Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica!

Here are some pictures and a testimonial from our 2017 Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica:

“Words cannot express the positive, life changing experience I had with Bani at the Peace Retreat in Costa Rica! There was a perfect balance of structured time (yoga/meditation) and non-structured, private time (for me, running on the trails or napping). Being quite new to meditation, this was a perfect way to jump in feet first. I’m now totally addicted and feel like I have a new brain!” Gail

Tentative schedule (all classs and meals are optional except for the first Saturday night session from 7:00 to 9:00) 


2:30 – 3:00 : Most of us will arrive at the Liberia Airport at approximately 2:30pm.  We have some people arriving at 2:45 and 3:00 so we will leave the airport shortly after that to drive to The Peace Retreat in Guanacaste.  It is approximately a 75 minutes drive so we’ll get some site seeing in right away!  I will ask the driver to act as a tour guide and give us as much info as possible.

4:30ish: Once we arrive at the Peace Retreat you can settle into your room and tour the facilites and surrounding area.  It will be an open and free time to rest or explore until dinner.

6:00pm: Dinner

7:00 – 9:00: We will have our first group session of Yoga as well as an Introduction to a specific Meditation style that is designed to help you to make a lasting shift to move towards your optimal feeling state and life circumstances.  It is based on the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza.  If you’d like to look into his work you can find several you tube videos of him speaking. You could also prepare even further by reading his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New one.


7:00 : Level 1-2 Yoga

8:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Meditation Instruction and practice

11:00 : Level 1- 2 Yoga

12:00: Lunch

5:00: Level 2-3 Yoga

6:00 – Dinnner

7:30 – 8:30 pm : Meditation Instruction and Practice


7:00 am : Level 1-2 Yoga

8:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Meditation Instruction and practice

11:00 : Level 1- 2 Yoga

12:00: Lunch

5:00: Level 2-3 Yoga

6:00 – Dinnner

7:00 – 8:00 pm : Bon fire on the beach

8:00 – 9:30 pm: Meditation Instruction and Practice


7:00 am : Level 1-2 Yoga

8:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Meditation Instruction and practice

10:00 : Level 1- 2 Yoga

12:00: Lunch

11:00 – 6:00 – Optional half day Catamaran and snorkeling sunset tour.  Description of excursion –  Silently glide along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink prepared and served by our crew as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach while the ever helpful crew prepares a feast of chicken or pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole and homemade chocolate chip cookies. The Sailing Catamarans will set sail and you will hear the waves slide along the giant catamaran as the sun sets, illuminating the clouds left in the sky. ( cost $90.00) Those going on this excursion can eat an early lunch before you go.

7:30 – 8:30 – All Levels Yoga, Meditation instruction and Practice


This is the day that you will have the option of going on the full day Excursion to Hacienda Guachipelin .  We would leave early in the morning and return for dinner.

If you would rather not attend the excursion you can have a free day to lounge at the pool, walk to the beach, walk into town or plan any other individual excursions!  Breakfast and Lunch will be at the regular times.

6:30 : Dinner

7:30 : Yoga and Meditation


7:00am : Yoga

8:00am: Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30am – Meditation on the Beach

10:00 am: Yoga on the Beach

11:30 am ( approximately): Leave for airport

Please click on the links contained in the page on Travelor Information offered by The Peace Retreat. >  One link is called Guest Information and the other is Costa Rica Country Overview. There is a lot of helpful info, but there are two things in that documents that do not apply to us going as a retreat group.  One is that our travel tax of $30.00 is included in most of our plane fares.  If you’re not sure you can check with your travel agent or airline.  The other is that the cost of your ride from Liberia airport to the retreat center is included in what you paid for the retreat.

Here’s what participants have expressed about their experience with Bani’s retreats:

“What a breath of fresh air Bani brings to us as a retreat leader! She is so joyful in presenting her insights and talks. She speaks with such candor and humor! She brings us all to a place of joy and self discovery. What a blessing she is and what a gift she gives to us!” The Rev. Krista Cameron-ordained Episcopal Priest

“Bani’s retreat is exactly what I needed at the exact right time. The retreat made a positive impact on my journey of letting go, forgiveness and embracing the positive.” Meg Joseph

Read more testimonials about Bani’s retreats

Frequently Asked Questions about the Retreat in Costa Rica!

These are a few of the questions that I have been asked recently, so I thought you may be wondering the same thing!

1. What would this trip cost me and are there hidden costs?

b1ded6e8-8d6b-4908-96b8-8e43083fc266There is one Jungle Cabina remaining for this Retreat.  All of the other accomodations are taken. The cost is $1089.00 and this price includes meals and all classes. The price is based on double occupancy. There is an upcharge of $260 for single occupancy in the Jungle Cabina .Click here to see more >


2. I’m not sure I’m comfortable to come alone on a big trip like this!

99d387aa-5c9c-4b52-9e07-a939f2c4375fYou will not be alone. I will be there with you, supporting you in every way that I can, as well as having the support of a wonderful staff at Peace Retreat! You can even get on the same flight with me if you’d like and we could fly together! If you need to share a room with someone, I will make sure that it is someone that I know who is cool! You will get so close to the other people on the retreat that you will go home with many new wonderful friends and like minded allies on your journey! You will probably ask some of them to be a bridesmaid or best man in your next wedding and come over for Thanksgiving dinner!

3. Is there Wifi and what about phone service?

Yes, there is Wi Fi and many people get international phone plans that work quite well.

4. What if I dont know how to do Yoga or Meditate?

There will be Gentle/Beginner classes every day. You dont need to know anything….except for your name.

5. What if I don’t Want to do Yoga or Meditate Every Day but want to sleep on the beach instead?

That’s ok! All of the classes are optional! I have a feeling that you will love them SO much that you will be excited to experience as many as possible, but it is not necessary! I will not judge you give you the evil eye for missing some! Promise!

If you have ANY other questions, please feel free to email or call! There are no dumb questions! I can help you work out situations or “roadblocks”! If you want to be a part of this retreat, I want to help you get there!

RETREAT LOCATION: You will be spending 6 days and 5 nights at the Peace Retreat, located in the remote jungle of Playa Negra. It is the perfect place to cultivate your inner peace as well as having plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure!  Surrounded by the sounds of nature, from the howler monkeys to the exotic birds chirping, the ocean surf to the cooling breeze rustling through the trees, you will experience so much more than a typical vacation. More on the Peace Retreat!

Peace Yoga StudioRELAX & CONNECT: Yoga and Meditation sessions will run throughout the day with styles varying from Gentle and Restorative to Intermediate Level. Meditation classes are appropriate for those new to Meditation as well as experienced.


91177cd2-387e-43e7-8b7a-d592de34905cEXPLORE: The retreat center is a 15 minute walk from the beautiful and pristine beach of Playa Negra. The beaches vary from black sand, white sand and sea shells and open up to unique stretches of sand and volcanic reef around each ocean side cliff! There will be free time each day to relax by the pool, walk to the quaint town of Playa Negra or go on one of the exciting outings to a  nearby wildlife preserve, zip lining, white water rafting, surfing lessons and more!


You will have time to schedule outings to experience even more of Costa Rica.  This is optiional.

I have done some research for you and the outing that is the most highly recommended and highly rated is a day trip to Hacienda Guachipelin.  It is approx. an hour drive to a Nature Reserve and costs $90.00.  There are 2 options here.

Either the One Day Adventure Pass or the One Day Nature Pass.   >

On the Adventure pass you will get to horseback ride through the jungle, go tubing down a river and then served a delicious lunch.  After that you will be taken on a canopy tour, followed by a mud bath in the hot springs!  

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If you’d prefer the Nature Pass, you will be taken through a Butterfly Garden, a Serpentarium and a Frog Exhibit to see more of the creatures of Costa Rica!  After your lunch, you will be walked to a breath taking lookout point, driven to a spectacular waterfalls and on to the Rio Negro Hot Strings and volcanic mud bath!  

frog exhibit costa rica

snake garden in costa rica

hot springs in costa rica






Saturday February 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST -to- Thursday February 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST

There is an upcharge of $260 for single occupancy in the Jungle Cabina .

Read more about the Accommodations at the Peace Retreat.

To register, CLICK HERE!


What if I am new to Yoga and meditation?

private-yoga-walton-on-thames-surrey-with-faye-koe There will be two Gentle/Level 1 yoga classes each day with an emphasis on back care.  There will also be restorative at various times throughout the retreat.  The meditation that I lead is accessible to anyone.  Most of the meditation will be guided and you will experience a variety of styles.


Will There Be More Challenging Yoga?


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Yes.  Every day there will be a rigorous Level 2/3 class.  It will be level 2/3 in it’s theory as well as it’s asana and pranayama.  In addition, there will be group times where I will be teaching about energy and how we can raise our energetic frequency to move towards our goals and desires of greater health, abundance, love relationships and more!

Air Fare

Air fare is not included. If you live in the U.S. my friend and Travel Agent Sue McNelly can help you get the best price on airfare!

Contact Sue McNelly:
Sue McNelly | Independent Travel Advisor-CWT Vacations
tel: +1 (585) 899-8978 | fax: +1 (877) 744-9062
15 Fishers Road Suite 200 | Pittsford, NY 14534

Please be advised that you must have a passport with at least 6 months remaining on the passport at the time of travel.  I would also highly recommend trip cancellation insurance.  My friend Sue McNelly recommends Travel Guard.  It’s inexpensive and reliable!

CONTACT BANI if you have any questions!
Bani Aello 585-957-6235