Join Acting Masters Hugh O'Gormon (Head of Acting, CSULB, Praxis Acting Studio), Bruce Avery (Prof. of Acting., SFSU, Artistic Director Bread & Butter Theatre Co.), Lana Palmer (Director, Playwright, Managing Director Bread & Butter Theatre Co.) and Jenna Davi (Host, Yoga, Chakras) for a week of RECLAIMING JOY in the beautiful tropical jungle of COSTA RICA as we reconnect to our creative spirit and recharge our artistic soul!
We have come together to bring you a JOY PACKED week of Michael Chekhov technique, body psychology, artistic expression, daily yoga & meditation, networking, bonding and more.
In between sessions we have plenty of adventures for you and time to relax to really let that JOY sink in! Upriver trek to the secret waterfalls with mineral mud, pristine white sand beaches, local artesian market, dip in the pool or lay in your hammock with a script as you watch the monkeys swing past the deck of your jungle cabin (which has all the comforts and amenities of home)!
This all inclusive retreat is for actors, acting teachers and anyone looking to expand their artistic and physical expression through the practice of the Chekhov Technique, yoga and other acting modalities with Master Teachers along with the unique opportunity of integrating these skills in the tropical jungle of Costa Rica!
ALL LEVELS WELCOME
We cannot wait to share this experience with you!! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
- Jenna, Lana, Bruce & Hugh
If you have any questions please reach out to Jenna at jennadoesyoga@Gmail.com
You will enjoy 2 acting sessions, yoga and meditation every day. In between sessions you are free to explore the lush jungle, soak in that VitD on the beach, book a massage - whatever you want! Enjoy it!
Skills you will reactivate & develop
Themes we will explore together
Hugh O'Gorman (Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Creative Potential Work)
Hugh O’Gorman is an actor, director, author and teaching-artist active in professional theatre for over 30 years. Since 2002 he has been the Head of Acting at California State University Long Beach where he oversees the BA, BFA and MFA actor training programs. Hugh is the author of “Acting Action: a primer for actors” and “The Keys to Acting”. He is a faculty member of MICHA: the Michael Chekhov Association, as well as MCE Michael Chekhov Europe, and runs his own acting studio in Los Angeles, The Praxis Studio. He is a Co-Executive Director of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Hugh has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at over a dozen of the nation’s most respected Regional Theatres and Shakespeare Festivals. He is a founding member of New York City’s Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama DeskAward). Hugh portrayed Jeff Singer on AMC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy and Cable Ace award-winning show Remember WENN (SAG Award nomination). Other television: HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning John Adams, for CBS Still Standing, That’s Life, and for NBC The 10th Kingdom, Law & Order and ER. Film:Killers, Upstate, The Bend. Hugh earned a BA from Hugh earned a BA from Cornell and MFA in Acting from the University of Washington. www.hughogorman.com
Bruce Avery (Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Movement)
Bruce Avery is a San Francisco actor, director, and Artistic Director of Bread & Butter Theatre Co. His PhD is from UC Santa Cruz, where he also worked as Dramaturge for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. His recent directing credits include Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Much Ado About Nothing at SFSU, along with the world premiere of Funeral Game, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night's Dream for Bread & Butter Theatre Co. Acting credits include Danielson in The North Pool, Rothko in Red, (Bread & Butter Theatre Co) Peter Quince in Midsummer, Polonius in Hamlet, Old Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, and Dennis Shepard in The Laramie Project. He has written articles on Joyce, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Kipling, and the pedagogy of Shakespeare. He is trained in the Michael Chekhov Technique, the Meisner Technique, Suzuki Movement, and stage combat. http://breadandbuttertheatre.com/
Lana Palmer (Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Artistic Direction)
Lana Palmer is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based director, writer, actor, and sound designer. Her directing credits include Red and The North Pool (Bread & Butter Theatre), The How & The Why (Dragon Theatre), and Middletown (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley), and short works and staged readings with the SF Olympians Festival, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and Town Hall Theatre. Several of her plays have received highly acclaimed staged readings at prestigious production houses and her full-length play Funeral Game was produced by Bread & Butter Theatre in January 2020. Her recent sound design credits include the regional premiere of Schoolgirls, Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Kansas City Rep), the world premiere of The Daughters (SF Playhouse), Bull in a China Shop (Aurora Theatre), and The Humans (San Jose Stage), as well as sound and original music for Cinderella: A Fairy Tale (Town Hall Theatre). She holds a BFA in Film Production and BA in Film Studies from the University of Regina, and a Graduate Certificate in Audio Post-Production from Fanshawe College. She is an alumna of the UCLA Professional Programs in Screenwriting and Television Writing, the RIFF Talent Lab, and the Canada Games National Artist Program. Lana is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and the Dramatists Guild.http://lanapalmer.com/
Jenna is an international yoga teacher and retreat leader specializing in the Chakras and transformational experiences. She is the creator of the Chakra Codes, a system of self-realization and spiritual development and has traveled the world teaching Chakra psychology, archetypal imprinting and energetic movement. Through her teachings her students have received a deeper perspective of themselves, revealing their unique coding and purpose, accessing creativity and guiding them in experiencing higher levels of consciousness and spiritual awakening. In her spare time she continues to give Chakra Code readings, writes literature and music, pursues an acting and musical career and is an avid surfer. She cannot wait for you to have this transformational experience with us in Costa Rica! www.chakracodes.com // @Chakra.Codes
LODGING / FOOD / LOGISTICS
* 6 nights shared (2-4 ppl) or private accommodation
* 3 fresh & health conscious meals daily (including delicious 3 course dinners)
* Coffee & tea all day
* R/T taxi service from/to Puerto Jimenez to Encanta la Vida Lodge
* Daily maid service
* Daily yoga & meditation with Jenna
* 2 Group Acting Sessions each day with one or a combo of the acting facilitators (Hugh, Bruce, Lana)
* Collective celebration to seal our time together
* Plenty of time for relaxation and integration
* Guided hike upriver to the secret falls with mineral mud
* Night hike adventure
* Local artesian market & dance party at Martina's Bar
* unlimited hiking, exploring, surfing, hammock-ing & beach-combing
*Closing ceremony with bonfire on the beach
6:30a - Coffee & Tea, Fruit, Granola & Yoghurt available
7:15a -9:30a - yoga & meditation w/ Jenna &
morning acting session w/ Hugh
11:30a - Guided hike up-river for mother natures "spa "day" w/ Jenna
1:30p - Lunch & free time
4 - 6:15p - Evening acting session w/ Bruce & Lana
6:30pm - Dinner & evening announcements
8pm - Evening pow wow, star-gazing and story telling
Free Time, Excursions, Spa Services
Waterfalls, unlimited hiking and beach combing, animal spotting, sunbathing, journaling, hammock-ing, wildlife spotting, enjoy a spa service, book an excursion, relax by the soft salt water pool and enjoy a refreshing specialty drink, experience a surf lesson... tons of adventure and relaxing to be had!
Available for add-on
- Waterfall Rappelling and Tree climbing is a guest favorite! Guaranteed smiles and adrenaline rush!
- Surf Lessons with Pollo Surf School - This is a must do in Costa Rica!
- Horseback riding - an absolute heart warming experience riding horseback through the jungle and on the beach
- Zip-lining, chocolate tours and guided wildlife spotting tours also available
- 60, 90 & 120 minute massages available
1. Fly into San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica (SJO)
2. Take a charter plane to Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica (40-45 mins) *After deposit and registration is received you will be given contact information of a travel assistant who will help you book the connecting charter plane
3. A taxi will be waiting for you to take you to the Retreat Center (45-50 mins) (Taxi to/from lodge from the Puerto Jimenez airport is included)
- Look up flights under a 'private browser' to prevent mysterious price increases
- Reasonable RT flights to Costa Rica from San Francisco are around $400-600.
- RT Charter Plane flights range from $300 and up
FAQ's, Packing List & Additional Information is included in the information packets which will be emailed to you once your deposit is received.
- Flights & Charter Plane
- Any other transportation or lodging outside of the retreat dates and RT Taxi to/from Retreat Center
- Travel Insurance
- Specialty & Alcoholic Beverages
- Excursions, Spa Services & any other purchases made outside of All Inclusive Retreat Package which is listed above.
- Board Rentals
- Laundry Service
- Lodging gratuities. They advise $10-15/day per person. These gratuities are to be distributed evenly between entire Costa Rican staff: hotel and reservations, the Chef, kitchen staff, bartender, serving staff, gardener, security and maid service.
Location: Encanta la Vida is a luxury jungle resort, located in Cabo Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which is home to the Corcovado National Park and is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. There is one dirt road through Matapalo and a few local and ex-pats have homes scattered and hidden within the jungle foliage. There are no street lamps or power lines. All properties run off their own generator. You will truly be experiencing the jungle life. www.encantalavida.com
Surrounding Area: The lodge is about a 40 minute taxi ride through the Jungle to the closest town, Puerto Jimenez. There are a few tourist and local clothing shops, grocery store, pharmacy and an emergency room. You would need to take a flight out from Puerto Jimenez to get to a general hospital. The emergency room in Puerto Jimenez is quick and efficient. Jenna knows as she was treated for staph infection there a few years ago, which if left misdiagnosed or not treated with efficiency could have been deadly. Martina’s, the only restaurant and bar in Matapalo, serves delicious food and holds a local arts and crafts market every Friday. It’s fun to stay afterwards and dance too!
The Yoga Deck: We will have the pleasure of having our sessions on one of the most beautiful yoga decks in the world! The two-story 36 x 33 foot yoga shala is breath taking – located at the beach under the rainforest canopy and overlooks the crystal blue waters of the “Golfo Dulce” – the ideal place for a unique yoga experience. You do not need to bring a mat as the yoga deck is equipped with mats, blankets, blocks and straps however feel free to bring your own mat and props if you wish.
Accommodations: Your rooms are tucked in along the tropical garden paths. All guest accommodations are furnished with top quality mattresses, linens, lights, fans, mosquito nets, a safe, bathrooms and hot water. Guests will enjoy the comfort of private patios and balconies set up with rockers, hammocks adding to a relaxing ambiance. Each room is shared (3-4 people) with a limited availability for a private room. Shared rooms are mixed with queen and twin beds. Beds will be assigned on arrival on a first come first pick basis.
Food: Encanta hosts several retreats throughout the year and understands that groups enjoy a healthy and sometimes very specific diet. They have developed a menu with something for every taste and dietary need. There is a section for specific dietary needs on your registration form. Tea and coffee is available all day, breakfast, lunch and a 3 course dinner every night.
Spa: Enjoy a spa treatment, acupuncture (subject to availability) or therapeutic massage by one of Encanta la Vida’s professional spa specialists.
Surf and the Beaches: There are 3 perfect right point breaks within walking distance from the Lodge. Pan Dulce, which sits in front of the Yoga Shala is arguably one of the longest right point breaks in Costa Rica and perfect for absolute beginners learning how to pop up to advanced surfers practicing turns and tricks. Please note, due to the turbulence of the water, it is not suitable for snorkeling. However sunbathing and swimming at beautiful Backwash is the ultimate paradise. If you are new to surfing but want to learn the lodge can arrange a surf lesson with Pollo Surf School.
Other Activities: Adventures are plentiful in Matapalo and surrounding areas. Waterfall rappelling, Matapalo tree climbing, hiking and wildlife spotting. Our day off is perfect for a longer excursion such as ziplining through the rainforest canopy, jungle hikes to waterfalls, horseback riding and surfing or day trip to Carate to hang out at the remote black sand beaches. Or simply kick back and relax on your hammock with a book. All activities are subject to availability.
Wi-Fi & Electricity: Being so deep in the jungle internet is not the fastest, however it is still available in the office area. Please note that the wi-fi may not be strong during certain weather conditions or if too many guests are on it at once. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this time to be away from technology and truly immerse yourself in the jungle life.
By submitting a deposit you agree to the following refund/cancellation policy:
1. $500 deposit upon registration
2. JANUARY 7th, 2022 - 50% of your balance due
3. APRIL 1st, 2022 - 100% balance due
- AFTER JAN 7th 2022 - 50% of current funds paid credited towards future retreat, minus $500 deposit .
- AFTER APRIL 1st, 2022 - No refunds
SANSA FLIGHTS (Costa Rica Domestic Flights)
There are NO refunds however you can use your credit up to one year. We suggest not buying these flights until 3-4 months before the retreat start date and when you are 100% confirmed of your attendance.
As of August 1, 2022
* It is your responsibility to stay up to date with the latest changes and requirements*
The measure takes effect starting August 1, 2021. As of that date, minors (under 18) and those who are fully vaccinated can enter Costa Rica as tourists without purchasing a travel health insurance policy.
In order to qualify, adults must:
Entry requirements in times of a COVID-19 pandemic
The entrance to Costa Rica is enabled for tourists from all the countries of the world by air, land and sea.
The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.
Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.
Country entry requirements
In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:
Regarding the policy, you can choose any international insurance company that meets the following
1. Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
2. $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.
3. $2,000 for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.
Ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:
1. Name of the person traveling.
2. Validity of the effective policy during the Costa Rica visit (travel dates).
3. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000
4. Minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.
This certificate must specify that the policy covers COVID-19 and must be uploaded to the HEALTH PASS to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document that allows the verification of the coverage mentioned.
Costa Rican policies
The tourist can also choose any of the following Costa Rican insurance companies, which sell products registered and authorized by the General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica.
IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage was set at $50,000, while for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers the minimum was set at $20,000.
Entry by air or land - In case of questions or concerns about the requirements or conditions of medical insurance, write to the email address email@example.com.
Register by December 1st, 2021 to save $200
2 - 4 people per Cabina
Prices are per person
There are single and double beds. No bed assignments. First come, first serve.
Register by December 1st, 2021 to save $200
2 - 4 people per Cabina.
Prices are per person
There are single and double beds. No bed assignments. First come, first serve.
Reclaiming Joy begins!
After you fly into San Jose International Airport you will take a 12 seater charter plane down to the Osa Peninsula - an adventure in it's own! Once you land a taxi will be waiting for you where you will take a 45 mins drive through the jungle to your new home for the week: Encanta la Vida Eco Lodge!
Feel free to take a dip in the pool, take a walk on the beach or relax in your hammock until it is time to meet on the Yoga Deck for our opening ceremony!