You guys. Just looking at these photos makes me want to jump on a plane and zip back to Costa Rica. We had such a good retreat a week and a half ago, and I wanted to share some pictures.
We had an awesome group of 5 yoga students plus our chef and Costa Rica expert Alejandra, a longtime friend of mine who just killed it in the kitchen for breakfasts and dinners.
Our schedule was pretty relaxed - morning yoga and meditation, breakfast, then free time until evening yoga and dinner. Our group was just as relaxed. This was a wine-drinking, chocolate-eating kind of group (one of our European students brought (and shared!!) a variety of chocolates from Switzerland, so we really indulged!
Our venue was gorgeous - a large sprawling villa in the middle of absolutely no where. We had a beautiful infinity pool, air conditioning in our rooms, and a large open living space. I couldn't have been happier with the space!
Breakfast was typical Costa Rican cuisine. Alejandra switched it up every day, creating tortillas, gallo pinto (seen above - a rice and beans dish), eggs, fresh papaya and mango, and so much more. We ate very well!
We did most of our yoga classes on the patio. It had a beautiful view of the jungle and ocean, and there was nothing to hear for miles except howler monkeys and birds, which made for a pretty incredible morning meditation.
Normally at my yoga retreats I like to keep things pretty open but this time around I really wanted to showcase some of what Costa Rica had to offer, so I planned a surf lesson in the great little surf town of Tamarindo. We went for the lesson and then the students got to head out and explore the town and have lunch at a nearby restaurant.
The one thing I had totally forgotten about were the bugs! It's only natural that when you're up in the middle of the jungle you'll have some little buddies around. This guy below hung onto one of our patio doors for a few days just checking out the scene.
We also had a giant scorpion under a student's bed. Insert wide-eyed emoji here. Uhhhhh. Yeah. It was the size of a remote control - big, brown, with a giant tail. Alejandra took care of it for us, thankfully! Crazy! We also saw our fair share of spiders, and I do mean SPIDERS. Big guys with fat black bodies and hairy legs. Ah!!
For our massages, we had the wonderful Pauline from France. She is hugely talented, and the most kind, warm person and I hope to work with her again in the future.
It was another fantastic week in the books, and I am so grateful I got to share it with our little group, and now with all of you. :)
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