The Art of Relating
COSTA RICA RETREAT | FEBRUARY 11-15, 2019
With Kevin McQuillan & Serena Arora
Vitalizing Yoga Retreat Costa Rica
We all know what relationship success feels like. And, of course, we know all too well what the opposite feels like too. When relationships take a sordid twist into blame and resistance, or a downward spiral into resentment and disconnection, it is an uncomfortable situation to say the least. And, to make things worse, instead of knowing how to move into the discomfort with conflict resolution confidence, instead you find yourself trying to numb the pain, avoiding the issue or attempting to distract yourself from the experience. And, despite your best intentions for deeper levels of connection, you are simply left feeling defensive, hurt, and misunderstood; all leading to prolonged confusion, unhappiness, chaos and despair. This dynamic significantly costs us quality of relationship and leaves us feeling even more disconnected in our relationships.
Well, what if we told you that being successful in relationships can be LEARNED? That, by implementing these tools, learning, and practicing these skills, you can generate greater confidence and levels of connection and intimacy, use your voice to feel heard and understood, and even help those around you to feel the same?
Sounds good, right?
Well, here’s the truth - great relationships don’t come naturally - they must be created, pursued and nurtured. We need to change old habits, patterns and practices. Setting the intention to clear the past and to step into present relationships, just as they are, as well as feeling grounded in reality and eager to contribute, is the first step to having extraordinary relationships.
WHY IS THIS RETREAT DIFFERENT?
This retreat is not a quick fix because, first of all, you are not broken. Secondly, nothing is broken. We simply believe that real relating is a creative process and, from our perspective, an art. Relating to others means engaging with others with compassion and fullness in your listening, as well as increased precision and power in your speaking. It is feeling aligned to your personal values while connecting with others more effectively, passionately, and powerfully. This is the Art of Relating.
We have developed an integrated model of living well that supports greater overall well-being and can help disrupt habits that reinforce feeling stuck, numb, overwhelmed, or unfulfilled. However, learning this art will require a commitment on your part to seek clarity in how you habitually and pathologically sabotage relationships through communication patterns that leave you feeling overwhelmed, devalued, and unheard.
What should you expect?
During this 5-day retreat, we will explore multiple aspects of communication, current patterns that shape how we perceive and respond to others, as well as experiential practices, group discussions, and therapeutically dynamic movement practices that support self-care, as well as improved quality and connection in our personal, professional and intimate relationships.
This retreat is not yoga-based. You do not have to practice (or even like) yoga to get something valuable from this unique opportunity to discuss what it's like to be human. It is also for people of all ages and interests, and for individuals in all types of relationships - to self and to others (personal, professional, familial, romantic, global etc.).
We are very proud of this offering and are confident that you will gain meaningful results by joining us. This is about mastering the art of relating while co-creating high-quality relationships - versus just hanging around in mediocre relationships until their demise.
A new relationship to yourself
Discover your personal communication patterns, learn why you do what you do, and implement sustainable self-care practices into your daily routine. With this newfound awareness of self, you can transform the way you show up in life.
A new relationship to others
Others are simply our mirrors. A reflection of how we are sharing ourselves in the world. They can show us exactly what we need to learn and, with curiosity and practice, the possibility for more clarity and growth is right in front of us.
New intimate relationships
How many chances do we get in life to create truly deep and meaningful connections? Maybe only a few. So, learn what it takes to cultivate true intimacy and closeness with another, and co-create loving partnership…now. Why wait?
4 nights double-shared accommodations at Peace Retreat
2 delicious meals per day (breakfast and lunch)
1 SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) excursion
All discussions, skill building exercises, and movement integration and processing
Round-trip Group Transportation from the Liberia airport
Single Accommodation upgrade $240
Luxury Spa Package -3 treatments & lunch $275