Yoga & Wellness Retreat

Costa Rica

Dec 27 2019 - Jan 2 2020

Ancient Teachings, Modern Approach.

A super special SKTING + The SacreFig collaboration.

For many of us, our day-to-day reality is a demanding job + daily social obligations.  New technologies that were designed to simplify our lives somehow have added more to our already overflowing plates. Our culture tells us that being ‘busy’ is a good thing: it means we’re in demand + successful.  Whether we see this busy-ness as self-imposed or not, it’s hard to align ourselves with the person we want to be.

When was the last time you felt fully recharged?  When was the last time you had the space to dedicate to the things that you find important? This retreat is specifically designed to realign & re-calibrate.  To step away from our day-to-day dramas, and get a greater perspective on ourselves, our goals, our desires, & our friendships.

At this Costa Rican retreat, expect morning pranayama, and afternoon naps under the palm trees.  Expect jungle walks & waterfalls, horseback rides & surf lessons. Expect lovingly-prepared simple meals, barefoot adventures, and world-class yoga asana.  Expect to create new bonds, share surprising conversations & laughter… & still plenty of time for reflection.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica touches both the Caribbean Sea & The Pacific Ocean. With it's visionary sustainability initiatives and no standing army, the country is a green, peaceful jewel of the region. Taking into account that more than a third of the land enjoys some form of environmental protection, and there’s greater biodiversity here than in the US and Europe combined... it’s a place that earns the superlatives.

The tiny villages of Punta Banco & Pavones (pictured here) are located on the southern Pacific tip of Costa Rica, about 30k north of Panama. Surrounded by coastal rainforest, patches of farmland, and an Indigenous Reserve, this remote area of Costa Rica is a little piece of paradise. It has a population of about 200 people, and is reached either by a small unpaved road, or the ridiculously charming little tropical 'Tiskita de Osa' airstrip.

This part of Costa Rica is known for it's stunning black-sand beaches. It's far away from the tourism of much of the rest of Costa Rica, the perfect spot to lay low and relax, You'll surely get to know some locals, who take pride in their community as well as the wildlife in it.

The wildlife & nature in this area (especially at the retreat center) is insane. Expect to see everything from cheeky monkeys to sloths lounging around, sea-turtles, dolphins, and brilliant butterflies. You can easily adventure on foot to local waterfalls that cascade into fresh-water pools. Jungle walks, horseback rides, and surf lessons are all part of the daily here. Winding trails ascend and descend through the hilly forest, and horseback riders can even trek along the coastline as well.

The Retreat Center

Tiskita Jungle Lodge is small family-run ecolodge on the secluded southwest coast of Costa Rica. Their private biological reserve includes 800 acres of pristine primary and secondary rainforest. The family that runs it have been in the area for the last 40 years, and are actively involved in conservation work in the area. For photos from our past retreats there, check out our Facebook Photo Album.

They have nine private cabins set against a lush jungle and the Pacific Ocean, as well as a maze of jungle paths, waterfalls, a gorgeous yoga shala (pictured here), and a pool. It's a 10 minute walk down their path to the ocean below. The ocean is great and offers something for everyone. You can lounge under a palm tree, walk for miles on the coast, check out the tidal pools, or learn to surf. Visit Tiskita.com to learn & see more.

La Comida The food at Tiskita is local & organic (when available). It's simple, thoughtfully prepared, and traditional for the region. The meals are mostly vegetarian, but sometimes we'll have a bit of chicken or fish. Expect exotic fruits, plantains, eggs (from local chickens!) freshly-caught fish, grains, legumes, fresh juices, smoothies, & homemade jams. The retreat center will happily accommodate vegan, gluten-free, or any other dietary restrictions (we'll give them your dietary restrictions in advance so that they're well-prepared before you arrive). Vino y cerveza are available from Tiskita for purchase.

Los Cuartos There are nine private cabins, with a total of 17 rooms. Each cabin is fringed by the jungle and has an ocean view. They all have large verandahs with hammocks & lounge chairs. The rooms are clean, spacious, and simple, with hot water & ceiling fans. Most are spacious doubles, some are triples. The cabins are scattered around the lodge, and were built using precious woods like Mahogany, Purpleheart, and Rosewood, that was collected over the years mostly from trees that fell down in Tiskita. All cabins are only a few minutes walk away from the lodge, the rainforest, and the beach. Each cabin is surrounded by trees that attract birds, butterflies, monkeys, and other wildlife, making the cabins’ decks often one of the best spots to relax and watch the wildlife go by. Please keep in mind this is not a resort - it's a jungle lodge. If you are looking for a resort with central AC and turn-down service, this is simply NOT the retreat for you. If you appreciate wild beauty, barefoot adventures, monkeys, turtles, ceviche, cold beer, black sand beaches, then this IS for you!

Cómo Llegar. There's a few different options for how to get to Tiskita, depending on your personal preferences. After you land at San Jose Airport (Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport), the easiest & quickest way to get to the lodge is to hop on a chartered flight directly to their 'Tiskita de Osa' charming private airstrip. It's an unforgettable experience, and a magical way to start the week. In under an hour, you'll land right on the beach, directly at front entrance to the lodge. The price for chartering is pretty reasonable, as long as a few people share the plane (around $200 per person, each way). We will help organize the chartered flights as it gets closer. In years past, mostly everyone goes with the charter option. Another other option is to fly on a standard domestic flight (we recommend NatureAir.com ) from San Jose to Golfito. Once you arrive in Golfito, it's just under a two-hour drive to Tiskita. Flight tickets are around $70-$100 each way. Other options from San Jose: rent a car & drive, hire a driver, or take the bus! Whichever transport you choose - we will help make sure it makes sense for your specific needs

Actividades. There are a ton of optional activities that you can do on your free time. (these are not included in the retreat price) Horseback riding, Tiskita has horses, with local guides, and the usual ride is a few hours going way up into the forest, and along the beach at low-tide. Biking. Mountain bikes are available if you want to go for a ride on your own, it's nice to ride on the road that goes into town. Surfing. Pavones is the third-longest left break in the world and great for anything from beginners to experts. We know two great Costa Rican instructors, they have boards and rash guards and everything you need. Classes are usually around two hours, cost US $40, and are worth it. Evening Jungle Walks. Jungle hike at night with a naturalist guide... it's a whole different experience in the rainforest. Boat/fishing tours. One of the local fishermen takes out small groups for a half-day on his panga fishing boat. Anything you catch we can cook for you for dinner :) If you don't want to fish, you can also just cruise around and look for whales & dolphins.

Un Poco Más. The property has a beautiful waterfall and naturally formed mini fiver 'jaccuzzis' only a few minutes walk through the jungle. There's over 15km of rainforest trails with varying levels of difficulty. The paths criss-cross so there's lots of possibility for jungle walks, and they're all well-marked. The beach is a short stroll down the hill, with warm water that is nice to swim in. There are also tidal pools large enough to swim and snorkel in. Tiskita has a large organic fruit orchard with over 100 species of fruits. Most fruit is enjoyed by the wildlife and whatever the guests pick for themselves. Tiskita also has a lovely pool!

What's not included in the price? Your int'l & domestic travel (but we'll help coordinate to keep things easy-breezy). Alcohol (you're welcome to drink, but you gotta pay for it!). Extra activities beyond what we've organized (like getting a massage, or taking a surf lesson). If you want to stay extra nights (many people end up staying an extra night or two, either before the retreat starts, or after it finishes.

Daily Schedule

This retreat takes place over the New Year! Plan on arriving before 5pm on December 27th 2019, and leaving after brunch on January 2nd, 2020. (Tiskita will help coordinate for people to share chartering planes from San Jose direct to Tiskita). Each day is balanced between group activities, and plenty of free time to do as you wish. Everything is optional: you can get into as much or as little as you want. Below is a schedule just to give you a general idea (it tends to vary once we actually get going). Whether you want to embrace your introvert, or hang out with new friends - there will be plenty of opportunity for both.

730am - 8am

Satsang.
Satsang is to gather in the company of those seeking a higher truth. So in the true spirit of retreat, we offer optional pranayama + meditation each morning.

8am - 930am

Sweat.
Rigorous Yoga Asana, led by Chloe & Anton, in the stunning open-air jungle shala. (watch out for monkeys)

930am - 1030am

Nourish.
Enjoy a simple, healthy breakfast. Expect local exotic fruits, yogurt, eggs (from very local chickens!) toast, and homemade jams. Coffee + tea are available throughout the day.

1030am - 1230pm

Play.
Chill out by the pool, take a surf lesson, or go search for waterfalls.

1pm - 2pm

Nourish.
Light lunch.

2pm - 4:30pm

Play.
Take a horseback ride, get a massage, or enjoy a book on the verandah.

5pm - 630pm

Sweat, Número Dos.
The afternoon activity varies. Often times it's a yoga class (more workshop style in format), and some other days we'll go to the beach or a sunset nature walk. It varies depending on the direction of the group.

7pm - 8pm

Nourish.
Traditional Costa Rican dinner. Expect mostly vegetarian food, with some fish, some chicken, veggies, plantains, rice, legumes, etc. The lodge is great with accommodating dietary restrictions.

9pm

Sleep, stargaze, or enjoy a cold beer.

faculty

Chloe Kernaghan

Born + raised on the island of Guam, Chloe moved to NYC initially for college and has never left. To find her calm midst the city madness, she took up a yoga practice which led her to many trainings and becoming...

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Investment

what you get

  • Accomodations for the duration of the retreat at Tiskita Jungle Lodge
  • Three meals per day for the duration of the retreat, including water, coffee, tea + water
  • Access to the entire gorgeous property, including 800 acres, waterfalls, a pool and walking distance to the beach
  • Twice-daily yoga classes with Chloe + Anton in the open-air jungle shala
  • A surprise or two!

All inclusive of the above:

USD $1600 (Single bed in a shared triple room, with en-suite bathroom)

USD $2000 (Single bed in a shared double room with en-suite bathroom)

USD $2800 (Private room with en-suite bathroom)

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