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REAL: The Power of Authentic Connection Retreat with Duane & Catherine O’Kane

  • Mystica Lodge & Retreat Center Lake Arenal Costa Rica (map)

A Unique and Powerful Workshop Retreat in the Heart of Costa Rica

As featured on the Bliss Blog, visit Mystica Lodge & Retreat Center for this exclusive REAL Retreat, based on Duane & Catherine O’Kane’s best-selling book REAL: The Power of Authentic Connection. We invite you to discover the JOY of being fully alive through authentic, vulnerable connection.

Depression, anxiety, mental and physical illness, low self-esteem, high divorce rates, and all the myriad ways we explain our pain are a result of a lack of authentic connection. We don’t know how to truly connect, and the ways we go about attempting to do so often contribute to the problem. We hide, pretend, and defend instead of being REAL. We are strategic instead of authentic.

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.
— Jim Morrison

During the REAL Retreat, Lori Myles-Carullo will lead you skillfully and compassionately in Essence Awakening Meditation and Yoga, helping you to release built-up tensions and stresses in the body and mind. These practices will assist you in connecting powerfully and lovingly with your True Self. The yoga classes and meditations are based in the Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Yin traditions, and are suitable for all levels of experience and enthusiasm.

Duane and Catherine O’Kane will guide and inspire you with daily lectures and group processes during the retreat week. They will take you through an intimate journey using examples from their personal lives to illustrate how we get stuck, and how to move through our blocks. With great wisdom and compassion, they will assist you in correcting the self-limiting beliefs and feelings that lie at the root of your dilemmas. You will leave with practical tools to continue along this path of growth and awakening.

Who you are, real or strategic, determines how you feel. Who you REALLY are is more expansive, powerful, and amazing than anything you could ever manufacture. Come discover who you really are in the company of supportive, like-minded and like-hearted others.


Along with the yoga, meditation, lectures, and group exercises, we will be adventuring to the soothing Hot Springs by the majestic Arenal Volcano, and hiking to the beautiful Viento Fresco Waterfalls.

You will also have the chance to enjoy relaxing at Mystica’s dipping pool, walking the meditative ‘Mystic Star Labyrinth’, detoxifying and rejuvenating with an Infrared Sauna, and enjoying massage & reiki treatments in Mystica’s Tree-top Healing Space.


  • Roundtrip Van Airport Transportation to and from Mystica (Liberia airport - LIR) on February 22nd and March 1st (Please note: Airfare is NOT included)
  • 7 nights accommodation at magical Mystica Lodge (
  • Delicious & nourishing meals beginning with dinner on February 22nd and finishing with breakfast on March 1st
  • Essence Awakening Meditation & Yoga led by Lori Myles-Carullo
  • Lectures and Group Exercises led by Catherine & Duane O’Kane based on their best-selling book REAL: The Power of Authentic Connection
  • Trip to the warm and soothing Ecotermales Hot Springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano
  • Hike to the Viento Fresco Waterfall


  • Double Accommodation in the Main Lodge: $2,035
  • Double Accommodation in a Jungle Cabin: $2,210
  • Double Accommodation in the Private Villa: $2,245
  • Double Accommodation in 1 Bedroom of the RAMADASA 2 Bedroom House: $2,140
  • Triple Main Lodge and Single accommodation prices for all rooms are also available upon request.

First non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $500 USD is due by September 15th, 2018. Second non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $500 USD is due by December 1st, 2018. Remaining balance to be paid by February 1st, 2019.

To register, contact Lori at All payments are made via Paypal to or via bank transfer. Note that all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Full payments are due by February 1, 2019. Mention Bliss WIthout Bother at registration and receive our exclusive Bliss Box!


Duane & Catherine O’Kane are authors of the #1 best-seller Real: The Power of Authentic Connection. Registered Clinical Counsellors and workshop facilitators, the couple are entertaining public speakers who have over 60 combined years of experience in the helping profession. They are also the authors and directors of an accredited 3-year Counsellor Training program with over 200 active students worldwide. Duane and Catherine co-founded Clearmind International Institute, a company that provides personal therapeutic and professional programs throughout Europe and North America. They have helped thousands of people discover the power of connection and to "love out loud." Perhaps more importantly, Duane and Catherine practice what they preach in all their relationships, including their marriage, and share their struggles and wisdom vulnerably, with passion and humour.

One of Lori Myles Carullo's greatest passions in life is helping and supporting people in becoming liberated from that which causes them suffering, and witnessing them rise into living a life full of meaning, connection, radiant wellness, and soul-purpose. Her first dream for my life was to become a professional dancer (and she was headed in that direction), however she became ill in her teen years. Living with a chronic illness completely changed the course of her life and destiny. Her own healing journey, in its heights, widths, and depths, transformed her deeply and inspired her to become greatly skilled in all of the wellness modalities that helped her rise from hardly- even-surviving to truly-and-amazingly-thriving.

Lori is honored to have over two decades of experience in the field of Transformational Wellness. Over the years she earned her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology, became an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, founded a Yoga Teacher Training School called Mystic Yoga Academy, was led into Reiki Mastery, and wrote and self-published her first book, Beauty’s Way: Inspiration on the Path of Awakening.

Lori feels deeply blessed to live most of the year in the heart of Costa Rica at magical Mystica, a retreat centre her Italian husband Francesco co-founded 25 years ago. This country has radically changed her life and has brought deep layers of healing - and it is a great joy for her to share the beauty of Costa Rica and these powerfully transformational experiences with you.