2018 Costa Rica Wellness Retreat(s)

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

Functional Medicine Costa Rica & Casa Colibri are excited to announce the 2018 Wellness Retreat for clients and friends – old or new! This year’s retreats will go from December 7th until December 21st. They are an opportunity to unplug and reconnect to the natural world.

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, daily talks about Nutrition/Health/Movement, and nightly Slow Flow or Restorative Yoga, all optional. Tailor this escape to fit your specific needs while you rest up and recharge for the year ahead.

Pura Vida!

Retreat Details

When:

  • Wellness Week 1 – December 7th through the 14th
  • Check in Dec 7th (after 2pm), Check out Dec 14th (before 11am)
  • Wellness Week 2 – December 14th through the 21st
  • Check in Dec 14th (after 2pm), Check out Dec 21st (before 11am)

 

Where:

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

Flō houses two fully equipped gyms with squat racks that stare out into the jungle, 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 20 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 each of these retreats. Accommodations will all be shared rooms (between 4 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 two private rooms available for each week, and they will not last long.

 

Price:

  • Each week is $1850 per person, or, if you prefer a longer getaway, the combined price is $3450

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Registration Includes:

  • Lodging and access to all the amenities on site
  • Local organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner (all meals optional to provide for excursions, Vegan, Veggie/Omnivore Options)
  • Morning Meditation with Kim House
  • Evening Restorative Yoga Classes with Steph Góngora
  • Daily talks on Movements, 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 $50 dollars each way if using our shared ride service on suggested days
  • A personal rental car
  • Snacks – if you are snacker bring your go-tos from the States. Only main meals will be provided.

Application Policy:

In order to attend either of these retreats you must submit an application with the subject line 2018 Costa Rica Retreat Application to [email protected] with the following info:

  • Why you want to attend this event?
  • What are you looking to take back with you from this experience?
  • What scares you most about submitting this application?
  • Where have you traveled inside and outside the United States?
  • What is your favorite vegetable?

Payment, Refund, and Exchange Policy:

  • A nonrefundable 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot
  • The remaining 50% balance is due on or before Sep. 7th, 2018

 

  • An exchange to another attendee may be made up to 90 days before the retreat.
  • Within 90 days of the event, no exchanges or refunds are possible.
  • Thank you for understanding!

Accommodation Details

Flō Retreat Center - An Eco Friendly Wellness Venue

Flō Retreat Center is currently under construction, so please excuse the lack of building photos! This 20 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 will hold a common area for eating and working + large communal kitchen and shared bathrooms on the first floor. Eat breakfast overlooking the incoming freshwater 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), 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, 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, (and hopefully aerial hammocks) will be offered during this intensive, 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 will shade our future Shared Cabinas, small but efficient bungalows housing 2-4 attendees. 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.

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 1/2 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.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: And we are off! The main building is currently under construction as of June 2017. Rough concept drawings are finished for the Flō main house and shared cabinas. They have been added into the gallery below. Construction is fairly slow June-October due to wet season, but picked up quickly in December of 2017. Our reliable crew has assured us that all basic lodging, practice, and gathering space will be done by early February 2018, leaving plenty of wiggle room for this Dec 2018 retreat. More pictures provided as we progress! Thanks for your patience!

Staff

Steph Góngora, Kim House, Dr. Ben House

Steph Góngora (@casa_colibri) is a 200HR E-RYT, 500HR RYT yoga and aerial arts teacher currently based in Uvita, Costa Rica. She completed one of her first formal trainings with Meghan Currie in Nicaragua, and continued to pursue an additional 300HR training with Christina Sell at The San Marcos School of Yoga. When living in Austin, she regularly attended additional training and one on one work with Erinn Lewis of Sukha Yoga, and recently started multiple online trainings with Yoga Medicine and Alanna Kaivalya.

Her teaching style combines precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing, with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movement practices. 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.

Kim House has been practicing Zen Buddhism for over 20 years and was ordained as a Zen teacher in 2006. His smile fills a room and he has been working his whole life at really listening. He leads small and large meditation groups and practices daily himself. He also enjoys writing, fishing, cooking, and fixing things.

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 & Legal Fun

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 Deposit
More than or 90 days from the retreat 50% Refundable NON-REFUNDABLE. THE INITIAL 50% DEPOSIT IS ALWAYS NON-REFUNDABLE. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING
Less than 90 days from the retreat Non-Refundable NON-REFUNDABLE

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

Videography and Photo Release: There will be Photographs and video taken during training and used for promotional purposes. By signing up for this retreat, you are agreeing to allow any photographs taken of you to be used by Steph Gongora, Ben House, Casa Colibri, Flō Retreat Center, or Functional Medicine Costa Rica.