COSTA RICA – Spring Break ’17

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COSTA RICA
Spring Break ‘17

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Educational Journey with Art, Mindfulness, Leadership, Service & FUN

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for High School & Middle School Students & Their Families

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April 1st – April 8th, 2017


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Who • What

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This high-school & middle-school student (plus family and other kids or elders) tropical adventure to a rainforest filled with biodiversity is designed to offer the opportunity for both an outer and inner journey. In this weeklong educational trip we will focus on practicing ways of being that empower the students’ identities as young people and emphasize the difference they/you can make in the world.

Find out more about the people hosting you. Click on: About Us

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Where

Costa Rica is a safe and inexpensive Central American country, easy to get to, with a stable democratic government and friendly population. The kids, and you, will be exposed to a completely different cultural tradition modest in material wealth but rich in wisdom. They will be learning and enhancing leadership skills and “giving back” through ecological service work with tropical endangered species. We will participate in a workshop with a native tribe that visitors rarely see or even know about. There are only a handful of these traditional indigenous peoples remaining in Costa Rica and … of course … we’ll be having fun as well as learning about a different way of life. To see more details of where you will be going, click on: Getting There

Why

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By the end of the trip, the teens (and you if you like 😉 will create a small book synthesizing the experience through self-refection and art. The project can potentially be extra credit for a class and/or presented to schoolmates to share the
moments that touched them and what they learned. The experience would be a great addition to a college application.

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How Much

We have designed this educational trip so families can join some or all activities, or be free to hang out at the beach or relax by the pool … but still get the group price. Cost: wholesale + 10%. Global Journeys has two resorts for our spring break timing: $1639 per student or adult; at the other resort, the adult add-on would be $1859, and they need a $500 non-refundable deposit per person. Although the above price does not include airfare, we can get a block of tickets out of PDX once we have the numbers. The tricky part…both of these resorts fill up quickly. We need a minimum of 15 and max of 25 participants.

If you are interested and would like to reserve a spot, send an email to info@globalj.org indicating the number of students and/or adults by December 23rd, 2016 to assure your place. They would be happy to answer any questions, you ay call them at 516 343-3210. I won’t announce this trip to the rest of my list until Sunday, November 13, 2016 to give you and your family a chance to fill the space if you want to make this your journey.  I will be a co- facilitator with Franco & Lisa Martini of Global Journeys. www.globalj.org This retreat is offered through Global Journeys please call Franco at 516.343-3210 with any questions.

Leadership includes resourcefulness, so raising a certain % of their trip might be part of the lesson, you may want to try a crowd funding site like gofundme

To register either call 516 343-3210 or click on REGISTRATION.cusinga rock beach

Community • Scholarship

If you feel called to sponsor a young person, or if you would like sponsorship, look for information on the site.
janesinspiration@gmail.com Jane’s Inspiration, LLC

What is Included

  • Personal development and learning how to become still, with time for self-refection, which kids will quickly pick up in this retreat setting with limited cellphone time.paste648
  • Daily mindfulness
  • Art ,meditation/creative visualization, yoga
  • Swim and play in the WARM Pacific Ocean
  • Zip-line through the rain forest canopy
  • Give back, by helping with an endangered species restoration project
  • Journey by horseback to swim in a blue lagoon and a magnificent waterfall
  • Hike in the lush tropical forest filled with howler monkeys and blue butterflies
  • Pick up and return to the airport
  • All internal transportation
  • All accommodations, including the hotel in San Jose on the last evening
  • All meals
  • Cross-cultural workshop with isolated Indian tribe. Each individual will learn how to carve and create her/his own animal mask. Indigenous reverence for the natural world, and understanding will be part of experiencing a culture that lives in harmony with all living things.

Not Included – Air Transportation

For More details click on the SCHEDULE page

Click Here to REGISTER

Resources

Testimonials from various past global journeys

There simply isn't another Costa Rica trip in the current market of eco-adventure trips for the active traveler that matches Franco Marini's Costa Rica Trip package. Franco has put together a package that enables the traveler to enjoy and explore the country on a very intimate level.
Some the opportunities are truly unique to this trip and quite simply won't be found anywhere else! This is a trip that will inspire your teen in ways they may not even realize now. It may be seeing and touching a tree that's over a thousand years old will inspire a future botanist, a future filmmaker, or a future writer. It could be learning about the marine life and wildlife first hand in this part of the world, or visiting the different forests and developing a sense of value for this diverse ecosystem, or overcoming their fears and emotions in some very personal way that will impact your teen, and plant some seed of inspiration. They may simply fall in love with this beautiful country and wish to come back again some day. This is truly a world-class trip at a school-trip cost!

Brenda

I wake up every morning and think of you all. I cannot even express how much I love and miss you. Thank you for such an amazing experience together. Ever since the retreat, I have felt so open and happy and enough, which is such an incredible gift. That was easily one of the best weeks of my life, and continues to make every day wonderful.
Much, much love

Alex

I can say, with complete honesty, that this retreat in Costa Rica is one of the best things I have ever done. And I have participated in some extra uber spectacular experiences. I have come away a different human being, and thoughts, conversations, words and images from this experience continue to roll over me in waves as I walk through my Life. I have been so utterly moved by the experiences of daily yoga and meditation, that I have committed to making both of those things part of my daily practice. Interestingly enough, when we got home to our small, rural town in North Carolina, a new yoga studio had opened up that had escaped my awareness prior. I have since joined on an unlimited pass, and have only missed one day since being home. Doug and I continue to prioritize meditation in our day as well, utilizing some of the great audios that I purchased from Dr. Joe's selections, and I continue to be able to sink deeper and deeper into the great void, and deeper understanding of myself and how it all works.

Truly life changing. I have already been witness to some enormous changes in myself and how I perceive what have heretofore been challenging situations in my work and with my associates. My refractory periods of heightened emotions are dramatically shortened, and sometimes not even existent! I am beginning to look at myself in the mirror now and the person I see looking back at me is someone I haven't seen in years! It's great to make her re-acquaintance!

Jennifer

The Retreat of a lifetime!! What a journey! From the moment we decided to do it, it was the easiest trip we have ever been on and truly the most enjoyable. Every detail was taken care of and considered before I even knew to think about it... from the packing list to the airport pick up, from the hotel staff to the daily events. I walked stress-free through the most amazing week in my life, to date! Because of that, I will highly recommend Global Journeys to others but I will also be looking forward to joining you again.
The sessions were ‘mind-blowing’ to say the least. He has such amazing information to share and his meditations took me to places I did not know existed. I was inspired and motivated to change my life and excited to take some major steps. My life is forever changed because of his work.
Sugar Beach is a little piece of heaven. The setting of a small private resort was so relaxing. The staff was incredible helpful, happy to help at every turn. The beach was gorgeous, the sunsets were nothing short of incredible and the natural setting of the resort made you feel that you were in the middle of nowhere with beautiful people or just for yourself.

Heather

To make the decision to take this journey is an accomplishment in itself… but to then dive into a world of the most beautiful surroundings , with beautiful people who share amazing stories is something you will cherish for years to come. Adding different styles of yoga and meditation with one of the best presenters makes it an experience of a lifetime! Thank you for sharing such amazing time in my life .

Jeannene

The Retreat of a lifetime!! What a journey! From the moment we decided to do it, it was the easiest trip we have ever been on and truly the most enjoyable. Every detail was taken care of and considered before I even knew to think about it... from the packing list to the airport pick up, from the hotel staff to the daily events. I walked stress-free through the most amazing week in my life, to date! Because of that, I will highly recommend Global Journeys to others but I will also be looking forward to joining you again.
The sessions were ‘mind-blowing’ to say the least. He has such amazing information to share and his meditations took me to places I did not know existed. I was inspired and motivated to change my life and excited to take some major steps. My life is forever changed because of his work.
Sugar Beach is a little piece of heaven. The setting of a small private resort was so relaxing. The staff was incredible helpful, happy to help at every turn. The beach was gorgeous, the sunsets were nothing short of incredible and the natural setting of the resort made you feel that you were in the middle of nowhere with beautiful people or just for yourself.

Juanita

Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for you for organizing such a beautiful retreat that truly changed my life forever. Your prompt and courtesy responses to inquiries, attention to detail, and tireless efforts are evident in your presentations, as well as support before, during, and after the retreat. Moreover, the choice of Sugar Beach resort on the beautiful coast of Costa Rica is a testament to your global expertise as the service, meals, accommodation, beach, excursions, and even proximity to the airport and other local spots was first class in every detail. Finally, I cannot emphasize enough how this retreat truly changed my life.
Not only would I strongly recommend doing business with Global Journeys to others, I am actively trying to recruit people to join me for your next adventure
I will never forget this experience, so I graciously thank you so very much from my heart.

Michael

I was completely stunned by degree to which my trip with Global Journeys would change my life. A true before-after moment. I county myself fortunate to have experienced it. I can't wait to live the rest of my life! Thank you Global Journeys!

Chris

This was the most awesome thing I have ever done. I made good friends, saw tons of wildlife, learned how to surf, ate great food, met great people and feel really grateful for what I have.

John

I can't say enough good things about having chosen to go to Costa Rica for our trip with Global Journeys! It was such a relief to have two experienced leaders and teachers with us who knew the country, the retreat center, and the available activities so intimately. When I chose to travel with Franco and Kay and Global Journeys, I had been researching retreat centers and opportunities, and their program was the most comprehensive and easy because they not only guide you and help with promoting the retreat, but they handled questions, concerns, and registrations, making the whole process so easy and seamless for us as the teachers. They helped us determine what we would offer and when, and which local activities and excursions we should do, then put all the plans in motion.

And that is just the logistics.The retreat itself was beyond my wildest imaginings! When we first arrived at the center and stood on the deck to absorb the view, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Franco and Kay for creating an amazing adventure. We look forward to our next adventure with you.

Mara

I want to take a moment to thank you again for a wonderful, wonderful time. I felt each place, the people, it was all an amazing feast. Even though I have been to most of these places long ago it felt like I was seeing them for the first time.
I have been continuing to hold onto the joy I felt at seeing the amazing creations in each town and the scenery. It was a treat to see you both do what you do so well. You are masters at creating group cohesion and serving as best one can the needs of a diverse group. You really got it all.

Erica

This retreat was the most amazing experience of my life. I never imagined that I could be loved without pretense or aggression- this realization completely changed my life. Furthermore I made 14 close friends on that trip; I can't imagine life without them. They are my family, really. I gained a true sense of love for the universe. Our retreat was based in a forested area. It was absolutely perfect- we camped together and ate every meal together. All of the workshops taught me something different.
I've actually recommended this sort of retreat to my mom. I believe she would truly benefit from this sort of experience. Everyone deserves to feel this sort of love at least once in their life!
You're awesome, Franco. I miss you already!

Krista