Highly Meditated. Science meets Spirituality.

Event Highlights

  • Ground Transfers from Liberia
  • Beach Front Accommodation
  • Opening Beach Fire Ceremony
  • Sunrise/Sunset Guided Meditations
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From the Apothecary - Herbal/Medicinal teas and Coffees, Kombucha drinks, Smoothies and Pipa Fria (ice cold coconut water)
  • Group and Individual Work with Clin. Psych, HearthMath Practitioner, Julie Bray
  • Group Biofeedback Demonstration and Training
  • Two individual Biofeedback Assessments/Training – Initial assessment to track progress, and a final assessment to show improvement.
  • One Beach Front Massage using medicinal oils from our Apothecary (More available for a fee)
  • One Nature Re-connection Day Trip – sacred sites, mountain hikes, mystic waterfalls.
  • Plenty of time to simply be
  • Closing Fire Ceremony


Sample Itinerary – We like to keep it organic and are flexible to alterations. There are many magical things to do here in Costa Rica and they often happen spur of the moment… so if an adventure bus pulls up, we are likely to get on.

March 30 - Arrival day, transfer from Liberia, Check in, Healthy welcome drink, Super Food snack, Herbal/Medicinal tea, Time to unwind, Take a dip in the sea, Breathe
5:30 pm – Beach sunset meditation, Opening fire ceremony.
7:00 pm – Nutritious Dinner, Herbal teas, Kombucha and Super food treats.
8:00 pm – Relax, Sleepy time teas
March 31
5:30 am – Sunrise meditation, Nature Re-connection (Meditations are encouraged but optional. It is imperative you honor your body and sleep if need be)
7:00 am – Delicious Nutritious breakfast, Smoothies, Pipa Fria, Coffee/Medicinal Teas
8:00 am – Introductions – Food Wizard (Super Foods and Medicinal Tea use)
10:00 am – Group biofeedback demonstration, relaxation and meditation exercise.
12 Lunch – Each day we offer many options to satisfy and challenge your palate. We will introduce you to different fruits, medicinal drinks and super foods to give you optimal health and energy during this trans-formative week.
1:00 pm – Hammock Time
2 pm – Individual biofeedback-Initial Assessments (appointments will be set so that you know your schedule and may explore and rest when not in session)
5:30 pm – Sunset meditation
6:30 pm – Nutritious Dinner, Herbal teas, Kombucha and Super food treats.
7:30 pm – Relaxation exercise before sleep – 30 to 45 minutes of meditation, restorative yoga, sound healing, etc
8:00 pm – Relax, Journal, Sleepy Teas and the Deepest most peaceful Sleep
April 1
5:30 am – Sunrise Meditation
7:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – Plant and Medicinal Education/Samples – Plant Ceremony education (depending on group consensus we will plan a ceremony. I will discuss my experiences from a scientific, as well as spiritual perspective. We work with a variety of ceremonial plants from Costa Rica’s sacred Cacao to some lesser known indigenous ceremonial herbs/plants)
Lunch – Blue Zone Favorites. More healthy options than you have ever seen.
1:00 pm – Siesta
2:00 pm – (Individual Sessions – Massage or Biofeedback) Free Afternoon when not in session
5:00 pm – Sunset Meditation
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – Relaxation exercise – Energy healing
8:00 pm – Journal, Teas, Sleep
April 2
5:30 am – Sunrise Meditation
7:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – Free Morning for exploring.
Lunch – High energy favorites
1:00 pm – Biofeedback individual sessions/ beach front massages
5:00 pm – Sunset meditation
6:30 pm – Dinner – Another fab meal worth photographing
7:00 pm – Medicine Ceremony/Relaxation Exercise – Sound Healing
8:00 pm – Relax, Journal, Sleep
April 3
5:30 am – Sunrise Meditation -Walking Meditation on the beach
7:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – Day Trip (depending on weather, tides, etc, Waterfall or Tide Pool)
1:00 pm – Rest, Hammock Time
(biofeedback individual sessions)
5:30 pm – Sunset Meditation
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – Relax, Journal, Sleep
April 4
5:30 am – Sunrise Meditation
7:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – Day Trip (Explore one of my favorite secret beaches with me)
1:00 pm – Group Demonstration (Biofeedback individual sessions/Final Assessments – Before and After Comparison)
2:00 pm – Free Time
5:30 pm – Sunset meditation – Closing Fire Ceremony
6:30 pm – Dinner on the Beach
7:30 pm – Music, Dancing (We our graced with musical friends from all over the world. Depending on who’s in town, we will enjoy a musical fiesta)
April 5
5:30 am – Sunrise Meditation -(on your own or in your bed, seek your sacred spot)
7:00 am – Breakfast (earlier in case people need to leave, we will alter the schedule based on transfers to meet the needs of all)
8:00 – Closing Remarks, Final group meditation. Sharing of gifts.
10:00 am – Brunch (High Vibe teas and super foods for a buen viaje)
12 check out – transfers back to Liberia are included and will leave based on return flights.


Fly into Liberia, Costa Rica – Air Canada, United, American, Delta, Southwest Airlines and many others now fly into Liberia LIR Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport

Group, Family, and Corporate customization retreats available. Contact us to design your perfect retreat. We can make it as scientific or as hippie as you like.

Biofeedback, Healing Nature, and Writing Retreats – Bare Feet

About This Event

Come remember who you are. Bring your bare feet and return to your natural state of peace. Guided by an international team that includes a shaman, biofeedback clinician and super-food plant medicine wizard, science meets spirituality to assist your remembering.

Through shamanic ceremonies, meditation, biofeedback, a sweat lodge ritual, super foods, plant medicine ceremonies, nature re-connection exercises, personal consultations and other ancestral healing activities the retreat offers a sacred space for your soul to be freed.

Along with this trans formative intention, the week will include time for excursions in the magical lands of Costa Rica, swimming in the ocean, bodywork and space for non-doing. We hope you can join us to reconnect to your own divinity. Come get highly meditated under her influence with me.. ~ Juls ♥

March 30 – April 5 (7 days/6 nights) Highly Meditated. (Spaces are limited at this intimate retreat- ONLY 10 spaces available)
(Meditation experience is not required. Julie is trained in many techniques and will work with you to discover the way you feel most in ease)

Meditation - as important for your mental health as brushing your teeth is for your dental health. ~ Juls ♥

Venue Highlights

We have two beachfront houses that accommodate 8-10 guests for an intimate retreat experience. We are located on a quiet section of Samara Beach. In front of our houses, hammocks hang in the shade of beachfront palm trees and at night the only sound is the tranquil crashing of the waves. A seven-minute beach walk brings you to downtown Samara with its small restaurants and rustic charm.

Bare Feet Playa Samara is a magic place. We look forward to sharing this Paradise with you.


We have ocean view rooms with A/C . Private King bed with private bath or shared rooms with twin beds and a shared bath are available.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Organic


Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - A variety of healthy options traditional to our Blue zone: including Vegetarian, Vegan and Super Food.
From the Apothecary- Herbal/Medicinal teas and Coffees indigenous to this land, Kombucha drinks, Smoothies and Pipa Fria (ice cold coconut water)
Each day we offer many options to satisfy and challenge your palate. We will introduce you to different fruits, medicinal drinks and super foods to give you optimal health and energy during this trans-formative week.


Samara is located in Guanacaste Province on the northern Pacific coast. It is about two hours from Liberia International Airport (LIR). The retreat includes transfers so we will pick you up. The drive from the airport is along paved roads, making it is an easy destination to reach.
One of the safest and prettiest beaches in the country, Playa Samara, has a superb coral reef and its own island in the bay, Isla Chora. In addition to it's pristine beach, Samara is surrounded with forest and wildlife. it is also a thriving fishing and farming community with cowboys and cattle drives, fishing boats returning at sunset, fruit harvests, and organic farming.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • Julie Bray   July 03, 2019

      Scientific Approach to Meditating was Valuable

    I recently attended a retreat for people who are grieving. It was in Costa Rica through Bare Feet . It was a week at the beach in a spectacular location. The host, Julie Bray is an excellent teacher of meditation and biofeedback. This scientific approach to meditating was immensely valuable to me. I feel like I can better control the anxiety I have developed since Nnamdi Ejiogu died. I've been a complete wreck these past 21 months without him. The retreat was a turning point for me. The grief therapist Kitty Howard asked a series of questions that made things snap into clarity for me. I'm grateful to her and to the other participants at the retreat. These people became fast friends to me and we actually laughed quite a lot... something I didn't expect at a grief retreat. One of the best days at the retreat was a tour into the jungle to a waterfall where we swam in the waterfall pool. Thanks so much to the wise and kind Manny Scardina and his partner Rafa, who guided the tour. That actually checked off a bucket list item for me! Can you believe I did a hike like that? Two years ago I was in a wheelchair. I never thought it possible. I felt true and genuine happiness for the first time in almost 2 years as I floated in the mineral pool looking up at the jungle trees. It was wonderful. The pics include images of the many wild horses around the property, as well as dogs and cats. I did see howler monkeys up close but I was so excited to see them that I forgot to take pictures!

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