Renew & Replenish

Retreat

 

in

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

May 11 - 18th, 2019

Hosted by

Louise Abbott  & Nina Neidhart

IS THIS RETREAT FOR YOU??

It's as important to us as it is for you that this Retreat is a good fit.  Do you do too much? Are you always tired?  Do you remember the last time you threw your head back and laughed?  Are you running from place to place late and flustered all the time?  Are you feeling angry, frustrated, indifferent, unable to care about yourself or anyone else?  Are you caring for your family, aging parents, a sibling and not looking after yourself?  Are you putting yourself last?  Do you feel like you are going to explode?  Do you feel emotionally unavailable or way too emotional all the time?  Do you barely have time to think?  Do you feel "fuzzy" and disconnected?  Lady - we are the right retreat for you!!

“Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.” ― Anne Morrow LindberghGift from the Sea

PICTURE THIS:  

You land at San Jose, Costa Rica airport.  You are met by a smiling face who helps you gather your bags and get to the Retreat Transportation.  You look around and see women like yourself getting into the van.  You smile and feel welcome.  You arrive at a Glorious Beach Front Retreat Centre.  You feel intoxicated by the laid back vibe, fresh perfumed air and the exotic sounds and feel of the Jungle.  You look around and take in the abundance of exotic birds and wildlife. You breathe in the sea and feel the ancient magnetic, volcanic sand beneath your feet. You'll feel the rejuvenating magic that the sea can give us.  Suddenly, without warning you feel relaxed and the stress & tension begins to melt away.

 

At the Renew and Replenish Retreat you'll rediscover how to get back to yourself.  

This is something you do for YOU! Only you!  Delicious fresh whole local food, Excursions that will fill you with wonder, awe and positivity, local speakers/dinner guests & mentors will help you see how differently life can be lived and daily classes that include, dance, rejuvenating breath work and mediation (simple tools you will take home with you to use whenever you need to be reminded of your replenishing adventure) Free Time to explore. Walk the Magical magnetic black beach - You'll find yourself releasing tensions, de-stressing, breathing deeply, laughing out loud, feeling happy, healthy and surrounded by adventure and wonder. You will meet women who will inspire you, challenge you and enlighten you! You will leave this paradise with new friendships and bonds, refreshed, peaceful and ready to take on the World.  

 

Why Costa Rica?

Exotic Costa Rica, is a very small country, the size of Denmark.  But it packs a huge punch.  The "Switzerland" of Central America.  It offers us much to see and do - Jungle, Adventure, Excitement, Peaceful, Energizing, Laid Back, Exotic and Intoxicating. CR isn't an inexpensive country to visit, it's not a 3rd World country and because of it's long established tourism and reputation for being safe it has been visited & populated by travellers from everywhere. Many Travellers visit and never go home. The travellers and locals own tour companies and travel companies, vacation rentals, resorts, retreats, restaurants, bars and adventure tour destinations.  Because of this there are instilled North American & European safety and health standards in place.  This makes CR very popular as a luxury, high end, travel destination amongst World Travellers.  You'll see when you visit that Costa Rica is surprisingly sophisticated and very well established.  Travellers have been building homes and visiting Costa Rica for years because it offers them empty pristine untouched beaches and, unlike Europe or other destinations, it is not insanely crowded, overused, dirty or dangerous.  This is NOT a run of the mill Caribbean Island, it's not Mexico or Florida!  (been there, done that!) This is the Rain Forest in a far away land.  Just above Panama and South America in Central America, Costa Rica spans the West and East coast and is a beautiful and diverse country. It's people are friendly and welcoming they speak Spanish and English so it's very easy to communicate.  Interesting fact: The country doesn't have an army as it's never had conflict with other countries or within it's own borders.

The lifestyle is contagious, laid back, relaxed and balanced.  Recently reported as one of the most desired tourism & retirement destinations World wide as well as having some of the happiest, healthiest people living there. A developing and rapidly growing country, currently Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the World.  It's popularity comes from it's established eco tourism, biosphere and untouched natural beauty.  People from everywhere visit, live (retire) here for a reason.  Costa Rica has been a well kept secret among travellers who have been visiting for years. It is not full of all inclusive, gated resorts or communities! It has managed to maintain it's jungle, rain forest and eco beauty alongside creating a wonderful welcoming and varied tourism infrastructure. Sophisticated, exotic and grounding it's not only beaches, its glorious mountain get a ways, lakes with views that take your breath away, breathtaking National Parks, secluded get-a-ways and funky beach and mountain towns.  These towns have great restaurants (fresh, whole, organic food is abundant here), amazing adventure tours, hikes and parks.  You will see animals you've never seen before, an abundance of monkeys, sloths, aardvarks, ant eaters, tucans, parrots, macaws, turtles, iguanas and so many more.  It's one of my favourite places in the World.  Take a step over to the Wild side with us.  You won't regret it.

 

De-stress & find Clarity

 

We've planned outings, adventures, taste sensations, wonderful treats, cool surprises, activities and plenty of spare time for you to enjoy your surroundings and take some time for valuable self reflection and guided meditations on the beach.

 

All while enjoying the wonderful, whole, fresh, local, delicious food prepared by our European Chef and Expat Sara (who is in demand and booked at retreats all over Costa Rica). Chef Sara is from Spain. She has been a Chef for many years in Europe and now Costa Rica. She is looking forward to providing us with some delicious local meals. Sharing her European/Central American influence.  She prides herself on using only local produce, spices and herbs that are 100% organic. Her local connections and experience cooking all over the World brings us local flavours as well as some tried and true old World recipes. Sara will be providing a Supper cooking class for us where we will prepare the dinner together as a group and learn how to create delicious dishes using local fresh ingredients. She too has wisdom to share being a mother, business owner and busy in demand Chef living in Puerto Viejo.

 

We will be visiting some of my favourite restaurants in Puerto Viejo for our welcome and departure dinners. 
 

Classes with Meg Williams from Modalities that Heal at our house will be either Meditations, Dance or Breath Work.   With Meg as your guide you will learn to develop skills you can use to manage your stresses and anxieties anywhere.

Louise loves Puerto Viejo so much she's built a Vacation home on the beach there. She has been organizing some of her favourite things to see and do in the area.  With our private guide and transportation - We will hike, kayak, sup, explore, walk the beach, take classes together, catch up and explore. You will have plenty of free time to eat, shop, book an excursion or just hang out on the beach.  We will meditate, dance, do yoga and learn how to breath and relax!  We will take you to some of our favourite restaurants.  We will taste the wonderful variety of organic chocolates available locally and have an amazing tour of a local Organic Cacao Farm & glorious water fall.  You will see Tucans, monkeys, sloths and iguanas as well as an amazing array of birds and other indigenous animals.  Oh, there is so much more for you to see and do.  

 

You can stroll along the Playa Negra (black beach) in front of the house and absorb the magical magnetic energy. Wander the empty beach every morning with Louise or sit by the sea in quiet contemplation. Breathe in the rich rainforest vibe and feel the stress and tension leaving your body.

We will be staying at the Gorgeous

Villas Serenidad

 

just outside Puerto Viejo

www.villasserenidad.com

Renew & Replenish 

Retreat

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

May 11th - 18th, 2019

Only 7 Spots Left

Please note that this agenda may change - we are always adding new adventures

a detailed finalized agenda will be emailed to you after you register

Saturday May 11th

Arrival Day 

Transportation from San Jose Airport

departs the airport at 3pm Sharp

You will be met at the Airport by our Retreat Host.

 

Dinner enroute (your expense)

Driver will stop at predetermined restaurant

8:00 pm (approx. arrival)

Arrival in PV 

Welcome drinks and evening snack

Sunday May 12th

6:30 am

Coffee and snack (optional walk on the beach with Louise)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Class with Meg (in the garden, either dance, meditation or breath work))

9:30am - 10:30 am 

Breakfast (in main house)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Jaguar Rescue Mission visit and tour

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free time in Puerto Viejo to shop and explore

Lunch (your expense)

7:00 pm

Welcome Dinner at a spectacular restaurant in town

Monday May 13th

6:30 am

Coffee and snack (optional walk on the beach with Louise)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Class with Meg (in the garden)

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Breakfast (in main house)

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hiking in the jungle with guide 

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Lunch in Manzanillo (provided)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

Chocolate tasting (tasting with your choice of wine, beer or coffee)

7:00 pm

Dinner at the house (with dinner guest speaker)

Free time

TuesdayMay 14th

6:30 am

Coffee and snack (optional walk on the beach with Louise)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Class with Meg

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Breakfast (in main house)

11:00 am - 6:00 pm.  

Free day for excursions, exploring,

hanging on the beach, shopping, lunching etc.

Tour options will be provided on Monday and pre-booked

Lunch (your expense)

7:00 pm

Dinner, Main House 

With dinner guest Speaker

Free Time

Wednesday May 15th

6:30 am

Coffee and snack (optional walk on the beach with Louise)

8:00 am - 9:00 am 

Breakfast (main house)

9:30 am - 1:15 pm

Indigenous Chocolate Making and Jungle Water Fall Hike, tour and tasting

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Lunch at the house

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Art Therapy class with Luna (main house)

6:00 - 10:00 pm

         Free Time

Dinner in town (your expense)

Thursday May 16th

6:30 am

Coffee and snack (optional walk on the beach with Louise)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast (main house)

9:00 am - 11:00 am

In depth Breath work Class with Meg (main house or outside in garden)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch (main house)

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Kayaking or SUP with guides on the river at Punta Uva Beach - see lots of animals

6:30 pm - 8 pm

Dinner at the house with dinner guest speaker

8:00 pm

Free Time

Friday May 17th

6:30 am

Coffee and snack (optional walk on the beach with Louise)

8:00 am - 9:00 am 

Class with Meg (in the garden)

10:30 - 12:30

Cooking Class and Brunch (main house)

1:00 - 4:00 

Free time in town

5:30 pm

Farewell Dinner at a surprise location

Saturday May 18th

5:30 am - 6:00 am

Packed breakfast and coffee to go for the drive

6:00 am 

Shuttle pick up at house 

Transportation directly to the Airport in San Jose (SJO)

Departure flights should be no earlier than 1:00 pm or later.

​​**  Meals outside the house covered by the Retreat also cover gratuities Cocktails and/or Wine with meals and or non alcoholic drinks

    (additional drinks beyond the set menu will be your expense)

*** Please note that the agenda may change and trips and tours may vary until numbers are confirmed.

**  All transportation is covered as noted on the agenda.  Pick ups and drop offs are scheduled by the Retreat. 

     If you wish to spend longer in town or depart later than scheduled, transportation will then be at your own expense                                                        there are plenty of tuktuks and taxis available in town

  Meals We Provide include wine/beer:

  • 1 light meal and drinks on Arrival day (approx. 8pm)

  • 6 coffee and early morning snacks at the main house daily

  • 6 breakfasts at the main house daily

  • 4 lunches at the main house will include wine

  • 5 dinners - Dinners will include wine and/or cocktails (3 at the main house and 2 at local restaurants)

  • Snacks Daily:  the fridge at the main house will be stocked with healthy snacks, water, non alcoholic drinks, wine and beer for our guests

Guests are responsible for Only:

  • 2 lunches (during Free Time in town, Sunday and Tuesday)

  • 2 dinner (1 enroute from airport and 1 during Free Time in town)

ABOUT
Your Host
Louise
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Your Host Nina
Nina
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Your Guide
Meg

The Deets

 

 

 

 

 

from $2000 to $2300.00 usd per person

flights not included.  

PAYMENT OPTIONS

When you register we will send you a Paypal invoice. 

Payments can be made directly from your bank account or with any Credit Card.

FLIGHT BOOKING OPTIONS

Flights from Toronto (YYZ) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) range from est. $400.00 to $900.00  

West Jet has the best times for our agenda and flies direct

use www.kayak.com to search flights - watch your layover times we will be happy to help you just ask us. 

We are charging in USD because we pay for everything in Costa Rica in USD.

Deposit:  

1st Payment due upon booking: 50% 

Final Payment due March 15th, 2019:  50%

 

 

 

 

ROOM CHOICES AND PRICE OPTIONS:

VILLAS SERENIDAD 

 

OCEAN VIEW VILLA

1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bed, ocean views, small kitchen,

full bathroom and balcony overlooking the sea.

$2175.00 pp

 

OCEAN VIEW VILLA

1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bed, ocean views, small kitchen,

full bathroom and balcony overlooking the sea.

$2175.00 p

GARDEN VIEW VILLA

2 Twin beds, airconditioned bedroom, outdoor kitchen and

living area,

full bathroom, ground floor overlooking gardens.

$2175.00 pp

GARDEN VIEW VILLA

2 Twin beds, airconditioned bedroom, outdoor kitchen and living area,

full bathroom, ground floor overlooking gardens.

$2175.00 pp

MAIN HOUSE

(where everyone will gather daily for meals, speakers and lounging)

(Hosts will stay in the main house too)

 

Bedroom #1 (changeable bed configuration) 

(shared large bathroom with bedroom #2)

2 twin beds - double occupancy $2000 p.p.

or

1 King bedroom - single occupancy $2300.00 

Bedroom #2 (changeable bed configuration) 

(shared large bathroom with bedroom #1)

2 twin beds - double occupancy $2000 p.p.

or

1 King bedroom - single occupancy $2300.00 

CASA LUNA BEACH HOUSE

(Louise's house - a quick 4 minutes walk on the beach from Villas Serenidad)

You get the whole house with plunge pool, 2 bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms.  Air-conditioned bedrooms, sea breezes and views. Nina lives right next door!

$2300.00 pp

Included in the Price

Transportation:

  • Airport Pick up in San Jose to Puerto Viejo

  • All transportation for dinners, outings and events during the retreat

  • Airport drop off from Puerto Viejo to San Jose

Meals: 

  • 1 light meal and drinks on Arrival day (approx. 8pm)

  • 6 coffee and early morning snacks at the main house daily

  • 6 breakfasts at the main house daily

  • 4 lunches at the main house will include wine

  • 5 dinners - Dinners will include wine and/or cocktails 

    • ​2 at the main house

    • 1 catered at the main house

    • 1 Spectacular Welcome dinner at the unique and funky Koki Beach in Puerto Viejo

    • 1 gorgeous farewell dinner at Banana Azul Hotel

  • Snacks Daily:  the fridge at the main house will be stocked with snacks, fruit, infused water, non alcoholic drinks, wine and beer for our guests

Replenishment:

  • Meg will be at the house daily to teach us Healing Modalities. We will join her on the grounds of Villas Serenidad overlooking the beach and begin our replenishment to the sound of the waves. Meditation, Dance, Pilates.  It's up to us what we want to do each morning

  • Meg will also be doing a 2 hour Breath Work Class.  This is a relaxing, profound meditative experience that will give you energy, clarity and profound peace.

  • Luna will come to the house to do a 60 minute therapeutic Art Class with us.  We will learn the value of taking time for ourselves and the value of finding our creative expression.

  • The Importance of Maintaining Balance:  Our "dinner" guests will be speaking about finding and maintaining balance in our busy lives.  This will be an interactive chat where we can all share our concerns and day to day coping mechanisms.

Outings & Adventures:

  • Hiking in the breathtaking Manzanillo National Park with our favourite, fun and knowledgeable local guide.

  • Chocolate tasting in Puerto Viejo at a funky and lovely Chocolate shop owned by two wonderful guys from Montreal.  Here we will sit in their shop full of local Organic chocolate, created by local Cacao farmers.  We will learn about the chocolate and taste paired with our choice of Wine, Beer or Coffee.  It's always an incredible taste sensation.

  • A visit and tour of the wonderful Jaguar Rescue Mission where they take in injured or abandoned orphan animals.  Once the animals are better they release them back into the wild.

    • (the rescue mission is always in need of powdered milk for the babies.  Please contact us for the brand they request if you can bring some down.  They are always short as there is nowhere to get it in Costa Rica)

  • A tour and hike of a glorious Waterfall as well as a visit to a local Indigenous Chocolate Maker.

  • Cooking class with Sara will teach us how to utilize the delicious fresh local produce to create a memorable meal.

  • SUP or Kayak in Punta Uva on the river.  A guided ride up the Punta Uva river. It's such a peaceful and quiet, easy paddle where we could see Sloths, turtles, iguanas and monkeys.

Guests are responsible for:

  • Flights from their departure city to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO).  From Toronto (YYZ) to San Jose (SJO)

    • there are direct flights or flights with stop overs.  Direct - Westjet has the best timing for Saturday Arrivals.  Try sites like www.expedia.ca for deals and options.  Flights can vary from $400.00 CAD to $850.00 CAD depending on the timing of booking flights and airline deals.  Please make sure that you arrive no later than 12 pm noon on May 11th to guarantee you will make our pre arranged shuttle that departs at 2:00 pm.  If you are arriving before May 11th speak to us regarding beautiful hotels in San Jose and tour options in and around the city.

  • 2 lunches

    • Free Time in Puerto Viejo, Sunday and Tuesday (estimated cost from $15.00 - $40.00 usd per person)

    • This way you get to wander town and chose where you eat.  There are so many excellent places to eat we couldn't pick just one.  We will supply you with a list of recommended restaurants but we've never had a bad meal in Puerto Viejo.

  • 2 dinners

    • 1 enroute from airport - very inexpensive (estimated cost $10 - $20.00 usd)

    • 1 during Free Time in town (estimated cost - $20.00 - $60.00 usd)

  • Free day Tours - We will give you an option on a few local tours you could book on your free day.  If you chose to do this it could cost, estimated - $75.00 - $100.00 pp for a 1/2 day or full day tour.  These options will be available to you for sign up when you arrive. 

  • Free day Expenses. Sadly shopping is not covered but wait until you see what is in town.  There are two local designers that sell amazing clothing.  (Louise has so many outfits from these shops it's ridiculous - she just can't resist).  Gorgeous, well made, unique hand dyed and created fabrics made into the funkiest, unique clothing and jewelry.  There is also a wonderful local shop called Lulu Berlu which is owned by an artist from Paris.  She has gathered local clothing designers and artists.  The shop is to die for!  Jewelry, clothing, bags, lamps, wall art and furniture to name a few.  There are many other new shops opening all the time so enjoy your free time and use it well ladies!

**  Meals outside the house covered by the Retreat also cover gratuities Cocktails and/or Wine with meals and or non alcoholic drinks

    (additional drinks beyond the set menu will be at your expense)

*** Please note that the agenda may change and trips and tours may vary until numbers are confirmed.

**  All transportation is covered as noted on the agenda.  Pick ups and drop offs are scheduled by the Retreat. 

     If you wish to spend longer in town or depart later than scheduled, transportation will then be at your own expense - there are plenty of tuktuks and taxis available in town (we will give you phone numbers)

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit is fully refundable 90 days prior to departure (May 11th, 2019) less a $200.00 usd, non-refundable administration fee.

 

Request for refunds after 90 days before departure (May 11th, 2019) is dependent on whether your spot can be filled.  If you or we are able to fill your spot you will receive a full refund (200.00 usd non-refundable fee still applies)

Transportation Provided:

Transportation to and from San Jose Airport and to all outings and events will be provided by us. (included in price)

 

Saturday May 11th,

Transportation From San Jose Airport (SJO)

Our booked transportation departs at 3:00 pm sharp.  You will need to arrange your flight to arrive into San Jose no later than 1:00 pm May 11th or earlier to clear customs, pick up luggage and meet the driver.  

 

Sunday May 18th 

The Van will pick you up at Villas Serenidad at 6:00 am to take you directly to the airport in San Jose (SJO). We recommend that your flight departure that day should be no earlier than

1:00 pm onwards to avoid possibly missing your flight.

 

Alternative Flight Arrivals and Departures 

 

If you are arriving on a different date or earlier or later on the 11th or 18th we will assist you in making alternative travel arrangements at your own expense.  We can put you in touch with agencies that can give you a reasonable rate.  Please note that if you fly in on May 11th and arrive after 3:00 pm you will need to rent a hotel room in San Jose overnight and arrange pick up to Puerto Viejo early on May 12th.  We are not responsible for you missing the outings scheduled for May 12th.

 

If you want to add on to your adventure pre or post retreat let us know and we will put you in touch with a trusted company we deal with to help you book your trip.

Flights: (flying to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Direct flights from Toronto:

Recommended for price and timing from

Toronto (YYZ) to San Jose (SJO)

WESTJET 

est. $ 750 - $850.00 CAD tax in

AIR CANADA 

also flies direct but not on Saturdays.

Flights with stops: (there are many more)

Copa Air (Toronto to Panama to San Jose)

United Airlines (stops in the U.S.)

Avianca (stops in Mexico)

Cancellation and Health Insurance

Please be sure to purchase both Cancellation and Health Insurance before you travel.  Cancellation insurance will help cover your non refundable costs should you have an emergency arise and you have to cancel your booking.

Health Insurance is always important should something happen.  It's best that you're covered and you don't have to worry about additional costs or hospital bills.