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The Center

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Shankara Retreat Center lies in a very quiet residential neighborhood and is surrounded by nature. It consists of a Yoga Shala flanked by two streams with powerful jungle views, open air bathrooms, a covered Chill out & Meal time area, a shared kitchen, a wooden cabin with two double rooms & bathroom, two individual Glamping Tipis, one individual Glamping Tent, one double Glamping Tent & pathways connecting all of them throughout the property. All rooms/tents have high quality mattresses, electricity, mosquito nets, a table, a wardrobe space & stunning nature views.


A year-round stream with a swimming hole & a little beach give you a magical space for a refreshing plunge. You can even hike upstream to a beautiful waterfall and enjoy hidden magic in the middle of the jungle. There is plenty of chill-out spaces to rest, read a book or chat with other participants. 

Toucans, hummingbirds and Morpho butterflies can be sighted daily. Sometimes we have other (not dangerous wildlife passing by). Be aware that this is the jungle and even though we have not yet seen any, spiders, snakes and scorpions are out there.

All rooms and tents have mosquito nets so if you keep them zipped or the doors closed, the rooms are a bug free sanctuary ;-) As Shankara Retreat Center lies in an ecological corridor, we avoid chemical products. Please only bring cosmetics, creams, sunscreens etc that are fully natural (and reef friendly) as we want to take care of Pachamama.

The next town, Platanillo, is about 15 minutes walking distance and has a bus stop, supermarket and organic store/cafe. Dominical, the closest beach town, is 20 minutes away by bus or car.

There is an airport shuttle available from the main airport SJO in San Jose with a company we can recommend. It is 59 USD and brings you to Dominical, the closest beach town. From there you can take a taxi to the center or you can take a direct private transfer from the airport for about 100$.


You can easily find us on Google Maps: just click here.

The Food

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The food served at Shankara Retreat Center is fully vegan. Three freshly prepared, nourishing, and abundant meals will be served on every full day. The food is mostly sattvic and organic. It is refined sugar free, with little to no gluten & nightshades for it to support the practice of yoga best. 

Shankara Retreat Center is a substance free place so no alcohol, smoking or drugs (also if they are natural) on the property. Smokers will have to follow their vice on the road outside the property.

Coffee is only offered on request in the mornings, not throughout the day as little to no amounts of caffeine supports the journey further.

Please let us know if you have any allergies, intolerances or dislikes, we will be able to cater to most wishes if we know about them beforehand.

Most of all though, we love food & enjoy it and we will make sure that you won't miss anything.

The Surroundings

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Shankara Retreat Center is situated in the South Pacific Zone of Costa Rica which boasts some of the most lush tropical beaches, waterfalls & natural parks. The famous Nauyaca & Diamante Waterfalls are only 15 minutes away, Manuel Antonio & Bahia Ballena National Park only 40 minutes & the spectacular Osa Peninsula only 2,5 hours. The world famous surf beach Dominical with year round waves is just a 20 minutes drive and you can find plenty of surf schools. For those of you interested in plant medicine, there are many centers in close proximity. 
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