Close Your Eyes
Take a deep breath in and slowly exhale. Imagine waking up to the sound of ocean waves just a few yards away at the beach, the chattering of two scarlet macaws in a nearby palm tree and the smell of a cup of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. You’ll walk to the beach and see one of the most remote and beautiful places the world has to offer. Something deep inside seems to wake up and soften.
Each day you will enjoy some of the freshest and most nourishing cuisines from around the world. In the mornings, there will be opportunities to move and strengthen your body with yoga and functional movement. You’ll have time to calm your mind with mindfulness and breathwork. In the beautiful Wholebeing Studio that overlooks the gardens and beach, you’ll explore the interweaving of all of these wholebeing practices. You’ll discover how they can work in your life to build resiliency and joy.
Experience the sweetness of time and space each afternoon. Lounge in a hammock with a book, go for a long walk on the beach, relax with a massage or other spa treatment or go horseback riding, deep-sea fishing or on a zip line through a lush rainforest.
This Journey is curated to align with Costa Rica’s unexplainable magic—it’s called Pura Vida. It’s a spirit of pure and simple living that rises from deep wells of gratitude and joy. We want you and your fellow sojourners, to feel that spirit of vibrant energy and have it infuse your life.
You’ll make new friends, gather new tools and discover new insights about what matters to you.
The Epidemic of TOO MUCH
Have you been feeling stuck in a state of overwhelm?
Pulled in so many directions and drowning in the to-do lists of life?
Feeling that life is just too much?
You know you can do better in your job, relationships, at home and with your self-care but this feeling of too much has pulled you off course. Something has to shift if only you had a little time, space and the right support to reset and get back on track.
You’re not alone! We’ve been there too and through our wholebeing practices, we know finding your way is possible.
Alice Dommert, Meg Townsend, Marco Dapkey and Jack Curley are ready to be your guides. Each has had their own unique path and has traversed hard places along the way. The breadth of collective life experiences and expert trainings will help you find the practices to refill your tank, discover your new best way of being and translate that to a path of practices for when you return home.
Write a New Chapter of Your Life Where There is Time for YOU
We believe in the power of travel and getting out of your familiar and comfortable environment. The Journey begins when you say yes. A new page turns for the next chapter of your life. In Costa Rica you cannot resist the power of place.
When Alice Dommert first visited Bue Osa in 2015, the ripples of the trip spread beyond her wildest dreams. (Check out her article, My 5 Unexpected Business Benefits from My Trip to Blue Osa, Costa Rica.)
This is an invitation for you.
Yes, you are busy with work and with life. You are juggling many balls and also contributing to the world in ways no one else can. We need all of your gifts and talents, kindness and compassion, patience and joy. Your time and resources are precious. The way you choose to use these will determine if you can harness the very best of you to make a difference. We need you.
We can see you at Blue Osa, laughing and relaxed, radiant and joyful, connecting with your partner, friend, mother or the college roommate you’ve been promising to get together with for the past few years.
We see you meeting new people who share the desire to thrive. There will be time for sunlight, time to pause and breathe, time to be in all the abundant beauty.
The Wholebeing Journey to Costa Rica provided all that and more for the participants on a similar trip with Prasada in 2018.
Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and Blue Osa is stunning. I feel so grounded, nurtured and inspired! And seeing a family of monkeys swinging in the trees sparked such a moment of pure joy in my heart.
Thank you, Prasada for making this journey so memorable. I can’t wait until the next one!
~Wholebeing Traveller 2018
Our Home Away From Home – Blue Osa
Blue Osa is a gem set in the pristine jungle in the Southern Osa Peninsula, one of the earth’s most vibrant natural environments. There is no resisting the lure and awe of nature and her healing powers in this place. Around the property are places to relax and to tap into the exquisite beauty and healing powers of nature. When we reconnect to nature, we also reconnect to ourselves.
It was built from the ground up as a sustainable micro-grid that runs mostly on solar power with the intention to leave the smallest footprint possible and live in harmony with the environment. As an intimate, beachfront eco-resort off the beaten path, Blue Osa’s mission is to provide every guest with an unforgettable experience that nourishes body, mind and spirit.
Spaces to Play and Sleep
There are many beautiful, quiet spots to rest and relax near the pool, the ocean edge and near the cocina, the open kitchen and dining area. The yoga studio on the second floor has open sides with views over the beautiful gardens and the beach and ocean.
Every guest room and space is designed with beauty and simplicity and a collection of unique furnishings from around the world. They are spacious and luxurious with private baths, lots of drawers and refreshing ocean breezes as the perfect balance to the wild natural world outside.
Our hope is that you’ll be coming with your best friend, mother, partner or sisters to have the time that is hard to find at home to really relax and connect with each other. If you are traveling solo, however, we can help connect you with others to find the right roommates. Here’s more information about the rooms and trip pricing.
Our group will have exclusive use of Blue Osa to support the experience of finding peace and creating connection with your fellow sojourners.
Nourishing, Fresh Meals
Nutritious food is not only the foundation for a productive life but also essential for a happy one. The meals at Blue Osa are farm-to-table and feature the freshest ingredients possible that are nutritious and delicious. Delivered daily, whether it’s pineapple from the Blue Osa gardens or squash from the farmers down the road, all produce supports the local economy.
You will experience the international gourmet menu (with tasty desserts) prepared under the guidance of Chef Marie and Chef Mehmet. As part of this Wholebeing Journey you’ll rediscover the joy of eating and nourishment for body and soul in every meal.
This Journey is for You if You are:
- feeling on the edge of burnout and motivated to make the steps to fill your tank
- desiring to connect with a hand-picked group of like-minded professionals
- ready to look deeper at your life and see where you can uplevel your self-care habits
- love to explore the edges of your comfort zone but also love a nice, comfy bed to rest in at the end of the day:)
- intrigued at how you can weave together many different practices and habits to create a lifestyle that supports your Wholebeing: mind, body, and spirit
Wholebeing Journey Includes:
- 7 nights accommodations at Blue Osa, a private and remote eco-resort
- 3 fresh, farm-to-table meals/day
- daily, fresh smoothies
- $50 gift certificate to the luxurious Blue Osa spa
- gorgeous chemical-free pool
- access to miles of secluded jungle beach
- daily yoga, functional movement, mindfulness, nutrition, and breathwork practices
- engaging lessons in our Wholebeing Classroom with your Wholebeing Guides
- group jungle hike adventure
- free wifi and internet access
- airport transfer from the Puerto Jimenez Airport to Blue Osa
- all taxes and gratuities
What’s Not Included:
- all flights (R/T flight to the San Jose Airport and R/T flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez (here are details on how to get there)
- spa treatments including massage and acupuncture
- adventures (ex. zip-line, chocolate tours, wildlife tours, surfing, horseback riding)
- private sessions with Prasada’s Wholebeing Guides
- travel insurance (We recommend World Nomads)
Our Wholebeing Practice Framework
Every day you’ll spend time practicing and solidifying your knowledge of how you can use our wholebeing practices to strengthen your body, mind and spirit. You’ll explore our Wholebeing Framework through functional movement, yoga, mindfulness, breathwork and nutrition.
Our Wholebeing Guides are highly trained, seasoned professionals in their disciplines and weave all aspects of these practices into their lives. We’ve found that there’s not one way, but many access points to building a lifetime of healthy habits. The team will meet you right where you are to support and guide you in the direction of where you’d like to be.
There will be optional private sessions available during the week with the Wholebeing Guides to get more personalized support.
This is the most relaxed I’ve ever felt. I feel like ME again and I love it! I also feel ready to take what I’ve learned back home and apply it to my day-to-day routines.
The only thing I can’t take back is those beautiful sunrise beach walks, but I can close my eyes and remember. ~Wholebeing Traveller, 2018
YOUR WHOLEBEING GUIDES
Drawing on her background in architecture, exhibit design, storytelling, human resources, positive psychology, yoga, mindfulness and breathwork, Alice founded Prasada in 2009. Pushing the possibilities of wholebeing at work, Alice guides the Prasada team as they collaborate with HR professionals and executive teams to plan and design wellness and professional development programs. These programs support organizational cultures where people can thrive.
Clients are unanimous in their praise of Alice’s commitment to helping them solve problems, often finding simple, elegant approaches to challenges. Her corporate professionalism and ability to truly connect with people provides a comfortable environment for the exploration of building wholebeing practices. These practices support mental and physical wholebeing for individuals as a foundation of sustainability for their organizations.
Alice enjoys books, yoga, hiking, dancing West Coast Swing, CrossFit and is pursuing additional training with Precision Nutrition and in Transpersonal Breathwork.
Meg Townsend is a classically-trained singer, holistic healer, yoga instructor and experienced travel planner. She has been utilizing these varied skills as a “Createur de Voyages” for over five years and has guided journeys to Costa Rica, Morocco, France, Italy and Guatemala.
Meg’s journey with yoga sprouted in High School and her formal yoga teacher training began in 2008. Today she is a registered yoga teacher with a 500+ hours ParaYoga® Master Training Certification and continuous trainings have led her all over the world, studying with teachers at the Himalayan Institute in India and various places across the US.
As a senior yoga instructor and Wholebeing Guide with Prasada, she is a requested instructor with corporate clients including Septa, CHOP, Fox Rothschild and other organizations across the region. She is co-leader of the Amrita Yoga teacher training program and as a Level 4 Reiki Master Teacher she has created her own Reiki training programs.
Meg is currently pursuing advanced training in the areas of Ayurveda, Precision Nutrition and Flower Essence Therapy.
Marco Dapkey has been an athlete his entire life and was on track to follow his passion and play D1 college football as a career. However, in 2010, a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia guided Marco’s life in a different direction. He pursued a degree in Exercise Science and began practicing yoga and mindfulness to regain his health. This path also led him to CrossFit in West Chester, PA and his life has not been the same since.
In Marco’s words, “I will never forget the feeling of excitement and nervousness I had when I first walked into CrossFit. I was immediately hooked on the community, the challenge and the opportunities to better myself. This helped me feel more like I had felt before having cancer.”
Through CrossFit and functional movement, he inspires everyone he encounters to be more engaged in their personal fitness and wholebeing. He lives this purpose every day with his growing business, CrossFit MVP in Havertown, PA.
He is also Alice’s CrossFit coach and has guided her to a new level of balanced strength, flexibility and stamina through functional movement.
Jack is a Mindfulness speaker and teacher and a former Civil Engineer who has worked around the world and across the country as a regional water resources program manager. He was involved with many public projects and processes. Through this work, he developed a passion for problem-solving and team building to help support engineering and science professionals who play essential roles in public dialogue.
In 2013, he turned his focus to the practice of mindfulness meditation and its positive effects on the workplace and in 2014 became a certified yoga instructor. In 2018 Jack successfully completed the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute mindfulness teacher certification program. This is an emotional intelligence training that was developed at Google in collaboration with mindfulness, emotional intelligence and neuroscience thought leaders and experts.
Jack blends the practices of yoga and mindfulness with the latest findings from neuroscience and the identified emotional intelligence skills required of modern leaders in a way that is accessible and enjoyable. He guides Prasada’s team in mindfulness programs and works with his own clients through private, personalized mindfulness coaching.