Empowered Transitions - Uplevel

Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Laura Garrison
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Oct 15 - 20, 2024
Group size: 6 - 16
Empowered Transitions - Uplevel
Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Laura Garrison
  • Email address verified

Oct 15 - 20, 2024
Group size: 6 - 16

About this trip



Facilitated by Trauma Recovery Specialist, Laura Weber Garrison, Ph.D., The Empowered Transitions Retreat to Recalibrate: Uplevel Program is the "Next Step" in the Empowered Transitions Retreat Programs. 

This Retreat is designed for those who have either participated in a prior Retreat to Recalibrate with Dr. Garrison, are currently part of the Better Wellness Naturally family, and/or have a background in healing, wellness, and coaching.

Questions? Please email us at hello@betterwellnessretreats.com 

The Empowered Transitions Retreat to Recalibrate: Uplevel Program is part group therapy, part individual work, and part Mastermind group. Incorporating many aspects of psychotherapy, accelerated personal development, and comprehensive holistic healing techniques, the Program 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.

We intentionally limit the number of participants to honor the privacy and cohesiveness of the group, the Program, and the Retreat experience.

Rates are based on the accommodations. Please see more about them here.


  • Why you're stuck and what the next best steps are
  • The impact and effects of trauma on the brain- and how to navigate the challenges
  • The relationship between trauma, chronic pain, and various illnesses
  • Reconnecting with the body’s intelligence through restorative yoga and mindfulness practices
  • 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 several written assignments. You'll also be meeting with the Facilitator in person, via phone, or by Zoom for a Clarity Session before admittance to the Retreat Program. 

We want you to 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 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: Uplevel, 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 immersions, activities and ceremonies.  We'll also have a very special closing ceremony that includes a multi-course, plated dinner with mocktails.


Join us for an unforgettable retreat experience in Costa Rica, where the weather and terrain offer the perfect backdrop for your rejuvenation journey.

Costa Rica's climate boasts warm days and slightly cooler evenings, providing a welcome escape from the heat. With temperatures reaching highs around 85°F and lows around 75°F, you'll find the conditions ideal for relaxation and exploration.

Our retreat takes place during the "winter" season, with intermittent rainfall in the late afternoons and optimal outdoor adventure times in the mornings. Nestled in the breathtaking Savegre mountains, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rugged terrain while surrounded by pristine nature.

Prepare to traverse jungle paths adorned with varying inclines, stairs, rocks, and exposed tree roots. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear such as sneakers or strapped sandals like Chacos, Keens, or Tevas for stability and comfort. While the trails cater to a range of fitness levels, a basic level of physical capability is recommended to fully appreciate the experience.

During your stay at Imiloa, expect to be embraced by nature's elements, including gentle breezes, geckos, lizards, and yes, even the jungle insects! Immerse yourself in the incredible symphony of wildlife sounds, from the playful chatter of monkeys to the melodies of tropical birds and the soothing hum of cicadas.


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. 

CEUs: Continuing Education Units for Healthcare Workers and Yoga Professionals!

For Yoga Alliance registered teachers AND I-AYT Professionals, 35 hours of continuing education are available with this retreat.

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

Questions? Please email us at hello@betterwellnessretreats.com  


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 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** 

(Payment Plans are Available)



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: Uplevel is the "Next Step" in the Empowered Transitions Program developed and facilitated by Trauma Recovery Specialist Dr. Laura Weber Garrison

*6 days and 5 nights of eco-luxury lodging at the Imiloa Institute

*Three gourmet plant-based plated, multi-course, plated meals and amazing snacks daily

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

*The Empowered Transitions Program sessions, immersions, and activities

*Special Offsite Activities

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

*Transfer from the SJO airport by charter air and then by luxury SUV to Imiloa

*Transportation to Dominical shops, beaches, and excursions

*Workbooks, Journals, and Swag bag 

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

PRICING:  The Booking price is based on your choice of accommodations. 


Current Availabilities are based on single occupancy and we may or may not have a shared space available.  

Rooming with Someone? Please email us at hello@betterwellnessretreats.com  


*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 September 1, 2024 (see Insurance and other 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.  

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 highly suggested that you have your own insurance policy which includes a Cancel for Any Reason Clause. 

*Cancel for Any Reason insurance is Highly Suggested* 

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. 



Retreating with a Friend? Ask about our Roomie Rate!  
Please email us at hello@betterwellnessretreats.com  

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 $1500 deposit to reserve your space in the retreat. The balance will be due no later than September 30, 2024. As a precaution, we also ask that all participants 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!

We Have Payment Plans Available

You can secure your space in the Retreat with a $500 deposit and make no-interest payments on the rest! 

Questions? Just send an email to hello@betterwellnessretreats.com

What’s included

  • Accomodations
  • Drinks
  • Classes
  • Swag Bag
  • Somatic Immersions
    Workshop and Integrations
  • Sound Bath
    Sound healing immersion
  • Restorative Yoga
    Restorative classes

What’s not included

  • Airfare to Costa Rica
    Travel Insurance
  • Add'l Spa Services
  • Unlimited Wellness Bar
    Imiloa's Wellness Bar

Available Packages

Geodesic River Domes: 2 King or 2 Twins
Available until October 5, 2024Sold Out


**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 3 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: $1,500
JUNGLE BUNGALOWS: 1 King or 2 Twins
Available until October 5, 2024Sold Out

 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 3 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: $1,500
VIP: Single, Jogolo
Available until October 5, 2024Sold Out

**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. This property offers a very unique and private space for your 'retreat within a retreat' and is perfect for a solo occupant or a couple.

While we encourage a digital detox during our retreats, free high-speed WiFi is available

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: $1,500
Available until October 5, 2024Sold Out

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 bed in each.

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
The Empowered Transitions Retreat to Recalibrate Program: UPLEVEL

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



11:30 AM Arrival at Imiloa

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

2:30-5:00 PM Connections 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.