Join Janelle and Katie for a week of yoga, adventures, and fun! Embracing the “Pura Vida” way of life Costa Rica is known for, you will get a chance to leave behind the worries of your day to day life and experience the “live simply” mentality.
Stay energized with a variety of yoga and fitness classes with a new chance to move your body every day. The retreat is “choose your own adventure” style so when it comes to classes you can choose to catch up on some sleep or get up and get active. Our goal is to provide the perfect balance of activities to strengthen, renew, and nourish your mind, body, and soul.
All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged!
Wake up each day with endless opportunities in the beautiful Costa Rica landscape!
MORNINGS: Kickstart your day with an optional (but encouraged!) yoga class or sweat session. Classes will vary from Power Vinyasa Yoga to Yoga Sculpt to a partner HIIT workout on the beach!
DAYS: After an energizing workout, the day is yours! You and your fellow retreat goers can choose to spend the day relaxing on the beach, treating yourself to a massage or facial at the spa, or adventure out onto one of the many excursions available like zip-lining, kayaking or surfing!
See the “Things to Do” tab for a list of possible excursions.
EVENINGS: Wind down with a restorative yoga flow or participate in one of our community bonding activities and journal reflection sessions.
SAMPLE SCHEDULE (Each day will vary):
8:30AM Morning Yoga or Workout
11AM-6PM Free time for excursions, beach, etc.
(Lunch at the retreat center included)
8:30PM Night-Time reflection or restorative yoga session
- 7 nights accommodations (1 night at Airport Hotel and 6 nights at Retreat 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 workouts & yoga flows led by Katie & Janelle
- Mindfulness activities such as gratitude journal that allow you to unplug from your day to day life
- Community building activities and games to form connections and really get to know your fellow retreat goers
- A chance to unplug, unwind and have fun in the process!
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). 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.
Katie & Janelle
Janelle and Katie met during their time doing yoga for trade at their local studio. They were excited to see each other on the first day of Yoga Teacher Training and have been great friends ever since! They are passionate about traveling, spreading the joy they find through yoga, and building a strong community of passionate, fun-loving individuals. Katie’s upbeat energy combined with Janelle’s calm and supportive demeanor make them a balanced duo, excited to lead a diverse group of students through this beautiful journey in Costa Rica! Janelle and Katie were drawn to Playa Uvita’s serene landscape surrounded by stunning ocean views, and the ecolodge’s commitment to environmental sustainability. They are both thrilled to be experiencing Costa Rica for the first time together at this beautiful retreat center!
Katie is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor with a focus in Power Vinyasa and Yoga Sculpt. Growing up, Katie found it difficult to find inspiration or joy through physical fitness. After dealing with years of back pain and sciatica, she decided it was time to find a way to relieve some of the pain. She soon fell in love with spin classes and HIIT workouts, but yoga turned out to be the most transformative for her overall. Katie’s passion for yoga deepened further when she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2017. She currently teaches at CorePower Yoga in Hollywood and leads special classes and workshops around LA, including her most recent 90-minute “Intro to Yoga” Workshop co-led by Janelle.
While she is still navigating her own injuries, Katie is passionate about helping others find their bliss through physical activities that work for them, wherever their bodies are at. Her classes are fun, upbeat, and welcoming for all levels of students! She encourages smiling, laughing, and building community through interactions in class. Katie is thrilled to get to share her excitement and love for fitness with all of the amazing people coming to Costa Rica.
Janelle first began practicing yoga for its many health benefits, but soon realized the impact it was having on her personal evolution. Yoga has contributed to her greater awareness of authenticity, gratitude, self-love, and patience. Janelle realized she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others, and completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with Corepower Yoga in 2017. In addition to teaching weekly power and sculpt classes at Corepower, she is a volunteer instructor with Prison Yoga+Meditation, which brings yoga classes to incarcerated individuals at various correctional facilities throughout the Los Angeles area.
Janelle’s goal as an instructor is to provide a safe space for participants of all backgrounds to practice and discover the transformative benefits of yoga for the mind, body, and soul. She is always looking for ways to deepen her yoga practice, both as a teacher and a student. She is excited about co-leading this retreat with Katie and looks forward to guiding you through an incredible experience.
Katie & Janelle
“Katie and Janelle are a powerhouse teacher combo. Katie’s carefree and bubbly vibes mixed with Janelle’s calming and soothing demeanor makes for an all-around great class! Katie will get your heart racing while Janelle will bring you back to the center and test your balance. Together they create a class that’s fun, heart pumping, but also peaceful and calming. You’ll leave feeling strong and on top of the world!” -Kelly B, Yoga Student
“Janelle and Katie are such a fun and dynamic duo. I learned so much about yoga postures and alignment through their Intro to Yoga workshop! The 90-minute class went so fast and wish I had more time with them. These girls are so smart and can’t wait for the next workshop/retreat with them!” -Chelsea, Yoga Workshop Participant/Teacher/Student
“Katie and Janelle are great teachers and facilitators; they know how to keep classes lighthearted and fun, while still delivering high-quality yoga instruction. They work well together and play off each other’s strengths, and both have a very engaging and authentic way to put any student at ease.” -Laura R, Studio Manager/Teacher Trainer
“Katie is a fantastic yoga teacher! She really focuses on making the class fun and making sure even new yogis feel comfortable. So if you’re new to yoga or haven’t been doing it long, Katie can definitely help you grow your skills since she really focuses on proper form and that each pose feels good for your body. But this doesn’t mean her classes can’t be challenging! They’re perfect if you’re looking for a fun class and a good sweat!” -Kelly B, Yoga Student
“There are very few instructors who can match Katie’s enthusiasm and energy at a 7 am sculpt class. She always has one rule for all her classes: have fun! Katie has a killer playlist and fun moves that really encourages everyone to let loose and just have fun, even when the poses get tough. It’s easy to smile through the pain and let loose in Katie’s class especially in her cardio section. In addition to teaching an insanely challenging yet fun routine, Katie also brings the warmth and energy outside of the studio. It’s clear she knows almost all the students in her classes and makes an effort to get to know them. Everyone feels special in Katie’s class.” -Peyton H, Yoga Student
“I first met Janelle before she was a teacher and her practice inspired and motivated me to show up every day. Being able to practice in her class has been a dream — she strikes a perfect balance between a moving meditation and a workout. She takes the time to let us grow our practice and I’ve managed to reach a couple challenging poses for the first time in her class!” – Robert A, Yoga Student
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:
- Horseback Riding
- Waterfall Tour
- Fishing Trip
- River Wildlife Tour
*Price of Activities are not included in tuition
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. 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.
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 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.
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Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. 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.