RETREAT REVIEWS

Emerson Steady July 10, 2019

Life-Changing Experience in a Place of Natural Wonder

Thank you for an incredible trip to Nosara, Costa Rica. From surfing to zip lining to horseback riding to yoga, our days were filled with wonder in the beautiful jungles and beaches of a tropical paradise. This trip was truly life-changing. I hope to continue surfing back in Santa Barbara, and Rebekah told me you have inspired her to travel the world. We are all extraordinarily grateful for the work you put in to ensure the nine teenagers were able to have a unique trip which will stay in our hearts for a very long time. I hope that TwoCan Retreats will continue to give many more people such an amazing opportunity. Buena Suerte!

Maura Jaye July 08, 2019

Amazing Retreat!

I attended the Teen Surf and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica just a few weeks ago, and I cannot stress enough how much of a blast it was! We began our trip with an easy travel day into Costa Rica and a warm welcome from all of the locals in Nosara -- the town where we were staying. We stayed at the Jungle Beach House which was located in a beautiful and isolated spot of town. The short 5-minute walk from the house to the beach made it easy to go surfing, sunbathing, or hang out by the water at our own convenience. The house itself was very accommodating, with more than enough room for everybody and a great central living and dining area. There were also several bicycles provided so we were able to explore the ins and outs of Nosara on bike rather than on foot. While we spent much of our time exploring or relaxing, we also had plenty of scheduled outings and activities such as surfing, yoga, community service, zip lining, etc. Surfing was awesome. We had three scheduled lessons with a local surf lessons place, which proved to be very valuable. Before going in the ocean each day, we would choose our boards and embark on a trek through the jungle to reach the beach. The instructors were very helpful and placed each of us in a group that fit our skill level. We spent hours out in the warm water catching waves. It was so much fun. We also had three yoga classes throughout the trip. Our instructor was extremely knowledgable about the practice of yoga, and she conveniently came to our house to teach us. We practiced yoga to the sounds of birds chirping, distant waves scratching, and the occasional howl of a monkey. It was so relaxing. I'm going to rewind a bit here. Before we left for the trip we were told to bring a bunch of school supplies. So, we spent one of the days in Costa Rica giving backpacks full of school supplies to impoverished Costa Rican kids at a local elementary school. We then played a competitive soccer game with the kids. That was really fun (especially cause my team won). I wouldn't be able to fit in all of the fun things we did on the trip in this review, so I'll stop here before it gets to lengthy. In conclusion, this trip was honestly life changing, and I will never ever forget it. I have so many beautiful memories with my new friends who are no longer my "new" friends. You get to know people pretty well after spending a week in another country with them. Mike and Stacy were the most amazing administrators of this trip and I can't even imagine how much work it must've been to take care of us, let alone plan the whole trip! Incredible people, to say the least. 10/10 would recommend.

Daisy Swan   May 08, 2019

Well Organized and Well Taken Care of!

I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat I went on to Dominical, Costa Rica with Mike and Stacy McCrory of TwoCan retreats. The location was stunning - I’d never been to Costa Rica and didn’t know what to expect. Happily I not only enjoyed all of the places we went to on our day excursions but I felt so comfortable in the beautiful home where we stayed. The house was located up on a hill that gave us a stunning view of the ocean and rolling waves. It was spacious and colorful, and perfect for our yoga sessions in the morning and evening - looking out over the changing shades of blue ocean. The pool, combined with the view of the ocean was so relaxing and calming. And my room was comfortable, cool and quiet. The views -from any spot in the house or outside —were genuinely breathtaking. Everything on the retreat was so well coordinated. The timing of our days, the places we went to, when and what food we ate- at every step I felt cared for and could feel how much attention went into every aspect of our retreat. Having never been to this kind of retreat, in a country I didn’t know, I was happy and relieved, that I could really relax and know that everything was completely taken care of for me. That’s a real vacation! I look forward to my next retreat with the McCrory’s and TwoCan Retreats.

 

 

Laura Marie   May 03, 2019

A Retreat to Remember

My Costa Rica retreat with TwoCan was the perfect vacation! It created exactly the right balance between quiet relaxation and adventure, all set in a natural paradise. It was clear that every detail had been carefully considered. The location was ideal, close to town and the beach. The compound where we stayed was charming, secluded, and beautiful. Our home-cooked meals were healthy and delicious. Elyse's yoga sessions blended poetry with flowing motion to nourish the body and mind. Glen's musical talent and spirit of sharing made our singing circles both fun and moving. Our daily excursions allowed us to explore this amazing country, see the nature and wildlife that surrounded us, and even give back by volunteering at the wildlife sanctuary. Stacy and Mike fostered a sense of community, making everyone feel comfortable and at home. They brought us together to enjoy group activities and used their knowledge of the area to give us the best possible experience. Even after we all returned home, they continued to help us communicate, to share and preserve the memories of our trip. This was a one-of-a-kind experience that was only possible because of who Mike and Stacy are and what they care about. In other words, it's only possible with TwoCan Retreats! I will never forget it, and I can't wait to join them again.

Tina Cummings   April 30, 2019

 Beautiful Experience

I have been on many retreats but this one was special. Mike and Stacy did everything they could to make our experience special. Their attention to details was appreciated. Costa Rica is a special place and my fellow travelers added to the beauty. I would take another trip with two can retreats without hesitation. Thank you for the great experience.

 

 Whitney Heimlich Ingersoll   April 03, 2019

 Costa Rican Yoga and Singing Circle Retreat

I had the opportunity to join TwoCan Retreats on a Costa Rican adventure! We spent 5 days at a beautiful retreat venue overlooking the infinity pool and ocean. Every morning started with yoga for any level. We were fed beautiful breakfast every morning, prepared by a family who specializes in group meals. They were tasty, filling and had a wide assortment of choices. Our vegetarian and Vegan friends also had beautiful meals. There was a daily excursion, carefully planned by Mike and Stacy. The excursions varied from Wildlife preserve to a jungle walk to an almost deserted beach, to a waterfall, and several opportunities to swim in the warm, inviting ocean. After farmers' markets and strolls through little villages, we came back to the house where we stayed. We enjoyed time to swim in the pool, read, nap, relax and visit with the other guests. After dinner, we gathered and sang. Even those who aren't particular singers enjoyed the chance to learn parts, learn from each other and hear the sound of our voices melding into one. The thing that stands out to me upon reflection on this trip is the love and care Stacy and Mike put into this retreat. They truly cared for every individual person on the trip and did everything possible to make everyone's trip be the best they could make it. If you have never been to Costa Rica, Stacy and Mike will make your first experience unforgettable. If you have already seen this beautiful country, this can be another experience to add to your collection. I returned relaxed, filled with appreciation of life and understanding the PURA VIDA.