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Self-Compassion Mountain Retreat (Transformational Self-Directed + Guided Retreats in a Mountain-Jungle Costa Rican Eco-Village) (sold out)

  • La Ecovilla, Alajuela Province, San Mateo, Costa Rica
  • Ongoing

About This Event

Our retreats give the opportunity to integrate ancient wisdom teachings, traditional medicines and creative flow into your daily life in a sustainable, practical, and accessible way. The focused and sacred space is centered around Self-Compassion creation and development, an aspect of our health + wellness that most of us don't get dedicated time to give attention to. We hold space for you to activate, integrate, and come to embody more and more Self-Compassion while being held by the healing power of Mother Earth and your own inner wisdom. We support you directly in cultivating this focused retreat time, you can be self-directed or receive guided sessions, or a combination of both. Over the decades we have found participants are able to dive into deeper personal transformation, growth, and creativity, when they are able to co-create their experience, which we offer in personalized self-directed and guided retreats.

We cultivated a creative and sacred space to offer custom retreats in the heart of Costa Rica that are focused on re-igniting and supporting your innate expansive wisdom, self-study and self-healing ability, and open creative flow while immersed in an inspiring dialogue with nature and the support of some comforts of modern life (so you can nudge into your growing edge and also have space to rejuvenate). 

We  provide a nourishing and supportive container to go deeper into your practice for long-lasting transformation that lets you thrive (long after you’ve left this beautiful land on mountains, lush rivers, and tropical bird). We co-design a retreat journey anchored by two daily sessions, with the additions of focusing on the areas, practices, modalities and/or artistic disciplines that resonate most for each visitor-retreatant. Because our integrative wellness approach harmonizes traditional medicine, meditative, spiritual practices/technologies, and our experiences as wellness practitioners, professional creatives, and coaches, we are able to meet you as much as possible, where you are in your personal journey. As it is important to us to also create safe and sacred space for ourselves as we support others to best serve your and our highest purpose, we will have a brief intake for those interested in being in retreat at Metamorphosis.

Whether you’re craving space to cultivate your creative practice or project, your personal meditation or yoga practice, or deep dive with us as your guides integrating traditional medicine like Ayurveda, Ayurveda-Yoga, Sound Healing, and Shamanic Healing, we’re here to to co-manifest your personalized guided or self-directed retreats with all our attendees. 

In addition to the included two daily sessions, we’re delighted to support you with sessions of:

Ayurveda (counselling/coaching, body work therapies, culinary lessons)Energy Healing + Shamanic Healing (non-plant based)Ayurveda-Yoga + Holistic YogaAncestral Healing + Racial HealingSpiritual Health + DevelopmentLife Envisioning + DesignTherapeutic Sound Healing, Water-Immersive Sound Baths, Ancestral Sound BathsCreative Chi/ Artistic Boost + Flow:Creative Coaching specialties; Product Design/Design Thinking/Contemplative Design, Visual Art, Literary coaching, dramaturgy (movement-based and/or playwright), and Intuitive/spirit-centred Creative Channeling.
"Fundamentally, there is just open space, the basic ground, what we really are. Our most fundamental state of mind, before the creation of ego, is such that there is basic openness, basic freedom, a spacious quality; and we have now and have always had this openness." Chögyam Trungpa

Event Highlights

  • Retreats include:
  • ONE session of the following offered by trained, licensed, and long-term practitioners
  • **(Additional packaged sessions can be added before, upon arrival, and during the retreat)**
  • - Ayurveda (counselling/coaching, body work therapies, culinary lessons)
  • - Energy Healing + Shamanic Healing (non-plant based)
  • - Ayurveda-Yoga + Holistic Yoga
  • - Ancestral Healing + Racial Healing
  • - Spiritual Health + Development
  • - Life Envisioning + Design
  • - Therapeutic Sound Healing, Water-Immersive Sound Baths, Ancestral Sound Baths
  • - Creative Chi/ Artistic Boost + Flow:Creative Coaching specialties; Product Design/Design Thinking/Contemplative Design, Visual Art, Literary coaching, dramaturgy (movement-based and/or playwright), and Intuitive/spirit-centred Creative Channeling.
  • For Guided Retreats, based on the needs of the retreatant, you can custom select packages (before, upon arrival, or during your retreat) Ranging from $260USD to $560USD
  • Included in ALL Retreats:
  • - Morning and evening meditation sessions
  • - Private accommodations ( separate unit with bedroom, lounge/studio area, kitchen + balcony)
  • - Communal movement + yoga deck
  • - For visual artists small wood working studio with lathe and hand tool
  • - Community Infinity Pool + Cooling Jacuzzi
  • - Hiking Trails
  • - River + River Trails
  • - Green veggies from Metamorphosis’ weekly garden basket from the communal permaculture garden
  • - Fruit from the land (seasonal mango, papaya, banana) + culinary herbs & medicinal herbs
  • - Kitchen space that has all the utensils and appliances you need to show off your pan-tossing or smoothie-making skills
  • - Fibre Optic wi-fi at metamorphosis and in community hub + movement deck
  • - At least one weekly round-trip to the beach + grocery store or town + farmer’s market (Often more if you’re here for longer stretches of time)
  • - Airport transportation pick-up OR drop-off for $60USD
  • - Local Transportation of taxi + car rental can be easily arranged and car rentals directly delivered to metamorphosis

Schedule

All Retreats are custom designed based on your needs.

For self-directed retreats we're here to support you creating a schedule OR throw away a schedule! This is an example that works for some but can be catered to your needs.

Wake with the Sun 6am + personal practices/morning hike/breakfast

8:30 am Group Morning Meditation

10:00am Custom Session with your Host-Practitioner-Guide or Self-Study/Self-Practice + Nature + Swim Time

12pm Lunch

1-5pm Custom Session with your Host-Practitioner-Guide or Self-Study/Self-Practice + Nature + Swim Time

5pm Optional Non-facilitated Collective Movement (Non-facilitated or Facilitated Yoga, Creative Movement, Dance etc)

5:30 pm Dinner Prep

6:30pm Dinner

8/8:30pm Evening Meditation/ Sound Meditation OR Star Gaze/Moon Meditations OR Fire Circle

Venue Highlights

During your Self-Directed or Guided Retreat at Metamorphosis, wake up to sun peaking over the mountains and the sound of the rushing river + tropical birds. Immersed in the central valley jungle in an Eco/Permaculture community, retreat into your private design-conscious private unit (the cocoon) next to the unique butterfly-shaped shared main building. Both have a picture perfect view of the mountain range and share on our half-acre lot full of fruiting trees (papaya, mango, banana) and culinary and medicinal herbs. Enjoy your own private space or the shared lounge and meditation spaces, hike along mountain trails or river before diving in for a dip, enjoy our cool jacuzzi, or enjoy the community infinity pool, community movement deck or community hub.

We’re not a hotel or large retreat center, but we have plenty of beautiful living space and powerful connection to nature. We enjoy good, yet unpretentious design and have cultivated sacred space and an atmosphere of care and nourishmentfor whomever comes our way. As traditional medicine practitioners, international facilitators/guides, former professional “creatives”, and world travellers, we understand the small details that are important for making you feel welcome and comfortable in a new place. For the days you want to go deep into your practice and/or discipline, we’ve created a transformative and rejuvenating container to support you. For days you need to “get away” for more inspiration and exploration, we have the inside scoop on the “secret” (aka less tourist-y) white sand beaches, fun adventure trips, where to get a good bite, local taxi + car rental info, local farmers' markets, organic markets, grocery stores, and recommendations for travelling other parts of this gorgeous country.

Whether you’re staying in the private “cocoon” guesthouse or spending time in the shared main building, you over-look the 180 degree view of the sacred healing mountain range for quieting, connecting, releasing, and transforming. A wonderous place to do yoga, meditation, writing, visual art, sip a delicious homemade beverage from fruits and herbs grown on the land, or just sit with your favorite book (or one of ours :). Enjoy amazing light-pollution free STAR GAZING at night. The common areas have plenty of space to relax on your own or connect with us as your guides if you choose. Your kitchen has all the utensils you need to show off your pan-tossing or smoothie-making skills. The washer and dryer are easy to use, so no need to waste your precious travel/retreat time going into town finding a laundromat.

45 min from SJO airport + 30 min to the classic pacific beach coast+ 10 min to Cosa Rican culture (non-touristy) town, this intimate eco-community is made-up of 44 homes with all the amenities (including fibre optic WiFi!)and keeping a strong focus on environmental sustainability + permaculture and being immersed in nature.Your retreat will be 95% powered by the sun (solar), and you will be powered by mango, papaya, jackfruit and breadfruit trees (you can eat plenty of when in season), and other herbs and medicinal plants as well (from lemon grass to aloe and more to come!). All water in the community is drinkable, and our community's bio-digestor returns grey water back to the local river clean. There is a permaculture garden we receive a weekly harvest from, and the whole land has been re-cultivated with both fruiting and ornamental plant life.

The animal corridor is a beacon for bird watchers and you’ll often be visited by a hummingbirds, toucans, and many varieties of tropical birds from yellow chests to turquoise tails; butterflies, dragonflies, and winged-wonders are a daily visit; howler monkeys heard in the distance and spider monkeys swinging around the river, along with the sounds of frogs, crickets, and night time critters singing in the evening. The land, the animals, and your hosts are excited to welcome you.

Accommodations

Private mountain view design-conscious self-contained unit (the cocoon) with bedroom, bathroom, lounge/studio, kitchen, and balcony (next to the main butterfly shaped building)

*Daytime access to shared space in main building (except kitchen ) including cool jacuzzi, lounge, mediation room, treatment room, and community amenities including pool, movement deck, community hub/rancho, river, trails.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

While we do not provide meals during your stay, both kitchen spaces have all the utensils you need to show off your pan-tossing or smoothie-making skills.
(Book an Ayurvedic Cooking Class + Meal Design session and learn the principles of Ayurvedic Medicine + Nutrition! Couple this with your one-to-one Ayurvedic sessions and learn custom recipes and nutrition specified for your journey!)

We do provide:
Shared green veggies from Metamorphasis’ weekly garden basket from the communal permaculture garden
Fruit from the land (seasonal mango, papaya, banana)
At least one weekly round-trip to the beach + grocery store or town OR farmer’s market (Often more if you’re here for longer stretches of time)

Directions

We are 45 minutes from the Costa Rican capital San Jose and the SJO airport AND 30 minutes from the central pacific coast
We are located in the township of San Mateo, Alujuela Province, Costa Rica

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Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Recenter, Rebalance, Renew..... I cannot provide nurture and wisdom to the people I love without the opportunity to fill up my own cup. Diane
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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