Activating Happiness in Midlife - Wellness Retreat

El Mangroove, Costa Rica

Sumak Travel
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Nov 10 - 13, 2023
Group size: 20 - 25
Activating Happiness in Midlife - Wellness Retreat
El Mangroove, Costa Rica

Sumak Travel
  • Email address verified

Nov 10 - 13, 2023
Group size: 20 - 25

About this trip

Welcome to the second Empowering Midlife Wellness Retreat! The theme of this event is "Activating Happiness in Midlife" and will be hosted by five world-renowned experts in different aspects of women's health and holistic wellness, with the goal of creating the fullest and most joyful life for women primarily in the 40 to 65 year old age group. This three night retreat in luxurious beachfront Costa Rica will leave you with a new outlook on the second half of life and actionable tools to create more happiness in your life, as well as for those around you. Happiness is our basic nature, and we can all learn simple daily practices to reconnect with our basic inner joy and wellbeing, rather than constantly seeking it from outside.

This event is all-inclusive, including the luxury hotel, all meals, open bar during dinner, a group catamaran cruise, one spa service, multiple optional beach activities and in-country transfers - as well as the program itself.

About the facilitators

DR. SUSAN HARDWICK-SMITH is a Board-Certified Gynecologist specializing in women’s midlife wellness, hormone optimization and sexual wellness. She is the founder of Complete Midlife Wellness Center in Houston, TX, and the best-selling author of "Sexually Woke - Awaken the Secrets to Your Best Sex Life in Midlife and Beyond". She also hosts a popular podcast and YouTube show called "Empowering Midlife Wellness". Dr. Susan is the recipient of the Texas Super Doctor award over 15 times, as well a multiple time recipient of H-Texas magazine’s Top Doctor and Top Doctor for Women awards. She also has been chosen as one of Houston’s “3 best rated” gynecologists several consecutive years. Dr. Susan is also an ICF certified life and leadership coach, multipletime marathoner and Ironman triathlete, and mother of 3 young adults. More info at:

MEG ELLIS is a Certified Conscious Life Coach and NLP Practitioner, and the host of the Create Your Fate Podcast. She is the Founder and CEO of Phoenix 8 Consulting in Houston and her mission is to lead you to Your Best Life Ever –the life where you truly understand yourself and are not held back by guilt, fear, or self-limiting beliefs. Her unique methodology rooted in The Enneagram, Consciousness, and The Law of Attraction is proven to create life-changing results. Having overcome the trauma of divorce, death, and unhealthy attachments, she wants you to know there is a life of fulfillment waiting for you too. Learn to love yourself and focus on what you want...not what you don’t want. Lose the need to control your life –and actually create it instead. More info at:

KELLEY WORKMAN is a Master Personal Trainer, certified Pilates & Yoga Instructor, and a IN Health Coach. But this was not her first career. After graduating University of Houston with a BS in Business in 1991, she began working with her husband to build physical therapy/orthopedic clinics across Texas. In 2010 that all changed after her husband tragically died in car accident. She and her five children relocated, and she wanted to do something new to heal herself and her family. In 2015, she became a mother to her sixth child at 45-years-old and  now owns a private Pilates/yoga studio, where her personal training clients move to a healthy body, clear mind and better life. More info at:

YANIV SHANTI is a Co-founder and director of "El Despertador - School of Happiness". He is also ahappiness activist, emotional health promoter, lecturer, motivator, life coach, instructor of mindfulness, meditation and personal growth, developer of experiential learning tools, designer and facilitator of transformational experiences, celebrant of intentional ceremonies, architect, DJ and entrepreneur. Through conferences, workshops, retreats, group activations and individual sessions, he has had the privilege of helping thousands of people, with over 25 years of dedication to regain, enjoy and share their happiness with the world.

Testimonials from past participants

See what some of our last guests had to say about the prior event:

"I feel so grateful to have been included in such a wonderful experience. What a warm and safe place interacting with all the leaders with so much experience and knowledge. I feel like I came home with a lot of tools to enhance my life. Thanks to each and every one who was there. 

I am so happy that I went to this wellness retreat. I had hoped for some motivation to live a healthier life. Dr. Susan and her amazing co-leaders created a safe space to share and learn and laugh. Our morning yoga and meditation set the stage for a beautiful day. I left feeling rested and joyful with many new friends. This retreat was really transformative, and I am hoping there will be another one soon" 

"One of the best things about the retreat is that I think it was really a judgement free zone which unfortunately can be hard to find sometimes. Meeting women with similar struggles can make you feel less alone. Finding solutions to these struggles or just open ears is heartwarming. All the presenters were genuinely friendly and willing to just be themselves. Every woman needs this retreat in their life"

"It was life changing! To feel I and others could be so open with our whole hearts. (Including our leaders) I think everyone else fed off each other! Was an AWESOME GROUP!

I loved every minute of the experience! The retreat was everything that I expected and more. The amazing women, the wonderful speakers, and the safe space to “just connect” was perfect. I learned a lot and have much to think about regarding my health and happiness. I would love to attend the next retreat. This experience truly enhanced my life"

"Genuine sharing, helpful learning, fun laughs. Makes me not so frustrated to be in “mid-life”! Very empowering, and it’s staying with me even after returning to my daily life. Thank you!

I went to retreat to declutter my mind and that’s exactly what I did. I want to thank the hosts for making it possible. Super fun!"

"Dr. Susan has got to be the most intuitive and empathic doctor a woman could have. She is the catalyst of everything wonderful that happened at this retreat and just has the most beautiful instinct for knowing what women need. The fact that she recognizes what her patients need and provided this opportunity for us is just so amazing. Our physical and mental health goes beyond doctor’s appointments, and the fact that she understands and addresses this makes her priceless"

About the venue

Elegance and exceptional service combine for a relaxed getaway experience at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection in Guanacaste, just steps from the beach. Overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo, our beachfront hotel in Guanacaste's modern design is inspired by lush forests, sun-kissed beaches and the vibrant culture of Costa Rica. Our hotel is the closest beach resort to an international airport within Costa Rica, just 20 minutes from touchdown to sand.

The suites are nestled among the trees, where you will be able to get lost in relaxation in this light-filled refuge. After a day in paradise, chill inside your bohemian-chic room and regain your energy for your next adventure. You’ll discover why Pura Vida is the lifestyle that you deserve.

Payment and cancellation policy

The secure your spot, a non-refundable deposit is required. The balance will be due on October 2nd. In case you need to cancel your participation, 

(a) 35 days or more prior to November 10th, we will retain 50% of the total booking price and reimburse the remaining amount.

(b) Less than 35 days prior to November 10th, 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.

For full terms and conditions, visit

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    In Nesto / Bark suites at El Mangroove
  • Wellness activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Retreat leader
  • Retreat facilitators
  • Catamaran Sunset Tour
  • One spa treatment
  • All meals
    From dinner on Nov 10th until breakfast on Nov 13th
  • Open bar
    During dinner
  • 24/7 assistance
    In English during the whole retreat

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic drinks
    Except during dinner time
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

Available Packages

Sharing a double suite
Single suite

Available options


Nov 10th (Friday):

Flight from Houston to Liberia (9:36 a.m. / 1:08 p.m. on United or 10:40 a.m. / 2:05 p.m. on Southwest). On arrival, 20-minute transfer to the beautiful Gulf of Papagayo, where you will stay in the El Mangroove beachfront hotel. In the afternoon:

Before 5:00 p.m.: Relax and enjoy the pool, beach and settle into your room

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Property orientation tour

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Beach/poolside welcome with fun and games 

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Private dinner

8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.: "Happiness activation - Part 1" - Connect with your deepest intentions, inner happiness and fellow travelers (under the stars, weather permitting)

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.