- Jo Walton -
Why Nosara, Costa Rica?
Pura Vida Pure Life… It’s what the locals call it.
Costa Rica is a beautiful and biodiverse country with countless breathtaking vistas. Unlike most of the country, the Nicoya Pennisula – where Nosara is located – is one of five famous "Blue Zones"
Nosara is like a second home to both Ally & Tiina. We both have such a love of Nosara that we've planned our lives around being there for as long as possible during the winter months. Our love stems from the beautiful beach sunsets, the thriving yoga community, the howler monkeys everywhere and natural jungle surroundings, the therapeutic Costa Rican pace & way of life (PURA VIDA!) and the foodie culture.
Our Retreat is located in the foothills of Nosara surrounded by mature jungle and is a short walk from the world class surfing beaches of Guiones. Utilizing its unique and tranquil setting in the Nicoya Blue Zone, Nosara is the ideal spot to meet your desires of finding peace, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Experience a little taste of what life in paradise is like.
Why we Love Nosara!
The Yoga Teachers
This little jungle town is a world renowned yoga "mecca" - the famous Nosara Yoga Institute resided here for over 25 Years! After the NYI closed, many of the senior teachers and YTT facilitators continue to call Nosara home. This place is full of life-changing yoga classes!
The Yoga Studios
Along with our private yoga space at Patitos, Nosara is home to many other epic yoga locations such as the Bhodi Tree, Harmony Healing Centre & the Costa Rica Yoga Spa... the spaces are breath-taking, the soundscape is magical.
The pristine Playa Guiones has been completely protected from development. Costa Rican law as well as a diverse community that has made strong commitments to the environment protect this beach and it's natural jungle shoreline. Footpaths through the jungle are the only way to get to the beach!
Local animals include Howler Monkeys, Sea Turtles, Pazotes, Parrots, Blue Morpho Butterflies, Iguanas, Geckos and a diverse array of beautiful, rainbow-coloured, sea creatures to be observed in the tide pools while snorkeling!
The Surf Coaches
For a newbie, this is a surfer's dream. Local Guiones Coaches at Aqua Tibia (Water Zion) have a unique and intuitive approach to instruction. Surfing is taught in technical terms yet applied with common sense. They make you feel safe, inspired and confident to catch your first wave or learn your first bottom turn!
The Surf Break
Ahhhhh! Playa Guiones! No crazy crowds. No intense lineups. No dangerous reefs or sea urchins. This beach break is made for beginners, yet has enough energy and sassy swells for advanced riders too. Surfers of all levels will find plenty of challenge, fun, joy and reward. As the wave takes you, time suspends. The sunset waves cannot be beat.
An eclectic, enthusiastic mix of surfers, yogis, artisans, and Ticos (Costa Rican locals) can be found strolling through town and relaxing together on the beach at sunset - a place where the whole community (including all of the local pups) come together to swim and bask in the beauty of the sun, meeting the ocean.
Costa Rican Cuisine is divine and full of vitality. It's no doubt the local diet has something to do with this "Blue Zone" effect of longevity and health. Fresh food is served daily, and meals can be catered to gluten-free and various diets. Nosara is also famous for it's selection of incredible restaurants, while Lulu, a 70-something-year-old baker and surfer, handcrafts the best muffins in town.
Still considered somewhat off-the-beaten-path (though residential development is prevalent), Nosara remains sleepy and seductive. The tiny town of Guiones hugs an inspiring stretch of Costa Rican coastline. Don’t miss La Luna Restaurant on Playa Peleda for sunset views, local ceviche, and passion fruit mojitos. Want a break from all of that yoga & surfing? Zip lining, horseback riding, sea turtle observation on Playa Osteonal, mountain biking, or simply lounging are the only demands of the day.
Ally Boothroyd is a yoga educator and meditation teacher with a passion for yoga nidra and the healing power of conscious rest. Over the years, she has helped hundreds of people to calm, balance and restore their nervous systems. She teaches tools for reversing exhaustion, stress and anxiety. She helps people manage feelings of overwhelm and reconnect to their sensitive biorhythms and the natural world.
She is the founder of Sarovara Yoga, a yoga space and women's retreat centre in Ontario, Canada. A sanctuary on the water where she fosters local community and supports health, personal growth, emotional resiliancy, authenticity, awareness, and awakening.
Ally is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of yogic traditions. She brings an openhearted, inclusive view to her teachings, which are a rich blend of Kripalu Yoga along with Classical Hatha Tantra, Yoga Psychology, Yoga Nidra, Integrative Restoration, Amrita Living Yoga, Energy Medicine, and Ancient Avalonion Priestess Ritual & Ceremony.
Ally has travelled to Nosara, every year, for the past six years. What brings her back are the healing properties and thriving yoga community on this serene beach.
Tiina has been teaching yoga for over 14 years and is the founder of Amrita Living Yoga Teacher Training, and Peterborough Living Yoga.
Tiina offers creative, flowing, prayerful, and prana infused yoga that tunes us into our divine nature. With emphasis on the deeper practices of yoga, her classes inspire a connection to the wisdom of prana (life force) and a deep honouring of inner wisdom and the experience of the present moment. Tiina has offered many celebratory, musical, spirit filled yoga retreats in Costa Rica over the years and considers Nosara her second home.
She has been involved in other professional yoga trainings, such as assistant director of Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training in Nosara Costa Rica. She has also been blessed to lead teacher trainings at Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health and the Nosara Yoga Institute.
She brings an inspiring, holistic view to her teachings, which are a dynamic blend of Kripalu Yoga along with Ashtanga Yoga, Nosara Yoga Institute (500hr), Yoga Nidra, Essential Nature Restorative Yoga, Blooma Prenatal Yoga, Pranassage, Let Your Yoga Dance, 5 Rhythms, Fusion Massage and Hypnotherapy.
Our Accomodations: Patitos!
Our accomodations, "Patitos" include a small community of 3 homes tucked away on Playa Guiones. Just a 5 minute walk gets you to the beach with one of the most beautiful and consistent wave breaks in Costa Rica and the world. We have on site, a brand new, open air, yoga studio, with all the bells and whistles, fully stocked kitchens, and pool access at Cafe de Paris (the little cafe next door).
Patitos is located right in the middle of town at one of the few places where you can walk to the stores, yoga studios, and restaurants in town. The property is covered in magical, mature trees of all kinds, including three giant mango trees, which means we have howler monkeys that visit almost daily! It's a little slice of heaven on earth.
Blue Zones are well-researched places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth. Five of these blue zones exist, and in each of these places people living to 100 years is common. And they aren’t just living long either—these people are living healthy—without disease, medication or disability.
Five blue zones have so far been identified and thoroughly researched by National Geographic.
The five blue zones are as follows:
The Italian island of Sardinia Okinawa, Japan Loma Linda, California Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula Ikaria, an isolated Greek island
After more than five years of investigation, what have they discovered about why people in these places are living so long? The secret is lifestyle. Lifestyle, as well as the land itself and the high vibration water and foods, fertile soils, wild forests, thriving wildlife, mountains and legendary, healing waters of the Oceans there.
Quite simply, these people live a lifestyle that includes a healthy 95% plant based/whole foods diet, daily exercise, and a low stress life that incorporates family, community, purpose, spirtuality, nature connection, and meaning.
Although it may seem hard to achieve this lifestyle, the absolute simplicity and power of it should actually be refreshing and uplifting. The gift of a long and healthy life is already in the hands of each and every one of us. And we can experience the power in the simplicity of this lifestyle together in Nosara, Costa Rica!
TUITION PRICE INCLUDES: ~Daily Sadhana: Yoga, Mantra, Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation ~Ritual & Ceremony ~6 nights stay at Patitos in Nosara, Costa Rica (Shared Accommodation) and Shuttle to and from the Airport (Liberia) ~2 Delicious and Nourishing Vegetarian Meals per day Made with Locally Sourced Whole Foods (Breakfast & Lunch) ~Inspired Yoga Classes for Deepening your Practice, including Yoga Nidra, Sandy Feet Yoga, and Special Musical Guests and Reowned Local Teachers. -Spacious Time to Enjoy the Epic Beach and Soak in the Tropical Nature
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: ~Travel to and from Costra Rica ~Optional Massage or Bodywork ~Dinners which we will dine out to enjoy the amazing restaurants of Nosara ~Optional Excursions/Surf Lesson Package (adventures include zip lining, snorkeling, SUP, sea turtle excursions, monkey rehab/sancuary visits and more)
January 20-26th, 2019
Tuition: $1850 Canadian Dollars
Register early to secure your preferred accommodations.
One week on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Nosara, Costa Rica....
Daily Yoga with Tiina & Ally
Together, Tiina & Ally offer creative, flowing, prayerful, and prana-infused yoga that tunes us into our divine nature. With emphasis on the deeper practices of yoga, their classes inspire a connection to the wisdom of prana (life force) and a deep honouring of experience of the present moment and the gift of life itself.
Patitos is located right in the middle of town within wild jungle at one of the few places where you can walk to the stores, yoga studios, and restaurants in town. The property is covered in magical mature trees of all kinds including three giant mango trees which means we have howler monkeys that visit almost daily!
Literally, nidra means ‘sleep’ but refers to a type of ‘sleep’ with full awareness that is internalized. The body sleeps but the mind remains awake listening to the instructions. Yoga nidra uniquely unwinds the nervous system which is the foundation of the body’s well-being. Yoga nidra invites you to move into stillness as the heart and soul of yoga. It balances and calms the nervous system, reverses exhaustion and leaves you feeling resting and rejuvenated.
Medicine Wheel Lessons
Learn about the elements, the directions, the seasons and the lunar cycle as taught from a ancient celtic lineage as well as an ayurvedic approach. Learn how to work with these elements within your own body and maya koshas (layers of the self) Including through yoga, pranayama, meditation, ayurveda, self-inquiry, prayers, rituals, mantras, oil and recipes, and more.
High Vitality Food
Beautiful Local Restaurants, such as the famous beachside 'La Luna', serve locally sourced foods of the highest quality for our dinner outings. Our local chef will serve up Tico Blue Zone meals for breakfast & lunch each day! Our meals will be deeply infused with prana. Vitality. So nourishing. So healing. So rejuventaing!
Optional Surf Packages
The Surf Coaches. For a newbie, this is a surfer's dream. Local Guionnes Coaches at Aqua Tibia (Water Zion) have a unique and intuitive approach to instruction. Surfing is taught in technical terms yet applied with common sense. They make you feel safe, inspired and confident to catch your first wave or learn your first bottom turn!
- Chris Cordy -