Vitality in Movement (55+)
Costa Rica is a true slice of paradise. From lush green jungles and picturesque sunsets to delicious food and welcoming people, Costa Rica is one of our most beloved destinations - and our home for the Vitality in Movement retreat!
For one week, you are invited to push aside the to-do lists, appointments and daily stress and truly focus on yourself, your health and your happiness. You deserve it! Our retreat theme is movement and how movement can affect physical and emotional wellness, especially as we age. Together, through all-level fitness classes and wellness workshops, we will learn about functional movement, and then we will put our learnings in motion as we go on group excursions and activities. Our goal is to provide you with a meaningful vacation, fun experiences and actionable wellness tips to take with you long after the trip ends.
Who is this for?
The trip is geared towards women and men 55+ who are looking to incorporate a little more wellness and movement into their lives while meeting like-minded people and exploring a beautiful country without having to worry about planning the details! No fitness experience is required, but having a generally active lifestyle is recommended. Couples and singles welcome.
What to expect?
Together in a small group setting, we will explore movement through fitness, mobility and balance, learn about nutrition and healthy habits, and enjoy the local culture through activities, food, and relaxation! Each guest will have one-on-one sessions with our Coach and wellness professional Sarah Gawron to focus on specific wellness goals as well as the opportunity to take part in group classes, workshops and local excursions. There will also be plenty of free time during the days to relax or go off on your own to explore the town!
Fitness & Wellness:
With Coach Sarah by your side in group and individual settings, you'll learn why developing proper movement patterns will enhance your daily life, increase energy and boost mood. In our functional movement classes as well as afternoon wellness workshops, you'll develop the best ways to explore your natural movement patterns and fine tune them to remain pain-free. In the end, you'll have a new set of tools to help you be successful in movement, fitness and wellness wherever you go!
Adventure & Relaxation:
Each day of the retreat will present an opportunity for adventure ranging from the option to try a new food to going on an excursion with the group. Our group activities include a sunset sail on a catamaran, a complimentary massage to redeem at your leisure, and a local fruit tasting class with a local chef! Plus, during ample free time you can relax on the beach, reflect by the pool or go explore the surrounding town. You can also sign up for extra activities like surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, and zip lining!
Because we have limited space and due to the specific nature of this retreat, we require an application process. Filling out this form does not officially sign you up for the retreat. The only way to reserve a spot is to be accepted and get your payment in immediately. We will send notifications of acceptance within one week of receiving your application.
Highlights / What's Included
Friday, January 11
Welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive at the Liberia, Costa Rica airport (code LIR) and take the provided shuttle to our resort to check in and get settled. We will meet in the late afternoon for introductions and to go over the program, and we will enjoy a welcome toast while watching the sunset over the ocean. As a group, we'll visit a local restaurant for a delicious dinner and to get to know one another.
Saturday, January 12
On our first full day, we'll wake up to welcoming sunshine and take a walk along the beach and enjoy a guided stretch to wake our bodies from the travel day yesterday. We'll have fresh breakfast at the resort and then free time to relax on the beach while each guest has a scheduled one-on-one session with Coach Sarah to talk through individual health and wellness goals and intentions. In the afternoon, we'll come together for a wellness workshop about Creating (and sticking to) Healthier Habits and a light workout following that theme from a fitness perspective where we'll learn a simple workout that you can do anywhere! Free night.
Sunday, January 13
Wake to an optional early morning beach walk and a strength-focused fitness class followed by breakfast (though you can always grab a bite before we meet as well). Today we will have the option to visit Las Catalinas, a nearby beach and community, for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or hiking, or just to sit back and relax with a beautiful view. In the afternoon we'll have a Balance Workshop and learn how to develop stability and control. We'll have a special group dinner at one of the most picturesque (and delicious) restaurants in town.
Monday, January 14
This morning, we'll kick things off with a water workout in the adult pool. After a free day (great time to redeem your massage!), we'll meet in the afternoon for a nutrition workshop focused on Fueling the Body with Clean, Real Food, and then we'll put this into action with a very special local fruit tasting led by the resort's world-renowned chef. Free night.
Tuesday, January 15
Early morning beach walk (optional) and fitness class. Then we'll have breakfast and meet with Coach Sarah for our final one-on-one sessions. Otherwise the morning and early afternoon are free for you to relax, explore the town or learn to surf. In the mid-afternoon, we'll walk down the beach to board a catamaran for an afternoon and sunset sail! There will be opportunities to snorkel, watch for whales and dolphins or just sit back and relax. There is an open bar and a full lunch, too! In the evening, we'll have our final group dinner at a nice restaurant next door.
Wednesday, January 16
On our final morning, we'll stroll on the beach and enjoy a guided stretch. Then we'll have breakfast together and share some closing remarks before departing for the airport.
Sarah is passionate about all things health and fitness. Her dedication to a healthy lifestyle is rooted in her belief that wellness is beyond physical. In order to achieve optimal wellness, an individual needs to nurture their mind and spirit too. As a certified Senior Fitness Specialist (NASM), Sarah is passionate about coaching those who want to live a healthier lifestyle. In recent years, she has coached many people through their personal journeys to find healthier and happier lives with a specialty in working with seniors through the Silver Sneakers Classic program in NYC.
Sarah teaches healthy habits to create a balanced lifestyle in and out of the gym. In order to create these positive rituals, Sarah will help you find your motivation or your “why”. Helping you find your “why” will help you become and stay motivated on your path to wellness. By creating specific and personal goals, Sarah will guide you to tap into your fullest potential. She encourages those to trust their strength and ability in order to progress,
Sarah focuses on building functional strength from the ground up by creating a strong foundation of movement quality. Sarah believes everyone has the ability to move well with strength, power, and grace.