Finding a Yoga Retreat – Costa Rica Blue Osa

Costa Rica is the kind of place where you can commune with nature. It provides the perfect backdrop with its hidden beaches, volcanic mountains, hiking trails, and lush tropical rainforests. In fact, 25% of Costa Rica is dedicated to wildlife and nature, in the form of wildlife preserves and jungles. Making it the perfect place… to retreat to. For many – including me – that makes it just about the perfect place for a yoga retreat Costa Rica style.  And I found that at Blue Osa on the remote and beautiful Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.

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Blue Osa offers guests earthy and comfortable accommodations, daily healthy meals, quiet times, and daily guided yoga classes. This Costa Rica retreat can provide you with a spiritual excursion enriching your journey of life, even for the novice to those more accomplished in their practice. So let me reveal to you how my yoga retreat Costa Rica began.

Yoga Retreat Costa Rica: The Beginning

It looked black and cloudy, then the torrents of rain began.  It caused my stomach to lift up and then down real fast as the tiny plane jarred my aching body.  Peering through the mini window, I had great hopes for a tropical vacation, but it had not started off too well.  Arriving at 5:45 am, I had hours to wait at the airport and then the plane was delayed and we didn’t even take off until after 2:30 pm in the afternoon. So you can imagine how I was feeling by then.

Skies of Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat Costa Rica: Arrival by Prop Plane

When arriving by tiny prop plane, you never know quite what to expect, but this?!  A rainstorm and suddenly I am right in the middle of it.  Losing altitude, we dropped again and then got pelted with rain that was coming in sideways.  I couldn’t wait for this part of the trip to be over and I would never have expected this. At least the pilot had his hula girl, who comforted me in some weird way!

The cloud and rain finally cleared and we came in for a landing on a miniature airstrip near Puerto Jimenez and imagine my surprise as it was right beside the local cemetery! I am not sure if it was a good sign or not, but for me, I have always enjoyed cemeteries, so I took it as a good sign and got out to photograph it as soon as we landed.

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Puerto Jimenez cemetery, Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula

Puerto Jimenez is on the Osa Peninsula and Blue Osa, the place I was going to for the Costa Rica retreat, was on the bay (eastern) side of the ocean.  Pick up was prompt and very informative as they pointed out things in the town and along the way until we pulled up to the giant gate that would be my home for the week.  Soon, I was escorted down a vine-covered path to the entryway of bungalow #10.

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Vine covered pathways at Blue Osa, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Accommodation at a Costa Rica Retreat

It was perfect and blue!  I had been thinking of the color of blue all week and now here it was.  I know normal people don’t think about colors, but I do.  All these shades of the color blue jumping around in my head must mean something. I was destined to get the ‘blue room’, as when I took this picture, with no filter, just my iPhone, it had a sheen of blue all over it. Doesn’t this blue room look relaxing?

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Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

My roommate would not arrive until the next day, so I had the suite to myself for a night! Now close your eyes and imagine. Blue ocean. Lush rainforest. Pure, unadulterated bliss!

My Costa Rica Retreat: More than Just Yoga

You think I am on vacation, but Blue Osa is a place of work, a place to contemplate your life, to make changes about how you see the world; and a place for daily yoga.  Oh, and it is not the Four Seasons Scottsdale, but it is beautiful and right beside the beach!  There is little to no electricity and so things run off of a generator.  No bottles of water here, no blow dryers and curlers for your hair. Things run in a whole different way here.  It is a place to literally unplug, as there is no WIFI in your room (and of course, no television or phone).  And there is a mosquito net above your head.  I slept soundly inside the net every night, almost like my very own little tent!

 Yoga Retreat Costa Rica: Luxury in a Whole Different Way!

Blue Osa is not luxury, but when I say it isn’t luxury, really it isIt is luxury in a whole different way than the way you think about it.  You have the luxury of sitting, of thinking, of reflecting. For me, that’s what my Costa Rica retreat was all about. When in life do you take the time to do that?  Many times, only when it is too late.

Eating at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica

You have the luxury of a chef, who cooks farm-to-table meals for you that taste fabulous and are displayed perfectly on large banana leaves.

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Salad, Blue Osa, Costa Rica

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Owner Aaron at his Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Costa Rica Retreat: The Luxury of Silence, and the Spa!

You have the luxury of silence in the mornings, where even if you see someone, you don’t have to feel obligated to speak to them! (I love this! You don’t have to be nice – as you are waking into your day!)

You have the luxury of spa services that are available to you for everything from massages, to wraps, to Reiki, to facials. You have the luxury of a cool lap pool.

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Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat Costa Rica: Ok, Yes to Yoga

You have the luxury of daily yoga.  Of sitting still with yourself and looking over the gorgeous second-story bungalow yoga studio that faces the ocean.  To contemplate and process what is going on in your life.

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Costa Rica Retreat

Yoga Retreat Costa Rica: Daily Excursions

You have the luxury to take daily excursions on your Costa Rica retreat, doing anything from hikes, to rappelling waterfalls to chocolate tours to releasing turtles into the ocean.  There is even a chance to ride horses on the beach, take a dip in the pool,  rest in the hammock in your room or on the grounds.

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Waterfall near Costa Rica Retreat

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Costa Rican Beach

Costa Rica Retreat: The Luxury to Meet Others

You have the luxury to meet others like you, to mingle at lunch and dinner, to meet like-minded individuals who are here to rebuild their soul as well.

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Blue Osa Yoga Selfie, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica

As I usually write about ‘smart luxury’ properties -the value and the luxury it gives to my soul.

I can say, that I valued this trip more than most.  I needed the luxury of time off, time to not be so concerned about how I look (because the jungle doesn’t care) and focus more on life and me.

Disclosure: Thanks Blue Osa, as they organized a wonderful #presstripblueosa week for social media influencers, fashion bloggers and travel writers and bloggers where we were hosted. As usual, my opinions are my own!

Recommended Reading:

Things To Do in Costa Rica: Waterfall Rappelling at 100 Feet

Close Your Eyes and Imagine Stunning Blue Costa Rica

Top 7 Places For Wildlife in Costa Rica National Parks

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18 Comments

  1. Jazza - NOMADasaurus September 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Wow, Blue Osa sounds like a paradise! You have some beautiful photos as well!

    That prop plane sounds like an adventure. We took something similar to Big Corn Island in Nicaragua. Alarms started going off, the pilots started flicking switches until it stopped. They looked at each other, shrugged and started laughing. At that point we did our seatbelts up tighter.

    • Cacinda Maloney September 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Yeah, you are right, I figure they are not exactly sure what to do in an emergency! And now that you mention it, I am pretty sure an alarm went off as well! Oh, the adventures we take to travel. Sometimes getting there IS the adventure!

  2. Lisa Goodmurphy September 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

    My teenager went to Costa Rica on a volunteer trip in March and had a stressful flight in a storm as well! Blue Osa sounds like the perfect spot to de-stress from too much of modern life. I love the blue photo of your room – the colours are magnificent!!

    • Cacinda Maloney September 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

      It is definitely a place to unwind and relax! And I just got lucky on that blue photo! I love it too!

  3. Karen Dawkins September 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Ohhhhh, quiet escape in tropical luxury. The food sounds amazing…. as does the peaceful tranquility.

  4. noel September 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, what an amazing place for yoga and well being, loved the resort – even the food looks very healthy!

  5. Tamara Gruber September 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve only been to Costa Rica once but since it was in February and at home everything was brown or covered in snow, I was mesmerized by the contrast of the deep blue sky against the vibrant green of the palms. I hope to go back and explore more someday.

    • Cacinda Maloney September 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Yes, when I was there it was green, green, green with shades of blue!

  6. Elena September 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I am not even sure where to start. The covered walkway…the blue of your room…the food…and the yoga… so many moments for wellness!

  7. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats September 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Looks like a fabulous trip. I love blue and those stuffed tomatoes look delicious:)

  8. Heidi Wagoner September 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Oh how I love Costa Rica. This place looks absolutely amazing. I could just envision spending time there relaxing with adventure close by. Thanks for this and the lovely inspirational photos.

  9. Jen September 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Looks amazing. Your photos are great! I can’t wait until we get to this part of the world! The food looks so good (always a plus for me) Can’t wait to see more

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