Warrior Princess Training:

Costa Rica Empowerment Retreat For Women Who Love Travel

Monday, October 14 - Sunday, October 20, 2019


Calling all ladies with a love for travel! We invite you to come spend 7 rejuvenating and empowering days deep in the rainforest of Costa Rica, learning the skills and practices necessary to channel your inner warrior princess. This empowerment self-defense and yoga retreat is geared to give each women and girl the skills she needs to feel confident and ready to defend herself—both in everyday life, and while traveling. You will gain valuable life skills in communication, martial arts, movement, and mindfulness that you can use at any stage of life, anywhere in the world!


This exclusive experience is being offered for the first time in October!


  • Get deep into empowerment, self-care, and real-life practical skills with daily empowerment self-defense and yoga.
  • Adventure in the Costa Rican rainforest with your choice of white-water rafting, stand-up paddleboarding, or canyoning followed by soaking in the indulgent hot springs.
  • Spend a day and learn archery and other badass skills from a real life warrior princess and daughter of the Maleku Indian chief
  • Share in a girls spa session using lush organic local ingredients including volcanic mud, coffee and chocolate and tropical, fruity drinks
  • Connect with other like-minded women through meaningful discussions, games, ceremonies, and adventures in nature.
  • Unplug and give yourself the gift of total presence. With limited cell signal, it’s easy to stay in the moment!


Part workshop, part retreat, this immersion is packed with a big dose of adventure, deep connection, quality relaxation, nature, giving back, a little bit of luxury, and a whole lot of fun.


You are empowered. Your inner warrior princess is waiting to be unleashed into the world. Learn your strength in a week of self-defense, yoga, and adventure in the Costa Rican rainforest.


Ready to feel strong, confident, and ready for anything? Want to feel stronger, more confident, and better prepared than you ever thought possible?


We’re thrilled to invite you to the first Empowerment Retreat at Rancho Margot, with a week-long immersion into Empowerment Self-Defense, mindfulness and self-care, and of course the unmatched beauty of the Costa Rican jungle!


In Empowerment Self-Defense workshops, you’ll learn:

  • How to express a strong NO
  • Skills for moving through the world and traveling with confidence
  • Simple and effective physical techniques for self-defense
  • How to set strong boundaries and enforce them
  • Assertive communication skills
  • Fun games and exercises to train verbal and physical skills
  • The universal language of boundaries and self-confidence→ applicable in any cultural context.
  • Role plays to integrate new techniques and apply them to real life situations


About Empowerment Self-Defense:


Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) was created by female martial artists who recognized that the "self-defense" they were being taught was catered to how men fight men. Therefore, they developed ESD as a means to incorporate the social and cultural contexts specific to violence perpetrated against marginalized populations.

With Slow-Flow Yoga, you will:

    • Stretch and strengthen your muscles
    • Learn mindfulness practices to bring back to your daily life
    • Gain confidence in your body’s abilities
    • Improve balance
    • Decrease stress


  • Enjoy expression and exploration through movement!


In this 7-day retreat you will:

> Build strength and confidence and get real tools for living an empowered life.

> Connect and learn with other powerful women.

> Immerse in a  stunning eco retreat center set on over 400 acres of permaculture gardens and forests.

> Explore the surrounding rivers and hot springs in a full-day excursion off site.

> Dive into daily yoga classes and self-defense training

> Set intentions for your personal growth and make them reality

> Nourish your body and mind with healthy food and beautiful natural surroundings


About the location:

Rancho Margot is a world-renowned example of sustainable tourism practices with a stunning eco-hotel and retreat center. Located in the valley below Monteverde and the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, it is an unparalleled basecamp for learning, growth, and connection. Your inner warrior princess will feel right at home with this balance of rustic luxury and wild beauty.

This unique empowerment package includes:

> Daily self-defense workshops.

> Daily yoga classes.

> Your choice of:

  • Whitewater rafting,
  • Canyoning, or
  • Stand-up paddleboarding…

>followed by luxurious hot springs time afterwards.

> Farm and operations  tour of the inspiring Rancho Margot property.

> 3 delicious, farm fresh meals each day.

> Local coffee, medicinal teas, available daily

> Guided meditations and hikes in nature, including:

> Forest bathing! - included a professionally guided forest bathing experience.

> Expert guidance from trained instructors and facilitators.

> Use of Rancho Margot facilities, including freshwater pools, lounge areas, library, meditation spaces, and 400 acres of permaculture forests and gardens.

> Shared jungle spa experience.

> Opening and closing ceremonies.

> Group led activities and discussions.

> Community service project working with local children.

> Locally crafted welcome gift

> ALSO→ your enrollment supports a day-long, intensive Spanish-language program empowering local women with ESD skills.

Package does not include:

> Transport to Rancho Margot (we are happy to arrange this for you at an additional cost).

> Souvenirs or other extras.

> Alcoholic beverages from the bar

> Horseback riding, kayaking, or other additional tour activities available at Rancho Margot.


+Full experience pricing starting at $1670 for a shared bunkhouse up to $2280 for a single occupancy bungalow.

++Early Bird Discount - Book by July save $150

+++Book with a second person and you each save $250!!


Who is this retreat for?


Any woman who loves travel and wants to feel more empowered!


+Solo Travelers

+Travel Agents/Advisors






+Young women, old women and women in-between

+Anyone looking to expand their comfort zone, learn new skills, and experience incredible adventure!



Each day will start off with daily yoga sessions in the magical riverside yoga pavilion, followed by scrumptious farm fresh breakfasts including some of the best coffee in the world! Mornings will be filled with optional adventures and activities; at midday, we’ll enjoy farm-to-table lunch. Each afternoon will include a 3-hour empowerment and self-defense session involving hands on training, group discussions and interactive games. We’ll wind down with some evening chill time, farm to table dinner, and evening activities like spa nights, song circles, and bonfire. One day will find us exploring the area and participating in your choice adventure followed by an afternoon of soaking in the nearby healing hot springs.


Monday, October 14

ARRIVAL DAY – Airport transfers throughout the day – Not included in package price

Rancho Margot is located a 4 hour drive from SJO airport in San Jose or a 3 hour drive from LIR in Liberia.

6 pm – Opening Ceremony

7 pm – Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, October 15

7 am -  Yoga

8:30 – Farm Fresh Breakfast

9:30 – Farm Tour - learn what makes Rancho Margot such an exceptional place and a world  leader in sustainability

12 – Farm to table Lunch


5:30 – Farm to table Dinner

6:30 – Activity - Get to know each other Game Night

Wednesday, October 16

7 am - Yoga

8:30 – Farm Fresh Breakfast

9:30 – Free Morning – Relax, Explore, Enjoy – Walk the labyrinth, meditate by the lake, hike to see the volcano lookout, swim in the river or pools or spend all morning in your jungle hammock. You can also choose to add on an activity through the hotel like horseback riding or kayaking.

12:00 – Farm to table Lunch


5:30 – Farm to table Dinner

6:30 – Activity- VOLCANO BEAUTY NIGHT with volcanic mud masks, body scrubs and other indulgent treatments.

Thursday, October 17

7 am Yoga

8:30 – Breakfast


6:30 – Dinner

Friday, October 18

7 am - Yoga

8:30 – Breakfast

9:30 – FOREST BATHING – With walk to Cafe Gavilan?

12:30 – Lunch

2-5 – WORKSHOP – Content ESD

5:30 – Dinner

6:30 – Free Night with Optional Activity

Saturday, October 19

7 am - Yoga

8:30 – Breakfast

9:30 – COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT – Working with local school girls ages 7-14 on basic self-confidence and defense.

12:30 – Lunch

2-5 – WORKSHOP – Content ESD

5:30 – Dinner


Sunday, October 20

7 am – final yoga class

8:30 – breakfast


About the Facilitators:


Toby Israel is a vagabondess and storyteller with a metaphorical closet full of hats. She currently works as a creative facilitator, editor, and writer, and as Chief Storyteller at NuMundo, the digital platform for the global regenerative movement. Toby is a trained Empowerment Self-Defense Instructor and Yoga Teacher, and regularly facilitates workshops and retreats to empower, inspire, and transform. She is a full-time lover of movement, food, and words, expressing light and dark through many forms of dance, poetry, songwriting, and more. For the moment, Toby lives in Costa Rica. (She came for a masters degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace—and stayed for the papaya, sunshine, and conscious community.) .


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