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5 Days Tropical Heat Hot Sauce Cooking Holiday in Canaan de Rivas, Costa Rica

Finca Mia Retreat Center, Los Angeles de Rivas, San Jose, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica

Culinary Vacation in Costa Rica

Join the Hoss Soss crew for an unforgettable, all-inclusive, hot sauce retreat experience! Have you ever wanted to get away to a tropical jungle paradise and immerse yourself in hot sauce?! Hoss Soss knows the perfect spot. Journey with Hoss Soss to Finca Mia and experience how sweet (and spicy!) life in this magical mountain corner of Costa Rica can be. All heat-level lovers are welcome!

Meet the instructors

Matt, Catharine, & Becca
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Highlights

  • Tour a nearby chili pepper farm and production facility
  • Enjoy a hands-on “Make Your Own Hot Sauce” workshop
  • Share your creations and taste the uniquely spicy sauces crafted by your retreat mates
  • Indulge in 3 healthy meals per day featuring fresh, local, seasonal food
  • 4 nights accommodation in a "luxury cabina" of your choice
  • Evening gatherings for bonfire, music, stories
  • Group excursions and adventures

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Finca Mia Farm and Retreat Center

Nestled in the lush foothills of the Chirripo Mountain Reserve, sitting gracefully along the banks of the pristine Talari River, Finca Mia is an enchanting jungle retreat offering many amenities, healing modalities, and an unforgettable experience.

Located at an elevation of 4,000 feet, the cool nights and warm days make the climate at Finca Mia the perfect balance.

Surrounded by rainforests for secluded tranquility, yet graced by a vibrant village community, this healing retreat center is full of warmth, an opportunity for self-reflection, insight, and restful rejuvenation. Finca Mia is a haven to many, and it is an honor for us to share this magical gem with you.

Amenities and services

  • Pure spring water source on the property
  • WIFI access at various locations
  • Laundry service
  • Hot showers
  • Full board

Finca Mia Luxury Lodging

Each of the Luxury Lodging options available for the Tropical Heat Hot Sauce Retreat has been consciously designed to be comfortable, cozy and to lend peace of mind for the most rejuvenating experience. The added benefits of Luxury Lodging include a private bath and distinctive amenities dependent upon which lodging option you choose.

Since every person's needs are individual, Hoss Soss will do their best to guide you to the optimal lodging choice for you. Please review the photo gallery to determine what may make you feel most at home.

Honeymoon Cabin

The Honeymoon Cabin is one of the most luxurious villas available to guests on this enchanting mountain farm and retreat center. A spacious covered deck is equipped with a full kitchen which overlooks green jungle foliage along the banks of the rushing Rio Talari.

A comfortable king-size bed looks out to the river and an additional single bunk bed is tucked up in the giant boulders that stand boldly inside the cabin, bringing the outside landscape in. This cabin does include a private bath.

Purple Palace Master Suite

One of Finca Mia's most requested jungle hideaways, the Purple Palace is a delightful and majestic villa featuring two-bedroom suites, a master and junior; an outdoor lounge, mini-kitchen, and an exquisite private outdoor bath, including a bathtub. The view overlooks freshwater spring ponds and the Rio Talari.

The Master Suite is appointed with a Queen size bed, single bed and an office nook.

Purple Palace Junior Suite

The Junior Suite in the Purple Palace shares the same luxurious lounge, mini-kitchen and outdoor bath as the master. The privacy of the Junior Suite hosts a full-size double bed and is ideal for a couple or individual.

The room features a writer's desk, shelving for storage and a reading corner. This room hosts luscious jungle views and is a stone's throw away from the Rio Talari.

Bamboo Cabin

This Bamboo Cabin is tucked into the jungle at the foot of a magical stone pathway. Enjoy beautiful tropical views from your room equipped with a full-size bed, a single bed, a cozy reading corner, a roomy shelving closet, and a private bath with hot shower.

Sunrise Cabin

Enchanting and elegant, the Sunrise Cabin is a cozy jungle retreat for two. The Sunset Cabin is for those who delight in the sights and sounds of nature.

Named for its transfixing views of the sunrise and songs of the birds, it’s a spectacle to wake up here. With a king-size bed (or two twins), a private attached bath, panoramic views of the tranquil jungle.

Views are accessible through beautiful french windows and a private patio leading to a courtyard and fire pit. The Sunrise Cabin is its own paradise.

Horse Cabin

Located atop the hill of the farm, this charming Horses Cabin sits among the flourishing gardens with gushes of sunlight and green jungle mountain views. Enjoy the sounds of the coyotes in the evenings from this spacious cabin with a king-size bed (or two twins), writer's desk and private bath.

Alex's Cabin

This charming and secluded cabin is located at the end of a peaceful river trail perched upon the hillside. Rollaway the canvas panels to enjoy the panoramic views and sounds of the jungle and Rio Talari from your pillow.

The Master Room features a full-size double, while twin beds are nestled below in the downstairs nook. Complete with a private balcony and bath to make your retreat complete.

Program

Day 1, Friday

  • The group meets at 10 a.m. at SJO airport in Costa Rica for complimentary van transport to Finca Mia Retreat Center.
  • Guests enjoy lunch at a cafeteria atop the mountain pass en route to San Isidro del General (lunch on Day 1 not included in your retreat package).
  • Arrive at Finca Mia Retreat Center around 2 p.m., get settled in your private cabina and enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring the beautiful grounds.
  • A delicious and healthy dinner will be served in La Cocina ("The Kitchen") at 5:30 p.m.
  • Matt & Catharine of Hoss Soss welcome you to the Tropical Heat Retreat and lead the group orientation.
  • Becca shares a bit about her nearby organic farm and prepares you for making hot sauce with 36 varieties of local chili peppers!

Day 2, Saturday

  • A delicious and healthy breakfast will be served in La Cocina at 8 a.m. to energize you for Day 2 of your retreat.
  • You will walk together half mile down a gravel road through the village of Los Angeles de Rivas to Becca's chili farm, where you will tour her organic gardens and learn about her pepper plants. Becca will share her favorite organic pepper growing tips and expert tricks learned from more than 10 years of organic farming!
  • A delicious and healthy lunch will be served in La Cocina at Finca Mia at 12:30 p.m.
  • Your hands-on hot sauce making workshop will begin at 2 p.m. in Becca's commercial kitchen across the street from her organic farm. You'll spend the next three hours getting your hands (and mouth) spicy as you develop as many hot sauce recipes as you have the time and inspiration for! Bottles, lids, labels and all raw ingredients will be provided for your original hot sauce creations.
  • A delicious and healthy dinner will be served in La Cocina at Finca Mia at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hot Sauce Show & Tell! Share your favorite new, original hot sauce with the retreat group over dinner.
  • An evening bonfire with time for songs and stories will follow the dinner hour, and games and books are always available in the La Cocina Lounge.

Day 3, Sunday

  • A delicious and healthy breakfast will be served in La Cocina at 6:45 a.m. to energize you for Day 3 of your retreat.
  • Depart at 7:45 a.m. for a group hike in Cloudbridge Nature Reserve with a local guide from 8 a.m - 12 p.m.
  • A delicious and healthy lunch will be served in La Cocina at Finca Mia at 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday afternoon is wide open for you to relax and enjoy yourself! Spa treatment bookings will be available.
  • A delicious and healthy dinner will be served in La Cocina at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hot Sauce Show & Tell! Share your favorite new, original hot sauce with the retreat group over dinner.
  • An evening bonfire with time for songs and stories will follow the dinner hour, and games and books are always available in the La Cocina Lounge.

Day 4, Monday

  • A delicious and healthy breakfast will be served in La Cocina at 8 a.m. to energize you for Day 4 of your retreat.
  • Group transport departs at 9:30 a .m. for Samaritan Xocolata where you'll enjoy a tour and tasting at an organic, bean-to-bar Costa Rican chocolate workshop.
  • Your second stop will be Quesos de Canaan for a tour and tasting of this popular dairy farm and cheesemaker.
  • The third stop will be Casa Alegria, a geodesic butterfly dome and gelato cafe in Canaan de Rivas.
  • A delicious and healthy lunch will be served in La Cocina at Finca Mia at 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday afternoon is wide open for you to relax and enjoy yourself! Spa treatment bookings will be available.
  • A delicious and healthy dinner will be served in La Cocina at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hot Sauce Show & Tell! Share your favorite new, original hot sauce with the retreat group over dinner.
  • An evening bonfire with time for songs and stories will follow the dinner hour, and games and books are always available in the La Cocina Lounge.

Day 5, Tuesday

  • A delicious and healthy breakfast will be served in La Cocina at 8 a.m. to energize you for your departure from Finca Mia.
  • Official check-out time for this retreat group is 9 a.m. All cabinas must be vacant by this time.
  • At 9:15 a.m., group transport to SJO airport in San Jose departs.
  • Hoss Soss can help you make private travel arrangements to other parts of Costa Rica from Finca Mia if you do not plan to return to San Jose or the airport immediately.

Included excursions

  • Cloudbridge Nature Reserve Guided Hike
  • Samaritan Xocolata Tasting & Tour
  • Quesos de Canaan Tasting & Tour
  • Casa Alegria Butterfly Dome & Cafe

Instructors

Matt Kuerbis

Catharine Sutherland

Becca Ellenberger

Location

This retreat takes place at Canaan de Rivas, San Jose Province, Costa Rica.

Food

La Cocina at Finca Mia

The kitchen at Finca Mia is the heart of the community. Here is where all the delicious and healthy meals are prepared and presented. More than just a kitchen, the open air dining room provides a place to connect, collaborate with other guests and unwind.

Finca Mia urges you to feel at home. Therefore they ask that La Cocina is a no-screen, no phone zone. Finca Mia has also added a nearby juice bar to serve your juicing and smoothie needs. In the juice bar area, Finca Mia invites you to use your tech items and embrace the Wi-Fi signal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

As hosts of the Tropical Heat Hot Sauce Retreat and former residents of Costa Rica, Hoss Soss team is happy to help you plan fantastic trips and adventures to tack on before or after this short retreat.

Ideas for other favorite places to visit in Costa Rica include:

  • Chirripo National Park (Mount Chirripo is the highest peak in Costa Rica!)
  • Dominical and Uvita Surf Beaches (excellent surf breaks only 1.5 hours from Finca Mia)
  • Corcovado National Park (home to one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems)
  • Manuel Antonio (less than three hours' drive to one of Costa Rica's most scenic beaches!)
  • Arenal Volcano (a six-hour journey, and so worth it! Soak in fabulous hot springs heated by volcano)
  • Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve (not far from Arenal Volcano, more than 400 species of tropical birds)
  • Osa Peninsula (four hours from Finca Mia, pristine peninsula with lush vegetation and abundant wildlife)
  • Puerto Viejo

Spa treatments

Finca Mia offers a variety of massage and spa services to help you heal, relax and make the most of your stay here. The retreat center's spa offers unique treatments from each of their healers in the privacy of spa cabinas set on the farm or in the natural surroundings of the Rio Talari.

Each of their skillful healers offers their practice and expertise to enhance the benefits of your retreat and increase your well-being. Each of the relaxing spa treatments can be tailored to any personal requirements.

​Finca Mia offerings include:

  • Thai Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Healing Touch Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • River Spa
  • Tarot Reading

The treatments shown above may vary due to the availability of healers and practitioners.

What's included

  • Round-trip group transportation between Finca Mia and Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) near San Jose, the vibrant Costa Rican capital
  • 4 nights in the "luxury cabina" of your choice (Hoss Soss promises you won’t want to leave)
  • 3 healthy meals per day featuring fresh, local, seasonal food - and of course, lots of chilies!
  • A tour of Becca’s chili pepper farm and production facility (happily, some of Costa Rica’s best craft beer is also brewed here!) Learn expert tips and tricks to grow your best peppers back home
  • A hands-on "Make Your Own Hot Sauce" workshop led by Matt of Hoss Soss and Becca of Becca’s Purveyor of Tasty Goodness
  • All ingredients and supplies provided
  • “Hot Sauce Show & Tell” at mealtimes: Share your own fiery creations and taste the uniquely spicy sauces crafted by your retreat mates
  • Group excursions and adventures: You’ll visit the incredible Casa Alegria Butterfly Dome, tour the organic chocolate factory at Samaritan Xocolata, sample cheeses at the family-run Quesos Canaan and explore the natural beauty of the nearby Cloudbridge Nature Reserve
  • Plenty of free time to relax on the breathtaking retreat grounds, including a private riverside beach, a covered hot tub, and a small pool
  • Evening gatherings for bonfire, music, stories, and maybe even some chili pepper trivia

What's not included

  • Airfare to & from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • International travel insurance (required and inexpensive)
  • Any travel expenses you incur before, during or after retreat dates
  • Additional services offered at the retreat center (massage, acupuncture, skin treatments, juice bar goodies, laundry service, etc)
  • Gratuity for retreat center staff, drivers, etc.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The Tropical Heat Retreat group will meet at SJO airport in Costa Rica on the morning of Friday, March 20, 2020.

You will travel together by private shuttle van to Finca Mia Retreat Center. If you plan to arrive in San Jose the night before, please let Hoss Soss know and they can recommend a nice hotel for you to spend the night near the airport.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Friday March 20, 2020
Departure: Tuesday March 24, 2020

Pricing information

Apart from the room options below, Purple Palace Master Suite, Purple Palace Junior Suite, Horse Cabin, and Alex’s Cabin are also available. If you are interested, please send an inquiry. 

 

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