Immerse yourself in the elements

Costa Rica

OSA Peninsula
Iguana Lodge
Matt Giordano
Immerse yourself in Yoga and Nature

December 7-12

Get away from it all and focus on yourself. This is the perfect opportunity to recharge your emotional body and enliven your spirit. You will get to live amongst the monkeys, sloths, and exotic birds while you practice yoga in the jungle, sit by the pool, enjoy delicious food, and soak up the sun on the beach. There is no better location in Costa Rica to get the best of all worlds in one place than Iguana Lodge. 

This Immersion uses the Elements (Earth,Water, Fire, Air, and Space) as a basis for self awareness and deeper knowledge of both body and mind. As we journey through the elements you will become aware of both the obvious and hidden needs of your body, mind, and heart. Through yoga, meditation, enriching conversations, and supportive connections this retreat will leave you feeling inspired, empowered and completely refreshed.

“Attending Matt’s retreat in Costa Rica was hands down one of the very best gifts I have ever given myself.”

Kristin Pilgreen

The Experience

Picture 6 days in one of the most beautiful place on earth, practicing yoga with some of the best people, and enjoying authentic and delicious Costa Rican cuisine all in one trip! Together we will take a trip through the elements and how they relate to the physical body in our yoga practice. You will come away from each practice with an increased body awareness and ability to access new postures for yourself. Beyond the physical practice, this retreat is about reconnecting to the depths of our hearts and souls. We will tap into our surroundings, feel the earth’s energy, and allow it to fill us with a rejuvenating vibrancy. This retreat is also about cultivating community and support for one another. Together we will lift each other up, listen to one another, and share time with one another while surrounded by the beauty of nature. 

Day 1

Arrival Saturday
  • Flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
  • Arrival between 8am- 5pm 
  • 4:30-5:30 Optional Practice (Earth and Water) Root Down and Settle in
  • 7pm Dinner
  • Meet and greet
  • Settle in and sleep.

Day 2

Sunday
  • Wake Up, Sunrise, Optional coffee/fruit.
  • 7:45-9a Practice (Earth)  Foundation & Balance)
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4-5:30p Practice (water) Inside Flow with Rebecca Rasmussen – coreographed flow set to music 
  • 7pm Dinner

Day 3

Monday

  • Wake Up Optional coffee/fruit
  • 7:30-9a Practice (Water) Hips: Rock and Unlock ‘Em
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4-5:30p Practice (Fire) Getting through the fear and Learn to Handstand
  • 7pm Dinner
  • 830p Satsang (gathering, meditation, guided talk)

Day 4

Tuesday
  • Wake Up. Optional coffee/fruit
  • 7:45-9am  (Fire) The Core Of Twists 
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4-5:30p Practice (Air) Discover the Joy of Back Bends
  • 7pm Dinner

Day 5

Wednesday
  • Sunrise Wake Up. Optional coffee/fruit
  • 7:30-9amn Practice (Air) Shoulders: Boundless Freedom
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4-5:30p Meditation Practice
  • 7pm Dinner

Day 6

Thursday
  • Sunrise Wake Up. Optional coffee/fruit 
  • Departures throughout the day
  • 8-9am optional Practice 
  • 9am Breakfast and departures
  • Optional Stay for an extra night to be booked directly with Iguana Lodge

The Perks

  • All levels yoga 
  • Accessible meditation techniques 
  • Meaningful conversations with great people
  • Incredible sunrises!
  • Clean, clear, and warm ocean
  • Relaxation spots: hammocks and beach huts
  • Authentic and amazing food by local chefs
  • Community building and life long friendships
  • Optional Excursions (see optional add on’s)
  • Beach bon fire night
  • Natural environment with comfortable amenities

What is inluded

  • 8 Yoga practices/Workshops
  • 1 Evening Satsang and Meditation (guided group discussion)
  • 2 Breakfasts 
  • Lunch
  • Dinner made by one of Costa Rica’s best chef’s, Jose!
  • Ground Transportation from Puerto Jimenez to Iguana Lodge
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Direct Access to The Beach!

Optional Add On’s

  • Extra Night(s) stay
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Nature Preserve
  • Zip Lining
  • Surf Lessons
  • Water Fall Repelling
  • Kayaking through through the Jungle
  • Massage
  • Jungle hike and wildlife watch with expert naturalist, Sidnar
  • Wine, and tropical mixed drinks
  • Spa Treatments

 

Accomidations

Club Rooms & Casitas

Choose your experience

Club Room 

Club Rooms are lovely hotel-like rooms with gorgeous travertine bathrooms and outdoor living areas for hanging out – facing the beach or the jungle.

    Price Per Person Starts at

    $203.33/month

    Casita

    Straight out of Jungle Architectural Digest, the secluded two-story casitas possess what designers call “tropical allure.”  Tarzan would be proud.

      Price Per Person Starts at

      $262.50/month

      The Beach House

      The Beach House is a striking three bedroom, three bath structure built high in the rainforest canopy overlooking the beach.

        Price Per Person Starts at 

        $279/month

        The Luxury Suite

        At the beach house there are 3 rooms, the top floor is the Luxury sweet and it is available for 1-3 people! Ideal for a single looking for the fullest experience, couple who want a romantic get away, or a group of friends that want the top notch experience. 

        • Private Bathroom
        • One Queen Beds and one Single Bed
        • Balcony Overlooking the Ocean
        Prices Vary: Monthly payments starting at 

        $295.83

        I cannot speak highly enough of the experience I had with Matt at the Iguana Lodge. Matt not only taught almost everything I know and love about yoga in a wonderfully unique way, but with the most genuine sense of passion and dedication.   I was blown away by Matt’s knowledge and broad range of retreat activities from the yoga to a handstand workshop, meditations and a satsang.  My favorite aspect of this experience was how personal it all was. Matt interacted with all of the yogis from start to finish – meal times, downtime in between yoga classes and after dinner. It was so fun and down to earth and the connection is felt instantly.  I

        Tiffany

        Information

        Amenities

        Free WiFi

        Wifi is free and it is accessible throughout most of the retreat center.

        Washer & Dryer

        Should you decide to pack light or need a wash of clothes, the service is available for a separate fee.

        Pool

        The amazing saline filtered pool is accessible at all hours.

        Tennis Court

        There is a brand new tennis court with rackets and balls available. 

        Pottery Studio

        There is a pottery studio at the lodge for the artists looking to get creative! 

        Coffee All Day

        Coffee is available from 4am-8pm in the main pavillion

        Checkin & Checkout

        Checkin Saturday December 7th at any time! arrive early to get the fullest experience. Check out on December 12th between 6am-12pm. Should you want to stay later you will be able to leave your luggage with the front desk and pay for lunch separately and leave as late as you’d like. If you’d like to extend your stay for another night you will book this directly with info@iguanalodge.com and you will receive a retreat discount. 

        Cancellation Policy

        Your first payment is non-refundable. All other payments will be refunded with a 90 day or more notice of cancellation. Should you need to cancel with 60- 90 days your first 3 payments are non refundable with the exception that someone fills your spot, in which case you will be refunded all payments with exception of first payment. Should you not be able to attend, and at anytime find someone to take your spot for the retreat, a full refund may be granted. 

        Free Airport Transfer

        A free tairport transfer from Puerto Jimenez to Iguana Lodge will be provided for you. Please send your flight details to Info@Iguanalodge.com so they can arrange your pickup. 

        Plan Your trip

        Transportation Information

        Information

        International Airport and Domestic Airports

        Costa Rica has two international airports, I recommend flying in to SJO international. Either arrive early on Saturday Dec. 7th or on Friday Dec. 6th and stay a night in San Jose. There are several Hotels in San Jose that are beautiful, close to the airport, and reasonably priced. Domestic flights from SJO to Puerto Jimenez, where Iguana Lodge is located run between 6am and approximately 430pm.

        Passport

        Common protocol is make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date. 

        International Flight

        plan your international flight around your domestic flight or at least look at the times on www.flysansa.com or check with iguana lodge info@iguanalodge.com prior to booking your flight. I suggest looking fo flights to SJO international. some websites you might try are www.cheapoair.com and www.orbitz.com 

        San Jose Hotels

        Should you decide to arrive a day early or leave a day late than I suggest www.Orbitz.com for hotel options. There are some hotels that offer shuttles, but taxi’s are cheap and safe in San Jose. If you are looking for an exceptional hotel try the Marriott located 15 minutes from the airport – there are several close to SJO,  but this one is far superior. On a budget I recommend the Holiday in Express which is only a few minutes away and has a free shuttle to and from the airport. 

        Cash?

        Most of Costa Rica takes USD and Costa Rican Colognes. You can exchange at the airport if you wish. When you are at Iguana Lodge you will not need cash unless you’d like to leave tips or head into town. All extra’s such as excursions, massages, and alcohol can be paid for via credit card at the end of your stay at iguana lodge. 

        Extend Your Stay!

        You will have the option to extend your stay at iguana lodge at a discounted rate for 1 or more evenings. Or should you want to extend your retreat experience you could either come early and take the Flow into Bliss retreat with Rebecca Rasmussen and Beau Campbell aka @DancinBecka and @theyogarina or you can stay after for the Handstand Retreat with Kyle Weiger @KyleWeiger for more info on these retreats email matt@www.theyogimatt.com or check www.dancinbecka.com and www.kyleweiger.com 

        Sign Up

         

        Below you will notice several room choices and 3 options for each room. If you are signing up by yourself, then look at the first and 3rd options for each room. The first option is a shared room experience, while the third option is for a private room to yourself. If you are signing up with a friend or loved one then see the second option.

        ALL the room options are nice, and you really can’t go wrong. If you have questions or concerns use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

        Recommendations: 

        1. Signing up by yourself to share a room: I highly recommend going with a club room.

        2. Signing up with a loved one: A deluxe Casita or the beach house is the best option.

        3. Signing up with a friend: All options are suitable, choose what attracts your both the most. If either of you are not used to the jungle experience and have some fears around it than choose the club rooms as they are more similar to a beach resort hotel.

        MEALS: Pre-practice breakfast, 2nd breakfast, lunch, and Dinner, and taxi to and from Puerto Jimenez to Iguana Lodge are all included in the fees below. Yoga is also already included.

         

        NOTE: EARLY BIRD PRICES are in effect through April 30th 2019 

         

        Standard Rooms

        Club Room Ocean View

        Club Rooms are lovely hotel-like rooms with gorgeous travertine bathrooms and outdoor living areas for hanging out – These club rooms have an amazing view of the beach and the ocean. Each room has a bathroom to be shared with your roomate. 

        Economy Rate
        Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual, in a shared Room (you will be assigned a Roomate)
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $1,420 or $236.67/month

        Early Bird Rates: Cost before April 30, 2019

        $1,220 or $203.33/Month 

        For Two
        For Two: I want to sign myself and a friend up to share a room with each other
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,840 or $473.33/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $2,440 or $406.67/Month 

        Private Room
        Private Experience: I want to sign up for my own room without a Roomate
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,045 or $340.83/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $1,845 or $307.50/Month

         

         

        Club Room Jungle View

        Club Rooms are lovely hotel-like rooms with gorgeous travertine bathrooms and outdoor living areas for hanging out – These club rooms are on the jungle side without a beach view but tend to be cooler in temperature. Each room has a bathroom to be shared with your Roomate. 

        Economy Rate
        Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual, in a shared Room (you will be assigned a Roomate)
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $1,420 or $236.67/month

        Early Bird Rates: Cost before April 30, 2019

        $1,220 or $203.33/Month 

        For Two
        For Two: I want to sign myself and a friend up to share a room with each othe
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,840 or $473.33/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $2,440 or $406.67/Month 

        Private Room
        Private Experience: I want to sign up for my own room without a Roomate
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,045 or $340.83/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $1,845 or $307.50/Month

         

         

        Casita With Shared Bath

        Casitas are set in the jungle and built from he material of the land. A true tropical experience for those that want to enjoy the magic of Costa Rica at its finest. This option is perfect if you’d like the full experience on a budget or have group of 4 that want to split two rooms in a single casita. These casitas are ground floor nestled in the privacy of the jungle.

        Standard Rate
        Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual, in a shared Room (you will be assigned 1-3 Roomates)
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $1,420 or $279.16/month

        Early Bird Rates: Cost before April 30, 2019

        $1,475 or $245.83/Month 

        Standard For Two
        Standard For Two: I want to sign myself and a friend up to share a room with each othe
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $3,350 or $558.33/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $2,950 or $491.67/Month 

        Private Room
        Private Experience: I want to sign up for my own room without a Roomate
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,660 or $443.33.33/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $2,460 or $410/Month 

        Premium Rooms

        Casita W/Private Bathroom

        Club Rooms are lovely hotel-like rooms with gorgeous travertine bathrooms and outdoor living areas for hanging out – These club rooms have an amazing view of the beach and the ocean. Each room has a bathroom to be shared with your roomate.

        Private Room
        Private Experience: I want to sign up for my own room without a Roomate
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,750 or $458.33/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $2,550 or $425/Month

        For Two
        For Two: I want to sign myself and a friend up to share a room with each other
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $3,550 or $591.66/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $3152 or $525.33/Month 

        Premium Upstairs Casita W/ Private Bathroom

        Enjoy the comforts of having a room with your own bathroom in a casita. There are only 2 in total so be sure to reserve this option right away if you are wanting this!

        Private Room
        Private Experience: I want to sign up for my own room without a Roomate
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,850 or $475/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $2,650 or $441.66/Month 

        For Two
        For Two: I want to sign myself and a friend up to share a room with each other
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $3,750 or $625/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $3352 or $558.67/Month 

        Luxury Sweet

        This is the honey moon sweet at Iguana Lodge and it features one double bed and one single bed. Stay here solo, with a friend, loved one or group of 3! It has a private bath and private balcony with a hammock and seating area. Only one available.

        Private Room
        Private Experience: I want to sign up for my own room without a Roomate
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $2,950 or $491.66/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $2,750 or $458.33/Month 

        For Two
        Standard For Two: I want to sign myself and a friend up to share a room with each other
        Cost: After April 30, 2019

        $3,950 or $658.33/month

        Early Bird Rates: Before April 30, 2019

        $3,550 or $591.67/Month 

        Reviews

        Testimonials

        This retreat was my very first both w/Matt Giordano and in Costa Rica @ The iguana lodge on the OSA Peninsula.
        Everything about this adventure was stupendous! to list a few highlights; bonfire and dinner on the beach ; a picturesque sunrise over the water every morning; yoga and meditation led by a warm and welcoming yogi teacher who manages to guide me to places I haven’t been before; perfect weather for any activity ; a naturalist every morning who knows exactly where to find the abundant wildlife right on the property, delectable meals , gracious hosts and I could go on and on. I am truly grateful to have shared this experience with Matt and a group of beautiful like minded yogis. Cannot wait to return!!!

        Sue Owrutsky

        Chromatic Yoga Insructor & Photographer

        AN EXPERIENCE BEYOND WORDS

        I am not sure I can even put into words how AMAZING this Costa Rica Retreat was. If you have been on the fence about doing a retreat as I have been for the past few years, this retreat is a MUST. It was a life changing experience. Matt was an incredibly caring, inspirational, and giving host. Doing this was completely out of my comfort zone, but I left with so much growth and my heart is so full. I met new like-minded people, deepened existing friendships, truly advanced my yoga practice through Matt’s creative workshops, and grew personally through self reflection and facing fears. Adding to the Immersion Retreat was being present in the serenity of the Jungle in Costa Rica. The Iguana Lodge was an incredible setting in every aspect and my favorite part was being able to enjoy dinners with your Retreat group at the community dining table, eating outstanding local foods, getting to know each other better, and reflecting on our retreat experience. This was a once in a lifetime adventure…

        Kim Jablonski

        Marathon Runner

        “Thanks Matt for sharing your unique gift of teaching yoga. I always learn something new with you. I also had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica — from the beautiful scenery to the friendly people in Iguana Lodge and the yoga community.”

        Zulia Santana

        This retreat was absolutely perfect from start to finish. Matt has a way of immediately making you feel welcomed and seen and comfortable; on an international retreat with many people you may not know, I think that is important. The yoga was great as always; a theme is incorporated throughout the week so there is purpose to each and every session. Matt’s instruction is clear and concise and his knowledge base is something that I find inspiring as a fellow teacher.
        The iguana lodge as a retreat center is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. The yoga deck(s) are stunning, the pool, the plants and flowers, monkeys all over the place. The staff was incredibly welcoming and happy and helpful, they spoke good English so it was easy to communicate. The food was amazing; I felt spoiled from start to finish. Can’t say enough good things about the whole experience; I’d go back year after year.

        Anthony Tomasi

        Senior Chromatic Yoga Instructor

        Attending Matt’s retreat in Costa Rica was hands down one of the very best gifts I have ever given myself. Aside from spending a week in a most stunning and relaxing environment that is the Iguana Lodge, enjoying new friendships and delighting on the delicious cuisines offered daily, I left the retreat with the complete reset and revitalization I felt my mind, body and spirit were needing.

        Matt’s vast knowledge and passion for anatomy and understanding the body’s ability and potentiality to flex, bend, strengthen and align under its optimal efficiency is really felt in his classes. He brings and holds a beautiful and spiritual space and presence for his students and his passion and reverence for being a teacher is greatly felt. His care and dedication to teaching from a very pure and anatomically inclined space encourages his students to tune inward and become more conscious, aware and curious with their own anatomy and approach to various asanas. Through being encouraged to examine what I was feeling and what did I want to feel, I gently felt old physical patterns that weren’t serving me anymore unwind and melt away. Leaving me with so much more freedom in my mind and body space. His classes will challenge, inspire and grow you and his fun and humble spirit at the helm, will provide for an all encompassing yogic adventure. I give this retreat a 10! It’s one not to be forgotten and it might just become a yearly tradition in your life like I hope for it to be in mine.

        Kristin Pilgreen

        Jet Blue Flight Attendant

        REady for a nourishing adventure?

        Looking forward to seeing you in Costa Rica!

        Thanks for treating yourself to the practice of yoga.

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