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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.

Bodhi Awaken Includes


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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

  • November 30 - December 14, 2019
  • January 25 - February 8, 2020
  • March 14 - March 28, 2020
  • May 2 - May 16, 2020
  • June 20 - July 4, 2020
  • August 8 - August 22, 2020


Prices are per person in USD

Room Amistad

Private room that accommodates 2 people


(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


(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


(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


(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.




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


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


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!





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.


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.


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.

Certified B Corporation


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