In March 2014, we offer a unique experience of Costa Rica for a small group of women accompanied by JOURNEYS INTERNATIONAL Director Joan Weber and mindfulness teacher Lynn Sipher.
Our home base is La Quinta, a lovely lodge that is part of the homestead and farm of the Gamez-Jenkins family, located in the tropical lowlands of the Sarapiqui region, two hours north of Costa Rica's capital of San Jose. Our hosts are long-time friends of JOURNEYS. The setting is lush and intimate. Comfortable guest rooms offer choice of air conditioning or ceiling fan. Each has a private porch and hammock. Red ginger plants and banana trees bloom just outside the doorways, and gardens full of colorful frogs, butterflies, and tropical birds are footsteps away.
In the near-by nature reserves, we walk the rain forest trails, cross the high swinging bridges and float the waterways in the company of superb naturalist guides. Wild sights, sounds and fragrances abound. Focus wide on the expanse of the jungle canopy. Zoom in on the line of leaf-cutter ants. Distill the orchids and bromeliads from the surrounding abundance of green. Lock eyes with the monkeys.
In the town of Puerto Viejo, we meet with local women. We make ice-cream from tropical fruits and paper from pineapple husks. You can choose to go zip-lining, whitewater rafting or horseback riding. Or you can choose not to. There will be myriad opportunities for activity and for stillness.
We know that magical, time-stopping moments in travel occur when we are fully present and fully attentive. We also know that even the most experienced travelers can find the goal of staying in the present moment to be elusive. Our minds are wild companions. They have a way of getting busy with worry or planning or comparison-making so that, for brief interludes, we forget where we are. On this trip, each day we practice various techniques for staying in the present moment, including mindful movement, sitting meditation and informal practice. In so doing we set the intention to quiet our minds and create the space for full, multi-sensory, joyful engagement. At the same time, we reinforce a practice that we can take home with us.
Consider signing on if you are tempted by the richness of Costa Rica and by the opportunity for mindfulness practice. Novice and experienced meditators are welcome. The model for this trip was successfully established in 2013 with the JOURNEYS trip, "Mindfully Engaging Guatemala." The 2014 setting offers a great contrast to last year's mindfulness trip, with the same joyful intention.
Cost includes: Nature activities, cross-cultural activities, hosting and guiding arranged and supported by JOURNEYS International; Mindful Travel curriculum led by Lynn Sipher with accompanying written and audio support materials; 6 nights accommodation in twin share (singles may be available at extra cost); All meals beginning with breakfast on Day 2 through breakfast on Day 7; Airport transfers. Cost does not include: international air (estimate $550-$800); adventure activities such as zip-lining or rafting; alcoholic beverages; gratuities and personal expenses.