Costa Rica Surf & Yoga Retreat

December 5-11th, 2021 + January 16-22, 2022

December 5-11th, 2021 + January 16-22, 2022

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Cost: $3200

Welcome to Surf paradise in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica! Women’s Quest blends surf and soul for a fabulous week of oceanside adventure and restoration at the beautiful Pranamar Villas. 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, horse riding on the beach, 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!

Every woman deserves to treat herself to a Women’s Quest adventure. I work full time and raise three children; I wanted something where I could be me, and just me.  I signed up for Costa Rica and spent an amazing week seeing a beautiful country, eating delicious food, and spending time with awesome women. The surfing instructors were supportive and positive, and the yoga classes connected me to peace and relaxation. For the first time at 43 I learned that I love to play in the ocean. It was an experience I can’t explain, but I recommend it to everyone; thank you Colleen and Pia!” – Tania, Costa Rica 2017.

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.

Ride Your First Wave!!!

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 as a close second. A 2 to 1 student-to-instructor ratio will ensure that you receive thoughtful feedback and coaching. You will even have a one-on-one video session mid-week plus wonderful photos of you standing on the surfboard.

Women’s Quest is different from 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.

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.

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 a relationship with an “inner voice” that guides our balance of challenge and ease. It’s fun for everyone!!


  • 4 Surf Lessons
  • Ground School and Paddle School
  • Morning Awakening the Senses yoga (schedule dependent)
  • 4 Afternoon Yoga in an inspiring ocean-view studio with one sound healing
  • Qigong for relaxation and balancing
  • One afternoon: Horseback Ride with Hacienda Ario, a working, family-owned ranch with 5,000 acres on the Pacific. The tour includes a bilingual nature guide and cowboy who guide you through rivers, mountains, forests, farms and ends with a ride on the beach or.. if you prefer you can do the zip line tour.
  • Delicious, fresh, organic meals showcasing local produce
  • Beautiful Deluxe rooms at the Pranamar Villas
  • Afternoon activities include inspiring lectures, boutique shopping in town, making prayer flags, Mala bracelets, and an evening star-filled night bonfire on the beach.
  • 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 for an additional $850)
  • 4 days of surf instruction
  • Horseback Ride with Hacienda Ario, a working, family-owned ranch with 5,000 acres on the Pacific. The tour includes a bilingual nature guide and cowboy who guide you through rivers, mountains, forests, farms and ends with a ride on the beach
  • fresh cold coconut water after every surf session
  • All surf equipment, wax, and accessories.
  • Inspiring lectures and stories
  • 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 and spa treatments, zip line tour or  ATV tour

* Airfare and transportation to and from the retreat is not included in the cost.