Play. Explore. Deepen. Connect: Women’s Healing Retreat In Costa Rica With Eva and Gretchen

Your TourHero

Heroes Eva & Gretchen

About Eva
Eva believes there is no such thing as advanced yoga and that we wake up in a beginner's mind every day, thankfully. She teaches that the physical portion of the practice is a vehicle to arrive back at the space in which we began, and it's our responsibility to deepen that journey over and over again, as life often pulls us in the opposite direction.

Her teaching focuses on breath, movement, and meditation. Her overall intention with teaching is to build a moment-to-moment awareness that pain and suffering are as transformative as joy and that light is always present no matter how dark things may seem.

Her classes have a core grounding in breath and flow, yet they are safe and supportive for those working through physical challenges. She received her 200-hour teacher training certification from Prema Yoga Brooklyn and is also a graduate of Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal's Therapeutic Yoga Training Program at Integral Yoga in NYC as well as numerous other trainings and immersions.

Eva’s personal practice has guided her through breast cancer, an eating disorder and trauma related to family addiction - experiences which have profoundly influenced her teaching style and her belief in the metamorphic power of yoga. Her priority is to create a safe space for everyone, every body, and each experience that students bring to class.

Eva is excited to join Gretchen for this offering in the exploration of female embodiment in all forms.

She currently lives in Brooklyn with her two amazing sons and teaches at Prema Yoga Brooklyn.

About Gretchen
Gretchen is a Psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. After receiving her MSW from New York University, she worked for five years providing psychotherapy to crime victims at the New York County District Attorney's Office, Special Victims Unit. In addition to private practice, she has taught undergraduate courses in the field of social work at NYU.

Prior to her career as a therapist she received an M.A. in Women's Spirituality in which she explored spiritual practice and ritual art as a path to healing. Service to the divine feminine and energetics influence her approach to healing.

She has also spent over a decade in the embodied practice of Authentic Movement. This practice has deepened her understanding of the wisdom and information held in our bodies. She has come to know intimately that there is no ease or healing before rebuilding a relationship to the body and the sensations that live within us.

In addition, she has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of Relational Life Therapy at the Relational Life Therapy Institute. Building deeper and more intimate connections with self and our partners is at the heart of Relational Life Therapy. Through the lens of RLT, we are able to see ourselves more clearly as well as develop an understanding of ourselves in relationship to our partners.

In her free time, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old, exploring the city, cuddling with her dog, and taking road trips. She is currently writing a book about her own healing journey and the therapist and therapeutic interventions that saved her life and guided her to live an empowered and relational life.

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Apr 28 – May 3, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12 – 15

Transportation

Van

Tour Price

USD 3,950
/ person

Your Fellow Explorers

Age range

21+

Travel interest

Meditation, nature, growth, rejuvenation, movement therapy, yoga

Travel details

If possible, please book a morning flight into Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO). Once we get everyone’s itineraries, we’ll follow up with information about the airport shuttle option.

Costa Rica>Play. Explore. Deepen. Connect: Women’s Healing Retreat In Costa Rica With Eva and Gretchen

To be human is to feel and connect. Practices like Yoga, guided meditation, and authentic movement encourage the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. These embodied rituals can help us listen to our own guiding voices and the hope is we develop an inner north star - a deep, unconditional acceptance of ourselves.

We’ve designed this retreat to utilize these practices, and the beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica, to hold space as you explore, move, breathe, and rest. No experience is necessary in either the physical practice of yoga or authentic movement. This is an LGBTQ inclusive space and all women are welcome.

’Movement , to be experienced, has to be “found” in the body, not put on like a dress or coat. There is that in us which has moved from the very beginning. It is that which can liberate us.’ — Mary Whitehouse

- Through the practices of authentic movement and yoga, we will play, explore, deepen and connect - with ourselves, the landscape around us, and each other.
- We’ll share sounding circles, altar building, and fun nights of sacred music and dance in the moonlight!
- We’ll also explore the energetics of pain and how to work with it somatically as an essential component of emotional freedom and intimacy.

Your retreat days will include:
- Authentic Movement
- Vinyasa/therapeutic/yin/restorative yoga
- Altar building
- Sounding Circles
- Daily afternoon free time to explore
- Options for private add-ons of Authentic Movement and yoga (see below)
- Sacred dance parties

In service to the embodied feminine, Eva and Gretchen will hold space for the opening and unfolding of the innate power that lives within you.

Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until January 23, 2024. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by this date and will receive a full refund.

In this case, TourHero is not responsible for your preparation expenses, such as airline tickets, extra accommodations, loss of work, or any other cost associated with preparing for your trip. We recommend booking travel insurance, along with refundable flights/accommodations in case of cancellation.

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip up until January 23, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit. After this date, no refunds will be given. You can change or cancel your trip in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour. We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Heroes Eva & Gretchen

About Eva
Eva believes there is no such thing as advanced yoga and that we wake up in a beginner's mind every day, thankfully. She teaches that the physical portion of the practice is a vehicle to arrive back at the space in which we began, and it's our responsibility to deepen that journey over and over again, as life often pulls us in the opposite direction.

Her teaching focuses on breath, movement, and meditation. Her overall intention with teaching is to build a moment-to-moment awareness that pain and suffering are as transformative as joy and that light is always present no matter how dark things may seem.

Her classes have a core grounding in breath and flow, yet they are safe and supportive for those working through physical challenges. She received her 200-hour teacher training certification from Prema Yoga Brooklyn and is also a graduate of Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal's Therapeutic Yoga Training Program at Integral Yoga in NYC as well as numerous other trainings and immersions.

Eva’s personal practice has guided her through breast cancer, an eating disorder and trauma related to family addiction - experiences which have profoundly influenced her teaching style and her belief in the metamorphic power of yoga. Her priority is to create a safe space for everyone, every body, and each experience that students bring to class.

Eva is excited to join Gretchen for this offering in the exploration of female embodiment in all forms.

She currently lives in Brooklyn with her two amazing sons and teaches at Prema Yoga Brooklyn.

About Gretchen
Gretchen is a Psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. After receiving her MSW from New York University, she worked for five years providing psychotherapy to crime victims at the New York County District Attorney's Office, Special Victims Unit. In addition to private practice, she has taught undergraduate courses in the field of social work at NYU.

Prior to her career as a therapist she received an M.A. in Women's Spirituality in which she explored spiritual practice and ritual art as a path to healing. Service to the divine feminine and energetics influence her approach to healing.

She has also spent over a decade in the embodied practice of Authentic Movement. This practice has deepened her understanding of the wisdom and information held in our bodies. She has come to know intimately that there is no ease or healing before rebuilding a relationship to the body and the sensations that live within us.

In addition, she has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of Relational Life Therapy at the Relational Life Therapy Institute. Building deeper and more intimate connections with self and our partners is at the heart of Relational Life Therapy. Through the lens of RLT, we are able to see ourselves more clearly as well as develop an understanding of ourselves in relationship to our partners.

In her free time, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old, exploring the city, cuddling with her dog, and taking road trips. She is currently writing a book about her own healing journey and the therapist and therapeutic interventions that saved her life and guided her to live an empowered and relational life.

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Apr 28 – May 3, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12 – 15

Transportation

Van

Costa Rica>Play. Explore. Deepen. Connect: Women’s Healing Retreat In Costa Rica With Eva and Gretchen

To be human is to feel and connect. Practices like Yoga, guided meditation, and authentic movement encourage the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. These embodied rituals can help us listen to our own guiding voices and the hope is we develop an inner north star - a deep, unconditional acceptance of ourselves.

We’ve designed this retreat to utilize these practices, and the beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica, to hold space as you explore, move, breathe, and rest. No experience is necessary in either the physical practice of yoga or authentic movement. This is an LGBTQ inclusive space and all women are welcome.

’Movement , to be experienced, has to be “found” in the body, not put on like a dress or coat. There is that in us which has moved from the very beginning. It is that which can liberate us.’ — Mary Whitehouse

- Through the practices of authentic movement and yoga, we will play, explore, deepen and connect - with ourselves, the landscape around us, and each other.
- We’ll share sounding circles, altar building, and fun nights of sacred music and dance in the moonlight!
- We’ll also explore the energetics of pain and how to work with it somatically as an essential component of emotional freedom and intimacy.

Your retreat days will include:
- Authentic Movement
- Vinyasa/therapeutic/yin/restorative yoga
- Altar building
- Sounding Circles
- Daily afternoon free time to explore
- Options for private add-ons of Authentic Movement and yoga (see below)
- Sacred dance parties

In service to the embodied feminine, Eva and Gretchen will hold space for the opening and unfolding of the innate power that lives within you.

Timeline

  • Day 1 · Costa Rica
  • Arrive at airport in Costa Rica
  • Group transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at Pagoda del Loto Azul
  • Opening circle
  • Dinner
  • Restorative practice
  • Sacred Dance party
  • Day 2 · Pagoda del Loto Azul
  • Breakfast
  • Gathering/Circle and meditation
  • Yoga flow
  • Lunch
  • Free Time - Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Dinner
  • Authentic Movement with Gretchen, with a kundalini warm-up led by Eva
  • Day 3 · Pagoda del Loto Azul
  • Breakfast
  • Gathering/Circle and meditation
  • Yoga flow
  • Lunch
  • Free Time - Choose your own adventure
  • Dinner
  • Sacred Dance Party
  • Day 4 · Pagoda del Loto Azul
  • Breakfast
  • Yoga flow
  • Free time after morning yoga
  • Lunch and dinner at retreat center (optional)
  • Rest or optional free music and movement (facilitated by Gretchen & Eva)
  • Day 5 · Pagoda del Loto Azul
  • Breakfast
  • Gathering/Circle and meditation
  • Yoga flow
  • Lunch
  • Choose your own afternoon adventure
  • Dinner
  • Authentic Movement and Closing circle
  • Day 6 · Departure
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Group transfer from accommodation to airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Play

Upon landing, board a transfer to Pagoda del Loto Azul. Perched on the verdant mountainside of Escaleras, the town has an open view of the South Pacific.

Once everyone has settled in, we will gather for an opening circle. We’ll spend time getting to know each other and you will be introduced to a few practices of embodied consciousness. Dinner is provided.

Day 2

Explore

Rise and shine! It’s our first full day. We will start with breakfast, then a morning circle, followed by a yoga flow session and, if time allows, a nature walk to begin our altar building. After lunch you will have free time where you can rest or head out for an afternoon adventure. Connect with each other over dinner before an end-of-the-day session of Authentic Movement with Gretchen. You will have a chance to draw cards, sit with the altar, dance and share in the group circle before Authentic Movement.

Day 3

Deepen

Breakfast, morning circle and a yoga flow led by Eva. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading out for your own afternoon adventure! Afterwards - dinner followed by a yoga asana warm-up and then an optional facilitated sacred dance party.

Day 4

Connect

Midway mark - besides morning yoga practice, the schedule for today is kept clear so you can decide what you want to do. Explore the tranquil grounds of Pagoda del Loto Azul or go exploring. Pagoda del Loto Azul offers activities like ATV tours, surf lessons and kayaking, so take your pick! If you’d like to continue reaching within instead, let Gretchen and Eva know, and they will meet you for an individual session to practice yoga and Authentic Movement. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, with free time beginning after morning yoga. Lunch and dinner at the retreat center are both optional.

Day 5

Integrate

After breakfast, we will sit together again in circle, and connect about how to integrate our retreat as we prepare to head home . As before, yoga flow before lunch and then a final optional afternoon adventure before dinner. We’ll end our final evening with a session of Authentic Movement followed by a closing circle.

Day 6

Departure

We will meet for breakfast one last time before we check out and head to the airport. Take care, and don’t be a stranger!

Accommodation

  • Pagoda del Loto Azul

    Discover the harmonious blend of luxury and nature at Pagoda del Loto Azul, a magnificent vacation home and yoga retreat venue, perched on the verdant mountainside of Escaleras, nestled between Dominical and Uvita, in the enchanting South Pacific region of Costa Rica. Enveloped in the tranquility of the tropical rainforest and boasting panoramic 180-degree ocean views, this secluded sanctuary welcomes you to experience serene living in its well-appointed main house and intimate casitas, all of which exude a unique charm, offering exceptional amenities to ensure your comfort. Reinvigorate your senses with a dip in the refreshing pool, perfectly situated to provide unparalleled vistas of the world-famous Whale's Tail, Caño Island, and the Osa Peninsula. For the wellness enthusiasts, the yoga shala is the ideal setting for rejuvenating practices with an idyllic backdrop. Although blissfully remote, the coastal highway is just a five-minute drive away, granting easy access to pristine beaches, gastronomic delights, and exhilarating adventures. Room type: Double and single occupancy. Room Configuration: Queen, Double, Twin beds.

Included

  • 5 nights at Pagoda del Loto Azul
  • Shared double or single occupancy in accommodation
  • All meals
  • One group airport arrival transfer
  • One group airport departure transfer
  • All wellness sessions led by Eva and Gretchen as described in the itinerary

Not included

  • Flights
  • Optional add-ons
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

FAQ

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

Please check the on this itinerary page for specific details.

Will TourHero or the operator take care of my visa (if applicable)?

Travelers are responsible for researching visa requirements and obtaining a visa if needed. Please check government websites to ensure you have the necessary documents, along with passport requirements, before your departure date. This includes necessary transit visas, permits, and vaccinations required prior to travel and any required reciprocity fees for the destination. TourHero will provide a booking confirmation document after purchase, which may be needed to obtain a visa.

If your visa is denied for any reason, TourHero will issue a refund based on the cancellation policy. However, we are unable to provide a refund after the cancellation due date has passed.

Do I need a passport for this trip?

A full and valid passport is required for all persons traveling to any destination outside of one’s home country. Most international tours require a passport that's valid for at least six (6) months beyond the scheduled end of your itinerary. TourHero will not issue refunds based on passport issues such as renewals or lost passports.

What's included in the price?

Please check the inclusion and exclusion sections above. You'll find information about included meals, transfers, flights, and activities. If you have any questions or need support, please contact hello@tourhero.com.

Available add-on

Private authentic movement session and private intention setting and processing (60 minutes)

Book a 60-minute individual session with Eva and Gretchen to practice authentic movement, intention setting, and processing.

Price: USD 200

15 spots left

Image provided by Eva Pinkley

Private authentic movement session and private intention setting and processing (90 minutes)

Book a 90-minute individual session with Eva and Gretchen to practice authentic movement, intention setting, and processing.

Price: USD 300

15 spots left

Image provided by Eva Pinkley

Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until January 23, 2024. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by this date and will receive a full refund.

In this case, TourHero is not responsible for your preparation expenses, such as airline tickets, extra accommodations, loss of work, or any other cost associated with preparing for your trip. We recommend booking travel insurance, along with refundable flights/accommodations in case of cancellation.

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip up until January 23, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit. After this date, no refunds will be given. You can change or cancel your trip in your TourHero account by clicking on Your Trips.

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour. We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 3,950
Per person