We LOVE surfing! Come to catch the first waves of your life, take your surfing skills to the next level or simply enjoy the ocean with us and our badass team of surf instructors.
We will explore different styles of yoga and introduce meditation and conscious breath-work. We aim to help you develop strength, create mental space and become more aware and in tune with your body.
One of our greatest teachers and our favorite medicine. Costa Rica’s wild and lush landscapes will capture your heart and take you by the hand to a deep and unforgettable journey.
We believe that cultivating your best self is a journey. AWA will take you beyond borders and inspire you to see the world in new radical ways. This is the time to challenge our limitations and take our fears head on together.
We believe in the power of sisterhood and building community is our passion. There is a very special tribe of badass women in this jungle town that we want you to connect with, to feel inspired and to inspire them back.
We celebrate food with enthusiasm and loyalty. We eat local, organic and whole ingredients in every meal, nourishing our bodies with the purest flavors of Costa Rica. Food is always a powerful way of connection to ourselves, with each other and the nature that surrounds us.
Living in a small beach community has made us keenly aware of our daily practices regarding our natural surroundings and the people we live with. We share our efforts and responsibilities for you to leave with tools and inspiration to bring sustainable practices into your life, business and communities.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Everything starts within you. We will give you the space and time to learn self-love practices for you to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life. We believe that falling in love with yourself is the very first step to find pure joy and happiness.
We first met in Nepal in 2015 during a very powerful Earthquake. This experience bounded us so deeply that anytime we create together the world shakes a little and magic happens. We are both big life lovers and share a deep passion for the ocean and the tropical paradise we get to call home. Together, supported by an amazing community of jungle "seasters", we are shaping the most magical times for women from all over the globe. We love to attract all the good things and that is exactly what we are putting into AWA, our latest project and we believe the most badass creation so far.
Mi name is Andrea “Mona” Picasso. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the beach town of Mar Del Plata when I was a little girl. It was here where i first fell in love with the sea and started surfing at the age of 14.
Ten years after I booked a ticket for my first solo trip to Costa Rica, following my passion and my desire to explore the world. Santa Teresa was my favorite destination and where I wanted to reshape my life. Here i set myself free, felt in love and built a family. In this new lifestyle, the ocean became my natural temple and my daily playground.
I enjoy so much being outside adventuring with girlfriends that i became an ISA surf instructor and a ILS Life Saving to be able to share my passion and knowledge with many others. For the past 6 years I’ve been introducing women to the ocean and teaching them how to surf.
Today i feel so fortunate to be able to share this beautiful paradise with women from all over the globe, empowering each other and having fun in the waves together. Im excited to turn your adventure of learning how to surf into a wonderful life changing experience, much love, Mona.
My name is Giulia Vallotto and I was born and raised in a small town in northern Italy called Bassano Del Grappa. My hunger for adventure got me to move to the States to chase the American Dream when I was a teenager.
I spent most of my adult life jet setting from Coast to Coast in the fashion industry and living between Miami and NYC. One day I decided it was time to trade the glamorous city life for a sun kissed barefoot kinda living. I left it all behind and moved to Santa Teresa where I found my home.
I am now so honored to host women from all over the world and to share with you all my passion for the ocean, this wild nature and the amazing community I get to call family!
"This week was truly powerful and transformational. It is the best gift that I have ever given to myself. I returned to my family, job, and real-life feeling whole."
"You will laugh, sing, dance, surf, meditate, make new friends, enjoy incredible food, and be treated like a goddess during this amazing week in paradise."
"After being to countless surf retreats i can honestly say that between the pristine ocean and the extremely professional team, this was the best surf experience i've ever had."
"I just returned home from my first AWA retreat and feel like a new woman. Mona and Giulia curated the most beautiful experience with an eye to detail that was truly impressive."
"Thank you for making my dreams of surfing come true."
The following is our cancellation policy: There is no refund for arriving late or leaving an adventure early.
Cancel 61 days or more prior to the retreat start date: you can either apply a 100% credit towards another retreat date or cancel in full and be charged a cancellation fee of $600.
Cancel 60 – 30 days prior to the retreat start date: you can either apply a credit towards another retreat minus an office fee of 60% of your total retreat package or be charged a cancellation fee of 75% of your total retreat package.
Cancel 29 – 15 days prior to the retreat start date: you can either apply a credit towards another retreat minus an office fee of 70% of your total retreat package or be charged a cancellation fee of 85% of your total retreat package.
Cancel 14 days or fewer prior to the retreat start date: you will be charged a 100% cancellation fee.
No Exceptions to Cancellation Policy: There are no exceptions to our cancellation policy, including but not limited to COVID-19, weather, personal emergencies, flight cancellations, or delays. We highly recommend purchasing Travel Protection Insurance.
All the activities supplied by AWA carry with them a degree of risk both to people and equipment, even though enjoyed under proper supervision by qualified instructors. They are also some activities that require those taking part to have a reasonable standard of health and fitness.
All clients must inform of any medical conditions, illnesses or allergies they may have and any prescribed medication they might be taking prior booking.
No one should participate in any activity if they are suffering from a heart condition or are pregnant.
No client should in any circumstances take part in an activity while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, which may adversely affect their physical abilities.
After reserving your space, we will send out Liability Release Forms for you to fill up and sign before starting the trip.
There will be NO exceptions to this policy.
Once you book your AWA Retreat, you will receive a Welcome Kit with helpful information you might need for the week. This includes informative description of the area, tips on what to pack, extra activities to explore and much more.