La Cusinga Lodge, Hotel in Uvita Costa Rica

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Retreats offer us a chance to step away from the busyness of daily life in order to turn inward, reflect, renew, and deepen our practice; in so doing, we remember our connection to all beings, everywhere—and we cultivate compassion.

In remembering that connection, we may be inspired to work for positive change in the world.  Join Jennifer Lenhart, CYT/E-RYT, for a week-long retreat focusing on the interdependent nature of all beings and on softening our hearts and cultivating compassion.

National Geographic calls Costa Rica “the most biologically intense place on earth”. What better place to look deeply at nature and our place in it, to look deeply at ourselves, and to consider what Thich Nhat Hanh calls “interbeing”?  Our home for the week will be a beautiful eco-lodge on the Pacific Coast.

Through yoga asana classes, silent meditation, guided meditation, and discussion/talks, we’ll explore our theme for the week: “Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu” or “May All Beings Be Happy and Free.”

Those new to yoga and meditation are welcome, as are seasoned practitioners.

Yoga Retreat with Mandy Lucchese

Yoga Retreat at La Cusinga Lodge, Costa Rica:

Costa Rica Soul Revival & Yoga Retreat with Mandy Lucchese

Join Mandy for an amazing week in one of the top most gorgeous places of Costa Rica. La Cusinga Lodge is an exclusive eco lodge ocean front paradise embedded in several hundred acres of amazing rainforest and bordered by a national marine park, ideal for our yoga retreat. Uvita and its surroundings is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. With the rainforest on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, you will be immersed in nature throughout the retreat.

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Join us at La Cusinga for our Yoga Retreat

Retreat Includes:

  • 8 Nights Accommodation (1st night in hotel near airport, 7 nights in Playa Uvita)
  • Ocean view room
  • 3 locally grown fresh meals prepared daily
  • by the villa’s chef
  • 2 daily yoga/meditation sessions
  • Kayak tour to the Whale’s Tale with snorkeling, wave surfing or mangrove kayak tour
  • Half day waterfall excursion, picnic and swimming at stunning Nauyaca Waterfalls
  • Coffee, tea & fresh juice throughout the day
  • Plenty of time to relax, sight-see and enjoy

Retreat does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Alcohol

Additional available activities:

  • Waterfall repelling
  • Surfing or stand up paddle boarding
  • Horseback riding to waterfalls and beaches
  • Diving
  • Whale watching
  • Deep Sea Fishing Trip
  • River Wildlife Tour

…everything you could hope for and so much more! Warm waters year around! A ton of fun in a gorgeous tranquil setting!


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Yoga at La Cusinga, Costa Rica. Join our Retreat.

Mandy is the founder of Kinfolk Yoga Studio in Northern California. She has taught at yoga festivals such as Wanderlust, California Spirit Festival, and Honey Root. Facilitates teacher trainings, teaches workshops and retreats; has completed teacher trainings in Astanga, Anusara, Restorative and Therapeutics, and Tantric Hatha Yoga. Mandy has a Master’s Degree in Art and sculpts life-size figures in clay.  Her life of art touches all aspects of her practice and teaching.


Hotel La Cusinga Uvita Costa Rica







Beautiful, eco-friendly accommodations situated amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle trail leading to Playa Uvita, a beautiful beach (only a 15 minute walk). The atmosphere of the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single or double occupancy.  We also offer two larger group rooms. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available and prepared with nourishing ingredients.

Double Occupancy Rooms:

Private bungalow style accommodations all with huge ocean views, where you can see Ballena National Marine Park, the Rainforest, and much more. All of the rooms are made from reforested wood from our trees planted on the same land 20 years ago. The architecture include local craftsmanship using wood, stone, shell, and sand.

Group Rooms:

The group rooms are two big rooms equipped with comfortable bunk beds. These rooms have the best ocean view, because they are located in the upper side of the lodge, have private bathrooms, and have a beautiful breeze during day and night

Included and additional activities

While on your retreat you will have, the opportunity take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions.

Included in the retreat: Nauyaca Waterfalls

Half day hike with picnic at the twin Nauyaca Waterfalls—bring your swimsuit. You’ll have plenty of time to swim and relax in the inviting pools. One of the falls is 148 feet high in free fall and the other, 66 feet high with a tiered fall, forming at the bottom a huge 20 feet deep pool.


Kayaking Tour Uvita Costa Rica






Some other additional possible options (not included in the retreat):

Ziplining through the lush rainforest

And many other options available……


EARLY BIRD pricing before May 31th:

Double occupancy per person: $1600, after May 31th $1750

Dormitory accommodation (max 6 person rooms) with ocean view $1155, after May 31th $1270.

To hold your space a $500 (nonrefundable) deposit is required. Final payment due June 30th

NOTE: Minimum 5 people registration needed for the dorm rates.

For more info on the retreat and booking policy please email: Ildi Kohles

For yoga related questions please contact: Mandy Lucchese

Spirited Away Yoga Retreat

Spirited Away Yoga Retreat 

Uvita, Costa Rica

June 17-23, 2017Espiritu Salvaje Yoga Center


  • the physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.) that is not made by people.
  • the natural forces that control what happens in the world
  • the way that a person or animal behaves
  • the character or personality of a person or animal

Join Nicole McLane for a weeklong retreat into Nature at La Cusinga Ecolodge, a boutique eco-resort in the coastal town of Uvita, Costa Rica. This jungle gem, tucked away in a private reserve of rainforest with its own hiking trails, private beaches and natural pools, is situated alongside Ballena Marine National Park. It is the most perfect setting to unplug and reset to the simplicity of life’s natural rhythm.

Begin each day with yoga practice to connect deeply with yourself and the lush natural world on an open air pavillion overlooking the turquoise sea. Follow practice with a dip in a natural wading pool with waterfalls just a short stroll away. Enjoy gourmet organic and sustainably sourced daily meals, including fruit from the trees right on the premises, locally grown produce and fresh fish caught on the local beach that day. Wind down each day with the glorious tropical sunset over the ocean and a gentle restorative evening yoga session.

This retreat can be total R&R or your own a la carte jungle adventure. Opt to spend each day simply lounging on Playa Arco, just a 15 minute hike away through La Cusinga’s trails, or indulge in some of the many other options to include birdwatching, snorkling, surfing, on-site spa services, waterfall tours, hiking, and other day trips that can be easily coordinated into your itinerary.

About La Cusinga Eco Lodge


“Hidden in the hilltops overlooking the pristine beaches of Costa Rica’s South Pacific, where the ocean crashes into the jungle sits La Cusinga Eco Lodge.”

This rainforest hotel provides guests with sweeping ocean views, sandy beaches, natural pools, and the chance to experience the burgeoning forests and astonishing wildlife of the country’s most famous ecosystem – Osa, Costa Rica. The hotel offers rustic cabins designed with sustainably-harvested wood and local materials to maximize comfort while minimizing impact on the environment, so as not to harm or change the delicate ecosystems that are working inside each corner in the jungle and the woods.

Bird watching Uvita de Osa Costa RicaIn addition to the hundreds of acres of privately-owned primary and secondary forest, the ecolodge borders the Ballena Marine National Park, developed to protect the humpback whales that frequent the coast, and one of only two nationally-protected marine zones in the whole country of Costa Rica. The hotel’s genuine commitment to sustainable practices along with first-hand experience in local and national conservation efforts enrich guests’ appreciation of these ecosystems and the importance of their continued preservation. This unique insight La Cusinga has enhances the exploration of the natural surroundings while the beautiful location offers the tranquility of fresh ocean breezes and breathtaking sunsets that make for the perfect tropical escape. La Cusinga is among the best ecolodges according to TripAdvisor, Rough Guides, and other global tourism leaders.

Espíritu Salvaje Yoga Center

Yoga is about the perfect balance in life, we believe that Espíritu Salvaje Yoga Center is the perfect place to find your balance.

The Espíritu Salvaje Yoga Center  has an extraordinary view of Ballena (Whale) Bay and Uvita Point, surrounded by the Quebrada Grande Stream and rainforest of La Cusinga Lodge. Its isolation and freedom from modern artificial audio/visual distractions is a desired location, as well as being next to the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, the first whale environment preservation national park of Costa Rica.

Furthermore, the building site has been considered by many to be a “power spot”, charged with magnetic energy and vital force. There is no question as to the site’s calling for sacredness. The goals for the Center were functional sustainability, environmental integrity, simplicity, technological and holistic appropriateness, beauty, and well-being. These goals were achieved by using building materials present in the farm (timber and rock), and by incorporating the four elements of air, water, earth, and fire to create a unique and inspirational atmosphere. The design of the Center adheres to the principles of sacred geometry and sacred architecture, an approach based on the teachings of psycho-physiologist Dan Winter and Drunvalo Melchizedek.


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Nicole McLane:

Nicole began exploring meditation in 1999, tentatively at first, looking for relief from the anxiety brought on by her hectic urban life. She began reading books on Buddhism, some poetry by Thich Nat Hanh. It took some time, but she finally became able to sit down, grow quiet, and begin to study herself.

Yoga followed quite serendipitously just a few years later. As she stood on the mat in her very first class feeling the four points of each foot pressing down in Mountain Pose she felt new awe at her connection to the Earth. She discovered the power of her breath moving through her first Sun Salutations and found her meditation brought to life. More than just her posture fell into alignment.

In 2005, hoping to understand and intelligently cultivate her budding at-home practice, Nicole completed her 250-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification at Wake Up Yoga under the guidance of Corina Benner and Jill Manning. As her practice deepened, the call to teach unfolded naturally. Upon receiving her AYA Certification, she began sharing her experience of yoga in classes around the Philadelphia area.

In 2006, Nicole relocated from Philadelphia to Costa Rica seeking sunshine, adventure, and a freer way of life. Pacific Yoga was born in a little town called Manuel Antonio, on the South Pacific Coast, where she opened a small studio above the local TEFL school. Students from all over the world learning to teach English abroad, students learning Spanish through immersion in Latin culture, ex-pats, tourists and travelers, and even local Ticos united in Pacific Yoga’s tiny tropical nook to learn the practice of yoga, the culture of being present. Nicole’s approach to yoga practice: simple, steady, light and lively, coincided perfectly with the local pura vida vibe. This recipe, in regular doses, helped ease the transition from ‘the real world’ to the slow pace of paradise.

In 2009, Pacific Yoga found a new home further south, in Argentina, where Nicole continued teaching the fullness of simplicity from her home studio in Buenos Aires. Again, Pacific Yoga was a hub for travelers and locals alike, this time for those looking for a place to ground themselves amid the bustle of porteño life. It was here that Pacific Yoga became bi-lingual, challenged to offer instruction in both English and Nicole’s developing Spanish. It was here, too, that Nicole discovered that paradise and pura vida are states of being and not merely geographical points on a map.

In July 2010, Nicole returned home to Philadelphia, where she’s happily rerooted in her native soil. Pacific Yoga has its current address in Fishtown, where Nicole lives with her husband Mike and their son Jack. Her practice of simplicity and presence continues to steady her through all the movements and cycles of life. Her teaching shines light on the seemingly insignificant, the tiniest particles of life, to reveal the big picture of universal interconnection.

Getting There:
All registrants are responsible for booking and managing their own international travel between Philadelphia and San Jose International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica. Group shuttle transportation to and from La Cusinga Eco Lodge in Uvita is included in the cost of the retreat. Once you are registered you will receive information regarding appropriate flight times


EARTH-CENTERED Yoga Retreat | Sybil Merriman | Apr 20-25, 2017

Sybil Merriman- Yoga  in Uvita Costa Rica

Sybil Merriman retreat will blend energetic yoga flows with astonishing wildlife. Active adventure and freshly prepared organic meals in a truly restorative setting. La Cusinga Lodge where you can see the aracari toucan also known as “La Cusinga”, playful capuchin white-faced monkeys and blue morpho butterflies.

Each day’s practices (morning and evening) will be infused with Earth element themes – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Stimulating a deeper connection to our planet and providing many paths for self-inquiry and growth.

In the morning, celebrate your inner power and move past limited definitions of yourself with a dynamic and physically-challenging class emphasizing mindfulness and coordination of breath with movement.  We will explore postures carefully chosen to bring you into a ‘maha’ or peak pose, followed by focused breathing and guided meditation to contain and integrate the energy you awaken.

Enjoy the Pura Vida Yoga

With Sybil’s style of teaching, you can expect variety: holding postures for extended times, slow movements, hands-on assists, invitation to spontaneous posture flow and contemplation of spiritual principles.  Morning practice will leave you feeling energized and centered, ready to greet the day’s adventures, or pampering and relaxation, with serenity and equanimity.  Vigorous morning practices will be balanced with gentle, nourishing yoga in the evening when we slow down. Rest the body and quiet the mind with restorative postures, yin yoga and Divine Sleep yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation).

After morning yoga flow, every day is an adventure of your choice! Take a horseback ride with the local cowboys at Rancho La Merced through a working ranch and pristine jungle, leading you to a gorgeous waterfall and swimming hole. There will be plenty of opportunities to go on nature hikes through La Cusinga, zipline through the canopy at Hacienda Baru, surf the fun ocean breaks or simply relax, get a massage and soak in the views from your hammock on your private veranda.

We will honor Earth Day by participating in a tree planting celebration on the property and creating gorgeous malas made from the local seeds. In the evening live music will ignite your spirit and connect you to the vibrant Costa Rican lifestyle.

Day Yoga Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training 200hr with True Nature Education

 True Nature GreenFor More Information and to Register Visit:
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with Michele Vinbury eRYT & Jasmine Astra-elle Grace eRYT


22 Nights Accommodation (7 nights in La Fortuna, 8 nights in Playa Uvita- La Cusinga Lodge and 7 nights in Santa Teresa)
Journey through the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica on an adventure that will take you deeply inward and also uncover your strengths as a teacher.  During your 3 week stay you will visit three breathtaking locations  – a jungle retreat at the base of a volcano, an eco-retreat with scenic views overlooking the ocean, and an intimate beachside boutique resort town.  Time will be spent daily refining your personal practice, studying teaching techniques, methodology and philosophy while also allowing you ample free time to explore your unique surroundings.
Our curriculum has been developed, tested and refined over the last 13 years graduating teachers who are skillful, well-rounded, confident and successful.

In this 200hr Yoga Alliance Registered program you will learn to:
·         Teach basic principles of alignment with confidence and clarity
·         Analyze a pose and break it into focused points in order to teach mixed level classes safely and effectively
·         Design intelligently and artfully sequenced classes
·         “Read” a student’s body and make proper verbal and hands on adjustments
·         Be familiar with general principles of yoga philosophy
·         Teach breath awareness to beginners
·         Teach simple restorative poses
·         Lead guided relaxations & meditations
·         Understand general principles of anatomy as they apply to teaching yoga
·         Understand classroom ethics and professionalism
·         Understand pertinent aspects of the business of yoga – insurance needs for teachers, yoga alliance requirements and marketing basics
As part of the tuition and materials, you will receive a teacher training manual, access to Yoga on High’s Online Training platform, and sample nine-week beginners’ course outlines.
Training Includes:

·         22 Nights Accommodation (7 nights in La Fortuna, 8 nights in Playa Uvita and 7 nights in Santa Teresa)
·         3 Whole Meals a Day
·         Transport to/from the Airport and in between centers
·         200 hr of YTT


For More Information and to Register Visit:
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The FEARLESS Living Retreat – Sara Clark

Join Sara Clark on a transformative 5-night Fearless Living Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica. Unwind and tune in to the vibration of your heart and awaken fearlessly to your highest potential!

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Contact or call 424-625-9938

Your Bliss Guide

Sara Clark

Daily Bliss Yoga

Pricing & Terms:

Please note single & double rooms at La Cusinga are very limited (this helps La Cusinga have a low environmental impact). Rooms will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Book early to ensure desired accommodations!

Early Bird Pricing – until September 15, 2015

  • Shared Room: $1,495 per person
  • Double Room: $1,895 per person
  • Single Room: $2,395 (very limited, book early)

Regular Pricing – after September 15, 2015

  • Shared Room: $1,695 per person
  • Double Room: $2,095 per person
  • Single Room: $2,595 (very limited, book early)

Price includes

  • Yoga with Sara Clark
  • 5 nights lodging (4 nights at La Cusinga, 1 night at Hotel Buena Vista)
  • All meals
  • Daily Bliss on-site guide
  • Two Costa Rica cultural extras/excursions; Farm to Table Tour/Nature Hike & Cooking Class, Coconut Farm Tour
  • Horse tour
  • Airport shuttle at SET time

Price does not include

  • Airfare
  • Transportation from SJO airport to La Cusinga outside of scheduled Daily Bliss pick-up and drop-off times
  • Gratuities (Suggested gratuity for lodging staff: $6 per day)
  • Alcohol

Terms & Conditions

  • Reserve your spot with a non-refundable $800 deposit
  • No refunds deposits or balances paid
  • Total payment is due by December 1, 2015

Costa Rica Reset with Goldie

Join Goldie Graham on a 5 day Costa Rica yoga adventure. Unplug, unwind and reset in the peacefulness and magic of Costa Rica!

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Contact or call 424-625-9938

Your Bliss Guide

Goldie Graham

Daily Bliss Yoga

Pricing & Terms:

Please contact us at to inquire about room availability and to get more details on the retreat.

Early Bird Pricing

  • Shared room: $1,495 per person until September 1, 2015
  • Double room: $1,895 per person until September 1, 2015
  • Single room: $2,195 until September 1, 2105
  • To book please click here

Regular Pricing

  • Shared room: $1,595 per person after September 1, 2015
  • Double room: $1,995 per person after September 1, 2015
  • Single room: $2,295 after September 1, 2015
  • To book please click here

Price includes

  • 5 nights lodging (4 nights at La Cusinga, 1 night in San Jose)
  • All meals
  • Yoga
  • Two included cultural immersion extras; e.g. coconut farm tour and Boruca Indigenous Tribe talk (exact cultural extras subject to change)
  • Ground transportation from San Jose Airport to La Cusinga Eco Lodge with scheduled Daily Bliss Yoga pick-up times (10:00am and 4:00pm on January 14, 2016) – a 3 hour drive each way ($500 value)
  • Ground transportation from San Jose Hotel to SJO airport on January 19, 2016 at 6:00am
  • Daily Bliss on-site guide

Price does not include

  • Airfare
  • Transportation from SJO airport to La Cusinga outside of scheduled Daily Bliss pick-up times
  • Gratuities for eco-resorts (Suggested gratuity for lodging staff: $6 per day)

Terms & Conditions

  • Reserve your spot with a $800 non-refundable deposit. Balance must be paid in full by December 1, 2015. No refunds on paid balances.
  • No refunds on paid extras/excursions.