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8 Days Movement Exploration Meditation Retreat in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Iguana Lodge Beach Resort & Spa, Calle a Calle Platanares, Puerto Jiménez, Golfito, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Immerse in this retreat that will keep you active while enjoying the tropical rainforest and beautiful beach! You will experience more than five hours of movement sessions per day which are divided into three sessions. This movement exploration retreat is open to all levels, no experience required. Shira will offer progressions that will fit complete beginners, as well as challenges for the experienced mover. You are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you wish!

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • 3 daily movement sessions
  • Retreat around tropical jungle and beach
  • Use of paddle boards, kayaks, and boogie boards
  • 3 daily delicious locally-sourced meals
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Puerto Jiménez Airport
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Accommodation

You will be staying at the gorgeous Iguana Lodge, a tropical beachfront eco-resort in the remote jungles of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The lodge boasts a lap pool, jacuzzi, spa, two gourmet restaurants, a bar, and a friendly, attentive staff. Enjoy complimentary boogie boards and stand up paddleboards in the warm Pacific Ocean, take out a complimentary kayak to explore the nearby reef, or head up the Platanares River and explore a gorgeous mangrove estuary.

Wherever you choose to kick off your flip-flops, Iguana Lodge has awesome lodging options: secluded Casitas, epic Beach House, and upscale Club Rooms. From a romantic getaway to a family holiday or yoga retreat, they can cater to your accommodation needs. All the accommodations are located on the gorgeous, six miles' long deserted sand beach.

Living in the tropics is all about outside living. Throughout the 15 acres property, enjoy balconies, terraces, palapas, arbors, outdoor garden rooms, and ever-present hammocks and deck chairs, all the better to enjoy the view, the wildlife, and your life. Iguana Lodge is about nature and peaceful co-existence. They do not provide televisions nor air-conditioning, however, they do provide an awesome experience in the jungle on the beach.

Your deluxe accommodations include orthopedic beds, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, bunches of fluffy towels and robes, organic shampoos, soaps, and other goodies for the global traveler, batik beach sarongs, fresh tropical flowers, free Wi-Fi, and ocean breezes backed up by quiet, cooling fans.

The rooms

Casitas

Casitas are for a more rustic jungle experience, with a breezy living space, natural stone shower (some have outdoor showers), and a private deck with hammocks. Straight out of Jungle Architectural Digest, the secluded two-story casitas possess what designers call “tropical allure”. Tarzan would be proud. Casitas is located on the beach, around and about the 15 acres property amongst the fragrant native species gardens. The orchards attracting wildlife and birds of all furs and feathers (respectively) amidst the Tarzan vines. You can sign up by yourself or with a partner / friends.

Slip into your spacious Tarzanesque abode and enjoy a breezy living space with both a queen and a daybed, a large bathing area with a natural stone shower (some have exotic outdoor showers), a luxurious private deck with hammocks and deck chairs, in-house designed sustainable bamboo, beach and forest furniture, a relaxing reading nook with great reading lights complete with a private library, and bouquets of tropical fresh flowers in 850 square feet.

Club Rooms

Club Rooms are lovely hotel-like rooms with private bathrooms and outdoor living areas for hanging out facing the beach or the jungle. Some of the rooms have one queen bed and some of the rooms have two single beds. They offer a modern, chic twist on jungle lodging. Light and airy, these 360 square feet rooms offer fab views of the beach or jungle. The rooms include individual outdoor living porches, marble and travertine bathrooms, industrial frosted glass french doors, lofted ceilings, and in­-house designed bamboo furnishings. You can sign up by yourself or with a partner / friend.

Program

Early morning

The focus will be on awareness and sensations. You will work with stillness and gentle movements, often in silence.

Late morning

Getting more active in your bodies, you will explore a range of motion and strength, and you will challenge your bodies and minds by learning new skills (such as handstands, acrobatics, floor work, etc).

Late afternoon

You will wrap up the day with the implementation of the skills you have learned through improvisation, partnering, and interactive games, often cooling down with bodywork.

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:00-05:30 Pre-breakfast
  • 05:30-06:45 Early morning session
  • 07:00-09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00-12:00 Late morning session
  • 12:00-16:00 Lunch, free play, and special activities
  • 16:00-17:30 Afternoon session
  • 19:00-20:30 Community dinner

Instructors

Shira Yaziv

Andrey Pfening

Rachel Baker

Sebastian Grubb

Location

The Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. The peninsula offers the best of both world: lush tropical rainforest and beautiful wide beaches. There are some great surf spots for all levels on the Osa, including the Matapalo area and Pavones (second largest left-hand wave in the world).

Distances

  • Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) - 10 minutes
  • Puerto Jimenez town - 10 minutes by taxi
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 6 to 8 hours’ drive / 9 hours by bus

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Scuba diving
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining

General

  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

There will be a light breakfast available before the first session, and a more serious homemade breakfast provided after the early morning session. Coffee will be available starting at 5 a.m. The lunch is available anytime for you during 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pearl. Every night, there will be a delicious community dinner at 7 p.m. Tap water is fine to drink. Please bring your own water bottle for reuse.

Aside from Tuesday, there will be a barbecue on the beach at 5:30 p.m. and on Friday there will be a more casual pasta night (don't worry, there will be non-gluten options). Extra drinks / purchases will be available at extra cost. If you have any dietary requests, please let Shira Yaziv knows and they will do the best to make sure they have something for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bird and monkey watching
  • Boat tour
  • Boogie boarding
  • Chocolate tour
  • Cruise through Lauren’s Art Studio and enjoy her paintings
  • Dance lessons
  • Explore Corcovado National Park
  • Garden tour
  • Horseback riding
  • Jungle hikes
  • Mangrove exploration
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Nature walks
  • Night hikes
  • Private session with Shira
  • Ramble through the epic Native Species Gardens
  • Relax in the Jacuzzi
  • River trips
  • Salsa party on Friday night
  • Scuba diving
  • Spa
  • Spot turtle nesting
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Sunset kayak tours
  • Surfing
  • Swim in the fab 55-foot chemical free pool
  • Tree climbing
  • Visit to a wildlife sanctuary, local organic farm, local churches, schools, and the library
  • Walk around the botanical gardens
  • Watch a sunrise or take a sunset stroll
  • Waterfall and cliff rappelling
  • Whale and dolphin safari
  • Ziplining

What's included

  • 5 days of 5-hour movement session
  • Morning meditative movement session daily
  • Use of complimentary paddle boards, kayaks, and boogie boards
  • All taxes
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM)
  • 3 delicious locally-sourced meals per day
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare / transportation to Puerto Jimenez

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From there, you can drive, fly, or take a bus to Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM). Transfer from and to Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) is included in the price.

If you plan on arriving in Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) (10 minutes from Iguana Lodge) from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) by flight, it is recommended that you spent a night in San Jose before you book the domestic flight, so you won't risk missing the flight the domestic flight.

If you do plan on booking your domestic flight on the same day as your international flight arrival, Shira Yaziv recommends you first check when is the latest domestic flight for that day, and then look for the international flight to arrive at least three hours before the departure of the domestic flight. Be aware that the domestic flight have a very strict baggage weight / size limit. Over-sized luggage or bags will be charged extra and are subject to space availability.

If you choose to drive, it will take six to eight hours from San Jose. Or if you want to take a bus, the bus ride takes approximately nine hours and costs approximately 8 USD per person each way. The bus ride is recommended only for the "hearty traveler". The bus line is Transportes Blanco Lobo. There is daily bus service leaving from San Jose (Barrio Mexico) to Puerto Jimenez and vice versa. Schedules are vary based on the season. There is generally two buses trip a day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Many of the staffs use the bus system and know the schedule well. They are more than happy to help you.

Arrival by ferry / boat

Passenger ferry boats depart from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez several times a day (and vice versa). There is no car ferry. Schedules are varied on ferry and season. Most ferries are about 40 minutes and cost less than 10 USD. The last one of the day is around 3 p.m. Should you miss the ferry or not want to wait, you can hire a local boat driver to bring you over to Puerto Jimenez for around 80 USD, this a negotiated price, so it may vary. The staffs use the ferry a lot, they know the current schedule and can help you coordinate with the ferry schedule.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis from Puerto Jimenez to Iguana Lodge are approximately 10 USD.

Airport: Puerto Jiménez Airport Airport transfer included: Puerto Jiménez Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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