Blue Osa Sustainability

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa

3. Good Health and Well-Being 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 7. Affordable and Clean Energy 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Blue Osa takes many steps to protect and guide their guest's well being all while protecting the environment with their sustainability techniques.

Author

Lyndsey Hollenbeck

Lyndsey Hollenbeck

School

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Professor

Timothy Palmer

Timothy Palmer

Innovation

Blue Osa is in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, almost completely off the grid. They are determined to have as little disruption with nature and the environment as possible. To promote environmental sustainability, they have no air conditioning, they have 6 watt fans that are on a 20 minute timer, they have their own farm on the property which provides them with local farm-to-table meals, and their water comes from the wells on property. When Blue Osa first was founded, there was a shortage of eggs in Costa Rica, this led Yogi Aaron to think about having an onsite farm to provide their employees and their guests with sustainable, local food. Another unique thing about the resort that's innovative is their morning silence and prayer before meals. Not only is Blue Osa dedicated to clean energy, they care deeply about the good health and well being of their guests. Every morning until 7:30am, each guest takes a vow to be silent until that time. This is important to Blue Osa because we live in an extremely busy, fast paced world. When we take the time in the morning to be silent and to be with each other, it gives us peace and positivity. At dinner time everyone gathers around the food, they join hands, and say a prayer to be thankful for each other and the food that has been provided.

Blue Osa Sustainability

Inspiration

Yogi Aaron had been wanting to create a retreat center for years. He had traveled the world exploring different cultures and learning about people. He wanted to create a sacred place where guests could come to and feel completely safe and comfortable. They could come and ask the question, "Who am I?". At Blue Osa, everyone is welcomed and everyone is loved. It has grown tremendously over the years. Aaron and his co-owner Adam are always looking for new ways to enhance the experience at Blue Osa

Overall impact

Their dedication to environmental sustainability will live on forever. They have created a luxury resort while protecting the environment and giving their guests the best experience possible. People can come to Blue Osa and walk out completely transformed. It's what some would call a magical place. The beauty that the resort holds is indescribable. The steps they take to make sure their carbon footprint is as low as possible should be admired by every business. They have provided many jobs in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, it has given the locals an opportunity to provide for their families. Some of the employees live onsite and are provided with housing.

Business benefit

This innovation benefits the business because they save money by not providing traditional things like air conditioning, they don't spend as much on electricity because there's no TV's. There's many things that Blue Osa does to benefit their business. They are profitable and they hold many retreats throughout the year.

Social and environmental benefit

This innovation benefits society because it provides a safe place where people can come to and forget about their worries for a little while. They are able to be surrounded by love and positivity and no judgement, which is exactly what the aim was. This innovation benefits the environment as well because their meals are mainly plant based, and every Sunday evening the dinner is dedicated to being completely locally sourced. They do their best to help out the environment by having an onsite farm, onsite water wells, and clean energy appliances.

Interview

Yogi Aaron, Owner

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Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa

Osa Peninsula, CR

Business Website: blueosa.com

Year Founded: 2007

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa is not a typical tropical spa getaway. Blue Osa is deeply rooted in their environmental impact and sustainability. The beautiful eco-resort has 13 rooms which give the resort a capacity of an intimate 38 guests. Blue Osa was founded in 2007 by Yogi Aaron, who’s spent his life practicing yoga and other meditative techniques. He wanted to create a sacred space that provided guests with a feeling of comfort and luxury all while being environmentally conscious.