Working at Nicuesa Lodge in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Every single time I approach to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on the boat, I cannot avoid thinking, ” Is this place for real? or Is it a creation of my own reality?”. It is that magical. When you look at the ocean water, it just has a particular serenity and a certain tone of blue that simply takes my breath away.

Yoga teacher in Nicuesa
This place is unique, powerful and just like nothing I’ve seen before here or anywhere in the world.

This is my second time retreating in Nicuesa as a yoga instructor and massage therapist, first in 2012 for three months and this year again. I cannot put into words the severe attachment I have for this rainforest paradise! I ABSOLUTELY adore this place. Being yoga teacher, a retreat and a tour leader myself, I have the possibility to travel to diverse countries and have been able to see quite a lot of my own as well, and Nicuesa is just my favorite spot.

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Count your blessings in Costa Rica this Thanksgiving on a yoga retreat

Thanksgiving is about gratitude and being thankful for our blessings. This year, why not spend the Thanksgiving holidays giving thanks for all that is good in life on a rejuvenating yoga retreat in Costa Rica at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

Imagine retreating from the busyness of everyday life to relax and restore your energy in the rainforest, with 80-degree warm gulf waters at your doorstep and monkeys, Scarlet Macaws and coatis as your neighbors.

Accessible only by boat, the remote oceanfront Costa Rica rainforest lodge is located on the breathtaking Golfo Dulce (“Sweet Gulf”) just across from the renowned Osa Peninsula. Playa Nicuesa’s 165-acre private reserve joins into the Piedras Blancas National Park. The extraordinary Costa Rica eco-lodge was designed for sustainable travel and holds the highest rating in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) in Costa Rica.

Starting Nov. 23, 2014, the Yoga Meditation and Sound retreat with international yoga instructor Shonna Annapurna Brown and international recording artist John William Bauld, lasts five, six or seven nights. You choose how long you will stay.

The yoga retreat includes two daily yoga classes, meditation, and evening kirtan concerts with the instructors. Yoga classes will be classical hatha yoga, which improves breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind. There also will be Mantrasana Yoga with live music, a meditative hatha yoga class set to live mantra music; and restorative yoga. Yoga classes will be held on the beautiful yoga deck on the beach (shaded) or at the tree canopy-level main lodge building.

Kirtan is soothing participatory music using ancient Sanskrit mantras that opens the heart, purifies the mind, and generates harmony and divine love, retreat information explains.

The retreat package includes accommodation at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge for five, six or seven nights, all meals, boat transfers, guided adventure activities, unlimited self-guided hikes in the preserve, use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment.

Article by Shannon Farley