OSA PENINSULA, Costa Rica, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Endangered sea turtles are returning home to the Osa Peninsula, an intensely diverse region in Costa Rica where Blue Osa Yoga Retreat is expanding its vision as an eco-resort. Today this includes programs where retreat guests work alongside local conservation organizations to reclaim turtle nesting grounds on local beaches.
The pairing comes at a crucial time, supplying the Osa Conservation network vital resources including human power and funding. After a decline in sea turtle population on the Osa over the past couple of decades, conservation efforts are truly making a difference.
Four species of sea turtles call Osa beaches home. A love story in many ways, sea turtles have the distinct ability to remember the beach that bore them and return to the same beach to lay their eggs, traveling thousands of miles through currents and open ocean to nest on familiar shores.
Sea turtles are not the only visitors to the beach, however; dogs, wild animals and humans disrupt the nests, accounting for over 75% of the predation of these vulnerable creatures.
To protect the habitat, Blue Osa guests can join Osa Conservation's night patrols to monitor as female turtles make their shoreline journey. Early risers can scour the beach before first light to stake out new nests and move eggs to the safety of a nearby hatchery.
For many, the most rewarding moment of conservation work happens during turtle release as hundreds of hatchlings scurry toward the ocean waves. Helpful volunteers guide them along and ward off hawks and other predators.
In creating a package that combines yoga with sea turtle conservation, retreat guests partner with the local community to enact change as they renew the body, focus the mind, and gain greater appreciation for all life.
Blue Osa is recognized as one of the top eco-resorts in Central America. Relying on renewable resources as much as possible, the resort generates as much energy as it consumes, and is not dependent on external power lines or sewage systems. Operating at maximum capacity of 50 people including staff, Blue Osa uses roughly the same amount of energy as a U.S. household of four. Located on the Golfo Dulce south of Puerto Jimenez, the 12-room destination is the perfect setting for groups of all kinds.
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