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8 Days Cooking and Yoga Vacation in Costa Rica

8 Days Cooking and Yoga Vacation in Costa Rica

  • Ahkí Retreat, Nosara Garza, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Culinary Awareness for Body & Soul Cooking Holiday Guanacaste

Join this comprehensive cooking class focused on healthy and clean eating. You will be cooking with Chef Daniela and her main goal is to bring awareness and understanding of how nutrition relates to your bodies and all aspects of your life. By seeing food as more than just simply ingredients, you will learn how to make the most out of their nutritional value and healing properties.

Highlights

  • 1 refreshing yoga class daily
  • Make home-made organic ingredients
  • Learn to make basic recipes from scratch
  • 5 cooking classes with Chef Daniela Mayorga
  • Learn appetizers, desserts, entrees, and more
  • Enjoy a fun sunset boat tour adventure
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Infused with simple elegance, the two large cabinas, just a short walk down from the main house, offer six sizable guest rooms that can accommodate up to three people per room. All rooms have ceiling fans, large windows and doors, as well as plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow. Each room has a private bath with a large unique and luxurious indoor or outdoor shower, with patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys. These are not your typical cabinas!

All group accommodations include:

  • 3 full vegetarian meals a day
  • A closet-full of yoga mats and props
  • All day coffee or tea and fruit
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Fine linens
  • Handcrafted Costa Rican hardwood furniture, made by local artisans
  • Private baths with large, luxurious indoor or outdoor showers
  • US style on-demand heaters for reliable, safe, and environmentally-friendly hot water

Infinity beauty, the pool

Life begins in water, an element so precious to life in so many ways; and yet, is often-times overlooked. In water, you are buoyant and ageless. With its reflecting capabilities, it shows you who you are. Its power can provide enough energy to create electricity for an entire city. It can soothe a soul with its gentle sound, it can extinguish fire, and bring plants back to life. To honor this amazing element, the pool was constructed as a true testament to the healing powers of water, which is intentionally placed in the northeast corner of the house's mandala, the most auspicious location for the water element in Vastu.

The pool is simply spectacular. Whether sitting in contemplation on one of the nearby daybeds or floating under the stars, you will find the infinity edge salt water swimming pool a grounding and nurturing experience.

Sacred space, the studio

What is so unique about Ahkí Retreat is that it is a truly sacred space, built specifically according to the ancient science of Vastu Shastra, the yoga of space. It is built invoking peace, wellness and harmony with the environment as well as within one's self. The studio does not fall short with its breathtaking views, warm breezes, and inviting ambiance.

The 750 square feet covered, open air studio overlooks the ocean, mountains and valleys, as well as the beautifully landscaped courtyard and mountainside infinity pool. A teak-wood floor with planetary gemstones intentionally placed beneath to connect the above to the below, offers a forgiving surface for all kinds of bodies and practices. The closet is filled with mats, blocks, blankets, straps, sandbags, and bolsters. On those rare days when the natural breezes are quiet here in the mountains, the two large ceiling fans are more than equipped to do the job. This sacred space is adorned with a special altar on the north end to invoke the energies of abundance and prosperity, in health, wealth, happiness, love, peace, and beauty.

When not engaged in practice or training, kick back and enjoy a fresh smoothie from the kitchen in one of the hammock chairs or as one of the guests called them, “the sky chairs”!

The library

It’s a cozy living room filled with books and games that inspires relaxation. Whether you are curling up with a book, sharing in a board game, watching a video, or enjoying an intimate chat with a new friend, you will no doubt slip into the home-away-from-home vibe. There is always a bowl of fresh fruit and a variety of teas after dinner for your evening enjoyment. Of all the many nooks and crannies to sink into, and as hard as it is to choose, many people mentioned that this is their favorite spot.

Expect to get started right away! On your first full day, you will receive nutritional orientation focusing on the basic principles of clean and healthy eating. You will learn how to make basic recipes from scratch with ingredients such as plant based milks, nut butters, tahini and date paste, and gluten-free flours. Of course, you can get all those items at the store but making them at home will guarantee that they are organic, additive-free, and at the same time, you will be able to reduce waste and lower the cost on your shopping list!

From soup to nuts, you will make them all! The next four days will be divided into these sections:

  • Appetizers
  • Desserts
  • Entrees
  • Sauces dips and dressings

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 Coffee or tea
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Free time
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Cooking class
  • 17:00 Break
  • 17:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 Rest
  • 20:00 Dinner

You will have fun on a sunset boat tour adventure.

  • Daniela Mayorga

    Daniela Mayorga is the head chef at Ahki Retreat with passion and love for fresh, healthy food. After graduating from the University Interamericana Culinary Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica and working in several restaurants, approaching many different cooking styles, from fancy fast food to fine dining, Daniela arrived in the Nosara area. At AHKí, her mission is to take mother nature's gifts and put them on a plate, not just to satisfy your hunger, but to feed your body while you nourish your soul!

This retreat will take place in Ahkí Retreat, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. The Nicoya Peninsula is a very special place indeed! It is no wonder more and more people are gravitating to this area, as it has been designated as one of the world's five blue zones, a mecca for the holistic and healing arts practice. Blue zones are hot-spots having common healthy traits and life practices that result in higher-than-normal longevity.

Ahkí Retreat is an intimate yet spacious facility nestled in five and a half mountain acres. It is located near the Pacific coast, in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Imbued with lush, green mountainsides, blue ocean waters, plentiful sunshine, and accessible location, it makes the perfect destination for your retreats. It is a short three kilometers, 10 minutes drive from Garza, a quaint fishing village with a lovely beach where you will find more ticos (locals) than tourists.

Another 15 to 20-minute drive north, finds you in Nosara with Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada. Here, you can experience wonderful restaurants, shopping, various excursions, and some of the finest surfing in the country! So, as remote as Ahkí Retreat feels, it is only minutes away from beaches, kayaking, horseback riding, world famous Nosara surfing, zip-lining, nature hikes, shopping, restaurants, and more.

Nearby places

  • Garza, 3 kilometers - 10 minutes
  • Liberia International Airport (LIR) - 2 hours
  • Nosara, 11 kilometers - 20 minutes
  • Nosara Airport (NOB) - 25 minutes
  • Playa Guiones - 20 minutes
  • Playa Pelada - 20 minutes
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC) - 5 hours
Activities
  • Boating
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Reiki
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Studio
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Board rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance nearby

You will enjoy three vegetarian meals daily. You will also have coffee or tea with fruit all day long.

Healthy, delicious, and creative food

At Ahkí Retreat, the food that you will be served is fresh (organic, when available) vegan or vegetarian meals made from scratch, all natural, and chemical free. Waste is minimized by using bi-products such as pulp from vegan milks.

Yogurt, goat kefir, milk, butter, and breads are available for those not watching their gluten or dairy intake. In the amply stocked kitchen, experienced staff cooks solely for retreat guests, will take into consideration your individual dietary needs, making the appropriate modifications and adjustments. All meals are served in the lovely open air dining room, with a grand vista of the gardens, pool, mountains, and sea.

Your day begins with a self-serve feast of fresh fruits, yogurt, locally baked breads, home-made granola, as well as gallo pinto (a Costa Rican traditional dish of rice and beans), and fresh eggs served up in a creative variety. You will never get bored with your food here!

Chef Daniela's healthy, delicious, and creative lunches and dinners are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be climate appropriate. You will never feel weighed down from food too heavy for the Costa Rica climate; but, most certainly you will leave the table satiated. Chicken or fish options are available per your advance request at a slight, additional cost.

Nearby restaurants

Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada are packed with shops, restaurants, and grocery stores or “mini-supers". Restaurants range from local flavor to Italian, Mexican, Continental, French, and some very good pizza. You will find home-made ice cream, baked treats, and of course excellent coffee.

On your free time, you can enjoy the beach, go shopping, chill-out by the pool, or explore more active and fun adventures. You may directly contact local companies for excursion pricing.

  • Auto-gyro tour
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Palo Verde boat tour
  • River kayaking tour
  • Stand-up paddle boarding tour and lesson
  • Sibu sanctuary, rescue, and release
  • Surfing
  • Swimming hole
  • Waterfalls
  • Wildlife hike
  • Zip lining

5Rhythms with Amber

The 5Rhythms, which include flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness are simple, yet profound moving meditation practice created by Gabrielle Roth. They are designed to bring out each individual's creative potential as well as being a catalyst for deep healing in the body, mind, and soul. Each rhythm is a state of being, a teacher that brings out different aspects of who you are and who you are growing into being.

Collectively, the 5Rhythms create a wave of energy that mirrors the creative process. By moving through this wave of energy you unleash the dynamic power that is alive within you. You dance yourself from your thinking head, to your embodied edge, so that you can exist in the instinctive intuitive still point.

This package costs 195 USD for 90 minutes and 220 USD for 120 minutes. Groups can avail a group package with a minimum of eight people that costs 25 USD per person for 90 minutes.

Clarity breathwork with Sati

Breathe fully, release stress and tension, heal and resolve trauma, access your own internal healing source, enhance joy and pleasure in your relationships, and increase vitality and inner peace. This is a profound tool for transformation and healing for the mind, body, and soul. It works with the ancient practice of circular, connected breathing that has been used in cultures around the world, for thousands of years, for the healing and attaining of higher states of consciousness.

Breathwork is one of the purest and most effective techniques to release stress and tension, heal and resolve trauma, and awaken your vital life energy. Clarity breathwork shines light and clarity on your deepest beliefs that you carry within you and that influence your present life and relationships. This brings deep healing and peace. This is a safe and gentle method that supports you to access your own internal energy. From this place, you can experience a powerful shift in yourself and your life experience.

This package is available only on Tuesdays requiring a minimum of two persons and costs 130 USD per person for 90 minutes.

Craniosacral therapy with Erin

The craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. It is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than five grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, craniosacral therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including migraines, chronic neck and back pain, chronic fatigue, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or pain in the jaw joint, stress and tension, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.

This package costs 120 USD for 60 minutes and 150 USD for 90 minutes.

Deep tissue remedial massage with Tim

This is a combination of myofacial release, trigger point therapy, and skeletal alignment to treat a variety of issues. This massage works on chronic and acute pain in all areas of the body. It is a highly therapeutic therapy, integrating mind, body, and spirit; and working intuitively with compassion. Benefits include increased mobility, better sleep, and living a pain-free life. This package costs 105 USD for 60 minutes and 133 for 90 minutes.

Emotional freedom technique (EFT) with Karen

Emotional freedom technique is a form of acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture but without the use of needles. It uses positive affirmations and simple tapping with the fingertips to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while focusing on your specific issue, whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, or other similar experiences.

Emotional freedom technique works to clear the so-called short-circuit, or the emotional block, from your body's bioenergy system; thus, restoring your mind and body's balance. It can help remove repetitive negative thoughts and emotions, reduce food cravings, reduce or eliminate chronic pain, and implement positive intentions.

This package costs 30 USD for 30 minutes and 60 USD for 60 minutes.

Energy-centered deep bodywork with Nicole

This is a relaxing, nurturing, and therapeutic massage using firmer pressure integrating body, mind, and spirit. Tension, stress, and chronic and acute areas of discomfort are addressed using a variety of physical and energetic techniques, which invite a loose, flowing, and rejuvenated feeling. Combines Esalen, Thai, and Kripalu bodywork. This package costs 135 USD for 90 minutes.

Energy healing and channeling with Mia

This work takes the Reiki practice further to bring about personal transformation. This energy healing works with source energy to facilitate change and heal all aspects of the human being. Through this work, we are able to bring to light the patterns, habits, and behaviors that are ready to be let go of. By finding these patterns, you are able to return to alignment with your highest potential. This package costs 133 USD for 60 minutes and 165 USD for 90 minutes.

Group acupuncture with Mitra

Influenced by traditional acupuncture clinics, receiving acupuncture in a group raises the frequency of the energy field and invites deeper healing individually and collectively. Before one is invited to participate in a group session, each participant meets with Mitra for a private interview session to gather information about their state of being.

The group session takes place over a three to four hour period. Individual sessions takes approximately 75 to 90 minutes. Participants are scheduled with 20 minutes interval. Mitra meets with each person for a consultation and nutrition guidance, and then guides them into the group space to receive the treatment. At a certain point, there may be four to six people receiving healing simultaneously, creating a powerful energy field. This is service is available only on Wednesdays.

This package costs 65 USD for 1 to 5 persons and 60 USD for 6 to 10 persons.

Facials with Vero

Exfoliate, soothe, and hydrate your skin leaving it soft, smooth, and glowing with all natural gentle blends. No chemicals will used during this session. This package costs 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Healing touch energy balancing with Karen

With healing touch service, the client is fully clothed lying on the table either on their back or stomach with shoes off. Working with light touch on and off the body within the energy field, the hands of the therapist are used to influence the subtle body, bringing balance and harmony to the whole mind, body, and spirit system.

Some people experience visions, some fall asleep, some people like to talk during the session, discussing their experiences and whatever comes up. All in all, most people leave feeling more relaxed and rested, clear, balanced, grounded, and usually have achieved some degree of physical and / or emotional relief from whatever is ailing them. The crystal bio-mat is used during these sessions to help facilitate even deeper work.

This package costs 80 USD for 60 minutes and 100 USD for 90 minutes.

Inner wave bodywork with Nicole

This is a soothing full body relaxation massage that incorporates breathing, centering, and a meditative focus with connective wave-like movements. As the body relaxes, the mind relaxes, allowing for an experience of complete relaxation and letting go. This package costs 135 USD for 90 minutes.

Jungle love with Tara

This massage incorporates many different types of skills, techniques, and pressures. Trigger point therapy, shiatsu, vibrational and rebalancing are some of the techniques used. This package costs 120 USD for 60 minutes and 140 USD for 90 minutes.

Natal chart astrology reading with Ashley

For the most beneficial reading with Ashley, you will need to provide your birthdate, time, and place. A three day minimum advance notice is required in order for her to prepare your natal chart. Her work is comprehensive and profound. She not only reads your chart, but intuits guidance and provides suggestions to keep yourself aligned with your highest truth. This package costs 145 USD for 60 minutes.

Oracle card divination and channeling with Mia

This session provides insight and positive outlook for those seeking answers. Mia works with her guides who are pure source energy, and oracle cards to assess what messages are coming through and what perspectives need to be addressed. This opens up a dialogue with pure source energy, enabling you to shift your paradigm and gain a greater understanding of the personal challenges you may be facing. Anything discussed in this session is 100% confidential.

This package costs 75 USD for 30 minutes and 105 USD for 60 minutes.

Positional release therapy (PRT) with Nicole

This is a highly effective system for chronic pain. It re-educates and realigns the muscles by completing the cycle of holding through muscle energy technique and strain counter methods. Please wear yoga-like, comfortable clothing. This package costs 135 USD for 90 minutes.

Rebalancing bodywork and massage with Erin or Tammy

Rebalancing is a combination of deep tissue massage, joint tension release, and energy balancing to release chronic holding patterns that contribute to pain and illness. According to the holistic approach of rebalancing, the emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects are as important as our physical component. Rebalancing is a way to increase the ability to feel. Feeling connects you more with who you truly are.

The capacity of the rebalancer for empathy and the mastery of several body-oriented techniques, forms the basis for a professional, individually focused, and intuitive approach. Techniques during any given session may include deep tissue manipulation, joint release, and breath and energy work or craniosacral.

This package costs from 115 USD to 120 USD for 60 minutes and 140 USD to 150 USD for 90 minutes.

Reiki with Mia

This ancient Japanese technique is for stress reduction and relaxation, and promotes healing. Reiki treats the body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include feelings of deep inner peace, security, and well-being. It is administered by laying on hands and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through you and is what causes you to be alive. If your life force energy is low, then you are more likely to get sick or feel stress; and if it is high, you are more capable of being happy and healthy.

This package costs 105 USD for 60 minutes.

Shamantic energy healing with Tim

This is a holistic overview of your life through counseling and physical analysis, performed to assess what your individual needs are, for you to live at your highest potential. Once this is understood, Tim performs energetic clearings, working with sound, energy extractions, and power animal card divination to help you live in right relation to your existence.

This package costs 133 USD for 60 minutes and 165 USD for 90 minutes.

Sound energy medicine with Tim and Mia

As you enter the healing space, Tim and Mia create a loving and supportive environment for deep healing and transformation to happen. To begin, you will be guided in some gentle breathing and yogic exercises to raise the body’s energy level and prepare it for deep relaxation. Tim works with a wide range of high vibrational instruments such as a paiste symphonic gong, rattle, Tibetan bowls, drums, whistles from the Amazon, and crystal singing bowls. The vast frequency range of the instruments that Tim uses are designed to work on the different frequencies that correspond to the chakra system. A chakra system that is balanced, promotes healthy physical and emotional health; and is a gateway to lead you to deep meditation and healing.

Talented Reiki practitioner, Mia, will be assisting you on your journey. She will be provide guide to work on whatever area is necessary to work on your highest expansion. Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique that works with your body’s own healing abilities. The effect on your consciousness when you are placed inside this healing sound space will allow the ability to open up different doorways within your mind and allow you to access different realms and dimensions.

At the end of the sound journey, Tim and Mia will assist in assessing your experience throughout the journey, working with power animal cards and magical fairy oracle cards, giving you messages and guidance to assist the change that is to follow. This is a group session with a minimum of six persons that costs 50 USD per person.

Swedish massage with Tim

This is a totally relaxing, nurturing massage using beautiful essential oils to uplift the spirit. Swedish massage helps the flow of the circulation, bringing balance and energy back to the body. This package costs 105 USD for 60 minutes and 133 USD for 90 minutes.

Thai yoga or Thai massage with Karen

The ancient, spiritual art of healing, Thai yoga or Phaen Boran Raksaa Thaang Nuat, is derivative of the Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda and yoga Vedanta. However, it is not required that one be a Buddhist to practice or receive this healing art. The primary outcomes associated with the practice of Thai yoga are called ProMiiWihan Sii or four divine, boundless states of mind without limitation including love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These are qualities that all people need in life.

Thai yoga is vibrational medicine that incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, and rhythmic compression with heart-centered, compassionate attention. It can strengthen the immune system, release toxins, improve flexibility, and enhance your yoga practice. It can also relieve chronic pain, reduce edema or swelling, headaches, and tension, to name a few. This work brings fundamental elements and energy into harmony and creates wholeness of mind, body, and spirit. The receiver wears comfortable, movable clothing.

This package costs 135 USD for 90 minutes. The recommended length for this session is two hours and costs 150 USD.

The active sol with Tara

This is a deep pressure massage focusing on problem areas. This package costs 110 USD for 60 minutes and 130 USD for 90 minutes.

The classic massage with Tara

The classic Swedish massage uses long flowing strokes to send you into bliss. This package costs 90 USD for 60 minutes and 110 USD for 90 minutes.

  • 1 yoga class per day
  • 5 cooking classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Liberia International Airport (LIR)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Coffee or tea and fruit available all day
  • Complimentary Ahki Retreat aprons
  • Excursion, sunset boat tour
  • Instruction manual
  • Airfares
  • Departure tax
  • Extra beverages, smoothies, wine or beer
  • Local transportation for activities during free-time
  • Other personal items

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR). If your group leader has made transportation arrangements, a driver from Ahkí Retreat will be waiting for you. Please be informed that upon exiting the country, you will be required to pay 29 USD departure tax.

You can also book your flight to arrive at San José International Airport (SJC). From this airport, you can rent a car, take a bus, or fly the short flight on Nature Air or Sansa Air. Both terminals are near the San José International Airport (SJC) and their flights are only 45 to 50 minutes trip to Nosara Aiport (NOB), which is 20 to 25 minutes near Ahkí Retreat. However, they do have luggage weight restrictions, so please check their websites to get all the information. If you are considering this route, an overnight stay in San José is suggested since variable weather conditions that affect the flights of small aircrafts can make coordinating your connecting flight a bit tricky. Please be informed that upon exiting the country (from either airport) you will be required to pay a 28 USD departure tax.

If you choose to rent a car from either airport, there are many options such as Alamo, Budget, Economy, and others. These sites can be found online by googling them plus Liberia, Costa Rica. It is recommended that you reserve your car when you purchase your airline tickets and confirm all car rental costs for what exactly is included. You can save some money by consulting with your credit card company; for example, AmEx has a good program regarding car rental insurance.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.