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Mindfulness and Nature in Costa Rica

Mindfulness and Nature in Costa Rica

This week-long program is a special blend of investigating mindfulness practice, building deep and enduring friendships, and being inspired by the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Reconnect with your natural confidence and learn how to use mindfulness practice to reduce stress in a self-empowering way. As you develop your self-practice, experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica by exploring rainforests, enjoying white-sand beaches, and rafting the Pacuare River. Build enduring connections among other students and an incredible team of Program Leaders in Costa Rica.

  • Develop your mindfulness practice and hone your skills for navigating stressful situations
  • Visit EARTH University and learn about sustainable environmental practices and their impact on social justice in Costa Rica.
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s natural beauty by exploring Cahuita National Park
Students love our programs in Costa Rica!
Program Profile
Program Profile

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.
Carry-On

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (8)
  • Underwear (8)
  • Jeans (1)
  • Long Shorts* (2-3)
  • T-shirt (6)
  • Tank tops (4)
  • Long sleeve shirt (1)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Headlamp/flashlight

Toiletries

(travel sized in ziplock bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
Important Reminders
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.