Kicking things off
Once everyone arrived on Day One, we quickly bonded at our welcome dinner on the beach as the sun set (side note: you cannot beat the Tamarindo sunsets. Those alone are worth the flight there). Our energetic, hungry crew of 14 was off to a great start in Tamarindo for five days of adventure, exercise, food, and sunshine!
Each day of the retreat kicked off with a tough morning workout led by our enthusiastic Coach Alyssa Gagarin. The workouts had a different theme and the Tamarindo Diria resort has plenty of spots for us to get our sweat on. After working up an appetite, we'd enjoy a fantastic breakfast buffet right next to the water. Such a perfect way to start the day!
Then our days continued with a healthy cooking activity later in the day. On day 2, Alyssa taught her meal prep philosophy (complete with fresh fruit smoothies). On day 3, Alyssa led a cooking class where we crafted guacamole, plantain chips, cauliflower rice and shrimp curry for a healthy, homemade lunch! And on day 4, the resort's Executive Chef, Patrick, led us through a packed food seminar-- including a discussion/tasting of local fruits, a Costa Rican ceviche cooking lesson (which we also got to eat), and a fish filleting demo. We gained so much insight from a former Michelin Star chef, and on the last night we joined Chef Patrick for a four-course dinner featuring foods from the earlier demonstration!
Experiences over things
Of course a Ketanga retreat wouldn't be complete without some adventure. We zip-lined through the treetops of Tamarindo, took surf lessons in the Pacific, rode horses down the beach, and mingled with local Ticos at the farmer's market.
If the trip sounds full of food, fun, adventure, and activities, it was. But we still found time to catch some rays around the resort, swim in one of the many pools (with swim up bars) and make some lasting friendships.
It was a whirlwind 5-day retreat and we all walked away with new skills and motivation to take to our every day life.
Ketanga on 3!