Traveling with a Purpose
Costa Rica Retreats with Yoga, Adventure and Service
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a beautiful town located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, just over 250 miles south of San Jose with an easy and naturally stunning commute. We will pass through the chilly heights of Braulio Carriollo National Park, the steamy lowlands of Guapiles, the Caribbean port town of Limon, many banana plantations and then follow the palm fringed coastal road south by the beach of Cahuita and to Puerto Viejo.
Our groups stay at Samasati Nature Retreat nearby. This stunning retreat is located on a 250 acre biological reserve overlooking the Caribbean. Sitting amidst the famous Costa Rican rainforest, your bungalow offers some of the most unique views of the Caribbean Sea. The retreat features yoga studios, Jacuzzi, sundeck, cocktail bar, open air restaurant, and massage therapists on staff. Samasati offers an array of activities for nature lovers, yogis, and anyone looking to relax in an exotic environment.
Participants wake up to the sound of howler monkeys, yoga and fabulous food at every meal. Our schedule has a wide variety of activities including zip-lining or horseback riding, swimming, hiking, yoga, visiting an animal rescue center, an optional river rafting and a day of service. Click on the detailed itineraries to the right.
At the famous Canopy Tour you will zip from tree to tree in the jungle. There are 15 stations where you will enjoy approximately two hours of zip lining, a Tarzan swing, and walking in between several of the platforms. A morning at the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center will give you the opportunity to hold monkeys and see a wide variety of animals up close. There is plenty of beach time at two of the most beautiful beaches in the area.
An optional white river rafting excursion is offered on your return trip to San Jose. The Pacuare River is world famous for its beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. You will see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides. Wildlife is abundant. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has many rapids that will make your adventure very interesting and fun! The 18-mile-one-day-run includes 38 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many rapids in such a short stretch of water. National Geographic has named in one of the top ten river rafting excursions in the world.
Our global project and service work on our retreats is in Carbon I, a small village two miles inland from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. There are about 300 inhabitants spread throughout an area of approximately one square mile. It is a needy area with children and their families we have come to know and love. Dinners with one of the local families the last night in the rainforest is usually a highlight for many of our passengers.
Participants spent an afternoon at our International Center for Girls doing a variety of activities, including teaching English, reading books, and implementing educational enrichment stations. We encourage our travelers to share their interests, skills, and talents with “our girls”.
International Center for Girls
Peace through Yoga Foundation’s International Center for Girls is in the heart of the rainforest. The program offers English classes offered by a trained native English speaker, a sewing and business skills program, art and music activities, life skills workshops on topics such as conflict resolution, mindful movement and health initiatives, and educational field trips.
The implementation of a revenue project, specifically sewing, was requested by the community. This is a career opportunity for girls and women in the community. This program teaches not only how to create different items using sewing machines but also teaches them business skills through a series of workshops.
Art and music are used as a way to reinforce the English learned in other sessions as well as a way to expand creativity. Creativity and critical thinking are extremely important in the working world and everyday life, which is why this center focuses on helping community members learn to “think outside of the box.”
Our goal is to have no more than 16 girls in the program at one time. Once a girl graduates we financially help her to go on to high school.
Your Trip Leader – Sally Brown Bassett, Ph.D.
Sally has traveled to over 140 countries and has held numerous positions from airline stewardess to C.E.O. She went from the galley to the boardroom in 30 years in the travel industry. Trips eventually evolved to a mixture of volunteering (later to a term she helped coin called “voluntourism”). She completed her doctorate degree at Purdue University in tourism with the emphasis on international humanitarian work.
Sally’s enthusiasm toward life as well as her creative and spiritual approach to yoga have been keys to her success. She teaches at the Peace through Yoga studios and is also an adjunct professor at Butler University teaching yoga basics and philosophy.
Yoga, Adventure, and Service
October 28 – November 4 2017
with Sally Brown Bassett
and Helene Russell
Yoga, Adventure, and Service
February 10-17, 2018
with Sally Brown Bassett
and Cassie Stockamp
For more information, contact Susie Morwick, PTY Foundation’s Reservation Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-544-8391.