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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dreamed 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. 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 internationally renowned yoga teachers, 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!
Yogi Aaron and Adam Dolle
Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa Owners