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Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Step into your Potential

Are you looking for the perfect way to feel refreshed, relaxed and energized?

If you want to energize your life and realize your potential this Yoga retreat in Costa Rica is designed for you.

July 28th - August 2, 2013
in Costa Rica

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Stress and tension have become the new normal. Many of our students come to us feeling exhausted, tired and stressed out. Turn this pattern around, let go of stress and energize your life!

In this unforgettable retreat Rubén Vásquez will guide you through a finely crafted program that will take you to a new level of relaxation, clarity and inner peace.

Regardless of your level of experience with yoga Rubén will share with you yoga techniques for:

  • Deepening levels of relaxation
  • Calming your mind
  • Releasing stress patterns
  • Reducing pain
  • Improving balance between strength and flexibility
  • Enhancing breathing capacity for greater healing
  • Feeling radiance in your body, mind and soul
  • Enjoying each moment of your life completely

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As previous retreat participants report, you too can enjoy these benefits:

"It is the most magnificent thing I have ever done for myself. It has been the most peaceful experience that I've ever had. It is an experience that I'll take with me for the rest of my life." – Jill

"You can take the time to find yourself and find peace in yourself. It really makes you happy." – Tania

"It is a great way to start a new year" – Claire

"We thank you for the experience of a lifetime." – Jane & Derek

"The yoga instruction was fantastic! I really like the way it is done. This is the yoga for me. I wanted to regain clarity, calm the mind, find my inner zen, dig deeper, and understand myself, and my priorities. I feel it met and exceeded my yoga needs." – Monica

"Thank you, thank you, gracias! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and got so much out of it. It really kick-started my practice, and when I am in classes here I find myself imagining that I'm in the meditation hall, watching blue butterflies flutter by. The other group members were all such wonderful people, which made the experience that much more enjoyable and educational." – Alexis

"During a conversation with my brother after returning home, he commented that after speaking with both my sister and me, "it was obvious that the yoga instructor's program worked". I agree. Re-entry was uneventful and the bliss continues during this first week at home with no end in sight. I appreciate that my practice has reached a much deeper level and am curious about reaching new levels of understanding." – Kate

"The recent trip to Costa Rica was one of THE best I have ever been on.....and I have traveled a lot." – Angelika


Program Outline | Your Guide | Cost | Payment Schedule | Cancellations | Included | Not included | Hotels in San José | Optional Activities | Yoga Sessions | Retreat Schedule | Sign Up & Contact

Program Outline

You know how an excellent yoga class dissolves tension knots in your neck and shoulders, relaxes the tightness in your hamstrings and lower back, quiets the incessant mind chatter and opens your heart, leaving you happy, satisfied and deeply relaxed. If the effects of 1 yoga class last for a few days, imagine what happens as you go through a complete program of progressive yoga practices designed to integrate your body, breath, mind and spirit.

"It was wonderful to put my trust in Ruben for the week. His planning, choices, thoughtfulness, and guidance made it a truly blessed trip." –Ellen

In this retreat you will be expertly guided through these stages:

1. Anticipation & Preparation

• We have been there before, we'll help you prepare for this amazing journey.
• You will receive Pre-departure Instructions, Packing List & General Information
• We share with you Rubén's itinerary so that you can choose the same flight and benefit from his bicultural and bilingual expertise when you arrive in San Jose.

2. Transition
• We strongly recommend staying the first night in San Jose to help you ease into retreat mode
• We'll stroll along the streets of downtown San Jose enjoying the local color and leaving all worries behind.

3. Arrival
• After savoring a delicious typical local breakfast we'll board our shuttle to the Caribbean coast.
• You will start shifting to infinite time mindset as you observe the biodiversity that has made Costa Rica famous.
• Travelling at a leisurely pace we'll stop to taste the freshness of the local cuisine. • Not long after we feel the Caribbean breeze we will be greeted by the sounds of the tropical rainforest and the pristine beauty at Samasati Nature Retreat.
• You will immediately appreciate why we keep returning to this beautiful private reserve dedicated to facilitate reflection, relaxation and inner peace.

4. Meeting yourself where you are
• We'll start with a series of yoga techniques including breathing, postures, concentration and mindfulness to help us acclimate to our new surroundings and let go of accumulated stress.
• With every healthful meal you will delight in the variety of flavors and aromas prepared lovingly with the freshest local ingredients.
• We'll plant seeds of personal transformation with a deeply relaxing yoga nidra practice.

5. Immersion
• Each day you will learn traditional and contemporary yoga techniques to nurture and nourish yourself.
• In the morning, benefit from a complete yoga practice tailored to the needs of the group.
• At your leisure rejoice in the peace and calm of the lush rainforest. You will have ample time to rest, relax, and engage in reflection.
• Dip in the hot tub or receive a rejuvenating massage or treatment.
• If you wish to participate in guided tours and excursions there are numerous options ranging from self-guided hikes to canopy tour, zip-line, white water rafting, natural parks to learning about and from the indigenous population.
• You can also work one-on-one with Rubén who can create a customized practice to address your specific needs.
• In the evenings Rubén's popular guided deep relaxation sessions will help your deeply felt intentions for personal fulfillment develop strong roots.

6. Closing
• We'll bring our time at the nature retreat to a close with a special practice enhancing our feelings of inner and inter-connectedness.
• On the joyful journey of return we will appreciate the exotic landscape and mountains with new eyes.
• To facilitate the transition out of retreat mode we encorage you to stay one night in San Jose celebrating with our new found friends on this heartwarming journey.

7. Return
• On Saturday we return back home enjoying greater clarity, relaxation and vitality. • We have planned the retreat so that you can enjoy Sunday at home with time to re-enter your life refreshed, energized and grounded in serene joy.
• At home you will feel confident to continue using the techniques you learned and practiced during the retreat.

"Ruben was beyond wonderful. Through Ruben's guidance each of us returned home with a renewed commitment to continue or enhance our practices and with more peaceful and happier hearts." – Jill

Who is the guide and teacher?

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Your teacher and guide is Rubén Vásquez, E-RYT500. Rubén has been practicing yoga daily since 1996 and is a dedicated student and devoted teacher with extensive experience practicing and teaching a wide variety of Yoga techniques (including gentle restorative, restorative/therapeutic, slow flow, meditation, breathing, deep relaxation) as well as training yoga teachers.

"I feel so valued by Ruben and I know he makes others feel the same way. Ruben is always warm and welcoming of any questions. You can also see that Ruben is authentic in his yoga practice and understands yoga philosophy. This makes him trustworthy. He's also willing to share his personal experience and uses this to help others." – Claire

"The yoga instruction was not just instruction, it was a gift. We were provided with not only clear instructions, but gentle reminders throughout as a group and individually as to total body alignment and attentive breathing. Each day brought a progressive journey through well planned interconnected lessons. I found myself fully attentive during each session. This awareness carried through the day and evening as we individually and together experienced being in the moment." – Jane

Frequently Asked Questions

Why go to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has been ranked as one of the happiest places in the world. It has amazing biodiversity, a wonderful temperate climate and delicious food. It is easy and safe to travel to Costa Rica from the U.S. From the retreat perspective, travelling to a place different from our own frees us from our everyday concerns and responsibilities enabling us to reflect and look within.

Is Costa Rica safe?

Costa Rica is the safest place in Central and South America. They don't even have an army! Almost 50% of the country is considered a nature reserve. You will not be surprised to learn how many American citizens have chosen Costa Rica as their retirement home.

I am not very experienced traveling internationally. Will I be OK?

Rubén has lived and traveled in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As a seasoned traveler he understands the needs of international travelers. Just as in his classes and workshops Rubén creates a safe space for students to explore yoga within their capabilities, during the trip Rubén guides participants and is happy to assist in many ways to ensure that you will have a truly enjoyable journey.

"Ruben also brought everyone together with the sharing of the fruit and explaining some of the cultural differences that some people didn't understand. I could see how it would be a huge challenge if the leader of the group didn't speak the native language of the country." – Lynette

What happens if I don't speak Spanish?

Costa Rica is a very hospitable country that has made it easy for international people to visit. Many people in Costa Rica speak English fluently. You will not need to know Spanish to enjoy your trip. Rubén is always glad to interpret and translate in the rare occasions when the people you come in contact with do not speak English. All the optional excursions will have an English speaking guide. At the retreat center the staff speaks English fluently with a beautiful Caribbean accent.

"The fact that he speaks Spanish is also huge benefit when visiting a Central American country. " – Jane

What if I have food allergies?

At the nature retreat the food is prepared with fresh local ingredients daily. The dishes are vegetarian and the chefs have experience adjusting menu items to a wide range of dietary requeriments. Just let us know about your dietary needs when you sign up so that we can ensure that the kitchen staff at the retreat center can prepare delicious and healthy dishes that will agree with you and your needs.

What does the schedule of a typical day look like?

We set the tone of the day with an invigorating morning practice to wake up body & mind from 7am to 9am. At 9 we have breakfast overlooking the forest with the Caribbean Sea in the background. The rest of the morning is open for you to enjoy at your leisure. Lunch is served from 1pm to 2pm. The afternoon is free until 5pm when we meet for our evening practice that includes deep relaxation until 7pm. Dinner is served at 7pm. As night falls we retire to our bungalows for deep rest.

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


What if I don't practice yoga regularly at home, will I be able to keep up with the practice?

Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend. During the retreat you will expand your horizons to the complete spectrum of authentic yoga practice. In other words, we will not be practicing yoga postures the whole day. Instead you will enjoy a progressive lesson plan offering options to participants at all levels. Some of the techniques include breathing, mindfulness, concentration, relaxation, meditation techniques and suggestions for application of yoga techniques in daily life. The emphasis is in meeting yourself where you are and creating a practice that helps you feel vibrant and alive. Here are some comments from previous participants:

"The yoga instruction was amazing - loved the variety - not too difficult so anyone could participate. The philosophy was something I will carry with me." – Jane

"Ruben adjusted his instruction to the level of the majority of the participants. Instruction had a consistent flow that was easy to follow and obtain. The sessions were very well done for our level of ability. As a personal trainer, I recognize the talent of building a lesson plan and the presentation of that plan in a good flow. His explanation of life decisions and relaxation was also great. Well done!" – Carl

"The yoga instruction was very well done. Ruben gave a variety of styles and difficulty to try and meet everyone's needs which was difficult since there was a large variety of people and each was in a different place and had different ability. " – Lynette

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How much does the retreat cost?

We want to ensure that you will have a wonderful experience at a very competitive price. Our retreat offers you excellent & very affordable value for a truly transformative journey.

EARLY BIRD (Paid in full by April 30th)

  • $1099 per person for Bungalow - Double occupancy
  • $1425 per person - single room + private bath

FULL PRICE (After May 1st)

  • $1199 per person for Bungalow - Double occupancy
  • $1550 per person - single room + private bath
Sign Up today to reserve your spot!

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What is the payment schedule? Sign Up today!

  • A minimum deposit of 50% is required when you sign up to hold your reservation.
  • In order to receive the early-bird reduced price you need to pay in full by April 30th
  • Total balance is due by July 1st.  If the balance is not paid in full by the due date, we will regard the booking as canceled.
  • You can pay online with credit card Sign Up
  • You can also pay with personal check, money order or cash. Please send your check or money order to:

St Petersburg Yoga
275 16th. Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705

  • Registrations will be accepted after the final payment is due (July 1/2011), but they are on request and subject to availability at the time of booking. In the case of late bookings, full payment will be required upon registration.

Note: The advertised cost for the retreat is based on an established minimum level of participation. Should the group for this retreat fall below this number, we reserve the right to cancel the retreat. In which case, you will be notified as soon as possible. In the event of a retreat cancellation, you will receive a full refund or you may transfer to a future retreat.

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What is included?

  • Lodging for 5 nights at Samasati - double bungalow
  • All meals at Samasati - delicious & fresh vegetarian meals made from local food sources!
  • Transfers: Van ride from San Jose to Samasati and return to San Jose from Samasati when you travel with the rest of the group. If you are not riding with the group, the cost of transportation is not included but we can help you book your transfers. (It is about 4.5 hours ride by Public Bus transportation, private transportation is approximately US$190.).
  • Morning and evening Yoga practice with Rubén Vásquez at Samasati.
  • Taxes
  • We can  help with reservations & travel within Costa Rica

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What is NOT included?

  • Airfare (varies - 550 - 700 round trip from Tampa to San Jose, Costa Rica -SJO) We found a very convenient itinerary with competitive rates through Spirit Airlines. Also, in the past some participants have found good rates through JetBlue leaving from Orlando.
  • 1st Night hotel in San Jose (around $60-80)
  • Shuttle from Samasati to Puerto Viejo - around $8-10 per person depending on the number of people.
  • Meals outside of Samasati
  • Individual/Private Yoga sessions with Rubén Vásquez - $65/hr
  • Optional activities see list below (starting around $40 & up )
  • Massages (can be  scheduled at Samasati - starting at $75/hr )
  • Spa treatments (can be  scheduled at Samasati - starting at $85/hr )
  • Yoga classes with Samasati teacher (yoga practice session with Rubén are included)
  • Shopping, scooter rentals, Internet access (in Puerto Viejo, nearby village)
  • Airport Exit fee to leave the country (about $26 U.S.)
  • Taxi ride in San Jose (can be shared - inexpensive) to airport
  • Hotel in San Jose on the last day, if you fly out on Jan 5 (around $60-80)
  • Tips & Gratuities (Usually at Samasati, the group leader collects tips from the participants and gives them to the manager at Samasati before leaving, so that ALL the employees can be receive an equal share. Since the staff is always excellent, we suggest a tip of at least $50 per person)

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What about cancellations?

  • Should the trip fail to achieve minimum participation, St Petersburg Yoga reserves the right to cancel the retreat and refund any deposits received.
  • All payments are non-refundable.
  • In case of cancellation you will receive credit for a future St Petersburg Yoga retreat.
  • No cancellations allowed. We strongly suggest you purchase cancellation insurance to cover any cancellation fees applicable.
  • There will be no refunds for arriving late or leaving early.
  • There are no exceptions to the above cancellation policies including personal injuries or weather.

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Hotels in San José

Since the trip from San José to Samasati takes around 4.5 hours by car, we suggest for you to stay in San José overnight to make the journey more relaxing and the transition into retreat mode more enjoyable. In case you plan to arrive in San José on Sunday, July 28th (and if you plan to leave Costa Rica on Saturday August 3rd) the Hotel 1492 is one of the hotels that we recommend. We like this hotel because the accommodations and breakfast are very nice, it is centrally located and especially because it is a locally-owned small business. In addition, they are offering us a special discounted (25%) group rate!

To make a reservation you can contact the hotel:
Telephone: (506) 2256-5913, (506) 2225-3752, (506) 2280-6265

Please remember to say that you are with the St Petersburg Yoga group so that you can get the discounted rate. The rates include breakfast and taxes.

The other two hotels recommended by Samasati are:

If you plan to stay in San José overnight and want to join us for dinner please let us know.

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Optional Activities (not included in cost of retreat)

  • Customized Individual Yoga sessions with Rubén Vásquez
  • Massage
  • Spa Treatments
  • Rain Forest Canopy Tour
  • Surfing Lessons
  • Cacao Trail Park Tour
  • Bio Reserve Tour
  • Bird Watching
  • Cahuita National Park
  • Indigenous Reserves Tour
  • Shaman's Tour
  • Waterfall Trekking
  • Sea and River Kayaking
  • Horseback Riding at the beach
  • White Water Rafting

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Yoga Sessions

Yoga sessions will be tailored so that they are appropriate for all retreat participants.  

All of the Yoga instruction will be conducted by Rubén Vásquez on site. Rubén’s classes cultivate mindfulness, flow seamlessly and integrate all aspects of Yoga. Over 18 hours of Yoga instruction include:

  • 4 early morning classes (2 hours each)
  • 5 evening classes (2 hours each)
  • 1 early morning practice on the last day of the retreat
Yoga Alliance CEU's available - Teacher Training Credits available for St Petersburg Yoga Yogi Teacher Training programs

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"Ruben was experienced and professional. I believe Ruben gained every one's respect and trust with his philosophy and techniques. We appreciated his philosophy of "meditation" as the main part of yoga and the emphasis on discovering "who we are" and "what we want" in this "moment" approach. We appreciated that we slowly added different positions that we could chose to "contribute" our best effort when we were "ready". Excellent!" Carl

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What is the Retreat Schedule?

Saturday, July 27, 2012
We recommend staying in San José the night before leaving for Samasati on Sunday at 10:00am . This is an opportunity to transition into retreat mode and also to enjoy an evening in the city.
Sunday, July 28, 2012

  • 10:00am Departure for Samasati Nature Retreat
  • Lunch on the road to Samasati
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm Welcome and Gentle Yoga
  • 7:00 – 8:30pm Dinner

Monday, July 29, 2011

  • 7:00am – 9:00am Day unfolding Yoga practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00-12:00 Open for optional Activities
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00pm Open for optional Activities
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra practice
  • 7:00 – 8:30pm Dinner

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • 7:00am – 9:00am Day unfolding Yoga practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00-1:00 Open for optional Activities
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00pm Open for optional activities
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra practice
  • 7:00 – 8:30pm Dinner

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • 7:00am – 9:00am Day unfolding Yoga practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00-12:00 Open for optional Activities
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00pm Open for optional Activities
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra practice
  • 7:00 – 8:30pm Dinner

Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • 7:00am – 9:00am Day unfolding Yoga practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast - Awakening Awareness
  • 10:00-1:00pm Open for optional Activities
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00pm Open for optional activities
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra practice
  • 7:00 – 8:30pm Dinner

Friday, August 2, 2013

  • 7:00am – 8:00am Yoga practice
  • Breakfast at Samasati
  • 11:00am Transfer to hotel or San Jose airport
  • Dinner in San Jose

Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • 11:00am Transfer to San Jose airport
  • Joyful return


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"This retreat was an amazing experience. I am so glad I decided to attend. I especially loved how Ruben discussed the overall retreat experience at the beginning of the week. The explanation of the highs and lows with an ultimate end really helped me focus on the present and appreciate what was happening on any given day instead of thinking about its conclusion. When I arrived home in Tampa and said goodbye to everyone, I didn't feel sad or depressed at all (feelings I usually experience after spending a good amount of time with a group). Instead, I noticed my appreciation of the experience and continued to enjoy each moment after. I knew I had a tremendous amount of work to complete upon my return, but I didn't feel stressed out about it in the slightest." Anthony

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Sign Up & Contact

We know that a retreat is a commitment you make to create time to honor yourself and to step into your potential. We limit the number of participants so that we can be there for you through the journey. Make sure that you sign up quickly to reserve your place on this amazing journey:

  1. Download the enrollment form (pdf format) and fill it out
  2. Pay with credit card and send your signed enrollment form

    Buy Now St Petersburg Yoga
  3. Or send your enrollment form with your check or money order to:

    St Petersburg Yoga
    275 16th. Street North
    St. Petersburg, Florida 33705

  4. Once we receive your enrollment form and deposit we will send you the participant contract. You will also receive the participant information package with details about the trip, the location and the area. You need to submit your signed copy of the contract before departure.

Contact info:

Please let us answer all your questions:

  • 727-894-YOGA (9642) Chris Acosta, Founder
  • 727-458-8664 Melanie
  • 727-771-3612 Rubén Vásquez


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