Deep Soul Adventures in Costa Rica

February 13-20, 2022

Yoga, Meditation, Energy and Nature Healing with Bob & Kristen Butera & Erika Tenenbaum

In Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica

The Why

Come gather with us in the wilds of Playa Hermosa de Jaco at the beautiful Vida Asana retreat center. Together we will celebrate the healing power of yoga in nature and explore how the mind body connection extends to our experience of nature as a generative force. Healthy food, movement, philosophical discussion and heart centered community will be at the center of the daily retreat experience.

A variety of healing practices will be explored with YogaLife senior teachers Bob and Kristen Butera and Erika Tenenbaum that weave a tapestry of interconnectedness between the inner self and outer surroundings. Through deep listening, contemplation, movement, relaxation, energy healing, breathwork and guided experiences in nature we will explore how practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness in an outdoor setting allows us to bypass the intellectual mind and experience a more embodied and elemental connection to the earth and the essence of life itself.

Ample free time will be provided to enjoy the beauty of the retreat center swimming pool and the famous black sand beaches of Playa Hermosa. Bikes are provided as part of the experience and during down time there is the option to book a private yoga therapy, massage or energy healing session. An excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, a hike with a local guide to a waterfall, and a night out in town is also included.

The Where - Playa Hermosa de Jaco

Pictures taken by Kristen Butera

The When - Daily Schedule

Things might get moved around a tiny bit here and there as needed for flow of the group experience, but here is what you can expect as part of the daily experience at Vida Asana.

Day 1 Sunday February 13

• Arrive in San Jose/Airport Pick Up
• Arrive at Vida Asana, Unpack, Swim and Settle In
• Dinner/Welcome Reception at Vida Asana
• Opening Circle/Guided Movement & Relaxation Practice

Monday February 14

• Rise and Shine Yoga
• Breakfast at Vida Asana
• Morning Meditation & Yoga Philosophy Discussion
• Lunch at Vida Asana
• Rest/Swim
• Afternoon Movement & Meditation Practices
• Bike Ride to Sunset at Playa Hermosa
• Dinner at Vida Asana
• Evening Philosophy Discussion, Meditation and Movement Practices

Tuesday February 15

• Rise and Shine Yoga
• Breakfast at Vida Asana
• 9 AM – 2 PM Excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park with Costa Rican Lunch
• Yin Yoga Practice
• Dinner at Vida Asana
• Evening Philosophy Discussion, Meditation and Movement Practices

Wednesday February 16

• Rise and Shine Yoga
• Breakfast at Vida Asana
• Morning Meditation & Yoga Philosophy Discussion
• Lunch at Vida Asana
• Rest/Swim
• Afternoon Movement & Meditation Practices
• Dinner and Free Night Out in Playa Hermosa

Thursday February 17

• Rise and Shine Yoga
• Breakfast at Vida Asana
• 9 AM – 12 PM Hike to Waterfall with Local Guide
• Lunch at Vida Asana
• Rest/Swim
• Yin Yoga Practice
• Dinner at Vida Asana
• Evening Philosophy Discussion, Meditation and Movement Practices

Friday February 18

• Rise and Shine Yoga with Erika
• Breakfast at Vida Asana
• Morning Meditation & Yoga Philosophy Discussion
• Lunch at Vida Asana
• Rest/Swim/Open Afternoon – hike el miro, take a surfing lesson, ride bikes, etc.
• Dinner at Vida Asana
• Evening Philosophy Discussion, Meditation and Movement Practices

Saturday February 19

• Rise and Shine Yoga
• Breakfast at Vida Asana
• Morning Meditation & Yoga Philosophy Discussion
• Lunch at Vida Asana
• Rest/Swim
• Afternoon Movement & Meditation Practices
• Ride Bikes to Sunset at Playa Hermosa
• Dinner at Vida Asana
• Evening Philosophy Discussion, Meditation and Movement Practices

Sunday February 20

• Rise and Shine Yoga
• Closing Circle
• Breakfast at Vida Asana
• Transport back to San Jose Airport

The Where - Vida Asana School of Yoga

Retreat Pricing and Booking Options

Shared Room $2750 (per person)
Single Room $3750

Cost of the Retreat Includes
• Seven days and seven nights in Playa Hermosa De Jaco, Costa Rica
• Food and lodging at the Vida Asana retreat center
• All Yoga classes and Philosophy Study Groups
• Transport to/from Airport
• Group excursions to Manuel Antonio Park, Local Waterfall and a Night Out in Playa Hermosa
• Use of Vida Asana Pool and Bikes

Please Note
• Airfare is not included. Must book separately. See below for flight recommendations out of Philadelphia International Airport.

Optional Activities
• Excursion activities are available for an extra fee, including horseback riding, zip line, surf lessons and more.
• Private Yoga Therapy, Massage and Reiki sessions with Bob Butera, Erika Tenenbaum and Al Cochrane are also available for an extra fee.

Flight Details and Airport shuttle :
A group shuttle will be organized for pickup at San Jose (SJO) airport on February 13 and dropoff on February 20, we recommend booking a flight that arrives before 1:30 PM on February 13 and a flight that departs after 12 PM on February 20th. When you book your flight, you will need to send us your flight info (airline company, date and arrival time) to help us coordinate efforts.

If you are flying out of Philadelphia, we are recommend:

February 13
PHL to SJO
American Airlines Flight 2534
Departs 6:50 AM
Arrives 12:32 PM

February 20
SJO to PHL
American Airlines Flight 1600
Departs 1:57 PM
Arrives: 10:22 PM

Some folks might want to arrive ahead of time or stay after to explore the country further. If that is the case, you may need to make your own transport arrangements to get to Vida Asana.

We have heard that some folks like to arrive in San Jose on Saturday, stay near the airport that night and meet up with shuttle at the airport on Sunday for transport down to Playa Hermosa. That is also an option.

Refund Policy and Travel Requirements

For the health and safety of all involved, we are requiring full vaccination for retreat participants.

As of August 2021, Costa Rica no longer requires the purchase of a health insurance policy for minors and for adults who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

In order to qualify, adults must:
-Have received an approved vaccine: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson.
-The last dose of the schedule must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
-Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
-For U.S. visitors, the Covid-19 vaccination record card meets the requirement.

The Health Pass is still required to enter Costa Rica.
Must be filled 72 hrs prior your flight online at https://salud.go.cr/step1

There are no refunds for this event. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the costs in the event of an emergency. We recommend Trawick International https://www.trawickinternational.com/

As of October 2021, the US is requiring all travellers entering the US to have proof of a negative covid test 72 hours before departure. If this requirement is still in place, an extra fee for a covid test may be necessary.


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