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Conscious Couples Retreat

with Rima and Russell

January 19 - 26, 2019
March 9 - 16, 2019
April 6 - 13, 2019
May 11 - 18, 2019

Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Limited to Four Committed Couples

 

 

 

The Adventure You Need

 
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A research-proven method to making your marriage work

 
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Featuring
"The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" Workshop developed by
Dr. John M. Gottman

 

as you explore, Learn, & unwind with your partner

Enjoy Yoga, Surfing & Outdoor Adventures Daily
Learn From Daily Intentional Workshops and Cooking Classes
Unwind with Meditation, Included Massages and Reiki


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Acquire skills and tools to take home & keep the magic alive

Choosing to be with a partner can offer us a deep mirror into our own process. It can be confronting and difficult at times as well as joyful and fulfilling. On our retreats, we give you the opportunity to move beyond the old paradigms and stigmas of romantic relationships and into the more connected and holistic perspective of a conscious relationship. Through a deeper and more compassionate relationship with your partner, they will show you a deeper connection to yourself and the world around you. We provide the space and tools to rebuild this connection so that you can keep moving forward - learning, evolving, and loving together.

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To Find The Love You Dream of

 
 
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I'm Russell.

I first came to Mal Pais, Costa Rica in 2006 from the south coast of England. Lured here by the waves I soon fell in love with the lush jungle, beautiful beaches and array of organically grown, local, fresh foods that were available. I originally worked as a surf instructor while I ran a guest house with my uncle, but my hunger for good food and my passion for sharing it with others led me to cook for guests and to host many dinner parties. I went on to work with some of the best chefs in the area and created my private event & retreat catering company,
Sourced Cooking. My personal journey has led me to being an advocate for plant-based, vegan cuisine (hard no to be influenced by Rima!) and I look forward to sharing my culinary delights with you.

I'm Rima.

I'm from California but now I live in the jungle of Costa Rica. I first came to Santa Teresa in 2012 and knew immediately I was "home". I'm an entrepreneur, and through my desire to live here, I got into various business ventures and created a life for myself here. Then, I met Russell & fell in love! I'm a licensed marriage & family therapist (in California (LMFT# 82229)) & I use coaching to inspire & activate. I'm a yoga teacher, informing my life with movement, meditation & breath. I am a certified Gottman Leader & I love teaching "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" methods in a retreat setting. I'm an advocate for all things vegan, natural & herbal. I don't take myself seriously & I love people that can laugh at themselves, be in the moment & have fun.

Through our relationship, we are exploring what it means to be a conscious couple.

By using Gottman's methods & by applying the 7 principles that are found in the teachings to our relationship, we have found humor and common ground through the inevitable times of arguing and disagreement. We practice these principles actively and regularly, and we love to teach them together. We employ fun, relatable, real-life experiences as examples to teach how to use these simple and understandable techniques to regain trust, friendship, and a close bond in your relationship.

 

Where we'll stay

Calista is brand new and almost ready! First guests will stay there in December so it will be fresh for us in February. This is the rendering of the house.

Set on the stunning white sand beach of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica backed by lush tropical jungle, newly redone Calista Boutique Beachfront Bungalows offer a vacation experience like no other. This charming seaside paradise shines like a pearl. Luxury beachfront bungalows sit steps from the warm sand and surf, framed by shady coconut palms, with an inviting pool to enjoy as you watch the sunset. Beautifully handcrafted from locally-sourced tropical woods, the private bungalows are elegantly appointed with a canopied king bed and large bathrooms and showers. Some features to enjoy.... two of the bungalows feature a teak deck and garden with dual lounge chairs and hammocks. Calista cocoons you in nature’s spectacular beauty. While the center of Santa Teresa and its restaurants, shops and services are close, Calista remains secluded and private. The only sounds you will hear are the ocean waves and perhaps the occasional call of a howler monkey in the trees.

 
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What Retreat Guests Say...

"This was my first international trip. I live in the US. This adventure blew away all expectations. It was the best vacation I have ever experienced. The itinerary was perfection. I want to give a shout out to Rima for putting this together. She deserves to be thanked many times over for the time and effort she put into this. The group of people we met will be fondly remembered. I hope to see them all again one day. The trip was a perfect blend of travel, exploration, excitement and yoga.” - Lee Mathis

 
 

exclusive, all-inclusive Couples retreat in Costa Rica

We've thought of everything so that you can focus on what matters... your relationship.

8-Days, 7-Nights
Luxury Beachfront, Suite Accommodations

"The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" Workshop, Led by Gottman Leader
Rima Danielle Jomaa, MFT

Gottman Leader & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Rima - Retreat Leader, Business mentor/Coach, Yoga teacher, Meditation Guide, Reiki Certified, On-site every day

All Meals Included
Organic, Plant-based, Gourmet Meals three times a day,
Made by Vibra Cocina - Russell & Rima's private chef company. Russell is a Retreat leader, Reiki Certified, Sound healer, On-site every day

Drinking Water & Beverages
Juices, Smoothies, Herbal Teas
Freshly made on-site

Local Craft Beer / Organic Wine
For Purchase

One Massage per Person
Other Spa services available by request

Surf or SUP Lesson or Zip Line Canopy Adventure
One adventure included

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A revised edition of the best-selling book
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
by Dr. John M. Gottman & Nan Silver

Two Couples Guides from the Gottman Institute
Other Workshop Material Including
How to Make Relationships Work DVD
The Relationship Guides
Love Map & Open-Ended Card Decks

 
 

Our Schedule

+ Day 1 | Sat

Between 10 am - 5 pm: Arrive on the peninsula, take transportion to the retreat house, check in. Rest, relax, unpack
5 - 7 pm: Sunset hour, followed by dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Yin yoga / Evening meditation / Sound healing with Rima & Russell

+ Day 2 | Sun

6 - 7:30 am: Wake up, quiet time to meditate together, beach/yoga time
7:30 - 8:00 am: Group morning meditation, gratitude & mindfulness practice with Rima
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 - 1 pm: Massages
1 - 2 pm: Lunch
3 - 5 pm: Seven Principles Workshop with Rima
5 - 7 pm: Sunset hour, followed by dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Yin yoga / Evening meditation / Sound healing with Rima & Russell

+ Day 3 | Mon

6 - 7:30 am: Wake up, quiet time to meditate together, beach/yoga time
7:30 - 8:00 am: Group morning meditation, gratitude & mindfulness practice with Rima
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 - 1 pm: Included Activities (Surf, SUP, Zip line)
1 - 2 pm: Lunch
3 - 5 pm: Seven Principles Workshop with Rima
5 - 7 pm: Sunset hour, followed by dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Yin yoga / Evening meditation / Sound healing with Rima & Russell

+ Day 4 | Tues

6 - 7:30 am: Wake up, quiet time to meditate together, beach/yoga time
7:30 - 8:00 am: Group morning meditation, gratitude & mindfulness practice with Rima
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 - 1 pm: Morning off for additional surf time, spa time, etc.
1 - 2 pm: Lunch
3 - 5 pm: Seven Principles Workshop with Rima
5 - 7 pm: Sunset hour, followed by dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Yin yoga / Evening meditation / Sound healing with Rima & Russell

+ Day 5 | Wed

6 - 7:30 am: Wake up, quiet time to meditate together, beach/yoga time
7:30 - 8:00 am: Group morning meditation, gratitude & mindfulness
practice with Rima
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 - 11 am: Free morning to explore
11 am - 1 pm: Couples Reiki and Massage Workshop wit Rima & Russell
1 - 2 pm: Lunch
3 - 5 pm: Seven Principles Workshop
5 - 7 pm: Sunset hour, followed by Valentine's Day dinner with Rima & Russell
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Yin yoga / Evening meditation / Sound healing with Rima & Russell

+ Day 6 | Thurs

6 - 7:30 am: Wake up, quiet time to meditate together, beach/yoga time
7:30 - 8:00 am: Group morning meditation, gratitude & mindfulness practice with Rima
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 - 11 am: Free morning to explore
11 am - 1 pm: Plant-Based Cooking Class with Chef Russell
1 - 2 pm: Lunch
3 - 5 pm: Seven Principles Workshop with Rima
5 - 7 pm: Sunset hour, followed by dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Yin yoga / Evening meditation / Sound healing with Rima & Russell

+ Day 7 | Fri

6 - 7:30 am: Wake up, quiet time to meditate together, beach/yoga time
7:30 - 8:00 am: Group morning meditation, gratitude & mindfulness practice with Rima
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 - 1 pm: Free day to spend with your lover
1 - 2 pm: Lunch
3 - 5 pm: Seven Principles Workshop with Rima
5 - 7 pm: Sunset hour, followed by dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Yin yoga / Evening meditation / Sound healing with Rima & Russell

+ Day 8 | Sat

6 - 7:30 am: Wake up, quiet time to meditate together, beach/yoga time
7:30 - 8:00 am: Group morning meditation & closing circle with Rima & Russell
8 - 9 am: Breakfast
9 am - 2 pm: Departure

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