FEBRUARY 24 – MARCH 3, 2018


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In our quest to experience the incredible beauty of our natural world, we have returned to magical Costa Rica. Playa Coyote on the Pacific Coast’s Costa de Oro will be our luscious backdrop for a week of yoga, deep self-care, exploration, and abundant laughter. The Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica has been identified as one of the five Blue Zones on the planet (areas of the longest-lived people in the world), located near several wildlife refuges. While being cared for in this new and lovingly built tropical eco-resort, Zen Spirit, we are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s most endangered tropical dry forest inhabitants. We’ll see black howler monkeys, white-headed capuchins, tropical deer, macaws, eagles, sea turtles, and more. Our lodges are set on a long (over 3 miles!), flat, soft-sand beach interrupted only by river estuaries (there are no other resorts on the beach, only private residences). In addition to the yoga classes, we’ll take a nature hike to gorgeous waterfalls, have a one-hour massage, and have the option to bird watch on Kayaks on a mangrove safari, take a turtle nesting tour, surf (or learn to surf), go horseback riding or zip lining, and discover the Ara macaw reintroduction project. It’s a nature lover’s paradise.

Whether you have a longtime yoga practice or are a yoga newbie, this retreat is an opportunity for you to deepen your practice and connect with yourself, with old and new friends, and with the beauty of the ocean before us (and the sunsets!). Twice-daily classes, led by Ingrid and/or Stephan, will be crafted to meet students’ needs and will be both vigorous and restorative. As necessary, we will divide the group into beginner and advanced practices so every participant can work at their respective level. Discover how a week of daily yoga and meditation brings your practice (and your life!) to a deeper level of inquiry and joy!

All our classes will be held on a 1,400 sq. ft. open-air yoga deck with hardwood floors and ocean views. The rest of the day is yours to plan! Group excursions will be coordinated on site. If you want to just chill, there’s always the ocean, pool, warm sun, hammocks, a good book, and wonderful spa treatments. It’s up to you!


  • 7 nights accommodations (check in 3pm, check out 10am)
  • 3 gourmet local (and mostly) organic meals per day (vegan/vegetarian/meat & gluten-free options)
  • daily yoga and meditation sessions (2x daily)
  • 1 hour-long massage
  • Nature hike to a wonderful waterfall
  • All resort taxes & gratuities (except for massage tips and personal indulgence tips)

Additional Excursions are not included, but can be arranged and paid for on site. We are really excited about the hike to a waterfall and would love to do the Kayaking on the mangrove. Stephan is definitely planning on rediscovering surfing! : )

Flights and airport transfers are not included. Liberia (Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, aka LIR) is the closest van transfer to Zen Spirit, (approximately 3.5 hours). There is also the option of doing a second (puddle jumper) flight bringing you to Punta Islita Airport approximately 25 minutes from Zen Spirit ( Once registered, you will be responsible for arranging your transportation to Zen Spirit and forwarding us your itinerary. It’s wise to coordinate flights and/or ground transportation with other attendees. The easiest flight is the direct Jet Blue roundtrip flight from JFK to Liberia airport (JFK – LIR). It’s been hovering around $500.

ACCOMMODATIONS: (All resort taxes & gratuities are included. No hidden costs!) All rooms have an Ocean View! Single rooms are very limited. Please consider rooming with a friend (old or new!). : ) Early bird pricing HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 11/30/17!

  • Single room — until 11/30/17 $2,545 — after 11/30/17 $2,745.
  • Double room –until 11/30/17 $1,950 — after11/30/17 $2,150.
  • Triple room — until 11/30/17 $1,800 — after11/30/17 $2,000.

If you have signed up for a double or triple that is not filled, your rate may increase. Coordinate shared rooms with your friends, old and new! A $500 non-refundable deposit will hold your room. Final balances must be paid by November 30, 2017. Cancellations made before December 20, 2017, will receive a refund of monies paid, less the $500 non-refundable deposit, unless you find a replacement for yourself. Cancellations after December 20, 2017, are non-refundable unless you find a replacement for yourself. Any bookings made after December 20, 2017, providing room availability, must be paid in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

Payment: You may pay by check, money order, Chase QuickPay, or cash. Credit card payments carry an additional 2.5% charge.

Travel Insurance: Since last-minute emergencies do happen, we HIGHLY recommend travel insurance. Check out, which gives an overview of travel insurance needs and offers a company quote review option. You also have the option to purchase travel medical insurance in the case of injury while on the trip.

Email Ingrid and Stephan at to ask questions or to sign up today! You cannot sign up online.

Stephan W. Kolbert and Ingrid A. Marcroft are spouses, parents, and business partners (co-founders and owners of Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness in NYC, They are both E-RYT 500s and Urban Zen Integrative Therapists, and Ingrid is also a Reiki Master, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Feng Shui consultant. Stephan was a Senior Teacher with the Lineage Project for 8 years, as well as a Kindergarten Teacher, Outdoor Educator, and Actor. Together and independently they have traveled in and explored over 40 countries, and have spent over 25 years working with diverse populations (with yoga and in previous careers) from the homeless, incarcerated, hospitalized or dying, to those on the opposite end of the spectrum.