Pura Vida Yoga Retreat – 7 Days of Yoga in Costa Rica

March 1 – 8, 2018 – Mugs McConnell, E-RYT 500 and Terri McDermott, E-RYT 200 welcome you to this beautiful Oceanfront Yoga Retreat!!!!

¡Pura Vida!

AWAKEN to the world around you and within you as you switch from the auto-pilot mode of constant doing to pure and simple BEING. Show up to your life as you dive into the depths of Mindfulness. Through daily Asana, Meditation, Mindful discussion, and plenty of time to relax and just be, this magical retreat along the sea and white sand beaches will blissfully refresh and renew your mind, body, and spirit.

Take in optional afternoon siestas, waterfalls, zip lines, surfing, long walks on the beach, massages, and other local surprises. Retreat includes 7 night’s accommodation, daily sunrise coffee/tea and fruit, brunch after morning yoga, 2 dinners (first & last evening).

Spend 7 amazing days at La Casona on the beautiful beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Morning and afternoon asana classes with Terri will also include yin & restorative. Mugs will share guided meditations, breathing techniques & philosophy discussions drawn from her book Letters from the Yoga Masters.

Extra Special Stuff! Terri has been using essential oils for the last 7 years balancing hormones, creating medicinal teas for respiratory issues, calming her puppy in storms, creating a peaceful environment for her yoga students and the list goes on.  She will share her knowledge of these oils, as well as offer bio-impedance analysis to assist you in determining the oils present and those that are lacking in your body.

Mugs is a certified mantra teacher and will share some short daily pujas to introduce you to some delightful ritual! If you are looking for the right mantra for a special goal or need, Mugs will be happy to discuss what options are available and teach you how to practice them.

Letter from the Yoga Masters

Retreat Includes

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a luxurious villa on the ocean in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
  • Asana, 2 classes/day early morning and late afternoon
  • Meditations & Pranayama, morning and evening
  • Healthy, Organic Meals including early morning fruit and coffee, daily brunch, and dinner on first and last days
  • Mindfulness and philosophy discussions
  • Access to optional Waterfall tours, Surf lessons, Horseback Riding, Zip lining excursions
  • Individualized Sessions (optional): an opportunity to book a one-on-one session with Mugs or Terri to work on advancing or modifying your personal practice
  • Plenty of FREE TIME to relax by the villa pool, lounge on the beach, and see the most amazing sunsets!
  • Closing ceremony
La Casona Room

Travel Details to and from the Villa by land or air:

Here is what we suggest for travel to La Casona in Santa Teresa: Fly into San Jose February 28. Group reservations can be made at a special group rate at the Adventure Inn (approximately $90.00 USD each night). Terri can arrange a private shuttle from the Adventure Inn for travel March 1 to La Casona in Santa Teresa, which includes the ferry (approximately $55 USD each way – exact rates will be determined by the # of travelers), with a return shuttle to the Adventure Inn in San Jose on March 8. Plan to fly out of San Jose March 9.

If you wish to make your own arrangements for travel to the retreat centre, details are below.

By Air: Once you arrive at the San Jose International Airport (SJO), locally known as Juan Santamaría International Airport, there are two airlines that fly from San José, the capitol of Costa Rica, to Tambor Airport (TMU) near Santa Teresa & Mal Pais on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Check airline restrictions on baggage. Travel from Tambor, depending on your decision will be by taxi (approx 40 mins).

Sansa Airlines is the most convenient option if you are connecting directly from the San Jose Airport. If you decide to go this route, fill in the form below and select your departure city as ‘San José’ and your destination city as ‘Tambor.’ flysansa.com/m/en Approximately 100.00 for 20 minute flight if you arrive prior to 3:30 PM. Last flight is at 5:00 PM in March.

Nature Air departs from an airport that is a 20 minute taxi ride away from San Jose airport, where you can easily walk to the terminal. If you decide to go this route, click on link below and select your departure city as ‘San Jose, Juan Santamaria’ and your destination city as ‘Tambor.’ www.natureair.com

By Land and Ferry: Public shuttle from the San Jose Airport via Puntarenas ($45.00 per person one way) Public shuttle service from San Jose Airport to Santa Terersa/Mal Pais provided by: Montezuma Expeditions. Please note the shuttle is to Puntarenas where you transfer to a ferry to Tambor and then on to Santa Teresa.

Private shuttle from San Jose to Airport via Puntarenas is also available and are approximately $250.00 to $300.00 for up to a 10 passenger van. A shuttle will pick you up at the SJO airport with a name plaque and take you door to door via ferry to your lodging at Santa Teresa.

*Please note that ferry schedules are limited and you should arrive at least 30 minutes before ferry departs. See schedules below.

**PLEASE NOTE: Your international flight should arrive in SJO at least 3 hours before ferry schedule if you plan to travel by land.

The ferry will cost you approximately $2.00 per person if you are traveling by shuttle.  soyayoga.com/ferry-schedules

Check Your Passport and Make Sure That It Is Valid to Travel!

La Casona

Retreat Rates

  • $1400 USD – triple occupancy
  • $1600 USD- double occupancy
  • $2000 USD- single occupancy

$100 USD discount if paid in full by September 1st. 

Taxes included. Prices do not include airfare, transportation to or from the Villa (which we will help arrange), private excursions or 5 evening meals. We’ve chosen to do this so you can enjoy the local fare in Santa Teresa!

About Terri

Terri was a Certified Medical Assistant with a passion for Anatomy, before yoga took a priority. Her training in yoga as a 200 hr E-RYT was at first primarily in Hatha yoga with Jenny Lintvedt and Heidi Dietrich. Her love of yoga, the human anatomy, and the peacefulness of this pathway has left her excited about sharing her practice with others.  “Every day, every class, every aware moment teaches me something new that also has helped me to grow as a human being. Being healthy is not only a physical aspect for one to attain, that is just the seed, the beginning. True healthiness to me is defined by one’s ability to be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually connected. There is such peace to be found when these four components are realized.”
Some of Terri favorite classes include gentle, yin/yang, restorative, vinyasa, slow burn, and targeting specific bodily injuries or other issues that may arise as these vessels we currently inhabit grow older.

About Mugs

Mugs has a passion for ritual and philosophy, integrating it into her asana classes. She loves discovering and sharing the power behind hand and body mudras and mantras. She began her yoga training in 1978 with Swami Vishnudevananda, and continued studies from Dr. Hari Dickman, Erich Schiffmann, and Namadeva Acharya. Mugs is an E-RYT500 and Certified Mantra Teacher. She is the author of “Letters from the Yoga Masters,” a book of historical significance in both yoga pre WWII, and the teachings that were brought forth from many yoga masters from the past. She is participating in a documentary being created in Latvia based on these teachings in her book, which is due to be released in 2018. Mugs classes include pranayama, meditation, and stories of yoga. This year celebrates for her 40 years of teaching yoga, which has been for her a most delightful way of life!