Our Blue Osa Team
Aaron, author of “Autobiography Of A Naked Yogi” and teacher for the One-Month Immersion Yoga Teacher Training 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 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.
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.”
Founder / Chef
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. Read more about Marie’s latest cookbook!
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 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.
Massage / Spa Therapist
Sandro’s passion for massage therapy stems from his desire to help others come to healing and rehabilitation. Sandro’s degrees come from the Lafayette School and the Atsukai School, both in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and he honed his Japanese and Chinese techniques in Rio de Janeiro. In his 15 years of experience, Sandro has travelled extensively, working in many countries such as Brazil, Finland, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Panama, and currently for Blue Osa in Costa Rica.
Sandro fell in love with the Osa Peninsula and its people when on vacation several years ago. The main draws for him are the Costa Rican culture, the tropical climate, and the direct connection with nature that is part of everyday life here.
His favorite things to do when he isn’t busy guiding others to tranquility with his magical hands include exploring the jungle, surfing, playing music and running on the beach. When asked what Sandro has planned for the future, he responded, “In this moment, I love my life and the work I do. My plan is to stay put!” Now that’s Pura Vida!
Massage / Spa 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 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.”
Meet the feline inhabitants of the Blue Osa family. Mirabelle, Mike, Max and Suhka. They are our valued companions and we considered them an essential part of this community. Their presences brings a particular feeling of tranquility and hominess. In the sense that animals create an atmosphere of acceptance. comfort and love for many families and individuals. Our companions enjoy the attention guest lavish on them. At the same time they are well behaved and very well mannered. It is not uncommon for a guest to fall in love with one of our furry feline friends.
Cuddles & Love
Our canine resident mascots are Pete, Rama and Fiona. They 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, Pete, Rama and Fiona enjoy the ocean waves and will keep you company as you stroll our beautiful beach. After frequent romps on the hot sunny beach you are most likely to find an exhausted Pete, Rama and Fiona stretched languorously lounging beneath the cooling shade of an Osa Peninsula palm tree.