Join me for a week of yoga, meditation, nourishing food, and a like-minded community in jungle paradise.
*Schedule subject to change.
**On the 3rd day of the retreat, we will not have any activities planned to allow some time for rest and integration.
In 2013, I hopped on a plane to Costa Rica and found myself smack in the middle of one of the most transformative experiences of my life. My intention with this retreat is to cultivate the same profound experience for you.
Costa Rica, and Puerto Viejo in particular, is where I woke up... and where I return every time I need to reconnect with an energy greater than mine. Here’s my story:
While I have moved and lived all around the world, I am a New Yorker at heart -- a naturally on-the-move, action-taking, list-making lady. After feeling the effects of burnout in my mid-20’s, my husband Ross and I took a sabbatical to the jungle of Costa Rica.
When I first arrived, I was deeply craving time and space to be with myself, my thoughts and my dreams, but after only a few weeks, I felt bored, restless, and directionless. I wasn’t “busy” and therefore felt lazy and purposeless. I’ve come to discover that I am not unique in this feeling. I’ve seen time and time again with coaching clients that if we aren’t working or feeling productive then we default to boredom with no creative outlets for our energy.
During my time in Costa Rica, I decided not to run. I chose to stay right where I was and turn inward to begin a new journey of mindfulness, self care, and simplicity that started to ease some of the chaos I had created with my day-to-day thoughts.
I visited the local yoga studio and during my first class (taught by my dear friend, talented yogi and writer Camille) I felt my body shift. With each pose my body lengthened, my heart expanded, my mind quieted, my energy increased, and peace surrounded me. It was this exact class that inspired me to become a yoga teacher.
I felt myself in tears several times throughout the class from the physical and emotional release of the congestion I had created in my desire to be “busy.”
And when I finally surrendered, everything changed...for good.
Our natural inclination is to look outside of ourselves for the things we need most.
We look to jobs, relationships, money, adventures, and our bodies. In the search for that peace, we are BUSY. We wear the term busy like a badge of honor, and crawl up inside of it to hide from the reality of all the other things we should really be looking at.
The truth is that there’s no need to search. The word’s greatest gift is already in our possession: Peace has always been and will always be within us.
Your work, my work, our work is to slow down and get quiet enough to tap into it.
And that is what Costa Rica has provided for me – a place to learn how to slow down and connect back to the peace I possess within.
What I propose to you is to join me for a week together in the jungle to disconnect from the chaos and tap into the powerful passion and profound peace that’s within.
We are the dreamers, the creators, action-takers, business-owners, artists, and revolutionaries who can and are creating a positive shift in this world.
We are often running around busy, overwhelmed, and disconnected. From this state, we cannot support ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world as a whole.
I know you, because I am you, and we are up to big things. We are not sitting on the sidelines idly watching the world pass us by. But we need clarity, a deeper inner knowing and connection to our heart to make those dreams manifest in joy.
And perhaps, most importantly, we need each other. A rising tide raises all ships.
Think turquoise water, white sand beaches, lush jungle, sloths and monkeys in a laid-back beach town where everyone is welcome with open arms.
Puerto Viejo is on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and offers organic outdoor cafes, beach days, roadside mango, pineapple and coconut stands, beach cruisers, farmer’s markets, community meditation, and late night salsa dancing.
I know you will fall in love with it as well.
The truth is that there are hundreds of retreats hosted around the world today each with a unique attraction. I would be honored to share this space and time with you and have spent my life on a journey to learn, heal and collaborate with women on a path/passage to truth and glory.
My personal path to this moment began in San Diego, California, where I moved after university to coordinate events for personal development teacher and The Secret contributor James Ray. I was immersed in the world of personal development -- learning skills like meditation, goal setting and manifestation -- as well as logistics of coordinating retreats for hundreds. Taking that role was a professional choice that ended up laying the foundation for a spiritual life committed to growth and transformation.
I learned enough about myself to realize southern California wasn’t the right location to further my education in yoga, health and consciousness. I bought a one-way flight to India and spent the next three months in ashrams soaking up all the magic and wisdom that India offers. One particular experience volunteering in a reforestation village really woke me up: I became 100-percent committed to learning, growing and guiding others to create abundant health and joyous lifestyles.
I arrived back in the United States and headed straight to Austin where a more formal education began. I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, launched a health coaching business, developed a popular cleanse program, wrote a book on life force energy, founded health and wellness website Kale.Life, completed a plant-based culinary course and completed three 200-hour yoga teacher programs.
I then took my classroom global and continued to learn and teach while traveling throughout Portugal, Italy, Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Peru alongside my husband Ross. It was an opportunity to learn about nutrition and spirituality from other cultures as well as expand my personal boundaries and knowledge.
Now we arrive here where our paths will finally meet.
This retreat is an opportunity for us to share in a special moment -- to take years of learning and growing alongside many of you online and finally bring our practice together on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. I so look forward to co-creating this experience alongside you.
A week of yoga, wellness, connection, adventure and self-discovery awaits you.
Early bird pricing: *Valid until July 1, 2018
Note: *If you are coming as a couple, please each book a shared room and then I will place you in your own room together.
Late bird pricing: *Pricing after July 1, 2018
Payment plan option: $500 deposit due to secure your spot and payment in full by September 1, 2018.
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"I don’t know where to start. The place we stayed was amazing, immersed in the jungle, the food was fresh and so tasty, and the village is lovely to explore. The connection between us women has been the most powerful thing I’ve experienced and I learned a lot about myself and my health during the workshops and meditation sessions. The activities were fun and well organized, as well as, yoga lessons and on-site classes. It has been a life changing experience, I would recommend it to anyone who is ready to look deep into himself/herself and share it with others. I will bring this experience and a lot of new sisters in my heart forever." Gilda, Italy
"I've never experienced anything quite like this retreat. It was brilliantly crafted to include deep relaxation, exercise, adventure, play and introspective analysis. I was able to strengthen and nourish my body, recharge, dive deep into personal goals; all while enjoying myself. The lessons I learned during this retreat will truly last a lifetime. I will definitely be attending additional retreats hosted my Carly Shankman-Brown."
"This was an eye opening experience, everything about this retreat was magical and perfectly put together. I learned so much about myself, others, my body, mind, soul and spirituality. The experience is priceless." Nadia, New York
"Coming on Carly's retreat was my third time in Costa Rica and by far the most illuminating. I have done years of healing, transformational, yoga, and self care work and the space that Carly created and held is something not many people can do as humbly as she does. It is hard to put into words all of the things that made this retreat so powerful. From the very beginning - months prior to actually going on the retreat, the entire schedule was laid out which I really appreciated because it was clear that she had been very thoughtful and intentional with what she was offering. I knew what I was paying for in exchange for the experience and my expectations were exceeded 10 fold. Every aspect of the retreat flowed effortlessly. What Carly creates is a space for one to learn how to nourish their soul in every area of life. She curated a space for true transformation and healing to take place. It has been a long time since I have felt so seen, loved and supported. By the end of the week, the 17 other women on the retreat felt like my sisters. Puerto Viejo is simply magical and no doubt added to the experience, however I am pretty sure that Carly could have run this retreat out of a cardboard box and it would be just as incredible. I can honestly say there was not one aspect of the retreat I was disappointed with - and bonus - it was SUPER affordable and included excursions and other goodies (I won't ruin the surprise for those of you that will be coming in the future, I will just say - she spoiled us rotten!). If you know Carly, I know you love her as much as I do and if you don't, do your soul a favor and come to her next retreat. The self care practices, life skills, and realizations that I gained in 7 days at Cashew Hill have changed my life for the better." Stacy Elizabeth, Texas
"I spent a week in the jungle doing yoga; learning about the natural habitat of plants and animals; and connecting on a deep level with myself; and I loved it! Carly was an amazing leader. She presented us with a week-long-adventure full of personal insights, self love, and deep connection with our fellow participants. Each activity flowed effortlessly and I never once had to be concerned with planning or logistics. Food was great too! I highly recommend Sacred Self Care Retreat to anyone ready for fun and growth! Loved it!" Cynthia, New York
View from the top during the cacao jungle walk.
Cacao cheers at the top.
Breakfast is served: Cacao chia superfood parfait
Our jungle home for the week.
Sloths at the animal rescue and rehabilitation center.
Strangers who become friends who become family.