“My experience at The School of the World was priceless. It was full of laughter, sun, and great people. It was magical. Straight-up better than anything Disney has to offer 6 year olds. You should go there and make some of the best memories of your life.”
This is Yoga
Ahhh… Yoga in Costa Rica. Surrounded by natural beauty and tranquility, this is the perfect place for you to take a yoga retreat.
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Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, our intention is for you to leave with the tools necessary to enrich and deepen your practice.
Why not try Yoga and Surf in Costa Rica? Yoga is especially beneficial for building the flexibility, balance, and strength needed for your surfing.
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."
Practice makes perfect
Our certified instructors blend a variety of styles (including Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga, Anusara yoga, and Vinyasa flow) to make every day’s practice unique. Yoga classes are an hour and a half in duration each day, Monday- Friday.
We have some of the best instructors in the country. Our head instructor Alejandra travels to India every year to practice with the top yogis in the world, bringing back that devotion to Costa Rica and our studio. In addition to our ongoing yoga program, we also offer specialty workshops throughout the year. Join our mailing list to find out about upcoming workshops and special offers. Also follow us for great blogs like this one 10 Best Yoga Poses for Surfers
Your adventure, your choice
You can choose to combine yoga classes with Spanish, Surfing or Photography classes to
create your very own, unique adventure experience.
Yoga + Surfing
Yoga and surfing are great for your mind, body, and soul.What's included?
Surfing + Yoga
Yoga and surfing are both good for your body, mind, and soul. This combination is sure to keep you feeling amazing inside and out. Surf sessions are 2 hours a day (M-F), and yoga classes are 1.5 hours each day (M-F). The yoga schedule changes weekly to accomodate the surf schedule and tides. With both yoga and surfing, the more you practice the better you get, so stay as long as you can!
Yoga + Spanish
Improve your inner balance and language skills.What's included?
Yoga + Spanish
Learning a new language expands your outer world while improving your yoga practice gets your more in tune with your health and inner balance. This is one of our most popular combinations. Spanish classes are 2 hours a day (M-F), with an optional 1 hour lab (reinforcing the day’s lessons with games, field trips, practice). Yoga classes are 1.5 hours each day (M-F).
Yoga + Photography
Let your creativity and energy flow with the "pure vida" vibe.What's included?
Yoga + Photography
Practice yoga daily and creatively tell your own Costa Rica adventure story through your camera lens. Photography classes meet 2 hours a day, mixing lessons with frequent field trips to great locations and editing time in our digital darkroom, where we use iMac computers and Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software. Yoga classes meet for 1.5 hours per day, M-F.
Yoga + GoPro
Take the creative and healthy vacation that you have been dreaming about.What's included?
Yoga + GoPro
This is one of our newest combos. Find inner balance AND your inner action hero. GoPro classes meet 2 hours a day, blending lessons with field trips to shoot in great locations and editing time on iMacs using GoPro Studio and Adobe Premiere software in our editing suite. Yoga classes meet for 1.5 hours per day, M-F.
*Yoga programs are available in durations ranging from 1 week to 2 months.
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Our beautiful facility has free Wi-Fi for our guests, a shared kitchen and dining area, 12 guestrooms, outdoor lounge, pool, garden, and lots of great spots to hang out and relax. It is located in a quiet neighborhood close to the center of town and is just a few minutes walk from the beach, dozens of great restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and everything else you could need.the experience
How it Works
Never been on a learning vacation? Learning something new is the ultimate souvenir; it outlasts the usual vacation sunburns, bug bites, and hangovers, and makes the experience stay with you forever. Here is how it works:
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- 1. Select the programs, lodging, and dates that work for you.
- 2. Make a reservation and pay your deposit.
- 3. Book your ticket and pack your bags. (Celebration dance optional!) We can also help arrange your transportation from the airport to our facility.
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- 1. Arrive and settle in. Ahhhh, tropical paradise.
- 2. Take classes in a relaxed and friendly environment.
- 3. Benefit from the local knowledge of our staff that treats you like family.
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- 1. Socialize and make new friends with like-minded travelers from around the world.
- 2. Settle in to the "Pura Vida" lifestyle, with local restaurants, markets, bars, and beach all just walking distance from your doorstep.
- 3. Plan to extend your stay, because you won't want to say goodbye!
Having hosted guests of all walks of life from over 40 countries over the last 16 years, we have a great reputation and history. We are recommended by the top travel experts and publications- but who better to tell you about us than your fellow travelers? Take a look at what people have to say about their experiences at School of the World:
“I was heading off on my first solo travel adventure, armed with a whole load of enthusiasm and next to zero Spanish… Laura, my Spanish instructor, was fantastic and managed to get the girl who couldn’t do languages to a point where travelling and chatting was easy and fun! The school gave me the confidence and the necessary tools to have the adventure of a lifetime.”
“The founders and staff of SOTW have created such an incredible and unique opportunity for travelers. The vibe cultivated between students was perhaps the most memorable thing. The 18 of us, from ten different countries and spanning a couple of decades in age, felt like one big chilled-out, respectful family the entire time. So cool.”
“School of the World is a wonderfully unique concept. A beautifully designed place of learning where surfing, Spanish, photography and yoga all coexist. Every day is packed with as much or as little activity as you want and your fellow students are friendly and adventurous spirits from all over the world.”
“The whole concept of this school is one of a kind. This was truly a wonderful experience. The staff was very helpful and very nice. I have taken surfing and yoga, since I am very active person. If you want to meet wonderful people, learn something new and have fun than this is the place to be. Highly recommend to everyone.”
“I booked SOTW because I was traveling alone and through the reviews I felt it would be a safe place to stay at especially since I’m a girl. At the last minute my girlfriend came with and all I have to say is WE HAD A BLAST!! I went for the surfing classes, it being one of those bucket list type of things for me. The staff is friendly, the instructors were awesome, and the school itself is simply breathtakingly beautiful.”