I N B R E A T H T A K I N G C O S T A R I C A
JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 4, 2023!
If you’re ready to embrace adventure & move past the craziness of the past couple years & into an incredible 2023 - full of courage, confidence & joy in this chaotic world - then it’s time to get traveling again and join Julie for an exhilarating, mind-opening and soul-satisfying retreat adventure to reignite your life in carefree Costa Rica.
The wind rushes past your face as you fly across the zipline over the lush, green mystical cloud forests and you let out a genuine peal of laughter. Your heart is overflowing with joy and you can’t remember the last time you had this much FUN. Ahhhh, the stress of the past couple years is being left behind, once and for all, and you’ve never felt better.
This retreat was exactly what I needed to unwind from a hectic life and make myself a priority. The excursions were exhilarating, the discussions were inspiring, and the time for introspection was much needed.
Thank Goodness You're Here
It’s nearing the end of a soul-satisfying day of walking down the picture-perfect beach, sipping fresh-squeezed juice & enlightening conversations with new friends. This is exactly what you needed to get out of the rut you’ve been feeling stuck in and discover the “more” that you’ve been searching for in life. YES!
Your worries seem to fade into the distance as you slip into your comfy bed and turn off the light. It’s time to put yourself first, and the week ahead soaking in the exciting Costa Rican vibes will be completely about you. Finally…
Thank goodness you’re here, right now. Your adventure to reignite your life awaits!
Let me tell you more...
Costa Rica is the perfect place
Costa Rica is the perfect place to spend 7 nights and 8 days…
... exploring a new place and cultivating your sense of adventure in the safest way possible. The time has come!
... stepping out of your comfort zone (a little or a lot) and reinvigorating yourself after sitting at home in quarantine and pausing travel and adventure for way too long. Thank goodness it’s 2023!
... rediscovering what it is that excites and delights you -- all in the presence of soulful, like-minded individuals. How wonderful!
... learning the secret formula to help you deal with all of life’s challenges – even the messy, hard stuff. Yep, everything from relationships to work to traffic!
... getting clear on what you desire in every area of life – no more settling for less than you crave. It’s time to really go for it!
... creating a vision for your life & a path towards manifesting it – hanging in limbo just isn’t a fit for you anymore. That’s what the past couple years were for!
... rekindling the fire inside you and rediscovering your joy – boldly move forward towards your future with a sense of ease and excitement. Oh, how good it feels!
YES, 2023 REALLY IS YOUR YEAR!
You heard us right.
The past couple years have been so hard for so many of us! After endless months hiding away in our homes and watching our everyday lives crack away, it’s time to get out into the world again & uplevel how we live - body, mind & spirit!
Enjoy the lush, mystical mountains and dreamy beaches as you feel relaxed and fueled with a sense of adventure.
Dive into supportive community & connection as you discover the secrets of:
... letting go of your anxiety, disappointment & heartache while you recharge your spirit and finally start to feel like yourself again – imagine that!
... rediscovering your passions and redefining your purpose so you can find the clarity you need to confidently move into this next phase of your life – joy awaits you!
... kicking those bad habits you picked up during the pandemic to the curb while regaining your footing for having a healthy, feel good lifestyle – watch out world!
... feeling rejuvenated as you discover simple ways to bring more self-care into your days so you feel cared for, seen and loved – you deserve it!
... cultivating a whole new sense of freedom in your life as you learn how to release what’s been zapping your time and energy – recharge time!
... being able to talk out what you’re going through so you feel seen, held and heard - no matter what is happening in your life!
(Plus, there will be plenty of time for mindless fun, long naps and whatever else your heart desires. We are in Costa Rica after all!)
ABOUT OUR ADVENTURE
Discover Costa Rica - and yourself again! - as we see the very best this slice of paradise has to offer. Yes, you really should start packing your bags right now!
Costa Rica is a gorgeous country full of delightfully fresh food, friendly faces and diverse landscapes. The national saying is Pura Vida, which translates to “pure life” or “simple life.” This is a way of life, an attitude and emotion of happiness that embodies the people of Costa Rica.
On this adventure, you’ll experience your pura vida exploring two highlights of the country: the famous cloud forests in Monteverde and the coveted beaches of Sámara.
We’ll kick off our adventure in the lush jungles and dramatic rainforests of Monteverde.
Named “the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves” by National Geographic - the majestic town of Monteverde is a small community situated in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range.
Most known for being home to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - a national park - the rainforest is the heart of this town. You’ll be able to see the mist rolling through the green canopy and be delighted by the symphony of sounds from the forest as you walk among one of the rarest habitats on Earth.
The town also offers tons of local flavor from food to locally made goods. You’ll stay active and immersed in adventure activities and tours amid the magical mountain views.
Surrounded by lush, green landscapes with majestic views - chances are - your heart will feel at home here. Whether you’re soaring over the canopy on a zipline or walking along the rainforest floor on one of the 13km (8 miles!) of well-kept hiking trails looking up at the tangle of vines above, you’ll be deeply happy you’ve made the journey to this sacred place.
If you love the outdoors and nature, this is one of the top spots in the world. Named #14 on "Place to Remember Before it Disappears” by Newsweek, you’ll be thrilled to have a chance to experience the thrill of seeing the diverse flowers, animals and views, along with the variety of exciting activities this town has to offer.
Monteverde is about 2 ½ hours from Liberia International Airport (LIR) by car, and group transportation will be provided. Most, if not all of the roads to our destination are paved. Monteverde (which means “green mountain”) is a mountain-filled wonderland so the ride up is full of ups, downs & curved roads. The views are fantastic!
To make our trip fun and memory-filled, we will stop so you can stretch your legs and - of course - take once in a lifetime pictures. Our driver knows the perfect places to snap at least a few photos!
Julie was a great host and knows how to facilitate meaningful discussion that really gets to the heart of each person's issues, even when we all are in different stages of life. A great mix of rest, adventure, and discussion.
After being invigorated and renewed by the pristine rainforests of memorable Monteverde, we’ll trade in mountain vibes for sun-kissed beach days as we head off to Sámara.
Known for its palm-lined main beach with light tan sand and picture-perfect scenery - Playa Sámara - you’ll be delighted by just how beautiful and tropical this fun in the sun haven is. Offering tons of local flavor from food to shopping, you’ll be immersed in beautiful Costa Rican culture with gorgeous views, relaxing activities, trendy boutique shops and unique art stores that inspire & enchant you. How wonderful!
If you like to swim & enjoy the ocean, this is the beach for you. Playa Sámara typically enjoys relatively calm water due to a coral reef just offshore. So make sure you pack your bathing suit, flip flops and snorkel gear...ahhh swimming in the refreshing ocean water!
When it’s time, it’s an easy two hour ride back to the Liberia International Airport (LIR).
Fun Under the Sun
We have a full list of activities to choose from - remember, you design your adventure so you choose which activities are right for you!
Here are a few of your adventure options:
Hike through mystical cloud forests on hanging bridges for spectacular mountain views
Creep through the rainforest and see a whole new side during the night hike
Become enthralled with the wildlife at the hummingbird & butterfly gardens, and witness an orchid that looks like bacon
End your days with breathtaking sunsets
For even MORE adventure…
Soar above the lush, famous rainforests on a zipline
Take a horseback ride through the picture-perfect mountain landscape or along the beach
Learn to surf along gorgeous sandy beaches of the Pacific
Kayak or stand-up paddleboard your way to learn to snorkel
Everything is arranged for you. All you need to do is to grab your passport and get to the airport.
The Luna Azul retreat gave me the opportunity to give up control, be present and to take a look at my routines at home.
Accommodations in Monteverde
In Monteverde, we’ll stay at Hotel Atardecer for four nights.
An intimate, family-run hotel, Hotel Atardecer (atardecer is Spanish for sunset) is one of the best places in town to catch jaw-dropping views of this region.
Meticulously maintained and attended to with love by Rosita and family, you’ll feel cozy, comfortable and at ease in this home away from home. Giant hibiscus flowers and lush plants grace the hotel’s several gathering spaces and - in the spirit of Costa Rica - each room is unique.
Rooms are decorated in local textiles and feature simple furniture, all the fresh linens you need, and either a single or multiple beds.
Given Covid-19, retreat attendees will be staying in rooms solo, unless they sign up for the retreat with friends or family they feel comfortable sharing a room and bathroom with. All other rooms have private baths.
We will have the entire top floor of the hotel to help with social distancing.
Each day, we’ll gather at 5pm to have happy hour & watch the sunset. Chances are, you’ll see the Gulf of Nicoya & the Nicoyan Peninsula in the distance. Ahhhh, so breathtaking.
And, if you want to stroll into town and take in more local sights, it’s only about a 7-minute walk.
And in Samara...
We’ll stay at Pension Playa Samara for three nights.
A lovely little spot just a two-minute walk from the beach, this funky & fun hotel is just what you need to amp up the fun!
A gathering place for residents and visitors alike, this wonderful little slice of heaven features simple and clean rooms (did we mention comfortable beds and air conditioning?) with all the basic, welcoming amenities.
Helpful and attentive staff, a relaxing open-air lounge area, on-sight hammocks and a pool with restroom facilities make this a memorable, easygoing place to land and chill out.
THE BEST NEWS?
We have the ENTIRE hotel all to ourselves. Privacy & extra protection against any lingering virus concerns. Yasssss!
Given that you’ll be spending most of your time outside soaking up the warm sun & exploring the vibrant beach town, we imagine you’ll only be in your room for showering up and sleeping (recent travelers noted how strong the water pressure is!) This hotel is just perfect for that.
Both single and double rooms are available.
Given Covid-19, retreat attendees will be staying in rooms solo unless they sign up for the retreat and travel with friends or family (in which case, expect to share a bathroom -- there are a few rooms that share bathrooms). All other rooms have private baths.
Even if you’re traveling solo, you might also notice a few potential roommates wandering around the hotel property (howler monkeys and iguanas!)
It is Costa Rica after all.
In Monteverde, we’ll experience a variety of flavors and places to really kick off time together off right.
Enjoy a hearty (and included!) breakfast everyday at Hotel Atardecer. Imagine waking up and enjoying homemade pancakes, eggs, breads, sausages, rice and beans, fresh Costa Rican coffee and just-made juices. That’s exactly what you will experience in Monteverde. Guests rave about just how good Rosita’s home cooking is. If you’re looking for a truly local and authentic “like mom makes” breakfast, this is it.
Lunch and dinner daily will be enjoyed either at the hotel or out and about in town. The cost of dinner is included. The cost of lunch is not. Here are some of our favorite restaurants to check out:
Tree House Restaurante
An incredible place to grab a drink (with our favorite being the Tree House Mojito - the mint is blended, not muddled. It’s soooo yummy!), there’s a giant ficus tree that lives in the middle of the restaurant. The restaurant is on the 2nd & 3rd floors and the stairs wrap around the tree. They often have live music. The food is fantastic!
The perfect place to go for a coffee, pastry, lunch, snack, drink, hangout… This is a favorite place of the locals & has a great view.
A wonderful place to watch the sunset, eat a meal and enjoy happy hour, this is a hot spot in town which features organic, farm-to-table dining (the hotel has its own garden) as well as a microbrewery (beer, anyone?)
Featuring really good burritos, margaritas & a nice selection of local Costa Rican beers on tap (are you hungry yet?)
In Samara, we will enjoy a delicious, deluxe breakfast at the hotel each morning to start the day off right.
Featuring Costa Rican style beans & rice called gallo pinto, farm fresh eggs, fluffy just-prepared pancakes and the sweetest local fruit, you’ll be satisfied and nourished from the inside out.
Lunch will be enjoyed daily on your own at any one of the incredible restaurants in town. Featuring cuisine from all over the world - from Italian dishes to fresh salads to Middle Eastern staples - whatever you’re craving, you’ll be sure to find it just a short distance from our hotel. Our personal favorite - the Natural Center - is right off the beach and has many delicious options to choose from, including fresh organic juices & vegan ice cream (yum!)
In case you desire a snack in between lunch and dinner, no worries - we have you covered. Light snacks will be available at the hotel each afternoon for your convenience.
Dinner is included each night during your stay (ahhh how wonderful!) The location for dinners will vary, as we will mix it up with restaurants in the area. By the end of our time together, you'll have experienced an array of tastes, flavors & cuisines.
Variety really is the spice of life!
And speaking of spicy, the food in Costa Rica tends to be very flavorful, but also very mild when it comes to spiciness. Hot sauce and the flavorful Costa Rican sauce Salsa Lizano are typically available on every table. To balance it all out, fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables are plentiful and oh so tasty.
And of course, if you have ANY dietary restrictions, we got you. Just let us know, and we’ll make sure your needs are taken care of (no worries, anywhere!)
By the time the trip was over, I came back not only rejuvenated, but having a different perspective on my life, motivation, and direction I wanted my life to go. If the retreat taught me anything, it’s that understanding you, who you want to be, and where you want to go in life is freedom. It’s an experience I’ll never forget, and recommend it to anyone who not only feels lost, but also wants to improve themselves.
You'll leave Costa Rica with:
… A renewed sense of confidence & clarity about where you’re headed next - YES!
… A new set of tools you can use anytime you feel challenged or stressed - YES!
… A deep sense of rest & relaxation with a new set of self care strategies just in the nick of time - YES!
… A heart-fluttering excitement about who you are & what you offer the world - YES!
… A body-tingling sense of connection to new like-minded women just like you - YES!
… A limitless well of energy that’s irresistibly attractive & deeply satisfying - YES!
Your Safety is Our Top Priority
We expect this retreat to be a GO!
And, in the unlikely event that Costa Rica closes its borders to American travelers prior to our scheduled departure dates…
We got you!
We will have alternative travel dates in February 2024 (and your deposit and any funds paid will automatically be rolled over to the new dates). If you want to OPT OUT of the automatic rollover and receive a refund, you must let Julie know by email within 14 days of notification of the change in trip dates.
For the safety of all participants, and out of respect for all Costa Ricans, we are requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated by at least 30 days prior to departure.
We recommend that you travel with hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and masks (you will find all of those items readily available in Costa Rica, too, in case you need more when we’re there.) Of course, all airport & airline requirements should be followed, and we will follow any requirements and guidelines in Costa Rica.
In addition, we’ll have the entire floor in Monteverde and hotel in Samara to ourselves. And all group transportation will be private too. We’ve arranged this to give you the most amount of protection possible.
We ask that you use your common sense when dining out, shopping and going out and about. We will do everything we know to keep you safe, and we trust you will, too.
30-minute private 1:1 coaching call prior to the retreat
In-country transportation between the Liberia airport (LIR), Monteverde & Samara at designated times only
Accommodations for seven nights (Monteverde 4 nights/Samara 3 nights)
Seven nourishing breakfasts at the hotel
Seven scrumptious dinners out and about in town
Afternoon snacks complete with unlimited coffee and tea at the hotel
Daily group discussion sessions + lots of juicy retreat conversations all week!
Entrance into the Cloud Forest Reserve + guided tour
Garden-to-Glass Cocktail making class (a participant favorite - ours too!)
Stunning sunsets from the mountains and at the beach
Breathtaking mountain views in Monteverde
Pool time at the hotel in Samara
Beautiful beach days in Samara
Membership to a private Facebook group for participants
Private 1:1 coaching session (60 minutes!) with Julie during the retreat
- Wi-fi (we encourage you to unplug as much as possible -- and, we get it that you may want to hop on here and there)
- Ten trees planted* as a symbol of your ongoing growth & support maintaining a healthy environment inside & outside!
A very special gift!
* Donations are made as part of our program supporting the reforestation projects of the Monteverde Institute.
You will want to arrive into Liberia Airport (LIR) on January 28, 2023 between 12:00-2:00pm so we can pick everyone up together and get you settled in before dinner.
For your return flight, you will want to depart after 1:00pm on February 4, 2023.
(Please do not fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)).
We’ll have only one airport pick-up on January 28, 2023 and if you are not arriving in time to be on that transport, we can help you arrange your own transportation to the hotel (at your cost). Same situation going home.
Your roundtrip flight to and from Liberia airport (LIR)
The optional additional massage services, spa treatments, snorkeling, surfing, horseback or other tours that are available
Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
Souvenir shopping, phone calls, laundry
Meet Julie Loomis
Julie Loomis is a Certified High Performance Coach™ and certified Jack Canfield Success Principles trainer. She works with clients to identify and breakthrough what is keeping them stuck as well as discover how to create the radiant, intentional life they’ve been dreaming of. With 23 trips to Costa Rica under her belt, Julie has a deep love and appreciation for the positive, peaceful, pura vida energy that this incredible country offers. She creates the opportunity to cultivate a much deeper connection with the healing energy of the country.