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.
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
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.
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!
✓ 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
Both Single & Double Occupancy are available. Double occupancy prices are listed below, click in for details and to view Single occupancy pricing.
What is a REBEL HUMANA 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 traini