Top 20 Budget Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica

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Full of exotic flora and fauna, Costa Rica is blessed with rainforests, verdant landscapes and some spectacular beaches. This wonderland is home to many natural attractions such as Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde and the Cloud forests, Tortuguero National Park, Corcovado National Park and more. Famous for its Pura Vida (pure life) philosophy towards life, the natural beauty of Costa Rica has time and again bewitched both commoners and celebrities alike - with the actor Mel Gibson buying a residential property for himself in its Malpais region.

With popular movies such as Jurassic Park, Suicide Squad, Congo, Surf School, After Words, Costa Rican Summer, fully and partially shot here; Costa Rica has seen a boom both in terms of celebrity footfalls and number of yoga retreats. This country is frequented by celebrity travelers so much that you never know you might find yourself sharing the sessions of your retreat program with Demi Moore or Catherine Zeta-Jones upon your visit here. The wellness explosion

Costa Rica can be attributed to its rich surroundings. In 2014, Costa Rica was hailed as the happiest place to live in. Not much has changed since then. In 2019, Costa Rica topped the HPI (Happy Planet Index) again to become the happiest place on the earth. 

"You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” —Evan Esar

Is Yoga the secret sauce or best-kept secret of this wellness sanctuary? Well, it does seem to be the case. Stay with us and introduce you to some of the best wellness corners of Costa Rica. The best part about these yoga retreats is that they are easy on the pocket – and hence don’t require months of saving on your part before you decide to embark on your trip. Read on.

1. Virginia Marie Yoga Tamarindo, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Per day USD 233.3

Virginia Marie Yoga offers a 7 Day Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica in Tamarindo, Guanacaste to reset your nervous system. In these seven days, you will learn to relax again as you begin to restore yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Frequented by people from all over the world, the classes at Virginia Marie Yoga has sequences and poses as per where one is at their practice.

The prime intention behind the classes conducted in Virginia Marie yoga is to let one absorb yoga into the daily life, while encouraging questions and rebuttals from their end. Fondly recognized as a yoga teacher for people who are bad at yoga, Virginia Marie’s tryst with yoga began as a supplementary exercise to strengthen her swimming, rowing and other activities. Gradually, it became an indispensable part of her life, helping her immensely to navigate through the challenges of motherhood. Yoga, according to her, helps her to better herself. Marie, thus, considers yoga as a tool to recognize her truest identity. She feels that only when we are better versions of ourselves, we can be equipped to deal with the people in a better way.

The 7 Day Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica in Tamarindo, Guanacaste by Virginia Marie Yoga Tamarindo, Provincia de Guanacaste includes

  • Morning Meditation, Movement, & Breathwork
  • 6 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with wholesome, nourishing, organic foods
  • Sacred Sound Journey with Gongs and Crystal Bowls
  • Conscious Journaling Workshop
  • Breath Session with Crystal Bowls
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Chakra Meditation
  • One Massage

COST: USD 1,400


2. Calala Beach Lodge Puntarenas, Cobano, Costa Rica

Per day USD 197

Calala Beach Lodge offers a 4 Day Beachside Oasis Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica in Cabuya, Puntarenas. Meters away from the ocean and Cabuya, Puntarenas, the beach lodge shares space with monkeys, parrots, iguanas, macaws, and a host of other creatures from the sea. The beach lodge, at present, has seven fully private cabinas. Each cabina in the lodge has a covered private patio and a second story balcony to spend some time at. All these cabinas are at a walking distance from the pool, restaurant and beach. Opening to the beach and garden views, these cabinas are equipped with private bathroom, soft beds.

The menu at the restaurant also deserves a mention as it serves popular local classics such as ceviche and casado. The sea food lovers can rejoice too as they have a lot of seafood items on their menu. The vegetarians and vegans don’t have to be disappointed as the place caters to their tastes as well with crowd pleasers such as hamburgers, pastas and fresh salads on its menu. Since the place is home to many fauna, you will get to spot brightly plumed birds during your stay here. An added bonus if you ask us.

The 4 Day Beachside Oasis Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica in Cabuya, Puntarenas by Calala Beach Lodge Puntarenas, Cobano includes

  • Daily yoga lessons
  • Combine yoga, rest, and relaxation
  • Stay in cabins with an amazing view
  • Daily breakfast and dinner with drinks
  • Enjoy nature walks and adventures
  • 3 nights accommodation



3. Samudra School of Living Yoga Nosara, Costa Rica

Per day USD 193

Samudra School of Living Yoga offers 6 Days Santorini Prana Flow Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica. Aimed for serious yoga practitioners, the retreat is a deep dive into the world of yoga. The Prana Flow Retreat includes sessions with its founder Shiva Rea along with the breakfast, dinner, group sailing activity and more. The program blends yoga, meditation and sacred pilgrimages to help one rejuvenate from the crux.

Samudra School of Living Yoga was founded by the acclaimed yoga practitioner Shiva Rea. A recognizable name in the international wellness circuit, Rea was hailed as ‘Madonna of the Yoga World’ by Vanity Fair. Rea besides founding Vinyasa flow yoga has penned foreword for several titles such asYoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques, Alanna Kaivalya's book Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition and Lorin Roche's The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight. Rea’s teaching commitments take her to more than thirty countries every year.

The 6 Days Santorini Prana Flow Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica by Samudra School of Living Yoga Nosara includes

  • Daily Prana Vinyasa Yoga
  • Daily sunrise & sunset meditation
  • Swimming in the Agean Sea
  • Group sailing to the center of the volcanic hot-springs in Santorini
  • Greek Way Of Life from Edge of Caldera
  • Pilgrimage to the ancient mesa of Skaros and Ancient Thira
  • 5 nights accommodation


4. Peace Retreat Costa Rica Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Per day USD 190

Peace Retreat Costa Rica offers 5 Days Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica in a boutique style, safe and encouraging ambience. The retreat intends to maximize the natural experience by increasing the proportion of open-air common areas. Peace Retreat Costa Rica aims to bring balance in their guest’s lives by connecting them to the vistas of nature. The property, as of now, offers three types of accommodation facilities. Located on the second floor of Casa Yoga, it’s Om Room opens to the views of jungle, while it's another space Casa Verde is a shared space with an easy access to open-air shared washroom facility that includes 3 private showers, 3 private toilets, a urinal, and five sinks.

The yoga sessions at Peace Retreat Costa Rica are conducted by a mixture of permanent and visiting teachers. The meditation at the retreat is done to be real, and not to be calm. One of the fundamental approaches, Peace Retreat Costa Rica follows, when it comes to guest’s nutrition is harnessing the medicinal properties of food. Their buying, procuring, and meal preparation approach is guided by the same philosophy to maximize nutrition at each stage. Peace Retreat Costa Rica’s The Sweat Lodge, also known as, Temascal or Inipi, is an ancient medicine ceremony, a temple to honor the elements of earth, fire, water and air whereas its cacao ceremony is carried out to re-align the energy patterns within an individual.

The 5 Days Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica by Peace Retreat Guanacaste includes

  • 60 minute 2 yoga class per day
  • 1 hour massage
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • 4 delicious and healthy breakfasts
  • transportation from Liberia International Airport to Peace Retreat


5. Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat Limon Province, Costa Rica

Per day USD 186

Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat offers 8 Days Uniting Heaven & Earth Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica. A Yoga Retreat in its 250 acre Costa Rican Rainforest. The retreat’s secluded location is a 20-minute drive away from the lively town of Puerto Viejo. Meaning awareness and balance, eighty-five percent of Samasti’s visitors, visit them to seek purpose, or in the wake of a life change, as per the findings available on their website. At Samasati, everyone moves at their own pace, reveling in the beauty of nature with the guided nature treks, bird watching sessions, daily yoga classes and more. The guests are encouraged to slow down and do nothing.

The open-air restaurant at Samasati offers the enchanting views of lush rainforest and Caribbean sea below. But the view is not the only thing that is great. The meals at the restaurant are equally good with the selections ranging from Caribbean fusion, Mediterranean Asian to Central American. The restaurant also bakes bread and pastries fresh daily. Though the restaurant predominantly serves vegetarian fare, they are happy to accommodate requests for fish and chicken. Coming to the treatments, all the treatments at Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat use indigenous flowers, leaves, bark, roots, seeds and fruits with finest virgin coconut oil, local salt crystals, Aloe Vera and Costa Rican cacao to maximize efficacy. Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat is now also offering plant medicine retreats for which they have tied up with local shamans to develop the program. The participants during their stay here are also encouraged to walk in the forest, as walking in nature has been scientifically found to boost the immune system, reduce stress level and enhance mental wellbeing.

The 8 Days Uniting Heaven & Earth Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica by Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat Limon Province includes

  • 5 night accommodations – private bungalows at Samasati
  • 2 nights at the historical Gran Hotel in San Jose
  • Airport Transfers
  • In-country transportation
  • All meals at Samasati Nature Retreat
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners in San Jose
  • Breakfast at the Gran Hotel
  • Beach time at Punta Uva
  • Dinner with a local family
  • Nine yoga sessions at Samasati
  • Cahuita National Park
  • Waterfall Excursion
  • Chocolate Experience on the Bribri Indian Reservation
  • Zip-lining Adventure or Jaguar Animal Rescue Center
  • Coordination of all volunteer activities
  • Services of Trip Leaders

COST: USD 1,299

6. Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat Costa Rica Santa Monica, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Per day USD 186

Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat Costa Rica offers 8 Day Juice Detox Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica in Dominical, Puntarenas. Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat Costa Rica is the brainchild of husband-wife duo Tara and Eduardo Canhos. While Tara is a wellness practitioner with 37 years of rich experience, her husband Eduardo is an intuitive empath who interacts with animals in nature daily. The Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat Costa Rica combines the synergies of the two to create a wellness space that is transformative in its core.

Located minutes away Dominical Beach, Baru Tropical forest, Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat has a yoga shala with bamboo canopy, a wellness spa, open air pavilion relaxation areas, waterfall decks, waterfall dining area and hammocks over the waterfalls and in the rainforest. The property  has its private nature reserve having rare and indigenous rainforest trees. Tara and Eduardo also have made a point to plant monkey food trees to keep the wildlife happy. The Shiva’s Waterfall Energy at the retreat leads to the enclave of the second sacred pond of Adi Shakti and the trilogy waterfall at the west end. Walking on a similar path leads one to a green bamboo forest, rainforest and ultimately to the Baru River.

The 8 Day Juice Detox Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica in Dominical, Puntarenas by Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat Costa Rica Santa Monica, Puntarenas, Costa Rica includes

  • Morning yoga classes (except Sunday)
  • Raw and vegan meals for those not wanting juice
  • Medical Medium cleanses for those not wanting juice
  • Juice cleanse every two hours for those wanting DR Natalie Rose effective green juicing
  • Meals after juice cleanse fast for refeeding
  • Master cleanse for the experienced
  • 7 nights accommodation

COST: USD 1,299

7. Vida Asana Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Per day USD 175

Vida Asana offers 3 Days Weekend Recharge Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica to help you relax to the core. The accommodation facilities at Vida Asana are simple and functional with twin / queen size beds, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, fridge and air-conditioner available in each room. The property has a total of 10 double occupancy, and 3 triple occupancy rooms at present. Located ten minutes away from Jaco, Vida Asana serves three organic vegetarian meals per day (with pescatarian options available on request).The property also has a well-equipped smoothie bar to cater to your healthy drinking needs.

Vida Asana also has concierge services to deal with the issue of logistics and pain points of your travel. Their concierge services make your stay memorable by arranging whatever you need in an instant. The place also grows its own produce at the farm located in its premises. Overall, Vida Asana is a place to be if you want to experience Pura Vida in the truest sense.

The 3 Days Weekend Recharge Budget Yoga Retreat Costa Rica by Vida Asana Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica includes

  • Daily group Yoga
  • Surf lesson
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 ​​organic meals per day