Finding Freedom from Within

      Costa Rica

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      13 reviews
      Jan 21 - 28, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 20
      Finding Freedom from Within
      Costa Rica

      • Email address verified
      13 reviews

      Jan 21 - 28, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 20

      About this trip

      You are MORE FREE and READY than YOU even know!! 

       It is TIME to get “Unstuck” and open up to your Authentic Self ?  

      Join me on a relaxing yet rejuvenating retreat in gorgeous Costa Rica! This retreat includes an intimate and FUN experience with me (Deborah!) and with fellow seekers  (The ”Lamplighters“) that includes a lot of 'down time' , yoga, meditation and relaxation, balanced with day trips and adventures to push us past our comfort zones.  

      The theme is to FIND FREEDOM WITHIN.  We have all felt so 'stuck' in a weird space since Covid first came on the planet, and many of you are NOW expressing, 'what is next for me? I feel stuck'. What do I really WANT?  And a huge part of that answer is FREEDOM.  INNER Freedom - The power to BE you AS YOU WANT TO BE.  It’s time for you to SHOW UP for yourself AUTHENTICALLY. 

        I know that once we experience the FREEDOM WITHIN,  the rest of our plans for out lives, ‘are details’.  The clarity of ‘what’s next’, comes when the inner freedom is found! 

      This is the week where you can pull back and forge ahead! Expand past your norms! OPEN UP, share fun time with me and others who can become instant friends! 

      Bring a friend or your significant other Or come alone !!  


      Are you READY? 

      Let's get this started! 



      What’s included

      • Transportation
        Roundtrip group transportation between Liberia International Airport (LIR) and Mystica Lodge on Retreat Arrival/Departure Dates
      • Accommodations
        7 nights accomodation at Mystica Lodge with full access to dipping pool/waterfall, labyrinth and main lodge WiFi
      • Meals
        3 Meals per day Included, starting with arrival dinner on 1/21 and ending with departure breakfast on 1/28
      • Yoga
        Two yoga classes with Lori Myles-Carullo
      • Don Olivo Chocolate Tour
        Explore a unique family farm on a guided tour through the origin and production of some of Costa Rica's staple fruits, chocolates, and coffees.
      • Ecotermales Hot Springs
        Day trip to the healing and soothing hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano.
      • Sunset Catamaran Tour
        Enjoy a tour of Lake Arenal from the waters! This sunset cruise will celebrate our journey together and allow for a little sunshine and dancing!
      • Sound Healing
        An evening of vibrational healing with Helena Buell
      • Manifestation Workshop
        Led by Francesco Carullo
      • Equine Therapy
        Equine Therapy Experience at Tula Vida
      • Sunrise/Set Meditation
        Four experiences led by Deborah Hanlon
      • Mindful Re-Conditioning
        With Deborah Hanlon
      • Finding Freedom
        With Deborah Hanlon

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Each member must arrange travel to/from: LIR (Liberia, CR) on retreat arrival departure dates.
      • Alcoholic Beverages
        Wine & beer available for purchase in lodge
      • Additional Treatments
        On site massage, Reiki Healing, Infared Sauna
      • COVID Travel - Tourism
        The funds will be transferable to the leading of another retreat at Mystica within one year of the committed retreat dates ONLY if the CR Gov. closes borders to tourism
        We highly recommend travel insurance is purchased in case of any personal need to cancel.
      • Deposits
        *All deposits are non- refundable and non -transferable*
      • Tips
        For kitchen staff & driver - recommended tip amount is $100 total.

      Available Packages

      Main Lodge (Double)

      Each room is named after a local animal, is beautifully  decorated  combining warm atmosphere with comfort and cleanliness.  Because of the  constant breeze and fresh typical climate of the area,  air conditioning  is not necessary – however we have supplied each room  with a ceiling  fan for added air circulation. The rooms also have  screened windows for  greater comfort.  We have brand new  mattresses to assure you a good  night sleep, as well as Egyptian cotton  sheets for maximum comfort.  Private Bathroom.

      Deposit: $1,000
      Jungle Cabin-Corazon (Double)

      Corazon is a beautiful, private jungle cabin tucked away in the forest overlooking the river. This spacious and fully screened cabin hosts a king bed (option of two single beds), a covered terrace, and a private bathroom with a special semi-outdoor waterfall shower. Two of CORAZON’s walls are completely made of glass, giving you an amazing view of the river, playful monkeys, and local birds such as tucans, parrots, and many more. The unique sensation in this cabin is one of both privacy and openness.

      Deposit: $1,000
      Jungle Cabin-Hamsa (Double)

      Hamsa is a beautiful, private jungle cabin tucked away in the forest overlooking the river. This cabin hosts a king bed or can have two single beds. It includes a covered terrace, and a private bathroom with a special semi-outdoor waterfall shower. Two of HAMSA’s walls are completely made of glass, giving you an amazing view of the river, playful monkeys, and local birds such as tucans, parrots, and many more. The unique sensation in this cabin is one of both privacy and openness.

      Deposit: $1,000
      Pericos Private Villa (Double)

      *Please note this room only has one bed*

      A few steps away from the lodge we have a private fully-furnished villa. Perfect for a romantic getaway, this spacious dwelling has everything you need. This charming villa comes equipped with a full kitchen (stove, sink, fridge, coffee-maker, and all cookware), a tiled bathroom with a large shower, an outdoor shower, a fireplace, and a private terrace with a hammock and dinner table.

      Deposit: $1,000
      Ramadasa House w/ Deborah (Double)

      At the highest point of the property, lies a brand new 2-bedroom/2-bathroom home, also with a spectacular view of the Arenal Lake and Volcano. 

      This home is ideal for families or couples. A beautiful open-concept kitchen combines with a spacious living room with a cozy fireplace. Two large terraces encircle the home, complete with hammocks for relaxation as well as a hot tub and outdoor shower.

      This accommodation is  available for 4 people. ( 2 people  per room. The HOUSE is SHARED)  This is BEST for groups who know each other!  This cannot be booked as a 'single room for a single person.'

      Deposit: $1,000


      Day 1 Travel and Meet!
      Travel Day

      Book your flights to arrive between 11 am and 3 pm so we can ride together to the resort to kick off our week together! 

       Once we arrive at Mystica, we will all check into our rooms, get settled,  and meet for dinner,  a brief 'meet and greet' workshop and spend the evening relaxing in our new environments. 

      Your Organizer

      13 reviews
      🌟 I believe in the Human Spirit. I believe YOU are way more powerful than you realize AND the key to unlocking your potential is inside you waiting to be unleashed.🌟 🌟 My passion is to lead YOU through the amazing journey of your conscious awareness, (Being) self reflection (Knowing) and empowerment into ACTION (Doing).🌟 🌟 I’ve witnessed the unbelievable transformations YOU can create in you life when you make a commitment to yourself! 🌟 🌟 You are more POWERFUL than you even know!!🌟


      I had a lovely time but wish there had been more time with the host, and more time in practice. It felt much lighter than what I was looking for / wanted to be challenged more (did ask for this whilst there). Would have loved more opportunity for more yoga as well rather than only twice in a week. Loved the sound bath and the practise space in the jungle, and the hiking trail, the staff at Mystica, and the people.
      By leith c for The Great Unfolding of Self on Mar 31, 2024
      Thank you for your review, Leith!
      By Deborah on Apr 28, 2024
      There are truly no words that can actually describe the experience BUT I will try! You are taken to Mystica in a Van where you will begin to interact with your fellow attendees (FRIENDS by the end). From the moment you enter the property you are in Awe & Wonder at the beauty and that is just the beginning. The grounds are just breathtaking, and I can assure you, you will see a Rainbow at some point over Lake Arenal that will leave you speechless. Then you meet Lori, Francesco and Tino! Three of the most amazing loving people. Then you are escorted to your room OMG what beauty inside and outside….just simply Stunning. The views OMG!! Tranquil & Serene are understatements. Then you will meet the staff and experience eating some of the most fresh and delicious food EVER!! I cannot say enough about each! Then as if that is not enough the Services! From Cranial Sacral to Oracle Card Readings to Massages and so on and so on. They DO NOT disappoint. And finally, the topping on the cake, as if this cannot get any better, are the Workshops, Yoga, Sound Healing & Interactions with Deborah, Lori, Francesco & Helena! I personally have made TREMENDOUS breakthroughs insofar as my fears and “past” are concerned. These experiences were life changing to say the least and allowed me to ugly cry in the best way and at the same time offered me a sense of overwhelming relief and awareness. As I stated in the beginning there are truly no words that can actually describe the experience!! I cannot wait to return for all these reasons & more and will be returning every year for always! The friendships created are immeasurable and heartwarming. It’s awesome how so many different personalities can honestly just become one at times. The compassion & empathy are truly just astounding. Thank you, Deborah, for embarking on this Journey to Mystica and offering this experience to all of us! And for the Lifetime Friendships that have been created ~~~~~ Forever Grateful XOXO If you are on the fence about going….get down off the Fence and JUST BOOK IT!!
      By Ann Margaret T for The Great Unfolding of Self on Mar 26, 2024
      Thank you so much for this review Ann Margaret! ♥️
      By Deborah on Apr 28, 2024
      This was a wonderful and beautiful experience. I was hoping for a bit more workshop time with Deborah each day but overall I enjoyed the location, the food & the people. A daily yoga or meditation/hike in the mix could be a nice addition. I loved the visit to the horses and just being at Mystica in general. The sound bath was also amazing!!
      By JENNIFER S for The Great Unfolding of Self on Mar 26, 2024
      Thank you or this review Jenny!
      By Deborah on Apr 28, 2024
      Going to Mystica with Deborah Hanlon is like winning the lottery. The weather, scenery and natural beauty of Costa Rica shines at Mystica. The owners are not just accommodating; they treat everyone like family. The programs offered allow for spiritual work and plenty of downtime. Deborah expertly works with both the group and each guest individually to guide everyone to what they need. Highly recommend !
      By JoAnn J for The Great Unfolding of Self on Mar 25, 2024
      Thank you so much for this review, JoAnn!
      By Deborah on Apr 28, 2024
      Trip was very spiritual, with amazing women, great food,, great healing treatments. ❤️
      By Chris K for The Great Unfolding of Self on Mar 25, 2024
      Thank you , Chris!
      By Deborah on Apr 28, 2024
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      I attended “The Great Unfolding of Self” 3/2-3/9. This experience with Deborah and our group that grew into a family was life altering for me. And Magical Mystica and the owners Lori, Francesco and their staff take you into their family. Deborah is with us from breakfast until we finish dinner and are heading off to bed. Her workshops are for you to go to your core and address and rid yourself of whatever your soul needs to purge. She works with you through this healing process. And know that she has her eye on every one of her students and is very aware of where they are emotionally. If someone has a block or is stuck, she will stop what she is doing and work through the issue until it is resolved. There is also time to relax with a trip to the Mama Gia tree, gifts to your body and soul by Amazing Mystica Healers. A trip to the ocean for a day and Equine therapy. I found a well balance between work and rest. Then there was our bonding breakfasts, lunches and dinners where we would all talk about our day’s experiences. Our family time. The week went by too quickly. I could spend hours listening and learning from Deborah. And I did! She was there for you at all times. Deborah is such a kind, loving, giving woman, I was honored to be one of her students. I will be returning next year!
      By Jill r J on 12 May, 2024
      Retreats with Deborah are so Special! She is the best Guide for International Travel. I can’t explain how supported and safe I felt through out the whole journey! I just had to plan for another retreat in Costa Rica as the effects were so noticeable returning back into my daily live! The jungle trees and streams, the coastline and animal encounters, the bonds made and Time just for The Self are my favorite things! It’s a must to experience!!
      By Trudy S on 26 Mar, 2024
      I had heard about last year's retreats to Costa Rica and was very excited to go this year. Deborah, Mystica, Lori, Francesco, the other healers that were there...ALL beyond what I could have imagined. Deborah is so authentic; she is fun, loving, and incredibly in tune with everyone she is leading. The entire adventure is very well planned out with workshops, time with healers, a beach day, Tula Vida 🤍🤍🤍 and well placed integration time. And, the food is incredible! It really is a magical time defying words. You have to experience it for yourself!
      By Lynda B on 26 Mar, 2024
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