MARCH 7 – 12, 2023
About The Retreat
Join us on an experiential journey through transformational breathwork, elevated dance, flow arts, yoga and self reflection that will guide you to manifest your expanded potential!
Connect with your creative life force and bring forth complete rejuvenation!
Immerse yourself in nature while relishing in soul nourishing ceremonies and enjoying aerial-fire-dance performances and excursions.
This is an opportunity to practice deep self-work while having fun and relaxing where the jungle meets the ocean! We laugh, we cry, we listen, we share — we’re human together!
Meet our 2022 retreat guests:
Elevated Dance is the embodiment of transcending through limitations and stagnation, inspired by ecstatic dance and 5 rhythms. It’s a liberating experience to lean into what’s present for you and dance with it! Through awareness, guidance, and ritual, you’ll explore movement as medicine and the body as an instrument of expression. This dance is a calling to be authentically you, to break patterns, to shed layers, and to celebrate the human spirit. Expect intentional facilitation & self intuitive movement, community connection, and a safe space to ultimately ELEVATE your BEING. Through the freedom to express, we transcend into the ability to love more freely and connect more deeply.
AIReal Yoga is real YOGA in the AIR. The hammock is used to refine, realign, restore and renew your mat practice, challenging you, and holding you while you flip your hourglass on a journey of self-healing. The hammock safely guides you into yoga postures you might have thought impossible, empowering you to believe in yourself and expand your idea of your potential! ELEVATE ~ ALLEVIATE ~ EXHILARATE
Meditative Movement with Flow Props
Flow arts are meditative types of dance with various dance props such as hoops, poi, staff, silk fans & more. They allow you to enter the flow state, a state of such deep concentration that the conscious part of your brain turns off, and your infinitely more powerful unconscious takes control. This flow state paired with free-form movement triggers a shift in your body’s chemical balance. You build powerful neural circuits, perform better, learn faster. You become more creative, confident and joyful. We believe there’s a flow art for everyone, and this is your chance to find your flow!
Experience various types of yoga that cultivate equilibrium between body, mind, and soul. Whether through intentional movement (Hatha) or long held supported postures (Restorative), Yoga establishes self-awareness, releasing of habitual patterns both physically and mentally, and manifests emotional well-being all through conscious breath (Pranayama). During Chakra Yoga, we’ll move through asanas, affirmations, intentions and visualizations related to each of the 7 chakras. Each flow will open and energize the corresponding part of your body and encourage you to reflect on various aspects of your life. Ecstatic Yoga is a dance-inspired yoga intended to cultivate joy while energizing your body and mind.
This active meditation uses an open, deep, connected breathing pattern to energize your entire being, boost your immune system & increase vitality. This is an integrative therapy which affects all aspects of your being, returning you to your most natural state of self healing and harmony. Your breath is your life force, therefore the quality of your breath directly relates to the quality of your life.
Other benefits of Breathwork include easier focus and concentration, release of stored trauma, elimination of habits, ability to self regulate under strong emotional states, deeper meditation and inner peace.
If you choose to participate in aerial dance classes, we’ll move our bodies, challenge ourselves, learn how much we’re capable of and have fun together. Workshops will include various levels of silks, lyra and hammock. Whether you’re trying it out for the first time or you’re an experienced aerialist wanting to learn new tricks, we’ll have an option for you. You might even decide to join the show! Showing the community what you’ve learned is an empowering experience that will inspire you to embody your greatest self.
What you will learn
- Greater understanding of your soul purpose & mission
- Empowerment to design your ideal life
- Connection with your inner compass
- Awakened dormant creativity
- Alignment of your inner inspirations with your external reality
- Opened curiosity
- Expanded potential
- Congruence between your heart and your mind so you can activate the life you’re dreaming
Come as you are. Tune into Self. Meet the land. Connect as community.
Arrive at San Jose International Airport
Luxury Transportation Pick-Up
Private Flight to Imiloa Institute
Check in / Refreshments
Dive deep within. Explore. Immerse.
Mindful Walk to Waterfall
Journaling, Breathwork, Dance
Feel. Accept. Love. Share.
Evening Aerial & Fire Performances
Release. Surrender. Transmute. Change.
Visit Playa (beach). Relax & Reflect.
Meditative Movement with Flow Props
Create. Manifest. Express. Celebrate.
Design Your Ideal Life
Afternoon Choose Your Own Adventure
Poolside Sunset Ceremony
Closing Ceremony & Fire Circle
Depart. Transformed. Inspired. Activated.
Meditation / Reflection
Luxury transportation to flight
Private flight to San Jose Airport
Our retreat immersions are for you if:
- You are ready to awaken to your power & become the creator of your reality
- You are looking for tools to bring you back into alignment with your innate wisdom
- You love connecting with the beauty of nature
- You know you have untapped creativity waiting to emerge
- You are ready to move beyond expired ways of thinking & being
- You have been feeling stuck or stagnant and need to reset
- You are adventurous and curious
- You are in a life or career transition
- You are working on a creative project & ready to dissolve your blocks
- You are calling in expansion to your blossoming business or entrepreneurship
- You are seeking a journey beyond the constructs of society
- You are open to trying new things even when they’re unfamiliar
- You are willing to honor where you are at in your journey with unconditional love
- You create a nonjudgmental welcoming space for others
Whether you are deeply immersed in your journey or just trying to find your path, you are welcome.
ReKinection, Inspiration Activation & Elevated Being are collaborating to bring you an experiential journey of movement, breathwork, intention & adventure. During this transformational retreat we will weave together many powerful practices to guide you back into alignment with your whole Self; mind, body, heart & spirit.
Shenee is a creator and visionary who’s life is dedicated to being in service to others. With a background in both the healing arts & permaculture design, she takes an integrative approach to wellness, encouraging clients to consider their physical, mental and emotional states, as well as the quality of their breath and their relationship to their environment. At the foundation of her teachings is breathwork as a tool for intentional lifestyle design. Shenee works with clients both virtually & in person through 1:1 sessions, programs, group workshops & immersive retreats.
www.inspirationactivation.life / IG: @inspiration_activation FB: www.facebook.com/shenee.alexa.lmt
Celeste is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and ayurvedic wellness coach based in Portland, Oregon. She works with the ancient tools of yoga in tandem with modern somatic practices to support students in listening to their body’s natural wisdom to heal from the inside out. In her 12-week mentorship, Season of Wellness, she meets weekly with students to guide them through an immersive experience of wellness by integrating movement, mindset and menu.
As an advocate for many healing modalities, Sara is primarily a movement artist expressed through yoga & conscious dance facilitation, in which she believes is crucial for health & vitality. Her philosophy and teachings integrate various healing practices in the pursuit of spiritual development for full embodiment and optimal well-being. Sara’s private practice, Elevated Feminine, weaves together the science of hormonal education and energetic awareness for women all over the world through 1:1 or group coaching and intentional retreat experiences.
www.elevated-being.com / IG: @elevated_sara FB: www.facebook.com/saracloverstl
Laura Lockton is a certified yoga & AIReal yoga teacher, experienced aerial-fire-dance performer & teacher, and conscious event producer. She has found that body movement and performing arts have profound benefits beyond physical health. It is this holistic healing which creates joy, confidence and balance that fuels her passion for flow arts and yoga. In 2017, Laura founded ReKinection, a performance troupe and conscious event production company that is a collaboration of guides, performers, musicians and artists conspiring to inspire. She produces conscious festivals & retreats and teaches body movement, performing arts and holistic health classes at events across the country.
www.rekinection.com / IG: @rekinection / FB: www.facebook.com/ReKinection
Sara & Shenee have been nothing but welcoming. The entire time I’ve been here I’ve felt like I could tell them anything & I never felt judged. I’ve been able to detach from the way I’m viewing myself & allow myself to just be free…
I feel like I’m returning to childhood- I’ve just had SO MUCH FUN!!
Two years after my first breath session, I gave birth to our son at home, unmedicated. My sessions with Shenee were a key in helping my trust my own body. Throughout my 24 hours of labor my breath was my guide and my medicine. For this I am forever grateful for the skills I acquired in my sessions with Shenee. She is a gifted teacher of the breath and body.
Quad occupancy in a Geodesic Dome with views of the jungle
Triple occupancy in a Geodesic Dome with views of the jungle
Double occupancy in a Jungle Bungalow with beautiful jungle views
A completely private campus; available to your retreat group only. Access to a private waterfall, nature paths, incredible flora and fauna, and an ocean view infinity pool. Also included is a dedicated team of 20+ local professionals to coordinate everything for your enjoyment, from touch down to take off.
Private transportation from the International airport to our campus; a private driver and transportation to our campus in Imiloa Mountain.
What’s Not Included
Flights to SJO, Spa Services
You will be immersed in a 22-acre jungle oasis in Dominical, Costa Rica.
This enchanted mountainside jungle venue is ten minutes from the beach and it is the perfect setting to experience deep healing, embraced by nature, yet completely luxurious.
While staying at Imiloa you will enjoy our nature paths, our private waterfall, our salt-water pool, stunning views and delicious and nutritious meals by our five-star vegan chef.
Included in each accommodation is the comfiest mattresses, 850 thread count sheets, storage space and dry rooms as needed, fiber optic internet, daily cleaning service, private en-suite bath, indoor/outdoor design for every accommodation with a focus on nature and being your private refuge, and full service, thrice-filtered private well for drinking water throughout the property.
Bali Village is perched 1200 feet about the Pacific Ocean, on a ridge line of flora, fauna and wildlife every direction you look. These 5 accommodations are 160-200 year old homes imported from Bali. Each with their own en suite bathrooms, the homes bring you back and create a self space for rejuvenation and transformation.
BALI MASTER SUITE
200 Year Old Homes from Bali. Imported from the Java Islands, these homes boast outdoor showers, full kitchen access, surreal vista views to the Pacific, their own salt water plunge pools and hand-carved art that is as old as the houses.
Perched on the edge of the cliff, at the furthest end of the property, sits a 170 year old home from the Java Islands we call Jogolo. Complete with a writer’s desk, outdoor Balinese shower, hand-carved architecture that will transport you to another land and time, Jogolo is teeming with history and comfort. Your cold plunge pool is adjacent to a warm bath, both outdoor. Full kitchen, too.
This two-floor imported home from Bali will have you wishing you’d never leave. Complete with a King Bed and a twin in the corner of the 180 year old home, Potoo has modern luxury with 360 views of the Pacific. On the lower level, a plunge pool and private spa. Potoo also includes many outdoor chairs, hammocks and a full kitchen, too.
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.
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
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.
THE HEART OF IMILOA
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.
Imiloa’s world-class spa is a curated, sensual and deeply moving experience. Choose from Ayurvedic massages and practices, to a shamanic masseuse from our team members who are from the Boruca indigenous tribe here in Costa Rica, to more traditional Swedish, relaxation or Thai yoga massages, body wraps and others. A full list of spa offerings and a link to book during your free time will be provided to you before you arrival.
- Schedule your plane to arrive at SJO. In order to access your private plane charter, all guests must be at the Domestic Terminal at SJO San Jose, Costa Rica no later than 3PM on the arrival day.
- Once landed, proceed to customs and instructions will be provided to meet Imiloa concierge.
- Proceed to baggage claim with concierge and proceed to Domestic Terminal (3 minute walk from International Terminal). Please be at the Domesitc Terminal at SJO San Jose, Costa Rica no later than 3PM on your day of arrival.
- Private Imiloa plane will be waiting to fly you to Quepos.
- Private ground transport shuttles will pick you up in Quepos and bring you to Imiloa.
- If you are already in Costa Rica, ground transport may be coordinated from Quepos, Dominical or Uvita as inclusive.
- Please do not plan to drive to Imiloa on your own. It is not permitted.
- If you need to arrive the day before, please stay at the Hampton Inn across from the airport, or plan to be in the San Jose Domestic Terminal for private flight to Imiloa by no later than 3PM (instructions will be emailed).
- You will depart Imiloa at 9AM, and arrive at the landing strip at 9:30AM, with an estimated arrival to SJO airport at 10:30AM. The domestic terminal is a 5-10 minute walk to the international terminal at SJO. Typically, it is suggested to be at the international terminal 2.5 hours prior to your international departure. Please book your departing international flight accordingly, knowing that you will be at the airport at 10:30AM on departure day.
Questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAVEL INSURANCE and COVID PROCEDURES
- Imiloa has partnered with a comprehensive travel insurance provider that meets the entry requirements for Costa Rica and offers “cancel for any reason” plans to maximize coverage: www.globalrescue.com/imiloa (additional cost)
- COVID tests for entry and exit requirements to your home country can be done on site. We have an on-call physician that can come to the property for testing and results sent in English.
- We follow cleansing and sanitization protocols as per Ministry of Health to ensure a safe environment
- Staff and retreat participants are asked to follow and safety guidelines such as social distancing, washing of hands, and proper mask wearing.
Imiloa is located in the jungle, at the top of a mountain, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our lush retreat center is located adjacent to the second most biodiverse land on the planet.
Dominical, only 13 minutes away, is a beach town with surfer vibes, great coffee and plenty of shopping. Just north of our municipality is Quepos and to the south, Ojochal and Uvita, which is known as the Whale’s Tail.
Just 45 minutes east sits Costa Rica’s second largest city, San Isidro. Within an hour of Imiloa in all directions, you have access to airports, cafes, beaches, waterfalls, biodiversity and happy people ready to show you the lush, lovely area we call home.
You’ll arrive easily on our private plane, and your group will enjoy unlimited transportation to and from the beach, to and from the airport and throughout your stay with us.