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New Early Bird Date

Val, Lura and I are so excited to share The Art & Science in Wellness II this year in The Blue Zone of Costa Rica! Ahhh Yes, find yourself nestled just outside of Uvita, Costa Rica immersed in Waterfalls, Bamboo Forests, spotting Whales and Dolphins and delving deep into yoga, art expression, creative movement,  meditation, breath and more.  New for you this year is the access to YACEP logo CEU’s or CMU’s in Allied Health, Yoga and Massage, just ask.  So join us and experience Yoga in new ways, open and balance your Chakras, discover your Dosha and renew your spirit!

Some folks are already signed up but to ensure early bird saving to all, I do need to alert folks to one new change, I am shifting to a new marketing company, and they take a percentage.  So early bird prices will end earlier than stated on the first flyer.  I will be redoing it and reposting it but for your convenience and saving, I am sending out the alert now.  Stated EB prices will end November 15th. and the regular price of $1,750.00 will stand regardless if you book through me or after November 15, 2017.   It’s their policy that I only have one price advertised.

$1,750.00 is still an outstanding price for the event as it includes sweet accommodations, amazing cultural cuisine, all in-country travel, guides, entrance fees, all your yoga, art and materials and  a chance to be in one of the healthiest, happiest most  beautiful places in Costa Rica.   Experience the Playa and beauty of The Ballena National Park and the jungles and cloud forests from N to S in this amazingly diverse gem of a country.

To register or for more information follow the links below  or contact Rebecca with any questions you might have.  740-590-3954 or  Yes, It’s Time to Take Time!  Discover wellness, renew your commitment, find the joy  as you  gain new insights and techniques that will broaden and deepen your skills in teaching or your personal practice.  Namaste


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Meeting Your co-host for Holistic Journey’s Costa Rican Adventures March 16-24 2018

Hopewood Holistic Health loves to collaborate with talented and skilled professionals and upcoming 2018 Holistic Journeys  features some of the best,  so follow me as you take a moment to explore Mimi  Morrison and Touch the Earth Adventures and find out just where this adventure is going to take you!  Rebecca Wood 

Hopewood is thrilled to collaborate with Mimi Morrison of Touch the Earth Adventures. (TEA)   Mimi launched TEA in 1994.  She shared “It was and is her mission to create outdoor adventures to empower women and to encourage them to find connection with Mother Earth”.  Holistic Journeys shares that mission (for women, men, children and families) and loves creating an environment that facilitates everyone in ‘finding a sense of place, wonder and ahhhh in the world’.  

Mimi, a native of Southeast Ohio, lives with the forested hills, cliffs, lakes and rivers and uses them as the platform to share her love of earth energy with others by leading hiking and kayaking trips.   She has lead groups in Cape Cod, North and South Carolina, Virginia as well as  every nook and cranny known to outdoor enthusiasts in SE Ohio.

The inspiration to create Touch the Earth Adventures began from a lifetime exploring the outdoors and immersing herself  in the Wilderness, by canoe, in Quetico in Canada.  I’ve been there and Wow, what a beautiful and remote piece of paradise and throughout the eastern seaboard and Southern Appalachia mountains.  During one of these trips Mimi experienced a  chance and powerful encounter with a  Native American who was walking to DC to protest eservation conditions.  After that encounter, Mimi had a vision to create experiences, particularly leading women, to find deeper connections with our Mother Earth.  Hopewood shares that commitment and incorporates sustainable understanding,  responsible personal actions and an appreciation of cultural uniqueness and it’s role in conservation and preservation into every adventure experience.  

Mimi and I have a shared passion for leading trips and Mimi was drawn to the Eco-wellness  Adventures offed by Holistic Journeys Casa Luna Portadathroughout Costa Rica and Central America.  Both Mimi and I share a deep love for Costa Rica and it’s diverse life zone, critters, birds, plants and of course FUN!  Thus a new collaboration was born and we are offering it to YOU!

Your home away from home on this adventure includes two exquisite facilities; Finca Luna Nueva Lodge  , am amazing biodynamic,  sacred seed, farm to table educational jungle lodge and Buena Vista Adventure Lodge, our setting to relax, reflect and base our last adventure, exploring Rincon de la Vieja  from.  It is also conveniently close to the Liberia International airport.

Mimi and I both invite YOU to explore the mystery, beauty and peace of Costa Rica.  Sustainable Adventure and an exploration of Wellness  is calling, why not join us. In the words of Thoreou, “Go forth under the open sky and listen to Natures Teachings.”  This is an amazing opportunity to Find Yourself and a Sense of Place in the World!  

Contact Rebecca Wood of Hopewood Holistic Health for more information or to register.  Make sure you k with a buddy and take advantage of Early Bird Discounts.    Feel free to call or email and don’t forget to share this blog and adventure with your friends and family.   

For more information on Mimi Morrison and TEA contact her at or   You can also contact me, Rebecca  to register or for any additional details or questions, I look forward to speaking with you.

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey”.  John Hope Franklin

Here we go again… Holistic Journeys & friends, 2018 Adventures!

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  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.

The Arts & Science in Wellness 2017 Memories

Spring is Here but the Memories of The Art & Science in Wellness are held dear…

Revisiting our 2017 Holistic Journey in Costa Rica

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The Art the Science of Wellness 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.

Contemplating our Creativity

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.

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It’s all about the focus

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.

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Adventure Explorations

Departure is Drawing Near

Ahhhh, a beautifulimg_1918l 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, img_2122use 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 Fcasa_luna_roominca 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 cultuimg_1586re 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….IMG_8071


Meet Valerie Dearing one of your Hosts for The Art and Science in Wellness, Feb. 4-11, 2017

valeriedearingnasteMeet 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 studentsrisingandfalling 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 creathealingheartedion 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 pchurch1ersonal 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 and  For more information on The Arts and Science in Wellness Eco-Retreat contact Rebecca at  We hope to  have the pleasure of seeing you there.



Meet Your Three Wise and Wonderful Hosts for The Art & Science in Wellness Retreat

VUYL7855What a special opportunity to travel, learn and play with these two talented and diverse yogi, holistic healers.  Holistic Journeys is thrilled to team up with Lura Shopteau and Valerie Dearing for our Feb. 4-11, 2017  Eco-wellness Adventure; The Art and Science in Wellness, Costa Rican style!   Oh Yeah…

Well you all know (me) Rebecca and please keep reviewing the web, facebook and Instagram for fun updates about wanders and happenings with Hopewood Holistic Health, but now, allow me to introduce you to two other wise women who you’ll share this special week with as we wander through wellness, art and Costa Rica!

Lura Shopteau M.A., LPC, E-RYT-500, IAYT is the director of  Bienestar Yoga Shala  in Uvita Costa Rica.  Some of you may not know, but E-RYT-500 is one of the the highest designations for a certified yogIMG_0495a teacher. Lura is certified to train other teachers at all levels and as a trained professional counselor (LPC), yoga therapist (IAYT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, she is especially trained to bring her unique and deep skills to her clients and workshops in psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation.   Lura brings her compassion and knowledge as an integrative medical professional to help clients with an array of medical problems. She has taught in a medical school, hospitals, yoga centers, and trained other yoga teachers while maintaining a private practice in holistic counseling.  Another wonderful skill Lura brings to the table is her knowledge in herbs, herbal products and natural cosmetics and skin care.  She will be a perfect complement to our exploration of tropical hydosols and flower essences.

Lura’s goal is to assist others in finding a way to live their lives with peace, courage and grace. She is happy to call Uvita home, being in tune with the natural world, surrounded by it’s beauty and the ever changing dynamic of nature.  Get to know Lura at…
Lura Shopteau    Bienestar Yoga Shala

Valerie Dearing was born into a family of artists, including her grandmother and mother, both painters. Svaleriedearingnastehe studied art at The Rochester Institute of Technology School of Crafts, The Cranbrook Academy of Art, and The University of Michigan. Valerie has taught at several university art departments as well as public and private elementary and middle schools in Maryland. She has also taught art to children in Mexico and India. Currently she is teaching spiritual art classes at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck New York during the summer of 2016 such as “Painting the Chakras”,”Making Mandalas”, “Sumi Ink Painting” and “Nature as Art.”

Valerie is an ERYT-200 hr yogi and has valeringmandala trained in therapeutic Qi Gong and Tai Chi for healing post traumatic stress, cancer, depression, knee and back pain, heart problems, arthritis, and MS. She is certified in the Yin Yoga, Laughter Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga styles. 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.  Along with yoga sharing yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, Val is going to lead us in amazing Creative Art Explorations of Charaka understanding, Sumi Ink drawing, Mandalas, Solarized Botanical Prints and who knows what else she has up her sleeve… or should I say in her paint box…..For more info on Val contact her by phone or email   Telephone 330.397.1250  email  at  

There is always more, but for now I will leave you wondering about how to sign up!  Rest assured we are looking forward to spending the week with you.  

Early Bird Price of   $1,475.00-1,575.00   based on double or triple occupancy.  A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due by Nov. 1st . Pay in full upon registration, save $100!  $100.00 sir charge applies after Nov. 1st Round trip air, tips and gratuities not included. We encourage you to have you own international travel & health coverage. 

For more Info or to Register Contact  Rebecca Wood, Hopewood Holistic Health  740-590-3954

Lura Shopteau, Bienstar Yoga Shala    506-8505-1369

Valerie Dearing, Yoga & Art    330-397-1250


Yoga classes in Belize by Rebecca Wood
Yoga classes in Belize by Rebecca Wood and Valerie Dearing 2016

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