Costa Rica Yoga Retreat
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Feb 17 - 23, 2024
For over 12 years we've been leading our special yoga retreats in beautiful and exotic locations where you can explore new ways to connect with yourself and nature. Get inspired through unique vinyasa flows and yin yoga practices, which are often accompanied by live hang music. You’ll be encouraged to surrender and breathe deeper, celebrating the experience of stillness and a new sense of vibrancy within yourself.
Disconnect to Reconnect
A Vinyasa, Yin Yoga & Hang Music Retreat
February 17 - 23, 2024
Are you longing to get away from the stresses of these challenging times? Enjoy a week of inspiration and gentle stimulation for your senses. You will reconnect with yourself through yoga amidst the wonders of vibrant nature and wildlife. Our retreat immerses you in the lush beauty of the vibrant Peninsula de Osa, one of the last untouched tropical paradises in the south of Costa Rica.
Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula
Go off the beaten path to a place where your alarm clock is the call of a playful howler monkey, your lullaby, cicada song carried on the Pacific breeze, where the mangoes are sweeter than honey, scarlet macaws more common than pigeons and where, when it comes to your yoga practice and wellness, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach.
Reconnect with nature
Nereus retreat center promises a sublime setting for your yoga retreat where the rainforest meets the ocean. Located in Costa Rica’s famous Osa Peninsula – a region described by National Geographic as one of the most “biologically intense” places on the planet – the area is bookended by the deep blue waters of the Pacific to the west and the Golfo Dulce, or “Sweet Gulf”, to the east. While the Osa comprises only 3 per cent of Costa Rica’s total land area, it is home to more than 50 per cent of the country’s animal and plant species.
Our retreat center is located just outside Puerto Jiménez, a historic gold mining and logging community, and one of two major gateways to the the awe-inspiring, 425sq km Corcovado National Park – picture a biodiverse Eden home to some 140 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 116 species of reptiles and amphibians, 40 species of fish, four species of sea turtles and more than 500 species of trees.
Spend local days out exploring the peninsula’s spectacular beaches, snorkeling in calm coves, turtle-, dolphin- or whale-watching, kayaking through lush mangroves, before heading back to our gardens to, perhaps, swing lazily on a hammock while watching, through one eye, a squirrel monkey leaping to land on a branch overhead.
At Nereus food isn’t just fuel, it’s a feature in your immersive experience with us. Just like we believe one size does not fit all in yoga practices, food is an individualized experience with the aim of supporting our students to feel their best.
Our produce is seasonal and sourced locally from independent businesses, from the organic rice grown in-country to the mahi mahi caught just along the beach
A venue in paradise
A yoga retreat with Dagmar and Daniel is a wonderful opportunity to relax, unwind and treat yourself. Take a pause from the business of daily life and spend time in nature to re-connect and re-charge yourself. Enjoy tranquil days with like-minded people, sharing laughter, tears, joy and movement. Nothing (well, maybe falling in love) will lift your spirit faster than a week like this.
Pamper yourself with true relaxation in stunning natural surroundings. You will experience the tranquil atmosphere of Nereus retreats upon arrival. Complementary activities will support you to reconnect with your body and soul.
This retreat is designed to take you deeper into your practice as we move into stillness, become more aware, more sensitive, and more receptive to the beauty in our lives.
Each morning, enjoy a dynamic vinyasa flow practice with Dagmar. In the evenings, enjoy Daniel playing the Hang instrument live, while practicing a slow flow or yin with Dagmar. The yoga will help you to surrender and relax deeper into your breath and body. You will flow effortlessly through your practice.
The practices are open to all levels. Meditation and Pranayama are introduced and deepened as well.
We invite you to a 'Food As Medicine' nutrition workshop with our host Jen Millar, as well as a sunset kayak excursion.
Extra activities like massages, beauty treatments, professionally led walks and excursions, horse back riding, and more can be arranged for you on-site at additional cost.
We recommend adding a couple extra days to explore the famous Corcovado National Park and will be happy to recommend good guides.
Nutrition Workshop with Jen Millar
What does ‘food as medicine’ really mean and how can I apply this in my daily life?
These days we hear the term ‘food as medicine’ in reference to health supportive eating, but what does that really mean? Whether we credit this concept to Hippocrates, the ancient Ayurvedic medical texts, or modern day Functional Medicine, it is the belief that diet is integral in supporting health as well as preventing and curing disease.
After this workshop you will be able to:
- Describe what ‘food as medicine’ means.
- Understand how to apply this concept to support your own health through diet.
- Prepare some simple recipes to add flavor-packed, nutrient-dense foods to your plate.
The workshop includes a cooking demonstration and recipe PDFs to take home.
About Jen Millar
The driving force behind Nereus Retreats, New York-born Jen is a nutritionist and health coach with an international client practice. Having trained as an Ayurvedic practitioner in India, and with extensive qualifications in functional medicine nutrition, she has worked as a health supportive chef, health educator and yoga teacher, and holds an MSc in public health.
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world really needs is people who have come alive.
- Harold Thurman
Your Take Aways
Deepen your practice by learning to surrender into your breathing and re-connecting to your body.
Create space in your body. When you feel spacious your mind will also relax and be more open. Feel joyful & vibrant again.
Explore new ways to nourish yourself on and off the mat. Get back into your flow and learn to love yourself more.
Celebrate connection and be more comfortable and peaceful with your self. Create more intimate, authentic relationships with others.
Cultivate intuition, trust, and clarity explore new practical tools to integrate into your life at home.
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES
- 6 nights accommodation in your luxury room at Nereus Retreats
- 2 Yoga classes daily with Dagmar
- Yoga classes accompanied by Daniel's beautiful live music from the Hang
- Healthy Nutritious food tailored to your needs, prepared by chef Jen, who is also a functional medicine coach
- Nutrition Workshop: Demystifying Healthy Eating
- Sunset Kajak Excursion or Cacao Farm Visit
THIS PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Flights and transportation to/from Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
- Massages or Spa treatments
- additional Excursions
Rooms & RATES
Single Room with shared bath 1,720$
Single room with private bath 2,260$
Double room with private bath 1,630$ per person
Triple room with private bath 1,420$ per person
10 Light, spacious rooms with either a great king-size bed, or two/three separate beds. All rooms have air-conditioning, sheets, towels, and a bathroom with shower and vegan body care products.
Rooms will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
Double/Triple occupancy rooms must be booked with accompanying guests. If you are looking to be paired with someone, email [email protected].
Bookings are transferable though non-refundable. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
HOW TO GET THERE:
www.flysansa.com for details and to make a reservation.
Once you check in at the Domestic Terminal for Juan Santa María airport (SJO), within two hours you could be standing on our beach. Sansa is the principal national airline, flying to 13 locations in Costa Rica. They operate Cessna Caravan airplanes with capacity up to fifteen passengers.
The flight to Puerto Jiménez (PJM) is only 40 minutes long and will take you over the mountains in the central valley and along the Pacific coast, cruising over the “Whale’s Tail” near Uvita, the Sierpe River Delta and the Gulfo Dulce. It’s a wonderful opportunity for some jaw-dropping photos.
Once you land in Puerto Jiménez it’s a quick transfer of approximately 5 km to Nereus Retreats.
Prices are on average $140 one way with Sansa.
By road …
Shared taxi-van shuttles can be arranged and are about $450/one way. Capacity depends upon the driver's vehicle and how much luggage. We will help coordinate group transfers.
Waze is the most commonly used navigational app in Costa Rica. Google Maps is also a reliable tool. Search for “Hotel Nereus, Puerto Jiménez”. The apps may offer you a variety of routes but our best advice is to take highway #27 (autopista) west, before heading south on #34 over Río Tarcoles, where you can stop and see crocodiles from the bridge, and then highway #2 before turning right onto road #245 to Puerto Jiménez. All the roads, until the last few kilometers are paved and in very good condition. The last 5 kilometers are on a flat, municipality-maintained dirt/gravel road. Overall the journey takes in the region of six hours, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to take in the Pacific coast, palm plantations, and jungle. You would have a particularly memorable experience if you chose to do the journey over a couple of days and stop off at the National Park of Manuel Antonio or hike to the Nauyaca Waterfalls.
The week of retreat with you, Dagmar and Daniel, has been the sweetest, most emotionally productive time I had in the last 5 years of my life. It is exactly what I had been looking for and I received much more than what I expected from the yoga classes, the walks, the talks, the stories, the music and the great spirit that, you, Dagmar and Daniel, have and that you generously share.
I hope not to lose contact with you and I hope that you will continue to be part of my life. Thank you!
Experiencing yoga with Dagmar and Daniel is a magical experience that will relax your spirit, open your heart, and stay in your memories. Dagmar shares her heart and as a student you will have the opportunity to not only connect to your practice but also your travel experience. The Hang floats your body and mind into a state of bliss. Don’t miss the chance to experience these two together -simply magical!
Dagmar and Daniel hosted an amazing yoga retreat. The combination of Dagmar’s teaching and Daniel’s hang drum is absolutely magical. Dagmar’s style as a teacher is a brilliant combination of challenge and ease. Her classes flow as students strengthen their practice while simultaneously softening it. Add the mystical sounds of Daniel playing the hang drum and you will find yourself approaching bliss.
First off I want to thank you both from the bottom of my heart for this special week that I will remember and carry with me forever. I came on a journey with the intention of learning to care for myself and know that I can survive with myself beside me through the practice of yoga and by immersing myself in nature. This wish and intention was fulfilled far more than I had imagined. I learnt how to begin to balance being in the company of like minded people and escape into nature and the waterfalls by myself.
The yoga and beautiful Hang played by Daniel helped me understand and reveal to me this power in my body and soul that I can use now as a tool to let go and feel the purity and love.
I in all I feel so much happier and content. My deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to you and Daniel for your commitment in sharing your warmth and knowledge with so much love.
Dagmar’s loving energy really brought the group together and I think we all felt that we had had a very special week. The stillness you find in the jungle really helped with the stillness and healing we were achieving with the yoga and meditation. I enjoyed myself so much I would love to come back and do it again. Dagmar is a fantastic teacher who gently guides you through your yoga with fun and love. Suddenly you find yourself doing poses you haven’t managed before! I came away feeling strong, physically and emotionally, and I learnt a lot about myself too. It was a week I will remember for a very long time.
Mary Anne, Chile
I loved the setting, the sounds of the animals, ocean, Dagmar’s gentle and trusting voice, and how comfortable I felt inside my own body. The evening classes with Daniel playing the Hang, again brought me into a deeper state of relaxation and much deeper into my practice. It all was so dreamy. Before I came to do this week course with Daniel and Dagmar; I felt uninspired, tired, confused, exhausted mentally, bored, lost and a bit out of control in my mind. The week helped bring me into my body and out of my mind, feel energetic and inspired about life and myself, be comfortable with my energetic self, much more focused about my path and practice, and much more into the precious present moment.
I am so happy and thankful that Dagmar and Daniel are a part of the web of life; you both are truly making a difference in the vibration of the planet and have made an impact in my heart! Until we meet again!
Sometimes I have to get my own Roots and Wings in balance… and being at the villa in Ibiza, together with Dagmar and Daniel and the rest of the group was the most beautiful and joyful way to do that. The lovely, warm, strong, soft, clear and sweet yoga that Dagmar teaches from her heart, the hang music played by Daniel, music sounding as “music from the Gods in universe”, the magnificent surroundings, the nature, the healthy and delicious food and the group of people from different places on earth who shared, respected and contributed to both laughs and a special calmness… What a blessing! I´m so grateful for all the inspiration, the open space and the energy injection this was.
I would totally do it again, join Dagmar and Daniel at Ibiza, or in any other place to get this positive energy again – THANK YOU, FROM MY HEART!!!
This experience left me with an amazing energy that has flowed through my veins this whole year long, and sweetened my thoughts and perceptions of the world around me in ways I could never describe. Through their music and movement, I learned new depths within myself and my practice, and felt so very much at ease; truly connected with these instructors. Daniel’s music has continued to be an inspiration to me, and I look forward to any chance to share it!
There are no words to describe how touching and meaningful this week was for me. Apart from the unique and inspiring yoga of Dagmar and the touching music of Daniel, it’s the personal experience, learnings, and changes that make such a week so meaningful. Dagmar and Daniel gave us a very powerful toolkit for getting in touch with ourselves, looking at our insides, and feeling ourselves. I still chant the Gayatri Mantra a few times each week and meditate more frequently now. Also, the ability to broaden my self-practice was a lasting output from that week. Besides the spiritual aspects, I enjoyed hanging out with an awesome crowd, going to the beaches, visiting hippie markets or just being lazy by the pool.
Thanks, Dagmar & Daniel for this unforgettable experience and for creating the space to make such a journey happening.
“Doing Dagmar’s yoga retreat was the best gift I could have given myself. It’s so important to take a pause in our busy lives to reflect and just be. I came back home feeling rejuvenated, with a few less pounds and many new friends. Dagmar has a beautiful energy and I am grateful to her for her ability to create the amazing experience I had in Ibiza. The yoga classes were the exact style I needed, more dynamic in the morning and yin in the evening. The retreat center was incredible, with a view of the sea, and the vegan food was healthy and delicious. Daniel’s hang music was the cherry on the top, as the sounds of the hang drum brought us into a meditative, relaxed state. I highly recommend a retreat with Dagmar Spremberg Yoga without hesitation!”
“I have just finished Dagmar’s retreat in Ibiza and it was fantastic. The villa where we stayed and practiced daily yoga was beautiful of course but the most beautiful part was the group of people I met and the conversations I had. The daily vinyasa and Yin was so so good. Dagmar has a very easy going approach to yoga and meditation – she is realistic and makes everyone feel that it is ok to be themselves (and be imperfect). He practice is really good – challenging enough but a super nice flow and approachable for experienced and amateur yogis. Her partner Daniel is hilarious and a welcome addition to the retreat. This has been my second retreat with Dagmar and I have met amazing people both times and had equally unique experiences.”
“As I’m winding down my current holiday and reflecting back on my time in Ibiza with Dagmar and Daniel. I can honestly say I feel very lucky to have them in my life and they do a wonderful job of curating space for growth, reflection, relaxation and work. The real kind of work we all take for granted and forget to do in our busy lives. There are so many quality people in my life because of yoga, this held true this past week. I feel like I have a whole new crew of friends and I will take a little piece of all of thier memories with me long after this trip is over. Everyone should take the leap, book a retreat and ride the wave and learn something new about yourself. It will have an impact on everyone in your life, you will be able to show up clear, focused and authentic. Let all your worries go for a week….everything is top shelf, the food, the views, the practice. the restorative yin was wonderful too. Much love and gratitude to you both, it is much appreciated the effort you put forth to create these retreats.”
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