Empowered Transitions - Accelerated Healing and Learning

Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Laura Garrison
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Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2024
Group size: 10 - 30
Empowered Transitions - Accelerated Healing and Learning
Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Laura Garrison
  • Email address verified

Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2024
Group size: 10 - 30

About this trip



Facilitated by Trauma Recovery Specialist, Laura Weber Garrison, Ph.D., The Empowered Transitions Retreat to Recalibrate Program is part group therapy, part individual work, and part Mastermind group. It is experiential, fun, transformational and, if you commit yourself to fully immersing yourself in the Program and doing the work, can be incredibly life-changing.


  • The impact and effects of trauma on the brain- and how to work around the challenges
  • The relationship between trauma, chronic pain, and various illnesses
  • Reconnecting with the body’s intelligence through restorative yoga and mindfulness
  • Relearning to trust the ‘body’s barometer’
  • Breaking free from destructive coping mechanisms and unhealthy patterns
  • Letting go of shame, guilt, toxic feelings, chronic sadness, and anger
  • Shifting into a life of peace, happiness, and loving connections
  • Setting big goals and moving forward with transitions
  • The power and necessity of FUN and PLAY in the healing process


We'll work with you ahead of time to help map your Intentions for your time in retreat! 

The Pre-Retreat homework and Pre-Program expectations are rather extensive and there are a number of written assignments. You'll be meeting with the Facilitator via phone or Zoom for a Clarity Session. 

We want you to really dive in and get the most out of your Program and your Retreat experience.

Not only will this Pre-Program help our team better assist you in integrating your learnings while 'on campus', it will also help you to gain greater insight and will make navigating your transitions Post-Retreat easier and more productive. 


All Retreats also include the option for extended pre and post-counseling and small-group coaching at a discounted rate. 



We'll work with habit loops, patterns, trauma, emotional regulation, behavioral changes, and the formation of new ways of being.  You'll also be given a Workbook and a binder (and a really great swag bag of goodies!) 


The construction--and reconstruction-- of your life story from past, to present, to future is pivotal in creating a new level of self-understanding.  While we cannot change the past, we can, indeed, change our subconscious and somatic responses to those matters which no longer serve us and begin intentionally living a purpose-filled and purpose-driven life. 


Our Retreats include daily practices to help improve your ability to navigate your day-to-day life outside of the Retreat. New to yoga, mindfulness, and meditation? No problem! Dr. Garrison breaks the practices down into super easy-to-follow components.


Gourmet plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the Retreat.  As a participant in The Empowered Transitions Retreat, you'll also have unlimited access to the Wellness Bar for incredible local coffee and signature smoothies if you wish.


We'll incorporate some amazing experiences including an extended Sound Healing session, a Blue Clay Waterfall experience, and other ceremonies.  We'll also have a very special closing ceremony that includes a multi-course dinner with mocktails.


We'll have a Group follow-up Zoom meeting after our Retreat to further integrate the learnings and reconnect with one another. All Retreats also include the option for ongoing telehealth group coaching at a discounted rate. 

For Yoga Alliance registered teachers, 35 hours of continuing education are available with this retreat.

**We are pleased to announce that this Retreat will be Co-facilitated by Angelic Elrod!** 

Angelic is a dynamic educator whose background includes 7 years of working in an inpatient psychiatric facility, 11 years of Massage and Bodywork experience, over a thousand hours invested in educating meditation and yoga, as well as working as a Red Cross volunteer with active duty service members at a traumatic brain injury center. 

She is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, Certified in Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy as well as a Registered Intimacy Coach with a focus on safe conscious touch for nervous system regulation. You can book sessions with her between our sessions during the retreat!

                                       ** PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE-- PLEASE ASK!** 


Imiloa provides a seamless, stress-free arrival experience for all of its guests. From the moment you arrive at SJO, you'll be greeted by their helpful concierge team who will guide you through customs and bring you to a private aircraft. The short 25-minute flight to Imiloa is just the beginning of your luxury experience.

Upon landing in Quepos, Imiloa's friendly team will be waiting for you with spacious LUX SUVs to transport you up the mountain to Imiloa. Sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking views during the under-30-minute drive.

We want to make sure you have all the necessary documents for your trip, so please remember to bring a valid passport that's valid at least six months after the date of travel. Three weeks prior to your departure,  please provide us with your up-to-date flight information so we can prepare for your arrival.

We'll coordinate with you insofar as arrivals to the SJO airport and subsequent transfer to the Imiloa Institute once you are signed up for the retreat.  You'll have direct contact info for our Welcome Home Team at Imiloa to further answer any and all questions you may have.

If you're interested in extending your trip, Imiloa is happy to recommend tours and sights to see in the area. 

We can't wait to welcome you to Imiloa and provide you with an unforgettable high-class experience!

Here's a brief overview of flight times, etc:



Please book your international flights to/from San Jose International Airport (Airport code; SJO). 

If arriving the same day

*If arriving on the same day the retreat begins, arrival to SJO should be prior to 7:00AM. You will need to be at SJO domestic terminal no later than 8:45AM for check-in. 

*Look for CarmonAir representative holding the Imiloa logo sign after passing through immigration
*Representative will guide you to join the rest of the group
*Domestic terminal is a 5-10 minute walk from SJO arrivals

For arriving the day before (or those who are already in Costa Rica)

If it is not possible to arrive prior to 7AM please book your flight for the day before and spend the extra night in San Jose. 

Imiloa's Recommendation:  We recommend staying at the beautiful nearby hotel Alta Las Palomas Hotel: https://thealtahotel.com/, and here is our other list of recommended hotels: https://imiloainstitute.com/welcome/#hotels 

On the day of flying please be at the Domestic Terminal at 8:45AM for check-in. 

Find CarmonAir Charter counter, get your ticket and check-in 

The charter flight will depart at 9:15AM. 

Arrival to Imiloa is approx. at 11:30am, just in time for lunch

Departure date 

Please book your departure flight from SJO after 1:00PM.

You will depart Imiloa around 8:45AM, with an estimated arrival to SJO airport at 10:30AM.
The domestic terminal is a 5-10 minute walk to the international terminal at SJO. It is recommended to be at the international terminal at least 2 -2,5 hours prior to your international departure.



**The Program and Retreat are All-Inclusive**


The Program, the Accommodations, the Charter Transfer from SJO to Imiloa by air, All Gourmet Meals and so much more...

*The Empowered Transitions Retreat to Recalibrate Program developed and facilitated by Trauma Recovery Specialist Dr. Laura Weber Garrison

*6 days and 5 nights of eco-luxury lodging

*Three gourmet plant-based meals and amazing snacks daily

*Welcome Home Concierge staff and Retreat Facilities Team to address all your needs

*Curated Costa Rica travel and packing guides + a direct number to the Concierge staff

*Transfer from the airport to the site by air and then by luxury SUV 

*Daily transportation to Dominical shops, beaches, and excursions

*Workbooks, Journals, and Swag bag with over $500 of goodies

*Experiences, workshops, activities, and immersions within the Program
*Pre-Retreat meeting with Facilitator

The Booking price is based on your choice of accommodations. 

**PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ROOM WITH SOMEONE** Current Availabilities are based on single occupancy and we may or may not have a shared space available.



*Gorgeous beaches perfect for sunning, shelling, swimming, and strolling 

*Surfing lessons, kayaking, SUP, horseback riding, ATV tours

*Transportation to Dominical’s shops and cafes 

*Access to an on-site spa with a variety of massage and healing therapies 


We kindly ask you to please take note that there are certain expenses associated with your participation that are to be met by the participant.  These costs include passport costs (which are required), airfare, flight changes, airline baggage fees for all baggage, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations, gratuities, and taxes for personal services, spa treatments, and any additional tours and excursions which are outside the scope of the Empowered Transitions Retreat to Recalibrate Program.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 120 days or more before the start date of the event with a penalty of 20% of the deposits and payments made. 

Your deposit and payments are non-refundable after January 1, 2024 (see Insurance requirements as noted below), and may be applied toward a future Empowered Transitions Retreat (offered 2-4 times per year) with a $250 transfer fee if moved to a retreat site other than Imiloa.  

As a participant, you understand that chargebacks are not an acceptable way to cancel the Agreement. 


Insurance is not included for Retreat participants and it is required that you have your own insurance policy which includes a Cancel for Any Reason Clause. 

*Cancel for Any Reason insurance is Highly Suggested* 

We are securing the entire institute for our Retreat Program and will not be able to refund any fees should you have an emergency or some sort that would preclude you from joining us once you are booked for the Retreat.  Thus, this type of insurance provides coverage in the event of unexpected circumstances, such as personal, political, environmental, health, or weather-related incidents, or pre-existing medical conditions that may prevent or interrupt your travel plans. To help ensure your peace of mind, we recommend obtaining a policy that will serve your needs. While we cannot offer recommendations for specific policies or providers, Imiloa does offer an insurance plan through Global Rescue. 



Thank you for your interest in our retreat! We anticipate high demand for this exciting event which always sells out quickly, so we recommend placing your deposit as soon as possible to secure your spot and start planning your remarkable retreat to this incredibly beautiful location.

To register, kindly submit a non-refundable and non-transferable $500 deposit to reserve your space in the retreat (the Jogolo and Potoo accommodations require a $750 deposit.) TThe balance will be due no later than January 15, 2024. Please note that our Yoga Retreat Agreement and Release of Liability is required. As a precaution, we also require all participants to purchase a Cancel for Any Reason travel insurance plan within 20 days of placing their deposit, as per most policy guidelines.

We're excited to have you join us for this unforgettable retreat experience!

What’s included

  • Accomodations
  • Drinks
  • Classes
  • Swag Bag (over $500)
  • Somatic Immersions
    Workshop and Integrations
  • Sound Bath
    Sound healing immersion

What’s not included

  • Airfare to Costa Rica
    Travel Insurance
  • Spa Services

Available Packages

Geodesic River Domes: 2 King or 2 Twins


**PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ROOM WITH SOMEONE** Current Availabilities are based on single occupancy and we may or may not have a shared space available.


Inspired by sacred geometry, our 6 Geodesic River Domes sit in the rainforest along the edge of our private river. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the flowing water paired with the vibrant sounds of the jungle.

2 King beds or 4 twins

480 Sq. ft. Living Space

1 – 4 Guest Capacity

Private Jungle deck

Open-air shower with rainforest views


Deposit: $500
JUNGLE BUNGALOWS: 1 King or 2 Twins

 BUNGALOW HILL  **PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ROOM WITH SOMEONE** Current Availabilities are based on single occupancy and we may or may not have a shared space available.


Our 6 Jungle Bungalows are in close proximity to our common area, and right on the pathway to our own private waterfall. Bali-inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and beautiful details. Spacious bathrooms with a shower and soaking tub looking out to the rainforest.

1 King bed or 2 twins

430 Sq. ft. Living Space

1 – 2 Guest CapacityEPrivate Jungle Deck

Soaking tub

No AC | Open-air construction with fans and screens that allow for natural ventilation 

Deposit: $500
Sky Forest: Mountain-Ocean-Jungle



 **PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ROOM WITH SOMEONE** Current Availabilities are based on single occupancy and we may or may not have a shared space available. 

Sky Forest is on 8 contiguous acres to Imiloa, making the campus feel like a 30-acre wonderland. The home is 350sq/m with three expansive bedrooms, two downstairs and one up, with mountain, jungle, and ocean views respectively.

3 bedrooms--Each room can be 1 King bed or 2 twins

3,500 sq/ft of space + 500 sq/ft outdoor space

3 – 6 Guest Capacity

Private campus within the campus

Infinity pool with magnificent views to the Pacific

Deposit: $500
VIP: Single, Jogolo

**PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ROOM WITH SOMEONE** Current Availabilities are based on single occupancy and we may or may not have a shared space available.


Perched on the edge of the cliff, at the furthest end of the property, sits a 170-year-old home from the Java Islands named Jogolo. Complete with a writer’s desk, outdoor Balinese shower, and unique hand-carved architecture, Jogolo is teeming with history, soul and comfort.

1 King bed

480 square feet

1 – 2 Guest Capacity

Ocean & Rainforest Views

Wrap Around Sun Deck

Private cold plunge pool

No AC | Fans + Open-air construction that allows for natural ventilation

Deposit: $500
VIP Single: Potoo House




This two-floor imported home from Bali will have you wishing you’d never leave. Complete with a King Bed, this 180-year-old home, Potoo, combines open-air jungle luxury with unparalleled views of the Pacific ocean. On the lower level, you will find a plunge pool and private area perfect for spa treatments.

1 King bed and 1 Twin bed

300 square feet

1 – 3 Guest Capacity

Ocean & Rainforest Views

Wrap Around Sun Deck

Private cold plunge pool

No AC | Fans + Open-air construction that allows for natural ventilation

Deposit: $500

BALI SUITES:  Suites 1, 2 and 3    

**PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ROOM WITH SOMEONE** Current Availabilities are based on single occupancy and we may or may not have a shared space available. 

Three single rooms built within 200-year-old Balinese homes.  Private ensuite baths, shared kitchen, stunning ocean and jungle views and easy access to the shared infinity pool. One king or two single beds.

1 king or two single beds

1-2 Guest capacity

Ocean and jungle views

Private ensuite bath

Shared kitchen

Easy access to the infinity pool

Deposit: $500

Available options

Wellness Bar

Unlimited Costa Rican coffee, juices and specially made smoothies daily while in Retreat.


Day by Day Itinerary
Empowered Transitions: Retreat to Recalibrate

A full, detailed Daily Itinerary will be provided at the beginning of your Retreat. The daily schedule will look like this:



11:30 AM Arrival at Imiloa

Welcome Lunch, Staff Introduction, Property Tour, Check-In 

2:30-5:00 PM Connection Circle

5:30 PM Dinner | Heart

Free Evening/Decompression Time


6:30-7:15AM  Restorative Yoga/iRest/Morning Meditations (varies daily)

7:30AM Breakfast | Heart

9:00–1200PM Program Session/Immersion/Workshop

12:30–1:45 pm Lunch | Heart

2:00–5:00 Program Session/Immersion/Workshop

5:30 PM Dinner | Heart

7:30–8:45 Program Sessions (Tues – Sat)


7:30AM Breakfast | Heart

8:45AM Departure from Imiloa 

10:00AM Flight to SJO

10:30AM Arrival at SJO Domestic Terminal

Your Organizer

Laura Garrison
Laura Weber Garrison, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and holistic health counselor who specializes in trauma recovery. Dr. Garrison holds a Ph.D. in Holistic Health, is certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, is Board-certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and has over two decades of experience working with challenged and at-risk populations. Laura specializes in holistic, integrative yoga-based therapeutics with an emphasis on restorative modalities.