Oct 1 – oct 6, 2021


The Retreat

Do you remember the feeling you had as you stepped into your role as a leader?

Saying yes to that purpose was a risk, a leap, and an investment in your future. But look at yourself now.

You’re standing at the peak, you’ve worked hard for your success and now you’re probably wondering, “what’s next?”

Being your business’s most important asset requires you to invest in yourself.

And now, to go higher, you have to dig deeper. Reconnect to your purpose, your authenticity, and the powerful leader within.

The best and most successful leaders are not those who mold themselves into the leaders they think they should be, but the ones know themselves deeply and use their authentic strengths every day.

The Scaling Your Mindset to Scale Your Business Leadership Summit is more than a business retreat.

It is a holistic and transformative experience designed with a sole purpose: granting you time and space to invest in yourself, allowing you to reconnect with the powerful, authentic leader you are born to be. The coaches will use self-discovery and visioning as  tools for business growth – digging deep to scale higher.

You are being called to join a cohort of like-minded business leaders and spend five days in the jungle of Costa Rica – disconnecting from your ‘normal’ to rediscover your “why” and access true freedom.

Will you allow yourself to access your most authentic self, and lead from that place?

You Will Gain


Shed the patterns that block you and achieve powerful clarity of your unique purpose and the steps to return to that purpose. Lay claim to your authentic vision and voice. Communicate from this place: calm, centered, and powerfully aligned with the future you truly desire and deserve.


Unplug yourself from the constant barrage of emails, texts, tasks, and expectations. Reconnect to a rhythm long forgotten: breathe, eat, swim, stretch, and play free from inhibitions. Grant yourself the space and time to shed the masks worn at work and in life, and reveal yourself in a space specifically held for you.


We’ll use yoga, breathwork, chef-prepared vegan cuisine, bodywork and play to lay the foundation for a week of growth and discovery. With these in place, you will be prepared for deep, transformative coaching sessions alongside a support system of peers designed to unlock barriers professionally, psychologically, and emotionally. Discover a holistic vision of success and stand tall as a lithe, authentic warrior of a leader.


Be enveloped in a fully supportive, inspiring community where you’re completely seen and cared for. Connect on a deeper level with other leaders who have experienced the same pains and yearn for the same fulfillment as you. Step into the oasis and uncover the true meaning of co-elevation alongside the abundance of nature.

Freedom, Clarity and life-changing growth. Sound like just what you’re yearning for?

The Venue

We are proud to host the Scaling Your Mindset Leadership Summit for a second year at the Imiloa Institute in Costa Rica.

The Imiloa Institute welcomes and invites us to immerse ourselves in the heart of nature.

Use this immersion as a tool along the path to growth. 

Your Coaches


Glen is an authentic, charismatic and energizing CEO who cultivates trust and positivity in any group he works with.

From humble beginnings working on an automobile assembly line to public company CEO, Glen has learned from hard-won personal experience how to grow people, products, businesses, and himself. 

His relatable style, direct messages, and confidence of someone who has seen it all in business translates into inspiring and actionable value for anyone or any group he works with.

“Glen can relate to my issues and understand exactly the demands of the CEO role, because he’s been there.”

Bob Hildreth


Find out more about Glen and his coaching practice here.


Oswaldo is a life and business strategist in the USA and LATAM, and has successfully operated ventures in real estate, healthcare, hospitality, finance, and airline industries during the past 15 years.

As a mission-driven owner/operator, he has held positions as CEO, CFO, COO Chairman, and strategic board member in multiple companies.

Praised for his ability to facilitate a space of trust, commitment, clear vision, and creation, by embracing the principle of co-elevation.

Oswaldo is Certified Chopra Center Meditation Instructor, a Hoffman Institute Graduate and holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Yale University.

Find out more about Oswaldo and his coaching practice here.

“I attended an extraordinary two day retreat created by Oswaldo. It was an amazing and transformative experience positively impacting both my emotional and physical states. As a result I fundamentally changed some daily practices and am much better off for it. I cannot wait for the next retreat.”



Find out more about Oswaldo and his coaching practice here.


Sandra is an emotional coach, writer, and public speaker. She uses traditional and alternative methods to support individuals in their processes of growth healing and transformation.

The techniques she offers are used to:

  • Discover unique and authentic qualities and skills
  • Practice self-acceptance and unconditional self-love
  • Transform the perception of traumatic events into peace, acceptance, and powerful meaning
  • Transform problems and conflicts into opportunities for learning and growth
  • Replace destructive beliefs and/or patterns with empowering and useful ones

“Working with Sandra was magical. Throughout the course of working together and beyond I saw noticeable shifts in my life, sometimes within days. It was an embodied experience of how our personal consciousness, mind and emotions influence our external world and reality.”


Marketing Specialist

Find out more about Sandra and her practice here.

“Attending the Scale Your Mindset to Scale Your Business summit resulted in a deeper transformation than I ever could have imagined. I am now in a position to show up as a better leader; not only for my business, but in my life overall. I am now seeing the return on my investment, in terms of both time and money.”

Chelsea Nolan

Owner, Seen Dynamic Communication

“When I returned a friend asked me how much the retreat cost. I couldn’t even remember. I told her the investment was irrelevant compared to what I gained from this transformative experience.”

Sara Commers

Owner, Sara Commers Private Jeweler

“Personal growth builds business growth. The format guided us to look within, to examine our actions, to understand how they are influenced by the past and to be conscious of them going forward.”

David Corigliano

2020 Summit Attendee & Former CEO

“I’m still experiencing the benefits of the deep work I was able to do. By going deep in the coaching sessions and within myself, I am able to be more conscious of why I do the work that I do in the first place. Since returning, I’ve experienced the largest success in my business career so far.”

Will Preble

CEO, Aeterna Media



Arrive at Imiloa via a chartered flight landing in the heart of the jungle. Discover the barefoot luxury of your accommodations and settle in with chef-prepared snacks and a dinner with your new cohort. Begin the journey by taking stock of all that has brought you to this summit, who is standing here with you, and set intentions for the week ahead. End the night by mingling fireside together or retire to your cozy bed in the jungle.


Begin to learn the tools of transformation with a facilitator-led yoga session each morning. Stretch, breathe, and meditate as you shed the armor of daily life. You will enter the journey to authentic leadership by gaining full awareness of yourself: the habits, patterns, and self-created obstacles that impede your progress, and how to accept and work through them. Connect with the group, with nature, and with yourself in an indigenous Costa Rican cacao ceremony at sunset.


Using the awareness awakened on Day Two, on Day Three you will learn how to break free from frustrating, repetitive, and burdening patterns. In business, relationships, and daily life, re-envision a version of yourself that is powerful, connected, and authentic. Then, commit wholeheartedly to that self.


Visualize your future, empowered by the transformative work of the past several days. Erase boundaries constructed between business and authentic selves, and learn to bring your whole self to your work: in vision, purpose, path, and relationships. Speak with strength, clarity, and honesty as you chart a path to your vision, and a plan for the coming year. You will leave this day with clarity around your own vision of what it is you truly “want to do”in your life and business.


You’ll spend this final full day completely attuned as your authentic self, discovering your untethered inner strength in your choice of yoga sessions, surfing excursions, massages or body treatments, or simply unstructured personal time to explore and reflect poolside on the exquisite retreat grounds. In the evening, our whole group will journey to a nearby beach town for dinner. As the sun sets, connect with your newfound community and celebrate the incredible journey made in the course of just one week.


This part of your journey to authentic leadership ends by honoring the connections you’ve made and the commitments you’ve created. Stand at your personal summit as the authentic leader you are born to be, and look across to see those standing with you. Recognize the hard work and life-changing growth of each and every leader present, and commit to yourself and each other to embark on a new beginning as these effective and fully-conscious leaders upon returning home.

Are you ready to invest in your business’ most valuable asset, yourself?

Each room is equipped with 850 thread count bedding for maximum comfort, high-speed internet, and clean drinking water derived from our artesian well.

Disconnect for five days in barefoot luxury, and discover the changes that will ripple into your life and business for years to come.

Your Options






  • Lodging in the serene “Geodesic River Domes”
  • Triple occupancy to include you and two other attendees
  • 5 nights, 6 days at the lush Imiloa Institute
  • Flights to and from Dominical airport from SJO airport, and shuttle to Imiloa
  • 5-star, plant-based cuisine prepared by our private chef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the retreat, and one dinner at a local restaurant (alcohol not included) 
  • Additional services and treatments are available, but not included in this ticket.


  • Lodging in the exquisite “Jungle Bungalows” (Jungalows) complete with a bathtub in the jungle
  • Double occupancy to include you and one other attendee
  • 5 nights, 6 days at the lush Imiloa Institute
  • Flights to and from Dominical airport from SJO airport, plus luxury shuttle to Imiloa
  • 5-star, plant-based cuisine prepared by our private chef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the retreat, and one dinner at a local restaurant
  • Option to participate in a professionally coached surfing lesson in Dominical, Costa Rica OR receive one massage or body treatment at Imiloa


  • Lodging in your own private, 200-Year-Old “Bali Home” with access to a view of the mountains and ocean
  • Single occupancy to ensure privacy
  • 5 nights, 6 days at the lush Imiloa Institute
  • Flights to and from SJO airport and Dominical airport, and shuttle to Imiloa
  • 5-star, plant-based cuisine prepared by our private chef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the retreat, and one dinner at a local restaurant
  • Option to participate in a professionally coached surfing lesson in Dominical, Costa Rica OR receive one massage or body treatment at Imiloa
  • 3  private coaching sessions – one pre-summit, one post, and continual access to coaches for the duration of the summit.

You have worked hard for your success. But what got you here will not get you there. The next peak comes when you are able to shed the baggage that holds you back and connect deeply with your purpose. Only then can you stand at the summit as the authentic leader you are meant to be. Only here can you do the work, and achieve true transformation.

Are you ready to scale the summit?


Does my ticket include flights to Costa Rica?

No, it does not. You will be responsible for booking your own flights from your home city to San Jose airport (SJO). Twenty-minute charter flights between SJO and Quepos airport in Dominical (20 minutes from Imiloa) are included in your ticket.

How do I get from the airport to the Imiloa Institute (and back again)? How far away is it?

Once you’ve arrived at the airport in Costa Rica, we will take care of the rest. You and your luggage will be transported from San Jose airport (SJO) to Quepos airport in Dominical (and back again) via a private charter plane. You’ll make the 20-minute trip from the airport in Dominical to the retreat center in Imiloa Institute’s comfortable, air-conditioned SUVs. There will be only one charter flight on your arrival day, so depending on what time you arrive in San Juan, you may need to wait inside the airport for the charter flight to Dominical.

Do I need travel insurance? Is there a company you recommend?

It is recommended to purchase travel insurance for trips to foreign countries. We recommend purchasing travel insurance through the credit card company used to book your ticket. Many credit card companies offer travel insurance as part of their credit card offering – read the fine print of your credit card company to find out more. 

We also highly recommend that the travel insurance include health/medical. Keep in mind that the Imiloa Institute is in a remote location. 

From the U.S. State Department website:

Medical Evacuation Insurance

  • Pays for medical care and emergency transportation.
  • If you are traveling to a remote destination or to a place where care is not likely to be up to U.S. standards, consider buying medical evacuation insurance. 
  • It can be purchased separately or as part of your travel health insurance policy.


Travel Health Insurance

  • Pays for emergency and/or routine medical services overseas.
  • If you have health insurance in the United States, find out if it covers emergencies that happen abroad. More information is available on our page about your health abroad.
  • If your health insurance coverage is not adequate, consider buying a short-term supplemental policy. Look for a policy that will make payments to hospitals directly.

Will we be outside in the jungle during the entire retreat?

The Imiloa Institute is surrounded by Costa Rican jungle, and many of the structures are open-air so you will be “outdoors” a lot. There will be time to lounge by the pool, visit the onsite waterfall, and go to the beach. Your rooms are air-conditioned, but you will be in a warm, humid environment. Be sure that you are capable of and willing for this before purchasing your ticket.

Can I bring my partner, spouse, friend? Can I bring my co-founder or team?

The summit is specifically designed for individuals seeking to deepen their purpose and leadership qualities in business and life. We have hosted couples and close friends before; we recommend both those considering it review all information about the summit individually and ensure the desire to attend is mutual and conscious of the deep personal nature of the work. This means fully participating as an individual business leader during Summit programming.

If you have questions or would like to know more, the coaches would love to connect. Please reach out here.

If I buy my ticket and then can’t come for some reason will I get a refund?

If you cancel your participation on or before September 15th, 2020, you will receive a 90% refund of your deposit to date. 

After September 15th, 2020, tickets are non-refundable, unless the retreat is cancelled for reasons beyond the organizers’ control. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance.

Tickets may be transferred, provided the potential attendee is qualified and approved by the organizing coaches to attend.

Is there a payment plan?

Absolutely! You can choose a payment plan for any ticket when you checkout. You will be asked to put down a 20% deposit, and then split the remaining balance into payments through December 2020. Your entire ticket must be paid in full by December 31, 2020. Note there is a 4% fee for credit card transactions.

I would love to attend, but I still have questions! Can you help?

We would love to talk with you more about the summit. You may contact [email protected] to be connected with all three Summit coaches. Please make sure you have filled out the Summit Application before reaching out.

I’m ready to buy my ticket. What happens next?

Click one of the purchase buttons on this page, choose your ticket type and payment option, and complete the payment information. You’ll be redirected to a short form to share your personal information, and then you’ll receive a welcome email with all of the specifics about the retreat, how to book flights, what to pack, and everything else you need to know. We can’t wait to see you there!

Ready to start your transformation?

Imiloa November Update


Every month we will be bringing you updates on how the Imiloa Institute is thriving. To get our monthly newsletter, sign up at the bottom of the page.


Hi, everyone. 

Each month one of the co-founders, and later founding family members of Imiloa, writes a short greeting to the monthly newsletter. 

Hopefully our newsletters and social media doesn’t feel like like a promotional vehicle and more like an invitation. An invitation to the possibility. The possibility that everything that’s being created here can also be yours, wherever you are. We have big plans to make our social platforms come alive from the inside out here in Costa Rica

Sure, the contracts and revenue are nice, and the fancy names of the associations, corporations, non-profits, masters and teachers that host here are nice, too. What I’m most proud of as Imiloa leaps towards it’s second full year in operations is the authenticity in which we (as a team and as individuals) communicate. 

I hear often from people who book calls with us, or come visit us, “I received your emails and even though I know you weren’t writing to me, it felt like the correspondence was somehow intended for me.” 

As someone who has been a “manic” marketer since I was 14, as a teenage magician doing shows and touring the United States during pre-puberty, I’ve strived to become more authentic about how inauthentic I can be, and get more into alignment to that which serves a greater purpose (read: greater purpose = not my own). 

And so, as Imiloa grows and expands, my hope is that we can continue to share, create and write things that are contributive to the cultural conversations around wellness, health, well-being, humanity, consciousness on the planet rising, smart leadership, transformative events, trainings and workshop that invite us all out on the leading edge. 

For us, this isn’t a retreat business. It’s an institute for the education and advancement of human beings. 

If I’m able to of help with you hosting at Imiloa, or share best practices that we’ve seen with 65+ clients that host here, I’m happy to be of service. Call or write anytime


Jake Sasseville
President, Co-Founder & Chief Relationships Officer


As our new retreat season begins, join us for one of our unforgettable experiences here at Imiloa.


December 4-11, 2019


An incredible experience awaits you this December 4th-11th as Imiloa Hosts 4 Master Level Practitioners for Wild Leadership Training. Business success, personal power, tantric yoga, and ancestral connection awaits you. Dive deep and discover your true calling while collecting the tools to fully embody your purpose. 


February 17-24, 2020

Experience Envision like never before! For the 10th anniversary of this popular Costa Rican jungle festival. Located only 20 minutes from the main site, experience this incredible event in true VIP style, with luxury accomodations at Imiloa, daily yoga classes with Andrew Sealy, a systema workshop with Jonathan McCaul, and three balanced meals and snacks provided by our on-site chef extraordinaire, Pedro. 


January 8-12, 2020

This January 8-12, experience yoga like you never have before with Essential Yoga.  Stretch into every space in your body and learn how all of you is connected to the rest of the universe. Join Master Yogi Geoffrey Roniger for an inspiring week here at Imiloa to breathe into the deep parts of your body and soul.  


January 13-20, 2020

Join us this January 13-20 for the ultimate experience in aligning with source. During Playing with Infinity you will crack open and explore your consciousness through plant medicine, yoga, and meditation, along with a safe and sacred space to integrate everything back within yourself to take back to your daily life. 


June 15-20, 2020

 Your family has never experienced anything like Imiloa’s event this summer, The Mindful Family Retreat, June 15-20th.  Connect as a family unit, and relax as individuals in the beautiful scenery of Costa Rica, with mindfulness activities, vacation fun, and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to holistically revitalize your family.  

We will be offering an Early Bird discount until December 31, 2019. This retreat always sells out so please reach out soon if you are interested by filling out this information form: https://forms.gle/CDEJKPbnZ6YmW51r9



The holidays always call for something extra special.

Enjy this full color, full flavor dish created from a beautiful blending of vegan holoday food.

Raw Superfood Trio

Kale – chia tortillas filled with red vegetables in a macadamia mayonnaise.



5 bunches of dino kale leaf without the stems.
1 1⁄2 cup of chia seed
2 cup of water
Sesame oil
Pinch of salt


Grind all the ingredients together in a food processor until it create a dough.
Create small balls and using a spatula, flattern the dough into tortilla shapes while gently removing moisture over heat. 



1⁄4 cup macadamia
1/3 cup sunflower
1/3 cup sesame seed
1 cup of water                                                    
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 diced red bell pepper
1 bunch of cilantro
1 lime


Blend all the seeds together thoroughly, until it has a butter-like consistency.
Add lime, water, and spices until it reaches your prefered taste. 



1⁄4 cup of crushed cashews
Red tomato without the seeds
1 cup of red bell pepper
1 1⁄2 cups of beet stems


Combine raw ingredients until well mixed.

Fill tortilla shells with vegetable mixture and add sauce for a delicious meal. 

Buen Provecho !


Here at Imiloa, we are beginning our second retreat season now that the rains have calmed. As we start in on another fully booked and busy year, we want to offer gratitude to the incredible team that keeps Imiloa running smoothly. We have been blessed with the most wonderful heart-led team that has come together to form not only a community, but a family here. 

Everyone involved here is coming from the same vulnerable and powerful place of letting themselves see and be seen. Just as all of our retreat leaders and participants are as well.

Thank you for being a part of the journey.



Love this content? Get MORE Imiloa right to your inbox!

Check Out Upcoming Retreats

Imiloa’s Success Secrets for Filling Your Next Retreat

In 17 short months, Imiloa has generated over 63 contracts, has hosted thousands of people from a hundred countries and maintains an overall survey average of 4.8 out of 5 stars across all of those retreats. 

We have some insights on “secrets” that have been revealed to us by the very nature of learning about all these events and this industry at an incredibly rapid pace. 

The immersive experience a retreat can offer can catalyze the individual and social transformation of communities. It forms strong bonds, reflections on life and often shakes you up in a way like few other experiential events can. 

If you’re considering hosting a retreat, chances are there are more unknowns than known, especially if it’s your first. 

Questions around success come up even before you’ve identified what success will be for you and your participants. 

Questions around people’s interest level, marketing, sales and will Imiloa really have my back so I can fully show up for my content. 

Although we understand feelings aren’t facts and our first reaction to fear isn’t our final reaction, we know all of this can feel abundantly real. 

Imiloa works with you in an unprecedented way to bring clarity. We believe that clarity leads to serenity, and that serenity leads to peaceful prosperity. 

We’re sharing with you the top three success secrets in filling your next retreat. It’s about financial success but also the authenticity of the relationships that are built as a result. 

Clarity: Getting crystal clear on attendees and outcomes for their lives, not yours. 

First and foremost, we suggest you articulate your values and vision. 


A good exercise is imagining your ideal attendee — an avatar if you will — on the final day of their retreat. They’re at the gate in San Jose, about to fly home. What are they texting their loved on? What are they telling their mother about? Not multiple things. They’re talking about a single thing or two. That moment that changed everything. Maybe it was the food, or a workshop, or a new friend they met that helped them see their life in a new way. 

Go there, and write about it. That is a piece of how you animate the values of your retreat. One of the biggest ways retreats sell out is due to word of mouth and when people get interested. 

What do your attendees want to get out of the investment? Out of the experience? Yes, what are their needs, wants, wounds, pains, challenges, desires, hopes and dreams? 

From the moment your promotion hits them, wherever they are, all the way through the Discovery Call and closing process, the key is to remember that their mind is always asking: “What’s in it for me?” Our participants always leave Imiloa knowing that they have received what they came for. 

Then it’s “OK, can this person and this group really deliver it to me?” You being clear allows them the unconscious permission to also be clear in their decision making, which allows for you to fill your retreat. 

What are the actions you’ll take during the retreat, and what is the Possibility that is created as a result? 

We prefer to talk about Possibility rather than results because ultimately you can’t dictate what results for another human being will be. But, you can be sure that if you create Possibility and enroll them in that possibility through the action you take and the clarity you share with them, that their lives will be transformed as a result. 

By attending your retreat, what is now Possible in their life? What is Possible in their business or their relationship? This ought to drive every communication, every Facebook post and ad, every email newsletter and so on. 

Values are derived from the exercises above, and the Possibility you create. Vision is driven by the naming of your retreat. We’ll talk about that another time, or Imiloa can also share with you more on naming tips in a Discovery Call.

Find a Retreat Center (hint: Imiloa Institute) that wants you to work closely with them

At Imiloa, you’ll be hosting at an institute that believes not only in educating and advancing human beings that are here, but we believe that it’s not just about your guests, but also about the communities that are impacted by the work you do here. 

As such, our co-founder, who is also our COO, is head of the “Welcome Home Team” at Imiloa, the team of operators, managers, event planners, property team, housekeeping and more that ensure everything, from ticketing to touchdown to takeoff, is handled expertly.  Having assistance from the initial stages of planning to the execution of your retreat will be pivotal in freeing you up to market, share and execute. 

Imiloa’s co-founder, India Mayorga, works in close alignment with each retreat host that enters the gate. India and Imiloa’s high-class operations team effectively become the Operation Support or ‘C.O.O’ (Chief Operating Officer) of your entire event. 

Everything from the ticketing and web conversion, to marketing support (although we don’t take the lead on this), to the touchdown of the group in San Jose, to the arrivals at Imiloa, every aspect of the event and until the group is safely back at San Jose headed home, is handled. All you have to consider is your curriculum and schedule. There are Four Kick-Off Calls that happen as part of the Kick-Off Series to ensure clarity and peacefulness. The event gets “locked” 30 days before liftoff. See here to read more about how our team can support you. 

Be brave and bold with your offer

Selling is nothing more than creating, and sharing value. 

We sabotage often when we sell. Why? Because we’re too busy thinking about ourselves. Get outside of your body. Get outside of you. Stop trying to convince someone of something you have for them, and instead really feel into what’s important to them. 

Boldness has power, magic and bravery in it. You are out on the leading edge of thought, brave enough to turn back around and invite the rest of us there, too. Imiloa stands with you and we need you to also take the stand. 

Be bold and share with your family, friends, your network of former and current colleagues. Spread the word from everyone in your direct network to your barista at your local coffee shop. 

Retreats are an extremely intimate experience, and if you’re curious about creating and sharing value, we invite you to get comfortable with an appropriate amount of discomfort. 

Lynan Saperstein, the founder and CEO of The Experience Experts, a turn-key digital marketing agency advises following the DECIDE framework module. 

As a marketing strategist and experience creator, she explains you can do this by listening to heart and soul in a way of “I can do it and I can be it.” Lynan also advises us that our mindset sets the tone and determines our success. 

There is extreme power in the art and science of visualization and it starts with taking action and turning the results over to a higher power of your understanding. 

With these tips, Imiloa is confident that you will fill your next retreat successfully. Schedule a discovery call to start your journey with hosting at Imiloa. 


How To Choose The Perfect Transformational Retreat Experience For You

Imiloa Institute regularly gets many phone calls and online messages from individuals around the world considering attending a transformational retreat. They often ask us which one of our retreats should they attend and how to pick the right experience for them. 

The Imiloa Team always appreciates these powerful conversations because Imiloa Institute in Costa Rica is emerging as not only a consciousness institute for educating human beings but as an authority on the space of transformation and healing because of how selective Imiloa is about who hosts retreats inside our gates. 

Human beings find themselves in periods of transition, loss, relationship ebbs and flows, shifts in life responsibilities or learning to juggle the abundance that they’ve manifested in their life or business. 

Because life in metropolitan cities, working for an impactful company, or as an entrepreneur can often be filled with stress and other toxicities, the demand for getaways, retreats and transformational experiences filled with healing and reflection is increasing every year. 

This is why we built Imiloa to be in support & empowerment of the global eco-system focusing on education through a spirit of service and a posture of learning. 

We are seeing solopreneurs, busy executives, tech entrepreneurs with fresh exits, artists, transformational leaders and so many others earmark budget yearly for retreats and deepenings the same way they would for mortgage or savings. Retreats are a wonderful way to take the time and space to get away from our day to day, as well as an opportunity to go inward to reflect. Our retreat guests experience a chance to refresh perspectives, refocus priorities, and revitalize their spirit for living. If you’re reading this, the question probably isn’t if you’re going to go on a retreat, but which one and how to properly pick the right one for you. 

These 4 tips serve as a supportive source in guiding you on your journey to choosing and booking your next transformative retreat: 

Envision how you want to feel at the end of the retreat.

Start by exploring what your desired outcome is and visualize where you see yourself on the last day of the experience. What do you want to take away from this time of inward exploration? 

Who do you want to become? Thinking about these things will allow you to tune in and attract the right event. 

Jake Sasseville, co-founder of Imiloa, notoriously only ever attended one retreat before creating Imiloa. “I attended one retreat, a men’s intimacy retreat. I wanted a stronger connection with myself and the world around me,” he says. 

“I thought it was going to be a talk-therapy retreat. Careful what you wish for. Much of the retreat was in silence, it was based on “authentic movement” for three days. It transformed me.” 

When thinking about how to choose the best event for you, Sasseville says, “…discover how you want to feel. Throw goals out the window. How do you want to feel, and let that be the driver.” 

Research the values of the host or teacher 

Two things to consider here in your research. 

First is the master authentic. How do they present themselves? Do they resonate? The second thing to consider is look at the testimonials of what they used to talk about their expertise. Research the people they are quoting. Are they people you want to be with for five days? 

Jake encourages all of us to look at , “…their beliefs and ethics and if they align with yours.” 

Finally, a third part could be looking at the retreat center itself. Research the co-founders. Is it in alignment? Do they state values and vision or are they vague? Pictures tell a good story, but what’s under the hood? It matters because these three items make up how you feel about the experience and it will either allow you to do the work you came to do, or be a distraction. 

Social proof

Scour social media beyond the testimonials. Often you can find what people have said as it’s happening during other retreats. 

Hearing their personal results and benefits from the retreat as it’s in progress  can be a deciding factor in the decision-making process. Also, reach out to past attendees. Retreats at Imiloa range anywhere from $2,500 to $13,000 a ticket, depending on who’s teaching. It’s an investment and ought to include due diligence. 

Consider investing in yourself 

Are you willing to invest in yourself for a life-changing transformation? 

If it’s a yes, determine a timeline, then a month(s) that you’ll do it. Don’t let the voice self-sabotage you into not acting. Focus on taking the next right action. Perhaps a savings plan. A $3500 retreat including airfare is $291 a month over 12 months. 

Most retreat prices offer all-inclusive options with workshops, accommodations, food, and transportation. If they’re real good, they’ll have payment plan options to help as well. You are responsible for flights. 


Imiloa has a commitment to advancing and educating human beings on our journey of mastery. As an emerging authority on retreats, programming and experience, because we walk our talk. We believe that we “win” if and when everyone “wins.” Our retreat hosts, who we fondly call ‘Masters’ and their retreat attendees feel our core values foundationally for all of their experience. We value fun, being a joyful environment for all – our team and guests, eco-aware of the world around us, and transparent in all our communications. Everyone who connected to Imiloa, feels the difference.

The range of retreat centers in Costa Rica and around the world is growing. The clearer you can be with yourself about what you want, the better choice you’ll make for your life. Let us know if we can help you in the journey, and of course we hope to see you at Imiloa Institute very soon. Check out our Upcoming Retreat Calendar to explore the different types of retreats that might be a perfect restorative and healing experience for you.


Imiloa October Update


Every month we will be bringing you updates on how the Imiloa Institute is thriving. To get our monthly newsletter, sign up at the bottom of the page.


Are you following your heart?

Did you know that the heart’s magnetic component is about 5,000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field and can be detected several feet away from the body?

One difference between the brain and the heart is that the brain has a section called the amygdala, it is one of the oldest parts of the brain and serves to help us survive. It was very useful in the past to keep us alert and alive from threats like animals, invading armies and harsh weather.

These days it usually keeps us from venturing into the unknown and living our lives as an adventurous dream.

That’s why I recommend following your heart. This is what we did with Imiloa Institute. We jumped into the unknown with our hearts. 

We didn’t know about how to do business in Costa Rica. 

We had never had a hospitality company. 

We’d never done a construction project.

I’d never even held my own retreat.

We simply listened to our hearts and trusted that all would unfold as it should. 

We knew we wanted to create a beautiful space for people to feel at home in their transformation and be able to take that feeling at home feeling with themselves with them anywhere they went when they left.

The Imiloa Institute came from a feeling of finally being at home in my own transformation after years of personal development courses. I realized the power of vulnerable sharing in groups which leads to freedom and feeling at home with ourselves and results in us being a space for others to feel at home.

It’s an energetic chain reaction that is spreading across the globe and all of consciousness.

Heart centered, adventurous courage to love ourselves enough to live our dreams. 

I invite you to follow your heart and come experience feeling at home within yourself at Imiloa. 

I invite you to follow your heart towards adventuring towards your dreams, whatever they may be. 

Much love,




With only two months left in this decade, there is no better time than now to focus on what energy you want to bring into 2020. 

Join us for one of these incredible upcoming retreats and see how it can help you manifest the next decade. 

December 4 – 11, 2019

An incredible experience awaits you this December 4th-11th as Imiloa Hosts 4 Master Level Practitioners for Wild Leadership Training. Business success, personal power, tantric yoga, and ancestral connection awaits you. 

January 8 – 12, 2020

The Imiloa Institute is thrilled to announce we are hosting Master Yogi Geoffrey Roniger  for Essential Yoga this January 8th-12th.  Geoffrey is a gifted and hands-on yogic instructor specializing in linking an individual’s yoga-practice to the ancient being within that is always just a step away from being uncovered.  Explore this one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the deep-self in one of earth’s most authentic natural environments. 

January 13 – 19, 2020

The Imiloa Institute is proud to present the Playing with Infinity Retreat, this January 13th to 19th in the brilliant sunshine of our Costa-Rican paradise.  Plant Medicine, yoga and breathwork, coaching and meditations, and infinite discoveries await our guests in the miraculous natural setting that is Imiloa. Get ready to expand your consciousness. 

January 27 – February 1, 2020

Imiloa brings you Scaling your Mindset, Scale your Business this January 27th-February 1st, a retreat experience designed for business leaders who are ready to move from a limiting plateau, through the valleys of their own self-doubts, to a vista of new heights and capabilities. Learn more about what this life-changing retreat experience can offer to your business, and to your financial success and freedom.

February 5 – 11, 2020

The Imiloa Institute is enraptured with it’s upcoming retreat this February 5th-11th: Becoming Superhuman.  Join 2 Master and multi-modality practitioners at the intersection between spiritual vitality, business success, and mental/emotional stamina – as you upgrade the latent parts of your soul that may have been been previously or partially unavailable to you. Including Wim Hof breathing techniques as well as daily mindfulness practices, this retreat is sure to help you surpass your current state. 




As we enter into a season known for the sniffles, taking extra care of what you put into your body is key. One of the healthiest choices you can make is to fuel your body with as much live, high-vibrational food as possible. 

Everything that comes out of Imiloa’s kitchen is designed to not only feed your body, but also to help you become more connected to nature. 

Try out this yummy Imiloa take on vegan curry!

Cauliflower Curry Rice

1 big cauliflower
2 bunches of green onion, cut fine
3 spoons of madras curry
1⁄4 cup of crushed cashews
3 spoons of sesame oil
2 spoons of tahini
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 diced red bell pepper
1 bunch of cilantro
1 lime 



Cut the cauliflower into small pieces.
Grind it until it looks like the size of rice grains.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. 

Buen Provecho !


As our dream for an empowering center for growth, education, and transformation becomes fully realized, we are compelled to express deep and immense gratitude for each and every soul who steps foot onto our property. We are blessed by the knowledge and vulnerability brought to this sacred space

Welcome home. 

Want to receive more like this in your inbox? Join our list.


Why Imiloa is the Perfect Place for a Digital Detox

Why Imiloa is the Perfect Place for a Digital Detox

When we think of a digital detox we assume, “What am I going to miss?” when in fact we ought to ask “What can we gain?”

It’s reported that the time we consume on our phones consists of 30-second bursts. This suggests that what we are doing is an automatic, habitual type of behavior. If we stopped to examine how much of our lives are truly spent on mindless scrolling, the reality can be quite alarming. 

There’s no denying that technology is only going to advance with time. But as we find ourselves at a critical moment in time, we’re beginning to witness some of the negative side effects that come with hours of screen time. Think: increased anxiety and stress, insomnia, depression, wasted time and overall, missed opportunities to truly connect with others. 

It’s almost as if we are stuck in a catch-22; a conundrum of some sort. In a way, we are more connected than ever, yet why do so many of us feel so disconnected? 

This need for space and time spent away from our screens is dire. With our “smartphone addictions” forming at an all-time high, health experts are deeming this the year of the “tech diet.” This trend of digital detox experiences is on the rise as more modern travelers are seeking opportunities to go offline. 

Pioneering this innovative concept to “disconnect to reconnect” is at the center of Imiloa. It’s at the “Heart” (where we dine, chill and create) of this 5-star Institute where zero internet is available. It encourages guests to interact, connect, and engage in their present surroundings (which are extraordinary, pre-historic jungle trees and animals). 

The space is designed to honor the indigenous Costa Ricans that came before us while incorporating Balinese culture. It’s a multi-use, dining, lounge, and relaxation area, ideal for group and individual meditation and rejuvenation. It’s not a particularly challenging space but it’s design challenges guests to be intimate with themselves, and each other. It causes some discomfort, but once a few nights have passed, the real reward and connection is from the very art of the disconnect.

Disconnection with ourselves means we can’t listen to our inner guidance system. We hand over our personal power, including to our technology. We divert from real human connection, from the healing powers of nature, and most importantly, from ourselves. Imiloa has dedicated itself to being a pathway for people to find their way back home to themselves. The property is a catalyst for this very simple appeal. 

One of the Founding Family members from Imiloa Institute, Eric Grotefeld, a wildly successful investor, entrepreneur and activist in the area of reducing our interaction with technology, shares that he checks his phone only once a week. It was this concept of limiting screen time that inspired Eric and the Imiloa team to create the environment in “Heart.”  

Eric says that “Imiloa is a unique place that presents guests a gift of newfound freedom: time and space spent in nature.” It is this belief that as humans, our first true love is mother earth. It’s why the aesthetics at Imiloa are characterized by the surrounding Costa Rican Savegre Mountains. We chose intentionally. 

There’s an ambiance throughout Imiloa that makes room for guests to experience an immediate connection to nature, without the itch to check-in online. Imiloa provides a safe place to open up, dig deep, and self reflect while practicing intention setting, engaging more, and learning to be fully present. 

The result is not only a renewed sense of awe and freedom in life, but it is also that many of our guests come back and see us two and three times a year for various retreats. It’s as much about the co-attendees, the masters themselves and the nature and structure of Imiloa that make people want to come back again and again. 

Giving yourself a break from digital communication is proven to bring significant benefits, both mentally and emotionally. Our goal is to provide a space where guests can free themselves from the noise and “clutter” of the digital world and return to a more mindful and balanced lifestyle, recharged. 


Pin It on Pinterest