Costa Rica·April 23 - 28 2023

Costa Rica Pilates & Wellness

Blue Zone Pilates & Yoga Adventure



Have you ever walked into a restaurant, book store or yoga studio and immediately felt the warm ambiance and kindness of the people there? Maybe you felt accepted and calm or at peace? The tiny, family friendly beach town of Samara, Costa Rica encompasses this feeling. Samara (Sam-uh-ruh) is off the beaten path, located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, on the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a destination for those who like a bit of adventure. There are no big hotels, resorts or big-city amenities here. If you prefer all-inclusive resorts, this is NOT for you. If you prefer the ease of a planned trip without the crowds or fluff, this IS for you. It has a centrally located downtown that allows you to explore with ease. There is an eclectic international influence here, which encourages varied dining experiences and an incredible vibe! The feeling of this gem of a town cannot be beat; it’s a very friendly, laid-back, accepting place. Most people lean into the slower pace of life and get around by walking or riding bikes. Samara is in one of the world's few blue zones (where people live exceptionally long lives)! Ticos/Ticas (local Costa Ricans) are very in tune with nature and aim to live sustainably. We do our part to contribute to this fantastic environmental stewardship by staying in family-owned rustic eco-villas.


Here we are, at our base studio, Raleigh Pilates. We try not to take ourselves too seriously, too much of the time. On this retreat, we will be leading Open Level Mat Pilates classes, with props!

Tiffany Ingersoll

Tiffany Ingersoll

Tiffany teaches yoga, Piyo (pilates/yoga), Pilates and myofascial release. It is her hope to help her students put the pieces of mind and body together in order to live life to its fullest. 

What is your go-to Pilates/Yoga pose?

Savasana. It is the most simple yet complex pose I practice because it requires me to really connect my mind to my body.

What is your favorite thing about travel?

Everything. Getting out of my comfort zone!

Lindsay Eldridge

Lindsay Eldridge

Lindsay designs and implements all retreats. She teaches Pilates and ensures everything runs smoothly in Costa Rica. 

What is your go-to Pilates/Yoga pose?

Pilates bridge. I love creating length in my spine and firing up my hamstrings! It makes me feel strong and able.

What is your favorite thing about travel?

I enjoy learning the little things about each community I visit that makes them special. I get so much joy out of sharing travel experiences with others!






What will I remember about this trip?

You'll remember how you felt. 

How you felt to connect to new muscles, new cultures and new friends. How you felt to ask yourself "What do I truly want from this moment?". 

You'll remember how you felt when you walked down the last bit of trail before stepping out on a beautiful, deserted beach. 

You'll remember that the food was the perfect combination of nutritious and delicious and that it made you feel joyful and alive. 

We hope that once you get home, you'll always remember that there is a place where you felt seen, empowered and invigorated.


A Typical Day


6:30 - Journaling Workshop or Morning Meditation

7:00 - Yoga or Pilates Class

8:00 -  Breakfast at Villas

9:00 - Morning Activity or Scheduled Free Time


12:00 - Lunch (choose your own time & place)

1:00 - Afternoon Free Time

4:30 - Early Evening Class (class option varies daily)

7:00 - Group Dinner 

Morning workshops alternate between morning meditation and journaling, while classes alternate between Pilates and yoga.  

Free time blocks provide ample time to explore activities available in Samara. Some examples are:

- Horseback riding 

- Surfing lessons

- ATV tours 

- Ziplining

- Massage/Spa services 

- Spanish lessons


Let's talk about food, baby!

Samara has a healthy balance of local food options and international cuisine (everything from wood-fired steaks to ceviche to a typical local dish with a Caribbean flare). 

There are several restaurants right along the beach with a Bohemian feel as well as delicious options in town. 

Exploring the different restaurants is definitely part of the fun here. 

We will be there to point you in the direction of our favorite spots!

What's Included

What's Included

Transportation in a private, air-conditioned shuttle, to and from the airport in Liberia (LIR)

5 nights accommodation in eco-villas

All breakfasts (5), 1 lunch and 3 dinners

Access to a full kitchen in each villa

Group beach time (shade tents and chairs will be provided).

Kayaking/Paddleboard excursion

Guided hike to a hidden beach

Pilates mat/yoga classes (2 daily)

Guided morning meditation or journaling workshop (1 daily)

Myofascial release class with massage balls

Travel & logistical support leading up to and during retreat

Airfare to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)

Some meals (3 lunches and 2 dinners). Exploring restaurants here is part of the adventure!

Additional excursions or experiences

Specialty drinks (smoothies or alcoholic beverages)

Classes on Pilates equipment (we are offering Mat classes; equipment is not available)

Trip Tips

Digital Detox

Digital Detox

This is your chance to recharge! Give yourself a mental refresh through connection to yourself, others and the environment around you. Research has shown us over and over again that disconnecting from our devices more often: - benefits our sleep cycles - increases positive self talk - promotes healthier eating habits - decreases anxiety & depression - leads to more productive days at work There are no rules. You choose what amount of detox works best for where you are, in your life, at this time.

Getting There

Getting There

You'll fly to the Liberia International Airport (LIR), which is in the northern part of Costa Rica. It's best to arrive before 2pm on the retreat start date to take advantage of the private shuttle to Samara! Plan to leave after 12pm on the retreat end date. The drive to Samara is 2-2.5 hours from the LIR airport. The drive is on a two-lane road, so expect to drive through small villages, be surrounded by foliage and to be away from crowded highways.



Samara is in a dry tropical forest. April is the last month of the official dry season on the Nicoya Peninsula and May marks the beginning of the official rainy season. This means that during the last week of April, there may be an occasional, short-lived afternoon or evening rain shower (which is ideal!). It will be sunny and hot. Get ready to sweat, soak up the sun, and swim!

Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

As experienced travelers who’ve learned to expect the unexpected, we recommend travel insurance. Separate from travel insurance is travel medical insurance. If your travel insurance plan does not cover this, you may purchase a simple plan online.


A 10% deposit is required to reserve your spot on the retreat. 

The remaining balance is due 75 days before the retreat start date (February 4). 

Please reach out if you'd like to chat about a payment plan that might work better for you.

Deposits are refundable for 30 days. 

If cancellation occurs more than 60 days prior to the retreat start date, you will receive a 100% refund, less the deposit. 

Cancel 46-60 days prior to retreat start date and receive a 50% refund, less the deposit.  

Cancel 31-45 days prior to the retreat start date and receive a 25% refund, less the deposit.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations that occur 30 or fewer days before the retreat start date. 

However, we CAN apply any amount paid toward a future AWAY retreat!  

Travel to Costa Rica currently requires a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Costa Rica. 

You will also need a printed copy of your return flight to obtain a tourist visa on arrival. 

There are no COVID testing requirements to enter Costa Rica at this time. 

Yes! There are plenty of options for vegetarians, pescatarians, omnivores and carnivores alike. 

Gluten-free diets can be accommodated as well.

Costa Rica’s local currency is the colon. Colones are preferred by local businesses, although U.S. Dollars are accepted. The easiest way to obtain colones is to use your debit card at the ATM machine. There are 3 ATM's in Samara.

You will be able to insert your debit card and receive colones. There will be a fee, which is associated with your bank at home. It's usually between $3 and $5 per withdrawal.

We still recommend bringing some U.S. cash as it’s best to have some cash on hand when traveling. 

Check out the current exchange rate.

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on the entire planet. You’ll see critters that you have never seen before! 

Locals keep all food inside the refrigerator to ensure that bugs do not come inside. We’ll follow suit. 

This collection of villas is not very buggy, but you’ll likely find some cool insects while you’re out and about. 

Yes. For minor injuries, there is a small clinic with an English speaking male doctor and staff. 

There is also a small office with an English speaking female doctor and receptionist. She offers a more holistic approach to medicine. 

Samara also has an acupuncturist and pelvic floor physical therapist.

For major injuries or trauma, San Jose is the best option. 

There is an International hospital there, as well as several other hospitals that will provide excellent care. 

For a situation requiring evacuation from Costa Rica, Miami is the closest and best option. 

Yes. While it’s nice to unplug from the outside world, many of us have lives at home that require some communication. 

We understand. There is WIFI at the Villas and at most restaurants in town or along the beach. 

April is not considered the rainy season. However, if it does storm, this may cause the WIFI and power to shut down, especially in town. 

There is a generator at the Villas in case of power outages.

You may read about the current CDC recommendations and guidelines here.

If you'd like to schedule one of the many activities that are offered in town, we're here to help! 

Check out the noncomprehensive list below:

- Ziplining

- Surfing lessons

- Spanish lessons

- Horseback riding

- ATV tours

- Massage/spa services

The consensus of visitors to this collection of special villas is that they LOVE it here! 

The general consensus of visitors to Samara is that they LOVE it there too! 

We’re betting you’ll love it too.

Costa Rica Pilates & Wellness

Costa Rica· April 23 - 28 2023· 5 nights