Yoga Retreat & Eco Lodge

Yoga | Surf | Relaxation| Adventure | Costa Rica
 

Plug Back Into Source at Danyasa

Danyasa Yoga Retreat & Eco Lodge offers world-class movement arts experiences in a world-class setting.

Nestled in the verdant and resplendent natural beauty of Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast, we are your home for retreats, classes and teacher trainings in yoga and other movement arts, as well as a hub for surfing, adventure, exploration and relaxation. Imagine yourself sitting beneath a majestic waterfall, zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, diving under the warm waves and practicing yoga in our beautiful Bamboo Yoga Play studio.

Silhouette of woman doing yoga on the beach at sunset in Dominical Costa Rica

Make new friends, deepen your practice, explore, find your flow… Join us for the experience of a lifetime!

Yoga class in session in the Bamboo Yoga Play studio at Danyasa Retreat Center

Our Mission

At the base of rainforested mountains on the bank of the Baru River in Dominical Costa Rica, Danyasa Eco-Retreat provides a sanctuary for living artfully in nature. We are a boutique yoga retreat center focused on providing everything you need to explore both the wonders of Costa Rica’s abundant nature, as well as the wonders of your inner landscape. Join us for relaxation, play, adventure, creativity and transformation through classes, workshops, retreats, trainings, adventure tours… come be inspired!

*2019 Danyasa Yoga Arts 200 Hour Teacher Training!*

JUST ANNOUNCED!

For the first time in 5 years… Danaysa Yoga Arts will host a 200 Hour YTT!

OCTOBER 5 – 25, 2019

Explore the dynamic fusion of Dance and Vinyasa Yoga that is DANYASA Yoga!

Yoga Retreats, Teacher Trainings, Daily Classes & Events

We offer an eco-friendly retreat center and a sanctuary for transformation through yoga, surf, healing arts, relaxation, adventure, community and a connection to nature. Our team strives to provide top-notch yoga retreats, teacher trainings, classes and events, as well as excellence in service!

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Above all, our goal is to provide a sanctuary where you can discover tools to move through the world, living artfully.

Yoga Studio Events

What Our Guests Are Saying…

“I’d been in Costa Rica for two and a half weeks already before I arrived at Danyasa, so I’d seen quite a bit of the country and stayed in at least five different accommodations. But it was only when I got to Danyasa that Costa Rica finally became special for me. Yes the space is beautiful, clean, calming, and simply lovely to be in, but Danyasa also has that ‘X factor’. That special thing that’s hard to put your finger on; a certain kind of vibe that just feels right and you instantly feel comfortable and at home. I was sad to leave and I would return to Costa Rica, just to go back to Danyasa! The yoga classes are such an experience – all the teachers have something different to offer, and that studio? Wow. Practising by candlelight, listening to the sound of the jungle coming alive is something I’ll never forget. And one other thing – if you go there solo, there’s a good balance of having company when you want it and being left alone when you want it. There was never any pressure to socialise; everyone just seemed very aware of the right times to reach out, which I really appreciated. If you’re in Costa Rica, go. You won’t regret it.”

~ Sally

“Great place for relaxing days in Dominical! Especially the Yoga-Sessions on the property where great. Very stylish pool area, free beach towels, nice local tips! Overall, I totally recommend to stay at this place!”

Fabian

“I just returned from a 7 day stay at Danyasa! I have been traveling to Costa Rica for over 25 years & this was my favorite trip thanks to Danyasa! It truly is a blissful sanctuary! Ive been practicing yoga for 15 years, the instructors at Danyasa were awesome, I was so impressed. Ali was an inspiring teacher & caring guest liason whom would take care of any travel need you might have, she was wonderful! When I arrived back home in Boston I realized what a special place Danyasa is & it is now my second home when in Costa Rica! Thank you All for making my vacation so relaxing & healthy!”

James

“Everything was perfect about the experience at Danyasa. The staff are all super helpful, Ali is a star in guest services and each and every one of the yoga teachers of course. Will absolutely be back and thank you all for creating such a perfect experience :)”

Chris

“Danyasa is a magical place. The rooms are super nice. The bed and sheets are comfy. The pool is amazing. The yoga studio is the best I’ve ever seen with great instructors. I highly recommend a stay here!”

Steven

“This place is beautiful, with amazing people and atmosphere. Very good yoga classes and great chill-out areas. Thank you for making our stay with you so amazing.”

Dana

“Danyasa is a best kept secret! It is an intimate beautiful healthy experience! The entire Staff made sure you were taken care of and you felt like you were the most important people in the world. Did 3 yoga classes in 3 days and was so impressed by the open air studio that made you feel like you were in a treehouse in the jungle and each instructor was fabulous for a 90 minute session. Loved the Eco container rooms and the concept of keeping things simple and helping our environment. Never felt healthier with the organic breakfast!”

UniqueTraveling

“Couldn’t imagine a better place to practice Yoga. We made it to class 4 times in 6 days and wished it could have continued. It’s a very beautiful studio and surroundings. Super clean with a relaxing atmosphere. We had 4 different instructors and they were all great in their own ways. Cannot wait for our next visit someday.”

Shawn

“I came to Dominical in search of some healing, but experienced so much more. I felt such a strong reawakening of my divine light and my true self, that I was able to cultivate the power I needed to change my life to “live my yes.” Staying at Danyasa was the start of an enormous shift in my life… I am in love with my life and myself again, and although I have lived in many beautiful places and met beautiful people, I am always comparing it back to Costa Rica, Dominical, and Danyasa. Thank you for inspiring a change that has lead me to become a truer version of myself, and helping me realize my dreams.”

Chelsea

“I had such an amazing experience at Danyasa. The people in Dominical were very friendly, the space was beautiful, safe, and comfortable. My room was so comfortable, clean and made me feel at peace. The kitchen, the hammock, and the yoga studio were my favorite parts. As most people would feel visiting Costa Rica, I could’ve just lived there forever. As a woman traveling alone, I felt welcomed and overjoyed to meet so many amazing people traveling and doing the same thing I was. I will be back to Danyasa without a doubt. Much love!”

~ Claire

“I recently stayed a week at Danyasa. All of the staff were amazing, but two staff really went above and beyond. Karen taught a restorative yoga class my first night. Her calm, peaceful and loving manner created a wonderful space to unwind from the stressful day of travel! I left so relaxed and in touch with my inner self. I was traveling by myself and felt safe and welcome. Later in my stay, I had a surf lesson scheduled. I started to freak out a little (translation panic!) about going to my lesson. Karen and Tey were working in the office. They gave me the most supportive and wonderful pep talk, encouraged me, and even offered for one of them to walk with me and stay until I felt comfortable. After my lesson, Karen and Tey each came to check on me and make sure I had a good experience at my surf lesson. Both of them went above and beyond ensuring I had a wonderful experience. Thank you so much Karen and Tey! You made my trip everything I needed!”

Angela

“I stayed here for nearly a week in July of 2013, and my memories of this tranquil place situated in the quiet town of Domincal make my heart happy. Even if you are not staying at their eco-retreat (now called Danyasa), taking a class in the studio (Bamboo YogaPlay) is an experience you won’t forget. This studio is the epitome of the beauty in yoga.”

Jess

“An oasis of all things good in Dominical. Ifou are looking for a great vibe, a friendly team, nice views, folks who know Dominical and where to get the best of everything, how to arrange everything, and amazing connections across the country, look no further. If they were not full many of the nights, I would have spent every night there.”

Evo

“Absolutely AMAZING! Nicest people ever! Beautiful place”

Eli Jané

“My husband and I stayed at Danyasa for a week from late August into September, we had a wonderful and relaxing stay. Our room was just what we needed and the open air bathroom/shower was great in the tropical environment. The community within Danyasa is strong, so we made some friends and saw the staff around town. The yoga facility is beautiful and especially delightful in the pouring rain. It is a short walk to local restaurants, massages, and the beach. We combined our trip with a nearby surf school and the two businesses collaborated very well. We felt like new people by the end of our trip!”

Jena

“We loved staying at Danyasa Eco-Retreat. The room was beautiful, clean, quiet and comfortable. We stayed with our 3 kids, a 3yr old and twin babies. We all were comfortable and everyone slept amazingly well. The communal kitchen was a huge plus and we used it to store our food and make our morning coffee. The staff were kind and so friendly, making us feel welcome and giving us a tour to make our stay easy. We would recommend it (and have already!) and will definitely stay again!”

~ Ilea & Jared

“The Danyasa sanctuary is easily one of the best little spots I’ve stayed in in south pacific Costa Rica. I loved the eco-friendly building made of shipping containers and the wonderful shared kitchen. The staff here was very personable and helpful and Brendan accommodated us when we wanted to stay another night. The town of Dominical is great for relaxing, surfing and eating healthily.”

~ Chelsea

“I had a wonderful time here. As a lone female traveler, I do my best to ensure that I’m safe and comfortable during my travels. Not only is Danyasa super safe, it is extremely clean, comfortable and modern. I met many other women who were traveling alone as well. I didn’t get a chance to take a yoga class, but the studio is huge and gorgeous with such a mellow vibe.”

~ Kimara

“Dominical is a magical beach town and staying at Danyasa took it to another level. I recommend it and would stay again. The common spaces are relaxing, the rooms cozy (the mattress was incredibly comfortable), the pool reviving, and the yoga studio beautiful. Great location super close to the beach, restaurants, and food markets. The vibe was also enjoyable with a kind and helpful management team and the ability to interact with other guests as much or as little as wanted.”

~ Shannon

“Awesome place! I’ve always wanted to see stay in a renovated shipping container. I have to say it’s nicer than most hotel rooms. Amazing sheets, quiet location, cold filtered water on tap, etc, etc. You won’t regret staying here.”

~ Dustin

“For the second time in three months I have stayed at Danyasa. It to me represents a Sanctuary within Dominical. Did I feel safe?…100%! Do not miss the opportunity to take a class while you are there & enjoy the good vibe!”

~ Paul

“Everything was great! This place is awesome, cool people, good vibe. Note: this is not a “party place”, rather a very tranquillo place to relax. Everything was provided and perfect.”

~ Jess

“Our stay at Danyasa was perfect and exactly as described in the listing. Their eco-retreat was calm, relaxing, very safe, and Brendan and his team of hosts were always so friendly and welcoming. This was our last stop in Costa Rica and we truly felt it was our favorite. In addition, the rooms were incredibly clean and the bed was super comfortable. The outdoor shower was also really nice and refreshing. I can’t wait to come back to Costa Rica and we would definitely stay at Danyasa again.”

~ Natalie Rosales

“Danyasa is an incredible place to stay. I met so many wonderful people passing through Dominical at Danyasa–a few who will be life long friends. The yoga studio is spectacular and the classes offered are varied–all incredible. The entire property is spectacular and allows for you to feel like you are always surrounded by nature. The outdoor shower is amazing! I will be back soon.”

~ Pablo

“We immediately felt welcomed at Danyasa from the moment we walked in the door. All of the people were so friendly and helpful, and the accommodations were exactly what we expected. We really enjoyed meeting the other guests as well as Brendan and Sofia. The two owners knew everyone in town and helped us find surfing, yoga, and restaurants in Dominical. Their partnership with other businesses made it really easy to sign up for surf lessons, and get reservations at restaurants. Overall, we had a fantastic time and will be sure to return next time we visit Costa Rica.”

~ Bryan

“Truly an incredible nourishment experience. What a treasure, a hidden gem!! Will definitely return again and again. You must book an extended stay to fully feel the vibe or try out a workshop or yoga class to feel and experience what Danyasa is for yourself. The entire Danyasa team is exquisite, very friendly, sincere and accommodating. The environment is completely chilled out, a unique relaxing experience ideal for expLoratiOn traveling solo and / or with a partner. Sofiah and her partner Brendan have created something really special here to be acknowledged, so happy to have the opportunity to play and learn here. 👁⚡️🌅👑”

Cheré

“Super clean, super friendly, felt safe, and so happy there was parking! The shipping container had fantastic air conditioning, a great bed, and soft sheets and towels. I loved the smell of the hand soap, the small things make all the difference.”

~ Eileen

“We only stayed for one night but the place was beautiful and really well located. Brendan was very kind and accommodating as well. The rooms are great, perfect size and the beds and everything are great! I loved the smell! I actually want to know what oils you use to perfume the rooms 🙂 thank you so much for the stay and will definitely recommend it.”

~ Gabriela

“Absolutely heaven. I was driving north from the Osa Penisula and happily stumbled upon this amazing bed and breakfast with a beautiful spacious yoga studio. I was immediately drawn into staying put for an entire week because of their eclectic range of classes; including a wild heart workshop, candlelit yin yoga, new moon circle (which also included celebrating the new year), and a special dance. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The location is a perfect jumping off point to take in all of the best of Costa Rica, by car, bus or on foot; you’re in the middle of it all, but get to stay in your own private safe sanctuary. What a treat. Thank you Sofiah, Aliza, Christina and D”

Chris

“Host and staff went out of their way to ensure I had a fantastic time and got the most out of this relaxed beach town. The accommodation top-notch and I could not have been happier with the vibe and comfort factor. Highly recommended!”

~ Scott

“Stayed at Danyasa for three days during a solo trip round Costa Rica. You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere more relaxing: I spent the three days practicing yoga, walking along the beach, reading in a hammock, drinking tea, chatting with people coming and going, and listening to the afternoon rain on the roof of the crazy Ewok village that Brendan’s built up around the studio. The classes and practice space are fantastic, and the teachers are creative, mindful, and super conscious of individual bodies. I will be back. 🙂”

~ Jess

“This is the most beautiful yoga studio I’ve ever seen. Situated near the beach, in a jungle setting, the studio creates the look of a bamboo treehouse and has a gently, tropical breeze that flows throughout. We took a ninety minute flow class that was incredible. We felt so relaxed and energized after the class. Danyasa is such a brilliant space, I encourage anyone who is a well versed yogi or a first time inquirer to take a class at Danyasa, you will enjoy every minute of the experience.”

Sarah

“My best friend and I came down to Costa Rica for a week long stay with the Surf & Yoga Package through Costa Rica Surf Camp. Danyasa is a wonderful oasis to disappear into and truly relax! The pool is flat our perfect. Hidden in the back it’s a gorgeous color and the waterfalls are very peaceful. The creative use of shipping containers coupled with the amazing housekeeping staff made our accommodations something to remember! The outdoor bamboo showers were also wonderful for the climate of the location. Every morning they serve a delicious, healthy breakfast with scumptous coffee. Being back home now, I am continuing to make myself the Danyasa breakfast! Lastly, the yoga classes are the best I have ever experienced. They made our stay so memorable and amazing, thank you so much 🙂 Overall, would give my full recommendation to anyone in the area. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!”

TShpall

 

 

I experienced my very first yoga class ever at Danyasa, with Amanda as a teacher. It was just incredibly powerful: a restorative yoga class in a beautiful and and well equipped room, in the middle of the biggest thunderstorm I’d ever lived. The staff at Danyasa is just incredible, very loving, peaceful and welcoming. The whole center is beautifully arranged and super well organized (well equipped kitchen, tea/coffee, pool towels, etc) I could have spent a whole week without being bored (yoga classes each day and special classes from time to time, pool, common area). It’s a real peaceful haven in the middle of a cute village!”

Mélanie

“Danyasa is a deeply special place in the world and I am so so glad I choose it for my first solo trip and my first time in Costa Rica. I arrived after dark on a long travel day and immediately felt at home and at ease. The rooms are comfortable, and the communal space so intentionally pulled together to promote a generous atmosphere. The yoga studio is unlike any I have been to before. Both the teaching and space are excellent. It is the people too here that give Danyasa so much of its pull and beauty, every person I interacted with made my stay better. Sofiah, Brendan, Andrea, Amber, Amanda and Charlotte each had an amazing impact on my time in Dominical. I can’t wait to return!”

Corissa

 

What can be said that hasn’t been said before… this place is everything that you would hope it to be! Amazing spaces, incredible yoga-fam to run the show and if you are lucky enough to meet him the goofiest dog around 😉 add to that every detail well thought out and the comfiest beds in CR and you have paradise. Highly recommend!”

Turtle

“I went to Costa Rica for the first time last month and I experienced the beauty of this land and its people. I feel so humbled and grateful for spending the first 5 days in Danyasa, a place that feels like a hug to the heart. Its owners Brendan and Sofiah are two gorgeous souls that will make you feel at home just by being the very beautiful expression of themselves. If you pass by Dominical, this is THE place you should stay in. Its energy and the people you meet there will guarantee you an excellent trip. ❤”

Raya

Eco Lodging – Costa Rica Style

Our up-cycled shipping container rooms provide a perfect blend of luxurious comfort and eco-friendly sustainability. We offer an intimate eco-lodge experience here at Danyasa Retreat Center with eight rooms in total for rent, constructed from beautifully refurbished (upcycled) cargo containers. All our rooms have real mattresses, top quality sheets and bedding, air conditioning, WiFi, in-room safes and we offer free filtered water, coffee, tea and daily organic breakfast.

Come Stay with Us!

We pride ourselves on going the extra distance to fuse comfort with eco sustainability.  From the use of up-cycled shipping containers repurposed into beautiful and cozy living spaces, to the use of eco friendly soaps and detergents and even down to details like stainless steel straws for drinking coconuts, our aim stands to go above and beyond in our efforts to co-exist both harmoniously and comfortably with our environment. Click the arrows to see more.

Shanti Room

Shanti means peace and the Shanti Suite offers peaceful privacy with a private deck and private bathroom.  Bed configuration can be one king-sized bed and one single bed or three single beds.  All beds have the highest quality mattresses and 1500 thread count sheets. Free wifi and filtered water, tea, coffee and organic breakfast included.

Hamsa Room

The Hamsa is a universal sign of protection, power and strength. The Hamsa Room is spacious and secure, with a private deck and private bathroom. Bed configuration can be one king-sized bed and one single bed or three single beds. All beds have the highest quality mattresses and 1500 thread count sheets. Free wifi and filtered water, coffee, tea and organic breakfast included.

Bhakti Superior Queen Room

Bhakti means in simple terms devotion, and the Bhakti Room is devoted to your comfort. Our Superior Queen Rooms provide more light and view and are more private than our Standard Queens. Top quality queen size mattress, 1500 thread count sheets, free WiFi internet, filtered water, and free air conditioning. It has a private deck and also shares the communal deck and lounge, with shared shower/bathrooms.  Organic breakfast, filtered water, tea and coffee included.

Lila Superior Queen Room

Lila is the Hindu Goddess of creative play.  The Lila Superior Queen Room offers more light and view and is more private than our Standard Queen Rooms. Top quality queen size mattress, 1500 thread count sheets, free WiFi internet, and air conditioning.  It has a private deck and also shares the communal deck and lounge, with shared shower/bathrooms.  Includes an organic breakfast daily and free filtered water, coffee and tea.

Satya Room

The Satya Room comes with the option of a king sized bed and a single bed or with three single beds. All beds have top quality mattresses and 1500 thread count sheets, free wifi and air conditioning. The room has an en-suite private bathroom and shower. The Satya Room includes a private deck and also access to the shared deck, lounge area and swimming pool. Free wifi and filtered water, coffee, tea and organic breakfast included.

Single Room

The perfect small, cozy, safe space to sleep and to just be in! Single bed with real mattress, 1500 thread count sheets, air conditioning, free WiFi internet, private shower, shared bathrooms and shared deck. Free filtered water, coffee, tea and organic breakfast included.

Lakshmi Standard Queen Room

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. The Standard Queen Room is geared towards our more budget minded guests. Although it is less private and doesn’t have the same view nor the private decks our Superior Queen Rooms offer, it is still a very comfortable and cozy space with top quality bedding and queen size mattress and like all our rooms offers AC, Wifi and access to free filtered water, shared deck and fully equipped kitchen & shared shower/bathrooms.

Cool Off in the Pool!

Relax and cool off in our gorgeous swimming pool. Nothing beats the heat on a tropical afternoon like getting wet.

Beautiful Communal Areas

Guests are of course welcome to interact with each other and our staff as much or as little as they please. Our communal areas are designed with the intention to facilitate socializing and many a friendship has been forged here over the years.

Green Leader

We make a conscientious effort to respect the ecology and the environment here at Danyasa Eco-Retreat and we are proud to be recognized and certified as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader. Feel free to ask us about specific policies and strategies we’ve implemented.

Tree Ambassadors

We are also proud to be Tree Ambassadors for Community Carbon Trees. You can sponsor a tree for life through us, either online while making your reservation, or directly at our place when you’re here in person. Offset the carbon footprint of your travel here by sponsoring a tree or trees for life!

Our Team - The Danyasa Tribe

We offer an ecologically friendly retreat space and a sanctuary for exploration and transformation through yoga, surf, play, movement, healing arts, relaxation, adventure, community and a connection to nature. Our team strives to provide top notch teacher trainings, workshops, private sessions, classes, tours, events and as well as excellence in service in our boutique and our accommodations!  Our goal lies in exploring myriad ways to better ourselves…  giving us more tools to move through the world, living artfully.

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Adventure Awaits

We know you’re not coming all the way to Costa Rica just for yoga… and we are committed to getting you out into the incredible nature that surrounds us, through a variety of adventure tours. Fly through the canopy on a zip-line, rappel down the face of a waterfall, snorkel Isla Del Cano, SUP paddle a mangrove or take a surf lesson and much more… the Dominical area offers something for all ages and levels of adventurers.

Sofiah doing stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga at sunset in Baru River in Dominical Costa Rica

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