Actors & Artists go Off-Grid in COSTA RICA!

Puntarenas Province, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica

10 reviews
Jun 5 - 11, 2023
Group size: 6 - 25
Actors & Artists go Off-Grid in COSTA RICA!
Puntarenas Province, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica

10 reviews

Jun 5 - 11, 2023
Group size: 6 - 25

About this trip

Join Acting Masters Hugh O'Gormon (Head of Acting, CSULB, Praxis Acting Studio) and Jenna Davi (Host, Yoga) for a 6 nights and 7 days of RECLAIMING JOY in the beautiful tropical jungle of COSTA RICA as we reconnect to our creative spirit and recharge our artistic soul!

We have come together to bring you a JOY PACKED week of Michael Chekhov technique, body psychology, artistic expression, daily yoga & meditation, networking, bonding, and more!

In between sessions we have plenty of adventures for you and time to relax to really let that JOY sink in! Upriver trek to the secret waterfalls with mineral mud, pristine white sand beaches, local artesian market, dip in the pool or lay in your hammock with a script as you watch the monkeys swing past the deck of your jungle cabin (which has all the comforts and amenities of home)!

This inclusive retreat is for actors, artists, writers, musicians, movers, and anyone looking to expand their artistic and physical expression through the practice of the Chekhov Technique, yoga and other acting modalities with Master Teachers along with the unique opportunity of integrating these skills in the tropical jungle of Costa Rica!


We cannot wait to share this experience with you!! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

- Jenna & Hugh

If you have any questions please reach out to Jenna at


Sample Schedule

6:30a - Coffee & Tea, Fruit, Granola & Yoghurt available

7:30a -9:30a - Morning acting session with Hugh

10a -Breakfast

11:30a - Guided hike up-river to the waterfalls with mineral mud with Jenna

1:30p - Lunch & free time

4 - 5:30p Yin Yoga with Jenna

5:30p Sunset bonding on the beach

6:30pm - Dinner & evening announcements 

8pm - Evening pow wow, star-gazing and storytelling

Free Time, Excursions, Spa Services

Waterfalls, unlimited hiking and beach combing, animal spotting, sunbathing, journaling, hammock-ing, wildlife spotting, enjoy a spa service, book an excursion, relax by the soft salt water pool and enjoy a refreshing specialty drink, experience a surf lesson... tons of adventure and relaxing to be had! 

Available for add-on

- Waterfall Rappelling and Tree climbing is a guest favorite! Guaranteed smiles and adrenaline rush! - $90

- Surf Lessons with Pollo Surf School - This is a must do in Costa Rica! - $90

- Horseback riding - an absolute heart warming experience riding horseback through the jungle and on the beach $65

- Zip-lining, chocolate tours and guided wildlife spotting tours also available

- 60, 90 & 120 minute massages available - Starting at $100




* 6 nights shared (2-4 ppl) or private accommodation

* 3 fresh & health conscious meals daily (including delicious 3 course dinners)

* Coffee & tea all day

* R/T taxi service from/to Puerto Jimenez to Encanta la Vida Lodge

* Daily maid service


* Daily yoga & meditation with Jenna

* Daily Group Acting Sessions with Hugh

* Plenty of time for relaxation and integration 


* Guided hike upriver to the secret falls with mineral mud

* Night hike adventure

*Beach bonfire

* Local artesian market & dance party at Martina's Bar

* unlimited hiking, exploring, surfing, hammock-ing & beach-combing 


You will enjoy daily acting sessions and yoga and meditation. In between sessions you are free to explore the lush jungle,  soak in that VitD on the beach, book a massage - whatever you want! Enjoy it!

Skills you will reactivate & develop  

  • Michael Chekhov technique and other acting modalities 
  • Character development
  • Improvisation
  • Emotional access & Intelligence 
  • Archetypal exploration
  • Expanding imagination & higher consciousness
  • Creative fluidity
  • Mind/body connection & energetics
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Chakra Psychology and archetypes
  • Discover blockages and gain tools to realign
  • Movement, stamina, flexibility & strength
  • and more



Hugh O'Gorman (Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Creative Potential Work)

Hugh O’Gorman is an actor, director, author and teaching-artist active in professional theatre for over 30 years. Since 2002 he has been the Head of Acting at California State University Long Beach where he oversees the BA, BFA and MFA actor training programs. Hugh is the author of “Acting Action: a primer for actors” and “The Keys to Acting”. He is a faculty member of MICHA: the Michael Chekhov Association, as well as MCE Michael Chekhov Europe, and runs his own acting studio in Los Angeles, The Praxis Studio. He is a Co-Executive Director of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Hugh has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at over a dozen of the nation’s most respected Regional Theatres and Shakespeare Festivals. He is a founding member of New York City’s Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama DeskAward). Hugh portrayed Jeff Singer on AMC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy and Cable Ace award-winning show Remember WENN (SAG Award nomination). Other television: HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning John Adams, for CBS Still Standing, That’s Life, and for NBC The 10th Kingdom, Law & Order and ER. Film:Killers, Upstate, The Bend. Hugh earned a BA from Hugh earned a BA from Cornell and MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.

Jenna Davi

Jenna is an international yoga teacher and retreat leader specializing in the Chakras and transformational experiences. She is the creator of the Chakra Codes, a system of self-realization and spiritual development and has traveled the world teaching Chakra psychology, archetypal imprinting and energetic movement. Through her teachings her students have received a deeper perspective of themselves, revealing their unique coding and purpose, accessing creativity and guiding them in experiencing higher levels of consciousness and spiritual awakening.  In her spare time she continues to give Chakra Code readings, writes literature and music, pursues an acting and musical career and is an avid surfer. She cannot wait for you to have this transformational experience with us in Costa Rica! // @Chakra.Codes


Details on flights and getting there will also be included in your info packet


1. Fly into San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica (SJO)

2. Take a charter plane to Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica (40-45 mins) *After deposit and registration is received you will be given contact information of a travel assistant who will help you book the connecting charter plane 

3. A taxi will be waiting for you to take you to the Retreat Center (45-50 mins) (Taxi to/from lodge from the Puerto Jimenez airport is included)


- Look up flights under a 'private browser' to prevent mysterious price increases

- Reasonable RT flights to Costa Rica from San Francisco are around $400-600.

- RT Charter Plane flights range from $300 and up 

FAQ's, Packing List & Additional Information is included in the information packets which will be emailed to you once your deposit is received. 


Location: Encanta la Vida is a luxury jungle resort, located in Cabo Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which is  home to the Corcovado National Park and is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. There is one dirt road through Matapalo and a few local and ex-pats have homes scattered and hidden within the jungle foliage. There are no street lamps or power lines. All properties run off their own generator. You will truly be experiencing the jungle life.

Surrounding Area: The lodge is about a 40 minute taxi ride through the Jungle to the closest town, Puerto Jimenez. There are a few tourist and local clothing shops, grocery store, pharmacy and an emergency room. You would need to take a flight out from Puerto Jimenez to get to a general hospital. The emergency room in Puerto Jimenez is quick and efficient. Jenna knows as she was treated for staph infection there a few years ago, which if left misdiagnosed or not treated with efficiency could have been deadly. Martina’s, the only restaurant and bar in Matapalo, serves delicious food and holds a local arts and crafts market every Friday. It’s fun to stay afterwards and dance too!

The Yoga Deck: We will have the pleasure of having our sessions on one of the most beautiful yoga decks in the world! The two-story 36 x 33 foot yoga shala is breath taking – located at the beach under the rainforest canopy and overlooks the crystal blue waters of the “Golfo Dulce” – the ideal place for a unique yoga experience. You do not need to bring a mat as the yoga deck is equipped with mats, blankets, blocks and straps however feel free to bring your own mat and props if you wish.

Accommodations: Your rooms are tucked in along the tropical garden paths. All guest accommodations are furnished with top quality mattresses, linens, lights, fans, mosquito nets, a safe, bathrooms and hot water. Guests will enjoy the comfort of private patios and balconies set up with rockers, hammocks adding to a relaxing ambiance. Each room is shared (3-4 people) with a limited availability for a private room. Shared rooms are mixed with queen and twin beds.  Beds will be assigned on arrival on a first come first pick basis.

Food: Encanta hosts several retreats throughout the year and understands that groups enjoy a healthy and sometimes very specific diet. They have developed a menu with something for every taste and dietary need. There is a section for specific dietary needs on your registration form. Tea and coffee is available all day, breakfast, lunch and a 3 course dinner every night.

Spa: Enjoy a spa treatment, acupuncture (subject to availability) or therapeutic massage by one of Encanta la Vida’s professional spa specialists.

Surf and the Beaches: There are 3 perfect right point breaks within walking distance from the Lodge. Pan Dulce, which sits in front of the Yoga Shala is arguably one of the longest right point breaks in Costa Rica and perfect for absolute beginners learning how to pop up to advanced surfers practicing turns and tricks. Please note, due to the turbulence of the water, it is not suitable for snorkeling. However sunbathing and swimming at beautiful Backwash is the ultimate paradise. If you are new to surfing but want to learn the lodge can arrange a surf lesson with Pollo Surf School.  

Other Activities: Adventures are plentiful in Matapalo and surrounding areas. Waterfall rappelling, Matapalo tree climbing, hiking and wildlife spotting. Our day off is perfect for a longer excursion such as ziplining through the rainforest canopy, jungle hikes to waterfalls,  horseback riding and surfing or day trip to Carate to hang out at the remote black sand beaches. Or simply kick back and relax on your hammock with a book. All activities are subject to availability.

Wi-Fi & Electricity: Being so deep in the jungle internet is not the fastest, however it is still available in the office area. Please note that the wi-fi may not be strong during certain weather conditions or if too many guests are on it at once. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this time to be away from technology and truly immerse yourself in the jungle life.  


By submitting a deposit you agree to the following refund/cancellation policy:

Payment Schedule

1.  $500 non-refundable deposit upon registration

2. 25% of balance due - Jan 15th, 2023

3. 50% of balance due - March 1st, 2023

4.  Remaining balance due - May 1st, 2023


- AFTER March 1st, 2023 - 50% of money paid is refundable, minus the deposit

- AFTER May 1st, 2022 - No refunds 

SANSA FLIGHTS (Costa Rica Domestic Flights)

Sansa's policies are always changing. We suggest not buying these flights until 3-4 months before the retreat start date and when you are 100% confirmed of your attendance. 

COVID Information


As of August 1, 2021

* It is your responsibility to stay up to date with the latest changes and requirements*

The measure takes effect starting August 1, 2021. As of that date, minors (under 18) and those who are fully vaccinated can enter Costa Rica as tourists without purchasing a travel health insurance policy.

In order to qualify, adults must:

  • Have received an approved vaccine: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson.
  • The last dose of the schedule must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
  • Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
    • For U.S. visitors, the Covid-19 vaccination record card meets the requirement.


Entry requirements in times of a COVID-19 pandemic

The entrance to Costa Rica is enabled for tourists from all the countries of the world by air, land and sea.

The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.

Country entry requirements

Tourists can verify if they require entry with or without a visa at the following link:

In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:

  1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at
    The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. It must be accessed in updated browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.
  2. Travel policy
    * Important update for minors and individuals who are fully vaccinated *
    As of August 1, 2021, all tourists under 18 years of age can enter the country without a travel policy.
    As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.
    Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:
    1. Name of the person who received the vaccine

    2. Date of each dose

    3. Pharmaceutical house
    In the case of U.S. travelers, the "COVID-19 vaccination record card" will be accepted.

    Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination or vaccinated with a serum other than those admitted by the Costa Rican authorities, must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease as detailed below.

International Policies

Regarding the policy, you can choose any international insurance company that meets the following

1. Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).

2. $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.

3. $2,000 for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.

Ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:

1. Name of the person traveling.

2. Validity of the effective policy during the Costa Rica visit (travel dates).

3. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000

4. Minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.

This certificate must specify that the policy covers COVID-19 and must be uploaded to the HEALTH PASS to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document that allows the verification of the coverage mentioned.

Costa Rican policies

The tourist can also choose any of the following Costa Rican insurance companies, which sell products registered and authorized by the General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica.



BlueCross BlueShield: 

IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage was set at $50,000, while for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers the minimum was set at $20,000.


Entry by air or land - In case of questions or concerns about the requirements or conditions of medical insurance, write to the email address

What’s not included

  • International Flights
  • Charter Flights
    Around $250 RT
  • Gratuity
    Recommended $10 per day. This is split between the servers, chefs, bartender, maid service, gardeners, carpenters, maintenance, and any other Costa Rican staff
  • Extra transportation
    Any transportation outside of the included RT Taxi to and from the lodge
  • Extra excursions
    Any other excursions or bookings outside the retreat package
  • Travel Insurance
  • Specialty Drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Surfboard Rentals

Available Packages


3 - 4 people per Cabina.

Prices are per person

There are single and double beds. No bed assignments. First come, first serve.

Limited availability


2 people per cabina

Prices are per person

There are single and double beds. No bed assignments. First come, first serve.

Limited availability


1 Person

Limited availability



Day 1

Reclaiming Joy begins!

After you fly into San Jose International Airport you will take a 12 seater charter plane down to the Osa Peninsula - an adventure in it's own! Once you land a taxi will be waiting for you where you will take a 45 mins drive through the jungle to your new home for the week: Encanta la Vida Eco Lodge!

Feel free to take a dip in the pool, take a walk on the beach or relax in your hammock until it is time to meet on the Yoga Deck for our opening ceremony! 

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I had the trip of a lifetime! This program by Fay Simpson, creator of The Lucid Body, was everything I imagined it to be - plus some! We had yoga and acting training twice daily. I learned so much and left with a very toned body, a new level of self realization and characterization. This was an intense program, presented with such skill and intention. Additionally, everything was so perfectly organized. The people at the lodge were all very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The food prepared for us daily was delicious, artfully presented, and low in calories. It was all fresh and natural, no GMOs. The natural fruit and vegetable drinks were refreshing and healthy. There was a re known bartender at the bar who made milkshakes and other drinks; non-alcohol as well as alcohol. There were a sufficient amount of activities and massages to partake of, in addition to the yoga and training calendar already programmed and anticipated. Simply being in the jungle and experiencing nature in this way made the purpose of the trip so fascinating and unique. The air is clean, beaches are near, and the jungle is very lush. Anyone who missed this, missed out!
By Sandra L for DEVISING WILD, a Lucid Body Retreat on Jul 04, 2023
Transformative! The schedule flowed perfectly combining deep class work, relaxation, and enriching experiences. The venue was fantastic, a perfect taste of local life.
By Mary J for DEVISING WILD, a Lucid Body Retreat on Jul 03, 2023
I had an amazing retreat, just what I needed. A lot of reflection, laughter, crying, dancing, rejoicing and eating well. Thank you Hugh and Jenna for a life changing experience! Shona
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BEST EXPERIENCE EVER! Amazing self acting sessions for unblocking creativity and your inner artist! Amazing Yoga Sessions to get your body right were it needs to be and chakra alignments! All of this in the most beautiful rainforest surroundings! Hope to come back next year! Love you Hugh and Jenna!
By Felipe H for Actors & Artists go Off-Grid in COSTA RICA! on Jun 18, 2023
I was hoping to learn something new and apply it for the duration of the week so it is in my body, mind and heart! I absolutely achieved it 200% with the help of all teachers!
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