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-Caribbean town is an international hub for surfers with its laidback vibe and world renowned beaches. Learn more
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 tropical gem that offers a variety of fun experiences every family member can enjoy. Learn more
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 friends like you we say come to Samasati, a destination retreat center in Costa Rica, featuring activities curated just for you. Our sanctuary rests within a protected primary rainforest. We are custodians with nature; immersed in her wild beauty. This gem of a destination is not for everyone; there are no tv’s in the rooms, no vending machines, no wake up calls … only howler monkeys who vivaciously declare the sun’s arrival, and limited wifi but ultimate connection. Learn more
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 rain may be very brief or it may be abundant, offering a breathtaking rainforest experience. Thankfully, showers usually happen at night or late in the afternoon and the sun shines almost every day. Year round the temperature hovers at 80 degrees and it lowers to around 70 degrees at night. Because Samasati is on a hill, 600 feet above the sea level, the breeze from the sea keeps our micro climate very pleasant. Learn more
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 day at Samasati look like?
A guest at Samasati who stayed here for 8 days, recently recounted her favorite day… Learn more
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 hyper speed – touch screened – digitized age, in a civilization that is becoming less sensitive and yet undergoing a fundamental transition – I think we can use all the tools and help we can get along the way.
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 years young—Bernadette was a delight as she zip-lined through the rainforest for her first time. Grey, our 5 year old from Zionsville, kept everyone joyfully engaged throughout the week as we worked at our International Center for Girls. Learn more
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, centered self, and fall prey to unhealthy behaviors, habits and patterns of living. How do you begin to come back into alignment with yourself? How do you let go of stress and nourish your mind, body and spirit? How do you establish healthy practices that create a feeling of “goodness” and sustain it in your everyday life? Where do you go to recharge, renew and regain a sense of yourself? Learn more
By Stephanie McKenzie
When was the last time you took a moment for yourself? A moment to gaze at the sunrise or to sit with nature and observe her rhythm. When was the last time you took a moment for yourself and did not feel guilty? A moment to recharge. A moment to remember who you are and why you do what you do. Even if you can answer these questions with a truthful “yesterday”, how do you feel? Deep down at the core of who you are; how do you feel? We all need moments for ourselves to tune-in and discover how we are feeling. Moments dedicated to taking care of ourselves. Learn more
In times of stress, is your natural reaction to retreat to nature? The majestic beauty of Mother Nature has no demands on us; yet, like a calming mandala, she draws our attention to her serenity. She silences the constant ‘thought-chatter’ in our minds and allows us to take a break from the craziness of our noisy world. Our whole being relaxes as we expand into the natural landscape and begin to feel at one with all things. An experience such as this is what people are calling nature therapy, also known as “ecotherapy”, “earth-centered therapy”, or “green therapy”. Learn more