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Costa Rica: Musings + Must Visit Spots on Nicoya Peninsula

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2020

The first time I went to Costa Rica was at the beginning of my wellness journey. Well, and my entrepreneurial journey as well. I had just finished my yoga teacher training, quit my job and packed a backpack to travel through Central and South America. Costa Rica was our first stop and I quickly fell in love with the country.

Three years later, my entire world different, I returned back to lead my first international yoga retreat and explore all the wellness offerings the country has to offer. It’s wild how quickly things can change, but also how far three years can feel.

Costa Rica has a special type of energy. At first, it was subtle, but then I realized how much it rocked my world. We spent our time in the Nicoya Peninsula. First in Nosara, then at Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo. The entire Nicoya Peninsula is one of the world’s Blue Zones, which is an area of the planet where people live the longest and are the happiest. I had to know what the cause of this was and quickly found out that it was through presence, simplicity, purpose and gratitude that these men and women truly lived fulfilled long lives.

Knowing this, I intentionally carved space out to be with my thoughts, to soften and be rather than do, and nurture myself in the various wellness experiences Nosara and Four Seasons offered.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

Our first stop was Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Nosara. I teamed up with Revamp Retreats and Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort for my 5 night 6 day retreat for female entrepreneurs. The retreat space itself fostered relaxation and receptivity which is an energy that I’ve historically avoided.

Being in my feminine has always felt really uncomfortable, likely because of the fear of being out of control that stems from my upbringing, and this was the first time I really allowed myself to lean into my feminine nature. It felt incredible. I felt like a goddess and the wisdom that I received made me feel more empowered than ever before. 

Bodhi Tree is about a 7 minute run or 15 minute walk to Playa Guiones, so I spent my mornings meditating and water gazing down at the beach. In this space, I was able to pray for intuitive guidance for sharing knowledge with retreat attendees and also for myself.

Between workshops and classes, we spent our time at the infinity pool at Bodhi Tree or exploring the town that was a short walk or golf cart ride away. Bodhi Tree has Bodhi Buses that take guests and people in the town of Nosara to different stops throughout the small town for free, so it was a great way to get around.

Throughout my time there, I was able to step into my power and voice as a leader and teacher, while connecting with the incredible women that joined us on retreat. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I’ll never forget.

Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo

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After our retreat concluded, Kate and I drove north to spend our final days at the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo. We had gone back and forth between staying there prior to the retreat or after and I am so glad we ended our time in Costa Rica here.

Four Seasons has been at the forefront of creating wellness experiences for their guests and we took advantage of all of it throughout the duration of our stay. From yoga classes to meditation, ayurvedic massages and facials, to walking along the beach completely disconnected from the outside world, I was able to really surrender and release my mind from focusing on any work, any to-do lists, or anything outside of the present moment.

Our treatments in the spa were incredible. I received the traditional abhyanga massage and Beto, the wellness ambassador for Four Seasons Costa Rica created a custom blend for my dosha. It was the perfect cherry on top of a long week in the jungle and I felt like I was floating as I left the spa.

The wellness programming alone makes me want to book a trip back out to Four Seasons, and the rest of the resort was just as high quality. If you are looking for a retreat from reality that allows you to still stay on your routine of working out, eating healthy, and maintaining yoga and mindfulness practices, I can’t recommend Four Seasons enough. Plus, the beaches were so beautiful, I’m daydreaming about the next time I get back out there. 

Lessons from Costa Rica

Between Four Seasons and Bodhi Tree, I was able to really peel back the layers of stress that had been building up over the past few months of being in LA. While my move to LA has been transformational for my career, I’ve realized how drained the intense energy of city makes me and appreciate having time out in beautiful places like Costa Rica.

Costa Rica taught me to slow down and release the tight grip of control I have over every aspect of my life. I realized how good it feels to not fully control and obsess over every detail and how my obsessions were causing so much more stress on my body and mind. 

And, even as a meditation teacher, I found that spaciousness really allows us to tune into our intuition and check in with ourselves on what we really need. Removing the noise of media, influence of others, and pressure of keeping up brought me back to a space of re-prioritizing what is important and as we enter the new year, I hope to bring these lessons with me. I hope to bring the energy of the Blue Zone into my everyday life, wherever I am on the globe.

WANT TO PLAN A TRIP AND EXPERIENCE THIS BLISS?

Here’s a link to the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo.

Here’s a link to my upcoming retreat in Santa Barbara at the Hotel Californian.

And, here’s a link to Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

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