New Markets Mindful Leadership Retreat - Leading with the heart & mind

Chirripo National Park, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica

44 reviews
Mar 4 - 8, 2024
Group size: 12 - 22
New Markets Mindful Leadership Retreat - Leading with the heart & mind
Chirripo National Park, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica

44 reviews

Mar 4 - 8, 2024
Group size: 12 - 22

About this trip

“Some of us have discussed conscious, servant and mindful leadership principals. I am excited to bring our CEOs together to fully embrace these principals, and more intentionally bring them into the workplace” -Mark Grovic


Arrive in San Jose, CR (SJO) Anytime March 4, 2024. 

Depart March 8th or 9th, 2024

4 Day Retreat Includes:

  • Hotel in San Jose for first night.
  • Transportation to and from San Jose to Rio Chirripo Lodge
  • Mindful Leadership Workshops with New Markets' CEOs and Advisors
  • Daily Yoga/Meditation
  • Daily Meals and Exquisite Lodging at Retreat Center
  • Option to Stay on Friday for a trip to the Beach/Surfing/Waterfall Hike 

Stay after or arrive early. We can help with planning.


Prior to our time in Costa Rica, we will convene virtually 5 times to build the foundations of a mindful leadership practice. Experiential learning practices develop and sustain self-awareness, focus, creativity, listening, atunement, relationships, teamwork, insight, balance, influence, vision, grit and a growth mindset. 13 Leadership Trait Workbooks guide employees & colleagues to deepen their personal practice. Our innovative leading consciously programs are designed to be the next step or progression in one's meditation practice. 

We offer tangible action steps that help you: 

  • Lead your team
  • Take a pause
  • Apply meditation wisdom 

Using language that resonates within an organization’s culture, Meditation4Leadership teaches participants to develop their own powers of observation through the practice of meditation to increase focus, learn to respond instead of react and gain greater access to inner creativity and wisdom. Organizations benefit from helping their employees develop these improved leadership skills. More effective leaders create more effective organizations. 




  • Improve Your Meditation Practice 
  • Understand the nature of thought 
  • Practice: Just Be meditation 


Increases the Ability to be Present 

  • Conscious Leadership the 15 Commitments Book
  • Become more self-aware 
  • Enhance attention span 
  • Unleash creativity 
  • Practice: Breath and concentration meditations 


Expand Relationship Development Skills 

  • Servant Leadership Book Robert Greenleaf Book
  • Listen with full attention 
  • Develop empathy and
    attunement with others 
  • Build teamwork 
  • Practice: Loving, kindness and gratitude meditations


Regain Balance & Access Wisdom 

  • The Art of Leadership Book Max Depree
  • Reduce Stress 
  • Keep calm amidst the chaos
  • Improve decision making 
  • Practice: Mantra meditation 


Become the Best Version of Yourself 

  • Focus on opportunities 
  • Develop grit 
  • Pursue a growth mindset 
  • Practice: Guided Journey meditation 


Become the best version of yourself by enhancing your leadership skills through meditation and mindfulness 

MEDITATION 4 LEADERSHIP is a nonprofit organization on a mission to communicate the broad range of benefits of meditation practice and to teach the art of meditation through a series of innovative programs designed for business, nonprofit and community organizations. 


Lisa joined Meditation4Leadership soon after its founding and became our first Chief Meditation Officer.  Lisa followed her 20 year career as a school teacher by becoming a certified yoga teacher and then teacher of teachers.   Lisa has led our content team to develop and present engaging, innovative programs organized using the four core pillars, presented live in the office, virtually and at corporate retreats including: Effective Leadership, Mindful Educator, and Conscious Leadership.   Lisa has also trained our other program facilitation and meditation mentors, each of whom had previously completed a meditation or yoga teacher training program.


Welcome to the mountains of Costa Rica! Here at the rustic luxury of Rio Chirripo Lodge you will find stunning views of mountain peaks, a bustling river and a virgin rainforest. Gaze at exotic birds from your room, take in the sounds of the river, sun bathe by the pool or relax in the wood-fired hot tub. Did we mention a massage room that overlooks the river? Or delicious healthy meals including an abundance of organic vegetables, juicy tropical fruits, homebaked breads and some fresh fish—all crafted to delight the palate and the senses?

The cozy, spacious rooms all have en-suite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the valley below. Adorned with ceramic tiles and gorgeous linens, the adobe structures are nestled among immaculately manicured flower beds and organic vegetable gardens. The grounds include a full-size heated swimming pool with sun deck and a hot tub, plus the "Rancho"—a communal area with built-in sofas, rocking chairs and an open fireplace for cool nights. The lovely open-air dining room floods with sunlight in the morning at breakfast, and offers breathtaking views of the mountain peaks. 

The yoga studio—fully equipped with mats, blocks and straps—is an enclosed temple-like structure with a high vaulted ceiling and a fireplace to create a magical, serene environment for your yoga practice.

Hikes and activities will be led and coordinated by our retreat partners, Angus and Tania of Chirriposa Retreats. These activities—all listed below—are included in the cost of your retreat. Other activities may be arranged for additional cost, including extra outings or massages and facials.


We are excited to have CHIRRIPOSA RETREATS on board for this event. Angus and Tania have been organizing and facilitating wellness retreats in Costa Rica and across Europe for over 15 years. Together, they’re a great team and we hope you will enjoy their fun, positive, Costa Rican vibe! They will accompany us on our adventure, taking care of all the fine details, including local travel and accommodation, starting with our 4* lodging for our first night in San Jose. 

What’s included

  • Meals
    Daily wholesome and complete breakfast, lunch and 3 course dinner using fresh local produce
  • Hotel
    AC Hotel Belen 4-star hotel in San Jose for first night
  • Transfers
    From AC Hotel Belen in San Jose to Rio Chirripo Lodge and return to San Jose airport
  • Accommodation
    3 nights in standard or deluxe, single, double or triple accommodation
  • Beverages
    Fruit juices and infusions with meals
  • Excursions
    Cloudbridge Nature Reserve
  • Yoga and Meditation
    Daily morning/afternoon practice
  • Workshops
    Foundational Leadership Series
  • Tips
    Added staff gratuity
  • Airfare
    Flights to/from San Jose
  • Airport Transfer
    Taxi from airport to hotel in San Jose.
  • Additional services
    Massages and spa treatments
  • Beverages
    Alcohol, coffees and sodas ordered at bar
  • Meals
    Lunch and Dinner in San Jose
  • Travel Insurance
    Trip cancelation, loss and theft of belongings, medical emergency (including Covid-19)
  • Fees
    Bank, Credit Card & PayPal Fees
  • Environment
    Carbon Offset Charge

Available Packages

Standard Single with Private Bathroom
Available until December 4, 2023Sold Out

Ceibas and Caroas Rooms

Standard single occupancy rooms, located on the second floor with beautiful mountain views. The Caraos rooms are the best option for getaways in search of privacy, perfect for individual travelers.

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Single With Private Bathroom
Available until December 4, 2023Sold Out

River Cabin

The cozy River Cabin is close to the pool, hot tubs and river area. Sleep in it to the stunning and 

therapeutic natural sound of the Chirripó River. Enjoy the beautiful private porch to relax on 

during your stay, perfect for couples. 

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Twin with Private Bathroom (pp)
Available until December 4, 2023

Casa Cafe

This charming casita has a balcony and a view of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds it. Comfortable and spacious, with details that make it unforgettable, it is perfect for two individuals travellers.

* This room is for 2 guests and rates are per person

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Double with Private Bathroom (pp)
Available until December 4, 2023

Mot Mot

A 47 sq. mt. jewel located just a few steps from the pool, Jacuzzis and the river. It has two outdoor decks immersed in nature, perfect for bird lovers. A luxuRíous space with a private bathtub, ideal for couples to relax and disconnect from the outside world.

* This room is for 2 guests and rates are per person

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Triple with Private Bathroom (pp)
Available until December 4, 2023

Rio Vista

This unique ‘triple occupancy’ room will allow you to enjoy the sounds of the river and the breathtaking views of the mountains. Relax on the wooden deck overlooking the Chirripó River. The room has 3 individual beds, a private bathroom and a small kitchen where you can prepare quick meals, tea or coffee. It is located on the highest and most private part of the property.

* This room is for 3 guests and rates are per person

Deposit: $500
Deluxe single with Private Bathroom
Available until December 4, 2023

El Nido

The cozy El Nido Cabin is close to the pool, hot tubs and river area. Fall asleep to the stunning and therapeutic natural sound of the Chirripó River. Enjoy the beautiful private porch to relax on during your stay, perfect for the single traveller. 

Deposit: $500
Deluxe Triple with Private Bathroom (pp)
Available until December 4, 2023


Cozy, ‘triple occupancy’ room with rustic and contemporary design, this suite is perfect for groups of friends. It has breathtaking views of the beautiful mountains of the Chirripó Valley.

* This room is for 3 guests and rates are per person

Deposit: $500

Available options


AC Hotel Marriott Heredia Belen' - San Jose, Costa Rica

Your international flight should arrive into San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) ANYTIME on Monday 04 March 2024.

On arrival, take an ORANGE AIRPORT TAXI from the arrivals terminal to our group hotel in San Jose, which is a 10 minute drive from the airport and should only cost around $20 including tip. It is not advised to take a ride from an unofficial taxi.

Hotel in San Jose:

'AC Hotel Marriott Heredia Belen'


Cityzen Epicentro Laboral & Social

Calle la Rivera


Costa Rica


Costa Rica

Phone: +506 40367200

Your reservation will be under your own name or Chirriposa Retreats.

If you have any problems or need assistance, then you can contact Tania +506 83252514, who will be staying at the hotel and traveling with you to the mountains the following day.

There will be a meet and greet at the hotel rooftop bar at 6:00pm followed by an dinner (not included) in the hotel restaurant.

The following morning after breakfast, there will be a group departure from the hotel at 9:00am sharp! You should be checked out and have your bags ready to be loaded into the private bus by 8:30am. The journey to the retreat venue is a 3 hour scenic drive, over the mountain pass and the intercontinental divide, at an elevation of 10,000ft. Remember to pack a warm top for our coffee break in the clouds!

We will arrive at our destination in the Chirripó mountains just after midday, in time for lunch, a quick orientation, check in, a short rest and then kick off of our retreat!

If you choose not to stay on an extra day, for our beach and waterfall excursion, then your group departure will be at 8:00am on Friday 08 March, which will get you into San Jose by midday (12:00pm). Therefore your international flight should not depart from SJO before 3:00pm. 

If you will be staying the extra night, then we suggest that you book your flight for the following day, Saturday 09 March, anytime after 3:00pm. 

If you need to get an earlier flight, then we can assist you in finding a hotel to stay in San Jose or we can help to arrange a private driver, at an additional cost.

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Chirriposa Retreats
44 reviews
Chirriposa specialises in organising and hosting customised retreats, workshops and vacations for groups, individuals, families and friends in amazing locations within Costa Rica and Europe.


This trip was truly special. Angus and Tania handpicked the best spots to share. The food was excellent. The scenery was beautiful. The fun is priceless. So very thankful I had this experience. I cannot recommend this trip and these lovely people enough!
By Cecilia T for 'Vino & VInyasa' - The Art of Enjoying Life in Tuscany on Oct 10, 2023
Over the top. Tania & Angus are officially family. The food, planning & personal touch were unparalleled. Kudos Burt & Robin
By Burt S for 'Vino & VInyasa' - The Art of Enjoying Life in Tuscany on Oct 03, 2023
This was our 6th time doing this retreat and I think that speaks for itself. Everything about this experience is perfect for us. The yoga is excellent as is the food. The grounds are beautiful and the wildlife abundant. We rather appreciate the low key vibe of this retreat with lots of down time to comfortably rest in shady spots, dip in the pool to cool off and unplug. We had a gorgeous accommodation at Casa Rio and think of it as home now. I love that the experience is somewhat rustic - living open to the outdoors for the entire week. Living like that just isn't possible in many places and we appreciate the opportunity to fully feel the breeze off the ocean and listen to the sounds of this magical place where the forest and ocean meet.
By Tyler F for Optimal Living Retreat with Robert Sidoti on Mar 06, 2023
What a fabulous adventure! The twice daily yoga with Diane was fabulous as was the resort. The food at the resort was also delicious with many healthy options that could accommodate any dietary needs. All of the excursions were wonderful and went off without a hitch. The trip was very well organized and Angus was right on top of anything that needed to be addressed. I would definitely book another vacation with Diane and Angus!
By Jennifer Y for Ireland Retreat with Diane Sieg 2022 on Sep 20, 2022
Great time in Ireland with great people- travel arrangements were comfortable and our resort was fabulous. Food tasty and service was great. Angus and Tania were super good hosts and met our every need, plus went above and beyond on some occasions.
By RHONDA R for Ireland Retreat with Diane Sieg 2022 on Sep 13, 2022
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