Discovering Your Authentic Self - Women's Wellness Retreat - Apr 2024

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Sumak Travel
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Apr 20 - 27, 2024
Group size: 10 - 14
Discovering Your Authentic Self - Women's Wellness Retreat - Apr 2024
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Sumak Travel
  • Email address verified

Apr 20 - 27, 2024
Group size: 10 - 14

About this trip

Join us on the magnificent South Pacific coast of Costa Rica for an 8-day / 7-night all inclusive, unique and powerful women's wellness retreat. Experience epic adventures to national parks with guided hikes and snorkeling. Visit Costa Rican towns and learn about indigenous cultures, organic local farms and environmentally conscious communities. Participate in deep, transformative workshops designed to allow the real you to emerge. Meditation and yoga, along with soulful discussions on attachment theory and expressive art workshops will allow each participant to expand their consciousness, illuminate their magnificence, and reclaim their authentic self.

Discovering Your Authentic Self is a Self Mastery International retreat for women longing for a transformative, ecologically conscious, and culturally rich experience. We have partnered again with Sumak Travel to design a journey through some of Costa Rica's most beautiful offerings, providing an intentional agenda featuring relaxation, adventures, excursions, yoga, guided meditation, transformational workshops, and indigenous ceremonies to enlighten and enliven your soul. Come forge new connections with other like-minded people and create lifelong bonds that deepen over time!

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Retreat highlights

- Hike in the beautiful cloud forest of Los Quetzales National Park

- Snorkel around Caño Island, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth

- Travel like a local as you experience the diverse culture and history of Uvita

- Visit the unique and magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park

- Take part in a forest bath and indigenous healing ceremony

- Support local community conservation efforts through sustainable practices

- Eat delicious local meals and innovative new foods

- Learn practical tools to reframe limiting beliefs and create a life that allows the greatest, grandest version of self to emerge

- Transformational workshops, restorative yoga and guided meditations

About the retreat leader and facilitator

Peggy  Farmer, Ph.D., is the founder of Self Mastery International and will be your retreat guide, facilitator, and coach. With over 30 years of  experience providing women's wellness retreats around the world, she  brings  to any program a passion for self love and transformation. Peggy  studied yoga and meditation in India from 1989-1993 and was part of the  International Peace Conference that drafted the International Declaration of Peace with the UN. She has studied with and learned about sacred ceremonies from shamans in both Peru and Mexico. Peggy holds certifications in yoga, meditation, and coaching with a focus on emotional intelligence, stress management,  nutrition, mediation, and compassionate communication. With her diverse background in mental health, public health, and wellness, Peggy is well suited to help retreatants transform their old patterns into a  healthier and happier way of being. She is the author of  "Exploratory Surgery of the Soul, A Journey to Self Mastery" and the guided meditation audio "Letting Go". She is passionate about planetary upliftment and loves to travel to sacred sites around the world to perform ceremonies for planetary healing. For more information, check out her website:

Karen El-Bayadi Tharp will be the facilitator for the Expressive Arts portion of the program. She has been a working Registered Nurse for 20 years  with a background in Expressive Therapy. She originally trained with  Natalie Rogers at the Person Centered Expressive Therapy Institute through Sonoma State University, while obtaining her degree in  Expressive Therapy and Fine Art at Prescott College. She has been working with college students in University Health for 23 years. Her  ongoing participation in a Courage to Lead group based on Parker Palmer’s work, has led her to believe that mindful exploration and the cultivation of experiences within the natural world is a remarkable catalyst for our soul to emerge and be tended. Karen has participated in several silent mindfulness retreats with the late Thich Nhat Han. She  enjoys helping others unearth their true self with grace and compassion. A born naturalist, Karen can be found thriving while in her garden, cooking for friends, or walking in the Western North Carolina woods with her dog, Olive.

Testimonials from past participants

"Another WOWZA trip! It’s hard (impossible, really) to convey how crazy good Peggy is at her own brand of personal growth. But we ALL felt loved and appreciated on many levels. I also greatly appreciated our fantastic, adventurous activities and excursions in beautiful Belize. It was a truly memorable trip that supported local entrepreneurs and was a magical blend of fun and inner work. THANK YOU!!"

Jennifer F.

"We had a wonderful time together, Dr. Peggy Farmer took the absolute handle on everything while in Belize. She, not only, helped me heal, but also helped me gain a sense of freedom through her workshops and absolute fun. I would love to do this again in the future, I am thrilled to go on with my future and ongoing path towards embracing my magnificence"

Alondra R.

"Our group leader, Dr. Peggy Farmer, is a remarkable therapist, sacred spaces guide, part-historian, part raconteur, and genuine healer. Sumak Travel provided great local guides while supporting family-owned businesses. People were very friendly and knowledgeable, the food was good, transportation easy, and accommodations very comfortable. This was a truly memorable trip."

Angela H.

"It was a fantastic first time out of the country experience! I am so grateful for the quality food, spectacular internal travel support and personal accommodations. I appreciate all that you all have done to make the trip easy, fun, and carefree. You can be sure I will always highly recommend you! Thanks again!"

Kelly H.


You will be eating traditional and innovative Costa Rican dishes on your trip. The meals are prepared fresh with locally sourced ingredients. All diets are compatible with this retreat, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Just let us know your special requirements when booking!

Cancellation policy

The deposit is non-refundable. In case you need to cancel your participation, 

(a) 35 days or more prior to the stated departure date, we will retain 50% of the total booking price and reimburse the remaining amount.

(b) Less than 35 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% of the total booking price

If you need to leave the retreat for any reason after it has started, we won't be able to make any refunds for unused services.

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What’s included

  • Accommodation
  • Retreat leader
    Peggy Farmer, Ph.D will skillfully guide you through transformational processes.
  • Ecotourism activities
    Unique experiences with English-speaking local guides, see the day-by-day itinerary for details
  • Wellness activities
    Including workshops, yoga and guided meditations
  • Airport transfers
    Shared transfers to get you to/from the airport
  • Ground transportation
    In a 22-seat, comfotable Toyota Coaster
  • Entrance fees
    To sites of interest, museums and national parks
  • All meals
    From dinner on April 20th to breakfast on April 27th
  • Contributions
    To the social and environmental projects visited
  • 24/7 assistance
    In English, during the whole trip

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

Available Packages

Luxury glamping tent

Price per person, staying a in shared glamping tent with two beds, ceiling fans and ensuite bathroom at Manoas Lodge

Deposit: $800
Double room

Price per person, staying a in a shared room with two beds in a villa, with A/C and ensuite bathroom at Manoas Lodge

Deposit: $800
Single room

Price per person. Staying a in single room in a villa, with A/C and ensuite bathroom at Manoas Lodge

Deposit: $1,200

Available options


April 20th (Saturday):
Welcome to Costa Rica!

Flights to San José. On arrival, our local driver will welcome you at the airport for a transfer to the well-located Hotel Parque de Lago, near Sabana Park (transfers are included for all participants, regardless of the arrival time). Free afternoon to rest. At night, enjoy a welcome meet & greet dinner in a private space.

Accommodation in standard rooms at Hotel Parque de Lago

Your Organizer

Sumak Travel
Social enterprise specializing in sustainable tourism to Latin America. Tailor-made itineraries for discerning travelers wanting to connect with nature and local people. We are based in Costa Rica.