Touching the Earth: Awakening to Ease, Interconnection, and Joy in Nature
La Fortuna, Costa Rica Retreat with Lisa Ernst & David Cabrera


Join Lisa & David for a weeklong retreat in one of the world’s most beautiful and bio-diverse countries. Spending time away from the busyness of our everyday lives and immersed in the lush green forests of Costa Rica, you will have the opportunity to loosen our often-stressful everyday preoccupations and realize our deep interconnection with all of life. A simple yet profound joy arises in this alliance of mind and heart, community, and natural surroundings.  

Your mornings will begin with silent meditation and mindful movement –in a beautiful covered pavilion surrounded by the sounds and colors of the cloud forest. You’ll intersperse sitting and walking meditation throughout the day with dharma talks, group discussion, and interactive practices. Later, enjoy delicious organic meals and have ample time to explore the gorgeous environment.

Additionally, you’ll have an opportunity to serve in a community Renovation Project to support the local school followed by an authentic lunch in the village.

  • Group Ground Transport to/from San Jose Airport to Retreat Center
  • Accommodations: 6 Nights at retreat center
  • Three meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day.
  • On-Site Biodynamic Farm Tour
  • Use of yoga room and facilities
  • SEVA project (suggested donation $35)

Accommodations

You will stay at a sustainable, rainforest eco-lodge hotel providing comfortable accommodations amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle. The atmosphere at the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single, double, or triple occupancy with fans and hot water. The eco-lodge has a beautiful chlorine-free swimming pool and jacuzzi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options. The food is organic and local when available, prepared with nourishing ingredients and lots of love. We do our best to honor your registration type. If enrollment pairings are such that we cannot honor the occupancy type you have selected, we will contact you 90 days prior to your trip. Feel free to contact us in the meantime if you have concerns.

Lisa Ernst

Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher, artist, and founder of One Dharma Nashville. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. Lisa has been meditating for over 30 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. She received teaching authorization in the Spirit Rock/Thai Forest lineage Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfiled, and Trudy Goodman. She teaches internationally and leads retreats throughout the U.S including at Spirit Rock, InsightLA, and Southern Dharma Retreat Center. As a practicing visual artist, Lisa incorporates Dharma into contemplative photography and writing. She lives in Nashville Tennessee with her husband.

David Cabrera

David Cabrera is a devoted husband and father and a musician. He is also a Martial arts practitioner and a “Laoshi ” (teacher in Chinese ) of Chen Taiji and Qigong (Mindful movement ) work. He has been practicing and teaching Vispassana Meditation for nearly 20 years. He is a mentor at Cloud Sangha and teaches meditation and movement at One Dharma Nashville. David completed the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Course under Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach graduation class of 2021. He is also certified under Thutpen Jinpa’s Compassion Training Course at Vanderbilt led by William Thiele, PHD.

While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

  • Zip-lining 
  • Horseback Riding
  • Volcano Hike
  • Hot Springs Excursion
  • Nighttime Rainforest Hike
  • Hanging Bridges
  • Waterfall Tour
  • Sacred Seed & Plant Tour
  • Kayaking

*Price of activities are not included in tuition. Availability subject to change.

Spa

Bring balance and harmony to your spirit at the Rain Forest Spa. Spa treatments include a variety of massages, therapeutic body treatments, skincare services, and aromatherapy sessions using only the highest quality organic oils and extracts derived from fruits, herbs, flowers, and botanicals.

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Registration

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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There

You will be booking your flights for the San Jose International Airport (SJO). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle. The drive time to the center is approximately 2.5 hours.

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Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at info@truenaturetravels.com and let us know how we can help!

Save $200 on full-price (shared only) of $2195 USD until December 15th, 2022!

Shared Accommodations – $1995 USD (Full Price $2195)

Single Accommodations – $2595 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Sign Up with No Risk

In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2023 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.

*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 108 days before the retreat date.

True Nature Travels is closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global travel. For more information click here.

Cancellation

  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to info@truenaturetravels.com.

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