I never thought August 3rd would arrive as my June and July months during the summer of 2017 were quite busy and hectic. August just seemed so far away, so when it did approach, I was excited and a little nervous as I was not sure what to expect. And I have not traveled solo in quite some time let alone to another country.
My flights were seamless and I arrived in San Jose, CR on time but quite exhausted. Upon exiting customs, I was bombarded by taxi drivers wanting to drive me to my destination. I had already arranged for a shared ride through Monkey Ride and had a few hours to wait until the other riders arrived for the driven journey.
There were three of us waiting for the ride and as we were picked up and deposited into the shuttle, we all got to know each other along the drive. One guy (name escapes me), who lived in NV, but who’s family is from Nicaragua told us of his venture to get the Costa Rica to meet up with his friends for a bachelor party weekend in Jaco. The other passenger, Sarah, originally from Philadelphia (of course!) was on her way to meet up with a friend of hers for a two week exploration of the southern zone area of the south pacific coast of Costa Rica. We had a great time chatting about why we were there and what we were each hoping to get out of our stay.
Our driver was great, as was his navigator, Nego, whom I learned later on during our drive, owns Pineapple Kayak Tours right in Dominical. He offered me a lot of great information and pointed out some interesting ‘things’ to us along our drive.
I finally arrived in Dominical and was deposited at Danyasa only to be greeted by their lovely Guest Liaison, Andrea. Andrea and I talked for a bit and then I was taken on a tour, shown lodging and that was that.
After a walk and dinner at a Dominical Sushi, I came back to my room and began to unpack. Still in awe that I was actually in Costa Rica, I all of a sudden thought I heard the sounds of Trevor Hall being played. I paused and listened. Yes, it was Trevor Hall. And his music was being played in the yoga studio and I was happy. If you know me, you know how much I love Trevor Hall.
It was at that moment I knew I had found my tribe.
In late May I felt the urge to look into taking a short, healing holiday for myself. I had no idea where, so I typed into google, surfing and yoga retreats, Costa Rica. The very first place to appear on my screen was a place called Danyasa Eco-Retreat – Retreats, Yoga, Surf and Adventure in Dominical, Costa Rica. They offered exactly what it was that I was seeking. I reached out to them for a price quote for lodging, 2 yoga classes and 2 surfing lessons and when I heard back, the price was quite right.
I instantly began searching for flights and found a pretty good rate to get myself to Dominical. I wanted to book this right away but there was a glitch. Back in March 2017, I went with a feeling that I was going to be traveling and had to renew my passport. We all know how long these endeavors can take and I still did not have my passport back yet from being renewed.
A few days went by and I found even cheaper airfare which excited me and propelled me forward with urgency to want to book this trip. It was a Thursday and I said to the Universe, ‘If my passport is in my mailbox, I will take it as a sign and I will book this trip now’.
I walked to my mailbox at 9:30 pm, unlocked it with my key and sitting there alone was a small envelope holding my renewed passport. My eyes grew wide, chills overcame my body, and I knew the Universe was telling me something. I immediately went back into my apartment, walked to my computer and booked what would become a life changing experience. Was I nervous? Yes. Was I brave? Yes. I knew I was to be going to Dominical, but I did not know the reasoning just yet.