Living Forest Lake Arenal Retreat Center
Living Forest Lake Arenal Retreat Center in Costa Rica is a magical secluded lodge right by a jungle. The Living Forest lodge and a separate River View casita offer comfortable accommodation for up to 16 people. Our other visitors include howler monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds and Morpho butterflies :)
You are welcome to come and stay with us and experience the tranquility of the nature and Pura Vida of Costa Rica!See more events in this venue
Do you love to move, to create, and to laugh?
Have you always suspected that the most important thing you can do with your life is to PLAY?
Does the best version of you involve splitting your sides with laughter, dancing in the jungle and making up silly stories with other creative, supportive souls?
Have you been looking for an excuse to whisk yourself away to paradise for a week to let your spirit soar? To grow, learn new skills and conquer fears in a supportive and loving environment? To relax, reconnect, and remember to love yourself?
You have? Good choice!
Spend a week unleashing your creativity in an idyllic jungle retreat in Costa Rica's northern highlands! Bring your body, mind and spirit into the playful ecstasy of pure presence, learning to listen to the energy that moves you in each moment. Over five days of improvised dance, comedy, theatre and meditation - no experience required - Stefan Wenger and Rachel Wynne will take you through a fun, rejuvenating, self-integrating process of transformation and self-discovery.
The peaceful surroundings of the Living Forest retreat center, near Lake Arenal and the majestic Arenal Volcano, provide the perfect spot to channel your spiritual evolution and theatrical expression. Mornings of dance and afternoons of improv comedy will be punctuated by delicious, healthy meals (vegetarian & gluten-free options available) prepared lovingly by Living Forest staff, integration healing groups, and the occasional swim in the river running through the property. In the evenings, share precious moments with your fellow adventurers while lounging in the hammocks and listening to the jungle come alive. Optional on-site massages, excursions to local hot springs and zip-lining activities will make your journey all the more memorable!
7 days / 6 nights beautiful, shared accommodation in a relaxing jungle valley.
Dance / movement sessions with Rachel in the mornings.
Improv / comedy sessions with Stef in the afternoon. ***It's like getting 2 workshops in 1!***
Delicious, healthy meals at Living Forest: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners, lovingly prepared by Living Forest staff from locally sourced ingredients. We'll explore local restaurants for the other meals.
Integration groups and processing / insights time with Rachel and Stef.
Swimming in the river
Singing around the fire
Class performances at week's end
What you can learn from Stef's improv:
Build confidence in yourself - In your ideas, your self-expression, your voice, and your creative power!
Tap into the world of inspiration within you - Stories, characters and ideas that spring from your heart and onto the stage
Explore a supportive, playful environment designed to make you look like the rockstar you are!
Improve your listening skills - Listening to your scene partners, to the energy of the room and the audience, and most of all, to yourself!
Learn to stop taking everything so seriously!
Have fun on stage - Learn to love the attention you get form an audience that wants only to see you succeed!
Trust yourself - The more you nurture your creative genius, the keener it gets!
Get present - improv lives in the moment, not in the mind. Conveniently, so does that real world!
Live more courageously - Take risks, face fears and have fun doing it!
What you can learn from Rachel's expandance:
Get into your body - right here, right now, in the present moment!
Get in touch with your body's desires and creative impulses.
Move from your spirit - unlock your body's own vocabulary for self-expression; your body's own special "voice."
Gain a deeper awareness of what is locked inside the body - old judgments, old fears - and how to move through them, into new territory.
Explore different modes of connection - within yourself, with the space around you, and with others in the space
Learn to trust your body's intelligence - to prevent injuries, make stronger choices and live more healthily
Get in touch with different aspects of yourself - you have many dances in you. What can you learn from each one?
Discover the power in the vulnerability that comes with moving, connecting with other dancers, and performing
Lose control - when you refuse to hold anything back, no one can hold YOU back
A transformative, fun, healing movement and improv retreat in the highland jungle of Costa Rica with two master teachers in their fields.
Center for Presence
"Stef and Rachel have deep insights and a clear sense of how energy works. With humor and compassion they easily engage others to open to the healing process and personal transformation." - M.M., NJ
Rachel Wynne is a choreographer, teacher, and the founder of expandance, a mindful movement technique which draws on over two decades of training and work in professional dance and healing. In just under a decade this technique has helped hundreds of people from all walks of life relax, get centered, heal chronic pain, move through fear and creative blocks, and gain confidence. Rachel has performed and taught in Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Austria, India, Costa Rica and across the US.
Stefan Wenger is the creator of PopUp Musicals, an improv program in New York City, in which 30 house team performers and many guests perform improvised musicals every week, and which has become the central hub of the independent musical improv scene in NYC. He teaches classes and coaches teams there and elsewhere. He is also the Creative Director of This Is Your Life: The Musical, a company which improvises personalized musicals at parties and corporate events. See more photos and other events by this presenter