The Kunga Yoga School hosts blissful yoga retreats in exotic destinations worldwide with founder Kristin Cooper-Gulak and a select group of senior leaders. We offer over 15 years of experience leading international retreats, teacher trainings, and service programs that are transformational and rejuvenating and we choose some of the most interesting, and beautiful locations on the planet. Our retreats offer a way to relax, de-stress, volunteer, and connect more deeply with yourself and others while living in incredible, breathtaking natural environments.
Journey with us to a world of magnificent pink skies, stunning blue waters, and lush green jungle filled with iguanas, monkeys, and coconuts. Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and Nosara is the jewel of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, as well as ONE OF THE FIVE BLUE ZONES OF THE EARTH-where people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Paradise Found.
Nosara has been ranked ‘World’s Coolest Surf Town & Best Beaches on Earth’ by Travel and Leisure, is on the New York Times list of ‘Best Places to Go’, is one of National Geographic’s ‘Top 20 Surf Towns’ and one of CNN’s top 11 places to go in the world. Nosara has become a haven for nature lovers, yogis, surfers, and artists that come for the untouched beaches lined by jungles, wildlife refuges and waterfalls, and the fine dining, boutiques, and family-friendly relaxed vibes.
ABOUT THE RETREAT PROGRAM
Your retreat includes 7 days and 6 nights full of nature, yoga, incredible food, daily beach trips, adventure, reforestation project, and plenty of time for relaxation, hiking, hammocks, reading, massages, or whatever you choose.
The retreat schedule offers time to explore with friends, new and old, to bond over surf lessons, zip-lining, rafting, waterfall hiking, or just lounging on the beach or by the pool. For those seeking more solo time, our week is very spacious, allowing plenty of time to enjoy relaxing or taking quiet time for napping, journaling, and rest.
ABOUT THE YOGA
Yoga classes happen in the spectacular open-air yoga shala “Rancho” featuring breathtaking panoramic ocean and sunset views of the jungle. Expect to be immersed in the wild nature that surrounds you during every yoga class. Many guests at the resort have described practicing yoga in this magical pavilion as a life-altering and transformational experience. Yoga classes will be offered twice daily… attend one or both are none at all.
Morning yoga classes are generally more heat-building, fluid, vigorous vinyasa flow practices, and afternoon yoga practices are generally more cooling, gentle, slow flow practices that combine deep stretching through yin and restorative postures. All classes are welcoming to all-levels of students, from beginners to advanced and all classes offer extended relaxation, breathwork instruction, and seated meditation.
Classes are led by Kristin and Nicole; leaders with over 25 combined years of teaching experience and international group travel. Kristin and Nicole are seasoned practitioners and teacher trainers that are skilled in offering all-levels practices to meet everyone’s needs with safety, challenge, and inspiration.
*For interested yoga teachers, 17 CEUS may be earned on this retreat
A SAMPLE SCHEDULE OF YOUR DAY IN PARADISE WILL LIKELY LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS
6:00-7:00am – Awaken with tropical birds. Coffee, Fresh Fruit, Nuts
7:00am-9:00am – Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Morning Meditation – All levels
9:00-9:30am – Breakfast
9:30-12:30pm – Beach trip /Surf Lessons/Hiking/Pool Lounging
12:30-1:30pm – Lunch
1:30-4:30pm – Free Time/Napping/Spa/Stand Up Paddle-boarding/Jungle Canopy Tour
4:30-6pm – Gentle Yoga & Meditation – All levels
6pm-7pm – Dinner
7pm – Free Time
Practice times will sometimes vary to accommodate excursion options and all classes are optional. You will receive a confirmed program schedule on the day of your arrival.
17 CEUs may be earned on this retreat
ABOUT THE RESORT
Our retreat is hosted by the internationally renowned and 5-star TripAdvisor rated Costa Rica Yoga Spa, offering stunning mountain-top sunsets, located next to the national Ostional Wildlife Refuge and overlooking the Pacific Ocean and jungle. You will be entertained by families of howler monkeys, that live near our secluded retreat center and you will have many hiking trails under the jungle canopy to explore. The vibe of this retreat is very peaceful, with opportunities to enjoy twice daily extended yoga practices, and savor gourmet organic meals from the on-site permaculture garden at our open air community tables overlooking the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
The rooms are beautifully designed with a tropical, modern styling. Quad rooms are open-air and located on the first floor with shared bathrooms, along with access to two additional bathrooms by the pool. The double and triple suites offer decks with ocean views from the second floor, private bathrooms, and A/C. Services available include laundry service, free WIFI, maid service, and additional amenities upon request. Costa Rica Yoga Spa is well-known for its incredible customer service and for the staff treating guests like family!
ABOUT THE FOOD
Meals are lovingly made by the friendly staff onsite in our open air kitchen. Created from local produce picked fresh daily from the on-site permaculture garden, our meals provide abundant, delicious choices. All meals are vegan, organic, mostly gluten-free, and created based on seasonal offerings, such as housemade coconut yogurt with granola and mango, vegetable tagine with fresh green salad from the garden, fresh watermelon juice and coconut smoothies, and all fresh sauces and dressings made in-house. The food on this retreat is truly magical and one of the greatest highlights of Costa Rica’s Blue Zone.
ABOUT THE SERVICE PROJECT
Our service project for our retreat group includes spending an afternoon volunteering with Costa Verdes, planting trees and maintaining the green zone. The mission of Costas Verdes is to reforest the native forest of Costa Rica’s coastline and to catalyze a national coastal development scheme of zero net biodiversity loss. Your retreat payment includes a donation to Costa Verdes to adopt a tree and become a “Green Buddy”. You can plant your own tree for someone and leave a message that your tree will carry for the rest of its life!
Check out www.costasverdes.org
ABOUT AIRPORT TRANSFERS
This is the busiest season for travel /tourism, known as the “high season” so we recommend booking your flights early! Costa Rica Yoga Spa recommends flying into Liberia (LIR) or Nosara (NOB) airports. Once you have booked your flight, Costa Rica Yoga Spa can recommend airport shuttles. You will likely be on a flight with another retreat goer so you can shuttle together. Should you miss your shuttle, transport is easily accessible from the airport exits at all times, especially during the high tourist season of Jan. Look for the numerous red taxis waiting at baggage claim for tourist transport.
CRYS recommends CR Terratour (www.terratournosara.com) for shuttle service from Liberia and San Jose Airports for their reliability, professionalism, and proven experience. If you are flying into Liberia, CR Terratour is $50 for the shared shuttle each way and leaves Liberia at 2:00pm. Private shuttles for up to 5 people are $130. CR Terratour also has shuttles returning to the Liberia Airport daily at 7:00-8:00am
It is always best to confirm your pick-up/drop-off times with shuttle companies directly as they may vary!
CRYS ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFORMATION
Check-in is on Jan 19th between 2pm – 8pm and check out is on Jan 25th at 10am. If you expect to be arriving at the retreat center later than 8pm please contact Costa Rica Yoga Spa for recommended accommodations closer to the airport so that you can arrange transportation the next morning. On the last day, we will have one morning all levels class and breakfast, then checkout by 10am.