Many people would be surprised to discover that Costa Rica’s South Caribbean coast is very different from the Pacific side. From the beaches and vegetation to the overall culture, you will find a totally different travel experience with just a 30 minute flight from one coast to the other. Avoid the commercial and overcrowded tourist traps of the Pacific coast and experience authentic Pura Vida lifestyle in a breathtaking setting off the beaten path. Learn more
Considered one of the most beautiful and impressive butterflies in the world, the Blue Morpho is also the biggest butterfly in Costa Rica. Found throughout Costa and on both coasts, it is most often spotted along habitat edges of forests, fields, rivers, or near the ocean, and if you’re lucky enough around our retreat premises. It is a favorite sight for many of our guests as they hike along the many trails within Samasati’s rainforest sanctuary. They are easily spotted by their large and beautiful bright blue wings that reflect light as they rise and dip lazily along the forest edges. Learn more
While there is no doubt a typical vacation can be fun, exciting and even relaxing, we often come home feeling just as tired as when we left. Packing in all the sightseeing, shopping, activities and food tours doesn’t necessarily recharge the “batteries”. However, a Wellness Retreat puts self-care at the forefront and not only will you feel rejuvenated, but you will improve your inner and outer Self along the way. Learn more
“There are some places in life where you can only go alone.
Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.”
While it’s wonderful to share a special trip and new experiences with friends, a partner, or family, there are several reasons to travel alone at least once in your lifetime. Solo travel is gaining popularity and just about anyone can do it. It’s never been easier to plan for a solo trip with the amazing tools available online! From free communication apps for staying in touch with loved ones to having access to online travel communities for research and networking – there is an abundance of support to help you prepare for your exciting solo journey. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, extroverted, or introverted travelling solo can be life-changing. We have many individuals visiting our retreat solo in Costa Rica. Learn more
Eight Limbs of Yoga
If you are a Yogi, you might be familiar with the Eight Limbs of Yoga written by Pantanjali in The Yoga Sutras. Even if you are not a Yogi, you may realize there is more to yoga than yoga postures. The Eight Limbs provide a recipe for spiritual development beyond yoga postures. Learn more
By Adriana Leiva, Samasati’s Wellness Practitioner
According to the 5,000 year old holistic healing system, Ayurveda, “Vata” season is here for those of us transitioning into a cooler time of year and enjoying the gorgeous fall colors. Late fall and early winter are considered “Vata” season because this Dosha is associated with cold, dry, light, and active energies. Dosha energies are influenced and can easily be increased to excess by environment, lifestyle, and diet, so each turn of the season is a good time for self-care including changing our routines and diet so that we can maintain sense of balance. Learn more
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences and they support one another in achieving one another’s goals. Ayurveda means the “knowledge of life”- it is a science that looks after health, balance and harmony of the body, mind and soul. Yoga is a science that prepares the body and mind for the liberation and enlightment of the mind and the soul.
One of the most gorgeous parks in Costa Rica is Cahuita National Park, located on the Southern Caribbean coast near Puerto Viejo and 10 minutes from Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary. At a total of 2,711 acres, it is home to the largest coral reef in Costa Rica hosting an astonishing amount of marine biodiversity. Also, in the park resides many different species of animals and plants. Learn more
By Our Retreat Leader, Stephanie Neuwald
My Morning in the Jungle…
Awakened by the sounds of the birds, I get up early. The sun is shining in my face and I’m having fresh, tasty mangos, papayas and pineapples for breakfast. I set out to rent a bike. Yesterday, some locals told me about a very nice beach that I want to explore today. Learn more