“THOUSAND PETAL LOTUS” WEEK WITH REBECCA DENNIS, RUTH ANNE
LUNDEBERG AND JOSH SCHUMER AT SAMASATI NATURE RETREAT.
Samasati Nature Retreat is situated on 250 acres of virgin tropical forest overlooking the
Caribbean Sea in Costa Rica. The artful balance achieved within its environment makes
Samasati an ideal destination for nature lovers, yoga practitioners, and anyone looking
for an exotic vacation experience.
This retreat offers a deep immersion in nature. Guests can walk on earthen paths
through an untouched, pristine rainforest and listen to the orchestra of birds and
monkeys. Daily optional excursions feature swimming, kayaking, rafting, horseback
riding, hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling. These day trips provide guests opportunities
to meet local people and see rainforest plants and animals. After a yoga class or an
excursion, guests can relax in a large hot tub overlooking turquoise Caribbean.
Samasati is perfect for rest, rejuvenation, and adventure.
The Retreat is located in the Talamanca/Carribean region of Costa Rica. It is completely
surrounded by National Parks and protected areas: Cahuita National Park, Tortugero
National Park, Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve,
Bri-Bri and Cabacar Indigenous Reserves, to name a few.
Mountain bikes can be rented at Samasati. The cost is $ 10.00 per day, $60.00 per
Nine Caribbean-style Bungalows are nestled into lovely tropical gardens. Built with
precious woods exquisitely polished, all have private bathrooms with hot water and
spacious verandas overlooking the jungle and the sea. Some have lofts, enabling use
as a suite... with the bed upstairs and living room downstairs... or to accommodate three
to four people. Beds have high quality single, queen or king size mattresses.
The Guest House is located in a sweet jungle valley favored by toucans, monkeys and
dazzling butterflies. Five double rooms, each with two single beds, open onto a
spacious veranda with cozy, inviting hammocks. Shared bathrooms with hot water are
located at each end of the Guest House.
Fees include all yoga activities, lodging and meals. It does not include tips for
staff, air fare, excursions or spa treatments. We offer an early bird discount
where fee is paid in full by December 31st, 2007 and the Standard Rate after that.
Early Bird by Dec. 31st Standard Rate
Single occupancy - $1585.00 Single occupancy - $1685.00
Double occupancy - $1205.00 per person Double occupancy - $1305.00 per person
Triple occupancy - $1075.00 per person Triple occupancy - $1175.00 per person
Couple with 1 spouse not doing yoga Couple with 1 spouse not doing yoga:
$2180.00 total $2280.00 total
Guest House Lodging
Early Bird by Dec. 31st Standard Rate
Single occupancy - $1080.00 Single occupancy - $1180.00
Double occupancy - $935.00 per person Double occupancy - $1035.00 per person
Couple with 1 spouse not doing yoga Couple with 1 spouse not doing yoga:
$1635.00 total $1735.00 total
Children 0-2 years of age are free
Children 3-12 – inquire about discounted rate.
Please review the cancellation policy carefully for the Thousand Petal Lotus Retreat –
June 28th – July 5th, 2008.
• Until Dec 31: full refund
• Jan 1-March 15: full refund minus $100
• March 15-April 15: You will be billed what Samasati will charge us, plus $100.00 fee.
• April 15-July 15: No refund unless we are able to re-sell the space.
Please print this page and send with your payment.
I have read the cancellation policy.
Samasati's water system is supplied by fresh springs on the property. Please note that
its ecologically-sound gray water disposal system requires the use of environmentally-
friendly biological products only. These can be purchased at Samasati.
DAILY RETREAT SCHEDULE
Yoga students of all levels are welcome on the retreat; no prior experience is
necessary! All retreat programs are optional. The day begins with a two-hour yoga
class featuring postures, pranayama (yoga breathing), relaxation and meditation.
Immediately following class, breakfast is served. From breakfast until late afternoon is
free time for relaxation or excursions. Lunch is served in the early afternoon. On most
days, workshops will be offered before dinner and/or after dinner. Workshop topics
include: meditation; deep relaxation; posture clinic; power flow class; chanting. Both
teachers are present whenever participants are receiving posture instruction. Working
together, Rebecca as well as Ruth Anne and Josh create an intensive, dynamic learning
environment for all, including beginners, those with physical limitations and
intermediate/advanced yogis. Midweek, there will be one day without classes to allow
participants to schedule a full-day excursion.
The retreat package includes meals served every day. Food is plentiful and varied. All
meals are gourmet vegetarian and are served buffet-style. Breakfast includes fresh
tropical fruits and juices, eggs, granola, yogurt, eggs, bread, fresh Costa Rican coffee,
black tea, green tea, herbal tea and either rice and beans, pancakes or muffins, Lunch
typically features two cooked main dishes, two cold salads and a cooked side dish.
Dinner usually includes a soup, a cooked main dish, two cooked side dishes, two cold
salads and desert.
At 650 feet high overlooking the ocean, the Samasati is delightfully cool even on hot
days. During the summer refreshing tropical rains make the scenery even more lush
than usual. July temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s. An average day will begin
clear with bright sunshine that will give way to clouds and light rain in the afternoon.
It is not recommended to bring Costa Rican currency with you. Instead, bring traveler’s
checks in small denominations. Samasati does not accept personal checks. Credit
cards used at Samasati carry a 7% surcharge. (Also, Citicorp Travelers Checks are not
accepted in Costa Rica). You can change a small amount of cash at the airport when
you arrive but it is not necessary. Hotels (including Samasati) will change money for
you, if you are staying there. (Banks will also exchange US currency, but as the wait
can be 30-60 minutes, it is worth it to use the hotel.) Cash exchangers on the street
should not be used. US currency is accepted by many vendors, though you might lose
a bit on the exchange. Most car rental companies, travel providers, hotels, large
restaurants, and department stores will accept all major credit cards, including
MasterCard, Visa and American Express. Make sure you have some US dollars with
you in small bills to pay bus and taxi to and from the airport.
WHAT TO BRING TO SAMASATI
FIRST AND FOREMOST, BRING YOUR PASSPORT. Passports are required to enter
Costa Rica. Check to make sure your passport is not expired. Remember that you will
need two months to get, replace or renew a passport. You should also bring your own
yoga mat, binoculars, camera and film, tennis or hiking shoes for jungle walk, sturdy
sandals, long pants for jungle walks, warmer clothing for the evening, casual and light
clothing, biodegradable shampoo, natural sun tan lotion, beach towel, sunglasses and
hat, flashlight, mosquito repellent, light raincoat or umbrella, your favorite CD to play in
TELEPHONE AND COMMUNICATIONS
There is NO PUBLIC TELEPHONE at Samasati Nature Retreat. There is public email
and phone at, Puerto Viejo, which is only 4 miles away. Messages can be left for you at
1-800-563 9643 (Samasati’s San Diego office), they will be forwarded daily.
BRINGING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO SAMASATI
Children, partners, companions and spouses who are not enrolled in the retreat are
welcome to accompany you to Samasati. Though not allowed to participate in the
retreat programs offered by Rebecca and Ruth Anne, they will be welcomed into the
group for meals, recreation and excursions. Refer to our brochure for rates. Childcare
is available with advance notice. The rate is determined by the retreat center. If you are
considering brining a child, please inform the retreat coordinators (Ruth Anne or
Rebecca) of your projected childcare schedule while at the retreat. We will
communicate your needs to the retreat center and get you a quote.
AIR TRANSPORTATION TO COSTA RICA
Retreatants book their own flights, which should be booked no later than two months
prior to the retreat. All flight information must be forwarded to retreat coordinators, Ruth
Anne and Rebecca.
GROUND TRANSPORTATION TO SAMASATI
Samasati is located 130 miles South of San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and 30
miles South of Puerto Limón on the Caribbean coast. Getting to Samasati is easy and
the drive is beautiful. The road is safe, paved, and the sightseeing breathtaking. You will
cross the Braulio Carrillo National Park, the largest virgin protected area in Costa Rica,
and the Santa Clara flatlands where most of the country’s crops are grown. Then the
road unwinds along the beach in the middle of coconut groves and sweet water canals.
RENTING AND DRIVING YOUR OWN CAR
The drive to Samasati is easy and safe. It is recommended that you book a car with one
of the major international agencies before arrival: Budget, Hertz, Thrifty or Avis. You can
request detailed driving directions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The drive is
about three and half hours and is very scenic
MINIVAN WITH DRIVER
From the airport or from a San José hotel direct to Samasati: $130 total per minivan
(Up to 7 people). Trip is 3-4 hours. Book through retreat coordinators, Rebecca and
TAXI TO PUBLIC BUS
This is a common, safe and inexpensive way to travel to Samasati. We schedule a
private taxi to pick you up upon arrival at the airport of San José. The driver will have a
sign with your name on it. He will take you to the Caribbean Bus Terminal in the city.
Four times a day a direct bus runs to the village of Puerto Viejo, which is right next to
Samasati. The taxi driver will help you buy the ticket and get the right bus. The ride is
direct and it takes between three and four hours (one stop in Limon for snacks). In
Puerto Viejo, a Samasati vehicle will be waiting for you at the bus stop. Taxi ride from
the airport to Caribbean Bus Terminal: $ 20. Bus ticket $ 7. All fees payable to the
drivers in US cash, small bills. (Bus Schedule from San José to Puerto Viejo: 6am,
10am, 1:30pm, 3:30 pm.) In order to be able to catch the last bus (3:30 PM) your arrival
time should be no later than 2:00 PM. If your plane arrives later than 2 PM you can
either reserve a Private Mini Van (see above), or spend the night in the city and travel to
Samasati the next morning (see below).
Spending a night in the city of San José
If your flight arrives late in the day we recommend spending your first night in San Jose.
Also, if your departure flight is earlier than 1:00pm we recommend staying in the city the
night before. Near the Airport, La Rosa del Paseo Hotel is a beautiful mansion built in
1897 in the Caribbean Victorian style. Double rooms are $70.00 or $65.00 + tax
including breakfast; single rooms are $ 60.00 or $55.00 + tax, depending on the season.
For an extra $18.00 La Rosa del Paseo Hotel's shuttle will pick you up at the airport,
which is a very good service. The driver will wait for if your flight is delayed.
Reservations should be made 2 months in advance to guarantee rooms.
Morning Hotel Van Pickup
For those who spend the night in the city, there is a minivan that will pick you up the
next morning between 9 and 10 a.m. to take you to Samasati. The cost is $25.00 per
person. This shuttle will pick up passengers at any San José Hotel, but not at the
airport. Book two months in advance.
IMPORTANT: WHATEVER TRANSPORTATION OPTION YOU CHOOSE, YOU MUST
INFORM US, (Rebecca and Ruth Anne) THE RETREAT COORDINATORS, OF YOUR
ARRANGEMENTS FOR FLIGHT, HOTEL, AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION NO
LESS THAN TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO THE RETREAT. WE WILL TAKE CARE OF
BOOKINGS WHEN NECESSARY.
(This is a partial list. The full list is at www.samasati.com)
RAIN FOREST CANOPY ADVENTURE
Ten minutes away from Samasati, eight aerial platforms and 1200 meters of cable are
nestled deep into the jungle. After a short walk the adventure starts. Our professional
guide will take you from one platform to the other explaining facts about the vegetation,
the animals, and how the local indigenous use some of the herbs you will see. An
incredible opportunity to "dive" into the jungle and enjoy it from up above.
Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 8:30 AM
$ 50 per person
SAMASATI BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
Samasati's virgin rain forest harbors thousands of known life forms and thousands yet to
be described. Resonating with the songs of birds and the screams of the howler
monkeys at dawn, the rain forest is quiet in the heat of the day, its stillness punctuated
by the insect-like call of poison dart frogs, the rasping of cicadas or the whistled notes of
wrens and antbirds. The dark, cool interior of the primary forest is surprisingly free of
entangling vegetation. Only where light manages to filter through the interlocking
canopy to the forest floor does vegetation proliferate.
Walking into the rain forest is like taking a step back on time. The modern world and all
its stresses fade into insignificance.
Duration: 2 hours
Departure time: any time before 2 PM
$ 10 per person
Guided trekking to a majestic waterfall. Forty minutes to an hour walk in the jungle, in
the river, up and down big rocks. Healing and powerful, the waterfall is like a jungle's
baptism. Jumping under the strong jets will massage and renew anyone!
Duration: 3 hours minimum
Departure time: 10 AM
$40.00 per person
SEA AND RIVER KAYAKING
At the beautiful beach of Punta Uva, with the help of a trained guide, you will kayak in
the ocean with a sea kayak. Than you will slide towards the Punta Uva River, that
unwinds into the jungle into a paradise of birds, wild animals and tropical plants, leaving
behind you nothing but ripples
After the kayaking, the options are: exploring the Punta Uva promontory, snorkeling and
sunbathing at the beach either way, this is a day full of adventure and wonders!
Duration: 3 hours + beach time
Departure time: 9:30 AM
$ 80 per person
$ 60 per person 2 -5 people
$ 55 per person 6 or more people
HORSEBACK RIDING AT THE BEACH
Exquisitely trained horses and an expert bilingual guide/teacher will accompany you in
this adventurous excursion on the wild beach of Cahuita National Park. At first, in order
to make friends and to get used to the horse's pace, you will be taken on a brief horse's
walk in the jungle where is also possible to observe animals. You will then come to the
beach where the horses can either keep walking, trotting or take you for a breathtaking
gallop along the shore. Of course a stop for swimming and resting on the beach is
included on the day's program.
Duration: as long as you can take it
Departure time: 10 AM the latest
$ 93 per person
$ 60 per person 2 -3 people
$ 50 per person 4-6 people
An all-day excursion, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you will be scuba diving with two air
tanks. From Puerto Viejo village, near Samasati, you will take a boat to Manzanillo and
Punta Uva, two of the most beautiful beaches of the area. PADI certification is required.
Duration: as long as you like
Departure: 9:00 AM
One tank, one person, $95; 2 people, $77, 3 peple $72
Two tanks, one person, $121; 2 people, $105; 3 people, $99
WHITE WATER RAFTING
The Pacuare river is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked
by steep, green walls. You will see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides.
Wildlife is abundant, with sloth, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies and colorful
frogs being common sights. Other inhabitants of this jungle include monkeys, jaguars,
peccaries and tapirs, but these animals generally stay more hidden. It is not an overly
challenging river, but it has many rapids that will make your adventure very interesting
and fun. The 18-mile-one-day-run includes a total of 38 rapids. Few rivers in the world
can offer you so many rapids in such a short stretch of water.
Upon arrival to the river you will get geared you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle
and then briefed with a full safety orientation talk by our expert guides. The first 4 miles
consist of class II-III rapids, a great time to test your new river skills, gain confidence in
your team, and have fun. Here you will find very beautiful pockets of secondary forest.
After about 40 minutes we will enter the Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some
of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. After the gorge the river opens up to
another 5 mile stretch called"Valle del Pacuare." The river here changes and becomes
wide open, giving you the opportunity to rest a bit and watch the varied wildlife. The final
3 miles are filled with class III rapids which carry you all the way to the end.
Duration, including transfers : 8 hours
Departure time: 6:30 AM
$ 88.00 per person
$ 80 per person more than 15 people
Puerto Viejo Village/Beach
4 miles away from Samasati, Puero Viejo beach is a black sand volcanic beach with
none to mild waves. Also North of Puerto Viejo, you will find the best surfing beaches on
the Caribbean Coast.
Transport is $ 5.00 per person. Less than 4 people, $ 20.00 total
Cahuita National Park Beach
Cahuita National park consists of several miles of white beach and dense tropical
jungle. Nearby you will find Cahuita village, which is a small typically Caribbean
settlement. The coral reef of Cahuita National Park includes approximately 240 habitats.
There are 123 different species of fishes, 44 species of crustaceans, 140 shellfish and
1281 seaweed species identified. We can also observe 35 different coral species such
as the fire coral, the red coral and the black coral which is unique to this area.
Transportation: $ 6.00 per person. Less than 5 people, $ 25.00 total.
Punta Uva (Grape Point) Beach
The editorial in 2001 Outside Magazine Travel Guide called Punta Uva beach "one of
the best seven beaches in the world". A white sand beach located at the entrance of the
Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Punta Uva is a "must" destination for people
visiting the Caribbean Coast. Emerald waters, lots of coconut trees, very secluded.
Transportation: $ 6 per person. Less than 5 people, $ 25.00 total.
In the heart of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo white beach
extends for few miles south all the way to the Panama border. Manzanillo village is a
very small Caribbean settlement.
$8 per person. Less than 5 people: $ 40.00 per mini van
MASSAGES: $75/HOUR, $100/1.5 HOURS
This therapy is a customized treatment to relieve you from stress and tension combining
various bodywork techniques such as Shiatsu, Deep Tissue and Reiki to restore
physical alignment and maximize relaxation of your body, mind and soul. High quality
Aromatherapy oils will be blended freshly with pure essential oils according to your
individual needs (uplifting, soothing, relaxing).
DEEP TISSUE: This technique offers a release in the fascia, a connective tissue that
surrounds the muscles and bones. Deep pressure corrects poor body alignments and
alleviates spinal pain. Applying subtle movements of the joints, we can increase the
amount of endorphins in the body, creating a deep sense of relaxation.
SWEDISH MASSAGE: A light and nurturing massage with oil. It is a relaxing and
soothing massage that does not go too deep.
REFLEXOLOGY: A massage for hands and feet which stimulates the entire system.
SPA TREATMENTS: $85/HOUR
AVOCADO AND BLACK SAND BODY POLISH
Offered exclusively at Samasati, this luxurious body polish will revitalize the entire
epidermis. Nutrient rich avocado is worked into the skin with dramatic moisturizing
effects while the black volcanic sand gently sloughs away dead cells leaving your skin
replenished and revitalized.
Melt as a warm blend of organic chocolate and the richest of Costa Rica's coffee beans
are massaged into the body. The cacao and coffee's natural caffeine stimulates
circulation encouraging new cell growth while the fine grounds exfoliate away dry, tired
skin, revealing a more youthful glow.
FRUITOPIA BODY POLISH
This gentle skin exfoliation treatment tightens pores, smoothes out fine lines and leaves
the body soft and supple. Enzyme-rich pineapple and luscious papaya are massaged
over the entire body in light circular motion. Wrapped in a plastic sheet, heat opens the
pores causing the enzymes to penetrate the surface softening tissue beneath. End this
tropical delight with a full body coconut oil application. Excellent for revitalizing sensitive