Costa Rica Retreat FAQ

Pura Vida Retreat & Spa-Questions and to make reservations:  contact Madison (888)767-7375 ext 233 or email  There is information about the facility, spa services, etc.on line at .  You can also look under the “Events calendar” for May 5-12, 2018, Purification Meets Paradise to see info about our retreat.

Air travel: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)  is the closest airport .  You will need to make your own airline reservations.  Pura Vida will pick you up at the airport (no charge) and bring you to the beautiful grounds of Pura Vida Spa.  Contact Madison (888)767-7375 ext 233 with your flight information 10 days ahead to guarantee pick-up. U.S. citizens need a valid, current passport but no visa for travel to Costa Rica.  American Airlines, United, Southwest and Delta all fly to San Jose Airport (SJO).

Schedule: This amazing experience  will extend an entire week from Saturday, May 5 to Saturday, May 12, 2018.  The Saturdays are travel days.  You are welcome to come early or stay late (Contact Pura Vida directly if you wish to stay at Pura Vida for days outside the retreat dates-(extra room charges apply – they extend a 10% discount for retreat participants).  Our first yoga class and orientation will be held Sunday morning where  all of the wonderful options for the week will be presented.

Cleansing:  Joining the cleanse is optional!  This is an opportunity to detox our systems using food, breath, movement and other techniques of release and renewal.  The organic diet is rich with delicious foods to cleanse and nourish the body. This does not mean fasting, it means eating very well, but specifically those foods designed to detoxify the body.  There are specific purification and breathing practices to support this process that are done each morning.  There will be a suggested morning routine that is done on your own upon awakening and some we will do together.  The pre-breakfast time will include these practices and meditation.

There will be time to relax, journal, read, have spa treatments and simply be quiet.  There are also plenty of excursion opportunities if you want to explore.  Before dinner we will have another asana class including restorative yoga and yoga Nidra.   There will also be other offerings including Ayurveda Workshops, Trauma Releasing Exercises and chakra cleansing.

Food:  We are having special foods, delicious organic foods prepared for the cleanse.  These foods are the foods that detox and cleanse naturally and the springtime.  This cleansing menu is completely optional however and the full menu of delicious foods will also be available to participants.  Karen will be contacting you prior to the retreat to determine if you’re interested in being part of the cleanse.  If so, she will recommend specific herbs for you to bring along.

Spa/Ayurvedic Treatments: There are a variety of therapeutic offerings at Pura Vida Spa ranging from massage to watsu, shirondara (head/oil massage) to abyhanga.  Therapies are optional and incur an additional charge.  Reservations can be made upon arrival in Costa Rica.

Excursions: Pura Vida offers a host of excursions, from white water rafting to zip-lining through the jungle canopy.  All excursions are optional, are an additional charge, subject to change, and can be arranged once we get there.  You are also welcome to arrange your own outing, activity or excursion.

Time Zone:  Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time but because they don’t use daylight savings time, in May they are on the same time zone as Mountain Standard Time.

What to Bring

Practical items:

  • Passport!  Flashlight, sunscreen and hat, bathing suit, day pack/backpack, walking/hiking shoes, sandals with straps, sweater/sweatshirt, insect repellant, toiletries, warm pajamas (cool nights), slippers, rainwear/poncho.
  • Electrical current is the same as for the U.S.  No need for adapters or converters.

We will be cleansing on all levels so additionally you’ll need:

  • A journal
  • Herbs and oils that are recommended for you by Karen Quinn

May we suggest that you don’t bring (or turn off!):

  • Cell phones, laptops
  • Your brief case
  • Work to catch up on
  • Preconceived ideas, worries, responsibilities or expectations

We are very excited about this trip and are committed to doing everything we can to make this a cleansing, healing and hassle-free experience for you.   Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns!

Karen Quinn, Ayurvedic Prct., CYT, ERYT
Phone 303-588-6866