FAQ

costa rica womens retreat
  • Why should I participate in a retreat?

    The best answer I have found to this question came from Rob Preece in his book, The Psychology of Buddhist Trantra, “After a two-week intensive retreat earlier this month, I was contemplating the difference between daily practice and retreat. I mentioned this to music therapist Christine Stevens and she replied, ‘It’s the difference between taking a shower and immersing yourself in a long bath.’

    Daily practice – the quick morning shower – refreshes mind and body, allowing moments that restore us to stillness and wellbeing. It’s necessary maintenance that keeps us awake.

    Retreats, on the other hand, whether they focus on meditation, yoga, or other modalities, allow for deeper immersion- the long bath. Here we can sink deeply into our practice. Retreats empower us to develop our meditation skills and rewire our nervous systems, shedding habitual patterns no longer useful to us. After a good long soak

  • What kind of activities will we do while in Hermosa, Costa Rica?

    To ensure the retreat is inclusive and that all participants get the best experience, once all seats are filled we will determine the best excursions based on the needs and physical abilities of our group. Some ideas on the table now are: a volcano tour, surfing lessons, zip lining, and/or a hike through the jungle to a waterfall. Have an idea or bucket list item you would liek to mark off your list? Just let us know, we love feedback!

  • What airport should I fly in to?

    You should fly into San Jose (SJO).

  • Are there vegetarian or vegan food options?

    Yes, we can accommodate a vegetarian and or vegan diet. Please be sure to indicate your dietary needs as soon as you reserve your spot.

  • What kind of Yoga will we be doing?

    The type of yoga that we will be doing on this retreat is similar to that of a typical beginner’s yoga class. We will be working on building a solid foundation with basic yoga poses to create strength, open the heart, and build a sense of empowerment.

  • What is TRX training?

    Originally created by former NAVY Seal Randy Hetrick to be able to work out ‘anywhere, anytime’, the TRX Suspension training system is designed to build strength, flexibility, balance and core stability all while using your body weight.

  • What is trauma informed yoga?

    More and more research has shown that trauma is not reserved exclusively for soldiers or survivors of violence; today trauma is more broadly defined as any experience with which we do not have the tools to deal with.
    Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues are often the result of unresolved trauma. The goal of a trauma-informed yoga practice is to build resiliency and establish greater self-regulation. It is about feeling safe and at-home in our bodies so that we can feel stable, have good self-esteem, and healthy relationships. A trauma-informed yoga practice is sensitive to the needs of a participant with trauma symptoms and offers them tools to feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated.

  • What is all this spirituality stuff, is this a religious retreat?

    The short answer is no. We have no political or religious affiliations, and we don’t mind if you do. Over the weekend we will be discussing spiritual principles such as the idea of connecting to something outside of yourself to draw power and feel connected. Your relationship with that Source Goodness is up to you… Call it God, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, the Universe, Energy, Mother Nature, the Ocean, Divine Self, it does not matter to us. If you do not believe there is anything that is ok, too. What matters is that you are open to the message and finding a way to apply it in your own way and life.

  • What is a life coach?

    A life coach is your advocate, and your partner to building a better more satisfying life. A life coach can help you with many things from prioritizing and organizing your life, to learning how to express your emotions and build self-esteem.

    They provide resources, suggestions, encouragement, accountability, and the best part is they are objective, and their sole interest is on improving your quality of life, personally or professionally, whatever your needs may be. You will get better insight into who you are, what you want, and identify specific steps to get where you want to be. You will build skills and gain tools and resources to help you live the life you want.

  • Are there any physical requirements for any part of the retreat?

    There will be swimming (optional), dancing (optional).  We will be walking maybe 2 miles or more, most likely, every day.  It is not timed, and it is not a race, so you can move at your own pace, but there will be walking. The terrain is not flat or smooth. We will not be scaling mountains but we will most likely tread inclines.

  • I am gay, and/or identify as transgender, can I participate in the retreat?

    Yes. Anyone who identifies as female is welcome.

  • What will the weather be like?

    The historic average for this specific time period is Sunny 67-75 degrees. A packing list will be provided before we meet in Costa Rica.

 

  • Sept 1st - 4th • Hermosa, Costa Rica
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