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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

My Trip to Paris

Tranquility du Jour #434: My Trip to Paris

In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I discuss my solo trip to Paris. Hear my takeaways, new discoveries, staples I always visit, and those pesky challenges that are sure to arise.

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My Trip to Paris

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Kimberly Wilson is a psychotherapist in private practice, the author of numerous books, and the designer of eco-fashion TranquiliT. She hosts the podcast and blog Tranquility du Jour and serves as the President of the Pigs & Pugs Project. Kimberly lives in Washington, D.C. with rescue pets and a partner. She dreams of Paris and living on a farmette with pigs and pugs.

Mentioned in the Podcast:


1. Add beauty
2. Saunter
3. Greet
4. Sip
5. Read
6. Express
7. Savor
8. Appreciate

New discoveries:

Petite Palais
Hemingway Bar at the Ritz
Wild & the Moon —la vie en rose
Rue Cremieux
La Maison Rose
The Abbey Bookshop
Weekly Sunday dinner parties:

Favorite stops:

WH Smith (rose garden tea)
Shakespeare & Co
Le Greneier de Notre Dame
Wander Le Marais
Eiffel Tower
Vintage shop
List of more favorites


Don’t be a Tourist in Paris by Vanessa Grall
Waking Up in Paris by Sonia Choquette
In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide
A Paris All Your Own edited by Eleanor Brown

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Packing for Paris
A Peek into Paris
TranquiliT in Paris

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