Costa Rica

Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat with Krystal

MAY 25-29 (OR June 1), 2019

Join Krystal Chesnutt, the forever student and teacher of all things alignment in the mountains of Costa Rica. This learning retreat will be an opportunity to explore the depths of your alignment practice. As one of the top alignment teachers in Denver, Krystal challenges her students to stay curious in every pose and ensure we attain our strongest and deepest practice. Each yoga session will leave you enlightened with a new knowledge of your body as well as ground you back into a meaningful relationship with self, allowing you to sustain a lifelong yoga practice and continually open up to possibilities, both physically and spiritually. Practicing with Krystal is truly an extraordinary experience.

With the help of our meditation guide, Carisa Banuelos, we will learn mindfulness and meditation techniques to help calm the mind and relax the body. We’ll learn about the brain, its functionality, and how meditation is a life changing, brain altering experience.

This 5-day retreat will provide you with a deep dive intensive experience into your mind and body that will leave you feeling grounded to yourself instead of at the mercy of the external world. We will practice yoga and meditation techniques daily and enjoy facilitated group activities to connect and rejuvenate promoting peace, harmony and tranquility. You also have the option to extend your trip and enjoy the picturesque beaches and hills of Santa Teresa. We will have yoga available daily, optional excursions and time to reflect on our time together.

Also enjoy…
+ Daily guided alignment yoga and meditation practice
+ Ziplining and Horseback riding at Jaco beach
+ Farmers’ Market visit with resident chef
+ Cooking Lesson and Dinner
+ Guided hike and swim at the Goldmine Waterfalls
+ In-house chef prepared meals
+ Well-appointed accommodations

Krystal Chesnutt and Carisa Banuelos, are leaders in their community for sharing their commitment to honoring their truth. By going inward, it’s possible to enjoy the outward so much more.

After 19 years of practicing yoga and 10 years of teaching, Krystal’s expertise is using the practice of yoga to allow us to live fully and move and feel better. She includes the grace of flow, curiosities of alignment and the exploration of who we are in the moment. Yoga unveils the deepest layers of ourselves so that we may have contentment with life unfolding just as it is.  Krystal challenges you to find your limits, and meet fear and resistance with love and whole heart. She earned her 500-ERYT, which includes over thousands of hours of teaching on top of 500+ hours of training. As a lifetime student, Krystal finds inspiration from Christina Sell, Michelle Marchildon, and Seane Corn. Krystal teaches Hatha and strong alignment Vinyasa.

Carisa has over 20,000 combined hours of research and training in the following areas: Meditation, Mindfulness, Shamanism, Reiki, Yoga, Buddhist Psychology, and Yoga Psychology. She has studied ancient texts such as The Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Abhidharma and has worked with internationally known teachers including Ashley Turner (Yoga Psychology) and Psalm Isadora in order to bring ancient methods of healing to the modern world. She has her own practice where she teaches kids as young as 7 as well as adults the life altering practice of meditation and mindfulness. Within you exists the framework and genius to discover all that you need for healing at the deepest level; let us help you find it!




DAY 3: MON, MAY 27 ::: Zipline and Horseback Riding in Jaco, YOGA AND MEDITATION






Day 1

Settle into your perfect accommodations.

Meals: D
Transfer: 1 hour driving

Arrive in San Jose

Arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José. After passing through immigration you will be met by a member of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) who will give you a sticker that will facilitate you clearing customs. As you exit meet a transport representative for your transfer to your retreat destination. In the afternoon, our tour leaders will lead us in afternoon yoga and meditation before our first group dinner.

Day 2

We’ll create a beautiful dinner with fresh foods from the local farmer’s market and the onsite garden.

Meals: B | L | D

Farmer’s Market, Cooking Class, Yoga and Meditation

We will have snacks available for morning risers, followed by a morning stretch and yoga session before a leisurely group breakfast. Later we visit the local farmer`s market with our resident chef. Learn all about local crops and pick your favorites for tonight’s dinner. Return to the hotel and participate in a Cooking Class where you’ll learn to make great meals using local ingredients from the hotel`s orchard and the local market. We'll enjoy a group dinner before a relaxing mindfulness practice. 

Day 3

Enjoy picturesque views of the mountains and sea in the distance.

Meals: B | L | D

Zipline, Horseback Riding, Yoga and Meditation

Early risers enjoy a morning snack, followed by a morning stretch and yoga session. After sitting down for a group breakfast, we’ll make our way to Jaco beach. We’ll stop at the famous Tarcoles River, where we have the opportunity to view crocodiles in their natural environment, some of them measuring up to 19 ft. long. We then continue to vista Los Sueños Zipline Canopy Tour, which is designed not only as an extreme adventure, but a way to enjoy nature without harming the environment. The property boasts spectacular views of Herradura Bay and Island, and the Nicoya Gulf. After reaching the mountain summit via tractor, and a safety lesson by the bilingual guides, we will descend to the bottom via a series of zip lines, including 12 platforms and 10 cables with a total cable distance of 2 miles, including the longest cable in the area at 2400 ft! We will wrap up the day with a Horseback Ride to the waterfalls. We’ll return to the hotel for dinner followed by an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing yoga class before bed.

Day 4

There is plenty of time for self reflection and relaxation on property.   Meals: B | L | D

There is plenty of time for self reflection and relaxation on property.

Meals: B | L | D

Goldmine Waterfalls, Yoga and Meditation

Enjoy a morning snack if you rise before the group, followed by a group yoga and meditation before breakfast. We will then drive to the trailhead for a guided hike and refreshing swim at the Goldmine Waterfalls. We return for lunch and the rest of the day is at your leisure to relax and enjoy the swimming pool and the amazing views. We’ll have an available afternoon yoga class, followed by our final group dinner. Evening Meditation before bed.

Day 5

Farewell beautiful mountains!

Meals: B


Early risers enjoy morning snacks before a final yoga practice. We then enjoy a final breakfast before saying goodbye. We’ll transfer to the the airport for your international flight, or opt to extend your stay and experience more of this wonderful country.


The Retreat - Atenas

Discover a place that will transform you: the way you eat, the way you think, the way you live. A place created to strengthen, renew, nourish and heal.

The Retreat is a transformational wellness center, literally “Heaven on Earth”, where people can come to escape the chaos and stresses of their lives and take an opportunity to reset their internal sense of balance in a nurturing and gentle environment. 

This is achieved by offering signature wellness programs and gastronomic concepts in a peaceful setting that stills the mind and inspires the soul – a tropical luxury resort nestled among lush vegetation in the arms of a quartz mountain with stunning views of the Nicoya Peninsula and Pacific Ocean.

The 11 Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites and Casitas at The Retreat seamlessly merge the beauty of our setting with the luxury aesthetics and amenities of a boutique hotel. A peaceful and tranquil oasis that welcomes in the beauty of Atenas, Costa Rica, each accommodation is a retreat for relaxing and disconnecting amid the sensory pleasures of deluxe, high-thread-count sheets, organic cotton bathrobes and King or Queen pillowtop beds. All Rooms, Suites and Casitas feature spectacular garden or mountain views and locally inspired design touches. 

The soothing rhythms of nature and the spectacular views offer a wondrous backdrop, whether you’re being pampered at the Spa, decompressing in the steam room, disappearing into a good book by the pool or savoring organic, garden-fresh cuisine that will completely redefine your notion of how flavorful and satisfying healthy food can be. 

Optional Santa Teresa Beach Extension

With its warm waters under a bright tropical sun, Santa Teresa is the perfect location to round out our Costa Rica adventure! We'll put all of our hard earned balance to the test on the waves of the Pacific and have the opportunity to explore lesser known areas of the nearby hillsides via ATV and even have a chance to zipline in Mal Pais.

Pranamar Villas is a gorgeous, intimate boutique hotel right on the water with luxury two-story villas built around a free-form saltwater pool and tropical gardens, and elaborate beachfront villas. Picture Balinese architecture with bamboo, hardwoods, stone, water and plenty of windows and doors to let in fresh sea breezes.

Santa Teresa Beach offers the perfect combination of relaxing beaches and a pristine tropical rainforest. White sand beaches, lush vegetation and spectacular sunsets set an amazing stage for your retreat.


Day 1

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Meals: B

Atenas - Santa Teresa
After enjoying breakfast in your hotel, meet your driver for your transfer from San Jose to Santa Teresa. The drive time is approximately 5 hours including ferry boat across the Gulf of Nicoya. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and settle into your well-appointed room. 

Enjoy this afternoon exploring the beach, take a dip in the pool or opt to get in a workout with your fellow travelers. And don't miss the picturesque beachside sunset!


Days 2-3 (or 4)

Pranamar Villas, Santa Teresa
Meals: B

Santa Teresa Free Days
Enjoy these free days to explore the pristine beached and hills of Santa Teresa on your own or with your new retreat friends. We offer yoga twice daily. You may also sign up for one of our many premier activities (additional $95/person/activity), including:

Surfing the Pacific (half-day): After a leisurely breakfast, get ready for a half day surf lesson. We'll be met at the hotel by our local surf  instructor who will take us to the best surf breaks, depending on tides and weather. After on-sand instructions, we hit the water to tackle the waves. Whether you are an expert surfer or first-timer, our instructors offer the expertise needed to ensure you have a great time. After a couple hours in the water, we'll return to the hotel for lunch. Opt to join the group in a group yoga class or opt to spend some time on your own. 

Zipline Mal Pais Zipline from one tree to another on one of the most beautiful zipline’s in the country, enjoy the view of the landscape from a unique perspective being on top of the trees of the forest.

ATV Tour, Visit Montezuma Waterfall: Take a ride on your ATV through the dirt roads reaching the south side of the peninsula discovering lots of white sand empty beaches. From Montezuma we take a short hike to the  impressive falls where you can take a swim in the natural pools and then enjoy a Costa Rican lunch in one of the best local restaurants in downtown where you can also take the chance to shop from local artisans.


Day 4 (or 5)

Farewell Costa Rica!
Meals: B

Farewell Costa Rica!
After breakfast, meet your driver for your transfer to the International Airport in San José or begin your extension to another area. 


Single Supplement $650

Deposit: 30% due today ($600)
Final Balance: Remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure

Extension Pricing: $995 per person
Based on double, triple* or Quad* accommodations

*Triple and quad accommodation will be offered in a poolside villa with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a living area.
**With a minimum of 6 travelers booked, Krystal and Carisa will join us to facilitate yoga and meditation. Should less than 6 travelers book the extension, yoga classes will be offered through the hotel.

Single Supplement $250
Additional night: $195 per person based on double/triple/quad occupancy, $80 single supplement/night

Deposit: 30% due today
Final Balance: Remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure (Feb. 24th)


  • Meals as detailed

  • Luxury accommodations as detailed

  • All adventures and related equipment as detailed

  • All taxes for meals and accommodations

  • Daily yoga and meditation

  • Round trip airport transfers

Not Include:

  • Airfare

  • Travel insurance

  • Gratuities

  • Any item not specifically mentioned in the itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverage unless otherwise detailed