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Author: Kimberly Wilson

Coming to Costa Rica?

Picture yourself escaping the chill of February over President’s Day weekend to soak up the Costa Rica sunshine.

Since 2002 I’ve been hosting annual retreats at Pura Vida Spa— private mountainside estate enveloped in lush flora surrounded by coffee plantations.

We wake up early with the chirping birds, nosh on local food, practice yoga and mindfulness, and nosh on more food. Then we take a few hours to rest, read, swim in the pool, or get a spa treatment, and do more yoga followed by a creativity session involving paint, collage, and a sketchbook. Oh, and eat again.

Most of us make our way to bed shortly after the sun goes down or enjoy a soak in the hot tub under the stars. Rinse and repeat.

Here’s what Courtney from North Carolina has to say about her annual retreat experience:

This retreat is magical. It is the perfect blend of movement, creativity and utter relaxation. Kimberly’s yoga practice combines asana and breath work in ways that have left me relaxed and energized at the same time. Even better, the creativity sessions have helped  unlock my right side brain (which has been used very little during my legal career), opening up a whole new world to me and giving me the courage to explore my artistic side on my own. In short, the changes that I’ve experienced on my retreats with Kimberly have led to life-altering adjustments in my career and family relationships. In addition, Pure Vida is a beautiful resort with caring staff and experienced practitioners who offer a wide range of body work options. But maybe my favorite retreat activity has been resting in a hammock between classes and treatments, listening to the birds and catching up on the latest bestseller, with a smoothie or a glass of white wine.

And Hilary from Washington, DC:

You can find many yoga retreats to Costa Rica, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one as special as Kimberly’s.  I have been three years in a row and would go again in a heartbeat. As the name suggests, this retreat is a unique blend of yoga, mindfulness, and creativity. It’s a perfect retreat to go to on your own. Kimberly creates a warm, friendly, and inviting space and then let’s you take what you need and leave the rest. It’s an ideal combination of group time, personal time, and do-whatever-you-feel-like time at a beautiful eco-chic resort with yummy food, a welcoming staff, and heavenly pool. It’s a mix of lovely ingredients that make for a magical week. And the secret sauce is Kimberly, herself. She puts an incredible amount of thought into every aspect of the program—from the extra suitcase of art journaling supplies she brings, to the essential oils she dots on your wrist during savasana, and the goodie bags she creates for each yogi.  Treat yourself to the experience, and you won’t be disappointed.

Both of these lovely ladies have joined us the past few years and are an absolute joy to host! Per usual, we have an intimate, magical group signed up for February and fellow psychotherapist and Tranquil Space-trained yoga teacher Kristin Heinz will be teaching the afternoon yoga sessions.

Tomorrow marks the end of the Costa Rica $150 off early bird rate and I’m not sure if I’ll be hosting this retreat the following year.

So if you’d like to spend time nurturing your yoga, mindfulness, and creativity practices, reflecting on what’s meaningful, drinking Costa Rican coffee, reading in a hammock, going on optional excursions, and nourishing your soul, now’s the time!

If you have any questions about it, reach out and I’ll be happy to answer them. Bisous. x

NYC Delights

Last weekend I headed to NYC for a weekend of vegan nosh, ballet, yoga, and more with my friend Jenn who owns a lovely yoga studio in Montreal. During our whirlwind 48 hours, we stumbled upon a few new finds and hit staples, too.

In case you have a jaunt to NYC on the radar, I wanted to share these resources. I’ve also included three additional posts below highlighting previous NYC adventures.

Our first stop was Vegan Love, a tiny spot on East 10th that had lots of delights such as raw pizza, green juice, muffins, avocado toast, and more.

Next we headed to our AirBnB to drop our bags and then stopped into a corner cafe called 5C Cafe. Their menu had five vegan options so we noshed on mac and cheese and tacos.

On to Rockefeller Center to see the tree and pick up some goodies for her family. Oh, and stop at Eat By Chloe for a vegan cupcake. With full and happy bellies, we set out to see To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway. SO good! We crawled home exhausted after a full day.

Saturday started at The Butcher’s Daughter followed by lots of wandering through Nolita, NoHo, and the West Village en route to our early afternoon ballet class at Joffrey Ballet School. Before ballet, we hit Moo Shoes and stumbled upon Sweets by Chloe for another cupcake and matcha lattes. To fuel our ballet, naturally. The class was amazing and Jenn did her first sous-sus (as shown above).

Post-ballet required vegan pizza at Double Zero followed by turmeric lattes and cake at Plant Made. Then we headed to Village East Cinema to see Can you Ever Forgive Me? Again, we stumbled home pooped. But not like the stumbling we saw with all the Santas who had been doing an all-day bar crawl. That was a sight. They had all started out so jolly and fresh as we headed to brunch that morning.

Sunday morning my feet ached as I slid out of bed. I stood in the shower for 20 minutes trying to warm up and relax my poor muscles. We packed up and hauled our bags to The Organic Grill for brunch. So very yummy and our waiter was a dear! Oh, and I ran into Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary there. Heart that man and his amazing work!

Our final stop was Jivamukti for a one-hour, 35-minute yoga class. But who’s counting, right? My body hadn’t moved that way in a long time and I felt like a puddle of body parts.

Jenn headed for the airport and I sat in their cafe sipping rose tea, noshing on my go-to Yogi’s Choice menu option—brown rice, spicy tempeh, steamed kale—and trying to recover from all the movement. Hello, anti-inflammatory.

Then I headed toward a Maison Kayser near the train station to have tea with someone I met back in 2004 at George Washington University Women’s Studies graduate program and we’re now both therapists (and aspiring ballerinas).

The journey culminated with a luxurious train ride home in the quiet car and a pick up by Tim and the pups. So grateful for this getaway, friendship, and all the tasty treats that we put into our bellies. Bisous. x

NYC Artist Date 2018
NYC Girls Weekend 2017
NYC Weekend 2012

Meet My New Project {Seeking Beta Readers}

I’m over the moon to announce my latest project, the Year of Tranquility book—a marrying of the Year of Tranquility program with the Playbook/Daybook for an all-new yearlong, BIG picture adventure in a full-color 8×10 book.

Since January I’ve written nearly 25,000 words, spent over 250 hours creating, and poured passion into the Year of Tranquility program. Nearly one hundred ladies joined us from far and wide to connect, encourage,  and gain weekly inspiration on living with more tranquility.

Here’s what a few participants had to say about their experience:

The Year of Tranquility program is the perfect balm for reconnecting with creativity and adventure, whether it’s outward adventures like “artist’s dates,” or exploring the inner self through self-care and introspection. YOT is a wonderful companion to daily living, and Kimberly is a wise, enthusiastic, and compassionate guide!

YOT has been a lovely experience and investment in my mind,body and soul this year. There is always so much inspiration and ideas to pull from that can be applied to our day to day lives. Kimberly has a gift for considering the whole person with her creations.

I have absolutely loved committing to a year all about me through YOT! I’m a working mom of two young kids and I feel like I spend so much of my energy focused on others. YOT has given me the permission and time commitment to focus on me! It feels amazing so self reflect in such a healthy, positive way. Because of my time in YOT, I have lost 30 pounds, grown my veggie garden, cleared clutter in my house, got out of debt, signed up for a tap class, and generally have more time to do what is most important to me! Thank you Kimberly for such an amazing class!

This outstanding year-long program delivers on all its promises! I am enjoying my best year—infused with the tranquility that comes from setting intentions, taking action and making time for reflection.

Inside the book you’ll find your favorite Playbook/Daybook features such as wellness, month’s dreams and review, year’s dreams and review, 32 Tranquility Tools, checklists, recipes, and more {sans weekly layouts}. You’ll also find 12 monthly essays, 4 weekly practices, and Savvy Sources on topics such as dreams, creativity, style, self-care, yoga, mindfulness, and more.

And, YES, there will be a 2019 program associated with it and that’s to be announced. Stay tuned!

I’m in the editing stage and seeking beta readers. If you’d like to be considered, please email me noting why it interests you and your editing experience by noon ET Friday, December 14. As a thank you, each chosen beta reader will receive the finalized PDF, a special gift, and heaps of gratitude.

Thank you for considering and I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!

The book will be available for pre-sale on Amazon shortly. More to come. Now, excuse me while I return to editing! Bisous. x