|Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
November 12-18, 2017
Welcome to Surf paradise! Women’s Quest blends surf and soul for a fabulous week of oceanside adventure and restoration at the beautiful Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Practice yoga, learn how to surf, stretch our body and mind with yoga, share sunsets with new friends, and have the time of your life. Come discover the true meaning of Pure Life, or as the Costa Ricans say, Pura Vida.
If you’ve ever dreamed of surfing into the sunset, then this is your adventure. Imagine yourself catching a wave and feeling the balance, grace and joy of playing in a warm ocean. Long white sandy beaches, unspoiled rainforest, a gorgeous bungalow right on the beach near a friendly village, and a bunch of fun-loving women to share the experience in a pressure-free, environment. Our perfect recipe for relaxation and rejuvenation includes a blend of daily yoga and surfing spiced with long walks on the beach, a dollop of massage and free time, all complimented by outrageously fresh local cuisine and our expert staff to guide and support you every step of the way. Perfect for first-timers and accomplished surfers alike, come experience the exhilaration of catching a wave and the peace that is nurtured from a daily yoga practice and reconnection with nature. Celebrate the surf and soul of Costa Rica with us!
What to Expect
Awaken slowly to the sound of the ocean lapping the shore. Start the day conversing with new friends over a vibrant gourmet breakfast served with warm, tropical breezes. We will surf in the mornings from 9:30 to 12:30. Before we take to the water, we’ll do our morning yoga practice and AWAKEN THE SENSES, gently stretching our arms, back, and shoulders. Around 4:00pm, we will do our afternoon yoga session designed to support our bodies’ surfing endeavors or relax on one of the many hammocks on the beach. Evenings are filled with special inspirational talks, friendship and laughter, whether we’re kicking back beachside, enjoying a bonfire, or taking dance lessons.
Surfing at Playa Hermosa Ride Your First Wave.
A short walk down the white sand beach is our gentle surf spot. This picturesque palm-lined beach is Playa Hermosa, ‘beautiful beach’ in Spanish. We provide safe, fun, and informative surf instruction. We teach safety first with fun and stoke as a close second.
A low student-to-instructor ratio (2 to 1) will ensure that you receive thoughtful feedback and coaching. You will even have a one-on-one session mid-week plus you will get video analysis midweek and a CD to take home to show you SURFING!!!
Women’s Quest is different than other surf retreats in that we created a very special paddle school which will take place in the cutest tide pool outside Pranamar. It is a quiet water spot with very gentle, rolling waves. In paddle school, we will teach techniques to paddle more efficiently and powerfully, how to turtle roll, how to spin around quickly (for catching waves) and how to find your sweet spot on the board.
Our instructors have the essential talents to help you achieve your goals:
Many years experience in surf instruction.
Genuine enthusiasm and patience.
Local knowledge of the area.
Passion for the ocean and surfing.
Surf lifesaving, CPR, and first aid certifications.
Practice, breathe, and sweat in one of Costa Rica’s newest and most inspiring studios. Our spacious yoga shala is open on three sides to allow the sea breeze and ocean song to flow thru. Built with beautiful teak floors, high bamboo ceilings, and antique Javanese doors, this sacred space is unforgettable and fully equipped. Nancy Goodfellow offers daily yoga classes including soft flow, vinyasa flow with hip and shoulder openers. This focus will improve your flexibility and strength as well as your surfing.
Pranamar’s elegantly designed villas were completed in 2010. Each has Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo, and plenty of light-filled windows. They are decorated with Indonesian furniture, exotic fabrics, and Buddha statues. Guests will enjoy nature and ocean views in a relaxed, peaceful, and intimate setting.
All four poolside Villas include: personal pool entrance, 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, fans, screens, garden bathroom with granite stone tub, laptop size security safes, Wi-Fi, and 1 room with a king bed ($500 extra and only 4 available) and 2 twins (depending on your preference) two bathrooms, a living room, and huge decks and terraces. Every villa has a personal entrance to the pool! Fabulous!
Luxurious granite stone tubs surrounded by tropical gardens give a unique, exotic touch to the completely private open air bathrooms. Decorated with imported, hand- crafted Indonesian furniture and floating around a free-form pool, the villas create a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere complimented by their natural surroundings.
Each morning we will start the day with fragrant Costa Rica coffee. Pranamar’s restaurant serves outrageously delicious meals with spectacular views and a relaxed atmosphere. The chefs create dishes that nourish the body and enliven the senses. You’ll love Costa Rica’s local tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya, starfruit, and citrus. Pranamar utilizes the freshest ingredients for their menu with a strong emphasis on using organic and local produce. Each meal is started with a special fruit smoothie..YUM!!
*All healthy organic meals are included, with the exception of one lunch and one dinner where you’ll be free to explore some fabulous local restaurants.
• 4 Surf Lessons
• Ground School and Paddle School
• Awakening the Senses yoga each morning
• Yoga in an inspiring ocean-view studio
• Qigong for relaxation and balancing
• Delicious, fresh, organic meals showcasing local produce
• Beautiful Deluxe rooms at the Pranamar Villas
• Afternoon Adventure Trip to a canopy tour
• Evening activities including boutique shopping in town, dancing, making prayer flags and a star-filled night bonfire on the beach.
• Immersion in nature – her rhythms, tides and peacefulness
• Laughter, friendship and relaxation
Included in the Price:
• 7 days, 6 nights at the luxurious Pranamar Villas in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica (double occupancy, single available at extra cost)
• 4 days of surf instruction
• Canopy Zip Line
• All surf equipment, wax, and accessories.
• Yoga, stretching, and meditation
• All amazing meals, except one dinner and one lunch for you to explore Santa Teresa
• All yoga equipment including mats, blocks, and straps. (Bring your own yoga mat if you prefer).
• Memories and friendship to last a lifetime
Also available locally are (optional and for an additional cost): Massage, horsebackriding, ATV
* Airfare and transportation to and from the retreat is not included in the cost.
What are the accommodations?
The elegantly designed villas, built with Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo and plenty of windows and doors, invite guests to enjoy nature and ocean views in an intimate setting.
Each two-story villa has two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and plenty of decks and terraces.
Luxurious granite stone tubs surrounded by tropical gardens give a unique, exotic touch to our open-air bathrooms. Decorated with imported, hand- crafted Indonesian furniture and floating around a free-form pool, the villas create a relaxed, romantic atmosphere complimented by their natural surroundings.
All four poolside Villas include: personal pool entrance, 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, fans, screens, garden bathroom with granite stone tub, laptop size security safes, Wi-Fi, and 2 kings beds or 1 king and 2 twins (depending on your preference)
Single Rooms are available at an additional cost of $500.
What will the food by like?
Imagine sitting under beautiful high bamboo ceilings and gazing out over a serene lagoon pool while enjoying delicious, lovingly prepared food …welcome to Pranamar’s Buddha Eyes restaurant.
Each morning we will start the day with fragrant Costa Rica coffee. Pranamar’s restaurant serves outrageously delicious meals with spectacular views and a relaxed atmosphere. The chefs create dishes that nourish the body and enliven the senses. You’ll love Costa Rica’s local tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya, starfruit, and citrus. Pranamar utilizes the freshest ingredients for their menu with a strong emphasis on using organic and local produce…. We also love our healthy smoothies at every meal!
We have something for every palate and are more than happy to accommodate special dietary needs or lifestyle choices. The Buddha Eyes restaurant is known all over the area as the BEST restaurant in Santa Teresa.
They create amazing tasting vegetarian food and they compliment each meal with good quality protein like the fish and seafood bought from local fishermen of the Peninsula. (They also offer local organic beef and chicken)
*one lunch and one dinner are on your own
The Yoga practice in Costa Rica
“Our yoga practice will be about being in the body as connected to the environment—opening our cells to the beauty and wonders of Costa Rica”
You will practice, breathe, and sweat in one of Costa Rica’s newest and most inspiring studios. Our spacious yoga shala is open on three sides to allow the sea breeze and ocean song to flow thru. Built with beautiful teak floors, high bamboo ceilings, and antique Javanese doors, this sacred space is unforgettable and fully equipped.
Balance, focus, and core strength are key components of surfing. We will begin most mornings with “Awakening the Senses” yoga to get ourselves ready for the day. We have several sunset yoga sessions planned as well.
Our yoga instructor, Nancy Goodfellow, knows which poses most benefit sore surf muscles and incorporates awareness of the body into each session. She can help you reduce tightness in the hips and shoulders as well as improve strength and flexibility. Nancy teaches Anusara inspired –Vinyasa style yoga classes which are designed to nourish the body, release tension, and allow you to connect with yourself.
The yoga practice on this retreat is designed to be accessible for all levels—both fresh beginners and experienced practitioners will deepen their practice according to individual needs and desires. Variations will be offered, and the instructors work with the principle that each person can find relationship with an “inner voice” that guides our balance of challenge and ease. It’s fun for everyone!!
Surfing at Playa Hermosa-“Beautiful Beach”
It’s Costa Rica, one of the premier surf destinations in the world, so it will be incredible! A short walk down the white sand beach is our gentle surf spot. This picturesque palm-lined beach is Playa Hermosa, ‘beautiful beach’ in Spanish. Our “home break” is perfect for learning with its sandy bottom and rolling waves. The area has some of the most consistent waves in Costa Rica. This does not mean gigantic. In fact, we selected this location for its favorable waves. Having said this, while Colleen has performed some amazing feats, even she cannot control the seas, so we are still subject to the tides and swells.
Our instructors are patient, kind, experienced, and genuinely interested in you and your journey. They are able to accommodate absolute beginners to those who have been surfing for years. They teach safety first with fun and stoke as a close second. A 2 to 1 student-to-instructor ratio will ensure that you receive thoughtful feedback and coaching.
Women’s Quest is different than other surf retreats. Our first day will begin with “ground school” which is where we will teach you the basics of surfing, how to pop up and how to balance on the board. We have also created a very special “paddle school”, to help you with paddling skills. We will teach techniques to paddle more efficiently and powerfully, how to turtle roll, how to spin around quickly (for catching waves) and how to find your sweet spot on the board.
What weather can I expect?
Think tropical paradise! Sundresses, shorts, tank tops, flip flops! The warmest layers you’ll need are for your plane ride over.
What is the average age on this retreat?
We have a wide range of women who attend our retreats, from 15-70 years young. Each retreat will vary. Please contact us if you have questions about the ages on a specific retreat. We have had women as young as 13 learn to surf with us and as old as 67.
What if I am coming alone?
The majority of the women who attend our retreats come by themselves. Costa Rica is a safe and easy country to travel as a single female. English is widely spoken and we are here to answer any questions about travel that you may have. Although you may come alone, you will leave the retreat with new, lifelong friends!
Do I have to participate in everything on the schedule?
You do not need to participate in everything; you can pace yourself so that it is the perfect amount of activity for you. We fully support you in doing as much or as little as is right for you in the moment. The schedule gives you a sense of the flow of each day. It is subject to change, depending upon the needs of the group, weather, ocean swell size, tides, etc. We will go over the schedule each day at breakfast.
Am I in good enough shape to do this retreat?
Most Likely! We adapt to all levels of fitness. Since we break into really small surfing groups (one instructor for two people, and many times one on one) we can accommodate just about any skill and fitness level. Groups are formed according to each woman’s level of fitness, experience, and desire to challenge herself. We do suggest that you start a training or workout program before you come so that you can get the most out of the retreat. Your training does not need to be a hard-core program…just get out, play and be active several days a week.
Activities that will accelerate your learning are push-ups (hands underneath the shoulders, not wide), swimming, upper body exercises, and yoga for balance. Any physical exercise is beneficial. People of all shapes, sizes, skills and backgrounds surf. …and everyone who does, shares a common bond with the ocean and a permanent smile on their faces.
Cancellation policy for international camps:
• If you must cancel, a $500 deposit is NOT REFUNDABLE*
• Full refund, less deposit, will be given with at least 91 days notice *
• Within 90 days of your camp, sorry but absolutely no refund will be given
*no exceptions will be granted to the above policy.*
Please note: We are sorry but injury and illness do not disqualify you from any of the above cancellation policies. We are UNABLE to transfer deposits or any payments from one year to the next.
We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Women’s Quest will be refunded. Women’s Quest CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.