What did I do on my vacation? Pura Vida -Pure Life- this saying is used many times a day in Costa Rica.
Four years ago I went on what I call my trip of a lifetime!
Thirteen like-minded women flew from Ottawa to Liberia, Costa Rica, after a 3-hour bus ride through the most beautiful country I have ever seen! We arrived at Blue Spirit for a 7-day yoga retreat. We were greeted by hot humid temperatures, howling monkeys, roosters and other fellow yogis.
After we checked in our amazing rooms, we had an orientation on the ecosystem of the resort and what products we could use and not use, Blue Spirit is in part of Costa Rica that is one of the worlds 5 only blue zones, hence the name Blue Spirit. According to Wikipedia “a Blue Zone is an area where people live the longest and report the highest levels of well-being. We were all very respectful of the resorts ecosystem.
Every day we had a sunrise and sundown meditation and 2 yoga classes. The yoga studio we had was covered but open air, which was good because we got a lot of rain in the evenings. Hearing the rain on the roof of the yoga studio was so meditating. In the morning yoga class, we had hummingbirds dancing around and at the sundown mediation the fireflies came out to entertain us. The yoga classes mostly consisted of Yin Yoga, which is my favorite type of yoga. I like the stillness and quiet of the Yin practice. We were free in the afternoon to hang out on the beach with surfers, walk the beach to shop in a nearby town of Nosara, sit by the pool or go off on excursions. Some of the ladies went off and did zip lining, which they described it as spectacular, with my fear of heights I sat that one out. I did travel to a farm and hiked through the fields to a waterfall to swim and play in a natural water slide, we spent the afternoon and, on the way back to the resort the guide stopped to gets us cold beer and fresh watermelon. My mouth waters now at the thought of how good it tasted. I did spend a few afternoons on the beach watching the surfers and a family of sea turtles.
We all assumed we would come home 5 lbs lighter because the resort only offered organic food with mostly vegetarian selections, the food was from the resort’s farm and garden. The different dishes and desserts were so amazing and tasted so good, we all stuffed our faces at every meal. Needless to say, we did not lose any pounds, we all did feel healthy and energetic. We went into town one night to eat and have some fun, have some local beer and drinks, what a night! La Luna was a small restaurant on the beach with amazing fresh food. The owners sat with us and asked us about living in Canada and we asked them about life in Costa Rica. We ate fish tacos with fish that had been caught that day, I have not been able to find a fish taco again that tasted that good.
Did I go there to find myself, in a sense I went there to figure out who I really was? I was so grateful I was to be able to have a trip like this and how blessed I was with my life back home. I embraced spirituality and yoga about 6 years ago and it has been a big part of my life. This yoga retreat confirmed to me I am on the right path.
I am hoping to add more locations to my trips of a lifetime. Bali is going to be one for sure. Where has your trip of a lifetime been or where do you want to go to have that trip of a lifetime?