A Week Awake

Surf Retreats for Women

Mal Pais/Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

A Radical Experience for Women

Nov 26-3 | Jan 4-10 | Feb 19-25 | March 5-11 | April 23-29

Will see you where the jungle meets the sea...


What is AWA?

A Week Awake is a radical experience for women to connect, recharge, and empower themselves in a magical tropical paradise. AWA is for ALL WOMEN, from a beginner to an experienced surfer and from a yogini to a lady that was never seduced by yoga before. 


We are hosting our retreats at an amazing unrevealed jungle resort, providing you with the safest container to be able to connect deeply with nature, other women and yourself. We will share the Pura Vida lifestyle of this unique laid-back destination, surf our hearts out in warm blue waves and meet an amazing local community of like-minded women that inspire a mindful and simple way of living.

Together with

Your Soul Sisters

The Experience

After so many years of living in this town and with the support of an amazing welcoming community, we’ve decided to shape what we call “our greatest week at home” to share the beauty and magic of this remote town with you.

We have carefully picked the AWA team and the location where this beautiful experience will unfold. We’ve put together a program supported by the most experienced and fun team of surf instructors that will adapt to your personal goals and help improve your skills to take your surfing to the next level.


We will explore different styles of yoga with world acclaimed teachers on our beautiful jungle yoga shala. We will stretch, sit still, meditate and learn through the benefits of pairing yoga and surfing together. We will share empowering playshops to connect with our highest selves, create mental space and become more in tune with our body.

You’ll be hosted and held at all times by an amazing local community of like- minded women that will share only good vibes and inspire through their simple and mindful way of living. AWA will absolutely expand your body, mind and soul while living the relaxed lifestyle of this unique laid-back destination. All of that above while eating the yummiest and healthiest foods, prepared with only fresh and organic ingredients, made at home with love. 



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 super fun team of experienced surf instructors.



We will explore different styles 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 hand to a deep and powerful healing journey.



You can’t pour from an empty cup. Everything starts from you. We will give you the space and time to learn self love practices that will change your daily life.



We celebrate food with enthusiasm and loyalty. We believe in eating local, organic and whole foods. Food will be a powerful way of connection to ourselves, each other and nature.


Self - Love

We believe in the power of sisterhood and community. 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.




Our lodge in Costa Rica is a truly unique place located in Mal Pais, a small and tranquil neighbourhood just south of Playa Santa Teresa. While in recent years Santa Teresa has seen a boom in development, this side of town has retained its laid-back and serene fishing village atmosphere with unspoiled nature and dreamy surroundings. We are walking distance to the ocean within easy reach to surf breaks, cozy restaurantes and charming shops.

We offer contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambience & culture. The lodge is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the Howler & Capuchin monkeys hang in our trees as well as a large variety of tropical birds. We are situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for all nature enthusiasts.



Private Room


Double Room


* In order to secure your spot we only need a $1000 deposit.

* Group discounts available upon request.

Limited Availability

Book early to receive preferred accommodation

What's Included

  • 6 nights jungle lush accommodation. 

  • 5 surf lessons adapted to your level, with certified local instructors. 

  • Photo & Video sessions.

  • Daily Yoga, stretching, guided meditations or sound journey.

  • All surf and yoga equipment.

  • Daily local breakfast and lunch adapted to all diets.

  • 4 special dinners.

  • Daily drinks and snacks.

  • Massage treatment.

  • Transportation to activities.

  • Concierge services.

  • Overnight security guard.

  • Daily cleaning services.

  • Goodie bag.

  • A real good time.

What’s not included

  • International airfare.

  • Transportation to and from Mal Pais.

  • 2 dinners in town.

  • Optional activities such as SUP board tour, horse back riding, and more.

  • Alcoholic beverages.

  • PCR Test.

  • Medical Insurance.

Re - Treat  Yourself

Meet the Team



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.



Hi! Hola! My name is Giulia Vallotto Grace and I was born in a small town in northern Italy called Bassano Del Grappa.  I was always so hungry for adventure and I moved to the US when I was 17.


I spent most of my adult life between Miami and New York working in the fashion industry and traveling from Coast to Coast. Until one day when I decided to leave the American Dream behind in search for a more simple and happy life. I landed in Santa Teresa and I have never felt this at home before.

Nature is one of my biggest inspirations, particularly my love for horses and the ocean. I love starting the day with long beach walks with my dog or jumping into the water for a sunrise surf. Travelling the World is also one of the most important things for me. I am water and as such I need constant movement. 

While travelling to Nepal I started a deep spiritual journey and I am lucky to live in a place that inspires so much healing. 
I am so excited to share all that I’ve learned and the incredible teachers I’ve met in this magical place with all of you amazing women

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, 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.


Additional Information

Booking Terms and Conditions

To apply for an AWA experience a non-refundable $1000 deposit is due to reserve your space. The remaining amount is paid upon arrival. Private and shared rooms availability are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your reservations early to receive your preferred accommodation. We reserve the right to refuse bookings at our discretion.

Please confirm availability with us before booking your flight tickets. AWA doesn't include the airfare and the transportation to and from Mal Pais. We do offer concierge services to help you make all the arrangements needed. If you decide to extend your stay in the area, we can guide you on how to achieve your most desired vacation, from lodging to all sort of inspiring and fun activities. TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION
To enter and exit Costa Rica, you must bring a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiration date. Most of the countries are not required to issue a Visa to enter. During the check-in of your flight, you might be asked to show a return ticket from Costa Rica before 90 days since the arrival date. All clients must have a medical insurance issued by their own travel agent to join any AWA experience. For all requirements related to COVID - 19 please see below on "COVID-19 in Costa Rica" tab.

Covid Cancellation Policy

AWA is following Costa Rican local and republic guidelines about what criteria we must provide to our guests. Rest assured that we are taking COVID seriously and will update our policies as needed. The safety of our staff and guests is our top priority. We have adopted new policies about cancellations or reservation changes to both keep our guests and staff safe during these tough times. We have amended our cancellation policy to offer our guests a choice to either re-book at a later time at no charge or refund 100% of all monies received from guests who cannot fulfill their reservation due to COVID positive tests, country closures, local rules and orders, AWA staff and guest safety concerns, and/or beach access and availability. AWA is currently taking reservations for stays from 02/17/2020 onward under the following conditions: - AWA reserves the right to cancel any reservation up to 24 hours from the arrival date. - AWA will offer a full refund for any cancellation or will offer a free change of date (within 6 months after the retreat originally booked) if the guest prefers. - AWA requires all reserved guests to confirm a lack of COVID symptoms 48 hours from arrival. - AWA cannot offer any COVID related refunds once a guest has arrived. - AWA recommends purchasing refundable airline tickets for travel to Costa Rica. We will try our best to keep all information above as current as possible, however, we highly recommend double checking your country’s guidelines and/or local embassy in San José.

Payment Policy

Payments received are only through Paypal, checking account, or cash in person. A 3% fee will be added to all payments made using Paypal.


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.

Liability Release Forms

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 for this policy.

AWA Welcome Kit

Once you book your AWA Retreat, along with your Liability Release Forms, you will receive a Welcome Kit with helpful information you might need for the week. This includes informative description of the area, tips on how to pack, extra activities to explore and much more.

COVID - 19 and Costa Rica

Citizens/residents from ALL countries are currently allowed to enter Costa Rica by air. If you are planning a trip to visit us in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa, there are specific entry requirements that must be met, listed below. REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER COSTA RICA: - Fill out the electronic epidemiological Health Pass form, available at https://salud.go.cr (available 48 hours prior to arrival; requires insurance to be purchased first). - Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased through Costa Rica via the National Insurance Institute or Sagicor. - For the National Insurance Institute (INS), we’ve found that the English version of their landing page is currently not working. Scroll down and click “COMPRAR” to continue. - INS offers better rates as compared to Sagicor; Trawick International (more below) is currently offering the best rates for coverage that meets the CR requirements. - OR an international insurance policy. Tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions: - Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica. - Guaranteed coverage of COVID-19 related medical expenses, with minimum coverage of $50,000 USD. While the plans offered by Costa Rican entities (linked above) only need to require $20,000 of medical coverage, international plans must meet the $50,000 USD minimum coverage. - Includes a minimum coverage of $2,000 USD for lodging expenses as a result of being placed on quarantine if you become ill during your trip.* *Many international insurance providers that we have researched, called, and vetted do NOT meet the lodging/accommodation requirement, such as: World Nomads and Safety Wing. Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country. Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travellers must wear face protection and comply with the protocols of the airport with regard to physical distancing and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions. International Travel Insurance Options: - U.S. Citizens: Trawick International has a policy that meets the requirements available that is far more affordable, depending on trip length and age of the travellers. Choose the “Safe Travels Voyager” option Don’t enter a value for “Insure Your Trip.” - Canadians: Trawick is offering a policy that meets the requirements for non-US citizens. Choose either “Safe Travels International” or “Safe Travels International Cost Saver.” Manulife insurance for bookings made by Aeroplan members does NOT meet the lodging/accommodation requirement. - Rest of World: Trawick is offering a policy that meets the requirements for non-US citizens. Choose either “Safe Travels International” or “Safe Travels International Cost Saver.” COVID TEST: A RT-PCR COVID-19 test with a negative result was required for entry until October 26th, 2020. While this is no longer a requirement for entry, please consider the high percentage of cases worldwide that have been asymptomatic — Help slow the spread and protect those most vulnerable. We ask that anyone with a trip planned to AWA, or the country itself, be mindful of this and consider changing their travel dates if they show ANY signs of the COVID-19 related symptoms and/or if they suspect having come in contact with someone who has/will test positive for the virus. Our updated Cancellation Policy takes this into consideration; it’s possible to change or refund (100%) your reservation up to your date of arrival. REQUIREMENTS TO RETURN TO THE US From January 26th those returning to the U.S. will also be required to show a negative COVID result from a test taken within 72 hours of departure. More information here. Our understanding is that international passengers in transit via the U.S. are exempt, although please confirm with your local embassy. Testing options include: - NEW UPDATE! You can now get tested at the airport of SJO or Liberia and get the results in a few hours! You only need to plan to be at the airport 4 hours before take off. Learn more about it here. - A clinic in Santa Teresa is working with a lab in San Jose to provide PCR tests. We can schedule an appointment for you to get tested at the AWA Lodge 72 hours prior to your flight. The clinic charges $150 USD for the test. - Multiple labs are available in San Jose (roughly $100). Results are guaranteed in 12-24 hours. IMPORTANT NOTE: There’s so much information out there about COVID-19, and the last thing you want to do when planning your vacation is read from various sources that are often contradicting. Please reach out to us with any concern or question you might have, we are here to help and provide you with a seamless booking process. We will get back to you as fast as possible, much love, Mona & Giulia.


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