Like a dream recalled – the pieces became whole. Light, time, space, color, water, and the jungle, merged. A place imagined, then found.
February 9 - 14, 2022
A neuroscience-informed curriculum of meditation, movement, and creative expression to help you break free from the status quo, and creativity reimagine and rebuild your life.
Curated and led by Rebel Human co-founders, Jenny Arrington & Tait Medina, Ph.D.
Join us on a Panga boat and a hike up a hillside to arrive at a place imagined, then found. A place handmade by an intrepid architect, surrounded by jungle, overlooking the ocean, and well off the beaten path. A place where you will experience an alternative way of being in this world, where you will build a new foundation, upon which the new you will be built, and remain standing through anything.
Interested in learning more? Book a Discovery Call with us!
Join us if you...
Want to rediscover your intrepid spirit, and resilient true self
Believe it’s worth a plane, a boat ride, and a hike up a hillside to get to someplace truly special and far from the noise of the busy world
Want to do something a little outside your comfort zone every day
Want a cleanse from your phone, news, TV shows, and email
Want to try meditation techniques you’ve never tried before
Love nature and want to wake up to the sounds of the jungle
Want to experience an alternative way of being in the world
Love being outside as much as possible, even while bathing
Want to give your body a break from alcohol and let it heal
Want to nourish your body with vegetarian food
Want to experience a deeper level of meditation
Want to build your Rebel Human
Want to reinstate boundaries
Want nightly sound baths
Want to reset your habits
Want a physical reboot
Want to slow down
THIS RETREAT IS NOT FOR YOU IF YOU:
Don’t want to slow down and rest on your private palapa 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
Want to keep looking at social media
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
Don’t like boats
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 from your teachers, Jenny Arrington and Tait Medina.
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. Rebuilding our strength, resilience, and connection to self takes some work. While you will have time on this retreat for massages, resting in a hilltop hammock overlooking the ocean, and sitting 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 hilltop retreat on Bahia de Banderas coast in Yelapa, Mexico will offer the opportunity for us to rebuild ourselves in an environment that is so different, it won’t let us inhabit old ways of being. Rebuilding happens through deep self work on your own, but also through community, shared experiences, deep bonding, and sharing our wounds. It happens when we get a little uncomfortable, try new adventures, test our strength, and celebrate our little victories together.
On this retreat YOU get to decide what needs to be rebuilt. Rebuilding oneself 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 attention. 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.
Restoration 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 have support as you rebuild your physical and mental strength and be held in community as you explore new experiences in nature.
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.
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.
Here is a sample of what a day on retreat looks like:
7:30 - Rebel Human Way class: 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 on the hillside overlooking the Bay of Banderas
10:30 - Group exercise: deep dive using neurocoaching, exploration exercises, and visualization
12:30 - Lunch overlooking the Bay, followed by free time for quiet reflection, walk, pool, massage, private with Jenny
2:30 - Unique group excursion (waterfall hike, whale watching by private boat, vegetarian cooking class in local cuisine)
5:30 - Free time for quiet reflection, walk, pool, massage, private with Jenny.
7:00 - Dinner overlooking the Bay
8:00 - Bonfire/group exploration activity/ceremony
9:00 - Bedtime Sound Bath
15 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta, secluded in a remote cove between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre mountains, Yelapa is an ideal getaway for any intrepid adventurer. Its remote location makes it ideal for those looking to feel far away from the hustle of the city, and its picturesque jungle landscapes and cascading waterfalls beckon exploration.
The name “Yelapa” is believed to derive from an indigenous word meaning “where two rivers meet the sea.” This seaside town is a quiet fishing village that makes up one of the lushest bioregions in the world.
The community was founded by four families about 150 years ago. Today, it remains one of the few communities that’s still owned, inhabited, and maintained by the descendants of the original residents. Only about 1,500 people call Yelapa home, and it remains unsullied.
Join us on a Panga boat and a hike up a hillside (your luggage will go by mule) to arrive at a place imagined, then found.
Our retreat takes place at a boutique sanctuary nestled into the lush Mexican jungle, surrounded by waterfalls and breathtaking views of Bahía de Banderas. Reachable only by boat and well off the beaten bath, this “handmade hotel” consists of 9 houses, each unique in the story it tells.
Each house features a large private patio with a magnificent view and a full bathroom. All beds have over-sized mosquito nets. Some houses are almost entirely open air and others have a/c. Some can be shared.
You will have daily house-keeping, morning coffee delivered to your front porch, access to a cliff-side swimming pool, small library, and jungle spa.
We also have a dedicated chef and staff to attend to your every need.
The entire hillside sanctuary is for our group exclusively.
Our meals are prepared for us onsite by a celebrated chef. All meals are fully vegan so there will be no fish, dairy, or meat.
There will be no alcoholic beverages, but coffee and fresh muffins will be brought to your front porch every morning.
Prep Call: There will be one hour-long group zoom call in the two weeks prior to the retreat. During this call you will learn about the neurobiological effects of meditation, a little more about daily schedule, and have the opportunity to get to know each other. This call will help us develop a shared vocabulary so that we can be ready to engage in restorative work together when we at our hillside retreat.
Physical Prep: This retreat will require you to do some preparatory mental and physical training so that we can hit the ground running. We will send access to an online web-portal with classes and other preparatory material.
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 receives one 30-minute private call with Jenny in the weeks following the retreat.
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 is February 09, 2022
Departure is February 14, 2022
Getting here is part of the adventure.
Fly into Puerto Vallarta (PVR).
A personal car service will pick you up and bring you to Boca de Tomatlan — the last beach you can reach by car.
From there it’s a 30-minute boat ride along the beautiful coast to Yelapa where our staff will be waiting for you on the pier.
The trail to our property is about 10 minutes from our private pier and one should be in fairly good health for the walk up. Your luggage will be brought up via mule.
Welcome hors d’oeuvres around the pool at 5pm.
**When making airline reservations, your flight must arrive in Puerto Vallarta no later than 4pm to meet the boat in time. Departing, please ensure your flight leaves at noon or later, preferably 3pm or after.
If you cancel on or before October 1, 2021, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel after October 1, 2021, there are no refunds.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required.
Code of Conduct
Included in pricing
✓ Accommodations for 5 nights
✓ Transportation between Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and the hillside resort
✓ All meals, snacks, and beverages at the hillside resort (vegan and alcohol-free)
✓ Private access to the entire hillside resort
✓ Complimentary Wi-Fi
✓ Activities such as guided hikes, island hopping tour, snorkeling off the pier
✓ All instruction, lectures, meditations, yoga practices, and sound baths
✓ One hour-long group zoom call in the two weeks prior to the retreat
✓ One 30-minute private follow-up call with Jenny Arrington
Not included in pricing
Round-trip airfare to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Personal, medical, and trip cancellation insurance
Massage and other Spa Services
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Time seemed to stand still at the Rebel Human Retreat. Nurtured and nourished by the staff, cuisine and grounds, I embarked on a journey of introspection and healing with a small group of amazing, diverse women. A willingness to become vulnerable and trust in Jenny and Tait’s expertise resulted in rewards I could not have imagined. The spiritual and emotional exercises we worked through encouraged me to look at my past and review the negative thought patterns, habits and baggage that I perpetuate in my daily life. Through learning to be comfortable in the uncomfortable, I was able to see that I can do hard things.
Together, we flew in small planes, we hiked, we swam at the base of waterfalls, we rode horses, we became at peace with the natural surroundings and its inhabitants, and we proved to ourselves that despite a bit of unease, we were able to use our breath and tap into a strong inner core of peace and tranquility. As we learned, friction and stress are the building blocks of strength and resilience.
I am strong and resilient and capable of releasing a victim mentality and embracing positive energy. My mind is clearer. My dreams are sharper, more vivid and pouring out of me. I plan to attend as many Rebel Human retreats as I can in the coming years and very much look forward to fostering life long friendships with these incredible women and the many participants yet to come.