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Living from Our Depth

Resilience, Authenticity, Connection

Elizabeth Stanley Ph.D.      Costa Rica

February 27 - March 5, 2022To Register, Scroll to the bottom of the page

Elizabeth A. Stanley Ph.D.

Liz is a professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She is the award-winning author of two books, Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive during Stress and Recover from Trauma and Paths to Peace. She speaks, teaches, and writes about resilience, decision-making, political psychology, civil-military relations, technology and innovation, and international security.

After her own healing journey from decades of chronic stress and trauma—during which she even lost her eyesight temporarily—Liz developed an evidence-based approach to resilience, called Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT). She collaborated with several neuroscientists to test MMFT’s efficacy among troops preparing for combat deployment. MMFT research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, NPR, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and many other media outlets. Liz has taught these tools to many thousands in high-stress environments, including corporate executives, first responders, healthcare workers, diplomats, military service-members, elite athletes, and members of Congress. She has also partnered with Sounds True to create an online version of the MMFT® course.




Earlier in her career, she served as U.S. Army intelligence officer in South Korea, Germany, and on two peacekeeping deployments in the Balkans. Her research has been supported by many funders, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson Center.


My passion is understanding the social structures that drive human behavior—especially during stress, trauma, uncertainty, and conflict.

Liz is a long-standing practitioner of yoga and awareness practices, including several months-long, intensive periods of silent practice in the United States and Burma. She even ordained as a Buddhist nun in a monastery in Burma. There is nothing that she teaches that she hasn’t learned from personally in her own mind and body. Liz is also a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy. She holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT.



Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma

A pioneering researcher gives us a new understanding of stress and trauma, as well as the tools to heal and thrive. With stories from the men and women she’s trained, as well as her own striking experiences with stress and trauma, Liz gives readers hands-on strategies they can use themselves.


Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®

Join Liz for the online MMFT course with Sounds True to:

  • Build your resilience, by recovering from prior stress and healing from trauma
  • Improve your decision-making and ability to access choice during challenges
  • Create more effective relationships, especially during stress and conflict

Franco Marini

Franco Marini is a professor at the Daniels College of Business and works with the University of Denver on several educational experiential projects. He is the owner and director of Peak Empowerment, an organization committed to empowering individuals and organizations through exciting programs, activities and unique group challenges. He also created and operates Global Journeys Inc., a travel-based company providing personal and professional growth through specialized travel offerings. One of Marini’s strongest attributes is his ability and knowledge of how to empower human development as it impacts the enhancement of individual strenghts and results of an organization. One of his primary focal points is working with the attributes and contributions of individuals and empowering each participant to effectively break through bariers to achieve a level of being their very best. Franco is also a certified Yoga instructor in the Sampoorna tradition, a ceremonialist, a wellness coach, a massage therapist, a drum-maker, and a consultant. He will be leading some of the sessions on this retreat. As director and president of Peak Empowerment for the past fifteen years, Franco has a distinguished record of providing quality training to thousands of individuals. Some of the clients he has worked with include: Phillips Petroleum, McREL, BP, Kaiser Permanente,  Novartis, Intermountain Health, Colgate Palmolive, F.M.I., Daniels College of Business, the U.S. Air Force and Army, DeVry University, BNP Paribas, South Pole Expedition Team, Spectrum Health, Rocky Mountain Orthodontists, Castlewood Fire Department, Vital Yoga and others.


Kay LatchmanSingh

Kay is the main organizer and logistic expert of this retreat. Her background in international trade and finance and her attention to details will ensure that this will be a quality experience for all. She is in communication with everyone who is a part of this program and makes sure that all aspects of this endeavor are synchronized. Kay is also in charge of participant wellness and takes care of everyone from the time they register until they are back home. Kay is the co-owner and vice-president of Global Journeys. She provides a wealth of experience in travel and cultural connections. Kay was born and educated in British Guyana, moved to the U.S. and has traveled and worked with people in many European countries, Russia, Egypt, South Africa, British West Indies, and Central America. Her knowledge and connections with various cultures is a wonderful asset as she works with and teaches a variety of people. Her vision of providing service to those in need and doing so in a celebratory way certainly is the foundation of this retreat. She is a Yoga Shiromani (teacher of yoga) in the Sampoorna tradition, and is a student of Sanskrit. She will be leading some of the Yoga sessions on this retreat. Kay’s Hindu practice, knowledge of the Vedic Traditions, experience leading Kirtan, amazing ability to prepare Indian cuisine and Yoga knowledge will be invaluable assets on this retreat.


This retreat is limited to 90 participants, so register today!

Please note, if you register and then you cancel, there will be NO refunds given under any circumstances, so be sure to obtain proper travel insurance. If we, Global Journeys, need to cancel because of any issues related to but not limited to Covid 19, please note that we will transfer your  payments to another Liz Stanley event in Costa Rica  within the next year. Refunds will not be given, we will only transfer funds to another retreat.

For the total cost of this retreat and to see what is included, please click on: COST

Before you register, email us at or fill out the form below to make sure there is space available for your preferred accommodations.


Once we confirm availability, follow these two simple steps:

1. Send us a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per participant via one of the four options below. Half of the remaining balance is due October 27th, 2021. The final payment is due on December 27th, 2021.

2Wait until you receive an official registration confirmation from us before you book your flight.


Payments, Dates, Terms and Conditions


Payment : You have 4 payment options…

Option #1  Recommended form of payment with no fees… Write a check with the appropriate amount made out to Global Journeys Inc. On the back of the check, on the endorsement line write- “For Deposit Only”. Take a clear picture of the front and the back of the check, and send both images to either 516 906-2133 or to  After we receive your images and your check clears our bank, we will inform you and you can then write “Deposited” on your check so it doesn’t get used again.

Option #2 – Wire the money in U.S. dollars to the following bank account: Name and Address – Global Journeys Inc. P.O.Box 21092  Floral Park, NY 11002
Bank:   JP Morgan Chase   770 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10065
Bank Account Number  3061935109
Routing Number  021000021  (if Domestic payment)
Swift/Aba Code   CHASUS33  (if International payment)

Option #3 – If your account is at J.P.Morgan Chase or another commercial bank, you may make a ‘Quick Pay’ or ‘Zelle’ payment to the account of:

Option # 4 -You may pay by using PayPal. If you select option #4, please note that you are responsible for paying the processing fee: 3% if paying from the U.S and 4.5% if you are paying from outside the U.S. Through PayPal you may use your credit or debit card. Our account for a PayPal payment is:


Cancellations and Refunds

If you choose to cancel your participation in this retreat, we will not refund any deposits or subsequent payments regardless of circumstances. Given this policy, we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance in case of emergencies or unforeseen circumstances that may arise at your end.

Travel insurance will protect your investment in case of unforeseen situations or emergencies. If you choose to purchase travel insurance, which we highly recommend, you must do so on your own. We have been working with Travel Guard International at 800 826-1300, and have received positive feedback.

In the unlikely circumstances that Global Journeys Inc. is forced to cancel this retreat, we will apply your total amount you have paid towards a future retreat with Liz Stanley in Costa Rica. This credit must be used within one year of the beginning date of this present retreat.

If the presenter is not able to attend the event due to a serious illness or emergency, an appropriate substitute chosen by her will deliver the sessions and the retreat will go on as scheduled.


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