Women's Wisdom Awakening Retreat

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  • Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • 5 nights

  • from $6,600 Per Person


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Highlights

Embark on an extraordinary journey with this exclusive women's retreat in Costa Rica's lush rainforest. Experience the transformative power of plant-based psychedelic therapy, meditation and mystical mindfulness. Engage in conscious conversations, immerse yourself in nature and find solace in solitude — all at the luxurious Punta Islita resort in Guanacaste. This is your invitation to step beyond the ordinary and into a world of inner wisdom and intuition.

And the best part? All you need to do is be present. This one-of-a-kind transcendental retreat is designed by women and for women, to call you back into alignment with yourself and nature. Led by Heather Lee and Monica Ramunda, two of the US's pioneering Certified Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapists, you'll be supported in expanding your consciousness and achieving deep, soulful healing.

Whether you skew introvert or extrovert, this incredible retreat serves as a rite of passage for women embracing the "age of the sage." Explore your inner landscape, reclaim the power of inner peace and release what no longer serves you. Transition into your next chapter with a lighter spirit and a greater capacity for joy. See beyond life's distractions, reawaken your sense of awe and wonder, and rediscover the magic all around you.

The Wisdom Awakening Retreat unfolds in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, one of the world's five Blue Zones, at the luxurious and award-winning Autograph Collection Punta Islita resort.

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Experience

It's time to reignite the deep emotional and spiritual power of awe. Highlights of the Wisdom Awakening Retreat include:

Psilocybin Plant Medicine: Guided by experienced facilitators in a safe and supportive environment, you will explore the depths of your consciousness, gain insights and unlock hidden potentials within you. This journey can help you tap into your inner calm and access profound wisdom.

Meditation and  Mystical Mindfulness: Various meditation and mindfulness sessions are offered, providing practical techniques and practices that connect you to a deep state of calm and intuitive awareness.

Group Sharing and Conscious Community: Connect with like-minded women on a similar journey and create a strong support network. Share experiences, challenges and triumphs, fostering community and understanding. Be a part of the great women's wisdom awakening.

Nature Immersion: Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, surrounded by peaceful landscapes and serene environments. Reconnect with the world around you and find a new perspective on life. Experience the music of the jungle with technology that enables us to hear the sounds and energy of the plants transformed into music.

About Wellness and Wisdom Journeys

Heather Lee and Monica Ramunda are more than just your guides; they are the architects of your transformative experiences. Both proud mothers of two grown adult women, Heather and Monica bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to every journey they curate. With over 40 years of combined mental health expertise, they have honed their skills as trusted guides in promoting holistic well-being and pour their hearts into every experience they create. Heather and Monica are driven by their love for what they do and their dedication to facilitating life-altering experiences for fellow travelers through Wellness and Wisdom Journeys. Join them on a path of self-discovery, connection and transformation — where wanderlust meets inner wisdom.


Itinerary

Tuesday: Welcome Dinner

Guests are invited to arrive at 4:00 pm. Take some time to unwind and get comfortable in your luxurious ocean-view suite. At 5:30 pm, please join us for a delightful welcome dinner party where we’ll come together to celebrate the start of our journey.

Wednesday: Be Here Now 

Spend your morning embracing the tranquility of your new surroundings. Let the rhythm of the waves bring you into a state of peaceful relaxation. Whether you choose to lounge by the pool, indulge at the spa, stroll along the beach or simply soak in the essence of Costa Rica’s pura vida, this is your time to unwind and rejuvenate.

Blue Zone Tour: Learn Longevity Lifestyle Secrets

Join us as we explore how to incorporate longevity practices into our own lives. Although Costa Rica is geographically close to the U.S., it excels in promoting long life, particularly in the Nicoya Peninsula, an area just south of the Nicaraguan border.

Costa Rica’s economic stability and excellent healthcare system play crucial roles in its residents’ longevity. However, Nicoya's secrets go beyond these factors. One key element is the “plan de vida” or "reason to live," which fosters a positive outlook among elders, encouraging them to stay active. Nicoyans also prioritize family connections and possess a remarkable ability to listen and find joy. The centenarians here often maintain close ties with neighbors and live with family members, which provides them with both support and a sense of purpose.

Thursday: Plant Medicine Journey

Today, we will form a sacred circle to delve into the ancient wisdom of plant medicine. Our journey begins with a beautiful ceremony that honors and evokes the inner wisdom of women and our deep connection to Mother Earth. Each participant will embark on her journey in her own space, with Heather and Monica offering dedicated support and attentiveness to each individual's needs. We will conclude the evening in quiet reflection.

Friday: Integration & Making Meaning of the Mystical

Our psychedelic integration circle is a nurturing and collaborative group that supports members in processing and making sense of their psychedelic experiences. This safe and welcoming space allows you to openly share your thoughts, feelings and insights, helping you find deeper meaning and increased inner peace from the mystical and transformative aspects of your journey.

Jungle Sound Journey: Ecotherapy & Nature Immersion

We will explore our newly enhanced sense of interconnectedness with nature through powerful ecotherapy practices designed to reignite your awe and wonder for the wilderness. We’ll have a unique opportunity to listen to the "music" of the jungle through cutting-edge technology that translates the energy waves of plants into sounds. This profound experience allows us to bathe in the symphony of the natural world, offering a deeply moving and transformative journey into the heart of nature.

Full Moon Ceremony: Beach Bonfire

Under the light of the full moon, we will gather to celebrate the wisdom gained through the transformative power of plant medicine. Together, we will honor our deep connection to Mother Nature and our own inner selves. In a symbolic act, we will throw into the flames that which no longer serve us, and send to the stars our wishes we welcome. This ceremony will be a powerful acknowledgment of our journey and the paths we have embraced.

Quiet Reflection Time

Our carefully crafted itinerary provides ample space for you to choose your own pace — whether that means embracing activity or indulging in restful moments. Allow yourself to relax, unwind and fully immerse in the present. Bask in the sun, savor the sea and cherish some solo time. Do everything or do nothing, this time is yours to enjoy as you wish.

Macaw Sanctuary Tour

Enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of magnificent macaws during our visit to a special sanctuary. By experiencing these beautiful birds up close, you'll be supporting vital efforts to reintroduce and protect these stunning creatures within the Costa Rican jungle.

Saturday: Closing Night Beach Party Dinner

We’ll conclude our incredible week of wellness and wisdom in the jungle with a private beach dinner party. As we gather by the ocean, we’ll toast to the insights we've rediscovered and the community of sisters we’ve formed along the way. 

Offers

5-Night Women's Wisdom Awakening Retreat

from $6,600 Per Person

Price displayed is per person based on single occupancy for the entire stay. COUPLES/FRIEND OPTION: Bring a partner to share your room for a supplemental fee of $3000 (including breakfast). They will not participate in the program but can enjoy the resort, amenities and the Costa Rica experience with you. 

The All-Inclusive Women's Wisdom Awakening Retreat Includes:

  • 5-night accommodation in 1-Bedroom Suite with Private Bath OR Super Suite with Private Bath
  • Healthy, beautiful meals + private dinner parties every night
  • Gourmet food and snacks available all day
  • Psycho-Soulful supported plant medicine experience with trained psychedelic wellness guides
  • Pre- and post-group integration sessions
  • One post-integration group session AFTER the retreat
  • Exclusive integration workbook and activities
  • Goodies bags with spa items for self-care and nurturing
  • Somatic-based therapies including art, yoga, dance, sound healing and forest bathing
  • Opportunities for journaling, nature immersion, relaxation and self-reflection
  • Private shuttle from Liberia Guanacaste Airport Costa Rica (LIR) on arrival and departure days (October 15 & October 20)
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From: October 15 2024 To: October 20 2024 Package: 5 nights Price: $6,600 Per Person

FAQ

Heather Lee, LCSW

Heather is one of the US’s first Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapists. Heather has been a women's wellness coach/ psychospiritual therapist and women’s retreat leader for over thirty years. She is the Founder and Director of Medicine Woman Retreats and co-founder of Wellness and Wisdom Journeys. Heather uses her depth of understanding and expertise in the soul and science of psychedelics to create magical and meaningful women's retreats internationally.

Heather is passionate about plant medicine as a powerful path for connecting with inner wisdom and greater mind/body/spirit wellness. Her cancer journey has deepened her connection to psilocybin as a medicine for the soul. She has experienced firsthand the ability of psychedelic medicine to illuminate the connection between thoughts, emotions and physical dis-ease. Heather's work has been featured by Lisa Ling on CBS as well as the Drew Barrymore Show.

Monica Ramunda, MA, LPC, LCMHC

Monica has been in the mental health field for over 30 years and in private practice for the last 23 years. She is Founder and Owner of Rocky Mountain Counseling Services and Lighthouse Counseling Services. She is a trained Ketamine Assisted Therapist with Fluence and one of the First US  Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapists. 

Monica's passions include transforming people’s lives with the assistance of psychedelics. She is a lifelong learner, hoping to inspire other women to find their passion and happiness during their 40s and beyond.  Monica finds inspiration from nature, animals, and travel. She is inspired by Grandma Moses (who shares her same birthday), who began painting at age 78 and was voted “Young Woman of the Year” at age 88. She hopes to follow in her footsteps. 

Monica was a tour guide in South America for over a year, leading tours in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Monica had the honor of leading guests to sacred sites such as the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, the Amazon rainforest, Lake Titicaca and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. She experienced the beautiful traditions of the indigenous people of Peru, witnessed their ceremonies and experienced the time-honored traditions of the native indigenous tribes. Monica has a particular love of Peru and the Quechua people and culture. She now brings her background as a tour guide and experience witnessing native traditions and rituals to her retreats. Monica’s passion for travel and love of native traditions, as well as her therapy background, helping people gain insight and breakthroughs in their lives, have come together in her retreats, with the assistance of psychedelics. 

Through Monica’s journey into middle age, she has found inspiration, a wealth of knowledge and inner wisdom, and contentment. She has found new meaning as her children have transitioned into adulthood and a chance to enjoy this renaissance time of her life.  

Ideal Participants:

Women Seeking Deeper Personal Growth: The retreat is tailored for women who have already explored traditional therapies and personal growth modalities but are looking for a more profound and transformative experience. You are ready for a deep dive into your soul and psyche. 

Those Interested in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: This retreat is ideal for those who are open to and interested in the use of psychedelics, specifically psilocybin, as a therapeutic tool. It's meant for individuals who believe that traditional talk therapy has limitations and are looking for an alternative approach.

Nature Lovers: Participants who appreciate the healing power of nature and are interested in immersing themselves in a beautiful natural environment. The retreat takes place in a location with ocean views, perfect for those who find solace in nature and the ocean.

Luxury Seekers: People who enjoy luxurious accommodations and want a high-end retreat experience with top-notch amenities.

Individuals Who Value Reflective Time: The retreat is designed for those who appreciate quiet time for self-reflection and personal growth, allowing them to connect with themselves and nature

1:1 therapy or private time with the group leaders Heather or Monica. While they both offer individual therapy via private practice, this is NOT a therapy retreat. This is a GROUP retreat and all activities are in group settings. If interested in more intensive work, you can arrange this privately with the group leaders.

Transportation to/from Costa Rica.

Medical screening and evaluation are required and an additional $200 fee approval by a medical team. 

Psychedelic medicines are safe and effective and are used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. These medicines also have the wonderful effect of enhancing openness, communication and heartfelt connections. There is a long history of psychedelic medicine being used in couples therapy and to enhance the quality of relationships. Psychedelic Medicine refers to a variety of medicines including mushrooms, which have been found to have health benefits for both physical and mental health. Skilled, supported use of mushrooms can also enhance neuroplasticity and consciousness.

What Is a Supported Experience

Your guides Heather and Monica will make sure you are clinically appropriate for psychedelics with an initial interview and assessment. If you are a candidate they will connect you with the medical team and you will do a medical screening and clearance online. During the psychedelic experience day, they provide a safe and skillfully supported experience where they attend to the set and setting to maximize the benefits of your experience. They offer pre and post-retreat coaching sessions to help you integrate and benefit from your experience. Heather and Monica are experienced, skilled and professionally trained psychedelic-assisted therapists, supporting you through this journey. There will also be additional assistants and trained guides working with the team. 

Punta Islita awakens with the sunrise over Guanacaste's stunning coastline, inviting you to explore its genuine charm and deep connections. The community's wisdom, the vibrant energy of the rainforest and the pristine beaches form a path to true authenticity. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity. Witness the vibrant hues of macaws, watch monkeys and diverse bird species thrive among the trees, or marvel at the awe-inspiring spectacle of a turtle nesting ritual. Experience an unparalleled closeness to nature as you zipline, kayak, surf or horseback ride through this extraordinary land. Every moment here resonates with the region’s Blue Zone way of life, reflecting a harmonious balance with nature.

Punta Islita’s tiered design ensures breathtaking views from every room. Savor exquisite, locally sourced cuisine at Alma & Aura Restaurants, indulge in world-class amenities and rejuvenate with artisanal healing rituals at Nanku Spa, rooted in the traditions of the Chorotega ancestors.

Experience one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Wellness and Wisdom Journeys supports the local community, indigenous traditions, and local fauna and flora. They donate 3% of their proceeds to a local Mmacaw sanctuary onsite at Punta Islita. 

Your accommodations:

Luxurious one-bedroom suite with private bath with views of the ocean and jungle, complete with king-size bed, private plunge pool and private outdoor patio to watch the macaws and howler monkeys from your back door.

Luxurious super suite with private bath, complete with king-size bed, private Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean and private outdoor patio/terrace to enjoy beautiful Punta Islita.

The event exceeded my expectations. The entire agenda was well-organized and thoughtfully planned. There were many extras I wasn’t expecting and the people that provided the services were professionals in their fields. Heather and Monica clearly know how to make people feel safe and comfortable in this space. I highly recommend them without hesitation.
- By Leslie H for Southwest Rewilding and Reawakening Women's Midlife Wisdom Retreat on Jun 12, 2024

This experience was absolutely amazing! One I will never forget. Monica and Heather were so supportive and helpful. A special bond and connection was formed with all the women. We learned and supported each other. The retreat venue and the food were healthy and the accommodations were superb! So grateful I had this opportunity to go!
- Anonymous

This experience exceeded my high expectations. Heather and Monica created a sacred, safe space in a beautiful environment for this life-altering journey. They are highly trained, experienced psychedelic wellness professionals. Every detail of the experience had been thought out and planned for. The camaraderie they fostered in our small group setting was essential for the integration of each women's experience. I would definitely recommend!
- By Katherine W for Psychedelic Wellness and Mindful Midlife Reset Women's Retreat: on Mar 20, 2024

Terms

Important Information and Considerations

*Interested individuals must have an interview before registering for this event. Interview, completion of application/paperwork and medical clearance ($200 by our nurse practitioner) are required to ensure your spot. Refunds are provided if you do not meet the criteria for the retreat. To schedule an interview and receive an application please e-mail Heather and Monica: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*All participants assume their own risk and will acknowledge their state of health, psych history and use of medications as part of their application.

*Guests are required to be medically screened and approved to participate.

*Guests are asked to be considerate about the discreet nature of this event and the participants involved.

*This is a personal growth and wellness retreat NOT a therapy retreat.

*Host reserves the right to terminate a guest's participation at any time if they feel the program is not in their best interest or is obstructive to the other guest's experience.

*The Client agrees not to initiate or threaten chargebacks against the Company or their payment method for any reason regarding the Program. In case of a chargeback, the Company reserves the right to report it to credit bureaus as a delinquent account.

*Air transportation is not included.

*All retreats are non-transferable.

Deposit Policy

Guests selected for this retreat will pay a non-refundable $1000 deposit. This will be refunded if the host cancels the event.

Cancellation Policy

Kindly note that reservations canceled by guests are non-refundable. As the retreats have limited rooms and slots due to their intimate boutique nature, the host is unable to provide refunds. Travel insurance is mandatory for all participants, and Wetravel is recommended for its affordable coverage. A link will be provided when you purchase your retreat). You can conveniently purchase travel insurance when making your reservation or opt for a different provider of your choice. Please be aware that cancellations will not be eligible for any refunds.

Payment Policy

Payment can be divided into a maximum of three installments, but it is mandatory to complete all payments at least 45 days before the retreat. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of your retreat reservation, along with any payments or deposits made. Please note that your spot will not be held iif only partial payment is made within one and a half months of the retreat. All payments must be settled 45 days in advance of the retreat.

Damages

Any damages to the rooms and the hotel property will be promptly assessed and charged to the credit card of record.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in any of the guest suites.