Nourish your beautiful body on a retreat with

The Shorter Approach.

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Wine & Wellness Mexico

Pura Vida Costa Rica

Beauty & the Beach Tofino, BC

Costa Rica

Pura Vida Wellness Retreat: October 12th – 19th, 2017.

Price per person land only $3,665.00 USD based on two sharing and minimum of 10 passengers. Single supplement $1,375.00 USD. Hold your space with a $1,000 USD non-refundable deposit.

Included Services: Private land transportation as indicated in the services included, lodging, local flights, meals and activities as described, local fees and taxes, and GreenSpot’s support while on your trip.

Not Included: International airfare, departure taxes ($29 USD), meals not specified, alcoholic beverages and other hotel extras, gratuities, and fees associated with unforeseen changes not under our control.


Nourish your beautiful body and join Michele Shorter at our premier retreat being held on the beaches, mountains and tropical forests of Costa Rica. Michele will guide you through the week with a fun, action-packed agenda created to help you get flexible, get strong, get your heart rate up, set goals and create a focused plan while in paradise nourishing your beautiful self.

We’ll start with three days at Finca Rosa Blanca, located only 15 minutes from the San Jose International Airport, above the Central Valley of Costa Rica. This is no airport hotel! Finca Rosa Blanca offers views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations. A lush ten acres with hundreds of fruit trees and tropical flora means you’ll forget how close you are to the city. A Conde Nast award winning hotel.

The second half of our itinerary brings us to the beach for 5 days!  Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest resort is located on Costa Rica’s stunning Pacific coast, just outside the famed Manuel Antonio National Park. All 38 rooms have views of white sand beaches and rainforest, and is surrounded by 11 acres of nature reserve, with private nature trails.

Everyday will include a workout (or two), organic nutrition, outdoor exploring, wellness sessions, and of course, relaxation.

Just show up to your life and join us for this extraordinary wellness retreat hosted in partnership with our friends at GreenSpot Travel.

Day 1:
Arrival at the Finca Rosa Blanca Resort

This coffee farm plantation and luxurious eco-boutique hotel lies in the Central Valley highlands of Costa Rica.

We’ll kick off our wellness retreat with introductions and goal-setting conversation. Throughout the evening we’ll enjoy tapas and beverages and get the juices flowing while we get to know each other and build a foundation of support for a rejuvenating week in gorgeous Costa Rica!


Day 2:
Bootcamp, Yoga & Exploration at the Finca Rosa Blanca Resort

The first full day of our retreat starts with a morning jungle-style bootcamp followed by yoga/pilates (all fitness levels welcome!). A great way to check out the picturesque hotel grounds. Michele will start the conversations around nutrition and how to nourish our bodies.
Later, we’ll dive into a Fitness & Wellness Goal-Setting Session followed by a Coffee Tasting Tour onsite and a cooking demo. We’ll harvest fresh vegetables and herbs from Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic greenhouse and prepare a fresh salad with our chef in a personalized cooking class. Plus, this evening’s dinner will feature an innovative coffee-themed experience, utilizing coffee from the hotel’s plantation in creative ways throughout each course, including wine pairings. (Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Finca Rosa Blanca).


Day 3:
Hiking, Salsa Dancing, Planning for Nourishment

Today we’ll focus on various components of our holistic approach to wellness – staying active, nourishing ourselves with healthy food in our lives while we enjoy nature. We’ll get our bodies moving with a hike to one of Costa Rica’s magnificent volcanoes where we’ll get a chance to observe some fantastic wildlife including the red spider monkey and the fabulous Quetzal. Later we’ll take time to dive deeper into our goal-setting efforts and begin thinking about and trying a few of the activities that help us to maximize our best selves. In the evening we’ll continue moving with early evening salsa lessons. (Includes: breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Finca Rosa Blanca)

Day 4:
Bootcamp & Yoga at Manuel Antonio National Park

We’ll wake up this morning and say farewell to our hosts at Finca Rosa Blanca and head to Manuel Antonio Park with its expansive white sand beaches backed by breathtaking rainforest. Here, we’ll stay at the five-star luxury resort Arenas del Mar where we’ll workout in the most picturesque of settings and dig into creating your personalized wellness action plan before enjoying nourishing dinner and sunset yoga session. (Includes land transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinner at Arenas del Mar)

Day 5:
Ocean Fun & Nutrition at Arenas del Mar


Today we reserve time to get out and play at the ocean. Opt for a kayak tour or stand-up paddleboarding session. Take time to savor the beach or an optional spa appointment to nourish your body. We’ll continue our discussions around nutrition planning and nourishment to support your fitness and wellness goals while we tour a tropical spice garden. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at Arenas del Mar)

Damas Island Mangrove Kayak Tour: Kayak through a unique and protected inland waterway, allowing you to combine adventure with education as you learn about the Mangrove Forest and its inhabitants, including the whiteface capuchin monkey and a vast array of birds. Paddle on a sit-on-top kayak under the shade of the tall mangroves along wild jungle waterways you can’t reach on your own.

OR if kayaking is not your thing, or you’ve wanted to try out SUP, opt for a Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP)Session.

Spices, Gardens and Flavors Tour: Tour Villa Vanilla, a certified organic/biodynamic farm consisting of 27 acres of tropical agriculture production surrounded by 125 acres of rainforest. On this tour, we’ll experience the sights, tastes, and aromas of tropical spices, essential oil plants, sustainable farming practices, and spice drying/packaging.

Day 6 & 7:   
Wellness Action Planning & Green Practices

Today we’ll savor the park with a morning hike on a coastal and tropical forest trail. You’ll solidify your action plan to guide you towards achieving your fitness and wellness goals once our Costa Rica retreat wraps up. We’ll take part in an informative “Easy Being Green” tour where we’ll learn about Costa Rica history, nature and green practices. And today we’ll also reserve free time to spend at the beach or an optional spa treatment*. (Includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner at Arenas del Mar)
Easy Being Green Tour: Learn about history, nature, and green practices all in one, including a tour of Arenas del Mar’s native plant nursery, hydroponic vegetable gardens, and vermiculture area. Tour the recycling center to learn about the lodges philosophy on reducing waste, saving energy, and having a positive impact on our environment, which you can apply in your own home as a component of healthy living!

Day 8:
Travel Home or Continue Your Adventure

According to your travel plans, today you head back to San Jose on a local flight, or onward to continue your Costa Rica adventure. (Includes: breakfast at Arenas del Mar)

**Itinerary subject to change based on weather conditions.


Smile at everyone.
Prepare your own food.
Make yourself a priority.
Take an hour a day to sweat.
Rest and read.
Keep it simple.
xo, -M

Michele Shorter knows first hand about the benefits of having a healthy lifestyle. A wellness advocator who encourages people to be enthusiastic about their health and longevity, Michele is an award winning business person, mother, wife and community builder with first-hand experience in the every day life juggle that many face in making time for fitness, nutrition, sleep and personal time.