Re-Imagine Legacy: 6 Days of Restoration, Transformation & Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica with Naimah Efia

Your TourHero

Hero Naimah Efia

Naimah Efia is a holistic health practitioner, psychic emancipationist, and healer within the ancient-future traditions of the African diaspora. Within a commitment to self-determined healing for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), Naimah creates transformation through politicized, decolonial care. They also teach yoga and offer integrative training on the intersections of yoga, social justice and identity politics. They're a proud Ma-MaGe to toddler twins, as well as a doula, centering perinatal mental health across the spectrum of their reproductive justice work. Naimah also offers their skills & care as a healing justice practitioner, liberation-based educator and community activist.

To read more about Naimah’s work, passions, and professional commitments, scroll down to the FAQ section, and click here to find more information about Naimah’s approach to decolonial care & alchemy praxis.

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Nov 16 - 21, 2023

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12 - 16

Transportation

Group airport & activity transfers

Tour Price

USD 2,500
/ person

Your Fellow Explorers

Age range

21+

Travel interest

Beaches & Nature, Cultural Connections, Liberation & Healing, Yoga & Reflection

Fellow Travelers

12
 total travelers
AdjoaAimeeBrittanyNaimah EfiaZanifa Beatrina PAMELAramelcyHeidiSurrencalesleyEstrella

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Costa Rica>Re-Imagine Legacy: 6 Days of Restoration, Transformation & Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica with Naimah Efia

Embark on a 6-day journey to Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat, a serene oasis nestled in the lush tropical greenery of Costa Rica's southern Caribbean. This immersive experience will offer a space for restoration, renewal, and reclamation, steeped in community connection. This will be fostered through a range of carefully curated activities and offerings. Start each day with thoughtful reflections, followed by replenishing yoga practices and communal meals imbued with affirmation and generative practices to set the course for each day. The retreat will offer enriching group outings such as a guided immersion within the Bri Bri tribe’s Indigenous village and a day of Afro-Caribbean culture. The retreat’s rhythm blends scheduled activities with cherished #Free(Too) Time, allowing for personal exploration or rest. Evenings often culminate in shared dinners, discussions, playful games, and meaningful rituals that honor the inspiration and intention for this retreat (Re-Imagining Legacy).

This sacred adventure invites you to embrace a renewed experience of wellness, culture, and the transformative joy of community amidst the tranquil beauty of Costa Rica. Book now and secure your spot on what promises to be a transformational journey and reclamation of our right to be, breathe, and build worlds together, while we get #FreeToo!

Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until September 20, 2023. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by September 20, 2023 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 September 20, 2023 for a refund, excluding the deposit amount. After this time, no refunds will be given.

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 (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). 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

Hero Naimah Efia

Naimah Efia is a holistic health practitioner, psychic emancipationist, and healer within the ancient-future traditions of the African diaspora. Within a commitment to self-determined healing for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), Naimah creates transformation through politicized, decolonial care. They also teach yoga and offer integrative training on the intersections of yoga, social justice and identity politics. They're a proud Ma-MaGe to toddler twins, as well as a doula, centering perinatal mental health across the spectrum of their reproductive justice work. Naimah also offers their skills & care as a healing justice practitioner, liberation-based educator and community activist.

To read more about Naimah’s work, passions, and professional commitments, scroll down to the FAQ section, and click here to find more information about Naimah’s approach to decolonial care & alchemy praxis.

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Nov 16 - 21, 2023

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12 - 16

Transportation

Group airport & activity transfers

Costa Rica>Re-Imagine Legacy: 6 Days of Restoration, Transformation & Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica with Naimah Efia

Embark on a 6-day journey to Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat, a serene oasis nestled in the lush tropical greenery of Costa Rica's southern Caribbean. This immersive experience will offer a space for restoration, renewal, and reclamation, steeped in community connection. This will be fostered through a range of carefully curated activities and offerings. Start each day with thoughtful reflections, followed by replenishing yoga practices and communal meals imbued with affirmation and generative practices to set the course for each day. The retreat will offer enriching group outings such as a guided immersion within the Bri Bri tribe’s Indigenous village and a day of Afro-Caribbean culture. The retreat’s rhythm blends scheduled activities with cherished #Free(Too) Time, allowing for personal exploration or rest. Evenings often culminate in shared dinners, discussions, playful games, and meaningful rituals that honor the inspiration and intention for this retreat (Re-Imagining Legacy).

This sacred adventure invites you to embrace a renewed experience of wellness, culture, and the transformative joy of community amidst the tranquil beauty of Costa Rica. Book now and secure your spot on what promises to be a transformational journey and reclamation of our right to be, breathe, and build worlds together, while we get #FreeToo!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · San Jose & Puerto Viejo
  • Arrive at SJO Airport
  • Group transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat
  • Room assignments and tours
  • #Free(Too) Time
  • Collective dinner with intros & housekeeping
  • Evening ritual/practice (SANKOFA) *Dreaming Weaving*
  • Day 2 · Puerto Viejo
  • Morning Pages & Reflection
  • Morning Yoga Practice (#FreeToo Foundations)
  • Breakfast & Affirmations Practice
  • Potential School Supply Donation
  • Collective Beach Outing + Olokun/Yemaya offerings at the watah
  • #Free(Too) Time
  • Community Care Practice + Dinner
  • Game Night + Kiki Time (optional)
  • Day 3 · Puerto Viejo
  • Morning Pages & Reflection
  • Breakfast + Affirming Black Parents Practice
  • Indian Reserve Talamaca Waterfalls and Chocolate tour
  • #Free(Too) Time
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Yoga Practice (Chandra Namaskar)
  • Dinner + Community Care Practice & Community Discussion (Debrief from Bri Bri Immersion)
  • Game night or Kiki Time (optional)
  • Day 4 · Puerto Viejo
  • Morning Pages & Reflection
  • Breakfast & Reimagining Black Parenting Community Cypher
  • Afro-Caribbean Cultural Immersion
  • Evening Yoga or Movement Practice
  • #Free(Too) Time
  • Group Outing: Dinner & Black Joy + Play Experience
  • Day 5 · Puerto Viejo
  • Morning Pages & Reflection + AM Yoga Practice
  • Breakfast + Affirmations Practice (Affirming the Village)
  • Group Outing: Afro-Caribbean Dance Class
  • Evening Restorative Yoga Practice + #Free(Too) Time
  • Collective Dinner & Reflections from the Week
  • Closing Ritual & Celebration
  • Day 6 · Departure
  • Community Connection & Commitment Closing Cypher
  • Light/Grab & Go Breakfast + Check Out of Accommodation
  • Group transfer to SJO Airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Costa Rica – prepare for a unifying and deeply transformational experience in paradise

Welcome to your first day of restoration and renewal in the heart of Costa Rica. As you land at the SJO Airport, you’ll already be invited into the energy of the country's Pura Vida lifestyle. A group transfer takes you through the stunning landscapes of the country and towards your rejuvenating oasis, the Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed by the verdant embrace of the tropical jungle, a harmony of sights, sounds, and scents that speak of tranquility and rest. You'll be guided through the check-in process, with each guest being shown to their individual haven of relaxation; each room designed to celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of the Caribbean lifestyle.

Once settled, you’ll be given ample free time to explore and commune with the encompassing natural beauty or indulge in some personal quiet time. As the sun starts to lower in the vibrant sky, we’ll gather for a collective dinner. This shared meal is an opportunity for each of us to introduce ourselves, connect, and understand our collective journey for the coming days. We’ll go over any housekeeping matters, ensuring your stay is as comfortable and seamless as possible.

As night descends, we’ll gather for our first healing session – SANKOFA 'Dream Weaving'. The evening ritual will call on legacies of our past, present, and future and invite us to begin manifesting a new world for our families. We’ll move together through a collective experience of storytelling, introspection, and sharing wisdom, as we begin shaping a liberated vision for our future generations. Release, re-imagine and prepare for transformation in paradise.

Day 2

Honoring & Offering Gratitude: A day of restoration, unity, and joyful exploration

Embrace the warmth of a new day with our Morning Pages & Reflection, a practice offered to invite you to set an intention for your day and ground your experience in your inner knowings and truths. This is followed by a grounding morning yoga practice, focused on #FreeToo Foundations, designed to help you connect with your breath, your body, and the energy of the natural surroundings. Breakfast awaits you next, a nourishing spread of local, organic foods to fuel your day, while our Affirmations Practice serves to nourish your spirit, sowing the seeds of positive intention and self-recognition.

Embrace the magic of Costa Rica's stunning coastlines with our group beach outing. Here, we'll engage in a sacred ritual of making offerings to Olokun and Yemaya at the watah, invoking the blessings of these revered deities and honoring the profound connection between us and the natural world. The afternoon invites you into your #Free(Too) time – a space for you to explore, rest, or engage in personal practices, aligning with your unique rhythm and needs.

As the evening unfolds, we’ll convene for a Community Care Practice, a time for collective sharing, support, and nourishment, followed by a lovingly prepared dinner. For those who want to add a little extra spice to the close of the day, we’ll have Game Night + Kiki Time, an optional gathering for communion, fellowship and a good ol’ fashioned kick back. Engage with the group or rest up for another day of growth and possibility.

Day 3

Cultural Immersion & Honoring Source: A day of Indigenous wisdom and wellness practices

Awake to another transformative day of healing and connection as we begin with our Morning Pages & Reflection. Alongside our breakfast spread, we’ll engage in an Affirming Black Parents Practice, a dedicated space for honoring and affirming the vital role of parenting within our communities and legacy building.

We’ll then embark on an enlightening tour of the Bri Bri tribe’s Indigenous village located in the Indian Reserve of Puerto Viejo. Immerse yourself in their vibrant culture, learning about their way of life, and participating in a unique chocolate-making workshop. The tour concludes with a refreshing visit to the stunning Talamanca Waterfalls, a place for relaxation, swimming, and awe at the beauty of our natural world. A traditional Costa Rican midday meal awaits us there, filled with hearty flavors and authentic recipes.

Upon our return, #Free(Too) Time unfolds, offering space for personal exploration, rest, or engagement in chosen activities. The energy of the day winds down with an afternoon yoga session that honors the cooling, calming energy of the moon. We then gather for our Community Care Practice, sharing a nourishing dinner and camaraderie.

The day culminates in a community discussion and debrief from our Bri Bri immersion, providing a space to reflect on and share our experiences. For those wishing to continue the connection, enjoy more Games & Kiki Time (minus the beef over counting books - - - yes, Spades)!

Day 4

Afro-Caribbean Exploration & Exchange: A day of cultural connection and conscious reimagining

Our Morning Pages & Reflection session prepares your mind for a day steeped in cultural enlightenment, conscious dialogue, and activities that feed back into the communities of Costa-Rica who share our lineage. Following breakfast we’ll engage in a Community Cypher on Reimagining Black Parenting, redefining the dimensions, complexities, and possibilities of Black parenting through our collective wisdom.

Our journey continues with an enriching Afro-Caribbean cultural immersion, stewarded by our cultural expert and freedom family, Chosen Collective. We’ll be guided through activities to explore Afro-Caribbean influence within the tapestry of Costa Rican culture, as well as our shared heritage. We’ll engage with Black-owned businesses, unique workshops, and more!

Upon returning, a restorative evening yoga/movement practice will be offered to gently bring you through honoring and connecting with your body, mind, and spirit. As always, there will also be #Free(Too) Time and opportunity to relax, explore, or engage in personal practices at your leisure.

As twilight descends, we gear up for an exciting outing – a shared Dinner & Black Joy + Play Experience. This evening is a celebration of unity, laughter, and shared experiences, designed to ignite joy and elevate the magick of our connections.

Information about Chosen Collective Consulting & Reset-Retreat, LLC
Chosen Collective Consulting & Reset-Retreat, LLC is a community-based consulting and wellness firm committed to supporting organizations’ leadership around DEI-Justice. The founder, Dio Aldridge, is a Blatinx Trans Man, who hails from strong Afro-Caribbean and Latinx roots — born in Limón, Costa Rica. Chosen Collective consults and curates yearly retreats and believes in a world where BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ folks no longer have to 'rest' or 'retreat' from oppressive systems and culture.

Day 5

Unifying Journeys: A day of nature exploration, reflection, and collective celebration

Embrace the dawning of our final full day with our Morning Pages & Reflection, a nurturing practice underscoring unity and interconnectedness, followed by a morning yoga practice to awaken your body and mind. Post-practice, join us for a wholesome breakfast while engaging in our Affirmations Practice, ‘Affirming the Village’, designed to foster a sense of communal strength and possibility.

To move into the afternoon, we’ll embark on a group outing to an Afro-Caribbean dance class. Here, you'll connect with the local tradition and move your body freely. It's an excellent way to express yourself through movement, and you will feel a stronger relationship with your body and your surroundings when the class is complete.

Upon our return, a restorative yoga practice awaits to help ease your body and spirit from the day's adventures, and begin synthesizing all that we’ve shared and grown together throughout our journey.  This will be alongside #Free(Too) Time for personal leisure or exploration. As the sun sets, we’ll come together for a group dinner, using this time to reflect upon our shared experiences over the past week.

Our day concludes with a sacred Closing Ritual & Celebration. This final gathering is not just a farewell, but a celebration of our journey, marking the unity, learning, and new world possibilities that we’ve co-cultivated during our time together.  Here we can honor the imprint we’ve already made on a new legacy and a new way forward for our families and ourselves.

Day 6

Embracing Farewells: A day of closure, connection, and commemoration

As our final day begins, we’ll gather one last time for a Community Connection & Commitment Closing. This is an opportunity to reflect on our shared experiences, honor the connections we've made, and commit to carrying the transformative energy of our retreat into our everyday lives. Post-cypher, enjoy a light, grab & go breakfast, a selection of fresh, local fare, thoughtfully prepared for your journey ahead. We’ll say our goodbyes and hop in our group transfer to the airport, providing a final opportunity for shared reflections, fellowship, and farewells.

Though our journey together may end as the plane lifts off, the bonds formed, the growth experienced, and the memories made during this retreat will remain, a testament to the power of community, healing, and the beauty of Costa Rica. Remember, this retreat was not just a moment in time, but a stepping stone on our continuous path towards a new world for Black families. May we all carry the spirit of Pura Vida with us as we make our departures and prepare for the freedom journey ahead.

Accommodation

  • Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat

    Nestled within the lush and vibrant tropical jungle of the southern Caribbean region of Costa Rica, Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat serves as a serene oasis for those seeking rejuvenation, tranquility, and an intimate connection with nature. This boutique hotel, designed by Italian architects, offers a harmonious blend of modern elegance and indigenous warmth, featuring a variety of accommodations including eight tropical bungalows, two Caribbean studios with kitchens, and three standard rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, laptop safes, and external verandas.

    Sonora’s facilities celebrate wellness and holistic living, with a Shala Yoga space, a serene massage room, and a stunning outdoor swimming pool, all nestled amidst the ever-present hum of the jungle. Culinary delights await you at their breakfast area, with organic local produce prepared by their passionate chefs, dedicated to sustainable and healthy cuisine. Immerse yourself in the tranquil magic of Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat, and let the enchanting rhythm of Pura Vida permeate your soul. Room type: Double occupancy. Room configuration: Twin beds.

Included

  • 5 nights at Sonora Caribbean Jungle Retreat
  • Double occupancy in accommodation
  • Meals 2x per day
  • Lunch on day 3
  • 1 group arrival airport transfer
  • 1 group departure airport transfer
  • Daily yoga/guided meditation/movement practice
  • Daily affirmation & gratitude rituals
  • Beach outing(s)
  • Guided excursions/tourism
  • Community building/cultural exchange & offerings with locals
  • Book discussions
  • Healing cyphers
  • Spiritual practices
  • Community play & Kiki time
  • Beach trip/group outing

Not included

  • Flights
  • All food & drink not mentioned in inclusions
  • Meals for off-site experiences
  • 1:1 healing offerings
  • Individual & small group yoga privates
  • Libations & herbal remedies
  • Personal expenses not stipulated
  • Optional add-ons
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

FAQ

Learn more about Naimah here

Naimah’s array of expertise creates a radically integrated approach to healing and transformation.  The approach is informed by activism, esotericism, mindfulness, movement, liberation psychology, and indigenous traditions of the African diaspora. Naimah’s work is articulated as healing alchemy and a praxis of decolonial care.  This praxis allows for the return to our inherent right to heal, and be healed on our own terms, and in line with our legacies and traditions past, present and future.

Naimah has cultivated a framework and praxis that offers expansive engagement and structurally grounds their clinical training and over 20 years of experience within their deep understanding of trauma and its psychic impact on the human condition.

In addition to their healing and transformation work with communities, Naimah also works collaboratively with organizations, institutions and collectives providing liberation-based training, facilitating community healing spaces, and creating processes to transform conflict, integrate structural competence, and activate collective peace, power and possibility. In 2018, they founded a BIPOC healing justice initiative, #FreeToo, focused on creating experiences and opportunities for survivor-centered collective care.  Over the past decade, Naimah has been intentionally building, collaborating and co-creating with collectives and organizations such as Harriet's Apothecary, Black Women's Blueprint, Ancient Song Doula Services, Black Youth Project 100, and In Our Names Network, to name a few.  Naimah believes in healing as a revolutionary act of resistance that is essential to our liberation, and centers Black survivors and families in her work, and praxis as an emancipationist, health practitioner & freedom fighter.

What if I have other questions or accommodations to consider?

Email liberation@freetoo.info to be in touch with Naimah directly. After booking, once your spot is reserved, you'll also receive a confirmation email (within 7 - 10 days) that will include a survey where you'll be asked to provide additional information, such as dietary preferences and additional access needs.

Which airport should I arrange my flights to/from?

You’ll want to book your flights in and out of Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). A group transfer will be waiting to pick you up from this location. (Times TBA)

Which dates should my flights be arranged for?

The retreat runs from November 16th through the 21st. You’ll want to fly in by early afternoon on the 16th and plan to fly out on the 21st at whatever time is convenient for you. Please note: There will be activities on both arrival and departure days. Flying in early on Day 1 and flying out later on Day 6 is advised.

Available add-on

Private transfer from SJO airport to Sonora

Price: USD 280

Sold out

Add-on: Airport transfer

Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until September 20, 2023. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by September 20, 2023 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 September 20, 2023 for a refund, excluding the deposit amount. After this time, no refunds will be given.

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 (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). 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 2,500
Per person