Costa Rican beach
While we all love our practice of Yoga, sometimes it may seem to take on the role of just another thing on our overly busy schedule.  I invite you to
take some time away from your everyday schedule and join me on an amazing adventure to bring the playfulness back into your practice. We all know the joy of something that makes us spontaneously smile, or even better laugh. Let’s get together in the “Pura Vida” of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica and share some smiles, some laughter, some great Yoga practices and fantastic community. 

    Rediscover your inner joy as you play in the ocean right outside your bungalow, or listen to the sound of the waves as you nap in a hammock. Touch base with your inner child as you watch the monkeys play and remind you what fun is. Reconnect with the peacefulness of being taken care of as you enjoy the nurturing food, community, and maybe a healing spa treatment.                              

This Yoga retreat will allow you to go as deeply inward as you wish, or explore outward joys to your heart’s desire. Located along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coast and wedged into tropical forests, while also along the main strip of the small town with multiple entertainment options, you can find yourself fully immersed in any way you desire.

Come join Yoga Experience on this life affirming, joy inducing, playfulness welcoming journey.

Yoga Practice Details

There will be two Yoga classes daily. The morning session will be more invigorating to start the day finishing with a contemplative guided meditation and the evening class will be more soothing and calming focused.



  • 6 nights accommodations (1 night at San Jose Hotel near airport and 5 nights at Retreat Center)
  • 3 meals per day (excluding alcoholic beverages) starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • In-country flight to Tambor from SJO International Airport and Shuttle to/from the 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.

Throughout the day, you will be encouraged to explore the beautiful island as well as take advantage of our relaxing beachfront location.

Tracy Von Kaenel

Tracy Von Kaenel holds a Dance Performance degree from Northern Illinois University and was a professional dancer for 30 years. Tracy discovered Yoga as a way to extend her dancing life, and now has been teaching Yoga to adults and children for over 20 years. She received her Advanced Level II Yoga certification from Kriya Temple of Yoga in Chicago.  She has continued her studies with Eric Schiffmann, Ana Forrest, Angela Farmer and Rodney Yee to name a few.

She is also one of the premier Chair Yoga for Seniors instructors.  In addition, Tracy is one of the first people to offer Aerial Yoga to the city of Chicago.  Her love of Aerial dance led her to this hybrid style.

She has been featured in Yoga Chicago Magazine with articles about both her adult classes and her children’s classes. Currently, Tracy is the proud owner of Yoga Experience in Chicago and also teaches at Galter Life Center. Formerly Tracy has also taught at Sweet Peas Studio, Presbyterian Homes, the Tai Chi Center of Chicago, Columbia College, and Indiana University. She has given lecture demonstrations and master classes throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana including Northeastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University and Indiana University, and Loyola Academy.

As a dancer, Tracy brings a unique understanding of the human body and its connection to the mind and spirit into all of her classes. Her teaching style is gentle yet bringing appropriate challenge to each student. Her goal is to bring greater body awareness, a deepening of one’s own spirit, and profound sense of relaxation to all her students.

Tracy’s philosophy is to teach the stillness and strength of Yoga with knowledge, warmth and a sense of humor.


“I have had the pleasure of participating in three exceptional retreats planned by Tracy Von Kaenel. The opportunity for renewal, relaxation and communing with nature and a nurturing Yoga community are just wonderful.”  — Retreat Participant

“Tracy’s inspired yoga choreography and innate ability to build community among her yoga students is perhaps best experienced by going on retreat with her. Recent yoga retreats in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica have been magical, filled with invigorating yoga sessions (pool yoga, anyone?) and deeply-nourishing teachings.”  Retreat Participant

“I have been on 6 yoga retreats with Tracy Von Kaenel, some local and one in Puerto Rico and one in Costa Rica.  Each retreat has been unique, inspiring and fun.  It is always clear that Tracy has put a lot of thought into how she structures the retreats, so there is a good mixture of yoga, meditation/mindfulness instruction/encouragement, time outdoors to explore the surrounding areas, and time to share conversation, laughter and community.  It is a privilege to have two daily yoga classes with Tracy on the retreat, where participants with many different levels of yoga experience all practice together.  Yoga with an inspired teacher, a caring community of interesting and supportive yoginis, laughter, sunshine – what more can you ask for?”  — Retreat Participant

“I look forward to Tracy’s retreats as a time to escape, do yoga with my favorite teacher, eat great food and most of all be with many wonderful women. It is a time of reflection, relaxation, exploration and yoga time. I love it!”  — Yoga Student

“The first retreat I took with Tracy was life-changing as have been the many others I’ve enjoyed.  She is an accomplished and compassionate teacher. The retreat expanded my knowledge of yoga to include more than just the asanas, I met and deepened my connection to other yogis on the retreat. And it was fun with plenty of time for adventure and relaxation.”  Retreat Participant

“I’ve been to half a dozen of Tracy von Kaenel’s retreats.   She is an excellent instructor of yoga with a genuine passion for the deeper meaning of the work.   I always feel revived physically, mentally and emotionally following a retreat under her tutelage.  Her classes are designed with a knowledge of what the body needs in order to proceed to the next level.   Both beginners and advanced students can gain from her expertise.  I am always challenged and leave with a renewed sense of strength and peace.” Retreat Participant

“Going to Tracy’s yoga retreat in Costa Rica was one of the best things I have ever done. She carefully planned every detail, kept us informed, and provided the most meaningful experience, bringing amazing women together for this yoga collective. Each yoga session was different from the last, challenging and personalized, and left me feeling great. She even added amazing evening programming that helped us all bond and tie things together for us. I am so appreciative for the experience and can’t wait to join her on the next retreat!” Retreat Participant

  • 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.


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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 – $3295 USD

Beachfront Shared Accommodations – $3395 USD

Single Accommodations – $4295 USD

Beachfront Single Accommodations – $4395 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.

*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

Costa Rica Santa Teresa Boutique Hotel, Spa & Yoga Center
Costa Rica Santa Teresa Boutique Hotel, Spa & Yoga Center

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