EMPOWER Retreat – Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Zip, Hike & Get Fit Adventure

Are you ready for an adventure on the beautiful Caribbean coast of Costa Rica? You will venture from the capital city of San Jose to Puerto Viejo where you’ll experience its famous tropical, fun and laid back environment. Join Coach Ewunike on this 7 day, 6 night active adventure at one of the top #10 beach destinations in the Caribbean.  Your fitness retreat includes zip lining, hiking adventures, beach excursions and all fitness classes. Once you are in Costa Rica, your ground transportation and round trip airfare to Puerto Viejo from San Jose are included, as well as many other trip amenities.  Once you’re here, it is finally your time to unwind.

Your retreat guide and fitness coach, Ewunike Akpan, is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and adventure lover. Her fitness training style and principles focus on developing functional and strong bodies. She wants her retreat participants to be able to challenge themselves physically and participate in activities, like zip lining, which they may have never done before. Participants will use strength they’ve typically gained in controlled workout environments to enjoy this fun, exciting, and rejuvenating experience.

Zip Lining and Hiking:
This retreat will offer you new ways to play, places to explore, cultural experiences and environments.  We will explore the rainforest canopy and enjoy majestic views on the ziplining adventure from 11 different platforms. It is truly an incredible experience to be secured into a harness, attached to a sturdy cable, and get a bird’s eye view of the lively forest below.

We will hike in one of the most ecologically preserved areas of the Caribbean, Cahuita National Park, and tread lightly minimizing any impact on the land and to the many different animals that call the park home. You and your new friends, a group of like minded souls, will aim for the stars of adventure and enjoy this journey together!

Retreat Overview:
Your retreat starts in the capital city of San Jose. The day after you arrive, your adventure begins with an exploration to one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica, LaPaz Waterfall Gardens.  You’ll enjoy 7 waterfalls, hiking, and a tour of natural gardens and a wild animal nature preserve. One day 3, we will travel from the capital to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast. Included in the retreat are your LaPaz Waterfall Gardens, ziplining, hiking and biking to the beach excursions.  Fitness and stretch classes on the beach with Ewunike will provide daily activity to strengthen and extend your fitness to new limits. Daily walks or biking along the beach and road to and from activities provides active transport and plenty of opportunity to meet locals and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty!

During your free time, you are welcome to sign up for additional activities, such as stand up paddle boarding, horseback riding, massages, and more.

Is This Trip For You?:
It could be if you like spending time outdoors in nature. This is an active trip packed with activities such as long walks, hiking up moderate inclines, using upper body strength for zip lining and fitness classes on the beach. To fully enjoy it, you’ll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. If these activities sound fun and exciting to you, you’ll love this experience.

Your Trip Includes

  • 2 days / 2 nights at the outstanding Barceló San José Palacio Hotel, in San José 
  • 5 days / 4 nights at the beachfront Hotel Escape Caribeño
  • Round trip private chartered jet to resort location
  • All ground transportation
  • All activities on itinerary
  • Abundant clean healthy food options (see detailed itinerary)
  • Day trip to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Nature Preserve
  • Accommodations are for double or single occupancy. Double occupancy reservations can be made with or without request for a specific roommate. We only have a small number of single occupancy rooms.
  • Your investment does not include your flight to Costa Rica

Retreat Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Arrive at Costa Rica’s San Jose Airport (code: SJO) and take the provided shuttle to Barceló San José Palacio Hotel
  • Enjoy a complimentary refreshing drink upon arrival and get settled in
  • Ewunike will host a meet & greet dinner to help everyone get acquainted and prepare for the retreat
  • After dinner at Hotel Barceló , get your groove on with your first physical activity – Salsa lessons!

Day 2:

  • Wake up to a morning stretch session in the fitness room
  • Fresh breakfast buffet at Hotel Barceló 
  • Depart for an exciting adventure of waterfalls and nature preserve exploration at LaPaz Waterfall Gardens
  • Upon our return, a happy hour celebration will be offered in the hotel lounge
  • There will be a review of the itinerary and Phase 2 of the retreat starts with early morning departure for Puerto Viejo!
  • The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy on your own

Day 3:

  • Early morning departure from San Jose airport to Limon airport and shuttle bus to Hotel Escape Caribeño
  • Breakfast and orientation at the resort
  • The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax on the beach, go for a bike ride and explore the town of Puerto Viejo
  • In the evening, Ewunike will lead a stretch & mobility class to prepare the body for rest and restoration
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

Day 4:

  • This morning is reserved for our Zip Lining adventure
  • Group lunch at a local restaurant
  • The afternoon is yours to rest, relax on the beaches or explore the town of Puerto Viejo
  • In the evening, Ewunike will lead a stretch & mobility class to prepare the body for rest and restoration
  • The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy on your own

Day 5:

  • Early morning LOTUS Fitness class on the beach
  • Ewunike will lead the group on a leaisurly bike ride to explore the many beautiful beaches in the Puerto Viejo area. Find your favorite one and chill for the afternoon or keep riding to the tip of Puerto Viejo to
  • Enjoy a relaxing evening or explore Puerto Viejo at night

Day 6:

  • This morning and afternoon is reserved for our hiking adventure at Cahuita National Park 
  • We will spend the day exploring the park’s white sand palm tree lined beaches and crystal clear blue waters, its wildlife, and many different terrains
  • The evening can be
  • Last group dinner at a local restaurant

Day 7:

  • We will grab a boxed breakfast and depart early for Limon Airport to headback to San Jose Airport  and travel back to the US.
  • ​*Itinerary subject to change

Investment in Yourself:

  • $1995 (per person) Double Occupancy
  • $2295 Single Occupancy

Installment Payment Options: Installment payments are allowed after the initial $300 deposit is made and applied by LOTUS Fitness. Full payment of the EMPOWER Retreat℠ is required by September 29, 2017.

  • 1st Installment Due: July 28, 2017
    • $585 (double occupancy)
    • $685 (single occupancy)
  • 2nd Installment Due: August 28, 2017
    • $585 (double occupancy)
    • $685 (single occupancy)
  • 3rd Final Installment Due: September 29, 2017
    • $585 (double occupancy)
    • $685 (single occupancy)

Required Retreat Waivers:

It is every clients responsibility to read carefully, sign, date and submit the below documents by September 29, 2017 to active@lotusfitness.com. You will receive a confirmation email that your documents have been received.
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The Accommodations

Our first two nights will be in San Jose at the Barcelo Hotel & Resort.  The hotel features three restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, a tennis court, and acres of quiet gardens.
On day 3, Tuesday November 14, the group will travel via air from San Jose to Pavones. In Pavones, we will be staying at La Ponderosa Beach & Jungle Resort. This small, family-owned, boutique retreat center provides spacious comfortable rooms, beautiful grounds with trails and gardens, healthy and fresh meals, a pool and beach access to refresh and unwind. The individual, spacious cottages sleep 2-4 people, and are just steps from the pristine beach, relaxing swimming pool, and half a mile from Shooting Star Yoga Studio. Also on the property are hiking trails, volleyball court, basketball courts, and massage services (extra cost). Each day, three healthy meals are made fresh for you from local ingredients. The town of Pavones is very remote and boasts a population of just a couple hundred residents.  The town comes to life every day at dawn when people take advantage of the natural beauty the location has to offer.
“I can not imagine a better, more appropriate accommodation than where we stayed at La Ponderosa. The rooms, meals, host and hostess, personnel, and atmosphere were exceptional and greatly added to the overall feeling of well-being that I experienced on this trip.” – Judith H.

Meet Ewunike your Guide and Fitness Coach

After participating in the 330 mile AIDS Bike Ride from Raleigh, NC to Washington, D.C. in 1999, Ewunike Akpan was hooked on helping people experience the benefits of exercise. To prepare for the ride, she trained for six months with a group and, along the way, learned the importance of proper muscular development and nutrition to help her successfully complete the three day event. She shared information with her fellow riders and started leading them in weight training sessions to strengthen their core and upper body muscles. The group gave Ewunike positive feedback about the effectiveness of  the workouts she developed. This fueled her decision to study for and get certified as a professional personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Ewunike’s 17-year journey as a trainer started as a way to help herself and others for one fitness event. Today, it is her passion and she is using it to help hundreds of clients experience the benefits of an active lifestyle. Ewunike and her business, LOTUS Fitness, have been featured in Essence, Heart & Soul, ACE Professionals Profile (online), ACE Advocacy (online) and on NBC4 News,Washington, D.C.


Testimonials about Ewunike & LOTUS Fitness Retreats

“I’ve been training with Ewunike off and on for 9 years now, and I can honestly say that I am a better person for knowing her. She emphasizes a total mind-body connection that most trainers over look. She does a great job of just that – taking what you have and improving it to make you feel better, both mentally and physically.” – Tanya S.

“I think the remote location of Pavones in Costa Rica was perfect for the surfing adventure.  This was a great trip and well organized. I look forward to the next adventure.” – Tanya S.

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