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February 25, 2023 - March 4, 2023

Nosara, Costa Rica: New Year, Amazing You // Yoga + Surf + Fitness Retreat

Led By: Melissa Joy Schoeller and Laurel Van Matre
Event Details

Event Name: Nosara, Costa Rica: New Year, Amazing You // Yoga + Surf + Fitness Retreat

Event Date: February 25, 2023 - March 4, 2023

Led By: Melissa Joy Schoeller and Laurel Van Matre

More Retreat Info: https://gypsetyogaretreats.com/costa-rica-january-2023/

Looking for a week of wellness with the right amount of adventure? A retreat with GYPSET Yoga at Bodhi Tree will not disappoint. Revitalize yourself in daily yoga, barre and spin classes with long-time yogis Melissa Schoeller & Laurel Van Matre, who each have 20+ years of teaching experience.

Move your body in an energizing vinyasa class every morning and restore with yin at night while listening to sounds of nature, practice barre and spin mid-day to sweat and rock out.

3 delicious, healthy meals will keep you fueled and fired up for the day. In your down time you can explore; surfing, hiking, zip lining and horseback riding for those of you who need more activity. If you’re looking for a little rejuvenation you can chill by the pool or book a spa treatment.  And you will rest easy every night in your luxurious accommodation.

Free Time!

There is lots of free time to relax or play hard, you choose:

Hang by the pool or beach

Indulge at the spa


Canopy zipline tour

SUP ocean lessons and mangrove tour

Nosara wildlife and birding kayaking tour

Waterfall and Jungle adventure hike

Horseback riding

ATV tour

Sea turtle refuge (!!!!)



Double  $2500-2850

Premium double $2950

Single starts at $3950

Bodhi House $3,050


“Amazing people Melissa and Laurel are each others ying to their yangs. They work cohesively, collectively, and profoundly well together. The level of communication before, during, and after their retreats is perfect. They are thoughtful and kind. Loving and compassionate. I would consider both to masters of their craft and life long learners. Should you choose Gypset for your next yoga retreat I promise you that your life will be impacted in such a tremendously positive way. Can’t wait for my next adventure with them.”

Heather M. | Woodland, MN

“When you venture on a Gypset Yoga Retreat, you are guaranteed an experience that cannot be matched. You are led by the amazing and thoughtful Melissa and Laurel, who will guide you to new levels for body, mind and soul. Not only that, but you will be surrounded by like-minded mates who will support you throughout your journey. These all happen while being immersed in amazing settings, with nourishing food to delight all of the five senses. Gypset Yoga Retreats are not to be forgotten, and will have you longing for more. You will leave with your heart full, and your mind and body nourished.”

Krista G. | Mexico

“My first of hopefully many trips with Gypset delivered beyond expectations. I was looking for a warm escape from the cold, long Minnesota winter months for some self care, and I came away with new friendships and life-long memories. That week in Tulum will be hard to beat.

Laurel and Melissa did a wonderful job keeping a good balance of leading challenging yoga and barre classes and leaving time for lounging on the beach, going on excursions or exploring the charming shops and restaurants along the road just outside the resort. They compliment each other really well as teachers and their easy-going and fun vibe with each other set the tone for a great time had by all.

The experience was inspiring on so many levels. My body felt strong and nourished, my mind was rejuvenated and my heart was full having shared so many meaningful moments with new friends. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to go again.”

Dawn W. | Minneapolis, MN

Gypset Yoga Retreats

Event Leaders
Melissa Joy Schoeller

Melissa Joy Schoeller founded Gypset Yoga after five years of guest teaching yoga classes at a dozen tropical resorts around the world.As a guest teacher, she quickly saw that travel gave people the opportunity open themselves. Yoga and wellness elevated a vacation into a transformative experience, and to appreciate the beauty within all things from a centered and grounded perspective. After organizing several retreats on her own for seven years, the word of mouth from students inspired her to start Gypset Yoga with Laurel Van Matre.A consummate entrepreneur, Melissa started her first business at the age of 7, making and selling rock people (yes, people made of rocks). She has founded multiple successful businesses, including a spin/yoga studio and a boutique gift store. Both are still going strong.Melissa has taught yoga in a variety of non-traditional settings, including music festivals, brewpubs and corporate on-site. Beyond her passion for yoga and travel, she is a former mountain bike racer and renowned for her playlists.Style: vinyasa flow, yin, nidra, meditation, barre, spinning & private training.Inspiration: music, nature, travel, ritual, pause, connection & authenticity.

Laurel Van Matre

A yoga teacher, world traveler and business owner,  Laurel Van Matre brings her authenticity, sense of humor and the wisdom gleaned from her lifelong wellness journey to GYPSET Yoga Retreats.Laurel spent years traveling through Europe and Asia before starting her own garden design business. Soon, she began practicing yoga as a student. Then she began teaching classes, and has since become teacher of teachers in her Northeast Minneapolis yoga studio, YOGA Garden.Her experience has given her the ability to meet the student where they are in their practice, helping them find a way to access poses that elude them, whether they are beginners or advanced. While many people think of yoga is as meditative, making it fun is equally important to her.As her yoga practice evolved, Laurel began sharing her experience with corporate clients as a motivational speaker and strategic consultant. Using themes from yoga, she helps people improve themselves both personally and professionally. She recently sold her garden design business to focus on her passion for yoga and innovation.Laurel is a gardner, a cyclist and a enjoys good wine and good food. When she’s not traveling the world teaching GYPSET Yoga Retreats she teaches out of her studio in NE Minneapolis, YOGA Garden.Style: alignment-based vinyasa flow, nidra, restorative and individual coachingInspiration: gardening, sunshine, the ocean, traveling the world and listening to people’s stories, meeting new people, her family and an appreciation for moving through the world as an individual and how we all do that while at the same time together as a group.