Jungle Gym & Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Join Jessy Thomas and Kalie Shanahan in beautiful Costa Rica, January 11-18 2019 for a week-long exploration of the place where weightlifting, yoga and good movement mechanics meet. We will learn how training smarter, instead of harder can bring big results of strength, mobility and confidence. 


For information contact either:

Jessy Thomas


Kalie Shanahan


 Iguana Lodge on the map

Our host for the week will be Iguana Lodge. Iguana is a small, eco-conscious beachfront resort on 15 acres of jungle near one of the best National Parks in the world, Corcovado National Park and just a short drive outside of Puerto Jimenez, on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. The Osa Peninsula has been called 'One of the most biologically intense places on earth' by National Geographic Magazine (and its one of Jessy's favourite places on earth)

food at Iguanamacaws


Iguana Lodge is a refreshing escape from our modern life. With an onsite naturalist guide, two-award winning restaurants, two open-air yoga studios, a chemical-free pool, private beach and a spa you'll have lots to do in your free time. 

Pearl Restaurant

Club Rooms

Club room

Lovely 360 sq.ft hotel-like rooms with private bathrooms and outdoor living areas for hanging out facing the beach or the jungle. Some of the rooms have one queen bed and some of the rooms have two single beds. With a ceiling fan and screens, you'll enjoy the sounds of the jungle as you sleep


Casita at Lizard Lodge

 A more rustic luxury jungle experience, with an 850 sq.ft. breezy living space, natural stone shower (some have outdoor showers) and a private deck with hammocks. 


You can sign up by yourself or with a partner/friend. Don't have one? No worries, we can pair you up. Sometimes great friendships are forged when you least expect it

 Beach SunriseIguana Lodge Pool

What's Included

  • Accomodation at Iguana Lodge for 6 nights, 7 days
  • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks to go with them at Iguana Lodge 
  • Daily movement sessions. These will be once or twice daily, depending on activities of the group. Sessions will be a mix of traditional yoga and fitness classes, weightlifting techniques, body mechanics and meditations or breathing techniques
  • A massage (to be booked at your own convenience) 
  • 2 group excursions (A 1/2-day hike with a naturist and a boat to to see marine life)
  • A one on one session with Jessy to use for improving a movement pattern, work to improve function and reduce pain in your body or learn to nail that yoga pose you want to figure out 
  • A one on one session with Kalie to design a custom plan for your fitness goals and have her put you through your paces
  • Use of the beach, paddleboards, boogie boards, tennis courts and trails on Iguana's property
  • Transportation to and from Puerto Jimenez for fitness classes
  • Use of the gym and equipment in Puerto Jimenez
  • A salsa dancing lesson and salsa dance welcome party on Friday, January 11


Right now all you need to do is get in touch with one of us and pay your $500 USD deposit!

price chart

*Note: Your Flight to San Jose and transportation to Puerto Jiminez is not included. Getting from San Jose to Puerto Jiminez is about a 7 hour drive. Its a long way, but maybe a fun add on adventure to your retreat? There is a domestic airline in Costa Rica called Sansa that flies several times a day from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez for less than $250

 Yoga platform


Are you ready to join us in the jungle for a week long exploration of movement mechanics and take your fitness to the next level? Book now to reserve your spot with a $500 USD deposit by contacting one of us today! 



Jessy Thomas

(Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, personal trainer)

 Jessy loved yoga from the instant she tried it with her mom, as a kid. She’s studied and found love for the styles of Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin and Bikram. Yoga has provided a great amount of spiritual growth and physical strength and empowerment to Jessy. She has been teaching for almost 15 years. Currently she runs a studio from her home in Everett, Ontario.

Jessy’s love of anatomy and movement started with horses at a young age. She pursued schooling in equine massage therapy, and has practiced for 16 years helping horses regain mobility and wellness. Subsequently, she began providing personal training to horse riders to improve their balance and performance. Over the years, Jessy has completed specialized training in fitness for older adults, chair yoga, nutrition and spin.

While recovering from a chronic back injury, Jessy found yoga therapy. Yoga therapy and pure movement have opened the possibility of a world without pain for her – and for so many of her clients. Jessy sees yoga therapy and neuromuscular re-patterning clients privately, to help them live the lives they dream of living. As yoga therapy students learn more about their bodies, strength and flexibility increase, movement becomes more pure, and ease is possible in all movement.

Jessy’s extensive knowledge of anatomy informs her teaching and empowers her students to become self-aware – including postural habits and areas which need awakening.  Her real gift is an ability to read her students’ bodies and pinpoint exactly what the students need to do in order to increase their personal understanding of their body and their practice. Jessy has helped clients’ pre and post knee and hip replacements, living with MS and Parkinson’s disease, and works with beginning to advanced yoga practitioners. Jessy’s classes are grounded in an in-depth knowledge of alignment and physiology, and are great for yogis looking for a challenging practice at all levels. You can expect to feel motivated and learn something new!


​Kalie Shanahan


(CF L1, NCPP weightlifting coach in training)

Kalie battled her weight in her youth, focusing on her weight was damaging to her self esteem and mental health. When Kalie found lifting, her entire world shifted. The weight she could lift on the bar became her new focus. Kalie's confidence skyrocketed, she got the body she wanted and strength of body and mind to match. Kalie loves to share this empowerment with her clients. Kalie continues to fit workouts in between coaching others and caring for her home and family.

Kalie specializes in strength and performance-based coaching. Her commitment and passion for fitness are unmatched. She brings with her 5+ years of personal training experience working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels to achieve and exceed their fitness goals.

She is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer who has 4+ years of CrossFit experience both recreationally and competitively. She is a national level weightlifter who also placed 3rd in the Ontario Powerlifting Championships in 2016. She does nutrition consulting with her Precision Nutrition Level 1

Kalie has focused her efforts on gains not losses; she believes in celebrating/harnessing the strength and power your body possesses. Whether your interest is powerlifting or weightlifting on its own or as a means to gain strength for your sport she can provide you with the tools and training to crush your goals!