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Pura Vida Retreat in Costa Rica

February 12 - 18, 2024

Gain clarity and confidence for your "next steps" personally and/or professionally while you immerse in the wonders and joys of Costa Rica with 50 Fun Things!

Prepare for a positively transformational journey as you experience the essence of Pura Vida in this secluded tropical oasis. Without the distractions of "business as usual" along with a professionally facilitated format, you will have the rare chance to relax, reflect and to think in fresh new ways — with the perfect balance of fun, adventure and free time to enjoy as you wish.

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Your luxurious home for 7 days / 6 nights awaits you at Lapazul, our private Retreat Center situated on a mountaintop of Costa Rica's sun-kissed west coast. Every spacious, modern room has a balcony with breathtaking views over the ocean and untouched forest.

Enjoy farm-to-table meals (all-included) created by Chef Deiby with stunning patio dining and spectacular sunset dinners.

Lapazul is secluded and surrounded by nature. The entire place will be ours with plenty of areas to explore or unwind. 


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Playshops & Excursions

Through 50 Fun Things personal and professional development sessions, you'll uncover and get a visceral feel for what brings you joy, connection and fulfillment to guide and take action on your next steps (personal, career, and/or business). 

Excursions include a beach barbecue, a guided tour to explore a natural wonderland, the local market, and playing with local blue clay in a refreshing river!

Our closing celebration will equip you to integrate your fresh perspectives and essence of Pura Vida back into daily life.

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Free Time

Fun, relaxation and reflection take on a new and deeper meaning on our retreat.

During our free times, you have lots of options to use how you would like.

You may wish to bliss out in the gorgeous infinity pool, journal about your inspirations, relax on a chaise lounge, read on your balcony, look for birds and animals from the patio, explore trails on the property, nap with sounds of nature, meditate, stretch out on the outdoor yoga platform or reserve a staff driver to venture with your new connections. ​


Accommodations, Transportation & Meals

  • 7 days / 6 nights at Lapazul, a luxurious private Boutique Retreat Center on the sunny west coast of Costa Rica 

  • Deluxe ocean view accommodations for every room!

  • Private infinity pool on the property for sunning, swimming and relaxing

  • Roundtrip airfare to/from San Jose and Quepos 

  • Airport transfers to/from Quepos Airport and Lapazul Retreat Center

  • All meals, including delicious farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, sunset dinner and 5 star snacks prepared by our local on-site chef

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Your retreat experience is designed to be seamless and stress-free. Once you arrive in San Jose, COSTA RICA, we take care of all the details, including roundtrip airfare to and from San Jose and Quepos, ensuring that your journey to paradise is as smooth as can be. Upon your arrival at Quepos Airport, you'll be greeted with warm hospitality and our fun and friendly drivers will whisk us away to Lapazul Retreat Center in comfortable cars.

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Playshops, Activities & Excursions


In addition to the flagship 50 Fun Things® playshop, partake in your choice of personal and professional development sessions customized for our group's interests, such as: 

  • Boost Your Business

  • Gain Clarity for Your Professional Path

  • Joyful Movement, and more!


  • Pacific Ocean Beach BBQ along an expansive sandy beach

  • Private guided tour of magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Play with local blue clay followed by a cleansing river soak

  • Dominical town/beach visit for farmer's market, souvenir shopping & exploring


  • Lapazul Welcome: You'll be greeted with Costa Rica's traditional refreshing tonic and appetizers while you get acquainted with the delightful staff and amazing surroundings

  • Opening kickoff to introduce us to each other and the week ahead

  • Chef Deiby has a special Valentine's meal planned for us. You'll have the option to be seated at a table for two or with others in our group 

  • "Future Self" party to get a taste of living your ideal life

  • Live cultural music with the invitation to dance or simply enjoy

  • Playtime: Kick back with puzzles, games, cards or whatever brings out the kid in you

  • Closing celebration 


  • Swim in the infinity pool

  • Read and relax on the sloth deck

  • Enjoy the wildlife (watch for monkeys, toucans and more...oh my!)

  • Explore the trails on our site's secluded property or walk to the top of the road to take in more mountain views

  • Nap, meditate or journal in your spacious and modern room  

  • Reserve a Lapazul staff driver with fellow retreaters to do some venturing in the area (e.g. beach, market, site-seeing)

  • Take in the ocean view from your room's private balcony

  • Stretch out on our private outdoor yoga platform (mats provided)

  • Pre-arrange an on-site massage (payment directly to masseuse

  • Or...Dive into spontaneous discoveries and activities including Bamboo Whispering or other fun ideas that spark your interest!  


Based on shared accommodations

per-person based on shared spacious accommodations with fully modern amenities

(2 Queen Beds with private bathroom, ocean view balcony, ceiling fan/AC)
inclusive of all meals, excursions and activities throughout the retreat:


Register and room together with a friend, family member, colleague, partner or spouse (save 10% or $555!):
$4,999.50 per person when you BYOR (bring your own "roomie" and both register)

Rooms will be assigned based on registration date so the sooner you register the better!  

$750 Deposit (pay now to hold your spot)
 payment is due within 15 days of registration

3% discount for cash payment in full upon registration (e.g. bank transfer)
Payment plans are available upon reques


Cancellation Policy

Protect your investment in the retreat by purchasing the required travel insurance early on (see below). Deposit payments are non-refundable. All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations received between July 15, 2023, and September 30, 2023 will result in a total loss of $750 deposit and a loss of 50% of the balance of retreat price. Cancellations received between September 30, 2023 and the trip departure will result in a total loss of funds. NOTE: If there are COVID or other such testing requirements in place at the time of the retreat and you test positive, you will be unable to attend the retreat and this will be considered a cancellation.

Travel Insurance Required
Our venue, Lapazul, requires that all attendees purchase and maintain travel insurance during the entire length of the retreat (including the return date). Coverage should include, but not be limited to illness, injury, property damage, loss of personal items, death, cancellation and any other potential losses, damages, expenses and/or liabilities. You are responsible for purchasing this insurance when you register for the retreat. Some great options are Trawick International and Global Rescue.  To protect your retreat investment, we strongly encourage purchasing a CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason) Insurance policy which covers COVID and checking to ensure it covers all of your costs including the retreat, airline tickets, and hotel. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do so your deposit and payments will be refunded). If the trip is rescheduled due to COVID restrictions, we will roll your deposit and any paid funds over to the new date.

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You Will Leave the Retreat...

  • Refreshed and reconnected with yourself

  • Nourished by the natural world around you

  • Feeling a sense of true joy, fulfillment and possibility

  • Envisioning 50 Fun Things to live the aligned and intentional life you want, personally and/or professionally

  • Having immersed in the harmoniously carefree and relaxed Pura Vida way of life

  • Empowered with clarity, motivation and new connections to move you forward on your next steps

  • With memories and lessons to cherish for a lifetime


Lapazul Boutique Retreat Center

The 50 Fun Things to Experience Pura Vida in Costa Rica Retreat will be held at the beautiful and luxurious Lapazul Retreat Center, which is offers a breathtaking backdrop for this experiential retreat. Lapazul is situated on a mountaintop on the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. 


At Lapazul, people come from around the world to connect to a place like none other and with people seeking alignment and clarity for intentionally living life to the fullest. A place where the beauty around them awakens their senses and opens them to amazing breakthroughs. A place that welcomes them to its peaceful ambiance.


Lapazul is comfortably luxurious with spacious air-conditioned modern rooms, a set of queen beds and private bathrooms. Each room has a balcony or patio overlooking the infinity pool, forest and ocean. There is also an air-conditioned executive lounge. PLUS, we have the entire complex exclusively for our retreat!

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About Your Retreat Leader...

​“Costa Rica is a magical place. It brings me back to center and at the same time opens up a vast sense of what is possible. I felt a strong pull to host a retreat in Costa Rica. I put it on my 50 Fun Things chart so when a friend invited me to come visit, it was a big YES. The intention and pull became stronger. I then learned that the retreat leader who had brought me in to facilitate 50 Fun Things for her Maui retreat was also interested in Costa Rica. Intentions were becoming reality! The Lapazul retreat center captured my heart and was the perfect setting for what 50 Fun Things is all about. I knew I was meant to return to share the 50 Fun Things: Experience Pura Vida in Costa Rica retreat with other adventurers pursuing their "what's next.”

Teresa Thomas

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About Teresa

Teresa Thomas ignites intentional, connected, and joy-filled living through her umbrella brand Win Win Connects.

Teresa developed the 50 Fun Things® tools and experiences as a way for groups and individuals to look at how they can add fun and fulfillment as integral pieces in their lives, leveraging joy on a personal and professional level. She originally created the tool simply for herself as a way to live fully and in alignment with how she wanted her life to be. Others became curious and it quickly caught on. Teresa began leading workshops which led to creating a workbook, and inspirational books, facilitating 50 Fun Things for conferences, summits, teams, celebrations, and even global retreats.

Teresa is also a networking expert and author of Win/Win Networking: Your Guidebook for Confident and Effective Connections and 50 Fun Things: Enjoy the Small Things (and more recently 50 Fun Things for a Writer's World). She has guided thousands to connect and grow through her engaging programs, presentations, and books.

Teresa was named 2019 Women in Business Champion through the Small Business Administration (SBA) of Minnesota and as "Dynamic Connector" as one of the 2019 50 Over 50 exemplary leaders by AARP and Pollen.

To expand impact, Teresa has launched her “train the trainer” program to certify life and business coaches, therapists, and other well-being specialists to use the 50 Fun Things® tools with their clientele.

Teresa creates communities of connection where individuals feel valued, respected, included, and welcomed. Her professional yet lighthearted style encourages engaging conversation and connection.  

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($297 value)

BONUS from a Fellow Retreater

Rachel is excited to return for another retreat with 50 Fun Things in Costa Rica. Each retreat participant will receive a complimentary Life Inventory Assessment (LIA). LIA is unique in its ability to promote engagement, presence & vitality in your daily life; Identify blindspots, areas of challenge, and most effective leverage points for change.

Rachel is a certified LIA coach. She has generously offered to review each of her fellow retreaters’ Life Maps who would like to dive deep and look honestly at their lives with the intention of creating abundance and fulfillment.


If you choose to review your Life Map with Rachel, you will walk away with a clear understanding of where you are living your values, and what might be getting in the way of living in alignment with your own highest priorities.


Rachel’s background in Leadership Development, Personal Mastery, and interpersonal psychology helps you compassionately identify stories and beliefs that may be getting in the way of the life you want for yourself.

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Prepared by our Private Chef

What's Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights in a luxurious villa at Lapazul Retreat center in Quepos, Costa Rica

  • Exclusive use of facilities, pool and nature trails on the Lapazul property 

  • In-country Roundtrip Airfare to/from San Jose and Quepos on February 12th and 18th 

  • Private ground transportation to/from Quepos airport and Lapazul

  • All meals during your stay plus 5 star snacks prepared by our private chef

  • Welcome Drink and Appetizers upon arrival at Lapazul

  • A local gift bundle with useful unique things to enjoy during your stay and beyond

  • 50 Fun Things® playshop including materials for completing your own ideas chart

  • Beach Barbeque with time to enjoy the playing in the waves or walking in the sand

  • Special Valentine's dinner and dessert with local musician entertainment

  • Private guided tour of the magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Rainforest blue clay body painting and cleansing river excursion

  • Your choice of additional playshops to support your pers/prof development

  • Transportation to/from all excursions off property

  • Dominical Town visit for shopping, farmers market and beach combing 

What's Not Included

  • Your round-trip airfare from your home to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • One night stay in San Jose at Hilton Doubletree (or your choice) Hotel the evening before retreat begins
  • Any hotel stay/accommodations after retreat ends
  • Souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, spa services, taxis and laundry services
  • Any additional activities, healing sessions, massages & tours not included in package
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Drinks/snacks requested beyond what is included
  • Tips for drivers, guides, maids and bellhops
  • Cost of purchasing or updating your passport (Costa Rica is outside the US/Canada so a passport is required)
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance, medical costs, the costs of hospitalization and evacuation from remote areas, additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, sickness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.
  • Travel Insurance
    Our venue, Lapazul, requires that all attendees purchase and maintain travel insurance during the entire length of the retreat including the return date. Coverage should include, but not be limited to illness, injury, property damage, loss of personal items, death, cancellation and any other potential losses, damages, expenses and/or liabilities. You are responsible for purchasing this insurance when you register for the retreat. Some options are Trawick International, Travel Guard options, and Global Rescue. To protect your retreat investment, we strongly encourage purchasing a CFAR (Cancel for any reason) Insurance policy which covers COVID and checking to ensure it covers all of your costs including the retreat, airline tickets, and hotel.


Join us and you'll leave Costa Rica with memories to cherish for a lifetime!  

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