SURF, YOGA & FITNESS RETREAT                                                            August 4 – August 11, 2018

Your Surf, Yoga & Fitness Retreat begins in the capital city of San Jose. You and the small group on this retreat will be picked up at the Juan Santamaria International airport and taken by shuttle to your hotel Barceló San José Palacio. You’ll spend two nights in San Jose getting acclimated to Costa Rica by participating in activities in the Central Valley area. On your third day of the retreat, you will take a chartered flight to Golfito and be transported to Pavones!

You will enjoy this well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the pristine, remote, surfing mecca  on the South Pacific Costa, Pavones. You’ll get back to enjoying the smallest of life’s treasures and utilize your hard earned strength and fitness in new ways!

Join Fitness coach and adventure guide Ewunike on this 8 day, 7 night active adventure on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Your fitness retreat includes surfing, yoga, hiking, waterfall exploration and fitness classes. Once you are in Costa Rica, your ground transportation and round trip airfare to Pavones from San Jose are included, as well as many other trip amenities. It is finally your time to unwind and enjoy your retreat.

One-Time Full Payment

Booking Deadline: July 1,2018

Double Occupancy: $2,395
Single Occupancy: $2,695

Instalment Payments

Double Occupancy Installment Payments:

Pay a deposit now. The remaining balance will be due as shown:

$350 Deposit due at booking
$685 – 1st payment due May 1
$685 – 2nd payment due June 1
$685 – Final payment due July 1

Single Occupancy Installment Payments:

$350 Deposit due at booking
$785 – 1st payment due May 1
$785 – 2nd payment due June 1
$785 – Final payment due July 1


  • 2 days / 2 nights at the outstanding Barceló San José Palacio Hotel in San José 
  • 6 days / 5 nights at the beachfront  La Ponderosa Resort in Pavones
  • Private chartered jet to resort locations from San Jose
  • All ground transportation
  • All activities on itinerary
  • 3 healthy delicious meals each day customized to guest preferences
  • Day trip to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Nature Preserve
  • Accommodation are in a shared room with one other person. We also have a small number of private rooms. Please submit your request when registering

Baggage Allowance per Person

1 Piece with maximum weight of 40 lbs and up to 50 linear inches / 127 cm. (length + height + width).

You may bring 1 piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 10 lbs, 33 linear inches / 84 cm (length + height + width).

Any luggage exceeding weight allowance and/or size will be subject to space availability and charged according to the following excess luggage fees: 1-5 lbs = $7 / 6-15 lbs =$20 / 16-30 lbs = $40 / 31-60 lbs = $60


Our first two nights will be in San Jose at the Barcelo Hotel & Resort.  The hotel features three restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, a tennis court, and acres of quiet gardens.

On day 3 the group will travel via air from San Jose to Pavones. In Pavones, we will be staying at La Ponderosa Beach & Jungle Resort. This small, family-owned, boutique retreat center provides spacious comfortable rooms, beautiful grounds with trails and gardens, healthy and fresh meals, a pool and beach access to refresh and unwind. The individual, spacious cottages sleep 2-4 people, and are just steps from the pristine beach, relaxing swimming pool, and half a mile from Shooting Star Yoga Studio.

Also on the property are hiking trails, volleyball court, basketball courts, and massage services (extra cost). Each day, three healthy meals are made fresh for you from local ingredients. The town of Pavones is very remote and boasts a population of just a couple hundred residents.  The town comes to life every day at dawn when people take advantage of the natural beauty the location has to offer.


Day 1:

Arrive at Costa Rica’s San Jose Airport (code: SJO) and take the provided shuttle to Barceló San José Palacio HotelEnjoy a complimentary refreshing drink upon arrival and get settled inEwunike will host a meet & greet dinner to help everyone get acquainted and prepare for the retreatAfter dinner at Hotel Barceló , get your groove on with your first physical activity – Salsa lessons!

Day 2:

Wake up to a morning stretch session in the fitness roomFresh breakfast buffet at Hotel Barceló Depart for an exciting adventure of waterfalls and nature preserve exploration at LaPaz Waterfall GardensUpon our return, a happy hour celebration will be offered in the hotel loungeThere will be a review of the itinerary and Phase 2 of the retreat starts with early morning departure for Pavones!The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy

Day 3:

Early morning departure from San Jose airport to Golfito Airport and taking the provided shuttle to La Ponderosa ResortBreakfast and orientation at the resortThe rest of the day is yours to relax on the beach, cool off in the pool, hike the trails on the resort, or explore the town of PavonesLunch at La Ponderosa resortIn the evening, Ewunike will lead a stretch & mobility class to prepare the body for rest and restorationDinner at La Ponderosa resort

Day 4:

This morning is reserved for our first surf lesson on the Costa Rican waves!Lunch at La PonderosaBeach walk to the yoga studioHot yoga at Shooting Star StudioDinner at La Ponderosa

Day 5:

LOTUS Fitness on the beachBreakfast at La PonderosaAmy will lead the group on an invigorating walk up the Rio Claro River and prepare fresh spa body treatments that we will use along the river’s edgeDinner at La Ponderosa

Day 6:

Breakfast at La PonderosaThis morning is reserved for our second surf lesson on the Costa Rican waves!Lunch at La PonderosaFree timeYoga for Surf at Shooting Star StudioDinner at La Ponderosa

Day 7:

LOTUS Fitness on the beachBreakfast at La PonderosaChocolate Making Workshop in PavonesLunch on your own in PavonesFree timeFarewell dinner at La Ponderosa

Day 8:

We will grab a boxed breakfast and depart early for Golfito Airport, headback to San Jose Airport  and travel back to the US.

​*Itinerary subject to change


Please download and sign the below documents and send the signed documents to You will receive a confirmation email that your documents have been received.
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Is This Trip For You?

This is an active trip packed with activities such as surfing, yoga, hiking and fitness classes. To fully enjoy it, you’ll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the water-based experiences, you’ll need to be a confident swimmer.



Meet Ewunike Your Guide & Fitness Coach

After participating in the 330 mile AIDS Bike Ride from Raleigh, NC to Washington, D.C. in 1999, Ewunike Akpan was hooked on helping people experience the benefits of exercise. To prepare for the ride, she trained for six months with a group and, along the way, learned the importance of proper muscular development and nutrition to help her successfully complete the three day event. She shared information with her fellow riders and started leading them in weight training sessions to strengthen their core and upper body muscles. The group gave Ewunike positive feedback about the effectiveness of  the workouts she developed. This fueled her decision to study for and get certified as a professional personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Ewunike’s 17-year journey as a trainer started as a way to help herself and others for one fitness event. Today, it is her passion and she is using it to help hundreds of clients experience the benefits of an active lifestyle. Ewunike and her business, LOTUS Fitness, have been featured in Essence, Heart & Soul, ACE Professionals Profile (online), ACE Advocacy (online) and on NBC4 News,Washington, D.C.

Meet Amy Your Surf & Yoga Instructor

Amy Khoo was born in Toronto, Canada. Her love of nature and active outdoor life led her to Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Gulfo Dulce in 1991. Living in the surf town Pavones with her husband, Alexander Outerbridge, they owned and operated Seakings Surf shop, and built Shooting Star Studio where she practices and teaches her passion – Yoga.

Amy has been practicing yoga since 1990 and in the last 14 years her disciplined studies began through Bikram then Ashtanga.

As well as loving teaching yoga and surfing, she offers massage and leads jungle adventure tours with delight. She enjoys immensly spearfishing, diving, swimming, rock climbing, hiking, biking, drumming, dancing, remote waterfalls and chocolate making parties!


"After participating in C.O.R.E. Boot Camp for just a few months, I have made it a priority in my weekly routine. I have noticed improvement in my strength, endurance, and overall wellness. Ewunike possesses a rare combination of skill, leadership, and enthusiasm. She is a true fitness professional."


“I can always count on C.O.R.E. Boot Camp to challenge me! Thanks to this class, our awesome coach, and a group of supportive teammates, I feel stronger, have more muscle definition, and have increased my endurance. I hate ever missing a class”!


“Ewunike lives personal training for herself and for community--adults and children alike. She is passionate about her commitment to a healthy population, and she develops new fun fitness programs to achieve these goals”.