here's the schedule!
Sunday February 21st
6pm Arrival dinner at Living Forest. Yay, you've arrived! Breathe in that beautiful fresh air! Do you hear the river gently burbling at the edge of the forest? When was the last time you thought of the word 'burbling'? Aaaaand… exhale.
7pm Workshop intro class: introductions, games and more
8am Breakfast mmmm Breakfast
9.30am - 11.30am EXPANDANCE
12pm Lunch, relaxation time, a bit of hammock reading perhaps...
3pm - 5pm IMPROV
Dinner out at a nearby restaurant
Same as Monday, itinerary wise, though every class, every day, will be different.
Either Tuesday or Wednesday night we'll have a campfire!
Excursion day! Hot springs / zip lining / horse riding - you choose! Lunch and dinner will be eaten out.
9.30am - 11.30pm EXPANDANCE
12pm Lunch, relax, nap, maybe a little swim in the cool river
2pm INTEGRATION discussion / group, then free time to have a siesta, swim, read, treat yourself to a massage, or just sit by the river listening to the birds and the water (Rachel does this a lot)
6pm Dinner at Living Forest
9.30am - 11.30am EXPANDANCE
12pm Lunch oh my goodness, how is it even more delicious than yesterday?
5pm Dinner at Living Forest
6.30pm Informal performance and closing circle
Saturday February 27th
Hug your amazing new friends goodbye; it's time to depart Living Forest.
Note: Class times are subject to change. We can also have additional camp fires, integration groups and so forth during the week; we'll follow the energy.
here's where you fly to!
Fly into Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
(Officially named Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport)
Pro-tip: Before you land, ask your friendly air steward for an extra bottle of water. You have a 1.5 hour drive ahead of you, and water in Liberia airport is so expensive it should be re-labeled ''Liquid Gold." Don't worry, once you get outside the airport Costa Rica is super affordable!
here's what to bring!
- Longer pants and a long sleeved shirt as the evenings will be cooler
- Bug spray (there are very few mosquitos but it's good to have on hand. Rachel is traditionally a mosquito magnet and in two years of visiting Lake Arenal she's only had one bite)
- A small flash light
- Flip-flops / sandals and trainers
- Swim suit, sunscreen, sarong (optional, but nice to wrap around you on your way to swim)
- We're out in the country-side folks! It's good to have back-up medications / spare contact lenses etc just in case
- A journal to write in during class exercises (not a tablet - the idea is to actually write)
- Earplugs can be helpful if you're not used to the night time noises of the jungle - monkeys, birds etc.
- Light clothes you can move easily in that won't trip you up - a few changes of these is good as we may get sweaty in class. Lightweight yoga pants / shorts / t-shirts. See photos here of our last retreat to get an idea:
here are a few other things!
- There is Wi-Fi at Living Forest. Feel free to bring your laptop.
- Electric outlets in Costa Rica are the same as in the U.S. If you're coming from Europe you'll need an adapter.
- You deserve this retreat. Yes, you do.