Feb 18 - 24, 2018 | Unwind Your Mind Zen Nature Retreat with Anna Griffiths & Carley Simandl

Join us for a week far removed from the distractions of daily life, connecting with Mother Nature in an eco-sustainable, modern, elegant tree-house where the jungle meets the ocean. Experience deep yoga practices, contemplation & meditation as you dine on organic gourmet vegetarian & vegan food. Expand your Mind in our engaging workshops and philosophical discussions with the intention to formulate lasting rituals and to cultivate an inspired and sustainable daily personal practice. We invite you to unplug, soak in this magical environment and return home rejuvenated and balanced.

We’re calling this retreat, “Unwind Your Mind” because our engagement is going to be with topics surrounding mental patterns and habits, mindfulness meditation, neuropsychology and brain health!

In the same way that you can change the channel on a TV, you can choose what you tune into in the mind and this can be done in a way that serves your highest potential and happiness. Certain thoughts, biochemically, make us feel good. You have the choice each day to create and build new circuitry throughout your brain based on your mental habits, this changes the way you feel, speak, and act; it narrates your entire experience of life.

As you come to understand the impact of your yoga practice, nutritional habits, and environment on your brain, you will witness how they all relate to your embodied experience. We want to provide you with tools and information that can help you to facilitate your own evolution and personal development. Connecting with others who are on a similar journey in this captivating jungle landscape will truly cast an incredible retreat experience.

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Watch your thoughts,
they become your words;
watch your words,
they become your actions;
watch your actions,
they become your habits;
watch your habits,
they become your character;
watch your character,
for it becomes your destiny.
— Frank Outlaw

Retreat Cost:

$2500CAD (includes taxes) per individual in a double occupancy Jungle Loft

$3500CAD (includes taxes) for single occupancy in a Studio Loft (Limited Space)

Take the Leap…Reserve Your Spot HERE with a $500CAD Deposit

 

 

INCLUDED:
> 7 Days/6 Nights Stay in a luxury Jungle Loft at The Sanctuary
> Extra night stay in Montezuma the day before our retreat begins
> 3 daily gourmet vegetarian/vegan meals (starting with lunch on Sunday and ending with breakfast on Saturday)
>Unlimited self-serve shade-grown, organic Costa Rican coffee, an assortment of teas, organic granola bars and fruits
>Pristine mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
> Exclusive use of 40 acres of Private Jungle Property (including: pool, sun deck, organic fruit orchard, hammock garden, secluded waterfalls, rivers, and paths to explore)
> Daily Meditation in the mornings
> Yoga 2X a day (energizing and restorative, with lots of time to play after)
> Guided hike through the Forest + Waterfall Wellness Ritual (includes a full body cleansing and exfoliating treatment using indigenous fruits, flowers, oils and herbs)
> Candlelit Philosophical Discussions with Tea*
> Other Activities + Workshops**

 There will be a free day (which includes an early morning practice + meditation) to do whatever you wish, including one of the incredible excursions available!

*Philosophical Discussions are not strictly structured and could lead us anywhere! We will be bringing up questions about perspective, positivity, motivation, choosing happiness –we plan to dive deep and expand our perspective together


**Workshops will include topics on brain psychology and general health, e.g., “What does neuroplasticity mean for us? –Simple Tools for reprogramming the mind”, Food Demo: “Nutrition Brain Hacks”, “Radiance From the Inside Out” -includes face masks!
 

ADDITIONAL COSTS:
>Airfare*
Contact: Katharine Lewis
Cell 519-546-3704
Email katharine.lewis@fcatravel.ca

>Potential Extra night stay at a hotel before our departure (depending on your departure flight time and whether or not you wish to spend the day in Montezuma)
>Any meals off the resort
>Airport Departure Taxes
>Transfers to and from the Retreat Center (40 minute taxi ride from Tambor Airstrip)
> Travel Insurance
>Retreat Center Staff Gratuity (recommended $10/day)
>Wellness Services (Massages, Facials etc.)
>Excursions (all prices include round trip transportation)
-Trip to Santa Teresa $70USD with a 2 hour surf lesson, option to stay in town for dinner and light a fire at the beach
-Tortuga Island Boat Ride & Snorkeling Trip $65USD (includes lunch)
-Zip Lining $55USD

 

*We will likely be on a group flight if you’re leaving from Toronto. Upon our arrival to San Jose Airport, we will take a short flight to Tambor Airport near Montezuma to stay for a night; a short cab ride will take us to The Sanctuary in the morning. We will be greeted and taken on a guided hike to the Sanctuary because it is actually in the middle of the Jungle (our bags will be brought up for us).

 

Your Guides:

ANNA GRIFFITHS

Anna’s approach to the practice of yoga involves illuminating the experience of embodiment, connecting students to a deeper sense of presence that begins with body and breath awareness. Anna’s athletic history and fascination with the human body inspires classes that emphasize proper alignment and movement patterns. Her continuing education as a philosophy student encourages her to interweave the invaluable process of learning, shared contemplation, transformation and self-inquiry throughout her classes. She fosters a supportive environment that promotes deep listening, connection, wisdom, expansion and receptivity in ways that all become a part of our being and so a part of our lives. Most importantly, Anna emphasizes play as a major component of the exploration of life and yoga! Grateful for her students and the privilege and service of teaching, Anna is always looking to further her education. She completed her first yoga teacher training in Costa Rica with Marianne Wells (Iyengar Yoga) in 2013 and has continued to take on advanced trainings and workshops. She is most inspired by the teachings of Tara Judelle, Cynthia Cooperstone, Trish Dingman, and Dice Ida-Klein. As she continues to learn, Anna brings a tireless passion and jovial wisdom to class so that you can always expect to be challenged. For More info Visit: http://www.annagriffiths.ca

CARLEY SIMANDL

Carley started her career as a passionate Make-up Artist and has built over 15 years of progressive experience working very closely with the clients. Patterns of dehydration and malnutrition are evident while working so intimately with the skin. At that point, Carley decided to offer “Beauty from the Inside-out” and attended The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and graduated a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. As an RHN, Carley does not believe in diets, it is more about the lifestyle; it is the small things that you do daily that make the biggest difference.Carley tried yoga for the first time around 30 years old and instantly loved the poses, the connection to breath and transformative benefits. Yoga is the fitness piece of the healthy lifestyle message that Carley is so passionate about promoting. Movement is such a critical adjunct to nutrition and when used together results are expedited.Carley took the Moksha Yoga Teacher Training in January of 2015 in Nicaragua where she built yoga into her daily lifestyle. Carley practices what she preaches and hopes to bring more wellness into the lives of others through an integrative approach. Through nutrition and yoga, Carley believes she can change the world, one client and one class at a time.

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