Holistic Journeys is offering two amazing Adventures in Wellness this 2018. Join Mimi Morrison of Touch the Earth Adventures and me (Rebecca ) of Hopewood Holistic Health for a Kayak, Hike, Hotsprings and Gentle Yoga experience in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Our adventure will take us along the shores of Lake Arenal, down the Penas Blancas River and to the National Park of Ricon de la Viejo…. that’s just part of the adventure. Our accommodations are stellar: Finca Luna Neuva and Buena Vista Lodge will be our home for this journey and you will have plenty of time just to swim, sit, listen and be in this tropical paradise.
March 3-10th take us to the Blue Zone of Costa Rica near Uvita. We will SUP board the Whale’s Tail, hike the bamboo forests, meditate in waterfalls and kayak the mangroves. Daily Yoga and creative Art Exploration will again open your heart, mind and body to being the best you can be…. Join Lura, Val and me for this tropical beach excursion into YOU!
To register for either of these travel events contact contact Rebecca at 7400-590-3954 or email me at email@example.com. No questions to small so give a shout and let’s see how we can ensure you are a part of this Adventure in Wellness.
Revisiting our 2017 Holistic Journey in Costa Rica
It was an honor and an extraordinary adventure in Wellness, Culture, Yoga, Herbs and Art, to host this past February ‘s Holistic Journey in Costa Rica. The group smiled from day one and each participant brought their own unique personality and gifts to compliment our goals of ‘Finding Ourselves through the World’ and rekindling our commitment to health, yoga, meditation, healthy food and habits, laughter and cultivating a creative spirit.
We could not have been more fortunate to land at Finca Luna Nueva (please take time to check them out – you can’t go wrong incorporating their amazing sustainable, bio-dynamic farm to table venue into your next Costa Rican Adventure). The staff and guides were attentive, knowledgeable, and FUN. The food and kitchen staff, OMG…yes, it was hard to leave and know I had to return home to cook for myself (and I love to cook!)
The rooms, be they private bungalows or shared spacious doubles, were comfortable and quaint when quiet time was needed or time just to relax and reflect. The amazing pool, hot tub (fed with mountain fresh water,) dining area, massage room, hiking trails, and on-site workshops offered something for everyone at all times.
Our daily yoga was shared by skilled and unique instructors Valarie Dearing, Lura Shopteau and myself. Afternoon meditation, art, and herbal explorations offered more than the experience of your average yoga get-away.
I particularly resonated the tropical beauty of Costa Rica and with each person’s own inner ability to pull images from their mind and surroundings to place on paper with ink, flowers, or paint during Valerie’s incredible guided art explorations. I will continue this technique in my home in the foothills of Appalachia, as art is an amazing meditation technique for being fully present and aware of the beauty that surrounds us.
So, thanks to all who joined in the journey and see you all, new and old followers of ‘Holistic Journeys’ in next year’s Costa Rican Adventure (and a new experience in Guatemala!) Watch our website and Facebook for dates and details. Be sure to take advantage of early bird registration!! Remember it’s time to take time, and find yourself through the world.
Ahhhh, a beautifull autumn and super moon is bestowed upon Southeastern Ohio…. I am grateful for so many things; friends, family, nature surrounding me, my purrring kitties. As the temperatures drop and frost is coating the remaining garden of cold hearty greens.
I love my long walks in brisk temperatures and ponder snow angels and skiing, yearn to slow down, retreat inside, enjoy a hot lavender bath with a good book and yet I am also drawn to the land of tropical delights jungle sounds, oceans, and a new set of medicinal plants to smell, taste, use and be thankful for.
This years trip to Finca Luna Neuva and Hotel Bougainvillea is fast approaching. and because of the of the elections and hesitation and fear of many we are extending our Early Bird savings and registration to Dec. 1st. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to find wellness through yoga, nature, art, meditation, relaxation and healing herbs. Find new dimensions of yourself through the world of culture, travel, new horizons.
I extend thanks to Finca Luna for supporting us on that deadline extension. It really is Time to Take Time…. join us in the jungles and beauty of Costa Rica, Join us at Finca Luna and explore sustainable ways to work with the bounty of nature. Walk the trails of Finca Luna and take the time just to be in this exquisite setting.
So come, explore yoga, meditation and art with Rebecca, Lura and Val. Share what is good about our culture with the lovely culture of Costa Rica. I myself am particularly excited about the direction of Creative Art Play and Mudra work Chakra balancing and just in personal expression and freedom of paint brush in hand. The inner me…. coming out. It’s one of the most freeing expediences I know, and Valerie is amazing at leading these workshops.
So make your dreams come true find yourself in a tropical paradise this winter, find your creative side, your quiet side, contact me at Hopwood Holistic Health with questions or to register. It’s Time….
Meet Valerie Dearing one of the three wise and wonderful women collaborating with Hopewood Holistic Health in The Art and Science in Wellness Feb. 4-11, 2017 . This Costa Rican Eco-Wellness Adventure will be hosted at Finca Luna Neuva near Fortuna and Lake Arenal with our last night accommodation at the boutique garden paradise, Hotel Bougainvillea.
Valerie is a seasonal Artist in Residence at The Omega Institute of Holistic Health in Rhinebeck, New York and a long term art, yoga and qi gong instructor in Ohio. She is currently moving her home and base of practice to Vermont, so watch for up coming classes, retreats and workshop in the great NE, you just might find me there as well.
Valerie will share in the adventure while providing exceptional opportunities for introspection, creative movement and expressive creativity. Valerie brings years of yoga, qi gong and art exploration to this retreat. Her philosophy in yoga and creative art exploration is to promote the wisdom of living incorporating the traditional ancient poses, breathwork, meditation, and stillness with expressive art outlets to nurture your inner voice and to hone your outer observations.
Her students share that they enjoy better sleep, focus, strength, balance, posture, flexibility, and deeper relaxation after classes. Valerie has also trained in therapeutic Qi Gong and Tai Chi for healing post traumatic stress, cancer, depression, knee and back pain, heart problems, arthritis, and MS. Additional certifications include; Yin Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kundalini. Her classes nourish physical, mental, and spiritual wellness using gentle stretches, twists, core strengthening, and balance practices. These simple movements and meditations can help enhance the immune system and restore and renew your energy. Yes, it’s time to take time and I for one look forward to Val’s classes.
All yoga and mind-body classes, be they with Val, Lura or myself, are geared toward mid level skill and experience but are also perfect for those with advanced skills, those new to yoga or for those who wish to improve their mind/body health by moving slowly and mindfully, delving into creative art or just taking time to be and be well.
One of the very special gifts Val will offer is her Creative Art Expression workshops. She will guide us in the creation of Healing and Nature based Mandalas as a part of our Chakra exploration and will offer other integrated art sessions in Sumi Ink drawing and Solarized Botanical Plates to help us capture the energy and the moment. Aspects of these art sessions will be integrated into herb and sacred seed walks, farm tour and plant gatherings for herbal preparations and plant spirit meditation. This is an exceptional chance to play, create, explore and find yourself through the world of yoga, art, culture and natural beauty.
On a personal note, it has been such a joy to get to know Valerie through the years. She trained in Hudson, Ohio, a charming Northeast Ohio town that is home to the Old Church on the Green and The Spiritual
Life Center also quality acquaintances and yoga friends. Valerie completed her E-RYT 200 training there and then took off with her interpretation of art, yoga and mindfulness workshops. I have been honored to have Valerie attend various Hopewood Seasonal Yoga Workshops and have enjoyed meeting her at Angela Farmer and Victor vanKooton workshops in Yellow Springs Ohio… I was thrilled when Val and a great friend, Lynn decided to join me last winter, while I worked at Cotton Tree Lodge in southern Belize for yoga, adventure, tofu, the Cayes and more. This is your chance to meet Val and share in a transformational, fun and loving adventure in wellness. For more information and background on Valerie Dearing go to her websites valeriedearingart.com and valeriedearingyoga.com. For more information on The Arts and Science in Wellness Eco-Retreat contact Rebecca at hopewoodholistichealth.org. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you there.
Eco-wellness wanders with Rebecca! Wow it’s time to start planning for two amazing Holistic Journeys this upcoming winter. Hopewood Holistic Health is teaming up with two Wise and Wild Women this winter to offer, The Art and Science in WellnessFeb. 4-11, 2017. Join me, Lura Shopteau, Yogi and Integrative Medicine Practitioner and director of Bienstar Yoga Shala in Uvita Costa Rica along with Valerie Dearing, Yogi and Omega Inst. Artist in Resident, founder of Valerie Dearing Yoga, for a truly special 8 day/7 night eco-wellness adventure. The tropical paradise of Costa Rica will set the stage for this exploration of wellness, nature and art , all designed to nurture your heart, your mind your soul.
Your trip begins with transportation from the San Jose International Airport to the sustainable bio-dynamic eco-lodge, Finca Luna Nueva near Volcano Arenal. We will spend 6 nights here, exploring the grounds through Farm, Sacred Seed, Waterfall tours and night hikes. While at Finca Luna, we will explore tropical plants and food as medicine through healthful, ‘localvore’ meals, workshops on Tropical Medicine, Flower Essences and Hydrosols! You are guaranteed to have fun and deepen your understanding of Pan American and Tropical herbs, their healing possibility, scared foods (chocolate) and the history of Sacred Seeds.
Every morning, Lura, Val or I will offer an opportunity to explore various Yoga and Qi Gong techniques. This is a chance to test the waters with something new or delve deeper into your existing practice. We will offer Yin, Kundalini, Hatha Flow, Iyengar, Partner and MRF (Myofascial Release) selfcare classes integrated with Qi Gong breath and flow. You can schedule privates in yoga, Qi gong or MFR if you wish to deepen your skill or have personal needs and questions. Lura, Val and I will also be sharing afternoon or evening sessions in meditation, art exploration and Chakra Awareness & Balancing. All workshops and classes are open to participants and scheduled around various eco-tours to ensure you experience as much as there is to offer, but know, you can join in or just take time for yourself as this is your chance to let go, relax and be present in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
We will transfer on the morning of our seventh day to the boutique accommodations of Hotel Bougainvillea. This will give us a chance to reflect, rest, relax and enjoy the shear beauty of Bougainvillea’s grounds, gardens and pool. The hotel is situated a convenient 20 minutes from the International airport so your last day shuttle will be worry free. We will enjoy one last eco-adventure along our three hour journey to Hotel Bougainvillea so you can experience one more tropical delight that the tiny county called the Cost of Riches has to offer, but your have to be there to know what it is. This experience is all inclusive once you arrive in county at the San Jose International Airport, all for the Amazing Price of $1,475.00-1,575.00 based on double or triple occupancy. A $300.00 non-refundable deposit due by Nov. 1st . Pay in full upon registration, save $100!, you can’t beat that. A sir charge of $100.00 applies after Nov. 1st . Round trip air, tips and gratuities not included and we request you have your own international travel & health coverage.
For Information or to register Contact Rebecca Wood at 740-590-3954 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hopewoodholistichealth.org and on facebook/hopewoodhealth!
For more specific information on teachers and programs contact Lura Shopteau at 506-8505-1369 or email@example.com and Valerie Dearing at 330-397-1250 or www.valeriedearingyoga.com Find and follow us on facebook and instagram for updates, pictures and specials! Once you register a full daily itinerary will be sent to you.
For our second Central American Adventure of 2017 Rebecca and Hopewood Holistic Health is thrilled to join the incredible offerings of Arts and Cultural Travel for an UnBelizableexperience Belize; Through the Lens and Beyond! Join me and Botanist, Herbalist, Author, Photographer Steven Foster and special guest Herbalist, Author Dr. Rostia ArvigoFeb 12-19 2017 (yes, I am a busy gal this winter, but how lucky am I. As Rumi said “Travel brings power back into your life” ). Steven and I will share our love of tropical plants, nature, birds, Mayan history & culture from the Rain-forests of the Cayo District to the Reefs of Southwater Caye.
The backdrop for the first five days of this Eco-Botanical & Photography Adventure extraordinaire is the lovely DuPlooy’s Rain-forest Lodge. Explore the surrounding grounds of The Belize Botanical gardens and hikes and tours of neighboring Eco-Resort, Chaa Creek. Daily field sessions and adventures with Steven will sharpen your photographic skills, be it with camera or I-phone, helping you to capture the beauty of plants, nature or landscapes. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned photographer…in Steven’s words “You do not need sophisticated, expensive equipment to take great photographs. It’s more about understanding simple concepts – lighting, being in the right place at the right time, and patience. I will show you have to get great photographs with whatever camera you own.” Steven is an old, dear friend and herbal mentor, I know your will love spending time with him as much as I do. All workshops and adventure outings are designed to capture the culture, botany and exquisite natural beauty of Belize and a glimpse of neighboring Guatemala. Tours include; Barton Creek Cave canoe tour, Mayan archaeological sites in Belize and Guatemala and the inland Blue Hole.
Ahh, but, we aren’t done yet. You will spend your last two nights on Southwater Caye, one of the most pristine cayes on Belize’s Barrier Reef. Listen to the waves lap the shore under you cabana, tour the surrounding cayes and reefs by boat and kayak and for be sure to just take time to sit, ponder, wonder and wander…..
Pricing for this trip is just about done, it is all dependent upon the numbers of participants minimum 6 max 15 but we are looking at $2,700-3,200. So, if Photography, Herbs, Wellness, History and or Culture are your interest, grab a friend and sigh up now! It’s an amazing opportunity to travel, explore and learn form the talented, skilled and fun hosts. Let us and our local expert guides will share our love of Belize’s Botanical, Natural and Cultural secrets. This is all inclusive adventure once you are picked up at the Belize International Airport and you’ll love the flight back from Dangriga to the airport mid morning of your last day, making for a spectacular and EZ transition from Belize to home.
To register or get more information on pricing and workshops or tours please contact http://artsandculturaltravel.com/portfolio/photography-workshopbelizefebruary-12-19-2017/ For more general questions or to get to know your hosts check out www.stevenfoster.com or hey, me Rebecca at www.hopewoodholistichealth.org.
Stay tuned for more information on any of these tours and follow us on facebook, instagram and our individual web sites.
It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined! There is still time to join us this year for any part of the journey, or follow along on the blog and Facebook to keep track of the adventure.
We will start our journey in the peaceful mountain town of Orosi, Costa Rica. There we will work with Montaña Linda Language School and Guest House. The list of amazing things to do while in this quiet, off-the-beaten path pueblo are endless. Enjoy the cowboy atmosphere, tour coffee plantations, relax in the local hot springs, hike the mountain to Nano’s waterfall, AND take advantage of the wonderful Spanish language courses offered by Montaña Linda.
A side trip on this year’s Costa Rica adventure will take us into Nicaragua to explore this developing eco-wellness destination in search of future possibilities for work/trade and travel. In Granada, Nicaragua we will be visiting Casa Lucia Boutique Hotel and Pure Gym, Spa and Yoga.
Why not explore your passions? Options are easy and endless. Throughout every Holistic Journey’s eco-wellness adventure are ample opportunities to explore sustainable food and herbs, culture and music, as well as birds and nature’s beauty. One of our major collaborators of the last ten years is Sunny Costa Rica Travel / Tropical Feathers, offering fantastic birding and natural history experiences. See below for a guided tour of birding hot-spots in Costa Rica
The second half of our wellness adventure will take place in sunny Belize. We will be joining Cotton Tree Lodge again this year for another fabulous winter season of tours (explore reefs, jungle, archaeological sites and more!), yoga, exceptional gourmet meals, and quality hammock time.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to return again to this wonderfully diverse and magical part of the planet to spend time with friends old and new. Each year the experience becomes more rich and eye-opening. Our network of partners is growing every season. Future trips may include adventures in Panama, Cuba and Greece. Be and Be Well!