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, you gain ocean awareness and comfort as you learn the “simplest” form of surfing — wave sliding or bodysurfing. Later in the first week, you'll apply your newfound ocean awareness to your first surf lessons. On week two, you take your skills one step further, learning to navigate the waves on a surfboard, as well as reconnecting with yourself during an invigorating yoga curriculum.

Spaces limited to 10 guests/week. Click here for COVID-19 travel FAQs

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


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


  • 1 swim technique training
  • 3 bodysurfing lessons
  • 7 surf lessons
  • 8 yoga classes


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


  • Walking tour of Bahia Ballena
  • Waterfall visit


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


  • 2 free days
  • 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

15% OFF

OCTOBER bookings!


Prices are per person in USD

Room Amistad

Private room that accommodates 2 people

(includes 13% VAT)

Room Amistad

A private room with two single beds that can accommodate up to 2 guests. Room Amistad is located on a second story above the dining area, Alegria. It is a great option for friends traveling together. 

Room Armonia

Private room that accommodates 2 people

(includes 13% VAT)

Room Armonia

A private hotel-style room with a full-sized bed which can accommodate up to 2 people. Armonia is located on a second story, above the dining area, Alegria. It is the best choice for solo travelers.

Bungalow Espiritu

Independent bungalow that accommodates 2 people

(includes 13% VAT)

Bungalow Espiritu

An independent studio-style bungalow that contains one queen bed and a small kitchenette. The perfect choice for a couple.

Bungalow Gratitud

Independent bungalow that accommodates 4 people

(includes 13% VAT)

Bungalow Gratitud

Gratitud has one queen bed, two single beds, one daybed and a well-equipped kitchenette. It is the best choice for a family or group up to 4 people.


❌ = Not available
✅ = Available
*Spaces are limited to 10 guests per week

Trip Dates Bungalow Gratitud
(up to 4 people)
Bungalow Espiritu
(2 People)
Room Armonia
(2 people)
Room Amistad
(2 people)
Aug 13-20
Aug 20-27
Aug 27-Sep 3
Sep 3-10
Sep 10-17
Sep 17-24
Sep 24-Oct 1
Oct 1-8



What Guests Have to Say

Ocean Guardian Pledge

Before anything else, Bodhi was extremely COVID safe. They followed all the protocols and we always felt very safe. Both the surf and yoga lessons were brilliant, because they each taught more than just the exercise. They also taught us the philosophy, and the fundamental principles of each discipline. We couldn’t think of a better way to learn surfing or practise yoga. Go. Go stay with them. Do it now.


London, England
Bodhi Family Surf Camp

We are a family of four; parents late 40s, daughters 11 and 12. We’re in pretty good shape, travel extensively and were looking for a unique experience. I can say we found that experience at Bodhi. The lodging (we were in the Gratitude bungalow) was great. Comfortable, clean and spacious with everything you'd need for a week long surf camp. Overall, it was exceptional. The people, the place, the vibe, the mentality, the food - all excellent. It was like staying at a friend's house.


New Jersey, USA

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.



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.



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.


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.

WEEK 1: Bodysurfing, Surfing + Ocean Awareness

The first week of the Bodhi Awaken retreat is designed to empower you to feel safe and confident in the ocean, to help you understand how it moves, and to impart you with skills and knowledge in the most simple form of catching a wave — wave sliding or bodysurfing and surfing with a surfboard. Whether you are an ocean-newbie or an experienced surfer, you will gain even more skills and confidence in the ocean by dedicating time and effort, and with deliberate practice. The icing on the cake: most 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!

Travel safely

Costa Rica is internationally recognized as being an excellent vacation destination for its safety reputation, friendliness, and sanitation. Environmental conservation, public health, and education are staples in Costa Rican society which impacts the country as a tourism destination. Bodhi Surf + Yoga conducts surf lessons in a marine national park that has both lifeguards and park rangers on duty.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Bodhi Surf + Yoga is fortunate to be uniquely positioned in a small, sparsely densely community that has both private clinics and hospitals nearby. We are able to provide a fun and learning family vacations while also complying with rigorous health and safety standards based on Costa Rican law and best practices from travel experts worldwide. 



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.



Bodhi Awaken FAQs

Not only is Bodhi Surf + Yoga the first ever surf and yoga camp to earn a B Corp certification, 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.

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 session, 3 bodysurf lessons, 7 surf lessons, 8 yoga classes, 2 hour-long massages, a walking tour of Bahia Ballena, a waterfall visit, local transportation to camp activities, snacks during surf and bodysurf lessons, and National Park entrance fees on lesson days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The swim technique training lesson is a 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.


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