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Fed up with freezing? Sick of snow? Bored of bundling up? Then it’s time: the return of YOGA.SURF.RETREAT. 2011!

This spring, we’re headed back to Nosara, Costa Rica and for an entire week, we’ll be fully submerged in the best of what Costa Rica has to offer: surfing on one of the greatest beaches in the world, eating fresh, organic meals, and practicing yoga every day in the heart of the jungle. This year, the incredible Harmony Hotel (think chic surf bungalows, lush gardens and meandering paths, private beach access and a smoothie bar) will play host to what promises to be another great escape.

Interested in joining?

Here are the details:


WHEN: April 17 – 23, 2011

WHERE: Nosara, Costa Rica


  • 2 yoga classes daily (all levels welcome)

  • 2 surf lessons and board rental for the week (no previous experience required)

  • 6 nights lodging at Harmony Hotel

  • Organic breakfast every day

  • 4 organic dinners

  • 1 hour-long massage at Harmony’s Healing Centre

  • 1 hour-long private yoga session with me

  • Transportation to and from Liberia International Airport


$2500 single occupancy

$2300 double occupancy

Please note: these rates are at the super secret Friends and Family Discount. (Regular rates are $2800 single and $2600 double). A $500 deposit will guarantee your spot and this discount if received by February 20, 2011.

Yoga & Meditation
We’ve dedicated a spacious, open-air room near The Healing Centre pond to yoga and meditation.
We invite you to a group meditation every morning. When not in use for a class, guests are welcome to use the space for personal meditation.
Yoga Classes
Classes are held everyday

Dining at Harmony

The open air restaurant at the Harmony seats around 50 guests in a stylish but casual atmosphere that draws upon 70’s surf culture, Brazilian Modernism, and old school tropical resorts. Taking its cue from a harmonious way of living, the kitchen style is Pacific Rim merged with local and Asian cuisine, primary cooking local and organic seafood, chicken and vegan protein alternatives as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. The menu options includes tropical flavors like coconut, banana, blackberry, tiquisque, tamarind and aromas of fresh mint, dill, ginger, cilantro and tarragon, among others.
The graceful simplicity of earth tones and crisp whites creates rooms that are rooted in nature and beach life at the Harmony.
All 24 accommodations reside on a path that meanders through a tropical garden overflowing with native vegetation. And the ears do not lie-that is the sound of waves. The path ends nearby at the warm, inviting Pacific Ocean on Playa Guiones, Nosara.


Daily Maid Service
King Size Bed
Air Conditioning
Ceiling Fans
Laptop-Sized Safe Box
Coffee Maker
WiFi Access

All about Sara Little:

Yoga found Sara years ago, in a very unconventional way: while living and working abroad in Italy, a very enlightened friend introduced Sara to Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) on a Tuscan beach. The strength of that simple pose was empowering, and the concentration and steadiness required to hold it was deeply humbling. A lifelong runner and athlete who has always curiously pursued that juncture of the body and spirit, she was instantly enamored with yoga.

Sara returned to the U.S. to finish her degrees in Journalism and Italian at Syracuse University, eventually finding herself in a regular yoga practice. When she finally settled in New York years ago, Sara became certified to teach through YogaWorks under senior teachers Chrissy Carter and Jodie Rufty. A wanderlust traveler, she has practiced and taught in studios all around the world, from San Francisco to Costa Rica to India.

Sara teaches vinyasa yoga – a flowing, powerful, breath-centered practice – in open classes and private sessions. She practices Mysore Ashtanga daily with Eddie Stern, and continues to deepen her knowledge by studying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.

Her vision is to make yoga accessible and enjoyable. To practice yoga is to transform your relationship with awareness and observe the world with more openness. As Judith Lasater says in Living Your Yoga, “practice, then, can be understood as a willingness to return to the reality  of this very moment, that is, to observe with dispassion and clarity exactly what is—right now.”

Sara is also a freelance writer and is a New York contributor for and has written for Yoga Journal and The American.

“I had the pleasure of spending a week in Italy with Sara Little and her husband Michael last summer.  It was the highlight of my summer and my year practicing with Sara.. Her open heart radiates outward by way of her gentle way and beautiful smile that she shared with all of us on the retreat.. Going on a retreat with Sara is well worth it and amazing!  the private session she offers is not to be missed.  The whole retreat is thoughtfully prepared to ensure a lovely time together to practice yoga and to enjoy the beauty of the place you are in.  She is gracious and giving!  I can ‘t wait to go on retreat with Sara again.. Don’t miss this opportunity.”
Jill Friedfertig founder


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