The life-changing experience you've been waiting for...
We invite you to embark on a personal journey as you experience our life in the jungle of Costa Rica.
It's time for an adventure! Rise early to the sounds of the ocean waves and howling monkeys, start every morning with positive vibes, connect to nature by playing in the ocean, indulge in satisfying, local cuisine, build community with a group of bad ass people, dance the night away like no one is watching, connect to yourself and to those around you, and give yourself space and time to be FREE.
Follow us to ultimate adventure and thrill....
Have you been working your ass off and feel like it's time for a vacation?
Are you caught up in your routine and feel like you want to break free from your daily stresses?
Are you ready to say good bye to the office and hello to nature and sunshine?
Do you want to explore Costa Rica with two locals that can show you a side of the jungle you've never seen?
If you're shaking your head "yes", then this retreat is for you.
Maybe you've been saving your money for a hard-earned vacation, and now is the time to cash in on your time off. But with all the travel experiences to choose from, what to do?
Why not visit Mal Pais, Costa Rica to play and have fun with Rima and Russell, and to experience what pura vida is truly about? With us, we take care of you from start to finish and show you what daily life in Costa Rica is really like.
Just because you live in a city or somewhere similar, it doesn't mean you can't experience what it's like to live in paradise. It means you have to seek out opportunities where you can live a different side of life.
It's time to break free from the 9-to-5...
And instead, to forget what day it is...
As you sip on the water of a fresh coconut after your surf lesson with new friends.
Explore, Indulge & Relax the Pura Vida Way
Experience first-hand why Costa Ricans are some of the happiest people on earth as you dip your toes into the warm sand each morning
Forget to check your phone as you feel what it's like to be in the moment and connected to your surroundings
Feel your heart pumping as you learn to surf and take a paddleboard tour
Retreat Guest Testimonials
Meet Your Hosts
Rima Danielle Jomaa
I'm from California but now I live in the jungle of Costa Rica. I first came to Santa Teresa in 2012 and knew instantly that I was "home". It was immediately where I wanted to live, and now I've been living here for 5 years. I'll tell you the whole story when you get here or you can hear it on my podcast! I'm a licensed marriage & family therapist (in California - LMFT# 82229) and a yoga teacher, so a perk of this retreat is that you will experience deep personal transformation on this soul-satisfying week-long adventure. I met Russell here in Costa Rica & we fell in love! Now we get the privilege of waking up to the first light in the sky, hearing the waves, and staring at the ocean. We start the day by surfing and doing yoga, before we start our work for the day. We never work too hard though, and we make sure we always have the perfect view of the sunset! We hope you'll join us!
with V Chef Russ Taplin
I first came to Mal Pais, Costa Rica in 2006 from the south coast of England. Lured here by the waves I soon fell in love with the lush jungle, beautiful beaches and array of organically grown, local, fresh foods that were available. I originally worked as a surf instructor while I ran a guest house with my uncle, but my hunger for good food and my passion for sharing it with others led me to cook for guests and to host many dinner parties. I went on to work with some of the best chefs in the area and created my private event & retreat catering company, V Chef. My personal journey has led me to being an advocate for plant-based cuisine. Rima and I make a good team as we are aligned in our values & I love to co-create with my partner in this way, bringing both of our passions together to turn out one epic week of adventure & exploration.
See the jungle through our eyes.
This unique experience isn't just a vacation - it's a life-changing week that will stay with you when you leave...
This retreat experience is special because you get the benefit of leaving the work to us and getting the tried-and-true best of the best of Costa Rica. That's because each day, we'll have fun as we explore a side of Costa Rica that you won't get to explore if you came alone or with retreat leaders who don't live here.
We've spent years here. We know where the magic happens and when it happens. In the jungle, when you get all the elements right, an alchemical process happens in which magic occurs.
This is the magic you will live on an adventure with us.
We bring our years of experience to you to enjoy so you don't have to waste any time guessing.
You'll enjoy life like a local.
Discover on your journey...
Unhealthy eating habits can affect the quality of our emotional and physical life. Discover how delicious and fulfilling eating healthy can be, and you'll be surprised at how good you feel. We won't be "cleansing" by any means, just enjoying clean, gourmet, organic food prepared by Rima and a personal chef (Russell!) all made in the home you'll be staying in with love and gratitude. You'll find that eating healthy is not only good for you, but it's also a fun thing to explore!
Savor daily fulfilling plant-based breakfasts and ONE gourmet 3-course dinner, all cooked from locally grown, organic produce by Chef Russell. All included.
Daily Yoga Class & Meditation
This isn't a "yoga retreat", so we won't be doing anything too crazy! But each morning, we'll wake up and meet outside to enjoy the fresh morning air. We'll gently stretch our bodies to work out any kinks and then we'll practice various simple meditation techniques. You'll experience the benefits of being able to calm your mind and rest your heart, a skill you'll surely find useful back home.
Enjoy 60-minute morning yoga classes, & meditation.
Standup Paddle Board Tour
You'll get to tour Costa Rica from a new view - the ocean. We'll go exploring as a group and enjoy a delicious coconut on the sea. Don't worry if you've never done it before. No experience necessary!
ONE Standup paddle-board tour per person, including equipment.
The Best Place to Learn Surfing
It's true! The waves in Santa Teresa are amazing year round and this spot is known to be great for beginners. We'll go to a gentle part of the ocean and learn how to catch waves as a group! If you're an experienced surfer, we'll take you out back to try the bigger waves!!
One Surf lessons are included per person, including board rental.
Dance like You've Never Danced Before
We LOVE Ecstatic Dance and we are going to share it with you! And NO - you don't have to be a dancer!! What is Ecstatic dance???? Ecstatic dance is a style of free-form dance where the music takes you on a journey. We start slowly... building up the energy in the room until it's super high, and then finish nice and mellow until we end laying down on the floor. The room is pretty dark, no one talks or stares at each other, and you don't drink or do drugs at the dance! It's all about being in your own process. There's no RIGHT or WRONG way to dance!! Just close your eyes and move...
We'll join the local weekly Ecstatic Dance Party with an epic DJ! (Takes place on a Friday night, so your stay must be over a Friday night to include this.)
Home for the Week
Casa Mango - Mal Pais, Costa Rica
Imagine you're driving down the main rustic road of Mal Pais, surfers all around, the ocean peaking through the jungle to your right. Your driver turns up a road and you begin to ascend into the jungle, higher and higher.
Soon you arrive to Casa Mango. You enter, and the first thing you notice is that you're surrounded by lush green jungle.
You're taken to your bedroom and you set your stuff down to relax. Ahhh... you've finally arrived.
Plop down on the luscious bed, kick off your shoes, take a shower and relax with a tropical fruit smoothie or a cold beer before the adventures begin. You'll have time to watch the sunset before dinner, where you'll meet everyone and settle in.
You’ll be staying in a private room in our house with a private entrance and bathroom! Enjoy spectacular ocean views from your private balcony. Hot water, AC, WiFi and more are featured throughout the property.
Throughout the week, you'll awaken with the howler monkeys as you enjoy the comfort of luxury within the peace and quiet of the wild and enchanting Costa Rican jungle.
Savor the jungle views during breakfast. Fresh coffee in hand, look out to the horizon and let your worries melt away as the waves of the ocean roll into the shore.
Spend the afternoon bathing in the sun and dipping in and out of the natural tidepools nearby. Come sunset sip on tropical cocktails while watching the sun melt into the horizon leaving a dazzling trail of fire in the sky.
Enjoy gourmet food prepared by Rima or our private chef Russ and dine to the sounds of nature and the crashing waves in the distance.
You will fly into and out of San Jose Airport, Costa Rica, and from there, make your way to Santa Teresa either by commuter flight (recommended) (via Sansa Airlines, Aerobell or Costa Rica Green Airways) or via shuttle or rental car. Travel times depend on which option you take and can be anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours as we are located remotely on the tip of the Nicoyan Peninsula.
You would fly to Tambor Airport (TMU) and from there, we can arrange a taxi to the house in Mal Pais.
If your flight out of San Jose leaves very early in the morning, it's best to book it for the next morning to enjoy the full benefit of the retreat.
From there, you can make your way leisurely to San Jose and stay near the airport in comfortable, affordable and safe accommodation.
Just get yourself to and from our house, and we take care of the rest.
$695 (green season)
$845 (high season)
$995 (peak season)
*High Season: November, December 1 - 20, January 10 - 31, February, March, April (EXCEPT FOR EASTER WEEK!), July, August.
*Peak Season: December 20 - January 10 and Easter Week (AKA Semana Santa)
*Green Season: May, June, September, October
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