This November 13-19 2017, I am leading a retreat back to this WILD place. I will teach 2 yoga classes per day, one gentle/therapeutic and one vinyasa so all levels are welcome. Treat yourself to 3 healthy meals a day prepared by the local chef using fresh ingredients. Dinners are 3 course meals which often include fresh baked homemade bread. You can chose to have a romantic private dining experience or family style dining. The lodging is tucked away in along the tropical garden paths, all have top quality mattresses, linens, lights, fans, private bathrooms and hot water. The patios and balconies are set up with rockers and hammocks for your relaxing pleasure. The optional activities for the week include: yoga (included), spa treatments, waterfall hike, Corcovado National Forest guided tour (included), surfing, horseback riding, sport fishing, and zip-lining. For all the details visit the Matapalo Retreat, sign up before July 13th and save $100!

     

 

 

I grab my yoga mat and head over to the ocean-view yoga deck, the path through the jungle is led by the electric blue wings of the Blue Morpho butterfly, that seems to know exactly where I am going. Did that just happen? My practice is therapeutic and nourishing to my body and mind that's adjusting to this new environment, I'm patient with myself and enjoy the process. After I've allowed for ample time in stillness, I thank my lucky stars, as well as my teachers, family, friends, lovers and Mother Earth for making this dream of a life a reality.

A meditative walk back to the lodge is met with a family of Spider Monkeys, swinging gracefully through the trees. over to the poolside restaurant where breakfast is served. A plate of fresh papaya, watermelon and pineapple awaits while the chef prepares the main course. I enjoy my leisurely breakfast and stroll over to the pool for a dip.

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Since I haven't quite seen my lush surroundings I opt for an exploratory hike up the local stream, their is no one else around so my partner and I have the jungle to ourselves. Well not exactly, with all 4 native species of monkeys, tapirs, pumas, frogs, lizards, sloths, macaws and so many more animals of the Osa Rainforest, you're never alone. This abundance of life is what makes this place so special, the National Geographic has coined the Osa Peninsula "the most biologically intense place on earth". So among our friends, we take a dip in the waterfall, find a seat carved into sandstone to rest in as the cool water washes over us, Heavenly! 

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In the afternoon, after a healthy filling lunch served by super friendly staff, we grab our boards to play in the bay of Pan Dulce. Oh what sweet water is it, the perfect temperature and uncrowded. I'm happy just being in the water, while my partner is catching wave after wave and having a blast! Time to paddle in and nestle in by the pool with an afternoon cocktail.

Avocado Margarita please! I know sounds weird, but it's amazing and it's frozen and I am happy. Phew.... what a full day, as I lay under the sun and sip my drink a pair of Scarlet Macaws fly above me and squawk, reminding me that I am in a truly spectacular place. Already, I am thinking of when can I return. Well the time is near, and I am so excited to go back and bring friends and family, it's just too incredible to not share! 

This November 13-19 2017, I am leading a retreat back to this WILD place. I will teach 2 yoga classes per day, one gentle/therapeutic and one vinyasa so all levels are welcome. Treat yourself to 3 healthy meals a day prepared by the local chef using fresh ingredients. Dinners are 3 course meals which often include fresh baked homemade bread. You can chose to have a romantic private dining experience or family style dining. The lodging is tucked away in along the tropical garden paths, all have top quality mattresses, linens, lights, fans, private bathrooms and hot water. The patios and balconies are set up with rockers and hammocks for your relaxing pleasure. The optional activities for the week include: yoga (included), spa treatments, waterfall hike, Corcovado National Forest guided tour (included), surfing, horseback riding, sport fishing, and zip-lining. For all the details visit the Matapalo Retreat, sign up before July 13th and save $100!