Mastering Retreats

Discover what it takes to plan and host your successful retreat at our FAM(iliarization!) week

August 12-19, 2023
Playa Buena Vista, Samara, Costa Rica

Come experience this magical and sacred place to learn, play, and grow with like-minded souls. We are introducing Con Smania CR to retreat leaders and transformational event planners. Once you experience the property, we are confident you will fall in love and consider us for your future retreat venue!

You will gather inspiration from the raw, unfiltered nature of the place; chirping winged ones; boasting howler monkeys; roaming horses and dogs; the unique structures of the property; and the like-minded souls who have joined in the adventure to Costa Rica.

From the pre-retreat call to breakfast on the last day, your time at Con Smania CR will be spent relaxing, contemplating your craft, learning new ways to grow and excel. You will challenge limiting beliefs and boundaries co-creating with other retreat leaders, whether seasoned or brand new. We all have something to share and learn from each other.

Your guides for the week are the on-site team at Con Smania CR, Jill, Lore and more, and it is their honor to work with retreat leaders to support before, during, and after transformational retreats.

You will feel the lightness that comes from being fully supported to do your best work and getting to release the overwhelm of hosting a retreat… as you take time to relax into your mind and creative juices.

We are inviting you to bring your spark and to tend to the fire growing within you and share with the Collective to ignite something far greater than ourselves.

Does this sound like you? 

  • Your work moves hearts, energy, and emotions, and the world needs more of your special gifts.
  • You are dedicated to providing the very best of yourself to your clients.
  • You are inspired and inspiring and people are magnetically drawn to you.
  • You love to explore the world and the special places that spark the imagination.
  • You have learned you cannot do it all and there is power in seeking support.
  • You want more time to focus on crafting just the right transformational experiences.
  • You love to be involved in the conversation and welcome the chance to shape a new dialogue.
  • You recognize the state of the world and believe that it is part of your life’s work to deepen your connection with its people and its nature.

If you find yourself energized now, we invite you to take part…

…in Mastering Retreats week at Con Smania CR.

A week to tap into our collective business expertise and pull back the curtain on what it takes to host a retreat with all the support you deserve.

Connect with other participants and open up potential collaboration.

Converse with the on-site staff and tap into the magic they create.

Learn what it takes to host a retreat – and how much can be handled on your behalf.

Understand our pricing model giving you exclusive access to the entire property while holding just 10 beds.

Experience the kinds of gatherings that establish safe and sacred space, facilitated by masters. And share your gifts in our UnWorkshops.

Explore the area, participate in a group beach meditation and cleanup, enjoy locally prepared meals, and give yourself space.

What are you going to walk away with?

So what can you expect after spending 7 inspiring days and nights:

  • To clearly understand your gifts as a retreat leader and your mission in leading a retreat. And how Con Smania CR can provide the perfect setting to meet your goal.
  • Become intimate with the spaces of Con Smania CR, local vendors and how they can facilitate your retreat.
  • You will have access to the strategy and logistics wizards that can support your vision.
  • You will be able to take the time and space you need to plan it all out to make the magic happen. Release the overwhelm of hosting a retreat by depending on the capable staff at Con Smania CR.

Would THAT be worth visiting our sacred space in Costa Rica?

Yes, without a doubt!

Here’s the thing: BEFORE you even step foot on the plane you’ll be part of our firemakers, the visionaries who bring energy wherever they go! And to make sure you get the absolute MOST from this amazing experience, we’ll get together on a group call BEFORE the event to prepare you for the journey.

This is a FAM TRIP — so that means we want you to explore and get intimately familiar with our property, the community, and our facilitators. Dive right in and get connected. Familiarization!

Join in on the group sessions that will have you re-imagining the possibilities for your own life and future offerings.

By the end of the week, you will have planned your future event, spent time speaking directly with our managing partner and retreat coordinator, and have a timeline for moving forward while addressing your invisible blocks. All while enjoying a relaxing pace and soaking up the Pura Vida vibe that we all love.

We welcome your participation – on any and every level. You can’t help but open your heart and mind when you experience Con Smania – a life with passion.

Are you ready to be a part of it?

” If you’re thinking about you having a retreat here, if your soul has led you here, say yes. You might have to move to a little resistance like I did. But you know where resistance lies, there’s great opportunity for breakthrough.
~Helen, FAM week attendee and recent Retreat Leader

The Venue…

Transform into your best self in one of Earth’s most restorative destinations, located in one of the world’s Blue Zones… the Nicoya Peninsula in beautiful and vibrant Costa Rica. Con Smania is the ideal place to activate your greatest potential and honor your deepest purpose.

Each casita on our sacred ground positively invites personal transformation while strolling winding paths and lush native landscaping. Guanacaste trees shade the property and provide home to a variety of wildlife, including the howlers, parrots, iguanas and so much more.

Our private landing strip provides a unique opportunity for walking meditation and breathing space. This safe and sacred space is also just a 10 minute stroll to the Pacific Ocean.

From hidden meditation spots to the grand and magnificent gathering casita, there is so much to explore on the property. Then take some side trips into the nearby towns of Nosara and Samara for even more fun. Kayak to an off-shore reserve, ride a horse along the beach, enjoy a private massage or just lounge at our unique and fun pool for the rest and rejuvenation you deserve.

Learn what it will be like to host your own offerings at this incredible and unique property, while tapping into your own passion and unique gifts. Embrace your heart’s calling as a transformational retreat leader.

The Food and Meals…

Inspired by the ingredients that make this one of the world’s five Blue Zones, our Costa Rican chef designs 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:

  • A full week, Saturday to Saturday, to experience the magic of the property and all the land has to offer.
  • The collective energy of the participants and retreat leaders
  • Group call prior to arrival
  • Housing in unique casitas
  • Housekeeping and laundry services – you choose the level according to your daily needs.
  • Breakfast from our local cook served buffet style. All food needs are accommodated.
  • Chef prepared dinners
  • Our super stocked smoothie and snack bar
  • Optional spirit journey (at an additional cost)
  • Fire Ceremony
  • Sacred beach walk and cleanup
  • Sound Healing, Breathwork, or yoga sessions daily
  • Group Exploration for your business
  • Free time to explore the surrounding communities (Samara, Nosara, excursions, etc.)
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Liberia Airport


*all group experiences are covered by your retreat fee except as noted and are optional, no refunds will be offered on any experiences you choose to not to participate. There may be additional private sessions offered at additional cost. The spirit journey is additional.

What’s Not Included:

  • Your round-trip airfare from home
  • Spa treatments, private sessions with facilitators offered, spirit journey

  • Gratuities for extraordinary service
  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance


Arrive into the Liberia Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) on Saturday August 12th before 3pm if possible so we can pick you up and get you settled in before dinner.

Departure any time on August 19th 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 – please let us know, we can likely accommodate you and would be delighted for a bit more time to get to know one another.

More About Your Guide 

Jill Sessa

As the Creator of Magic at Con Smania CR, Jill is the on-site manager and founding visionary for this sacred project. Accompanied by the #dogsofconsmania everywhere she walks, she is tuned in to the property, the needs of retreat leaders and their attendees, and divinely led in all ways.

A three-year healing journey, guided by trust and intuition, brought Jill back to Costa Rica in January of 2022. This was an opportunity to begin facilitator training in breathwork, at a rustic retreat venue right on the ocean, and the chance to get answers to her internal inquiry:

“How do I combine my very techy and robotic brain
with my deep spiritual self in my work?”

A request to accompany a friend who was looking for a property brought her to the Hotel Flying Crocodile and the answer was instantly available. Clearly seeing the potential for creating a safe and sacred space for client visits, she realized opening a retreat center based on the same principles that had always guided her work – support for heart-centered entrepreneurs on a mission – was the next step.

Jill’s clients find that tapping into “Jillogistics” in a heart-centered way leads them to new insights, a deeper connection to self, and the confidence to proceed. Use this intuition to help you plan your own offerings!

The Cost

We want to have you experience so much of what we offer and an incredible value for your visit. This full week experience is just $1495.

BONUS: Book your own retreat as a result and apply $500 to your future booking!

We can’t wait to welcome you to Con Smania CR!

7 nights, 2 meals a day, smoothie and snack bar by the pool, round-trip airport transfer, and many transformational activities.
We are so grateful you have stepped into expanding the infinite possibilities for you and your retreat business with us at Con Smania CR

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