A Visit to Finca Luna Nueva with Six Petals Retreats

We pull up on a gravel road and are immediately greeted with warm smiles and a tray of freshly prepared fruit smoothies that quickly quench our thirst. The staff at Finca Luna Nueva, a beautiful retreat center just east of Arenal Volcano, introduce themselves and tell us about the sustainable rainforest eco-lodge hotel that seamlessly blends biodynamic farming with the natural jungle habitat in Costa Rica. As if on cue, we notice a sloth and her baby hanging from the branches of a nearby tree. We are excited to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of such a vibrant landscape for the next five days.

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A Visit to Mystica Lodge & Retreat Center in Costa Rica

It was February, in the depths of a Northeastern winter. I landed in Costa Rica and could already feel the weight of winter shed its layers. I had registered to attend Into the Essence: De-Stress & Reset Yoga Retreat at Mystica Lodge & Retreat Center with Lori Myles-Carullo. I was excited about the prospect of spending a week in the sun and getting a much-needed reset. My flight was the last to arrive, so when I walked out of the airport to meet the driver I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by smiles from the group, many of whom hailed from frigid Canada.

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From Delphi Reclaimed: Why Greece’s Healing Prowess will Make it Your Next Wellness Destination

As featured in Delphi Reclaimed, "Why Greece’s Healing Prowess will Make it Your Next Wellness Destination" will have you planning your summer vacation there. 

While many destinations market themselves as healthy, Greece is unintentionally the perfect wellness destination. When you think of destinations associated with wellness and healing it’s likely that the following places come to mind: Bali and its Eat Pray Love stamp of approval, India and its gurus, or Costa Rica, the unofficial capital of yoga retreats. Greece, on the other hand, is more likely to conjure up images of beach time, sunset captures on Santorini, eating feta, and activity of the general vacation sort.

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Project Bodhi with Julia Kramer: Part 5 - Travel Reflections of Central America

When you embark on a journey with a very relaxed structure and open end date, one feels completely free or overwhelmed - or both. In my case, I ebbed between these dynamics throughout my travels, particularly in the beginning months.

Before leaving stateside in Fall 2016, I wrote a list of places I wished to visit along with my intentions. Oftentimes, it included “bucket list” items. But for the most part, there was a general theme: explore the world with the intention to participate in wellness communities, connect with locals, learn a new language, deepen my yoga + meditation practice, experience nature, design a new career path with purpose, and discover new things about myself along the way.

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Project Bodhi with Julia Kramer: Part 4 - A visit to Eumelia, Greece

The water is boiling for the Greek coffee as I take another bite of the organic lavender cookie, a slight sweetness lingering as it crumbles in my mouth. Marilena Karadima baked these with lavender picked from the garden. I lean back on the soft, cushioned couch, framed against the burnt Siena walls in my Eco-house here at Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse.

Located 13 km from the iconic Lakonikos Gulf in the Peloponnese region of Greece, Eumelia is an organic farm with luxury, eco-friendly lodging that embodies both agrotourism and ecotourism. Every furnishing and design was created with intention, style, and most importantly, a sustainable focus, offering guests an opportunity to relax and take in the peacefulness of the property. From practicing yoga outdoors to taking a walk through the vineyards and olive groves to partaking in a gastronomy cooking class or wine and olive oil tasting, there is something for everyone here.  

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Project Bodhi with Julia Kramer: Part 3 - A visit to Peuma Hue

Peuma, a dream that provides a meaningful message. Hue, the way. 

Lavender line the pathway as I walk past the main house at Estancia Peuma Hue towards the lake. The aroma magnifies as the wind blows through the giant poplars. These trees are planted to protect the land from strong winds that tumble down the mountain sides onto the property which was once a working Estancia. On 500 acres of protected natural habitat, Peuma Hue exonerates a balance in all things, including the relationship with the animals that roam the property. 

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