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Retreat, live and learn at Blue Osa: How a yoga retreat & spa in Costa Rica is pivoting

Charge ahead with confidence that this too shall pass and the world awaits you. This is our outlook in the midst of the pandemic as we rescheduled Renovad global retreats to 2021 and continue to collaborate with our destination partners, such as Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa in Costa Rica. 

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa (Photo courtesy Yogi Aaron)

Rewriting the path forward

Yogi Aaron, co-founder and lead of Yoga Teacher Training programs at Blue Osa (Photo courtesy Yogi Aaron)

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa is a special place that embodies awareness and transformation. It holds stillness for a weary traveler and soul. As Yogi Aaron, co-founder and lead of Yoga Teacher Training programs at Blue Osa, shared with us: “Especially at this time, we need to turn inward and be at peace within ourselves. Take this time to cultivate faith in yourself, your spirit guide or god, to walk on the path you are meant to be on. Ask the important questions of your life. In some ways, we are being given the chance to have a do over. How are you going to rewrite the path forward?”

It has been really hard as Blue Osa has been closed since March 14, and cash flow stopped abruptly. The region has been hit hard as 8 percent of Costa Rica’s GDP comes from tourism. Yogi Aaron believes the impact on the economy is much higher as they are not including the trickledown factor of the tourism income.

“We have budgeted a small amount of money to support as many staff as we can. We can help a little, but I fear it will not be enough,” says Yogi Aaron. “I suffer when I go into the future, and this moment has made me so aware of staying present. When I am present, I am happy and content. When I go into the future, I suffer. Badly.” 

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How Blue Osa is staying present for a better future

As he gathers his strength and focuses on being patient and present, Yogi Aaron sees the economic turmoil as a real blessing – a loss of at least a million dollars kind of blessing. Blue Osa is evaluating everything: Who do we want to be moving forward? What kind of guests do we want to invite here? What kind of people do we want to work with? What quality of life do we want to have? 

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Be present to WIN (Photo courtesy Yogi Aaron)

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa is using social media to stay in touch and continue to build its community. They are offering classes, tarot card readings, meditation practices and more. And they have launched an online Yoga Teacher Training 200-hour Certification and a Residential Life-Transforming Program. Yes, you can now live in Costa Rica at Blue Osa. While this is not an option for all, Renovad welcomes you to retreat in Costa Rica June 19-26, 2021

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in Renovad’s retreat in Costa Rica June 19-26, 2021. (Photo courtesy Yogi Aaron)

In life, change is a certain constant. Turn inward to be in peace with yourself and the world. Cultivate faith in yourself and your spiritual guide to stay on your unique life path. Count your blessings. Be present to WIN. 


Guest Contributor: Pilar Avila is the founder and host of interDUCTUS & Renovad. She is a passionate human striving for higher self-awareness, health, happiness, living free, eradicating judgment and lifting every living being with compassion.

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Balancing wellness and your freelance work

Balancing wellness is a critical component of any successful freelance career. Freelancing is an attractive source of income for many, whether it’s part-time or full-time. That said, you must find time for your own wellness if you want to avoid the risk of burnout, as shared by these successful professional freelancers.

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Looking out for yourself

Your freelance work shouldn’t come at the detriment of your own health. This tip holds true for all kinds of freelancers, but especially for those juggling another job alongside their freelancing. Publishous suggests spacing out your projects to give you some breathing room if you can; for those who can’t, consider planning out your work week in advance to give you an idea of what kind of tasks you need to complete.

wellness, hip latinaStructuring your day around a specific plan can help you avoid the dreaded freelancer burnout. Due to the flexibility of freelance work, it’s possible to work to your own timeline. If you are working another job make sure that, as best you can, the jobs don’t overlap as this is sure way to burnout.

While you’re busy planning out your day, remember to leave some time to exercise. HipLatina emphasizes the importance of physical activity with the rise of the body positive movement, and this self-confidence booster helps give you a bit of a break from your busy routine. More importantly, exercise helps give you the physical strength to tackle even the most demanding workday.

Finding communities and mentors

Freelancing can be a lonely job; so finding fellow freelancers within your area gives you a support network of like-minded individuals, which is good for your mental wellness. The best place to find such support is in co-working spaces. These have popped up in all major cities and have transformed how freelancers and solo entrepreneurs work. Industrious outline how top co-working spaces have community memberships which gives users access to exclusive events where it is easy to network and meet fellow freelancers. Having a physical space that puts you in contact with fellow freelancers and entrepreneurs can also give you that much-needed boost of motivation when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed. Freelancing opens you up to a whole world of possible connections, even from people outside your industry.

Mentorship is likewise crucial for any freelancer to succeed. Mentorship is likewise crucial for any freelancer to succeed. A great mentor will not only help you improve your craft, but will also help you navigate the busy and ever-changing world of what it means to freelance. From introducing you to good clients or teaching you how to deal with bad ones, a mentor makes the lonely freelance path feel a lot less, well, lonely.

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Here at Latinas in Business we are no strangers to finding meaningful work in today’s increasingly competitive environment. While freelancing is attractive, you should remember that the freelance industry is still in its infancy. This means there are a lot of exciting opportunities to come in the near future, but that you should also look to care of yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of working freelance.

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Costa Rica experiential retreat specially curated for women by Renovad

Join us on June 20-27, 2020 for a Costa Rica experiential retreat and renewal experience! 

Costa Rica’s land, 25 percent of it a protected tropical jungle, is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, it is home to 5 percent of the world’s species. But one must not miss that Pura Vida, pure life, does not only refer to its flora and fauna – it emanates from the heart and spirit of the people of Costa Rica, it is their way of life and their gift to every visitor.

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Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, a jungle-chic off-the-grid eco resort aiming to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint, will be our private home for a week of Pura Vida.

The adventure begins as you board a 12-seater 45-minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez to oversee the lush jungle embracing mountains and ocean – a journey to paradise.

Your Costa Rica experiential retreat begins the moment you arrive in Blue Osa, tucked by the endless waves of a pristine Pacific Ocean, to experience life with all your senses. Farm to table in Blue Osa will leave you nourished from your body to your mind and soul. Your experience will be complete with a daily yoga practice and Blue Osa’s Sacred Meditation Walk, an inward journey of contemplation and discovery.

 

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Your Costa Rica experiential retreat Includes:
  • 7-night accommodations at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa

  • Daily yoga and mindfulness practice

  • 3 farm to table meals per day & farewell reception

  • $50 Blue Osa Spa certificate

  • Kayak Jungle & mangrove tour

  • Conservation & farm tour

  • Chef’s farm to table secrets spilled

  • Puerto Jimenez community agape & tour

  • Puerto Jimenez Airport-Blue Osa roundtrip car transfer

  • Personalized attention with maximum of 24 guests

  • Master Concierge to assist you in researching flights and any additional custom-made experiences

  • Renovad organic cotton bag

Not included: Airfare to/from San Jose and Puerto Jimenez; tips

Renovad, you opportunity for a renewal experience 

PLACE YOU ON TOP OF THE PRIORITY LIST Take time to clear your mind, stimulate your senses and refresh your soul, so that you can show up for whom and what you love in full force

YOU ARE OUR KEYNOTE We intentionally do without speakers to focus on unique experiences to inspire your own internal conversation

JOIN IN SISTERHOOD Renovad’s multigenerational women, most of whom excel in business and hold leadership positions in a variety of sectors and industries, lift one another

BE CONCERNED ABOUT NOTHING We excel on destination knowledge, thus relieving you of the burden of planning and risk of trial and error

YOUR TIME TO FLOW Dial up and down on activities to further tailor your renewal experience

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Veronica Torres Hazley, Founder, Hey Chica Movement & Costa Rica Co-Host

Frequently asked questions 

Do I need a passport or a visa to travel to Costa Rica?

A visa is not required. As of December 31, 2002 all Canadian, US and EU citizens who travel to Costa Rica for tourism and pleasure purposes only need a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If not, you should get a new passport.

Do I need any shots before visiting Costa Rica?

You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica. However, we always suggest speaking with your Doctor and referring to the World Health Organization’s website before traveling anywhere.

How do I get to Costa Rica and Blue Osa?

You need to flight into Juan Santa Maria Airport in San Jose (SJO). There are a number of direct flights and other options from many main US hubs. Then you should book a connecting flight to Puerto Jimenez.

Domestic Costa Rican carriers, such as Sansa, offer numerous flights daily from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, with the one-way trip taking approximately 45 minutes. It should be noted, however, that there are no late afternoon or evening flights with either air-carrier. The last flights into Puerto Jimenez depart from San Jose in the early afternoon. Visitors arriving into the country in the late afternoon or evening should take this into consideration.

Should you need to stay in San Jose due to flight schedules in and/or out, we recommend Marriott Courtyard near the San Jose airport in Alajuela.

For additional information, and to make a reservation: https://www.renovad.co/rsvp