Stifling a giggle in child’s pose as a nearby howler monkey tries to outcompete the afternoon rain shower, I feel a deepening gratitude for the forces that aligned to bring me to this beautiful rancho practicing restorative yoga overlooking the evergreen jungle and the Pacific Ocean.

Held at Costa Rica Yoga Spa, an intimate boutique resort and retreat center in Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Marie Green’s Gratitude Yoga Retreat was alternately relaxing, challenging, heart opening, and restful. 

Each day unfolded organically and magically.  Each day started with a deep transformational gratitude practice that included chanting, asana and meditation.  The yoga session was followed by a delicious, organic, vegetarian breakfast with most ingredients grown in property’s permaculture garden or sourced locally from around this world renown Blue Zone.  Mid-day trips to the beach to relax or swim then back to the resort for an amazing lunch.  In the afternoons we were free to explore the area with guided activities like SUP boarding, surfing, hiking, spa services or reading by the pool.  We’d meet back up for a late afternoon restorative yoga class which was followed by another delicious vegetarian meal. 

Over the course of the retreat, Marie included stories of several Hindu gods and goddesses. Each day featured a different deity with meditation and asanas, if appropriate, focusing on the particular god/dess.  The Hanuman day had some of the most challenging poses we had all week. Appropriate as Hanuman is a patron god of strength and acrobatics. 

Each day was as special as the last.  Far too quickly, I was on my way to the airport returning to the real world.  I left with newfound gratitude for stillness and living in the moment.