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5 of the Best Yoga Teacher Training Retreats in Costa Rica

by Alyssa James  |  Updated October 13, 2021

Costa Rica is the ideal destination for anyone looking to escape into nature. The country is known for its spectacular jungle and gorgeous beaches, where yogis, surfers, and other adventure enthusiasts flock. If it’s peace and tranquility you seek, you’re sure to find it at one of the many simple yoga teacher training retreat centers in Costa Rica.

Once you’ve found your dharma, it’s important to follow your journey somewhere that will keep you engaged while teaching you the necessary skills and methodology to become a great teacher. We searched for yoga teacher training retreats in Costa Rica and selected 5 of the best, based on price, curricula, and uniqueness.

GypSea Yoga School

GypSea Yoga School offers 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training and continuing education, certified by Yoga Alliance. Joining one of their trainings also boosts your karma, as a percentage of the profits are donated to charity. You’ll spend your days practicing yoga and training, learning yoga philosophy and ethics, and eating delicious home-cooked meals. Highlights of the retreat include eco-hikes, waterfall adventures, river swim, and meditation sessions. You will stay at Casa Nativos in Uvita, in shared quadruple and triple rooms, or private single and double rooms. Accommodation, daily meals, local trips, and course materials are all included in the price. From $2,999 per person

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Sacred Paths Yoga

Sacred Paths Yoga’s teacher training covers all the basics, and more. Students will be immersed in philosophy, anatomy, and yogic wisdom, all while also restoring their own harmony and balance. Sacred Paths will prepare yogis to design a class and teach, and practice, with confidence. The training also dives into the arts of pranayama and Kirtan, offering a well-rounded look at all yoga has to offer. The retreat cost includes 20 nights of accommodation at the Indigo Yoga Resort, which offers contemporary accommodations that embrace the culture of Costa Rica. Vegetarian meals are prepared using fresh, organic, and local ingredients. From $4,180 per person

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Vida Asana Yoga Retreat

Vida Asana offers an immersive yoga retreat in unparalleled Costa Rican beauty. This retreat is accessible for all levels of yoga students and will help deepen your practice, whether you intend to teach or not. In addition to the yoga curriculum, the retreat also offers hikes, guided meditations, and opportunities to enjoy a sweat lodge. Students are hosted at the Vida Asana Yoga School in shared or private rooms. The school is hidden in the rainforest and less than a mile from the beach, making it an ideal place to enjoy all of Costa Rica’s natural offerings. Students who successfully complete the Yoga Alliance-certified program can apply to be Registered Yoga Teachers. Meals and ground transportation are included. From $2,995 per person

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Marianne Wells Yoga School

Marianne Wells Yoga School is a Yoga-Alliance certified school that offers a comprehensive yoga teacher certification program in Costa Rica. You will be taught by Marianne Wells who draws on Bhakti, Tantra, Hatha, and Vinyasa traditions to help her students find peace and unity. Her 15-day, 200-hour retreat is held at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Nosara where you will stay in a shared triple room. Highlights of the retreat include daily yoga classes and daily gourmet vegetarian meals in this beautiful, sophisticated beach town. From $3,695 per person

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Nexus Institute

The Nexus Institute is a registered yoga school in Nosara that will help you deepen your yoga practice and equip you to lead others towards their personal vision and transformation through yoga. The program includes techniques and training, teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, and yoga philosophy and ethics. By the end of the course, you should be able to design and lead Vinyasa flow yoga classes, meditation, and pranayama, and register with Yoga Alliance. Participants will stay at the institute’s private residence, walking distance from the beach, shops, and markets. Options include private and shared rooms. Accommodation, daily yoga classes, vegan lunches, grocery shopping service, and all course materials are included in the price. From $2,950 per person

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