This women's wellness retreat was lovingly created to deepen your awareness of self love and empowerment while fostering a sense of play, growth, healing and adventure! Cultivating Self Love is a Self Mastery International retreat featuring transformational experiences designed to nourish the body, stimulate the mind and soothe the soul.
We have partnered with Sumak Travel to design a journey through some of Costa Rica's top destinations to experience a great mix of adventure, wildlife, nature, relaxation, education, healing and renewal. You will visit natural wonders and unique ecosystems in the magnificent Nicoya Peninsula, one of the five Blue Zones of the world (Blue Zones are places where people live more than 100 years on average, due to the combination of healthy lifestyle, nutrition, socialization and rich ecosystems).
After getting a glimpse of San José, we will fly to Montezuma, located in the south east of the Nicoya Peninsula, where we will stay at the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Then we will make a short journey from Montezuma to Manzanillo, on the opposite side of the Nicoya Peninsula, where we will stay at the lovely Kaya Bloom Ecolodge, a regenerative tourism initiative with spirituality and conservation at the heart of their mission.
This 8-day wellness retreat features yoga, meditation, transformational workshops and other healing activities to enlighten your soul. Come forge new connections with other likeminded women and create lifelong bonds that deepen over time!
About your retreat leader:
Peggy Farmer, Ph.D., is the founder of Self Mastery International and will be your retreat guide, facilitator and coach. With over 30 years of experience providing women's wellness retreats around the world, she brings a passion for self love and self transformation as well as a diverse background in mental health, public health and wellness. Peggy studied yoga and meditation in India from 1989-1993 and was part of the International Peace conference that drafted the International Declaration of Peace with the UN and she learned sacred ceremonies from shamans in Peru and Mexico. Peggy holds certifications in yoga, meditation and coaching as well as emotional intelligence, stress management, nutrition, mediation and compassionate communication. She is the author of the book "Exploratory Surgery of the Soul, A Journey to Self Mastery" and the guided meditation audio "Letting Go". She is passionate about planetary upliftment and loves to travel to sacred sites around the world to perform ceremonies for Mother Earth. For more information, check out her website: www.peggyfarmer.com
Important note: Accommodation will be in double rooms (two women per room). Single supplement is available for an additional cost of $865 per person.
Flight to San José (please aim to arrive before 6:00 p.m). An English-speaking guide will welcome you at the airport and drive you to the well-located Hotel Auténtico near Sabana Park in San José. Along the way, our guide will give you all the tips and recommendations to get the most of your stay in Costa Rica. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the swimming pool, relax and settle in, then perhaps take a walk around the city or choose an optional activity.
At 7:00 p.m., get ready for a 5-minute car transfer to Ditsö, a farm-to-table restaurant and urban ecosystem for sustainability, where you will enjoy a wonderful 4-course welcome dinner, to experience the best of contemporary Costa Rican cuisine.
Our theme this evening will be creatively getting to know one another and exploring your hopes and desires for the retreat. We will also review the itinerary we have planned for you.
Transfer back to the hotel at the end of the activity.
Accommodation in double rooms at Hotel Auténtico
Optional activities: City tour, food tour
After breakfast, 15-minute transfer to the national airport for a 45-minute charter flight to Tambor in the Nicoya Peninsula. On arrival, 30-minute transfer to the lovely Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, close to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. The Ylang Ylang is truly a place to get away. Located directly on a white sand beach and surrounded by lush, tropical gardens and jungle teeming with exotic wildlife, their comfortable beach front rooms and bungalows offer the perfect spot to relax.
After enjoying a refreshing lunch, you will take part in two wellness activities:
Workshop: Transforming Trauma to Triumph (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) What limiting beliefs, constructs, paradigms and past traumas limit our pure potentiality? We will fire our inner critics and clear blocks to allow our self love to deepen through a variety of modalities.
Yoga session: Gentle Restorative Yoga (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) At around 7:00 p.m., dinner will be served. Then you will enjoy another activity:
Workshop: Healing the Inner Child (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) We will do a special guided meditation and healing session to reparent your inner child with your Higher Self.
Accommodation in double cabins by the beach at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
After breakfast, embark on a 3-hour kayaking adventure on the tranquil waters around Cabuya Island. This small island is located off the coast of the fishing community of Cabuya, near Montezuma. The local cemetery is actually on the island, which you will be able to visit during the excursion. You will also enjoy the views of Cabo Blanco's tropical forest, lush mountains and wild beaches.
Lunch will be served at the Ubin by Keylor restaurant: signature dishes using local ingredients and farm-to-table and ocean-to-table approaches.
In the afternoon, back in the resort, you will take part in the following activity:
Workshop: Unleashing your divine potential (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Imagine activating your light body and understanding the subtle energies that underpin your existence. In this workshop we will explore your 4 body system (physical, emotional, mental and etheric bodies) as well as the chakras and deepen your sense of peace and well being.
Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. at the lodge. Afterwards, you will take part in a healing activity:
Meditation: Exploring the 7 Chakras and their role in optimal well being (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) Healing meditation to open and clear the chakras.
After breakfast, get ready for a hiking excursion to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. As the very first protected area founded in Costa Rica, Cabo Blanco has 1,272 hectares and is home to a beautiful tropical forest, unspoiled beaches and exotic wildlife. You will hike for two hours with our naturalist guide to get to Cabo Blanco Beach, where you will have some relaxation time and then enjoy a boxed lunch. We will be back at the resort at around 3.00 p.m.
After some time to rest and self care, you will take part in the following activity:
Workshop: Rescripting Your Life (5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.) We will explore the importance of crafting a new story of self love and some of the principles involved in conscious creation and manifestation. Each goddess will be provided with journals and prompts to explore their inner landscape.
Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.. Afterwards, you will enjoy a relaxing activity:
Workshop: Heart Opening Exercise (8:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.) Guided meditation on Self Love. You will be gently guided on a deep, restorative heart centered journey affirming your strengths, specialties, and optimal wellbeing.
For those who want to rise early, we will have a short sunrise ceremony on the beach to salute Mother Earth. After breakfast, get ready for a 50-minute overland transfer across the Nicoya Peninsula to Kaya Bloom Ecolodge in Manzanillo.
Kaya Bloom is a visionary ecolodge where connection with nature is primary. Immersed in a jungle environment, they offer high-end hospitality services in unique and authentic cabins with access to healthy locally sourced cuisine. They are devoted to co-creating a unique paradise, while supporting and developing community initiatives and furthering sustainability practices in the area.
The rest of the morning is for you to relax or to enjoy the swimming pool or beach time. Lunch will be served at the ecolodge. Then you will take part in two wellness activities:
Workshop: Laughter is the best medicine (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Explore the field of psychoneuroimmunology and how the power of laughter boosts our immunity. Discover a variety of self-care strategies to assist in your optimal wellbeing while having fun!
AbunDance (5:00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.) A fun dance party by the pool with sunset as background.
Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., then you will enjoy the peaceful activity:
Guided meditation on being the ocean of LOVE (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Accommodation in double cabins at Kaya Bloom Ecolodge
After breakfast, you will go on a 2-hour dolphin and whale watching excursion in the Marine Protected Area of Cabo Blanco. Costa Rica is home to many species of marine mammals. The warm tropical waters provide a perfect nursery for humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres. Humpback whales are seen in two well defined seasons from December to March and from July to October. Bottlenose and spotted dolphins frequently escort boats a few kilometers offshore.
Lunch will be served back to the lodge. Then, take part in two activities:
Workshop: The power of storytelling (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) We will explore the power of sharing our story of transformation and reframe all that has happened as fertilizer for our growth and evolution. We will allow the greatest, grandest versions of ourselves to come forth unimpeded by the past.
After some time for self reflection and journaling, dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. at the ecolodge. Then enjoy another activity:
Workshop: The quantum self (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) Discussion of quantum physics and how we can influence the field by being in a state of love versus a state of fear. Followed by a guided meditation on allowing the greatest, grandest version of self to be now!
After breakfast, we will spend the morning at the CIRENAS conservation project in Manzanillo, where you will learn about their conservation efforts, hike their trails for a couple of hours and take part in some of their volunteering activities with sea turtles and/or permaculture. A traditional lunch will be served at CIRENAS' restaurant.
Back to the lodge, have some time to rest and then take part in the following activity:
Sacred Ceremony for Healing with Pachamama (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) We will do a very special indigenous ceremony that involves creating a "despacho" or offering to Mother Earth (aka Pachamama). Each of us will create a beautiful prayer bundle and have a fire ceremony where each will be healed and any residual heaviness will be released. We will discover the power of ceremony and ritual to heal trauma and deepen our connection to all that is.
After the ceremony, at 7:30 p.m., savor a Farewell Dinner.
After breakfast, we will have our Closing Ceremony: Owning your divinity (8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m)
We will deepen our commitment to self-care and self-soothing strategies as we return to our lives and experience a guided meditation on owning your divinity. Feel the energy of a circle of powerful women co-creating a greater version of a compassionate, loving world. We are the change we want to see in the world. We are the lighthouses who have sowed the seeds of Self LOVE and transformed our limiting beliefs to be the greatest, grandest version of Self. Then, get ready for a 10-minute transfer to Manzanillo airport to take a 45-minute charter flight to San José (estimated arrival time: 11:30 a.m.) for your afternoon or evening flight back home (make sure to book a flight after 3:00 p.m.). Or take some of our add-ons to extend your stay in Costa Rica (Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Río Celeste, Manuel Antonio Beach, etc.).
Accommodation Lodging each night is included in double rooms (two beds per room, single supplement available)
Wellness activities Including workshops, yoga, mediations and healings.
Tour leader Peggy Farmer, Ph.D will skillfully guide your through transformational processes
Tours and activities Unique experiences available daily. See the day-by-day itinerary for recommended tours and additional options available
Airport transfers Private service to get you to/from the airports
Local guides English speaking local & specialized guides for the tourism activities
Ground transport Private shuttles will take you between destinations
Domestic flights Charter flights San José - Tambor and Manzanillo - San José
Food Carefully prepared dishes with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner
Entrance fees To sites of interest, museums and national parks
24/7 assistance In country assistance in English during the whole trip
Contributions To the social and environmental projects visited
COVID19 Protocols All guides, drivers, hotels and airlines follow strict COVID19 protocols
If you cancel your tour: We will apply the airline’s cancellation policy to any flights in your package and reimburse your ground arrangements in accordance with the penalty timeline
For cancellation of ground-only arrangements:
(a) 90 days or more prior to the stated departure date, we will retain an administrative fee of $150 per traveler and reimburse the remaining amount;
(b) between 30 and 89 days prior to the stated departure date, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost and reimburse the remaining amount;
(c) less than 30 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% of the price paid by you for the package.
If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
We may cancel a package at any time prior to departure by giving you notice by email, letter or (if very close to departure) by telephoning you, if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable or safe for our local partner to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel a package prior to departure, in your sole and absolute discretion you may choose between (i) us applying the amounts paid towards an alternative trip, or (ii) receiving a full refund. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.
“I attended the Sacred Soul Journey retreat in Tulum, Mexico, in 2018 hosted by Dr. Peggy Farmer and Kelli Reese. This was a life changing event for me. What Peggy brought to the retreat was her whole self, including her clinical experience as well as her many other skills and abilities. Her expertise is holding a safe, sacred, loving space for those in her care to heal. It was with grace, tenderness, and compassion that she led our group of women in a journey to ourselves. She leads from a perspective of non judgement and unconditional love. The tools that she taught us during this retreat were transformational and I still use them to this day! I am so thankful for our interactions and teachings that she provided for us during the Sacred Soul Journey and I highly recommend her to any woman wanting to have a meaningful and conscious life.”Jill from Arizona
“Spending any amount of time with Dr. Peggy Farmer leaves you utterly transformed! Her ancient wisdom, deep connection with the spiritual realms and her amazing spirit will have you feeling so much love and joy and will leave you with a much deeper sense of yourself and your unique gifts! Do not pass up this rare opportunity to be coached and guided by this special soul. It will be an adventure you will never forget!”Zahra from Miami
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At Lokal Travel, we are proud to partner with Sumak Travel, a Costa Rican-based tour operator that excels in delivering genuine experiences, immersing travelers in the country's abundant natural wonders and diverse cultural heritage. With a 5-star rating on Lokal Travel, Sumak Travel's commitment to sustainable tourism has been recognized by our community of travelers. As a social enterprise, Sumak Travel is devoted to prioritizing the well-being of both people and the environment, while actively contributing to the empowerment of local communities throughout Latin America. Emphasizing sustainability and responsible tourism, Sumak Travel presents a vast array of tours and activities, encompassing nature and cultural experiences, thrilling adventures, and eco-conscious accommodations. Our team of local connoisseurs has meticulously handpicked a collection of bookable experiences that highlight the very best of Costa Rica. From guided treks through lush rainforests to interactive culinary classes led by esteemed local chefs, we cater to all types of travelers. Additionally, Sumak Travel focuses on employing local guides, which ensures that your travel experience contributes to the local economy. If, however, you don't find precisely what you're seeking, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with us. We are always eager to collaborate with our clients in crafting bespoke itineraries tailored to their distinct interests and requirements. Simply inquire, and we will go above and beyond to transform your dream journey into a reality. By choosing Sumak Travel, you not only embark on an unforgettable adventure but also contribute to the betterment of the local communities you visit. Your travel expenditures directly impact these communities, promoting economic growth and empowering them to preserve their unique cultural heritage and natural surroundings. Sumak Travel's dedication to sustainable and responsible travel aligns perfectly with Lokal Travel's mission. We are confident that their exceptional offerings, combined with their unwavering commitment to the environment and local communities, will provide you with a memorable and meaningful travel experience. So, explore Costa Rica's enchanting landscapes, immerse yourself in its vibrant culture, and rest assured that your journey with Sumak Travel and Lokal Travel goes beyond mere tourism, genuinely benefiting the people and places you encounter.