A week awake

Radical Surf Experiences for Women in Costa Rica

Way more than a Retreat

A Week Awake is a radical and soulful surf experience for women to connect, recharge, and empower themselves where the jungle meets the sea.
AWA will absolutely expand your body, mind and soul while embodying the relaxed lifestyle of this unique laid-back destination.

What is AWA?

Have you ever been to a place and stood in awe of its beauty and inspired by its sense of community? Have you felt at peace just being there but with just one nagging realisation that you won’t be able to integrate the way you’d like in a short week vacation? We know the feeling well and that’s why we have curated an experience that goes above and beyond what you could possibly find on your own but also provides you a window into the town and our group of powerhouse women that no other retreat can offer. 


You’ll be hosted, coached and held at all times by an all-star lineup of local women that inspire through their simple mindful way of living. We will laugh, move, stretch, meditate, share our love for surfing and enjoy the simple pleasure of connecting as human beings of this beautiful earth. The food here is a highlight. From exotic tropical fruits to local fish caught that morning we will enjoy absolute decadence and rejuvenation with every meal. Your body and soul nourished by organic locally sourced food prepared in house with love by more amazing women.


There is truly something beautiful in watching people transform and being able to share that space and thrive together. We want AWA to leave you overwhelmed with joy and expand your body, mind and soul while living the relaxed lifestyle of this unique laid-back destination. That’s why we do this. That’s why we want you to do it with us.

Limited Availability

Our experiences sell out really fast!
If your heart is calling you here we suggest you secure your spot in advance.

WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?

Surf

Surf

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.

MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT

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.

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 the hand to a deep and unforgettable journey.

ADVENTURE

ADVENTURE

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.

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

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.

Nutrition

Nutrition

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.

SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

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.

SELF-LOVE

SELF-LOVE

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. 

Your hostesses

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.

Mona
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Mona

Argentinian surfer, creator soul and ultimate jungle warrior reshaped her life by the Costa Rican sea over a decade ago on a search for a more simple life. She is the embodiment of fun and adventure and brings the high vibes and stoked into whatever she does. Be ready for some loud laughs, deep ocean conversations and a life-long friendship with who will turn your surf trip into a radical life-changing experience.


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Giulia
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Giulia

Italian chica who left behind the fashion world in the big cities for a barefoot and raw new life in the jungle. Giulia is the team mamma, who can effortlessly drive around through the jungle large groups of women with one main goal in mind: make everyone have the most unforgettable freakin' epic time of their lives. And she does it, gracefully, over and over again. Buckle up! and let yourself adventure with the most radical and fun amazonian queen out there.


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WHAT ARE OUR SEASTERS SAYING ABOUT US?

"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."

Dana, California

"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."

Una, USA

"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."

Ana, Colombia

"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."

Sam, Texas

"Thank you for making my dreams of surfing come true."

Sarah, USA

Upcoming experiences

AWA DOES INDO! w/ Facing Blank Pages

Indonesia

October 6 - 14 2022· 9 days

AWA DOES INDO! w/ Facing Blank Pages

An all-inclusive Longboard Indonesian Dream Trip

FROM$3700/pp

GRLSWIRL x AWA Surf Skate Retreat

Costa Rica

December 1 - 7 2022· 7 days

GRLSWIRL x AWA Surf Skate Retreat

In collaboration with the radical women at GRLSWIRL

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

Costa Rica

December 10 - 16 2022· 7 days

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

A Radical and Soulful Experience for Women

FROM$3400/pp

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

Costa Rica

January 14 - 20 2023· 7 days

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

A Radical and Soulful Experience for Women

FROM$3400/pp

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

Costa Rica

February 4 - 10 2023· 7 days

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

A Radical and Soulful Experience for Women

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

Costa Rica

February 24 - March 2 2023· 7 days

WOMEN SURF ADVENTURE

A Radical and Soulful Experience for Women

FROM$3400/pp

GRLSWIRL x AWA Surf Skate Retreat

Costa Rica

March 18 - 24 2023· 7 days

GRLSWIRL x AWA Surf Skate Retreat

In collaboration with the radical women at GRLSWIRL

FROM$3500/pp

GRLSWIRL x AWA Surf Skate Retreat

Costa Rica

April 10 - 16 2023· 7 days

GRLSWIRL x AWA Surf Skate Retreat

In collaboration with the radical women at GRLSWIRL

FROM$3500/pp

Design your own retreat.

Work together with us to shape the dream retreat for you, your family or friends.

Additional Information

BOOKING INFORMATION
To apply for an AWA experience a non-refundable deposit is due to reserve your space. The remaining amount is paid a week prior to arrival (See Payment Plans option just added to our experiences).

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 double check availability before booking your flight tickets. AWA doesn't include the airfare and the transportation to and from Santa Teresa/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 medical insurance issued by their own travel agent to join any AWA experience.
Citizens/residents from ALL countries are currently allowed to enter Costa Rica.

REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER COSTA RICA: 

- IMPORTANT UPDATE! Since April 1st., the temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica – put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – were repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the Health Pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners. All commercial establishments, activities, and events can operate at 100% capacity.

The mandatory use of mask has been eliminated too.


REQUIREMENTS TO RETURN TO THE US
Those returning to the U.S. are required to show a negative COVID result from a test taken within 24 hours of departure. 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.

- There are several clinics in Santa Teresa that provide Antigen/PCR tests. We can schedule an appointment for you to get tested at the AWA Lodge 24 hours prior to your flight. The clinic charges $80 - $100 USD for the test.

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.

CANCELLATION POLICY


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.

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