial effects that include balancing the chakra system, invoking feelings of peace, security, and well-being. Let the Reiki relax you. Your state will shift quite naturally as the session proceeds. At the end of the treatment, you will feel refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook. This treatment costs 89 USD for 60 minutes.
Featuring lemon grass, aloe, mint, and tea tree foot soak with a coconut foot exfoliation. Followed by 50 minutes of reflexology bliss. Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, ears, or other specific points on the body with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands. Reflexology effects a physical change to the entire body creating a feeling of well-being and vitality. This treatment costs 110 USD for 60 minutes.
Featuring Costa Rican sea salt, chamomile, green tea, lemongrass, essential oils (lavender-mint). This is a deeply cleansing and detoxifying treatment which leaves your skin with a vibrant glow. The balancing and re-hydrating properties of this mixture will intensely purify the skin, relax your muscles, and stimulate your mind and body. This treatment costs 89 USD for 60 minutes.
Designed to give your skin the best care in a short and concise process, this treatment includes cleansing, refinement, and hydration. Natural and fresh botanical ingredients are used to provide visibly fast results. This treatment costs 59 USD for 30 minutes.
Rest your feet in a lemongrass and mint infused foot-bath. Rose floral and Caribbean coco salt scrub are used to exfoliate the skin of your feet before unblocking your energy paths with an acupressure foot massage. Release deep-seated tension and layers of accumulated stress with a full body massage. The Blue Osa facial follows. Nurture your skin with the rainforest's finest ingredients; this treatment fills you with the spirit of the Osa leaving you feeling youthful and refreshed. This treatment costs 199 USD for two and a half hours.
Thai massage is a deep full body treatment that combines yoga stretching, Shiatsu, acupressure, exercise movements, reflexology, and calmness of meditation. The entire session is done on a special Thai mattress rather than on a traditional massage table; patients dont undress, and no oil is used. This treatment costs 145 USD for 90 minutes.
Deepen your personal yoga practice and connection to your body with a private session that includes postures, breathing techniques, and meditation which will help you attain a deeper state of well-being and serenity. The treatment lasts for 60 to 75 minutes.
Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Jimenez Airport (PJM).
Rolling Meadows Retreat will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
Traveling by bus is recommended only by experienced travelers or if you are adequate in the Spanish language.
From Terminal Atlantico Norte buses leave daily from San Jos and pass through San Isidro de El General where passengers can also get on. Bus 699 from Terminal Atlantico Norte leaves from San Jose at 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., taking about 10 hours to reach Puerto Jimenez. The Tracopa Bus 612 from Terminal Alfaro to Golfito can also be taken which takes about eight hours and leaves at 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The ferry from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez takes about an hour and a half and runs twice daily. Schedule is random and subject to change. Price is 4 USD. There are also fast ferries available, that can do the trip in about 30 minutes, and the cost is 6 USD.