Immerse yourself in nourishing & joyful embodiment practices for the new year and beyond.
December 27, 2021 – January 3, 2022
About The Retreat
Living in these human bodies can be complicated business! Often, we are unaware of how habituated stress patterns in our bodies create physical, mental and emotional limits. This True Body Project experience will give participants simple practices to “come to their senses” to feel connected, rejuvenated and ready for the year to come.
The True Body Project (TBP) is one of the programs of TheWell.World and was founded in 2005 to help teen girls have a healthier relationship with their bodies and to become advocates for the health and safety of girls everywhere. Now expanded to all genders and ages, TBP curriculum has touched thousands in the US and abroad. TBP founder Stacy Sims has worked cross-culturally in Cambodia and Indonesia and is excited to bring the work to Costa Rica. The program features a workbook plus a beautifully designed series of coins that tie to easy mindful movement practices that are considered essential for anyone who suffers from stress and/or challenges with mood and emotion, concentration and connection to others.
What does this mean for you? It means that you will engage in simple, guided exercises to begin to understand a little more precisely your own embodied patterns of constriction (and how these postural/internal constrictions link to thoughts and emotions.) This will also you to practice body-based resourcing for greater ease and flow in all things.
The tools we use in this light-hearted, deep work include guided meditations, conversations, movement (think Yoga, Pilates, postural awareness – no experience required and/or masters welcome!), and sensory play. You will learn about Somatics, trauma and the intersectional nature of healing for self/community. The “work” of the week will be far more experiential than “heady.”
Do you live in a human body? Do you experience times when you are eager to make a change and you feel stuck?
Then True Body is for you. Whether you are an experienced yogi or have never once experienced mindfulness or slower movement practices, this experiential learning week is for you. We lean into YOUR wisdom for all the answers you need.
Book now to Come To Your Senses! True Body + New Year’s + IMILOA + You = MAGIC for the entire year.
What You Will Learn
True Body, New Year: Come to Your Senses
Stacy Sims has been studying wellness frameworks for two decades to find the essential and integrative practices for ease and capacity for growth, healing and connection. You will learn:
- A new or renewed sense of connection with your own, internal signature that you can return to at any moment to ground yourself in what matters.
- A new or renewed sense of your true center, working to dismantle habituated “”bracing”” or “”voiding”” patterns to feel a robust and vital internal strength.
- The capacity to turn any fear of the unknown into a superpower of curiosity, creativity and flow.
- How your early life helped create your personality strategy for thriving as best you could and to assess how these compensatory, internalized concepts serve you today.
- How to be an empowered, empathic listener for deep connections across perceived divides.
- How to recalibrate with laughter, pleasure and joy as a daily practice.
Stacy Sims is a mind-body educator, social practice artist, and author. She is the founder of The Well, which includes City Silence, an international network of community mindfulness gatherings, Mindful Music Moments, an innovative school program combining mindfulness and music, and the True Body Project, an award-winning trauma-informed wellness program to help girls and women, men and boys connect to their best selves and each other. Sims is also a novelist, playwright, and children’s books author.
“True Body exposed me to valuable new resources and helped me to explore the practice of more regularly tuning into my body as a way to support my healing process. It also helped me to gain a firm understanding of the fundamentals of somatic practices and how implementing these practices into my daily routine can compliment and enhance my core existing meditation and mindfulness practices.”
“True Body Project gave me a foundation of somatic tools and approaches that could be used and accessible within every population I might desire to work with. It gave me exposure to an array of modalities I could play within and created the space for me to explore the things I best connected with deeper to bring back into my own flavor of teaching. And it was a vehicle of connection both to myself and to a continuous expanding community of like-minded people. The skills I learned have been able to be applied in everything from teaching grade school children to working with birth doula clients.”
“What I learned from True Body was how to become more empowered and connected with my body, mind, and spirit. As my own recovery and healing journey evolved, I was inspired to learn more about different techniques and modality to share with and help support others. True body shows up in my yoga, sound and reiki work as trauma-informed care to support each unique journey and guide people through sound, breath and movements to relax, renew and restore.”
“True Body made it clear to me how much holistic health really can be an integral part of our daily life, as opposed to an isolated practice. While as a cancer survivor, I intuitively understand the need for embodiment and connection, the training with Stacy has offered me valuable techniques in holding space for others to experience, embody and express themselves in playful and sustainable ways.”
“What I learned from True Body is the incredible power of the breath to link and sync the body, the mind, and the spirit. I coach how to breathe into discomfort, deepening abilities to link and sync with the humanity of ourselves and each other.”
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.
Gourmet plant-based cuisine prepared by Chef Pedro and the team using all local and organic produce. Full meals, snacks, teas, coffees, juices, elixirs and fruit trays available throughout your stay.
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.
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 Joglo. Complete with a writer’s desk, outdoor Balinese shower, hand-carved architecture that will transport you to another land and time, Joglo 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.
Chef Pedro and Imiloa’s kitchen team are rated 5 stars in every area of the culinary experience by our thousands of guests. Food at Imiloa is an experience of itself — the perfect blend of art, nutritious and in harmony with nature, Imiloa’s kitchen is proud to cater needs to every type of request, allergy or desire. We are a plant based kitchen.
- 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)
Questions? Email us: [email protected]
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.