There are currently a limited number of spots available on this retreat. Please contact us directly at​ if you would like to enroll. 

yoga2-300x200Calling all yogis and yoginis who yearn to travel and explore, to simply lay by the ocean and watch the waves, to practice yoga in the open air surrounded by nature, to surf, hike, explore tide pools, and to enjoy incredible bodywork in paradise! Join us for our first ever Wanderlust Retreat!

The Santa Teresa Boutique Hotel, Spa & Yoga Center is the ultimate getaway to relax, rejuvenate, play, and explore! Together we will practice restorative and enlivening yoga classes, feast on wholesome meals (organic and local whenever possible), bliss out in the resort pool surrounded by lush greenery, and much more! For yogis who want to wander, we can play in the ocean, take excursions, and explore the culture of Santa Teresa.

The Wanderlust Retreat will be the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, local culture and beach time, yoga and massage! Come wander with us, and discover exactly what you have been seeking!

  • 7 Nights Accommodations (1st Night in Airport Hotel, 6 Nights in Santa Teresa)pool-1-300x200
  • 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
  • Ground Transport to/from the airport
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • Rest Time in Nature
  • Spa Services & Excursions* Optional and available for an additional charge

housing1-200x300The retreat will be held at an intimate beachfront hotel and yoga center located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.

Vicki Forman, E-RYT500

Vicki-Forman-683x1024Unlike most yoga teachers, I started my yoga practice late in life and I was born with little flexibility. My yoga practice helped me increase my flexibility, but it took time. I have never been slim or slender. In fact, I am rather short and stocky. We all have our starting points, and I believe that we all need to do the best we can to take care of our bodies. My determination of becoming a yoga teacher was strong. My first yoga master was very surprised to see me return for my next level of training. He told me that he didn’t think I was going to make it. But, I knew in my heart that I was getting better both physically and mentally every day. I found myself smiling all throughout my yoga practice. I felt relaxed and happy even after teaching a yoga class. I realized that I was changing slowly in my thoughts and in my body.

I earned an advanced certification (E-RYT500) with Yoga Alliance from Integrative Yoga Therapy at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. I have taught yoga and pilate’s classes for Allan Hancock College for the last ten years. In 2011, I opened Yoga for Mankind, a yoga studio in Santa Barbara County, California, which offers a variety of styles of yoga, mat pilates and reformer.

I enjoy making my yoga fun and creative by blending numerous styles of hatha yoga including those of Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Gentle Yoga and Iyengar Yoga. My training as well as my many years as a professional Yoga Instructor has greatly formed my teachings so that all levels of yoga students can feel that they are stepping towards a life of better health and longevity. Learn more at my website.

Tina Ventrellatinaventrella

I am a soul. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a nurse. I am a Neurofeedback Practitioner. I am a Qi Gong Energy Worker. I am an organizer. I am a minimalist. I am a starter. I am Yoga Teacher. I am a soul in LOVE with teaching yoga! I am a Yoga Teacher who teaches Alignment, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Story Telling, Refined Anatomy, Finding your Voice and more.

I am inspired by nature, family, adventure, chanting, walking barefoot and countless teachers I encounter daily. I teach yoga because of its beauty, its truth, and its ability to induce stillness. I wish to help others discover their Inner BadAss and remember their innateness, their authentic selves! I teach an eclectic loving class challenging one to dive deep within, explore, and tap into one’s essence. I combine breath, vinyasa, alignment, giggles and love to create an illuminating experience. My classes are versatile and adaptable to all levels.

I am honored to be on the path of teaching such a wakeFUL practice. Check out my website to learn more. See you soon!


“Thank you for all you’ve done for me. You have taught me how to make that mind, body and spirit connection, and in turn, changed my life. I no longer suffer from high stress, aches and pains or elevated blood pressure. Knowing how humble you are, you may think you are just doing your job, but I think it’s more a reflection of your soul.” ~Neeta

“Vicki is a wonderful teacher. I’ve had many yoga experiences and I rate her very highly! Vicki’s amazing, supportive, and keeps us coming back.” ~Anonymous

“I really do enjoy your yoga classes. They make me feel so good. I am never ready to quit. You really make them fun and enjoyable.” ~Linda

“You could never be repaid for all goodness you bring with yoga! Thank you for your gift, training, and sharing it with us all!” ~Camille

“I just want to tell you how much your studio has helped me since I started this last summer. I like your gentleness and so look forward to a class after a stressful day working with Special Ed students. Again, thanks for offering such a wonderful studio and helping me through a difficult time in my life on so many levels. You rock!” ~Alia

“Thank you for inspiring me to continue my yoga practice and offering your gift of storytelling. Life-changing” ~Megan

“Tina, I’ve never loved to move and sweat as much as I do in your Vinyasa classes! You were sneaky, kicked my butt while making me laugh! Thank you!”~Jennifer

“Tina’s gentle yoga class is truly one of a kind with a focus on fluidity, safe movement, and soft poses. She teaches with a smile and keeps class fun and light. I’ve never experienced anything like it! You always leave feeling balanced and refreshed.” ~Steve


  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)sup
  • Surfing Lessons
  • Boat Ride to Tortuga Island with Snorkeling
  • Hiking in Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve
  • Zip-lining/Canopy Tour
  • Kayaking
  • Karma Yoga Activity
  • And More…
    *Price of Activities are not included in tuition


Discover the true meaning of relaxation at the center’s Spa, offering a variety of first-class spa services performed by professional therapists. Treatments utilize 100% natural products. Offering massages, wraps, exfoliation treatments, facials, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, and other beauty treatments, the Spa is located in front of Santa Teresa Beach so that you may enjoy the sounds of the sea and its cooling breezes.

Please be sure to review Our Policies.


To register, go to our Online Registration Platform.

Paying your initial deposit of $500 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting Therehousing4-768x512

All international flights will arrive at the San Jose International Airport (SJO). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.

Booking Your Flight for the Best Price Possible!

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Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $100, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about travelling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also be sure to check out our Student FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write us at and let us know how we can help!


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