Awaken Your Spirit in Leadership

A women’s retreat on purpose, presence and magic.


July 18-24, 2021


A 7-day immersive retreat for women leaders, to rejuvenate your body, re-ignite your passion for work, and develop a deep, nourishing relationship between your leadership and your spirit.

Imagine yourself in the second half of 2021: you’re a powerhouse female leader and a transformational change agent in your community. But rather than being the one who “keeps it all together” for everyone around you, you now hold keys that enable you to replenish your own energy at will, while uplifting those same people by changing the energy dynamics in your work and family systems.

Perhaps you’ve been feeling like you’re running on empty. Or simply not as fulfilled as you imagined being at this point in your career. Perhaps you’re yearning for community. Or you just need a break from the day-to-day.

You are invited to join embodied leadership coaches LeeAnn Mallorie and Lise Melvin for an intimate gathering of women leaders. Together, we’ll explore parallel paths of rejuvenating your body, re-aligning you to your purpose (hint: there’s an awakening that has to occur), and re-establishing the deep relationship between leadership and spirit. Simultaneously, we’ll explore the rich coast of Costa Rica: deep in the jungles, up on the mountain, and on the beaches that surround Imiloa Institute.

We Offer a New Paradigm of Feminine Leadership If you’ve been feeling burned out, it can be easy to blame the never-ending to-do list on your desk, the piles of papers in your office, or the incessant demands of your boss, staff, colleagues and kids. But what if there were something deeper at work? What if the rules you’ve been following in your leadership were part of an old paradigm that simply doesn’t work anymore – a paradigm designed to keep you at arms-length from both your greatest joys and your greatest possible impact. What if we told you that transformation can happen in an “instant,” as opposed to change that spans years of “adding” and “subtracting,” but essentially leaves you in the same old paradigm? Would you want to learn how?

Whether you’re already a mission-driven leader who feels deeply connected to passion and purpose in your work… but exhausted – or you’re currently lacking clarity about how best to use your energy and skills in service to the world – it’s time to stop doubting yourself and start doing things differently.

What happens when a group of powerful, conscious women leaders take time out of their busy lives to vision, express, design, shift paradigms, rebuild, play, re-juice, and ask powerful questions about the next steps in their life, work and leadership? We say – it’s nothing short of magic.


Awaken Your Spirit in Leadership is an intimate gathering of like-minded women designed to:

  • revive your leadership and connect you with a deeper layer of professional purpose
  • deeply nourish your body, mind and spirit with healthy food, guided movement mindfulness practices, and unexpected adventure
  • help you name and unravel the unconscious, self-sabotaging habits that drain your energy when the stakes get high in life back at work
  • reconnect with or deepen your intimacy with the earth leave you with new holistic, body-based practices that will change the way you approach self-care and energy management for good

Besides the curriculum, exploration, coaching and discovery, your week at Imiloa in Costa Rica will be filled with new-found possibility, an explosion of flavors with one of the most sought-after chefs in Costa Rica, and unpredictable new friendships that may last a lifetime.

“What happens when your soul begins to awaken in this world to our deep need to love and to serve… O the Beloved will send you wonderful and wild companions!” – Hafiz


Lise Melvin

Lise Melvin is a global leader in sustainable development and a healer. She consciously bridges these two worlds, bringing hearts back into the office and our planet back into hearts.

Lise is a certified Somatic Coach (PCC) and bodyworker, and teaches Embodied LeadershipTM with the Strozzi Institute. She is a skilled facilitator, who inspires immediate trust and openness, and is masterful at holding space and tapping into the energy in a room to support transformation and collaboration.

Other credentials of her’s include: advising the United Nations, birthing two organisations – (re)spirited and the Better Cotton Initiative, transforming her own self and redesigning her life numerous times. Lise is committed to daily practices that resource her spirit, centre, and resilience. She has studied the Vedas, compassionate communication, deep ecology, systems change, and the embodied path of transformation. @respiritedretreats

LeeAnn Mallorie

LeeAnn Mallorie, MAPP, is the founder and CEO of Guts & Grace and sister firm Leading in Motion.

LeeAnn began her career as an executive coach in 2005, working with leaders and teams from around the globe, including brands like Nasa, Mattel, Logitech, Shell Oil, the Ford Foundation and the Naval Air Systems Command. Yet she consistently found something was missing—the body. After ten years and tens of thousands of hours of personal practice, she discovered four keys that form the foundation of a new paradigm of natively feminine, full-bodied leadership.

Today LeeAnn helps mission-driven women leaders tap into the wisdom of their bodies and recover their native superpowers, in order to lead with greater purpose, power, resilience and impact.

Her new book Guts & Grace: A Woman’s Guide to Full Bodied Leadership (Conscious Capitalism Press) is available in January, 2020. Facebook @gutsandgracewomen Insta @gutsandgracewomen #gutsandgrace


“I feel like I came in search of more transformation, and experienced a ‘revelation’ – above and beyond. Onwards and upwards :)”

Kat O’Sullivan
CEO KShift, Los Angeles

“Come ready to find yourself. If you seek guidance in identifying and strengthening life goals or desires this retreat guides you in very useful ways.”

Michelle Lawrence
Anesthesiologist, USA

“The best investment in yourself you could make.“

Caitlin Ludlow
Adventure Travel Guide, USA


We offer 17 Luxury Accommodations sleeping 15-44 people.
Each room is equipped with 850 thread count bedding for maximum comfort, high-speed internet, and clean drinking water derived from our artesian well.


Featuring over 12,000 square feet of space over looking thousands of acres and the South Pacific coast,
our three Bali Homes are imported from Indonesia and boast hand-carved architecture.


Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous exposed shower and bath tub.


During your retreat, ride in style. Our local drivers also double as tour guides, and our SUVs are highest quality and newest Land Cruisers around. Included in transport is roundtrip airport run and up to 100KM per day from Imiloa, making the country accessible and easy to navigate.

Guests arrive refreshed, relaxed and you don’t need to coordinate a thing!


Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes.

Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Amazing!


The House of Masters, located in the center of the property, is a 2,000 square foot Balinese structure hanging 100 feet in the Jungle canopy. Adjacent are restrooms and a yoga storage room for mats, blocks and more. The space can be converted for any type of retreat, workshop or dance party.


A sprawling 3,000 square foot space that is the “Heart of Imiloa,” our social space features loungy, multicultural inspired furnishings, couches, and 5 imported tables from Bali, all under a Polynesian style roof.


Jungle paths connect the 20+ acres at Imiloa, with hand-made stairs and lighting, creating an immersive, easy experience for you and guests.


Beyond the Jungle Bungalows is a path that leads to our own private waterfall. Descend into what feels like an enchanted jungle forest as you bask in the magic and beauty of the surrounding nature.

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