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“Rio Shanti offers a warm welcome and great services” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rio Shanti Spa
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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
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“Rio Shanti offers a warm welcome and great services”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011

Rio Shanti sits just down the road from the Monteverde Cloud Forest and offers a wonderful balance to the hiking and other active attractions Monteverde offers. You can get a relaxing massage, take part in an array of Yoga classes, shop for clothes, jewelry and Janet's home made oils and tinctures or snack on Michael's vegan cookies as you hang out on the deck--or use the wifi. Janet and Michael offer a warm and friendly welcome. .

Visited June 2011
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2 Thank LelaDora
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Peace, warmth, wonderful services and great cookies!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

I first came to Rio Shanti in January of 2011. And I fell in love with it. Its an adorable set of buildings and outside space to sit and just BE in the peace and cloud forest. You can hear the river, watch butterflies swirl through the trees and just enjoy the best of the Monteverde cloud forest. The yoga classes are great. They run the spectrum between a phenomenal restorative class to candle light yoga and morning awakening classes.

I came back to Monteverde in June of 2011. That time I had a massage and some reflexology. I don't usually like massage, but theirs are really good! And the reflexology is great as well.

The only down side is that it isn't really centrally located. Its on the main road, but isn't really close to much. However-- it is TOTALLY worth the walk or cab ride. You should go.

Visited June 2011
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3 Thank Coreths
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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Make time to experience the Heart of Monteverde”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2011

Rio Shanti is more than a place - it is a feeling.

Walking into the sweet cottage that houses the Rio Shanti, it feels like the sun is shining even on the rainiest day in the cloud forest! Bright and warm colors surround you...lovely textiles, organic clothing, enchanting jewelry - did I mention the tastiest homemade vegan cookies, always-brewing pots of warm tea and soothing music? Michael and Janet, the owners, have lovingly created a gem in the heart of Monteverde...a place I kept being drawn back to daily during my 4-day stay in the mountains.

I attended 2 yoga classes, taught by incredibly knowledgeable and welcoming instructors - the most memorable experiences included hearing the river right outside the studio, gazing into the forest as I stretched, and experiencing butterflies floating through class. Rio Shanti's spa studio is equally as charming - a tiny bungalow nestled in the trees awaited me, and I enjoyed one of the most relaxing massages I have had in years.

Monteverde is a special town, with so many natural and adventure-type attractions. I definitely recommend making Rio Shanti a scheduled stop on your itinerary, in order to purposely downshift for a moment from the high velocity zip lines, guided natural history hikes, and horseback tours. Rio Shanti is a place where one can take advantage of what vacation is meant to be...creating a space to refresh and renew!

Visited April 2011
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful, healing place and great vegan cookies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2011

This was certainly one of my highlights during a visit to Monteverde. The yoga classes are fantastic -- the instructors really know their stuff! Michael and Janet are wonderful sources of knowledge and are great sources of love. The vegan cookies are to die for!

Visited November 2010
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Brevard, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Place with so much Heart”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2011

If you are needing some centering, stretching, amazing keep sakes or even just a hug and a smile, Rio Shanti Yoga Center is the place. The owners, Michael and Janet, are so wonderful and welcoming and especially kind.They make you feel at home instantly, and if you have any questions about Monteverde or traveling around Costa Rica they will take the time to chat with you. The yoga is amazing and the teachers are lovely. They have a bright beautiful space that opens up to a deck above a creek. Expect the wildlife to be a part of the experience. It is a lovely place to visit, do yoga and buy local wonderful cloths, art, gift, jewelery and even homemade cookies. Don't miss it. It is the heart of Monteverde.

Visited March 2011
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