5 of the Best Yoga Teacher Training Retreats in Costa Rica
by Alyssa James | Published January 6, 2020
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 centres in Costa Rica.
Yoga on the beach (Photo: Nexus Institute)
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
From $2,899/ per person
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, and river swim and meditation sessions. You will stay at Casa Nativos in Uvita, with share quadruple and triple rooms, and well as private single and double rooms. Accommodation, daily meals, local trips, and course materials are all included in the price.
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.
Pranaluz Conscious Living’s 300-hour teacher training program will help you learn or expand your study of yoga and its spiritual and philosophical underpinnings. Over 36 days, you will learn myofascial release techniques, advanced asanas, and spiritual practice. Highlights of the retreat include daily asana practice, one-on-one meetings with your lead teacher, and the ability to walk to the famous Pavones beach. You will stay at Tiskita Lodge which offers single, double, and triple occupancy. Rates include accommodation, all classes and course materials, meals, workshops, and more.
Head over to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for a 5-day Yin yoga teacher training. This continuing education training retreat will teach you to create a place of stillness through yoga practice and pedagogy. You will stay at the Vista Verde Guesthouse, which offers two double rooms, a twin room, and a triple room with shared bathroom and shower. Highlights of the retreat include daily yoga and meditation sessions, theory and teaching methodology classes, and daily organic breakfast. The location is an excellent place from which to explore the Caribbean coast beaches, nearby waterfalls, or the National Parks of Cahuita and Manzanillo.
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.