I have to start off by saying that the previous two reviewers were on the same retreat as me and reading their reviews brought back all the wonderful memories of my week at VajraSol. If you are looking for a week of bliss, a week of adventure, a week to escape, a week to recharge, cleanse, have fun, challenge yourself and practice yoga then VajraSol will not fail you!
I have only extremely positive things to say about my week at VajraSol. I did a tremendous amount of research in order to find the perfect yoga retreat destination and was blown away by all the amazing reviews for VajraSol. A part of me couldn’t believe such a perfect place existed and maybe the expectations were set too high? No…..this retreat FAR exceeded my expectations! Sandra was extremely helpful with all my questions before I booked the retreat. I was very nervous since it was the first time I was traveling to Costa Rica AND the first time I was traveling solo. The flight on the puddle-jumper from San Jose to Tambor is not for the faint of heart, but luckily I had a new retreat friend sitting next to me on the return flight whose hand I could grip!
Once I decided Costa Rica was my destination, I chose VajraSol based on the yoga/surf combination, accommodations, food and the retreat leader. So here’s my reviews on those aspects….
Yoga & Surfing….. The daily afternoon yoga is held in a beautiful outdoor Yoga Shala with the sounds of the ocean and nature all around you. Sandra led the yoga sessions which were inspirational, calming and challenging. I noticed a considerable improvement in my yoga when I got back. There were only 6 of us on the retreat (all solo women travelers!) so the sessions were personalized for us. I loved having the yoga at the end of the day, especially since each session was followed by a beautiful sunset on the beach. The morning surf lessons with Mike and Eric were incredible! Each day we walked 10 minutes down the beach to our surfing spot and had a great time getting up on our boards and conquering the waves. Mike and Eric were very attentive and made us all feel very safe and confident in the water. Whether you’re an expert or have never surfed in your life, you will have a great time!
Accommodations….When I first arrived at Pranamar, I was greeted by the very friendly staff and given a delicious and refreshing drink. I was shown to my beautiful poolside villa that I shared with a fellow retreat member. Everything about the villa was perfect and I especially loved the large private balconies. Pranamar is a heavenly resort on the ocean. The décor and atmosphere are very tranquil and you’re surrounded by nature. I must also add that the ocean-side spa is fabulous for a post-yoga massage or facial!
The food...I still dream about it. We ate every meal together at the Buddha Eyes restaurant at Pranamar except for 2 dinners out in the town and 1 lunch when we were on our own. I liked that every meal was included (except for 1 lunch) upfront. Each meal was incredibly healthy and delicious using all local, fresh ingredients. I especially loved the fresh fruit drinks at every meal. I certainly looked forward to each meal since we had a private table where we all bonded and caught up about each other’s’ activities.
Retreat leader…..Our fearless leader, Sandra is truly inspirational. She’s a very warm, welcoming woman who made the week perfect. She is extremely down to earth and helped us all appreciate where we were, our time off and the beautiful surroundings. There was no stress during the week – she’s very organized and I never had to worry about anything. I loved meeting her and hearing about all her adventures. Living in New York, its very easy to get caught up in work and materialistic things and being around Sandra reminded me that happiness truly comes from being able to step back and appreciate the moment you’re in. I absolutely want to join her on one of her Peru retreats in the future!
This retreat is what you make it. You can certainly have more alone time if you would like or more bonding time with your new retreat friends. I am fortunate to say I left with 6 new true friends and so many wonderful memories. I highly, highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking for an escape and adventure. I can honestly say it was one of the best weeks of my life.
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