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Resplendent Quetzal

Elevate your Spirit:
Pura Vida Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica

A Journey of Bliss and Serenity in Costa Rica's Enchanting Embrace!


Greetings seekers of serenity and explorers of inner peace,

Allow me, James Afshar (E-RYT), to extend a heartfelt invitation to join us on an extraordinary odyssey to Costa Rica's radiant heart, where the lush green mountain peaks beckon you to a realm of pure enchantment. In July, 2024, amidst the rhythmic whispers of nature and the vibrant tapestry of Costa Rica's premier destinations, a week-long haven of rejuvenation awaits – a haven sculpted for both the seeker and the adventurer within you. 


Picture yourself nestled within the embrace of a land known for its 'pura vida' – the very essence of pure life – where time slows down, and the soul rejoices in every breath. As the sun's golden caress illuminates the horizon, you'll embark on a soul-stirring journey that intertwines inner exploration with exhilarating outward quests.

Perched like a crown jewel upon the verdant landscape, our chosen sanctuary spans over 8 acres of paradise, majestically positioned at an awe-inspiring elevation of 5000 ft. above sea level. Enveloped by sprawling coffee plantations, the retreat center serves as a sacred gateway to the captivating panorama of Costa Rica's Central Valley, a view that both humbles and uplifts. And the best part? This haven is a mere twenty-minute sojourn from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), whisking you away from the hustle and bustle into a world of tranquility in the blink of an eye.

As the gentle breeze carries whispers of nature's melodies, the passage of 8 days and 7 nights unfolds as a symphony of renewal and revelation. Choose to greet the sun's tender embrace with your choice of morning sadhana (energetic Vinyasa style Yoga practice) or let the allure of twilight guide your evening's Restorative/Yin practice – every session held within the Retreat Center's ethereal Yoga Shalas. Here, each breath becomes a harmonious dance with the universe, each posture a step towards awakening.

Gaze through wide windows that frame the sweeping grandeur of the Central Valley, a sight that elevates your practice to a crescendo of awe. The fusion of yoga and nature becomes an elixir for your spirit, nourishing your journey towards a more profound connection with your inner self.

But the experience doesn't end on the mat; it's only the beginning. Beyond the asanas and pranayama, the retreat unfurls as an opportunity for you to engage in vibrant escapades. From guided hikes through verdant trails to explorations of local culture, each moment presents a canvas for adventure, a chance to infuse your spirit with the vitality of the land.

Dear seeker, your stay with us is more than a retreat; it's a promise of transformation, a pledge to rediscover your authentic self amidst the splendor of Costa Rica's untamed beauty. The lush mountains become your companions, the air carries the wisdom of the ages, and the retreat's embrace becomes a sanctuary where your soul finds its home.

Dare to dream of a life infused with 'pura vida,' where every heartbeat resonates with the rhythm of nature, and every step leads you closer to the heart of your being. Join me on this luminous journey – a journey that celebrates not just the destination, but the exquisite tapestry of moments that weave along the way.

Secure your place amidst this retreat of a lifetime, and let the magic of Costa Rica and the sanctuary of yoga lead you to a new chapter of your story.




July 06 - 13 , 2024 (7 Nights)

  • 15% Non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot *

  • EARLY BIRD pricing available through January 31, 2024 (noted below under "Accommodations" Section)

    • The accommodation pricing listed is on a per-individual basis

  • Up to 50% of your deposit is required by March 15, 2024 (all deposits go towards paying off your full balance)

  • Full remaining balance is due by June 01, 2024

  • Release & Waver of Liability Form must be reviewed, signed, and returned to me with your initial deposit

  • Payment options - Zelle, cash, and personal checks are accepted

  • Retreat Application Form (link here) must be completed.  Please notify me once you've submitted your form

  • Payments are non-refundable once your spot has been secured

* We'll only move forward with this retreat if we have the required minimum number of attendants.  If this condition is not met, your deposits will be fully refunded.


There are seven types of room styles, which are scattered about the meticulously landscaped grounds of the Retreat Center, each designed to delight your viewing pleasure with either a lush garden view rich in foliage, or an epic view of the Central Valley.  These range from three charming suites with wraparound porches to stylish room options and A-Frame cottages.





$ 2,095 USD

$ 1,630 USD





$ 2,215 USD

$ 1,690 USD





$ 2,525 USD

$ 1,845 USD

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$ 2,142 USD

$ 1,655 USD

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$ 2,525 USD

$ 1,845 USD

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$ 2,310 USD

$ 1,740 USD





$ 2,625 USD

$ 1,945 USD


  • Shuttle service: Round trip from airport (SJO)

  • Meals: Starting with dinner on the night of your arrival (July 6th), and ending with breakfast on the day of your departure (July 13th), we will have three daily meals, wonderfully prepared and served, providing you ample time in the morning, afternoon, and evening to enjoy.  ​These delicious North American and Costa Rican style dishes are made from fresh local produce, regional purveyors, and served buffet style featuring both vegetarian, pescatarian and chicken dishes to dazzle your taste buds and nourish your body.  Most diets can be accommodated as long as the kitchen is notified in advance. Complimentary coffee, tea, and filtered water are available throughout the day

  • Yoga: Two daily practices with the exception of days where the majority of our group is on an excursion

    • Morning Vinyasa style practice​

    • Afternoon/early evening Restorative/Yin session


  • Airfare

  • Travel & Medical Insurance

  • Eco-tours (links to Eco-tours page)

  • Tips for all services (expectations are explained during our orientation)

  • Alcoholic & special beverages

  • Spa & massage treatments

Please note:

Once the trip is booked there are no refunds!


  • Wifi throughout the complex

  • Swimming and lounge pool

  • Hot tub

  • Massage services & body treatments

  • Umbrellas are provided


  • Closest airport: Juan Santamaria International (SJO)

  • Sporadic showers during the week are likely

  • Taxi and shuttle service are available

  • Uber may be available

  • Bug & mosquito repellent is recommended

  • A sturdy umbrella is recommended if you're traveling off the grounds

  • Recommendation: Download & install Whatsapp messenger on your phone

  • Q&A Form

Please Remember, This is Your Retreat!

I encourage you to partake in some of the scheduled guided tours, activities, and Yoga, but more importantly, trust your intuition and simply rest and relax if you like.  Whether it's going for a dip in the pool to enjoy a few lazy laps, reading a good book you've been putting off for the right moment, or taking advantage of the on-site Spa which offers an array of massage and body treatments.  

The wine and juice bar in the dining hall stocks Costa Rican and Central American beers, sulfite-free, organic wines and bottled water. It is also the place for fresh smoothies, custom-blended chai and organic wheat grass elixirs (made from wheat grass grown in-house).

You can explore the Costa Rican nature by taking a mindful walk and enjoying a bit of photography. The grounds hold dozens of species of orchids and have been certified as a conservation property by the National Ministry of Environmental Ecology.

Send me a message if you have any questions or concerns regarding this retreat.


Kindly review this form; print a copy for yourself and send me a signed copy.

This is a simple Google doc., and it must be completed and submitted prior to providing your first payment.

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