January 20  – January 26, 2020

  • Days: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
  • Group Size: 8 – 12
  • Double Occupancy: $3,145
  • Single Occupancy: $3,445


Your Surf, Yoga & Fitness Retreat in Costa Rica 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.

Trip Highlights

  • Natural Chocolate Making with Local Farmer
  • Natural River Walk with Organic Spa Treatments
  • Explore LaPaz Waterfall Gardens


  • Yoga
  • Surfing
  • Fitness on the beach
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding (optional)


Arrive at Costa Rica’s San Jose Airport (code: SJO) and take the provided shuttle to Aurola Holiday Inn. Enjoy a complimentary refreshing drink upon arrival and get settled in. Your retreat ambassador, Ewunike will host a meet & greet dinner to help everyone get acquainted and ready for the next 7 wonderful days.  After dinner at a wonderful local restaurant, you’ll get your groove on with your first physical activity – Traditional Costa Rican dance lessons!

Wake up to a morning stretch session in the fitness room. Fresh breakfast buffet at Aurola Holiday Inn Depart for an exciting adventure of waterfalls and nature exploration at LaPaz Waterfall Gardens Upon our return, a happy hour celebration will be offered in the hotel lounge. There 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.

Early morning departure from San Jose airport to Golfito Airport Shuttle service provided to La Ponderosa Resort in Pavones for the rest of the retreat. Breakfast and orientation at the resort upon arrival. The 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 restoration. Dinner at La Ponderosa resort

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

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

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

LOTUS Fitness on the beach. Breakfast at La Ponderosa. Chocolate Making Workshop in Pavones. Lunch on your own in Pavones. Free time. Farewell dinner at La Ponderosa.

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

Day 2-7


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.

What’s Included

Call +1 202 750-1167 to reserve this trip on the phone

Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm Eastern Time

Price Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Detroit Metro Airport to San Joséor from Baltimore Washington International Airport
  • 2 days / 2 nights at Barceló San José Palacio Hotel, in San José
  • 6 days / 5 nights at La Ponderosa Beach Front Resort in Pavones
  • Round trip private chartered jet to resort location from San José
  • All ground transportation
  • All activities on itinerary (Surfing lessons, Fitness on beach, Yoga, Chocolate making workshop, Waterfall excursion, Natural spa treatments/river walk)
  • 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

One-Time Full Payment

Booking Deadline: September 1, 2019

Double Occupancy: $3,145
Single Occupancy: $3,445

Installment Payment Options

An initial $350 reservation deposit is due by June 1, 2019. Installment payments are accepted after the deposit payment. Full payment of the Surf, Yoga and Fitness Retreat is required by October 1, 2019.

Total Retreat Investment: $3,145 for double occupancy
Total Retreat Investment: $3,445 for single occupancy

1st Installment Due: June 1, 2019
$559 Double Occupancy
$619 Single Occupancy

2nd Installment Due: July 1, 2019
$559 Double Occupancy
$619 Single Occupancy

3rd Installment Due: August 1, 2019
$559 Double Occupancy
$619 Single Occupancy

4th Installment Due: September 1, 2019
$559 Double Occupancy
$619 Single Occupancy

5th Installment Due: October 1, 2019
$559 Double Occupancy
$619 Single Occupancy

Additional Information

Required retreat waiver
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.

Booking Terms and Conditions Download

Medical Waiver Download

Travel Insurance Advisory Waiver Download

Is this Retreat 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.

"This was a great opportunity for me to create a new relationship with my daughter and enjoy the beautiful country of Costa Rica which I had heard so much about"

CJ & Mecca

"It was wonderful connecting with a group of people I did not know prior to the trip. The excursions, restaurants, and activities enabled seeing the real culture and life in Costa Rica. This trip was a memorable experience"


"I would recommend this retreat particularly because self care is more than spending money on cosmetic things to pamper yourself"


"My favorite activity was the zip lining. It was something I had never done before. I received tremendous support from the group and it was a bonding activity for us. We cheered each other on"


"This was a great opportunity for me to create a new relationship with my daughter and enjoy the beautiful country of Costa Rica which I had heard so much about"


"Prior to going on the retreat I had never acknowledged how fitness and spirituality can mesh to be a really import part of self care. My takeaway was that ultimately my goal is to have elements of both fitness and spirituality in my self care regiment regularly "


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!

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