Yoga in Montezuma, Costa Rica 2012

 

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Yoga in Montezuma, Costa Rica 2012 – A yoga adventure with Josh & Ben Vincent

March 10-17, 2012

Come along on this journey and let nature and yoga work their way through you. We will practice yoga and meditation daily ~ within a stones throw of the the pacific ocean ~ in the heart of one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet…

 

The Yoga

“Pura Vida” is an expression that is very dear to the hearts of Costa Ricans… It is nothing less than a philosophy of “Pure Life.” “Pura Vida” implies the deep connection of strong friendship, communion with nature, good spirits and enjoying life slowly. It would be hard to imagine a better place to delve deeper into your practice than the place which has given rise to the culture of “Pura Vida.”

We will practice together twice daily. Our morning practice will consist of a strong vinyasa style session of asana, setting the tone for an energized and relaxed day. The evening practice will consist of an exploration of the more subtle aspects of the practice such as pranayama (exploring the patterns of mind and breath) and meditation. All amidst the elements of an open air yoga shala…

The Nature

While our morning and evening practice will provide a broad stucture for each day, during a good protion of the afternoons you will be free to explore the seaside town of Montezuma and the breathtaking beauty of its natural surroundings. The Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica is home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. While one need go no further than the campus of Hotel Los Mangos to feel the aliveness of this special place, the locals have dreamed up many fun ways to experience the natural wonders of this beautiful corner of the planet…

Swimming, basking, surfing at "Playa Grande"

Horseback riding along the beaches to a waterfall

The Destination

While it’s never about the destination, we thought you’d like to know a little bit about where this journey is going down…

Montezuma (9.65° N, 85.07° W) is a town in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica which began as a remote fishingvillage and has gained popularity since the 1980s among tourists on a budget. The tiny beach haven features a mainly foreign community with a lot of European influences. It’s a long-time favourite of backpackers and eco-tourists who come for the beaches, rivers and scenic waterfalls that surround the village. Nearby is the nature reserve of Cabo Blanco. The center of Montezuma consists almost entirely of accommodations, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

Here is an article from the New York Times travel section, from 2004

 

 

January 18, 2004

Sand and Sea To Spare In Costa Rica

By TED ROS

The Nicoya Peninsula just off Costa Rica into the Pacific Ocean like a misshapen ear. It is rugged terrain, formed by the string of volcanoes inland. Other than a few large beach resorts in the far north, Nicoya’s coastline has missed much of the development that has spread across the country. In a search for an affordable, relaxed beach vacation, I first visited Nicoya in January 2002, traveling to Montezuma, a small town on the bottom tip of the peninsula, and returned last year. Once an active fishing village, Montezuma has developed a reputation as a backpacker haven, a beachside Katmandu. One can fly from the capital, San Jos?, to several spots on the Nicoya Peninsula, but on my first visit my three friends and I chose a combination of buses and a ferry ride. With the closest landing strip about 18 miles away, everyone completes the trip to Montezuma by road. The town is at the base of a steep line of cliffs, a few dozen buildings cozied up against the Pacific Ocean. A string of long beaches stretches to the south; a picturesque lava-rock coast backed up against thick jungle lies to the north. Montezuma itself is a cosmopolitan oasis, dominated by young visitors from Europe and South America. Its two main streets form an L and serve as an intimate town center. I counted one late-night bar, one mini-supermarket and one town drunk. We settled into two simple rooms at Cabinas Mar y Cielo, a six-room operation behind one of the main gift shops. I soon discovered more elegant, affordable accommodations north of town, but I stayed faithful to Mar y Cielo. It was centrally situated, yet generally quiet. I could open my door and see the ocean a few hundred feet away. Soon enough, I settled into a pleasing schedule, alternating the natural and the urbane. After a morning dip in the surf, I might head to town for a mango and papaya smoothie. I’d take a hike to the waterfall. Then I’d return to town to check my e-mail. By sunset, my friends and I might meet on the beach and go to La Playa de los Artistas, the best among Montezuma’s handful of good restaurants. We had intended to move around Nicoya, but Montezuma got the best of us. We stayed there for 10 days and vowed to return. Along the Nicoya Peninsula Among the airlines that fly from the United States to San Jos? are American, Continental and Northwest. To get to the Nicoya Peninsula from there, you can rent a car, take a bus (it is about a five-hour trip by road and ferry to Montezuma) or fly. Sansa, www.flysansa.com, and NatureAir, www.travelair-costarica.com, fly to landing strips at Tambor, S?mara and Nosara ($58 to $80 one way). The major airport in Liberia is near the northern part of the peninsula. The international dialing code is 506. In Montezuma, it’s hard to find a place that isn’t near the ocean. I stayed at Cabinas Mar y Cielo, (506) 642-0261, which offers double rooms with bath for $25 to $40. The attractive Hotel Los Mangos, (506) 642-0076, fax (506) 642-0259, Web site www.hotellosmangos.com, features a pool with an incredible view and individual bungalows ($81); book well in advance. Hotel Amor de Mar, telephone and fax (506) 642-0262, www.amordemar.com, has a wonderful lawn and tide pools and comfortable, simple rooms for $35 to $87, double. Among Montezuma’s restaurants, La Playa de los Artistas serves the best dinner in town (entrees about $10) and Pension Lucy’s has a simple lunch with great ceviche for about $3.

– TED ROSE

Accomodations, Pricing & Registration

Hotel los Mangos, the home of Montezuma Yoga, is quietly nestled amidst the cool shade of a mango grove, just a stones throw from the Pacific Ocean… There are several options for sleeping accomodations. Below you will find a list of each available boarding option with a brief description and corresponding price. The prices indicated below are for one person. Most rooms are shared, so either bring a friend that you’d love to crash with or we’ll try to find a good match for you. Different boarding options account for the variations in the cost of the retreat. All price points listed are for one person and include two yoga classes and two beautiful meals daily. Airfare is not included. Accommodation selection is on a first come, first serve basis… be sure to submit your request and send in your deposit asap!

Bungalows at Hotel Los Mangos, each with private bath, hammock, one double and one single bed. The bungalows are intended for 2 people... Price ~ $1600

Rooms at Hotel Los Mangos, featuring communal, ocean view front porch complete with rocking chairs for serious chilling. Price ~ $1350

To register, print and fill out a registration form/ liability waiver and send it with a $300. deposit (non-refundable) to Josh or Ben at the address below. The balance is due in full no later than Feb 25, 2012. Checks payable to:

Benjamin Vincent / 5354 40th Ave S / Minneapolis, MN 55417

or Joshua Vincent / 2582 Del Mar Heights Rd. #16 / Del Mar, CA 92014

Registration form