Activating the Wise Heart: Yoga and Meditation
Playa Uvita, Costa Rica Retreat with Brenda Umana

Experience the lush beauty of Costa Rica, where the symphony of the jungle and the gentle caress of ocean waves create the perfect backdrop for self-discovery and transformation. Activating the Wise Heart Yoga & Meditation Retreat invites you to expand your dreams, desires, and purpose from the depths of your heart on a 7-day experience.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant green hues of the jungle and the gentle rustling of leaves invite you to reconnect with nature and your innermost self while practicing yoga and meditation overlooking the ocean. Take a pause on the demands of daily life and truly listen to the deep wisdom of your heart, experiencing any truths and insights that reside within you.

Guided by experienced and compassionate teacher, Brenda Umana (500-RYT),  you will explore a wide range of yogic and meditative practices, designed to open your heart and awaken your mind. Connect with the power of your breath as you flow through intentional vinyasa sequences, building strength, grounding, and flexibility. Delve into nurturing evening restorative yoga practice and journaling, allowing your body to surrender and release any accumulated tension. While gently finding time to fully quiet down towards yoga nidra and  meditation, as you learn to settle the daily activity of the mind and listen to the inner wisdom that guides your path.

Beyond the practice sessions, you will have the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica! 

Join us for the Activating the Wise Heart Yoga & Meditation Retreat. Take this precious time to retreat, to listen from your heart, and to answer your unique call to your own swa dharma (practicing your own way of life), yet unified in intention with a vibrant and supportive community. Together, let us discover the wisdom that resides within, and create a life that is aligned with our deepest truths.

Types of classes and teachings offered during your retreat:

  • Yoga types 
    • Vinyasa Flow: Breath per movement 
    • Restorative Yoga: Supported with props, slow and cozy 
    • Yoga Nidra: lying down meditation 
    • Vedic philosophy/psychology: Integrated in our talks and classes to better understand your mind
  • Guided Meditations: For non-experienced and experienced meditators 
  • Mantra Meditations
  • Visualizations Meditations  
  • Breathwork: Pranayama, Vayu practices (10 vital winds), Kundalini inspired breathwork 
  • Guided and Unguided Journaling

  • 6 nights accommodations, first night at airport hotel and 5 nights at center
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from San Jose Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)


Beautiful, eco-friendly accommodations situated amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle trail leading to Playa Uvita, a beautiful National Park beach. The atmosphere of the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single or double occupancy. 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.

Gorgeous bungalow-style accommodations all with huge ocean views, where you can see Ballena National Marine Park, the rainforest, and much more. All of the rooms are made from reforested wood from our trees planted on the same land 20 years ago. The architecture includes local craftsmanship using wood, stone, shell, and sand. Each room at this center is unique and the size of the rooms vary.

*The group will be staying at an airport hotel on the first night of the retreat.

Brenda Umana:

Brenda’s profound journey has been an unwavering quest to understand and transcend her internal struggles. Early in her life, she felt the pressure to prioritizing the happiness of others over her own. Considering herself a highly-sensitive person, she initially lacked the necessary tools to channel and harness it effectively. However, Brenda found solace and inspiration in the yoga practice, allowing her to explore beyond societal norms and start living life on her terms.

With over 10+ years of experience as a dedicated practitioner, teacher, and yoga/meditation educator, Brenda has an unwavering commitment to authenticity. Holding certifications totaling over 500 hours, including yoga nidra, Vedic psychology, and meditation, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her teachings. Additionally, Brenda holds a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University demonstrating her commitment to the well-being of her students—mind, body, and soul. 

In addition to her teaching, Brenda is also a dedicated writer, poet, and founder of OM Marketing. Her valuable insights have been featured in notable publications such as Shape, Yoga Journal, Martha Stewart, Healthline, and Insight Timer. Her first love in the vast world of “practice” is yoga and she believes that the yoga practice is what continues to inspire her to explore the relationship with herself and those around her while continuing to live a creative life.


I took Brenda’s class this morning. I wanted to thank you for an incredible class; suffering/recovering from lower back pain has been challenging but yoga makes it so much better. Brenda’s practice this morning was definitely an ass-kicker in the best of ways. And her guided meditation truly spoke to me, so much that I was not aware of the savasana transition and stayed in my meditation.” – A

“All of Brenda’s classes are so enjoyable, well prepared and thoughtful. Loved this and every other class she teaches.” – L

“This retreat turned out to be even better than I expected, and I had high expectations! The yoga and meditation classes were perfection, the retreat center chosen was amazing, and every last detail was well thought through so I didn’t have to do anything other than focus on my wellness. 🙂 I will be joining another retreat as soon as possible, and I will be talking about this experience for months, I’m sure. I highly, highly recommend it!” – A

“I loved everything about the Spring Awakening Retreat —the varied, thoughtfully planned, and deep-digging yoga practices, the perfectly appointed Retreat Center, and most of all the sense of community instilled among the brilliant women on the retreat.” – M


While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

  • Beach days
  • Zip-lining
  • Horseback Riding
  • Surfing
  • Waterfall Tour
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing Trip
  • River Wildlife Tour

*Price of activities are not included in tuition and are subject to change

Please be sure to review Our Policies.


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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

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

Getting There 

You will be booking your flights for 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. The group will stay overnight at an airport hotel and depart the following morning to the retreat center. There will be one group 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. The drive time to the center is approximately 4-4.5 hours.

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 $150, 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. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Shared Accommodations – $2995 USD

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3195 USD

Single Accommodations – $3595 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations – $3795 USD

A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.

Payment plans are available and self-directed. You may make payments of any size and on any date up to 1 day before the auto-payment date (March 7, 2024); then the remaining balance will be automatically processed with your card on file on March 7, 2024.

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


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to

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