Paradise Rainforest Yoga Retreat
with Heidi Pascual
Dragonfly Beach Retreat, El Caribe de Costa Rica
23 – 29 September 2023
Costa Rica is one the most beautiful and biodiverse countries on the planet, an ecological gem of tropical rainforests, rolling green hills and paradise beaches. Dragonfly Beach Retreat is an exquisite, pristine, peaceful sanctuary set in landscaped gardens, surrounded by rainforest and steps from the Caribbean Sea. This is a wild paradise where the jungle meets the ocean and natural habitat to howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, birds and butterflies. You are held in the power of nature’s healing embrace on this extraordinary yoga journey and retreat experience.
Dragonfly Retreat has been ecologically constructed with tropical simplicity in harmony with the beauty of nature. The luxury casitas are set in tropical gardens of indigenous flora and fauna with rainforest views. Each casita has been lovingly designed with handmade teak wood furniture, splashes of colour and a unique hand-painted mural depicting the animals and wildlife of Costa Rica. Enjoy double, twin or single bedrooms, a luxurious bathroom, lounge, kitchen and terrace. These wildly serene retreat lodgings hold you peacefully in the heart of Mother Nature.
On waking up in this paradise place, we shared a blissful sunrise sadhana on the open-air yoga shala surrounded by rainforest, wildlife, bird song and the sound of the ocean. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we embodied the beauty and power of nature through elemental inspired Vinyasa Flow and Dharma Yoga. These soulful practices created a sense of connection, openness and vibrancy, leaving yogis feeling lovingly uplifted and alive. In the afternoons, we surrendered to an introspective Yin Yoga and meditation practice to the soothing sound of sunset ocean waves and fire flies flashing in the evening light.
Sunrise to Sunset we immersed in the wild natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea and soft sands where wildlife swings in the rainforest as you walk along the shore. Yogis swam in the serene pool, relaxed in hammocks surrounded by tropical gardens or indulged in a luxurious massage.
Costa Rica’s fertile land gifts the food of the gods for our paradise retreat nourishment. Our retreat chef was the divine goddess of abundance, Victoria Vitale and her loveable dog, Ella! Chef Victoria’s food is a form of art, bursting with flavour, colour, creativity, versatility, freshness and nourishment. The floating fruit platter in the pool with fresh coconuts was a golden yoga morning. Hungry yogis were belly-full and soul-full as they bonded in friendship over food. On our last evening, we went to an Argentine restaurant set in the rainforest sharing friendship, food and love that could be felt in the air.
This wildly abundant region offers a variety of experiences and activities. Yogis explored the pristine Caribbean beaches of Punta Uva, Playa Chiquita and Arrecife; we experienced kayaking along Punta Uva River; waterfalls and wild swimming; we walked the idyllic white sands of Cahuita National Park and horseback riding along pristine paradise shores.
This Paradise Rainforest Retreat where the jungle meets the ocean is an extraordinary and unforgettable setting where the power of nature pervades your body-being and takes you on a soul journey home.
We are blessed to retreat together in the pure beauty and power of nature in Costa Rica!