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Tropical Journey to Self Discovery
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Retreat with Manya Wandersee

With pristine beaches and a laid-back atmosphere, Santa Teresa is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate your mind and body. Encompassed around the idea of holistic health, retreat participants will be guided through a primal blend of Yoga + Pilates on the beach front studio.

Our first gathering of the day will begin with a themed share circle where we will take a moment to share a piece of ourselves with one another. Class will then shift into a grounding exercise, before transitioning into meaningful movement. Two classes a day will be offered. Participants will experience relaxing, meditative flows as well as all-levels-friendly strength building ones. Gathered around the idea of variety, intermittent Yogalates (Yoga + Pilates) as well as traditional Yoga will be offered. Throughout the day, you will be encouraged to explore the beautiful peninsula as well as take advantage of our relaxing beachfront location. The onsite spa serves as the cherry on top!

All in all, the focus will be on feel-good, primal movements. The perfect retreat for those who prefer variety! By the end, you will have the tools needed to let go of what no longer serves your life in a positive way. Returning home to feel enlightened, healed, and relaxed.

  • 6 nights accommodations, including 1 night at San Jose hotel 
  • 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)


The 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. Each room at this center is unique and the size of the rooms vary.

Manya Wandersee

Manya’s journey in the health + wellness field began at age 10. She started out as a sport loving, weight lifting, nature enthusiast. Upon taking her first Yoga class in 2013, Manya quickly became addicted to the anxiety calming and physical benefits of Yoga. In 2016, she graduated college with an AA Degree in Fitness/Nutrition/Health. From there, her passion for movement took off, since then earning her 500 HR YTT, NASM Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise license, Spin and Buti Yoga certifications, as well as her Nutrition Consulting License. Always embracing variety in health! In early 2022, she opened her Yoga/Pilates/exercise studio in Kodiak, Alaska.

Manya believes in a natural, holistic approach to health and wellbeing. While she loves a powerful Pilates/Yoga session, she knows how important it is to slow down and reconnect with her spiritual side through primal movements and grounding exercises. Through traumatic life events, she has used the healing tools learned in Yoga to let go and remain optimistic. Her quirkiness shines through in every class that she teaches and you will be sure to leave with a smile.

Aside from her passion to teach and take others classes, she loves a good nature-filled adventure followed by a relaxing evening. If there’s one thing Manya is great at, it is making others feel confident and high on life.


“If there’s one thing Manya is great at, it is making others feel confident and high on life.” ~Student

“Manya’s teaching style is like no other. Concise and clear, but one of a kind fun. You will forget you are even exercising!” ~Student

  • 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 some 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.


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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. There will be a domestic flight and a 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 join the domestic flight and group shuttle that is included in your retreat package. The drive time to the center is approximately 45 minutes from the domestic airport.

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 – $3195 

Beachfront Shared Accommodations – $3295 

Single Accommodations – $4195 USD

Beachfront Single Accommodations – $4295 USD

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

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

Santa Teresa Yoga Retreat
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