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, 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!
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.
Surfing at Playa Hermosa Ride Your First Wave.
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. We provide safe, fun, and informative surf instruction. We teach safety first with fun and stoke as a close second.
A low student-to-instructor ratio (2 to 1) will ensure that you receive thoughtful feedback and coaching. You will even have a one-on-one session mid-week plus wonderful photos of you standing on the surfboard.
Women’s Quest is different than other surf retreats in that we created a very special paddle school which will take place in the cutest tide pool outside Pranamar. It is a quiet water spot with very gentle, rolling waves. In paddle school, 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.
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. Nancy Goodfellow offers daily yoga classes including soft flow, vinyasa flow with hip and shoulder openers. This focus will improve your flexibility and strength as well as your surfing.
Pranamar’s elegantly designed villas were completed in 2010. Each has Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo, and plenty of light-filled windows. They are decorated with Indonesian furniture, exotic fabrics, and Buddha statues. Guests will enjoy nature and ocean views in a relaxed, peaceful, and intimate setting.
All four poolside Villas include: personal pool entrance, 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, fans, screens, garden bathroom with granite stone tub, laptop size security safes, Wi-Fi, and 1 room with a king bed ($600 extra and only 4 available) and 2 twins (depending on your preference) two bathrooms, a living room, and huge decks and terraces. Every villa has a personal entrance to the pool! Fabulous!
Luxurious granite stone tubs surrounded by tropical gardens give a unique, exotic touch to the completely private open air bathrooms. Decorated with imported, hand- crafted Indonesian furniture and floating around a free-form pool, the villas create a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere complimented by their natural surroundings.
Each morning we will start the day with fragrant Costa Rica coffee. Pranamar’s restaurant serves outrageously delicious meals with spectacular views and a relaxed atmosphere. The chefs create dishes that nourish the body and enliven the senses. You’ll love Costa Rica’s local tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya, starfruit, and citrus. Pranamar utilizes the freshest ingredients for their menu with a strong emphasis on using organic and local produce. Each meal is started with a special fruit smoothie..YUM!!
*All healthy organic meals are included, with the exception of one lunch and one dinner where you’ll be free to explore some fabulous local restaurants.
• 4 Surf Lessons
• Ground School and Paddle School
• Morning Awakening the Senses yoga (schedule dependent)
• 4 Afternoon Yoga in an inspiring ocean-view studio
• Qigong for relaxation and balancing
• Delicious, fresh, organic meals showcasing local produce
• Beautiful Deluxe rooms at the Pranamar Villas
• Afternoon Adventure Trip to a canopy tour
• Afternoon activities including 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 $700)
• 4 days of surf instruction
• Canopy Zip Line
• 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, horsebackriding, ATV
* Airfare and transportation to and from the retreat is not included in the cost.
Please note: We are sorry but injury and illness do not disqualify you from any of the above cancellation policies. We are UNABLE to transfer deposits or any payments from one year to the next.
We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Women’s Quest will be refunded. Women’s Quest CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.