central america | costa rica | yoga

presse agent Kim McBean
“This retreat meant so much to me, in so many levels and layers of my life: in my daily practice, in my relationships, in my self awareness and in staying present. Kim, you’re a great guide and mentor that helped me realize all this… I really admire how perceptive you are and how you were able to connect deeply with each of us. You gave me the balance to allow myself to be serious but have fun, to be daring and challenge myself, to feel at ease with silence, to enjoy the gifts and to receive…and to top it off with great food, fresh smoothies and a massage was just pure bliss!” - A Satisfied Yogi

Last February, I hosted my first yoga retreat in magical Costa Rica – my home away from home. It was incredible to be a part of such an amazing group of inspiring yogis and witness the strong bond and connection that developed over the week. Lots of laughter, some tears and unforgettable memories. I’m now preparing for the next series and here’s the plan…

where: Playa Grande, Costa Rica & Tuscany, Italy when: Feb 21 – 28 & June 6-13, 2015
why: Rest, relax and recharge on this (now) annual beach yoga retreat.
where do you stay? At the lovely Rip Jack Inn in Costa Rica, and we are planning a farm-stay for our time in Italy.
what do you love about your accommodations in Costa Rica? Rip Jack Inn is a boutique hotel that feels like home and a giant warm hug.  The staff are always smiling, incredibly friendly and helpful.  The owners, Dave and Annie, are wonderful hosts.  Playa Grande is a peaceful protected beach, which is also a nesting ground for the leather back sea turtles, and home to some of the best surfing in Costa Rica!  This beachside hotel has a teak wood yoga shala, two pools and a restaurant offering deliciously fresh and local food.

what is the one experience that stands out from your trips to Costa Rica? Meeting on the beach to witness the most gorgeous sunsets.  This is a ritual in Costa Rica where family, friends and community come together to take in this spectacular and breath taking work of art from mother nature.

places of interest while in destination: The many beautiful surrounding beaches; town fiestas that celebrate the Costa Rican ‘sabaneros’ or cowboy’s; Rincón de la Vieja – an active volcano and national park.

any hidden gems? A neighbouring black sand beach appropriately called Playa Carbon; hikes through the hills and beachside forest; paddle boarding the estuary and turtle watching; sunset sail cruise.

restaurants? Rip Jack Inn for amazing seafood, meat and veggie dishes, plus the best sunset happy hour! Lynn’s Raw Juice Bar for yummy smoothies and homemade granola bars. Cafe Del Pueblo for incredible Italian and Argentinian fare. Indra Inn for a fun bar with live music, trivia and karaoke. Kiké’s for typical Costa Rican food. Mamasa has a different food theme every night. El Huerto for delicious stone baked pizza. Finally, MarBar has a fantastic black bean burger.

shops? Check out Frijoles Locos Surf Shop and Matos Surf Shop.

who should go to Costa Rica? Anyone looking to escape the winter and/or wanting to go deeper into their yoga practice.  Whether you are traveling alone or with others, Playa Grande is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in nature while enjoying the ocean and lush surroundings. There are also many adventures to choose from like surfing, paddle boarding, zip lining and visiting volcanic thermal pools. Or simply lie in a hammock, read a book and take a siesta.

Kim McBean was first trained to teach at The Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica in 2004. Her passion for yoga lies in connecting with others, and sharing techniques that encourage physical and psychological growth and healing. While Kim’s goal is to promote self-discovery and spiritual development in a safe, caring and creative space, she studies somatic-emotional evolution and various forms of yoga including dynamic vinyasa, restorative and yoga therapy. Find her at KimMcBeanYoga.com and on Twitter @kimmcbeanyoga.

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