All guest should read the FAQ'S and Code of Conduct prior to arrival
1. How do I get to the Retreat?
All of our retreats takes place in a beautiful jungle home in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Flight, Shuttle Service & Travel Arrangements is not included. We recommend all guest practice personal responsibility by getting travel insurance when booking their flight. For directions on how to get to the Women Of Color Healing Retreat go here , for directions on how to get to the Women Of Color Self-Care Retreat go here.
2. Do I have to be vegan to attend this retreat, do you have any recommendations on exploring veganism throughout the retreat?
You do not need to be vegan to attend the retreat! This is a space to try something new or to continue your self care journey. 3-4 weeks (or longer) prior to your arrival, all participants should begin eliminating meat, dairy, processed junk food from their everyday and should begin implementing more plant-based meals into your every day life. Meat and dairy are the leading causes of disease within black communities so I want to encourage a plant-based lifestyle. Eliminating meat and dairy prior to attending the retreat will make your experience more beneficial and enriched . ”Eating plant-based helps cleanses the physical body of impurities accumulated from poor dietary habits. It also reduces stimulation to the digestive organs and liberates energy. A feeling of lightness affects the mind; this improves concentration and aids meditation. We each know that when we have eaten a heavy meal it becomes harder to concentrate. During this time you will detox from alcohol, eating dead food (processed and synthetic), eating dead animals, eating too much or too little, chemicals in food and prolonged exposure to air pollution. A period of fasting from these things facilitates the body in throwing off toxins, and frees up energy". Our plant-based meals are absolutely delicious, we also can provide raw and fruitarian selections upon request. Request must be made at least 2 weeks before the retreat. Animal by products will not be allowed, no exceptions this includes leathers, skins,..etc.
3. Is it possible to speak to someone that has attended a retreat in the past? Yes! go here for testimonials from participants that have attended one of our retreats in the past. We also provide a list of other participants that have attended one of our retreats in the past, you may reach out to them to have a phone call etc; go here for the list
4. I want to experience the retreat with a friend, is this possible?
All of our retreats are intended for solo travelers, each participant arrives solo and will meet new people at the retreat! We do not accept friends and families, no exceptions. This is an opportunity to meet new people!
5. Is my deposit deductible from the total retreat fee?
Yes! Once you place down your deposit to reserve your space, you will receive an invoice to begin making payments on your trip until the balance is paid in full or you may pay in full. Credit Cards, Debit Cards are accepted through stripe and Bank Transfers are accepted for all payments. Tax is not included. Guest will also have access to our guest customer service agent, who will assist you with any questions you have.
6. Do you have any programs for kids?
We do believe that the youth must remain a priority, so we have also created the first free wellness programs for kids. Free Kids of Color Wellness Program
7. What should I bring to the Retreat?
As you prepare to embrace the wonders of Costa Rica, here is a packing list that will make your trip not only magical, but also practically successful, go here!
8. What about my hair, I know that we will have the chance to go to the ocean, what should I do ?
We understand this question as our hair is so sacred and important! We recommend wearing your hair natural or getting a protective hair style such as braids, twist etc. This is a retreat where we get our hair wet and connect back with nature and ourselves!
9. How much spending money should I bring?
We recommend bringing $350 or more for spending, you may also want to purchase souvenirs in Costa Rica.
10. How do I get around in Costa Rica during my free time at the retreat?
A bicycle will be provided for each guest to explore the area in their free time. Taxi's are approx $5-$10 to get around Puerto Viejo.
11. How old are the women that attend?
Women ages 25 and up are welcome. Women in their 30's-60's are encouraged to attend!
12. Who can attend a Retreat?
All of our retreats are dedicated to black women and black women who identify as women of color or human.
13. Do you have quiet time during the retreat?
Absolutely! Generally speaking, all of our retreats take place in a meditative space in a jungle home, throughout the retreat we have silent hour or time, where guest tune into their own energy to self-reflect without outside distractions. All rooms are shared. We discourage anyone from attending that seeks to consume alcohol or party during their time here.
14. Is medicinal plant use allowed?
While we may not ceremonially practice plant medicine, all herbal remedies are welcomed, however tobacco is not permitted.
15. Do I need to know how to ride a bicycle to go on the retreat?
You do not need to know how to ride a bike to attend. If you are unable to ride a bike, be sure to send us an email at least 2 weeks prior to the retreat.
16. Do I need experience in yoga or meditation?
Of course not!
17. What can I expect at the retreat?
You can expect meditative mornings, delicious nourishing meals, quality time on the beaches in the Caribbean of Costa Rica. Our retreats exclusively host 3-5 women at a time so expect a warm intimate setting and well deserved rest and leisure time.
18. Do I need to know how to swim to participate?
You do not need to know how to swim to participate.
19. Is my retreat refundable?
WOCHR , PHR and its subsidiary WOCHR Retreats, Experiences and Events are non-refundable. We strongly suggest that clients purchase travel insurance for any cancelation reason. Refer to Booking Terms and Conditions for more information. We offer one-time transfers - please see terms and conditions for additional details. Clients will be responsible for the price differential if purchasing a more expensive product. There are no refunds if transferring to a less expensive product. To transfer an experience please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
20. What's it like in Costa Rica?
Life in the jungle is unpredictable. The weather changes at the drop of a hat. Google never provides the accurate weather for Costa Rica, its typically sunny throughout the day, and sometimes it may rain at night. Cleaning ants may decide to sweep through your living room floor or a cockroach decides to land on your fruit. Costa Rica is not known for being particularly efficient in any processes. Lines move slow. People might operate on “beach time” and be late or you feel they are unreliable. Itinerary may be subject to change. We are in a different country so we ask that you leave any united states expectations at home, and be open to a new experience!
21. Is this retreat for me?
It is if :
You are interested in trying a healthier way of living.
You enjoy trying new experiences.
You have a go with the flow attitude.
Come to cocoon yourself.
You are ready to unplug from your phone and be present.
It is not if:
You are looking to party.
You are looking to drink.
You are seeking a therapy experience. Although the retreat is healing it is not a therapy experience, it is a wellness retreat.
You are not open to trying a completely new experience. Must show up with an open mind and heart.
You will need to smoke cigarettes/tobacco on a daily basis.
You are not good at responding to emails timely. All guest are required to reply to our emails within 48 hours.
You are interested in attending the retreat with a friend/family member, as this retreat is intended for solo travelers to immerse themselves and to meet like minded people.
After you have booked the self-care retreat, a skype call will be set up within 7 days. A Skype call will be set up with each guest individually as a formal meet and greet prior to your arrival. Your final retreat itinerary will be sent 1 week before your arrival. Skype can be downloaded here
Note: itinerary may be subject to change