JANUARY 3-11, 2019 

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All registrations are subject to a non-refundable $35 payment processing fee

Over the past decade, True Nature Education has been offering exciting travel opportunities in Costa Rica. You are invited to join us for a 2019 Massasoit Community College Costa Rica Adventure, Service, and Sustainability Program.

Experience the rich culture of this incredible country while doing work to support the people, communities, and preservation of the land and natural environment. You will have an unforgettable journey, full of outdoor adventures, education on sustainability, connections with local communities, and service outreach work.


  • Provides a powerful learning experience.  Seeing the impacts of climate change on Costa Rica and experiencing its incredible biodiversity will help students better appreciate the environment and better understand global environmental issues. In addition, several studies have found that students who studied abroad had improved academic performances, as opposed to those who did not study abroad.
  • Expands perspective.  International travel provides students with the opportunity to experience different cultures and lifestyles and expands perspective.
  • Establishes lifelong values and priorities. International travel can be a profound life experience, which gives students a sense of place and purpose and sometimes helps one establish lifelong values and priorities.
  • Achieves Massasoit’s Global Learning core competency; to foster cross-cultural awareness in an increasingly interconnected world.  In other words, to help our students become global citizens.
  • Helps improve the environmental literacy of students.
  • It’s fun!

WHY COSTA RICA?Costa Rica Yoga Retreats

It’s the most biodiverse place in North America! While only the size of West Virginia, it harbors:

  • 12,000 species of plants
  • 1,239 species of butterflies
  • 838 species of birds
  • 440 species of reptiles and amphibians
  • 232 species of mammals
  • ~500,000 species of arthropods (insects, spiders, etc.) !

  • 20 “life zones“ including beaches and mangroves, lowland rainforests, cloud forests, dry deciduous forests, and paramo.
  • Easy to experience the uniqueness of Costa Rica’s ecology, since 25% of the land is protected.
  • Costa Rica is a leader in sustainability and in addressing climate change
  • Roughly 18 % of the country is in national parks and another 13 % is in privately owned preserves. More land is in some form of protection than in any other country.
  • Private conservation is encouraged by forest protection certificates which annually pay landowners about $50 per 2.5 acres.
  • Around 2/3 of Costa Rica’s remaining rainforests are protected
  • Costa Rica is nearing its goal of becoming the first “carbon-neutral” nation, because  99.62 percent of its electricity comes from five renewable sources; hydropower,  wind,  geothermal energy, biomass and solar.
  • In June, Costa Rican government officials announced an ambitious plan to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.


  • All excursions/activities
  • Customer support for participants before and during trip
  • Round trip flight from Boston to San Jose Airport
  • Group transportation to and from airport and to all excursions

Basic Trip insuranceIt is recommended that travelers purchase the Extended Insurance Plan from True Nature. The extended plan allows a 75% refund of trip costs for cancellation for any reason.Three meals per day starting with dinner on the 1st night and ending with breakfast on the last day

Not included:

  • Additional excursions or activities
  • Any additional food, drinks
  • Gratuities


True Nature Education has searched long and hard throughout Costa Rica to find unique, ecologically friendly, and inspiring accommodations for our guests to stay in. All of the accommodations are clean, comfortable, and close to nature. Lodging includes electricity, hot water, internet, phone, comfortable beds and linens, and an environment which allows you to rest peacefully after a long day of activities. Most accommodations for large groups are shared. Private rooms are occasionally available for an extra fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In Manuel Antonio, you will stay at a stunning beach-front hotel just a few steps away from the Pacific Ocean. Immersed in the rain forest and surrounded by the jungle, this property is the ideal place to experience the biodiversity that makes Costa Rica so special. Rooms are spacious and modern, providing quick access to the beach, pool, and rainforest.

Finally, you will be staying in Monteverde. These rainforest accommodations are in the heart of this renowned cloud forest. Along with comfortable accommodations, spacious lodging, and delicious food, you will have a chance to see some of the hundreds of species of birds in Costa Rica, monkies, and maybe even a sloth!


Day 1

Fly into San Jose and transfer to the Arenal Eco-Lodge (approx. 2.5 hours away)
Welcome Dinner
Intro Lecture (overview of Costa Rica)

Day 2

Morning Rainforest Hike
Depart for Village Service Project
Sugar Cane Juice and Cooking Class
Traditional lunch in the village with our host family
Return to Lodge
Biodynamic Farm Tour and Lecture
Optional Evening Session

Day 3

Reforestation Project at the Lodge
Depart for La Fortuna
Zipline, Horseback Ride or Waterfall Hike
(please note Arenal Activities have weight restrictions: Volcano Horseback Riding Tour: 220 lbs. Zip Lining: 230 lbs.)
Volcano Hike and Education
Return to Lodge for Dinner

Day 4

Visit to the Caño Negro Wild Life Refuge, including boat tour and lunch
Return for dinner (pizza party!)

Day 5

Depart for Monteverde
Guided tour of Monteverde, lunch included
Dinner and time to explore Monteverde Hotel

Day 6

Visit the Monteverde Botanical Gardens
Depart for Manuel Antonio (4 hours)
Arrival at Beach Hotel

Day 7

Depart for BBI/KSTR Animal Sanctuary
Full Day Project On-Site at the BBI/KSTR Animal Sanctuary and Farm
Education about Sustainable practices on the farm including hand-on work
Education about the Animal Sanctuary Programs including hands-on work
Return to hotel for Dinner
Evening Activity

Day 8

Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour
Manuel Antonio Beach Time
Final Shopping in Manuel Antonio
Return to Hotel
Closing Circle and Bon Fire

Day 9

Depart Early AM for Departure out of SJO in the Afternoon ~ Adios!

*Schedule is a draft itinerary and is subject to change


Staff, Faculty, and Guests Register Here! 

Full Price: $2795

Early bird: $2595 (through March 15th)

Registrants pay a $200 non-refundable deposit at time of enrollment and $35 processing fee.

Your remaining balance will be made in three payments to True Nature. The payment schedule is outlined in the confirmation letter you will receive upon request.


  • All excursions/activities
  • Customer support for participants before and during trip
  • Round trip flight from Boston to San Jose Airport
  • Accommodations for 8 nights at 3 different locations
  • Group transportation to and from airport and to all excursions
  • Three meals per day starting with dinner on the 1st night and ending with breakfast on the last day

Not included:

  • Additional excursions or activities
  • Any additional food, drinks
  • Gratuities

It is recommended that participants purchase travel insurance. Learn more about your travel insurance options and how to purchase here.

For faculty and staff travelers, alternate activities may be done in place of projects on days 2 and 7. More info will be provided.


This week was an excellent balance of work and play. I loved that I was able to give back to both the community and the environment. I loved the environmental sustainability aspect and feel that I learned a lot that I can bring back to my own country and habits. I wasn’t expecting so much sightseeing and learning of the country and the people and culture, but I loved this aspect so much. I expected very little and came into the trip very unaware of what was going to be in store, but I felt that that uncertainty made the trip that much more impactful and fulfilling. It was an education, eye-opening, heart-opening, soul-searching, beautiful experience.
-Chloe Dervin

This trip is amazing at changing your perspective, and expanding your comfort zone. The series will change you in ways you could never imagine. Believe in yourself and you can accomplish many things on this trip.
-Michelle Hannah

This was an experience of body and soul, a reunion with nature and myself. One week doesn’t feel sufficient, and I hate to leave this paradise and the phenomenal, genuine people I have met. This trip is an inspiration for life, and I’ll always carry it with me.
-Natalie Sigismandi




  • Initial deposits are non-refundable.
  • 1/2 tuition is refundable up to 90 Days before the retreat.
  • 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment


We understand that many questions come up when visiting a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather like? We have created Participant Packages that will clarify these type of questions and more Once you have registered, we will send you these materials. In addition, on our website, we have a comprehensive FAQ section that also gives detailed answers to common questions. If you have other questions, you can always write us at so we can support you.


The included group flight, as well as all international flights, will arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO). From the airport, we will organize one group transport for all retreat participants. We will provide more information regarding the group flight closer to the retreat. If you will not be using the group flight from Boston to San Jose, Costa Rica, please contact us at


True Nature is an Educational Travel Company which provides full service in the planning, support, and guiding of a diverse catalog of trips around the world each year. We believe in the power of experiential travel abroad and the multitude of effects it has on one’s growth. We have hosted thousands of participants and have been honored to share in the life-changing experiences of our guests. It is True Nature’s goal to meet the needs of our guests and to be of support from the time you first contact us, to the time you land at your destination until you return home from your journey.

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