I’ve had the privilege of travelling to several countries around the world but had never been to Central America. The organizers over at Adzenture Retreats do a great job at getting everyone prepared for the yoga retreat by creating a private Facebook group so all the attendees are able to get to know one another prior to the trip and discuss travel details. Through the Facebook group, two other retreaters and I decided to arrive to Costa Rica a few days early (pro tip: airfare was actually more affordable arriving three days earlier, including Airbnb accommodation, plus we had the pleasure of perusing the beautiful City of San Jose).
Upon arriving to San Jose, I was struck by the warm and welcoming nature of Cost Ricans. From the airport staff, to our Uber driver and everyone we interacted with until we arrived to our Airbnb- every person was inviting, courteous and extremely friendly.
Our Airbnb was centrally located in Barrio Escalante, a neighborhood known for its scenic boulevards and gastronomic offerings. We spent the next three days taking in the beautiful architecture of downtown San Jose, eating at delicious bistros and cute coffee shops, and even got the chance to visit Poás Volcano National Park and a scenic coffee farm in Alajuela, just outside of the City of San Jose.
On the third day we united with the rest of the group and made the 4-hour car trek to The Goddess Garden, a retreat center nestled in the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, arriving late into the evening.
Every morning we awoke to the unique serenade of howler monkeys, an appropriate soundtrack to the luscious jungle paradise that we would call home for the next 6 days. Most mornings, we would gather by the pool for coffee or tea, before our first yoga session at 8 am.
Our morning yoga would take place in the yoga Shala, a breathtaking room with high ceilings, wrapped with windows that would provide ample light and beautiful views of the rainforest that surrounded us.
After our morning yoga, we were able to nourish our bodies with a delicious breakfast of fresh tropical fruits and satisfying vegetarian options (as a carnivore, I must admit I never missed animal protein as the meals prepared for us by Chef Uens were incredible).
Adzenture created the perfect balance of planned activities and flexible free time.
We had the honor of getting to visit the Bribri tribe, an indigenous tribe who call the Cordillera de Talamanca Limon home. We spent the entire day immersing ourselves in their culture, hiking their cacao plantation and learning their traditional methods of chocolate production.
After our visit to the Bribri Tribe, we took a mini hike to a secret waterfall. There are few experiences that compare to chasing waterfalls, practicing yoga at the foot of a powerful waterfall and taking a dip in a pool of cool, crystal-clear water afterwards to soothe your aching muscles.
After all of the peaceful meditation and mindful yoga sessions, why not get the adrenaline pumping? On the 5th day of our retreat, we took a short trip to a zipline track that cuts through the thick Costa Rican rainforest. The only word I could find to describe my experience was EXHILARATING!
We ended our retreat with our final session of our intention setting workshop and followed by a
traditional cacao ceremony. The experience was truly remarkable.
I never thought a group of strangers could become bonded as quickly and strongly as our group did.
The peace and clarity that occurs when you are able to practice yoga, meditate and center your energy with a group of amazing individuals cannot be translated into words. Do yourself a favor and venture out and experience it for yourself.
Thank you Sedona and Adzenture Retreats (Daniela & Azma) for choosing me as your Yoga retreat photographer. I had such a blast and enjoyed every single moments of the entire experience. Looking forward to more trips together! <3