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7 Days Extreme Camp for Managers in Playa Hermosa, North Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Extreme Costa Rica Surf Camp, Yoga, and Wushu Training

Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp has found that the disciplines of wushu, yoga, and surf form a balance among body, mind, and heart, which improves life behavior due to a good decision making. You will be energized through the wushu classes, enlightened through the academic training, immersed in exceptional surfing sessions, and thoroughly rejuvenated through the yoga classes!

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Geronimo, Rafael, Jesus, & 3 More…
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily exceptional surf lessons
  • Daily energizing wushu lessons
  • Daily academic training in project management
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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During this training, you will be staying at the jungle dorms of Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp. You will be able to choose whether you would like to stay in Tekki (single bed) or Makiwara (double bed). The dorms are lovingly constructed from reforested teak wood and has screen-windows, ceiling fan, and lockers. The bathroom is constructed from river rocks. The venue itself is located 700 meters up to the hill from the Japanese restaurant, KOJIS.


Extreme training for Enterprises' Managers Program

Enterprises' Managers Program is based on "Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) - Fifth Edition". The PMBOK is a set of standard terminology and guidelines (a body of knowledge) for project management. The body of knowledge evolves over time and is presented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the Guide to the PMBOK or the Guide), a book whose fifth edition came out in 2013.

The Guide is a document resulting from work overseen by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which offers the CAPM and PMP certifications. Much of PMBOK is unique to project management e.g. critical path method and work breakdown structure (WBS). A sixth edition is scheduled for release in 2017.


The PMBOK as described in the Guide is intended to be subset of the project management body of knowledge that is generally recognized as a good practice. 'Generally recognized' means the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects most of the time and there is a consensus about their value and usefulness.

'Good practice' means there is a general agreement that the application of the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques can enhance the chance of success over many projects. The PMBOK Guide is also used as a support to prepare the certifications offered by the PMI, such as the CAPM and PMP.


The PMBOK Guide is process-based, meaning it describes work as being accomplished by processes. This approach is consistent with other management standards such as ISO 9000 and the Software Engineering Institute's CMMI. Processes overlap and interact throughout a project or its various phases, consisting of inputs (documents, plans, designs, etc.), tools and techniques (mechanisms applied to inputs), and outputs (documents, plans, designs, etc.).

"A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge - Fifth Edition" provides guidelines for managing individual projects and defines project management related concepts. It also describes the project management life cycle and its related processes, as well as the project life cycle. The PMBOK as described in the Guide recognizes 47 processes that fall into five basic process groups and ten knowledge areas that are typical of most projects most of the time.

Five process groups

The first process group is initiating which refers to processes performed to define a new project or a new phase of an existing project by obtaining authorization to start the project or phase. The second one is planning, the processes required to establish the scope of the project, refine the objectives, and define the course of action required to attain the objectives that the project was undertaken to achieve. The third one is executing, the processes performed to complete the work defined in the project management plan to satisfy the project specifications.

The fourth one is monitoring and controlling, the processes required to track, review, and regulate the progress and performance of the project, identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required, and initiate the corresponding changes. Finally, the last one is closing, the processes performed to finalize all activities across all process groups to formally close the project or phase.

Ten knowledge areas

Each of the ten knowledge areas contains some or all of the project management processes. One, project integration management, the processes and activities needed to identify, define, combine, unify, and coordinate the various processes and project management activities within the project management process groups. Two, project scope management, the processes required to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully.

Three, project time management, the processes required to manage the timely completion of the project. Four, Project Cost Management: the processes involved in planning, estimating, budgeting, financing, funding, managing, and controlling costs so that the project can be completed within the approved budget. Five, project quality management, the processes and activities of the performing organization that determine quality policies, objectives, and responsibilities so that the project will satisfy the needs for which it was undertaken.

Six, project human resource management, the processes that organize, manage, and lead the project team. Seven, project communications management, the processes that are required to ensure timely and appropriate planning, collection, creation, distribution, storage, retrieval, management, control, monitoring, and the ultimate disposition of project information.

Eight, project risk management, the processes of conducting risk management planning, identification, analysis, response planning, and controlling risk on a project. Nine, project procurement management, the processes necessary to purchase or acquire products, services, or results needed from outside the project team. Processes in this area include procurement planning, solicitation planning, solicitation, source selection, contract administration, and contract closeout.

Lastly, ten, project stakeholder management, the processes required to identify all people or organizations impacted by the project, analyzing stakeholder expectations and impact on the project, and developing appropriate management strategies for effectively engaging stakeholders in project decisions and execution.

Each of the ten knowledge areas contains the processes that need to be accomplished within its discipline in order to achieve effective project management. Each of these processes also falls into one of the five process groups, creating a matrix structure such that every process can be related to one knowledge area and one process group.

Surf activities


This level is meant for anyone who has never surfed before or has surfed a few times. This level of instruction focuses on the basic part of the surfboard which is a very important terms for the first lesson. They then cover all the safety tips including board control, how to fall of your board, the particular waves conditions for that day, and how to deal with local surfers.

Next, Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp will teach you three-step pop-up techniques along with four paddling disciplines. Beginners students never leave the whitewater.

Pro beginner

During this level of instruction, Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp focuses on given the students more freedom, control, and the understanding over how to catch their own waves, along with safety tips.

You will be able to select you own waves, turn your board to catch the waves, and stand up and ride the waves by yourself. Also, you will be able to work on turning and maneuvering your own surfboard once you are up and riding. You will be able also to practice the techniques of duck diving, how to move out pass the whitewater to the outside.


At this level of instruction, you will be able to paddle outside safely and efficiently. Once on the outside, you will be able to choose the right wave and sets coming in, and position yourself to catch a wave and ride to the end. When the student arrives at his beach break, this student will be able to surf alone.

Surf instructors

Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp is very proud of their surf instructors staff and their surf camp for all levels of surfers. Their certified instructors are fully dedicated to teaching the art of surfing. They go beyond teaching basic techniques seeking to strengthen the skills of each student. Their individualized surf program will take you to the next level. They believe that both the practice of wushu and yoga, will improve your learning ability of surfing.

An instructor dedicated to a maximum of three students will give you the opportunity to work one-to-one getting the attention you deserve. You will be impressed of how quickly you will stand and ride waves. Their instructors will teach you the basics of surfing, water safety, wave riding skills, and effective paddling techniques.

All of Bassai Dai, Yoga Wushu & Surf Camp instructors are International Surfing Association (ISA) trained and certified. Many of their instructors are also certified lifeguards through the Royal Life Saving Society (lifeguard-certified). Their current surf instructors are Jesus Salvador Erminy, Geronimo Perez, Armando Perez, Rafael Medina Castillo, and Pedro Uribe.

Yoga activities

At this camp, you will finish the day with a deep breath discovering the enormous benefits of yoga which will have a wonderful effect on your body and mind. Doing it in an environment of exuberant nature will further enhance its beneficial effects. In a dojo built with teak wood and surrounded by wild flora and fauna, your classes will be spectacular. This spiritual space naturally captures the essence of yoga and help you relax, restore, and rejuvenate your body your mind and soul.

Wushu activities

Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp teaches Shaolin wushu focused primarily on the origin of the ten exercises of projection of legs. The ten exercises of projection of legs are a branch of the Chinese martial art, being part of a long tradition from the five sections of the Northern School. In ancient China, many specialized in this martial art that is now widely practiced by Chinese and people from other countries.

These ten exercises of projection of legs are excellent for the flexibility of the torso, legs, and hands, and to coordinate steps, all of which require strong technique, concentration of forces, and rhythmic movements of different body parts. These exercises are rhythmic, elegant, agile, energetic, and easy to assimilate.

They can be run individually or in groups. With persistent practice, one can strengthen health and improve their ability to jump. As leg movements, hand and torso require great flexibility, joints become more flexible, and stronger muscles and tendons. In addition, coordination movements require both hands, eyes, and torso, as for strength, energy, and spirit promotes the function of the central nervous system that controls the movements of the body's organs. Finally, continuous active practice impacts blood circulation strengthening the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system and definitely improves performance surfing.

Daily schedule

You will begin each day with an energizing wushu class followed by six academics hours training of best practices in project management based on PMBok v.5.

In the afternoon, you will experience an exceptional surfing, immerse in scenarios of point break, reef break, and beach break with an aligned body, mind, and heart. Be prepared for a yoga class at sunset and rest until the next day where you can experience the next step.


  • 45 minutes of wushu classes
  • Breakfast
  • Three academic hours of best practices in project management based on PMBok v.5
  • Lunch


  • Three academic hours of best practices in project management based on PMBok v.5
  • 45 minutes of surf instruction
  • 45 minutes of sunset yoga session
  • Dinner or occasional outings to other restaurants


Geronimo Perez
Geronimo was born and raised at Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. He began to surf since he was eight years old. He has surfed most of the break points in Costa Rica and has four years of experience as a surfer instructor.
Rafael Medina
Rafael was born in Venezuela and began to surf at an early age. He has surfed in Hawaii, Australia, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.
Jesus Erminy
Jesus Salvador has ten years of experience as a surf instructor and, besides having a black belt in shotokan and wushu, he is also passionate about surfing. Jesus has found that wushu improves the performance of the surf. He is cool and takes a real interest in all his students and does his best to keep everyone happy. Jesus has surfed the waves of Mexico, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.
Pedro Uribe
Pedro was born in Venezuela. He is a good instructor with eight years of experience. He has surfed the waves of El Salvador, Peru, Panama, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.
Josefina Erminy
Josefina has 25 years of experience as a trainer of best practices in project management, specifically in capital investment projects, such as hydroelectric power plants, offshore marine facilities for the oil and gas industry, and in well-known Venezuelan universities.
Armando Perez
Geronimo was born and raised at Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. He began to surf since he was eight years old. He has surfed most of the break points in Costa Rica and has four years of experience as a surfer instructor.


This camp will take place at Peninsula de Nicoya, north of Malpaís, located between Santa Teresa town and the Manzanillo fishing village. In this wonderful place, you will find white sand beach and crystal clear waters surrounded by mountain forests, continuous surf beach brakes and point brakes, and naturally magnificent pedal basins for swimming and snorkeling.

Playa Hermosa is a beautiful beach where you can have management training accompanied by activities that contribute to your body and mind balance and to foster an attitude towards correct decision-making. There is a supermarket in Playa Hermosa and some small highly recommended restaurants within walking distance. In ten minutes of distance by car, you will find the village of Santa Teresa with all kinds of shops, numerous restaurants, coffee bars, and other surf brakes.

Nearby distance

  • Santa Teresa - 10 minutes


During this training, you will be served three daily delicious and healthy meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Canopy tours

You can go on a canopy tour at Cabo Blanco Absolut Reserve at Malpais borders. Experience the thick lush Costa Rica jungle and the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.


You can sign up for a day trip to Santa Teresa Town and Montezuma Waterfall, an ATV quad tour, or volcanic excursions.


This is one of the most popular tours for an adventurous family or an activity for a group of friends. Enjoy the beautiful and amazing crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean with a local expert fishermen.


There are two wonderful natural refuges at the Nicoya Peninsula, Curu and Cabo Blanco National Reserve. There, you can admire the Costa Rican flora and fauna in its whole beauty.

Horse tours

Going on a horseback riding is an excellent way to explore the more remote parts of the Peninsula de Nicoya. The tours will take you both to the mountainside for some spectacular view and around priceless shores beaches.


What happens in Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp at Santa Teresa stays in Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp at Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa, a small village with its community of artists and adventurers from different countries around the world generously will share their music and culinary skills at parties under the moon, ensuring lots of fun. Once you know them, you will always want to return.

Spanish lessons

For those interested in combined surfing with learning the local language, Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp also offers the chance to take Spanish classes.

Spa treatments

At an additional price, you can sign up for acupuncture, aromatherapy, and hot stone massage treatment sessions located nearby.

What's included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily six-hour academic training in best practices in project management based on PMBok v.5
  • Daily 45-minute surf lessons
  • Daily 45-minute wushu lessons
  • Daily 45-minute yoga lessons

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Equipment
  • Tours and excursions

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santa María Airport (SJO) or Tambor Airport (TMU). It takes 25 minutes to reach Tambor Airport (TMU) in Peninsula de Nicoya from Juan Santa María Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to Tambor Airport (TMU) is available upon request. Each way will cost you 75 USD plus tax and will last for 45 minutes.

Arrival by bus

There are daily buses going to Malpaís and Santa Teresa at 06:00 and 14:00 leaving from Nuevo Terminal and Transporte Cóbano in San José. Buy the tickets as you enter the bus directly from the bus driver. Travel time is six hours and the ticket price is 12 USD. At the next to last bus stop Malpaís o Playa El Carmen, you will find cabs that take you to Bassai Dai Yoga, Wushu & Surf Camp for about 18 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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