This retreat is designed for adventurous people and nature lovers that want to escape from their hectic routine and dedicate a few days to connect with their inner self while enjoying the beauty of Costa Rica, a tropical paradise that was recently declared the happiest place on earth.
During this retreat you will strengthen and detox your body and clear your mind with daily yoga practice adapted to suit all levels of practitioners, will taste amazing local food prepared with love by our professional chefs, will enjoy multiple activities in some of the best unspoiled beaches of the world and make long-life personal connections.
Besides the yoga classes, the retreat includes one surf lesson in the Marino Ballena National Park. Created in 1989 to protect coral reefs and the visiting humpback whales, the park’s conservation area covers 110 land hectares and 5,385 ocean hectares, and is touted as being the first marine park in Central America. It was listed by National Geographic Spain as one of ten best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching, and one of the most important habitats for humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, it is an incredibly special corner of the world to spend time, and an especially unique place to learn to surf!
Situated in Bahia Ballena, Bodhi Surf is a nature and wildlife committed and friendly lodge whose team takes great care and pride in providing a personalized and intimate experience.
Bahia Ballena is a great destination for many sport and adventure activities that you can enjoy in your free time.
Are you ready for a life change experience?
Bahia Ballena is a small town on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, within the canton of Osa, in the region known as Costa Ballena. Commonly referred to as part of Uvita, Bahia Ballena is located just 15 minutes south of the popular surf town of Dominical. Bahia Ballena is a breath of fresh air for travelers looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the southern Pacific region, as well as the laid-back charm of a small, authentic Tico town.
Bahia Ballena, which literally means “Whale Bay”, has its name for two reasons:
At low tide the sandbar on the north end of the Ballena Marine National Park beach forms into what from above looks like a giant whale’s tail.
Bahia Ballena’s location on the Pacific Ocean gives it a fairly stable water temperature year round, providing the perfect place for whales from both the north and south to give birth. For this reason, there is not one but two whale watching seasons in this lucky town, the major tourist attractions of the area.
Located in the heart of the community of Bahia Ballena, the Bodhi Surf Lodge is within walking distance to most everything you could need during a week-long stay with us. The beach is a 20-minute walk from the Bodhi Base, grocery stores are about a 15-minute walk, and restaurants are anywhere between a 5 to 20-minute walk.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Pilar has been practicing different styles of yoga for years, but in 2013 she discovered Ashtanga and it put her life up side down. She instantly felt in love with the practice after experiencing how powerful and transformative it can be, as it becomes a meditation in movement. She completed several courses in India, in both Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles, and travels every year to Mysore to practice with her guru and teacher R. Sharath Jois.
Pilar teaches from the heart and brings the philosophy of yoga into the asana practice. She is very disciplined in her daily routine and believes that meditation and self-study are key for the spiritual growth. She also puts a lot emphasis on adjustments and alignment. Pilar is the founder and director of Balearic Retreats and also offers private classes while she is in the island.