Joyful Haven

Play, release, and find JOY through the experience of Costa Rica

July 29- August 5, 2023

at Con Smania CR in Playa Buena Vista, Samara, Costa Rica

Nestled where the Costa Rican jungle and the Pacific Ocean merge to play, we will experience an awakening of our souls, an energizing of our bodies, and an invigoration of our minds. Join us as we delve into the power of this magical land and find joy in all ways.

Your reinvention is closer than you imagine! This is the place you’re meant to be your whole self. No judgment. Your moment to explore your potential. What could happen if you took a step into the rainforest?

Bring Your Inner Child

You will join us at this warm and welcoming retreat center on sacred land, surrounded by the energy of the jungle and the ocean. Life is all around as birds sing their sweet songs, howler monkeys swing through the trees, and the beach speaks to us with beautiful waves that ebb and flow nearby. We will be in the midst of beauty and connection in a life-changing way at Con Smania CR.

From the pre-retreat call to breakfast on the last day, your time at Con Smania CR will be spent seeking joy in the present moment, contemplating your path forward, and learning new ways to grow and excel. You will challenge limiting beliefs and boundaries and emerge with new possibilities for your future.

Our group will be the only people at Con Smania CR affording everyone space to connect with themselves and each other. Each room on the property is unique and designed to make you feel welcome and embraced as you embark on your transformational journey.

Con Smania CR provides a safe and transcendent space for us to explore the magic together!

Are you ready?

  • To allow yourself to feel joy, to play full out, and to look deep within?
  • To delve into powerful work with other like-minded souls dedicated to their reinvention?
  • To experience the perfect mixture of coaching, retreat, adventure, and vacation?
  • To give yourself the gift of exactly what you need, whether it is introspection, evolution, rest, connection, or all of the above!?!

If you said YES to any or all of these things, then this is the retreat for YOU!!

Sign up today to join Sue Jacoby, Michael Mammina, Cerise Patron, and Jill Sessa at Joyful Haven : Play, release, and find JOY through the experience of Costa Rica July 29 – August 5, 2023

So what can you expect spending seven inspiring days and nights with us?
You will receive:

  • The guidance, support, and encouragement of a team of dedicated leaders
  • A week in a joyous space where celebrating, exploring, and understanding your journey is welcomed
  • Tools, techniques, and discussions to further your inner and outer exploration, discovery, and transformation to live your best life
  • Opportunities to identify and release patterns, blocks, or limiting beliefs that might be holding you back.
  • Connection, collaboration, and creation with a community of people on their own transformative journey
  • The benefits to your body, mind, and spirit that come from playing, resting, and rejuvenating and a deeper connection to Mother Earth
  • Time and space to explore, crystalize, and accelerate your transformation &
  • A new commitment to yourself.

Give Yourself Space in Paradise

Your next level awaits you in Costa Rica.

You’ve been hearing it for a while now. That small voice saying “What’s next?”, “Who do you want to be?”, “Where do I find the joy in my life?”

Ready to step beyond your comfort zone?

Curious what life looks like without limitations?

Your life, your journey – what a ride, right? Looking back, you can list your accomplishments, enjoy your successes, and appreciate important lessons learned. But as you look ahead, you know there’s something more that you want, something different. Maybe you know what is calling to you and you can see what’s next but you haven’t been able to get started. Or maybe you know a change is needed but you’re not sure what that means yet.

Your transformation is waiting for you.

Exploring what makes your heart sing, how you want to live your days, what feeds your soul. This is what awaits you in Costa Rica.

BEFORE you even step foot on the plane you’ll be part of a unique group of people looking to expand, deepen, and transform their lives. To make sure you get what you need most from this amazing experience, we’ll get together on a group call BEFORE the experience to prepare you for your journey.


The Venue…

Con Smania CR is nestled at the intersection of ocean and jungle, steps from a beach that feels like a whole different world.

Howler monkeys, chirping birds, tap-dancing iguanas, and fragrant flowers soothe your soul, inviting you to recognize the potential available when you give yourself fully to the moment.

The Earth’s baritone thrumming and rhythmic waves slow your heartbeat, creating space for you to rediscover the purpose that motivates all your endeavors.

Oxygen-drenched air fills your lungs, reconnecting you to the energy and power you need to create your ultimate reality.

This is more than a retreat or vacation. It’s your opportunity for meaningful introspection and intense aligned transformation.

We are thrilled to share this extraordinary experience with you. Use your spark to ignite a passionate, purpose directed, empowered life!

The Food and Meals…

Inspired by the ingredients that make this one of the world’s five Blue Zones, our Costa Rican chef-designed vegetarian-focused meals that burst with flavor and texture. Get a chance to taste your way through the possibilities on offer. We believe in honoring the land through connecting closer to source in all ways. Buffet style, we encourage you to take what you need knowing you can always return for more.

Breakfasts in our front restaurant and dinners may be served in the main building, our tiki bar and poolside lounge, or up at the restaurant. Let us surprise you!

Anytime you need more nourishment, blend yourself a smoothie from local fruits and greens and nutritious add-ins. Grab a snack – never know what we may conjure up.

What’s Included:

  • The collective energy of the participants and retreat leaders at Joyful Haven
  • Group call prior to arrival
  • Comfortable housing in unique casitas
  • Housekeeping and laundry services – you choose the level according to your daily needs.
  • Breakfast daily from our local cook served buffet style. (All food needs are accommodated).
  • Chef prepared dinners and selected lunches
  • Unlimited smoothie and snack bar on the premises
  • Optional spirit journey (at an additional cost)
  • Yoga, breathwork, or sound healing sessions daily
  • Individual and group explorations to further your transformation
  • A day of kayaking and snorkeling
  • A unique Costa Rican cooking experience
  • Time to explore the beaches and surrounding communities
  • Fire Ceremonies
  • Gratuities for the Con Smania CR team
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Liberia Airport

What’s Not Included:

  • Your round-trip airfare from home
  • Optional Plant Spirit Ceremony & Spa treatments
  • Meals and gratuities for off-site excursions
  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance


Arrive into the Liberia Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) on July 29th before 3pm if possible so we can pick you up and get you settled in before dinner. Departure any time on August 5th or arrange an extension. We take care of arranging this for you, round trip, don’t worry.

If you want to come earlier or stay later for some exploring – we can accommodate you for an additional nightly fee of $180 per night or $320 for two, arranged with Con Smania CR directly.

Meet your Leadership Team

Sue Jacoby

Dr. Susan “Sue” Jacoby, owner of Expedition You, LLC, is a certified life coach who works with people wanting something more or different in their lives. Sue specializes in supporting people preparing for or in the second or third (or more) chapters of their lives. She especially values the opportunity to work with fellow members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sue had a valued and impactful career as a K-12 and university senior leader overseeing strategic planning and project management. As she anticipated retiring from that career, Sue began exploring what kind of life she wanted to create. Sue realized it had to include a new way of working and, more importantly, a new way of being. She explored “who” and “how” she wanted to be rather than “what” she wanted to do and discovered she wanted more joy, more connection, and more adventure in her next chapter. Her exploration led to a new career as a life-coach. After completing an intensive seven-month life-coach program, practicum, and exam, Sue has continued her training and now holds four specialized certifications.

Recognizing the role physical health and wellness play in each person’s journey and evolution, Sue also is a personal trainer and brings the joy of movement and the power of strength into her life-coaching sessions.

Sue holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida as well as a master’s of science and a doctor of philosophy degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She is bilingual in English and American Sign Language. True to her new chapter, Sue ensures her life has time for strength training, she held a national deadlift record for her age group; walking with her dog Liam; reading; and having adventures big and small with her partner Scout and good friends.

Michael Mammina

Certified Life Coach, Certified Health Coach, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant

Reinvention Professional
CRO (Chief Reinvention Officer)

Michael Mammina is a Master Life Coach with multiple certifications and global professional experience, whose passion is to create the space for successful people to rediscover their life’s vision and “reinvent” themselves by creating a path to their dreams. To overcome what has been holding them back and step even further into their power. To gather the pieces of their lives together and answer the question… What’s Next?

In addition to his years of coaching experience, he is a Certified Health Coach assisting clients in establishing healthy habits that lead to a rejuvenated spirit and weight loss. This proven scientific approach to health is one that he himself practices and, in turn, is pleased to share with others.

He is also a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, co-creating ceremonies with people as they move through stages of their lives. From Baby Namings, Weddings, Vow Renewals, House Blessings, and Retirement Celebrations, he writes custom ceremonies and performs them to help celebrate all life has to offer.

His mission is to help people live life to the fullest, confident, healthy, excited, and with the happiness and joy they deserve.

His mantra is…Don’t just live out the rest of your life; live the life of your dreams!

Cerise Patron

Cerise Patron is an internationally recognized Inspirational Singer, Songwriter, Motivational Speaker, and Spiritual Tour Operator. She has produced 4 CD’s of her music, and is also a for-hire songwriter for churches, organizations, companies, retreats, individuals who desire a deeper inspiration to help them reach the next level of their dreams, and memorial songs for their loved ones.

She also owns Sacred Spiritual Tours and guides Spiritual Immersive Healing Retreats in Central and South America. She is currently in ministerial school at Emerson Theological Institute and travels around the Country singing and speaking in Unity and Religious Science churches. Her desire is to spread love, and empowerment to everyone she meets, as long as she continues to have breath in her body.

Jill Sessa

Jill Sessa is the Creator of Magic at Con Smania CR and a self-confessed geeky robot / spiritual human hybrid that loves everything about both code & process and crystals & quantum energy.

As the on-site manager, Jill is fortunate to be surrounded by the #dogsofconsmania at all times and supported by the team that makes Con Smania CR so special, including our sacred guides and human help.

A background that includes running a digital agency as well as pilates and fitness businesses, Jill has spent the last decade traveling full-time until she unexpectedly bought a unique and beautiful property in Costa Rica experiencing a transformation of its own. Start each morning with a sunrise walk to the beach with Jill and the pack where you are welcome to ask about the whole story.

I’m worth it, I’m investing in myself now

Trip Dates: July 29 – August 5, 2023

Accommodation Options:
Shared Occupancy Paid In Full: $3497 USD per person

Guaranteed Private in Mariposa, Treehouse, Mama Guana or Sunshine Sanctuary
Guaranteed Private – single occupancy $4497 per person
Shared Bed Private – $5497 two people.

To Join Us
Choose your accommodations, then place your non-refundable deposit of $1500-2500 USD or pay in full.

The balance is due June 29th, 2023.

Join us for this once in a lifetime transformational experience

Due to the special nature of this gathering, your payment is non-refundable. 

Retreat dates: July 29 - August 5, 2023.

You must purchase your own travel and trip cancellation insurance.

By completing the checkout below, you agree to these terms.

Solo, couple, shared or guaranteed privates… choose your accommodation and rates below.

Shared Accomodations

Large units each with Jack and Jill bathroom and twin XL beds. 4 beds per casita. Or other units, depending on occupancy.


$1500 deposit

Guaranteed Private Accomodations

Treehouse, Mama Guana, Mariposa, or Sunshine Sanctuary.

Stay solo or Shared Bed.

$4497 Solo | $5497 Shared Bed (Two People)

$2000 | $2500 Deposit

Joyful Haven

Play, release, and find JOY through the experience of Costa Rica

July 29- August 5, 2023
at Con Smania CR in Playa Buena Vista, Samara, Costa Rica

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