Bodhi Awaken: 14 Night Bodysurfing, Ocean Awareness, Surf and Yoga Retreat

A unique, ocean immersive two-week retreat that features experiential learning opportunities, laughter, fun, and sun, as well as tools and inspiration for personal growth. In the first week, guests gain ocean awareness and comfort as they learn the “simplest” form of surfing — wave sliding or bodysurfing. On week two, guests take their skills one step further, learning to navigate the waves on a surfboard, as well as reconnecting to themselves with an invigorating yoga curriculum.

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Offer valid until March 13th, 2020. Space is extremely limited.

Bodhi Awaken Includes

Lodging

  • 13 nights at Bodhi lodge
  • 1 night in a San Jose hotel

Lessons

  • Swim technique training at local pool
  • 4 bodysurfing lessons
  • 2 stretching sessions
  • 5 surf lessons
  • 5 yoga classes
  • Yoga mat and prop use

Meals

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • Snacks at bodysurfing & surf lessons

Activities

  • Walking tour of Bahia Ballena
  • Waterfall visit
  • 2 one-hour massages
  • Handplane workshop

Transportation

  • Round trip transportation
    from San Jose and back
  • Shuttle service from San Jose hotel to airport

Other

  • 2 unscheduled days
  • Traveler carbon offsets
  • National park entrance fees for surf lessons
  • Travelers' Philanthropy donation

Bodhi Awaken Does Not Include

  • Airfare
  • Cost of optional activities
  • Transportation to optional activities
  • Lunches
  • 2 breakfast
  • 7 dinners

Dates and Availability

Remember, space is extremely limited. We only book a maximum of 10 guests only for each set of dates:

  • March 14 - March 28, 2020
  • May 2 - May 16, 2020
  • June 20 - July 4, 2020
  • August 8 - August 22, 2020

ACCOMMODATIONS & PRICING

Prices are per person in USD

Room Amistad

Private room that accommodates 2 people

$2,995/person

$2,495.83/person*

*For a limited time only.

(includes 13% VAT)

Room Amistad

This is a private room with two single beds that can accommodate either one or two guests, a private bathroom, and is located on the second level of a two-story structure. It has access to the shared kitchen below, and is the best option for friends who are traveling together.

Room Armonia

Private room that accommodates 2 people

$2,995/person

$2,495.83/person*

*For a limited time only.

(includes 13% VAT)

Room Armonia

This is a private hotel-style room with a full size bed (which can accommodate one or two people), a private bathroom, and is located on the second level of a two-story structure. It has access to the shared kitchen below, and is the best choice for a single or a couple.

Bungalow Espiritu

Independent bungalow that accommodates 2 people

$3,495/person

$2,912.50/person*

*For a limited time only.

(includes 13% VAT)

Bungalow Espiritu

A smaller version of Bungalow Gratitud, this bungalow contains one queen bed and a kitchenette for preparing basic meals, a large private bathroom, and a spacious balcony. It is the perfect choice for a couple.

Bungalow Gratitud

Independent bungalow that accommodates 4 people

$3,495/person

$2,912.50/person*

*For a limited time only.

(includes 13% VAT)

Bungalow Gratitud

The largest of the four options — with a queen bed, two singles (which can be moved together to form a king, and a day bed — this bungalow can accommodate up to four adults and one child. It contains a private bathroom and well-equipped kitchenette, and is the best choice for a family or group of three or more people.

READY TO VISIT?

SPACES ARE LIMITED TO 10 GUESTS PER WEEK

adriana-testimonial

I enjoyed it very much and I am grateful for everything [they] taught us. This is definitely something every surfer and ocean lover should do. I will continue practicing in low tide.

Adriana Alvarado

ellen-testimonial

As someone who has never been super comfortable in the ocean, I felt apprehensive about learning how to surf. Bodhi's week long curriculum is put together so well, with each day building on the skills from the previous day.

Ellen Mollander

jay-testimonial

I think there is a strong spiritual element to surfing. It's one of those sports that brings you so close to nature as you are completely in it head to toe. Travis explained to us how each time he first goes into the water for a surfing session, as he gets out into the white wash he lies face down floating in the water between waves and gives deep thanks to Mother Ocean. Gratitude is a strong underlying theme at Bodhi.

Jay Sinha

Why dedicate two weeks?

This is the ideal retreat for any prospective waterwoman or man, or anyone looking to immerse themselves in one of our planet’s most magical places — the ocean. It has been said that to reach success in anything, you need to dedicate 10,000 hours. While this is not a 10,000 hour program, it is immersive enough (pun intended) to be a great start! The retreat is also the perfect amount of time to truly disconnect with fast-paced, modern life and reconnect with nature, self, and purpose. The added bonus: the backdrop of this two-week retreat is a B Corp and 1% for the Planet Certified surf and yoga camp located in a pristine natural environment.

WEEK 1: Bodysurfing + Ocean Awareness

The first week of the Bodhi Awaken retreat is designed to empower guests to feel safe and confident in the ocean, to help them understand how it moves, and to impart them with skills and knowledge in the most simple form of catching a wave — wave sliding or bodysurfing. Whether you are an ocean-newbie or an experienced surfer, you will be able to gain even more skills and confidence in the ocean by dedicating time and effort, and with deliberate practice. The icing on the cake: all of this ocean time is in the Marino Ballena National Park, Central America’s first marine protected area, and a gorgeous and untouched region of Costa Rica. The water is clean and warm, the views of mountains reaching the ocean are impeccable, and there is space to learn this new skill with freedom and ease!

WEEK 2: Topping it off with surfing + yoga

On the second week of the retreat, guests transition into Bodhi’s pinnacle surf and yoga camp — Bodhi Sessions. With the ocean savvy developed in the first week of the retreat, transitioning onto a board will be more seamless and effective than if they were to just “dive in”. Everything from Bodhi’s tried and tested 5-session surf curriculum is included, simply with the added benefit of the previous week’s ocean experience. And to top it all off, the 5-session Bodhi yoga curriculum that is designed to do so much more than stretch, but to go deeper into the self utilizing the breath, physical postures, and yoga philosophy. Side effects of this entire 2-week retreat may include: inspiration to become environmental stewards, motivation to continue physical activity, and the desire to live purposefully!

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SPACES ARE LIMITED TO 10 GUESTS PER WEEK

WHAT TO EXPECT

BEST TWO-WEEK SURF, YOGA AND OCEAN AWARENESS RETREAT

Whether you are a newbie to surfing and the ocean, an experienced ocean person, or somewhere in the middle, if you are someone who wants to become comfortable in the ocean — learn more, or improve your surfing — this two-week retreat is for you. You will learn about ocean safety, swim techniques, and how to surf waves on nothing more than your stomach. You will learn about the history of surfing (both body and board), as well as all of the skills to catch and stand up on green waves! You will tie it all together with restful, invigorating, and regenerative yoga classes on our outdoor platform. 

Moreover, you will do all of this (and so much more) in a beautiful place and unique vacation destination — Bodhi Surf + Yoga lodge in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica. Our community is still small and untouched by the large-scale development that exists in most tropical beach towns. Our lodge is simple yet pristine, and located in the heart of the community. Our vacations are self-admittedly different than the norm: focused on experiential learning, personal growth, and finding connection to a greater purpose. This retreat is a beautiful culmination of all that Bodhi Surf + Yoga has to offer, and will provide a one-of-a-kind, two-week vacation in beautiful Costa Rica.

HEALTHY & DELICIOUS MEALS

Included meals are a Bodhi Surf + Yoga community affair — served buffet-style with all of the guests, and joined by members of the team. They are places of sharing, laughter, and good conversation. As for non-included meals, they can either be prepared at the Bodhi lodge (every bungalow/room has access to cooking space) or you can support the local economy and learn more about its culture by sampling local fare.

PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Bodhi Surf + Yoga is proud to be a Certified B Corp and 1% for the Planet member — both certifications designed to assure the consumer that they are indeed supporting companies that strive to do business better for both people and planet. At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we are in business to sustain and improve our home community, as a platform for environmental awareness and action, and to show other companies that responsible business is indeed lucrative.

Bodhi Awaken FAQs

How is Bodhi Awaken different from other surf camp offerings?

Not only is Bodhi the first ever surf and yoga camp to earn a B Corp certification, but we are also the first surf camp to offer bodysurfing lessons. Bodysurfing is a crucial tool in the beginner surfer’s repertoire, and offers a completely different and unique connection with the ocean that will ultimately reduce your learning curve when it comes time for board-surfing.

What does my trip include?

Bodhi Awaken includes: 13 nights of accommodation at the Bodhi Lodge and 1 night of accommodation in San Jose, 10 breakfasts and 6 dinners, 1 swim technique training lesson, 4 bodysurf lessons, 2 group stretching sessions, 5 surf lessons, 5 yoga classes, 2 massages, a walking tour of Bahia Ballena, a waterfall visit, local transportation to camp activities, snacks during surf and bodysurf lessons, National Park entrance fees on lesson days, a Bodhi t-shirt, and a custom-made bodysurfing handplane.

Why dedicate two weeks?

Like any sport, the more time you dedicate to deliberate practice and repetition, the better you are going to perform. Dedicating two weeks allows you ample time to gain more confidence in the ocean and drastically improve your surfing (and bodysurfing) ability. Furthermore, two weeks is the perfect amount of time to truly disconnect from your work life, and reconnect with nature, self, and purpose.

What is bodysurfing?

Bodysurfing, as defined by The Encyclopedia of Surfing, is the physical act of riding a wave using only the body as a planing surface; the original and purest form of surfing. Humans have been practicing the art of bodysurfing for centuries, as it is the simplest form of playing in the ocean energy. For more information about bodysurfing, check out this blog post: https://www.bodhisurfyoga.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-bodysurfing.

Why is it important to learn how to bodysurf?

When it comes to learning how to surf, the more ocean experience the better, and if you want to reduce your learning curve, then you should spend some time catching waves without a board first. Bodysurfing teaches the individual how to see waves, how to dive beneath them, how to catch them, how to move around other surfers, and how to identify rip currents and other potential hazards. Furthermore, less equipment means less learning steps, more maneuverability, and a deeper connection with the wave.

Do I need to bring any gear for the bodysurf lessons?

The most important thing you need to bring for the bodysurf lessons is a tight-fitting swimsuit that will create minimal drag (and will stay on)—similar to what you would wear to swim laps in a pool. Swim fins will be provided for you, but you can certainly bring your own if you already have a pair.

Do I have to be a strong swimmer to participate?

You need to be able to swim at least four lengths of an olympic-size swimming pool (200m) using either a sidestroke or freestyle stroke in order to participate in the bodysurfing lessons. If you are not a strong swimmer, you will spend the week catching whitewater waves in chest-deep water instead of swimming out to catch green waves.

What is the group stretch session?

The group stretch session is an hour-long restorative full body stretch class that will incorporate aspects of yin yoga. The class is meant to reduce stiffness and increase flexibility in a slow-paced, relaxing manner that serves a nice counterbalance to the physical activity of bodysurfing.

What is the swim technique training lesson?

The swim technique training lesson is a two-hour pool session that will introduce various stroke techniques and breathing strategies to prepare students for ocean swimming and ultimately enable participants to feel more comfortable in the water. The lesson will include a 200m swim test, so it is a good idea to practice swimming in a pool before attending the clinic.

What is the handplane workshop?

One piece of equipment often adorned by bodysurfers, although not essential to the sport, is a bodysurfing handplane. A handplane is essentially a small board that is worn on the lead hand of the bodysurfer to help him or her trim the face of the wave and hold a line. Each Awaken guest will be gifted a hand-crafted handplane, and will be given an opportunity to personalize their own handboard during this workshop.

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