Costa Rica Ananda Yoga Vacation Retreat

Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2017

Come join us for a relaxing, healing retreat on the blue waters of Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast.

Come join Ananda Travels for a relaxing, healing retreat on the blue waters of Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast.

Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha will lead your retreat.

Gyandev is Director of Ananda Yoga, one of the founders of Yoga Alliance and is the author of Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness. He has been teaching Yoga, Meditation, and Yoga Philosophy for over 30 years.

Diksha is Director of the Meditation Teacher training at the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation, has authored three books on vegetarian cooking, and leads Ayurveda healing retreats in India.

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Each day will include sessions of Ananda Yoga® practice. You will explore and experience many aspects of yoga, including the chakras, pranayama, healing, and meditation. For these sessions, the resort is offering us their brand-new facility overlooking the beach: a shaded, open-sided structure built especially for yoga practice.

This area is famed for sunshine, water sports, eco-adventures, soothing relaxation, and incredible natural beauty.

Pool and Deluxe Rooms

You’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own the beauty of nature in Costa Rica, including many of the eco-adventures for which Costa Rica is famous.

Evenings will feature quiet gatherings for relaxed discussion. On one evening, Gyandev will enchant us with his delightful telling of classic stories from India.

Additional Options

  • Swimming (pool or ocean)
  • Snorkeling
  • Private counseling with Nayaswami Diksha or Nayaswami Gyandev
  • Private instruction in yoga postures or meditation
  • Hiking* (the best trails entail a very small fee)
  • Eco-tours to national parks, river rafting, zip line, and more*
  • Massage*
  • Horseback riding*
  • Ocean kayaking*
  • Boogie boarding*
  • Scuba diving*
  • Catamaran sailing tours*

* denotes extra cost


Your accommodations are modern and comfortable. You can choose from three options: Deluxe Room, Standard Room with Ocean View, and Standard Room with Garden View. Each room has a ceiling fan, air conditioner, small refrigerator, and patio area.

Deluxe Rooms are the largest of your three options; they are more elegant, and each has one king-sized bed. They are also closer to the swimming pool. Please reserve a double occupancy deluxe room only if you are coming with your own roommate, as the two of you will share the king-sized bed.

Standard Rooms have two queen-sized beds. Ocean View rooms are closer to the ocean than are Garden View rooms, although the difference in distance is minor.

All rooms open toward—and are close to—the ocean. Ocean view rooms have a relatively clear view of the ocean; other rooms have a partially (in some cases, mostly) obscured view of the ocean.

Deluxe Room Standard Room Ocean View
Deluxe Room Standard Room

Restaurant Meals


You’ll enjoy three delicious vegetarian meals daily (non-vegetarian lunch and dinner options available), served on the covered, open-air patio overlooking the ocean and swimming pool. Lunches and dinners offer a variety of traditional Costa Rican cuisine as well as international dishes. Natural juices are available. The resort has graciously agreed to work with us to accommodate dietary restrictions as much as possible.


As you can see from the photos, you’ll be in a tropical seaside environment. You can expect daily high temperatures to be in the 80’s, with nighttime lows around 70. Humidity is usually not high: around 70%. There could be some rain, but don’t expect much of it. And our beach is on a shallow cove, so the ocean is always calm at the beach.


You will fly into the Liberia, Costa Rica airport. There is shuttle service between the airport and our resort, which is a little over an hour away. The shuttle can carry up to 5 riders, and the total cost is about $80. We will arrange a shuttle trip for you if you wish, and when possible, group riders to minimize your cost.

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Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Minister, Counselor, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, E-RYT-500, Director of Ananda Meditation Teacher Training  
What is a nayaswami?

A popular Expanding Light teacher since 1997, Diksha McCord is the Director of the Meditation Teacher Training program. Nayaswami Diksha, a native Israeli who came to the U.S. in 1990, is a powerful and dynamic woman who has shared yoga postures and yogic teachings across the United States, in Canada and Europe.

See programs, articles, and full bio.

Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Co-Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training ®, Director of Ananda Yoga®, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, Raja Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Travel Host, Writer and Lecturer, Ananda Minister
What is a nayaswami?

Combining a fun-loving spirit, keen insight into the spiritual life, and genuine warmth, Nayaswami Gyandev makes the inner quest seem both natural and doable. Since 1983 he has taught Ananda Yoga to thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers around the world, often forging deep and lasting bonds of friendship and inspiration.

See programs, articles, and full bio.


Costs below are per person, and they include:

  • Accommodations
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day (from dinner on Sunday, Nov. 26 through breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 3—meals are provided only at our host resort). Non-vegetarian lunch and dinner options are available at no extra cost.
  • Sessions of yoga and meditation (both group and private)
  • Other classes offered by Gyandev and Diksha

Not included: air and ground transportation, extra-cost activities (see above), foods or services other than what are included in our package, and tips.

  Before Oct 1, 2017 Oct 1, 2017 or after
Occupancy: SingleDouble SingleDouble
Standard room, garden view 15251125 16501225
Standard room, ocean view 1865  1295 2025 1425
Deluxe room 18651295 20251425

Please note:

  • If you are part of a group of 3 or 4 friends, all of whom would like to share the same standard room (2 queen beds), your per-person rate will be lower; please contact us if you are interested.
  • For all rooms, if you register for double occupancy, but the mix of participants is such that you don't end up with a roommate, you will need to pay the single occupancy price. At this time, ocean view rooms are available only for double occupancy.
Reserve Your Space

A $300 deposit is required. The balance is due October 1, 2017
Reserve online now. Please call 1-800-346-5350 or 530-478-7518 if you have any questions.

Our lovely group together

What Guests are Saying

The Costa Rica retreat with Gyandev and Diksha was WONDERFUL! The perfect getaway to a tranquil resort which catered to our every need. The food was delicious (I was so grateful to have the vegan options at all meals), the staff gracious, and the beach was quiet and relaxing. The yoga and meditation sessions each morning and afternoon took me deeper into my own practice and I appreciated the extra talks in the evenings. The "free" time during the day gave us time to enjoy the beach, the pool, and the nearby hiking trails. The group outing to the Cloud Forest was so much fun and a great day enjoying the nature and beauty of Costa Rica. Thanks for a memorable week of relaxing, learning, and sharing with an incredible group of people!

— Lori K. Tyler, TX

Group photo while hiking

What a perfect blend of vacation, relaxation and spiritual communion with like-hearted souls. Costa Rica is a beautiful environment for communing with nature and Spirit. Thanks again Gyandev and Diksha for yet another wonderful and exotic retreat. Where do we go next?

It was fabulous! The leaders, venue and fellow attendees made it a wonderful week.

— Sally C., Newport Beach, CA

There was just the right balance of sadana and personal time. I had a wonderfully uplifted and relaxed time. I plan to go on many more of Diksha's and Gyandev's retreats.

Some of the ladies in front of the pool

— Carol S., Co

My overall experience was great! The resort was a perfect choice for conducting yoga classes as well as an exceptional environment for meditation. The food was excellent offering a great vegan menu and the rooms were perfect as well. I was very satisfied and would sign up again.

I have never been exposed to yoga or meditation. I enjoyed learning about both and how I might incorporate them into my life. The trip was well organized and very enjoyable.

— Rob C., N. Carolina


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