Escape Winter with Rachel in Costa Rica

Letter from Rachel:

Hi there! Costa Rica is one of my favorite places in the world, I’ve been there more than eight times! I am so excited to be leading this awesome yoga retreat on the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in Playa Uvita. Uvita is such a special place, right at the top of the Osa, where the jungle and the ocean are so close to one another. When I was there last, I kept expecting to see a dinosaur walk across the open field!

In addition to the breathtaking beaches, beautiful scenery, serene vibes, and magical forests, Costa Rica is also known for the people – super friendly, and with an intense love for the Earth, including at our eco-hotel. The staff does an exceptional job of showcasing the natural beauty of the area, while also allowing guests to feel safe and cared for. The gourmet chef-prepared meals at the onsite restaurant are fresh, local, and delicious.

From the panoramic views to the natural swimming pools, and sandy private beaches, you can enjoy the impressive sunsets and tranquil ocean breeze that make this retreat an absolute must! For those that love the sun, and need to take a break from the harsh winter months, this will be a perfect opportunity.

Exploring Costa Rica

There really is no “typical day” in Costa Rica, except to say that everything is laid back and easy, Pura Vida style. That said, each day will include: Morning yoga/meditation, breakfast, lunch, lounge time, afternoon/evening yoga/meditation, and dinner. Other activities throughout the day might include: a trip into town for a fresh coconut to drink, surfing, stand up paddle-boarding, lounging on the beach, drinking a beer in the hammock, bird watching for parrots, listening to the sounds of the jungle, zip-lining, and basking in the bright, glorious sun!

About Me (Rachel)

I have been teaching yoga for 12 years, and have led 10 retreats in that time, both domestically in the US, and to Costa Rica. It has been so beautiful to witness on all of my retreats how people make fast and long lasting friendships.

For yoga, we will be practicing a vinyasa flow style, along with some restorative classes. Depending on people’s interests, we can also do a few workshop style classes throughout the week. I will also be offering meditation where you will connect with yourself, others, and nature more deeply than you ever have before. Costa Rica is a magical place which will leave you feeling really refreshed and inspired.

  • 6 nights accommodations (1 night at airport hotel and 5 nights at retreat center)
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Guided on-site Eco Tour
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from SJO Airport to Retreat Center
  • Beach access every day
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodations

Beautiful, eco-friendly accommodations situated amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle trail leading to Playa Uvita, a beautiful beach (only a 15-minute walk away). 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.

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

Rachel VerValin:

I have been fascinated by nature, natural cycles, astrology, yoga, and the healing arts my whole life. I’m a yoga teacher and energy healer originally from  Ithaca, New York that has lived all over the country, and I even spent 5 months living/working in Costa Rica! I currently live in Louisville KY with my partner and all of our animals. I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years, and teaching for 12, including leading many national and international retreats, yoga teacher trainings, and workshops. 

I semi-jokingly refer to myself as a “recovering type A personality” – before I began practicing yoga, I found my mind racing all of the time, thinking about how to be the best at everything. I grew up as a super overachiever, and it was really nice to come to yoga class and, over time, let the racing mind drop into the background. I started being nicer to people, and to myself. I let herself be vulnerable, and be okay with that. Yoga helps me to understand and recognize that we are all just humans, trying to get by – and we need love and kindness to make that easier.

On my yoga retreats, and in my classes, I seek to create a nurturing environment where students can learn and practice in a caring and accessible way. My classes are often filled with funny quips, laughter, hard work, and great music. I (immensely!) enjoy creating a space where EVERYONE can feel comfortable. I want to empower you through connection – to yourself, to your community, to your family, to your friends, to your life. As Brene Brown says “connection is why we are here.”

Testimonials

“I never would have dreamed when I signed up that it would have such an impact on me and my life – and I think the long term effects are still to come!” – Jennifer

“This retreat will change your life. It is the perfect combination of yoga, meditation, and fun. Rachel is awesome – she teaches for all levels. The activities are great, but you don’t have to do them if you want to spend the day at the beach or getting a massage. I give this retreat an A+” – Nicole

“Taking a yoga class with Rachel is a magical experience. You will feel a mind, body and spiritual connection almost instantly just by coming into her classroom. Her flows are transformational – both her fast paced, and restorative style classes. You will feel fulfilled and want to go back as soon as you leave her class!” – Kelly

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:

  • 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.

Registration

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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. 

Booking your Flight for the Best Price Possible!

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Toll-free phone number: 1-866-291-7809

Email: truenaturetravels@letsutravel.com 

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 info@truenaturetravels.com and let us know how we can help!

Shared Accommodations – $2695 USD 

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $2795 USD

Single Accommodations – $3195 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations – $3395 USD

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.

Sign Up with No Risk

In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2023 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.

*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 108 days before the retreat date.

True Nature Travels is closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global travel. For more information click here.

Cancellation

  • 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 info@truenaturetravels.com.

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