reminding you of who you be, 

so you may live your best possible life!

wHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?
June 29th - July 7th.  See the Intended Retreat Itinerary for details.

wHAT DOES IT COST?
The investment is $2,595 per participant.  This does NOT include airfare.  Visit the Costa Rica Retreat Details page to learn about Advance Registration Savings.

wHAT'S INCLUDED?
For a full list of what's included, visit the Costa Rica Retreat Details page.  It may be easier to tell you what's NOT included.  You are responsible for your own airfare and arrangements.  There will be some incidental costs to get in and out of the country.  More details about this will be provided after you register with your deposit.  You will be on your own for meals in San Jose, before you are picked up to go to Playa Chiquita and after you are dropped off.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?
Many airlines fly to Costa Rica.  Just be sure you are flying into Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica.

WHAT MIGHT I EXPECT TO PAY FOR A FLIGHT?
Obviously flight costs will vary, depending upon where you are traveling from and when you book your flight.  Most fares seem to range between $450 - $700

CAN I FLY OUT ON JULY 6TH INSTEAD OF JULY 7TH?
It is NOT recommended.  The intention is to have you back in San Jose by 2pm on July 6th.  Flying internationally usually requires at least a two hour check-in window.  The drive from Playa Chiquita to San Jose will be about 5 hours IF there are NO unanticipated hiccups.  Sometimes, a hiccup can add at least an hour of sitting and waiting time, which will delay our arrival in San Jose.  Also, you are encouraged to take the extra night for a  more gentle re-entry.  If you choose to fly out on the 6th, the retreat facilitator will not be held responsible for any delay that may impact your personal travel plans.

WILL I NEED TO RENT A CAR?
No, not for the retreat or getting to/from Playa Chiquita.  However, if you intend to extend your stay before or after the retreat, you may desire personal transportation.

I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS, HOW WILL THOSE BE ADDRESSED?
When you complete your application to participate, please list any dietary restrictions, so that your needs may be attended to.  If your limitations exceed what we can reasonably expect to offer in a foreign country, we will discuss options.

iS IT SAFE?

Safety is a relative term.  Each person's interpretation of what they deem to be safe is different.  You are encouraged to travel lightly and mindfully.  With the exception of your transition time in San Jose (which is a bustling city), most of our time will be spent in a less touristy area of the country.  We will be in the jungle, where there are creatures you likely don't come into contact with at home.  In general, it seems to be a live and let live environment for both the humans and the wildlife.  A travel pouch for your passport and money is a great idea.  Bringing a minimum of electronics is wise, both for safe keeping, and because no phones, computers or other gadgets will be used during our retreat time.  Jewelry is best left at home - not just for safety, but to free yourself from corporal attachments.


WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
A full list of suggested items will be sent to you, after you register with your deposit.

HOW CAN i PREPARE TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THIS RETREAT?

First, take a breath!  Give yourself the space for whatever feelings may come up about embarking on this adventure.


The trip itinerary has been designed to allow you plenty of time, from your flight in to your flight home - all of that can be easy, let it be.  And, if part of your learning is to know that you can be okay, even when things get a little messy, be open that.  Trust that you will get exactly what you need from this experience.

As the retreat dates near, you will be sent some "homework" to get the juices flowing.  The more willing you are to invest in yourself - not just the money, but the time and space that will foster your readiness to experience magic - the greater your personal benefit will be.


Be gentle with yourself and open to possibilities.


WHAT WILL WE BE DOING DURING THIS RETREAT?
The very nature of this retreat is to hold an intention, and release control of the outcome.  For that reason, there will be certain things we will likely do each day: meditation, silent time, preparing lunch together, listening to and possibly watching creatures (like sloths and howler monkeys) that may grace us with their presence, and working with what may be coming up for you in this shifting paradigm.  There are other things, a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center, a field trip to Gandoca Beach, and witnessing the birth of Leatherback Turtles, that we may hope to do, and we'll just have to see how things unfold.

HOW PHYSICALLY ACTIVE WILL WE BE?
Each day will include walking (on some rough terrain) and some sort of meditation (which requires both the ability to move and to be still).  Each experience has a mind/body/spirit component, so general good health will allow you to get the most out of this retreat.  If you have physical limitations that you feel may prevent you from participating fully, please contact Joanne Lutz before registering.

I SEE CATS IN A COUPLE OF THE PHOTOS.  WHY IS THAT?
Three lovely cats live on the property where we will be meeting.  If you have allergies, you will want to plan accordingly.

HOW DO I SAVE A SPACE?
Fill out the on-line application.  Your registration is complete only when confirmed by the facilitator and secured with a deposit.  This retreat is NOT for everyone.  Experiencing an environment and protocols, significantly different from your day-to-day life, intentionally stretches and challenges you in ways you will not anticipate.  While you will have professional coaching from the facilitator, and the safety created by sharing a group experience, each participant must be capable of allowing the space for the stretches and challenges.  In turn, each participant may be interviewed prior to confirmation, to be sure this adventure is a good fit for you, and must take full responsibility for their own physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.


2015 Costa Rica Retreat: Embracing Magic

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