PUERTO VIEJO/PUNTA UVA : RETREAT 6-DAY ITINERARY
TUESDAY- DAY ONE: BEACHFRONT JUNGLE VILLA ARRIVAL
Board a private shuttle van in San Jose that will take you and other mke MindBody Wellness guests on a 5 hour drive through the heart of Costa Rica's incredible countryside. Take in the rolling green pastures, colorful towns, and forested hillsides that make this country a diverse ecological gem.
The heart of Afro-Caribbean Costa Rica
Welcome to our beautiful, exotic, private villa near the beach. Settle into your room, tour the grounds, and explore the beach. Upon arrival in Puerto Viejo, guests will be greeted by mke MindBody wellness hosts and shuttled by private van to the private Jungle Villa. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore the property, nearby attractions, and beach.
6:30PM: WELCOME DINNER.
Group dinner serving holistic, healthy Caribbean-inspired preparations of local foods. Receive a special gift from our wellness team that will assist you on this journey. Set the intention for the week and hold a discussion about why people came and what they are seeking.
8PM: 20 minutes of guided meditation journaling- setting intentions for the week and grounding after a day of travel.
Retreat to rest for the next day. REST IS IMPORTANT. We are not seeking to burn the candle to the bottom all in the first few days. Steady your energy and plan for a week of balance and alignment. The magic lies in the opportunity to explore and re-center.
WEDNESDAY- DAY TWO: JAGUAR RESCUE CENTER, CHOCOLATE LADY, WATERFALL HIKE, GROUP DINNER OUT
7-7:30AM: Guided Group Sun Salutations + Journaling
Coffee, smoothies and morning reflection journaling. Discuss the day. Paying attention to the animals, resources, and environments. Being present and staying in the moment is crucial to thriving in the jungle. We will also be interacting with local indigenous people who only speak Spanish. This offers an incredible opportunity to connect with our other senses- body language, pantomime, asking other group members to help you understand or if they speak Spanish. It can be uncomfortable but valuable to engage other forms of communication in moments when the spoken word is not viable.
730AM: Breakfast in the dining room. Fresh, nutrient-dense local foods.
830AM: Meet in gazebo with all materials requested on your packing list for this day. ***Tour shuttle leaves at 9am.
· The Jaguar Rescue Centre is an animal rescue centre located near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in the Limón Province of Costa Rica. The centre is dedicated to the rehabilitation of mistreated, injured, orphaned, and/or confiscated animals. We will meet volunteers and animals living at the center. Our tour will support the day-to-day operations and animal rescue efforts. Proceeds from the tour are used to provide food, medicine, and shelter for the animals.
· Entrance and tour of the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center located near Playa Cocles. This center serves as a refuge and rehabilitation center for many local animals including members of the cat family, monkeys, snakes and more.
· Visit to an indigenous family who explain to us the way of indigenous chocolate being made — demonstration of the process, from the growing of the Cacao plant to the making of chocolate.
· Guided short hike to a beautiful waterfall. Relax, dip your toes in, or go for a swim.
After the tour, we will provide dinner at a local restaurant.
THURSDAY- DAY 3: EXPLORE
HALF DAY GUIDED TOURS
6:30-7:30AM: Breakfast in the dining room. Coffee, smoothies, and fresh local foods. Breakfast will be offered more casually due to various departure times for tours. Some tours will require departure from the villa by 7am, and we can be flexible with this schedule once we have finalized everyone's itinerary for this day.
Choose one of the following tours organized by local adventure companies. We will take care of shuttling guests to and from tour meeting destinations.
Half Day Cahuita hiking and snorkeling : 7:30-11:30am
Half Day: Punta Uva River & Ocean Kayak tour: 8am-12pm
Half Day: Jungle Canopy Zipline : 8:30am or 1pm
8PM: EVENING MEDITATION + REFLECTION: Reconnecting with sensations felt today. Was there excitement? Fear? Joy?.... Identify moments from the day and recall experiences from yesterday. How did it feel to be out of control? How did it feel to communicate in new ways? Communication, disconnect, and alternate forms of understanding.
FRIDAY- DAY 4: DAY OF LEISURE
BIKE RENTAL+ SPA SESSIONS + MINDFUL EATING CLASS
8-8:30AM: Guided Group Sun Salutations + Journaling
8:30AM: Coffee, smoothies and breakfast
This is a free day to move with your own rhythm. We respect each individual's pace and welcome a day of rest or a day of exploring. Plan an adventure or chill at the beach. Punta Uva beach is one of the best in Costa Rica. We will also take interested individuals to rent bikes for the day.
Caribbeans Coffee and Chocolate: 9am and 4pm yoga class. Also a 2pm tour of facility available at additional cost.
Bikes are the best mode of transportation for exploring local southern Caribbean culture. Coastal biking to Puero Viejo or Manzanilla is moderately difficult and offers access to different coastal areas. Read more about this from adventure bloggers who have taken this bike trip: https://globetrottergirls.com/2011/05/costa-rica-cycling-along-caribbean-coast/
SPA SESSIONS: CUPPING + ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE + CHLOROPHYLL FACIAL MASK
Unwind from an adventurous week with gentle cupping and acupressure release. Tui na is a form of traditional Chinese medicine bodywork that utilizes acupressure points and repetitive stroking patterns to relax meridians that hold physical and emotional tension. Combined with quick release and moving cups, you will melt into a state of pure relaxation. Chlorophyll is hydrating, soothing, and repairing for the skin. Resting with a chlorophyll paste applied to the face and neck will cool you down and treat minor sunburns. Our spa will be set up in the gazebo of our villa where you can make your way between exploring on bike, relaxing with a spa treatment, and unwinding on the beach.
Book your time for a relaxing, rehydrating chlorophyll facial, gentle cupping and acupressure massage. Spa sessions will be provided by Aleisha Anderson, licensed acupuncturist and retreat host.
2 PEOPLE PER HOUR : 10am-12pm OR 3pm-6pm
MINDFUL EATING CLASS: Time To Be Determined...
SATURDAY- DAY 5: FARMER'S MARKET + COOKING CLASS + MANDALA CEREMONY
FARMER’S MARKET+SPA SESSIONS+COOKING CLASS+MANDALA CEREMONY
6AM: Coffee and smoothies.
6:30AM: Group leaves for the local farmer's market.
We will spend the morning shopping the farmer's market in preparation for the night's dinner.
Buy foods to eat for lunch - beach day!
5:30PM: COOKING CLASS.
Sarah Philipp will show our group how to prepare foods purchased from the morning market. She will talk about strategies for planning ahead of a market, even if you are not sure what will be available for purchase. Learn how to prepare foods with Caribbean flare. Each guest will receive a cook book that will include recipes from the retreat.
DINNER FOLLOWING CLASS.
7:30PM : MANDALA CEREMONY + MEDITATION.
Mandalas are elaborate symmetrical designs used in many cultures to provide meditative space for intention setting and collective healing. Build a group mandala with materials collected through out the week. Recall where items were collected, why you picked them up, and how they add to the story being created in this collective expression. Careful to place objects in patterns with respect to other people’s contributions.
Upon completion, gather around in a seated circle with journals. Now we reflect through words or drawings…. Draw the mandala or write about what it may represent to you. Have you ever experienced something like this before? Is it difficult to know that this time is coming to an end? We are making this mandala to reflect on the week and also pause to really appreciate the experiences. This is an opportunity to stay in the moment- not mourning the end of this time and not worrying about the next day’s travel. This is an exercise in letting go and holding space together to honor this life changing experience.
Have you gained a different perspective on daily living more simply? What "clutter" will you address when you return home? What aspects of this retreat can you bring home to your daily life?
CLOSE THE EVENING BY SWEEPING UP THE MANDALA AND SHORT GRATITUDE MEDITATION BEFORE BED.
SUNDAY- DAY 6: TRAVEL DAY
COFFEE, SMOOTHIES, AND BREAKFAST WILL BE PLANNED ACCORDING TO TRAVEL SCHEDULES.
The adventure is not over~ the journey home begins.
We will arrange for 2 shuttles to leave the villa at two different times, to accommodate different travel schedules.
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO HOME LIFE?
TUNE IN TO YOUR ENVIRONMENTS & HONOR THE EVERY DAY RITUALS THAT CREATE SUCCESS- NOT ONLY THE BIG EFFORTS.