If you have had the priviledge of meeting our co-host Maureen-Elise Quinn, you know already that this adventure is going to be magical. She has taken a groups to the Rip Jack Inn over the years, and ovr the last two year she invited us to go along. We just had to say "yes". We had the most amazing time together, and cannot wait to do it again. Our 2020 retreat was sold out...the 2021 was cancelled due to COVID...but...we are ready to return in 2022!
Sheila teaches morning meditation and yoga each day and Maureen will lead us in a deeply restorative practice each afternoon. There are early morning beach walks, evening happy hour sun sets, we have several excursions and the food is divine. Only a few spots are left... All details here.
If you have a partner or a family member who would love a tropical vacation but is not "into yoga" that's ok too...there is plenty to explore and lots of time to enjoy the beach and the surrounding area...or maybe this is the time they can get "turned on" to the practices, which will be accessible to Every-Body. (and always optional)
Sheila and Tony Magalhaes (Tony is coming too!) and Maureen-Elise Quinn
Yoga Retreat in Paradise in Costa Rica
For inner exploration and outer adventure. February 5 - 12, 2022
Your hosts are Maureen-Elise Quinn, CYT and Sheila Magalhaes, E-RYT 500 who will introduce you to the Boutique Beach Hotel RipJack Innon Playa Grande, Costa Rica.
Playa Grande is part of a National Park that protects the Leatherback Turtle with miles of pristine beaches along the Pacific Ocean. Experience “pura vida” (the pure life) and return to your natural state of stillness and peace within. Escape the winter’s cold and your busy life for a week of retreat and renewal.
This is a wonderful opportunity to nurture your body, mind and soul with morning meditation, revitalizing and balancing yoga classes, delicious food, and great company. There will be plenty of free time daily to relax and play, and two group excursions are planned to explore the beautiful beaches and gorgeous ocean of Playa Grande.
The pricing for the retreat includes:
Air Fair is not included, make your arrangements to fly into the Liberia (LIR) airport, Transportation to and from the Liberia airport IS included so we will transport you to the RipJack Inn, only an hour away. Plan for about a half hour of customs followed by an hour to the Rip Jack. When you are looking for a flight, please try to arrive in mid afternoon, as we would love to have our first group dinner together on Saturday night.
Morning meditation and two yoga classes daily: In the morning, mindful meditation followed by an All-levels Kripalu style slow flow yoga class. Then breakfast OR lunch (full delicious meals and fresh juices included daily) with free time for beach, pool, exploration and play until the afternoon yoga class. Daily afternoon Svaroopa-style restorative yoga class. Exception: We will host only one yoga class on our excursion days, see below for details.
For your other meals, delicious food is always available at the RipJack’s restaurant, offering a highly unique menu of fresh local seafood as well as tasty treats from the land for lunch, dinner, or daily happy hour/sun set on the beach. (Yes, tropical drinks and cocktails are available too! Happy Hour is on the beach, as the sun sets.) Other local choices for food and drink can be found at the other boutique hotels and there are many restaurant choices at all levels of pricing from the tacos at the taco stand, typical Costa Rican or fancy Argentinian, to name a few, all within walking distance!
Two Excursions included/pre paid by your registration: Sunset Sail & Snorkle Tour: Set off in the early afternoon on a beautiful catamaran into the deep blue sea. (half-day trip) The catamaran leaves from Playa Flamingo and takes you to a pristine beach nestled in the Pacific Ocean not accessible by car. You can snorkel, kayak, paddle board or swim to the beach from the boat. All of the equipment and life jackets are provided, as is unlimited open bar and light lunch. A party on a sail boat...fabulous.
Estuary Tour: A 1.5 hr. guided boat tour to see a nearby estuary and the wildlife that resides there. The Playa Grande estuary is part of the Las Baulas National Marine Park. Here the Rio Mata Palo empties out into the Pacific Ocean creating what is know as brackish water. The Playa Grande estuary is part fresh and part salt water making it an ideal home for many of the beautiful animal species in Costa Rica. The estuary is 6,745 hectors (25 square miles) of mangrove, spectacular! The lush vegetation absorbs all unwanted noise creating an extremely peaceful boat ride. While there are no guarantees with mother nature, you are more than likely to see Howler Monkeys, Tropical Fish, Green Herons, Brown Pelicans, and more.
Additional Activities available, not included in pricing: You can set them up right from the Ripjack: Horseback Riding, Sport Fishing, Surf lessons, Massage, Taxi into the shopping areas, or visit Rincon de la Vieja. There is plenty of free time daily to enjoy these activities, or rest, read, walk the beach, soak in the pools, and stick around Playa Grande and Rip Jack.
We plan a late afternoon to taxi into the nearest "city" Tamarindo, followed by dinner on the beach, at sunset, at the lovely restaurant called Panga, this is optional and not pre-paid, but a really fun afternoon/evening event we plan for you.
Pricing and Registration Information, 2022
Standard Room: Single: $2,350 p/person Double: $1,940. p/person
Deluxe Room: Single: $2,680 p/prson Double: $2,100 p/person It's possible to have 3 or 4 people in the Deluxe Rooms, with 2 beds, for that, inquire about price.
Larger suites, triple or quad or even a Bungalow is available for a family or bunch of friends, priced by request.
Prices are per person. **Credit card payment: 4% will be added to the price for cc charges. (Air Fair not included, make your arrangements to fly into the Liberia (LIR) airport, and we will transport you to the RipJack Inn, only an hour away.)
Maureen-Elise Quinn is handling all of the financial agreements of this retreat. Important dates to consider: Deposit due by the first weekend of November 1, 2021
Registration Terms: Deposit: Each participant must fill out the registration form (on Maureen’s website) Send her a non-refundable $750. deposit to hold your space. In 2020 we sold out the trip...please pay attention to the deadlines)
Balance is due January 1, 2022. Space is limited!
Click here to connect to Maureen-Elise's website. That's where you can download the registration form document and find all the details and information regarding the trip, including more about the rooms, travel, what to expect, what to bring, currency, expenses, and weather. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, we are happy to get you all the information you need. Click Here to email Sheila
We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. AAA and Costco both sell travel insurance. Although the deposit is non-refundable through the Ripjack Inn, most travel insurances will refund the entire amount you paid if you need to cancel due to illness, injury or family emergency .
Book your own AIR TRAVEL: Fly to Costa Rica into (LIR) Liberia airport, only an hour away from the RipJack Inn.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Our 2020 trip was sold out! We have reserved our rooms for 2021 but cancelled due to travel restrictions. We look forward to another fabulous vacation retreat in 2022. You can be as active as you want to be, or as quiet and restful as you need. There are choices every day for yoga practice, meditation, walking, looking for turtles and picking up shells, swimming in the ocean or the pools, napping in hammocks, eating great food, happy hour cocktails or your favorite beverage, along with our built in group excursions and your own personal adventures. Pura Vida!