Entries by Mark Szegi

7 Reasons Why Puerto Viejo is not a Typical Tourist Destination

Our retreat base, Puerto Viejo, once a quiet fishing village on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast is known today for its Afro-Caribbean flavor, laid back vibes, and healthy living. People who love to travel off the beaten path are drawn here to celebrate life and enjoy an authentic travel experience.

Top 5 Reasons to do a Yoga Retreat at Samasati in Costa Rica

Love Yoga? Ready for a new travel adventure? A Yoga Retreat or Teacher Training in Costa Rica may be the next step on your path to transformation. Imagine the magic that happens when an individual or group of purposeful people travel across borders and oceans to gather with the intention of learning, growing, and wakingLearn more →

Calling All Surfers & Wanna Be Surfers to Costa Rica for Spring Break!

Spring break is just around the corner and it also happens to be the best time of year to catch waves on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Costa Rica is a popular destination for surfers from around the world and Puerto Viejo has hosted some of Costa Rica’s most legendary surf competitions and events. This Afro-CaribbeanLearn more →

5 Top Reasons the Costa Rica Caribbean is Perfect for Families

Costa Rica and Samasati’s Caribbean backyard is a giant playground for traveling families! On the Caribbean side, big adventures are guaranteed to get your kid’s heart’s smiling; whether it’s ziplining through the forest canopy, spotting unique wildlife on the trails at Samasati, or dipping in the aqua blue Caribbean water, this region is a tropicalLearn more →

Travel Off the Beaten Path

You’ve always done things a little differently, had a unique point of view, taken the road less traveled and at times even blazed a new trail.  You live for the journey as much as the destination and when you travel, it fuels your soul! Your adventures are inspired by purpose, culture and connectivity. For friendsLearn more →

Top Reasons Why You’ll Love Costa Rica’s Caribbean this Summer

The South Caribbean has a Special Micro Climate Many people don’t know that the weather on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica is quite different than on the Pacific coast. While other regions of Costa Rica have seasonal rains, the rain is spread out consistently on the Caribbean side. On any given day, the rainLearn more →

A Perfect Day in Costa Rica

Over the past few years, one of the most common questions we received is, “What is a typical day on retreat in Costa Rica like?” We love answering this question, it gets to the heart of Costa Rican culture, the spirit of “Pura Vida”, which translates to “Pure Life”. So, what does a typical dayLearn more →

Yoga in the Jungle

By Jun Lee Nothing prepares me for it, I am always startled whenever I return to Samasati. The mood of the place demands you to relax and be present. Being in that state in the jungle and practicing consistently can ultimately engender healing on a psycho and spiritual level. As we’re living in a hyperLearn more →


By Dr. Sally Bassett One of the greatest joys of leading “voluntourism” retreats to Costa Rica–trips mixed with travel and service–is the range of ages within a group. Recently, I had 20 people join me, including high school students, an 11 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. Our oldest was 70 yearsLearn more →

Mindful-Wellness Immersion in Costa Rica

By Dr. Suzanne Nixon With the pace of the modern world getting faster and faster, the pace of our everyday life gets faster. Caught up in the rush and the fury, it is challenging keeping up with demands on our time, energy and resources, stress builds. We fall out of alignment with our healthy, centeredLearn more →