Rewire Your Brain and Rewrite Your Life: Taking the Bold Step Out of Old Thinking and into New Possibility.
Feb 12 - 17, 2020
Our Women's Retreat is designed to help you shift out of old ways of thinking and into new ways of being. Each day is spent exploring a specific theme (such as awareness, perception, rewriting, and reframing) through a carefully developed program that integrates yogic practices—pranayama, mantra, chanting, asana, sound healing, and meditation—with neurocoaching, personal development, exploration exercises, and visualization.
Most of the pranayama and mantra meditations come from the Kundalini Yoga tradition, but there will be guided meditation, sound meditation, Yin Yoga practice, and Vinyasa yoga utilized as well.
The retreat is limited to 15 women. This small-group setting allows us to cultivate a culture where we feel safe and supported to connect and share. It also allows for personalized attention and one-on-one time with your teachers, Jenny Arrington and Tait Medina, Ph.D.
During this retreat we intend for you to learn about your patterns of thinking and the neurology behind them, learn how to reframe past memories and overwrite limiting fear thoughts, and identify and connect with a new vision of who you are and how you want to live. Together, we will create a plan for integrating all that you learn into your everyday life.
This retreat is open to all levels. You do not need experience in meditation or in yoga to benefit. Our unique and personalized programming (which includes two preparatory calls) allows us to meet the needs of beginning and advanced practitioners alike.
Location & amenities
The retreat is held at the Imiloa Institute for the Advancement of Humanity located in Dominical, Costa Rica. This 5-star retreat institute, known as the Ritz Carlton of transformation, is in a cloud forest at the top of a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The Imiloa property has been designed with luxury and sustainability in mind. Every effort was made to “tread lightly” on the natural landscape which boasts a diverse ecosystem of animals, plants, and fruit trees coexisting beautifully.
The entire 20+ acres of property plus staff is for our group exclusively. There is a salt water pool that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, a Balinese yoga palapa built into the tree canopy, two natural waterfalls, meditation walking paths, and a private beach just down the mountain.
We have a number of accommodation options and price points available. These include two authentic 200 year-old Balinese homes with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean; a Balinese master and junior suite just steps away from the salt water infinity pool; six stand-alone Jungle Bungalows built along the pathway to the waterfall; and five Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic Domes (with a/c) for a fully immersive jungle experience.
Each accommodation has its own private bathroom, some with deep soaking tubs and private outdoor showers. You can see pictures and read details about each type of accommodation through link at bottom of page.
Our meals are prepared for us onsite by five star Ayurvedic vegan chef, Chef Pedro. Part artist, part chef, part scientist, Chef Pedro prepares each meal to include 22 amino acids. This balance ensures that you to feel nourished and energized throughout the retreat, while the beauty of the locally-sourced plant based cuisine awakens the senses.
All meals are fully vegan so there will be no fish, dairy, or meat. The meals will also be Ayurvedic. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda translates to “science of life”. This philosophy promotes intuitive eating and eating according to your particular constitution, or “dosha”.
If you are curious to learn more, we recommend reading this and taking a dosha quiz here to learn more about your constitution. Jenny Arrington will explain more about Ayurveda in our first group prep call prior to the retreat.
There will also be an opportunity to learn recipes directly from Chef Pedro if you are interested in integrating Ayurvedic vegan cooking when you return home.
There will be two, hour-long group zoom calls in the two weeks prior to the retreat. During these calls you will learn about the neurobiological effects of meditation; the philosophy and science of Ayurveda; and the building blocks of Kundalini Yoga. These calls will help us develop a shared vocabulary so that we can be ready to engage in transformative work together when we arrive in Costa Rica.
Ongoing support and accountability when you return home is key to integrating your new awareness, practices, and perspective into your everyday life. To that end, each participant recieves one 30-minute private call with Jenny and one hour-long group zoom call in the weeks following the retreat (included in pricing).
We also encourage you to join one of our class series to help you hone your practice and cultivate a deeper connection to the process. To support this you will receive a promo code that can be used for 10% off one of our class series when you register for the retreat. If you are not in the Chicago-land area this can be used toward a private neurocoaching session with Jenny via zoom.
Arrival & departure
Arrival at Imiloa is February 12th, 2020.
A representative from Imiloa will meet you in San Jose International (SJO) airport with your name to take you to a private charter plane for a quick (30 minute) flight to Quepos Airport landing strip. Here, Imiloa will have its 4x4 SUVs waiting for you and your bags to take you directly to the retreat institute (a 30 minute drive).
The private charter flight departs at 3:00pm so please make sure that your incoming flight to SJO airport arrives by 1:30pm on February 12th. Arrival at Imiloa is around 4:00pm.
Departure from Imiloa is February 17th, 2020.
You will depart Imiloa at 10:00am for Quepos airport. Your charter flight will arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO) at 11:00 am. Please book your departing flight out of SJO airport at or after 1:30pm on February 17th to have the best experience.
*There is a direct flight out of ORD on United that has arrival and departure times that work well:
ORD → SJO 7:45am - 1:00pm on Wed, Feb 12, 2020.
SJO → ORD 1:55pm - 7:27pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2020.
If you cancel on or before January 1, 2020, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel after January 1, 2020, there are no refunds.
To cover the unexpected, we strongly suggest purchasing vacation travel insurance. Companies such as TravelGuard and Alliance will provide you instant quotes online.
Included in pricing
✓ Charter flight from San Jose International Airport (SJO) to Imiloa Institute
✓ Accommodations at Imiloa Institute for 5 nights
✓ Food & beverages (this is a vegan and non-alcoholic retreat)
✓ Access to the pools and 20+ acres of grounds
✓ Evening activities such as cacao ceremony and sound healing
✓ Day at the beach excursion
✓ Instruction, lectures, meditations, yoga practices
✓ One 30-minute private session with Jenny Arrington during the retreat
✓ One 30-minute private follow-up call with Jenny Arrington
✓ Two group prep calls prior to the retreat
✓ One group follow-up call
✓ 10% off promo code that can be used toward one Rebel Human class series
Not included in pricing
Round-trip airfare to San Jose International Airport (SJO)
Personal, medical, and trip cancellation insurance
Massage and other Spa Services