Join us for our annual getaway to one of the most beautiful and healing places on the planet! Forget your daily stresses and take the time to recharge your body, mind, and spirit. Practice hot yoga every day, explore Costa Rica, connect with your fellow yogis, treat yourself to world-class body work and spa treatments, and eat something green every day!
Truly a life changing experience! A must-do AT LEAST once (meaning, you'll want to go again...)
MEGAN B. // 2018 Costa Rica Retreat
An amazing experience in a beautiful relaxing location surrounded by a wonderful caring group of people! I’ll be back in 2019!
SHAMEEM A. // 2018 Costa Rica Retreat
As part of this 8 day, 7 night retreat, you will get....
The retreat is held at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa in Alajuela. We offer a variety of accommodations, from rustic tents to spacious suites. All rooms are comfortable and beautifully cared for!
We offer 2-3 daily yoga classes. Practice as much or as little as you like! We will have heated Bikram Yoga classes every day, as well as Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Hot Pilates, meditation, and Posture Clinics.
Meals are prepared by the Pura Vida chef using fresh local ingredients. Meals are served buffet style with options for vegans and omnivores, and we can accommodate any dietary restrictions.
Treat yourself to at least ONE spa treatment or massage while you're in Costa Rica! Pura Vida employs a team of gifted body-workers and therapists whose services will be available to you during the week. Options include hot stone massage, myofascial release, Swedish massage, Thai massage, aquatic body work, reflexology, sound healing, body talk, facials, body scrubs, and more! (Prices range from $100 - $160 / session.)
Choose from a variety day-trips and activities coordinated by the resort, including zip-lining, white-water rafting, wildlife boat tours, hot springs visits, coffee plantation tours, and cooking classes! Want to get off the beaten path? We'll also be coordinating some hikes with a local guide and walking tours of San Jose. (Prices range from $50 - $100 per excursion.)
Pura Vida is located in the small town of Alajuela, just outside of San Jose (the capital city.) This beautiful retreat center is perfectly equipped for hot yoga, with a spacious heated yoga room overlooking the mountainside. You can spot butterflies, hummingbirds, parrots, and more without even leaving the property. You'll also be able to enjoy an outdoor hot tub, a salt-water swimming pool, fully equipped yoga rooms for private stretching and meditation, and plenty of hammocks for napping.
We are excited to guide you on this amazing trip! You don't need to be a student of Rhode Island Hot Yoga to come with us - we welcome all yoga students and humans from around the world. Last year we had visitors from as far away as Germany...
JULIANA OLMSTEAD // Retreat Leader and Owner of Rhode Island Hot Yoga
Juliana took her first trip to Pura Vida in 2017. Was it a transformational experience? Well, she DID go home and sign the lease for a 2nd yoga studio just a few months later, so the proof is in the pudding!
She has been teaching Bikram yoga since 2010 and is also trained in Yin Yoga. During the retreat Juliana will teach Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, posture clinic, and meditation classes.
BILL FAIRCHILD // Teacher
Bill started teaching Bikram Yoga after retiring from his corporate career at a large financial institution. He completed the Bikram Yoga teacher training in Spring 2016 in India and has been teaching yoga ever since! On our retreat, he will teach Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, meditation, and Yoga Nidra.
STEPH BARTA // Teacher & Providence Studio Manager
Stephanie took up Bikram Yoga in 2011 after years of long distance running left her with achy joints. Amazed at the improvements that she saw, she began teaching Bikram yoga in 2012. Along with Bikram Yoga, she will be obtaining her certification in Inferno Hot Pilates this spring so that we can add IHP to our retreat offerings.
All transportation to and from the airport is taken care of for you! We fly into the capital city of San Jose, where a driver will greet you and bring you to Pura Vida. (Approximately 30 - 45 minutes drive.) Please note, airfare is NOT included in the retreat fee.
We will update this page with travel information after we book our flights!