About Us

Unplug. Unwind. Experience the pure life. Pura Vida.

You want to get away –– we want to help.

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate through the practice of yoga. Yoga is the at the foundation of Blue Osa. From the friendly smiles of the staff who know your name, to the way the bread is baked from scratch daily, everything is done mindfully with love.

 

With 12 rooms and a capacity for 32 guests, this intimate beachfront eco-resort offers the ultimate sanctuary if you’re seeking solace from the hectic world. Nestled off-the-beaten-path in the virgin Costa Rican rainforest of the Southern Osa Peninsula, guests have an endless selection of quiet places to meditate and reflect. Only 50 meters away from the waves, you can see the private beach while practicing yoga from our elegantly designed second floor Yoga Studio. Onsite, there is also a chemical-free lap pool for an afternoon swim.

Yogic not only in design, Blue Osa encourages guests to be mindful by implementing a morning silence to a pre-dinner ritual of presenting the food during their freshly prepared organic farm-to-table communal meals. Napkin rings with guests names are rotated at the dinner table each night to encourage mixing and mingling.

 

For full relaxation, there is also a full service eco-spa offering locally sourced fruit facials and body scrubs. Massage practitioners offering therapies such as Watsu and Deep Tissue Massage. A Chinese Medicine acupuncturist is also available.

 

Built from the ground up as a sustainable micro-grid that runs mostly on solar-power, Blue Osa intends to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible for a property of their size. In living in harmony with the environment, guests are able to experience true mindful living in balance with the earth.

 

Our mission is simple: To provide guests with an unforgettable experience that nourishes body, mind and spirit. What does that mean for you as a guest?

 

We will take you from stressed out to blissed out from the moment you arrive (downward dogs not required). We offer tailor-made experiences for individuals, groups and retreat leaders. And we especially enjoy facilitating events for yoga teachers, corporate event planners, coaches and other personal growth leaders.

 

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Blue Osa Eco-Resort

Step into the tranquil oasis that is Blue Osa. Set on a remote beachfront location, this eco-resort houses up to 32 guests in 12 comfortably chic rooms located in three main buildings along with on-site facilities:

 

A column-free 1,350 square foot open-air YOGA STUDIO on the second floor of the yoga building that overlooks our private beach.

 

A full-service ECO SPA with two treatment rooms. Each with a private, zen-like garden, and outdoor shower.

 

The COCINA, an open kitchen and dining room with six tables and thirty-two chairs. During your stay, we provide healthy, mostly plant-based meals that include freshly-caught fish and locally-raised meat and poultry. Coffee, tea, and purified water is available throughout the day

A chemical-free LAP POOL with a solar-powered filtration system. An eco-friendly copper-silver ionizing system is used so that algae and other bacteria cannot live in the water.

 

The POOL PAVILION with comfortable lounge sofas and chairs, perfect for a casual meeting or reading a great book.

 

An ORGANIC GARDEN that provides our kitchen with fresh vegetables and herbs. On the property are mango, guanabana, starfruit, citrus, banana, coconut, avocado, and papaya trees as well as a pineapple patch.

 

A LOUNGE AREA near the staff office features complimentary wireless internet access.


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to read more about how Blue Osa is an Eco Resort.

 

Our Values

1. HARMONY

In music, harmony often refers to a blending of tones that is pleasing to the ear. Here at Blue Osa, we believe in living with the rhythms of nature in a way that is pleasing to the soul.

 

That means, rising with the sun, eating from the land, savoring the beauty of our natural surroundings and reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible (we are an off-the-grid eco-resort). Take care of the earth, and it will take care of you. This is the pure life.

 

2. PRESENCE

Have you ever physically been somewhere, but mentally “checked-out”? Perhaps, thinking about your To-Do List, or your crowded Inbox! We all do it, but this is exactly what keeps us from recognizing an important truth: True bliss exists in the present moment.

 

“Yoga is not about checking out of life. Yoga is about about checking in – with yourself, your mind, the environment and the present moment.” ~Yogi Aaron

 

Which is why we practice mindfulness, and encourage our guests to do the same. Even the act of pouring your morning Costa Rican coffee can become a sacred, pleasurable ritual when done with presence. This is yoga.

 

3. EDUCATION

We believe life is a never ending learning experience. Living stops when learning stops. We provide our guests with ample opportunities to discover, learn and grow.

 

Everything from our adventure tours to our yoga classes, to our family style meals and spa treatments are carefully crafted with this in mind. Learn. Have fun. Discover new worlds, inside and outside of yourself.

 

4. COMMUNITY

At Blue Osa, we practice what the ancients called karma yoga, or the yoga of selfless action. Whether we’re watering the grass, cooking a meal or answering a question –– everything is done with love. The result?

 

A sense of being cared for that makes you go, “Ahhhh.”

 

We think of everyone as being part of one great big family. From the friendly faces that greet you everyday to the community meals. Everyone knows your name and we go out of our way to ensure you enjoy your stay.

 

Our Story

It All Started on a Dusty Road.

 

It was 2007, and we were hosting our third retreat in Costa Rica as yoga teachers. The drive to the final destination was a long one. And you know what they say about long drives –– they make you think.

 

For 2 years we had dreamt of creating a special kind of retreat center. A place where people could relax (former New Yorker here). A place where people could savor stillness. And a place where people could safely answer the question, “Who am I?”

 

It’s the question that led me to journey around the world. To see different people. To see different cultures. And to confirm what we knew all along –– that we’re all the same. Everybody wants to be loved, and everybody wants to be part of something bigger than themselves. The secret? We already are.

 

As an internationally renowned yoga teacher, we had seen it time and time again: Practicing yoga changes lives. It creates a space so that the answers to our greatest questions can arise naturally, without effort. Put simply, yoga is a catalyst for peace.

Realtors and A French Lady

So, when my driving companion (my then student, now Blue Osa’s co-owner) and Adam spotted a beat-up Century 21 sign, we intuitively pulled over. As we exited the car, three dogs and one angry French woman immediately began to bark at us.

 

“No, go away!” she said.

 

And so we did. But something told us not to give up so easily. We found a realtor. Toured the property. And… It was a MAJESTIC MESS!

 

Well-meaning friends and family said don’t do it. The costs needed to get the place into gear seemed astronomical and all too risky, considering we were against the idea of partnering with investors from the get-go.

 

But it just felt right. And like we always tells our students, “The bigger your faith, the bigger your life.” So, we went all in. Invested every last cent.

The Dream Comes to Life

That was 5 years ago, and we’ve never looked back. Have there been some bumps along the way? Sure. But the payoff has been extraordinary. Watching our guests relax, rejuvenate and (in some cases) transform, is now my privilege. Some choose not to practice yoga in the traditional sense, but all enjoy a yogic experience that includes:

 

• Observing a daily period of silence until 7:30 am.

• Presenting and giving thanks for healthy, farm-to-table meals.

• Ample enclaves on the property for reflection, relaxation and reading.

 

Many of our guests grow to appreciate the rhythm of life here so much that they feel inspired to bring aspects of it into their daily lives at home.

 

This is my life’s work, and I love it!

Oh, and that “crazy” french woman? Her name is Marie, and she is now “the mother” and head chef of Blue Osa.

 

And the dogs? They’re still here, and we get along just fine now.

 

If you think Blue Osa is exactly what you’ve been searching for, we’d love to have you!

 

Look under the ‘Visit Blue Osa’ section in the navigation for more information on Individual + Group Package options OR click the link below to check availability now.

 

Blessings,

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Yogi Aaron and Adam Dolle

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa Owners

Our Team
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Aaron

Yoga Director and Master Teacher / Founder

Aaron has been a student of yoga since 1991 and a teacher since 1997, and has traveled across the world visiting numerous yoga ashrams and retreat centers, studying with such respected yoga teachers as Alan Finger, Bryan Kest, Genny Kapuler, Rod Stryker, Swami Rama, David Swenson, as well as with numerous spiritual masters in the Himalaya Mountains.

 

It was during a retreat in Hawaii that Aaron and his longtime student, Adam, first discussed creating “a community that is yoga-based… and where people can heal their spirits.” Aaron wondered: “Can we create a sanctuary where people can come, connect to themselves, reconnect to each other, and then reintegrate through yoga back into their life?”

 

Six years later, they purchased property in Costa Rica. “Our vision with Blue Osa is that when people are quiet, removed from distractions of everyday life, something magical happens. A deep calling starts to surface, to awaken.”

 

As Osa’s yoga director and Master Teacher, he believes there are several conditions that human beings need to have in order to find their right paths: “I really want them to be spiritually heated-up. When we get heated we can burn away our ego and our ignorance, which is what stops us from remembering who we are. Second, I want my my students to leave feeling good and restored, this comes from a deep remembrance of who they are. Most important—is that they leave feeling a sense of community and fellowship.”

 

Aaron feels blessed to be a witness to such transformations at Blue Osa.


Adam

Founder

Since the late 1980s, Adam has been a residential interior designer. Fortunate enough to have worked with many successful people, he had a latent desire to direct his energy towards spiritual and energetic life.

 

When Aaron became Adam’s yoga teacher, the pair began talking about creating a yoga retreat. Several years later, while visiting Costa Rica, they stumbled upon a gated waterfront site with a rusted Century 21 sign and yelping dogs. With the retreat location found, Blue Osa was born.

 

Adam applied three decades of experience into nearly two years of planning with Aaron and another year of construction, employing 48 skilled workers, to build Blue Osa. The resulting tropical-style design is based on “local wisdom” using the native woods Teca and Cristobial, passive design elements like sunshades, overhangs, vaulted ceilings and tree shading, and open interior spaces that capture sea breezes.

 

Five years later, reflecting on his decision to engage in this venture, Adam affirms: “Blue Osa represents the power of the human spirit and what you can do with your life if you let go.”


Marie

Kitchen Mother

One of the original owners of the property, along with her late husband Jean-François, Marie was so inspired by Aaron and Adam’s vision for a Blue Osa, she remains the ‘mother’ of the Blue Osa family several years later.

 

Born in Algeria and raised in the beach town of Biarritz in the south of France by a French mother and Italian father, Marie is a self-taught chef. She honed her culinary skills when her husband operated a stylish French bistro in San Francisco, and later an elegant French restaurant in Cartagena, Colombia.

 

Mindful of guests’ health and dietary needs, Marie’s dishes are vegetarian-oriented and crafted from what local vegetables are available from Blue Osa’s organic garden and the local farmers. Meals are served family-style and often include a protein – fish, beef or poultry. Click here to read more about the food.

 

Marie’s favorite cuisines are French and Mexican with her favorite dishes being Coq au Vin and Sopa de Pescado.


Michael

Blue Osa Manager

Since 2010, Michael has been manager of Blue Osa, ever mindful of a simple goal: “Keep our guests happy.” Along with welcoming guests and scheduling tours, he is busy behind the scenes working with a staff of 15 and personally engaged in tasks ranging from changing toilets, gardening, and building cabinets.

 

Born and bred on the Osa Peninsula, Michael grew up surrounded by animals. Caring for his family’s pigs, horses, and chickens, he would also take long walks deep into the woods bordering his family’s farm. “I loved the solitude of the rainforest. And there were so many animals! Toucans, agutis, jagarundis, monkeys.”


Jose

Chef and Kitchen Manager

Jose has been at Blue Osa since the first day of construction. His hands—among others—shaped, sanded, and painted the massive wooden beams of teca that frame our yoga and kitchen structures.

 

Today you’ll easily spot him beneath these timbers, mixing and blending, chopping and dicing, grilling and baking, boiling and broiling—and always smiling. He manages the kitchen and prepares such traditional desserts as tres leche (“three milks cake”), side dishes like gallo pinto (rice and beans, literally “spotted rooster”) and main dishes of fish and meat dishes such as pescado al ajillo (fish in garlic sauce) and carne asada (grilled beef).

 

Under Marie’s watchful eye and care, Jose is becoming a connoisseur in the kitchen, and brings smiles to many of our guest’s faces. Jose brings a Costa Rican flavor and fusion to Marie’s Euro entrees.

 

As a native of the Osa Peninsula, Jose has witnessed many changes in his brief lifetime. “Roads have improved. There are more tourists and more jobs.” He is optimistic about his future and that of his community and his family—which includes a newborn son.


Laura

Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher

Originally from San Jose, graduating from Gaia Institute in 2001, Reiki Master Laura Castro is a local massage therapist and a Certified Hatha Yoga instructor since 2007.

 

She found a new meaning to life when she arrived in Osa for the first time in 2006; falling immediately in love with the Peninsula, and a new chapter in her life begun the day she walked into Blue Osa and stayed.

 

For Laura, Reiki is an integral part of life. Whether in the yoga class or on the massage table, combined with the exuberant nature of paradisaical surroundings, the soothing benefits of this healing energy flow are felt with her mere presence.

 

Other than body/energy work, Laura loves traveling, reading fantasy novels, writing, painting, nature, and spending quality time with family and friends.


Marcela

Massage Therapist

After earning her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Santa Paula in 2005, Marcela came to the Osa Peninsula. “At first, I thought it would be for a year maybe” but, experiencing the energy from the rainforest, the pristine beaches, the amazing wildlife, and the people of Osa, made her decision to stay easy.

 

With a philosophy of working for the people as a whole, body- mind-spirit, Marcela applies a holistic approach to her Spa Services.

 

She weaves sounds, colors, fragrances, and natural ointments while employing the healing power of human touch to rejuvenate.

 

Transformative describes the sense of well-being experienced in a therapy session with Marcela, whose small frame belies the strength of her hands, heart, and soul.


Koji

Acupuncturist and Healer

Koji first visited Costa Rica on a surfing trip and fell in love with the Osa Peninsula and its people. In 2006, he and his young family relocated to Matapalo not far from a surfing break. His nearby clinic treats locals as well as expats and tourists. “When you pay for my service at Blue Osa you are also supporting the clinic where we treat many Ticos for next to nothing.”

 

After learning the rudiments of ancient medical practices from a Master acupuncturist, Koji moved to British Columbia and completed a rigorous five-year curriculum at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. Prior to earning his doctor’s degree and graduating valedictorian, he returned to China for his clinical practicum.

 

Like Chinese philosophy, Koji’s approach to health care is practical: “I am really into what works. We cannot separate mind from body, but I like to begin with what can be seen.” Koji explains, “In Chinese medicine, thoughts and emotions move throughout the body in a particular way. People can have personal and psychological challenges in one’s life that affect their body, but when you manipulate the physical body you can influence mind and spirit.”


Rafa

Personal Trainer and Workout Coordinator

Rafa loves the sea. “There are so many sports to do” with the sun shining on your face or beneath a starry sky: “surfing, snorkeling, diving, crabbing, fishing….”

 

Before he took to the surfboard at age thirteen, Rafa worked as a commercial and sports fisherman out of his hometown of Puerto Jimenez. Now he works with us as a personal trainer and workout coordinator, customizing fitness routines and teaching the fundamentals of surfing.

 

Like surfing, his English is self-taught. But Rafa is not lacking for words as he glows with excitement describing the perfect wave, the rush of energy from an intense workout, the joys of cooking, or dreams of opening a gym.

 

See Rafa on Youtube!


Our Companions

Blue Osa is lucky to currently have seven resident mascots, Shiva, Pete, Steve and Rama, Mirabelle, Agatha and Satya, who are a vital part of our harmonious environment. Their fun loving spirit contributes to the feel, the vitality, the energy and the experience of what is Blue Osa. You will find them eager and willing hosts, happy to greet you when you arrive, entertain you on the beach, and keep you company as you stroll our beautiful beach, or simply lie and relax under the shade of the palm trees.