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A Week Awake

Radical Surf Experiences for Women in Costa Rica

A Surf & Sound Journey where the jungle meets the sea.

July 24th-30th | August 4th-10th

with Kassia Meador

 

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.

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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 are beyond excited to be hosting the next AWA experiences with surf legend Kassia Meador, our greatest inspiration of all times in and out of the water. Kassia inspires only good vibes and has embodied style and grace in women surfing for the past 20 years.

 

We’ve put together a program supported by the most experienced and fun team of local surf instructors that together with her will adapt to your personal goals and help improve your skills to take your surfing to the next level.

 

We will stretch, sit still, meditate and learn through the benefits of pairing yoga and surfing together. We will share empowering workshops to connect with our highest selves, create mental space and become more in tune with our body.

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. 
 

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Surf

Surf

Take your surfing to the next level and share the greatest times in the ocean with surf legend Kassia Meador.

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Yoga

Yoga

We will explore different styles and introduce 

meditation and the power of sound.

We aim to help you develop strength, create mental space and become more aware and in tune with your body.

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Nature

Nature

...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.

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Sisterhood

Self-Love

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.

Nutrition

Nutrition

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.

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Self-Love

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.

 

Accommodation

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.

 
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Pricing

Price range

$3900 - $5100

Prices vary based on type of accommodation

(Triple - Double - Private)

Please email hello@aweekawake.com for further information and bookings.

Limited Availability

Spots will fill up fast so we suggest to

book early to receive preferred accommodation

What's Included

  • 6 nights jungle lush accommodation. 

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

  • Photo & Video analysis.

  • 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.

  • Surf Photos (optional).

  • Alcoholic beverages.

  • PCR Test.

  • Medical Insurance.

  • Tips.

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Meet the Team

 

Additional Information

Booking Terms and Conditions


BOOKING INFORMATION
To apply for an AWA Experience a $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.

TRAVEL AND FLIGHT INFORMATION
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 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.




Activities


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: - A clinic in Santa Teresa is working with a lab in San Jose to provide PCR tests. Upon arrival, we will take your passport information and schedule your appointment for 72 hours prior to your flight. The clinic charges $150 USD for the test. - Multiple labs are available in San Jose (roughly $100), however, this may mean adding a day/days in the capital at the end of your trip. 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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