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Natural Living Immersion Retreat Intensive February 12-18, 2017

Amy_Casa_Manglillo_Early_Morn_310This special nature immersion retreat will be led by Ellen Livingston, with Amy Schrift (see Amy’s bio below). It can be taken ideally as an extension of our main retreat, or as a stand-alone retreat (for folks ready for this level of natural living).

This event will be based at Amy Schrift’s unique homestead, a few miles from our main retreat center (we visit Amy during the main retreat). We have chosen Amy’s farm for this intensive because Amy is such a remarkable inspiration to all who are blessed to spend time with her. She has created a true nature sanctuary, and with her partner Bill has now built beautiful natural structures on the land where a group can stay together in comfort.

What do we mean by “Immersion?”

Amy_Jackfruits_Near_Harvest_230Our intention on this retreat is to help you experience a return to natural living, in symbiotic harmony with nature. Our accommodations will be simple (though comfortably modern), and our primary focus will be to experience simple natural living, and to encourage powerful inner awareness and awakening, supported by deep communion with nature, self, and with the community of each other.

Our diet will be especially simple and cleansing – just fresh fruit, coconuts, salads made together (with treats of sugar cane and heart of palm from Amy’s farm). We will be our own chefs at this retreat! You will experience how beautifully simple nourishing yourself can be. We will have longer periods of meditation and contemplation, walk barefoot everyday, and bathe in the pure waters of the creek (where clothing is optional).

Amy_Tranquility_230We will experience periods of silence together on the land. Letting go of the need to communicate with spoken words while in nature and in the company of others is a sacred and natural experience. Imagine waking up to the morning animal sounds and the rising sun, and letting all that beauty guide you inward where your soul awakens and feels a deep forgotten peace and sense of the harmony of undisturbed nature.

Other activities, depending upon the group’s interest, may include jungle hikes on Amy and Bill’s land (guided, as well as on your own), guided daily sun-gazing, yoga and meditation, community chores, harvesting food and making sugar cane juice, group coaching sessions with Ellen, natural living discussions with Amy and Bill (a tour of available nearby Costa Rica properties can be arranged if there is interest), evening fire circles with drumming led by Amy, and an excursion to a local waterfall and/or beach. Private massage or energy work, and private sessions with Ellen or Amy will also be available for an additional contribution. This is your retreat. and we want to facilitate a deeply transformational experience for you. We will confer as a whole group in deciding the structure of our days together.

The size of this retreat is limited! We can take just 10-12 people on this epic journey into the heart of nature, where you will rediscover the jewels in your own heart.

Amy_Bill_210Amy Schrift, born and raised in San Diego, CA, and after completing 15 years of “institutionalized” education through university level, embarked on her own educational world journey, traveling to almost 50 countries over the span of a decade. Following her passion, she then lived and worked in NYC as a musician wherein her sixth year she stumbled upon raw foods and it wasn’t long before she was ready to move to more “fertile” ground – the tropics!  Her profound and rapid transformation to a simple, nature-based life is remarkable and a decade later she has many insights and new perceptions to share that will leave you with much food for thought.

Spending the first six years alone on a 17 acre piece of land in southern pacific Costa Rica that has since been her home, she then met her partner Bill from Ramsey, NJ, and together they have co-created beautiful, elegant and open structures so that others can come, hear her message and experience the tranquility, close connection with nature and the natural healing powers of the earth that are here for all to partake of.

Don’t miss this truly magical experience with Amy and Bill and their amazing sanctuary!

 

Sparkling Creek Waters

Sparkling Creek Waters

Spectacular View

Spectacular View

San Luis Waterfall

San Luis Waterfall

 

Fun Accommodations!

Full tuition for this 7-night intensive is $1,250 – $1,650, depending on your accommodations. Save $200 if you are attending both retreats. Everything except your airfare is included in this tuition. We will discuss your accommodations with you during your registration process.

 

Forest_Suite_Balcony

Forest Suite Master Room

Sense of privacy, with curtain divider
Queen bed
Access to spacious deck with spectacular view
Shelves and large counter space
Internet hookup in room
Near the bathroom
(shared with Suite Bunk Room)
1st floor

$1,650 for 1 guest
$1,450 each for 2 guests

Suite Bunk Beds

Forest Suite Bunk Room

Sense of privacy, with curtain divider
Upper and lower bunks
Access to spacious deck with spectacular view
Large counter space
Bathroom shared with Master Room
1st floor

$1,550 for 1 guest
$1,450 each for 2 guests

Forest_Suite_Balcony

Forest Suite Balcony

 

Manglillo_Master_Room

Manglillo Master Room

Deluxe, spacious screened-in room
Queen bed
Shelves and counter space
Near the bathroom
(shared with Paradise Nook and Hardwood Lounge Bed)
2nd floor

$1,650 for 1 guest
$1,450 each for 2 guests

Paradise_Nook

Paradise Nook

Airy and open
Spectacular view
Retractable roof for stargazing!
Wooden bench swing
2nd floor

$1,600 for 1 guest
$1,500 each for 2 guests on single beds

Manglillo_Hardwood_Lounge_Bed

Hardwood Lounge Bed

Airy and open
Spectacular view
2nd floor

$1,550 for 1 guest

 

Sunrise at the Rancho

Sunrise at the Rancho

Amy’s original home!
Single beds in a circular layout
Bug net for each bed (though you hardly need it)

Open to nature on all sides
Watch the sunrise from your bed
Full bathroom facility a few steps away
Storage room next door for belongings

$1,250 each for up to 6 guests

Enjoying the Rancho

Enjoying the Rancho

View to the Rancho

View to the Rancho

 

Morning Sun Shower

Morning Sun Shower

Stone Basin

Stone Basin

Airy Bathroom

Airy Bathroom

Casa Grande Central View

Manglillo Lodge Central

Dining Room

Dining Room

Rock Sitting Garden

Rock Sitting Garden and Fireplace