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Friendsgiving Yoga Retreat

A fun-filled holiday week in paradise.

with Rebecca Bly

November 24-30th, 2019

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Be brave, break tradition, and treat yourself to an unforgettable Thanksgiving holiday week of fun-filled activities, plenty of you-time plus creative, rejuvenating yoga classes, all set against the backdrop of the sparkling Pacific waters and stunning beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Gather with yoga teacher Rebecca Bly and other like-minded folks who are looking to lay back, have fun and just be themselves over a stress-free holiday week.  

 
 About Your Retreat

My name is Rebecca and I was born to gather!

When you combine the transformative power of yoga and the organic group energy of amazing people surrounded by jaw-dropping nature, the possibilities for where life takes you and what new things you'll create, are boundless. That is my life philosophy.

With Friendsgiving in mind, I imagined this retreat as a yoga-inspired summer camp with a plethora of fun, creative activities for people like me who value experiences over site-seeing and become inspired by connecting with others seeking the same.

Let's spend an afternoon at Secret Beach mashing papaya and almonds into natural  nourishing facial masks after a walking meditation session in the sand. Let's gather for game night by our private pool after a sunset yoga session. Let's collect beach shells and make a meaningful keepsake to bring back to your family and friends back home. All this is possible, we've done it, see the pics below. 

 

I've seen it time and time again, how people leave this magical place with a satisfying ache in their heart. If you value collecting experiences over visiting top-10 Trip Advisor spots, immersing yourself in new environments with great people under the thoughtful support of a (really fun and caring) guide; if you're looking to be inspired, to shake things up or to let things go for real this time, then this retreat is for you. 

I believe in the power of travel, play, and gathering to inspire transformation and help people flourish.

 

A Typical Day

Enjoy 1-2 yoga classes daily plus one group activity whether it’s dining out together or going on a Stand-Up Paddle tour. You’ll have plenty of substantive daily yoga practice plus plenty of free time to rest and relax, explore the beaches and the town and enjoy various other activities Santa Teresa has to offer. All the scheduled activities and classes are optional, and you can take a break from the group anytime. A typical day looks like...
 

  • 7am morning yoga class in the ocean view studio

  • 9am breakfast at the organic Tea House

  • 10-3pm free time/lunch on your own

  • 3pm afternoon activity

  • 5pm sunset yoga

  • 630pm dinner at a local restaurant
     

Your Classes

Rebecca is a trained vinyasa flow yoga teacher with a special love for restorative yoga and meditation. She enjoys taking creative license with classes by incorporating other modalities and influences like Pilates, dance, tai chi, trapeze, partner acrobatics, surfing…you name it. Your classes this week will be themed around the values of Friendsgiving: connection, support, inspiration, and more.

All sessions are designed to be educational, experiential and fun. Rebecca is an expert at teaching to all levels, no matter your previous yoga experience and education.

All classes are held outdoors on the fully shaded, ocean view yoga deck. All mats and props will be provided.

The Yoga Deck

 

Your 7-Day/6-Night Retreat Includes

  • Accommodations at Horizon Hotel in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

  • Yoga classes daily with Rebecca and the group

  • Daily breakfast at the ocean view Tea House at your hotel

  • Three group dinners - arrival day, the last night, and one mid-week at delicious local restaurants

  • Thanksgiving Day sunset celebration and Friendsgiving Feast

  • One 60-minute massage at the hotel overlooking the ocean

  • One group excursion - TBD (Zipline, ATV Tour, Waterfalls Hike, Snorkel Tour, Surf Lesson, etc.)

  • Yoga mats and props for use during your stay

  • Hotel reception for any personal assistance you may have during your stay

  • Taxi service to/from group dinners
     

Cost

Single Occupancy $2345
Double Occupancy $2045* (shared queen-sized bed or two full-beds and shared bathroom)

*This option is great for couples or friends who are happy to share a bed, as there are a limited number of shared one bedrooms with two separate full-sized beds. Space is limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. So grab a friend for Friendsgiving and come on down!

Additional Activities
Any of these activities can be booked when you arrive at Horizon Hotel and can be done during your free time without missing any classes or activities. Included in your retreat is one 60-minute massage and one of the activities below that we'll do as a group. Additional activities beyond those are not included in the price of the retreat.

  • Massage & Spa services

  • Surf and Stand Up Paddle lessons

  • Zipline Canopy Tour

  • ATV Rentals

  • Horse Back Riding Tour

  • Tortuga Island Snorkel Tour

  • and many more

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Transportation to/from the local airport to the hotel (See below "Getting There")

  • Lunch daily on your own with various affordable, fresh options within walking distance of the hotel (also each room provides a kitchenette should you prefer to prepare something at home)

  • Two dinners on your own at local restaurants with a variety of cuisines available

  • Any beverages besides bottled/filtered water (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) at group dinners

  • Tips for activities, hotel staff, etc.

What's Included
 
What People Are Saying

What would I have done differently? Absolutely nothing. I loved every minute.

My most memorable moment? There are too many to choose just one. Watching the sunset and feeling the breeze while in the midst of a workshop on the deck overlooking the ocean. Having a delicious lunch of fresh fish while drinking out of coconuts at the gorgeous beach on Tortugas Island after a morning of snorkeling. Standing up on a surfboard for the first time. Enjoying delicious smoothies with my feet in the pool. Enjoying a much needed massage while listening to the ocean waves. And, of course, the feeling of strengthening and caring for my body during the class sessions every day, while learning from the thoughtful expert teachings.

What did I learn about myself? I remained stronger overall through the week than I expected to; particularly with the yoga (and the surfing!), where I'm not as flexible, I absolutely latched onto the "I'm basically ok" mantra. It seems simple but, as a Type A person who usually sees the options as "perfection or not at all", it was helpful to be reminded that it's ok to work towards things over time, at your own level, and not be frustrated if you can't immediately achieve what others can.

Rebecca, you are a gem.  Costa Rica is fabulous as it is, BUT the trip was amazing really because of you and your ability to teach yoga, to entertain us with your delicious and adorable personality, to allow us to effortlessly flow through the day to perfectly execute on every detail of every moment, and to leave us with a PERMANENT smile on our faces such that every night since being home I have been Googling airfares back to SJO.  THANK YOU for making our trip so magical and memorable.  We’ll be back for more!!!

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 About Your Instructor

Rebecca completed her 200-hour Teacher Training in Washington, DC in 2006 in the Vinyasa Flow style of yoga and has been teaching ever since. She specializes in progressive flows with imaginative and deliberate cuing, starting slowly and building to a challenging peak pose so students feel challenged and supported. ​Her classes are inspired by the teachings of Shiva Rea, Cyndi Lee and Tara Brach.

Rebecca came to yoga as a teen looking for a quick escape from high school phys. ed. classes. She always loved falling out of handstands so was immediately taken by the way yoga exponentially expanded her physical self-awareness as a shy teen. It just felt really good. 

She loves surfing and storytelling in her free time. Rebecca currently lives in Costa Rica and offers private yoga retreats for small groups seeking a week of inspiration and rejuvenation in Santa Teresa. Learn more at www.MyYogaRetreatCostaRica.com

Rebecca will be your host and yoga instructor on this retreat.​

About Your Hotel
 

The word "Eden" comes to mind as Horizon's Hotel is nestled among lush tropical gardens on a steep hill side above town, affording you a stunning view of the ocean from the yoga deck, the restaurant and most of the villas. While you gaze out over the Pacific Ocean for richly colored sunsets, hear the howler monkeys roar through the trees and smell the ylang-ylang trees sweetly wafting through the breeze. When you walk up the stone steps to their restaurant, the organic Tea House, you'll feel a sense of relief wash through you and know that this is a place where you can be yourself and relax. 

A family-owned establishment, Yoav and Gali will welcome you as part of their own family. You'll see Yoav making elaborate breakfasts and fresh juices each morning after teaching his own yoga class and Gali will always be there with a smile to help you with anything you need to make your stay more comfortable. 

Horizon Poolside

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Each cabin or villa offers a private bathroom, kitchenette, balcony, air-conditioning and WIFI access. 

Rebecca choose this hotel because the yoga deck has the best view in town for your classes, the food is unique and delicious, the service is unmatched and the gardens and grounds create a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere perfect for your retreat.  

Getting to Your Retreat
Getting to Your Retreat
 

Your retreat at the Horizon Hotel is located in the town of Santa Teresa, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This surfer's paradise is off the beaten path and it is a two-step process to get here.

The first and last days of the retreat are considered travel days; Sunday you will arrive and we will briefly meet for a welcome circle at 630pm before our opening dinner together. On Saturday, we will have final breakfast together  at 8am before your departure. Please plan your travel accordingly so you don't miss out on any of the scheduled activities.

Your airfare and ground transportation are not included in the price of your retreat.

Step 1. Fly to International Airport SJO in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Take an international flight to SJO (Juan Santamaria International Airport) in San Jose, Costa Rica. Many airlines fly to SJO. Another option is to fly into LIR Liberia International Airport, a smaller airport that has similar but less frequent options for transferring to your retreat location.

Step 2. Take a domestic flight or shuttle bus to the hotel.

From SJO airport, it is a quick 25-minute flight on a puddle jumper with Sansa Airlines or Green Airways to the local town of Tambor. From the airport in Tambor, you will take a taxi or shuttle to your hotel (45-minute drive). 

Step 2 Alternative: We highly recommend taking the 25-minute flight to get to town as it will minimize your travel time and maximize beach time, however if you're not a big fan of small propeller planes, you can opt to take a shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel.  The shuttle takes about 6 hours total in an air conditioned van and includes a beautiful 70-minute ferry ride across the bay. It costs $50 each way.

We will provide more detailed travel information once you are registered and will be happy to assist you in booking your travel. Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions ahead of time.

Register Now
 

Register Now

Click the button below to go to our registration form. Credit Card and PayPal options are available on the form. If you prefer to pay with a check, please contact Rebecca.

Registration Options

Single Occupancy $2345
Double Occupancy $2045


Payment

To confirm your registration, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of your registration. We will contact you by September 1st, 2019 for the remainder of the payment, due by September 15th, 2019. For registrations after September 15th, payment is due in full at the time of registration.

You can read the full cancellation policy on our registration page.

Questions? Email Rebecca.