During this retreat, life coach Lisa Zahiya will lead participants through exercises and self-exploration to plan their ultimate 2020. Activities will include coaching exercises, group workshops, dance, movement and more. And lots of free time and fun. Spend time on YOU with a group of glorious women!

Each day will begin with a goal setting and journaling session. Afternoon classes will include group discussions, annual planning, and fitness classes with special guest instructors. When you are not in group classes, you will have tons of free time to explore Costa Rica, go on excursions, relax on the beach, or do whatever else draws you to Costa Rica!

Sample Itinerary

Every retreat is unique and, as such, the itineraries are ever-changing! We finalize the itineraries about 3-6 weeks before the retreat, but after 10 years of hosting retreats, we do have a general idea of what most schedules look like.

Most retreats include one-to-two daily yoga classes. One class takes place in the morning, either just before or just after breakfast. After the first class and meal, you have free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add-on activities. Lunch (if included in your retreat) will take place midday, during this free time. There is then, usually, an afternoon class followed by dinner. Occasionally some teachers choose to offer an evening restorative class or group gathering after dinner as well.

In addition, there is usually one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not have scheduled yoga classes. This is a day for people to take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun!

Again, this is a very general look at what your retreat schedule could be. We work closely with the teachers to design unique itineraries that reflect their style and the group that’s traveling with them. Once your specific retreat itinerary is complete, we will send it out via email, usually two or more weeks before the retreat starts. Please keep in mind all retreat itineraries are subject to change.

  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
  •  In-country flight to Tambor and shuttle to/from 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. 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.

Lisa Zahiya

Lisa Zahiya travels nationally and internationally as a life coach, event facilitator, coach, and speaker.

Lisa is based in Asheville, NC where she is the founder & owner of Studio Zahiya, a four-time winner of “Best Place to Take a Dance Class” in Asheville, NC. She also owns Zahiya Bellydance, a comprehensive Bellydance program, Asheville Bachelorette Parties, and BE HER, a coaching program for entrepreneurs.

Lisa is an in-demand speaker. In 2018 she was the keynote speaker at Creative Mornings Asheville and did a popular TEDx talk, Let’s Have a Party. She has taught workshops on body image and self-love across the country. She is a dynamic and engaging performer.

As a movement instructor, she travels, teaching workshops, performing, and developing curriculum. She has taught and performed in New York, NY, Las Vegas, NV, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, Montreal, Southern France and more. She also specializes in women’s empowerment workshops and as a team-building facilitator. She is the winner of the 2008 Bellydancer of the Universe.

At home, she has taught at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, Warren Wilson College, and Western Carolina University. She serves as an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, Asheville. She lives in downtown Asheville and strives to make her businesses as interesting and dynamic as the city around her.


“When I decided to have Lisa coach me for my business, I was heavily stressed, had no idea about what marketing strategies to use, and was not consistent with any of them. My schedule was not working for me and I couldn’t say ‘no.’ After the first coaching session, I enforced a set schedule, marketing and networking tips, and set goals. Everything that I have implemented because of her has increased profitability, engagement with potential clients, and has decreased stress because my business works for me now.
I look forward to our next sessions because I can always implement a change professionally or personally. I highly recommend!” ~ Leslie Leon, Mesmerize Brows + Lashes

“Lisa has been instrumental in helping me make the challenging transition from a comfortable gig at a big fitness franchise to making my own way as a yoga teacher and professional bellydancer. I have learned so much about the technical side of business like effective marketing and accounting skills, as well as how to break down big dreams into manageable tasks. It’s not easy to start a new business, and Lisa’s heartfelt encouragement and expert perspective on obstacles that come up are invaluable. I look forward to our calls every month because I know my spirits will be boosted and I will have a concrete plan about what to work on next.” ~ Flissy Saucier, Yoga & Bellydance

“When I came to Lisa, I had already started my business, and was at a place where I wanted to expand and evolve my business into something bigger, but had no idea how to put the pieces together. I felt stuck, sloppy, and like everything was forced. There was no flow! Lisa has empowered me and taught me how to be multi-passionate in an organized way, get focused, and transition my business into something that feels truly aligned with my passions and goals.” ~Bernadette Soler, Owner of Doll Yoga Wear

  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
  • 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.

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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.

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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 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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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. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.

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Santa Teresa Yoga Retreat
True Nature Travels - Costa Rica

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