SKATE COSTA RICA:
An epic 8 day skate retreat
with Aunty SkateS
*NEW DATES* DROPPING SOON
Jan 27-Feb 3, 2024 (SOLDOUT)
Inspire, Liberate, Empower, and Have a Freaking Blast
An exclusive women’s skate retreat with Aunty Skates. Designed to provide a safe, judgment-free space to step out of your comfort zone and take a chance on yourself.
Leave feeling inspired, liberated, and empowered.
READY TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE?
If you are seeking a momentary pause on all the responsibilities in your life and a chance for adventure and personal growth, welcome to an epic 8 day experience in the tropical jungles of Nosara, Costa Rica! Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds, plucking fresh mangoes from the trees, traversing the town via a TukTuk, and skating at a beginner-friendly skatepark with like minded women in a supportive and empowering community.
A skate retreat with Aunty Skates is a wholly unique and exhilarating experience like no other. The perfect blend of adventure, stoke, and relaxation.
I can't wait to skate with you!
Wake with nature outside your door, inspire and respire with the rhythm of the day, and be serenaded by the symphony of the jungle. After a morning skate, follow gentle paths to your bungalow, explore the beach just steps away, or just chill by the pool. Norte's amenities blend with the natural landscape and the grounds are designed to encourage rest and relaxation.
Private thatched-roof bungalows scattered across the property feature a modern style with tropical elements.
Each room features a private entrance and outdoor seating area
Amenities include hot water, air conditioning, biodegradable bath products, a small refrigerator as well as a safe to protect your belongings
Sustainable materials are used throughout including wood, stone, and bamboo
Deluxe waterfall pool, private bar and open-air movement shala
Close to restaurants, shops, skatepark and the beach
Retreat pricing includes daily breakfast and lunch from Norte's neighboring plant-based café, Naked Foods. Plant-based, organic, local, and always the highest quality.
For dinner, we are free to explore local restaurants reflecting Nosara's diverse international cuisine, just steps away from Norte. From Costa Rican classics to seafood, vegan, and more, there's an option for every budget and palate. 2 dinners are included in the retreat and will include one sunset dinner at the popular La Luna, on the beach.
On-site, there's a private bar, "The Jungle Bar," offers cocktails and superfood smoothies daily from 8 am to 11 pm, providing a comfortable space for group relaxation and connection
SKOACHING WITH AUNTY SKATES
Hi! I'm Aunty Skates and the only thing I love as much as skateboarding is teaching other adults how to skateboard. I didn't learn how to skate as a kid, I learned as a middle aged mom who still needs to cook dinner and go to work the next day. Essentially, I can't afford to get hurt! I know all the fears and I know that it takes a bunch of small little steps and warm-ups in order to achieve those big goals. I also know how incredibly challenging it is to get on a skateboard as a grown woman. Believe me, I know!
And that's how I teach. I break things down into small steps that are obtainable and easy to understand. I work through the fears with you because I can relate. I watch to make sure your feet are in the right place and you're turning your shoulders at the right time. I create a safe, judgement free space so my students can worry about learning their tricks and not about how they look. I celebrate EVERY. SINGLE. WIN. No matter how seemingly small. Because it's a big freaking deal! And most of all, I make sure everyone is having fun.
A brand-new state of the art skatepark designed by NewLine Skateparks, the Nosara skatepark is minutes away from Norte Nosara, surrounded by palm trees, and the sounds of the jungle.
There is a beginner area to practice pushing. tictacs, ollies, going up and down banks, and low drop-ins. There is also a flowy bowl with an easy roll-in and various drop-ins from 3' to 7'. Great for learning how to catch and keep speed, pumping, carving frontside and backside, popping out, and feeling like you are flying!
IT'S FREAKING GORGEOUS!
"Aunty Skates’ free drop in clinic kick-started my skateboarding journey. I was very nervous as an adult beginner skateboarder, but she made me feel very welcomed and comfortable. I also met so many like minded people there that I skate regularly with now. Her semi-private lesson gave me the boost and the confidence that I needed to learn new tricks. I highly recommend Aunty Skates’ to take your skills to the next level!! I never thought I could be shredding and having a blast on my board at age 46 until I met Aunty Skates!"
✦ 8 Days/7 Nights luxury accommodation in Nosara
✦ Roundtrip airport transfer from Liberia International Airport (LIR) to our retreat venue at pre-selected times*
✦ Daily vegan breakfast and lunch at Naked Nosara**
✦ 2 dinners at restaurants in Nosara, including sunset dinner at La Luna on the beach***
✦ 5 group skate lessons with Aunty Skates based on skill level (Beginner, Intermediate) followed by free skate
✦ 2 Skate Theory Discussions (how to choose the right gear, how to navigate a skatepark etc...)
✦ 1 Overcome your Fears Meditation and Relaxation session
✦ 2 Yoga Sessions at Norte Nosara
✦ 2 Group Surf Sessions with certified instructors
✦ 1 Ice Bath
✦ Skate, Surf and Yoga Equipment
✦ Goodie Bag
* Transportation to Nosara from a different airport or a different day, is not included in the rate, but we are happy to arrange it for you.
** Dietary Restrictions are accommodated
*** Alcohol is not included
All rates are Per Person in CAD and include taxes. No additional rates apply.
✦ *SOLD OUT* Quad Room $3770 CAD per person ($3000 USD approx) – Twin Beds and Bunk Beds, A/C, Refrigerator, Private EnSuite Bathroom, Outdoor Seating, 4 people max
✦ *2 SPOTS LEFT* Shared Room $4320 CAD per person ($3207 USD approx) – Twin Beds, A/C, Refrigerator, Shared EnSuite Bathroom, Outdoor Seating, 2 people max
✦ *SOLD OUT* Private Room $5825 CAD ($4250 USD approx) – King Sized Bed, A/C, Refrigerator, Private EnSuite Bathroom, Outdoor Seating, 1 person max
What's Not included
✦ International Flights to Costa Rica
✦ Travel Visa to Costa Rica (Not Required for US/Canadian Passport Holders. Please check for entry/exit requirements for your country
✦ Medical and Travel Insurance
✦ Optional activities like SUP, horseback riding, spa services, kayaking, etc...
✦ Gratuities/Souvenirs (at your own discretion)
A TYPICAL DAY
Wake up to the sound of birds and start the morning early with a delicious and nutritious breakfast. Grab your skateboard and walk 10 minutes to the skatepark for some light stretching and beginner lessons, followed by a free skate. Back home, take a quick dip in our pool and chat with your new friends about your skate progress. A short siesta after lunch followed by a restorative yoga session. Head to the beach for a sunset walk or back to the park for a sunset skate before a group dinner in town. Finish the night at our own in-house lounge area.
GUIONES BEACH IN NOSARA, COSTA RICA
Known for its impressive pristine beaches, lush jungles, and vibrant wildlife, Nosara is a coastal paradise popular destination among surfers, yogis, families and nature lovers. It is a place of tranquility, natural beauty, consistent waves all year long, and an open multicultural community. A brand new state of the art beginner-friendly skatepark nestled in the jungle near town and several new mini-parks nearby adds the final touch to an already idyllic place. Nosara is located in the Nicoya Penisula, considered one of the 5 Blue Zones of the world, that is, where people live healthily over 100 years. With a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and environmental consciousness, Nosara is a true gem on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.
What is your Cancellation Policy?The initial deposit is non-refundable.Cancellations made in writing more than 60 days prior to the start of the retreat will be eligible to a 100% refund (November 27, 2023 9am EST), less the Reservation Deposit. Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the start of the retreat is not eligible for a refund. Please see the next FAQ for information on Travel Insurance.
I Live in Canada, Can I e-transfer the money to you?Yes! That would be great. Please e-transfer a $675 CAD deposit to oorbee [@] [d0t] gmail [d0t] com for the deposit with a note “SKATE COSTA RICA” to secure your spot and I will let you know the balance (converted from USD). Please send me an email to let me know you sent a deposit!
What airport should I fly into?The nearest international airport is Liberia International Airport (LIR) and the drive to Nosara is approximately 3 hours (bumpy at times, so bring some dramamine if you need). There is also a regional flight from Liberia Airport to Nosara which only takes 15 minutes. Norte can also arrange shuttle transfer to Nosara at $40/person or you can rent a vehicle (I suggest a 4x4 for Costa Rica roads). The drive is around 2 1/2 - 3hrs. If you’re flying from Toronto, there’s a non-stop flight from YYZ-LIR Jan 27 @ 9:16 am and returning Feb 3 @ 14:44.
Do I need Travel Insurance?Yes! Travel Insurance is mandatory. Skateboarding can be a dangerous sport so I recommend booking the same insurance I did from World Nomads, with an option to include a “Sports & Activities Premium” which covers skateboarding while travelling. I paid $45 USD for this insurance!
Do I need a Visa or Immunizations for Costa Rica?Costa Rica does not require Visas for US or Canadian travelers who are planning to stay for less than 90 days. If you are not from the US or Canada, please check the Visa policy for your country. I recommend visiting a travel clinic for up-to-date information on immunizations and medicine you may need while visiting Costa Rica.
What if my passport is expiring soon?Be sure your passport isn't due to expire for at least 6 months after your travel date. If you need to renew your passport, do so sooner rather than later.
Can I come by myself?Definitely! I’m leaving my family and coming alone with bells on! This is a great chance to make new friends!!
I've never skated before, is that ok?YES! This retreat is designed with beginners in mind (although all levels a welcome). There will be 5 beginner lessons during the week for you to get comfortable on a board.
Are there Payment Plans Available?A deposit must be made to secure your spot but if you need a payment plan for the remainder, please send me an email and we can try to figure something out!
How Far in Advance Should I Make My Reservation?Spots are limited and I expect they’ll sell out fast, so put down your deposit quickly and take advantage of the 10% off Early Bird Special!
Is 8 days too long?8 Days Is The Perfect Vacation Length! A study conducted by the University of Tampere in Finland suggests that eight days is the perfect amount of time to achieve the maximum amount of relaxation and happiness without growing bored or homesick.
Can I join you without lodging if I live in the area?At this time, no. This retreat is meant to be an immersive experience.
How do I get from the airport to Nosara?Roundtrip Airport transfer is included so long as you fly into Liberia, Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) on Jan 27 and fly out on Feb 3. If you are flying in on different days or different airports, I will help you arrange transportation with the hotel (you can pay them directly). There will be 2-3 shuttles during the day so upon booking your flight, please send me your flight numbers so I am aware when you will be arriving and departing and I can arrange accordingly.
What’s the best way to get around in Nosara?The hotel is centrally located within walking distance of the beach, shops, and restaurants. Costa Rica's roads are best traveled by 4x4 vehicle, side-by-side, golf cart, or quad if choosing to drive a vehicle. You can also choose to rent a bike or hire a tuk tuk.
What Time Zone will we be in?Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time. It does not use daylight savings time - which means that when there is daylight saving time in the US, then Costa Rica is on MST (2 hours behind EST).
Do I need to bring money?Credit cards are widely accepted but if you need extra money for tips or other unexpected expenses, I recommend bringing no more that $500 USD. US dollars are accepted in Nosara but there is a bank and ATM (accepts credit cards only) nearby that dispenses money in Costa Rica Colones.
What’s the best way to get around in Nosara?Costa Rica's roads are best traveled by 4x4 vehicle, side-by-side, golf cart, or quad if choosing to drive a vehicle. You can also choose to rent a bike or hire a tuk tuk. The hotel is centrally located within walking distance of the beach, shops, and restaurants
What Medical Services are Available in Nosara?From a general health perspective, Costa Rica has high health standards and is considered one of the safest destinations in the developing world. English speaking doctors have offices 15 minutes from Norte, along with dentists. A hospital is located within a 45 minute drive in Nicoya.
What is our intinerary?I'm working on finalizing the itinerary and will send it out a few weeks before the retreat.
What do we do for the dinners that are not included?2 dinners are included. For the remaining meals, you are free to explore on your own or we can walk out of the hotel and choose from a ton of fun restaurants in close walking distance.
What are the Check-in/Check-out Times?Check-in is at 3pm on January 27 and Check-out is at 10am. You may store your luggage at the front desk as needed.
Will my food allergies be accommodated?Absolutely! You will need to let me know before the start of the trip
How many skate sessions are there?There are 5 morning skate lessons: Beginner sessions first, then intermediate lessons, followed by 1 hour of free skate. There will be free time during the week to hit the skatepark for extra sessions!
How many surf sessions are there?There will be 2 surf lessons with an instructor and we'll be broken up into groups based on skill level. Private surf lessons are available and you can book additional surf lessons.
How many yoga sessions are there?Norte Nosara (where we are staying) has an in-house yoga center where you can choose whichever 2 yoga sessions you wish, included in the package. You can book additional yoga sessions directly with the hotel, as you wish!
Do I need to bring my own skateboard and safety gear?If you have your own skateboard and safety gear, I recommend you bring what you’re comfortable using so it's easier for you. We will have some available free of charge, just let me know in advance.
Can I bring my skateboard on a plane?YES! I always bring mine on the plane and just put it in the overhead compartment. I’ve had friends who packed their boards and/or had to gate checked their boards.