Welcome to Flourish LIVE Insiders!

January 26-29 2019

Sugar Beach, Costa Rica

Fresh Updates

Muchas Gracias! Your Costa Rica Sunshine Guided Meditation to thank you for completing the surveys about your experience.

Lets Run Away to Costa Rica!

School Supplies Donation: (Optional) Sometimes women ask me what they can bring to support local children/communities in Costa Rica. I wanted to let everyone know we have a wishlist from Abriendo Mentes or “opening minds” the local nonprofit which you all are helping to support through your participation in Flourish LIVE. (A percentage of your coaching fee for the Flourish Formula coaching program goes to support them.) This is totally optional but as you go to the grocery store or drugstore to grab last minute items for the trip you might consider grabbing one or more of these school/art supplies to tuck in your suitcase: pencils, markers, colored pencils, erasers, glue sticks, glue bottles, kid scissors, construction paper, and pencil sharpeners. Andrea our wellness concierge who will be participating and helping in Flourish LIVE actually volunteers with this nonprofit and knows that these supplies will really be helpful. 

Connect on the What’s App Group: Flourish Live 2019 CR. Pop on to introduce yourself and connect name to phone number. I will also share details re your shuttle driver (including a pic of him) on What’s App.

Shuttles: Drivers have your flight info and will hold a sign that says “Flourish LIVE”

Arrival. Afternoon of 25th approximately 3:30PM from airport to Sugar Beach. (Jeni, Julie, Ellen, Vanessa)

11AM 26th from Hilton to Sugar Beach. (Sarah, Jen, Paula, Alison) Fran?

Return Shuttle Approximately 10:30AM on Tuesday 29th from Sugar Beach to Airport for those leaving directly after the retreat. 

For those arriving/departing at different times or days you can set up a shuttle directly with Sugarbeach. They are $80 to the Liberia airport and that can include up to four people. Additional people are $10. Tip of $5 per person or $20 for solo ride is good. Also taxis and shuttles to nearby town/excursions are $10-15 and can be shared. Some are also free. Consult front desk for details. 

Wellness Offerings: You can schedule a massage and/or Reiki treatment or mini facial during your stay. The front desk has details and pricing. The wellness room is right under the open air pavilion/yoga space where we will be holding our group coaching and teaching sessions. This is a great option for our siesta or other free time and also before or after the retreat. 

Water Sports & Hikes www.puravidaride.com

Stand up paddle boards, kayaking and mountain biking. This is located about ten minutes from Sugar Beach in Las Catalinas.

Pura Vida Rida can also give you information on hikes and even a guided hike if you like. 

Restaurants (for dinners out)

https://www.facebook.com/sentidonorterestaurant/ ** more high end but beautiful views. There is a shuttle with advance notice. Talk to Paula or front desk to set it up.

limonda (lemonaid). https://www.facebook.com/limonadacostarica/ ** medium casual/midrange prices. There is a shuttle with advance notice. Talk to Paula or front desk to set it up.

Las Brisas. More relaxed/local in the nearby town of Potrero ($15 taxi ride about 15 minutes away) https://www.facebook.com/lasbrisas.potrero Talk to Paula or front desk to arrange transportation.

The Location

Get ready for a luxurious three-night retreat at Sugar Beach in Costa Rica. Set on Playa Pan de Azúcar, only a few steps from the sandy shore, Hotel Sugar Beach is located on the northern Pacific Coast of Guanacaste, the most desirable beach zone in Costa Rica. They share 24 acres of dry tropical forest with monkeys, motmots, iguanas, tree sloths, and a bevy of other indigenous fauna. I am so excited to travel with you to this unique setting, where tropical forest and sandy beach embrace.


The airport you’ll want to fly into is Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR). It’s about 90 minutes from the hotel. We will arrange transportation shuttles from the hotel to the airport based on the arrival times of participants and provide you with those shuttle details as we get closer to the event.  In the meantime if you have any questions related to airfare or travel for the retreat please reach out to team@courtneypinkerton.com or post them in the Facebook Group.

Also Andrea, our travel concierge, lives in Costa Rica near Sugar Beach for half of the year so she is a great “on the ground” resource (especially if you would like to travel before or after our retreat) and can be reached at souljournadventure@gmail.com.

The Hotel

Sugar Beach Hotel check-in time is 3pm and check-out is 12pm. Feel free to contact them directly if you would like to book a room for a day early or stay after the retreat. You can reach Mariano, who is the manager for our special event, at operations@sugar-beach.com.

If you are arriving in the evening and need something closer to the airport, I’d recommend staying at the Hilton Garden Inn across the street from the airport.

The Experience

Your experience will also include meal offerings of delicious, fresh local food (daily breakfast and lunch). You will have evenings free to relax and can choose to have dinner at the hotel or at nearby restaurants. Together during these three days we will help you to craft (or refresh) your own specific plan or custom Flourish Formula to receive the next level of your life and work as well as get coaching around any current challenges. I also like to include my freshest insights and teaching into live events, so there may be some surprises!

In addition to our group conversations and coaching/teaching sessions, you will enjoy ample free time to explore, to rest, to lay on the beach or go for a walk or run, to share, to listen, to read, to write, to participate in yoga classes, or enjoy a massage. To drink fresh fruit juices or delicious local coffee. To enjoy.

I’m so excited to deepen with you inside this transformational content and to share fresh insights from a year of big growth for me personally and professionally. I will also be available to personally autograph your copy of The Flourish Formula!

Itinerary Highlights

On Saturday we start with an opening circle at 4pm. So the latest you would want to arrive in Liberia would be 1PM.

**Every day you can expect a delicious local breakfast, a morning coaching session, lunch and a leisurely siesta and afternoon coaching/teaching. Evenings you can enjoy on your own, dine in the onsite restaurant, or we will also provide nearby restaurant options.

On Monday we will wrap up our time together with a very special outing to La Senda Labyrinth Walk and Celebratory Farm to Table Dinner. On Tuesday morning we will have our Ask Anything Q&A and Closing Circle and will conclude by 10am.**Wrap up time may be slightly earlier to allow for participants to make midday flights. If you have a question about the timing of a possible flight reach out to team@courtneypinkerton.com.

Breakfast and lunch are included. Additional meals, snacks, and drinks are available in the onsite restaurant and bar.

The Menu

Food is a vital part of flourishing. All of our meals will be local, fresh and either be gluten free or include robust GF options.

For example: 

Tipical breakfast (gallo pinto, eggs, corn tortilla, fried plantain)
Fresh local fruits
Parfait (granola, natural yogurt and fruit)
Daily breakfast and lunch are included as well as a celebratory snack to launch our retreat (Sat at 4pm) and our dinner at La Senda organic farm and labyrinth. During your stay you will have the option on Saturday and Sunday evenings to visit local restaurants (details provided) and additional meals, snacks, and drinks are available at any time in the onsite restaurant and bar. 
Before You Go

Travel Documents

  1. Passport — In general, passports take 4-6 weeks, not expedited. Costa Rica doesn’t require you to have a visa to visit their country, but they prefer you to have your passport for at least 30 days before you arrive.(i.e. for it not to be brand new.) If you don’t have one you’ll want to request your passport by the beginning of November or sooner to ensure it arrives in plenty of time.
  2. Travel Tips & Preparation — Consult the “Travel Wise” section on page 234 in the Costa Rica National Geographic Guide Book for great practical advice on what to expect. ** This book is a gift! We send it to each new participant. If you haven’t yet received your copy please let us know at team@courtneypinkerton.com and Liz, my assistant will get your copy en route to you rapidito.
  3. Travel Insurance — We encourage you to get your own travel insurance. Here are some options which Andrea, our travel concierge, recommends: Allianz Travel Insurance, World Nomad, or insuremytrip.com. You can also check your credit card companies or AAA as alternative options for travel insurance.
What to Bring

Packing Recommendations

  1. The basics: We are headed to the beach! So pack clothes which are light and airy. Think linen or other sundresses, loose pants and shirts, whatever you are comfortable in. The same goes for pajamas/loungewear. Plus a light wrap/scarf etc for your travel on the plane or evenings. January is the non-rainy season and a beautiful time to visit Costa Rica. So we can expect sunshine! It is unlikely to rain much if at all but you can bring a rain-slicker or umbrella just in case.
  2. Extracurricular: If you like to hike I suggest you bring some shorts or pants that are good for more adventuring and comfortable shoes as hiking is available nearby during your free time. There is a swimming pool at the hotel plus of course the ocean so do bring a suit and a cover-up if you like to swim.  Optional yoga classes are available at the hotel so bring yoga clothes or loose fitting clothes if you would like to participate.
  3. Shoes: Flip flops and walking shoes for hiking and our visit to La Senda farm and labyrinth. Also the waves are strong and their are some rocks in the ocean so you may enjoy water shoes that you can wear into the ocean.)
  4. Other Things to Consider:
    1. Sunscreen
    2. Sunhat
    3. Water shoes (I like Chocos or a similar option. These are helpful if you want to walk the beach as there are lots of rocks especially nearing the edge of the cove.)
    4. Reusable Water Bottle
    5. Bug Spray (I like the natural kind made with essential oils, there are lots of good options.)
    6. Bring your National Geographic Guidebook
    7. Pack your copy of the Flourish Formula! I’ll sign it if you like 🙂
    8. I am making a group donation in your honor to support local children. Here are two local nonprofits.
      ** If they have specific wishlist of things to bring (for example school supplies or solar calculators) I will share those ahead of time and/or you can also check out their websites.
Q & A

Phone Plans, Immunizations and More

  1. Are there any immunizations that I need to show proof of? No immunizations are required for entrance to the country. The CDC recommends being up to date on all regular immunizations. Malaria is almost completely eliminated in Costa Rica and the CDC says that the risk to US travelers is very low. Sugar Beach is over twenty years old and caters to US, Canadian, and European travels so of course it offers clean water and local fresh cooking – but consult with your own healthcare provider if you have any particular health concerns. Here is the link to the CDC page on traveling to Costa Rica.
  2. Would you recommend supplemental travel insurance or health insurance for emergencies? I plan to contact my insurance company but wanted to ask. Yes. In fact, I recommend everyone purchase travel insurance. World Nomad is a great option. That covers you if you got sick or somehow couldn’t come in addition to covering your risks for extracurricular or travel injuries while you are here. You can also check with your health insurance carrier to see if they offer any supplementary health insurance options for international travel.
  3. I don’t plan to use my phone much but should I get a plan on mine or should I get a temporary phone while I’m there? Great question. I know ATT offered a special $10 a day international plan that you can set up and then “activate” daily as needed for unlimited data and photo calls. So yes I would definitely call your phone service for details. I imagine they all offer something similar. We also use “whats app” (a downloadable app) to text and call while in Costa Rica. So please download that app to your phone and we will invite you to join the Flourish Live group in anticipation of the retreat. ** The group is called “Flourish Live 2019 CR.”
  4. If I needed medical care on the trip, what are the options? 
    I posed this question to Andrea who is our wellness concierge and lives in Costa Rica half the year: The best emergency clinic is http://beachsidemedicalclinic.com/. They have some of the best medical staff and is the go to in the area (about 15 minutes away). They offer quite an extensive list of services that would be needed in an emergency.
    The best private hospital is https://www.hcsanrafael.com/ which is in Liberia near the airport. The hospitals coordinate with a service that does medivacs to U.S. Typically anything serious enough to require a medivac would be sent to San Jose first for the trauma care. They offer helicopter and airplane transport to San Jose. San Rafael is a great hospital and trauma center.

Have another question?

Email team@courtneypinkerton.com and we will hook you up!

Warmly, Courtney