• Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat
  • Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat

About Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat

Pura Vida, meaning “pure life,” is located on a private, eight-acre mountainside estate in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province, 45 minutes from downtown San Jose. Best known for its comprehensive yoga program, the wellbeing retreat maintains a strict focus on healing and spiritual growth. An on-site spa stays consistent with the property’s peaceful, restorative environment; minimally decorated with white walls, a clean, neutral palette, and warm wood details, the facility features inspiring treatments and organic products crafted with ingredients grown on the retreat’s grounds or in the surrounding region. The collection of holistic therapies is vast, varying from Ayurvedic and Asian to clinical bodywork and bio energetic healing. Meals consist of mainly gourmet vegetarian fare, and mind, body, and spirit harmonization is enhanced by Costa Rica’s spectacular natural surroundings.

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700 Metros al sur de salon Apolo 15, Pavas de Carrizal, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Monday: 10am  -  9pm Tuesday: 10am  -  9pm Wednesday: 10am  -  9pm Thursday: 10am  -  9pm Friday: 10am  -  9pm Saturday: 10am  -  9pm Sunday: 10am  -  9pm

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Customer Reviews for Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat (1)

March 31, 2014
Amazing Retreat
I was lucky enough to be here during an off time so we nearly had the place to ourselves. The food was prepared very well, with choices of healthy and slightly indulgent. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The spa treatments are above average, extraordinary. I had watsu, body talk, a body wrap and an amazing myofascial massage and I would do them all again. This place isn't "luxurious" in a traditional sense but is a serious treasure.
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Facilities & Amenities

Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat exposes guests to mind-body balance through a range of renewing activities. Yoga class is held 12 times weekly in one of four designated halls, the largest of which can accommodate 80 students; as well, guests can keep fit with Latin dance sessions on Thursday nights and Drumming Circle rituals on Friday evenings. Workouts also can take place in the indoor-outdoor gym—filled with kettle bells, dumbbells, medicine balls, and TRX equipment—or the surrounding coffee fields, which are ideal for long walks or hikes.

The retreat encourages guests to discover the beauty and allure of Costa Rica—scheduled excursions to sightseeing hot spots include stops at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poás Volcano, and the hot springs. Eco hikes, white water rafting, and canopy adventures suit thrill-seeking types. 


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Rooms & Dining

Enjoying lush gardens and foliage views, the 51 elegantly eco-rustic accommodations range in style and luxuries. The innovative tentalows, or spacious, electrically powered tents, are perfect for those who like a bit of adventure; they, along with standard rooms, have shared bathrooms set amidst a verdant garden setting. Finely appointed suites boast vaulted ceilings; these include the Zendo suite, which also features a glass shower, and the lavish Pagoda suite, fashioned with a sunken living room, Jacuzzi bathtub, and enclosed Bali-style outdoor shower. A majority of lodging types, including A-Frame, Vista, Kiva, and tri-level accommodations, offer a private balcony or porch.

The retreat entices with gourmet Costa Rican cuisine complemented by fresh, healthy ingredients grown on site. The mainly vegetarian menu is paired with herbal teas, coffee, alkaline water, and fruit, all available 24 hours; snacks, juices, and tonics are provided throughout the day as well. Meals are enjoyed inside the Dining Hall or outdoors, overlooking the manicured grounds and its coffee plantation.

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Apr 11 - Apr 18, 2015  

Purification Meets Paradise

Journey to the beauty of Costa Rica for a week of renewal and inspiration. Take time to pause, cleanse, heal and refresh your body, mind and spirit. 

Karen Quinn, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Therapist, returns for another week of Ayurvedic cleansing and yoga practice. Take this opportunity to restore and balance your health and vitality.  The fantastic food prepared by Chef Marisol is balanced, healing, and completely organic, utilizing the principles of Ayurveda to bolster your body’s ability to accept the nourishment within.  Karen will be in contact with you prior to the retreat regarding herbs and oils that can assist your cleansing experience.

A twice daily yoga practice is offered, including pranayama, nidra, asana and a journey through the chakras, illuminating the path to consciousness and good health. 

You can spend this amazing week as a time of simple solitude and retreat, taking advantage of the lovely grounds. Or you can mix in experiencing the many wonders of Costa Rica through the multitude of excursions offered by Pura Vida. However you choose to spend your time, you will be able to let go, laugh and heal.

Pura Vida Spa
Apr 25 - May 2, 2015  

Pure Life Cleanse, An Ayurvedic Approach

We at Pura Vida Spa are excited to share the Pure Life Cleanse program with you. It is our intention to inspire and support you on your journey towards optimal health and wellness through this program. Whether it’s your first experience with cleansing, or one of many, our hope is that your experience may reveal a new level of awareness and understanding on how to best care for your body, mind and spirit, ultimately leading you to a life of joy, peace, clarity and vitality.

Cleansing (or detoxification) is a process of encouraging the body to release impurities, while at the same time nourishing it with select foods and nutrients. When properly assisted, the body can rid itself of toxins with ease and powerful results.

Pure Life Cleanse Pura Vida Spa– an Ayurvedic approach:

  • Ayurveda is the system of traditional medicine native to India.
  • The word translates as the science of healthful living. Its basis lies in thepremise that, upon birth, we each have a unique constitutional makeup or dosha - a combination of nature’s 5 elements.
  • When our birth dosha is sustained it correlates to optimal health and vitality.
  • The body becomes ‘diseased’ when one’s unique dosha becomes imbalanced.
  • This happens through exposure to unhealthy or inappropriate diet, incompatible food combinations, lack of proper elimination, and emotional or environmental stressors.

To book your Cleanse Week please contact Linden Dudley at (888) 767-7375 X233 or email: reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
Apr 25 - May 2, 2015  

JUST BE Yoga Retreat with Dawn Balfour

Take a week for yourself in this beautiful location, at Pura Vida Spa Resort, Costa Rica where you can find peace and wellness with Yoga, meditation, relaxation.  Just being.

Yoga classes will be led by Dawn Balfour who is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Instructor from Barrie, Ontario, Canada and has been teaching Yoga for 8 years.  You will have 2 classes per day at sunrise and at sunset.   You will also receive a one hour therapeutic session included in the price, which explores imbalance through your Chakras as well as the choice of other therapies at the resort (which are at an additional cost).

Dawn’s background stems from a strong Iyengar foundation with her initial teacher training in London, England as well as in Orillia and Brantford, Canada.  Her more spiritual influences are from Sivananda philosophies as well as applying the 8 limbs of Yoga and Mindfulness to her everyday life.

Her journey to Yoga and self-study started when she became sick with an immune system disorder 15 years ago.  Being housebound, she practiced daily and within a year was on the road to recovery.

Dawn’s aim is to create a safe space for you to practice, to look within and to connect to the seat of Self on and off the mat.

Yogic philosophies are the foundation for the life she lives and through continued self-study and study of Yoga she feels guided by spirit and by the energy of those present to provide you with what is needed on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

2015 will be the third retreat that Dawn has hosted at Pura Vida and each experience has been magical.  You can choose peaceful quiet time as well as going on excursions which are offered every day at an additional cost.  It is a wonderful time to explore the beauty of this country as well as the beauty that resides within.  You will have time to reflect, move, breathe, meditate and clear away negativity, leaving you feeling more positive, empowered and ready to live more fully.This retreat is appropriate for all levels.

Prices start at $1090 USD based on double occupancy.

Book fast, as there are only a few spots available.

Please call 705 721-1202, email dawnbalfour@hotmail.com

Pura Vida Spa
May 2 - May 9, 2015  

Profound Ancient Longevity Qi Gong Retreat

Join Dr. Sifu Reginald Cann for the second lifetime exotic retreat in the stunning Costa Rica Mountains to learn some of the secrets of Profound Ancient knowledge. These life skills can be applied to all aspects of modern everyday life.

The Profound Ancient Longevity Qi Gong Retreat delivers a litany of benefits. These include cellular level detoxification, regulation of yin / yang organs, strengthening of the body, increasing overall energy and vitality, building the immune system, calming the nervous system, and promoting overall wellness and peace of mind.

The Retreat is to be held at the spectacular PURA VIDA SPA, a mountain paradise at 5200 feet, only minutes from the San Jose International Airport which enjoys balmy daytime temperatures that average 73° F and equally mild nights.

Invest in a happier and healthier you — with recreation, relaxation, adventure, delicious meals and daily seminars with like-minded people.

What You Will Learn:

  • Taoist Longevity Qi Gong
  • One Animal Frolic
  • How to Dredge & Regulate Meridians
  • Medical Qi Gong Healing Sounds
  • Meditation & Ancient Healing Chants
  • Benefits of Powerful Tonic Teas & Tinctures with sample tasting         

Detox & Renew Your Body In 2015

- Health-minded Buffet-style Meals
- Fresh Juice Served Daily

- Exotic Super Smoothies Available

- No Artificial Sweeteners or Processed Foods

- Refreshing Filtered Spring Water Available

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL:mail@cohahealth.com or call 1.441.295.7612

Pura Vida Spa
May 10 - May 15, 2015  

Bikram Beginner Yoga Retreat with Teri Almquist

Practice the yoga you love, with a change of scenery. This is a unique opportunity to strengthen your practice while connecting with our larger yoga community. Bikram Yoga, the original hot yoga, is a healing yoga designed for everybody. The practice of Bikram Beginner Yoga consists of a series of beginner postures, performed in a heated room. The series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises creates a healing environment for the whole body. Join us, the Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley Community, for a five day retreat.

Teri Almquist, owner and director of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley has been a certified Bikram Yoga teacher since the spring of 2005 and studio owner of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley since 2008. Teri is consulted by teachers and students from all corners of the globe for her expertise in healing injured bodies through Bikram Yoga. Teri believes Bikram Yoga is for everybody, regardless of where they start. Her knowledge can be applied to anybody so that practitioners of all levels, even those with no yoga experience are welcome and encouraged to attend the retreat. For more information please visit Teri’s website:  www.bikramyogamv.com 

Included in your retreat price: 

  • Accommodations: single or double occupancy in your choice of housing – the Pura Vida Reservations Specialist will help you book the right room for your desired comfort and budget.
  • 3 Nutritious and Delicious meals daily. Special dietary needs can be accommodated
  • 2 Bikram Beginner Yoga classes available daily in Pura Vida’s Hot Yoga Hall.
  • Two posture clinics during the week (one focusing on the standing series, one focusing on the floor series)
  • Special clinic for certified Bikram Yoga teachers.(please inform reservations if you are a certified Bikram Teacher)
  • One hour private yoga lessons available for additional fee by appointment, limited space book with Teri directlyTeri@bikramyogamv.com
  • Daily Meditation
  • Coffee Plantation and Holistic Herb Garden Tours
  • Newly Renovated Pool and Hot Tub
  • Round trip shuttle to/from the SJO airport
  • Community Events
  • Relaxation and Fun!
  • Optional Day Trips and Healing Spa Treatments available throughout the week for an additional fee

For more details and to reserve your spot please contact Pura Vida reservations at 888-767-7375 x233 or email:reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
May 9 - May 16, 2015  

Radical Awakening: A Journey into Bliss!

Immerse yourself in a week long journey into yogic bliss. Our teachings are centered around a practice of deep, unconditional love that will leave you feeling nourished, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Experience a radical mix of yoga philosophy, poetry and poses, all consciously sequenced to send you soaring into the highest states of happiness. 

Expect to shake your asana, zip-line through the jungle, eat delicious fresh local foods, fly with new friends, have spontaneous dance parties, go deep in meditation and laugh way too much. 

Our journey together includes:

   12 inspired yoga classes + 6 morning meditations + 6 pranayama practices. Each morning, we begin with a meditation and pranayama class, followed by an energizing Kundalini or Vinyasa flow sequence. Each evening, we end with a Yin or Restorative Practice, or explore Acro Yoga and Kirtan in workshop.

  7 nights at Pura Vida Spa. Our all-inclusive package includes cute and cozy shared accommodations. Single rooms are available upon request. You will have lots of free time to go on guided local adventures or to soak up the sun.

  3 gourmet meals per day. Enjoy a buffet-style selection of fresh, healthy meals with regular, high-protein, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

  A choice between 1 complimentary Thai massage or 1 complimentary photo-shoot to capture your vacation memories.

  Complimentary airport pickup and drop off.

To register, please e-mail smile@sufey.org or call Sufey at 604 880 5891. You can also connect at facebook.com/sufey.org or on Instagram @SufeyChen. 

Pura Vida Spa
May 16 - May 23, 2015  

Metamorphosis: Relax and Renew in Magical Costa Rica

When was the last time you took an entire week dedicated totally to you? Metamorphosis is a unique experience that will open the door to new possibilities for your life, love, and happiness! 

For an entire week, you’ll be free of all distractions; cell phones, emails, work, and family responsibilities. You’ll have the time to truly relax, unwind, and rediscover your vitality! By the end of the week, you’ll emerge ready to spread your wings carrying with you the tools you need to manage those day to day stressors that have held you back in the past.

So go ahead, imagine waking to the soothing sounds of a lush jungle and greeting your day with an energizing yoga practice after which you enjoy a deliciously healthy breakfast and sip on freshly squeezed tropical juices. There will be daily meditation instruction, intention setting workshops, and time set aside for journaling, introspection, or just kicking back. Throughout the week there will be opportunities for excursions to the Poas Volcano, a waterfall hike or a zip-line canopy tour of the beautiful Cost Rican jungle. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the pool, jacuzzi, relax in a hammock or receive a luxurious spa treatment. Every evening we will wrap up the day with a gentle yoga practice to help induce a deep rejuvenating sleep.

Join your hosts Karen Dorfman and Kimberly Sotelo for an experience of a lifetime! We want you to have an amazing time with us! All meals and transportation to and from the resort are included in the price. No need to bring your mat either, everything you need for yoga and meditation practice will be provided. At Metamorphosis you’ll reconnect with your deepest values so that you can return home with new skills that will enable you to direct your energy towards the things you want to create in your life. No experience required, all you need is an open mind and be ready for new possibilities! So, are you ready to spread your wings and fly?!


Double Occupancy starts at $1395
Single Occupancy starts at $1605

Price includes: Lodging, transfers to and from the airport, 3 delicious healthy meals a day with vegetarian, fish and chicken options,  yoga classes, water and fire ceremonies, meditation, breath work, chanting and intention setting workshops.

Not included: Airfare, optional excursions & spa treatments

For more information and to book your reservation:  Call R&R Resorts at (888) 767-7375 x233 ask for Linden Dudley or email her at: reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
May 24 - May 30, 2015  

105F's Hot Yoga Retreat with Gianna Purcell

Please join 105F for a 7 day/6 night all-inclusive vacation at the beautiful Pura Vida Retreat and Spa in Alajuela, Costa Rica from May 24 - 30, 2015.

Led by Gianna Purcell (2013 USA Yoga Gold Medal Winner and Principal Instructor at 105F Chicago) and staff of senior Bikram instructors, this week-long yoga immersion, perfect for beinners as well as seasoned yogis, allows you to study, relax, and play as hard as you wish, including:

  • Two daily Bikram style hot yoga classes in Pura Vida's Lila Hot Yoga Hall.
  • Posture clinics with working insight into the movements and mechanics of the Bikram series.
  • Individualized instruction to improve alignment and balance to push your practice forward.
  • Insight into and opportunity to practice the 84 advanced asanas, from where the Bikram series was derived.
  • Three fresh, nutritious meals prepared by an in-house chef.  Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
  • $100 credit towards any of Pura Vida's healing spa treatments.
  • Plenty of free time to enjoy the spa’s swimming pool, hot tub, and juice and wine bars.
  • Complimentary tours of the onsite coffee plantation and holistic herb gardens, salsa dancing and drum circles in the evenings.
  • Optional day trips to hot springs, zip lines, whitewater rafting, and more for additional cost.
  • Hours of sunshine and tropical weather (70-80°F daytime; 50-60°F evening).
  • Round trip shuttle to/from SJO airport.  
  • Free Wi-Fi in the guest lounge, pool area, and restaurant.
  • Friendly company among like-minded yogis.

Your rejuvenating week in a yoga paradise awaits!

Pricing starts at $1399. 

Gianna Purcell relocated from Austin, TX and joined the 105F faculty full-time in the Summer of 2014 after years of competing and instructing around the world. Gianna approaches the Bikram method as a moving meditation coupled with an innate understanding of how the series is best expressed for maximum nourishing, healing, and revitalizing. "In challenging my physical practice, my knowledge of the body and postures greatly improves," Gianna explains. "This allows me to better help my students in their yoga journey.” This retreat offers a small group of passionate yogis an exclusive opportunity for intimate tutorials and comprehensive training under Gianna's expert tutelage.

For more information, visit www.105F.com/retreat or email retreat@105F.com.

Pura Vida Spa
May 23 - May 30, 2015  

Costa Rica Art + Asana Yoga Retreat

Join Kimberly Wilson and Mary Catherine Starr for a week-long escape focused on yoga, creativity, and mindfulness over Memorial Day weekend. Bask in tranquility among the tropical splendor at Pura Vida, a private mountainside estate in the Alajuela province. 

Indulge in daily yoga sessions (vinyasa, yin, yoga nidra, restorative, and meditation), art and creativity sessions (art journaling/journaling and mixed media/collage), and ample time for naps, reading poolside, and dining on fresh, local cuisine. 

The resort is enveloped in lush, tropical gardens surrounded by coffee plantations with a pool, a hot tub, and luxurious spa treatments at your fingertips. Open to late beginner to advanced students, all classes will be taught at Tranquil Space Open Flow level with variations and modifications for your body. 


  • Ten yoga sessions
  • Four creativity sessions
  • Deluxe or tentalow accommodations
  • Transport to and from the SJO airport
  • A tranquility-filled goody bag
  • Three delicious daily meals and sensory surprises
  • All registrants will receive a detailed itinerary, packing list, and tips on making the experience meaningful.

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare, spa services, and excursions.


Airfare: Both Saturdays are travel days with no programming so arrive and depart at your leisure on Saturday.


Tentalow single $1,950, Tentalow double* $1,650 (per person)

Deluxe single $2,250, deluxe double* $1,850 (per person)

Payments: $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot and balance due by March 15, 2015. If you register after March 15 full payment is due at time of registration. Please refer here for our cancellation policies for international retreats. 

To register and for more information go to http://www.tranquilspace.com/costarica/ 

Pura Vida Spa
May 30 - Jun 4, 2015  

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Retreat

Join the co-directors of Bikram Yoga River North Mike Frayer and Heather Meharg to practice the Yoga you love in the idyllic setting among the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. Bikram’s Yoga, the original hot yoga, is a healing yoga series designed for all regardless of experience or ability. The practice of Bikram’s Yoga consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a room heated to 105-110 degrees. Join the Bikram Yoga River North community for a 5 day retreat. Mike and Heather are the co-directors of Bikram Yoga River North. Their studio has been selected as the best Yoga Studio in the city of Chicago 3 times in the past 9 years. They were both certified as Bikram Yoga Instructors in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Mike and Heather are active within and are highly regarded within the Bikram Yoga community. They both have a special invitation from Bikram Choudhoury to participate in his teacher trainings where they come to share their knowledge and assist in the instruction of teacher trainers in the art of teaching Bikram’s Yoga. They have mentored dozens of teachers who now teach in a myriad of locations around the globe.

Mike and Heather believe that each student can receive numerous positive benefits from their very first class. It is because of this belief that this retreat is open to practitioners of all levels, even those with little or no yoga experience and are welcome and encouraged to attend this retreat.

Included in your retreat price:

  • Accommodations: single or double occupancy in your choice of housing.   
  • 3 Nutritious and Delicious meals daily. 
  • 2 Bikram Beginner Yoga classes available daily in Pura Vida’s Hot Yoga Hall.
  • 2 Posture clinics during the week (One focusing on the standing series.  One focusing on the floor series).
  • Special Clinic for certified Bikram Yoga teachers.  (Please inform reservations if you are a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher).
  • One hour private yoga lessons available for additional fee with Mike or Heather.  Limited space and by appointment only, please contact Mike directly at mike@byrnchicago.com
  • Coffee Plantation and Holistic Herb Garden Tours.
  • Use of Swimming Pool and Hot Tub. 
  • Nightly Hot Chocolate!
  • Relaxation and fun!
  • Round trip shuttle to/from the SJO airport.
  • Optional Day Trips and Healing Spa Treatments available throughout the week for an additional fee.

Prices starting around $1,000 for double occupancy. 

For more details and to reserve your spot please contact Pura Vida reservations at 888-767-7375 x233 or email:reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
May 16 - Jun 6, 2015  

200-hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga University

Our teachings are centered on a practice of deep, unconditional love. At Yoga University, we fully immerse in a comprehensive study of traditional Eastern and Western philosophies through asana, pranayama, meditation, satsang and kirtan. We are a 200-hr Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.

In 21 days of radical transformation, you will discover a great variety of traditional and contemporary yogic practice: everything from age old shamanic breath work to butt-kicking vinyasa to relaxing Thai bodywork to the thrill of acro yoga. We are known for our playfully wild style of living, our out-of-the-box concepts and a focus on living the practice on and off the mat.

Curriculum Highlights:

  •    Principles of Vinyasa
  •    Advanced Asana Practice
  •    Alignment & Assisting
  •    Pranayama & Meditation
  •    Anatomy & Physiology
  •    Teaching Methodology
  •    Subtle Anatomy, Chakras & Nadis
  •    Yoga Sutras
  •    Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
  •    Teachings of the Upanishads
  •    Hindu Mythology
  •    Yoga Diet & Nutrition
  •    Voice of Yoga
  •    Intro to Bhakti Yoga, Mantras & Chanting
  •    Intro to Restorative & Yin Yoga
  •    Intro to Kundalini Yoga & Yoga Nidra
  •    Intro to Acro, Kids and Prenatal Yoga


Our selection process includes a web application and a Skype interview. When we have mutually agreed to embark on this journey together, we are committed to supporting you the whole way through — we maintain strong relationships with all of our graduates and coach them as they grow.

Our teachers:

Allowah Lani and Sufey Chen are both certified with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200 level. Together, they happily lead Yoga Teacher Trainings in Maui, Florida and Costa Rica. With three combined decades of practice and teaching experience in a wide range of Yoga styles (from Ashtanga to Kundalini to Yin to Acro), they lead inspirational trainings to kickstart your yoga path. Full biographies are available on yogauniversity108.com or sufey.org/smile.

Next steps:

For a full curriculum, pricing details, or to set up a free Skype consultation, please email Sufey at smile@sufey.org or call 604 880 5891.


Pura Vida Spa
Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2015  

Mind, Body & Spirit Retreat with Deborah Lile of Stress less Yoga

Join Deborah Lile in Costa Rica at the Pura Vida Retreat and Spa for a seven-day exploration of the art of meditation and yoga to get In the Flow, and Find and Live Your Life’s Purpose!

Beautiful, fun and healthy. Pura Vida Retreat and Spa is considered by some as the Wellness & Yoga destination of choice outside the United States. We offer you a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit in an oasis of beauty, tranquility and home-like intimacy. Pamper your body and soul while exploring the delights of Costa Rica, a country renowned for its beauty.

Deborah is a leading teacher of mind-body practices in South Florida. Founder of Stress Less Yoga, Deborah is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life- transforming ways!

Immerse yourself in the practices of yoga and meditation in the Pura Vida lifestyle. Twice daily practices of inspiring hatha yoga and relaxing meditation in the jungle covered hill tops of Costa Rica will rejuvenate and restore you. External excursions available to hot springs, water falls, volcanoes, canopy tours and white water rafting. Delicious meals, including vegetarian and vegan options are included. This Costa Rica Yoga Retreat will be an unforgettable and life-enriching adventure!

For more information and to register contactDeborah@stresslessyoga.info or call (305) 494-7698

Cost:  Rates start at $1,600 per person based on double occupancy and $1,780 for single occupancy.

Pricing includes:

  • Room Accommodations
  • 3 Delicious health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options
  • Use of outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Twice daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Guided walk through coffee plantation
  • Designated Wi-Fi and computer access
  • Round-trip shuttle service to/from SJO airport
  • Optional tours and sumptuous spa treatments available for additional cost 
Pura Vida Spa
Jun 6 - Jun 13, 2015  

Serene Joy: Relaxing Yoga Retreat

Embark on a powerful journey to discover your internal source of deep peace, balance and joy.

In this retreat you will be guided by Rubén Vásquez, M.Ed., AYT, ERYT500 to dive deep within embarking on an internal exploration of movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation that will help you release stress, energize your body and nurture your soul.

Our body needs profound rest in order to heal, restore, repair and strengthen. Relaxation is essential to this process. Rubén crafts each retreat carefully to ensure that you have time and that you never feel rushed. You will have plenty of time to rest, enjoy wonderful treatments, sleep and meet interesting people on the same path. My goal is for you to feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and full of vitality as a direct result of this retreat.

What is included?

  • 7 night / 8 day stay at Pura Vida Retreat Center, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Airport transfer from San Jose International Airport (SJO) to retreat center
  • 3 Tasty meals each day
  • Health-minded buffet style meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options
  • Dietary needs and allergies can be accommodated
  • Filtered and alkaline water, coffee, tea, milk, and fresh seasonal local fruit available throughout the day
  • AM yoga practice with Rubén to invigorate and energize
  • PM yoga practice with Rubén to relax and integrate (*Evening session includes yoga nidra)
  • 1 tour with the group
  • Time for Exploration, Relaxation, Reflection, and Creativity
  • Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Guided walks through surrounding coffee plantation, resort Green House and Orchid House
  • 2 hour workshop on growing and using medicinal herbs
  • Transportation to San Jose International Airport (SJO)

Cost: $1375 per person double occupancy / $1775 per person in single room

Sample Schedule

  • 7:00am – 9:00am Complete Yoga practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00-1:00 Open for relaxation, reflection or optional Activities
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00pm Open for relaxation, reflection or optional activities
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm Restorative Practice including Yoga Nidra practice
  • 7:00 – 9:00pm Dinner

I know that a retreat is a commitment you make to create time to honor yourself and to deepen your practice. I am committed to offer you the best quality yoga retreat at a fair, competitive and very affordable price. Therefore, the number of participants is limited so that everybody can feel comfortable and integrated into the group and so that I can be there for you through the journey.

To sign up go towww.yoga-here-now.com/retreats.html

Pura Vida Spa
Jun 6 - Jun 21, 2015  

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yogacara

We invite you to join us for your 200 Hour Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.  Our 2 Co-Lead Teachers, Siobhan Keely & Janet Ward guide you on this journey to Living Your Yoga!  Our program is Yoga Alliance accredited & certifies all graduates as global Yoga Teachers.

For Registration & Complete Program details go to: http://www.yogateachertrainingyogacara.com/costa-rica-yoga-teacher-training/


Pura Vida Spa
Jun 14 - Jul 11, 2015  

Hot Yoga / Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Join us at Pura Vida for our fourth Yoga Teacher Training in this beautiful location. Get your 200-Hour or start your 500-Hour Yoga Alliance certification in our 28-Day intensive Yoga teacher training.Our Hot yoga teacher training program foundational asana practice is a Hot Yoga Sequence. Students learn the 50 most commonly used asanas from Hot Yoga series and their Sanskrit posture names. The physiological benefits and contraindications are also covered extensively. In addition to Hot Yoga, other main forms of Hatha, such as Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Gentle and Restorative Yoga are taught and practiced as complementary practices to Hot Yoga. For more details please go to: http://www.globalyogashala.com/workshop/yoga-teacher-training-in-costa-rica/

Our weekly schedule includes 6 days a week of instruction with 1 day of rest. Typical daily schedule is as follow. (It may vary slightly from training to training).

  • 6:30 – 8:30am  Hot Yoga or Vinyasa flow / Pranayama practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Clinics and Workshops
  • 12:30 – 3:00pm Lunch break
  • 3:00 – 4:00pm Theory
  • 4:00 – 5:30pm Lectures / Discussion / Practice
  • 6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00 – 8:00pm Evening Meditation / Journaling  or Free time

Package Includes:

  • 27 Nights’ accommodations in Pura Vida Spa and Resort
  • 3 Gourmet healthy vegetarian meals per day
  • 2 Tea/coffee breaks with snacks per day
  • 24 Days of Yoga instruction and 200 or 500-Hour RYT certification upon completion
  • Global Yoga Shala yoga teacher training manuals and postures card
  • Airport transportation to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO)
  • Does not include:
  • Air Transportation and airport taxes
  • Tips / Gratuities
  • Excursion and activities on days off

 Enjoy the delicious, tropical, vegetarian food prepared daily at Pura Vida, and be ready for an unforgettable, transforming experience!

Price starts at only $4295!
For more information and to register go to: http://www.globalyogashala.com/workshop/yoga-teacher-training-in-costa-rica/

Pura Vida Spa
Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2015  

Love This Life Yoga Retreat

Join Lauren Wessinger for an unforgettable yoga and meditation retreat. All levels of yoga practitioner welcomed, from beginners to long-time yogis. In this yoga ceremony, we will write, we will laugh, we will move and we will breathe in effort to shed the things that don’t serve us in this life to make space for our dreams and desires to grow. The only word to describe the time we spend together is magical. The experience takes on a life of its own, and you return home changed and ignited. Join us. Breathe. Heal. Grow.

Included in your rate:

  • Three Meals a day - Amazing Vegetarian Buffet (with fish or chicken for lunch & dinner)
  • Two – 2 hour yoga classes a day (morning flow, afternoon/evening cool and restore)
  • One or Two “Writing As Yoga” workshops
  • Daily meditation
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Use of swimming pool and hot tub
  • Shuttle service to & from San Jose Airport
  • Welcome gift – including a Live Your Truth mala


Tentalows (think “glamping”):
Double occupancy $950 per person, Single occupancy $1,150

Standard rooms:
Double occupancy $1000 per person, Single occupancy $1,200

A-Frame/Vista rooms:
Double occupancy $1,250 per person, Single occupancy $1,550

*Other room types may be available please email Lauren for more details.

Contact Lauren to register at connect@laurenyoga.net

Pura Vida Spa
Jul 11 - Jul 18, 2015  

Kai and Yoga Costa Rica Jungle Retreat

Join Kelly and Milana for a week to RESTORE  your body and mind!  

Kelly Atkins is an experienced dancer/choreographer/yoga teacher with over 30 years of experience, and founder of Kai.  She will facilitate all the Kai and Ecstatic dance classes.  Kelly is known for her ability to create warm, welcoming and rich mind/body experiences and has led many group retreat experiences through the years.  You don't need ANY EXPERIENCE in dance/Kai or yoga to enjoy this trip.  It's your vacation, you can pick as many or as few classes as you like!

Milana Simik is a 200hr  Yoga certified  Hot Yoga teacher and manager of Body Heat Yoga Studio in Sarasota Florida.  Milana’s style of teaching yoga is a balance of attention to alignment, detail and also listening to your body.  She has a deep passion for hot yoga in particular and teaches with a compassionate heart and deep presence.

Take just yoga or just dance, or both, your choice!

Starting Rates: $1,100-$1,340 includes:

  • Beautiful room (shared or single accommodations with variety of room choices)
  • 3 Healthy Organic Buffet Meals per day with option to purchase green juices/wine/beer
  • 10 Classes, 7 nights (4 Kai, 5 HOT yoga, 1 Ecstatic Dance).  Do as much or as little as you like, it’s YOUR vacation!
  • Complimentary roundtrip shuttle to/from the SJO airport.  Arrange through Pura Vida Resort.

Not Included: Airfare (cheaptickets.com has airfares $300-400 range thru Tampa). Excursions to Volcano, waterfall, rafting and more (excursions range $50).  Spa treatments from wide range menu (price range $100-up). 


Call 888-767-7375 x233 or email reservations@puravidaspa.com

50% down to confirm your room and remaining balance is due May 30.

Pura Vida Spa
Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2015  

Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Retreat to the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica for a week's immersion in a variety of yoga classes, wellness therapies and wilderness excursions.

Jill Neilson(madhuri) LMT,CYT.  Jill received her teacher's certification in 1981 at Kripalu Yoga Institute. She went on to receive certifications in Amrit yoga level 1&2, Amrit yoga nidra and amrit yoga therapy. Jill currently co-owns Sundari Yoga Studio and owns Therapeutic Health Center both in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Kevin Mastin(Vidur) BS (Exercise Physiology),RN,LMT.  Kevin did his yoga teacher's training with yogi amrit desai and continues his studies there. Kevin has ten years studying zen and martial arts in Nagoya, japan. He is a member of Rochester Zen Center. Kevin enjoys playing percussion with the kirtan band Rayananda.

Prices starting at $1,055.00 for double occupancy per person.  **Early bird special if you register by March 31**

Rates include:

  • Yoga classes--amrit, vinyasa, hot, yoga nidra and meditation
  • 7 nights’ accommodations
  • 3 delicious health minded buffet style meals a day
  • Roundtrip to and from the SJO airport
  • Guided walks through surrounding coffee plantations, resort green house and orchid house


  • Half day tours to Waterfall gardensZip Lining or Poas volcano
  • Full day tour options include Whitewater Rafting, Hot Springs or Sky Walk/Boat Tour

Or enjoy relaxing in the hot tub or receiving one of the many wellness treatments Pura Vida has to offer!

For more information and to reserve your spot please contact Pura Vida resort reservations at 888-767-7375 x233 or email reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2015  

Strength, Sweat & Spirituality Teachers' Training & Retreat

Renew Your Body – transform your mind with the Incredibly Powerful Denise Bonnaig, Certified Baptiste Vinyasa Teacher and NYU-trained Life Coach.

Explore your edge, discover your true self and allow your authentic personality to shine with Power Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation.

Transform limiting beliefs, transcend old habits, and create a new intention for what is possible in life.

Enjoy vigorous Asana practice combined with daily meditations, group discussions, and personal empowerment exercises.

Pura Vida is the spectacular Costa Rican mountain resort and wellness destination of choice.  Offering an oasis of beauty and tranquility and an ideal venue for balancing mind, body, and spirit.

For more information and to register go to: http://princetonpoweryoga.com/retreats/

Pura Vida Spa
Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2015  

Costa Rica Retreat with Krista Shirley

Join Krista Shirley for 10 days and 9 nights of adventure in Costa Rica.

Enjoy ten days and nine nights with us as we make our way from San Jose to the Alajuela province (5 nights) to the Guanacaste region in the Nicoya Peninsula (4 nights) and then back San Jose.

This Adventure retreat is open to everyone. Come as a solo traveler or retreat with someone you know.

Each morning you will have the opportunity to begin the day with yoga, meditation, chanting and breath work with Krista. She will be offering additional lectures and inspiring workshops throughout the ten day retreat. Additionally, you’ll have time to relax with specialty spa treatments, enjoy three delicious meals each day and take in the stunning beauty of Costa Rica while walking on the beaches or zip-ling through the tropical forest. There are many places to discover whether you explore them while riding horseback or shop for souvenirs in the local town. Other activities include surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding and much more. This health and wellness retreat will surely awaken all your senses and leave you feeling refreshed.

COST: $3,000 per person
$2750 if paid on or before March 5th

Non-refundable Deposit of $500 per person to reserve your room and the remaining balance due by May 25, 2015.

The cost includes the Ashtanga Yoga & Adventure Retreat with Krista Shirley, all resort accommodations for nine nights based on double occupancy, 3 delicious organic meals per day, use of pools and hot tubs, designated Wi-Fi and computer access, all internal travel to and from airport and retreat centers, all Costa Rican taxes, and professional photography and videography.

International airfare to/from San Jose International airport,tips and gratuities, spa services, excursions, and a $29 Costa Rica Airport Departure Tax.

Contact Krista@Kristashirley.com

All checks are made out to The Yoga Shala. Checks and Credit Cards accepted.

Krista Shirley is an Authorized Level 2 teacher in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is a dedicated student and practitioner of traditional Ashtanga yoga. She was introduced to this practice over ten years ago and immediately embraced it as a daily part of her life because she was magnetically drawn to the healing this practice provides. For the last eleven years Krista has rolled her mat out each day because it is such an intrinsic part of who she is. Ashtanga Yoga has given Krista health and wellness, comfort, stability, peace, mindfulness and an outlet to work on herself and help others.

Pura Vida Spa
Jul 25 - Jul 31, 2015  

Hot Yoga & Meditation Retreat

"Exhale Stress, Inhale Peace"

Power Vinyasa, Hot Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Imagine a place where you can step away from the stress and worries of daily life, and walk into an unforgettable experience of serenity and peace.

Jessica Steinlauf will be your host on this 6 night, 7day hot yoga retreat at the Exclusive, Luxurious Pura Vida Spa in Costa Rica. Our mission is to provide you with optimal yoga classes, ultimate in relaxation, and the most therapeutic Experience of a lifetime.

Retreat includes:

  • 6 Night stay at an eco-chic, holistic sanctuary
  • Meditation in the mornings
  • 2 Daily 75 minute Yoga sessions in a world-class Hot Yoga hall with a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains
  • Enlightening Workshops including:  Alignment & Technique, Inversions & Arm Balances and Learning to Fly
  • Delectable Health-Minded buffet gourmet meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options with ability to accommodate dietary needs
  • Roundtrip shuttle to/from SJO airport (airfare NOT included)
  • Use of outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and pool towels
  • Wi-Fi and computer access
  • Optional Excursions available include: Waterfall Gardens, Zip-lining, White Water Rafting, Poas Volcano, and Sky Walk/Wildlife Boat Tour

Prices Starting at $1,455 per person for Double occupancy or $1,660 for Single Occupancy

For information on accommodations, pricing, and to register for the retreat call R&R Resorts @ 888.767.7375 x233 or email reservations@puravidaspa.com

Pura Vida Spa
Aug 1 - Aug 8, 2015  

Yoga Fox Retreat

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Pura Vida Spa
Aug 15 - Aug 20, 2015  

9th Annual Bikram Yoga Women's Retreat

Retreat includes a 5-night stay at beautiful Pura Vida Resort & Spa in Costa Rica, 3 meals per day, fresh juices, daily yoga classes and posture clinics. Rajashree Choudhury and Dr. Doreen Wiggins will lead lectures on various health, wellness and yoga-related issues with an emphasis on women's issues. There will be plenty of time to rest, relax and connect with like-minded ladies.

  • 5 Nights Accommodations at Pura Vida Resort
  • 2 yoga classes/day with Rajashree & Senior Instructors
  • Posture Clinics, Lectures, Panel Discussions and more with Rajashree, Dr. Wiggins & Senior Instructors
  • 3 delicious health-minded buffet style meals
  • Shuttle to/from the SJO airport
  • Use of swimming pool and hot tub
  • Guided walks through medicinal herb garden, surrounding coffee plantation, Green House & Orchid House
  • Optional excrusions, spa treatments and more........
Pura Vida Spa