05 Mar Inspiration in Costa Rica
I just returned from an amazing yoga/meditation/raw food retreat in Costa Rica. The retreat was hosted by the Viktoras Kulvinskas…the veritable godfather of the raw living food movement.
The trip was organized by my friend, naturopath and women’s empowerment coach Sharon Cohen.
The retreat was co-created by Montreal based yoga/meditation mentor Bhaskar Goswami.
The retreat was facilitated by Montreal event planner Reina Hallab.
We made new friends and lasting connections. We challenged ourselves to new heights. We explored 5:30 am meditation and yoga.
We learned about enzymes and holistic healing. We learned how to make seed cheese and sauerkraut. We enjoyed a scrumptious array of raw foods prepared by Chef Jeff.
Start by StARTing TIP: When opportunity knocks…say YES! I wanted to go to Sharon’s retreat last year, but it conflicted with my daughter’s birthday. When the dates worked for me this year with the added bonus of Bhaskar’s yoga/meditation and Viktoras’ raw food…I could absolutely not refuse. What an incredible investment in my growth and happiness that is having a ripple effect on my family and friends as I share all that I have learned.
I am so grateful for my experience at the Rejuvenate and Lighten Up Retreat in Montezuma. Organized by Reina Hallab of Raw Marketing, the retreat combined the expertise of women’s empowerment coach Sharon Cohen Naturopath, meditation and yoga expert Bhaskar Goswami, and the godfather of the raw vegan food movement Viktoras Kulvinskas.
Our hotel, Hotel Three Monkeys, was a short hike to the Sanctuary. The cabins were clean and simple. There was a lovely pool and each unit had a hammock for relaxation, air conditioning and a television (which we did not turn on once). The hotel was on the main road. We could walk down the (steep) hill to get to the village of Montezuma and the beach. We generally opted to hitchhike to town, since the locals were friendly and fellow tourist were also willing to give us a lift. Taxis were readily available for the return to the hotel.
Our days began with yoga and meditation at 5:30 am. Never did I think I would be motivated to rise so early, but the breathtaking beauty of the sunrise over the ocean and the serenity of Bhaskar’s practice made it easy. After yoga we revitalized with fresh green juice and an abundance of local fruit. After breakfast activities included personal discovery exercises and private sessions with experts Sharon, Bhaskar and Viktoras. I gathered many nuggets of wisdom to add to my toolbox of inspiration for self-improvement! Mid-day were treated to a beautiful, healthy raw vegan lunch prepared by Chef Jeff. After lunch we embarked on a variety of excursions of choice including hiking, waterfalls and snorkelling. We also had plenty of time to relax on the beach and shop in the village. I brought my watercolours and had several sessions of painting the waves of the majestic ocean! We even squeezed in an evening of dinner and dancing in town and a full-moon ritual on the beach. Reina was wonderful at organizing activities, offering individual options and synchronizing transportation.
To say this retreat was transformational is an understatement. Each participant experienced many “aha” moments. We faced challenges head-on to create positive shifts in mindset and behaviour. The atmosphere alone was enough to relax the body and mind, melt pre-conceived notions and inspire renewal and bliss. The expertise of Sharon, Bhaskar and Viktoras infused us with new skills and knowledge that we will cherish for years to come. All was orchestrated magnificently by Reina, who intuitively knew what each participant needed and was able to encourage us to reach beyond our limiting beliefs and soar to new heights.