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REIMAGINE

Join us for a retreaT

curated and led by

Rebel Human Co-Founders

Jenny Arrington & Tait Medina, Ph.D.

Feb 27 - Mar 04, 2023

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

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Join us for a 6-day/5-night retreat where you will be immersed in a neuroscience-informed curriculum of meditation, movement, and creative expression to help you break free from the status quo, and reimagine your life. Curated and led by Rebel Human co-founders, Jenny Arrington & Tait Medina, Ph.D., this women's retreat takes place February 27 - March 04, 2023 in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.

This is a time for reimagining. This is a time for breaking free from old ideas. For breaking free from how things have always been done so that you can reimagine not only a new you, but a new world. 

 

Stripping everything away. Removing all assumptions. 

Reimagining a new way. Building a new foundation.

 

A true reimagining of your life and the world around you takes resilience and vulnerability. Dismantling the old ways of doing things and befriending the creative rebel human inside you is not always easy, but it is your first step into a braver and bolder life.

 

Rebel Human retreats are known for the transformation they spark. The curated daily program is built to bring about a new psychological and physiological state so the seeds planted will take root and grow, nourishing a new way of being in the world. True reimagining takes some work. While you will have time on this retreat for massages and sitting on the beach or at the pool, you will also be guided through meditation, yogic practices, and exploration exercises that pierce the veneer of performative wellness, and lead to lasting change.

 

Our jungle treehouse retreat will offer the opportunity for us to slow down and enjoy the creative process of reimagining what our life can feel like with women, with friends, in a grounded, healing space. Healing happens through deep self work on your own, but also through community, shared experiences, deep bonding, and sharing our wounds.

On this retreat YOU get to decide what needs to be reimagined. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all journey and even your teacher can’t tell you exactly what needs to be addressed. On this retreat you will learn the tools to carefully discern what needs a shift. These tools will allow you to build deep awareness, connection to your inner wisdom, and intuition, so you can make choices from a place of equanimity. These are powerful tools to take with you into your life after the retreat.

 

Reimagining will be aided by expert guidance and a carefully developed program that integrates yogic practices—pranayama, mantra, chanting, Yin Yoga—with sound healing, meditation, neurocoaching, personal development, exploration exercises, and visualization. 

 

You will be supported in these practices by your teacher, but also by participating in a “screen cleanse.” You will be given the permission to take a full break from texting, emailing, online shopping, and social media so you can experience yourself and the world around you without these distractions.

The retreat is limited to 20 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 have the space, time, and guidance to feel excited about your path and have a clear plan for your next steps. You will feel held and supported, while having some downtime to journal, think, and be quiet, or commune and connect with your fellow Rebel Humans.

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 a preparatory call) allows us to meet the needs of beginning and advanced practitioners alike.

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ABOUT
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AGENDA
AGENDA

A SAMPLE DAY

7:30 Rebel Human Way: a curated movement and meditation class that draws on the most powerful practices from several lineages to balance the body, build resilience, overwrite self-limiting fear thoughts, and get you into a deep meditative state to unlock your creativity and deep wisdom

9:00 Breakfast

10:00 Group exercise: deep dive using neurocoaching, exploration exercises, and visualization

12:30 Lunch followed by free time for quiet reflection, walk, pool, massage, private with Jenny

2:30 Unique group excursion (e.g. mangrove hike, sloth and monkey quest) 

5:30 Free time for quiet reflection, walk, pool, massage, private with Jenny

7:00 Dinner

8:00 Bonfire/group exploration activity/ceremony

9:00 Bedtime Sound Bath

JOIN US IF YOU

✓ Believe it's worth a plane ride, a car ride, and a short trek across a suspension bridge to get to someplace truly special and well off the beaten path

✓ Want to rediscover your intrepid spirit, your resilient true self, and your deep well of creativity

✓ Want to experience meditation techniques you've never tried before

✓ Want to do something a little outside your comfort zone every day​

✓ Love the ocean and want to sleep to the sound of ocean waves

✓ Love nature and want to wake up to the sounds of the jungle

✓ Love being outside as much as possible, even while bathing​

✓ Want to experience an alternative way of being in the world​​

✓ Want to give your body a break from alcohol and let it heal

✓ Want a cleanse from your phone, news, TV, and email

✓ Want to share your gifts and wisdom with others

​✓ Want nightly sound baths beneath the stars

DON'T JOIN US IF YOU

✓ Don’t want to slow down and rest in your private bungalow overlooking the ocean 

✓ Don’t want to share your wisdom or life experiences with other women

✓ Need to get off a plane and be at a hotel in 15 minutes

✓ Need everything to work out exactly as you plan

✓ Don't want to get a little uncomfortable

✓ Don’t like learning about other cultures

✓ Don't like the sound of crashing waves

✓ Don’t like being immersed in nature

✓ Don’t like the ocean or sand

✓ Don’t want to meditate

✓ Don’t like adventure

✓ Don’t like hiking

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PLACE
PLACE

NICARAGUAN PRIVATE RESERVE

A 4,000 acre private nature reserve on the pacific coast of Nicaragua about 10 miles north of San Juan Del Sur.

 

This private eco-lodge includes a one-mile long private, white sand beach that is frequented year-round by nesting sea turtles; tropical forestland with exotic animals including spider, howler and capuchin monkeys and a plethora of native and migrant birds and reptiles; and a low-impact Hacienda (farm) that will supply our farm-to-table cuisine.

 

Through reforestation, tree planting, environmental awareness and education, this private reserve helps defend this important natural area against poaching, illegal logging and deforestation. Thanks to the planting of hundreds of thousands of native trees and other reforestation efforts, wildlife has increased all over the property since the lodge opened in 2004. This protected area represents one of the last large sanctuaries, critical to the conservation of regional wildlife habitat along Central America’s Pacific coast. 

 

We will get to hike to some of the best outlooks in the area, kayak among the mangroves, ride horses on the beach, go on a monkey + sloth quest, and explore the Hacienda’s different ecosystems such as primary tropical dry forest, secondary forest, hardwood plantations, and pastures.

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ACCOMODATIONS
ACCOMODATIONS

JUNGLE TREE HOUSE

The private reserve includes 15 bungalows and 3 two-bedroom villas tucked into the treetops.

Sustainability has been key in the construction and design of the lodge from the very beginning. It was carefully built to minimally impact the surrounding nature, creating a unique architectural blend of tropical comfort.

 

The lodge used local artisans and artwork inspired by indigenous cultures in its interior design, and sustainably sourced wood for furniture and infrastructure. Each bungalow was constructed with minimal impact on the surrounding environment and respect for local indigenous communities. All structures were built in harmony with the existing slopes and trees with minimal earth movement and cutting of trees. The bungalows were built and furnished by Simplemente Madera, an international sustainable wood products and furniture company based in Managua. Wood used in Simplemente Madera’s furniture is certified by SmartWood and pieces are marked with a label stating the source of the wood, species, and date manufactured. The lodge interior features unique designs using sustainably sourced hardwoods from the property itself. The color and traditions of local indigenous cultures inspire the décor.

 

The entire lodge was designed to harmonize with nature. Solar panels are used to heat the bath water, they use a centralized system for gray and black water with a bio filter system, and treated water is used for irrigation.

 

All accommodations have been soundly designed to offer shelter from rain, sun or wind, yet touching as little of the surrounding nature as possible. The location of all bungalows and villas was chosen based on the least amount of trees to be cut down, in some instances taking advantage of ridding dead trees. Some may even have a tree growing straight through the roof!

Pricing includes:

✓ Accommodations for 6-days/5-nights at our eco-lodge in Nicaragua

✓ Ground transportation between airport in Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) or airport in Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) and the eco-lodge

✓ Daily Rebel Human Programming: instruction, lectures, meditations, yoga practices, and sound baths

✓ All meals at the eco-lodge (we will have pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan meal options - please note that our retreat is alcohol-free)

✓ Access to the entire private reserve and one-mile long sandy beach

✓ Kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and bicycles for exploring

✓ Activities such as guided hikes and a sloth + monkey quest

✓ One 60-minute group zoom call in the two weeks prior to the retreat

✓ One 30-minute private follow-up call with Jenny Arrington

ACCOMODATIONS

Both Single & Double Occupancy are available. Double occupancy prices are listed below, click in for details and to view Single occupancy pricing.

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FAQS
FAQS
  • What is a REBEL HUMAN
    A rebel human is someone who has the strength and clarity of purpose to challenge the status quo in defense of a better future. A person who can do the hard thing when it’s the right thing. There are countless examples of “doing the hard thing when it’s the right thing.” It can be as simple as following through with a commitment, to as challenging as speaking your truth in a roomful of naysayers or standing up in defense of another at the expense of your own comfort and privilege. Regardless of the specific “thing,” doing the hard thing when it’s the right thing is, by definition, hard. It takes resilience, clarity, and the capacity to see beyond oneself. So why do it? Pushing back against the norms that are harmful to yourself and others and acting in accordance with your values is how you begin to construct a life of meaning and purpose. A life of connection and creation. A life that is bold and kind. A life of which you can be proud.
  • What are the CORE COMPETENCIES of a rebel human?
    There are three skills that underlie one's ability to be a Rebel Human: resilience, equanimity, and transcendence. We teach practices that strengthen and build competency in these skills.
  • What is RESILIENCE?
    Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from stress and adversity. It is marked by grit, high tolerance for uncertainty, and the ability to choose courage over comfort. Resilience is a protective factor and is positively related to many well-being dimensions including positive affect, optimism, life satisfaction, and physical health. Resilience is characterized by: - a high tolerance for uncertainty - getting back up - sitting with one's feelings - bravery (i.e., choosing courage over comfort) - ability to be uncomfortable and vulnerable (i.e., grit)
  • What is EQUANIMITY?
    Equanimity is an even-minded mental state or dispositional tendency toward all experiences or objects regardless of their affective valence (pleasant, unpleasant or neutral) or source. Equanimity is characterized by: - awareness of one's false thinking and implicit biases - a well-developed "neutral mind" (i.e., calm and centered)) - humility (asking for input and help) - utilizing strategies to remain within the "window of tolerance" - self-awareness (knowing one's strengths and weaknesses) - a beginner's mindset (i.e., openness and curiosity) - befriending/understanding one's nervous system
  • What is TRANSCENDENCE?
    Transcendence is an expansion of awareness beyond the self. A connection to a higher purpose and a greater good. An inherently pro-social and other-centered state of being. Transcendence is characterized by: - discernment - creativity - perspective (sees the opportunity in challenges/mistakes/failures) - clarity of purpose - intuition - wisdom - sense of connection with something greater than oneself
  • What is NEUROCOACHING?
    Neurocoaching is an approach to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional change that makes use of the scientific evidence about how the brain works and how individuals best change. Central to neurocoaching is the concept of neuroplasticity--the finding that the brain can and does change continuously throughout a lifetime and that many aspects of the brain (including the physical structure) can be actively influenced by what you think, feel, and do. Rebel Human training provides a framework for putting the latest research on neuroplasticity and the brain into practice.
  • What is your approach to EMOTIONS?
    Rebel Human trains you in practices that give you the resources to observe your emotions without being carried away by them. We teach you how to shift into a physiologically calm state while simultaneously experiencing your emotions. This gives you a new vantage point to view your emotions as helpful guides. Anger is there to tell us something. Shame tells us something different. Sadness is guiding us to something else. When we are resourced enough to fully feel the feelings, rather than ignoring or denying them, we can begin to remove some of the unnecessary suffering from being human.
  • What is BREATH WORK?
    In yoga, breath practices are called Pranayama. Manipulation of the breath is one of the fastest ways for humans to shift their physiology. There are countless breath practices available that bring about different effects, for example: calming, energizing, intense focus, clarity, and a true altered state of consciousness. Breath work can shift our brains into a theta state where the frequency of the brain waves are in the same state as when we are napping. We can enter a deep state of meditation where the parietal lobe activity slows down and brings us a feeling of losing the “I” or the ego so that we feel connected to everyone and everything.
  • Why do you teach us how to be COMFORTABLE WITH DISCOMFORT?
    We teach you how to become more comfortable with discomfort so that you no longer need to reach for an escape hatch in the form of alcohol, food, screens, shopping, or other unhealthy coping mechanisms. In a nourishing, supportive, and calm setting, we help you practice discerning between discomfort and pain and then help you become more comfortable with discomfort. The "small doses" of discomfort we intentionally build into our classes, is a microcosm of our life. When we practice getting increasingly comfortable with discomfort, handling the everyday challenges of life (e.g., challenging relationships, triggers, old trauma, fear, stress, insecurities, obsessions, anxiety, et al.) becomes easier. We are even able to respond to big challenges with more grace.
  • What is YOGA?
    Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “union” or “to yoke.” It is a philosophy that proposes that through certain practices and lifestyle, one can attain a union of mind, body, and spirit, or a union with the infinite source, transcending the suffering of the finite body-mind organism. On yoga’s rise to popularity, many of the spiritual teachings have fallen away and been forgotten in favor of “yoga workouts,” “hot yoga,” SUP yoga, and other trends that focus on physical fitness rather than mastering the mind, or the lifestyle practices like non-attachment. The earliest mentions of yoga date back to the Rig Veda, written between 1500-1200 BCE in India. There are many lineages of yoga with attention on different aspects of the practices, but most lineages acknowledge eight limbs of practice written in the Yoga Sutras which began to be compiled around 500 BCE. The following eight limbs are listed here in brief. Each limb could be many years of deep study. Yamas - ethical external disciplines and lifestyle practices (non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, no coveting, moderation) Niyamas - internal self-disciplines (cleanliness, contentment, disciplined practice, deep study, surrender) Asana - physical postures Pranayma - breath manipulation Pratyahara - withdrawal of the senses, transcending the senses Dharana - concentration Dhyana - meditation Samadhi - transcendence, merging, enlightenment
  • What is VINYASA?
    This practice connects long deep breaths with fluid movement. It is a style of asana practice, the physical practice of yoga. Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that translates to “to place in a special way” and can refer to a gradual progression that takes a student from one point to the next point. In a typical asana practice, it often refers to placing a particular body part in a particular place with a particular part of the breath connected to it. It is know to strengthen r muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance. At Rebel Human we encourage a mindful Vinyasa practice with particular awareness of breath and anatomical cues.
  • What is YIN YOGA?
    If you want to experience what yoga was like thousands of years ago, Yin Yoga is for you. The name has been newly coined but the practice is ancient. The poses are all on the ground, and held from 3-10 minutes with a focus on stillness and meditation. This style works the connective tissue, providing lasting structural change in your body. We pair our Yin Yoga class with power of a Sound Bath. To build resilience, we must get a little uncomfortable and do hard things with the body in order to have the courage to do hard things in our lives. Yin Yoga gets us into poses that we hold for long periods of time in order to make change in our ligaments, tendons, fascia, and joints. This is uncomfortable. It’s fabulous training in getting more graceful in choosing courage over comfort.
  • What is a SOUND BATH?
    Befriending the nervous system is essential to mastering the Rebel Human core competancies. Sound baths are an integral part of this practice. Why are they called "baths" if there is no water involved? Because your are being "bathed," that is suffused and enveloped, in sound. At Rebel Human we use both crystal singing bowls and the hand-hammered bronze Chau Gong. These instruments produce a rich and complex blend of harmonic overtones that are deeply compelling to the mind and calming to the nervous system.
  • What is your 20-20-20 (Signature Class)
    Our Rebel Human Signature Class is a unique and innovative approach to body-mind-soul transformation that integrates sound healing, Kundalini Yoga, calisthenics, mind-mastering techniques, Vinyasa, breathwork, body weight resistance, plyometrics, and meditation. The Signature Class systematically trains you in skills that fall under the three core competencies that build a Rebel Human: resilience, equanimity, and transcendence. 20 min of resilience training- (cardio, calisthenics, HIIT -> grit, courage over comfort, get back up) 20 min of equanimity training- (yoga -> calm, neutral, aware, observe without judgement, discernment) 20 min of transcendence- (deep relaxation, meditation -> transcend the finite body, the ego, and fear, connected to something bigger, connected to your wisdom, intuition) The Signature Class is artfully crafted to guide the body and mind into a deep state of relaxation and transcendence. When we are activated, on high alert, anxious, or in hyperarousal, it can be impossible and even cause further anxiety to attempt to sit and do meditative breath work. This is why we start class with intense calisthenics (no equipment required). This is a safe way to help us drop back into our bodies and feel safe. We have to feel safe before we feel calm. The movement portion of the class can often feel playful as well, and that’s another way to regain a feeling of safety and grounding. We “get the wiggles out,” so to speak, so that we can be in stillness without effort. Resilience training - This part of class is a unique, innovative approach to challenge you physically and mentally. It integrates repetitive movements drawn from the Kundalini Yoga tradition, weight bearing exercises, and low-impact calisthenics with inspired music, powerful breathwork, and mind-mastering techniques. You will always be educated on modifications so that you can meet the challenge no matter where you're at. Equanimity - You will be guided through simple yoga poses with longer holds in an effort to give yourself some challenge, while cultivating calm awareness. This retrains the nervous system to remain calm while under pressure. You will observe your thoughts and sensations with a neutral mind. Relaxation - This is when your body and brain integrates all the work it just did. It gives your body to fully feel the effects of being in its "rest and repair" state. In this state, your body can repair cells and detox. You will lay down for seven minutes while the sound of crystal singing bowls and gong aide this processing and healing. Transcendence - You will learn techniques that hack the nervous system, control your mind, and get you to a place where you can observe your thoughts and feelings without fear and judgement. This is where you connect with your ability to see things clearly, without illusion. You will learn techniques from the yogic sciences including a myriad of breath exercises, neurocoaching visualizations, and acoustical science. All of this practice helps us feel more connected to ourselves, our wisdom, each other, and something greater than us.
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testimonials
TESTIMONIALS

For about 6 months last year, Jenny Arrington was my personal Executive Wellness Coach helping me lean into my natural rebel human nature and capped off by an amazing off the grid wellness retreat in February where I re-centered on my core values and life goals, preparing for my next phase of personal growth. The Rebel Human philosophy that Jenny & her partner Tait have built is a phenomenal blend of neuroscience, yogic traditions, and positive psychology. I highly recommend her and the team to individuals, schools and businesses. Money well spent - and when a CFO says that, you know its gotta be true! Thank you for everything Jenny!

— Ann

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