Jan 2020 Accessible Yoga + Wellness Retreat - WAITLIST ONLY

A week of Real Food, Sun, Sleep, Movement, & Mindfulness in the Jungle - Co-taught by Steph Gongora (Yoga), and Dr. Ben House (Movement/Nutrition/Wellness)

Functional Medicine Costa Rica (Dr. Ben House) & Casa Colibri (Steph Góngora) are excited to announce their only 2020 Accessible Yoga & Wellness Retreat for clients and friends – old or new! Held at the family-owned Flō Retreat Center in Uvita, Costa Rica, this year’s retreat will go from Jan 14th, 2020 (arrival) to Jan 21st, 2020 (departure), and will provide an opportunity to unplug and reconnect to the natural world in good company!

This is absolutely not a tour or training. This is a retreat. YOUR retreat. You are not required to attend anything, and if you need to lay by the pool all day, everyday, that is 100% okay. Or, if you want to spend every waking hour hiking, snorkeling, and mountain climbing, you can do that too.

We will be offering morning meditation, beginner-friendly vinyasa flow yoga, daily talks about nutrition/health/movement, guided gym sessions aimed at starting a strength training practice, and nightly slow flow or restorative yoga.

 

ALL OPTIONAL.
ALL ACCESSIBLE.
ALL AGES/BODIES WELCOME.

 

The perfect opportunity for anyone interested in starting or exploring practices in meditation, yoga, gentle strength training, and general wellness. Tailor this escape to fit your specific needs while you rest up and recharge for the year ahead. Pura Vida!

 

Retreat Details

SOLD OUT – WAITLIST ONLY (STAY TUNED FOR JULY 2020 RETREAT LAUNCH)

When:

  • Arrival – Jan 14th, 2020 – Check in after 2pm local time (please make sure to fly into SJO before 3pm if you want to use our shared shuttle service!)
  • RETREAT = Jan 15-20, 2020
  • Departure – Jan 21st, 2020 – Check out before 11am (please make sure to book a flight leaving out of SJO AFTER 1pm if you want to use our shared shuttle service!)

 

Where:

Flō Retreat Center, which sits about three kilometers up the mountains above Uvita, Costa Rica.

Flō houses a heavily equipped gym, a full commercial kitchen, a yoga/aerials studio, as well as accommodations for 30+ attendees with expansive views of the Rio Uvita Valley and the Whale’s Tail. Flō sits on 40+ acres of pristine rain forest bordered by rivers and six+ waterfalls on three sides with trails running down to a natural Olympic size pool and a 50 foot waterfall below.

For more information on getting to Uvita click here.

 

Accommodations: 

There will be limited attendee spots available for this retreat on a first come, first serve basis. Accommodations will all be shared rooms (between 2 to 6 humans per room). 

If you want to come as a couple, the entrance fees will be the same for each person, as we only have so much space on site, but please email us before purchasing, as we only have three couples/doubles rooms available, and they will not last long. Friends are also welcome to snag a double room, but must book at the same time to ensure both are coming. 

Curious about the rooming options? Click HERE to be re-directed to the Flō website and browse our gallery or keep scrolling down for more info!

 

Price:

Steph & Ben believe that everyone deserves access to quality instruction in movement, nutrition, and general wellness. We aim to make this our most accessible AND affordable retreat.

Prices include: lodging, 3 meals per day (Vegan/Veggie/Omnivore options), all movement sessions, wellness talks, meditation, and scheduled sessions on the Flō grounds.

Prices do not include: flights, shuttles, optional excursions. 

 

  • Price = $1200.00 USD
  • Payment Plan =  $400 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit with $800 balance due by Dec 1st, 2019. Smaller payments welcome before Dec 1st. See below for further details about reservations.
  • (SPOTS ALREADY FULL – SORRY!) Scholarships = Ben & Steph are offering TWO (2) PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN spots for this event. They will be gifted at the sole discretion of Flō Admins, and as much we wish we could honor all requests, precedence will be given to those who genuinely could not attend without the adjusted price. Once the spots are closed, they will be marked as such. If interested in this spot and the current price is not affordable fro you, please email [email protected] and specify the following:
    • Full Name
    • Why you want to attend this event
    • What price would make it truly accessible to you
    • What your favorite vegetable is

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Tentative Schedule

Coffee/Tea/Fruit – 7am

Meditation – 7:45am – 8:00am

Morning Yoga – 8:00am – 9:30am

Breakfast – 9:30am

Introspection (Journaling/Creative Writing) – 11:00am -11:30am

Wellness Chats/Guided Gym Time – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Lunch: 1:00pm

Free time (training, relax/excursion) – 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Restorative Yoga – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Dinner – 7:00pm

 

 

SECURE YOUR SPOT!

Click here to be redirected to our cart page for this event and to put down your deposit. If you’re requesting a specific room, and are ONLY interested in attending if the room style is available, please email [email protected] before booking! Thank you for understanding. 

Registration Includes:

  • Lodging and access to all the amenities on site
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner (all meals optional to provide for excursions, Vegan, Veggie/Omnivore Options)
  • Morning Coffee/Tea/Fresh Fruit
  • Morning Meditation
  • 2x daily yoga with Steph Gongora
  • Dedicated Daily Journaling + Creative Writing Time
  • Daily talks or guided sessions on Movement, Sleep, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Wellness with Dr. Ben House

 

Registration Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to and from Costa Rica – estimate $400-$700 depending on what airport you fly from.
  • Transportation from SJO to and from Uvita. – estimate $60 dollars each way if using our shared ride service on suggested days/times
  • A personal rental car
  • Snacks – if you are snacker bring your go-tos from the States. Only main meals will be provided.
  • Excursion costs (entrance fees + taxis)

Accommodation Details

Flō Retreat Center - An Eco Friendly Wellness Venue

Flō Retreat Center is a 40 acre property is located in Uvita, Costa Rica (South Pacific Coast) and is home to Steph Góngora and her husband Dr. Ben House (plus a variety of furry creatures – wild and otherwise).

Situated only 3KM up the mountain from Central Uvita, Flō is secluded and peaceful, yet convenient and accessible (by 4x4 car please). The long winding private drive to the main building plantel translates to extreme privacy in both the practice and living space. Wake up to monkeys and toucans playing in the trees above you, and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of crickets and tree frogs.

The main two-story building holds a common area for eating and working + large communal kitchen and shared bathrooms on the first floor. Eat breakfast overlooking the salt pool and watching the ocean tides out on the distance. Turn your head slightly in either direction for just-as-stunning jungle and foliage views. The perfect place to sip tea, catch up on some emails (“jungle wifi” available), or just swing in a hammock and relax.

The second floor of the main building holds a large portion of the lodging space with two dorm style rooms (3 bunks each – 6ppl per room), and two double rooms, which can be fitted with queens (for a couple/friends/partners) or one set of bunks in each. The dorm rooms share a large bath between them, and the double rooms have beautiful ocean view sliding doors. All rooms will have access to a wrap around deck and come equipped with screens, ceiling fans, mini fridges, and AC units for hotter jungle nights.

Stroll slightly toward the cacao grove next to the main building, and you will run into the beautiful yoga studio. Mostly open air (with screens for bug blocking), this space will provide ample area to explore the practice on your mat. Full use of blocks, blankets, straps, wheels will be offered during this retreat, and it’s a quick walk to the main house for bathroom breaks or snacks.

Keep walking toward the jungle, and you will enter the sacred cacao forest. Here the laden cacao trees shade our Shared Cacao Forest Cabinas, small but efficient bungalows housing 4 attendees each. Shaded, quiet, and peaceful, these adorable shipping container-esque sleeping quarters will come equipped with screens, AC, and have access to a communal shared bathroom. Some couples may also be housed in our new and improved River Walk Rooms, each featuring their own bathroom, AC, and access to a shared kitchen and deck space.

But what about when you’re not practicing or listening to lectures?! In your free time, we encourage you to cool off in the pool, or take the short 1/4 KM walk down to the river, where you can explore one of the property’s SIX waterfalls, splash in one of the multiple natural swimming holes, or just explore the jungle walking paths. Town is an affordable cab ride (again, 4x4 recommended) away, where you can access grocery stores, beaches, national parks, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and souvenir shopping.

Find out more via www.floretreatcenter.com 

 

Staff

Steph Góngora, & Dr. Ben House

Steph Góngora (@casa_colibri) is a ERYT – 500 yoga and aerial arts teacher currently based in Uvita, Costa Rica. Her teaching style combines precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing, with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movement practices. Expect logical creativity, unusual prop usage, a combination of flow and form, and an obvious love for the anatomy WHY behind the WAY of doing things. She has developed a deep love and respect for inversions of all kinds, and is the author of multiple books including – The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand, The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing, and The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Yoga Practice, and the Beginner’s Guide to Full Body Backbends. She regularly teaches students and teachers of all levels in classes/workshops/online seminars/retreats/trainings via her school of Authentic Movements

Dr. Ben House has worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutritionist since 2006. House was accepted to medical school without an undergraduate degree, but elected to finish his degree and pursue a career in the health and fitness sector. He is currently lifting and practicing functional medicine after finishing his PhD and a multi-year metabolic health study within the Nutritional Sciences Department at UT-Austin. House has numerous publications in peer reviewed scientific journals such as The International Journal of Obesity, has presented his work at multiple international conferences, and his passion is researching, writing, and teaching. House puts out at least 300-500 pages of short, medium, and long free content per year and now lives in Costa Rica with his wife Steph and their puppies living the principles he asks others to build into their lives.

Cancellation Policy + HOW TO BOOK!

We understand that life happens and things change. We will do our best to be flexible, however, the closer the cancellation is to the actual start date, the less likely it is that we will be able to fill your space. Since we have to pre-pay for many items, late cancelled rooms would mean payments out of our pockets. We highly suggest you purchase travel insurance in case of any emergency change of plans, and are happy to answer any other questions that you might have!
Date of Cancellation Payments Made Initial $400 Deposit
Before Dec 1st, 2019 FULLY REFUNDABLE THE INITIAL $400 DEPOSIT IS ALWAYS NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE.
On or after Dec 1st, 2019 Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable THE INITIAL $400 DEPOSIT IS ALWAYS NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE.
     

***Once the program begins, there are no refunds of fees, no exceptions.***

SECURE YOUR SPOT!

Click here to be redirected to our cart page for this event and to put down your deposit. If you’re requesting a specific room, and are ONLY interested in attending if the room style is available, please email [email protected] before booking! Thank you for understanding.