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JOURNEYS OF DISCOVERY
COSTA RICA
Mind, Body, Spirit Soul Retreat
Susan Duval Seminars
Jan. 20 - 27, 2019
Retreat Cost: $2,329.00
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    Susan Duval has 30 years of experience in event
    planning, public relations, sales and marketing and
    currently researches and schedules programs relating to
    personal growth, holistic health, healing, spirituality,
    metaphysics and world
                               cultures. Susan grew up in upstate New York and   
                               graduated from Boston College with a BA in French and
followed this with an MBA in International Management. Susan moved to France
where she lived and worked for 14 years for Christian Dior. Susan has traveled
extensively to places such as Israel, Peru, the Ivory Coast and all of Europe and
has always enjoyed exploring other cultures, languages and spiritual traditions.
She was also the Producer for the Spirituality Channel for New Century Televison,
and has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Doylestown Patriot, the
Trend, the Bucks County Women's Journal,and the Daily Intelligencer.
Nurture Your Soul, holiday de-stresser as you soak
in hot mineral springs in this tropical Paradise!

Join Susan Duval at the beautiful rainforest Arenal Springs Resort and Spa for a
week of rest, rejuvenation, and renewal for your Mind, Body and Spirit. The
rainforest is a place of peace and renewal; mysterious, life-affirming, and of
majestic proportions. Life is challenging these days and often we don't have time to
savor the moment, enjoy a sunset, marvel at the colors on a butterfly wing, or
simply sit in the midst of a spectacular landscape and feel humbled by the
magnificence of nature. We all need a quiet place of beauty, peacefulness and
serenity to just sit and think or simply breathe, to pray, write or meditate…a place
quiet enough for us to hear that still small voice within that speaks from the depth
of our Soul. The natural paradise that is Costa Rica will offer you that place.

Costa Rica alone has more plant species than the whole of Europe, and a
staggering world of exotic wildlife, flora and fauna that runs into the millions of
species. There will be plenty of free time to do your “own thing” along with lots of
fun and laughter on group tours and activities.  This week of Soul Renewal will offer
new experience and a fresh outlook on new possibilities that life has to offer.  As
they say in Costa Rica…Pura Vida – Pure Life!

WARNING:
The fun and lifestyle that is Pura Vida is extremely addictive.
Falling in love with Costa Rica is a severe side effect!
                                        Your Retreat Sanctuary Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Arenal Springs Resort: offers individual colonial style cabins with spectacular volcano views from your private front porch. Its
lush tropical gardens and quiet location off the main road make it a wonderful retreat yet it is not far from the village of La
Fortuna, where you have a great choice of restaurants and shops. All cabins have unique garden showers and amenities
expected of a resort of this caliber: A/C, cable TV, coffee maker, refrigerator, security box and hair dryer.  In your leisure time
enjoy the full service spa, swimming pool and hot, thermal mineral pool’s which will soothe your body and soul.   

RETREAT COST: $2,329.00 PP minimum group of 10 guests
Single supplement private room: $589.00



INCLUDED:
7 night’s accommodation at noted hotels and resort or similar in double room
Private motor coach and English speaking personal guide services
Transfer airport to hotel / hotel to airport in San Jose
Private tours as specified in the tour itinerary
Meals as specified in the tour itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
International airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica
Airport taxes if applicable
Gratuities at hotels
Tips to tour guide and driver.
Optional tours, meals or activities not specifically listed in the itinerary.
Items of a personal nature, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages, phone calls etc.
Travel Insurance
Incidentals of any kind.

Contact:
Journeys of Discovery Travel
Gayle Lawrence
727-785-5563
Email Gayle : info@ajourneyofdiscovery.com

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DAY 1. Jan. 20 Sun.  / SAN JOSE
Arrival at the Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) San Juan, Costa Rica.  A tour representative will meet you upon arrival
and provide a group transfer to the Balmoral Hotel.  The Balmoral has been one of San Jose’s favorite hotels for locals and
international visitors alike. The hotel is located on Avenida Central, San Jose’s most famous and visited Pedestrian Boulevard and
offers convenient access to local attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife.
Website Balmoral Hotel         Dinner on your own.        

DAY 2.  Jan. 21 Mon /  SAN JOSE - ARENAL  / AM  Coffee Farm tour – PM  Sky tram tram         B,L,D
After breakfast, board your private bus to begin exploring Costa Rica as you depart for the Arenal Volcano area and the Arenal
Springs Resort and Spa. The locals say, to learn about coffee is to learn about the history of Costa Rica! On the way to Arenal we’ll
stop for a short tour of a coffee farm! Costa Rican coffee is some of the world’s best due to the rich volcanic soil and the ideal
tropical climate. You will learn about the history, cultivation, and operation of a functioning coffee 'beneficio' and have the
opportunity to hand pick some coffee beans yourself. There will be snacks to sample and of course, lots of delicious Costa Rican
coffee. There is a gift shop with lots of coffee type gifts to take home with you.    
Website Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

    After lunch at the resort we’ll enjoy a relaxing gondola ride on The Sky Tram. The
    gondolas rise smoothly through the rain forest, offering endless views as they ascend
    up the mountain. This tour is perfect for people who want to take a different approach
    on admiring nature, without much physical effort but still be in the middle of nature’s
    magic. Your guide will point out different characteristics of the wildlife, flora, fauna and
    other interesting facts. Upon reaching the top, you arrive at a large observation
    platform on the highest point of the reserve. Here you can enjoy the view, take some
    awe-inspiring photos and also have the opportunity to walk a short trail.  

DAY 3. Jan 22. Tues / ARENAL /   Morning free  / PM Pineapple Farm Tour   B,L,D
After breakfast in the midst of tropical gardens, hummingbirds and peaceful tranquility, spend the morning enjoying a variety of
optional activities (additional cost) or just chill, relax and soak in hot mineral pools.

After a wonderful lunch we’ll depart for a fascinating tour of a local pineapple farm. We start our trip in a comfortable lorry and
enjoy an interactive explanation about the planting, morphology, development and harvesting of this sweet golden fruit. Eat
freshly cut, juicy pineapple that is picked from the field right in front of you. Learn what makes up the perfect balance to produce
the most delicious pineapples and how to pick a good pineapple in your local market at home. Then sample a refreshing cool drink
of fresh pressed pineapple juice and lots of other “pineapple” goodies that will tantalize your taste buds.   Arenal Springs


    DAY 4. Jan. 23 Wed. /  Cano Negro Refuge and Boat Tour    B,L,D
    Depart early morning to Los Chiles to enjoy a relaxing boat tour in Caño Negro
    Wildlife Refuge. Traveling to the refuge will take you through a great part of the
    San Carlos plains enjoying the beautiful scenery and a great variety of fields
    with different products, such as: sugar cane, legumes, fruit and vegetables and
    large herds of cattle. Upon arrival enjoy a welcome drink and snack then board
    a comfortable boat that will take you through the Canals of the river “Rio Frio”
    and its beautiful scenery.

Thousands of animals inhabit the borders of the river and you shall enjoy seeing monkeys, sloth, caimans, turtles, bats and a
great variety of birds. Cano Negro is one of Costa Rica’s best refuges where the greatest diversity of flora and fauna can be
observed. You will enjoy a delicious lunch in the “El Caiman” restaurant located on the riverbank surrounded by nature. Cano
Negro is incredibly exotic and you will have great and unforgettable memories. This is a tour one cannot skip!  Arenal Springs

DAY 5. Jan. 24 Thurs. / Free day for optional activities     B
Free Day for optional activities. Enjoy the day and do exactly as you please. Schedule a massage, soak in the hot thermal pools,
zip line, horseback ride, kayak, hike, river rafting, ATV tours, mountain biking, Venado caves, blue river waterfall hike and more.  
Lunch and Dinner on your own.   Overnight Arenal Springs

DAY 6. Jan. 25 Friday / Morning Free / Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner    B,L,D
Morning free for optional activities.

    This afternoon, your healing experience will continue as you visit the world famous
    Tabacón Hot Springs, a private reserve with its own network of naturally flowing
    thermal mineral springs. The road to Tabacon takes you to the heart of the jungle, so
    expect the sounds and sights of the native flora and fauna to flood your senses. This
    is where the thermal healing experience begins for body and Soul. There are five main
    springs which source highly mineralized water, heated underground by the Arenal
    Volcano’s magma. Thousands of gallons of this perfect, natural water emanate from
    the springs every minute. The thermal water flows throughout the resort, forming the
    Tabacon River. You will find dozens of cascading waterfalls and warm pools along the
    riverbed, of varying temperatures, from 72 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with varying
    strength of water flow and degree of privacy. In addition to the natural pools,
    Tabacon contains five tiled pools, a swim up bar and hydrotherapy waterfalls.
Mindfulness and self-discovery are an integral part of a true healing experience and soaking in the healing waters while you are
surrounded by nature and stunning scenery will leave you filled with peaceful bliss. Then enjoy a wonderful dinner at Tabacon’s
famous restaurant which will be the perfect ending for your day of renewal.  
Overnight in Arenal Springs

DAY 7. Jan. 26 Sat. / ARENAL – SAN JOSE / Grechi and Sarchi Village       B,L,D
We’ll begin our drive back to San Jose and along the way stop for lunch and have some time to stretch our legs and explore the
colorful towns of Grecia and Sarchi. The famous Sarchi Village, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO is known as the center of
Costa Rican handicrafts where they make the famous colorful oxcarts or carreta.
Here partake in some “retail therapy” as you discover wonderful gifts to bring home with you.

    The oxcart plays a very important part in the cultural history of Costa Rica. In
    the middle of the 19th century, when coffee was first being cultivated in the
    surrounding countryside, oxcarts provided the only method in which to
    transport the handpicked beans over the mountains to the coast and usually
    were a family’s only means of transportation. They even became a status
    symbol and the tradition of painting and decorating them with a particular
    design would identify which part of the country the driver was from.  

    Spend your last night in Costa Rica at the lovely Hotel Bougainvillea with 10
    acres of botanical gardens along paths filled with birds and butterflies. This
    evening enjoy a Group Farewell Dinner  
    Website Hotel Bougainvilla
                                                                              

DAY 8. Jan 27 Sun / SAN JOSE – DEPARTURE HOME     B
After breakfast, transfer to Juan Santa International Airport for your flight home. After a blissful week in the healing energy of
Costa Rica, return home feeling nourished on a Soul level, ready to embrace an exciting New Year.