Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

Jul 25, 2023


I am so excited to host a collaborative retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica this October! When Spiritual and Life Coach Angela Lenhardt reached out to me this spring it was like the universe had brought us together. While we discussed some local destinations and some dates in 2024 we eventually decided to jump right in and co-host our first retreat in beautiful Costa Rica.

It seems that an adventurous trip to Costa Rica is on everyone’s bucket list! Narrowing down a location was hard but we eventually decide that Playa Guiones on the Pacific Coast was the best fit. Nosara and it’s surrounding beaches are known as the yoga and surf capital of the region, with both beaches and jungles our retreat will give our guests a great taste of Costa Rica’s “pura vida.”

If you want to translate, pura vida, it means “simple life” or “pure life,” but in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying—it is a way of life.

Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, goodbye, everything’s great, and everything’s cool, or even the things that are not cool, but happened. As if saying: “Ok, but what can you do about it? That’s life!”

However, it is not the words that reflect the true meaning of ¡Pura Vida! it is the way Ticos live. Not surprisingly, Costa Rica has been named one of the happiest countries in the world, mainly because its inhabitants don’t stress about things the way most foreigners do. 

Ticos have a very relaxed, simple way of looking at life. 

No worries, no fuss, no stress—pura vida to them means being thankful for what they have and not dwelling on the negative.

Our Co+Create retreat will bring you closer to the Costa Rican pura vida way of life, leave your worries behind and come explore this beautiful part of the world with us.

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Nosara’s motto, “no shirt no shoes Nosara,” could not be more apt. Both locals and visitors flock here to soak up the sun and become one with their surfboards. With seemingly never-ending sandy stretches of coastline and an abundance of wildlife, it is no wonder this laid-back beach town is famous for its yoga retreats and stellar surf, the area’s appeal extends to travelers looking for a true Costa Rican feel. Kayaking, horseback riding, ATV excursions, or hiking through Nosara’s Biological Reserve provide ample opportunities to see some of the 270 species of birds and other wildlife that inhabit the area. Snorkeling and sport fishing are also popular pursuits; common catches include snook and mahi-mahi.

The Nosara area is composed of three beaches: the long and surfable Playa Guiones to the south; the serene and swimmable Playa Pelada in the middle; and the deserted, dark-sand Playa Nosara to the north. Just five miles north of Nosara is a fourth: Playa Ostional. This beach attracts thousands of nesting Olive Ridley Sea turtles in recurring phenomena called an arribadas. The Ostional Wildlife Refuge, an area of land that exists to protect these grand creatures, stretches all the way to Playa Guiones.

Nosara’s tranquil, forested roads are winding and steep, which has helped the community retain a rural air. Almost all bars, restaurants and other establishments are located on side streets off Nosara’s main drag, causing the place to seem much smaller and sleepier than it actually is.

The name ‘Nosara’ has become a catch-all term for the beaches and towns of Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and the village of Nosara – a tiny hamlet located four miles inland along the Nosara River. Our retreat is in Playa Guiones where Internet cafes, convenience stores, restaurants and the beach are all within walking distance.

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Our private compound is within a 3 minute walk to Playa Guiones beach and also within walking distance to local shops and restaurants. Guided excursions will include wildlife hikes, beach time, a sunset catamaran cruise, and exploring the local village.

Join us at this beautiful resort style compound with a Costa Rican feel, the center piece of this property is the salt water pool with swim up tiki bar.

The large Rancho structure has a 1,000 sq. ft. yoga deck perfect for our retreat. The lower level has an outdoor living room with a bar, a large dining table, and a living room area. The property also has a private patio with a tropical jungle setting and a seperate covered meditation deck that can be used for spa services, meditation or simply peace and quiet.

The modern indoor and expansive outdoor kitchens will be used by our private chef to cook healthy gourmet meals with a Costa Rican flair. We can accomodate your dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and food sensitivities.

There are 3 bedrooms in the main house and there are 4 private casitas with covered patios. There is also a single 1 bed/1 bath casita and all rooms are air conditioned.

This retreat is sure to book up soon, don’t wait! BOOK NOW

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About the Author

Mani has studied various meditation techniques. She has become certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR), which is a blend of meditation, bodily awareness, and mindful movement. As she leads guests through MSBR meditation, they can gain awareness of how their bodies handle and resolve stress neurologically.


  1. Chris on July 16, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    would like to on September 8 through the 17th 2023

    • Mani Boatright on August 8, 2023 at 8:29 am

      Hi Chris, We are in Costa Rica October 18-23rd this year. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list I will keep you updated on our destinations and dates for 2024!
      Warmly , Mani

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