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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.

Charging ahead in life & business: Must be present to win

Pilar Avila, founder and host of interDUCTUS & Renovad (Photo courtesy Pilar Avila)

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.

Our already fast-changing world is now in ever more extreme and accelerated transformation, as we continue to face a global pandemic, economic turmoil and social unrest. Before Covid, we were dealing with centralized and localized challenges within our own lives and businesses, industries, markets and countries. Today, we are impacted by what happens around the globe. Reality is things will likely get worse before they get better, and we cannot hide and ignore what is happening around us. We must keep up and, better yet, get ahead of change by anticipating what is to come and taking charge of our destiny. The key to this is to be present and make changes now for the future. 

Present changes for the future

There are two aspects to my business: interDUCTUS management consulting practice and Renovad global retreats. Some of the immediate changes we implemented are rescheduling of our 2020 retreats to 2021, and refocusing our time on our change management consulting practice. We are taking an array of trainings and certifications online to further sharpen our readiness to support our clients. We are also identifying ways to collaborate with other management consultants, and the resorts where we host retreats, to support one another and weather the health, economic and social imperfect storm. 

One of countless fun moments from a Renovad retreat (Photo courtesy Pilar Avila)

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Take action today

Here are a few actions we have taken and we encourage you to consider as we all charge ahead:

New dates for Renovad trips! (Photo courtesy Pilar Avila)

  1. Face change head on: Be present with eyes open wide and consider changes you can initiate vs. changes you cannot control.
  1. Focus on people and health first: Start with you and the inner circle of family, friends, colleagues, employees, collaborators, clients, neighbors and community.
  1. Establish a new rhythm for life and business: Step one is placing you on the schedule! Tap virtual business networks events, education, and fitness, and learn something new. 
  1. Mind your business: Again, consider people first by assessing any needed adjustments based on you and your team’s ability to deliver on contracts and commitments; assess clients’ needs to adjust your work flow and financial plan accordingly; know that cutting costs and staff is not always the answer, and that investing in who and what will keep you producing is an imperative investment. 
  1. Adapt. Evolve. Transform: Adapt to the virtual economy; consider offering new services and products to generate new sources of cash flow; envision how you wish to evolve and elevate as a human, and make it happen. 
  1. Face and conquer your fears: There is no fearless without fear as fear is part of our human condition and, when ignored, it can be paralyzing; place fear on notice by declaring “Fear, I see you, I know you and I am bigger and stronger than you”.

In life, change is a certain constant. Face it head on placing you, people and health first. Create a new rhythm as you evolve and transform. Remove all fears and obstacles. And be present to WIN.

2020 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit

Latinas In Business Virtual 2020 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit   

Latinas in Business Inc., the national nonprofit organization led by President and CEO Susana G Baumann, is moving forward with their first Virtual 2020 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit on July 30, 2020 between 1pm and 2:30pm EST.

National and international speakers will interact with participants in an inspirational event that promotes “The Power of Collaborations in a Post-COVID World.” The event will be Livestreamed on Zoom, Facebook and LinkedIn, and is co-hosted by Prospanica NJ Chapter.

2020 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment

FREE REGISTRATION: https://2020WEES.eventbrite.com

 

“We have all been shaken up with the unprecedented times we are living in, and the uncertainty of when this is going to end. Many organizations are waiting for ‘things to go back to normal’ but at Latinas in Business, we believe that every struggle is an opportunity for creativity and innovation,” Baumann said

National and international Speakers at the Power of Collaborations
Albania Rosario

Albania Rosario, Founder and President, Fashion Designers of Latin America (Photo Courtesy Albania Rosario)

Albania Rosario, Founder and President of Fashion Designers of Latin America, will be this year’s Celebrity speaker at the event co-hosted by Prospanica NJ Chapter. “Albania is a leader in the fashion industry that is fighting to help not only designers but all those involved in the industry, laborers, textile manufacturers, show producers, and many other workers that are suffering the consequences of the pandemic overlapping an historic economic crisis,” Baumann said.

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The 2020 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit presents an interactive panel with international and national speakers including Belgium, EU, based Vero Sosa, Founder and President of SHE (Seminario para Hispanas Emprendedoras), Founder of Business Fit Academy and Business Fit Magazine; and from Texas, Perla Tamez, Serial Entrepreneur and Hispanic Star National Hub Director.

Panel facilitator and co-host of the event, Beth Marmolejos-Marrazini, President of Prospanica NJ Chapter and Hispanic Star NJ Hub Director said, “When we collaborate, a new energy is created that is bigger than our individual efforts. Effectively putting together resources, energy, talents and goals paves the way for the success that we plan together, as well as many unexpected benefits.”

2020 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit Fundraiser

“We need your generous support because all our work is on a volunteer basis: 100% of your donation goes to continue our mission, promoting and building services and programs for Latinas and other minority women entrepreneur,” Baumann said. “So far we have promoted over 600 minority-owned small businesses who are struggling to survive in this pandemic overlapped with an unprecedented economic crisis because of donors like you. Little or small, every donation adds up.”

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For your donation: https://pages.donately.com/latinasinbusinessinc/campaign/2020wees

The grand finale of the virtual event includes the 2020 Latina of the Month Awards Ceremony. Diana Franco, Executive Director, WE NYC, will be recognized with the Small Business Champion Award. “Diana is the most dedicated leader I know to the success of women entrepreneurs. She runs a fantastic network of free services, programs and mentorship for all Women Entrepreneur (WE) in the City of New York under the funding from the city,”  Baumann said.

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For more information and FREE registration, please visit https://2020WEES.eventbrite.com

To donate: https://pages.donately.com/latinasinbusinessinc/campaign/2020wees